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How would you translate מנהגא מילתא היא?

How would you translate מנהגא מילתא היא?
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How does a verse in Yirmiyahu prove that one should say “אני ה' אלהיכם אמת” without interruption

In Talmud Berachot end of 14A, beginning of 14B, a reason is given why one does not make an interruption between "Ani Hashem Elokeichem" of the end of Shema, and "Emet": ‏א"ר אבהו א"ר יוחנן ...
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Why are large Jewish communities not picking up and moving to Israel?

In last week's Parsha we saw a clear instruction to "settle" the land of Israel. I read that is some distinction between the Rambam and the Ramban whether it is classified as one of the 613 Mitzvot, ...
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Tallit pattern archive

I have noticed when looking at old photos that there seem to have been many more patterns for tallitot in the past. As there seem to be only two major manufacturers (Talit[a]nia and Mishkan ...
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Blessing which comes from seeing uglification

Is there a blessing which comes from seeing an otherwise evil person become ugly? Maybe what was on the inside finally came out?
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What if I do not want (await) Moshiach to come?

It says in Rambam (I'm quoting from another question): כל מי שאינו מאמין בו, או מי שאינו מחכה לביאתו, לא בשאר נביאים בלבד הוא כופר, אלא בתורה ובמשה רבינו and whoever doesn't believe in him or ...
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Is it appropriately Jewish to use Psalms as a form of talisman?

While wandering around Israel, I noticed a group of youths asking the public to recite a psalm for the soldiers. Ok, I recited a Psalm. I assumed these prayers were fulfilling what I saw as the ...
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What is the first use of the word “Seder” (סדר) for the Pesach night proceedings?

The Pesach night proceedings are commonly called the "Seder" (סדר). This word more generally means "order." What is the first recorded use of the word סדר for this event?
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Does the Mechaber, banning meat at seudah mafseket, mean it's okay beforehand?

The mechaber writes that we have the custom one can't eat, during the seudah mafseket, salted meat even over two days and one night. Does that mean that during the nine days it would be permissable?
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How far may one go with doing an aveira (violating a negative mitzva) if it means performing a positive mitzva?

I cannot remember where, but somewhere in gemara it mentions that when confronted with doing a positive mitzva or keeping a negative mitzva, one should do a positive mitzva. How far does this go ...
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Is it permissible for a woman to learn Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch?

Is there anything prohibiting/restricting a woman from reading Pirkei Avot or the Shulchan Aruch?
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Who performed the bris of Abraham?

It is clear that Abraham understood the Torah, and that he waited to enact his bris until commanded, but who performed it? Did he do it himself, or was someone else instructed to do it, to serve in ...
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Is the Targum Neofiti accepted by orthodox Judaism?

Targum Neofiti is believed by scholars to be an ancient translation of the torah. I would like to know What its status is in orthodox Judaism? It is accepted as an authoritative ...
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During the nine days, can we do something “slightly dangerous” in order to fulfill a mitzvah?

During the nine days, many hold that we refrain from activities that are considered even slightly dangerous; for example, air travel. However, I have read that R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (who ...
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How was Tevilas Ezra effective in limiting conjugal relations?

Many go to mikve (perform ritual immersion) every morning. One reason for this is voluntary continuation of a cancelled decree, Tevilas Ezra, meant to limit conjugal relations by requiring immersion ...
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Why do women and girls not immerse before prayer?

According to Lubavitcher Rebbe, daily ritual immersion is a commendable practice, as a praying Jew is likened to the kohen who would always immerse before his avoda. Why do the women of those ...
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Hashem and Arabs

Someone quoted to me a Gemara in Sukkah which said that Hashem had charata that He created arabs. What daf in Sukkah is that on?
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Was Uriah Jewish?

Uriah the Hittite (mentioned in 2 Shmuel 11 and various other places) seems to be Jewish based on his name (Light of God). So why was he called "the Hittite"? Is there any opinion that he was not ...
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If Bal Tashchis and Achila Gasa would get in a fight, who would win?

There is a prohibition not to be wasteful. There is also a prohibition not to overeat. If a person was full, and the rest of the food was going to go to waste, is it better to discard perfectly good ...
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Is taxidermy kosher?

Is the art of taxidermy kosher? What about keeping animals that are stuffed in your house? My family has recently become more observant and my brother wanted to get several stuffed animals, fish, ...
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moshiach, arrival and the torah's perspective

I know someone who has a shirt is in his closet which he designated for himself to wear when Moshiach comes. How will we know when the yeshuah of HaKadosh Baruch Hu - in which he will bring Moshiach ...
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beracha, kavanos and words

When making a berachah must one have certain kavanos on certain words in the berachah that he is saying in order to be יוצא it?
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Differences between Bat Kol and prophecy

A bat kol, lit. a 'daughter of a voice', is understood by Marcus Jastrow as a divine voice, a substitute for prophecy. The instance of a bat kol occurs many times in the Talmud1. There are sources ...
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What is the significance of using shevet vs. mattot in Parshat Mattot?

In Parashat Mattot the word matteh is used in place of the more commonly found shevet? Why is that? They both mean tribes no?
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Had B'nai Yisra'el not sent the spies, would they have had to fight against Amalek?

Rashi on Devarim 1:8 says that if it weren't for the sin with the spies, we would have never needed armaments. Bamidbar 14:25 tells us that Amalek lived in the valleys, and Devarim 25:29 states that ...
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The Tyrian Smith's Lineage

Kings I ch. 7 tells of Solomon enlisting a Tyrian smith named Hiram to fashion many implements that were used in the Temple. He is said to be the orphaned son of a Tyrian man and a woman from ...
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Was the first child of Dovid and Batsheva supposed to be Moshiach?

Rav Neventzal’s sichos Bereishis sichah 36, explains that Dovid knew via ru’ach ha’kodesh that Moshiach was going to come from his relationship with Batsheva. I heard that this refers to the child who ...
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Why are certain kosher meat / poultry parts hard to obtain in the U.S.?

Years ago, my parents could easily purchase these meat & poultry parts that I rarely see now: chicken feet cow / calf lungs goose & goose liver When I was in Israel, these animals or parts ...
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Prophet “Jeremiah” from Tanach in translation to German language online available?

These days the story of the prophet Jeremiah caught my deeper interest. Currently reading it in various German translations of the Bible I see that it might be non-trivial how near to the original the ...
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Why isn't Hallel recited on VE Day?

There is a good deal of controversy about reciting Hallel on days not ordained by ancient tradition. But there are at least some opinions that Hallel should be recited to commemorate dates of ...
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Why is there a parsha break in the middle of a verse?

In this week's parsha, we see a parsha (stumah) "break" in the middle of Devarim 2:8. There are several other places where there is a parsha break in the middle of the verse. Another example occurs ...
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Why is there a paragraph break in the middle of the list of travels?

In (Bamidbar Ch. 33) the Torah lists all the stops the Israelites made in the desert. Between verses 39 and 40, there is a parsha-break, represented by the ס in the linked text, which is the Torah's ...
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Should someone say Tefillat Haderech if he is riding the NY City subway even less than 1 parsa?

I am excerpting part of an answer to this question the Aruch HaShulachan (as well as the B'er Heitev) in סימן קי - דיני תפילת ''הביננו'', ותפילת הדרך והפועלים says: טו: אין לאמר תפילת הדרך ...
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Machine-Readable Torah

Is there a machine-readable Sefer Torah or Chumash? Machine-readable meaning formatted as to be understood by a computer program. Despite the phrase, this is different from a Torah simply stored in ...
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Mussaf before Mincha Katana

[This is not a request for a psak, as I did say Mussaf on time today, B"H.] If it is now after Mincha Gedola, but before Mincha Ketana, and there is no Minyan, what should an individual say first, ...
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Why is there no more animal sacrifice as our forefathers did? [duplicate]

The ancient Yehudim used to sacrifice animals to haShem so why do we Yehudim no longer do so today?
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Does “vertical” distance require saying Tefillat Haderech?

Does "vertical" travel require saying Tefillat haderech? Examples: Bungee jumping Hang gliding Ski lift / cable car Mountain climbing / rapelling (using rope to scale the mountain.) Sky Diving / ...
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“Hello” and “sincerely” when writting letters

Not sure if this falls on the side/outside of the scope of this page. If so, let me know, and I can delete. I have heard of shalom aleichem among people and the reply aleichem shalom, or simply ...
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Feldheim's Sefer Piyutim

Feldheim used to publish a book with the piyutim added for shabbatot throughout the year, which I have heard referred to by such disparate names as "the blue book"*, Piyutim le-shabatot ha-shana ...
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Source of Gentiles given sports to distract them from harming Jews

I heard a long time ago from a high-school rebbe of mine that G-d gave Gentiles sports / athletics to distract them from attacking Jews. What is the source of this concept?
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Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”

Every sport has some type of danger involved with it. But, I am referring to certain sports that are, perhaps, "inherently dangerous" or what some might call "adventure" or "thrill" sports. Examples: ...
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'Removal of the evil inclination is like removal of the soul'

I saw recently (here) in the name of the Chazon Ish that 'removal of the evil inclination removes the soul'. Is there a written source for this (either in the writings of the Chazon Ish or elsewhere)? ...
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Preparing food for Yom Tov Sheni

Orach Chaim 503 says that one may not prepare from the first day of Yom Tov for the second day of Yom Tov. However, if one is going to eat even one piece of meat on the first day, they may fill up a ...
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When is the next shmita year (as of 5772)?

When is the next shmita year? Is there disagreement about which year? If so, which Jewish sects or traditions believe the shmita is in which years? If you specify years since creation, please also ...
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Hunting in Judaism

Hunting is generally frowned on in Judaism, and hunting for sport is especially frowned on. However, as hunting is not completely assur, I had the following question: how exactly would a Jew hunt? ...
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What is the connection between Moshiach and Tisha B'Av?

I often see the following from Yerushalmi Berachot cited as a source that Moshiach will be born on Tisha B'Av: עובדא הוה בחד יהודאי דהוה קאים רדי געת תורתיה קומוי עבר חד ערביי ושמע קלה א"ל בר ...
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Parameters of “kalus rosh”

What is the definition of kalus rosh? What are the halachos of kalus rosh and where do they apply?
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Is this the Chofetz Chaim?

What is the story behind this picture being known as the image of the great Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan(Chafetz Chaim)? Is it him in fact? Where does it come from? The only true picture (that I am ...
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Can a yefas toar be Jewish?

I realize that when the torah discusses אשת יפת תואר it specifies כִּי-תֵצֵא לַמִּלְחָמָה, עַל-אֹיְבֶיךָ (Bamidbar 21:10) But I would still like to know if the halacha of אשת יפת תואר could ...
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CYLOR and Mesorah

Assume that someone has a she'elah, however their local rabbi does not follow their mesorah. How would one approach the issue of a psak? For example, let's say my LOR is a Chabad shaliach and I need ...

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