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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 don't we affix the Mezuzu unrolled?

If the Mezuza were placed on the doorpost unrolled (in a suitable protective wrapping) one would be able to see the words and be inspired. Why don't we do this? Maybe it was because of the state ...
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Bnei Akiva and zionism

Why is Rabbi Akiva the symbol of the world's largest zionist youth organization? (maybe even the world's largest zionist organization period.)
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Rabbis and Politics

Why do some of the Israeli Left (politically) argue that they believe in the teachings of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai over the teachings of Rabbi Akiva?
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Is there any tradition of any Jews leaving Mitzrayim before the Exodus

Is there any tradition of Israelites leaving Mitzrayim before the Exodus? Moses fled Egypt on his own. Was this a unique occurrence, or is it safe to assume this was a regular thing? If it ever ...
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On the design of the current universe — why did G-d let there be suffering in the world

A few weeks ago I was having a debate with born-again Christians (they were trying to convert me -- I'm not Jewish and am an atheist) and I put a question to them which I've often used in other ...
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Why Was Benjamin Almost Destroyed?

What do classic sources / commentaries say on why the tribes went to war against Benjamin, Shoftim 19-21, and what their sins were? On the face of it, the rape and murder of a single woman, and even ...
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what is the source that Shadchan is an acronym of Sheker Dover Kesef Notel

what is the source that שדכן is an acronym of שקר דובר כסף נוטל (translation "marriage broker" is an acronym of "says" "lies" "takes" "money" (in a different order)) someone told me it is from the ...
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When Rosh Chodesh lasts two days, which day is pre-eminent?

Tashlich is performed just once over the two days of Rosh Hashanah, usually on the first day (unless that's Shabbos) If one had a personal ritual / event one liked to perform / hold each month to ...
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G-d changing the past

A bit of a childish question. Is it possible for God to change the past? or is it one of those things that are generally possible but in certain occasions will never happen? I'm asking because of ...
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halachic status of a “Promise” [duplicate]

If I promise something by saying "I Promise..... to do something". What status does that have. Does it have the same status of a Neder? Or maybe a promise has no significance in halachah and therefore ...
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Did the Israelites walk bare foot in the desert, or did they have shoes (comment on Deut. 8:4)?

Deuteronomy 8:4 says שִׂמְלָ֨תְךָ֜ לֹ֤א בָֽלְתָה֙ מֵֽעָלֶ֔יךָ וְרַגְלְךָ֖ לֹ֣א בָצֵ֑קָה זֶ֖ה אַרְבָּעִ֥ים שָׁנָֽה׃ Your clothes did not get old upon you, neither did your feet swell, ...
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Washing for bread at work: how to avoid interruptions

I occasionally bring a sandwich to eat for lunch at work. The company has a small kitchen where I go to wash my hands, and then I generally eat at my desk. Whenever I have bread, I always try to wait ...
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connection between “connection” and “torah”

I have seen qouted in the name of Rebbi Avrohom son of Rambam that קשורה has the same numerical value as תורה [an idea also quoted in Bal Haturim Vayigash 44 30]. I'd appreciate if anyone could direct ...
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Is it permitted to use beard oil on Shabbat?

Is it permitted to apply beard oil to a beard on Shabbat? I'm assuming not but don't have a source. For those unfamiliar with beard oil, it is a moisturising oil applied to the beard and skin ...
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Jewish saying: “To be lenient when you should be firm is to be cruel when you could be kind.”?

I heard today there is an old Jewish saying that goes something like this: "To be lenient when you should be firm is to be cruel when you could be kind." This, as so many Jewish sayings do, ...
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Looking for a good book on Rebbe Akiva ben Joseph's life

I was reading about Rebbe Akiva ben Joseph and became intrigued by his life and his ideas. I'd like to read a book about him that covers his life and details his contributions to ethics, etc. Would ...
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What is the אדר plant, according to Rashi?

A friend of mine (Hi, Yoel!) pointed out a possible discrepancy in Rashi's comments on the Talmud. On Beitzah 15b, Rashi opines (sv ופירותיה משתמרין) that אדר is a grass (עשב), against the more ...
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Significance of 13 Attributes of Mercy in Prayer

According to the Gemara Rosh Hashana (17b) the recitation of the 13 attributes of God leads to forgiveness: א"ר יוחנן אלמלא מקרא כתוב אי אפשר לאומרו מלמד שנתעטף הקב"ה כשליח צבור והראה לו למשה ...
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Mitzvah and Connection

Heard from someone that מצוה, commandment, is associated with the Aramaic word צוותא, connection or togetherness. In addition, Rabbi Moshe Zeldman says, "The word Mitzvah is often translated as ...
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Curse on the Kennedys

I once heard that a Rabbi cursed the Kennedy family because a member of that family who was involved with US immigration turned away a boat of Jewish immigrants. I would like to know the source of ...
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To which philosophers does the Rambam refer in his letter about astrology?

In a responsum written to the rabbis of southern France, the Rambam makes reference (paragraph 10, here) to Greek and Persian philosophers who disprove astrology, but doesn't name them. אבל חכמי ...
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Is one allowed to read books written by Homer such as The Iliad or The Odyssey?

When I was in elementary yeshiva, I had to read both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Both these books focus on Greek mythology, specifically the Trojan War. Sefer HaChinukh 426:1 says: שלא לחן ולרחם ...
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What factors were used for determining leap years while the Israelites were in the desert?

I am trying to "co-ordinate" Rambam"s explanation of how to determine Judaic leap years with a key verse in the Torah. Ranbam states in Mishneh Torah, Sanctification of the New Month 4:2: Mishneh ...
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Different types of giants in Tanach

What's the difference between the ענקים and the רפאים of Tanakh? Both seem to be very large people. Is one a subset of the other? Some Sources: Bamidbar 13:33 and Rashi there, Devarim 3:11
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Hand-Held Electronic Body Scanners on Shabbat

Can hand held electronic body scanners be used by synagogue volunteers on Shabbat for security purposes? This is in response to terrorist threats against American (specifically American-Jewish) ...
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How do we know that we will enjoy Olam Haba?

Every person has different wants and desires. Some enjoy good food, others enjoy vacations, yet some others enjoy fine art. Although Olam Haba will be a spiritual enjoyment, how do we know that it ...
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Why does “elokeynu” frequently follow “hashem” in tanach?

On almost every page in tanach you find the pair of words "hashem elokeynu" (Hashem our God). By saying "our God" it seems to imply that there are other gods. If this implication is not correct why ...
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Whats the miminimum amount of work necessary to say asher yatzar after using the bathroom in the middle of the night?

If one woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, what is the least amount of work that he must do (such as, just rinse the finger tips or rub the hands against his clothing) that would ...
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Can non-Biblical figures be considered prophets?

If a person is a leader of men and brings his community to religion and is an upholder of the law, could he be considered a prophet, or is this honour only held by Biblical figures? Does G-D still ...
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The Zohar on Morning

I read in The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet on page 226, the following: The Zohar describes קרדנותא דצפרא, the deep darkness from which daylight emanates. For this reason, the word for שחר, morning, ...
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Can a woman clean her father, when he is naked, if he cannot?

Let's say an elderly man needs to be cleaned: he cannot clean himself because of extreme weakness. Can his daughter do this or must she hire someone else?
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Chabad What a groom should do?

From the fourth point of this letter igros kodesh 26 pg 222 (additional sources brought there 1 and 2) I understand that the groom should not take care of the wedding but should be learning... What I ...
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What can one do to see clearer that God is really in charge of everything?

Based on my Jewish learning it is clear that God created the world, oversees everything and everything that happens is in accord with his will. However as I carry out my day to day activities it ...
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About Grampanchayat Election [on hold]

I am working in pvt ltd company. I want going to voting for grampanchayat elections. And my Question is Maharashtra Government any GR for workers paid holiday ...if yes tell me or Send me photos ...
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Why no ashrei in maariv?

Why no ashrei in maariv, despite its importance? Also, why in shacharit twice? (Perhaps these are related questions.)
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Are shabbat candlesticks on a tray muktzeh?

If candlesticks are on a tray can they be moved off the table on Shabbat?
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28-line Tikkun for Ester

I am looking for a 28-line tikkun sofrim for Ester which has the 10 b'nei Haman written within the same amud as either the prior, or subsequent text, rather than alone. Does anyone know where I could ...
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Why ever rely on a vav hahipuch?

There is a grammatical form in the chumash of the vav [hahipuch]1 which turns words written in the past form into future tense and future tense constructs into past. I noted this, I think, pointed out ...
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Looking for a good tikkun kor'im

I have an old Tikkun Kor'im by Mishor whose cover has literally come off (ah, the motivation for that question is revealed!). Now that i'm in the market for a new tikkun, i'd like to make sure i get ...
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Can I get the Rambam's correspondence with the French rabbis online?

I recently read an article by Rabbi Yaacov Schwartz in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (Fall 1988) titled "Jewish Implications of Astrology." In the article, he quotes the Rambam in ...
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Chazal and Rain Clouds

I was read in Torah Tavlin the following: "Chazal tell us that the darkest clouds contain the most rain." Does anyone know where the source for this Chazal is located?
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Massacre of Baalei Tosafos

There is a famous story about the Baalei Tosafos using their own blood to write their pirush on the chapter Merubah in Bava Kamma before they were massacred. Is there a source for this?
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what is the single letter difference between ashkenazi and sephardi torah scrolls

According to http://onthemainline.blogspot.co.uk/2005/12/textual-criticism-of-torah-response-to.html The only letter difference between Ashkenazim and Sephardim is whether a particular word ends ...
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response to barachu vs candles, in bringing shabbat in early?

I understand how it can be that lighting candles bring in shabbat. But I don't understand how responding to Barachu(or any part of the davening) can bring in or be used to bring in shabbat. I can ...
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Difference in Kedusha of Shemoneh Esrei between Nusach Ashkanaz and Nusach Sephard

During Chazaras HaShatz of Shemoneh Esrei the beginning of "Kedusha" is different in Nusach Ashkanaz than it is in Nusach Sephard. What is the reason for the difference and where does each nusach come ...
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If a non-religious person is of Jewish heritage, can one wear the Star of David? [duplicate]

I asked my mother if she can buy me the Star of David since my Grandmother is Jewish (as well as my mother) which makes me of Jewish heritage. I dearly respect the religion even though I'm not ...
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Is allowed for a non tohor (unclean) person to read the Tanach?

If a person wakes up but is not sure if what came out of his body is a tiny amount of semen or not. Is he permitted to read the Tanach or study Torah before becoming pure again on the evening?
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River flowing from the southern end of the Dead Sea?

A footnote on page 966 of the Artscroll chumash (this week's reading) has a map that includes the dead sea. The map shows a river flowing from the southern tip of the sea. According to a Duke U site: ...
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Do Whole Vanilla Beans Need A Hekhsher?

Vanilla beans and their derivatives are commonly used in many dishes as a spice. The whole beans are available for purchase in stores and online. I understand that plain fruits and vegetables (when ...

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