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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

A woman should not sing along to a song in the presence of unrelated Jewish men. But can she mouth the words? I never see frum women doing this, presumably because of marat ayin. As far as the issue ...
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Miracles through natural means

I've heard it said that both Ramban and Rambam believed that Hashem causes miracles to occur through natural means, but I've never seen this. What exactly do they (and other significant Rabbonim) say ...
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Why eat gebrochts on the 8th day?

Apparently, among those who don't eat gebrochts during Pesach, the custom is to specifically eat it on the 8th day. From ...
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How much wine should women drink at the Pesach seder?

In light of the concerns discussed here, how much of the Four Cups are women required/advised to drink at the Passover seder? At my last seder, I was told that women only need to have "a little" (a ...
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How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?

How can I tell if a given year is a Hebrew Leap Year? The simpler, the better. [Assuming we are using a fixed calendar, not like the "olden days".]
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Miracles through natural means (part 2)

This is a follow up to my previous question. Does anyone know of any sources where modern scientists and/or Rabbonim with relevant knowledge have discussed various possibilities for how overt ...
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Swimming on Shabbos

Is it permitted to go swimming on Shabbos?
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As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. pedagogic Talmud Torah

The Gemara in Yebamot 117b try to explain the reciprocity of sentiment between mother-in-law (X) and her daughter-in-law (Y). As an illustration of this phenomenon, Gemara quotes a verse in Proverbs ...
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What was pharaoh's and his people's change of heart of sending away the Jewish people from Egypt

here are the pesukim. It says pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart. Rashi says that the end of the posuk only refers to pharaoh but not to his servants. Their change of heart was because ...
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In what sense is Hanukkah “a Yom Tov like other yamim tovim”?

The Machzor Vitry (§234) finds a scriptural source for Hanukkah in Leviticus 24:2. That the stipulation that Israelites should collect pure olive oil for the menorah should follow on from a ...
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Do roasted peanuts in their shells require a hechsher?

I know that non-Israel grown raw peanuts in their shell are considered plain "vegetables" / legumes and do not require kosher certification, as other untouched fresh fruit / veggies. Shelled peanuts ...
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Nusach Sefard vs. Nusach Ha-Arizal

So I was wondering what differences there are between Nusach Sefard, the traditional Chassidic nusach and Nusach Ha-Arizal, the Chabadnik nusach arranged by the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman of ...
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Yaale Veyavo in the Hagada. From Tefilah to Geula

The topic of this question is the building process of Geula We see in Hagada (Parshat Bikurim, Deuteronomy 24) a succession of verbs witch describe the preliminaries of the Geula, from prayer to ...
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Makkot 7a: מעגילה

The Mishnah mentioned some sort of roller to spread plaster over rooftops. Why is this called מעגילה especially since it only called that way on the way down?
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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When is there Kaddish after a shiur?

When do you say Kaddish Derabanan after a shiur? What are the requirements for this Kaddish?
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Assimilated Bucharian Jews

I was told that there is a discussion regarding the Jewishness of Bucharian Jews, because they were forced into being assimilated into the surrounding gentile culture, (perhaps the discussion was by ...
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Who should say the half kaddish after reading the Torah?

Who is supposed to say the chatzi kaddish after the torah reading? Is it the person who read the torah or an ovel who is saying kaddish?
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(Ki) Ani Hashem Elokeihem

Twenty-seven times (by my count) in Torah and in Ezekiel, we find the phrase אני ה׳ אלקיכם or אני ה׳ אלקיהם at the end of a pasuk (for example, Lev 25:55). In eight of these cases, the phrase is ...
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Prohibition of causing mitzta'er on Yom Tov

I have heard about a Biblical prohibition on causing oneself to suffer during Yom Tov. The example that always comes up for this mitzvah is the permission not to sleep in the sukkah if it causes one ...
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Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant?

Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?
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Do you have to eat bread meal(s) on every day of Chol HaMoed?

Many say there is an obligation to eat meals with bread as part of simchas Yom Tov. Is there a similar obligation to eat bread during Chol HaMoed? If so, how often? For example, during Chol HaMoed ...
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil at the Pesach Seder?

When the (first) Seder falls out on Friday night (as it did this year), the custom at my family's Seder is not to say Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil. I have looked in all of the Machzorim and ...
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Preparing kitniyot for Shabbat immediately after Pesach

In a year like this, where the last day of Pesach (for Israelis) is on Friday, can kitniyot be cooked on Pesach for use on Shabbat? I know that eating kitniyot that don't have to be prepared is not a ...
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Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax [duplicate]

I apologize that this question has quite a bit of background! Many states in the USA have something called a 'sales and use tax'. The basic idea is that whenever you buy something in the state, ...
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Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah?

Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah? Are Cohens generally restricted from marrying baalot teshuva because of the possibility that they may be b'not niddah?
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What is Lubavitch Shechita?

I was recently told about a Lubavitch family who only eats Lubavitch shechita. What is unique about Lubavitch shechita? Are there particular opinions which they are stringent for that no one else is? ...
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Is coin a mana?

The gemara (Bava Metzia 47a) quotes a statement, and tries to figure out which opinions are (in)compatible with this statement: אמר רב ששת בריה דרב אידי כמאן כתבינן האידנא במנא דכשר למקניא ביה ...
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May one roll a Sefer Torah on Friday Yom Tov for Shabbat use?

Based on my understanding... One is not allowed to make preparations on the 1st day of Yom Tov for the 2nd day. An Eruv Tavshilin allows one to cook, bake and make food preparations on Friday for ...
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Do you have more information about the Algerian Yitro feast of boys?

My father told me the Algerian Jews do a feast similar to the Tunisian's Yitro feast of boys. It happens the same day. This feast is apparently called "Molke Tsion" and is dedicated to the glory of ...
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What does shomo-a tishm'u in the shema prayer mean?

The second paragraph of the shema begins with "and it will come to pass that if you continually hearken to my commandments..." Apparently shomo-a tishm'u means continually hearken but I would like ...
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How to Reconcile if/when the Jewish Day Was to Begin at Sunset?

Question: Are there any historical documents that detail the differences in opinions on when the "Jewish Day" began? (Perhaps between Sadducee and Pharisee/Rabbinic definitions, etc). What the ...
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Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women

I've been reading Oz vehadar (R' Pessach Eliahu Falk) and one doubt came up: If a woman should stay tznuah even in private (like rules on what pajamas not to wear, and about the length of the ...
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Maintaining Tzniut in Uncomfortable Social Situations

How can a teenage girl, who recently started practicing the laws of tzniut as well as feasible, balance those laws with the prohibition against embarrassing her family members, who are embarrassed to ...
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Is causing oneself to have an erection forbidden or just not recommended?

In the Mishneh Torah Hilchos Issurei Biah 21:19 it says: It is forbidden for a person to intentionally cause himself to have an erection or to bring himself to [sexual] thoughts. Yet in Niddah ...
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Shabbos and National Security [duplicate]

A doctor is allowed to drive to the hospital on Shabbos for an emergency to save the patient's life. No one really argues on that principle. Now suppose someone works in a high level position in the ...
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Who are considered “avot” who worshipped idols?

In the beginning of the Amidah, we identify "avoteinu" our forefathers and we list them as Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. But in the Haggadah, we begin by saying "Mitchilah, ovdei avodah zara hayu ...
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Ratios of Hameitz-to-Other for Owning

For the prohibition of owning hameitz on passover, what is the ratio of hameitz-to-other that makes a mixture hameitz? The prohibition of owning hameitz is a separate mitzvat lo-ta'asei, as listed by ...
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Why does the Shulchan Aruch say to make a bracha on Hallel Pesach Night?

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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Why isn't eating milk with chicken kosher?

I remember learning that the reason you don't eat milk with beef is because you shouldn't cook a calf in its mother's milk. However, when you are dealing with two different species, this same logic ...
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Is certified gluten-free kosher for Passover?

If a food item is certified as gluten-free, does that mean it does not contain any chomets?
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Why do we need dishes designated specifically for Pesah? [closed]

We have certain principles of Bittul BeRov (nullification in a majority), and Bittul BeShishim (nullification in a ratio of 1:60). These principles apply to foods all year, but not to Hametz on ...
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Saying Hallel Before Nightfall on the First Night of Pesach

In Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim Siman 487 Sif 4 it is brought the minhag of saying Hallel in shul the first night of Pesach בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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Are specific tactics prescribed for civil laws that encroach on Jewish law?

When a government makes decrees that force Jews to transgress religious laws, does halacha describe the degree to which the government's laws must be ignored? If so, are there specific ways in which ...
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Did Shimshon sleep with the harlot when he Came to Gaza

In the book of Judges Chapter 16 it says: 1And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and came to her. אוַיֵּלֶךְ שִׁמְשׁוֹן עַזָּתָה וַיַּרְא שָׁם אִשָּׁה זוֹנָה וַיָּבֹא אֵלֶיהָ: When it ...
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Could you bake matzah during Passover?

This is a theoretical question, I have no plans to bake my own Matza. But could you get flour and make Kosher Matza DURING Pessah (any time during the whole week)? Is there a law against it, if it's ...
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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

Background: There seems to be a popular movement amongst those who wear tephilin on Chol Hamoed to leave them on until after krias hatora on the second (first, in the Diaspora) day of Chol Hamoed ...
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German and Ethiopian Jews in the time of the Mishna?

According to Negaim 3:1, the laws of negaim only apply to Jews (הכל מטּמאין בנגעים חוץ מגוים), but according to Negaim 2:1 they apply to people from Germany (גרמני) and Ethiopia (or Numibia, etc; ...
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Is Esther's comment in Esther 7:4 a reference to one of the curses in Devarim 28:68?

In Esther 7:4, Esther says that had the Jews been sold for slaves and maidservants, she would have been silent. Devarim 28:68 says that we would be shipped to Egypt, and we would try to sell ...

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