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May a person daven in a NYC subway car that has a smelly person sitting there?

There's a saying in NYC: "If you're pregnant or elderly, you won't get a seat. But, if you smell bad, you can get a whole subway car." Sadly, the number of (homeless, usually) smelly people found in ...
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Teshuva for wasting seed

Is feeling remorse, praying for forgiveness and studying Torah enough to rectify the heavy sin of wasting seed ? I know that every sin has its own unique way of "correcting" or rectifying it. And ...
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Is wasting seed a sin for a gentile ? Especially if he wants to convert in the future?

I know that wasting seed is the worst sin in Judaism and a Jew who committed it is considered very wicked. Yet, I am not sure about wasting seed ? is it a sin or not ? I am a gentile wanting to ...
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Can I trust the information in the book of Abramelin as Jewish?

There is a book, "The Book of Abramelin", written by a Jew in the middle ages by the name of Avrohom of Worms. There are some historians who believe that Avrohom of Worms was actually the Maharil. ...
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The Medrash on Moshiach

The Medrash that prior to Moshiach: 1) "The Westerners will arrogantly come to seize power setting up the kingdom in a manner so that they should rule without end..." In those days (i.e. End of ...
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Wife and techiyas hameisim

Someone is married for 50 years and his wife passes away. He get remarried 2 years later. By techiyas hameisim (resurrection of the dead), would he be required to divorce his second wife?
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Why isn't the nurturing of musical talent and the writing of poetry in praise of Hashem a formal part of Jewish education? [closed]

Tehillim 150 talks about Procaliming His praise with the call of Shofar, with the psalter and harp, with the timbrel and dance, with stringed instruments and the flute, with the loud sounding cymbals ...
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If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?

I was baptized in the Catholic Church, raised in the Methodist Church, and became an atheist when I was about 14 years old. My grandmother on my father's side was a non-observant Jew, but my father ...
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Why do we say כן יהי רצון in response to each blessing of Birkat Kohanim?

In most congregations (as far as I know), when the chazzan recites Birkat Kohanim (Priest's blessing) as part of the repetition of Shmoneh Esreh, after each of the 3 blessings, the congregation ...
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Can one cross-country ski to shul on Shabbat?

Assume that there is an eruv between one's home and shul. Can one cross country ski to shul on Shabbat? Possible concerns: Making marks (tracks) in the snow with the skis and poles. Is this any ...
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Moshiach and three meals

The Gemara Shabbos 118a says, "Whoever has three meals on Shabbos... will saved on from the birth-pangs of Moshiach." Why specifically 3 meals? Is the Gemara saying that one who specifically eats ...
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May a non-Jew participate in parts of a Jewish burial?

May a non-Jew participate in any of these parts of a Jewish burial (assume there is no separate "funeral" in a home and everything is graveside? Hesped - giving the main "speech" carrying the coffin ...
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Can a non-Jew visit a Jewish cemetery to see how it looks?

I want to know whether a non-Jew can, according to Jewish law, enter and visit a Jewish cemetery, to know what it looks like and what symbols and images are used in the cemetery, for personal ...
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Pawnshop Interest in Halacha

Suppose a Jewish fellow needs a loan of $50,000 and has been declined by the bank due to his credit record. The local Gemach can not lend such a large sum so he decides to give his expensive car as ...
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Is there any support within the scholarly community for Cyrus Gordon's “Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations”? [migrated]

In "The Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations" (1965), scholar Cyrus Gordon argued for a common cultural origin for the Greek and Hebrew peoples. Specifically, he argued that both ...
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Tying a Bow-Tie on Shabbos

Is one allowed to tie and wear a bow-tie on Shabbos? Bow-ties are not intended to remain tied between uses (I'm not even sure if it's possible to loosen it and slip it off the neck, like one can do ...
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How to understand the word zakai (exempt)?

Is the word zakai (exempt) (as opposed to hiav, guilty) different from the word mutar (permitted) or the word patur (actually a phrase, patur aval assur, without penalty but prohibited)? If so, how ...
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Name two kids the same name?

Is one allowed to name two of his children (of the same sex) by the same name, so that the entire Jewish name of one child is the same as that of the other? I have never heard of any prohibition. On ...
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Did Adam and Chava got knowledge of correct and incorrect?

In relation to the following post The snake telling facts to deceive the truth? I would like to ask a question myself. Could it be that Adam and Chava had the knowledge (intelligence) of correct and ...
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Why don't we rely on Anan Sahadi for murder cases?

The Rambam writes in his Sefer HaMitzvos Lavim #290: "Even if A pursues B with intent to kill, and B takes refuge in a house, and the pursuer follows him, and we enter after them and find B in ...
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What was the “danger” of concern that prohibited eating fish with meat?

This M.Y. answer lists a prohibition of eating fish and meat together because of sakana - it was dangerous. What was the danger at the time this prohibition was instituted?
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Tishrei Pilgrimage

Hundreds or thousands of Breslovers go to Uman for Tishrei, and hundreds or thousands of Lubavitchers go to Crown Heights for Tishrei. I'm curious if there's (nowadays) any other 'mass pilgrimages' ...
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After the Men of the Great Assembly established the 'Amidah', was it an obligation to recite it before the destruction of the Temple?

On Megillah 17b : Rabbi Yochanan said, others say it was taught in a Beraita, that 120 elders including many prophets established the eighteen blessings in the order that we have today. Before the ...
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Which blessings should I say before and after eating perogi with potato-and-cheese filling?

Wikipedia writes: Pierogi ... (... also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, pirogi, pyrogie, or pyrogy in English or other Slavic languages ...) are dumplings of unleavened dough – ...
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Was referring to a Jewish firstborn son as “____ bar [mother's name]” insulting in the first century?

There is a passage in the Christian "gospels" in which Jesus is referred to by his community in an unusual way. The text [Mark 6:3] was originally written in Greek, but the English translation is: ...
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Any more 'daughters of God'?

As far as I have been able to ascertain, there were only two individuals explicitly referred to as a "daughter of God" or had God refer to them as "My daughter": Batya/Bithiah the daughter of ...
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Malbim on “Eilu v Eilu”

I recently came across the following quote of the Malbim on the topic of אלו ואלו דברי אלוקים חיים: רק עד חתימת התלמוד (:מלבי"ם על הש"ס עירובין יג) That seems to be a pretty unique ...
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Kedusha in Amida vs. Kedusha d'sidra

Why is kedusha inserted in Amida and, unlike kedusha d'sidra and uva letziyon, omitted by a yachid? These are actually two related questions. First, kedusha is said three times in shacharis- once in ...
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Sources for minhag not saying tachnun on fridays and sundays

I prayed in a chasidic shul in europe. They did not say tachnun in sharis of friday and sunday. I asked them what the reason is and they answered me that in the days close to shabbes tachnun should ...
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Agricultural events and the Jewish calendar

There are many dates in the Jewish calendar that are connected to agricultural events. They include: Shavuot is Chag Ha'Katzir, the Holiday of the Harvest - Shemot 23:16 Sukkot is Chag Ha'Assif, the ...
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Seeking (a) web site(s) that discuss(es) Judaic calendar statistics

I am compiling a short shiur for my shul on Rosh Hashanna. I plan on discussing some items related to the Judaic calendar, with a focus on some statistics that I can eventually put into Excel and / or ...
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Can One Go Swimming On Shabbos Or Yom Tov? [duplicate]

Can we go swimming on Shabbos or Yom Tov from a halachic point of view not that it does not look right?
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Ma'aser on Inheritance

How does one calculate ma'aser on an inheritance? I believe (correct me if I am wrong) that ma'aser is paid on gain; not capital. Accordingly, if one inherits $1000 of which $100 is capital and $900 ...
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When do sefardim begin reciting selihot?

Since rosh hodesh Elul is a mini-holiday do you need to wait till the day after rosh hodesh or do sefardim begin saying selihot on the first of Elul?
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Source for the description of Mashiach in MBD's “Some Day”

Mordechai Ben David's classic song "Some Day" gives a description of what will happen in Yemot HaMashiach (the days of Mashiach). It seems to be a very popular song, and has doubtlessly influenced ...
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Online glossary of Yiddish terms commonly used in shiur

A while ago, I saw a one-page glossary of colloquial Yiddish terms that are commonly used in shiur (daily lecture in yeshiva). It looked like it had been photocopied more than a few times, so I think ...
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Can you daven mincha & ma'ariv in shul after making making Kiddush at home on Shabbat eve?

Let's say that you are the only qualified Ba'al Tefilah in a small summer community that has just 1 shul. (Yes, it does happen!) Shabbat starts late (around 8:15 PM, say). You have a disabled child ...
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Is a bottle or jug of 100% pure maple syrup kosher without certification?

There are several farmers' markets scattered around the New York City area. Many of them carry bottles or jugs of 100% NY State or Vermont maple syrup. Occasionally I find Canadian maple syrup. (For ...
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Where in Nach Are The Jewish People Referred To As Zion?

Where in Nach (or in the Torah??) are Bnei Israel referred to as Zion? I realize it's mostly used to refer to the place, i.e. Jerusalem/Har Zion/Temple Mount ... and am not interested in references to ...
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Was Cyrus really Queen Esther's son?

Are there any Talmudic sources that back up the claim that Cyrus was really the son of Queen Esther?
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Why did God tell people not to muzzle cows?

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn. - Deuteronomy 25:4 Why did God tell people not to muzzle cows? The Christians claim that the Jewish laws were there to protect ...
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How would first century Jews in Judea have reacted to the Jesus Movement's messianic claims?

My understanding is that first century Jews in Judea, Jerusalem, etc, would have known that Jesus could not possibly be the messiah, because the messiah was expected to be triumphant in life, and no ...
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I'm not sure if this is the right place . Last name Judah [migrated]

My great x 4 grandfather had the surname Judah. Before coming to the U.S in the early 1800' s it was spelled Juddah. In trying to trace my roots I was sent to a site for Jewish ancestry that required ...
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What is the source of this story about suffering and having a dream about it..?

I remember a story about a person that suffered very much and went to see a certain rebbe to help him. While waiting he feel asleep and had a dream where he saw his mitzvos and aveiros and the ...
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What is the purpose of the word וְהָיָ֗ה in Devarim 11:13?

Deuteronomy 11:13 says: וְהָיָ֗ה אִם־שָׁמֹ֤עַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־מִצְוֺתַ֔י אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י מְצַוֶּ֥ה אֶתְכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם לְאַהֲבָ֞ה אֶת־יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶם֙ וּלְעָבְד֔וֹ בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶ֖ם ...
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Is reading the word “G-d” out loud from a secular text a violation of Shem Shamayim l'Vatalah?

For those who are careful not to say "G-d" in their casual conversation, would reading the name "G-d" aloud from a piece of non-religious text that one was asked to read aloud be a violation of this ...
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Can a Jew work in non-kosher food warehouse?

Can a Jew work in non-kosher food warehouse? I mean to lift boxes from one place to another, to load pallets filled with boxes of non-kosher stuff. My question is about specific warehouse where there ...
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Why is the word “ger” translated as both convert and stranger in one sentence?

What is the basis for translating the word "Ger" in Devarim 10:19? The verse is often translated "You shall love the convert because you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Why not, "Love the ...
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Is one allowed to remove sections from a Torah to repair one or more pasul ones?

This is a scenario of possibly benefiting multiple communities. Let's say there are five different shuls all in remote communities. Each shul has just one Torah but it is pasul (non usable). They ...
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May a Jew have non-Jew carry items on Shabbat for the Jew's use?

My understanding is that a Jew can have a non-Jew perform melacha for him only if s/he benefits from it, and providing that a Jew has not specifically instructed him / her regarding doing the melacha. ...

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