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Is there a prohibition in the Torah against calling someone by their nickname?

I remember vaguely about a story of a certain sage in the Talmud that would never call anyone by a nickname. Is this just proper moral behavior or is there an actual halachah against giving people ...
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Sitting shiva for a parent who married a gentile

Someone told me that if your parent marries a gentile, you are halachically not supposed to sit shiva for them when they pass away. This doesn't sound like it could be true. Can you please clarify?
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Why does the language in a typical bracha (blessing) change from an individual request to mentioning a group?

A typical bracha starts (or ends) ברוך אתה ה hich seems to be an individual praise, as you are individually acknowledging that He is your (personal) G-d (As I understand, אדוני means my Lord). Then, ...
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Why is a shepherd's sack better than a treasuress's ring?

The Bavli, Shabas 62 amud 1, as explained by Rashi, continues a long discussion regarding what objects are considered clothing (or adornments), so may be worn outside (an eruv) on Shabas, and what ...
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Help with רש״י ד״ה שנעקרו on שבת דף ס ע״ב

The rabbis enacted a decree: one may not wear shoes with nails in them on Shabas. The Bavli, Shabas 60, has a lengthy discussion in which it tries to pin down the exact parameters of that decree, i.e. ...
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Liability for stealing one shoe

Suppose Alice has a pair of shoes, worth $100. Bob steals one of the shoes and destroys it. Setting aside any special penalties, If Bob is caught and found liable, does he have to pay Alice back $50 ...
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Version of the Tanach that pre-dates Jesus

Are there any versions of the Jewish bible (Tanach) preserved today that pre-dates Jesus (B.C.E. era)? I feel that any version after has a good chance of being biased towards or against Christianity.
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History of Shabbat: how (or) did they count to align with 7th day of creation?

The Torah (Exodus 20:8-11) commands: ח: זָכוֹר אֶת יוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת לְקַדְּשׁוֹ: ט: שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תַּעֲבֹד וְעָשִׂיתָ כָּל מְלַאכְתֶּךָ: י: וְיוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי שַׁבָּת לַה' אֱלֹקיךָ לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה ...
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Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah?

Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah boy's aliyah latorah that takes place on a day when tachanun is normally said (basically Monday and Thursday)? I've been to a few of these, and seen different cases. ...
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Working for a Mechallel Shabbos Company

What are the possible halachic issues with working for a company owned by Jews that are mechallel shabbos through the company? Assuming one does no actual work for them on Shabbos, but the work one ...
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What is the source of the 'elu devarim' text printed in siddurim?

The girsa of the 'elu devarim' text that appears in many siddurim after birkot hatorah cannot be sourced, so far as I can tell, to any particular rabbinic text. Here's the version that appears in ...
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17:3 using the fire pans to cover the copper altar

In parshas korach, 17:3, Elazar is commanded to take the fire pans of Korach and his followers and hammer them into "pachim" for the mizbeach. According to Rashi, the command was to turn them into ...
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During the time when the Sanhedrin was primarily Sadducees, would the average citizen that believed in the Oral Law have to listen to them?

During the reign of Alexander Yannai, the court was mostly Sadducees (Sanhedrin 52b, other places) before Shimon Ben Shetach returned and was able to remove them. During the period before Shimon Ben ...
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When do dietary supplements need a hechsher?

I am looking to purchase a probiotic supplement (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003THZ06A?vs=1, ingredients: ...
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Source for Kissing Dropped Sefer

Is there any source for the common practice of kissing a dropped sefer?
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Significance of Dead Sea

Are there any sources from chazal explaining the significance of the Dead Sea in Israel. (what is it doing here and why) The Dead Sea is a very unusual phenomena worldwide. it also happens to be the ...
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What dress is expected at a post-service event in a synagogue? [closed]

A non-Jew is invited to a birthday party to be held in the synagogue after services. What level of dress is expected? Would one be expected to dress as for Shabbat services, or would a more casual ...
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What is the origin of Dina DeMalchuta Dina, what is its reason? [closed]

As I know, halacha is based on Talmud, and Talmud is based on the Torah. Thus, Dina DeMalchuta Dina should also have the verses in the Torah, on which it is based on. But as I know the Torah, I can't ...
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Maharal on Avodas Hashem

The Maharal (in Gur Aryeh in the beginning of Bereishis) says, "Our avodas Hashem through Torah and Tefillah that's how we bring forth the kavod Hashem." That's the purpose of creation is to increase ...
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The Vilna Gaon on Shir HaShirim

The Vilna Gaon (on Shir HaShirim) “We know the beis hamikdosh is called sukkah. Why is the beis hamikdosh called a sukkah? Because the beis hamikdosh was the shomeir on klal Yisrael. The beis ...
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According to Chazal, does Beged Kefet matter?

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 written characters (plus 5 specialized characters for the ends of words - ם, ן, ץ ,ף, ך) generally assumed to be each originally associated with distinct sounds. The ...
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When someone is gifted a divination object [closed]

A very good friend of mine gave me a divination object for a present. She spent a few years in the Peace Corps in Mongolia, and brought me back a little hide box with sheep and horse ankle bones, ...
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goodness and pleasure the purpose of creation

The Ramchal teaches that goodness is the reason that G-d created the world, to give of His goodness to another (human). But he also wrote: Man was created for the sole purpose of rejoicing in G-d ...
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Instances where women wore tefillin [duplicate]

Up to (and including) the period of the Rishonim, are there multiple documented instances of Jewish women wearing tefillin? Edit: As discovered by another user on this website, there is another ...
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What is the root of the word ואורשנו in Bamidbar 14:12

What is the root of the word ואורשנו in this verse.?
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Why do we bring a sin offering on rosh chodesh

We bring a sin offering as a 'kapara' for hashem for decreasing the size of the moon. The story goes that the moon said we cant have two 'kings' the same size so I want to be bigger. Hashem says no ...
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What means “ dalet apostrophe he ” in the Rashi references?

In the artscroll Talmud, when a quote is made from Rashi, the reference always starts with these letters. What do they mean?
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bread of shame and free will

Jewish thinkers(Who?) sum up G-d's creation of the world as follows: It was the ultimate act of goodness. G-d is perfect and infinite. He has no need for a universe; He has nothing to gain from ...
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Why did no women speak up to support Yehoshua and Kalev's positive report about the land of Cana'an?

As a follow up to this M.Y. question stating that women loved the land of Cana'an and very much desired to go there, why did no women support Kalev and Yehoshu'a's positive report? If it was a ...
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What do we learn from the huge cluster of grapes?

The spies brought back a huge cluster of grapes, on a pole carried by lifting it at both ends. Presumably that sample was typical of the produce. Was the land equally fertile 40 years later when we ...
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How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?

How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing? Let us say that I make the blessing “borei minei mezonos” on my breakfast cereal eaten with milk. After I have eaten the ...
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What happens to the angels post tikkun olam?

What happens to the spiritual entities such as the angels when the tikkun olam is complete and Moshiach has arrived? Will they also attain a place in Olam Haba?
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Authorship of Summarized Sefer Hamitzvos

Are there any sources that claim that Rambam didnt author the summarized sefer hamitzvos (מנין מצות הקצר)?
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ד mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?

The gemara (Brachoth 13b) records that one is supposed to draw out the ד of "אחד" in the first verse of the Shema: .תניא: סומכוס אומר: כל המאריך באחד מאריכין לו ימיו ושנותיו אמר רב אחא בר ...
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kosher murder switch?

It is generally accepted that grama (indirect causation) is not permitted in performing a forbidden melacha in non-emergency situations. Similarly, while there may be cases of grama in other halachic ...
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Reshit is Torah or khalla ? Contradiction

In the beginning of midrash rabbah we read from rav Oshaya : וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָּא תּוֹרָה There is no "Reshit" except Torah and there, just after : וְאֵין רֵאשִׁית אֶלָא חַלָּה There is no ...
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Any support for this Shita Mikubetzes?

The Shita Mikubetzes in Neddarim, top of 2b reads like this: מאי שנא גבי נדרים דתני כולהו. בכמה מקומות מקפיד התלמוד על כדומה לזה ושואל 'מאי שנא' כי הכא, ובכמה מקומות אינו שואל. לפי שדרך התלמוד להקשות ...
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Why was Kalev allowed to lie to his co-spies?

Rashi on Numbers 14:24:1: רוח אחרת. My translation: A different spirit (intention) "Two spirits. One verbal and another in his heart. To the spies he said, "I am with you regarding your counsel", ...
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Do Sephardim observe any of the pre-Tisha B'av customs when the observance of Tish'a B'Av is postponed? [duplicate]

Wikipedia states: The last nine days of the three weeks—which are also the first nine days of the month of Av, culminating in the Tisha B'Av fast—constitute therefore a period of intensified ...
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Illustrated hilchot Kiddush Hachodesh

I remember seeing about 20 years ago a beautiful annotated commentary on Rambam's hilchos kiddush hachodesh, with extensive illustrations and calculations, explained according to both ancient and ...
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Is Warhammer (and similar games) an issue of avoda zara?

Are tabletop wargames, such was Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, and Kings of War an issue of avoda zara? To play the game you first have to purchase miniature figures of different races. Some are human, ...
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Source for rumored ruling of the Chafetz Chaim regarding Bracha on dessert

The Laws of Brachos by Rabbi Binyamin Forst says the following on page 211 note 16. "Rumor has it that the Chafetz Chaim allegedly said, that in America, desserts are part of the meal and ...
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How old was Joshua at the time of the spies?

Num 13 and 14 discuss the spies sent by Moses to asses the land, among them Joshua and Caleb. Josh 14:7 says that Caleb was 40 when he was sent as a spy. How old was Joshua at the time of the spies ...
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Using the Coravin on shabbat

There is a new device called the coravin which allows one to insert a needle into a cork of a wine bottle and the wine flows through the needle by using argon gas (protects quality of wine) and by ...
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husband needs to get his wife's permission to leave the house?

on the 6th line from the bottom i understand that it says that a husband needs to ask his wife permission to leave the house if it is not to work that she knows did i understand correctly? what are ...
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Markup in retail, are these examples kosher?

I have noticed that Keter Judaica, the American importer for Mishkan HaTchelet seems t have some pretty outrageous markups. Example 1: Keter Traditional Touch Tallit (M"T Tzemer A.A.) (size 55) ...
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Hilkhot R. Yehudah in Raavad

Who is the author of הלכות הר"ר יהודה זצ"ל quoted by the Raavad cited by the Shibbolei Haleket (Tfillah 5)?
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Retraining my davening pronunciation

I received a p'sak from my rav earlier today permitting me to revert my pronunciation from a modern Israeli-American pronunciation that I learned as a child to the old Yekkish Ashkenazis (with the ...
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Dearth of material in Taharas HaBayis on Vesstos

The sefer Taharas HaBayis is R' Ovadia Yosef's comprehensive compendium on hilchos Niddah. It is 3 volumes, with a lot to say about everything, as one would expect from R' Ovadia. However, there is ...
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How did the people of Zmigrod wrap tefilin?

My family is from there, but we've lost our ancestral minhag due to secularization and subsequent return to different sects within orthodox Judaism. I am just curious in reclaiming my ancestral ...

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