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What do you call a female Chosid?

I have encountered a lot of different words purporting to be the feminine version of Chosid (Hasid/Hassid/חסיד). I have seen or heard: Chosides (~Chosidit?) Chasideh/Chasida Most recently, ...
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Is it correct to read the pasuk of Deuteronomy 15:11 with the “never” term?

In one of the Torah Readings for the eighth day of Pesach, falling in a week day, there's the following passukim (Deuteronomy 15:10-11) י  נָתוֹן תִּתֵּן לוֹ, וְלֹא-יֵרַע לְבָבְךָ בְּתִתְּךָ לוֹ:  ...
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Why are we here if the chances are zero

A somewhat philosophical question (based on a saying by Albert Einstein): If Olam Haba is infinite in time and this world is finite in time duration, then the chances of one existing in this world ...
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Can hot tap water touching rainwater frozen by winter create a valid mikveh?

I'm considering building an outside mikveh, with the freshwater section above the rainwater section (with two holes between them, classical "bor al gabai bor" halachic design) but there is no ...
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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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When the Torah states that the Israelites “saw no form” when they were at Sinai, is this referring to G-d being perceived as formless?

Devarim 4:15 states: Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves—for ye saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire— Does this ...
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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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Shaved or Trimmed

וַהֲבֵאתָהּ, אֶל-תּוֹךְ בֵּיתֶךָ; וְגִלְּחָה, אֶת-רֹאשָׁהּ, וְעָשְׂתָה, אֶת-צִפָּרְנֶיהָ. In Deuteronmy 21:12, the JPS translates גלחה as “she shall trim her hair”. The entire verse translated in the JPS ...
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Would jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow a government [on hold]

Would Jews be permitted to help a caliphate overthrow the American government in order to establish the caliphate, is this allowed according to Halacha because historical speaking the Jews of ...
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Were the converts mentioned in the Megillah actually Jews?

Esther 8:17 says that many people of the various lands מתיהדים which means, literally "Made themselves Jewish". Does this mean that they were "valid" Jews, i.e. obligated in all the mitzvoth as ...
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“Ashkenazim” and “Sephardim,” for example

Please excuse the crossword-puzzle-clue style of the title... What is a or the technical name for the distinction between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, and/or the class or category that both of these ...
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Count seven weeks or seven shabbats?

Vayikra 23:15 reads the phrase: sheva shabbatot t'miymot Why is this rendered as 'seven weeks' and not 'seven shabbats'? On basis of what is it defined, that the meaning of shabbatot in this case ...
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Chilazon in Gemara [on hold]

there are cases in Gemara which Rashi will explain something one way and somewhere else, explain it a different way. example: there is a creature by the name of Chilazon. one Rashi in Gemara says it's ...
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וועלען בענטשען or וועלין בענטשין

I'm fairly competent in speaking Yiddish, in fact, most of friends, family, and teachers consider me a fluent speaker. However, I noticed an interesting difference between two siddurim of mine. In my ...
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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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May a mikveh immerse by shower rather than by tank?

I'm considering the construction of a mikveh that will conserve on tap water and the heat needed for the tap water to be comfortable. The rainwater section would have the necessary legal volume. ...
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ordered list of prayers

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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Meaning of Kibbud and Oneg Shabbat

We have commandments of the Joy and Honor of Sabbath. What is the explanation of these mitzvot; what is the meaning and purpose of this commandment? What do rejoicing and honoring of Shabbat mean, ...
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What is the overall procedure to upgrade a kitchen to kosher service?

If a Jewish family buys a house from Gentiles, naturally the kitchen would not be left in a kosher state. What is the list of special decontamination or other upgrade procedures necessary to convert ...
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Should one use the holiday/shabbat greetings that are common in his neighborhood or can he/she stick with his custom?

Sefardim say Shabbat Shallom and Chag Samayach; Ashkenazim say Gut Shabbos and Gut Yontif. May one keep his own greetings when living in a community that is predominately of a different descent (for ...
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May non-kasherable items be put into kosher service if they arrived new-in-box?

I understand that glass and ceramic are not kasherable but they still are by far the most convenient and least expensive materials for dishes and cups. If these vessels were purchased new-in-box, it ...
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What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav?

What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav? Why replace sim shalom at mincha and maariv?
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Correct usage of “Ashkenaz”/“Ashkenazi”/“Ashkenazic”/“Ashkenazim”?

...Also, of course, Sefard/Sefardi/Sefardic/Sefardim. I see these terms used interchangeably, and use them myself that way, but would rather use them correctly. All are, at least marginally, ...
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What do we call the spoon, feather, and candle used for bedikas chometz?

What are traditional (Sefardi? Ashkenaz?) names for the items used for the ceremonial search for chometz done Erev Pesach?
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if there was a caliphate established would the jews have to pay the jizya

If there was a caliphate established in America would Jews be required to pay the jizya, according to Halacha, since the caliphate would be the government of the land Background: Jizya is a per ...
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Belief in midrashim

The ramban in sefer havikuach asserts with regard to medrash " mi shemaamin bo tov, mi shelo maamin bo lo yazik" whoever believes in it, good, he who does not believe it, will not be harmed. Are ...
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השלכת אחרי גאיך morning activities before prayers

Assuming one wakes up after נץ החמה (so individual prayer vs communal isn't an issue) but significantly BEFORE your community prays: What activities may one engage in or, conversely, What may one ...
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Online Mussar and Gemara Shiurim in Yiddish?

I have noticed that most resources for learning Yiddish are of a decidedly secular/conversational nature. Personally, I would rather immerse myself in the language by listening to a shiur (preferably ...
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Online glossary of Yiddish terms commonly used in shiur

A while ago, I saw a one-page glossary of colloquial Yiddish terms that are commonly used in shiur (daily lecture in yeshiva). It looked like it had been photocopied more than a few times, so I think ...
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Which rishon allows women to appear without hair covering in front of less than three men in her own home?

I remember reading of an opinion that allows married women not to cover their hair when they are in their own home in the presence of three men or less. I cannot remember the source though and would ...
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Can one keep all possible Halachot and still be a heretic?

If there's a person who, for example's sake, keeps all Halachot applicable to him or her, can they do or believe in anything that would be considered heresy? What brought this question on was a ...
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What dishware material is microwave safe and also kasherable?

I'm confused by some of the rabbinical advisory websites regarding what dishware can be kashered. Evidently glass and ceramic, the most convenient microwave safe materials, according to Askkenasi ...
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Do Karaite Jews Celebrate Chanuka?

As far as I know, Karaite Judaism recognizes the Tanakh only as its source of Jewish Law and practice. However Karaites do celebrate Purim based on the Book of Esther, so they do observe non-mosaic ...
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Should a woman make a bracha before doing a non-required mitzvah?

I am thinking of mitzvot like Counting the omer Lulav and esrog ...which are not technically required of women--but women are allowed to do them--and which are preceded by brachos of the form "... ...
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Why are Ashre and Alenu considered communal prayers?

Shulchan Aruch (OC 65) says to say "Sh'ma" with the congregation when they say it, and Mishna B'rura 9 there says the same is true of other things recited as a congregation such as "Ashre" and ...
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Frozen raspberries without supervision

My wife was told by a friend that a certain legitimate kashrus organization says that frozen raspberries do not require supervision, and upon calling the organization, she was told that the process ...
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Davening schedule for someone with a night shift

The only way I can really convey what I'm asking here is to tell a [fictitious] story: Chaim Yankel is a late-hour delivery driver for a company. Since he works before daybreak, his schedule is much ...
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Mesilat Yesharim on Watchfulness

In chapter 3 of the Path of the Just, the Ramchal says: He who wants to watch over himself must investigate two matters. The first: that he contemplate what is the true good for man to choose ...
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Kibbud Av v'Eim Seforim

Would anyone know of an English sefer on Kibbud Av v'Eim which Has a mix of Halacha and Mussar ?
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If parents fight, whom should child side with?

If mother and father fight with each other (whether physically or verbally), whom should child side with?
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Defining “oso makom” for kissing [duplicate]

Oral sex to pleasure a women according to some opinions is forbidden or not recommended, does that include the clitoris area or only the vagina?
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What are traditional Jewish symbols of fertility?

What are some traditional Jewish symbols of fertility? (with biblical, talmudic, medrashic or kabbalistic sources)
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Is every member of the community responsible for making his own eiruv tavshilin?

An eiruv tavshilin is made before Yom Tov in order to allow for cooking for Shabbat on Yom Tov. However, once I told someone I was worried I had not made my eiruv tavshilin correctly, and the person ...
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Giving handouts/alms to the poor: Which halachos and Jewish ideas are relevant?

I am invoking here the important question of whether and how to respond to a request for money by a beggar on the street. I ask this question from the U.S., where, outside of Jewish neighborhoods, it ...
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Why no 2 days of yom Kippur out of israel [duplicate]

we have 2 days of yomtov for places out of Israel But yom Kippur is one day Why it is closer to the beginning of the month then rosh Chodesh Similar Why not two days of Rosh Hodesh, as we have ...
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Is bitul zman (wasting one's time) a formal prohibition?

In another answer I referred to the daily prayer Uva Lzion (translation Artscroll) May He (God) open our heart to his Torah and imbue our heart with awe and love of him and the desire to do his ...
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Why is the Jubilee year not being kept anymore?

Why isn't the Jubilee year being kept anymore? Why can't we keep the commandments and regulators regarding this year being uphold these days?
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Why does the atonement for impurity in the Temple take so many different forms?

Background The Torah forbids entering the mikdash or eating the meat of a korban in a state of impurity (so-called טומאת מקדש וקדשיו) . Someone who transgresses in error (beshogeg) gets forgiveness ...
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Is G-d chasing out the Cananite nations or does B'nai Yisra'el have to do this?

There appears to be a conflict of ideas regarding who should rid the land of Cana'an from its inhabitants: Exodus 23:28-29 (Sefaria): וְשָׁלַחְתִּ֥י אֶת־הַצִּרְעָ֖ה לְפָנֶ֑יךָ וְגֵרְשָׁ֗ה ...

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