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What is the meaning of the term יום טוב (Yom Tov)?

I did a search in Tanac"h for the term יום טוב (along with any prefixes to the term) The term appears a few times in Esther, esp. in the 2nd to last chapter. One example is: Esther 9:19: עַל־...
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Is there any significance in the wording of Genesis 3:23?

The text reads: "וישלחהו ה' אלהים מגן עדן לעבד את האדמה אשר לקח משם" "And Hashem God banished him from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken" Why does it only say "ישלחהו" "...
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Why does Hashem react so violently against the people who demanded meat?

The question is self explanatory so I'll just clarify why it seems to me that Hashem's reaction is disproportionate. Imagine a parent with a spoiled child who starts demanding more than he deserves. ...
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How do we understand Moshe's rebuke

On Devarim 1:1, Rashi comments that the various places listed are in fact veiled references to episodes in which the Jewish people rebelled. Thus Moshe was offering a kind of concealed rebuke. My ...
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chupah (tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot

I was wondering as I hear it for the first time that one of my friend told me that they made a chupah(hung tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot.he told me its a custom that we do every year, but we ...
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Shemona Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty eight? שמונה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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When was the Beith Hamiqdash hasheni fully completed?

What year was the second Beith Hamiqdash fully completed? Can any one of you answer back with both Hebrew and Secular dates?
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Protection from Mazikim

I am looking for Torah sources discussing protection from mazikim (negative spiritual forces/beings). So if, theoretically, one suspects a room or apartment has these things manifest causing trouble, ...
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Drawing breasts

Is it an avierah to draw women with their breasts exposed? I have seen paintings by European artists that depict biblical women with their breasts exposed and wondered: if a Jew were to do this, would ...
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Does God Compensate Animals For Their Pain During Shechita?

Rav Sa'adia Gaon states the following regarding ritual slaughter of animals: I will make this matter understandable and say: the Creator has decreed that every animal will die, and has given ...
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Jews don't pray, we do mitpalel and other things, but how do other forms of divine communication with HaShem fit into this view?

Within the Tanach there seem to be a lot of words which define our communication with HaShem. The world calls this 'prayer', but within the Tanach there are several words to describe this unique ...
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Making a siyum and eating meat during the 9 days

It's brought down in Halacha that if one makes a siyum during the 9 days they may eat meat. A person happens to have a siyum coming out now in the 9 days (he is only one daf away.) However not every ...
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How to say Mi Yodeya's version of Echad Mi Yodeya in hebrew

A selcetion of the Mi Yodeya series is being prepared for the hagadah mi yodeya 14 are the books of the Rambam. 15 were the cubits of the Flood. 16 are the maneh of the myrrh. 17 were the ...
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Is one allowed to wash and then wear shoes during the nine days

I have a pair of shoes that I want to clean, (not just wipe down but put in the washing machine). I know this shouldn't be done for clothes but how about shoes?
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For those who say the b'racha before lighting Yom Tov candles, when do they say shehechiyanu?

I was taught to say the b'racha on lighting yom-tov candles after lighting, just like for Shabbat, but I understand that some say the b'racha first on yom tov. For those who do and say shehechiyanu ...
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Could one today be blessed with the wisdom of Solomon and love of David?

I am a Muslim, And I would like to know what the Jewish perspective is about attaining the wisdom of Solomon (may peace and blessings be upon him) and the love for G_d of David (may peace and ...
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Will parve item remain so within a fume-proof vessel heated inside a meat stove? [closed]

I'm laying out my kitchen for kosher and have decided to make my stove and oven all meat. I'll have a separate nook for cooking dairy. The problem is baking hallah. Normally that is a parve recipe. ...
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What is the benefit to praying with a Minyan?

What is the benefit(s) of Praying with a Minyan? Besides for all the additional things you can now do with a Minyan (Kaddish, Kriah etc). By prayer, I mean the Shmoneh Esreh. What is different in ...
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Last line of Yetziv Pitgam

The Artscroll siddurim (that I've seen, I haven't done a full survey of the siddurim and machzorim) translate the last line of Yetziv Pitgam as a reference to Yonatan ben Uziel. The Artscroll chumash,...
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Why are we here if the chances are zero

A somewhat philosophical question (based on a saying by Albert Einstein): If God existed eternally and Olam Haba is infinite in time and this world is finite in time duration, then the chances of one ...
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How can you get Ka'asher Zamam if you became a Chalal

There is a rule that Ka'asher Zamam vilo Ka'asher Asa: the second set of witnesses have to appear in court "before the punishment" in order that the first witnesses get the punishment Ka'asher Zamam. ...
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Sanctifying Hashem's Name by getting killed [duplicate]

I heard that if someone is given the option to either convert to Christianity or get burned at the stake; and he gets burned at the stake, then he will not feel the pain since he's sanctifying Hashem'...
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Why does M'nachos 61:2 have only three of six kal vachomer arguments?

Bavli, M'nachos 61:2, quotes the tana Rabbi Shim'on (in my own loose translation): Three types [of offering] have three commands to them [all told]: each has two, but not the third. They are ...
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Author of Sefer Shulchan Shlomo

The Mishnah Berurah sometimes quotes a sefer Shulchan Shlomo (e.g. 489:3 that women should not count sefiras haomer with a beracha since they will inevitably forget a day). Does anyone know who the ...
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Question on Rashi in Gittin 76

The Gemara Gittin 76, in a discussion of conditional divorces, says (transation from Soncino): Our Rabbis taught: If a man said to his wife in the presence of two witnesses, 'Here is your Get, on ...
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Did the Vilna Gaon ever mention the Ramchal by name in his writings?

It is said that the Vilna Gaon thought very highly of the Ramchal. I would like to know if he is ever mentioned by name by the Gra?
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Are intimate not intercourse acts forbidden between same sex individuals [duplicate]

May two people of the same gender perform intimate (non-intercourse) acts, e.g. fondling, kissing on the lips etc. According to Halacha?
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Do you have to hear the morning blessings of the next minyan before leaving synagogue?

A minyan has just finished davenning and its participants are leaving. The next minyan is starting saying the morning blessings. Is there any obligation of the departing people to hear all the ...
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Abraham's converts…to what?

Assuming the view that Avraham was not a Jew (see here and here1), "ha-nefesh asher asu beCharan" (Gen. 12:5) that Rashi explains were converts, what did they convert to? To give credit where credit ...
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Why is the father the more important parent? [duplicate]

According to rabbanan Halacha, father is superior to mother and respect due to him takes precedence. I don't believe it's fair to mothers to regard them as inferior. Mother brought you to this world, ...
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Who's more important parent: father or mother? [closed]

Whom should child love, respect, and care for more and why? Or, should he equally love both parents?
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Why the person switches in Shemos 14:2-4?

Shemos 14:2-4: דבר, אל-בני ישראל, וישובו ויחנו לפני פי החירות, בין מגדול ובין הים: לפני בעל צפון, נכחו תחנו על-הים.‏ ואמר פרעה לבני ישראל, נבוכים הם בארץ; סגר עליהם, המדבר.‏ ...
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Love HaShem with lev, nefesh en me'od, why not something else or just lev and nefesh

Why does the command to love HaShem tells us to love him with all our lev, with all our nefesh and with all our me'od? Why doesn't the verse says or add something like, with all you neshama or with ...
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Command of the Eastern Tribes

Why is it that in Numbers 32:1–32 Moses only commands Reuben and Gad to cross the Jordan River, but then in Joshua 1:12–15 it has Joshua talking about how Moses commanded Manasseh to cross over as ...
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Two-letter shorashim and phonetic shorashim?

I have heard many times in the name of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch that every Hebrew shoresh (usually defined with three letters) has a more basic root of two letters. I also heard in his name that ...
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Can the word “eitz” mean “a thought” in the Torah?

Is there support in the Talmud or later rabbinical literature to interpreting the Torah term "eitz," commonly translated as "tree," to also mean "thought". This of course, is a common usage in Yiddish,...
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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 He,...
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Sculptures of Animals for non-worship

Is it permitted for a Jew to buy animal sculptures for decoration purposes.
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Hint for Big Bang in Genesis

Has anyone found a hint for the Big Bang event postulated by modern cosmology, i.e. that the Universe expanded from a "point," in the Genesis account? Some kind of torah code or other sort of hint. I ...
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Is 'A father and son sleeping with a betrothed young woman on yom kippur' an expression?

Bava metza 83b: Rabbi Elazar brebbi Shimon is afraid that he may have wrongfully caused someone to be hanged, but is reassured that the hanged and his son 'slept with a betrothed maiden on yom kippur'...
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Picking mushrooms on shabbos

Is one allowed to pick mushrooms from where they grew on shabbos? To provide some context: The Talmud (Berachos 40b) states that although mushrooms grow on the ground, the proper Beracha is ...
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Does Rashi's commentary on a quoted mishna reflect the true explanation?

Often the Bavli will quote a mishna from another maseches (tractate) or another part of the same maseches. Does Rashi's commentary on the Bavli's quotation of the mishna reflect his interpretation of ...
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Can a woman clean her father, when he is naked, if he cannot?

Let's say an elderly man needs to be cleaned: he cannot clean himself because of extreme weakness. Can his daughter do this or must she hire someone else?
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Gentile Biography which Inspires

What is the jewish view on reading biographies of remarkable gentiles which one finds inspirational provided there is no apikorsus in the content. Have come across a website about a certain person ...
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Machine Made and Hand Made Tefillin Batim

Nowadays a person can buy tefillin batim (the leather boxes that house the parshiyos) that were made by a machine or made completely by hand. What is the difference exactly and what is the advantage ...
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Why does the Mishna not follow its own advice?

In Avot 5:7, the Mishna states that there are 7 characteristics of a Golem (boor) and 7 characteristics of a Chacham (wise person). It then goes on to list the 7 qualities of a wise man. One of the ...
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Shamai HaZakein Buying for Shabbos All Week

The Gemara (Beitzah 16a) talks about Shamai HaZakein, who would buy meat every day, setting aside the current day's meat for Shabbos and eat the previous day's portion, which is no longer set aside ...

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