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Why was the kipa a justified way to execute criminals?

The Mishna Sanhedrin 81B brings a form of execution where the convicted person is placed in a tight chamber, fed minimal amounts of food to shrink the stomach, and then fed a lot to cause the stomach ...
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How to Jews that consider themselves “Orthodox” support male homosexual marriage in the United States? [on hold]

How do Jews that apparently otherwise abide by halacha support the "right" for homosexual males to "wed" each other in the United States, something described in the Torah as a toeva (abomination), and ...
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Is there a way to minimize soreness or getting a lip blister from blowing the shofar?

Each year after I blow the shofar on Rosh Hashannah, the area on my lip at the right corner of my mouth where the shofar had rested gets very sore and sometimes I get a small blister which is a bit ...
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Mezuzah on window

Many homes have a porch over the first level which is only accessible by going out and back in through a window on the second level. Would this window/doorway require a mezuzah? Is there something ...
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logic behind kol kavua k'mechtza al mechtze

there is a principle in halacha regarding doubts that if something is separated from a kavua (fixed place) it is treated as 50/50% chance even if the permitted is the majority. but if it is found in ...
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If someone hospitalized on erev Shabbat is then asked/required to sign a release form during Shabbat, what is to be done?

If someone is hospitalized on erev Shabbos, and asked/required to sign a release form upon the conclusion of his time there, should this be signed with a shinui?
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Can a woman be a zadik?

Can a woman be a zadik? Who of the matriarchs would be considered a zaikai if women can be. Thank you.
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Daughter of Pharao doing Teshuvah?

I read a part of Megillah 13a that stated that the daughter of Pharao repudiated idolatry. And i also found that the verse of Shemot 2:5 reads that she 'washed herself over (al) the water'; The ...
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Different Minhagim of Terua Sounds

I recently heard that a difference exists between the terua sounds of different communities, i.e. Ashkenazim, Sepharadim and Temanim. What are the differences?
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Is it disrespectful to say a blessing while the man reciting is without a shirt on the top? [duplicate]

If a situation making the man to take off his shirt (e.g. the weather is very hot), is it disrespectful if he said a blessing over bread, fruits, etc.... ?
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Did the Ramban say that mitzvos d'Rabbanan are only obligatory in the Land of Israel?

I've heard (maybe seen also?) that the Ramban (Rav Moshe ben Nachman, Nachmanides) said that Rabbincal Commands are only obligatory while in the Land of Israel. Is this true? (If so) Where is it ...
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Guide to being a good father?

Are there any halachic guides to being a good father? Beyond that, a list of well established principles rooted in halacha?
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Topical Index to Sefer HaZohar

Is there a book, preferably freely available online, that lets you look up a topic alphabetically and get a list of references to passages in the Zohar discussing that topic?
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Are there any halachic issues with apologizing to a past shidduch before rosh hashanah?

If someone feels that there might have been some wrong doing during a past shidduch and would like to apologize before judgement day, can one do so or should he/she just let it be? The issues that ...
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What conditions require accepting the Messiah [duplicate]

I have bumped into some christian websites claiming that the Jews are blameworthy for not accepting jesus as the Messiah. According to our tradition what conditions are there (if any) that require ...
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Can someone keep objects bought with money not obtained honestly? [duplicate]

If someone got money not honestly ex:he did surveys online for money but didn't answer the questions honestly and he doesn't know exactly whom he got the money from since each time the survey was from ...
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Asking a Human to Interecede with God

Rambam writes (Hil. Avoda Zara) that it is forbidden to utilize any entity as an intermediary between oneself and God (more accurately that one who does so is a heretic who loses his share in the ...
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For puposes of Tashlich, what is considered a “body of water”?

On the 1st day of Rosh Hashanna (if not Shabbat), customarily people go to a body of water for Tashlich. Does the water have to be there currently and must be a "natural" body of water? If so, what's ...
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What is the role of a wife towards her husband according to Jewish thought?

What does the Torah, encompassing all of the Jewish works, say about the duties and responsibilities of a wife towards her husband? I would like some sources on the matter.
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What is the role of a father in a family according to Jewish thought?

What does the Torah, encompassing all of Jewish works, say about the duties and responsibilities of a father? I would like some sources on the matter.
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What is the role of a husband in a marriage according to Jewish thought?

What does the Torah, encompassing all of the Jewish works, say about the duties and responsibilities of a husband? I would like some sources on the matter.
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Commisioning a pruzbul in Monsey area

What are the procedures for commissioning a pruzbul, e.g. in the greater Monsey, NY area? Are there local batei din or shul rabbis who do this? Can it be done online?
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Is learning the Tanya dangerous?

There seems to be a negative connotation around Chabad Lubavitch - mostly caused by the mashichists. For someone that does not adhere to the beliefs of the mashichists (someone who believes that is ...
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Spanish-Portuguese Torah Vestments

The first Shabbat I was in Yerushalayim (Parshat Shoftim) my father and I davened at the Italian Synagogue. While the nusach there follows the older Roman nusach, the Sifrei Torah are caparisoned in ...
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Is one obligated to honor his word in a business agreement with a non-jew?

If one makes a certain agreement in business with a non-jew outside the range of something forbidden by the Torah itself (e.g to do something at a certain time or location etc.), is one obliged to ...
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What is the meaning of the term בוחן כליות in High Holiday prayers? [duplicate]

In Nusach Ashkenaz (and I assume Nusach Sefard as well as other nuscha'ot), there is a "hymn" said as part of the Musaph service on both days of Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur that has a refrain וכל ...
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Why can't we distribute mitzvah obligations around the community?

How do we know from the Torah that it would not be sufficient just to have some people doing davening, others doing negel vasser, others doing tzitzit, others doing chachnosas kallah, others doing ...
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a non halachic pirush on maseches kelim

I recall once having seen a pirush on maseches kelim from a kabalah - chasidus viewpoint, and i since cant recall the name of the sefer or who wrote it, any ideas?
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What is the correct translation of הֵילֵ֣ל?

Shalom everyone, new visitor here. The term הֵילֵ֣ל may be found in Isaiah 14:12, but I have not been able to find it in any Hebrew dictionaries. English translations range from "morning," to ...
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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 detaining, similar to this) on ...
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Start time of Jewish holidays: Exactly at sunset or some other time near it?

It's my understanding that Judaism defines the start of a day as sunset. However, on one of my calendars, several Jewish holidays are indicated as starting at sundown (approximate). Does the Jewish ...
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Biblical figures in the Kabbalah

I am seeking to understand the kabbalistic meanings of the following biblical persons: 1) Esav. Does he represent tohu chesed or klippot chesed? 2) Lot. Would appreciate Sources With Your answer.
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For how many years was Aliya L'Regel kept?

The Torah states that, during Temple times, all Jewish males are to go to Jerusalem to celebrate each festival (i.e. Pesahh, Shavu'ot, Sukkot). G-d promises to protect the land from invaders during ...
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Destruction of Angel Worship Sites

PREFACE: THIS QUESTION IS MEANT PURELY THEORETICALLY AND NOT PRACTICALLY AT ALL!! According to Deuteronomy (12: 2) idolatrous sites are to be destroyed under certain circumstances. אַבֵּד ...
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Siddur with metegs? (and preferably markings for dagesh chazak, kamatz katan, shva na, chirik gadol)

I'm interested in a siddur with good markings.. 1st priority is it should have metegs.. 2nd priority is it should have kamatz katon marked. and preferably also, markings for dagesh chazak, shva na, ...
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Batyah the daughter of Pharao [on hold]

I read different stories/midrashes (Megillah 13a), about Shemot that call the daughter of Pharao Bithiah: they connect this name within 1 Chronicles 4:18 to the daughter of Pharao that saved Moshe? ...
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“Upper Level Teshuva” for Zera LeVatala

In the Tanya, Iggeret HaTeshuva Perek 4, the Ba'al HaTanya writes that the statement "there is no teshuva for spilling seed" applies only to "lower teshuva" ("re-attaching the second hei to Hashem's ...
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Rosh HaShanna glossary: What do hain, hesed, and rachamim mean?

There are many words in the siddur and in the machzor for Rosh HaShanna that seem central to the prayers for the season including hain, hesed, and rachamim, and also words translated as: help, save, ...
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How must we feel about the destruction of Syrian temples by Daesh? [duplicate]

It is a positive commandment to destroy false deities, all their accessories, and everything that is made for their purposes, as [Deuteronomy 12:2] states: "You shall surely destroy all the places ...
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What angels have vanished after fulfilling their tasks?

I've read in various threads here that once an angel has fulfilled his task he vanishes. I'm very interested in stories where this happens. What are some examples of stories where angels have ...
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Apartment buildings higher than the shul

Shabbat 11a states that a city in which houses (but not towers or castles/fortresses [unsure about the translation]) are built higher than the synagogue will eventually be destroyed. ואמר רבא בר ...
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Is there an authentic source for such a partial hair covering for women?

I'm aware that per 'Iqar HaDin (baseline Halakhah), Qitzur Shulhhan 'Arukh - Yalqut Yosef writes that a woman may reveal two finger-breadths of her hair (where her hair connects to her head) while ...
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What is the ideal design of a synagogue?

What guidance is given for ideal qualities of a synagogue? (eg what shape) Since most buildings require a degree of compromise, are we told which architectural features should be actively avoided? ...
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Is it generally accepted by Jewish scholars that Judaism was at one stage henotheist and/or monolatrist? [duplicate]

It is widely believed, among scholars of the history of Judaism and the Jewish scriptures, that the earliest books of the Tanakh display a gradual shift from a position of henotheism, to a form of ...
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Is non-kosher-dyed food kosher?

Supoose some non-slaughtered-animal or non-kosher-species ingredient gets mixed accidentally into a larger food. From what I understand, if the non-kosher ingredient is not thought to add flavor to ...
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What Hebrew must I know in order to read the Minchas Shai?

I am interested in understanding the Tenach better, as well as rules related to leining. I have resources for learning biblical Hebrew. Vocabulary lists, and charts showing verb conjugations. If I ...
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Sitting shiva upon the death of excommunicated individuals?

If a Minudeh (excommunicated individual) dies, does his or her family sit shiva for them? Does it matter whether they previously mourned this individual as part of the excommunication process?
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Dedications and Their Expected Life-Span

Several years ago I was doing an observation in a private secular pre-school. The school is housed in the former Talmud Torah building still owned by the synagogue immediately next door. (The student ...
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In Psalm 27, David appears to request more than one thing. Why does he say the word “One”?

Psalms 27:4: אַחַ֤ת ׀ שָׁאַ֣לְתִּי מֵֽאֵת־יְהוָה֮ אוֹתָ֪הּ אֲבַ֫קֵּ֥שׁ שִׁבְתִּ֣י בְּבֵית־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־יְמֵ֣י חַיַּ֑י לַחֲז֥וֹת בְּנֹֽעַם־יְ֝הוָ֗ה וּלְבַקֵּ֥ר בְּהֵיכָלֽוֹ׃ Modified ...
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Are the chaseiros and yiseiros (optional vowelizing letters) in our Torahs identical to the original? [duplicate]

In the introduction to the Artscroll Stone Edition Chumash, it says that it is an important belief that every letter of the Torah is the original as dictated by God to Moshe, and it says that every ...

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