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Kohen status of a son by intermarriage?

If a Jewish man marries a non-Jewish woman, their children are not considered to be Jewish. (Some Jews don't, or didn't, agree). Presumably, if the man was a Kohen, any son he had would not be a Kohen ...
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Showering on Shabbat and removing the chill.

1)If I live in an apartment complex, and I hold cold showers are okay on shabbos. Can I slightly open the hot water faucet in order to remove the chill of the cold water? 2)Since the apartment ...
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How Many Princes per Tribe?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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What Was the Extent of the Princes' Authority?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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How Were Princes of the Tribes Chosen?

In Numbers 7, we are told about the special offerings the princes of the Tribes brought to the Tabernacle. This is not the only time we hear of this position. Princes are present in Joshua 9 also, for ...
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Marrying a wife that is older than you?

What is there in the Torah about (lichatchila) marrying a wife that is years older than you?
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What is the basic requirement for tzitzit knots?

There seems to be a lot of different ways to tie tzitzit knots. From the little I understand this is based on various symolism and numeric value (see this question/answer). I would like to know what ...
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1answer
51 views

What's a Grammen?

A few years ago I participated in a Purim Se'udah at which rounds of humorous poetry were written and then recited in a sing-song chant. It was fun, and the tune rang familiar to me, but it was ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in

I have heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein ztsl held that tzitzis should be tucked in. Can somebody give a nice summary of the reasons behind his ruling?
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Why Hashem send prophet to Niniveh to warn them against robbery instead of idolatry?

Why Hashem never send prophets for seemingly more obvious issue, like the fact that pretty much every other nation outside israel worshiped different gods. If Hashem is God of all, the Niniveh ...
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Why didn't people worship Baal and God in Ⅱ Kings 10 as in Ⅰ Kings 18?

It seems that a large number of Jews in the time of the book of M'lachim served both the Baal and God. Most famously, perhaps, is Ⅰ M'lachim 18:21: עַד מָתַי אַתֶּם פֹּסְחִים עַל שְׁתֵּי ...
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Graciously accepting gifts [closed]

I delivered Shalach Manos today to a number of people. Much to my dismay, everyone accepted them graciously and gratefully, and not a single person expressed how disappointed they were with my gifts. ...
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Immersing a dish used for a gift

(Based in part on this question.) If I purchase a new dish that would require immersion, and I use the dish FOR a gift (I bring brownies on the dish to my Jewish neighbor), and I do not intend to ...
2
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Violating the Shabbat across time zones [duplicate]

Let's say I'm on my computer in the United States on a Friday afternoon, well before the sun has set in the US, but after it has set in Israel. If I access an Israeli website during this time, am I ...
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54 views

Source to make noise when Haman's name is mentioned?

Where is the source to make noise when Haman's name is read from the Megillah?
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When the חזן has finished and a mourner is saying קדיש, at what point is it correct for the חזן to leave the עמוד?

When the חזן has finished the prayers and a mourner is saying קדיש, at what point is it correct for him to remove his טלית (if he is wearing one) and leave the עמוד? On the one hand it seems ...
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1answer
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When transliterating a name for the Ketubah, can the letters י and ה be written together?

Specifically, the name in this case is Natalya. Is it considered appropriate to spell it as נטליה, which seems like the most correct transliteration? As a child in a yeshiva, I had teachers who ...
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What is the meaning of the signs that Elijah was shown at mount Horeb

It is written in 1 Kings Chapter 19 that Elijah went to mount Horeb and was shown three signs: wind, earthquake, and fire. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of ...
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2answers
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whats the diffrence [closed]

Whits teh difference btween arur hAman and Baruch mosses? -- This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy
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How was Shmuel permitted to kill Agag?

How was Shmuel Hanavi, who was a nazir (Nazir 66a, Rambam Nezirus 3:16) allowed to kill Agag if in doing so he became tamei l'mais? I am looking for answers other than Shmuel using a wooden sword or ...
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48 views

How was Charvonah at Esther's private party?

If, as Haman states (Esther 5:12), only Haman and Achashveirosh were invited to Esther's party what is Charvonah doing there?
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1answer
54 views

Must you celebrate Shushan Purim if you've already celebrated normal Purim?

If you are in one part of Israel, and celebrate Purim on the normal 14th of Adar, but then end up being in Jerusalem in time to celebrate Shushan Purim, are you obligated to celebrate Shushan Purim ...
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1answer
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When did daily birkas kohanim stop?

The original practice, from what I understand, was that kohanim would bless the congregation every day during the amida of shacharis (and of musaf and n'ila when they were said, and of mincha on a ...
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3answers
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What are the two prohibitions, and why thank God after being bound by them? [closed]

It's well known that there are four main categories of persons who offer a korban toda (or say hagomel) to thank God, one of which is מי שהיה חבוש בב׳ האיסורים, someone who was bound by the two ...
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Why does Samuel turn to leave and then kill agag?

In Samuel I 15:27 Samuel turns to leave then Saul admits guilt, asks for forgiveness, and prostrates, and then Samuel summons Agag and kills him. It seems that had Saul not stopped Samuel, he would ...
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2answers
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What's the Jewish equivalent of “crossing your fingers”?

I always use the phrase "crossing my fingers for good luck", but it's really annoying; is there a Jewish equivalent of that phrase? This is a superstition from another religion, making the symbol of ...
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1answer
24 views

In parshas Shemini why were Aharon and his sons not referred to by their title “the Kohanim”?

When the Torah mentions the Kohanim in connection with their priestly service, it usually describes them as 'the Kohanim'. For example, in Vayikra 1:8 it says “and the sons of Aharon the Kohanim shall ...
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1answer
119 views

Why are some letters in the names of Haman's sons little?

In Esther 9:7,9 there are letters in the names of Haman's sons which are written smaller than usual in the megillah. Barring the purimfest 1946 explanation, what is the reason for these letters being ...
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1answer
63 views

Removing fifth corner of Tallit

The Shuchan Aruch rules (OC 10:1): טלית שאין לה ד' כנפות פטורה יש לה יותר מד' חייבת ועושה לה ארבע ציציות בארבע כנפיה המרוחקות זו מזו יותר:‏ Clothing that doesn't have four corners is exempt ...
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From Whence do we derive that Jews must span the political spectrum? [closed]

Is there any source for Am Yisrael spanning the gamut of the political spectrum, seeing as we have produced political leaders Left, Right, and Centre. This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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How can one achieve k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy travel)?

Rav Hai Gaon in תשובות הגאונים החדשות, מהד' עמנואל סי' קטו, עמ' 125 states that there are books which contain the practical kabbalistic methods for achieving k'fitzat hadereh (miraculous speedy ...
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1answer
73 views

Blessing on Shabbat candle lighting for men

Should a man say the blessing then light the shabbos candles or light the candles first then say the blessing?
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Can you put on tefillin after shekia on Friday

May one put on tefillin after Shekia on Friday, or does he just miss the boat?
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41 views

Kiddushin by a man who has the din of a חייב מיתה

If a man has the din of חייב מיתה and performs קידושין, is his קידושין valid? We know that in the case of a man whose חייב מיתה, if a person were to go and kill that man, the man who killed him would ...
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What are the months of Jewish civil and religious calendar?

I understand that Jewish religion has two calendars; one is Civil for Kings, childbirth, contracts etc. and second for festivals. what are the months of these calendars and how they are related ...
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2answers
203 views

Laws of yichud in the Soviet Union [closed]

In Soviet Union, is there heter for man and woman to seclude in same room if there is chazaka that KGB is watching? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...
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0answers
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Can Food Remnants make you fleishig/milchig

ב"ה Can food remnants, like stains, make you fleishig/milchig? For example, if I had a steak and got it on my sleeve, then the next day wiped my mouth with that sleev,e can I become fleishig from ...
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2answers
42 views

What does ודוק or ודו"ק mean? [duplicate]

ודוק or ודו"ק appears extensively in rabbinic literature, particularly in Ashkenazi Halachic writings since the 17th century. I was once told that it meant that the author thought the proposed ...
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1answer
38 views

Age for Issur Yichud

How old does a child have to be for there to be a prohibition of Yichud with him or her? At what age can the child break up Yichud? Is there a difference between male and female children in this ...
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Why didn't Chazal learn that “learning about an offering, is considered as if he brought that offering” from an earlier posuk?

In the gemara in Menachos 110a Chazal learn from the posuk in Vayikra 6:18 זֹאת תּוֹרַת הַחַטָּאת and from the posuk 7:1 וְזֹאת תּוֹרַת הָאָשָׁם that one who involves himself in learning about a sin ...
3
votes
1answer
36 views

Contradiction in the Bartenura regarding value to food added by firewood

There appears to be an interesting contradiction in the Bartenura's peirush on the Mishna. In Maaser Sheni 2:1, the mishna notes that if we improve the flavour of maaser sheni wine by adding honey or ...
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1answer
67 views

Torah attitude toward drinking alcohol

What is the attitude of Chazal toward drinking alcohol? It seems to be have been common practice to drink at night (see Shabbos 10a), was this frowned upon? If so, was it only frowned upon in excess? ...
3
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2answers
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Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?

The gemara Avodah Zara (20) explains that praising a non-Jew is a violation of "lo sechaneim", and this is quoted in the Rambam (Hil. Avodah Zara 10:6) and the Shulchan Aruch (Y"D 151, and Shach s.k. ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

May one lie about knowing the difference between Haman and Mordechai on Purim?

If, on Purim, "Reuvein" asks "Shimon" if the latter knows the difference between Haman and Mordechai may Shimon lie and answer 'No'?
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1answer
146 views

Ah freilichen purim .. English please

I was wondering how to say Ah freilichen Purim in proper English. Is it universal like Gut Yomtiv (or is that also an assumption...) or do you just say Have a Happy Purim - the literal translation. ( ...
1
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1answer
88 views

What is rationale behind banging on table during bentching?

There is one family that I occasionally eat with that has a minhag of banging on the table during Birkat ha-Mazon. I was wondering what reasons lay behind this custom. I do not know if this is ...
3
votes
3answers
100 views

Giving shaloch manos to minor or non-Jew

I have a friend who is planning on converting to Judaism but is not yet Jewish. I know it would mean a lot to him to receive mishloach manos. I would like to know if a person is yotzeh the mitzvah of ...
3
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2answers
90 views

Peyot behind ears?

Someone told me that it is better to not have long peyot if you are going to place them behind your ears. Has anyone heard a respectable posek say that? I think he said it in the name of Rav Ben Tzion ...
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6answers
437 views

Effect of Maariv being originally optional

Is there any practical application of the fact that maariv was originally instituted as an optional prayer, and only later became binding because it was universally accepted? Full disclosure: I ...
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1answer
98 views

Why is there no asher yatzar after marital relations?

No Blessing on Sexual Intercourse? discusses a before blessing. Why is there no after blessing for ejaculation? Here are some reasons why ejaculation is different from sneezing It occurs in the ...

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