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If you daven on a plane, should you turn around when you cross over Jerusalem?

So you're flying from, say, London to China, and you take a flight. Suddenly, you find yourself needing to daven. So you're shuckling, saying psalms, or whatever and then suddenly, out of the blue, ...
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What does it mean for atheists to raise their children 'Jewish'?

I was reading the book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom by Amy Chua. In this book she mention that her Jewish husband is not religious in the slightest but still when they got married insisted that the ...
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Why was the man in Numbers 15 put to death?

Once, when the Israelites were in the wilderness, they came upon a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him as he was gathering wood brought him before Moses, Aaron, and the whole ...
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What are the prohibitions involved with going to a public beach?

What halachic issues are there with regards to modesty when visiting a public beach? I am referring to the summer time when people are generally dressed immodestly at the beach. Does it help to visit ...
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Are “Kosher Salts” Kosher?

Is "Kosher salt" supposed to be understood as certain salts that adhere to the Jewish religions dietary restrictions? I'm curious if this is so what about salt can make it kosher or non kosher?
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What was the sanctification of Abraham?

"And is a Jew excluded from the category of bnei Noach? Since Avraham was sanctified they are called by my name" ״וישראל מי נפיק מכלל בני נח? כיון דאיקדש אברהם איתקרו על שמיה״ -Talmud ...
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When a tzaddik dies, does he leave his positive traits in this world?

I heard it said once that, when a righteous person (tzaddik) passes away, they somehow leave their positive character traits in this world to be used by others. Does anyone know the source for this ...
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Targum Pseudo-Jonathan in Rabbinic Literature

The Gemara Megillah (3a) implies that Onkelos translated just the Chumash, whereas Yonattan ben Uzziel translated just Nevi'im: וא''ר ירמיה ואיתימא רבי חייא בר אבא תרגום של תורה אונקלוס הגר אמרו ...
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Difference between הנאה for doing a service for free and for lending an object for free

I am learning the Mishnayot of Masechet Nedarim and I came across an apparent contradiction that I cannot quite wrap my head around. The seifa of the first mishna in the fourth perek mentions that a ...
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Midrashic non-literalism in the Taz

The Taz writes in his Divrei David (Genesis 1:23) regarding a Midrash: ואין לנו להפקיע דברי חכמים מפשטן "We should not remove words of the Sages from their simple interpretations." Does the Taz ...
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Where can I find an English version of Rambam's Introduction to Mishnah?

I am looking for an online copy of an English translation to Rambam's introduction to the whole Mishna. I have found a few copies in Hebrew, but I am looking for something legible and understandable ...
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Torah - as a source of ritual impurity

During the Second Temple period, Torah scroll was considered to be a source of ritual impurity? Today this is not the case. When did this halakha change?
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Reason for “Oseh Shalom” in 3 places

The phrase starting with the words עושה שלום במרומיו ("He who makes peace in his high places") is said in 3 places and always at the end (or very near it): Birkat Hamazon Kaddish Shmoneh Esreh ...
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Should you make “Shehakol” or “Ha'etz” if you eat chocolate-covered espresso beans?

There is a general rule that if you eat a fruit or vegetable raw and it is not the local custom to eat it that way, you say "Shehakol". Chocolate-covered espresso beans are mainly coffee beans with a ...
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What bracha do you make on kasha varnishkes?

Assuming that there is an even amount of "varnishkes" (noodles) and kasha, do you make 2 brachot - mezonot on the varnishkes and adamah on the kasha? (If so, which should you say first?) Or is this ...
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Why are you allowed to say the elokay nitzor in the end of the amidah on shabbat and yom tov?

You are not allowed to ask for personal requests on shabbat and yom tov when praying to god. However the elokay nitzor following the amidah has a format of a request and is yet still said on these ...
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Is it allowed to tie tzitzit using a cow hitch?

Would it be permitted to attach tzitziyot using a cow hitch (a way of attaching a rope or lead without use of a knot - pictured below), in order to be able to remove them before washing a garment so ...
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What's a good resource to strengthen your emunah?

If I go for longer than a week without a good shiur I find my emunah begins to wane. However after going to the same shiur for a while the material can become boring and it looses its effect. Is ...
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Difference between judgement and discernment in Torah thought

Pirkei Avos (2:5) tells us 'Don't judge your friend until you are in his situation'. I was wondering about the term 'judge' Merriam-Webster online defines:- 'judgement' as 'the process of forming ...
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Extent of Martyrdom Requirements in the Face of Anti-Religious Laws

There is a halachik principle brought down in the Talmud and codified in halacha known as shaat hashmad - a time of forced religious persecution. Generally, the rule is that any commandment of the ...
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Was the use of Acacias for the Ark and Tabernacle more than practical?

I know of the story that Yaakov planted Acacias (Hebrew: שיטים) specifically for the future construction of the tabernacle, ark, altars and showbread table. I've also found a write-up on acacias that ...
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Is it permissible to cheat at board games?

Board games have absolutely no value - there is nothing won and nothing lost. In such a situation is it permissible according to halakhah to cheat? I am asking, not to find a reason to be deceitful ...
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Should a Va'ad revoke kosher certification of caterers that allow catering a gay marraige affair? [duplicate]

Related and a follow up to this M.Y. question: The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized gay marriages in al states. There have been several publicized law suits in a few states where a gay couple sued a ...
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How might one reconcile a non-literal reading of the timespan of creation with literal 7th day Shabbat observance? [duplicate]

I am wondering, in the light of discussions regarding the possibility for non-literal readings of Bereishit, how we are to then understand a quite literal observation of Shabbat on the 7th day. To ...
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Why are there diferent sacrifice offerings for each day of Succot but the same for all days of Pesach?

For the Pesach sacrifices listed in Bamidbar 28:16-25, we see that the same sacrifice was offered all 7 days of Passover. When viewing the sacrifices for the 7 days of Succot (I have excluded the 8th ...
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Is it proper to supply a picture of a girl prior to dating?

My daughter recently started dating, and a Shidduch (match) was suggested. The boy's family requested a picture prior to deciding if they want to proceed. I felt that this was inappropriate for ...
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Tefillin at mincha on fast days

At my shul (a sephardi one), I occasionally see people wearing tefillin at mincha on fast days (other than Tisha b'Av). Is this a minhag with a source, or is there some other reason why people do ...
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Shisha Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred thirty six? ששה ושלושים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to be ...
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The Need to Wash Hands After Touching Covered Parts of the Body

The Shulchan Aruch (4: 18) records a list of activities that require one to wash his hands. אֵלּוּ דְּבָרִים צָרִיךְ נְטִילָה בְּמַיִם...וְהַנּוֹגֵעַ בְּרַגְלָיו...וְהַחוֹפֵף ...
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What is the origin of the name “Artscroll” [closed]

If I were naming a company dedicated to bringing Jewish soures to the masses, I would choose a name more descriptive of the mission than "Artscroll". What is the origin of this name?
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Converts to be treated as if they were born Jewish

There is a scripture in the Tanakh where G-d clearly says a convert to Judaism is to be treated,as if he were born a Jew. I've seen it but can't seem to find it. Perhaps one more knowledgeable then I ...
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Should Jews worry about whom non-Jewish governments recognize as “married”? [duplicate]

It says in Pirqei Avoth 2:3 "hawwu nizhirin be-reshuth" "Be wary of the [non-Jewish] government..." Lately, I have read alot of commentary from religious Jews in America about the Supreme Court's ...
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Brush teeth on a Ta'anis

I find it difficult to go a day without brushing my teeth. Is it okay to brush my teeth on a Ta'anis (fast day)? I imagine it's forbidden on Yom Kippur, but what about the other fasts?
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Is it allowed to feign being a Muslim to protect one's GPA?

I am currently studying Arabic in university and have the following question: If it is known that the Arabic Language Studies department at a particular school is vehemently anti-Israel and ...
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How did Bilam become Balaam? [duplicate]

How did it come about that Bilam came to be known as Balaam in the non-Jewish world?
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Where should the stone left on a grave come from?

I will be traveling for an unveiling soon and intend to leave a stone at the grave. Since I will be traveling I have to ability to bring the stone from where I live or to find a stone near the ...
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Earliest Sources for Custom of Not Shaving from 17th of Tammuz

What are the earliest sources for the custom of not shaving from the 17th of Tammuz? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:3) only mentions this only in the week of the 9th of Av. שָׁבוּעַ שֶׁחָל בּוֹ ...
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Where to tie the Maimonidean half-tekheleth?

According to the Rambam that the tekhelet strand if only half-dyed, where exactly should the halfway-mark (or, in the strings I've seen, the transition portion) fall? Should it be up against the hole ...
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Is women saying Kaddish an issue of Kol Isha?

I have seen it discussed whether or not there is an issue of kol isha by kriyas haTorah, but I have not seen any sources addressing whether there is an issue of kol isha by kaddish, specifically...? ...
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Jewish word definitions?

I am new to this site and wish to be involved in questions and answers ( As one who has studied the trinity doctrine for many years I may be of some help). As I read through various posts I see terms ...
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Raising of the sparks

Central in the chassidic philosophy is the concept of the raising of the sparks of holiness to the realm of Atzilut. For Source, see for example this: "It is part of the spiritual structure of the ...
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Source for Chuppa Poem

What are the earliest sources for the מי בן שיח שושן חוחים poem commonly recited at chuppot?
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Aninut on Shabbat

I was searching the net earlier today and discovered this article, which states that R' Wosner's son, R' Meir, learned of his father's death after davening Maariv on the first night of Pesach. He ...
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History of waiting for the Rav / Rabbi to finish Shemona Esrei

Rama - Orach Chaim 124:3 says that the one leading the prayers should not wait for the respected people to finish their Tefila. Mishna Berura 13 - says the reason is because of Tircha D'tzibura. ...
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Does this quotation have its roots in the words of King Solomon?

I once read that this quotation, which comes from the 2001 Hollywood film "A Beautiful Mind", scripted by Akiva Goldsman, is based on words of King Solomon: "It is good to have a beautiful mind, but ...
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What does the Rambam mean by בשרו חם?

In Hilkhot De'ot 3:7 (3:2 in non-Yemenite versions) the Rambam writes: For example, a person with warm constitution (בשרו חם) should not eat meat or honey... What exactly is meant by "warm ...
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Where can I find information on Rabbi Yaacov Wazana

In a lecture I attended some years ago mention was made of a Rabbi Yaacov Wazana, who practiced some sort of Jewish healing in Morocco. I would like to know where I can find biographical information ...
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Permissibility of Prayer in a Sabbatean Synagogue

Inspired by the Churva Synagogue of R. Yehuda HaChassid (18th cent.) who was likely a Sabbatean (not to be confused with the 12th century rabbi of the same name), and his congregation which almost ...
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Why did David dwell with Achish in Gath?

Achish was a Philistine, so why did David go to Gath to dwell with him. I mean, I know that Saul would never stop looking to kill David but on the other hand... the Philistines? Am I missing something ...
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Are all mitzvot in Torah meant to be kept forever?

Nissan Dovid Dubov, in The Eternal Nature of the Torah, says: The Talmud teaches that mitzvahs will be nullified in the Messianic age. How do we reconcile this with Judaism’s cardinal principal ...

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