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Exodus 24 was a “mass conversion”; why were “the strangers” STILL referred to as “strangers” in the story of craving meat? [closed]

I have been told that before the Torah was given, the Children of Israel weren't yet "Jews" in the religious sense. Only at the "naaseh venishma" moment dod they convert. The erev rav (mixed ...
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Tosafos Amud in Sanhedrin?

I heard that there was an Amud in Sanhedrin that's almost entirely a Tosafos. I've heard stories about Gedolim on this Amud and I wanted to see the Amud for myself. What is this Amud?
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36 views

What are the laws about hair and facial hair and body fluids [on hold]

Got to know that Kabbalah interpretations have importance to men's facial hair. Are there further importance to body fluids, blood, semen etc in Jewish radition? I am ignorant.Pardon me if asked too ...
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Women wearing men's “women's shirts”

Some chassidic shirts are basically identical to women's dress shirts, save for the bust shape, i.e. they button right-over-left. Would a female wearing the former be transgressing the prohibition on ...
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Name change after 30 days?

So I recall somewhere (probably in the Gemara) that if a person who is called by a certain name for +30 days, that name gets to be his new (hebrew??) name, is that true? I know the sages always said ...
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1answer
43 views

Asking a shaila with Loshon Hara

Can you say loshon hara for the purposes of asking a shaila (i.e., of a rav)? Must you meet the Chofetz Chaim's seven prerequisites for saying constructive loshon hara in order to do so in this case? ...
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646 views

Creating a crowd-sourced database of non-dairy OU-D products

Several questions/answers on this site have pointed out that the OU-D hechsher does not always mean that the product is actually dairy. (But that it is, in reality, "OU-DE" [dairy equipment]. See here ...
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1answer
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Beis Din - peshara and Za.B.L.A

In an actual Beis Din case these days, if someone is summoned to Beis Din, can the nitva (respondent) insist on using a different Beis Din than the plaintiff sent the hazmana (summons) from? Does ...
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What to do if parent doesn't have Jewish name, or if the child never knew it?

A person is called up for an Aliyah. He gives the name as x son of Ibrahim. Upon questioning, it comes out that the person did not know his father's Hebrew name, or that if there even was one, it ...
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Duplicate names of Havilah/Seba/Sheba in Genesis 10 toledoth

In Genesis 2 it is stated that the Pishon river runs through the land of Havilah. Havilah is said to be in central Arabia since an extinct river known as the Wadi al Batin river originates at the ...
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Non-Jewish father: son of whom for an aliyah? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a person born of Jewish mother, but not a Jewish father. To further complicate things, the mother was raised secular and at a later point converts to Christianity. To whom should ...
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The use of Biblical names [duplicate]

When did it start becoming widespread to call people by biblical names? Why are certain of the most famous biblical names apparently not used by the Tannaim or Amoraim? E.g. no one called Avrohom, ...
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Is it permitted to benefit financially from a meat/milk mixture that is rancid / rotten / otherwise inedible?

One is not permitted to derive benefit from a mixture of meat and milk. I'm curious -- would that prohibition still hold if the meat & milk mixture were inedible? I have no idea how one would ...
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1answer
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Is there any reason why some people's names in Tana"ch include their grandfather (or beyond)?

In most cases, when peole's names are mentioned in Tana"ch only their and their father's names are mentioned (e.g. - Yehoshu'a bin Nun). In some cases, the grandfather is also mentioned (e.g. - ...
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6answers
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Why is it that there's NO mention in the entire Torah (including Tanach) considering the Brain (Moach) as the source for thought?

Wherever the Torah refers to thinking and feelings of Anger, compassion etc. it always mentions the Heart as the controlling organ (also Kidney) but NEVER the Brain? (Even in the G'mara the Moach is ...
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2answers
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Is “Nishmat” included in most copies of the haggadah?

From recently reading "Why We Pray What We Pray" by Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, I learned that the "Nishmat" prayer, usually associated with Shabbat and Festival morning services, was originally part of ...
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Why are the Masechtos Ketanos included with Nezikin?

I've noticed that, besides for the several masechtos actually a part of Shas Bavli that don't have Gemara (shameless plug), it's the custom of printers to include Mishnayos Zera'im after Brachos and ...
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Why is Eduyos in the Daf Yomi cycle?

There are several masechtos included in the printed versions of Talmud Bavli that, in fact, don't have any Bavli on them: Yerushalmi Shekalim, Mishnayos Eduyos, Mishnayos Kinnim, Mishnayos Tamid (for ...
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Will reading Questions and Answers on Mi Yodeya gain a Jew entrance into Olam Haba?

"One who learns Halachos every day is a Ben Olam Haba" (Babylonian Talmud Niddah 73a) If a Jew reads the halachic questions and answers on this forum everyday, does that guarantee he or she will ...
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1answer
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Harkachot while grieving, ch"v

If, G-d forbid, a wife learned of a terrible tragedy while a niddah, is there any possibility that her husband could hug her? To be clear, I am asking for respected sources that look at this matter ...
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Ervah in front of mezuzot

Does one need to remain fully covered when there is a mezuzah in view? I am asking based on the principle of koved seforim, according to which, as I understand it, one may not expose ervah to (...
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Emunah and last chapter of Seder Zeraim

The Talmud (in Shabbos 31a on the bottom) associates a word from Yishayahu 33:6 with each order of the Mishnah. There are commentaries there that state explicitly that this association is meant to ...
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Explain the “mechanics” of Bilam's blessings

I am trying to understand the actual "mechanics" of Bilam's blessing B'nai Israel, in view of these verses: Devarim (Deut.) 23:6 says that G-d "converted" Bilam's curses to a blessing. My ...
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1answer
65 views

Which synagogues in the Catskill, NY area are active during Shabbat and High Holidays?

I am looking to spend a Shabbat in one of the historic Catskill mountain, NY area synagogues (i.e. any shul located in Sullivan, Orange, Ulster, Greene and Delaware counties.) during the summer as ...
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Bracha covering something retroactively

If I made a bracha on some of the items of food that were in front of me, then realized that this bracha also applies to another of the foods in front of me, do I need to make a new bracha? If not ...
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4answers
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What's the best way to make ashes (for weddings and/or pre-Tisha B'Av)?

There are times that something calls for ashes, e.g.: The meal right before Tisha B'Av, you're supposed to eat a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes. A groom puts ashes on his forehead shortly before ...
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1answer
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erroneous decisions by beit din for which korbanot must be brought by beit din and the people

In masechet horayot we learn that korbanot must be brought if the beit din makes an erroneous decision that is followed by the people. Do we know of such a mistake that was made by a beit din? If so, ...
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1answer
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Can you abandon a personal chumra if it was based on a misunderstanding of the mitzvah?

If you established a neder and/or chazaka to do some mitzvah a certain way (i.e., by doing it that way three times in a row), but this was based on a misunderstanding--such as thinking the chumra was ...
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1answer
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Blessings and giving

Malachi 3:10 - Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and ...
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What is the source not to eat the endpiece of the challah?

At the shabbos meal, why do some people (such as Yodeyan NBZ) not eat the end piece of the challah? Some people don't even just start at the middle, they avoid the end-piece altogether.
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Kohanim in Eastern Europe

Another question on this website deals with the issue of kohanim in Auschwitz. To be "strict", a kohen today could simply avoid going to death camps altogether. Elsewhere, however, is not so easy. Are ...
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7answers
227 views

What is the basis for the focus on the difference between Jews and everybody else?

I have noticed that in a large portion of the questions and answers here, the distinction between Jews and other people is repeatedly emphasized. I know enough about the Tanakh to understand that ...
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1answer
127 views

How does Judaism views Secularism?

In present day world, most of the democratic countries follow Secularism, i.e. separating state and religion. What is the opinion of Judaism on Secularism: Should a state following Halacha endorse ...
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1answer
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Should I say the Bracha ברוך…שככה לו בעולמו when I marvel at fall foliage?

Follow up on Bracha on beautiful people: The beauty of fall foliage is sometimes stunning. The beauty of foliage is "general" meaning that I see a hill with a group of trees and the whole group ...
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1answer
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How do you get oil residue off of a menora?

When you light olive oil in a metal menora, some of the oil invariably finds its way into the cracks between parts of the menora. How do you remove this residue?
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Why aren't any of the main American brands of chewing gum kosher?

These days, you walk into any American supermarket, you can find kosher chocolate bars, kosher jelly beans, kosher all sorts of stuff. I understand why the gummy worms aren't kosher, they contain ...
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Rav Moshe Margolis

I'm currently making a Mesorah chart (I know there are some out there, I just wanted to do it myself). I've gotten all the way back to the Vilna Gaon's Rav, Rav Moshe Margolis, but I can't find any ...
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1answer
117 views

Selling living space to a non-Jew over pesach to get rid chametz

Is one allowed to temporarily sell their living space to a non-Jew in order to get rid of their chametz during pesach? If so, are they still obligated to do a bdikat chametz?
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Birkat Kohanim for a Kohen who was very far from Judaism and decided to be a good Jew

Can a Kohen baal Teshuva who was previously not religious and married to a Christian woman perform birkas kohanim? How to deal with the fact that pursuing his truth research he was previously in ...
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2answers
98 views

What does the Rambam say about ghosts?

I simply want to know what the Rambam thinks about ghosts, spirits, demons, and things like that.
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1answer
89 views

Is negiah okay if the relationship would be forbidden?

Please excuse my lack of knowledge on this topic. Is non-sexual touch allowed between two people between whom a relationship would be halachically forbidden? I assume the answer is "yes" for, say, a ...
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1answer
60 views

Deuteronomy 31:19 Torah Leining

I see some discussion on Trope and the cantillation symbols, but little has been addressed by way of why you lein. I read Deuteronomy 31:29 in Scripture today and it made me wonder, Is it possible ...
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2answers
385 views

Origin of a Jewish quote about fools

There is a quote about fools that I have heard, which is attributed to the Talmud. It goes as follows, "Never tell a fool he is a fool. All you'll have is an angry fool." I know that there are a ...
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1answer
144 views

Rabbinical student married to a Christian receive his smicha [closed]

Can an Orthodox Jew who has been married for ten years to a Christian wife still become a rabbi?
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1answer
95 views

Working for a company that sells a product for idol-worship institutions?

This is similar to a question I saw on here about working for a idolatrous organization. The difference here is, the person isn't working for the institution directly, but rather works for a company ...
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1answer
75 views

How do we explain genaelogy differences between Genesis 4 and 5?

I read in The Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament "Genesis" by Diane Bergant that the similar names in both Cainite and Sethite genealogies found in Genesis 4 and 5 such as Lamech, Enoch, ...
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263 views

Why were there no Jewish philosophy tracts until the Rasag?

Jews had their first bump into philosophy when Alexander the Great conquered Israel (in the early Tanaic period). Since then, we lived under the Greeks and Romans for a few hundred years. Both of ...
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Casting out demons

When a Rabbi or someone else cast out a demon, why does it have to leave? Has thesuva anything to do with it? Can a demon be cast out of anyone at any time? Why and does it have to leave?
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Why does moshiach have to be a dark horse [closed]

Why does moshiach have to be a little known person till it is the right moment in time for him to become moshiach

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