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Stoning of homosexuals

Is the stoning of homosexuals in the Torah to be taken at face value or is there a deeper meaning beyond the scripture itself? When Moshiach comes, will the courts actually mete out such a punishment ...
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Source text behind Rabbinic view on Dinah, Simeon, and Shaul noted in Jewish Encyclopedia

Regarding Dinah, the Jewish Encyclopedia states (bolding added by me): —In Rabbinical Literature: Dinah is blamed for the affair with Shechem because she "went out" (Gen. xxxiv. 1), and her ...
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Source of a common tune to “Adon olam”

The liturgical poem beginning "Adon olam" is often sung (including as part of prayer services) to the same tune as "The Poet and the Prophet". Was that tune originally to (i.e. written for) Adon Olam? ...
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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say ...
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Why are the Yehi Ratzon prayers connected to Tachanun?

On Mondays and Thursdays, after the torah is read, we say a series of Yehi Ratzon prayers. However, we do not say those prayers on a Monday or Thursday on which we do not say Tachanun: The ...
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Relationship between Samekh and Sin

What is the relationship between the letters samekh and sin? Did they ever have distinct sounds? Why do they exist as separate letters?
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Is there a chazakah (halachic presumption) that an Eruv is down after a blizzard?

I remember, I was once at shul Friday night, and it was just starting to snow and it was predicted to be a huge blizzard. The Rabbi got up and announced that tomorrow people should work under the ...
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In Devarim 5:5 why does Moshe connect the people's fear with not going up Mt. Sinai?

In Devarim 5:5 Moshe says: "Because you were afraid of the fire and you didn't go up the mountain..." It seems that Moshe is saying that the fear of the fire coming from the mountain was why B'nai ...
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Reason for various positioning of “An'im Zemirot”

I am aware of 3 different customs of when to say An'im Zemirot on Shabbat: Beginning of Shacharit, Between Bircot Hashachar and Psukei D'Zimrah After Chazarat Hashat"z of Shacaharit End of Musaph ...
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Who organized the different trope tunes used in Ashkenazic Scripture reading?

Most Ashkenazic Scripture reading that I have heard uses a different trope tune for each of these readings: Shabbat, Yom Tov and weekday Torah reading Haftarah reading High Holiday Torah reading ...
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What does cantillation do to prayer's status?

I recall seeing recommendations, in multiple Halachic discussions, that someone who's reciting a Scripturally-derived prayer alone that normally requires a minyan, e.g. the 13 Attributes of Mercy, one ...
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Post mortem Tahara

I'm looking for sources discussing the religious aspect of the Tahara done on deceased Jews. I recall someone mentioning that the religious aspect of it was a practice we picked up from the Muslims ...
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Eating before davening mincha when one hasn't davened shachris

Let's say a person was unable to daven Shachris for a relatively legitimate reason, and finds himself in the afternoon, where he's now supposed to daven mincha twice. What of the prohibition of ...
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eating before kiddush

Is there any time in the early morning on Shabbat in which I can eat and drink something without any question of it being considered eating before davening and kiddush? For example, at 3, 4, or 5 ...
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Why does Chabad not do Kiddush before Davening?

The custom in Chabad is to eat Mezonos before Davening (to enable one to daven later and meditate on Hashem). The only reason we don't do kiddush before davening is because "the time didn't come yet" ...
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Eating before Davening with a Minyan, or Davening at home and not eating till later?

You wake up in the morning and are famished. In order to have strength to go to Shul you need to eat prior to Davening. However, if you were to Daven without a Minyan at home you would not have to eat ...
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How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?

(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.) A family minyan meeting once only on ...
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The blessing of Pru U'rvu

"The reason why a mule cannot reproduce is because is wasn't blessed by the blessing of Pru U'rvu during the Six Days of Creation. " Someone showed this to me while I was learning in Israel. I ...
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Is it forbidden to urinate in front of someone?

This may seem like a very odd question, however I remember seeing this talked about explicitly. Is there any prohibition of urinating in front of another person? Say for example you are the bathroom ...
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Where in hovot halevavot does the author mention the benefits of work?

I heard in a shiur that work is a bracha that prevents one from sin and allows one to be tested. In which chapter can I find this content?
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Do communal and individual prayers correspond to different sacrifices?

Prayer, in general, is compared to the sacrifices that were offered in the Temple, as alluded to in Hoshea 14:3. But, halacha distinguishes between the prayers of an individual (תפלה ביחיד) and the ...
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Difference between men and women regarding drinking water before the day kidush

In Chukas Hanoshim of the Ben Ish Hai chapter 43 (below) he writes that women cannot drink anything on Shabbos morning until kidush, but men can drink water before shachris. What might be his ...
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Why is it called Even HaEzer?

The session of Tur that deals with laws of marriage and divorce is called Even HaEzer (the stone of help). Does anyone know why did he called this session like this? What does it mean?
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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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Location of “Ad Haino” in the Siddur

Where is the part in the siddur that goes "Ad haino..." and is between Vayoshah Adonoy and Yishtabach?
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What kind of physical damage affects a contracts validity (if any)?

This question had a picture of a Ketuba with some damage to the paper. In Jewish Law, what kind of damage would invalidate a contract? In that Ketuba, for example, the standard text is ripped, but ...
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V'Lo Neivosh in Nusach Ashkenaz

Il-informed person here, just wondering, is the prayer "V'haer Eineinu" with "V'Lo Neivosh" in Nusach Ashkenaz?
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English translation of Kitzur Mitzvos Ha’aretz

I'm looking for an English translation of Kitzur Mitzvos Ha’aretz, (found in the back of some editions of the Kitzur), preferably one that is available online. Does such a translation exist?
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Bereishit vs. science

How does Judaism deal with the differences between scientific evidence of the beginning of the world and the account(s) in Bereishit?
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Did Rashi have nevuah?

I've heard that nevuah ended about 2000 years ago when the last neviim died. But I've also heard that Rashi had some kind of nevuah. If he didn't, then how could Rashi know so much hidden knowledge ...
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What's a good joke to start a dvar torah off with? [on hold]

The gemarah says that Rava would always say a joke before giving his torah class. What would be a good joke to begin a dvar torah with?
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Why do we recite Targum translation for 3 verses in “Kedusha Desidra”?

Following Shacharit Shemonah Esreh, during Shabbat Mincha, and after the Amidah on Motza'ei Shabbat, קדושה דסדרא also called, ובא לציון is said. The beginning contains 3 verses, 2 of which are part of ...
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Drinking coffee using non-kosher utensils

Is there a legitimate heter for drinking coffee from a coffee cup that would most likely have been washed with non-kosher utensils? I have seen people be lenient in this respect, but don't know why.
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Getting body piercings

The Torah prohibits, generally, the infliction of a wound on yourself or someone else. See Lev. 19:28. The obvious exception is the commandment to perform a bris millah (circumcision) on a male ...
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Violating a cancelable oath?

If someone made an oath "I'm not going to eat bread for thirty days" and wants to "cancel" it, he goes to three people and tells them "I didn't know that it would be so hard". They say "OK, it's ...
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What did the 70 elders see?

Parshat Mishpatim says of the 70 elders who went up on Har Sinai with Moshe and Aharon: וַיִּרְאוּ, אֵת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְתַחַת רַגְלָיו, כְּמַעֲשֵׂה לִבְנַת הַסַּפִּיר, וּכְעֶצֶם הַשָּׁמַיִם, ...
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Custom Tallis and Tefillin Bag makers

As some of you may know, I was in Israel for awhile. While I was there, I decided to look for a set of bags with a nesiyat kapayim design (hands in the position used for duchaning, similar to this) on ...
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If G-d does not lack anything what is meant when it says that he desires prayers of the righteous? [duplicate]

I believe that rashi says that the reason God made the avos/imos barren is so that they would pray since God desires the prayers of the righteous. There's also the idea in Judaism that God is a ...
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Meaning of “emunah shlaima”? [closed]

The Rambam's 13 Articles of Faith begin with the statement: "אני מאמין באמונה שלמה" - "I believe with complete faith...", words that then go on to express our faith that God "creates and guides" all ...
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Are there any jokes in tanach?

Are there any examples of actual jokes in tanach? Please provide sources.
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Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided

May I attend a Super Bowl party run by their office or school? Assume there will be all types of alcohols available, and Kosher food. Also, if I'm allowed, what are the ground laws while attending ...
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Mezuza on an elevator?

Today I walked into a building and discovered that someone had taped a mezuza onto the "doorpost" of the elevator. The elevator is about 1m x 1m square - way too small for a room to justify having a ...
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Could somebody identify this, and for what occasion it's used?

Firstly, I must apologise if this is not the right place to ask, and for the mediocre image quality. It appears to be a purple crown on a light box with Hebrew text, and is present at a number of ...
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Is the book of Enoch part of judaism?

The book (or books) of Enoch is a collection of works purportedly made by Enoch, the great grandfather of Noach, before the flood. I read that they are not part of the Tanach, even though it contains ...
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Yichud with a transgender person?

Suppose there was a man, A, that underwent an operation whereby afterwards A now considers themselves female. Suppose one is generally unclear as to the specifics of the operation, but that A ...
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Is “וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר” ever fulfilled?

When Yaakov and Eisav are born we are told of their eternal battle. Bereishit (25:23): וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה לָהּ, שְׁנֵי גֹיִים בְּבִטְנֵךְ, וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים, מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ; וּלְאֹם ...
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Is there any outer scripture evidence for the exile of the Jews from Egypt? [duplicate]

Are there fe inscriptions found in Egypt where they were slaves and were purchased by the egyptians?
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

What are the major kashrus/halachic issues with going to a non-kosher restaurant and ordering, say, [kosher fish] and vegetables; dressed with only extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; ...
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Avot keeping Mitzvot

How are we to understand the tradition that the patriarchs kept all of the mitzvot in the Torah (see for example the last mishna in Kidushin, Rashi Bereshit 32:5, etc.) in light of the many obvious ...
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Why don't Jews think Jesus is the messiah?

Christians say that Jesus is the Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament; Jews disagree. Why couldn't Jesus be the Messiah spoken of? Or could he possibly have been?

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