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Pirating software that has already been bought

Say, for instance, that I've previously bought a set of DVDs (for example, the workout program P90x, which contains several DVDs in a set), and that I am currently in a different country and have not ...
4
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Inappropriate kavanah during “asher yatzar”

I don't know if other people have experienced this, but when reciting "asher yatzar" immediately after going to the bathroom, I find that if I meditate upon the meaning of the words I cannot help but ...
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Validity to the saying that 3 shidduchim guarantee a place in olam haba?

This question discusses the idea that certain practices (e.g., saying ashrei yoshvei [Tehilim 145] three times a day) guarantees a place in olam haba. One common saying is that facilitating 3 ...
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How was Klall Yisrael able to have the miracle of being gathered between the two poles of the Aaron HaKodesh if they weren't able to be near it?

I recently saw while learning Navi that before crossing the Jordan that Yehoshua gathered all of Klall Yisroel and told them that they would experience miracles in their conquest of Eretz Yisroel. ...
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Elements of creation and places of worship in Israel

I was once told that for thousands of years, different places in Israel have been associated with the 4 elements of creation: earth, water, fire and air/space Hebron is associated the earth element ...
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Relationship between Chabad and the Malachim today

These days, what is the relationship between Chabad and the Malachim? How close are they -- do members of the groups marry each other, participate in each other's mosdos at all, etc.? Do Chabad ...
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Is the bracha on tree sap “shehakol” or “ha'etz”? [duplicate]

Follow-up on this related MY question relating to the bracha on coffee or tea. I initially surmised that to say "ha'etz" you must eat the fruit that protrudes from a tree branch. However, I have ...
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When will the Messiah come? [duplicate]

When will the Messiah come? What does the Torah and the Rabbis say about this question?
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Do the Kabbalistic views on Taamei Hamitzvoth contradict Rambam's and Hirsch's?

So according to Rambam and other Rabbis, such as R' Hirsch, the mitzvoth are supposed to give us some ideas, some philosophies, to refine our ethics, or to achieve some practical objective. What ...
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What is the source for saying Parshas Hamon is a Segullah for Parnassah?

It is said in the name of Reb Mendel M'Riminov that saying Parshas Ha'monn (Shneyim Mikroh V'Echod Targum) on Tuesday Parshas B'Shalach, is a Segulah for Parnasah. Does anyone know a source for this ...
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When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat

When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or even if you are planning to continue in another place (and will have ...
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Do you need to make an afterbrocho before sipping a drink slowly

If after a meal you will be drinking something slowly do you need to make an afterbrocho right away (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or you should wait until you finish the coffee before you make the ...
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1answer
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posuk for the name “Pearl” to say in shemone esre [duplicate]

I am searching for a possuk beginning with a pei and ending with a lamed, to say in Shemona Esre, for name Pearl. I have found one in tehillim perek 7, but would love a different one if at all ...
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1answer
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Heter for Inviting Non-Jew to Hot Meal on Yom Tov

It is generally considered that a non-Jew cannot be invited to a hot meal on Yom-Tov because it is a melacha to heat up food for them (from what I've heard, even if it is as part of a group including ...
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What resources are recommended for learning biblical exegesis?

Inspiration for this question comes from reading Avigdor Bonchek's "Studying the Torah: A Guide to in-Depth Interpretation". What is unique about this book is the way the author has chosen just a few ...
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Growing a beard

So my question is this: I'm growing a beard. But, it's not going very fast. Everyone (even non-Jews) I talk to says beards grow faster if you shave them, but I'm not sure what the average Orthodox ...
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When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written?

When was the Sefer Nizzahon Yashan written? And this question leads me to another one: Does anyone know of any mention in Rishonim or acharonim about it (or about its author)? The Sefer Nizzahon ...
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Where would a mezuzah go on a completely round doorway?

I’ve recently come across the site of a construction company making houses modeled after hobbit holes. I don’t know how this company is going to shape the doorways, but the image below is how they’re ...
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Are we allowed to assume that a Rabbi may have not thought of something?

Sometimes in reading a difficult Rishon or Acharon, you come across a statement which seems limited and difficult to understand. Sometimes it's what seems to be an answer to a question which skims ...
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Why are you allowed to make letters with your hands on Shabbos?

In light of the comment here, that Koseiv involves creating any meaningful letter or symbol. It doesn’t have to be with ink on paper. A rubber stamp, carving into stone or cutting a letter out ...
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One Dishwasher for Milk and Meat Dishes [duplicate]

Can a dishwasher be used for both meat and milk dishes? Under what conditions? As far as I can tell it should be OK right afterwards since any taam would be lifgam because the dishes are covered in ...
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Homeopathic or unscientific medicine on shabbos

On shabbos there is a rabbinic prohibition against doing many medicinal things. Is the whole requirement that he is doing it for medicine and that it looks medicinal, or must it actually be ...
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Is sky-diving forbidden because of the risk to one's life?

Is sky-diving forbidden since it might be considered a risk to once life and is not a necessary activity (like e.g., driving a car would be)? The Torah says (Dvarim 4:15) "guard your souls" and ...
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0answers
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Where did the idea that matzah must be finished baking in under 18 minutes come from? [duplicate]

i've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah and even though i hear from almost every Rabbi i've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, i can't substantiate this claim ...
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Where can i find Chovoth haLevavoth in Arabic?

There have been a few lines in which i would like to put them in the house with their original arabic lettering, anyone know where i can find it in Arabic?
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Excluding water from blessing after food

One common scenario is for someone to make a berakha on water at some point in the morning and to drink the water throughout the day. Suppose during the day, the person decides to have a snack whose ...
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1answer
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In what sense will Moshiach be “covered”?

Rashi on Daniel 12:11 seems to represent a timeline for the approach of the Moshiach (though I admit, I don't really understand it): [translation via chabad.org] And from the time the daily ...
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What is the obligation of respecting parents

Is respecting parents doing what they want (hint) or doing what they command (ask for) Does a son have an obligation to find/figure out what the father wants him to do? Or can he just simply do what ...
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Cutting one's nails at night

I recently asked a friend if I could borrow his nail cutter, but he told me that he would prefer I do it in the morning because it isn't good to cut one's nails at night. When I asked him why, he told ...
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1answer
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Is book of Daniel in haftarah?

Does haftarah include any part from the book of Daniel? If it does, what parsha is that haftarah associated with?
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Why is hebrew, the holy language, so messy?

Something that has always bothered me and I've never really understood is why Hebrew is so messy. If it is the language of G-d, the language in which the world was created and the language in which ...
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1answer
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Books on respect between partners

I have been told that there are good books for helping understand how to improve the respect I can give my significant other. I have found a few online stores, but was wondering what sort of books I ...
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1answer
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Is it a mitzvah to plant a tree in Israel?

I recently planted a tree in a Keren Kayemet forest in Eretz Israel. I heard from someone that this is a mitzvah, but when I asked a rabbi he wasn't sure although he acknowledged it was a very good ...
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Identity of “the Greek rabbi” in the Raavad's gloss (Tum'at Met 17:3)

In the Raavad's gloss on Hilkhot Tum'at Met 17:3, he mentions a scholar who (like the Rambam) also erred in his definition of בטח - as found in the Mishna, Ohalot 12:3. Where the Rambam thinks that a ...
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Is it Rabbeinu Bachya or Bechaye?

Whether people are referring to רבינו בחיי בן אשר or רבינו בחיי אבן פקודה, you will always find people who pronounce their names as either Bachya or Bechaye (Even Wikipedia uses both!). Is there any ...
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In Yemenite Nusach, what are the differences between Shami and Baladi?

In my curiosity of possibly attending a Yemenite minyan on Shabbat, I viewed this directory of Yemenite congregations in the U.S. The last column lists 2 nuscha'ot - Shami and Baladi As I am a ...
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Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is a medical procedure with the purpose of alteration or restoring the form of the body. But can everyone change the shape of their body and make it look like they want to? We know ...
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How do I repeal rabbinic laws? Who to contact? What is the process? [closed]

How do I repeal rabbinic laws? Who to contact? What is the process? Please give me specific names and direct contact information. I need real decision makers who can really change the laws. Online or ...
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3answers
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Do angels speak to the Jewish people today?

The torah talks about people encountering angels -- celestial creations by Hashem like Gavriel and others. (For example, Avraham, Yaakov, and Moshe encounter these beings.) And in the Talmud and ...
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Is there any shul where you have to takes off you shoes before entering the beit knesset?

Are there any particular Jewish communities where the congregants remove their shoes before entering the Beit Kneset?
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2answers
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Is there a practice of palming face by “shin” shape?

A friend of mine from B7 said that there's a custom to palm one's face during Kriyat Shma with shin-shaped hand. It looks like a Cohanim's hand shape, but it forms a shin-like shape. Who's custom is ...
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How is Dvarim 12:21 proof of Oral Torah? [closed]

The laws of slaughter are listed in the following verses - Dvarim 12:22-25. There are some in preceding verses too - Dvarim 12:15-18. It says there what to do with blood for example but it does not ...
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3answers
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

There is a tradition of Maaser Kesafim, to give 1/10th of ones salary to charity. Is there a particular set time when the obligation to set aside this money for charity begins? For instance, is one ...
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1answer
28 views

Who is the Arba'ah Turei Even?

In the back of the Frankel printing of the Rambam, they have a section of collected commentaries. One of them is a work titled "Arba'ah Turei Even." The Frankel bio page identifies the author as אלעזר ...
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1answer
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Standing/sitting Shtender recommendation

Does anyone here have a recommendation for a sturdy, high quality, table-top Shtender that can easily switch between standing and sitting heights? Also good would be a floor shtender with a detachable ...
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1answer
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How traditional measurements of Omer fit with Shemot 16:16?

According to this Omer is 2.5 liters or more. This is too much bread per person as specified in Shemot 16:16? How do traditional sources justify the value of Omer? Shemot 16:4,8,12,15 e.t.c calls it ...
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1answer
119 views

What technically constitutes adultery

I would like to better understand what exact physical acts constitute adultery between a married woman and a man that is not her husband?
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1answer
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What comprises a hefsek in Mincha?

When we daven mincha, we say the psalm we call "Ashrei" first. This seems to come from The shulchan aruch, O"C 93:2. This section requires that the amida be "samuch" to the psalm. We say kaddish ...
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4answers
71 views

Kibud av VS midas hasidus what wins

I understand that if the father commands to go against the torah there is no obligation to listen to him, But what if it is against midas chasidus (e.g. he is commanding his son to take a gift ...
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Shabbat and Olam Haba?

The great mysteries of Shabbat and Olam Haba. Why is Shabbat connected to Olam Haba (afterlife) and how? Is it because the afterlife is a place of rest from creative work? Is it because there will ...

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