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Why does the torah give us exact dates for the flood?

This question asks why the flood didn't end on the 18th of Cheshvan (one year after the start). My question is more basic: why does the torah give us precise dates here at all? Bereishit 7:11 tells ...
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Mandatory evacuation on Shabbat: what can and can't you do?

A major storm hit New England starting this past Friday. While people knew this was coming and precautions were already in place, apparently (according to a news article I read tonight) some areas ...
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Supporting new charities

There are myriad charities out there. If a community has multiple Shuls, schools, Mikvaoth, food pantries, and גמ"חs, and new entities open up fulfilling the same role(s), and the new entities' ...
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How is Rav Feinstein's psak regarding subway travel and the sexes distinguished today by those wanting to sit separately on buses and planes?

Other questions have been asked about riding public transportation in close proximity with persons of the opposite sex. It was cited that Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt'l, permitted men to ride on crowded ...
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Can a yefas toar be Jewish?

I realize that when the torah discusses אשת יפת תואר it specifies כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ (Bamidbar 21:10) But I would still like to know if the halacha of אשת יפת תואר could ...
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Can you use algae, water plants (e.g. water lillies), hydroponics or fungi for schach?

My understanding is that schach must be from a plant that specifically grows from the ground. If this is not so, would there be any problems using: algae / seaweed / water lilies / swamp scum - ...
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In Chabad- Final Halachic Decidor

In the area of Orach Chaim, when there is no established Lubavitch Minhag, i.e. in a case which is not in the Shulchan Aruch Harav (for whatever reason), and is not discussed by any other Lubavitch ...
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Why is there no decree against bathing in Chamei Teverya?

Gemara Shabbos says that originally one was allowed to bathe on Shabbos in pre-heated bath-houses. However, (in short) due to the fact that the bath-house directors would violate Shabbos (by heating ...
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Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?

Kosher Organizations, like the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council, supply lists of alcohol recommended for purchase and consumption. May one purchase these alcoholic beverages from a bar (where the ...
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Tattling on fellow Mi Yodeyans

We are currently in the beginning of the 2012 Mi Yodeya Moderator Election. To what extent can one avail oneself of the exception of "to'elet"="for a purpose" to the standard rules of Lashon HaRa' ...
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Teshuva and non-Jews?

The Rambam explains the basic requirements of doing teshuva and seeking forgiveness from another person: acknowledging the transgression, making amends, and seeking forgiveness (presumably publicly ...
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Is it correct to say now “Moshiach must come in this generation”?

Is it correct to say “Moshiach must come in this generation”? Related How do we understand Talmudic predictions of Moshiach? The statement was made in a shiur I attended. I asked the maggid shiur ...
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If someone accidentally steps backward before the end of Shmoneh Esrei, what should he do?

If one steps backward before the end of Shmoneh Esrei, (either because he mistakenly thought he was up to עשה שלום... for a second, or because someone bumped into him,) how should he precede with his ...
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May a woman with artifical metal legs wear a short skirt or pants?

May a woman (or a man) wear immodest clothing over an artificial part of her body? (Lets assume that beged ish is not a consideration) i.e. if she has artifical legs, may she wear short shorts? ...
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If a thief comes by day may one kill him in self defence

The gemoro psochim 2b mentions only about a 'ganev' (stealthy thief) coming at night that one may kill the thief even if he is not sure this thief is about to kill him. What about if this thief came ...
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May one walk alone at night

Tosfos on psochim 2a discusses about the brothers of yosef why they were not allowed to go by night. Tosfos says that the reason was because they were not familiar with the territory and they could ...
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We know that a son cannot claim self defence if he kills his father who is about to rob him. What about his mother

The g'moro in psochim 2b says that a father who goes to rob his son, will not kill him and therefore if the son kills his father he cannot claim self defence. What about if a mother goes to rob her ...
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Can one say the b'rocho of borai meorai hoeash on stars

On motsai shabbos we make havdala and also make a b'rosho borai morai hoeish on what is called today the havdala. If one does not have one and no means of making a 'light' can one make the b'rosho on ...
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Examining the Zav

Does anyone know of any rabbinic sources (Talmudic/midrashic) that indicate that a Zav would go to a halakhic authority to be examined regarding his Zivah?
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Eruv t'chumin for dependants

One can 'force' a dependant to make an eruv t'chumin. Since they are only made for a dvar mitsva this is considered like forcing him to do a mitsva which one who has the power, has to do. Normally ...
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one who says something in the name of the person who originally said it

The Sages (Avos 6:6) teach: ha'omer davar b'shem omro ("one who says something in the name of the person who originally said it"). We have learned that one who says something in the name of the one ...
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Is one allowed to sin a small sin to save himself from bringing a Chatas?

The Gemara in Shabbos says that Bibi bar Abaye asks if one can violate a Rabbinic commandment (unsticking a loaf from an oven) to save oneself from being "chayav a chattas". The Gemara says that ...
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Why is the seder “beseder” (in order)?

Is there any halachic reason why we do the seder in the order that we do? It seems that many of the components of the seder are halachically mandated, but is there any halachic mandate that we do them ...
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How should the items on the noticeboard in the synagogue be arranged?

On a board where the name of the week’s parsha and the relevant additions in the prayers are displayed as shown here for example, is there an order of placing the items accepted by halacha or minhag? ...
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Does the mitzvah of Tzedek require poverty and inequality in society?

If we accept that giving to the poor and an emphasis on Tzedek are Mitzvot that is repeatedly noted within Tanakh - for example some Midrashic commentary suggests that the sin of Sodom was actually a ...
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Does a Rov have to answer a question?

In the past I asked what responsibility does a person have to look up and investigate an answer to a question that he wasn't able to answer. I'd now like to ask a similar question with a few points. ...
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Hamapil immediately before sleep, but what about undressing?

Generally, we are supposed to say hamapil beracha immediately before going to bed, with no interruption. How do we reconcile this with the idea that we should be dressed appropriately to make a ...
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Bet HaMikdash and Olam Haba - Rambam

If, as the Rambam says, Olam Haba is something that comes after the days of Mashiach and the ressurrection of the dead, and if it is a completely spiritual reality - as I read in his Treatise on ...
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May I let my web browser save my browsing session during Chol Hamoed?

To save electricity, I like to shut down my computer every night. First, I quit my Web browser. My Web browser is set up so that, when I quit, it automatically saves my session: a list of open tabs ...
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Is there an 'Inyan of Upsherin for girls?

Upsherin is cutting a boy's hair at or about the age of three for the first time. Is there any 'Inyan (idea) of an Upsherin for girls? Why or why not?
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Holy Cities in Israel

It's almost a colloquialism that there are four holy cities in Israel. If, indeed, there is some significant message derived from the historical importance of these cities that imparts in them some ...
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Bigdei Shabbos on Erev Pesach

It says in SA OC Siman 471 in the Rema Sif 3 that it's a mitzvah to take shower/bath and cut ones hair Erev Yom Tov. As well to wear "Bigadim Noim" (nice clothing) "c'mo Shabbos" (like on Shabbos.) ...
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Source for song “Don't walk in front of me”

A popular Jewish children's song contains the lyrics Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don't walk behind me, I may not lead; Just walk beside me, and just be my friend. This is ...
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Gentile Biography which Inspires

What is the jewish view on reading biographies of remarkable gentiles which one finds inspirational provided there is no apikorsus in the content. Have come across a website about a certain person ...
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Learning Hilchos Chalev and Seder Kodshim as segulah for Refuah

A friend of mine was recently in Eretz Yisrael. When he was here he visited many Gedolim to get brachas for his son who was born with a number of birth defects. He was by R' Chaim Kanevsky to a get a ...
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Probing Minhag Avoseinu

As discussed in this question and the comments there, we know, based on Beitza 4b, that there is some halachically binding concept of minhag avoseinu b'yadeinu (the custom of our forbears is in our ...
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Rambam in Mitzvah of Ner Channukah: why “Shemen and Neros”?

The Rambam writes in Hilchos Channukah Perek 4 Halacha 12: אפילו אין לו מה יאכל אלא מן הצדקה שואל או מוכר כסותו ולוקח שמן ונרות ומדליק What is the reason the Rambam wrote to take "Shemen and ...
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Triennial reading cycle for guests

On one Shabbos, to accommodate a large number of guests from another shul who follow a triennial Torah reading cycle, can we revert to the triennial cycle reading for that one Shabbos?
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Stuffed cabbage on Sukkoth

There is a well-known custom to eat stuffed cabbage on Simhath Torah. But many also eat it on Sukkoth. Is it an extension of the same reason? Are the reasons cited for Simhath Torah (in the answers to ...
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Is two hundred and ten a name of God?

Is there a name of God (derived through gematria, kabbalah or otherwise) associated with the number 210?
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Different Aliyot for Same Torah Reading

We lane (read) the same for 1st Yom Tov of Sukkot and 2nd day of Pesach. I've noticed, however, that even though שלישי is in the same place, לוי isn't. Why would this be?
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Why do we vary the form of the attributes of HaShem in the selicho “Kail Rachum shmecho”?

In the selicho "Kail Rachum shmecho" we ask HaShem to do things because of ("lema'an") - a list of things. Some are in the masculine form eg shemecho and some in the feminine form eg amitoch, brisoch. ...
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Taking food from a Seudas Bris

When I am at a Bris I have noticed that many people take food for others who are not there. What is the source for taking food from a Bris?
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P'nei Eretz Yisrael, P'nei Shabbat Kodesh?

Once I was in the land of Israel (in Beit Shemesh), and the mazmin was leading birkat hamazon. He said birshut maranan verabanan verabotai, birshut hakohanim, and birshut p'nei eretz yisrael. Is ...
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Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?

Does a woman need to cover her hair during childbirth or other major medical procedures?
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Heter to own Sefarim

Over Shemini Atzeret, I was talking with one of the (heterodox) rabbanim at the local Hillel (I daven with the Orthodox minyan there) and he mentioned that he suspects that in about 15-20 years, ...
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Daniel and Esther

Is it known/ thought that the Daniel (of Book of Daniel) is Esther's son or someone else? According to some outside scholars he would have been about 130 years old etc... but I'd rather get a Jewish ...
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Text and Seforim

Does anyone know where I can find the text - not pdf of: Kovetz - Mefarshim, Ha'Aros, Shiurim, Shita MiKubetzes, Chiddushei - Ran, Ritva, Rashbah, Igros Moshe ... online?
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How many ways are there of classifying “aggressive acts of war” in the Jewish Religion?

In a related question I asked What is the Jewish position on aggressive acts of war? There has been extensive conversation in the comments of that question asking for clarification on what is meant by ...
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In what ways do Sadducees differ from atheists?

The Sadducees don’t believe in an afterlife or in angels. I read that they think that God doesn’t worry about the world. So what do the Sadducees think the role of God is? What’s the point of ...

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