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Does the gentile seeking conversion have more obligations than a Noahide Person?

I am a gentile seeking to convert to Judaism, but I can't make a contact with a Beit Din since there is no Rabbi in my country neither an active Synagogue. But I am very serious toward conversion and ...
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Adam's physical maturity when created

According to Jewish tradition, what was Adam's level of physical maturity (apparent age) when he was created? Was he a baby or an adult?
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Origin of custom of cantor walking for “Hineni”

Prior to the Musaph service on the High Holidays, the cantor recites a prayer called Hineni, named after the first word of the prayer meaning "Behold, I am...". The prayer's contents is mainly the ...
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Can a Shaliach Tzibur recite the High Holiday piyutim in English?

Some shuls (this seems common in non-Orthodox shuls) have a lot of English responsive reading during the High Holiday services. Usually the "larger" piyutim, i.e., those that are recited while the ...
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Is it against Kosher law to combine poultry and cheese? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the prohibition on mixing meat with cheese is based on the commandment against "seething a kid in its mother's milk". Since poultry are birds, and birds don't produce milk, is it ...
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Is prophecy impossible now?

According to SimpleToRemember.com (also known as Judaism online), prophecy is only possible if the majority of the Jewish people are living in Israel: Prophecy can only exist in Israel when the ...
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Who is the messiah expected to be?

As far as I have been told, there are a few different descriptions of the Jewish messiah. All of these have a few things in common: The messiah is sent by G-d. He is divinely inspired, but mortal. ...
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What is the best English translation of the Tanakh (hard copy, not online)?

I'm looking for the best available English translation of the Tanakh, and because I prefer to hold an actual book in my hands, I'd rather have a hard copy as opposed to an online version. Some ...
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Can modeh ani be recited before the person dress up?

If a person wake up early everyday but have a little time before he go to work. And I understood from a website that praying Modeh Ani after eating is disrespectful toward the Almighty. Can I recite ...
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Does Jewish scripture show a preference between non-belief or erroneous belief?

Obviously, Judaism maintains that it is best to follow Judaism or, for gentiles, the Noachide laws. But I'm curious as to whether, according to Jewish scripture, it is preferable to not believe in ...
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Why don't Jewish people put flowers on graves?

I know that Jews have specific traditions regarding burial and cemeteries, and that one of these traditions involves putting pebbles on gravestones, which I think is quite beautiful, although I don't ...
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What constitutes a name of G-d? [duplicate]

A now-deleted question on this site asked about what halachik justification there was for an attempted stoning of Jesus. In the passage quoted by the OP, Jesus had said "Before Abraham was, I AM!", ...
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What is the modern Jewish attitude towards the Zealots and Sicarii?

One of the leading factions in the Jewish Revolt of 66-70 was the Zealot movement, and its splinter group, the Sicarii. I would imagine that the attitude towards them is somewhat complicated, or at ...
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Are there any Jewish records of Ananus ben Ananus aside from Josephus?

In Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews, he records an incident that led to the removal from office of the high priest of the Temple. According to this account, the Roman proconsul of Judaea, Porcius ...
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How common is Yichud?

דתניא רבי יוסי ברבי יהודה אומר משום ר' אליעזר המקנא לאשתו מקנא ע"פ עד אחד או ע"פ עצמו ומשקה לה על פי שנים השיבו חכמים לדברי רבי יוסי ברבי יהודה אין לדבר סוף מ"ט דר' יוסי ברבי יהודה אמר קרא בה בה ...
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Sources of Zohar's Statements About the “True Torah”

In the Zohar (Bahalotecha 152a), Rashbi is quoted as making the famous saying about the underlying nature of the Torah (text): Woe to the person who says that the Torah comes to give ...
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Explanation of Gemara's Interpretation of מצא

The Gemara Bava Kamma (113b) states that the term ומצאתה implies physical acquisition (rather than mere finding as the word would seem to imply): אמר רבינא {דברים כב-ג} ומצאתה דאתאי לידיה משמע ...
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Where to put books while traveling?

I am bringing holy books to Israel by airplane. I want to know whether I can keep them in a carry-on bag that ultimately will be put on the floor, at least the floor of the airport, while I am ...
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Correct pronunciation on Jerusalem in Tehillim?

When Jersualem is חסר (no additional 'yud' at the end), in a Tehillim I have (Shai l'Moreh), it has a footnote that it should be pronounced the full way (Ye-RU-Sha-LaY-YIM) on Chapter 79 (and I think ...
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The hupa itself, people holding or self standing, square or circle

I was told it is a segula to hold the 4 sticks of the hupa (square) so it seems it is preferred But now I see a new (to me) minhag that they have fancy self standing ones, sometimes in the shape of a ...
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What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages?

What does it mean to have faith in our wise sages (אמונת חכמים)?
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Is there an obligation for men and women to sit separately at a simcha?

Rav Binyamin Kamentzky, whom I recently saw, told me that until about 30 - 25 years ago, it was very common for men and women to sit together at weddings, Bar Mitzvah and other seudei mitzvah run by ...
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Looking for a “Bikur Cholim” behavior manual

Several years ago, while my kids were in elementary school, I think they came home with a "Bikur Cholim" behavior guide. It was designed mainly for kids, but certainly can apply to adults. The guide ...
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what are the rewards for the righteous in Olam Haba?

I am looking for some sources from chazal on what rewards await the righteous in olam haba (the afterlife). preferably some kind of comprehensive treatise rather than bits and pieces.
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Alright you Yemenites or Mizrahim out there! Matzah Recipe?

Looking for information on how Yemenites or other Mizrahim bake Matzah. How much flour to water, how hot does the oven get? Does it have to go to the oven within 18 minutes, or does that only matter ...
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Does it matter if one takes Torah stories literally/physically?

For example, angels cried into Yitzchak's eyes when he was about to be sacrificed. However, it is usually agreed this is to be taken literally (i.e. angels did exist and their tears did fall into his ...
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Davening in shul with different nusach [duplicate]

If person davens in a shul with other nusach. E.g. a nusach-ashkenaz-guy goes to a nusach-sefard-shul and in order not to get confused he wants to daven with the Tzibbur as much as possible. What ...
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stopping a morning minyan

Our synagogue had for a number of years a morning minyan on Monday and Thursday and Sunday mornings. Until recent times we had members who supported these and it was no real problem. Then last year ...
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Does חי נושא את עצמו apply only when the human being is conscious?

The concept Gemoro Shabbos 94a that חי נושא את עצמו - a living being “carries itself” - means that someone who carries a living being out on Shabbos unwittingly is not liable to bring a sin offering. ...
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Ohr HaChayim on Life

The Ohr HaChayim says, "The word life means different things to different people. The Torah teaches us that the only way true life is one in the service of G-d, one that is dedicated to the study ...
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Is a virgin birth possible according to rabbinic judaism? If the mother was betrothed, is the child a mamzer?

Nothing to do with any other religions, but is there anything in the sources that speak about whether or not a woman could become pregnant without relations? Due to the negative feedback, I can frame ...
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Sha’arei HaKedushah on Middos

The Sha’arei HaKedushah writes, "One must exert greater caution in exercising proper middos than in observance of the mitzvos." Does anyone know where the Sha’arei HaKedushah says this?
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10 second rule for food on ground [duplicate]

Throughout the secular world I've heard the expression "10 second rule" whenever a piece of food has fallen to the ground (and someone still wants to eat it). The 10 second rule permits the food to ...
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How can one kill the habit of speaking profanity?

Saying curse words, if I am not mistaken, is in the category of nivel peh. For someone that is used to using curse words, what steps can he take to avoid this transgression?
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Using oil lamps on Shabbas in old times

In the olden times, before electricity, did religious Jews have lamps that could hold large amounts of oil so that they could use light on Shabbas, similar to how we use Shabbas lamps and have lights ...
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why do we eat 3 meals on shabbos?

It says in the Gemara in Shabbos (Daf 117b - 118) and paskened in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 291 that one is required to eat 3 meals on Shabbos? What is the reason for this? Seemingly a long ...
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Birkat Minim in Siddur haRaSa"G

I was looking in my father's copy of R' Sa'adya Gaon's siddur over Shabbat and noticed something strange: the phrasing of the bracha for Birkat Minim was different from any other nusach I have seen ...
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Where in the sources do we find a list of kosher birds?

In the parsha this past week (re'eh) we find a list of birds that are not kosher. This is unlike the Torah's approach to mammals and fish, where we are told to identify those that are permitted by ...
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What was the status of the Pharisees, and their relationship with the Temple authorities in the early first century?

One of the many mistakes made by the authors of the Christian gospels is attributing the state of affairs in their own time to the time they are trying to describe. An example of this error is the ...
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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?

Having never gone to a yeshiva, but having interacted with rabbis and laymen who have, I am unclear on which Jewish texts are studied and which are either not, or which are given a more cursory ...
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Does apocalyptic Judaism still exist? [closed]

In studying the history of Christianity, and therefore, the historical context of the early Jesus Movement, which was obviously a Jewish context, I have been led to understand that in the first ...
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How did the Jewish people understand and make sense of the destruction of the Second Temple?

Since I began studying the history of the Christian faith, and the relation between Judaism and Christianity, I have been struck by the idea of the Second Temple's destruction. I simply can't imagine ...
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In what sense did G-d live in the Temple, in the understanding of Jews prior to the Temple's destruction?

I'm going to be extra careful with this question, because I think that it would be easy to say something the wrong way and cause serious offense. If I do cause offense, I apologize in advance, and I ...
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Which Amoraim can argue on Tannaim?

I'v heard various opinions about which Amoraim can argue with Tannaim, ranging from any, to only Rav (Rabbi Abba). Which Amoras can argue with Tannas?
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The Machzeh Einayim on crying

In the book With Hearts Full of Love on page 300, Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon states the following: In Machzeh Einayim the sefer asks, "Why is that the Creator constructed people in such a way that no ...
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Chovos HaLevavos on changing ourselves through tefillah

I saw somewhere that Chovos HaLevavos writes, "The purpose of tefillah is not to change Hashem's mind but rather to change ourselves. It is to bring us to the realization that our fate is completely ...
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Not saying shir shel yom on Rosh Chodesh?

This morning (Rosh Chodesh), i davened at the Ohel Yitzchak shul on Washington St., Jerusalem (no, not that Ohel Yitzchak). After aleinu but before shir shel yom the gabbai announced that because it ...
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Does HaShem still do miracles in exile?

Are there any sources that HaShem still performs 'open miracles' even during the exile?
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Is Mincha an עת רצון?

Someone told me that mincha is an עת רצון because מידת הרחמים is strongest at that point. Is there a source for this?
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A Novi is the spokesperson of G-d

I read in Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers on page 291, the following: The primary function of a נביא, prophet, was to serve as the spokesperson of G-d. This title, derived from the phrase נִיב ...

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