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What is the spiritual meaning of a meal that has leftover food?

Some time ago I listened to a Rabbi talking on the radio about the meaning of food left over after a meal. Unfortunately I was not paying attention. I then saw a question that asked what the meaning ...
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masculine and feminine image

After I read an interesting question here, there was another question that popped up in my head: G-d has no body (no physical form), therefore simply said G-d has no genitalia, nor can G-d be a male ...
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Does giving left-over Masholakh manot fulfill the mitzvah?

A person I know brings to work left-over masholakh manot for his coworkers. Often the food items have already been opened and partially eaten. Although I am sure that the guy is sincere in bringing ...
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How to make hamentaschen [duplicate]

I looked through Shulchan Aruch, but, although there are entire chapters (OC 453–462) describing how to make matza, there's a not a single mention of how to make hamentaschen. What is the ...
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Who should one credit? A question on the Bartenura

This question might be larger than just on the Bartenura, but it was a passage in his commentary on the Mishna that inspired it: In Menachot 8:7, the mishna states that the Temple treasurer would ...
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Can a Jew drink wine of a ger toshav?

I've heard it said that a Jew cannot drink the wine of a non-Jew. Can a Jew drink the wine of a ger toshav? It appears to me that the reason a Jew cannot drink from a non-Jew's wine is that it is ...
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On what days do we say shir hamalos before birkat hamazon?

Concerning saying shir hamalos before birkat hamazon, I have seen three different instructions in various bentchers: - On days when we say musaf - One days we do not say tachanun - When we are ...
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Who is My Fellow?

In the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, in the siman on Lishon Hara (30), the Kitzur references the role of "fellow" several times. Who counts as fellow here? Is it only fellow Jews or anyone?
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Can you give mishloach manos to yourself?

My friend teaches at a Sunday school, and made mishloach manos with her class last week. One very bright student asked her, "What if there's no one for me to give mishloach manos to? I can't give it ...
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What if two communities had two different Shabbat days?

Imagine this: One community, A, keeps Shabbat on what we identify as Saturday. However, another community, B, for whatever reason, actually keeps Shabbat on what we identify as Sunday. These two ...
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Why is the ger toshav only accepted during the times of the Jubilee?

Why is the ger toshav only accepted during the times of the Jubilee? "A person who accepts these seven mitzvot is a ger toshav. A ger toshav may be accepted only in the era when the [laws of the] ...
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Children saying Divrei torah at the Pesach seider [duplicate]

Are there any Gedolim who oppose the concept of children saying Divrei torah to their parents at the Pesach Seider?
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Understanding Megillah 3a

The gemarah megillah 3a expalians that were it not for the targum we would not understand the verse in Zecharya 12:11 which says there on that day the mourning in Jerusalem was like the mourning of ...
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Why hiss for Zeresh?

In every community in which I have heard Megillah, it seems customary to hiss whenever Zeresh is mentioned (in fact I have a mesorah from my father to do so). Are there any sources which mention ...
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Do I fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot by giving two dog biscuits to my dog?

Esther 9:19 says: ומשלוח מנות איש לרעהו A person should give mishlo'ach manot each person to his friend. They say that a dog is "man's best friend". Well, my dog, Charvonah, is really my best ...
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Who were the “girls” that fasted with Esther?

Esther 4:16 says: גם אני ונערותי אצום כן Me and my "girls" will also fast Who were these "girls", and Why did she make these girls fast? Were they Jewish (converted, perhaps)? I assume ...
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Why is “communal” mishloach manot allowed?

I thought that to fulfill the mitzvah of mishloach manot each person must give two gifts to his friend, as it says, Esther 9:19 ומשלוח מנות איש לרעהו Last night, I got a large basket from my shul ...
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Is “recycling” Mishloach Manot halachically acceptable?

Inevitably, this happens to me almost every year. I give mishloa'ch manot to Shmer'l. Shmer'l take some of my mishloa'ch manot and gives it to Chatzkel. Chatzkel, not knowing that the huge ...
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May Sauron’s Ring be used for kiddushin?

May the One Ring be used to be mekadesh a woman? At least from one perspective, the Ring seems ideal, given the verse: אַשׁ נַזְגּ דֻּרְבַּתֻּלֻקּ, אַשׁ נַזְגּ גִּמְבַּתֻּלּ , אַשׁ נַזְגּ ...
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Why is adloyada not recognizing the difference between “ארור המן” and “ברוך מרדכי”? [on hold]

Why is adloyada not recognizing the difference between "ארור המן" and "ברוך מרדכי"? Even then you have to be somewhat sentient. Growing up, I always thought that it was when you boo or make noise for ...
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Why no addition to me'ein shalosh for Purim (and Chanukka)?

We add a paragraph to birkat hamzon for Purim (and for Chanukka). Why is there no phrase added to the me'ein shalosh (the bracha acharona) for Purim (and Chanukka)?
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“Sending” mishloach manot by serving them

The obligation on Purim is to "send" 2 foods to another person. The Mishna Brurah (Hilchot Megillah 695:4) says that one may exchange se'udah food with a neighbor and is yotzei (21) even if (and I ...
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how would you translate כמה דתימא

In Midrash Rabbah Bereshit we have היך מה דאת אמר first (as you read [verse]). But then Rabba HaOshaya uses this expression כמה דתימא and he quotes a verse. The last part דתימא i don't understand how ...
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Jesus the Rabbi [on hold]

To all of my Jewish friends, Blessings. As we are coming up to the celebration of Easter what Jewish holidays will you be celebrating during the Passion week? Also, may non Jews attend Synagogue? If ...
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was God actively involved in bringing out the holocaust

did the holocaust occur due to G-d's active involvement or was it due to Him merely removing His protection from them.
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tehillim division not equal lengths

What is the logic behind the unequal divisions of Tehillim into days of the month; the sections are of very varying lengths i.e. the "longest days" are twice the length of the "shortest days?"
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Are all אוזני המן halachically equal?

Is it permissible for a shul to serve אוזני המן (Hamantaschen) without including poppy seed or chocolate ones? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See ...
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Connection of Gog and Yavan/Greece

I saw somewhere that "Gog" mentioned in the Torah is Greece. Does anyone know a source for this?
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Mosaic Law and ISIS

Recently I had a conversation about ISIS with a friend who is Catholic by faith, he said that ISIS should be stopped but that we (The US or any other foreign power) should not kill them, whereas I ...
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How can a person who can't read Hebrew be yotzeh the megillah?

Jews are obligated to hear the reading of the megillah during the night and day of Purim. For someone who doesn't know how to read Hebrew, what should he do while sitting in shul and listening to the ...
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What is the traditional Jewish name for this dish?

My wife's minhag (that she made up bli nedder) is to make chicken stuffed wontons for the family Purim Seuda. This year she decided to dig deeper into the minhag she made up last Thursday and made ...
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Is fasting like getting drunk?

Is fasting on Taanis Esther considered as if one drank Ad Dlo Yada on both Purim and Taanis Esther? Just like we find eating on Erev Yom Kippur is considered as if one fasted on both that day and Yom ...
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What is the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism?

The pomegranate as a symbol in adorning the robe of the high priest, engraved on the pillars of the temple and brought by the spies to show the fruits of the land of Israel. Is there an explanation of ...
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If my teeth are extracted, are they conisder shaimos?

Shemot 13:9 says: למען תהיה תורח ה בפיך So that G-d's Torah should be in your mouth. So, my teeth are in my mouth together with the Torah, and they absorbed some of the Torah, too. So, I guess ...
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Why was Moshe told to put two cabbages on top of the Aron?

Shmot 25:19: ועשה כרוב אחד מקצה מזה וכרוב אחד מקצה מזה And make one cabbage on this side and one cabbage on this side What purpose do the 2 cabbages have doing on top of the ark? Wouldn't ...
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Antibiotics, Strep and Taanit Esther

Can someone with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, but can not swallow the antibiotics dry or with minimal water, take the medicine using a full glass of water and/or dissolving the ...
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Being Machmir in “Matanot Laevyonim”

Purim is always a rough time for me, as I am always worried about being mekayem Matanot Laevyonim properly. The problem is of course that if you share an עני with someone else, then if the other guy ...
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Burying face down in Judaism

I understand in other cultures burying face down is a sign of disgrace and is generally frowned upon. How is it viewed in Judaism? Is the position of the body at burial of concern? If a body is buried ...
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Do popcorn kernels have to be checked for bugs?

Do popcorn kernels have to be checked for bugs?
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Must the Purim feast take place in a location where it's Purim?

Somebody who is obligated to keep Shushan-Purim (on 15th Adar); must they eat the Seudat Purim in a location where Shushan Purim is being celebrated? In other words, on Shushan Purim, can a ...
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Why are most machine matzas rectangular, not square?

Your average machine matza is almost square, but if you look carefully has one dimension longer than the other. How did this come about, and why?
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How should we profit from wine?

The Gemara in Megillah 7b says מיחייב איניש לבסומי בפוריא עד דלא ידע בין ארור המן לברוך מרדכי A person is obligated to besumi on Purim until he doesn't know the difference between the ...
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Why do we read VaYechal on Taanis Esther?

Taanis Esther is the day when Esthers fast (or else it would be Taanis Mordechai). Why do we read Vayechal on this day? All days are celebrated in the same way they were first celebrated. Pesach - ...
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How much freedom in the ketuba writing [duplicate]

What is the minimum words of the ketuba (mandatory husband insurance) to have it be halochakli kosher lichathila (date, place, name, 200/100 zuz, witnesses) And sources please And please were can I ...
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Resurrection of the dead - when did this concept started?

From an historical point of view, when did Israelites begin to believe in the resurrection of the dead? In Klausner's book (p. 47) he states the following: "(...) in the time of Hosea the people ...
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What does אקים means?

Does אקים means "I will resurrect" or "I will raise up"? Are these terms synonyms? Consider this: וְעָבְדוּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם, וְאֵת דָּוִד מַלְכָּם, אֲשֶׁר אָקִים לָהֶם. But they shall ...
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Sephardic Halakhoth for Kashering a Sink

Moving into a new place, the previous tenant was not Jewish, and the sink is made from porcelain. i know that Hacham Ovadia Yosef Zal allowed Sephardim to kasher a porcelain sink for Pesach by using ...
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What did “נ ג ה ש” stand for before the Hanukkah miracle?

A well known reason we play dreidel on Hanukkah is this: Before the miracle of Hanukkah, when those who controlled the land severely restricted Torah study, Jewish children would gather to study Torah ...
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Is a person forced to used his saved vacation days immediately for Hol Hamo'ed?

Let's assume that a family plans a trip to Israel for Hol Hamo'ed Succot 5776 to attend their daughter's wedding, there. To be in Israel, a person must use 10 vacation days from work. Pesach is ...
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Why did Haman change his mind and decide to immediately hang Mordechai?

In Esther 3:6, it states that Haman was embarrassed to harm Mordechai alone, so he casts lots to decide which date to kill the entire Jewish people. In 6:14, Haman builds a special gallows for ...

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