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What was the earliest use of the Rambam's language in Shmita V'Yovel in support of kollel study?

Here's the Rambam, waxing poetic at the end of Laws of Shmita and Yovel (and his entire volume of Zeraim): ולא שבט לוי בלבד, אלא כל איש ואיש מכל באי העולם אשר נדבה רוחו אותו והבינו מדעו להיבדל ...
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Sitting at the same level as Holy Books

Are you allowed to sit on Holy books? What about the same level? What about put them on the floor? Where you sleep? Details and sources as always. Thank You.
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ברוב עם הדרת מלך and it's applicability

What is the definition of ברוב עם הדרת מלך? What are the halachos of ברוב עם הדרת מלך and where do they apply?
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poreish min hatzibur and its applicability [on hold]

What is the definition of פורש מן הציבור? What are the halachos of פורש מן הציבור and where do they apply?
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Can the “Go'el Hadam” kill the inadvertent killer if he lives in any refuge city after the Cohen Gadol dies?

Bamidbar 35:25 - 27 state that a person who inadvertantly kills someone must reside in the city of refuge until the Kohen Gadol dies. If that person leaves the refuge city, the "Go'el Hadam" (loose ...
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mechitza, wedding and dancing [duplicate]

I read in the that a mechitza required at a wedding. Is a mechitzah at a wedding due to the seudah or because of dancing?
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Laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach online?

Does a laser print Mikraos Gedolos Tanach or Nach exist online (for free)? Update: Since there seems to be some confusion as to what I mean by "laser print" I will clarify my question. The new ...
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Rav Moshe and Weddings

Can someone please explain to me in English what Rav Moshe is saying about chasunahs? ובטקום קבוץ לדברי הרשות ואף בחתונות מפופקני אם יש האיפור זד, באופן שליכא חשש יחוד ויותר נוטה שליכא לאיפור זה רהא ...
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Machine-Readable Torah [on hold]

Is there a machine-readable Sefer Torah or Chumash? Machine-readable meaning formatted as to be understood by a computer program. Despite the phrase, this is different from a Torah simply stored in ...
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Eating food during the 9 days that's been cooked with meat

Is one allowed, during the nine days, to eat pareve food that was cooked with meat equipment? What about if the food was fried in oil that was used to fry chicken?Example: I fried French Fries in oil ...
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What's special about where the unique karne farah trope appears?

There is one trope phrase that appears only once in the torah, in Bamidbar 35:5, a yerach ben yomo followed by a karne farah. The text of the verse follows; I've bolded the words with these tropes: ...
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In a mixed marriage, is a Jewish woman liable for kareit if they have relations while she's niddah?

I know that per torah, if a (Jewish) man has relations with a woman who is niddah he is punished with kareit. I have been told that in this case the woman is also punished with kareit. Is the ...
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Listening to music while studying/writing

Related: Seth J's question here Is it permissible to listen to music during sefira or the 3 weeks/9 days/week of 9 Av as a study- or writing aid? Many individuals I know (myself included) find music ...
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Where to keep holy books

I understand that holy books may not be kept in a bedroom. May one keep holy books in the kitchen or in the bedroom in a closed cupboard if a dwelling is a studio and does not have a separate living ...
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Tisha B'av Fasting in Second Temple Times

The prophet Zechariah 7:3 brings a question he was asked by Jews during the Second Temple as to whether or not they should continue fasting on Tisha B'av, presumably because the Temple had been ...
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bracha on beautiful people

In the siddur there is a beracha to say upon seeing an exceptionally beautiful person. How beautiful must said person be? may I say it on either gender? do I say this in front of the person or do I ...
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Great People Not Mentioned in the Torah

It has been said that the Torah is not a history book and her words are succinct. In addition to the "obvious" people and stories/events discussed in scripture, there are many others mentioned if only ...
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Praying after chatzot– which tefilot?

Assume that someone wakes up after chatzot; which tefilot are said?
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Source that charity cheats are a good thing

Judaism 101 says (and I have heard it many times): Judaism acknowledges that many people who ask for charity have no genuine need. In fact, the Talmud suggests that this is a good thing: if all ...
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Do religious Jews generally believe the serpent of Gan Eden was Satan?

Upon reading the recent CNN article, That Actually Isn't In The Bible, one not-really-in-the-Bible misconception they cite is the idea that serpent in the Garden of Eden was the Satan. The article ...
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Why was שמאי holding a ruler?

The Bavli, Shabas 31 amud 1, has two stories in which a gentile came to Shamay asking to be converted to Judaism, upon which Shamay "pushed him with the construction cubit in his hand". Rashi explains ...
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Tircha D'Tzibbur vs. Kavod Hatorah - which wins?

It's hard for me to properly phrase the question, but here's the "ma'aseh shehaya" (scenario): It was Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, parshat Balak, I believe. They took out 2 Sifrei Torah. I waited for the ...
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Kohain marrying divorcee

Can A Kohain marry a woman who had a reform/conservative rabbi officiate her wedding.. but she was divorced by an orthodox rabbi. Thank you so much in advance
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Why do the men (of Menashe) get no credit?

The Daughters of Zlophchad pointed out that the inheritance of their father would be passed to a different family because he had no sons. Moshe responds that they, the daughters, will inherit him ...
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Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?

Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals? I'm asking about any text, from the religious texts here to "This food smells good". Also does whether Jesus is invoked make a difference? ...
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Am I allowed to give my kid a non-Hebrew (non-Jewish?) name?

I'd seen some poster that said it's horribly wrong to ever give your kid a non-Jewish/non-Hebrew name. Is that the norm?
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Where can I find a Synopsis of each Mesechta of Talmud Bavli

Where can I find online a English synopsis of each Mesechta of Talmud Bavli? Details: I do not care so much about length, the longer the better. As long as it is not 3 pages I want a overall ...
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What are the Halachot of Tznius as they relate to men?

What are the Halachot of Tznius as they relate specifically to men. Not men in relation to women. In other words, I'm not looking for "Men must act in a certain way when around women," I'm looking ...
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Do sefardim have to check rice for Hametz nowadays?

Rav Y. Abadi holds that nowadays, there is no need to check our rice for pieces of Hametz due to the way rice is manufactured. http://kashrut.org/forum/viewpost.asp?mid=11648&highlight= Are ...
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Does one do aliya-ending notes when reading Torah in private?

When reading the Torah with cantillation in private, such as when doing "Shnayim Mikra Ve-echad Targum," when one gets to the end of an aliya (formal division of a parasha), does one end with the tune ...
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How to do Shnayim Mikra when the Aramaic Targum has multiple alternate wordings?

What should one do when saying שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום if one comes upon a verse where the Targum (Aramaic translation) has two alternative wordings? I would just say the verse in Targum twice (or four ...
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shnayim mikra on succos for Parshas Breishis

Can you say Shnayim Mikra for Parshas Breishis prior to Simchas Torah?
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Shnayim mikra ve'echad targum in English

Can I fulfill the obligation of shnayim mikra by saying the pasuk two times and then the English translation one time?
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Getting a head start on Shnayim Mikra

(Inspired by this question) Can one get a head start on Shnayim Mikra? Would it count if someone either started early (perhaps during the weeks with no Sedra in Tishrei), or just had some spare time ...
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Getting a late start on being Maavir Sedra for the year

I remember hearing when I was younger that ואלה שמות - is Roshei Teivos V'Chayav A'dam L'haavir H'sedra S'htayim M'ikra V'echod T'argum. If someone who has not been Maavir Sedra so far this year is ...
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Are there any issues with buying a used Siddur?

I have found two Siddurim online that I would like to purchase. However, they are used. I am wondering if there is any issues with this.
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Is there a standard format for the start of each column in writing Sifrei Torah?

When I looked at a few Tikunei Lakor'im, they seem to follow what appears to be a standard where certain words begin at the top of a column. I did see several Sifrei Torah that seem to follow this ...
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Targum of Elokim

The Targum uses yod yod for both Hashem and Elokim unless both are mentioned together. Should the yod yod be understood generically and pronounced Elokim when the chumash says Elokim, or should it be ...
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Meteg on a short vowel

Short vowels are closed with a consonant when unstressed. A cantillation (trope) can set off a short vowel as an open vowel. Can a meteg do the same thing? I have seen a meteg do as such on the ...
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Is there a source for giving charity in round numbers plus one?

This question asks about the (mostly?) Ashkenazic practice of giving charity in multiples of 18. Another custom I have observed is to give charity in round numbers + 1 e.g. $51, $101, $201 etc. This ...
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Can I plan to make a Siyum in the nine days to eat meat?

The Rema says that one can eat meat in a Seudas Mitzva during the nine days. Does that mean I can purposely plan to make a Siyum then? Can I invite whoever I want? If not, what are the parameters?
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Why are we bound to rabbinic laws?

I know that one of the reasons given for our being limited by miderobonon laws is explained in Masechet Shevuot, 39a which says as follows (lifted from dafyomi.co.il) i. "Asher Yeshno Po ...
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Parameters of “kalus rosh”

What is the definition of kalus rosh? What are the halachos of kalus rosh and where do they apply?
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Do Jewish hermeneutics include an analogue for repudiating the “argument ad hominem”?

I'm wondering whether traditional sources have a name or an approach to dealing with what is known more generally as an "argument ad hominem". That is, are there sources in which some variation of ...
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Preferred approach when behind in Shnayim Mikra

If someone is behind in shnayim mikra, is it better for them to skip to the current parsha or to continue from where they have gotten up to? What if they estimate that they will be more likely to ...
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Why did Rashi create a new letter system for his commentaries?

I had heard that he created his own lettering system so that his words would be easily distinguishable from the actual words of the Torah. Is this just hearsay or speculation? If so, is there any ...
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How long must clothes be worn before the 9 days for them to count as not fresh?

I've only read "short period" as a time given for how long to wear clothes you're planning on putting on during the 9 days. Is there anything more specific than that? Is there an efficient and ...
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Questions about Conversion to Reform Judaism

I have seen some articles on here about conversion but it seems to me like most of it has to do with the Orthodox movement, whereas I am concerned more with Reform as it seems to hold the same ...
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Differences between Bat Kol and prophecy

A bat kol, lit. a 'daughter of a voice', is understood by Marcus Jastrow as a divine voice, a substitute for prophecy. The instance of a bat kol occurs many times in the Talmud1. There are sources ...
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Wearing a gartel and a belt?

For those who hold by wearing a gartel for davening (for separating the upper and lower body), is it necessary when already wearing a belt?

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