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How does one interested in converting to Orthodox Judaism connect with an Orthodox community and find a conversion Rabbi?

I know that one needs to be in an Orthodox community in order to be immersed in the culture, practice and devotion of Jewish life. How does one connect with such a community? Does one find a ...
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How can I make my home kosher enough for ~most Jews to be guests in? [closed]

Let's say I wanted to set up a kitchen/home that was kosher enough for most of the Orthodox spectrum to feel comfortable eating and staying in. (By "most," let's say the first two standard deviations ...
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Why don't open miracles occur nowadays?

Its clear from Tanach that Hashem performed open miracles during those times. What is the reason that there are no open miracles nowadays (i.e. ones without any clear natural explanation)?
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What do we call the date of death of an Av?

I was under the impression that there was another word than "yahrzeit" to refer to the date of departure from this world of an Av or other major figure. It seems "yahrzeit" is also used in practice (q....
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Understanding Avot DeRabbi Natan 9:2 about Lashon Hara

I am trying to understand Avot Derabbi Natan 9:2. It explains that B'nai Israel tested G-d 10 times in total in the desert, but G-d did not punish them until they spoke lashon hara about the land of ...
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When should one cover the eyes while reciting Shema [duplicate]

There are several places when the full verse of "Shema Yisra'el" (i.e., the verse in Deavrim 6:4) is said in the prayer service. Based on what I have seen in Nusach Ashkenaz Siddurim, this is a list ...
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If God is all powerful, why does he need the angel of death to carry out the tenth plague?

If God is all powerful, why does he need the Angel of Death? Why did God need the angel of death to carry out the 10th plague to the Egyptians? Couldn't God himself just do it?
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When can you start Chazarat Hashas?

How many people are needed to start Chazarat Hashas? What about if it's time sensitive, such as people need to go, or there's danger? Nusach: Ashkinaz Davening: Weekday Shacharit People at minyan: ...
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Did the 12 sons of Jacob marry outside the jewish race to start off their families?

Did the 12 sons of Jacob marry outside the Jewish race to start off their families?
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Flowchart (decision tree) for translating Chumash words

Looking for a 'flowchart' that can help me break down a Chumash word to determine the 'Shoresh' (root word), as well as the meaning of the prefixes, suffixes etc. The goal is to be able to translate ...
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What are Hebrew manuscripts important to us for, today?

What's the importance of Jewish manuscripts for us, today? Apparently many of these are dispersed in libraries, monasteries, and of course the Vatican, and one wonders whether there's value in ...
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Is a Jew allowed to sell tours to visit ruins of pagan temples? What if they're part of a bigger tour package?

I'm curious if Jews are allowed to sell tours to places like the Angkor Wat temples, which were places of idol worship (and apparently still have monks wandering about, presumably for some religious ...
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How can God be one in Judaism even though the Torah gives God numerous names [duplicate]

How can God be one in Judaism even though the Torah lists God as having numerous names with numerous meanings
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Is Cup-K reliable?

I've recently seen a hashgacha around NYC called Cup-K or CupK. However, I have been able to find precious little about it and what I have found seems mostly to consist of unsubstiatable rumours. Does ...
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The rest of Ya'aqob's daughters

So Rashi says that each of Ya'aqob's sons was born together with his future wife, except for Dinah, who was born alone. If that is true, then what are the names provided for the rest of the sisters of ...
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Changing the תפילת בית המדרש

The גמרא in מסכת ברכות on דף כח עמוד ב gives a תפילה for people to say when entering a בית המדרש. This is quoted להלכה in רמב''ם ברכות י,כג and שולחן ערוך אורח חיים קי,ח. However, the ט''ז on ...
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Torah Songs in the Bathroom

Considering that it's assur to think about Torah in the bathroom, is it permissible to think about a song whose lyrics are Torah? If not, what about an earworm that you just can't get rid of?
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Does the flow of Divine goodness from a Bracha flow upwards or horizontally?

In short: I once read an explanation of Ramchal that HaShem didn't create the world for His own benefit, because He doesn't need anything, so all that He had created has been created for 'another'. A ...
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Dageish in bin Nun

The Minchat Shai (by R Yedidya Norzi) at the beginning of Shlach says: נון: במקצת ספרי' הנו"ן בדגש, וכן כולם. וא"ת כתב הנו"ן רפה, וכן חביריו In some editions the nun has a dageish, and ...
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Why do we wash our hands right-left-right-left-right-left in the morning, instead of like how we do when we are going to eat bread?

According to the Shulchan Aruch, we wash our hands right-left-right-left-right-left (with a cli). We wash our hands in the morning for three reasons: B'ria Chadasha (a new creation, because it's like ...
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What is “Shtopp Zman”?

A prerecorded english language message of a local mikvah informs that the mikvah is open from an hour before Shtopp Zman (approximate phonetic spelling, as I do not know this phrase). The recording ...
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Is one commanded to hear the Ten Commandments on Shavuot?

Is it really an obligatory mitzvah to hear a reading of the Ten Commandments on the first day of Shavuot (as distinct from the general commandment to hear Torah)? What is the source, if any, for this ...
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Holding the bride's hand when giving her the ring

In art I see that it was done example From hukai noshim CH 45 I see that it is required (at least lehat'hila) My summery of this subject in that chapter He brings it twice once regarding when ...
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Source Midrash - why the first letter of the Tenach is a Bet

What's the source of the Midrash that talks about the reason why the letter Bet was chosen as the first letter of the Tenach and not the Alef? The reason being given in this Midrash is that it is ...
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Is there a blessing for destroying avodah zarah?

It is a positive commandment to destroy, preferably by fire, false deities. It is a positive commandment to destroy false deities, all their accessories, and everything that is made for their ...
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Moshe, Ramba"m and humility

Numbers 12:3 informs us that “the man Moses was very humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.” This article cites Rambam's (Maimonides) view that humility is an exception to Rambam's ...
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Hechshered, pareve sausage casing

I've become interested in sausage-making. However, I have had some understandable difficulty finding non-meat casings. Furthermore, I have been unable to find pareve casings with a hashgacha. Is ...
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Is there a minimum amount of urine that is considered “Going to the bathroom” for the purpose of making a blessing?

After eating food or drinking beverage, we say a blessing; however, this is only the case if some minimum amount of food or beverage has been consumed. Likewise, after going to the bathroom, we say a ...
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What is the justification for not requiring “chalav Yisrael” cooking equipment for those who don't hold by R' Moshe's leniency?

As Shalom explained in his answer to a question about chalav Yisrael milk, R' Moshe Feinstein ruled that in countries where the local government regulations are sufficient to ensure that cow's milk is ...
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Is it possible to have Yiras Shomayim but not subscribe to Orthodox Halachic practices?

This question came up in a discussion and I guess is a topic up for debate. The questions are. (1) What is the definition of Yiras Shomayim? (2) Based on that definition, is it possible to not ...
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Who holds that Cholov Yisroel is not a chumra?

Which groups or authorities consider Cholov Yisroel to be normative halacha and not a chumra? (Possibly equal to, "Who considers cholov stam treyf"?)
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political assasination and rodefs

The classic example of a roded is a murder chasing you with a knife but sometime politicians can threaten life with bad policy. E.g. Governor of Michigan Wants to use Flint River Eg politician wants ...
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Would a gentile servant in a Jewish home keep the sabbath? Would a gentile servant be a shabbas goy?

My great grandmother lived at her uncle's inn near Lemberg, in Galicia. in the 1880s. I am writing a novel based in part on her experiences. Based on my research so far, it seems to me that her ...
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Cold smoking and kashrut

related Cold smoking is a process by which food is cured by contact with smoke which fills the whole vessel but does not [ideally] exceed 80˚F, which is well below yad soledet (at least for my hands) ...
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How many times per hand? [duplicate]

I've noticed that sometimes I see people washing Netilas Yadayim by washing once, twice, thrice, or four times per hand. Is there any Halachic reason for this, or is it just a Minhag?
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Kedushah during silent Shemoneh Esrei

I've heard that if you've finished Sim Shalom (or Shalom Rav) when the Chazzan reaches Kedushah, you should say Kedushah with the Minyan. If you do say Kedushah, should you bow at Zeh Elzeh Vi'amar ...
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Saying Baruch Sheim out loud on a bracha

Inspired by this question. We know (Pesachim 56b) that Baruch Sheim, at least according to one explanation, is a tefillah Moshe heard from the Malachim. Thus, we only say it out loud when we're on ...
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Why Use Of Torah Crown Only By Shabbos/Yom Tov Shachris?

Many Shules place the Torah's crown on the Sefer Torah only by Shabbos/Yom Tov Shachris, why is that so? Edit: I added Yom Tov as I agree with msh210's observation that it is also true on Yom Tov.
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Does one need to file one's nails in the same order used when cutting one's nails?

See this M.Y. question related to the order for cutting one's nails. Does one need to follow this same order when one files or paints (manicures) the nails, or does it only apply to cutting? The ...
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Do you have to wash your hands after putting on Tefillin [duplicate]

I heard that you have to wash your hands before Davening if you touch your hair or your upper arm. What if a person is putting on Tefillin. When I put on Tefillin, I almost always touch my upper arm ...
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Use of phrase ברוך הבא

Based on what I have seen I Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim such as Art Scroll and Birnbaum, among some others, I noticed the phrase ברוך הבא is used at the beginning of a Brit (circumcision) when welcoming ...
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Jewish-specific books that respond to atheism

Aside from there being (relatively) few online debates by eminent Jewish scholars with atheists, what would be considered recommended reading for a religious Jew who is interested in learning how to ...
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Re-using bedika cloths

Nowadays it is common for women to use 'one-time' disposable bedika cloths. Can these be laundered for reuse? My reason to think that this may not be possible is simply because I have never heard of ...
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Hashgachah pratis according to Rambam/n

Rambam in Moreh Nevuchim 3:18 and Ramban in his commentary to Iyov (do not remember exactly where) as well as on Parashas Vayeiroh (Bereishis 18:19) say that for the majority of humanity, including ...
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Maps of Biblical Israel according to different authorities

After learning through Sefer Yehoshua with a variety of commentaries, I noticed that there seems to be alot of differing opinions in how the land was divided up amongst the Shevatim and the shape of ...
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ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד after a bracha with a false statement

If we make a bracha levatala or say Hashem's name by accident, we say ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד. Is this true only if the original bracha is a valid praise of Hashem, or even if it contains false ...
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Saying a pasuk to scare dogs

It seems somewhat widespread that Jews that are scared of dogs think that saying ולכל בני ישראל לא יחרץ כלב לשונו will either protect them or scare the dog away or something like that. Does this have ...
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When a city is “in its own t'chum”

I see in the fifth chapter of mishnayos Eruvin that if, on Shabas, one leaves his city, walks more than about 70 or 71 amos (cubits), and encounters another city, then he can continue walking only ...
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Why is the Hekesh not on Rabbi Yishmael's list?

Rabbi Yishmael has a list of 13 ways the Torah's expounded. Why is the Hekesh not included?
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Who must initiate first in marital relations husband or wife?

Are there biblical/talmudic sources which note whether a husband or wife must initiate in their marital relations? There is a common conception that males must initiate because of their physicality as ...

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