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Charbonah related to destruction?

Charbonah is the person who reminded Ahashverosh about the tree that Haman made to hang Mordechai on. I realize that the names of most of the people mentioned in the Megillah are Persian. However, ...
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Which rabbis permit food being kosher just based on the ingredients?

Kosherstarbucks.com give options of what to order based on different halakhic standards. They include the "No Utensils List" (CRC-recommended), the Regular list, and the Kosher by Ingredients list ...
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Why the use of “King of Egypt” at the beginning of Shemot 14::5?

The beginning of Shemot 14:5 says, "It was told to the King of Egypt...". Why use this term instead of the more common term "Pharoah"?
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Whats wrong with a purple female messiah?

In keeping with the practice of taking half a sentence out of context, and playing with the translation in the name of Purim Torah, I will quote maseches Kilaim, chapter nine, mishna nine. משיחות ...
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Why was it important for the Jews to leave Mitzraim with רכוש גדול?

Why did the Jews have to leave Egypt with רכוש גדול? What was the significance of the Bnei Yisroel asking the Egyptians for silver, gold? (Shemos 11:2)
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Echad - mi yodeya?

Who knows one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about a day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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Do kashrut agencies inspect pickling spices for insects before adding them to brined meat?

I noticed that pickled meats such as corned beef, pastrami and tongue are covered with seeds twigs and leaves. (Most of it seems to be allspice.) Considering that kashrut agencies have been so ...
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What happened to mohn hamentaschen? [on hold]

I like mohn (poppy seed) hamantashen the best. I used to be able to obtain these pre-packaged in grocery stores and supermarkets until about 7-8 years ago, approx. Bakeries still make them, but they ...
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Is Kenny Ratzon a Kohen?

Each time the chazzan recites a verse from Birkat Kohanim near the end of Chazarat Hashat"z, I hear the congregation yelling "Kenny Ratzon". Who is he? Is he a Kohen? This question is Purim Torah and ...
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1answer
53 views

Does Bullwinkle visit each shul after davening each Monday morning?

At the end of every Monday morning davening, I hear the chazan say: "Hu Yenahagenu al moose." - He will make us ride on a moose. Does that mean that Bullwinkle visits the shul each Monday and ...
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Can an independent daughter inherit like a son?

Normally* in halacha women do not inherit or aquire property and are extensions of their fathers, brothers, and husbands who, in exchange, are obligated to support them. BUT in the case of the ...
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Is there some source that explains the configuration of reading the 4 parshiot?

While being the Ba'al Kri'ah (Torah reader) in my shul, I need to relay information to the Gabbai regarding Torah usage. We have a limited number of usable Sifrei Torah and as we sometimes have a ...
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Determining times of Halachic import on a long flight [on hold]

If I'm taking a long flight on an airplane on a day when permitted activities change at a certain point, e.g. with the start or end of a fast day, or with the start of the chametz prohibition kicking ...
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1answer
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In the Rosh Chodesh leining, why is “Shabbas b'Shabato” pronounced with a pasach?

Recently, I paid attention to the Rosh Chodesh Torah reading (Bamidbar/Numbers Chapter 28) and noticed that in verse 10, "olas Shabbas b'Shabato…", the word "Shabbas" is vowelized with a pasach (short ...
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Should we accept teshuvah from a weeping willow robber? [on hold]

Early in the morning of the 7th day of Succot, a man entered Cong. Shomrei Hadust as well as several other shuls and stole all of the shuls' hoshannot. The gabbai and the congregants of Shomrei Hadust ...
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2answers
181 views

Is there a best time of year to make aliya?

If one has decided to make aliya, are there particularly good (or bad) times during the year to do so, beyond the desire to be there for chagim? Factors that seem relevant would include tax-related ...
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45 views

May one learn Torah without shoes

Can one learn Torah without any shoes or socks on, i.e. barefoot? This is if someone gets uncomfortable wearing shoes or socks at home.
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Who is meant by Auntie Malka in friday night Zemiros?

When eating recently by a chassidish family, I noticed they sang Friday night the words: אנת הוא מלכא - 'Auntie Malka' Can anyone shed some light on who this special Aunt was and what she is doing ...
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1answer
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Rashis opinion in the Megilla? [closed]

At Har Sinai the Jews became converts, for we learn Hilchos Geirus from Kabalas Hatorah as the Gemara in Krisos 9a says that all the male Jews who exited Egypt circumcised themselves at Mount Sinai as ...
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4answers
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Is the Torah in the public domain? (If not, what license is it?)

The public domain is, put simply, a collection of works that can be used by anyone, that are not copyrighted. Is the Torah in the public domain? If not, how can we be printing and copyrighting it? ...
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2answers
67 views

How to observe shiluach haken on Twitter

Shiluach Haken is the commandment of sending away a mother bird before taking her eggs/chicks. Now, being that Twitter is like a bird (see their logo), how can/should shiluach haken be achieved while ...
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5answers
108 views

Are there any situations historically, where people are named after names of Tefillot?

I know some people who were named after various tefillot: Asher Yatzar Annie Zemiros Roz Sodecha Billy Reishis Billy Tachlis Moe Dim Al Coulomb (He's an electrician) Does the Talmud or any other ...
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1answer
137 views

Sheidim after the Baal Shem Tov

According to the Minchas Elazar, the Baal Shem Tov evicted the Sheidim from where humans live. Does that mean that they are still located in the wilderness areas and one must be "choshesh" for them ...
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1answer
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What was the significance of the ram by the Akeida?

The Akeida ends off with Yitzchok being spared and Avraham finding a ram as a replacement sacrifice. In general, what exactly was the nature of this symbolic sacrifice? Rashi tells us that with ...
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7answers
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PTIJ: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

The classic philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? So, according to Purim Torah Judaism, does it? Sources please. ;) This ...
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6answers
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How should a werewolf celebrate Pesach?

Werewolves are known for their transformation at the full moon. Unfortunately, for Jewish werewolves, this poses problems with holidays such as Pesach, Sukkot, (Shushan Purim, Pesach Sheini, Tu ...
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1answer
153 views

Writing notes and highlighting in the Tanakh

Is taking notes and highlighting in a Hebrew/English Tanakh considered defacing the text?
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2answers
94 views

Isaiah 8:11: “kaf” or “bet”?

It seems that two versions of Isaiah 8:11 exist. One has "כחזקת היד" -- this is the version in the Aleppo (shown above) and Leningrad codices: ...
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5answers
572 views

How to prepare/give a good drasha

I'm always inspired how people are able to get up in front of a crowd (big or small) and deliver a drasha or dvar Torah that is really good. How does one go about preparing a drasha? What's a starting ...
6
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0answers
63 views

Considerations when bringing gifts to religious Jews

I am interested in a more-or-less comprehensive list of things to take into account when buying gifts for religious Jews of various stripes. I always have trouble doing so myself because I am worried ...
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1answer
51 views

Would humans with kosher-signs be kosher?

If I genetically engineer a human to have split feet and to have a second stomach so they can chew their cud, can I eat them?
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1answer
55 views

What do we have against Aleinu?

Whenever I hear someone saying something bad to someone else (like "You heard, Shprintzy, someone opened up competition to R' Itzik's Mi Yodea.", gasp, "Lo Aleinu"). Why shouldn't Aleinu? This ...
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2answers
197 views

reason for black lines on wool talis katan

What is the reason why wool talis katanim have black lines on them? Why don't talis katanim of other materials have them also?
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3answers
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What did the brave shul men die from?

A plaque in the back of my shul says: "This plaque is in memory of all the brave men that died during service." It seems that these men died during the middle of davening or something. What did they ...
2
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3answers
181 views

Preparing a dish on Shabbos by night for the day time (in regards to Borer)

It says in SA OC Siman 321 Sif 19 in the Rema that normally it's ossur to peel garlic or onions however that's only to leave them to eat at a later time. However if it's being done to eat right away ...
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2answers
184 views

Government “swearing-in” ceremony

Typically in the US, members of Congress and other government officials are sworn in on a bible appropriate to their religion. Is it appropriate for Jews to be sworn in on a Tana"ch, or should some ...
2
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1answer
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Milk from a worshipped cow

The gemara in Avodah Zarah 34b brings the shitta of Rav Achdevoi who holds that if one wants to be mekudeshes with intestinal fluid from a calf that was worshipped then the person is not mekudeshes. ...
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190 views

Kosher wine recommendations [closed]

When people go away for shabbos they often bring along a gift to their hosts. What is a good Kosher wine - not too dry - that you can give for less than $20?
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4answers
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Matzah and Maror: With Garlic?

During the Seder, near the end of the maggid, we learn about the manner in which the Korban Pesach, the matzah, and the maror were consumed. In reference to the latter two, the haggadah reads: ...
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47 views

Who took Rabbeinu Tam's tefillin and why? [on hold]

A large poster in my neighborhood, some time ago said: "If anyone has seen Rabbeinu Tam' s tefillin, please return it to him. He has been looking for it for over 72 minutes." So, who took his ...
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1answer
202 views

Song of the 5 Kings?

In Joshua 12:9-24 there is Joshua's famous song of triumph over the 31 Kings of the Land of Canaan which he conquered. The song (and it is a song per the Talmud Megillah 16b) is structured in two ...
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1answer
280 views

Why do Sifrei Emes use different taamim?

I know that the Sifrei Emes (Tehillim, Mishlei, Iyov) use a different system of taamim. Why is this? What is it about these books that makes it that they cannot — or should not — use the ...
2
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1answer
428 views

Large gap in Sukkah wall(s)

I happened to see this design (or see below) for a pergola, and I thought, "What an easy way to have a Sukkah frame up all year round!" But then, when I noticed that it only has a depth of four ...
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2answers
392 views

G-d doesn't have emotions? Why?

Here I've read, that the Rambam in yesode hatorah says, G-d has no emotions. But the Torah is full with things like: what He hates (usually the breaking of His laws, especially the sins related ...
3
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1answer
121 views

Being more stringent than your Rebbe

Is there a problem with acting more stringently in halacha than your Rebbe acts? If so, what if you are not in front of your Rebbe? If so (to #1), is having a longer beard or peyos considered a ...
4
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6answers
99 views

Who sells broken up sets of sefarim?

I lost one volume of my Mikraos Gedolos. I cannot find a sefarim store that is willing to sell me just the one volume, and cannot find it on Amazon. Is there a website or store that is willing to ...
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1answer
37 views

Bracha on Tzitzit

If one takes a nap and has the intent to put tzitzit back on, does he need to make a new bracha when he does so? Is it considered hesach hadaas (loss of concentration)? Or does his intent obviate ...
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0answers
46 views

Dr. Bronner's Soap in the bathroom

Let's hope this question will be a tikkun for thinking about Purim Torah in the bathroom. And, for that matter, for having Dr. Bronner's soap in the bathroom. It's great soap. But there may be Torah ...
4
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0answers
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Does Birkas Hamazon eliminate the need for bracha acharona on foods eaten before?

Situation: One ate something that would require a bracha achrona besides Birkas Hamazon (let's say an Al Hamichya or Borei Nefashos). But one carelessly moved on to eating bread before making that ...
5
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3answers
249 views

Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe ever state why he didn't visit Israel?

I have heard several different explanations from secondhand sources as to why the Lubavitcher Rebe zt''l didn't visit Israel. Did he ever explicitly state his reasons for not going?

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