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Did Yirmiyahu have realistic expectations?

I'm trying to pretend I was living in Yirmiyahu's time to really understand the issues he faced. The entire nation, save a few, are idolaters, don't fear G-d, etc. Did G-d really expect a bunch of ...
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Is this an effective means of being tested on Talmud [closed]

I'm in tenth grade and I'm concerned that the way we are tested Talmud in school is not effective. You see, we learn a small sugya of Gemara and then learn through a multitude of Rishonim and ...
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What is the halachic source for wearing in a kippa [duplicate]

I wear a kippa and tzitzis everday. The source for tzitzit is easy, we say it in shma and it's mentioned in the Gemara in brachot. The source for the kippa is wholly unknown to me, yet it is such an ...
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Timeline of the 10 plagues in exodus?

Do we have a chronological timeline (with years) of the 10 plagues? I'm trying to recreate a full timeline of the הגדה של פסח for the upcoming holiday, going from the arrival of Jacob and his family ...
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How the statements of R. El'azar Ben Azaria fits in the seder

What is the relevance of the Mishna amar rabbi El'azar ben Azaria to the haggada? Why mention this machlokes and why here why now? How do we practically gain from this mention?
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Why repeat עקיבא נחמתנו?

On the last Amud of Maseches Makkos, the three Rabbis in the story are inspired by the words of Rabbi Akiva and proclaim Maccoth 24b: בלשון הזה אמרו לו: עקיבא, ניחמתנו עקיבא, ניחמתנו. Said ...
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Why did the first 70 teachers of the oral law support the 10 dis-honest spies and not stand with Moses?

The rabbis teach that the oral law was given at Mount Sinai and that the first teachers of the oral law were the 70 leaders of the community who are described as "the helpers of Moses" and later, "the ...
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What is Deveikut (clinging to God)?

In chapter 1 of the Mesilat Yesharim (Path of the Just), the author writes: "When you look further into the matter, you will see that true perfection is only clinging to God". What does "clinging to ...
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Age of Avram (Avraham) when he left for Kena'an out of the Ur Kasdim?

Nechemyah 9:7-8 teaches that it was HaShem who brought (or called?) Avram forth out of the Ur Kasdim Bereshit 11:31 teaches that Terach took his whole household in which included Avram and they went ...
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Not speaking of Kabbalah or kabballistic ideas in public - halacha or wisdom?

A couple times now on forums and shiurim I have heard the speaker or rabbi address a question or comment with kabbalistic undertone with 'that is a kabbalistic idea. I don't discuss kabbalah in ...
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What happened to the Sephardic Pashta?

i recently got into a debate with a user here as to whether or not Pashta was a conjunctive or disjunctive accent (see chat transcript). My position was based on the fact that when i was taught the ...
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Do any Ashkenazim restrict making hamotzi on dry matzah to meals?

i was reading this article that posited something i had never heard before. The article claimed that according to Sephardic opinions, hard cracker like matzah wasn't considered bread and therefore one ...
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Payment for Shadchanim

Where did the idea of paying a shadchan come from? Is it an obligation? Is it just like paying anyone for a service? If so, why do we only pay if the shidduch leads to a marriage? Additionally, who ...
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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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What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?

Somewhat related to What evidence is required to indicate mamzer status? What evidence is required to declare someone a shituki (Kiddushin 4:2) after that person has died? I.e he/she can't directly ...
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Geneology - Mechon Yochsin [closed]

I'm looking to do some family research and have heard about a so called Mechon Yochsin in Boro Park. Does anyone know their contact information, I can't seem to find it online. Also, are there any ...
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Pas (Pat) vs Lechem

In Tanach/Mishna/Gemara sometimes the word Pas is used, and sometimes Lechem. Do Chazal say anything about when and why one is used vs the other? Edit I was asked for an example: In Mishna Brachos ...
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Weekday Torah reading the same for two weeks when Yom Tov falls on Shabbat?

When Yom Tov falls on Shabbat, superseding the regular weekly Torah portion, does the Monday and Thursday weekday reading stay the same the week before and the week after the holiday? E.g., this year, ...
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How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach

How can I tell if this bird feed can be used Ingredients: White preso millet, golden german millet, red proso millet, flax seed, canary grass seed, niger thistle, rape seed, oat groats, dehydrated ...
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Women in Leadership Roles

If women are holier than men and naturally closer to Hashem, which is why they aren't obligated in as many mitzvos, why is there at its least a minhag and at its most a prohibition barring them from ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

What are the origins of the tradition to use a round 7-branch candelabra for Passover? Who uses it, when, how, and why? I am talking about something that looks like this: ...Perhaps interestingly ...
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Significance of a Four Cornered Garment

The point of wearing Tzitzit is for us to remember all of the Mitzvot, (Numbers 15:39) and there are several explanations given for how the Tzitzit remind us of the Mitzvot. However, the explanations ...
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Shooting Stars and Luck

There seems to be a non-Jewish association of good luck with seeing a shooting star. Is there any source for this in Judaism?
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Connections between Biur Chametz and Tashlich?

Are there any commentators that discuss the parallels between the rituals of biur chametz and tashlich? At a surface level, both involve destroying or eliminating bread, one via fire and one via ...
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Why is “An'im Zemirot” called “Shir Hakavod”?

In most Siddurim (Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard) the hymn that starts with the words "An'im Zemirot" is denoted in the Siddur as "Shir Hakavod" - sometimes translated in English in the Siddur (such as ...
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When and why did the custom to have young children end Musaph Shabbat davening begin?

In most shuls that I have attended (mainly Nusach Ashkenaz), young children (below Bar Mitzvah age, usually) finish the Shabbat davening at the end of Musaph. I.e., they sing from En K'elokeinu ...
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Does a woman goes back to be sefaradi after divorcing from a ashkenazi husband? [duplicate]

So, my parents just got divorced. My mother was Sefaradi when single and my father is Ashkenazi. When my mother married my father she adopted all ashkenazi customs, including not eating kitniot on ...
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Ear Piercing of Jewish slave that wants to stay a slave a mum?

I heard in a daf yomi shiur (on kedushin 21b) that a koen can not want to stay a slave (one opinion says it is because he the Ear Piercing will make him have a mum What Ear Piercing makes a mum? ...
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What teshuvot address educating children on inappropriate touch? [closed]

A friend of a non-observant family shared a story which inspired this question. Two cousins were playing together. The boy was about 7 years old. The girl was about 3 years old. Early on, the mother ...
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Are chips covered by Hamotzi?

Desserts that are eaten for taste and not for satiation require their own brachos during a meal: http://berachot.org/halacha/18_devarim.html When having a bread meal are chips (eaten at the end of a ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

If you are having a bread-meal and you have dessert in front of you, but you are uncertain if the homotzie covered it - what do you do? Don't eat it? Eat it without a Bracha? Say shehakol (in the ...
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Is Patron Silver tequila kosher for Passover?

The white tequila is clear with no additives and is 100% pure agave.
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My observant boyfriend is forcing me to convert? Many Questions? [closed]

I have a few problems I would really like help with. I am not Jewish but have lived an orthodox lifestyle for the past 5 years. My boyfriend, who I love very much is orthodox and wants me to be as ...
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Understanding derivation of rule that “פרו ורבו” is mandatory only for men?

The Gmara (Yevamot 65b) says that the reason why men are the only ones that have to keep "פרו ורבו" is because right after it its written "וכבשוה" (the human has to take over the world), and men are ...
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Why did people not go to Shul at Yom Tov by night?

The sages instituted the Bracha MeEin Sheva on Friday night because shuls were located in the field and if someone would be late to minyan, he'd be endangered by having to walk home alone. On a ...
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Does the Torah speak about mental illness? [closed]

I was wondering where does the Torah speak about mental illness, our reaction to mental illness and what is a person who has mental illness obligated to be accounted for?
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Safe places at the end of days

I got the impression that in the end of days there will be not one safe place in the world. I did learn in Gemara Sanhedrin 97a that anywhere outside of Jerusalem will not be safe within the land. ...
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Why are trees referred to in female form in ברכת האילנות?

On Nissan we say ברכת האילנות on blossoming fruit trees. The nusach of the bracha is: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בָּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם, וּבָרָא בּוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת ...
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Why not cook a z'roa just for the seder plate, in light of mitoch?

It's customary to have a bone (with some meat on it) on the table for the Passover seder. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 118:5 (as cited in the answers to another question on this site) writes: Once the ...
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Obligation of 'Seder Plate'

I have noticed that people have something called a 'seder plate' on which they place objects. Is there any obligation to do this? The reason I can think of is the custom of pointing during the ...
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What to do with kiddush cups that are too small?

If one comes to own a kiddush cup that is well under a reviis, is there a way the cup can be used for a mitzvah and not be left in a closet forever? What can be done with a kiddush cup that is too ...
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Difference in Torah readings Israel vs. Diaspora and Pesach vs. Succot

This question has a link in one of the comments referring to an article explaining why each day of Pesach has a different Torah reading. During Succot, I notice that the 2nd day of Yom Tov in ...
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The word Torah in the Psalms.

I was wondering if the word for torah is used anywhere in the Psalms. If so, can you please tell me where exactly?
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58 views

Pesach cleaning at non religious house [closed]

If I'm boarding at a non religious persons house (they don't keep kosher), what are the rules for cleaning for pesach? I share the pantry and fridge so I don't know what to clean and how well to clean ...
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Are raisins considered one of the seven species for the purposes of prioritising brachot?

When prioritising brachot (for example before eating a fruit and nut mix) are raisins still considered one of the seven species, being made from grapes?
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Why is hallel at the seder different from hallel during the year?

I know there are many differences between hallel at the seder and regular hallel. At the seder, hallel: Has no starting bracha (Orech Chaim Hilchot Pesach Siman 473) Is said sitting down (Sefer ...
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Giyores marrying a cohen and their offspring [closed]

If a Cohen married a giyores (convert), they had children born after the conversion of their mother, and the children had to do a geirus lechumra because the mothers' conversion was not done by ...
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Significance of trope discrepancy [closed]

In the Moroccan reading of Tzariah 14:59 there is a cantillation (a talesha) on first word “zot” In the Chabad version here that trope is missing זֹאת תּוֹרַ֨ת נֶֽגַע־צָרַ֜עַת בֶּ֥גֶד הַצֶּ֣מֶר ...
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May women bentch gomel?

If a women was in the circumstances that would require someone to bentch gomel may she do so or must her husband, male family member, or another male in the community make the bracha on her behalf? ...
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Writing during Chol HaMoed

I've heard some people don't write during the intermediate days of the festival (Chol HaMoed). Is this a formal prohibition or just a custom? What's the origin of this?

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