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Halachically, is making a tefillin shel yad with a retractable strap permissible?

I'm tired of winding the straps of my tefillin shel yad! I can't get it balanced correctly; it keeps unraveling; it gets caught in the zipper of the bag... So, I'm thinking of inventing a retractable ...
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Was Yehoshua Ben Karcha a member of Beth Hillel or Beth Shammai?

Was Yehoshua Ben Karcha a member of Beth Hillel or Beth Shammai? I am talking about the Yehoshua Ben Karcha of Mishna Berachot 2:2.
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Who made the cholent?

Every week my wife and I have this problem. My wife cuts the potatoes and onions, adds the barley, beans and meat. But I spice the cholent! I always claim I'm the one who made it because we pasken ...
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Soul residing in one's mind

I heard from someone that the soul resides in one's mind/ brain. Does anyone where the source for this can be found?
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Quote from Meseches Shabbos

I saw a quote in Meseches Shabbos that said, "If you want to do good, Hashem will help you accomplish it." Does anyone know where in that Gemara I can find it?
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Is one allowed to fly a “Yiddish” Kite on Shabbat?

A "Yiddish" kite is a special kite that is shaped like a huge piece of kishke and has the words, "Ah Gitten Shabbess" (In Yiddish) on it. Assuming that there is an Eruv, would one be allowed to fly ...
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A Jew is born in space. What time rules does he follow?

I know that the title sounds like a sequel to a TV show (Lost in space). But based on a statement in this article : The Rabbis therefore rule that a person should continue to follow the time ...
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Why do we drink malt whisky?

It's a Jewish tradition to serve malt whisky at simchas and to drink this also on Purim (in addition to wine at the seuda). From where does this custom derive? This question is Purim Torah and is ...
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PTIJ: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

The classic philosophical question: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? So, according to Purim Torah Judaism, does it? Sources please. ;) This ...
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Gun control in Halacha

Are there any torah sources which discuss gun control from a halachic point of view. Is this an issue at all? What I mean by gun control I mean to say the arguments given to curtail their ...
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Yerushalmi amud gimel

If one goes through the citations in the Milon Even Shoshan, one might see references to words from the Yerushalmi with attribution like this: Please zoom in and look at the entry for pileish, on ...
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Should a person observe Rosh Hodesh & say “Kiddush Ha'Aretz” if he lives permanently on the moon?

This is not meant to be a "Purim Torah" question. The concept of Rosh Hodesh is based on the orbit of the moon around Earth. But, with the proposal of sending people to live permanently on Mars, I ...
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Tefilin Shel Yad & Tefilin Shel Rosh

This morning in Shul a fellow asked me an interesting question regarding Tefilin. Both the Tefilin Shel Yad & Tefilin Shel Rosh have the same 4 Parshiyos written in them. What is the purpose of ...
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Can one cut out a part of the tefillin shel yad and place it in the shel rosh?

Let's say a major portion of the shel yad parchment is so badly damaged that it cannot be fixed. But there is a section containing a full parsha that could be used as one of the parts for the shel ...
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Mitzvah of eating sheep for Parshat Yitro

Many communities have a custom to consume sheep for the Shabbat of Parshat Yitro. Why is this done? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim ...
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What does Mr Bean have to do with Adar?

We all know the famous Gemara: משנכנס אדר מר בין בשמחה Or to summarize it in a picture (if this is allowed on Mi Yodea): What connection has Mr Bean with Adar and Simcha? This question is Purim ...
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Can you make a kevius seudah on fried bread where the pieces are smaller than a kezayit?

If you fry small bread pieces smaller than a kezayit then the bracha is mezonot. Is this dish still considered pas haba bikisnin and would require a homotzee/birkat hamazon - if a meal is made out of ...
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What does Judaism think of math?

Is it permissible according to halacha to do math? If so, are all kinds of math OK? This question and its answers are Purim Torah and are not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the ...
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Rashis opinion in the Megilla? [closed]

At Har Sinai the Jews became converts, for we learn Hilchos Geirus from Kabalas Hatorah as the Gemara in Krisos 9a says that all the male Jews who exited Egypt circumcised themselves at Mount Sinai as ...
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“until Elijah comes”?

So I found a hand-made yarmulke the other day in my local synagogue. I tried to ascertain whose it was, but no one claimed it, and the rabbi told me יהא מונח עד שיבוא אליהו, I should hang on to it ...
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Why don't Jews accept Our Lord and Savior?

Why don't Jews believe the Messiah has come? It's clear from all the Scriptures that He has come! We should all believe in Him! As it is written (Isaiah 53) But he was wounded for our ...
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What did “נ ג ה פ” stand for before the miracle?

As is well known, the reason we play dreidel on Hanukkah is this: Before the miracle of Hanukkah, when the gentiles who controlled the land severely restricted Torah study, Jewish children would ...
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Why would someone offer an Asheira to Hashem?

There's a verse in Tehillim which says "Asheira LaHashem Ki Gamal Alai". Just because there's a camel on me I'm going to burn an Avoda Zara as a sacrifice? Moreover, when I think it was Gidon did ...
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Does Torah reading need to be repeated if you said it with an “assumed” minyan?

I'm not good with the title for this scenario: Suppose that there where 10 men in the shul - 9 everyone knew, and the 10th no one knew. He wore a yarmulka, so everyone assumed that he was Jewish. ...
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Nodah B'Yehudah and “L'Shem Yichud”

Source: http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2010/08/jewish-oath-in-1737-part-ii-noda.html Near the end of the post, the author mentions a teshuvah of the Nodah B'Yehudah's against the saying of a ...
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What is Leibush Up To

The verse in Proverbs (19:21) states regarding Leibush: רבות מחשבות בלביש ועצת ה' היא תקום "Many thoughts are in Leibush, but God's plan will prevail". Who is Leibush and what is he planning? ...
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Why did Rabba have to get up to kill Rabi Zeira?

The gemara in Megila 7b says קם רבה שחטיה לרבי זירא Rabbah got up and killed Rabi Zeira. Why did he need to get up? Rabi Zeira was a short man, as we see in the bottom of Bava Metzia 85a קטין חריך ...
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What is Rambam's opinion on Demons

In Mishne Torah A.Z (11:16) he says that sorcery and mysticism in general does not exist but doesn't refer to demons explicitly. Does the Rambam speak about demons specifically anywhere else?
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Gzeira Shava by Purim II

We know that the Gemara (maseches smachos probably) darshens hilchos Yom Kippur from Purim כתיב הכא אך בעשור לחדש השביעי הזה יום הכפרים הוא וכתיב התם על כן קראו לימים האלה פורים מה להלן במשתה ...
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How does one who can hold his liquor afflict himself on Purim?

According to the answers to this question, one is obligated to afflict himself on Purim. The achroynim say that one fulfills this obligation by getting drunk. However, the true affliction only occurs ...
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Gzeira Shava By Purim

We know that the Gemara darshens the laws of Purim from Yom Kippur. If so why are we not obligated to fast on Purim? יליף פורים פורים מיום הכפורים This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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What is a Drut’syla?

This link was sent to me by a friend, about a woman who is a Drut'syla (dertseyler in Yiddish), or storyteller. The article simply says it's a Jewish tradition, but doesn't place it within Judaism. ...
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Hilchot Chol HaMuad

In some Mediterranean communities, there is a custom of having weeks called Chol HaMuad. What are the halachot for these times? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken ...
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Can a person increase in joy before Adar?

It is written: משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה (When Adar comes we increase in joy) If a person started to get happy on Tu b'Shevat instead, is this permissible b'dieved (after the fact)? What if ...
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Which grandfathers was King David afraid of?

Tehillim 19:14 says: גם מזדים, חשוך עבדך-- אל-ימשלו-בי אז איתם Also from zeidis keep your servant away, let them not rule over me Who were these grandfathers who wanted to rule over King ...
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Rishonim who wrote on Kodshim

Seder Kodshim is composed of largely currently non-applicable laws, relating to sacrifices and the running of the Temple. The Rambam wrote on Kodshim. So did Rashi and the Ba'alei Tosefos. To the ...
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Can an affidavit be used in Beit Din?

An affidavit, from what i understand, is basically a signed document given by a witness to be used as evidence in a trial, without the witness themselves needing to take a stand. Can an affidavit be ...
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Why is Megillat Esther the only one to receive a bracha after reading it?

We read a total of 5 Megillot during the course of the year. AFAIK, none of the others have a blessing after its reading. What makes Esther unique that there is a blessing after reading?
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Why are breasts called Shadayim? [closed]

If שדי is one of the Names of G-d, why are breasts called שדיים, which has shin daled yud in it?
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No day without its curse

The Gemara (Sotah 48a) says, “from the day that the Beis HaMikdosh was destroyed, there has been no day without its curse.” 1a) What does the Gemara mean? 1b) What does it's curse mean?
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What should a conversion candidate expect in a Reform three-judge rabbinic court (Bet Din)?

What should a conversion candidate expect in a Reform three-judge rabbinic court (Bet Din)? I was told it was to determine the Jewish knowledge of the conversion candidate, but do you have any ...
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Spiritual gift of perceptions - what is the cause and how should they be used?

There are people that claim to be able to see supernatural qualities about people they have just met, including episodes from his or her life, very personal details. What, according to Judaism, is ...
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Punishment for damage from an Ayin Hara according to the Zohar and Kabbalah

Ive read that when it comes to din / punishments, one may only be punished for physical actions (including speech / lashon hara) but never because of thoughts and emotions. However, what about the ...
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Where to buy a shas/talmud in one volume?

I have seen, once or twice, the entire talmud printed in one volume. The book was larger than your average book/gemara and there were 4 amudim printed on each page (with Rashi and Tosfos) according to ...
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Which part of the flight is the best time to say Tefillat Haderech [duplicate]

I'm assuming one of these possibilities: Tefillat Haderech is a prayer asking for G-d's protection from danger. If this is correct, what's the most dangerous part of the flight and time to say ...
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Rav Scheinberg on pesach

Rav Scheinberg zt”l says the proper time for starting the seider is at after tzeis hakochavim (three stars emerge). Upon arriving home from Ma’ariv one should start the Seder promptly in order that ...
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married men wearing a ring on their finger [duplicate]

Under the chupah the choson puts the ring on the kallah's finger. However, here and there I noticed that some men who are married where a ring on their finger as well. Is it chukas hagoyim, a minhag ...
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Parents teaching children or children teaching parents?

Regarding והגדת לבנך, and you shall tell to your children (Shemos 13:8), on Pesach night: 1) What is the mitzvah of והגדת לבנך and how does one fulfill it according to halacha? 2a) Why do yeshivos ...
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What does Rashi mean by salvation does not come?

In Devarim (28:65) it says, "...Hashem will give you a trembling heart, longing of eyes and suffering of soul." Rashi explains longing of eyes to mean "He looks forward to salvation, but it does not ...
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What is the source that forbids indecent dress by women?

I have been hardpressed finding a source for something that would seem to be such a well known Halacha. I (and most other too probably) have been brought up with the belief that it is forbidden for a ...

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