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What tribe did someone belong to if they didn't have a Jewish father?

I'm asking about the cases of 1) converts with no Jewish lineage, or 2) children born to Jewish mothers and Gentile fathers. How is tribal identification for such a person and his descendants ...
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Help with finding a Pirkei Avot Citation

Hebrew Wikipedia writes, commenting on the well known quote "אבות אכלו בוסר, ושיני בנים תקהינה:" אבות אכלו בוסר ושיני בנים תקהינה הינה סוגיה דתית-פילוסופית מרכזית ביהדות ובדתות אחרות. פסוק ...
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Leaving a mate behind in egypt

Did any husbands leave behind wives, or any wives leave behind husbands in Egypt during the Exodus? If so did this qualify a divorce of sorts?
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Difference between El and Eloah

El(אל) and Eloah(אלוה) are both singular forms (nouns), but its אל thats being used to form the plural Elim (אלים), and אלוה thats being used to form the plural Elohim (אלוה׳ם). Both singular forms ...
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Non-lishmah parchment

I was learning the first two chapters of Rambam's Hilchot Megillah v'Chanukah before minchah last Shabbat. In one of the halachot of Ch. 2:9 the Rambam discusses that megillot need not be written on ...
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Is a Jew required to be married? [duplicate]

Is there a halacha that says a Jew must get married? How serious is it? What if a Jew is not married and remains a bachelor all their life, having sex? Please support your answers from Tanach and ...
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Is there a set of “foundational” midrashic/symbolic numbers and what are they?

I've always wanted to do an analyses of the Torah based on the numbers given and their midrashic meanings. Specifically, I'm looking for symbolic, midrashic numbers: that is, which are symbolically ...
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Why do people write G-d instead of God in writing and on digitial media? [duplicate]

I see many people here (and not just here) writing G-d. Aren't G-d's names sacred only in Hebrew, and even in Hebrew isn't it ok to write the names digitally (and have it displayed on a screen) and ...
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The Omer during Shmita

The original Omer was an offering of newly cut barley. So what happened during the Shmitta year when there was no harvest? Presumably this offering was not brought? Was there still a biblical ...
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Were there restrictions on marrying members of other tribes?

In ancient Israel, when there were clear differences between members of different tribes, were there restrictions on members of one tribe marrying a members of another tribe? If yes, what would ...
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Maaser on post-tax contributions to retirement accounts

In this article, quoted a few times on this site, there is a discussion on maaser deductions. He says: Tax-free income that went into a retirement (or other) account designated specifically ...
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Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
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Ask a gentile to do labor for himself?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. What about asking him to do m'lacha that we do not think will benefit a Jew? (I'm thinking for ...
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Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews

It is not a mitzva to try to convert non Jews but is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to the world (such as bringing rational proofs of the authenticity of Judaism)? After all, ...
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Which aspects of this case would Halacha mandate repentance/punishment for?

The secular trial of Rabbi Barry Freundel is now over, and a sentence has been passed by the DC Superior court. Looking at the uncontested facts of Rabbi Freundel's modus operandi (encouraging ...
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Shulchan Aruch split into 30 portions

Rav Yosef Karo writes in his introduction to the Shulchan Aruch: , בהיותו שגור בפיו ספר זה הבנוי לתלפיות, תל שהכל פונים בו, לחלקו לחלקים שלושים, ללמוד בו בכל יום חלק, ונמצא שבכל חודש הוא חוזר תלמודו, ...
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Not to marry a divorcée

I remember hearing in a daf yomo shiur And I want to find were is it written Something similar to that it is preferable not to marry a divorced woman (if her ex husband is still alive) because it ...
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Does one say a beracha on medication?

Does one say a beracha on medication? Does it matter whether it tastes nice or not? Is there a difference between pills and liquid medicine?
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Why doesn't this gemara interpret the mishna as meaning they sell it back?

In Shabbos 120a, the Mishna (first Mishna there) is quoted as saying that after Shabbat, the people who save things from a fire (which become hefker, ownerless) can make up their payment with the ...
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Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?

Out of the various "Orthodox" groups, i.e. Litvish, Chassidim, Sephardim, Yemenites, etc., do any of them forbid marriage to the other?
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Horse Racing in Halacha

I have been doing some reading and I see some pages which say that horse racing is frowned upon by halacha (but without sources) as running afoul of tza'ar ba'alei chayim (a comment here, and here, ...
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You're on a date in a park in the evening, what should you avoid to ensure the proper yichud rules are addressed?

Yichud prohibits seclusion between a man and woman who are unrelated (roughly). If a couple is on a shidduch and a park is the venue, what exactly makes the park problematic? If the park has at ...
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Things to do on one's Hebrew birthday

The Ohr Yisrael says that on one’s birthday, it is proper to engage in introspection and seek ways to improve himself(1), Daven for the amud (2), and to give extra money to tzedaka(3)" 1) Ohr Yisroel ...
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Why does patrilineal descent determine who is royalty?

In the Jewish Virtual Library, I came across this: For tribal affiliation, priestly status and royalty, patrilineal descent determines membership. I'm specifically interested in the aspect of ...
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Can the Mishnah be interpreted according to both peshat and drash?

There's a statement attributed to the Vilna Gaon (quoted in the introduction to Binas Mikra and in several other places) that the Mishnah can be interpreted through 'derash' and 'peshat', just like ...
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Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing “god”?

Why are Jews so meticulous about not saying/writing "god"? I see all sorts of words around, like "G-d", "lord", etc., but they all mean exactly the same thing. It's not like the halacha has a list of ...
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Staying up all night and suffering on Yom Tov

The Maharal in his commentary on the Haggada (Gevurot Hashem) explains the significance that the Tannaim were relating the story of the Exodus until they were informed by a student that it was time ...
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ADHD and Ameilus B'Torah

In Parshas Bechukosai the פסוק (verse 26:3) says: אם בחקתי תלכו If you follow My decrees Rashi says: שתהיו עמלים בתורה That you should be involved in the intensive study ...
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Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?

For the purpose of my question, assume that the modern casinos have games which, on average, favor the house. They don't win every spin of the roulette wheel, nor every throw of the dice, but the ...
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How do non-literalist Jews interpret the “year zero” in the Hebrew calendar?

As I understand, the Hebrew calendar is counted from the "date of creation". Currently you have the year 5774. In the Christian world there are some creationists who also believe that the world is of ...
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Source for yartzeit candle?

What is the source for lighting a candle on the anniversary of someone's death (yartzeit candle)? What are the sources for lighting such a candle on other days such as Yom Kippur, Yom Tov etc?
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Bracha on avocado / sashimi “boat”

A take-out place near where I work makes an "avocado boat". A whole avocado is peeled, pitted and cut in half. One half is placed on the bottom of a tray and filled with brown rice and assorted ...
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does a water bottle become fleishig from a meal?

If I drank from a water bottle during a meat meal, does it become meat? Basically, if I drink from the same water bottle a few hours later, do I need to wait six hours again?
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Tanach Siyum without Understanding

Can one may a siyum on Tanach simply by reading with out understanding the meaning.
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Regarding Amalek, Was King Sha'ul weak or blind?

I'm a bit puzzled regarding King Sha'uls (Saul) conversation with Shmu'el (Samuel) upon his return from the war against Amalek. We know that Sha'ul didn't fulfill G-d's commandment to destroy ...
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Watering Synthetic Grass on Shabbat?

Is there a problem of watering synthetic grass on Shabbat- If the synthetic grass has gaps or "holes" whereby the water can leak through to the earth underneath it? What if the earth underneath ...
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On the Root 'ע'ט'פ (and 'ע'ט'ה)

The Lishon Hakodesh root 'ע'ט'פ seems to take on a different meaning in various canons/eras: Pentateuch: In the discussion regarding Jacob's manipulation of Laban's flock, we encounter the verse ...
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Why do we say Vhu Rachum before Maariv?

Before Maariv, we say the pasuk "Vhu rachum yichaper avon..." (Psalms 78:38). Why?
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Trespassing on Public Parks

If a state or federal park is closed, is it against halacha to go there anyway (if you are not damaging the property)? (Thoughts: I would assume it is g'neiva because it is not my property. ...
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GE Shabbos / Yom Tov mode on ovens - Machlokes

In this question How does Shabbos/Yom Tov mode on a stove work? it discusses how the Shabbos / Yom Tov mode works. I have recently heard that there are Rabbi's that do not allow using this mode. Does ...
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In What Sense Non Jews Should Obey/Disobey Torah?

There are 2 opinions. In some cases I've heard that God reward anyone that obey Torah. Also, I think I read somewhere in exodus that anyone living in Israel, be it foreigners or not, must not work ...
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How did the water climb so high?

The Gemara in Sota 34 says וכיון שניטבלו רגלי כהנים במים חזרו המים לאחוריהם שנאמר וכבוא נושאי הארון עד הירדן וגו' ויעמדו המים היורדים מלמעלה קמו נד אחד וכמה גובהן של מים שנים עשר מיל על שנים עשר ...
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Minyan in public area

If a minyan is in a public hallway, blocking an exit at the end of that hallway, does the minyan have any halachic status to stop non Jews or women from walking through to reach that exit? This ...
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Rebbe maamer modifying Tanya on non-Jew's soul root?

I heard from a friend that the Rebbe gave a maamer somewhat modifying the statement in Tanya that all non-Jews' souls are from the klippot. Can anyone provide the exact source for it?
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What kind of publicity was required for Smicha?

There's a story in Sanhedrin 14a: שפעם אחת גזרה מלכות הרשעה גזירה על ישראל שכל הסומך יהרג וכל הנסמך יהרג ועיר שסומכין בה תיחרב ותחומין שסומכין בהן יעקרו מה עשה יהודה בן בבא הלך וישב לו בין שני ...
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Substitutes for “Today” in the omer count

Shulchan Aruch, OC 489:4 (in my own translation): Someone whose friend asks him during twilight "How many days of the [omer] count tonight?" should tell him "Yesterday was such-and-such". For if ...
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How to tactfully make food blessings in front of a gentile?

Say you're in a business meeting with a gentile. Food is served (kosher of course!). How can you go about reciting the before and after blessings without causing any embarrassment or awkwardness to ...
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Which sections of Igros Moshe are in which volumes?

In Igros Moshe, the classic compilation of responsa by R' Moshe Feinstein, each of the published volumes contains one or more collections of numbered responsa, each concerning a specific area of ...
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BS"D on documents for secular/non-Jewish audiences

Many Jews write BS"D or בס"ד (standing for בסיעתא דשמיא meaning "with God's help") or something similar at the top of all documents. As far as I am aware, there is no halacha that requires anything ...

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