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How could Moshe write on Shabbos?

I once saw this question in the magazine Kolmus: There's a tradition that Moshe wrote thirteen sifrei Torah on the day of his death. However, there are many opinions that Moshe died on Shabbos, ...
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How does the Conservative Movement address issues with women leading davening?

The Conservative movement started to allow women to count in a minyan in 1973 without publishing a halachic justification. In 2002, Rabbi David Fine published a teshuva on the issues of women counting ...
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ראש וראשון לכל דבר שבקדושה

The phrase "ראש וראשון לכל דבר שבקדושה" is used quite often in haskamos and introductions to describe people who devote their life to Torah study or supporting Torah study or other important Jewish ...
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Ben Sorer U'moreh - is anyones future doomed?

the Gemara (Sanhedrin 71a) writes that a Ben Sorer U'moreh never took place. I would like to suggest that the Gemoro is teaching us that it never happened that a Jewish child - however bad he may be - ...
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Is beauty that is described in the Torah objective beauty?

Perceptions of beauty have changed throughout time. For example, in the times of the Talmud, R' Yochanan, who was described as being fat (Berachos 13b), is also described in the Talmud as being ...
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Does sorcery/black magic exist today?

The Torah She'bicsav and Torah She'ba'al Peh discuss sorcery/necromancy/witchcraft. Assuming that those activities were actually harnessing some sort of supernatural power in order to perform ...
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Did circumcision exist before Abraham?

I heard it claimed recently that Circumcision was an act that was already practiced before God came to Abraham. The claim mentions that God took it and made it a token of His covenant with his people, ...
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Is it forbiden to drive a car? [duplicate]

I remember reading an answer here saying that it was forbidden (even for men) to drive a car. That one Rabbi used to forbid it. I tried to search it but I did not find it. Maybe someone can help.
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Why is a kohen allowed to be a rabbi?

Rabbis often need to attend funerals, give eulogies, arrange for the proper care of the deceased's body in the time between death and burial, and other related matters. A kohen can't come into ...
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Do we read zeicher, zecher, or both during Ki Teitzei?

For parshat Zachor, many have a minhag of saying both timche et zeicher amalek and timche et zecher amalek (different vowels on זכר). What are the customs regarding this word during parshat Ki ...
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Rav Ovadiah and talking in a shul or beis medrash delays the Geulah

Rav Ovadiah zt”l says, “Talking in a shul or beis medrash (during tefillah) delays the Geulah.” He bring it down in the Yabe’ah Omer 1:10:11. I don't know what what 1:10:11 stands for. Can someone ...
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Genesis 2:7 vs 2:19

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord G-d formed man of the dust of the ground vs. :19 And out of the ground the Lord G-d formed every beast of the field I just want to know the difference between "the dust of ...
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Medrash, Witness and G-d

I heard someone mention that the Medrash teaches us, “[If] You are My witnesses... and I am G-d,” but, “If you are not My witnesses... I am not G-d.” Do you know where this Medrash is from?
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(Why) do we close the eyes of the deceased?

I heard someone say that when one passes away we have to close their eyes. Where in halacha does it say this? Why do we do this?
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Zohar, Yaakov and Eyes

Someone told to me that the Zohar mentions that we close the eyes of the deceased, because the texture, colors and shapes of this world are in our eyes. However, in order to allow the deceased to see ...
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What to do if you say the wrong version of the last bracha in Shmoneh Esrei?

There are generally two texts for the last bracha of Shmoneh Esrei - one beginning Sim Shalom, and one that starts Shalom Rav. There are different customs for when each is said. If someone says the ...
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What class of entity are Wisdom and Death?

Most Jews and Christians will only recognize the angels as being the only other spirits made by G0d, but angels are not omnipresent nor omnipotent and it seems to me that the Spirit of Wisdom in ...
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Buying from Hasogas Gevul

If someone has a shop that the Rabanim say is hasogas gevul, but he refuses to close it, is it just a problem for the seller or is it also a problem for buying from there?
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Do I need to turn off answering machine before Shabbos?

Do I need to turn off answering machine before Shabbos? I'm talking about where the message comes to your machine, not to your provider like by mobiles. Would this be the same by having a phone turned ...
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“Qof, Qof” What does this mean?

An old (formerly used) synagogue building in my town has this sign on the front of it. The text says "Shaaray Torah", the name of the congregation, but what is the meaning of the two qofs above it?
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How far do I have to go to take care of myself?

The mitzvah of V'nishmartem (Devarim 4:15) requires a person to take care of their health (Shulchan Aruch C.M. 427:8, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 32:1). How far does this go? Do I have to exercise daily? ...
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried? [migrated]

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Josephs case his Marriage to Marry was his second. Would there be any ...
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What's the difference between אניה and ספינה in Jonah?

In יונה‎ 1:2–5, the boat Yona is on is referred to generally as an אניה. But in verse 5, Yona goes down to a side room of the ספינה. The commentaries seem to treat the words as synonymous: ...
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What's the deal with female Rabbis?

I was searching for a while, figuring this was already on here somewhere.. the questions about maharat were close but not what I was looking for. I'll ask it in two parts: 1) Is there a concrete ...
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0answers
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Can a Jewish owned business sponsor (or own) a non-Jewish football team?

In recent years, big businesses (including the airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar) and wealthy people (including Sheik Mansour) from UAE and Qatar have been sponsoring or purchasing some of the ...
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Are there digitized Sefer Torahs?

I have heard that it is common these days for digitized images to be made when a Sefer Torah is written, though we don't have any such images at the shul I attend. Having yet to find a tikkun that ...
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Is talking before noten hatorah a hefsek?

In my shul, after an oleh finishes, he says "emet torateinu hakedosha" and then says the beracha of noten hatorah. Is this a hefsek? Looking for sephardic answers please.
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How does “Jezebel” translate into English? [closed]

I've heard some Christian ministries preach that the name-word "Jezebel" can be translated into modern English as: "One with whom there is no cohabitation" They then later expound that the "women's ...
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Are donations typically expected from the person receiving an aliyah?

Is it the normal practice of Orthodox shuls to expect a donation from a person who received an aliyah, even if there is no formal system of reminding or requiring the person to give a donation?
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my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message

I don't use my cell on Shabbat, it is turned off but calls still go to my Voicemail. Is this permissible? I don't have the option of turning voicemail off only for Shabbat. It seems it is either set ...
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Can a charity employ a collector on commission without informing donors?

This question is related. A charitable organisation wishes to employ a collector on commission. Does the organisation have a duty to inform potential donors that (a) the collector is on ...
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Can an enamelled pan be changed from meat to milk/pareve? [duplicate]

I have a metal pan that is enameled white on the inside, which I have had for more than 40 years, and hardly used. I originally intended it for meat, but now I think I might get some use out of it if ...
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1answer
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Ashkenazi STa"M name

Why is Ashkenazi sta"m sofer referred to as Beit Yosef? Typically, the term refers to the seminal masterpiece written by the Mechaber, a Sephardi authority: so what gives?
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Could the world be destroyed due to environmental causes?

Some Environmentalists claim that our irresponsibility may/will result in, eventually, the destruction of life as we know it, due to global flooding and superstorms, or any other number of doomsday ...
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No Hope for Salvation

I have decided to reword my initial post. My basic question is: Are there any sins that Hashem will not forgive? [PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO MY OLD POST BELOW] WARNING!!!! THIS QUESTION (AND THE ...
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Is there a Jewish tradition of God reviving Israel at Sinai?

I once heard that according to "Jewish tradition", though it could be mere hearsay, that there was a story or legend that when the Israelites saw God's presence upon Mt. Sinai (or heard His audible ...
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Must the Oleh for the Haftarah read the Haftarah himself?

In my shul, we have a total of 3 people who know taamim. The rest can barely read Hebrew. The question came up, are they allowed to go up for Maftir, and subsequently read the Berachot of the ...
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Why did Esav care about burial in machpelah?

The midrash records that Esav tried to stop Yaakov from being buried in the cave of machpelah. I would like to know if any commentators explain why Esav would care about this? I recall hearing that he ...
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What beracha do you make on Golden Puffs?

Golden Puffs is a honey glazed puffed wheat cereal. I'm looking for the sephardic minhag. Preferably an answer from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. I've narrowed it down to either adamah or mezonot.
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May gentile “half-twins” marry?

If a pregnant divorced gentile woman marries a different man and then conceives another child of opposite gender through superfetation, are the twins considered only half-siblings and permitted to ...
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Why is a woman allowed to get pregnant?

This should be taken as a bit of a light hearted question (but not a Purim Torah by any means, I am looking for a real analysis), inspired by a discussion in chat. Why is a woman allowed to get ...
4
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1answer
129 views

When something is lost, tie a knot

I have a question regarding a possibly Jewish tradition that I learned from my mother. My mother is from Iraq; back in the 70's Jews used to inhabit Iraq, and she said that this is who she learned it ...
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Should Jews be environmentalists? [duplicate]

Do we have a religious obligation to take care of the environment, and if so how far does it extend? Should I spend money to decrease my carbon footprint?
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Hebrew names of G-d written in English letters [duplicate]

I am referring to any of the seven Hebrew names of Hashem that are forbidden to be erased. Suppose I have a sheet of paper that has one of them written, but in English letters ("Ad-noy"). 1) Can the ...
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1answer
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Do pages of ketuvim and navi'im need to be buried?

Do books or sheets of paper that contain text from the Prophets (navi'im) and Writings (ketuvim) need to be discarded in a special manner? I know that pages containing words of Torah written in any ...
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Can one use a gas grill for both meat and dairy (with lots of other caveats) [closed]

The basic question is, can the same grill be used for meat and milk. But this question has a few sub-questions/caveats and cases that I'm curious about. 1- I'll assume that the same grill grates ...
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Sefardim don't ever listen to live music?

Someone speaking casually mentioned to me that Sefardim don't listen to live music at all at any time of the year, but will listen to recorded music because "that's not music." Is this true? Is this ...
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Where was Berit Ben Habetarim done?

I've always imagined that Berit Ben Habetarim was done in Eretz Yisrael, but someone recently told me it happened in Haran. Anybody have any sources for either?
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Who is this certification ([KA] in a square)?

Which organization uses this symbol? It was seen on a package of candy (Goody Good Stuff is the brand) in the Netherlands.
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Does Orthodox Judaism have a generally held position on American politics? [closed]

The Pew Research Study on Jewish Americans says in part: On these measures (partisanship and ideology), the only other U.S. religious groups that are as conservative and Republican as Orthodox ...

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