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With the early machines in the late 1800s, they'd have a giant roller cranking out a huge flat sheet of dough, then use big cookie-cutters on it. If you used round cookie-cutters, you'd either have to throw away all the dough in between the circle shapes, or would feel pressured to rework it within the 18 minutes, which is going to be hard to do. Therefore ...


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Others have stated some good ones, which I won't repeat. Some more: http://hebrewbooks.org: various texts as PDFs, many of which are not elsewhere online AFAIK. Some of them have OCR (I don't know how good it is), but most AFAICT do not. Nonetheless, they're good if you know the title (or author, which you can also search by) you seek, and don't need to ...


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I just had a nice long chat on their website with Chaim Rosenberg, the director The Society for the Preservation of Hebrew Books. He said they are currently working on a new HebrewBooks drive, that should be available soon. So apparently, there is none available now. He was not sure if the new one would be on-site or in-stores. Based on that, I'd say it'll ...


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If you're just starting a Jewish library, and don't have a good idea already about what you need, then you probably weren't raised with enough Jewish background to fully sort out the list above. (And may not have such a good command of Hebrew.) In that case, a reasonable list would include (in approximate order): ArtScroll Chumash Siddur ArtScroll (Nusach ...


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Artscroll is currently making travel-sized paperback English Gemaras. Each only has about 1 or 2 chapters. Size: 7" x 10" There's also a "personal-sized" paperback Oz Vehadar. Size: 6.5 X 9.5 Blum Edition paperback travel Gemara. Size: 5.25" X 8.25" Historically, after WWII the Vaad Hatzalah printed pocket sized Gemaras for survivors in the refugee ...


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I would recommend William Wickes' treatise on the Taamei Emet. You are describing a revia mugrash, as distinct from a revia gadol or revia katon. It is indeed a disjunctive accent: To really understand its function, you should familiarize yourself with Wickes' description of the continuous dichotomy. But the pasuk is first divided at the etnachta (or ...


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Online Texts: Mechon Mamre, he.wikisource.org, Hebrew Books, Chumash - Rabbi Kaplan Translation Blogs: Hirhurim, Text & Texture, parshablog, Cross Currents, Emes ve-Emunah Shiurim: YU Torah, Virtual Beit Midrash, Daf Yomi Advancement Forum, Torah.org, Aish, AishDas Q & A: Judaism.SE, Ask Moses, Jewish Answers


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Aside for all those already mentioned, I find these websites very useful (probability says I visit most of these 1/week) Edited: Added descriptions of value More Shiurim: Kol Halahoson, TorahAnytime, MP3Shiur, 613 - Some of these have my favorite speakers so I keep updated by downloading their latest shiurim (on a weekly basis) Brochos - If I don't ...


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If such matzos are rare or nonexistent, it's because they don't fit as well in a box and thus require either a round box, which costs more to make and assemble, or both more box space per matza, taking up valuable room in shipping etc., and empty space in each box, increasing the likelihood of breaking matzos. Source (so to speak): conjecture.


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I don't know of a book that records all of his judgments. However, there is one story brought in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 6b (English)): "And David did judgment and kindness" (Samuel 2 8:16). They ask: How can there be judgment and kindness together? They answer that the way he ruled was doing judgment to one of the parties and kindness to the other: He would ...


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Quick Google brings http://twitter.com/kinbot The Kinneret Bot! Also see: http://savethekinneret.com/ (chart is a bit messy, though) http://www.israelweather.co.il/kineret.asp (in hebrew)


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You might want to check out mi.yodeya.com, the Judaism site on the StackExchange network. They allow questions and even answers from anyone, but the community editing and voting process, along with the great crowd of people who tend to hand out there tends to result in excellent, well-sourced answers being posted fairly quickly for most questions. Full ...


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http://www.aish.com/atr/ http://www.dinonline.org/ask-the-rabbi/ http://www.chabad.org/asktherabbi/default_cdo/jewish/Ask-the-Rabbi.htm


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If I told you, then it wouldn't be a secret. ;) But anyway, one secret ingredient is Shabbos. See Shabbat 119a: The emperor said to R. Joshua b. Hanania,29 'Why has the Sabbath dish such a fragrant odour?' 'We have a certain seasoning,' replied he, 'called the Sabbath, which we put into it, and that gives it a fragrant odour.' 'Give us some of it,' ...


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For all sh'eilos, if one does not have a personal rav, or one's rav is not available, Star-K initiated the "Institute of Halacha", run by R' Mordechai Frankel of Baltimore and endorsed by R' Moshe Heinemann. Questions may be emailed or called in during certain hours. See here for email address and phone number.


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Keset HaSofer 21:14 rules that you can't put ground ivory into the tefillin paint as it is not from a kosher animal (an elephant). Accordingly, it would seem that one would need to make sure to use paint that has a certification ensuring that all ingredients are from kosher species.


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Some experience-based recommendations: I'm just curious, which method is most durable? Steel cable like this is excellent for durability. But it is much harder to manipulate into the non-looped over-then-through formation. In general this formation is difficult to anchor and particularly unreliable if the pole has a round cross section - due to ...


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At the risk of being boring, the Bartenura Moscato ("blue bottle") is usually well-received. Mevushal. Easy to find at most kosher wine places these days. For those who prefer something Israeli, there's the Carmel analogue (yes mevushal) of the "blue bottle", and the Gamla (non-mevushal).


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YUTorah has a tremendous wealth of audio and text lectures from YU faculty, alumni, students, and events. The site is well-organized, so you can search for and find material on pretty much any topic you can think of. You can also subscribe to a speaker's materials as a podcast and get automatically updated each time there's new material. I can't recommend ...


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I bought and used the haggadah for my second seder (which I did not lead) and can now answer my question of a week ago. General Look It has a dual cover: the left side in English and leading to the English discussion of the haggadah and the right side in Hebrew leading straight into the Hebrew haggadah. One possible downside is that on the English side of ...


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You'd have to do something to force the water to cover the side flanges (or rims) of the sink too (such as by dropping in a hot stone), but otherwise I'd think it would be halachically fine - it should be similar to the case of a very large pot, where you can boil the water for hagalah in it (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 452:6).


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The Hebrew Bible and the Tanach are the same thing. Most of the books were written originally in Hebrew and a couple were written at least partially in Aramaic. Whether the text we have today is the same as it was originally is subject to dispute. (With regard to non-Pentateuch books, most everyone agrees our text is not 100% the original.) However, the ...


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Technically, flavor does not transfer from one utensil to another unless some liquid is present as a conduit. Practically, however, there will usually be spillover that can cause problems. In theory one could use a separate crock with an aluminum liner to catch any spills, but this is not very practical either. Probably the best bet is to buy a dedicated ...


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No edition of the Torah I have seen has included the commentaries M'tzudas David or M'tzudas Tziyon, but that does not prove anything. However, the author of both, in his introduction says the following, implying that the commentary is written specifically on (and beginning with) the N'vi'im (text is from this paper on the commentaries and the translation is ...


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According to this site: Magen Shalome, built by Shalome Solomon Umerdekar and his son Gershone Solomon, Karachi’s last synagogue, was demolished in the 1980s to make way for a shopping plaza. Most of the Karachi Jews now live in Ramle, Israel, and built a synagogue they named Magen Shalome. Some Jewish families do remain, but they prefer to pass ...


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The National Jewish Outreach Program offers free Hebrew classes in several cities designed to get people started. These are weekly classes for 5 or 6 weeks designed to teach you how to pronounce the words in front of you (so you can stop relying on transliteration) and some very basic vocabulary. I don't know where in Pennyslvania you live; they at least ...


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The single best place for online texts, commentaries and shiurim relating to Yerushalmi is definitely http://www.yerushalmionline.org/ They have daf yomi recordings for all of the Yerushalmi from shiurim given by Rabbi Yosef Gavriel Bechhofer as well as 100s of pdf's of articles and commentaries on the Yerushalmi. In my limited experience with the ...


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In the Jewish tradition regarding King David, his role as a judge doesn't figure particularly prominently. He is much better known as a military leader and as the author of Psalms, Biblical poems that serve as the basis for many of our daily prayers. If you want to learn more about the Jewish tradition regarding King David, I recommend that you take a look ...


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When I was bar-mitzvah (in 1985), CDs of Torah texts - like Bar Ilan, Tanach Plus, etc. - were years in the future. State of the art then, for portable texts, was microfilm/microfiche. So someone got me a kit (the size of a briefcase) containing a handheld reader, and microfiche cards of a number of basic sefarim (Gemara, Rambam, Shulchan Aruch, etc.); those ...



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