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Using an Etrog as a bathroom air freshener

There is a general rule of ma'alin bakodesh v'lo moridin We ascend in holiness but do not descend. I would assume, then, that it would be innapropriate to use the entire etrog to freshen my ...
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what bracha do you make on seaweed and algae?

These two grow on the soil in the ocean. Is the term "adamah" applicable only to the dry land or does it apply to the land in the ocean as well? Note: I am referring to eating just the seaweed itself; ...
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Refund on spoiled food

I bought a cake, and when I ate it, it tasted spoiled. I bring it back to the store and tell the manager that I want a refund because the cake tatsted spoiled. The manager refuses the refund saying ...
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Pirkei Avot cycle in Israel when Pesach starts on Shabbat

In 5775, Pesach begins on Shabbat. While those outside Israel observe the 8th day of Pesach on Shabbat, in Israel, because there is no 8th day of Pesach, it will be a "regular" Shabbat. This means ...
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Where else in the Talmud can we find a discussion of natural disasters?

We read a passage relating to natural disasters in Taanit 5a in which Rabbi Nachman asks Rav Yitzchak to explain a passage from Kings II 8:1 in which the people are told that they will a famine for ...
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Avraham, Av Hamon, Av ha'am

Avraham seems to mean a father of a multitude or exalted father. But is there any scripture that calls him Av Ha'am ? A father of nations or our nation?
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replacing a used borrowed item which broke with a new item which is more valuable

If a person borrowed an item from a neighbor (such as a plastic chair) and the item broke due to negligence by the borrower. Can the borrower purchase a new identical item and give that back to the ...
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Did Yehoshua Give Achan the Wrong Punishment?

In Yehoshua 7:15 God tells Yehoshua that when he finds the man that took from the forbidden booty of Jericho he should punish him with burning. Yet at the end of that very chapter in verse 25 Achan is ...
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Why shouldn't we pray outdoors?

In the answer to another question about tefilla, I read: "that it was against halacha to stand outside and daven out in the open under the Kippas HaShamayim [canopy of the heavens]." This is new ...
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Facing the Aron HaKodesh when praying. [duplicate]

Is it preferable to face Jerusalem or the Aron HaKodesh when we are praying in a shul?
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Praying in front of the Aron HaKodesh

Some times I find myself in situations where I can pray in front of the Aron HaKodesh (the Aron would be behind me). Is there anything wrong with that according to Halacha? I ask because seemingly ...
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Drinking until you are ill on seder night

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (119:10) writes: מי שאינו שותה יין כל השנה מפני שמזיק לו, אע"פ כן צריך לדחק את עצמו לשתות ארבע כוסות, כמו שאמרו רבותינו זכרונם לברכה, על ר' יהודה ב"ר אילעי, שהיה שותה ...
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Is eating veal permissible?

I once heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein forbade eating veal due to Tzar Balei Chayim. Is it true? If yes, is anything different in the way veal is farm raised nowdays? Do any other rabbonim forbid it ...
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rav wosner and the kind kallah who got a brocho

a couple of years ago I read a very moving story of a Kalloh who insisted that she doesn't break her engagement in spite of the situation which had arisen. The story of the Kalloh moved Harav Shmuel ...
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Hammurabi in Jewish sources

The Hammurabi code is one of the oldest preserved codes of law dating back to 1772 BCE. This is roughly the time after the flood (-2105BCE), the tower of Bavel (1765BCE) and the Patriarchs. Although ...
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Seligman Baer tikkun

Does anyone know where to get a scan of R' Seligman Baer's tikkun korim, or other older Western European tikkunim? A complete scan of a Western Ashkenazi sefer Torah would also work.
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Mystical Practices within Kabbalah: Is There a “Ceremony of Remembrance”?

Within Kabbalah, something I am very new to, I find lots of explanation surrounding the "theoretical" or "speculative" aspect of metaphysics (I do not use these words in the unqualified connotative ...
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Laws of Abrogation

To my limited knowledge there is no such thing as "abrogation" within the Tanach. Such would seem to defeat the immutability of G-d's Law. This issue of abrogation comes up a lot in both Christian and ...
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Neviyim and Kesuvim are Torah Shebiksav?

Nach - Neviyim and Kesuvim was written way after the revelation at Sinai. Why is it considered as part of Torah Shebiksav (written Torah) and not as Torah Shebaal Pe (Oral Torah)?
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Laws pertaining to dress for men during fitness activities

What are the rules pertaining to a male doing a physical activity. If the kipa keeps falling off, is it necessary to wear it? If you're worried about soiling your tzitzit with sweat can you leave it ...
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The “New Covenant” in Jeremiah's Prophesy

I am certain there must be a great answer to this question. Please inform me, as my learning is not so great and I have only started on the study of the Scriptures. Many Christians use the text of ...
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Looking for Source for explanation in Chafetz Chaim

R' Moshe Sherer brings an interesting explanation from the Chafetz Chaim: The reason for the Torah's double expression of my Shabbos's in ויקרא יט:ג - ואת שבתותי תשמורו is to teach us that our Shabbos ...
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Are women obligated to say the morning blessings?

Are women obligated to say the morning blessings and perform the ritual hand washing?
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Was Kriyas Yam Suf difficult?

The gemora in Pesachim 118a says "קשין מזונותיו של אדם כקריעת ים סוף", and there is a similar expression in Sota 2a and Sanhedrin 22a "קשה לזווגן כקריעת ים סוף". What exactly was difficult about ...
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Jewish alternative to a Christian self-help book

I had a bad psychological trauma some time ago and I felt the urgent need to review myself. I found that reading self-help books helped me. I tried to learn Mussar books (Mesillat yesharim, Chafetz ...
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Where is the first time that the splitting of the Red Sea is referred to as קריעת ים סוף?

The text of the Torah refers to the sea "splitting" (וַיִּבָּקְעוּ הַמָּיִם - Ex.14:21). Where is the first source where the Sages refer to this event as "tearing" (קריעה)?
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Discussing the Exodus in the Messianic Age

The Mishna (Berakhot 1:5) records a disagreement between Shimon ben Zoma and the sages as regards the interpretation of a word in Deuteronomy 16:3. There, the verse says that one should recall the ...
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Any good conversion programmes in Israel?…Is Machon Meir a good choice? [on hold]

I am a 18 year old (soon to be 19 year old) female student from the UK. I have been interested in conversion for a while [see my profile], and have decided I want to convert to Judaism. For about 4 or ...
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Returning a Library Book on Shabbat

When I return a book I put it in a bin, and a (non-Jewish) worker later takes it from the bin, and scans it into the computer as "returned." As such, can I return a library book on Shabbat?
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Counting Omer - yesterday was the day before today

If someone asks me which night of the Omer it is tonight, and I answer by telling them that last night was the night before the 5th night (on the 5th night), can I still count with a blessing? ...
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Is “Nishmat” included in most copies of the haggadah?

From recently reading "Why We Pray What We Pray" by Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, I learned that the "Nishmat" prayer, usually associated with Shabbat and Festival morning services, was originally part of ...
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Chalking pool cues on shabbat/yom-tov

May one chalk a pool cue on shabbat and yom tov? If not, why?
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dead bodies in the house of God

Is there a law or any guidance about bringing a dead body into the house of God? I seem to remember there was something in Leviticus, but I cant find it.
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What is Tikkun Leil Shevii?

What is Tikkun Leil Shevii? According to a flyer at my local Moroccan shul, it takes place the last night of Passover after the meal. I've never heard of it before. What is done during this session? ...
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Today is the square-root of 25th day of the omer

If you haven't counted sefirat haomer yet that night, you're not supposed to say the current day (for example, 'today is the 5th day') before making the bracha. But what about saying what today is in ...
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Wealth-based sacrifices: how to determine wealth

Some sacrifices have varying requirements based on what you can afford. For example, Vayikra 5:6, 5:7 and 5:11 have three different levels of sacrifices to bring for a guilt-offering depending on ...
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Baby born while converting [duplicate]

Hello my girl friend is trying to convert the orthodox way and we are waiting for our appointment, but we just found out she is pregnant. What will happen now can she still convert the orthodox way, ...
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Do any Rishonim discuss marijuana?

Has anyone ever seen a rishon talk about marijuana? If yes, do any of them say they smoked it? Please give sources. Thank you!
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Consequences of sex reassignment.at molecular level [on hold]

Supposing a Jewish girl wants gender reassignment as male so that she could marry a girl whom she loves dearly. Instead of using scalpel and hormones, every cell in her body is rebuilt as using XY ...
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A word seems to be written in an unusual way in Psalm 60,2

Why is there a medial mem rather than a final mem at the end of the word "aram" in Psalm 60:2? (Please see screenshot below.)
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In a leap year, is the extra month Adar I or Adar II?

I'm implementing support for the Hebrew calendar in Noda Time, my date/time library for .NET. I think I'm mostly there aside from text support (although beta testers would be very welcome!) but one ...
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PuZzle Finding God's Traces [on hold]

The idolater (atheist) finds natural selection to be the core principle of the cosmos. Recursion transcends natural selection. Iterative recursion is an infinite mathematical series--1, 2, 3, n ...
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What are the ancestors of Israelites? [on hold]

In the wiki I was not able to find who were the predecessors of Israelites. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israelites Israelites do not have any ancestors. Is it possible? My ...
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Why were there so many killings by Jews in the Old Testament? [on hold]

As a young kid I always hated the passages from Old Testament when the Jewish tribes wandered in the Middle East and the Jews were killing other tribes in the name of God. Is it wrong that I am ...
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What is the Source for Peyos? [duplicate]

There is a custom to let the area of hair above one's ear grow long this is manifest in varying degrees, from small, barely noticeable locks behind the ears, to long, curled locks that come down below ...
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If you have trouble fulfilling a promise

If you promised to give a $500. a month to a given charity as long as you had the money, and later your expenses go up such that the only way to give the money to the charity is to not feed your ...
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the measurements of Noah's arc and the arc of the covenent

The volume of Noah's Ark is 450,000 cubic cubits. The volume of the Ark of the Covenant is 5.625. Noah's Ark was thus exactly 80,000 times larger than the Ark of the Covenant. Is it significant that ...
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Trimming hair during the Omer

I understand that one should not get unnecessary haircuts during the Omer. Does that apply to trimming/cutting pubic hair? Are there known exceptions for discomfort?
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How do you know what God wants without prophets now to tell you?

I have been told that there have been no further prophets since the last of the Hebrew Bible was written ~2500 years ago. Without prophets, how do you know God's will? Who is a valid messenger of ...
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Why is rice banned on Pesach by those who don't eat kitniyot?

As requested in this previous Mi Yodeya answer, why is rice considered kitniyot? Pesachim 114b quotes R. Huna as allowing "beet and rice" on the Seder plate in place of the lamb bone and the egg. It ...

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