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Feather in hat on shabbas

Can one go out in the street on shabbas(without an eiruv) with a hat that has a feather or pin in the ribbon? Is it considered a masuaei (load)?
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Tzedakah and Maaser - one obligation or two?

I understand that the obligation to give Maaser from our income is a sub-category of the overall commandment to give Tzedakah but consider the following question: If I made a promise (Neder) to give ...
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Is the Oral Law mainly of Divine origin or is it largely influenced by the rabbis/cultures of the time?

Do we now dismiss parts of the Oral Torah as incorrect? For example scientific statements in the Talmud are nowadays largely ignored (things like flies moving the air around/lice coming from ...
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What should a community do if they missed a Parsha?

A shul 500 miles away from civilization had its only Sefer Torah stolen on Shabbos morning. As such, they couldn't read the parsha. By the next week, they got themselves a new Sefer Torah. Do they ...
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Article of R. Dr. Twersky on Mishne Torah

Is R. Dr. Yitzchak Twersky's article: "Some Non-Halakhic Aspects of the Mishneh Torah," published in: Jewish Medieval and Renaissance Studies, ed. A. Altmann (Cambridge, 1967), pp. 95-118, available ...
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What if someone accidentally gave an Aliya to a non-Jew?

A gabbai called someone up for an Aliya. Yaamod, Reuven ben Shimon Shlishi. Then, it turns out that Reuven isn't Jewish (he thought he was, his mother had a reform conversion and he thought that was ...
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Is a dud shemesh allowed to be used on Shabbat?

Can a solar-powered water heater (a dud shemesh [דוד שמש] in Hebrew) be used on Shabbat? These are quite common in Israel as a way of heating water without electricity on a sunny day. Essentially, ...
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Do lost items belong to someone's heirs?

Let's say you found a dog on the street. You house and feed it, and place posters on the street. Two weeks later, the owner calls and identifies the dog, and plans to come to get it. On the way to ...
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What is the origin of the special trop for the journeys of Bnai Yisroel, B'midbar 33:10-49

This question reminded me to ask what is the origin of the special trop for the masa'ot - the section enumerating the places Bnai Yisroel travelled, as described in B'midbar 33:10-49.
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What kashrut concerns might there be regarding eating in a vegan restaurant? [duplicate]

There are several vegan restaurants in the NY area. These are owned by non-Jews. The only two kashrut concerns I can think of are: Bishul akum??? Use of wine vinegar in some salads Otherwise, ...
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Seeking online audio for “Mas'ei trope”

IY"H, I shall be reading parshiot Matot / Mas'ei this coming Shabbat. I am looking for an online audio version to practice these two areas both in Mas'ei: Years ago, I heard someone lain a special ...
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What is the meaning of life according to Judaism? [duplicate]

I've heard different things, like improving your middot, etc. Is there an agreed upon meaning to life in Judaism?
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Is there a concern regarding the kashrut of microorganisms?

Since I have seen many religious people drink fresh spring water, I assume that there is no concern regarding the kashrut of microorganisms in the water such as hydra and paramecia, among other ...
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Would you mind me browsing your site? [migrated]

I am not Jewish, but am interested to know more about it and have read some scriptures and writings. I have no intention of disrespect, so I politely ask your permission to browse and ask questions on ...
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What is the source that one may not dress untidily

To my understanding, it is forbidden to dress untidily. Where is the source for this?
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An eye for an eye Hammurabi's code [duplicate]

The Hammurabi is supposed to predate the Torah and contains a verse "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth". I've done a little reading around the issue, but is there any reference to why there would ...
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Questions about eating Kosher

Is the main considerations on what meat is Kosher made public in Leviticus 11 or is there other Jewish sources that may give further illumination on what food is considered kosher? Also is there ...
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Is one allowed to be Machmir against a psak?

The Halacha follows Rabbi Yehoshua that a Mamzer is only if one marries an Erva that is Chayav Kares. The Halacha follows the opinion that the descendants of a non-Jew living with a Jewess are ...
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Relationship between *segulah* and violet color

We have a tradition, very often used in drush, that words deriving from the same root are really manifestations of the same idea in different facets. In this context, what is the relationship between ...
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Letter of the Dvar Avraham About R. Soloveichik

Where can the D'var Avraham's letter about R. Soloveitchik be found? I have seen numerous references to it, such as in R. Yitzchak Twersky's eulogy for R. Soloveichik in which the following was ...
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Why were birds considered to be flieishig (meat) but not fish?

I am basing this on what I had heard in yeshiva a while ago, so I don't know the exact source of the reasoning. My understanding is that according to the Torah, birds (poultry) were considered parve ...
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What are some popular Hebrew texts used for Torah study? [duplicate]

More strictly observing Jews use several texts outside of the Torah and Tenach for references and rabbinal commentary such as the Zohar. Some are more spiritually controversial such as the Kabbalah. ...
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Is it forbidden to teach Torah to non-Jews on Mi Yodeya? [duplicate]

I have noticed that many Christians and Messianics post questions on Mi Yodeya and I'm wondering if the prohibition of teaching the Torah to non-Jews would apply in a forum like this or if it only ...
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Could a Ben Pekuah make all cattle not eligible for Shechitah?

According to the Simlah Chadashah, the definitive work on Shechitah, a Ben Pekuah does not need Shechitah on a Torah level however the child of a Ben Pekuah and regular animal would not be eligible ...
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Kosher nicotine replacement therapy?

I've tried to quit nicotine cold turkey and find it difficult. Are there any replacement therapies -- such as nicotine gum or lozenges -- that are kosher? Aside from possible kashrut issues, are ...
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Can one Shecht with a Wire

Can one ritually slaughter with a wire? Why or why not? The Talmud says that any implement may be used, so according to that a wire would be fine. Are there any technical problems that would ...
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The Theme of the Parsha

Someone told me the following: 1) The events of the week correspond to the theme of that week's parsha, 2) The events in the parsha are manifested into the week. Is there a source for this?
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Quote from Chazal

I read in Real Power on page 47, the following: “If you are not going upward then you are automatically falling downward.” —Chazal Does anyone know if this is a Gemara or Medrash etc.?
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Where does the Taz say that beer gives us life?

There is a Taz on the topic of yoshon (old grain) that says something to the effect of: כי עיקר חיינו תלוי בשכר While it's an awesome quote out of context, the basic pretense is that since the ...
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What to do if you need to say a bracha but do not have access to a head covering?

If for whatever reason your head is uncovered and it is impossible for you to cover it with something else. To keep things simple let's say that you're in your boxers on the moon and you have a water ...
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Is the Gemara (Shabbos 116b) quoting the New Testament?

The Gemara in Shabbos (116b) seems to have two quotes from the New Testament, but I'm not sure. ברא וברתא כחדא ירתון - sons and daughters should inherit together and אנא לא למיפחת מן ...
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How to say Tehillim followed by a misheberach for sick people?

In our congregation we often say a few Tehillim followed by a misheberach for sick people. Two related questions: 1) Is it a good idea or common practice to mention for whom we are praying before ...
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Could Kohanim use pottery or only stone kelim?

Someone told me that when the Temple was standing, Kohamim could only use stone kelim because they could not become tomeh. OTOH (are these abbreviations well known here?), on the other hand, it seems ...
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Are oaths prohibited or only discouraged?

Are oaths prohibited or only discouraged? And is there a difference between swearing what happened in the past versus swearing what one will do in the future. One can't be sure he will live up ...
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How does an Orthodox Jew view Saul's suicide?

I read a verse...about king Saul committing suicide at the hands of the phillistines. I'm wondering if there's anything that defends his situation.
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How far does one have to go into the ocean to say HaGomel?

When one goes "into" the sea, one is obligated to say HaGomel (see Berachos 54). How far does one have to go to be considered "in" the sea? If one goes swimming on the beach, does one say HaGomel? ...
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Was the fire within each hailstone or within the hailstorm?

Vaera 9:23–24: וַיֵּט משֶׁה אֶת מַטֵּהוּ עַל הַשָּׁמַיִם וַה׳ נָתַן קֹלֹת וּבָרָד וַתִּהֲלַךְ אֵשׁ אָרְצָה וַיַּמְטֵר ה׳ בָּרָד עַל אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם׃ וַיְהִי בָרָד וְאֵשׁ מִתְלַקַּחַת ...
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“The סיפא is about a coin.” But so is the רישא‎! (‎שבת דף ס״ה‎)

The mishna Shabas, daf 65 in the Bavli: Medeans [may go out on Shabas] with p'rifa. Anyone [may], but the rabbis spoke about what occurs. That is, Medeans do p'rifa, so the rabbis mentioned that ...
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Why does the Talmud record the Rabbis' thoughts and theories about the science of natural phenomenon?

There are various areas in the Gemara where there is discussion about natural events, often appearing like a tangential discussion. Some examples are in Bechoros 7-8 or Pesachim 94. I understand that ...
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Is Milk and Meat prohibition related to Deuteronomy 22:6?

Sometimes I am a bit surprised at the conclusions of the Gemorrah having read it, and disagree with the reasoning of the rabbis. This is one of those times, and I wanted to ask about it. The milk and ...
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What does Exodus 21:28 mean if an Oral Torah was given at Sinai?

One of the claims Rabbinic Judaism makes is that Oral Torah contains instructions for how to "properly slaughter" animals. The laws of shechitah are not in the Written Torah, yet one of the proofs for ...
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What does it mean to pronounce לו as opposed to לא

Maseches Sofrim 6:5 [4] says that there are 3 places where the word is written as לא but read as לו. This seems to mean that there is a difference in how the word would be pronounced if it were לא as ...
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What is the difference between sorcery and witchcraft according to Jewish law?

My question is: In Jewish law, what is the difference between "sorcery" and "withcraft"? I am not asking if these are forbidden, as it seems that they are from text. Take Exodus 22:17 for example: ...
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Ben Noach give a non-religious ben Yisrael non-kosher food?

If a ben Noach invites a non-religious ben Yisrael to his home for Torah study(let's say they study the seven laws of Noach together) and the ben Yisrael gets hungry, and he's going to not eat kosher ...
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Please explain anomalies in phrasing of Succot sacrifices (B'midbar 29:17-39) - Part 3

The description of the Mincha and libations and the majority of wording (and trope) fof the Succot sacrifices described in B'midbar 29:12-29 are identical except for the following change occurring at ...
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Why the use of the plural form in describing the mincha for the 7th day of Succot?

In the description of the Succot sacrifices in B'midbar 29:12-39, when describing the mincha for days 2-6 the phrasing is in singular at the end of the verse as in: וּמִנְחָתָ֣ם וְנִסְכֵּיהֶ֡ם ...
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Please explain anomalies in phrasing of Succot sacrifices (B'midbar 29:17-39) - Part 2

The description of the Mincha and libations and the majority of wording (and trope) fof the Succot sacrifices described in B'midbar 29:12-29 are identical except for the following changes: 2nd day, ...
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Please explain anomalies in phrasing of Succot sacrifices (B'midbar 29:12-39)

The description of the Mincha and libations and the majority of wording (and trope) fof the Succot sacrifices described in B'midbar 29:12-29 are identical except for the following changes: 1st day ...
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1answer
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What is the sof zman kriat shema according to Hacham Ovadia Yosef?

What is the is the sof zman kriat shema according to Hacham Ovadia Yosef? Please provide your source.
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Online Tikkun Makers?

Are there any resources online that one can use to make tikkun readers for people that can be easily accessed online or that can be used to generate PDFs for printing? Having a Tikkun book is not ...

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