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Can one take “mistaken” hefker property?

A person placed a posting online that said, "I just had a tag sale, and all left-overs are on my lawn free to anyone that wants to take it. Help yourself!" Someone comes by, sees a large dresser on ...
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Does Judaism believe the doctrine of predestination?

Is there any indication of predestination doctrine in Judaism?
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Is a person allowed to pray for something unrealistic?

Is a person allowed to pray for something that is statistically very unlikely to occur, such as winning the lottery?
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In how many of the 613 mitzvot are women obligated?

Women are exempt from some of the 613 mitzvot. How many of the 613 mitzvot apply to women? Is there a list (or lists)? Online? (To clarify: Ignore other factors, such as geographic location; include ...
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Were the “ending” Hebrew letters (kaf, mem, nun. peh and tzadi) used in the original version of the Torah given at Mt. Sinai?

I have heard that the original Torah that Moshe Rabbeinu wrote, being dictated by Hashem, had no spaces, and that they were added in later. In the original Torah, were the final letters (ךםןףץ) ...
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what is good and what does it mean that God is good?

what does the term "tov" (good) mean. I am asking especially in how it relates to God. i.e. what does "tov" mean and what does it mean that God is "tov". an example where God is ascribed "tov" is in ...
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Can information be stolen without Dina DeMalchuta Dina? [duplicate]

As I know, theft means in the Torah always the stealing of a material thing. There is a big difference against stealing of information, for example, stealing software (which means, copying this ...
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Are we allowed to work on a world language?

I am thinking on this because it seems, God wants us to speak on many languages, to not understand eachother. As I know, it is the punishment for the Tower of Babel. Trying to make world languages ...
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Is there such a thing as an on/off וסת?

Coming off the recent question of complex וסתות, what about a pattern of 27,29,30; 28,29,27; 31,29,30? In this case there is a pattern for every middle one while the rest remain random. Are we קובע a ...
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The blessing for not talking in shul

I read in תוכחת חיים that , "One who is careful not to speak in shul during davening will he blessed to see children, long life, great success, and will NOT suffer the pains of Gehinnom. He will never ...
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Kohen aliyah during shiva

If a kohen is in his shiva period, can he take the kohen aliyah if there is no other kohen present? We had such a situation on Shabbat at mincha. One ruling said that the kohen should take the ...
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Do you need a separate instance of coach gavra for each hand?

For acts such as washing the hands in the morning, before eating bread or mayim acharonim, the use of coach gavra (human force) is required. Is it enough to utilize a single coach gavra for both ...
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Shem Yosef on Mishne Torah?

Who authored the Shem Yosef commentary on Rambam's Mishneh Torah? This work is featured on the online bar-ilan database.
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If someone asks you to pray for them, is that shitoof?

If you have a friend who wants to succeed at a task, or needs healing, and he asks you to pray for him even though he can pray himself, is he using you as an intermediary, like shitoof? Am I confused ...
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Is there a difference between asking someone for a blessing and shituf? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between asking someone for a blessing, like for instance from a great Rebbe, and shituf? If there is, what is the difference?
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Can a horse owned by a Jewish owner run in any of the Triple Crown races?

All of the "Triple Crown" horse races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont) occur on Shabbat. If the horse's owner is Jewish, (I just learned that American Pharaoh's owner is Jewish; I didn't know ...
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Why weren't the spies afflicted with tzara'at (leprosy)?

Refer to Avot D'Rebbi Natan ch. 9 (ver. א. In summary, he comments on Numbers 14:22: surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, ...
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kri ksiv הַגָּגָה samuel 1 9:26 [closed]

What is the reason for the kri ksiv in שמואל א' פרק ט' פסוק כ''ו, in which the ksiv is הגג but the kri הַגָּגָה? I would like to know the reason for how the kri fits in to the pasuk and how the ksiv ...
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How complicated can a vesst pattern be?

Background: In the laws of niddah there is something called a vesst haflaga, which is a period that occurs at some consistent interval. If a woman establishes a pattern for some amount of consecutive ...
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Punishment of people who believed in the spies' report. How was it determined how long they should live?

Except for Kalev and Yehoshua, everyone over age 20 was destined to die within the 40 years wandering in the desert. Was there any criteria used as to how many more years a specific person was to ...
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Mary Jesus' mother or Mary Magdalene?

The Gemara in Chaggigah (4b) mentions a woman by the name of Miriam Megadla Se'ar: זיל אייתי לי מרים מגדלא שיער נשייא Which means she was a "grower of woman's hair" which is to mean she was a ...
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Source of the first verse of the sectarian

It has been proposed that Rabban Gamliel quoted from Matthew 5 17 in his debate with a sectarian in maseches Shabbos 116a-b. See here http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6495-gamaliel-ii My ...
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Leading poskim in the Charedi community today [closed]

Who are the leading poskim in the Israeli Ashkenazi Charedi community today? As far as I am aware R. Nissim Karelitz is no longer active, so I would like to know who has taken his place and that of ...
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Is a transgender woman halachicaly considered male or female? [duplicate]

For purposes of this question, I am disregarding possible halachic problems of voluntary sex change operations. A male has made himself female, anatomically. Halchically, is this person considered ...
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Halachically, why are men allowed to use urinals?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 3:13: לא ישתין מעומד, מפני ניצוצות הניתזין על רגליו, אם לא שיעמוד במקום גבוה, או שישתין לתוך עפר תחוח פירוש, קרקע שאינה בתולה, אלא כגון של ארץ חרושה). One ...
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searching for the source for Kulo Tov?

What is the original source for HaShem being called 'Kulo Tov', 'Completely Good'? It seems to be the source for the idea that HaShem created the creation to bestow His goodness. Could anyone explain ...
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What is the chassidic version of ruach?

In my understanding by comparing the Arizals works to the Tanya, the animal soul = nefesh, the G-dly soul = neshamah. But what about ruach?
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Waiting between meat and a product with negligible dairy

After eating meat, there's a strong custom to wait a while before eating dairy, but does this apply if the dairy (or meat) food contained an amount of diary/meat that, if it fell into the first food ...
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Talking in shul and churban Europe

HaRav Yitzchok Sorotzkin said the following story: The debitzener himself was present by the Second World War - r"l the holocaust: “He was standing on the last transport going to Auschwitz. All of ...
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Arvit/Maariv “after” Birkot HaShachar?

Generally one prays Arvit before Chatzot HaLayla; Also, one can say Birkot HaShachar as soon as right after Chatzot HaLayla (as far as I understand). I came across a "logical hole" that I can't find ...
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12 tribes: is Ashkenazi jews one of them?

a little confused (well, maybe a lot) about 12 lost tribes and current Jewish "division" : is Ashkenazim Jews one of them (12 tribes)? What about Sephardi?
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A kohen who marries Gerusha as Mashgiach

Is a Kohen who marries a Gerusha(divorcee) but is observant in Shabbos and Kashrus allowed to be a Mashgiach?
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Sidra question. Why did the spies in sh'lach become r'shoim and why then did Joshua send spies

The m'raglim were the greatest of the yidden. Even Joshua and Caleb had to be 'prayed' for or pray themselves they shouldnt join them. What was so difficult to bring about the 'correct' result. And ...
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Does the Torah 'know' about 'quantum mechanics' and 'DNA synthesis'?

There are many articles and books available on the interplay between science and Judaism. Very often they come in the form of a halachic discussion of applying science to be able to resolve a halachic ...
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Can one refer to God as Vengeful?

I saw a dvar Torah on a site that was talking about Shelach and the sin of the spies. The piece was titled "Relating to a Vengeful God". My first reaction was outrage - it's seemed blasphemous. ...
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What is the order of Tanakh in a scroll?

Although the question of what is the order of Tanakh has been asked already, my question is slightly different. On a Sefer Torah HaGadol is written the whole of Tanakh and is kosher to be read from ...
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Does eating a parev item cooked in an oven with meat make you meaty?

If I cook (e.g.) roasted vegetables in an oven whilst at the same time cooking a chicken in a different shelf, would eating the roasted vegetables render me meaty? There are several factors that need ...
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Do drugs need to be kosher? [duplicate]

Specifically, does it matter if medication comes in gelatin capsules? Is there a difference what the medication is?
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Is a bike muktzah in “mixed company”?

According to the majority of poskim, riding a bicycle on Shabbat is forbidden. Therefore, "a bicycle is muktza, as ... it is a kli shem'lachto l'issur." (from that answer) However, there is a ...
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where in talmud or halacha can one find about the separation of calling jews ashkenazi or sephardi?

where can one find the talmud text or halachah text or something similar that identifies or divides Jews as either Ashkenazim or Sephardim or Teymanim? (Also, is it two only, the first two only, ...
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Wrapping tefillin to create letters

When we wrap, there seems to be a prevalent custom to incorporate the shapes Dalet, Yod and Shin in the strap on the hand/arm (depending on one's custom (discussed in Sefer Ta'amei Haminhagim page 13 ...
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Where did the sanhedrin get its power from?

I guess we always assume that the power invested in the Sanhedrin comes from "Lo Sasur". However, this posuk is talking about either the Kohanim, or the shofet. Now, I know originally the cohen gadol ...
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Is it necessary to cover the mayim acharonim remains?

I have observed in many locations that after everyone is done washing mayim achronim from the source cup into the garbage cup, the garbage cup is covered with a plate or what have you. Is this step ...
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According to Jewish sources: is polygyny kosher to practice?

There was (but now expired) ban on practicing polygyny among Ashkenazim, but there never was a ban among Sephardim. Do Jewish texts or rabbinic sources provide any definitive anti-response or ...
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Etymological connections between words for “man” and “woman” in languages other than Hebrew? [migrated]

In the book of Genesis Adam identifies Eve (Chava) as "isha" because this word ["ishah"] came from "ish" (man). Are there any other languages where the word for "woman" also etymologically comes from ...
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Is it allowed to have the wedding dinner before the ceremony?

In all Jewish weddings that I have attended the actual wedding (Chuppah and kiddushin) precedes the dinner (seudat mitzvah). Do the sources speak about having the dinner before the ceremony. I was ...
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Only 613 commandments? Can't be!

In the beginning of the sefer Ma'alos HaTorah, authored by the brother of the Vilna Gaon, the question is asked (on the Gemara at the end of Makkos) how the gemara can state that there are only 613 ...
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Learning before davening makes yuor tefillah go up to shamayim

I was reading the following in Halachically Speaking Volume 1: The Bnei Yissocher (Quoted in the Divrei Torah 1:81) says, "Learning before davening makes yuor tefillah go up to shamayim. Was he ...
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Why is kabbalah so secretive?

The basic information of Jewish mysticism is readily available online and in print today. Yet kabbalah continues to be treated as knowledge that is secret and is only appropriate for people to learn ...
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If the Torah is not in shamayim, how will we be judged when we get to shamayim?

The Torah says it is not in heaven, according to Devarim 30:12. This has traditionally been interpreted to mean that if one wants to know what God wants, one must look into the Torah as it is written ...

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