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“Rabbi Yose said, ‘What are תְּרָפִים (terafim) (Genesis 31:19)? They were idolatry. Why are they called תְּרָפִים (terafim)? Out of disgrace, as we have learned: ‘place of תּוֹרֶף (toref), pudenda…’ [תְּרָפִים (Terafim), household gods] speak constantly, offering evil counsel to one’s soul. Rachel feared they would offer advice on how to harm Jacob, so to ...


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I heard from a relative of R' Yaakov Kaminetzky that R' Yaakov pointed out that we don't say "מתחילה אבותיהו היו עובדי עבודה זרה / at first our forefathers were idolaters," but rather "מתחילה עובדי עבודה זרה היו אבותינו / at first idolaters were our forefathers." Originally, idolaters were at the top of our family tree. But then, Hashem spiritually ...


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Terah avi Abraham and avi Nachor but Abraham is not in the count according to the Ritba quoted bellow. Because Avraham leaves idolatry. Charan does not adhere completely to idolatry and follows Avraham, so he is skipped too. The general idea Our beginning is not special, the point is not "avot" as Prototype of the nation. But an exhortation to humility ...


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The use of the term "avoseinu" is not the same as the avot. It is used as a generic term for ancestors in general. An example can be found in the phrease minhag avoseinu beyadeinu which refers to our following the customs of our ancestors (for example two days Yom Tov). Thus, we see as @DoubleAA cited that everyone from Avraham and earlier made the mistake ...


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Jews have been selling religious articles in Rome for centuries without problems. There are a number of references which refer to the old tradition of doing this. It would seem that the case that you refer to would be no worse than this. One of the stories that I found said that the chief rabbi of Rome had been involved in trying to keep the licenses. As an ...


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On only 1 knee is less than really kneeling. It's on a stool rather than on the ground or stone floor. It could be considered as a gesture to make it easier for a vertically challenged sovereign to pass the sword over his head – protecting his neck and ears. It is as more theatre than religious ritual.


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It would have been easy to answer according to Rashi in Ki Sisa 32 2 who says the reason Aharon told the men to take the jewelry from their wives and children was because he knew the women and children would not easily part with their beloved jewelry, and he was looking to stall the men. From this we could have said the action, or inaction of the women was ...


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re mazel tov, siman tov, good constellations, good omens. we picked it up while in exile in Babylonia/Persia, just as we did the zodiac, breaking the glass, and many things. we put Jewish twists on it. Many ancient synagogues have astrology signs and zodiacs in beautiful mosaics, e.g. Tiberius synagogue in Israel, or the ceiling of one of the shuls in ...



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