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When and why did we stop wearing sackcloth?

When and why did we stop wearing sackcloth in times of mourning and other times of distress (e.g., when fasting for rain)? (I presume sackcloth was quite uncomfortable.) Sackcloth is mentioned in ...
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Kever of a Tzaddik “bechinas” Eretz Yisrael

I've heard many say before (usually in connection to Reb Nachman Breslover) that the kever (burial spot) of a tzaddik found outside of Eretz Yisrael is "bechinas" (or the likeness) of Eretz Yisrael. ...
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Why does the Chumash have to explain what “thirst” means?

In Parshat Eikev, Moshe recounts all the challenges of the time in the desert. In Devarim 8:15 we read, 15.Who led you through that great and awesome desert, [in which were] snakes, vipers and ...
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What biblical positive mitzvot do we perform daily?

What biblical positive mitzvot do we perform often (daily or almost daily)? I am asking about physical actions we take rather than thoughts such as: "You shall love a convert", Devarim 10:19 "Love ...
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good online mussar work to study with a beginner

I am looking for recommendations for a good online mussar work to study with a beginner (english).
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Not approaching the Western Wall

A decade ago, I visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Nosson Tzvi Finkel, a widely respected rabbi in Israel. As we approached one of the holiest sites in Judaism, the rabbi halted about 10 ...
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Did Elisha get his tefillin back?

The story of אלישע בעל כנפים (Elisha-the-man-of-the-wings) is told on Shabbos 130a: דא"ר ינאי תפילין צריכין גוף נקי כאלישע בעל כנפים [...] ואמאי קרו ליה אלישע בעל כנפים שפעם אחת גזרה מלכות הרשעה ...
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Must the color of the Chuppah cloth be white?

I've only seen white cloth Chuppahs. Is there a limitation to what kind of cloths and colors can be used for a Chuppah?
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Can one drink water before wiating for the wife to be present for Kiddush?

Halachipedia states: It's Rabbinically [29] forbidden to eat anything even water [30] before making Kiddish once the time for Kiddish has come. [31] This applies to the nighttime and daytime ...
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Davening Ma'ariv Early on Friday Night [duplicate]

How is it that we can daven Ma'ariv early before Shkia on Friday night when bringing Shabbos early? Differently then the rest of the week? People that usually daven after tzais hakochavim during ...
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Kashruth Issues with Dog Food?

If someone is keeping a vegetarian/milk household, and then they acquire a dog that eats meat based dog food products, what potential Kashruth issues might arise? Would there be difference in Kashruth ...
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why is flatulence forbidden in tefillin and during prayer

Why is flatulence forbidden in Tefillin and during prayer? Is it because partials of the feces get stuck to the body so now you do not have a clean body? or what?
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What is the meaning of “guf naki” regarding prohibitting women to wear tefillin?

I wish to preface that I know that there are various concerns both pro and against women wearing tefillin, and for some, this is a "hot" issue. For purposes of my question, please dispel personal ...
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Blessings for a new home

I recently bought a new house. I was wondering if there is a special blessing and other acts one can make for the new house? Maybe a special tehillim to read? (I've already installed the mezuzah, got ...
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Persia will completely annihilate Edom which will cause moshiach to come

I heard that in a passage in the Talmud it says Persia will completely annihilate Edom and the rest of the world which will then spur about moshiach' arrival, the Yalkut Shimoni (Yeshaya 60:499), ...
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Where is an online collection of Jewish adages?

Is there a free, online collection or compendium of Jewish aphorisms or adages? If so, please provide a link. By "aphorism or adage," I mean a single-sentence expression of a key life truth, ...
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Mission to educate?

Someone told me that Jewish people have, loosely speaking, a mission to be educators by teaching others sciences, religion etc. Are there any sources to back this up? Preferably some quotes?
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Earliest Sources To Avoid Pronouncing the Name 'Samael'

What are the earliest explicit sources that reference the practice of not pronouncing the name 'Samael'? I ask since I have heard many people doing this. It is referenced here: ...
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The Chidah on Guarding One's Tongue

The Chidah says, “Whoever wants to get Olam Haba cheaply, guard your tongue from evil...” Does anyone know where the Chidah states this?
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Does an open wound make one unfit to lay Tefillin?

In order to be fit to wear Tefillin one must have a guf naki, a clean body (Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 37:2) . Suppose one has an open wound or sore on one's skin and it is actively bleeding or ...
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What do you say on a person's 120th birthday?

Normally, most people wish someone "Ad meah ve'esrim" ([May you live] to a hundred and twenty). What do you say on a person's hundred and twentieth birthday. I have seen the answers about why 120 ...
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The Chofetz Chaim on a meis mitzvah

In Ginzei Hakodesh on page 333 it says the following: "'The wise man buys mitzvos - particularly when we are speaking of 'meis mitzvah,' one that is neglected as if it were dead. It is well known ...
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Who is the Serpent in Genesis? [duplicate]

I've read in the book "The Essential Zohar" by Rav Philip Berg that the Serpent was none other than the "Klipah"mentionned by name in Isiaiah 34:14. Yet Rabbi Mordechai Kraft appeared in a youtube ...
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Are Esau/Edom and Yishmael included among the 70 nations?

We all know that all the people on the earth came actually of 70 nations (even though lots of them became mixed recently). And we all know that every one of these nations has an angel to guard it. ...
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Why does the weekday Torah reading for Va'etchanan end in the middle of the Shabbat's 2nd aliyah?

While reading Va'etchanan last Thursday, I notice that the weekday reading ends in the middle of an aliyah (spec. the Sheni aliyah.) I am unaware of any minhag that ends the reading of Va'etchanan at ...
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Priorities: Tefillah & Tachanun vs Tefillah w/o

In my synagogue, Mincha ketana is always right before sunset.By the time the Sh"tz finishes, it is past sunset and there is no Tachanun. I can go to Mincha gedola with Tachnun at a different place. I ...
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Why does Rashi claim “מלקוש” is locust terminology like “לקש” if “לקש” isn't “locusts”? (תענית ו ע״א)

Someone in my synagogue posed the following question to me; stumped, I pose it to you: The Bavli, Taanis 6 amud 1, notes that מלקוש is good rain. It then proposes that, perhaps, that's mistaken; ...
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The snake telling facts to deceive the truth?

The truth/fact was that HaShem told Adam: And from the tree Hada'at Tov V'Rah you shall not eat...you will surely die (Nachmanides: 'you will enter upon the process of death'). Then in Bereshit 3 the ...
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Fear of thieves and Mukzeh on Shabbes w. Eruv and Yom Tov

If person justified fears thieves and wants to go outside and to keep by himself his valuables (money, passport, etc), that actually are mukzeh. Is there a way to do it on Shabbes in the place where ...
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Why in diaspora one day Yom Kippur and two days Sukkot/Shmini Azeret [duplicate]

As known two days of Holydays in diaspora set by Holy Rabbis because of sofek, when the corresponding month starts. But somehow, we are sure about the Yom Kippur and back not sure about Sukkot and ...
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Chosson and Kallah Stand with backs facing the Audience

Ive seen a Sefardi Wedding where the Chosson and Kallah stood with their backs facing the audience, The bride standing to the right of the groom. Where is the source of this Minhag? (and whats the ...
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Was B'nai Yisra'el really rebellious the entire 40 years (Devarim 9:7)?

Deuteronomy 9:7 says: זְכֹר֙ אַל־תִּשְׁכַּ֔ח אֵ֧ת אֲשֶׁר־הִקְצַ֛פְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ בַּמִּדְבָּ֑ר לְמִן־הַיּ֞וֹם אֲשֶׁר־יָצָ֣אתָ ׀ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֗יִם עַד־בֹּֽאֲכֶם֙ עַד־הַמָּק֣וֹם ...
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Returning a wrongly delivered letter

I normally think of lost property as being found in a public place (see Devorim 22 (2) “you shall bring it into your house”). If it is already in a person's house as with a wrongly delivered letter ...
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Is it forbidden to have a wedding by the koisel (western wall)?

Someone told me that I can't get married by the koisel. Is this true? If yes what is the reason, (religious (then sources please) or practical...)?
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Is one allowed to wear a medical emergency bracelet or necklace on Shabbat?

Let's say a person has allergies (such as penicillin). He is in good health, currently. However, if he were unconscious, EMT technicians would want to know about such info as this would affect the ...
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Is an on-call doctor allowed to read non-emergency text messages on Shabbat?

My shul has a few doctors who carry their cell phones with them. When their phones buzz (B"H, they are smart enough to put the phones on vibrate mode while davening.) with a text message, they, of ...
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Are there any sources that translate the term “a land flowing with milk and honey”, as being literal rather than a metaphor?

The first usage that I can find that refers to Israel as a "land flowing with milk and honey" in Exodus 3:8: וָאֵרֵ֞ד לְהַצִּיל֣וֹ ׀ מִיַּ֣ד מִצְרַ֗יִם וּֽלְהַעֲלֹתוֹ֮ מִן־הָאָ֣רֶץ הַהִוא֒ ...
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Do you need to make an additional blessing on yogurt eaten at the end of a bread meal?

If you washed and had bread, is yogurt eaten in the end of the meal covered by the homotzi? Is there a distinction if is flavored (and usually with sugar) or plain (no sugar)? Is there a distinction ...
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Under what conditions must one rise for his parents?

Is it enough to rise when a parent enters the building or must you rise every time he/she enters your room or passes by your room. I am interested to know customs for both sefardim and Ashkenazim as ...
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Why don't we affix the Mezuza unrolled?

If the Mezuza were placed on the doorpost unrolled (in a suitable protective wrapping) one would be able to see the words and be inspired. Why don't we do this? Maybe it was because of the state ...
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Bnei Akiva and zionism

Why is Rabbi Akiva the symbol of the world's largest religious Zionist youth organization ("Bnei Akiva")? (maybe even the world's largest zionist organization period.)
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Rabbis and Politics

Why do some of the Israeli Left (politically) argue that they believe in the teachings of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai over the teachings of Rabbi Akiva?
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Is there any tradition of any Jews leaving Mitzrayim before the Exodus

Is there any tradition of Israelites leaving Mitzrayim before the Exodus? Moses fled Egypt on his own. Was this a unique occurrence, or is it safe to assume this was a regular thing? If it ever ...
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On the design of the current universe — why did G-d let there be suffering in the world

PREAMBLE: I'm processing (thinking about) all the comments and will try to update the question shortly. Thanks. A few weeks ago I was having a debate with born-again Christians (they were trying to ...
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Why Was Benjamin Almost Destroyed?

What do classic sources / commentaries say on why the tribes went to war against Benjamin, Shoftim 19-21, and what the Benjaminites sins were? On the face of it, the rape and murder of a single ...
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what is the source that Shadchan is an acronym of Sheker Dover Kesef Notel

what is the source that שדכן is an acronym of שקר דובר כסף נוטל (translation "marriage broker" is an acronym of "says" "lies" "takes" "money" (in a different order)) someone told me it is from the ...
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When Rosh Chodesh lasts two days, which day is pre-eminent?

Tashlich is performed just once over the two days of Rosh Hashanah, usually on the first day (unless that's Shabbos) If one had a personal ritual / event one liked to perform / hold each month to ...
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G-d changing the past

A bit of a childish question. Is it possible for God to change the past? or is it one of those things that are generally possible but in certain occasions will never happen? I'm asking because of ...
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halachic status of a “Promise” [duplicate]

If I promise something by saying "I Promise..... to do something". What status does that have. Does it have the same status of a Neder? Or maybe a promise has no significance in halachah and therefore ...
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Did the Israelites walk bare foot in the desert, or did they have shoes (comment on Deut. 8:4)?

Deuteronomy 8:4 says שִׂמְלָ֨תְךָ֜ לֹ֤א בָֽלְתָה֙ מֵֽעָלֶ֔יךָ וְרַגְלְךָ֖ לֹ֣א בָצֵ֑קָה זֶ֖ה אַרְבָּעִ֥ים שָׁנָֽה׃ Your clothes did not get old upon you, neither did your feet swell, ...

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