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Are these cookies kosher?

These cookies have no certification on the box itself, it is made in a spanish speaking country. yet they have a sticker with a kosher certification put on them. is this reliable? This is not a ...
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For someone wearing tzitzis outside his clothes, should he have the strings and / or the knots visible?

Assuming one wears his Tzitzis out , is there a preference to leaving only the strings out but the knots in, or is it better to leave out the knots as well? I teach in a Yeshiva for Baalei Teshuva ...
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Is there a Mitzvah to buy from Israel?

I'm looking to emphasize the reasons to support Israeli businesses. Would it be correct to add that it is a Mitzvah?
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What is the purpose of life on this earth

We know that hashem created the whole world only for the purpose of human's on earth. Everything else is there for his benefit to obtain his purpose. So the question is, what real purpose does he ...
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Where in the torah is contempt of court condemned?

I looked at google for contempt of court and torah. Two sources that I see is this: https://www.ou.org/torah/mitzvot/taryag/mitzvah69/ It has a rule saying you shouldn't curse the elohim. Not only ...
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signs of Messiah's imminent arrival

What are the main signs given by the sages that the Messiah's arrival is imminent and have those signs been fulfilled in our times?
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Is trying to get out of jury duty permitted halachically?

In the comments on this question about being on a jury when a trial could run into Shabbat, somebody brought up the point that it's generally not hard to avoid jury duty. And, in my experience, lots ...
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Scientific explanation for Sotah water

Is there a scientific way to understand the effect that the Sotah water has on a Sotah? Relevant verses below (Bamidbar chapter 5): יז: וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן מַיִם קְדֹשִׁים, בִּכְלִי-חָרֶשׂ; ...
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Is the blessing “Oseh Ma'aseh Breishit” to be understood literally?

The term "ma'aseh breishit" means, literally "the makings (or creations) of the beginning." The "beginning" seems to me, to refer to the first 6 days of creation. Certain things that we recite "Oseh ...
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What learning style do Yekkes have?

There's a Yeshiva in Washington Heights named after (and supposedly run in the spirit of) R' S. R. Hirsch. All I could find is a Donation page there. What kind of learning goes on there (or in ...
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How “modern” is K.A.J?

"Traditionally", K.A.J (Khal Adat Yeshurun, the Yekkishe Kehilla in Washington Heights) was the "successor" Kehilla of R' Hirsh, following the Torah Im Derekh Eretz model. Do they still follow that ...
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Marital relations if pregnancy is potentially life-threatening?

A while ago, I was poking around the Catholic section of Reddit, since I was curious about how the topic of birth control might be handled within it. In a comment to one post, someone stated that his ...
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If the prayer leader does not distinguish between Gimmel and Ghimmel for Amida he can't be yotzi for others

I was at a Shabbat table and someone told me that, according to Hacham Ovadia Yosef, the one leading the prayers cannot motzi others (i.e. cannot relieve others' prayer obligations) if he does not ...
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What are the halachic considerations regarding davening after staying up all night on Shavuot?

There is a wide-spread minhag to stay up all night on the evening of Shavuot and learn until shacharit in the morning. I know that when people do that, there are some necessary changes to the morning ...
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What do the expressions AL CHET or VIDUI mean? [closed]

I would like to know what the expressions AL CHET or VIDUI mean, in English please.
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Parshas Chukas: Hitting the rock vs. Talking to the rock

Hashem is angered that Moshe hits the rock instead of following His specific instruction to speak to the rock. “Hashem said to Moshe and Aharon: Because you did not believe in me to sanctify me in the ...
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Is it permitted that male person to have feminine job? And otherwise?

Is it forbidden for a male person to have feminine job? If so, how is a feminine job defined according to halacha? Likewise, is it forbidden for a female person to have a masculine job?
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are there certain criteria for the utensil we use for washing hands?

i remember hearing that there cannot be a spout but must be an equally rounded edge. is this true? if yes please provide source. THANK you!
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Scaling Time to Reconcile Genesis with Science [duplicate]

Some scientists try to reconcile the biblical account of creation with the modern scientific view. see for example Gerald Shroeder's at http://www.aish.com/ci/sam/48951136.html There he claims the ...
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Why do all women deserve to suffer for the sin of one woman, Chava?

In the Torah, Bereshit 3:16, all women receive the curse of a painful childbirth and their subservience to men. This is all because Chava made the choice to make Adam eat from the tree. Why should all ...
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Source for Striking Self during Viduy

What is the source for striking one's chest while reciting Vidduy?
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can one commit aveiros after he is dead?

A terminally ill man gives away all the $ from his bank account and then maxes out his credit card on gold bars which he gives to his friends. He correctly estimates that he will die before the ...
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0answers
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How to find one's illustrious ancestors

If someone does not know his family tree — for example, he is the child of ba'alei teshuveh and his grandparents did not impart to his parents any important-to-Judaism information about his ...
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What does it mean for one's soul to “be like dust to everyone”?

From the end of the Amidah: "To those who curse me, let my soul be silent; and let my soul be like dust to everyone". What does it mean, for one's soul to be like dust? And why is it a good thing?
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What happens when food or vessels or a tent become Tumeh? Do they transmite Tumeh to others? [closed]

What are the ramifications of vessels of food that become tumah? What happens if some one eats Tumeh foods or touches a vessel or article of clothing or tent that is tumeh? Do these things transmit ...
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Why was the law about Para Aduma given in Mara? [closed]

Why out of all the 613 mitvot was the para aduma chosen to be 'given' in Mara? 'Shom som lo 'chok' umishpat'. Chok refers to para aduma and why is it only mentioned so late in the torah after ...
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Why is a Haftorah recited on fast days?

I think the title is essentially my question. Fast days are the only time when a haftorah is said during mincha. What makes fast days unique to have a haftorah recited then?
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What are “secrets of Torah” according to the Rambam?

The Rambam explicitly acknowledges that there is something called "secrets of Torah." His words (or at least R' Kapach's translation of his words) are (Moreh Nevochim 2:33): שאי אפשר להכנס למעמד ...
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155 views

Is it wrong not to wear a bra?

Is it a problem not to wear a bra (for reasons related to tznius or anything else Jewish)? What if it is not seen "women may wear different kinds of clothing to hide or reveal the fact that they're ...
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1answer
33 views

ka-kosher legit?

I want to know if anyone knows or anyone can help me determine if: ka-kosher as presented at ka-kosher.com is a legit (orthodox) kosher certification. I noticed the symbol on a bag of frozen organic ...
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When to stop Kaddish & Visit Cemetery (Sephardic Custom)?

What is the halacha according to the Sephardi custom (Ben Ish Hai, or Rav Ovadia z"l), with regard to the following: Consider that the yortzeit is on 15 Av, when precisely is the 11 months over? On ...
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1answer
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Bracha on Dead Sea

According to Halacha (Shulchan Oruch, Orach Chaim 228:1) one says עושה מעשה בראשית on seeing the sea. Does one make a Bracha on seeing the Dead Sea? Is it a proper sea? If so, what is the correct ...
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Techum Shabbos for Items across Timezones

It is my understanding that if a person owns an item, that item may not be taken outside of his Techum Shabbos (2,000 Amos) on Shabbos (e.g. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 397:3). For example, if ...
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1answer
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Why different customs for daily and Shabbat Kedusha?

In the repetition of the Shabbat amida, we who are not leading say all lines of the Kedusha, as does the shaliach tzibur. In the repetition of the daily amida, only the shaliach says all the ...
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Definition of the phrase חפצך אסור חפצי שמים מותר

Can someone please explain to me what "חפצך אסור חפצי שמים מותר" means. Tractate shabbat 150a?
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Making a knife for brit Mila ( with a shinui or goy) on shabbat

Can someone please remind me where the machloket is regarding wether making a knife for a brit Milah on shabbat is mutar or assur. Another thing, I know we pasken its assur however if someone was to ...
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What is the practical application or message in the expression המבין יבין והמשכיל ידום?

Follow up to this M.Y. question. I think that I have seen Rash"i or perhaps the Gemarah use this expression, occasionally, Loosely the phrase translates as: "The one that understands will, and the ...
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1answer
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The Rebbe as a prophet — how?

Many Chabad Chassidim firmly believe that the Rebbe [obv] was a prophet, as seen from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJApCLU5HRM&app=desktop I know not everyone believes this, but to ...
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Chabad Inyan regarding the universality of the Lubavitcher Rebbe [closed]

As I have mentioned elsewhere, the only active Orthodox schul in my town is a Chabad, and the mora d'asra is very dogmatic about the idea that R' Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch was the rebbe ...
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Book of TaNaKhic names with their meanings

I hope this is the right forum for a search/request like this. A few months ago - unfortunately, I don't remember the context in which it arose - I stumbled across a terrific book on HebrewBooks.org ...
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Can a person recite Kiddush Levana during the Polar summer months?

This M.Y. answer states that the moonlight must be visible on the land for someone to be able to say Kiddush Levana. During the summer season near either the North or South Poles, there is an area of ...
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Understanding Wording in Bamidbar 16:6

Numbers 16:6 says: זאת עשו קחו לכם מחתות קרח וכל עדתו. This do: take you censers, Korah, and all his company; I'm struggling to understand the last three words which are in the third ...
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Beer at a Shalom Zachor

There is a common custom I have observed to serve beer at a Shalom Zachor. This is also mentioned here with some speculation about the source. What is the source for this practice?
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Did God acquire His good qualities?

Did God acquire or improve His good "qualities" (ex. wisdom, kindness, righteousness) or were they always a part of Him? (we can see for example, that God possesses the characteristics of wisdom and ...
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Teffilin during Shabat

Semag : כל אחד מישראל אינו יהודי שלם אלא אם כן יש לו שני עדים שהוא יהודי, הלכך בשבת ויום טוב שנקרא שבת, ושבת נקרא אות, פטור אדם מלהניח תפילין כי די שיש לו שני עדים שהוא יהודי עדות שבת ועדות מילה ...
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According to Bamidbar Rabba, why was Caleb so adamant about the fruit?

Bamidbar Rabba 16:14 has an interesting back-story for the giant fruits that Numbers 13:23 tells us the twelve spies retrieved from Canaan: ויבאו עד נחל אשכול - לא רצו ליטול מפירות א"י, אילולי כלב ...
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1answer
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If a lefty becomes ambidextrous

If a lefty teaches himself (before or after his bar mitzvah) to write with his right hand What happens with teffilin? What if he teaches himself to prefer his right hand for everything? Sources ...
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Differences in psak

Why do we learn Gemara, where each opinion gets equal weight and the strongest opinion wins, and we are thus taught not to be peti, but to only accept a true answer, while today, its enough that one ...
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Someone damages tefillin that he borrowed from someone else. Is he liable?

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:22: מֻתָּר לִקַּח תְּפִלִּין שֶׁל חֲבֵרוֹ גַּם שֶׁלֹּא בִידִיעָתוֹ לְהָנִיחָן וּלְבָרֵךְ עֲלֵיהֶן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתַבְתִּי בְּסִימָן שֶׁלִּפְנֵי זֶה סָעִיף י"א לְעִנְיַן ...
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What is to be done with food illegally harvested in shmita year?

If some food was harvested and sold and this was done on shmita year, and this harvest is later found or left in ones possetion,without having purchased it, is it permissible or desirable to be eaten ...

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