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Are there names for the spoon, feather, and candle used for bedikas chometz?

What, if they exist, are the traditional (presumably Ashkenaz?) names for the items used for the ceremonial search for chometz done Erev Pesach? Re: "If they exist"--I assume our ancestors used ...
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Why are we here if the chances are zero

A somewhat philosophical question (based on a saying by Albert Einstein): If God existed eternally and Olam Haba is infinite in time and this world is finite in time duration, then the chances of one ...
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Where in the Torah does it say Jewish males should wear kippahs [duplicate]

No where in the the Torah does it say Jewish males should wear a kippah, so were in Halacha does it mandate Jewish males wear kippah
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Shave during sefirah for a business meeting?

Jews generally do not shave during the period of Sefirah since this period is a period of mourning. If someone is meeting with a new propective client what are the conditions that would allow him to ...
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Grammar question in Vayera

I've been learning Bereshit with Rashi in school, and while reading a part of Vayera, I noticed that there were two grammatically different statements in one Pesuk. Bereshit (18:7) וְאֶל ...
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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

It seems that the more religious one is, the less likely one is to commemorate(?) the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah. To what extent is this true? Which groups do and do not observe Yom HaShoah as their ...
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Melachas on Yom Kippur

Do the additional Rabbinic prohibitions that apply to Yom Tov but not Shabbos (such as the stricter muktzeh laws) also apply to Yom Kippur, in addition to the Shabbos-style prohibitions of that day? ...
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What is the point in the mnemonic פמג“ש ממקגט”י ככסע"ז?

In Bava Metzia 21b, there is a mnemonic given which I find quite odd - פמג"ש ממקגט"י ככסע"ז . See http://www.sefaria.org/Bava_Metzia.21b.18?lang=he&layout=block&sidebarLang=all The way I ...
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Forgetting to say ״ותן טל ומטר״

On a year in which the night we start to say ותן טל ומטר is a weekday night, if one forgets to say ותן ברכה by the מנחה before and doesn't realize that he forgot it until שקיעה, what is the Halacha ...
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As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. pedagogic Talmud Torah

The Gemara in Yebamot 117b try to explain the reciprocity of sentiment between mother-in-law (X) and her daughter-in-law (Y). As an illustration of this phenomenon, Gemara quotes a verse in Proverbs ...
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What dishware material is microwave safe and also kasherable?

I'm confused by some of the rabbinical advisory websites regarding what dishware can be kashered. Evidently glass and ceramic, the most convenient microwave safe materials, according to Askkenasi ...
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Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage license?

Does NY state hold that a ketuba is a marriage license?
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Is it correct to read the pasuk of Deuteronomy 15:11 with the “never” term?

In one of the Torah Readings for the eighth day of Pesach, falling in a week day, there's the following passukim (Deuteronomy 15:10-11) י  נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ:  ...
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Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone of suffering?

Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone (a human or an animal) of suffering? I am talking about excruciating suffering, not merely discomfort, and I am not talking about ...
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Is a conversion through “Jerusalem Council” valid?

Before I continue, the "Jerusalem Council" is a Messianic Orthodox Jewish movement which basically follows the Talmud and Kaballah and don't believe that Jesus (or Yeshua as they say) is G-d. ...
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Rav Shach and Lubavitsher Rebbe

From a purely Torah perspective. What was the disagreement between Ha Rav Shach Zecher Tsadik Livrocho and the Rebbe Alav Hashalom? Like from a halachic point of view what were there opinions and why? ...
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The son of a cohen who married the daughter of a non jewish father [duplicate]

Whats the status of the son of a marriage which took place between a cohen and the daughter of a non jewish father. The halacha is that, although not lchatchila, the parents dont need to get ...
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Who is the prophet Yehoshua the Nazarene in Judaism? [duplicate]

What is being taught in regard the identity of the the prophet Yehoshua the Nazarene in Judaism? Specifically, how are the following questions being answered: A) Did such a person exist? B) Is the ...
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If someone is halachically dead and then resuscitated, does his wife need a get to be divorced (is she already a widow)? [duplicate]

If someone is considered halichically dead (apparently this is somewhat of a dispute), and then he is "brought back" through modern day medical techniques, does his wife need a get to be divorced, or ...
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Does Judaism prefer that Jews not be employed but to get sustenance from business if possible?

What is the gradation of preferences regarding sources of sustenance for jews heard that an employee is like a slave to the employer. And maybe this is the source of this idea The Cohen Gadol's ...
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Having Kavana for Mitzvot [on hold]

We have a Mitzvah of Kavanah is a mindset necessary for the performance of many mitzvot. Yaalkut Yosef (Shabbat Aleph) writes that since Oneg Shabbat is a Biblical, one should have Kavanah that its ...
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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say ...
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Marriage of a Cohen to a woman with a non-Jewish father: Are the sons Cohanim?

Asking because it is not answered here: If, as suggested in the linked question, a Cohen may b'dieved (but not l'chatchila) marry a woman whose father is a non-Jew, will the sons from such a marriage ...
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Staying up shivi shel pesach?

I know Chabad has the custom of staying up all 7th night of Passover. What is the source and does anyone else do this?
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What defines a valid 'bor', or pool, used to hold rainwater in a mikveh?

I'm considering remodeling my spare bathroom into a mikveh. I can redirect rainwater via gutters through the bathroom window to a 'bor'. I can't dig through the floor to create a pit, naturally, ...
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Does Rashi's commentary on a quoted mishna reflect the true explanation?

Often the Bavli will quote a mishna from another maseches (tractate) or another part of the same maseches. Does Rashi's commentary on the Bavli's quotation of the mishna reflect his interpretation of ...
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Why are the Yehi Ratzon prayers connected to Tachanun?

On Mondays and Thursdays, after the torah is read, we say a series of Yehi Ratzon prayers. However, we do not say those prayers on a Monday or Thursday on which we do not say Tachanun: The ...
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When the Torah states that the Israelites “saw no form” when they were at Sinai, is this referring to G-d being perceived as formless?

Devarim 4:15 states: Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves—for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire— And also in ...
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Counting Sefirah in a made up language

Can one fulfill the mitzvah of counting the Omer by counting in a language that only he/she understands? What if a few people understand? An entire goup?
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Why does the atonement for impurity in the Temple take so many different forms?

Background The Torah forbids entering the mikdash or eating the meat of a korban in a state of impurity (so-called טומאת מקדש וקדשיו) . Someone who transgresses in error (beshogeg) gets forgiveness ...
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כי הלא בזולת בשר כבדת את השבת

The full text is: מה שהלכת אתמול לבקש בשר ואבדת חצי היום ולא יכולת למצוא ואף תרנגולים שבאו לידך לא אסתייעא מלתא הכל מאתי היה להודיעך שהבשר והיין שהם משכן היצה"ר אין לרדוף אחריהם כי בזולתם יחיה האדם ...
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How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?

(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.) A family minyan meeting once only on ...
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Can a man who has undergone a sex change give his wife a Get?

There have recently been some very high-profile cases of men refusing to give their wives Gittin (plural for "Get", the Jewish divorce document required to free a woman to remarry). Reading about one ...
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Count seven weeks or seven shabbats?

Vayikra 23:15 reads the phrase: sheva shabbatot t'miymot. Why is this rendered as 'seven weeks' and not 'seven shabbats'? On basis of what is it defined, that the meaning of shabbatot in this case ...
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Can one make a siyum if he finished learning the tractate already? [duplicate]

If one finished learning a tractate but did not make an official siyum with kadish, etc. can he still do this? if yes, at what point is this too late? Edit: The question Time limit on making a ...
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What are traditional Jewish symbols of fertility?

What are some traditional Jewish symbols of fertility? (with biblical, talmudic, medrashic or kabbalistic sources) Specifically, I am wondering what ideas/things are associated with fertility and ...
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Do communal and individual prayers correspond to different sacrifices?

Prayer, in general, is compared to the sacrifices that were offered in the Temple, as alluded to in Hoshea 14:3. But, halacha distinguishes between the prayers of an individual (תפלה ביחיד) and the ...
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Can hot tap water touching rainwater frozen by winter create a valid mikveh?

I'm considering building an outside mikveh, with the freshwater section above the rainwater section (with two holes between them, classical "bor al gabai bor" halachic design) but there is no ...
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From what materials can a mikveh be made?

Reading sources on constructing a mikveh, it seems that the walls and floor should be made of brick or ceramic. Is any other material possible, such as aluminum, wood, Lexan (plexiglass), or ...
2
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Shaved or Trimmed

וַהֲבֵאתָהּ, אֶל-תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ; וְגִלְּחָה, אֶת-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְעָשְׂתָה, אֶת-צִפָּרְנֶיהָ. In Deuteronmy 21:12, the JPS translates גלחה as “she shall trim her hair”. The entire verse translated in the JPS ...
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Why does Sanhedrin 92b conclude that the bones in Yechezkel was Ephraim?

Why does Sanhedrin 92b conclude that the bones in Yechezkel was Ephraim, when verse Yechezkel 37:11 states it is all the house of Israel? 11. Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are all ...
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Can I make mikveh rainwater by condensing steam? [duplicate]

Since rain is caused by water evaporated from oceans and rivers which later condenses from clouds, can rainwater for a mikveh be synthesized by creating steam and then condensing it?
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Belief in midrashim

The ramban in sefer havikuach asserts with regard to medrash " mi shemaamin bo tov, mi shelo maamin bo lo yazik" whoever believes in it, good, he who does not believe it, will not be harmed. Are ...
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What kind of physical damage affects a contracts validity (if any)?

This question had a picture of a Ketuba with some damage to the paper. In Jewish Law, what kind of damage would invalidate a contract? In that Ketuba, for example, the standard text is ripped, but ...
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1answer
33 views

Meaning of Kibbud and Oneg Shabbat

We have commandments of the Joy and Honor of Sabbath. What is the explanation of these mitzvot; what is the meaning and purpose of this commandment? What do rejoicing and honoring of Shabbat mean, ...
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Semicha Testing Info

I know that most Semicha Tests cover (aprox.) the laws of Basar B’Chalav, Ta’aruvos, Melicha, Shabbos, Pas Akum, Bishul Akum, Cholov Akum, and Tevilas Keilim. But is it tested all in one shot or do ...
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What references, if any, are there to synagogues or non-temple organized worship in the ancient Israel

Synagogue worship appears to be relatively common in the Christian New Testament (although perhaps little is known about what actually went on in the synagogues, I don't know a whole lot of details). ...
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What do you call a female Chosid?

I have encountered a lot of different words purporting to be the feminine version of Chosid (Hasid/Hassid/חסיד). I have seen or heard: Chosides (~Chosidit?) Chasideh/Chasida Most recently, ...
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Would jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow a government [on hold]

Would Jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow the American government in order to establish the caliphate, is this allowed according to Halacha because historical speaking the Jews of ...

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