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Best sleeping position?

I think it was in the Shulchan Aruch that I once read that the best sleeping position is laying sideways over the right side. I remember there were reasons for this but I can't recall what they were. ...
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When does the Gemara say “שנאמר” vs. “כדכתיב”

There are many times when the Gemara uses the word "שנאמר" when it quotes a verse. Why does it sometimes use the word "כדכתיב" when quoting a verse, and sometimes it says "שנאמר"
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what were taxes like during Solomon's time? (According to Judaism)

I know there was terumah (10%) which went to kohanim and maaser ani (9% every other year to poor) + maaser sheni, which isn't exactly a tax but you had to spend it in Jerusalem. Where did non-Temple ...
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Two additional tests of Joseph in Talmud?

This discussion mentions that besides the test with Zuleica/Zuleicha (Potiphar's wife, according to the reference 166 Book of Yasher cited on p.371 in this Midrash book), there were two even more ...
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Division of Parshiyot in Tanach – Same or Seperate Nevuah?

I had a question about the Masoretic divisions in the Tanach, specifically the "פ" and "ס" notations. I know that the division into chapters was a Christian development that has been accepted for ...
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Kilt -Is it chayav tzitzit?

I have been told by some friends of Scottish ancestry that a proper kilt is not sewn closed in the form in which it is worn, rather it is a single long piece of fabric which is held in place with a ...
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What are Acceptable Uses of Tzeddakah?

Maimonides opined that there are eight levels of tzedakah: From the lowest level of giving charity unwillingly or begrudgingly to the highest level of offering a loan, partnership or job to help ...
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Did Moshe need to do all 3 signs for the Jewish people and if so why?

In Shemos 4:1 Moshe expresses his concern to God that the people will not believe that he was commanded by God to take them out. God then gives him 3 signs (4:2-9) stating that if they won't believe ...
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When did it become common to engrave tombstones?

I'm going to "link" this question to something in this week's parsha (Torah reading): Genesis 35:20: וַיַּצֵּ֧ב יַעֲקֹ֛ב מַצֵּבָ֖ה עַל־קְבֻרָתָ֑הּ הִ֛וא מַצֶּ֥בֶת קְבֻֽרַת־רָחֵ֖ל עַד־הַיּֽוֹם׃ ...
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Parents mix in to marriage until 24 years old

I was once told that parents have a bigger say regarding who you (maybe only male) marry before you are 24 years old Is this true? if yes sources please (The only thing I saw that changes after the ...
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Can I leave my car by a Jewish secular mechanic if there's a possibility that he'll do work on it on Shabbat?

If it's Friday or close to Friday, am I allowed to leave my car at a Jewish secular mechanic to do a job at a set rate with the possibility that he'll work on it on Shabbat? Would it help if I asked ...
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Is one allowed to carry a gun for self-defense if local secular law prohibits it?

There is a rule of Dina D'Malchuta Dina - the law of the land is valid, providing that it does not conflict directly with Torah laws. There is a Torah law of Venishmartem lenafshotechem (Devarim ...
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Stolen Tefillin Fund

My tefillin have gone missing, as well as a tallit which had belonged to my grandfather ז”ל. At present, I still hope that they turn up, however I am trying to look into other options if chas veshalom ...
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Why does the section תָּנוּ רַבָּנָן in the siddur contain two elements not apparently relating to sacrifices?

In the section of the siddur dealing with the sacrifices, after the parsha of the spice offering, there is a section from the gemoro (Kereisos 6a) that deals with the spice offering starting with the ...
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Can a Jew tell a Gentile to fix his ambulance on Shabbat?

I Understand that a Jew is not allowed to ask a Gentile to do work for him specifically on Shabbat. Thus, one cannot bring a car to the Gentile mechanic on Friday and tell him specifically, "Fix my ...
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Are we morally obligated to help the poor?

To make this question concrete: Let's say I am stopped at a stoplight and I see a person holding a sign asking for money. Main question: Am I morally obligated to help him/her? For those who ...
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Implication of uncertain letters in the Torah

I learned that there are a number of uncertain letters in the written Torah This article lists 12 (counts vary). (1) Bereishit 4:13 "Mineso" (E&T w/o Vav) (2) Bereishit 7:11 "Ma'ayanos ...
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How holy is Aramaic?

I've always thought that Hebrew is the Lashon HaKodesh, the language G-d speaks, and the language of Judaism. And that Aramaic is also important but somewhat secondary. But based on this answer, it ...
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Why is the shalshelet trope (cantillation) note always at the beginning of the verse and always followed by a psik?

The shalshelet trope note appears in 4 places in the Torah: Breishit 19:16, Bresihit 24:12, Breishit 39:8, and Vayikra 8:23. In all cases the note is on the 1st word of its verse and is followed by ...
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Can you tell a client that he's being overcharged which might put the service provider out of business?

Are there any issues involved with telling a client that a service they are using is overpriced and that a competitor will give them a much cheaper option? Let's assume all the parties are Jewish ...
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Who saw angels?

Which historical figures in Tanach had visions of malachim (angels)? Which of these were themselves prophets (e.g. Abraham, Jacob, Balaam)? Which were figures very close to prophets but not themselves ...
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Torah reading on Shabbat afternoon was instituted for יושבי קרנות. Who are they?

Bava Kamma 82a (excerpts): עשרה תקנות תיקן עזרא שקורין במנחה בשבת Ezra made 10 enactments (1) Reading the Torah at Min'ha on Shabbat שיהו קוראין במנחה בשבת משום יושבי קרנות: Rash"i ...
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Who put the parentheses in the Gemara, when, and for what reason(s)?

From time to time there are parentheses in the gemara (e.g., Taanis 17b). Who put the parentheses there, when, and for what reason(s)?
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Saying Shema from Klaf

I've heard of saying parshat haketoret from a klaf. Does a similar practice exist for shema? If so, is it just Shema and V'haya (essentially a mezuzah) or the above and Parshat Tzitzit?
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HaSatan how should it be described?

The Babylonian Talmud (Bava Bathra 16a) states that the Evil Inclincation (Yetzer ha-Ra), the Angel of Death and HaSatan are identical. The Talmud seems to distinguish between HaSatan outside man ...
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Are there Published Legal Defenses Resolving Objections Against Rabbinic Authority?

Are there Rabbinic "apologetic or polemic works" that focus only on the rational validity, and logical objections raised by other Jews1 -- against: (1.) the Rabbinate's authority in Judaism over other ...
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Is a pilegesh the same as a handmaiden?

I'm confused as to whether what the actual relationship to a man a pilegesh actually has in Jewish Law. I've seen conflicting sources: (1) Hebrew school taught a pilegesh is a secondary wife ...
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If a house has mezuzahs and one of bedroom's mezuzah isn't kosher is the entire house at risk or just that bedroom?

I read on this website the entire following article which includes major kabbalistic info about mezuzah protection and I was wondering if any major rabbi or kabbalist or anyone with the answer can ...
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Rules and restrictions of reciting Tehillim

I know there are lots of Halachot of when, where and how you should pray. What you can and can't wear and how to properly do it. But I've never heard any rules for reciting Tehillim. Can I say ...
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Should driving be permitted on Yom Tov for a choleh she-ein bo sakanah?

Since hav'arah (i.e. sparking a new fire) is only de-rabbanan on yom tov (according to some opinions), should there be more halakhic leeway for driving to obtain medical care on a holiday (not on ...
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Is a Vegetarian Disqualified for being a Ger Toshav

Regarding a Ger Toshav the Gemara in Avoda Zarah (64b) says: איזהו גר תושב זה גר אוכל נבילות שקבל עליו לקיים כל מצות האמורות בתורה חוץ מאיסור נבילות Who is a Ger Toshav? He who takes ...
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Why does congregational prayer require a chazan / shaliach tzibbur (cantor)?

Talmud Brachot mentions some of the duties of the shali'ach tzibur in terms of some of his halachic responsibilities during prayer. But, I haven't been able to locate anything in the Talmud that ...
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Seeking an English version of Minchat Chinuch

Is there an English version of Minchat Chinuch by "Rabbeinu Yosef" (Yosef Ben Moshe Babad, 1800–1874), a commentary on the Sefer ha-Chinuch?
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Would a non-kosher Earth animal born in space be kosher?

Inspired by this question. The question linked quotes Sanhedrin 59b in saying that if an animal came down from heaven (whether it had kosher signs or not) it would be kosher. If I were, however, to ...
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RABA (רבה) Bar Rav Shila or RAVA (רבא) Bar Rav Shila?

On the Talmud (Brachot- ברכות דף ב ע"א) there are a two versions: RaVa bar Rav Shila (רבא בר רב שילא) RaBa Bar Rav Shila (רבה בר רב שילא) What is the right version?
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Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?

"And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2 Some understand that this verse teaches that ...
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Is it forbidden to watch pornography?

I have heard that pornography is forbidden, but the reasons (most?) seem to be based upon statements in the Talmud that deal with situations where the potential for a sinful encounter may occur, from ...
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What replies can be said while waiting for person behind you to finish davening?

One should not take his 3 steps backward after davening shmoneh esrei if there is a person directly behind him still davening [citation needed]. I believe this is true no matter how far the person ...
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How bad is it to assemble the lulav on chag

I know one ideally should not assemble the Lulav on the actual holiday yet there are many people who don't know how to do it and despite the printed instructions we (the L & E vendors) offer them, ...
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Does the writing on a mezuzah have to be totally straight?

I saw a mezuzah parchment where it seems that the while the letters where all in a line, in the sense that they did not collide with the rows above or below them, but within the row, the letters were ...
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Sources that permit applying sunscreen on shabbos?

Since it's put on to prevent medical conditions, are there recognized halachic authorities who say that applying sunscreen (a cream NOT lotion) is muttar (permitted) on shabbos?
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Caffeine pills vs. suppositories on Yom Kippur

It seems to be commonplace today for people to use caffeine suppositories on Yom Kippur, in order to deal with caffeine withdrawal from not being able to drink coffee. I have to assume that this is ...
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Mikvah on yom kippur?

An 'istenis' (delicate) with regards to the mikvah does not want to go, unless absolutely necessary. Is going to the mikvah on Yom Kippur despite this more important, or is he exempt? Is going to the ...
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If you're short on time or came late to shul, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? (sefardic version)

If you come late to shul and need to catch up while the congregation is finishing selihot or has already started shacharit, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? I would like answers for ...
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When to say selichot in a minyan that doesn't

Note: This question is practical, however, my rav is not capable of answering it from his own experience, due to the nature of mainstream Orthodox kehillot in the US. According to Western Ashkenazi ...
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Why Judaism ceased to use the Saptuagint translation?

I heard somewhere (forgot where...sorry) that the Septuagint ceased to be read in the Jewsih community. Why ? P.S: If any of the information is wrong, just tell me where to edit the question, or you ...
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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Sources on printing Shem הוי”ה in Siddurim

This post discusses the fading custom of writing the Tetragrammaton in siddurim with the י–י digraph, rather than the increasingly common full spelling, which I will not put here, as I suspect that ...
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Tradition for Choosing What to Call a Secular Holiday on a Hebrew Calendar

I received a solicitation for a donation from a well-known and rather large centrist Orthodox Yeshiva/Mesifta/Kollel in Brooklyn. The organization included in the mailing a weekly pocket diary as a ...
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saying boruch shem out loud on Yom Kippur but not immediately after?

The entire Yom Kippur we say the "boruch shem" after "shema" out loud, contrary to the normal whispered tone, because we are compared to angels on this day. The question is, when Yom Kippur first ...

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