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Why doesn't Chabad say Hanotein Teshua

In many siddurim, particularly those printed for the Ashkenazi or Spanish-Portuguese communities, there is a tefillah for the government, Hanotein Teshuah (the title is based on a passuk in Ps. 144) ...
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Why is prayer rarely studied in yeshivot or synagogues? [closed]

Siddur Ashkenaz, Weekday, Shacharit, Preparatory Prayers, Torah Study 4: אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוכֵל פֵּרותֵיהֶם בָּעולָם הַזֶּה וְהַקֶּרֶן קַיֶּמֶת לו לָעולָם הַבָּא. וְאֵלּוּ ...
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Touching one's hair while putting on Tfillin

I remember to have read (in the Shulchan Aruch I believe) that after doing the Netilat Yadayim one can't touch one's hair, because that would make you impure again. But when I put on and accommodate ...
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כי הלא בזולת בשר כבדת את השבת

The full text is: מה שהלכת אתמול לבקש בשר ואבדת חצי היום ולא יכולת למצוא ואף תרנגולים שבאו לידך לא אסתייעא מלתא הכל מאתי היה להודיעך שהבשר והיין שהם משכן היצה"ר אין לרדוף אחריהם כי בזולתם יחיה האדם ...
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Minhag not to eat ANY lamb at seder night?

I seem to recall an Ashkenazi minhag not to eat any form of lamb on seder night. I don't mean the widely spread custom not to eat a roasted lamb, but even , for example, braised lamb shanks. Is this ...
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נשים דעתן קלה versus נזמי הזהב אשר באזניהם

The Mishna, Kidushin chapter 4: A man cannot be alone with two women, but one woman can be alone with two men. The Bavli thereon, 80 amud 2: What's the reason? A Mishna-explainer of the ...
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Praying with dirty clothes

Can one daven (pray) with dirt or urine on his clothing? I would like to know the exact laws because I have heard different peshutim on this. Please list sources.
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What is pirkei heichalot rabati?

I was wondering if anyone knew any information regarding pirkei heichalot rabati and if anyone had a reliable enlgish translation ??
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The “Chok” Status of Kohanim Drinking Before the Service

While reading the Parsha this past week, I was struck but what I thought was an interesting wording in the Passuk: ט יַיִן וְשֵׁכָר אַל-תֵּשְׁתְּ אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ, בְּבֹאֲכֶם אֶל-אֹהֶל ...
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Why is there no Bris Milah for girls?

The title says it all, for the most part, but given that the Bris Milah is a way of bringing a newborn boy into the covenant with God, why is there no parallel/similar ritual, or commencement, as it ...
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If one has tzaraat but doesn't seek a Kohen

In parashat Tazria it mentions the Kohen's involvement of identifying tzaraat and rendering the person pure/impure (about 50 times!). Rashi (13:3) says that the Kohen's involvement in declaring ...
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What is Jacob's ladder?

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28: 10-17 What is this ladder? ...
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“Early” leap years [duplicate]

Mishneh Torah, Sanctification of the New Month 4:2 (Sefaria English translation with my modification on the word "Aviv"): עַל שְׁלֹשָׁה סִימָנִין מְעַבְּרִין אֶת הַשָּׁנָה. עַל הַתְּקוּפָה וְעַל ...
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Are the non-meat parts of a non-kosher (i.e. impure/tameh) animal ossur min haTorah

In a different question it was asked if the blood of a non-Kosher animal is forbidden under the same issur that blood from a kosher animal is forbidden. It's brought there from that Rambam that: ...
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Why is Korech said during the seder if it means to wrap and hard matzah can't be wrapped?

Korech according to Jastrow (see image below) means to wrap. The Rambam mentions wrapping the Matzah during Korech (Laws of Chametz Umatzah 8:6), and indeed most Talmuds describe the act of Korech as ...
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Israeli doing melacha on yom tov sheini outside Israel to avoid loss

I know that the Mishna Berura says that it is Assur for a Ben E"Y to do Melacha even in private, however I was wondering if anyone knows of a source to be meikal in a case where it can damage ...
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How to bow when saying “Bo i kalla” [duplicate]

During kaballat shabbat we sang lekha dodi and in the last stanza we bow and say the following: "bo i kala". Here, we bow to left and right. Some bow right to left and other left to right. Now I'm ...
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Can Chazal be wrong?

I understand that a later ruling can't contradict an earlier one, but does that mean that Chazal are infallible, the way Catholics believe the Pope is infallible? And if so, where's the line? Who was ...
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Why do we refer to Chazal as a monolithic group?

In discussions of Torah, halacha, etc., people often say, "According to Chazal..." as though all the thousands of rabbis of an 800-year period spoke with one voice. But you almost never hear people ...
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Reading others mind?

I know this is a thin statement, but I saw in documentary about Kabbalah that there was a great kabbalist who could read others mind by looking at their forehead? How is this possible? Can anyone do ...
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Change in meaning of the word “midah”

In the Torah, the word מדה means "measurement". Example: Exodus 26:2 (Sefaria translation) אֹ֣רֶךְ ׀ הַיְרִיעָ֣ה הָֽאַחַ֗ת שְׁמֹנֶ֤ה וְעֶשְׂרִים֙ בָּֽאַמָּ֔ה וְרֹ֙חַב֙ אַרְבַּ֣ע בָּאַמָּ֔ה ...
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Literature about The Temple in Jerusalem

Is there any literature one can recommend about what was going on in the Temple in Jerusalem? Parts of the Talmud, writings from the sages, classical Jewish books. That talk about what was going on, ...
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Who accepts the “chazaka” method of checking vegetables?

Several sources endorse a method of checking produce in which the batch of produce is washed, three random samples from the batch are inspected for bugs, and, if these samples are entirely clear of ...
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Why do we exclude fruit and vegetables? [duplicate]

We see in Vayikra, chapter 11, lists of kosher animals (land, water, and flying), but I don't see any mention of vegetables? Why did the Torah leave out vegetables when it speaks of kashrut?
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“Cheating” on a test

Here's the case: It is possible to acquire a test given by a teacher the previous year. Said teacher gave the test back to the students, and a student passed it along to someone in the year below. It ...
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Is there a halachic objection to human composting?

I just had a discussion with a friend about this organization, which proposes to inter human bodies in a giant composter (from which the family can retrieve the compost later) instead of burying them ...
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What is today's Jewish explanation for why rabbit meat is unkosher?

In yesterday's parasha, we read not to eat rabbit meat because it chews its cud (Vayikra 11:6): "ואת הארנבת כי מעלת גרה " Today, we know this is not true. I am curious as to how religious Jews ...
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How to keep a yoshon kitchen [duplicate]

Yoshon refers, very roughly, to grain products that have grown through at least one Pesach. Some have the stringency to eat only yoshon grains. How does one go about identifying yoshon flour and ...
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What is mandatory for the second seder?

I have tried looking up the answer to this question, I hope someone here can give me an answer! My mother-in-law had heard somewhere that because the second seder outside Israel is of rabbinic ...
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Why does Megilas Esther describe Achashveirosh's sleepless night as “on that night”?

What was so special about the night that Achashveirosh couldn't sleep that it was referred to in the Megila (6:1) as "that night", i.e. בלילה ההוא נדדה שנת המלך It could have said something more ...
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Hey for Sadaqah is it better to give more money to less people or less money to more people? [duplicate]

I was wondering, if in giving Sadaqah it is better to help out more people with a less amount of money or less people with more amounts of money? Which will be more beneficial? Any sources? Thanks
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Where can I buy Or Hashem?

I found a new printing of Or Hashem by R. Chasdai Crescas on hebrewbooks.org (here), but I can't find it or any other print for sale. Any ideas?
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Hearing Vs. Listening and Reading vs. Reciting [duplicate]

The obligation for the megillah reading is for one to read the scroll. If one cannot read it, one listens to the blessing and then listens to the reader read it. But what is the nature of ...
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Parshat Shmini Building of the Mishkan “Vayehi” linked to “Vayehi” in Bereshit, is it linked to 7 days of creation?

Leviticus Chapter 9 ‏ א וַיְהִי, בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי, קָרָא מֹשֶׁה, לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו--וּלְזִקְנֵי, יִשְׂרָאֵל. ‏ 1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and ...
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Source for Tehillim of your age?

Does anybody know of a source for the minhag to recite daily the perek of tehillim corresponding to your age?
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Tefila (prayer) translation Hebrew to English

Are there any websites of Hebrew-to-English translation of shacharis (morning prayer) for Shabbos? What I really want is the English translation to be right under the Hebrew text. Kind of like ...
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Should one say “Shehechiyanu” after renovating part of his home?

My rav told me it is appropriate to say "Shehechiyanu" after one purchases a home because this gives him joy. Would the bracha be appropriate if you are joyed because you are getting a new bathroom or ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

Wayikra 15:16-18 טז וְאִישׁ, כִּי-תֵצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ שִׁכְבַת-זָרַע--וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת-כָּל-בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְטָמֵא עַד-הָעָרֶב. 16 יז וְכָל-בֶּגֶד וְכָל-עוֹר, אֲשֶׁר-יִהְיֶה עָלָיו ...
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Difference between touching a naked Torah vs. a naked Megillah

Megillah 32a: Megillah 32a:38-44: כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות בלא מצות סלקא דעתך אלא אמר אביי נקבר ערום בלא אותה מצוה Whoever takes hold of ...
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How do I determine kashrut status of fresh produce from Israel?

Fresh produce from Israel has all sorts of halachic concerns: Orla, Shemittah, Terumot and Maasrot. Periodically, I come across fresh fruit imported from Israel. I generally avoid buying it, but I'd ...
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Pointed Unicode Targum Job

Is there a pointed digital version of Targum Job available, from which I could copy and paste Unicode Hebrew-alphabet text? The closest I found was this Accordance product. But, though it includes ...
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Why are Jews discouraged to proselytize? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the source of this, as it doesn't appear to be stated in the Torah. So how do we know this is forbidden? What is the purpose of discouraging someone who wants to convert? I'd like ...
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T'chum shabas maps?

There are many better or worse maintained maps of eruvei chatzeros available to the public, which are a boon to travellers to a new place interested in where they can move things outdoors during ...
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1answer
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Kitniyos within Chabad-Lubavitch

I was wondering what stance Chabad-Lubavitch holds regarding kitniyos. Do they follow the Ashkenazi minhag of not consuming kitniyos on Pesach, or do they follow the Sephardi minhag, which doesn't ...
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Shalom Aleichem — “shuvchem” instead of “tzeitchem”?

I've heard a setting of the song "Shalom Aleichem" that, in the last verse, says "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem", with the explanation that instead of asking the malachim to leave as soon as they ...
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1answer
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If parents need food and clothing, which parent to care for first? [duplicate]

If both mother and father ask for food and clothing, whom should I give them to first? I heard that mother should be cared first but anyone else knows?
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David, war and Building the Temple

Why does God command David to fight wars and then forbid him to build the temple? In other words, what was it about fighting the Lords wars that made him unfit to build the Temple? What do the ancient ...
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Wearing Non-touchscreen smartwatch on shabbat [duplicate]

For those halachic opinions which allow to wear a regular watch (that uses a battery) on Shabbat, how about a smartwatch (Not Apples, please don't confuse) which looks identical to a normal watch but ...
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123 views

Why there were exactly 10 plagues?

Why did G-d punish the Egyptians with exactly 10 plagues, not less, not more? What is the significance of 10?
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In Genesis, Did Pharaoh Give Joseph the Whole Land of Egypt?

1. Question: Did Pharaoh Give Joseph the Entire Land of Egypt? Or, Did Pharaoh Appoint Joseph to rule over all of the Land of Egypt? What is the difference between "All the People", (v.40) - and ...

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