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Why do we cover our eyes during Shema? [duplicate]

There is a very widespread custom to cover one's eyes with one's hand during the first pasuk of Keriyas Shema. Where/when did this custom originate, and what is the reason for it?
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Why didn't Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to me?

What does it take to have Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to someone? There are people today who know the whole Talmud Bavli baal peh with Rashi and Tosfos and the whole Tanach and Mishnayos baal peh, ...
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Is there a Shiur/Book on Talmud Bavli that has Rashi Inside Translated in English?

Is there a shiur online on Gemorah that has Rashi inside said over in English, explaining the simple meaning well? (length should be 30-60 minutes) Alternatively, is there a book on Talmud Bavli ...
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How can Eliyahu say that almost no one in the market has a share in Olam Haba?

Ta'anit 22a recounts (in the g'mara) a story of R. Beroka b. Haza'ah and Eliyahu ha-Navi in a marketplace in Be Lapat, which a note in my Soncino translation says is in Khuzistan. R. Beroka asks ...
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Why is Bil'am not surprised that his mule is talking to him?

During the scene in parshat Balak, it says that "God opened the mule's mouth" and it asked Bil'am why he hit him. Bil'am answers the donkey. It seems that he is not surprised at all that the donkey is ...
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Why do Tefillin have filler material in the base of the batim?

Mikshah tefillin are tefillin battim which have no filler material in the titurah (base). Why is filler material even necessary? The photo below illustrates the thickness with a piece of filler ...
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Snakes talking?

I am wondering why snakes no longer talk. The Lord punished the serpent by making him crawl on his belly and eat dust, and be at odds with Eve's offspring, but it does not mention taking away the ...
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Monetizing ads on Shabbos?

Is there any issue with me running adverts on my app since I receive money when people click on the ads on Shabbos?
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How are nazir and sota connected?

The g'mara quotes a baraisa saying that כל הרואה סוטה בקלקולה יזיר עצמו מן היין Anyone who sees a sota in her disgrace (would/should) swear off wine. The word יזיר, as I understand it could ...
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What is the point of Davening/Praying

What is the point of praying? It is for sure not because Hashem needs/wants it. (Hashem is not lacking in any way he is infinite, and thus does not need our tefillos or our mitzvos) And it seems ...
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What's “כי אתא פלוני אמר פלוני”?

The phrase "‫כי אתא [name] אמר [name],‏ [statement]‏‬‬" appears many times in the Bavli. For example, Rosh Hashana 35:1: כי אתא רבין אמר רבי יעקב בר אידי אמר רבי שמעון חסידא לא ...
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Is asking for a blessing in his granary asking for a miracle?

The Gemara in Taanis 8b says: "Ein Berachah Metzuyah Ela b'Davar ha'Samuy Min ha'Ayin" (blessing is found only in an item which is hidden from the eye) One who enters his granary to measure ...
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Can a gentile pray in a synagogue?

I am an 18 year old male interested in converting to Judaism, I have been reading the Tanakh amongst other things and have been learning more about the religion. My question pertains as to whether or ...
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Can I use the “Sabbath mode” on the refrigerator if it is not certified?

We are looking to buy a new refrigerator that has a Sabbath mode. We noticed that both the GE Profile and Kitchenaid fridges have Sabbath modes, but the Kitchenaid is certified by the Star K and the ...
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What is the reason for the specific items listed in Pirkei Avot 5:6 being created just before Shabbat?

Pirkei Avot chapter 5, mishnah 6 says: Ten things were created at twilight of Shabbat eve. These are: the mouth of the earth [that swallowed Korach]; the mouth of [Miriam's] well; the mouth of ...
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Is it permissible to write the English/secular date?

Is it permissible to write the English/secular date? Example: On a letter (bad example but you get what I mean) The potential issue revolve around counting the secular month and not using the ...
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What blessing is made on a taco, burrito, or plain flour tortilla?

My copy of "Guide to Blessings, The Brochos for Various Foods" compiled by Rabbi Naftali Hoffner (NCSY/OU) states that tortillas get the "Shehakol" blessing because they are made of maize (corn) ...
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How can there be machlokes in gezairah shavos?

The Gemara says (Nidah 19b, among other places), אין אדם דן גזירה שווה מעצמו - a person can't make up gezaira shavos, they have to have been learned from one's teacher. If so, how can there ever be a ...
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Why Choose Talmud Bavli For The Daily Study

As we know it is a big custom to learn a daf of Talmud Bavli a day (Dafyomi). My question is why did they choose to pick Talmud Bavli. There are so many other Subjects that could actually affect ...
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Are “Price-Tag” Attacks halachically sound?

Certain fringe elements* in Israel are known for committing crimes in reaction to Palestinian attacks. This attacks have in the past included the destruction of Palestinian-owned olive groves and ...
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How can a Kal Vichomer Get Shlugged Up (Contradicted)

How can a Kal Vichomer-Which can only come by teacher through tradition, Be Shlugged Up (Contradicted) in the Gemorah? If a Kal Vichomer is a tradition from your teacher then how can get shlugged up ...
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Can a Jewish Business Refuse to Serve Certain Customers?

There have been several recent court cases regarding Christian businesses that have refused to provide service to certain customers based on religious grounds. Assuming secular law has no opinion ...
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Why do Yeshivos learn Talmud Bavli so extensively?

Most Yeshivos (from 5th Grade-End of Highschool) Learn Talmud Bavli. My question is: Why? What is the point of learning Talmud Bavli so extensively? I know that it is Hashem's Word, but there are a ...
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How did Yosef's circumcision prove he's Yaakov's son if he'd had all Egyptians circumcised? [duplicate]

It says in Rashi (Meketz 41:55), "for Yosef would say to them that they should be circumcised". Pharaoh agrees—so all men are circumcised. In Vayigash 45:4, according to Rashi, "והראה להם שהוא מהול" ...
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Question about the Tallit [duplicate]

I am not Jewish but I would like to know what the significance is with the different number of stripes on the different tallit. I am compelled to buy one but want to purchase the right thing. I would ...
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Is there a Special Hadran for finishing the whole shas?

Is there a Special Hadran for finishing the whole shas? or do you just recite the Hadran for the masechta just completed?
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Under-Aged Drinking for the 4 Cups on Pesach

Whats the halacha to drinking wine/alcohol for a minor when they need to drink four cups of wine on pesach and if so then is in it going against Dina D'malchusa Dina?
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Bracha after terrifying experience?

Recently we had a scare when we couldn't find our 4-yr old son. For 30 minutes, we searched and panicked, called police and Hatzolah. Finally, it was discovered that our older daughter was with him ...
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Compare and Contrast: Artscroll and Koren Talmud Bavli

I want to know why would someone choose Artscroll Talmud Bavli over the Koren Talmud Bavliand and vice versa. What features do the Koren Talmud Bavli and the Artscroll Talmud Bavli and how do they ...
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Can I use kibud av v'em to get my son to date somebody?

Our son is getting older and still has this wild idea from his 20s and 30s that he will find a model who knows shas! We try to explain that it is getting harder as he gets older, to no avail. There ...
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What things are zealots allowed to do?

If a zealot catches a Jewish man sleeping with a non-Jewish woman he can kill them based on הבועל את הגויה קנאין פוגעין בו. Are there any other halachot like that? Meaning are there any other things ...
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Can a woman lead bentching/birchat hamazon?

Can a woman lead birchat hamazon if there are men that partook in the meal? Can they lead it if the men leave?
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What's the meaning of Daniel 9:26

Daniel 9:26: And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but his ...
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Mitzvah to study/know history?

I heard someone once mention that chazal tell us that it is a mitzvah to review, know, or study history. Is that true?
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דע לפני מי אתה עומד on the ark

In some shuls it says on the ark, "Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omeid." Is there any source from which that comes?
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Buying a Shulchan Aruch

I am looking to purchase a new Shulchan Aruch to be used as a reference set. I am having trouble finding reviews online (about which I am not so surprised). Can anyone recommend a set of Shulchan ...
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Sewage treatment on Shabbos

Is there a problem with flushing a toilet or sending other water into the US sewage treatment system on Shabbos if by doing so you are perhaps indirectly, causing the mechanical work involved in ...
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Comparative analysis of Tanya vs. Nefesh HaChaim

Has anyone done a comparative analysis of the Tanya vs. the Nefesh HaChaim in terms of what they agree about and what they disagree about?
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Is taking an extended warm shower Bal Tashchis? Biblically?

Is taking an extended warm shower for pleasure (maybe also for health (Rambam dipping in hot water is healthy (i do not remember specific source))) Bal Tashchis Diorisa? Where can I find sources on ...
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The proper term for responding — “Boruch Dayan HaEmes” or just “Emes”?

When an an avel makes the brocha "Boruch Dayan HaEmes," the term is "HaEmes". However, I often hear people reply "Boruch Dayan Emes" when they hear news of a death. Is that a proper term or should ...
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How to “honor thy father and mother” when publicly addressing a parent's sexism?

In a discussion on a social media website, one of my parents has expressed a opinion I consider sexist. Feminist principle dictates that I publicly express my disapproval of this, and post a response ...
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Did I steal anything by eating from someone else's all-you-can-eat order?

I was eating in a restaurant with my friend, who ordered an "all-you-can-eat" menu item (so he could take as much food as he wants) and gave me some of the food to taste. I ate about a plateful. ...
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Olives & Dates in the desert

Before Moshe hit the rock the second time, the people complained that the desert "is not a place for seeds, or for fig trees, grapevines, or pomegranate trees" They mentioned all of the seven species ...
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Netziv's Ha'emek She'eila online?

Is Netziv's Ha'emek She'eila available online somewhere?
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Do the Nine Measures Apply to the Woman?

Nedarim 20b discusses nine mannerisms which a man should avoid whilst being intimate with his wife. The Talmud says that practicing these nine mannerisms can lead to having obstinate, rebellious ...
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Feldheim's Sefer Piyutim

Feldheim used to publish a book with the piyutim added for shabbatot throughout the year, which I have heard referred to by such disparate names as "the blue book"*, Piyutim le-shabatot ha-shana ...
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Kallah and the Power to give Brachas [duplicate]

In a shiur given by Rabbi Frand, he tells over a story where a Kallah came into a hospital on the day of her wedding to give Brachas to the children for a Kallah, on the day of her wedding, has the ...
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Ramen and a hechsher?

I just came across this article about improvising around instant ramen. Assuming that the flavour pack is independent of noodles, does one need a hechsher on ramen?
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The parameters of anger in halacha

Although I cannot, at the moment, bring to mind specific examples of the Torah stating that it is absolutely forbidden to be angry or act out of anger, I seem to recall seeing this idea many times. ...
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1answer
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Mixing up the order of Retzei and Ya'aleh V'yavoh?

If someone is bentching on Shabbat-Rosh Chodesh, and accidentally skips Retzei, but says Ya'aleh V'yavoh, can they then say Retzei after Ya'aleh V'yavoh, but before Uvenei? Or must they continue and ...

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