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Are there any sources that try to rectify the difference in letters in the Torah and refs to 600k letters?

There are references (I don't have them handy - please reference if you know) that say there are 600k letters in the Torah corresponding to all the Jews (at least in the desert) and that each Jew has ...
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Divine Providence and Mishpatim 21:13

The Rambam, and many other Rishonim believed that divine providence extends to people in accordance with their righteousness. It follows that they believed that many times, G-d lets things happen ...
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Why Don't we Say Tachanun on a Particular Day?

There are many days on which we don't say Tachanun, and much argument about whether we say it on any given day -- but is there any underlying reason why we wouldn't say it, a reason which might ...
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The Necessity of 12 Tribes

Why was it necessary for there to be 12 tribes, with different portions of Israel given to each? The Midrash even states that when the sea split, there were 12 separate paths for each tribe (Pirkei ...
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What recourse is available for someone whose property was seized by a creditor of the seller?

Let's say Reuven owes Shimon $1000 (because of a loan). Reuven then sells his only piece of land (that happens to be worth $1000) to Levi. This land in Levi's possession is now considered a נכס משעובד ...
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Can one use a sinus rinse on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

This sinus rinse is manual. You fill the plastic bottle with water and add a small packet of saline powder and mix it. Then, you insert the bottle tip into your nostril and squeeze the bottle so ...
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About Shemot 38:8

Can someone explain this passage? I absolutely do not understand where does it say anything about mirrors or women? bemarot means "in a vision" as in Bereshit 46:2 and hatsoveot means probably ...
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Are there any women teachers in the Torah?

Is there any women teachers in the Torah? What do the Torah or Talmud say about women teachers?
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If a non-jewish person becomes tamei, should he wash or is there more that is needed to become tahor.

Bamidbar 19:20 teaches that when a person became tamei and does not purify (ritually cleanse) himself, that his nefesh shall be cut off from the kahal, because he hath contaminated the Mikdash Hashem ...
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Waiting after meat and milk

If someone eats a mixture of meat and milk, does he need to wait before eating more meat or milk?
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Shabbat and the reward of keeping it holy?

Is there a punishment for not keeping the shabbat holy or are we just missing out on blessings?
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Marriage of non-observant Jews

If two Jews are planning to get married, but have no plans to practice Judaism afterwards, but "live like the rest of the world", should a Rabbi bless them?
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The definitions of Judaism and Jew

An infinite loop: Judaism according to Google is "the monotheistic religion of the Jews". And Jew is "a member of the people and cultural community whose traditional religion is Judaism and who ...
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Difference between El and Eloah

El(אל) and Eloah(אלוה) are both singular forms (nouns), but its אל thats being used to form the plural Elim (אלים), and אלוה thats being used to form the plural Elohim (אלוה׳ם). Both singular forms ...
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Can an automated online service business operate on shabbat?

While this questions touches on mine, I'd like to know more specifically about operating an online service business, such as an online subscription based software on Shabbat. Can the service be ...
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What are the Judean boundaries with regard to contemporary landmarks?

What are the halachic boundaries of Judea (the inheritance of the Israelite tribe of Judah) with regard to contemporary landmarks/cities?
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Adding stones or bricks to the Bais Hamikdash

As a child I was told, and now my children are being told, that when they do a Mitzva a brick gets added to the Bais Hamikdash. As pointed out by DoubleAA, the Rambam says that it is preferable to ...
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Questioning the Rambam's Reasoning on Yovel / Shmita

In the answer to the question Why is Shmita only Rabbinic Nowdays? it quotes the Rambam as requiring that each tribe be settled on their tribal plot: משגלה שבט ראובן ושבט גד וחצי שבט מנשה, בטלו ...
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where if anywhere, does rashi refer to christianity as idolatry?

I remember hearing that rashi does not consider christianity idolatry. In researching it on google I have read here Isaac On Jewish and Christian Altars:Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the ... ...
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Honey on Hallah for Newlyweds?

A friend stumped me with this question: What is the earliest reference to the custom of having newlyweds dip their hallah in honey? My guess is that it's an extension from the custom of honey on Rosh ...
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Could a woman have been a priest in the Temple back in the time of David, and if not, why not?

Could a woman have been a priest in the Temple back in the time of David, and if not, why not?
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Who knows science?

On whom does one recite the blessing "ברכת שנתן מחכמתו לבשר ודם" (the blessing recited on non-Jewish scientists)? Does he have to be a Ph.D? Does he have to have inventions to his name? Did he have ...
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Upon whom would one make this blessing?

Upon whom today would you make the bracha - Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av, that He bestowed of His wisdom to those who fear Him (Gemara Brachos 58a)? ...
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Scheduling Email for 3AM and Gneivas Daas

Is is permitted to schedule an email for the wee hours of the night, like 3AM, to give the impression that you were working late? Is it significantly well known that there are services like ...
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Getting body piercings

The Torah prohibits, generally, the infliction of a wound on yourself or someone else. See Lev. 19:28. The obvious exception is the commandment to perform a bris millah (circumcision) on a male ...
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Are gentiles tameh ? Do they convey any kind of tumas?

I find a lot of contradicting sources - does anyone know the actual halachah (with sources please) ? A lot of mishanyot seem to state that Gentiles do not contract/convey impurity (Negaim 11 and 12; ...
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Why does the sheakol blessing focus on bidvaro (his word)? Why not bore et hakol?

Every day when eating/drinking we say many times the blessing "sheakol niye bidvaro" (who created everything through his word). This blessing is not composed like the other food blessings, e.g., we ...
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Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

It is commonly accepted that Islam is not Avodah Zarah (idolatry) since Islam has a clear monotheistic theology with a belief in Allah that parallels our view of "kail" or Hashem. It is even ...
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Why kiss the tefillin by “poseach es yadecha”?

As mentioned in this question, there is a fairly widespread custom to kiss the tefillin at certain times during Shacharis, among them the parts of קריאת שמע that mention tefillin. One of these times ...
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Maaser on post-tax contributions to retirement accounts

In this article, quoted a few times on this site, there is a discussion on maaser deductions. He says: Tax-free income that went into a retirement (or other) account designated specifically ...
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Why is it important that God created the first pair of tongs?

It says in Pirkei Avot 5:6 that God made the first pair of tongs immediately before creation. Could not one have made tongs out of bone or wood wrapped in leather or made with a metal, such as gold, ...
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

For Gerer Chassidim (Polish Chassidishe Dynasty), what minhagim do they follow concerning these things: Tefillin Do they use Ashkenazi, Sephardic, or nusach Ari? Do they wind the retzuos inward or ...
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What is the dot in this vav?

What is this dot in the word יִוָּדַ֤ע in Mikeitz 41 31. וְלֹֽא־יִוָּדַ֤ע הַשָּׂבָע֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ מִפְּנֵ֛י הָרָעָ֥ב הַה֖וּא אַחֲרֵי־כֵ֑ן כִּֽי־כָבֵ֥ד ה֖וּא מְאֹֽד׃ How does it effect the reading ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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What does it mean to pronounce לו as opposed to לא

Maseches Sofrim 6:5 [4] says that there are 3 places where the word is written as לא but read as לו. This seems to mean that there is a difference in how the word would be pronounced if it were לא as ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a wedding?

What is a common blessing given to the bride and groom when attending a Jewish wedding? What is a common blessing given to the family and friends of the bride and groom when attending a Jewish ...
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language of betrothal at wedding

Traditionally, before a husband betroths his wife he says, "Harei at mekudeshet li btabaat zo kdat moshe vyisrael." Is this language necessary in halacha or standardized by tradition (minhag)? If not ...
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How much weight must we give the Council of Sages opinions

As I understand it, there is no hierarchy within Judaism, per se. In fact, following a controversial decision by Rav Elyashev, he mentioned to a friend of mine that his rulings really only apply to ...
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What were a group of Haredi men doing in Utah? [on hold]

I just got back from a trip to Utah on the 9th. During check in I noticed an unusual number of Homburgs and Rekels for the very Mormon Utah. When I got on my flight (the red-eye from SLC to JFK) about ...
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Why is There No Tachanun on Tu b'Shvat?

What is/are the reason(s) for not saying tachanun Tu b'Shvat?
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If you're having a slow day are you halachically required to reduce your hourly rate?

Say you work as a contractor that charges an hourly rate. If on any given day you feel sluggish due to poor sleep or some other reason, are you supposed to reduce your rate for that day to compensate ...
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Why the debate on where Shlishi is in parshat Terumah?

I use "Trope Trainer" for studying my weekly parsha reading. I like it b/c I can print the pages only for one parsha instead of shlepping the entire Tikun. I noticed that for this week's parsha, ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a brit milah?

What is a common blessing given to the father/mother of the child receiving the circumcision when attending a brit milah (circumcision)? What is a common blessing given to the friends and relatives ...
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Which books of the Ramchal did he publish himself?

I read that the Ramchal published the Mesilas Yesharim but not too many other books. That got me wondering, how many and which books that we have of his did he himself publish and which ones did ...
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Shemiras Einayim problem [duplicate]

Someone who's family sometimes has a certain modest young couple over their house on Shabbos for a meal.His Yetzer Harah can get him excited because the wife is a pretty girl. Would anyone have any ...
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Human v.s. Animal: spiritual v.s the most fine physical entity kind of soul?

If animals don't have spirits (Does anyone have a proof text that animals *don't* have spirits?), then what is the meaning of nishmat ruach chayim in Bereshit 7:22? And in what way does it differ ...
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What's a common blessing given to people at a bar mitzvah?

What is a common blessing given to the bar mitzvah boy when attending his bar mitzvah? What is a common blessing given to the friends and family of the bar mitzvah boy when attending a bar mitzvah?
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Were women allowed to offer korbanot on private altars?

When private altars were permitted (heter bamot) were women allowed to offer sacrifices on them or was it similar to the temple where only men were allowed to offer the sacrifices?
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Protection from Sheidim [on hold]

I am looking for torah sources recommending protection from sheidim and the like. So if one suspects a room or apartment has these things manifest, how would one go about protecting himself or even ...
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Were/are there any gedolim that do not wear a hat of some kind?

It seems like almost major rebbeim/poskim do/did ear some sort of additional head covering (black hat, streimel, cap, etc) for davening. If the practice is that universal among gedolim, that might ...

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