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Is there a place for the documentary-hypothesis in observant judaism?

The documentary-hypothesis implies that Moses wasn't the writer of the Torah verbatim, but he could have transmitted it before it was written down. Evidence in the text shows several sources and that ...
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Sales on Chol HaMoed

On Chol HaMoed, one is not allowed to do melocho, even without excessive tircha or skill, if it's not l'tzorech hamo'ed (a need of the holiday) nor a davar ha'aved (financial loss). How do we ...
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What was in the Ark of the Covenant?

Shemot 25:21 says: And you shall place the ark cover on the ark from above, and into the ark you shall place the testimony, which I will give you. This seems to be reaffirmed in Melachim I 8:9: ...
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Is chimutz a wholly physical phenomenon?

The gemara seems to imply that chametz is not a concern with flour mixed with fruit juice. Indeed, amongst other effects, sugars (which are present in fruit juice) slow gluten development. However, ...
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What is Chesron Mamon and why is it enough to allow melachos on Chol Hamoed?

I asked a question on here regarding being able to purchase a car on hol hamoed and one of the answers given mentioned that if you are afraid to lose the deal then it's permitted. It seems that most ...
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Can the 3 items that Rabban Gamliel requires during the Seder be explained using sign language?

Pesach Haggadah, Magid, Rabban Gamliel's Three Things: רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל הָיָה אוֹמֵר: כָּל שֶׁלֹּא אָמַר שְׁלשָׁה דְּבָרִים אֵלּוּ בַּפֶּסַח, לא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן פֶּסַח, ...
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is emuna supposed to be blind faith?

according to Jewish tradition does the mitzva of emuna mean to believe without rational reason (blind faith). Or does it mean to investigate and come to a conclusion based on the evidence.
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Bracha over Shelter

Question for a rainy day: Every day we say Brochos to give thanks and praise over various pleasures and gifts that HaShem gives us. However not everything that would seem worthy of a bracha gets an ...
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Seeking Kaf HaHaim:

Once again on a search for a very important book, Kaf HaHaim, that has bad print and not formatted well with sources. Me and my brother wanted to this but kinda gave up. Are they making a new version ...
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Can noisy fans and humidifiers be run on Shabbat in a home that has had a flood?

Talmud Shabbat 18a states that “It is forbidden to place grain in a water mill [on Erev Shabbat] unless it will be ground before nightfall. Why? Rabba said: Because it creates noise.”[10] ...
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Chometz Cookies on Pesaḥ

According to the Sephardic tradition that egg matzah can be permissible on Passover (see e.g. http://etzion.org.il/vbm/english/archive/moadim70/02-70moed.htm), is there any reason why they would not ...
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Does one need a new toothbrush for Pesach or can he scrub his current toothbrush in Listerine?

Must one necessarily use a new toothbrush for Pesach on can he soak the toothbrush and scrub it in Listerine? AFAIK, Listerine is KP, based on what I saw fairly recently, on I think, Star-K site. ...
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Is aninus more lenient than Aveilus?

I was under the impression that the further time passes from death the weaker the Aveilus. For example, Shiva is stronger than Sheloshim is stronger than 11 months. Yet, according to the Gemara in ...
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Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha?

Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha? So for example, if one would eat an kezais of ice on yom Kippur, but it would not be equal to a reviyis, would he be liable for a chatas?
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Adler Machzor still in print?

Is it still possible to find new printings of the Adler machzorim, in particular those for the three festivals (Chag hamatzot, chag hashavuot, v'chag hasukkot [Re'eh maftir, forget actual citation])?
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Koren siddurim/machzorim for minyan

Does anyone know if there is someplace where a small start-up minyan can get schul sefarim,* preferably the Koren Sacks editions? We're putting together a yomim-noraim set-up and we are all fans of ...
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Determining times of Halachic import on a long flight

If I'm taking a long flight on an airplane on a day when permitted activities change at a certain point, e.g. with the start or end of a fast day, or with the start of the chametz prohibition kicking ...
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Why should we care what happened 3000 years ago in Egypt?

Why do we go to such lengths to commemorate the exodus from Egypt (and that our ancestors were slaves, etc), an event in the distant past. What is the significance of this event for us today?
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Are there any modesty issues involved with opening doors for girls on shidduchim? [duplicate]

It's fairly common practice for a guy to hold the door open for a girl he is dating. Are there any issues of tziniut involved with this practice?
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Can you attend Purim dressed like Hitler?

My question concerns an halakic issue about dressing up during Purim. Would someone allowed to dress up like Hitler during Purim, provided that this infamous man was the modern version of Haman? I ...
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Eruv Tavshilin for Shabbat on first day of Yom Tov

Today I received a voicemail from the Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed reminding me to make an eruv tavshilin for this coming yom tov. The only problem is that this coming yom tov starts on Friday ...
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Were our symbols for trope and nekudos created by the Masoretes, or transmitted by them?

It is commonly said in secular sources that the shapes of the trope and nekudos we use today were invented by the Masoretes (7th to 11th Century CE), but I cannot find any source in our mesorah to ...
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If Tefillat Tal was omitted, should Musaph be repeated?

One year, during hashkama minyan in my shul, the chazan forgot to say Tal as part of Musaph on the 1st day of Pesach. The shul davens nusach Ashkenaz, and the chazzan did not say Mashiv Haru'ach in ...
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Is Frank's hot sauce kosher for passover? [on hold]

Is Frank's hot sauce kosher for passover? I just called up the French's food company and they said that the vinegar they use is derived from corn, so it is not חמץ גמור, but it is kitniyos.
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Is secular New Year tree considered OK?

this question presupposes that celebrating secular New Year's eve in the first place is OK. I looked here: " Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve? " and the answers seemed not fully resolved, but my ...
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The משלח is dead, long live the משלח!

Tosfos (Gittin 13a, s.v. לא יתנו) write that דאע"ג שמינה המגרש בחייו השליח לא חשיב להיות כמותו אחר מותו כאילו הוא עצמו קיים אלא חשיב גט לאחר מיתה Even though the husband appointed his ...
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Can Ashkenazim eat Matzah made of Kitniyot? [duplicate]

The two reasons I've heard as justifications for the minhag of refraining from eating kitniyot is that it A) sometimes resembles chametz so forbidding it prevents confusion and B) was/is sometimes ...
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How is Sefer Yeshayahu structured?

How is Sefer Yeshaya structured? It doesn't seem to be chronological. The book seems to start with chapter 6 which presumably took place during the reign of Uzziah. Rashi says chapter 1 started ...
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Is there an ideal way to recline on Pesach?

Given that we do not eat sitting on the floor, reclining on our left side on pillows (so our right hand is free to deal with the food), is there an ideal way to recline while sitting on a chair. The ...
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Netilat yadayim without a keli?

It is known that the Sefer Halakhoth Gedholoth codifies that since only the descendants of Aharon HaKohen were strictly commanded regarding netilath yadhayim with a keli, it is therefore enough for a ...
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May a nutrition scientist perform research on chametz as part of his job on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

For this question, I am interested only in the aspect of handling the chametz and "benefitting" from it on Hol Hamo'ed, not any problems, possibly of going to work. (Let's assume that if the worker ...
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Can one buy a car on Hol Hamoed?

One is restricted to do certain types of melachos (creative work) during hol hamoed. Do these restrictions extend to prohibiting the purchase of a new car?
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Best way to destroy (maaser sheni) coins

This year (5772) is the fourth year of the Shemitta cycle, and as such, this Pesach is the time of Biur Maaserot. Does anyone have suggestions (from experience or sources) regarding how to best ...
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Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?

An invitation was given to someone to a Seder on Pesach and they show up with a nice, expensive bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky (which is unquestionably barley-based if you don't want to check the ...
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Story of Pesach during 2nd year in desert - Where did they get the dough for matzot?

Rashi on Exodus 16:1:1: בחמשה עשר יום. נתפרש היום של חניה זו, לפי שבו ביום כלתה החררה שהוציאו ממצרים והצרכו למן, למדנו שאכלו משירי הבצק [משירי המצה] ששים ואחת סעודות, : Summary: The Torah ...
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Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited? [on hold]

A newcomer to traditional Jewish prayer is often confused or overwhelmed by modern siddurim, in particular those of Artscroll, which contain a number of prayers that are required, and not said by most ...
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When niqqud (diacritics) was added to the Tanakh? [duplicate]

The Tanakh was dividied into verses by Langton in the 13th century. When was the niqqud added (not the cantillation)?
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Difference between El and Eloah

El(אל) and Eloah(אלוה) are both singular forms (nouns), but its אל thats being used to form the plural Elim (אלים), and אלוה thats being used to form the plural Elohim (אלוה׳ם). Both singular forms ...
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Half Aleinu outside a shul

Has anyone heard of the minhag to say Aleinu only until "Al ken Nekave Lach" (only the 1st paragraph) if one is not praying in a synagogue? I've been told a number of times about this practice in ...
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No other King but God…and David?

In The Avinu Malkeinu prayer, it says, "We have no King other than you", what about the House of David/Mashiach?
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What are the limits of “music”?

During the Three Weeks, Sefira, and perhaps even year-round, listening to music is forbidden. What constitutes music varies in its definition, but for the past century or so artists have been ...
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Supporting new charities

There are myriad charities out there. If a community has multiple Shuls, schools, Mikvaoth, food pantries, and גמ"חs, and new entities open up fulfilling the same role(s), and the new entities' ...
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What is the law with eating the third Shabbos meal when the first day of Pesach is Shabbos?

This year the first day of Pesach is Shabbos. There is an obligation to eat a third meal. It seem that there may be two issues: see here Eating a third meal may take away the appetite for matzoh at ...
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Why aren't we using sundials to mark halachic hours, at least partially?

Since splitting the daylight time into twelve equal parts was the standard when sundials were the norm, why aren't we still using them now (the sundials), at least partially? Is there any source for ...
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Chevra Kaddisha string locations

I recently did a tahara and I was curious about where a lot of the practices came from and what the meaning behind them is. One thing we did was we tied strings around various locations of the ...
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Saying ביצה versus ביה

1) Why do people refer to the hebrew word for egg, ביצה, as ביה? 2) When one says ביה isn't he also saying part of G-d's Name?
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Angels are perfect but man can change

I heard someone say that angels are perfect, but man can is even greater because he has the ability to change. Is there any source that says angels are perfect? Is there any source that says man is ...
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Why isn't Shabat haGadol held on the 10th of Nissan?

Why is Shabat haGadol celebrated based on day of the week (Shabat) and not day of the month, if it happened on the 10th of Nissan? Most other days of commemoration in Judaism are celebrated by a day ...
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What is the origin of the custom to have kids find the afikoman?

The instructions for yachatz in every hagadah that I have seen say to break the middle matzah in two (though, the thin paper hagadah I used in elementary school said, "break in half") and put the ...
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Pesach humor to liven up the seder? [on hold]

Looking for little snippets of Pesach humor to liven up a seder with a 10 and 12 year old in attendance. (Not real long stories.) I found a little book. Let me know your thoughts if you have read ...

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