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What if you miss the time of the sprinkling?

In parshat chukat it says that if you become tamei due to a dead body, you become pure again by being sprinkled with red-heifer ash-water on the third and seventh day of your impurity, but if you don'...
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Conversion and Hebrew Names

If a person is converting and considering their Hebrew name for being called to Torah, does the name have to be ancient Hebrew, or would a slightly different ethnic version of the same name be ...
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Moshe doubts G-d in Numbers 20:8

In Numbers 20:8 G-d commands Moshe to speak to the inanimate rock for water. Was this really a reasonable command for G-d to make? Even Moshe seems to have thought this was an impossible ...
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Every blessing begins baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam. Why?

For the past half-century, every blessing I have recited has begun with " baruch attah adonai elohany melech ha'olam". Why is this so? When was the phrase created? Was there some rationale behind ...
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Did God create all animals in pairs?

I can't find any proof about how many animals of every kind were created in the creation of the world. Is that information mentioned anywhere? Before this question, I mistakenly thought that the ...
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Why the term “Lord God” in Genesis 2–4?

We sometimes see the term "YHVH Elohim", like in Genesis 2-4. I don't understand why it doesn't just say one or the other, like in many other places in the torah. According to the Documentary ...
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Brachah on Tefillin, Mezuzah, and Terumah [closed]

When sitting in the Sukkah, we make a brachah of "leishev baSukkah," reflective of the passuk of "basukkos teishvu shiv'as yamim" (Vayikra 23). Similarly, when putting up a ma'akeh, we make a brachah ...
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Unconsciousness in Jewish Thought

Yes, that pun was intended. We know that sleep is 1/60 of death, and dreaming is 1/60 of prophecy (Brachos 57b). This is because it's a partial death, in which a piece of the Neshamah leaves the ...
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What is the Scriptural equivelant of Rabbi?

I am endeavoring to understand the source of Rabbinic authority. I don't mean to be contrary in asking. I find great wisdom abounds in much rabbinic tradition. I just find myself perplexed when it ...
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Sefer Olat Tamid, 13 fulfillments of bracha

Found this online here: Sefer Olat Tamid lists 13 verses that one fulfills each time one says a bracha properly. Included among them: the mitzvah to remember God (Deut. 8:18) recalling ...
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Were the Rabbi's required to be married men with a family? [duplicate]

Were the Rabbi's during the 1st Century AD, and after, required to be men of families, and thus obviously married, having therefore insight into counseling others with inter-family issues to be ...
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Are there any fonts that allow for the name of Hashem to be typed the way it is in Sephardi siddurim?

I'd like to be able to typeset various tefilos on my computer, so I'd like to be able to type the name of Hashem the way it appears in Sephardi siddurim, like this: Are there any fonts that allow ...
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Is there a bracha achrona called “Al Ha'Adama”?

This Web page alludes (at Footnote 2) to a discussion of the possibility that the correct bracha after raw grain is "Al HaAdama": Tosfot 37a D"H HaKoses has a doubt that perhaps the Bracha ...
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Which groups hold by the eiruv in Crown Heights?

Crown Heights, Brooklyn is now home to a controversial new eiruv.* I am aware that the majority of Lubavitchers do not hold by it for both Chasidic and Halachic reasons. I am also under the impression ...
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R' Akiva Niggun on Lag B'Omer

What is the source, and the reason, for the widespread custom[1] of singing the last Mishnah in Yoma on Lag B'Omer? Also, why do people, when singing this on Lag B'Omer, skip part of the song (put in ...
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If a woman who wants a divorce destroys her ketubah is she somehow forcing her husband's hand?

Not a practical question! I'm reading a parable (from haza"l) that I don't understand. If a woman wanted to get out of a marriage because she committed adultery and the choice was between divorce or ...
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Can I cut to my kippah to make it smaller?

I have a nice black silk kippah, the only problem is that it's too big. Can i cut around to make it smaller? Is there holiness in Kippa, is there a prohibition to cut it?
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What were Moshe and Aharon supposed to say to the rock?

B'midbar 20:8 shows that G-d instructs Moshe and Aharon to speak to the rock, and it will bring forth water. Usually, when G-d instructs Moshe to speak to B'nai Yisra'el he indicates what Moshe ...
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What is the motivation behind the obligated number of times different workers are required to fulfill their conjugal rights obligations?

In Hilchot Ishut the Rambam gives different requirements to men to fulfill their conjugal rights obligations (http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/952888/jewish/Ishut-Chapter-Fourteen.htm). ...
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Source of שלום זכר

What is the earliest source for the מנהג of making a שלום זכר? Anything earlier than שולחן ערוך will make me happy to be honest...
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Transgender Halachos [duplicate]

In light of recent technologies, for academic purposes only (that is, please do not try this at home under any circumstances): Is one l'chatchillah allowed to become a transgender? If b'dieved one ...
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Kaddish Said by Mourners [duplicate]

When was it instituted that all those who are aveilim in a minyan recite Kaddish? I am under the impression that most codifiers are of the opinion that only one person in the minyan is designated to ...
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In which historical periods was it allowed to pronounce the tetragrammaton?

We know that Boaz introduced the possibility of greeting people using the tetragrammaton. The Mishnah in Berochos 54a says והתקינו שיהא אדם שואל את שלום חברו בשם שנאמר והנה בעז בא מבית לחם ...
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Does this passage prove a Greek source to the prohibition of speaking the Tetragramaton?

Follow-up to previous quesitons: Where are Jews forbidden to speak the name of God How can we learn the correct way to pronounce God's name? I found a quote from The Babylonian Talmud that ...
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תיקו How can we rely on Eliyohu to decide halachic issues? The Torah is to be decided on earth.

Halachic discussions in the Gemoro can end with the word תיקו. According to one view in Hebrew Wikpedia it stands for תשבי יתרץ קושיות ובעיות. שמשמעותן: השאלה תעמוד ותוכרע רק כאשר יבוא התשבי -...
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Cohanim in Paris

Purely out of curiosity; Would a Cohen have to be careful when walking around Paris because of the Catacombs (an underground network of tombs where an estimated 6 million people's bones are buried), ...
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Which sefiros does each seder matzah correspond to according to the Ari?

The Ari says regarding the Pesach seder, (I'm not sure of the exact source though), "Arrange the Plate on the table by taking three matzahs and placing them one on the other: First the Israelite [...
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Why was Aharon punished at Mei Meriva?

In parshat Chukat, we see that it was Moshe who hit the rock instead of speaking to it, as G-d had commanded him. Yet, Aharon was punished with dying before entering the land of Israel, receiving the ...
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Why are large parts of the Torah not applicable nowadays?

There are 613 mitzvot enumerated in the Torah. There are many mitzvot (more than half) that are not directly applicable today e.g. laws pertaining to the temples. Despite there being some remnants of ...
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Why not stipulate that Machpela would be a burial site? (N'tziv)

Genesis 23 describes Avraham's purchase of a burial site from Efron the Hittite. The way Haamek Davar explains it — if I understand his commentary to verse 20 correctly — the transaction ...
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How much is one obligated to help a struggling minyan?

Someone attends a minyan that has a near perfect record of getting at least 10 men. Occasionally, a rabbi from another struggling minyan may call him and ask him to assist forming his minyan. What ...
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Issues with Ezekiel 29/Jeremiah 46 prophecies [duplicate]

The pharaoh that is called into judgment by both Ezekiel 29 and Jeremiah 46 is Apries or Hophra. Jeremiah 46:26 states that G-d would deliver Hophra into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and kill him. ...
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May one eat dairy immediately after tasting a meat item? [duplicate]

I know that there are different customs regarding how long one must wait to eat dairy after eating meat. Let's say one tastes a meat stew or soup to see if it needs more spicing, and this amount is ...
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Is there a blessing or prayer for success in work?

I was recently elected to the board of my synagogue and I wanted to add a small prayer or invocation for success at the beginning of the meetings. Does anyone know something appropriate? I was ...
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Working and living with Chickens

If my shoes have come in contact with chicken feces through everyday work and there is a lingering smell even after washing them off, although faint it's still apparent to me, can I say brachos?
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Pokemon Go and Churches

This is intended to be an academic question. All practical halachic questions should be decided based on a consult with your local Orthodox rabbi. Pokemon Go is a new game for smartphones where you ...
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Why is the survival of the sons of Korach not mentioned in Parshat Korach?

In Parshat Korach we read about the deaths of Korach and Datan and Aviram, and that the families of Datan and Aviram descended with them as the earth swallowed them up. In Parshat Pinchas, when it is ...
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“Yotzer Or” procedure

Right after borochu in shacharit there is a bracha “yotzer or uvoreh choshech, oseh shalom uvoreh et ha kol”. Should this bracha be said out loud by the shaliach tzibur? Regardless of whether it ...
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How can we learn the correct way to pronounce God's name?

I endeavored to trace the source(s) of the Jewish taboo of saying the name of God. From what I gather in answers to a previous question: we begin with God's prohibition found in Exodus 20:7,...
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Nebuchadnezzar II failure to conquer Egypt

Ezekiel 29:19 states the G-d will give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar II. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will carry off ...
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Difference between munach legarmei revii and gershayim revii

Is there any grammatical difference between a munach legarmei before a revii and a gershayim before a revii? For example, the first words in Bamidbar 16:17 and 16:18 are very similar (וקחו/ויקחו איש ...
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Kaddish DeRabonon after Pirkei Oveis in minyan

In our shul after Mincha on Shabbos we usually read Pirkei Oveis while there is minyan. But we do not read Kaddish DeRabonon after it, even if someone recited last line("Rabbi Chananya Ben Akashya...")...
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Lighting from a pre-existing flame on 1st night Yom Tov if saying brachos first?

Some have the custom to say the bracha before kindling lights on (erev) Yom Tov. The linked page claims in one place that this is allowed because we don't receive Yom Tov with the bracha, and in ...
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When to sit down when davening

During Shabbat morning davening, we recite Psalm 136 and my siddur has the following instruction, "Most congregations recite the following psalm while standing". So I make sure to stand and then begin ...
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Daniel 8:14 not fulfilled?

Is Daniel 8:14 incorrect concerning the re dedication of the Temple? Chris Sandoval states: Here he [Micah] successfully predicted the rededication of the Temple, but got the date wrong. Now the ...
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Unusual spelling of Joseph's name

In Psalm 81:6, why is Joseph's name spelled יהוסף? Seems to be the only place in the TaNaK that I currently know of that his name is spelled in this fashion.
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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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Pre- vs. Post-1960s Catholicism's views on Judaism [migrated]

Why did the Catholic Church change its views regarding Judaism at the 1960s (spec. at the Second Vatican Council with its document Nostræ Ætate)?
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How do modern Jews observe commands that talk about putting people to death? [duplicate]

Leviticus 20:10 talks about putting adulterous peoples to death. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 talks about putting a rebellious son to death: ... his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring ...
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Pirkei Avot 5:17 - Did they mean Bet Hillel and Bet Shamai?

In Pirkei Avot 5:17, when citing an example of a controversy that is for the sake of Heaven, the Mishnah uses the terms "Hillel and Shamai". Many translations that I have seen - including Aish.com and ...

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