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What do we know about the Yemenites adding (deleting?) Maimonides from their prayers in the 1100s?

I've always heard that the Yemenite Jews of the late 1100s were so grateful for the theological support they were given by Maimonides' writings (Rambam's Igeret Teiman), that where their kaddish ...
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Why refer to alcoholic beverages as Yash?

In many Chasidishe and Heimishe Shuls - Vodka, Whiskey and the likes are known as "Yash" which is an acronym for Yayin Saraf - יי״ש. However would it not be more appropiate to call it Yas? Then why do ...
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Kosher wine recommendations [closed]

When people go away for shabbos they often bring along a gift to their hosts. What is a good Kosher wine - not too dry - that you can give for less than $20?
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refilling a percolator on Yom Tov

Are you allowed to refill a percolator or hot water urn on Yom Tov?
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Is a covered sukkah wall counted as a wall?

There's a foot of roof overhanging one side of my sukkah. I know that the space inside the sukkah under that roof is not kosher for fulfillment of one's sukkah obligation. I'm wondering about the ...
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Can a convert (ger tzedek) serve on a beis din to annul a non-convert's vows?

If I understand correctly, there are certain cases where a convert can't serve on a beis din judging a native-born Jew. Yet when we break into groups of three for hataras nedarim (annulment of vows), ...
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Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?

What is the Significance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah,now i know the gemara brings them down but why did the Gemara choose these particular ones also the apple in honey whats the significance ...
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If I wear a synthetic and/or mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis?

If I wear a mesh garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis? Can I say a blessing when I put it on? If I wear a synthetic garment with Tzitzis, will I fulfill the mitzvah of Tzitzis? ...
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Elul Cheshbon HaNefesh

How does one make a Cheshbon HaNefesh during Elul. I'm aware of the technique given in Sefer Cheshbon HaNefesh, but that is intended (and set up as) as a year round exercise. To do something more ...
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Etymology of “Shtiebel”

Is there an etymological connection between the Yiddish word "shtiebel" and the English word "steeple"? They seem to overlap a lot in usage and pronunciation. A cursory search reveals that "shtiebel" ...
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Selichos start: Ashkinazim vs. Sefardim

Why do Sefardim start saying Sleichos earlier than Ashkinazim?
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The Kosel is forever

Why is it that Hashem promised never to destroy the Kosel?
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Praying for a Sick Convert

If when we pray for a person we pray for Ploni ben Plonis (e.g. Judah son of Leah or Dina daughter of Leah), what name do we use when praying for a ger (convert)?
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Asking another Rabbi

What are the parameters and conditions of when one is allowed (and not allowed) to ask another Rabbi once he/she got a Psak from the first Rabbi?
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Accidental Murder

A person who kills another person by accident must run to a city of refuge. While he's running, relatives of the person he killed may kill him. Why are the relatives allowed to kill in such a case? ...
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Who wrote the 1950s-era super-patriotic Prayer for the United States of America?

In the "Tikun Meir" siddur from about 50 years ago, there's a very unique prayer for the United States of America. Something to the effect of: Humble were its beginnings, but by Your kindness, ...
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What makes Tzitzus Possul?

What is the bare minimum for Tzitzus to be Kosher? I know, for example that each corner needs 8 strings (but 7 is also Kosher). What about for example the five knots?
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Does listening to Torah content count as the mitzvah of Talmud Torah?

Do I get the miztvah of learning Torah, by listening to your answers of these peoples questions?
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687 views

Are Jews racist against non-Jews? [closed]

Are Jews racist against non-Jews?
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5answers
398 views

Shabbos Zmiros author

Who wrote most of the songs we sing on shabbos?
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474 views

Are “dog tags” Begged Isha? Can men wear them?

Is a man allowed to wear a "dog tag" type of thing? Is it beged eesha?
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Fasting on an airplane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fast days and time zones If I am flying from Israel to NY during Tisha B'Av do I have to fast for 32 hours, or can I end the fast when it ends in the place where I was? ...
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Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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Is it o.k. to watch “American Idol” during the Omer and the Three Weeks?

Many Poskim who permit listening of music year-round prohibit it during the Omer and the Three Weeks. Is it ok to watch American Idol during these periods of time, according to the opinions who permit ...
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when do you say amen

Can you say amen to a bracha if you hear the last part, see a gesture of ending, or is it only if you hear all of the brachah.
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Shalom alecha rebbi (u'mori)

What is the significance of the time it takes to say Shalom Alecha Rebbi (U'mori)?
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Shelosha Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number. (What, you ...
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3answers
172 views

Why do Children Steal the Afikoman?

Why do Children Steal the Afikoman?
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Shemona - mi yodeya?

Who knows eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. In about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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268 views

Kitnios on Pesach

Why and when did the minhag start that allows Sephardim to eat Kitnios (Legumes)but not Ashkenazim?
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Preferred method for providing hot water on Shabbat

I'd like to have hot water available for making tea and the like on Shabbat. What is your preferred method for this, and why? Do you use an electric urn? If so, what brand and features? Is it ...
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How much invalid material invalidates schach?

How much invalid material invalidates schach? (tefachim + inches preferred, but not required) Would it make a difference if this material was in the middle of the roof, or on the side (=next to the ...
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Transferring discrete “kippah clips” between domains on Shabbat, if the clips are NOT sewn to the kippah

A) Imagine the following: It is Shabbat, and I am using spring-loaded hair clips or bobby pins to attach a kippah to my hair. The clips or pins are NOT sewn to the kippah: instead, they are discrete ...
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L'Hafrish Challah with Dough Made by Multiple Women?

I am wondering if small portions of dough, made by separate women in a challah baking class (thus each small portion would be owned by a single woman), can be combined to create the requisite amount ...
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Why does the Machzor Rabba sometimes have an א at the bottom of the page?

My Machzor Rabba, nusach Ashkenaz, sometimes prints a dot, and sometimes an א at the bottom of the page. Anyone know why? I've included pictures of a double page with two dots, one with two alephs, ...
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170 views

Are Jews commanded to love Muslims?

Does the Jewish tradition command Jews to love Muslims, who believe in the same God as the Jews do, as opposed to Christians, who worship avodah zarah (A human being worshipped as an Idol)?
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Invite a non observant Jew to Shabat - Rav Ovadia Yosef opinion

I know that there is discussion about inviting a Jew for Shabbos or Yom Tov, where he will drive a car to get there. Does anyone know Rav Ovadia Yosef's opinion about this matter?
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List of things that make one 'as if one rejects the core'

I was recently looking up something about lashon harah, and on Erchin 15A, Rav Yosi ben Zimra says that anyone that that says lashon harah it is as if they reject everything, and I know I have seen ...
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134 views

Is it permitted for a couple to have relations during the daytime?

Is it permitted for couples to have relations in the daytime if they are tired in the evenings?
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79 views

Why did God want a Tabernacle built by Moses? [duplicate]

Why did God want a Tabernacle to live among Israel (Exodus 25:8)? What is the significance of the Tabernacle built by Moses?
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Ba'al Shem Tov, King and Nation

Rabbi David Aaron said that the Ba’al Shem Tov says in Parshas Yisro, והעולם הזה צורך גבוהה - This world is of great heavenly need.” כי אין מלך בלא עם - “For there is no King without a Nation. Go ...
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(Why) do we close the eyes of the deceased?

I heard someone say that when one passes away we have to close their eyes. Where in halacha does it say this? Why do we do this?
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Do pages of ketuvim and navi'im need to be buried?

Do books or sheets of paper that contain text from the Prophets (navi'im) and Writings (ketuvim) need to be discarded in a special manner? I know that pages containing words of Torah written in any ...
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Is is wrong to be racist?

Is there anything wrong about being a racist? By racist I mean believing that certain groups of people are objectively worse in any qualitative way based on their race.
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when is shushing in a shul permited, when forbiden and when obligated

In my shul there is someone who shushes people that talk. He believes that he is obligated to do this. I understand that there is a prohibition against embarrassing people publicly and that sometimes ...
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How do we know that The Hebrew Bible of today is substantially the same as the original writings?

The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years, Torah was written 3500 years ago. There are few claims that it could change over the period of time. So how do we know that The Hebrew Bible of ...
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78 views

The situation of a lost Jew

Someone who is adopted to a Christian family, but has some indication of a Jewish ancestry - such as a mezuzah, and who is interested in studying and practicing Judaism, what would it take to ...
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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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100 views

Machine-Readable Torah

Is there a machine-readable Sefer Torah or Chumash? Machine-readable meaning formatted as to be understood by a computer program. Despite the phrase, this is different from a Torah simply stored in ...
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0answers
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Hagbah of the Yemenites (Temanim)

I was learning in a sefer which discusses a case where they couldn't do hagbah, and the Mechaber suggested to do the hagbah like the Teimanim which is to leave it on table in some way, but I didn't ...

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