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How do we know what the truth about Israel really is? [on hold]

I went to a class about the various different Orthodox Jewish stances on the State of Israel. In the class, the Rabbi gave 5 different such stances.This ranged from #1 being religiously anti-State of ...
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Where is the Medrash about natural disasters showing Hashem is boss?

I recall coming across a Medrash that said, in passing, every couple of years Hashem brings about a disaster to show that he controls the world (or perhaps that we don't). This idea, I've seen in אור ...
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When was the first Beis Hamikdash built?

The Gemara in Moed Katan 9 said that the Beis Hamikdash was inaugurated right after being finished, while I've seen a Medrash that it was finished in Cheshvan and the inauguration was put on hold. ...
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Under whose rule was the second Beis Hamikdash destroyed?

Rashi in Sota (41a) says אגריפס המלך. מלך ישראל היה מזרעו של הורדוס והוא שנחרב בהמ"ק בימיו The Beis Hamikdash was destroyed in the days of Aggripas. I thought that by the time of the ...
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What did the Second Beis Hamikdash look like before Herod renovated it?

As penance, Herod rebuilt and remodeled the second Beis Hamikdash (See Bava Basra 4a). Most of the models of the Beis Hamikdash are of this rebuilding. What did the original one look like?
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(Tefach) Wide Gartel

Some use a very wide gartel. A friend of mine mentioned an inyan (Judaism-sourced idea) that the gartel should be wider than one tefach. Can someone source this inyan that the gartel should be (more ...
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Saying “I love you” during nidda

While a woman is nidda and she and her husband are observing harchakot, is it permitted for them to tell each other, "I love you," or is that too suggestive of a statement for the nidda period?
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Writings of R. David Hanaggid

Are the Midrash David on Mo'adim of R. David Hanaggid, or any of his other writings (besides for the Midrash David on Avos) available for free online?
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi — hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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Traditional Approaches to B'midbar Rabba

What do traditional Jewish sources say about B'midbar Rabba regarding its date of redaction and authority vis-à-vis works of Chazal (such as other Midrashim).
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Four Zakef-groups in one half-verse

Wikipedia writes: The most times in succession the [Zakef] group occurs is four. It cites A compendious grammar of the Hebrew language by G. F. R. Weidemann, page 48, which says: Zaqef gadol ...
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Understanding the dwelling of the Shechina

The Shechina, or Divine Presence, is mentioned as being present in a number of different situations in the Talmud: When 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 people sit and occupy themselves with Torah, (Avot 3:2,6, ...
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May one ballpark the 6 hours wait between eating meat and dairy?

There are different opinions about how long one must wait before eating dairy after having eaten meat. If someone's tradition is to wait 6 hours, can they ball park the 6 hours? (For example if they ...
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What are the philosophical implications behind g'zerah shavah?

I am wondering about G'zerah Shavah. It is a rule that I have a hard time accepting, at times. I am wondering what philosophical and theological implications this rule holds. If it is assumed to be a ...
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Does a trapezoid require tzizit? (Or: how to make a four-cornered triangle)

My family was learning Rambam Hilchot Tzitzit 1:16 tonight and had some questions on how this works, as a practical matter: וכן המטיל לבעלת שלש ואחר כך השלימה לארבע והטיל לרביעית כולה פסולה שנאמר ...
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Authorship of Rashi's Bible commentary

Besides for the commentary on Divrei Hayamim, is the authorship of any of the commentaries to the Bible attributed to Rashi disputed?
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The Chofeitz Chayim on World War Three

I read the following: בְּשֵׁם הֶ'חָפֵץ חַיִּים' כָּךְ בִּשְׁנַת תשע"ה 75 שָׁנָה אַחֲרֵי פְּרוֹץ הַשְּׁנִיָּה צְפוּיָה לִפְרֹץ הַמִּלְחָמָה הַשְּׁלִישִׁית שָׁמַעְתִּי מֵהגה"צ ר' צְבִי מֵאִיר ...
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How can the Rebbe be considered Moshiach?

I've talked to various Chabad Rabbis, and I can say for certain that at least 1 definitely believes that the Rebbe could be Moshiach. In trying to prove this, he cites Rambam's Mishneh Torah ...
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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a ...
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Why is the position of “Ya'aleh Veyavo” different in Yom Tov prayers than Hol Hamo'ed prayers?

In the Yom Tov Shmoneh Esreh the paragraph יעלה ויבא is placed in the middle of the center blessing. During Hol Hamo'ed, however, it is placed in the blessing of רצה. Why is there a difference of ...
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What were Alter Halpern's main issues with Marcus Jastrow's Dictionary?

I have heard that Alter Halpern, a Rabbi in England, published an article or kuntres presenting issues with Marcus Jastrow's Dictionary (for the Talmud, midrash, targum), i.e Sefer HaMilim. What ...
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As a proselyte can I wear tzitzit? [on hold]

I am in the process of conversion and I've been told by my Rabbi that I can't wear a Tallit nor a Tallit Katan until I am officially Jewish. His reasoning is that it's a Mitzvah and not relevant ...
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Is there a reputable (i.e. accredited/approbated) resource (for English) to use for learning the Talmud/Rishonim independently, beyond a translation?

Is there some sort of accredited/accepted material to use to learn the Talmud/Rishonim independently, for English speakers? In another question, How to learn gemara independently, a similar concept ...
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How do the Dead Sea Scrolls of Isaiah compare with today's version?

To what degree do the Dead Sea Scrolls of the book of Isaiah match our version of the book of Isaiah?
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What time does a bar mitzvah come into effect?

At what halachic time does a boy having his bar mitzvah become chayav b'mitzvot? It seems to me that the most likely times are either shkia or tzeit.
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Why do we need both the Two Tablets as well as the Sefer Torah?

The sefer Torah, i.e., the full scroll containing all 5 Books contains the 10 Commandments, which was inscribed on the 2 luchot ("tablets"). All of Israel heard the 10 Commandments (according to ...
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Is the name Kadesh a verb, and is Kodesh the proper way of spelling it?

My name is Kadesh, and I just finished getting my name trashed by some people saying my name is not a valid Jewish name because it is a verb...is that actually a problem with a Jewish name, and should ...
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Handwritten Siddurim

I've seen assorted links on the net discussing handwritten siddurim, which brought up a number of questions, which I will ask here. Are there any halachot in regards to handwriting a siddur? In ...
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was shmita ever observed before the first exile?

the Jews were punished with 70 years of exile for the 70 shmita (sabatical years) they did not keep. (Chron.II 36:21). does this mean they never kept shmita even during the temple times? or perhaps ...
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Rabbi Nosson Finkel and angels

I read in Something To Say on page 31, the following: Rabbi Nosson Finkel of Slobodkah once chided a student for being chronically late to the morning prayers "Rebbi," the student defended himself, ...
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Are there any instances of someone other than Eliyahu Hanavi who built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash was built?

Are there other good characters in the tanach that built a mizbeach after the beit hamikdash had been built?
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Is the Hebrew vocabulary used in the Tanakh/(other recognized Hebrew books) the same as the what is considered Hebrew today?

There are many Hebrew resources available in the mainstream world, i.e. Webster's, Google, etc. Is the Hebrew used in the Tanakh/(other recognized Hebrew books, i.e. the Mishna, Rambam, etc.) ...
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Phraseology in Shmone Esrei for Shabbos Mincha

In the paragraph starting אתה אחד, the ideas being conveyed are all praise to Hashem about His uniqueness, Am Yisroel and Shabbos. It ends off however with a request. יכירו בניך וידעו כי מאתך ...
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Eating after shir hamalos

Is one allowed to continue eating after saying shir hamalos? For example, someone didn't know that desert was being served, so after he says shir hamalos, wants to eat the desert. What steps would he ...
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Does Anyone Have Recordings of Tunisian Te'amim

Does Anyone Have Recordings of Tunisian Te'amim, or know of a website that has them?
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Is it wrong to ask for financial help after a personal loss?

Well now that I see this is a good site, with no rude people. I shall ask my question. I lost quite a lot of important things in an apartment fire (no insurance) so .. I set up a gofundme thing (now ...
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May Hallel be said on Yom Nicanor?

I know that usually, Yom Nicanor is displaced by the Fast of Esther. But in years (such as 2013 / 5773) when the Fast of Esther is displaced due to Shabbat, may Hallel be said on the 13th of Adar, ...
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Omission from Koteret to Hil. Talmud Torah

The Rambam wrote small introductions to sections of Mishna Torah called a Koteret. In the introduction to Hilchos Talmud Torah he writes: יש בכללן שתי מצוות עשה--(א) ללמוד תורה; (ב) לכבד מלמדיה ...
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Trying to understand “Dairy on Shavuos based on the Mishna Berura”

In answer to Why do we eat dairy on Shavuos "Monica Cellio" mentions "They just got the laws of kosher slaughter and weren't yet prepared". This is based on the Mishna Berura 494:12. My question on ...
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Writings of R. Ovadiah Maimuni

Are any of the writings of R. Ovadiah Maimuni, Rambam's grandson such as The Treatise of the Pool available for free online?
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What is Ruaḥ HaShem?

When recalling someone who has passed (in a shi'ur or Devar Torah), I have heard many say "Ruaḥ HaShem teniḥenu/ah beGan 'Eden" (רוח ה' תניחנו/ה בגן עדן). 1) What is "Ruaḥ HaShem" (literally, the ...
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Can Eruv Tavshilin be done for a Yom Tov rather than for shabbat?

Outside of Israel, we celebrate a Yom Tov for 2 consecutive days. This year, Shavuot comes directly after Shabbat. As I understand it, on such days, one is only allowed to cook in preparation for a 24 ...
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Why was a wedding in Jerusalem conducted differently to in the UK?

At a recent wedding in Jerusalem, I noticed the following differences from the practice I have got used to in the UK. (I realise this question could be asked to justify UK custom in the face of the ...
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Publisher prohibiting purchaser from sharing

Tradition articles are downloadable from the Tradition Online website, which prohibits further distribution of the materials. On each download page there is the following warning: It is strictly ...
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Marovis on Yom Tov

Does anyone know of shuls that still say Marovis (piyutim) on Yom Tov nights? I'm particularly interested in any place in Teaneck. Many seem to think that it's a yekki minhag but it's pretty clear ...
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asking a cohen whether he wants to perform a mitzva in shul

Once when I was a gabbai in a very small jewish community, we had two cohanim: one was our Rabbi and usually I gave him an aliya l'torah -called him up for a torah reading. The other was secular and ...
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Traditional Approaches to Midrash Tanchuma

What do traditional Jewish sources say about Midrash Tanchuma (in contradistinction to the Midrash Tanchuma Yashah) regarding its date of redaction and authority vis-à-vis works of Chazal (such as ...
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How will we know the moshiach when he arrives?

I was asked this question over Shavuot and I didn't know either, so I turn to Mi Yodeya. We are told1 that when the moshiach comes Eliyahu HaNavi will announce him; the implication is that this is ...
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Carving the second set of tablets in less than a day

I don't know a lot about the tools and technologies that would have been available at the time, I wonder what Jewish opinion is on the carving. Is the command for Moses to carve the tablets by the ...

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