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What is the function of covering the stove top on Pesach?

It appears to be a universal Ashkenazi custom to cover the area of the stove top between the burners, underneath the grates with aluminum foil. (The grates and burners and cleaned and kashered.) ...
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What is the Cantor's role in judaism?

What is the role of a Cantor? When and why did the Cantor come into place?
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How to find a Rabbi [duplicate]

Throughout this site, there are directives to ask your local Rabbi. Over here are some excellent answers that explain why one should ask a Rabbi. But how does one go about finding a Rabbi to ask? ...
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Can a Torah be made using parchment from a neveilah or treifa? [duplicate]

I read (will edit source, when I locate it) that the parchment used from a Torah must come from a "kosher animal". Does the term "kosher" mean "edible" or just an animal that is among the list of ...
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Do any movements forgo the seven clean days?

From what I understand the Torah only forbids a man from relations with his wife while she is on her period, until she goes to the Mikvah. The Rabbis decided to add the additional days as a stringency ...
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Mitzva to hear Megillah Esther

My question has two parts: (1) I believe it is a mitzvah to hear the entirety of Megillat Esther twice on Purim, both at maariv and also at some point during the daytime. Is that correct? (2) would ...
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Proper way for a man to urinate while standing

Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh, citing the Talmud Bavli (Niddah 13B), states that a man must avoid holding his member when urinating (Oraḥ Ḥayim 3:14). That is, holding me'atarah u'lema'alah is forbidden ...
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Explain the different positions of reciting the prayer for an ill person in weekday Amidah

I pray Nusach Ashkenaz. I noticed that various Siddurim place the personal prayer for ill people ("Yehi Ratzon") in one of two places during the weekday Amidah. Art Scroll says to include it in the ...
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Do you have to check eggs that have a hechsher?

In general, one checks the yolks of raw eggs for blood spots before using them. However, is it strictly necessary to do this with eggs that have a hechsher on the box? Please provide an authoritative ...
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What is the overall procedure to upgrade a kitchen to kosher service?

If a Jewish family buys a house from Gentiles, naturally the kitchen would not be left in a kosher state. What is the list of special decontamination or other upgrade procedures necessary to convert ...
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Explain two “types” of Tikun Chatzot

Some people have a custom to arise at midnight and recite verses of mourining and repentance for the destruction of the temple. This is called Tikkun Chatzot. I was browsing the version on my "Smart ...
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Purpose of “tana'im” today

In many Orthodox Jewish weddings I have attended, there is a short ceremony at the groom's table called "tana'im". This site explains: These are conditions agreed upon by the couple; both parties ...
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Why were there two Cherubim on the Ark

Why were there two Cherubim on the ark? And what was their role?
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Sefer of Unanswered questions

I heard of a Sefer or page that someone published of a bunch of unanswered questions (either just on Gemara or in general). I don't remember the amount of questions but it's between 50-100 I believe. ...
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Touching a Stepson [closed]

As an orthodox Jew, I married another orthodox Jew. This is a second marriage and he has a son. Am I allowed to touch the boy, as his stepmother, after he reaches the age of 9?
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Can Prophecy Exist Outside The Land Of Israel

How could Prophet Daniel have done prophecy for the Persian kings, in exile, because I heard prophets of Israel could only do prophecy in the land of Israel
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Is Judaism really based on matrilinial descent?

Sarah is NOT the mother of Rebecca; Rebecca is NOT the mother of Leah or Rachel; Leah is Not the mother of Judah's Canaanite wife and Rachel is NOT the mother of Joseph's Egyptian wife. There is Not ...
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Is this person Jewish? [duplicate]

Perhaps this question is a bit too broad for mi yodeya but I'll ask it anyway as I found it to be quite interesting. A young man was born to a Jewish father and seemingly non-Jewish mother. They did ...
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White knots and blue knots -Techeiles

On Ptil Techeles's website they bring the opinion of the Baal Haitur which says the following : זמן שהיה התכלת מצוי היו אלה הח’ חוטין ד’ תכלת וד’ לבן ומתחיל וקושר בלבן וכורך חוליא אחד כדי שיכרוך ...
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Could an Israelite allow an existing fire to remain lit on the Sabbath?

Exodus 35:3 "You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day." The key word here seems to be "kindle". Does this mean they were only restricted from starting a fire on ...
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What changed between Shemos and Bamidbar regarding the Jews complaining?

In Shemos 16:2, Bnai Yisrael complain to Moshe and Aharon: "וַיִּלּוֹנוּ כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל משֶׁה וְעַל אַהֲרֹן בַּמִּדְבָּר " Hashem listens to their complaint for meat, and grants it ...
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Why was the ramchal banned, and how did he become so widely accepted later?

When ramchal was in Italy he was put in cherem for his writing and eventually left to live in Israel. Why did this happen and what changed about the perception of him?
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Different Pesach offerings

After looking into the Pesach story, i found that there was the first Pesach, the one in which HaShem brought us out of Egypt (mostly described in Shemot 12), a commemoration/memorial of it every year ...
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Does the concept of ibur exist today?

The shaar hagilgulim frequently addresses the concept of iburim, that souls from passed on people may enter new bodies. For source, see for example shaar hagilgulim 1.8: "According to this, you can ...
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Is upward/360-degree feedback halachically allowed?

It is common practice in many companies to request 360-degree or upward feedback, whereby employees are asked to share (positive and negative) feedback on some of their colleagues, subordinates or ...
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Do you need a rabbi for exorcism?

Do you need a rabbi for exorcism or could you do it yourself? Like can you "kick out" a demon from yourself? Or do you need a Rabbi or someone else to help you? If you talk to a friend that might ...
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59 views

How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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Can someone trying to convert have mezuzahs on his doorposts?

When one is going through an orthodox conversion, one is asked to keep all the mitzvoth with the exception of fully keeping the shabbos and putting Tefillin. I was wondering if this exception also ...
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Is it a halacha for men to cover their heads? [duplicate]

I am trying to determine the extent of the Jewish requirement for men to cover their heads throughout the day (that is, other than while making a bracha). It is fairly clear that this is not a ...
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1answer
38 views

How to determine that someone is a גוסס?

Is there any article or guidebook that tells how to determine that a sick person has reached the stage of being a גוסס (gosess) to the extent that any kohen present should leave? A gosess  is a ...
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Wearing the Kittel

Is street clothing under a kittel when you wear one on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah? What is the situation on Pesach? I have not found the answer anywhere on the net.
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Why is “titkabel” not in Kaddish Yatom?

According to this write up of the development of the various forms of Kaddish, the Kaddish began in Second Temple times as what we now call the "half-Kaddish." Then a section was added for the Rabbis ...
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Info on Levonah

Considering the current parshios mentioning of Levonah (Frankincense, Olibanum), I decided to look into it a bit. According to the wiki entry here there are therapeutic and medicinal properties ...
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Pesach circumcision a rememberance of the covenant made with Avraham?

Within the narrative of the story of the covenant and promise made with Avraham we learn a couple of things. One of those things is that the seed of Avraham will be gerim in a land not theirs. It's ...
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In Genesis 6:3, How Should the Context Affect Interpretation of “To Contend/Plead”?

Disclaimer: There are A LOT of pieces to this I don't understand, which is making it very difficult to ask: I would appreciate your suggestions! 1. Question : Genesis 6:3 -... My Spirit will ...
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

I always was curious if a woman has to guard her eyes, like men, in tznious. I've seen a lot of bikini pics. I just wanted to know if it's an aveira to see this type of stuff.
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Does anyone know when the revised RCA siddur is going to be released?

The new RCA siddur has not been released yet even though they announced (on their website) its publishing 5 years ago! I contacted the RCA and they didn't respond.
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Is watching videos online that were uploaded illegally counted as causing others to sin?

Some poskim hold that watching videos online that were uploaded illegally is not considered gezel, only if one himself uploaded the video it would be gezel. However, if someone watched the videos ...
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Why does HaShem refer to Himself in the third “person”?

In Joshua 1:9, HaShem says to Joshua: Did I not command you, be strong and have courage, do not fear and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. My wife asked a ...
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Are there any specific laws and consequences for claiming to be God?

Is there a specific command to not equate yourself to God? For instance, someone says, "I am God." This someone is a believer and a member of the Jewish faith, not an unbeliever. I'm curious if ...
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Is the soul tied and can one break that tie? [closed]

I have heard that the soul is tied to your wife or husband, but if so, can you break off that "soul-tie" ?
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Do women need to do the first-born fast?

Rema in Shulchan Aruch, 470:2 says that a father should fast for his first born (or attend a siyum) on Erev Pesach, if the son is too young to fast, himself. He also states, that if the father, ...
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Zaken Mamrei vs. Par He'elem Davar

This past weekend I was reading through the Torah Temimah on Vayikra and a paradox occurred to me. The Zaken Mamre is specifically applied to one who is in a position of authority over a community. ...
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Are most of the verbs in Kaddish in reflexive form?

The beginning of Kaddish has the words יתגדל ויתקדש - I know that there is a debate whether these words are Hebrew or Aramaic. Regardless, it looks that these words are in the hitpa'el form (I'm ...
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53 views

What is the underlying requirement of Techeilet?

I have been reading the various questions and answers about techeilet but I still don't understand the exact demand (and apologies if I missed this amongst the other questions). Is the goal to have a ...
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54 views

Does the command to heed the sanhedrin apply today?

In the times of the Sanhedrin (High Court in Temple times) there was a commandment to heed their words (Deut. 17:11). According to the law which they shall teach you, and according to the judgment ...
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Sin and other events, illness, prayer

In charismatic-christianity, "healing-preachers" pray for someone to get better. They first check whether something happened to the person, like sin or a dramatic event that might block the healing. ...
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71 views

Married man seducing a woman about to convert

An Orthodox man seduces a woman in the process of converting, saying that he is separated from his wife while not yet divorced. He promises marriage to the woman converting and has relations with her. ...
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Marriage - am I doomed? [closed]

My mother is Jewish but my father isn't - I currently have no contact with my father/that side of the family and my mother doesn't speak to any of her side of the family which means I was never able ...
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Are there any special tefilot that people say before/after someone gets engaged?

Are there any special segulos or tefilot that people say before/after someone gets engaged?

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