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Why don't Rabbinic fasts end by Ben Hashmashot?

There's a doubt in the Gemara when the new day starts, at sunset or at three stars (Ok, and there's Rabbi Yossi's opinion). When it comes to Shabbos (or any other biblical time), we have to be strict ...
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Text of Shir HaYichud online

Does anyone know where to find a copy of the shirei hayichud online with cut-and-paste capability? I've checked piyut.org.il and HebrewBooks.org, however the only copies I found were with horrible OCR ...
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Studying mussar and philosophy on tisha b'av

Can one learn mussar on tisha b'av, or how about Kuzari or Moreh Nevuchim? Is it considered to be the study of Torah, which gladdens, or is it, since it is mussar, okay?
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Is there a halachic problem with the Columbia University seal on the floor of the library?

The seal of Columbia University has the YKVK (G-d's 4 letter name) on the floor of the library. People walk on the seal. Is this chilul Hashem or is there some other halachic problem with this? Does ...
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Are there Peirushim on the Tisha BAv Night kinot available on the internet?

In my preperation for this evening I have found lots of material for tomorrow's kinot, however, I have found next to nothing on this evening's kinot (Zekhor Hashem, Baleil Zeh, Shomron Kol Titein and ...
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Can a Ba'al Kri'ah review the parshiot that he must lain on Tish'a B'Av?

I understand that we are not supposed to learn Torah, in general from afternoon of Erev Tish'a B'av until after chatzot of Tish'a B'av except for designated areas such as Eicha, Iyov, etc. Does this ...
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Josephus' Fall of Jerusalem

Is this book commonly accepted in the Jewish world as an accurate description of the events surrounding destruction of the Beit HaMikdash? I'm particularly interested in its portrayal of the behavior ...
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Politics and the rav [closed]

Would it be inappropriate for a rav to use his d'var Torah to discuss and support a particular political ideology? To use his pulpit/authority in general for such an initiative?
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Reviewing Torah on Tisha Bi'Av

Are you allowed to review Torah that you already learnt before Tisha Bi'Av on Tisha Bi'Av? From Aish.com http://www.aish.com/h/9av/oal/48944076.html: (Is the material permitted to learn on Tisha ...
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66 views

Are you allowed to study (not Torah) on Tisha Bi'Av

For example if someone has a big math test on Yud Av, is he allowed to study math (my question was applied to math but goes to learning anything besides Torah) on Tisha Bi'Av?
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Memorizing Torah on Tisha Bi'Av

For example someone who wants to memorize shas, so everyday he memorizes an amud, is he allowed to memorize on Tisha Bi'Av If someone learns the simple translation of each word in davening each day. ...
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Permitted to learn Perush Hamilos on Davening on Tisha Bi'Av

If someone learns the simple translation of each word in davening each day. Can he still do it on Tisha Bi'Av? It is either considered learning or not. If it is considered learning then you can't do ...
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Why don't we say Ein KeLokeinu on Tisha BeAv?

Many have a custom not to say the Shir Shel Yom or Ein Kelokeinu on Tisha BeAv morning. Why not?
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Why do we say the normal Mishnayos after Birkas HaTorah on Tisha BeAv?

After Birkas HaTorah in the morning, we say a Pasuk (VaYedaber ... YeVarechecha ... VaAni Avarachem), a Mishna (Eilu Dvarim SheEin LaHem Shiyur ... VeTalmud Torah) and some Gemara (Eilu Devarim ...
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Do the laws of not learning on tisha b'av also apply to Ches Av?

I heard that on Tisha bi'Av the rules of not learning Torah also apply on Ches Av (the eighth of Av). So I have a few questions on Chess Bi'Av. Is there a source for this This question What can ...
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Washing for Bread: Need to Do So Again

I heard that one who washed for bread would needs to wash again for if he: a) touched the hand of one who did not wash, b) touch a normally covered part of your body, c) touched excrement (i.e. ...
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siddur(ashkenazi diaspora style) for android/google play store? (that gets weekday mincha 'shalom rav' right)

I tried two siddurim from the google play store. I'm looking for one for nusach ashkenaz. (diaspora).. One test to see if it's right or not wrong(given my requirement) is does it have "shalom rav" ...
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What is the best way to avoid problems with buying shmittah produce outside of Israel?

Chabad.org writes: (edited for the question) Those who dwell outside the Land of Israel are impacted by the agricultural laws of Shemitah: Shemitah produce may not be exported out of ...
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0answers
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Moshiach's Time of Arrival

Are there any sources that inform us of what time of the day Moshiach is supposed to come (e.g. morning or noon)?
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Over what parts of current Israel do the laws of Shemittah apply?

Over what parts of current Israel do the laws of Shemittah apply? Do the laws apply to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria)?
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What are you supposed to do on Tisha baAv?

On Tisha baAv you can't eat wash oneself anoint oneself marital relation wearing leather shoes sit on a chair Torah study greeting people with a blessing conducting business going on a ...
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What is the sephardi equivalent to the Mishna Berura?

What is the sephardi equivalent to the Mishna Berura ? Do some sephardim follow the mishna berura ?
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Is a kohen's grandson a kohen?

My father was a kohen. Is my son, his grandson, a kohen? There are no other grandchildren in our family.
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What if someone likes cold showers?

If someone were to enjoy a cold shower as much as a hot shower, would they have any reason to take a cold shower as opposed to a hot shower during the nine days? If they like cold showers better, ...
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Eicha 2:5 Targum - seemingly out of order

Eicha 2:5 Targum translates תאניה ואניה as אבילותא ואנינותא. Does not Aninus come before Aveilus? How can this targum be explained?
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Did Josephus have semicha?

Yosef b' Matityahu haKohen Flavius was likely a Pharisee.* Considering this, is there any indication that he had semicha? *I forget the exact source, although I believe its in Jewish War, where he ...
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Does Hillel do conversions and if so how are they affiliated? [duplicate]

I am a college student who is a Noahide and is strongly considering conversion to Judaism; I know I definitely want to convert into Reform. Given that the synagogue is a bit further away from campus, ...
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1answer
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Who are the original Jews? [closed]

Is the people running Israel at the moment the original Jews and was the letter J in the Greek or Hebrew alphabet?
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1answer
61 views

Are you allowed to wish someone “Gut Mo'ed” on Tish'a B'Av

MB Orach Chayim 454:20 says that you are not allowed to say "She'elat Shalom" Mishnah Brurah commentary (41) says that even "Good morning" is prohibited. Tish'a B'av is called a "mo'ed" in Eicha. ...
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2answers
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Was there lightning during the plague of hail?

Shmot 9:23 uses the word "Kolot", which means "noises" or "voices". I'm assuming, therefore, that this means thunder as this is a "noise". Scientifically, there is no thunder without lightning, ...
2
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1answer
60 views

What is the difference between חרמין וההקדשות

What is the difference between חרמין וההקדשות? Since they are both making something the property of the Temple Treasury (actually there is a machlokes between Rashi and Tosfos see Rosh Hashana 4a) ...
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Sotah and her return to her husband

With regard to the sotah, we know from the gemara that if she has not committed the sin she gets a bracha and she returns to her husband.... What kind of relationship are we trying to recreate? A ...
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1answer
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Life after death?

Can anyone direct me to a book or commentary on Jewish thoughts on what happens after death, and the evolution of those ideas. I understand that Judaism is centered on how to live life, but from I can ...
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GR“A (GR”a) re: Sefirot and Kabbalah

What is the GR"a ? Where on the internet can I find a resource for this and what does it have to do with the Sefirot and Kabbalah ?
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How can Jewish merchants sell their wares to Christians before their holidays? [duplicate]

The first perek of Avoda Zara makes a strong pronouncment that it is forbidden to sell or buy from an idol worshiper close to his holidays, because by doing so, you help him celebrate that holiday. ...
2
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1answer
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Loose, tea leaves on Shabbes

Is there an issue with using loose, tea leaves on Shabbes (assuming we use kos shlishi, etc)-- does putting loose-leaf tea into a spoon like the one attached in the picture an issue of borer or ...
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1answer
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What should you do after Havdalah?

After the you finish saying Havdalah what should you do? some examples. Dipping your pinkies into the wine and rubbing it on yourself. Where are supposed to do it? etc. Pouring the wine over the ...
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1answer
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Am I supposed to Ignore Most Non-Religious Jews?

Most of this question comes from Moznaim Rambam Mishneh Torah Hilchos Avodas Kochavim 2:5 In Hilchos Teshuva it says. "Five individuals are described as minnim: a) one who says there is no God or ...
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How does one become a Min?

What is a min (heretic)? And how does one become a min? And what are the Halachic Ramification about a min? Some Examples: Can't talk to a min. No matter what reject min's teshuva. etc. Thank ...
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1answer
43 views

Preparing for a fast by eating/drinking on Shabbos

If the fast of Tisha B'av comes out on Sunday, is it a problem of preparing for after Shabbos on Shabbos to eat or drink more than one normally would on Shabbos? If a fast were on Tuesday, and one ...
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1answer
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Using a Magic Mug on Shabbos [duplicate]

A Magic Mug is a coffee cup that has a picture behind a material that is black at room temperature. When hot water is added the black color turns transparent, revealing a picture or writing ...
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V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?

At the beginning of Kedusha, the Chazzan says v'kara zeh el zeh v'amar. I've seen three types of chazzanim with regard to bowing left at the first zeh and right at the second: bow left and right at ...
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Why the hidden mussar?

The first few words of Sefer Devarim are understood to be Moshe Rabbeinu hinting at different mistakes the Jewish people made in the desert, and he is giving them disguised rebuke. Rashi to Devarim ...
3
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1answer
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Chassidus Tschitschkov (Czyczkow/y)

I asked here about someone who changed his minhagim and the obligations of his descendants. My great-grandfather's grandfather, was the rebbe of the town of Czyczkow, near Chojnice (Choynitz, ...
1
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1answer
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Making kabbalistic declarations aloud

Many siddurim include sections before tefillot and mitzvot (such as Baruch She'amar, tzitzit/tallit, and tefillin) kabbalistic declarations of intent, typically beginning with the words hareini or ...
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2answers
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Does Hillel International perform conversion?

I am a college student who is a Noahide and is strongly considering conversion to Judaism; I know I definitely want to convert into Reform. Given that the synagogue is a bit further away from campus, ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

Is saying “Hareini mekabel alai mitzvat asei shel Ve-ahavta…” before Shema a Lubavitch tradition?

When I started donning the tefillin some years ago, I had a pamphlet given to me by a Lubavitcher and I used it at times for the Shema. However, there's an addition before the Shema in the pamphlet ...
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1answer
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When the Cohen is asked to leave the shul, doesn't that force him to miss the mitzvah of hearing part of Kri'at Hatorah?

Occasionally, when there is a weekday simcha in my shul and the gabbai wants to give aliyot to 3 Yisra'elim, he asks the Cohen to leave the shul, which he does. So, by requesting him to do this, ...
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The footstone sank into the ground & is next to the coffin. Can I retrieve it?

One of my relatives foot stone (I think that's what they call the "plaque" that lies flat on the ground.) sank into the ground and is now next to the coffin. Is there any halachic problem if I climb ...
2
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1answer
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38 years or 40 years in the desert?

I'm confused regarding several apparently contradictory verses: Bamidbar 14:33 says that B;nai Yisra'el will wander the desert for 40 years. In Devarim 1:19 - 22, Moshe says that they arrived at ...

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