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Can a shaliach assemble your mishloach manot for you?

I know that a shaliach (messenger) can deliver your mishloach manot. But can the shaliach also assemble it for you (under instruction for what to put in), and you'll still fulfill the mitzvah? Here, ...
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Why not two days of Rosh Hodesh, as we have two days of yontif?

The reason for two days of yontif (outside Israel) is based on uncertainty about the date due to distance from Jerusalem and time needed to travel to convey the news of when the month started. The ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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119 views

Source of Term “Shiur”

What is the source for referring to a rabbinic lecture as a "shiur" which literally means 'measurement'? When did this usage begin? What is its significance?
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The literary output of Rabbi Jack Simcha Cohen

I just read and enjoyed a long piece by Rabbi Jack Simcha Cohen. The little biog attached said he was a "prolific author", but doesn't give any indication of whether all of his output has been in a ...
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Must a baal t'shuva follow family customs? [duplicate]

Suppose someone is raised without much authentic Judaism but with some. Perhaps his family has a monthly Friday night dinner with kidush; perhaps he wears t'filin for a few days when he turns 13. ...
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Does one say “Tzidkatcha” and “El Maleh” next Shabbat (or any 28 Elul that falls on Shabbat)?

Art Scroll and Birnbaum (Nusach Ashkenaz) siddurim state that tzidkatcha should not be said on a day when Tachanun would have been skipped had it been a weekday. I believe that similar instructions ...
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Samson and the Nazarite Vow

When Samson returned to check on the carcass of the lion he had slain, did he ceremonial defile himself (especially considering that he took honey from out of the carcass)? Would even the jawbone of ...
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Where can one find frum friends?

I am a baal teshuvah for over 3 years; all of my friends are secular. After becoming religious I lost a lot of the interests that my secular friends are into and hence have not much in common with ...
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Why is it forbidden to blow shofar on shabbat that isn't rosh hashanna?

The gemara (Rosh Hashanna 29b) rules that blowing a shofar is not forbidden on Rosh Hashanna which falls on Shabbat as a forbidden labor (חכמה ואינה מלאכה). It isn't even rabinically forbidden like ...
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Daughter of Pharao doing Teshuvah?

Are there any commentaries which shows that the daughter of Pharao refuted idolatry, made a act of repentance or anything like that? I wonder what it was that made her save Moshe, that she had ...
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Can one schedule an operation on Motza'ei Shabbat?

Some operations require fasting an entire day. I understand that one is not allowed to fast on Shabbat (except on Yom Kippur.) The scenario: Let's say a patient needs has had knee osteoarthritis. It ...
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Medicine before davening

Suppose the doctor prescribes some medicine (consumed orally) that is supposed to be taken "first thing in the morning." It would still be effective if you waited until after davening to take it, but ...
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Sources for Holding One's Left Hand in Right Hand During Prayer

What are the earliest sources for the practice of holding one's left hand in one's right hand during prayer? (particular during the Ammidah). The Talmud Shabbat (10a) notes a practice of holding ...
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Can one take “pre-op” medicine on Shabbat?

As an extension of this M.Y. question, Can one take medication on Shabbat on preparation for a procedure that occurs the next day or in a few days? For example, can one take: amoxicillin for oral ...
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logic behind kol kavua k'mechtza al mechtze

there is a principle in halacha regarding doubts that if something is separated from a kavua (fixed place) it is treated as 50/50% chance even if the permitted is the majority. but if it is found in ...
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How do we know that God exists?

Simple enough question, and very much related to the topic. According to traditional Jewish sources, on what basis should people believe that there's a God?
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Mezuzah on window

Many homes have a porch over the first level which is only accessible by going out and back in through a window on the second level. Would this window/doorway require a mezuzah? Is there something ...
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1answer
30 views

Under what conditions must one rise for his parents?

Is it enough to rise when a parent enters the building or must you rise every time he/she enters your room or passes by your room. I am interested to know customs for both sefardim and Ashkenazim as ...
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Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?

In various places on this site, including the FAQ, we have the following disclaimer: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly ...
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Rosh HaShanna glossary: What do hain, hesed, and rachamim mean?

There are many words in the siddur and in the machzor for Rosh HaShanna that seem central to the prayers for the season including hain, hesed, and rachamim, and also words translated as: help, save, ...
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Will we litteraly see G-d in Olam HaBa?

G-d is uncorporeal. Which mean He doesn't have a physical form . When HaKadosh Baruch Hu appeared to the elders in Exodus and to other prophets, He just appeared this way so to let them know His ...
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Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?

How do we know from the Torah that it would not be sufficient just to have some people doing davening, others doing negel vasser, others doing tzitzit, others doing chachnosas kallah, others doing ...
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Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz on the Messiah and Redemption

The BIN says the following: "Rabbi Yonasan Eibshetz in his book Ya’aros Dvash states, 'At a certain moment the time will come when the Messiah should have already arrived but the redemption has not ...
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Is there a way to minimize soreness or getting a lip blister from blowing the shofar?

Each year after I blow the shofar on Rosh Hashannah, the area on my lip at the right corner of my mouth where the shofar had rested gets very sore and sometimes I get a small blister which is a bit ...
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1answer
22 views

Topical Index to Sefer HaZohar

Is there a book, preferably freely available online, that lets you look up a topic alphabetically and get a list of references to passages in the Zohar discussing that topic?
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136 views

Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
3
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1answer
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Why was the kipa a justified way to execute criminals?

The Mishna Sanhedrin 81B brings a form of execution where the convicted person is placed in a tight chamber, fed minimal amounts of food to shrink the stomach, and then fed a lot to cause the stomach ...
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1answer
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Is learning the Tanya dangerous?

There seems to be a negative connotation around Chabad Lubavitch - mostly caused by the mashichists. For someone that does not adhere to the beliefs of the mashichists (someone who believes that is ...
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1answer
52 views

For how many years was Aliya L'Regel kept?

The Torah states that, during Temple times, all Jewish males are to go to Jerusalem to celebrate each festival (i.e. Pesahh, Shavu'ot, Sukkot). G-d promises to protect the land from invaders during ...
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1answer
763 views

Can you say berachot in your underwear?

If for whatever reason you happen to be in your underwear (just woke up, just took a shower, etc), are you allowed to say berachot (such as asher yatzar or shehakol on water) before getting fully ...
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2answers
32 views

Guide to being a good father?

Are there any halachic guides to being a good father? Beyond that, a list of well established principles rooted in halacha?
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What conditions require accepting the Messiah [duplicate]

I have bumped into some christian websites claiming that the Jews are blameworthy for not accepting jesus as the Messiah. According to our tradition what conditions are there (if any) that require ...
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1answer
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Are there any halachic issues with apologizing to a past shidduch before rosh hashanah?

If someone feels that there might have been some wrong doing during a past shidduch and would like to apologize before judgement day, can one do so or should he/she just let it be? The issues that ...
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2answers
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If someone hospitalized on erev Shabbat is then asked/required to sign a release form during Shabbat, what is to be done? [on hold]

If someone is hospitalized on erev Shabbos, and asked/required to sign a release form upon the conclusion of his time there, should this be signed with a shinui?
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Different Minhagim of Terua Sounds

I recently heard that a difference exists between the terua sounds of different communities, i.e. Ashkenazim, Sepharadim and Temanim. What are the differences?
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38 views

Can a woman be a zadik? [on hold]

Can a woman be a zadik? Who of the matriarchs would be considered a zaikai if women can be. Thank you.
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1answer
195 views

What should one do with Shemittah produce?

What should one do with Shemittah produce he owns, outside of Israel?
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1answer
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Did the Ramban say that mitzvos d'Rabbanan are only obligatory in the Land of Israel?

I've heard (maybe seen also?) that the Ramban (Rav Moshe ben Nachman, Nachmanides) said that Rabbincal Commands are only obligatory while in the Land of Israel. Is this true? (If so) Where is it ...
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Is it disrespectful to say a blessing while the man reciting is without a shirt on the top? [duplicate]

If a situation making the man to take off his shirt (e.g. the weather is very hot), is it disrespectful if he said a blessing over bread, fruits, etc.... ?
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1answer
487 views

Confectioners glaze - non alcoholic

Recently I read an article by Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff regarding confectioners glaze. Confectioners glaze is manufactured from shellac, "a glandular secretion of the lac insect, Kerria lacca, a ...
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1answer
106 views

Could a Ben Pekuah make all cattle not eligible for Shechitah?

According to the Simlah Chadashah, the definitive work on Shechitah, a Ben Pekuah does not need Shechitah on a Torah level however the child of a Ben Pekuah and regular animal would not be eligible ...
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799 views

If a woman cannot have children, can she marry?

I've been doing some research, and I found a lot of references to the rule that if a marriage lasts 10 years and does not produce any children, the couple must divorce and remarry in a new attempt to ...
3
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1answer
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Translation of shem Adnus

I have noticed that ArtScroll usually translates the shem of Adnus (Adonoy) as My Lord. Other translations of the Tenakh and Siddur use "Lord" or "O Lord." There are some pesukim that cannot be ...
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4answers
83 views

What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?

Shalom everyone, new visitor here. The term הֵילֵ֣ל may be found in Isaiah 14:12, but I have not been able to find it in any Hebrew dictionaries. English translations range from "morning," to ...
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1answer
63 views

Asking a Human to Interecede with God

Rambam writes (Hil. Avoda Zara) that it is forbidden to utilize any entity as an intermediary between oneself and God (more accurately that one who does so is a heretic who loses his share in the ...
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1answer
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“Evading” small taxes

I believe it has been stated times before on this site that Dina DeMalchusa Dina does apply to paying taxes. However, I noticed in this answer that it must be enforced in practice to apply. With ...
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2answers
137 views

bli neder on pas yisroel

During aseres yemei tshuva the Shulchan Aruch writes that one should not eat pas akum(palter). Does one have to say bli neder to take this chumrah on,or since it is a halacha no bli neder is ...
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2answers
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Siddur with metegs? (and preferably markings for dagesh chazak, kamatz katan, shva na, chirik gadol)

I'm interested in a siddur with good markings.. 1st priority is it should have metegs.. 2nd priority is it should have kamatz katon marked. and preferably also, markings for dagesh chazak, shva na, ...
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1answer
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Can someone keep objects bought with money not obtained honestly? [duplicate]

If someone got money not honestly ex:he did surveys online for money but didn't answer the questions honestly and he doesn't know exactly whom he got the money from since each time the survey was from ...

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