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Vilna Gaon on Yom HaAtzmaut?

I've heard repeatedly the claim that there is a specific prediction by the Vilna Gaon regarding the dates of Yom HaAtzma'ut (5 Iyar) and Yom Yerushalayim (28 Iyar). What is the source for this claim? ...
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Are (opaque) stockings under a skirt considered enough to cover ervah?

This is a question about skirt lengths. From this answer: The halacha is that "tefach b'isha ervah" - a tefach (about 3.5 inches) uncovered on certain parts of a woman's body is ervah - ...
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Can one carry a GPS operated timed device across a time zone on Shabbat?

I read somewhere, that if you set a timer before Shabbat, you are not allowed to adjust the timer or clock on Shabbat to reset the time that something goes on. So, let's say that you live in ...
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How to verify Jewish identity

I've seen a few questions related to this, but not the specific nature of the question: What are the standard requirements for verifying one's Jewish identity. Obviously, one's mother must be Jewish, ...
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12 Nesi'im and 14 days before Pesach - what's read?

Some shuls have a custom to read a section corresponding to the gifts each tribal leader gave for the dedication of the Mishkan at the beginning of Nissan. There are 14 days before Pesach, and only ...
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Is there Lashon Harah on Mi Yodea? [duplicate]

Being that on the whole users have screen names and there is a general air of anonymity. Is there an issue of Lashon Harah to refer to specific screen names when one has an issue with their tone of ...
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Were there any Sadducees on the Sanhedrin?

Various Jewish sources indicate the presence of Sadducees among the priesthood, including the position of Kohen Gadol. However, are there any Jewish sources that discuss Sadducees on the Great ...
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Am I Supposed to Believe that the Messiah is coming today, or that he is coming generally

The rambam writes that one of the principles of faith is "Ani Maamin...B'Biyat Hamashiach, Af Al Pi Shehitmamya, Im Kol Zeh Achake Lo" I beleive in the coming of the Messiah, even though he tarries, ...
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Can one use a sinus rinse on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

This sinus rinse is manual. You fill the plastic bottle with water and add a small packet of saline powder and mix it. Then, you insert the bottle tip into your nostril and squeeze the bottle so ...
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What was Mordechai's excuse for checking on Ester?

When Ester was in the harem, and presumably after she became queen, Mordechai was constantly around to see how she was doing. וּבְכָל־י֣וֹם וָי֔וֹם מָרְדֳּכַי֙ מִתְהַלֵּ֔ךְ לִפְנֵ֖י חֲצַ֣ר ...
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Should you give a large amount of charity to single entity or split it up across many entities? [duplicate]

The situation comes up a lot. You're praying the morning prayers in synagogue and it's erev shabbos/yom tov; the collectors flood the synagogue. Should you give a bigger amount to fewer collectors or ...
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How to differentiate between observance and habit [on hold]

It seems to me a lot of the observances that come to typify Judaism can simply be explained as habits that people develop early in life, or at some point in life that they are considered to be ...
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Was Haman so discourteous as to bother the king's sleep?

There are actually 2 related parts to this question: Haman is annoyed with Mordechai and discusses with Zeresh, his wife and his wise advisers what to do. In Esther 5:14, they tell him to make a tall ...
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Shape of the Luchot

According to the Talmud in Bava Batra 14a, the Luchot HabBerit were square. Where did the common "tablet" shape come from, with rectangles and a rounded top? Besides in pictures, I see it in ...
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what is rah good for? [duplicate]

“Good in bad” (טוב ברע) = “bad in good” (רע בטוב) equals 289 = “good” (טוב ,17) squared. The phrases “good in bad” (טוב ברע) and “bad in good” (רע בטוב) appear only once in the Bible, juxtaposed in ...
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Can one Shave the hair on his neck during Sefira?

During sfira (and the 3 weeks), I find that my neck gets extremely uncomfortable and itchy from not shaving (and not very presentable). Is it permissible to "clean up" or even out my beard by shaving ...
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Shin of tefillin mentioned in the Gemara originally a reference to the division of the compartments of the Shel Rosh?

The source for [at least one of] the Shins on the tefillah shel rosh is the Gemara (b.Menahoth 35a): ואמר אביי שי"ן של תפילין הלכה למשה מסיני וצריך שיגיע חריץ למקום התפר רב דימי מנהרדעא אמר כיון ...
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Women affixing mezuzot

Does halakhah permit a woman to affix a mezuzah?
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Is a ש after a holam always a “shin” and never a “sin”?

In some siddurim that are printed in certain Hebrew fonts, you will find words such as משה (Moshe) or חשך (darkness) that do not print with two nekudot. The most explicit way to point these words ...
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Which (if any) Rishonim ascribe to a haskafah of hashgacha pratis over everything?

In contemporary times, HaShem's hashgacha over everything is a common hashkafah, at least in the Litvish/Chassidic communities (see Baal Shem Tov, Aruch HaShulchan, Rav Dessler 'Strive for Truth', ...
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Solar Power on Shabbos

What's the deal with using solar power on Shabbos? Cooking is permitted, but what of the following cases: 1) Heating water (Dud-Shemesh style) 2) Solar-powered watches 3) Solar-powered toys What ...
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The disappearance of וסת קבוע and הרגשות

At some point in history, Jewish women used to have very regularly scheduled Monthly cycles, and used to have some sensation that accompanied the onset of menstruation. Both of these play important ...
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Why did Yaakov give Yosef Shechem 'one more than his brothers' specifically?

וַאֲנִי נָתַתִּי לְךָ שְׁכֶם אַחַד עַל אַחֶיךָ - bereshis 48:22. Yaakov previously gave Yosef an additional article of clothing, which spurred the brother's hatred of him (Yosef). Why would Yaakov go ...
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The Necessity of 12 Tribes

Why was it necessary for there to be 12 tribes, with different portions of Israel given to each? The Midrash even states that when the sea split, there were 12 separate paths for each tribe (Pirkei ...
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picking and choosing halachic rulings

I have heard many times from Rabbinim and in lectures that to pick and choose rulings is forbidden. I would like a halachic source for this. I can understand that one should be consistent, but if one ...
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Why didn't Esther reveal her origin earlier?

Mordechai tells Esther not to reveal her origin (Esther 2:10) ostensibly in the hopes that they would assume she was of ignoble birth and dismiss her (Rashi ad loc.). Once she is chosen by the king, ...
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Adjusting timers on Shabbat

Can one adjust a socket timer (picture below) on Shabbat to keep one's hotplate or lamp on for longer, etc?
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10 Commandments, Round or Square? [duplicate]

So i have two questions. This upcoming Shavu'oth i'll be giving a talk on the history of the physical tablets that the ten commandments were written on. i will be focusing on three topics, the ...
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Lashon Hara about one of a group

I've often heard people say something like, "Someone was talking during davening today" while being careful to avoid naming the person. From here I might guess that it is not considered lashon hara if ...
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Is the Hebrew Biur of Moses Mendelssohn Available Online

Inspired by this question, I was wondering whether the Hebrew Biur of Moses Mendelssohn is available online. Update: I found D'varim here, so I am looking for the first 4 books.
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What tribe did someone belong to if they didn't have a Jewish father?

I'm asking about the cases of 1) converts with no Jewish lineage, or 2) children born to Jewish mothers and Gentile fathers. How is tribal identification for such a person and his descendants ...
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Help with finding a Pirkei Avot Citation

Hebrew Wikipedia writes, commenting on the well known quote "אבות אכלו בוסר, ושיני בנים תקהינה:" אבות אכלו בוסר ושיני בנים תקהינה הינה סוגיה דתית-פילוסופית מרכזית ביהדות ובדתות אחרות. פסוק ...
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Leaving a mate behind in egypt

Did any husbands leave behind wives, or any wives leave behind husbands in Egypt during the Exodus? If so did this qualify a divorce of sorts?
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Difference between El and Eloah

El(אל) and Eloah(אלוה) are both singular forms (nouns), but its אל thats being used to form the plural Elim (אלים), and אלוה thats being used to form the plural Elohim (אלוה׳ם). Both singular forms ...
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Non-lishmah parchment

I was learning the first two chapters of Rambam's Hilchot Megillah v'Chanukah before minchah last Shabbat. In one of the halachot of Ch. 2:9 the Rambam discusses that megillot need not be written on ...
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Is a Jew required to be married? [duplicate]

Is there a halacha that says a Jew must get married? How serious is it? What if a Jew is not married and remains a bachelor all their life, having sex? Please support your answers from Tanach and ...
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Is there a set of “foundational” midrashic/symbolic numbers and what are they?

I've always wanted to do an analyses of the Torah based on the numbers given and their midrashic meanings. Specifically, I'm looking for symbolic, midrashic numbers: that is, which are symbolically ...
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Why do people write G-d instead of God in writing and on digitial media? [duplicate]

I see many people here (and not just here) writing G-d. Aren't G-d's names sacred only in Hebrew, and even in Hebrew isn't it ok to write the names digitally (and have it displayed on a screen) and ...
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Why is torah different to other studies [closed]

Why is it that 1000 who go into medical college, most qualify as doctors where 'Elef' a thousand who go to yeshiva or kollel dont qualify as talmidai chachomim. Must it really be like that?
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The Omer during Shmita

The original Omer was an offering of newly cut barley. So what happened during the Shmitta year when there was no harvest? Presumably this offering was not brought? Was there still a biblical ...
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Were there restrictions on marrying members of other tribes?

In ancient Israel, when there were clear differences between members of different tribes, were there restrictions on members of one tribe marrying a members of another tribe? If yes, what would ...
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Maaser on post-tax contributions to retirement accounts

In this article, quoted a few times on this site, there is a discussion on maaser deductions. He says: Tax-free income that went into a retirement (or other) account designated specifically ...
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1answer
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Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
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1answer
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Ask a gentile to do labor for himself?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. What about asking him to do m'lacha that we do not think will benefit a Jew? (I'm thinking for ...
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Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews

It is not a mitzva to try to convert non Jews but is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to the world (such as bringing rational proofs of the authenticity of Judaism)? After all, ...
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Which aspects of this case would Halacha mandate repentance/punishment for?

The secular trial of Rabbi Barry Freundel is now over, and a sentence has been passed by the DC Superior court. Looking at the uncontested facts of Rabbi Freundel's modus operandi (encouraging ...
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Shulchan Aruch split into 30 portions

Rav Yosef Karo writes in his introduction to the Shulchan Aruch: , בהיותו שגור בפיו ספר זה הבנוי לתלפיות, תל שהכל פונים בו, לחלקו לחלקים שלושים, ללמוד בו בכל יום חלק, ונמצא שבכל חודש הוא חוזר תלמודו, ...
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Not to marry a divorcée

I remember hearing in a daf yomo shiur And I want to find were is it written Something similar to that it is preferable not to marry a divorced woman (if her ex husband is still alive) because it ...
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Does one say a beracha on medication?

Does one say a beracha on medication? Does it matter whether it tastes nice or not? Is there a difference between pills and liquid medicine?

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