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1answer
209 views

Giving away coupon to non-kosher restraurant

Can a "kosher eating only" Jew who receives a coupon for a free meal at a non-kosher restraurant give that coupon to another jew, even if they don't keep kosher? I know you are not making them go and ...
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1answer
347 views

Shiluach HaKan and a possibly Tahor bird

Shuchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292:1 rules that the commandment of shiluach hakan applies only to birds which are tahor, a kosher species. The meforshim explain that the Torah say tzipor which only refers ...
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2answers
740 views

B'rachah on Shiluach HaKen

In many, if not most, cases where we fulfill a positive commandment Chazal instituted a blessing (B'rachah) over fulfilling that command. Looking through Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292, and other ...
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10answers
178 views

Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
234 views

Variant vowelizations in Selichot

The repeated paragraph in Selichot that introduces the Thirteen Attributes includes the phrase "increasingly grants pardon to careless sinners and foregiveness to willful ones" (Artscroll Siddur ...
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2answers
431 views

Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?

People get these nice Israeli silver gifts like kiddush cups or fountains -- do they need to be dunked in the mikva?
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3answers
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Electric Appliances and Mikva

Do electric appliances need to be dunked (toveled) in a mikva? Obviously, if the parts that touch the food are removable (e.g. an electric mixer's bowl and blade, or a blender's carafe, or the ...
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6answers
942 views

Why do the Sifrei Eme"s (i.e. Job, Proverbs, Psalms) have cantillation marks?

Why do the Sifrei Eme"s (i.e. Job, Proverbs, Psalms) have cantillation marks? Are they read to a tune or is it just punctuation for personal usage? Have they ever been read publicly with the tune? (...
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11answers
319 views

Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
383 views

Intentional Shilu'ach Hakan

Can one fairly be judged as a "bad person" or a naval bir'shus haTorah (see bottom) if he actively seeks out opportunities for shilu'ach hakan gratuitously (i.e. does not make use of the young birds)? ...
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4answers
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Rules for Cutting Nails

My question about nail-cutting is whether each of the following is halacha, minhag, or old-wives' tales. Not cutting both fingernails and toenails on the same day. Not cutting nails at night (is ...
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3answers
607 views

Non-Jew's marriage obligation

Does a non-Jew have an obligation to get married like the Jew does?
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9answers
112 views

Esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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3answers
557 views

Posek vs. Rabbi?

It seems to me obvious that certain sheilos are best dealt with by only the leading Rabbanim. At the same time colloquially we often say a Rabbi has "paskened" a sheilah when the answer is fairly ...
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votes
2answers
132 views

Choices before birth

Before we are born do we pick who will be our parents, guides, and rebbaim in life?
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5answers
737 views

malacha from child

is one allowed to ask a child to do a malacha of shabbos? does your answer also apply to a non-Jew?
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3answers
905 views

Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat

If a man needs to be brought to the hospital on Shabbat due to a life threatening situation, another man may bring him there even by violating biblical Shabbat prohibitions (e.g. driving a car). Which ...
6
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5answers
456 views

Is it Gezel Sheinah for a teacher to wake up a student in class?

Yes, it's a little tongue-in-cheek, but it occurred to me while reading the question on stealing a parents tuition by skipping, and I think that there is a real benefit in the question. Is it Gezel ...
3
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1answer
118 views

Shavuos, why celebrate?

The original Matan Torah — meaning, when we celebrate Shavuos — is the time when we mistakenly thereafter served the Golden Calf. Why would we celebrate that day? It is equivalent to celebrating after ...
3
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7answers
80 views

Tish'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows nineteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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5answers
138 views

Sefiras Haomer Counting Direction

When we count the Sefiras Haomer, why do we count up and not down?
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3answers
190 views

davening (coming in during shema)

where are supposed to start at when you come into shachrit during shema on a regular week day?
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3answers
244 views

Reaching kedusha during silent shemone esre

When the chazzan starts kedusha in chazarat hashatz while you're davening, are you supposed to answer the chant, continue in your tefilla, or just not say anything?
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4answers
540 views

What is the status of a pull-apart challah for “lechem mishneh”?

On Shabbat, we're supposed to begin the meals with two whole loaves - "Lechem Mishneh." According to Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchato as quoted in the article linked above, "If two loaves bake together in ...
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2answers
106 views

Advance notice of the day of the Omer?

If I say, "Tonight will be the X night of the Omer", why is that considered as I've already counted? If I say, "G-d is blessed for creating the fruit of the tree", don't I still need to make the ...
7
votes
2answers
606 views

Is Yom HaAtzma'ut a Chag?

Is Yom Ha-Atzma'ut (Israeli Independance Day) considered a Chag (Jewish Holiday)? I have been to three types of Shuls (Synagogues) on this day: Those that have added the saying of Hallel but without ...
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1answer
2k views

Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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3answers
390 views

Can you turn your back to the Aron HaKodesh?

I'm quite certain that it is mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one should not turn one's back to the Aron HaKodesh (ark which holds the Torah Scrolls). Can anyone tell me where this is ...
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2answers
669 views

Mizmor l'David (Psalms 23) at Shalosh Suedos

There is a common minhag (custom) to sing Mizmor l'David at Seudah Shlishis, the third Sabbath meal. It is common to sing this song three times in a row and I was asked this Shabbos by a friend why ...
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5answers
467 views

Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?

Lag Baomer celebrates the yohrtzeit of a tzadik. Why is that cause for celebration?
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3answers
180 views

Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah

What is the difference between Shavuos and Simchas Torah if they are both fundamentally celebrations of the Torah?
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3answers
71 views

The story of the rabbis in the haggada-mizva of afikoman

In the hagadah, did the rabbanim who stayed up all night get the miztva of afikoman?
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votes
1answer
111 views

Are eidim lawyers?

Are eidim considered lawyers?
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3answers
879 views

Can you judge someone by the clothing he or she wears? [closed]

Can you judge someone by the clothing he or she wears? Even if you can, should you?
4
votes
1answer
328 views

What is the law for a Goel Hadam (Avenger of Blood) outside of the Land of Israel?

The halacha is you can only build a city of refuge in Israel. What if someone killed by accident outside of Israel. Can the relative of the guy who was killed go after and try to kill the murderer who ...
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votes
10answers
141 views

Shemona Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows eighteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
5
votes
4answers
160 views

Ditch school: stealing?

If your parents pay for you to go to school and you ditch, is that stealing?
4
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5answers
2k views

What in the world is a shtender? [closed]

Who made up the name shtender, and who started using the term?
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2answers
292 views

Is this site for Children?

A father asked me if this site is appropriate for children considering the fact that oftentimes incorrect answers are being posted. Children are very impressionable and as Chazal tell us, Shabeshtah, ...
6
votes
2answers
728 views

Trop (cantillation) for leining

Who created the trop (cantillation) for leining? Is it a Mesorah from when the Torah was written?
3
votes
1answer
107 views

An accidental killer who needs to leave the eer miklat

It says in makos that a person who kills b'shogeg goes to an eer miklat. So if a person who killed b'shogeg is in an eer miklat and the whole city is on fire or an enemy is attacking the eer miklat ...
5
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2answers
516 views

36 hidden tzadikim

Are there really 36 hidden tzadikim? What level are they on (tana, amora, etc.)?
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4answers
520 views

Shalom Aleichem and Eishes Chayil

Who wrote Shalom Aleichem and Eishes Chayil? Is it minhag Yisrael?
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3answers
246 views

Why did Hashem make some non-Kosher animals look like Kosher ones?

Why did Hashem make animals like the pig, camel, etc. that have one exact character trait of kosher animals and then write in the Torah that they aren't kosher? If He's trying to trick us, shouldn't ...
4
votes
3answers
185 views

Is Mi Yodeya helpful? [closed]

Does anyone here feel that this site is helpful? I do, but is it Bitul Torah? Because you could always go look up the answer in a sefer and get more schar (reward).
2
votes
2answers
197 views

The Shafan and Arneves

What are the Shafan and Arneves (Leviticus 11:5-6)?
3
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3answers
750 views

Is it o.k. to watch “American Idol” during the Omer and the Three Weeks?

Many Poskim who permit listening of music year-round prohibit it during the Omer and the Three Weeks. Is it ok to watch American Idol during these periods of time, according to the opinions who permit ...
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votes
2answers
303 views

Why say Hashem wrote the torah? [closed]

Why do people say Hashem wrote the torah, shouldn't it be He created it, made it, edited it, etc?
3
votes
1answer
178 views

Is it permissible to work at a tzaar-baalei-chayyim store?

Are you allowed to work at a store (pet shop, for example) that does tzaar-baalei-chayyim to the animals it has there?
6
votes
3answers
428 views

Will marriages continue when mashiach comes?

If you are married to a girl and mashaich comes, wil you be married to her in the world to come or you start all over?!?

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