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What is the origin of the minhag to recite psukim having 3 words?

A few weeks ago, I saw in a Siddur (I wish I could recall which one. It's not one of the "popular brands") a section at the end of Shacharit saying that there is a minhag to recite verses from the ...
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Can a convert choose the Teimani (Yemenite) minhagim? [on hold]

Until what I know Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ( Teshuva ShuT Yachaveh Das Chelek 5 Siman 33 ) he writes that someone who converts in Eretz Yisrael must take on the Minhagim of the Sephardim, but someone who ...
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Can one rely on halal combined with vegetarian labels?

i understand that halal can not be trusted for meat, but what about items that are certified halal and certified vegetarian? There are many vegetarian curry pastes and other spice pastes that can be ...
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What are respectful ways to depict a vision involving Hashem in fiction?

I'm Jewish writing a story that at least Modern Orthodox I hope will consider fit to read, even if not necessarily to be consider frum by some to the right. I'm at the point where the heroine needs a ...
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What's significant about starting the parsha at Ki Tisa?

The first two aliyot of Parshat Ki Tisa are pretty long. Then the rest are all very short. I was told that the reason for this is that we want to give the Levi the aliyah that praises him, when ...
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Why did the ignorant rabbis have to convert to Judaism?

Esther 9:17 says: ורבים מעמי הארץ מתיהדים "The ignorant rabbis became Jewish" I thought rabbis are already Jewish, even if they are ignorant! Why did they have to convert? This question is Purim ...
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Why is the Talmud so disparaging towards the “Am Ha'aretz”?

I was shocked when I read in Talmud Pesachim 49a that one should not allow his daughter to marry an "Am Ha'aretz" an ignoramus. Yet, our forefather Avraham was tremendously gracious and respectful to ...
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What is special in 22? [duplicate]

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters and according to Kabbalah everything has been created on a spiritual level by those 22 forces. But what exactly? Some teachers say we've 22 chromosomes, but I don't ...
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What are metaphysical cosmic windows of time?

I'd like to know what are exactly metaphysical cosmic windows in time according to Kabbalah. Can anybody explains what these are? It's something to do with time-space portals (like Jerusalem) where we ...
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Is a video “simulcast” Megilla reading for the hearing-impaired in shul permissible?

We have a many hearing-impaired people in our shul. Even with a microphone on, there is a lot of distortion and people can't hear well. We received a PowerPoint Megilla reading CD from Our Way, a ...
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Hur in Ki Tisa - You only live twice?

Rashi on sheni in this weeks parsha has two consecutive comments that, taken together, seem rather strange. In 32:5, he says: He saw his sister’s son Hur, who had reproved them [the Israelites], ...
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Working for (non-Jewish) religious organizations

Is there anything in Jewish law restricting Jews from working for other religious organizations? Some examples: can a Jew work as a receptionist at a Mosque? As a gym teacher at a Catholic school? As ...
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Mezuza required on balcony door?

Does a door to a balcony on second or third floor require a Mezuzah? (The balcony has no stairs connecting to the ground.) Update 03/01/2015: What I meant to ask was: Does a balcony door to a home ...
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What are time/space portals? [on hold]

I'm aware that there are certain places we connect to more energy and download more energy. In example Jerusalem is the portal as the Holy Temple was built there twice. My understanding is, that ...
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What does this Talmudic expression mean?

The גמרא in בבא קמא on דף סב עמוד א׳ discusses a case where someone ״דבטש בכספתא.״ What does that expression mean? What's the שורש of דבטש?
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How is one allowed to use a Modaah?

It says in Kesuvos 19b: מר בר רב אשי אמר אמנה היו דברינו אין נאמנין מודעא היו דברינו נאמנין מ"ט האי ניתן ליכתב והאי לא ניתן ליכתב Witnesses who said that this [contract was written on] trust ...
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Secret Ops, The President, and The Blessing On a King

One of the conditions to make the brocha on kings is that they have the power to kill you (see Radvaz 1:296 as well as the Orchot Chaim Brachos 49 that say that this brocha is recited on any monarch ...
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Angels in Bohemia?

In the morning birchos krias shema‘, in discussing the angels’ song of praise, the text makes an odd digression: וכולם פותחים את פיהם and they all open Pihm (= Bohemia) (See What are the major ...
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what is Shalom Aleichem

what does Shalom Aleichem mean? is it a question (peace on to you) or a blessing or both? מסכת ברכות פרק ב ב,א היה קורא בתורה, והגיע זמן המקרא--אם כיוון את ליבו, יצא; ואם לאו, לא יצא. ובפרקים ...
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When and why did the custom that a Nidda hides from the public that she is a Nidda start

I understand that in the past it was not hidden from the public that a Nidda was a Nidda, as they wore special clothing. As we see the רע"ב's explanation in the Mishna in Kethubot 7:6 ...
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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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heresy on Purim

On Purim we're supposed to engage in מִשְׁלוֹחַ מִנּוּת, the sending of heresy to our fellow Jews. What are some pieces of heretical literature that are appropriate for sending on Purim? Or ones you'd ...
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Was Mordechai correct in not bowing down?

The Megillah explains that Mordechai's refusal to bow to Haman is what provoked Haman and nearly resulted in the death of many Jews worldwide. Halachically was Mordechai correct in not bowing down, ...
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Rabi Yochanan Ben Zakai, or Josephus?

Josephus in Wars 3. 8. 9. records a story of how he meets Vespasian, tells him that he will become ruler, and Titus will take over his position. Vespasian, although sceptical at first eventually ...
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Is Baal HaSulam kosher?

There is a wide range of credible, and not so credible sources in the field of Kabbalah. I was wondering if the works of the Baal HaSulam (Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag) such as "Talmud Eser Sefirot" are ...
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Does the Zodiac really have influence on our lives?

Ancient thought, even among the rabbis of the Talmud, was that the Zodiac controlled certain Earthly events. In Hebrew, the signs of the Zodiac are מזלות, now known as "luck". For example, in Shabbat ...
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Can a Jew who dies on Mars be buried there?

Recently, the news has been talking about sending people on a 1-way trip to Mars. AFAIK, no Jews have applied or are scheduled to make the trip. B"H, because I see all sorts of interesting halachic ...
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Going onto a moving train on shabbos [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it is forbidden to go onto a moving train on shabbos. I'm having a hard time understanding the answer I heard before: the extra weight causes the train to use more power. I ...
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What is the source for this sukkah halacha?

What is the source that one must ride an elephant to shabbat evening meals served in a sukkah when the sukkah is to the northwest of your house? ...let's assume that Double AA is on-topic. This ...
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Is lotus root davar charif?

Lotus root is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, and it has a distinctive shape. Is lotus root a davar charif for kashrut purposes?
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Connection Between Purim and Yom Kippur

I heard recently that the Arizal writes that Purim is a higher level holiday than Yom Kippur. In fact, Yom Kippur is Yom KiPurim, a day like Purim. What is the connection between the two? They seem ...
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Why do we drink wine on Purim?

Why do people have a custom of drinking davka wine on Purim? After all, the story took place in שושן הבירה - Shushan of Beer (Ester 1:2)! Why do people drink wine instead of beer then? This ...
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shemonah esrei and moving to another location

I heard that one can/ should, step out of שמונה עשרה if they are being disturbed and move to somewhere else. Where is the halachic source for this? I also heard that they may move elsewhere and ...
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Are there any halachic rulings on legal recreational marijuana? [duplicate]

I have seen opinions from U.S. poskim from many years ago that rule that marijuana use should be forbidden by Jewish law on the basis of "dina d'Malchusa dina" ["the law of the land is the law"]. ...
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Can a non-Kashrus observant Jew cook for a Kashrus-observant Jew?

Can a Jew who understands the laws of Kashrut but is not personally observant cook for a Kosher-observant Jew? For example, can a Jewish but non-observant parent cook for his Orthodox child? Presume ...
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Why is raising taxes in the the last, 3 verse chapter of Megilat Esther?

Why does the 3 verse conclusion/summary in Ch 10 of Megilat Esther tell of the King raising taxes?
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Is it a assur to arrive at schul early?

I have always noticed that the rabbanim in the schuls I attend typically arrive after the beginning of tefillah. On the other hand, many ba'alei battim are makpid to arrive on time or a few minutes ...
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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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When did the custom start to fast Tannis Esther on 13th Addar?

This question is not a duplicate of Tannis Esther reason because it is not a question of the reason just about the time. In Megilat Taanit it is mentioned that people should not fast on the day ...
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The principle of makom as it pertains to bentching

Gemara brachos records the dispute regarding one who forgets to make birkat hamazon. One shittah says you should return to the location he ate before making the bracha. How specifically does this ...
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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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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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What's so strange about Ger Chassidim?

"Ger" means "stranger". I met many Ger Chassidim. I don't find them strange at all. OK, they wear spodeks instead of shtreimlach. So what? That doesn't make them "strange". I sometimes wear a ...
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Has anyone invented pants so that tzizit don't get caught in the zipper? [on hold]

I am tired of arbah kanfos-tration! I read somewhere that someone has invented tzitzit that don't get stuck in the pants zipper. I asked someone about it and he warned me that the material can be ...
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Are there reliable Rav Hamchshir for certified pre-owned Hondas?

In my neighborhood, many of my frum neighbors drive Honda Odysseys. They are a popular minivan esp. for families with lots of kids. I asked someone about her car and what it costs. She said that she ...
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Why do we fast on “Chinese” Esther?

The other day, someone in shul asked me if I'm fasting for "Chinese" Esther? I've heard of Ta'anis Esther. But what is "Chinese" Esther??? I tried to look this up in the mefarshim, but I don't see ...
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If you are not sure if someone is Jewish (and cannot ask them), do you behave as if they are a Jew or non-Jew? [on hold]

Is there a "default" attitude in the absence of any clear indication that someone is Jewish? Should people be considered non-Jewish until they confirm, verbally, that they are Jewish?

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