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Making Juice “Bread” During Passover

I was thinking of making non-chametz bread during passover using wine, milk or other non water liquids, and the issue wether or not there might be water added, intentionally or accidentally to such ...
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How to create a Seder to accommodate a large age/education range?

My family came across an interesting problem at tonight's Seder: My dad, the leader, attempted to write a Seder that attracted everyone at different times, but the actual result ended up as a ...
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Maimonides' Responsum on Pre-Sinaic Mitzva Observance

Where is Maimonides' responsum where he states that our forefathers didn't keep the mitzvos at all (specifically in the P'er Hador ed.)?
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Maimonides' 13 Principles

What are the earliest sources who state that the thirteen principles of Maimonides are authoritative?
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Can someone help me understand Genesis Rabbah 4?

The beginning of Genesis Rabbah 4 talks mainly about the firmament in creation account. It goes as follows (from the Artscroll Mesorah publication): (4:2): "At the moment the Holy One, Blessed is ...
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Why choose the words Urchatz and Rachtza for the Sedder simanim?

Although technically a word based on Rechitza would be the best choice you or I would offer, the fact of the matter is our Rabbis in general chose a much less common word for hand washing which was ...
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Which “shita” did the 5 rabbis in the Haggadah follow regarding the earliest time for morning Shema?

This section from the Haggadah: Pesach Haggadah, Magid, Story of the Five Rabbis 1: מַעֲשֶׂה בְּרַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר וְרַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ וְרַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-עֲזַרְיָה וְרַבִּי עֲקִיבָא וְרַבִּי ...
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can you take a shower on yom tov? [duplicate]

Al pi halacha, are you allowed to take a shower on yom tov or it is an issur just like on shabbos? If you can take a shower what are the dinim? Sources please
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Do mal'achim and shedim have brains?

Mal'achim and shedim play a huge role in Jewish literature, including the Chumash itself. Mal'achim are considered to be purely spiritual entities. I'm not sure if shedim are also considered to be ...
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Does a b'chor need to fast if he didn't partake in food from the siyum?

If a b'chor attended (or made) a siyum on taanis bechoros but did not partake of any food does he need to fast?
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How much salt should I put in the water for salt water at the Seder?

We use salt water two times during the Seder. This is once for the hard boiled eggs, and once for the parsley. I have two questions that relate to the salt water. The first is how salty should it ...
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Is it acceptable to put “God is Life” on a T-Shirt?

I am a member of the Jewish Community Center. I had a T shirt designed that says "Jewish Community Center" with a design of olive branches and the word's "God is Life". Is this acceptable? Must the ...
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What was the Plague of the Sword?

In the Haggadah you will find the following exegesis of part of Deuteronomy 26:8: וּבִזְרֹעַ נְטוּיָה. זוֹ הַחֶרֶב, כְּמָה שֶּׁנֶּאֱמַר: וְחַרְבּוֹ שְׁלוּפָה בְּיָדוֹ, נְטוּיָה ...
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Selling flour for Pesach

For those who do not rely on heter mechira (selling) for bal yera'eh bal yimatzeh (the prohibition to own leaven on Pesach) for chametz gamur (certain leaven), do they generally sell flour or get rid ...
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Using the SodaStream on Passover

Generally speaking, the contemporary practice is to be very machmir when it comes to Pesach, above and beyond the letter of any law. I'm curious to know if there have been any relevant rulings or ...
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Bal Tashchit and Chametz

Before Pesach, it is common to attempt to get rid of whatever chametzdik food one is able to. Taking this and the issur (prohibition) of bal tashchit into account, is it actually permissible to throw ...
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Throwing Out Bread

What is the nature of the prohibition to destroy bread? Why is it presented differently from other destruction (bal tashchit)?
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What is the difference between Sfardic and Ashkenazic calculations for the last time to eat chametz?

My community's luach (calendar) has 2 separate times for the last time to eat chametz on Erev Pesach: 10:09 for Ashkenazim, and 10:13 for Sephardim. How are these times calculated according to the ...
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Karet for eating chametz on Pesach - Where is the line drawn?

As I understand it, for something to count as a single act of eating, it must meet two requirements. The amount ingested must be the minimum of Kezayit. Some hold this to literally be the volume of ...
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Is the Rambam Haggadah Significantly Different?

Are there significant differences between the Rambam Haggadah and the current mainstream Haggadot that are in use?
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Getting back together with a girlfriend after she has dated other guys?

Suppose a young Jewish couple, Bob and Jane dated, and had sex. (Yes, I realize premarital sex isn't ideal under orthodox Judaism, but I am interested in the halachic and spiritual implications given ...
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Dina D'Malchuta with regards to the State of Israel?

Simply put, I've heard that the 2nd oath (of the 3 oaths Ketubos 111a) (i.e. not to rebel against the nations of the world) doesn't apply within the State of Israel. I don't know whether or not that ...
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Spiders in Judaism

I'm interested in sources regarding spiders from any jewish source, preferably ones that portray them as 'good'. For example, I remember seeing they are called 'Buchya' in aramit since they are found ...
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Does a Jewish-owned supermarket need to completely seal its chametz product aisles?

Follow up to this question: In almost all the Jewish-owned supermarkets that I have seen, the store owner completely seals the chametz aisles by placing a huge cardboard "wall" at both ends of the ...
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Shabbos sustaining the world

I heard from someone that “G-d created the world to last for six days plus the Shabbos. Then the Shabbos gives the world the spiritual energy to exist for another week and the cycle goes on ...
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Why the necessity of watching the wheat from the time of its cutting?

Exodus 12:17: וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם֮ אֶת־הַמַּצּוֹת֒ You shall watch the matzot Ibn Ezra on Exodus 12:17:1: ושמרתם. הנה צוה להיות המצות שמורים מימות הקציר My translation, which I hope is ...
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Does a husband have to maintain his wife's bondwomen?

A mishna on Ketubot 59b lists the household tasks a husband may demand of his wife (grinding corn, baking bread, washing his clothes, etc). It then goes on to say that if she brought a bondwoman ...
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Why is it called “Matzah shmurah”?

The term "מצה שמורה", means "watched matzah". AFAIK, in making "shmurah matzot" The wheat is being watched, not the matzah, itself. Perhaps, from the time it comes out of the oven until it's packaged, ...
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How did the “custom” of not duchaning on Yom Tov that falls on Shabbos arise

Some synagogues do not have birkas kohanim (duchaning) on Yom Tov that falls on Shabbos. How did this idea arise?
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Cranberries on Passover

Are fresh cranberries, bagged with OU (year-round) certification, kosher for Passover?
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Sold Chametz being visible

Is there any issue with chametz sold to a non-Jew being visible during pesach? For example, if I sell my whiskey, can I keep the whiskey in a glass enclosure in the living room where it could be seen? ...
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Can someone blaspheme to save their life?

As is well known, one is to die rather than murder a Jew, perform adultery and the like, or worship an idol (Sanhedrin 74a). Is blasphemy (i.e. denying one's dedication to the Torah) permissible to ...
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Is arak kosher for pesach without a specific P hechsher?

I have a bottle of The Spirit of Jaffa Arak (ערק הניחוחות של יפו) with a regular circle-K hechsher as well as hashgachat-badatz-yerushalayim. Is there any reason this shouldn't be kosher for passover ...
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What makes a Kohen not a Kohen?

If a Kohen has sex with a non-Jew do they lose their Kohen status forever? If a Kohen becomes impure through lesser means, for example walking on a grave or touching a dead body, do they lose their ...
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Can I eat Gebrochts by my in laws [closed]

My family doesn't eat gebrochts. I'm going to my inlaws for yom tov and they do. My mother in law already cooked and we didn't discuss this until now. Can I just eat there anyway since it isn't really ...
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Successfull Forgeries

Which forgeries have successfully fooled significant sectors of Jews before being revealed as forgeries. I.e. works falsely attributed to someone besides the real author. I can think of the Besamim ...
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Why was Lech Lecha a Nisayon?

The Rambam in his commentary to the Mishna list the 10 Nisayon's, challenges, which Avraham went through and passed. The first one is when G‑d tells him to leave his homeland to be a stranger in the ...
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Shehecheyanu upon affixing mezuzah

The Rambam writes in Sefer Ahava - Hilchos Berachos - Halacha 9: That Shehecheyanu is recited for every mitzvah that involves acquisition of property: I.e. Mezuzot. ט כל מצוה שהיא מזמן לזמן כגון ...
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Is there a connection between פסח (Pesach) and פה (peh / mouth)?

Is there a connection between פסח (Pesach) and פה (peh / mouth)? They sound similar. Plus, we are commanded to do lots of symbolic eating on the holiday. Has it been written about or discussed? ...
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Why no argument between Bet Shamai & Bet Hillel regarding how to count the Omer?

For Chanukah, Bet Shamai says that on the 1st night we start with 8 candles and each successive night one less. Bet Hillel says we start with 1 and increase each successive night. Why was there no ...
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“Zaycher” or “Zehcher” Lemikdash K'Hillel for Korech?

The text of every Hagadah that I have seen has the beginning text for כורך as: זֵכֶר לְמִקְדָּשׁ כְּהִלֵּל. using a tzere under the ז. A Chassid told me last Shabbat that at a Seder he attended a ...
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Can later scholars make an issue of something that earlier scholars were not concerned about?

I know that this is a potentially broad subject but there seems to be a phenomenon where later generations of scholars (i.e. after the close of the Gemara; the Amoraim) come up with new halakhoth or ...
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Do women need to count the Omer?

Is counting the Omer nowadays considered a time-bound Mitzva that women are exempt from?
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Is the name Rami mentioned in the gemarah the full version?

I am trying to ascertain if the name "Rami" is a Jewish one. If rabbis in the Babylonian Talmud are named Rami then that would be a good indication. There are at least 3 Ramis found in the gemarah: ...
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Is Ethanol Mixed Gasoline Kosher for Passover

Typically in the US, gasoline for cars is a mixture of refined crude oil and some ethanol up to 10%. Since ethanol in the US is corn based, by buying gasoline are you buying kitniyot?
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Why no “Musaf” for Korban Pesach?

Your average Jews in Temple times did not go participate actively in the regularly scheduled Temple offerings. For them, probably the biggest sacrificial experience of the year was the Korban Pesach ...
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Why is the activity done each night from the 2nd night of Pesach continuing for 50 days called “Sefirat Ha'omer”?

Leviticus 23:15 says (JPS): וּסְפַרְתֶּ֤ם לָכֶם֙ מִמָּחֳרַ֣ת הַשַּׁבָּ֔ת מִיּוֹם֙ הֲבִ֣יאֲכֶ֔ם אֶת־עֹ֖מֶר הַתְּנוּפָ֑ה שֶׁ֥בַע שַׁבָּת֖וֹת תְּמִימֹ֥ת תִּהְיֶֽינָה׃ And ye shall count unto ...
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Nothing stands in the way of desire

I saw on page 15 of this pdf the following statement quoted in the name of the Chida: "אין דבר העומד בפני הרצון, Nothing that stands in the way of desire." Does anyone know where the source for this ...
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What was in the Ark of the Covenant?

Shemot 25:21 says: And you shall place the ark cover on the ark from above, and into the ark you shall place the testimony, which I will give you. This seems to be reaffirmed in Melachim I 8:9: ...
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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant Judaism?

The documentary-hypothesis implies that Moses wasn't the writer of the Torah verbatim, but he could have transmitted it before it was written down. Evidence in the text shows several sources and that ...

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