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Judaism and Communism

Does the Torah model of society value concepts such as liberty and democracy, or does it value a model based on Communism i.e. a non-materialistic, equality-based society etc.? Torah and Rabbinic ...
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Forbidden business practices in games

Charging interest or surplussage on real loans to a fellow Jew is forbidden but may one do so with in-game play money or with in-game commodities?
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So who is this “angel of the Lord” that call himself “the God of bethel”?

There is only one "God". So there is only one being in the whole world that can call God with the word "I" Yet we have this malak hashem repeatedly acting as if he is God himself. http://en....
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The priestly breastplate? [closed]

The stones used to determine God’s will in a particular situation? How? How are we to understand this and apply this for todays worship? Try to make your answer as clear as possible,thank you
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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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Are there any Talmudic debates about the nature of socialism?

“The Economist”, 23 Jul 16, p 22 contains the sentence, Neither faction is well aligned with Labour voters in cities like Sunderland and dozens of other towns across the north, who are more ...
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Why did Shimshon ask his parents to help him marry a Philistine woman?

In the 14th perek of Sefer Shoftim the pasuk reads: Translation is via Sefaria וַיַּ֗עַל וַיַּגֵּד֙ לְאָבִ֣יו וּלְאִמּ֔וֹ וַיֹּ֗אמֶר אִשָּׁ֛ה רָאִ֥יתִי בְתִמְנָ֖תָה מִבְּנ֣וֹת פְּלִשְׁתִּ֑ים ...
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Between Shemini Atzeres and the Shemoneh Esrei 9th blessing's prayer for rain

In the Shemoneh Esrei, the line "who makes the wind blow and the rain descend" is added to the Second Blessing from Shemini Atzeres. The request to "give dew and rain for a blessing" is not added to ...
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Yehareg v'al ya'avor – what about after?

I recall a kina in which the children of R' Yishmael (haKohen Gadol) are put in a dark room together and forced to have relations. At the end of the kina, they recognise each other and kill themselves....
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This is regarding a Talmudic debate

Was there a debate in the Talmud regarding weather Klal Yisroel was still mechuyav Mitzvoth in Galus after the Churbun?
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The word of the LORD

What is Rabbinic understanding of "the word of YHWH," a phrase first encountered in Hebrew Scripture, in Genesis 15:1 where " the word of YHWH came to Abram in a vision?" Rashi does not address it in ...
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How was the world created through the even shesiya?

In Yoma 54, it says the world was created with the Even Shesiya (primordial rock). Is this to be taken literally and if yes, do we have details into this process?
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Who wrote the Aramaic translation for Psalms and when?

The Talmud in Migila specifies that no translation (Targum) for the Ktuvim was written since although Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel wanted to, he was told not to do so: עוד ביקש לגלות תרגום של כתובים ...
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“Boel Aramis”: analogue for a woman?

We know that if a man has relations with a non-Jewess, the halacha is A zealot may kill him in the act (Sanhedrin 82a). Both R' Schneersohn (the last one -- in Sichos) and R' Tzadok haCohen miLublin ...
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מֶה, מָה, מַה - mɛ, mʌ, ma - What's the difference?

What causes the difference in vowelization of the Hebrew word for "what" in the Bible and classical Jewish texts? In some contexts it is מֶה, in others - מָה, and in yet others - מַה. The hypothesis ...
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saying hashem's name in shabbos zemiros [duplicate]

Hi I wanted to know if one is supposed to say hashem's name when singing zemiros. Some people say it and some people don't. What is th proper thing to do?
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Cold smoking and kashrut

related Cold smoking is a process by which food is cured by contact with smoke which fills the whole vessel but does not [ideally] exceed 80˚F, which is well below yad soledet (at least for my hands) ...
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Was the sacrifice invalidated because of Eli's sons?

The sons of Eli treated the sacrifice with contempt and took it before it was cooked/burned. This obviously was a sin against G_d but was the sacrifice invalidated to the one offering it? If Joseph ...
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In the time of the Second Temple, did the high priest still dress in the tent of meeting?

Leviticus 16:23-24a says, “Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there. He shall bathe ...
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Why must one recite any scripture while donning Rabbe'inu Tam tephillin?

The Mishnah Berurah (Oraḥ Ḥayim 25:4, s.q. 14) clarifies that the reason one must be careful while reciting Shema' Yisra'el (and the 'Amidah) to also don tephillin is so as not to appear as a false ...
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Name change after 30 days?

So I recall somewhere (probably in the Gemara) that if a person who is called by a certain name for +30 days, that name gets to be his new name, is that true? I know the sages always said stuff that ...
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Straying off the path of Judaism [on hold]

Straying off the path of Judaism: 1) Does it happen more to elementary kids or high schoolers? 2) Is being uneducated a primary reason for why they stray off the path of Judaism or are their other ...
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Intentionally using a grace period on a rental

I recently rented a bike for a few hours, and the person in charge of the rental told us that we have "X number of hours, and a 15 minute grace period," followed by the warning that if we don't return ...
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Is this Triangle K item (Vegan jerky) one of the items that is acceptable by other agencies as well?

Is this Triangle K Parve item (Vegan jerky) one of the items that is acceptable by other kashrus agencies as well? The item is called Primal Strips meatless vegan Jerky. it has a triangle K with the ...
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Why was Esther permitted to Mordechai up untill the Feasts with Achashveirosh?

The Medrash tells us that Esther was the wife of Mordechai, and once she was forceably taken to be the queen and Achashveirosh's wife, she was still permitted to Mordechai because she was taken Beones....
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How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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Who wrote the verse near the end of the story about Mahn in Shmot 16:35?

I am aware that the Talmud discusses a debate as to who wrote the last few verses in the Torah about Moses's death. Near the end of the story about mahn, in Shmot (Exodus) 16:35, the verse says that ...
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Sarah is Abraham's sister?

Genesis 20:12 has Abraham honestly saying that Sarah is indeed his sister when he is talking with Abimelek. Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and ...
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What is “Shtopp Zman”?

A prerecorded english language message of a local mikvah informs that the mikvah is open from an hour before Shtopp Zman (approximate phonetic spelling, as I do not know this phrase). The recording ...
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Is there a full Siddur Nusach Eretz Yisrael?

Disclaimer: I do know of the Machon Shilo Siddur Eretz Yisrael, although according to folks I know who have studied the issue, it is not a true nusach e"y siddur. Is there a complete siddur with the ...
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Where does the “functional reason” exception to Beged isha come from?

First let me note once again that I am not Jewish, but when encountering certain things I often like to explore how Judaism considers those things. Either way, today I was reading Devarim I came ...
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Amaleik, Refidim and Disunity

The Torah says that the Amaleik came and battled Israel at Refidim. I read in a book called, "Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein, page 65, that according to the sages, the Jews were actually ...
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Why is death like release ropes of a boat?

The gemarah in moed katan (28b-29a) records two statements regarding the experience of death either being as difficult as passing a (knotted?) rope through a hole [Rashi explains this refers to ropes ...
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Before the sin, would it have been possible to be murdered?

We know that before the chet (sin) of the eating of the forbidden fruit, mankind would not physically expire and die. (Death was the punishment given for the sin - B'reishis 3:19, Shabbos 55, Ramban 2:...
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Relations twice as segulah for boy — What about zugos?

I had asked what is the source for the segulah of having relations twice in order to have a boy. I first asked this in order to obtain a source to better ask this question. The Gemorah says in Niddah ...
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What are the mitzvot that a gentile is forbidden to do?

I know that some mitzvot like keeping shabbat, putting tefillin are forbidden for a gentile to do because they are a sign of the covenant between Israel and HaShem. What are the full list of the ...
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Feminizing Biblical names?

Masculine names such as Daniel, Joseph, and Michael have feminized forms: Danielle/Daniela, Josephine/Josephina, Michelle/Michaela/Mikayla. I've heard that when choosing a name for a baby, you ...
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Being naked/having exposed parts a home [duplicate]

Is being naked or having exposed private parts at home, alone, an aveirah of some sort? Nobody(expect HaShem, of course) can see you so there is no point of being dressed modestly. Is it a sin for ...
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Non-Jewish father: son of whom for an aliyah? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a person born of Jewish mother, but not a Jewish father. To further complicate things, the mother was raised secular and at a later point converts to Christianity. Does her change ...
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Can I add והבאת שלום בין משפחה למשפחה to אלו דברים in the morning?

Rashi says about the altar that we can't wave a sword over it in משפטים, the maftir. Can I add his opinion (above included also) to the list of אלו דברים שאדם אוכל פירותיהם בעולם הזה in Shacharit? ...
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Is it true that every 50th letter of the Hebrew Pentateuch text spells the word “Torah”?

According to some online sources, if you take every 50th letter of the first two books of the Torah, you'll end up with a repetition of the word "Torah". And the same applies but backwards for the 4th ...
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חס ושלום! (whatever that means)

What on earth does חס ושלום mean literally, or what is its etymology? Why do people use that phrase in particular to "ward off" bad things? (That last part of the question is not asking whether saying ...
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Davening to change nature

Im mashcehes Brachos (Bavli) 60 the gemara states that one should not pray that their unborn baby be a boy if its after the time the baby has formed already in the womb. However,in Masheches Brachos ...
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May a woman with artifical metal legs wear a short skirt or pants?

May a woman (or a man) wear immodest clothing over an artificial part of her body? (Lets assume that beged ish is not a consideration) i.e. if she has artifical legs, may she wear short shorts? ...
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Head tefillin - how serious is it when the divisions between the individual scrolls are split?

Gemoro Menachos 35a R. Huna said, As long as the surface of the sides(19) of the tefillin is whole they are valid. R. Hisda said, If two [sides](20) were split they are still valid; but if ...
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Differences between Litvish and Chassidish Yiddish [on hold]

BS''D Sholoym-Aleykhem! I have learned quite a lot of Yiddish, but there's just one thing that needs to be hammered out for me in regards to the Yiddish language. I learned something close to YIVO ...
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Moshe, Ramba"m and humility

Numbers 12:3 informs us that “the man Moses was very humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.” This article cites Rambam's (Maimonides) view that humility is an exception to Rambam's ...
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Can egg Matzo be used to make an Eruv Chatzeiros on Pesach?

Inspired by Matzah eruvin on erev Pesach Can egg Matzo be used to make an Eruv Chatzeiros on Pesach? On Pesach, Ashkenazim do not eat egg Matzo; however, it is not Chometz. In certain instances it ...
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Seforim Hakedoshim on the Third Beis HaMikdosh

Rav Tzvi Meyer Zilberberg quoted from Seforim Hakedoshim, the following: "As soon as the Second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed, Hashem began preparing the final Geulah and the Third Beis HaMikdash." ...

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