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Nusach Sefard vs. Nusach Ha-Arizal

So I was wondering what differences there are between Nusach Sefard, the traditional Chassidic nusach and Nusach Ha-Arizal, the Chabadnik nusach arranged by the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman of ...
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Can a Jew say the baj blessing after using the toilet [on hold]

Is a Jew allowed to say the baj blessing, it is a blessing u say after using the toilet : Baj (*when answering the call of nature) AVESTA Yasna Khordeh Avesta Visperad Vendidad Fragments 101 NAMES ...
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43 views

Is a Jew allowed to wear a sudreh-kushti and head covering [on hold]

Is a Jew permitted to wear a white sudreh-kushti and white head covering, the sudreh-kushti is to remind u of good thoughts, good words, and good deeds ...
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117 views

Can anybody read from the torah or prophets in a synagogue?

I am trying to understand the context of a passage from the Christian gospels. Luke 4:16 says that Jesus went into the synagogue and started reading from the book of Isaiah. At that time could ...
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Is being vegan “kosher”?

Is being a vegan completely following halacha? Even if not eating anything traif (non-kosher), perhaps it's not truly kosher because you are not following the commandments to domesticate animals and ...
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2answers
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What does the term “glatt kosher” mean, today?

A mashgiach explained to me that the term "glatt kosher" means that the lungs of cattle and sheep (the 2 main kosher animals sold in U.S.) are smooth and do not have air pockets. I hope that I have ...
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1answer
36 views

The Addition of the letter 'he' in Yonatan and Yosef's name

I've been trying to understand the significance to to addition of the letter 'he' in the name of Yonatan in 1 Shmuel 19:1 and after and in with Yosef in Tehillim 81:6, making them Yehonatan and ...
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Why are cantillation notes called טעמי המקרא?

Cantillation notes (aka trope) is called טעמי המקרא in Hebrew. I have seen the Hebrew word טעם used to mean: taste as in: Numbers 11:8: שָׁטוּ֩ הָעָ֨ם וְלָֽקְט֜וּ וְטָחֲנ֣וּ בָרֵחַ֗יִם א֤וֹ ...
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Are Jewish students allowed to study non-religious subjects on Shabbat? [duplicate]

For example, could a Jewish university student learn mathematics (without a computer) on Shabbat?
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Interrupting a rabbinical mitzvah to perform a Biblical mitzvah [duplicate]

In general, one does not interrupt a mitzvah (with the exception of Torah study) in order to do another mitzvah. However, this answer, in its citation of the Ran, alludes to some complications of this ...
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What is a shvut d'shevut, and why is it permitted?

I understand there is a notion called shevut d'shevut (and the related gezeira l'gezeira), whereby, in some cases, one may violate a rabbinic prohibition if and only if this is achieved through ...
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3answers
272 views

Giving Blessings at a Wedding

I have noticed a custom among wedding-goers to receive blessings from the bride and the groom at weddings, usually when they come over to the new couple's table for well-wishing during the meal. Why ...
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Can a Jew follow another religion's dietary laws?

Suppose another religion has dietary laws that overlap with those of Judaism. For example, Zoroastrianism prohibits eating all land animals and prohibits eating various kinds of fish and other sea ...
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27 views

Mitzvah of hachnasat orchim at a B&B

Does someone who owns a bed-and-breakfast (tzimmer) fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim when their guests pay them? On the one hand, the hosts get clear monetary benefit from hosting. However, ...
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1answer
113 views

Learning non-jewish topics as a creative process during Shabbat

Is 'learning' non-Jewish topics a prohibited creative process on Shabbat? If so, on what grounds is learning Tanakh exempted? I read that the study non-Jewish subjects is banned or frowned upon, and I ...
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27 views

Is it possible for customs to be transmitted from the mother? [duplicate]

Suppose someone is becoming more religious and he doesn't know his father's minhagim. Should he follow the minhagim of his mother and her family or of the rabbi who taught him and helped him become ...
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50 views

Is this verse in the Quran found in the talmud [on hold]

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves ...
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2answers
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What should a woman who must do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer 174) and as such they must ...
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If a ger marries a giyores what is their status [on hold]

If a ger marries a giyores and he comes to shul the day after does one say tachanun
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1answer
614 views

Kashrut of rennet for cheese & Difference between rennet and gelatin

I actually have 2 questions which are related. Traditionally, making cheese involves using rennet, a substance derived from animal stomach. If the rennet is derived from a non-Kosher animal, it is ...
3
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1answer
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Do you have more information about the Algerian Yitro feast of boys?

My father told me the Algerian Jews do a feast similar to the Tunisian's Yitro feast of boys. It happens the same day. This feast is apparently called "Molke Tsion" and is dedicated to the glory of ...
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Why does God hate sexual immorality?

After failing to curse the Jewish people, Bilaam advised Balak to lure the Jews into sexual immorality "for their God hates zimah" (Sanhedrin 106a). We also find that many cases of forbidden relations ...
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1answer
40 views

What does shomo-a tishm'u in the shema prayer mean?

The second paragraph of the shema begins with "and it will come to pass that if you continually hearken to my commandments..." Apparently shomo-a tishm'u means continually hearken but I would like ...
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2answers
136 views

Do you get credit for unintentional mitzvot?

I have heard stories such as A wealthy man felt like abandoning his Judaism and went to the kotel to 'say his goodbyes'. There he saw a chasid davening with such fervor and tears that the wealthy ...
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1answer
86 views

When in time did the Jewish people get sold to Greacans, according to Joel?

Yoel 4 says: 3 And they have cast lots for My people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, and have drunk. and 6 the children also of Judah and the children of ...
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1answer
196 views

Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women

I've been reading Oz vehadar (R' Pessach Eliahu Falk) and one doubt came up: If a woman should stay tznuah even in private (like rules on what pajamas not to wear, and about the length of the ...
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1answer
46 views

An exception to the rule of inheritance

I have heard strong concurrence among Jews that Jewish inheritance is passed only through the father to their sons, more specifically that the throne could only be passed through sons. In my ...
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2answers
254 views

Is causing oneself to have an erection forbidden or just not recommended?

In the Mishneh Torah Hilchos Issurei Biah 21:19 it says: It is forbidden for a person to intentionally cause himself to have an erection or to bring himself to [sexual] thoughts. Yet in Niddah ...
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152 views

In Psalm 2 --who is the son?

In Psalm 2, God says, I will declare My decree, "You are my son; today I have begotten you." What is the Jewish understanding/exposition of the anointed son in Psalm 2,
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485 views

Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the State of Israel

I was wondering if there is any document which states Rav Moshe's opinion regarding the existence of the state of Israel. Did he consider the state a good thing or bad thing. I ask this because we ...
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2answers
950 views

chosson, kallah and yichud room

What do a chosson and kallah do in the yichud room? Does the kitzur shulchan aruch, shulchan aruch or mishnah berurah gives us the details as to what the chosson and kallah do in the yichud room?
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71 views

Did Judaism get the verse in the Torah that says man and man and woman and women should not lay with one another from the Vendidad [duplicate]

It says in the Vendidad : The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies with mankind, is a man that is a Daeva [demon]; this man is a worshipper of the Daevas, a male ...
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2answers
96 views

Drinking while wearing Tefillin?

Is one allowed to drink (coffee) while wearing Tefillin? Or for that matter, any other drink.
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3answers
231 views

Pronunciation of חשמונאי

A friend today told me that the word חשמונאי traditionally pronounced "Chashmonai" should really be pronounced "Chashmunai" with the vav being read as a shuruk vowel instead of a cholom. Is this ...
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2answers
47 views

Can a levirate marriage yield a legitimate heir to the throne?

If a king dies, and his brother lives, can his brother marry the dead king's wife to raise an heir to the throne? Or would a new line of kings begin? Deuteronomy 25:5-6 כִּי-יֵשְׁבוּ אַחִים ...
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0answers
15 views

The chassan giving berachos on the day of his wedding [duplicate]

I heard from someone that the chasan - on the day of his chuppah - can give unmarried bochurim a berachah to find a shidduch. Is there a source for this?
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5answers
131 views

Sefiras Haomer Counting Direction

When we count the Sefiras Haomer, why do we count up and not down?
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27 views

Where can one find a complete guide to Hebrew numerals?

I am looking for an instruction resource on Hebrew numerals that is comprehensive, insofar as it: lists all (or nearly all) of the euphemistic exceptions in frequent use (such as "chai" for 18, רחץ ...
2
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1answer
202 views

The proper age for a boy to start dating

From a halachic viewpoint, what is the proper age for a boy to meet one's potential wife nowadays? (i.e. dating)
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1answer
78 views

Are specific tactics prescribed for civil laws that encroach on Jewish law?

When a government makes decrees that force Jews to transgress religious laws, does halacha describe the degree to which the government's laws must be ignored? If so, are there specific ways in which ...
2
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1answer
46 views

Source for waiting between milk and meat?

There is a widespread custom to wait 30 min between (soft) cheese and meat. What is the origin and source of this custom?
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1answer
52 views

Is checking for bugs halachically required?

Various methods of checking for bugs in produce, i.e., lettuce, are officially recommended by kashrus agencies and other halachic professionals. However, is use of one/any of these methods--or even a ...
2
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1answer
29 views

Questions regarding counting for Shemitta and Yovel

Leviticus 25:8 (Sefaria English translation): וְסָפַרְתָּ֣ לְךָ֗ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת שָׁנִ֔ים שֶׁ֥בַע שָׁנִ֖ים שֶׁ֣בַע פְּעָמִ֑ים וְהָי֣וּ לְךָ֗ יְמֵי֙ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת הַשָּׁנִ֔ים תֵּ֥שַׁע ...
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1answer
30 views

Must a house be cleaned for Pesach even if a seder won't be held there?

I'm trying to understand how the holiness codes in Leviticus and Deuteronomy apply to people versus places. It is written, "all shall keep your laws" and "all shall post the laws at their gates", so ...
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1answer
44 views

How to change someone's hebrew name?

I am wondering how to change officially someone's hebrew name. I have seen in the Tora that Hashem changes people's names. Like Sarai became Sarah, Avram became Avraham,Yaaqob became Yisrael, Yetkuel ...
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4answers
149 views

Source of the word “teva” for nature

I was told by someone who I consider to be very reliable that the word טבע, which means nature, does not have a source in Biblical or Talmudic literature, and it is a word that first emerges in ...
3
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1answer
28 views

Taking three steps with limited space

The Shulchan Arukh describes the measurement of the three steps back taken after amidah in OC 122:3 (translation my own): וְשִׁעוּר פְּסִיעוֹת אֵלּוּ, לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת, הוּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּתֵּן ...
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1answer
48 views

Is the use of the term “Glatt Kosher” a case of “Genivat Da'at”?

My understanding of the term "Glatt kosher" which I heard from 3 different mashgichim (kashrut supervisors) The term "glatt" means "smooth" and applies only to beef and lamb. (I would assume that it ...
10
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1answer
181 views

Precedent for Forbidding Conversion

The Syrian community has a Takkanah in place which bars conversion. In addition to forbidding conversion under their own auspices, they also "Never accept a convert or a child born of a convert", as ...

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