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Amaleik, Refidim and Disunity

The Torah says that the Amaleik came and battled Israel at Refidim. I read in a book called, "Up, Up, and Oy Vey by Simcha Weinstein, page 65, that according to the sages, the Jews were actually ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

Since Hanukkah, I have been attracted to the 'character' displayed by the flame of a candle. Even on Shabbat I have witnessed differences between two candles in how they burn (starting from any ...
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Is there any source that says that women should / should not get drunk on Purim?

The prevalent מנהג is that women do not get drunk on Purim. I assume this due to tznius (modesty) concerns. Is there any ancient or recent source that explicitly discusses women not/yes drinking on ...
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Bemidbar 9:2 - Why is the word pronounced “Posach”, with a kamatz?

During this morning's (4th day Hol Hamo'ed Pesach outside Israel) I noticed that in Numbers 9:2: וְיַעֲשׂ֧וּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֛ל אֶת־הַפָּ֖סַח בְּמוֹעֲדֽוֹ׃ ’Let the children of Israel keep the ...
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Why do Chabad wedding invitations show the wrong time?

It has recently come to my attention that Chabad wedding invitations in the US are often bilingual Hebrew/English and the time given for the wedding on the Hebrew side is wrong (perhaps a copy of the ...
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In Israel, can one eat Chametz brought in by a Gentile this Shabbat? [duplicate]

This Shabbat, in Israel, will follow after the end of Pesach. Since it is not Pesach, Israelis are allowed to eat chametz. However, since their own chametz has not been bought back, they cannot eat ...
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how to attain Humility

in the beginning of the Ramban's letter to His son, He talks about the importance of not getting angry and and that this will lead to Humility. He says that a person should "speak gently to all ...
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72 Names of God pendants

Is there a problem wearing 72 Names of God pendants? Or unlike the sacred Name of God from the Torah it is allowed? The sacred name in the Torah is YHVH (in Hebrew letters Yud Hey Vav Hey) and as far ...
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Covenant between the pieces: dividing and keeping it whole

In the covenant between te pieces (ברית בין הבתרים) all the animals had to be cut into two parts, but the two birds (dove תר and pigeon גוזל) are refered to as literally one bird (ואת הצפר לא בתר) ...
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My Orthodox Jewish co-worker invited me to his wedding. Anything I should know about?

My Orthodox Jewish co-worker invited me to his wedding, but I've never been to a Jewish wedding before. Is there anything I should be aware about if I plan to attend?
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Where does the idea that 7 is the number of completeness come from?

I've heard often that the number 7, when seen in scripture, mean completeness or fullness in some way. I'm aware that the number 7 exists many times in scripture, but nowhere does it state or ...
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Hebrew language---pronunciation of the qamets again

It's about the name Noomi, that is to say Ruth's mother-in-law's name. What I did learn is that this pronunciation must be /no'omí:/, but I don't understand why anymore. The Hebrew script of this ...
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Can you explain these Halachic terms please?

I'm new to this, can you please very briefly explain what these terms mean: Shinu, Makkeh Befatish, Deshas Dehach, Shvut D'Shvut, Thanks in advance
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Why is corn a forbidden kitniyot?

Was reading halakhic discourse given here that said the following: In later generations, the Ashkenazi Poskim discuss whether other foods, such as coffee beans, peanuts and quinoa, would also be ...
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What is the significance of 7-month births?

I have noticed that there are a number of significant figures in Jewish history who were born at 7 months. To name a few: Yitzchok Avinu (Rosh Hashana 11a) Reuvein, Shimon, and Levi (Rabbeinu ...
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Which rabbis (among hazal) read texts of Torah she Ba'al Peh?

Which rabbis (among hazal) do we hear about reading aggadata/targum/any other form of 'torah she ba'al peh'? What's the earliest example? When is reading (as opposed to hearing) aggadata first ...
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May women say prayers aloud in the presence of men?

Is there a tznius (or any other) issue with women saying blessings and/or prayers aloud in the presence of unrelated men? I remember hearing that certain inyonim (perhaps kol isha?) do not apply if ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

A woman should not sing along to a song in the presence of unrelated Jewish men. But can she mouth the words? I never see frum women doing this, presumably because of marat ayin. As far as the issue ...
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Miracles through natural means

I've heard it said that both Ramban and Rambam believed that Hashem causes miracles to occur through natural means, but I've never seen this. What exactly do they (and other significant Rabbonim) say ...
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Why eat gebrochts on the 8th day?

Apparently, among those who don't eat gebrochts during Pesach, the custom is to specifically eat it on the 8th day. From ...
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How much wine should women drink at the Pesach seder?

In light of the concerns discussed here, how much of the Four Cups are women required/advised to drink at the Passover seder? At my last seder, I was told that women only need to have "a little" (a ...
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Why did the midwives deserve such a great reward, they only did what they had to

The midwives got a huge reward, the greatest possible, that their children would be the kings and kohanim. What exactly did they do to deserve this. They didnt kill the children, most likely pharaoh ...
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How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?

How can I tell if a given year is a Hebrew Leap Year? The simpler, the better. [Assuming we are using a fixed calendar, not like the "olden days".]
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Miracles through natural means (part 2)

This is a follow up to my previous question. Does anyone know of any sources where modern scientists and/or Rabbonim with relevant knowledge have discussed various possibilities for how overt ...
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Swimming on Shabbos

Is it permitted to go swimming on Shabbos?
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As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. pedagogic Talmud Torah

The Gemara in Yebamot 117b try to explain the reciprocity of sentiment between mother-in-law (X) and her daughter-in-law (Y). As an illustration of this phenomenon, Gemara quotes a verse in Proverbs ...
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What was pharaoh's and his people's change of heart of sending away the Jewish people from Egypt

here are the pesukim. It says pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart. Rashi says that the end of the posuk only refers to pharaoh but not to his servants. Their change of heart was because ...
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In what sense is Hanukkah “a Yom Tov like other yamim tovim”?

The Machzor Vitry (§234) finds a scriptural source for Hanukkah in Leviticus 24:2. That the stipulation that Israelites should collect pure olive oil for the menorah should follow on from a ...
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Do roasted peanuts in their shells require a hechsher?

I know that non-Israel grown raw peanuts in their shell are considered plain "vegetables" / legumes and do not require kosher certification, as other untouched fresh fruit / veggies. Shelled peanuts ...
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What is Chassidut meantioned by the Misilat Yeshorim?

The Misilat Yeshorim writes: There are many who deal with Halachic discussions, others with Midrash and others with legal decisions. There are few, however, who devote thought to true ...
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Nusach Sefard vs. Nusach Ha-Arizal

So I was wondering what differences there are between Nusach Sefard, the traditional Chassidic nusach and Nusach Ha-Arizal, the Chabadnik nusach arranged by the Alter Rebbe (Rabbi Schneur Zalman of ...
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Yaale Veyavo in the Hagada. From Tefilah to Geula

The topic of this question is the building process of Geula We see in Hagada (Parshat Bikurim, Deuteronomy 24) a succession of verbs witch describe the preliminaries of the Geula, from prayer to ...
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Makkot 7a: מעגילה

The Mishnah mentioned some sort of roller to spread plaster over rooftops. Why is this called מעגילה especially since it only called that way on the way down?
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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When is there Kaddish after a shiur?

When do you say Kaddish Derabanan after a shiur? What are the requirements for this Kaddish?
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Assimilated Bucharian Jews

I was told that there is a discussion regarding the Jewishness of Bucharian Jews, because they were forced into being assimilated into the surrounding gentile culture, (perhaps the discussion was by ...
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Who should say the half kaddish after reading the Torah?

Who is supposed to say the chatzi kaddish after the torah reading? Is it the person who read the torah or an ovel who is saying kaddish?
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(Ki) Ani Hashem Elokeihem

Twenty-seven times (by my count) in Torah and in Ezekiel, we find the phrase אני ה׳ אלקיכם or אני ה׳ אלקיהם at the end of a pasuk (for example, Lev 25:55). In eight of these cases, the phrase is ...
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How can I distinguish p'shat from interpretation in torah translations if I'm not fluent in Hebrew?

This question is prompted by a specific case, but I'm asking a general question. The specific case, for illustration: I've seen two different translations for D'varim 26:5, and they are reflected in ...
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Prohibition of causing mitzta'er on Yom Tov

I have heard about a Biblical prohibition on causing oneself to suffer during Yom Tov. The example that always comes up for this mitzvah is the permission not to sleep in the sukkah if it causes one ...
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Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant?

Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?
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Do you have to eat bread meal(s) on every day of Chol HaMoed?

Many say there is an obligation to eat meals with bread as part of simchas Yom Tov. Is there a similar obligation to eat bread during Chol HaMoed? If so, how often? For example, during Chol HaMoed ...
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil at the Pesach Seder?

When the (first) Seder falls out on Friday night (as it did this year), the custom at my family's Seder is not to say Shalom Aleichem and Eishet Chayil. I have looked in all of the Machzorim and ...
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Preparing kitniyot for Shabbat immediately after Pesach

In a year like this, where the last day of Pesach (for Israelis) is on Friday, can kitniyot be cooked on Pesach for use on Shabbat? I know that eating kitniyot that don't have to be prepared is not a ...
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Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax [duplicate]

I apologize that this question has quite a bit of background! Many states in the USA have something called a 'sales and use tax'. The basic idea is that whenever you buy something in the state, ...
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Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah?

Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah? Are Cohens generally restricted from marrying baalot teshuva because of the possibility that they may be b'not niddah?
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What is Lubavitch Shechita?

I was recently told about a Lubavitch family who only eats Lubavitch shechita. What is unique about Lubavitch shechita? Are there particular opinions which they are stringent for that no one else is? ...
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Is coin a mana?

The gemara (Bava Metzia 47a) quotes a statement, and tries to figure out which opinions are (in)compatible with this statement: אמר רב ששת בריה דרב אידי כמאן כתבינן האידנא במנא דכשר למקניא ביה ...
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No Hallel in the seder?

I used a reprint of an old haggada this year (I think it was this one) on the second night. Through the meal everything was as I expected, other than a few differences because the haggada is Egyptian ...
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May one roll a Sefer Torah on Friday Yom Tov for Shabbat use?

Based on my understanding... One is not allowed to make preparations on the 1st day of Yom Tov for the 2nd day. An Eruv Tavshilin allows one to cook, bake and make food preparations on Friday for ...

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