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Shprintza's sister (let's call her Breindel) was married to Chaim's brother (we'll call him Zundel), who has died childless. Chaim and Zundel had no other brothers, so Chaim is required to perform either yibbum or chalitzah with Breindel. Either way, Shprintza will be forbidden to him, as his wife's sister or as his chalutzah's sister. (Rambam, Hil. Yibbum ...


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If an animal was mostly slaughtered by a Jew (the majority but not all of the trachea & esophagus were cut) and the animal is not dying, a non-Jew can kill it however he wants and the animal will be kosher. If a Jew shechted the rest of the way, it would be a shihiyah b'miut batra (a pause in the final portion) and the animal is neveila (not kosher). ...


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Reuel. Jewish: the father of Elyasaf, nassi of the tribe of Gad (Num. 2:14 - elsewhere his name is given as Deuel, but Ramban there comments that they both have the same basic meaning and therefore are interchangeable). Also a Benjaminite (I Chron. 9:8). Ger: it's one of Yisro's names (Rashi to Ex. 18:1). Non-Jew: one of Eisav's sons (Gen. 36:4 passim).


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Papa Smurf's answer is close; I think it's Lot's daughters' sons - Moav (ancestor of the Moabites) and Ben-Ammi (ancestor of the Ammonites). Their mothers are their sisters - because their father is Lot, the father of their respective mothers. Their aunts and uncles are dead - because all of them were destroyed with the rest of the inhabitants of Sodom. ...


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When Rosh Hashanah is on Thursday and Friday (as it was this year). Then you have: Thursday - reading for 1st day Rosh Hashanah (Gen. 21:1-34, Num. 29:1-6) Friday - reading for 2nd day Rosh Hashanah (Gen. 22:1-24, Num. 29:1-6) Shabbos - Parshas Haazinu (Deut. 32:1-52) Sunday - reading for (postponed) Tzom Gedaliah (Ex. 32:11-14,34:1-10) Monday - first ...


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In a minyan with 11 Jews, if they are all Kohanim, one goes up to duchan and 10 stay behind and answer Amen. If one of them is a Yisrael, all the Kohanim can duchan and the one Yisrael answers Amen (he is significant on his own since the main mitzva is to bless the Yisraelim. (SA OC 128:2,5 MB 101)


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From Ohr Sameyach's archive, #156: Mix 1 fluid ounce of beef gravy with 59 fluid ounces of water. We don't have 1:60 yet, so the pot is "meaty." Then pour in 1 fluid ounce milk. The pot now contains 60:1 against the milk, but also 60:1 against the meat. It's therefore pareve. Compared to my previous answer: -- Both answers only work if there are no ...


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Each man ends up eating 1 2/3 loaves, and giving the remainder to the visitor. Thus, person #1 gave him 4/3 (1 1/3), while person #2 gave him 1/3. The fact that they framed the transaction in terms of "pooling the loaves" doesn't mean that the first fellow gave anything to the second one. I wonder, however, whether the visitor's intent plays a role here. ...


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Yair is the easy one. (Mordechai's father in the Megillah, and a son of Menashe in Parshas Pinchas.) Yehudah is the name of Yaakov's son in the Chumash, it appears in the Megillah as the name of the South Kingdom of Israel -- with the exile that was taken with Yechanya, King of Judah. I don't know if that counts. Similarly, Kush is a descendant of Noah in ...


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I'm thinking Yevanim (instead he uses the name אנטיוכוס, and even pluralizes it in the first sentence). That's probably got something to do with censorship (i.e., either R' Yechiel Michel changed it himself, or the government censor did so), because "Yevanim" was a popular term for the Russians, whose brand of Christianity is an offshoot of the Greek ...


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The Elya Rabba (Orach Chaim 185) notes that in Birchas Hamazon all the letters of the Aleph Beis appear with the exception of the "Ende Fei." The Elya Rabbah explains that according to the esoteric teachings of kabala the "Ende Fei" is associated with demons and harmful spirits. Chazal purposely omitted the "Ende Fei" to underscore that the intense holiness ...


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The overall source for this answer is Shulhan Arukh Hoshen Mishpat 176. There are five loaves to divide by three people. Easiest way to do that is to divide each loaf into three equal parts. That gives fifteen pieces of bread. Now according to the Rema in the above noted text it is assur for a person to eat more or less than the others when they pool ...


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"שאינו יודע" turns up, according to a search of mine, 28 times in Choshen Mishpat. But I think you may be referring to this one (228:4, in the halachos of "ona'as devarim," not to wrong someone verbally): אם נשאלה שאלה על דבר חכמה, לא יאמר למי שאינו יודע אותה חכמה מה תשיב בדבר זה. "If a question is asked about some area of knowledge, you should not ask ...


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When a king dies, his horses are hamstrung (Avodah Zara 11a) Animals used by idolators (Avodah Zara 13a) Hekdeishos, Charamim and Arachin (various types of consecrated animals) B'zman Hazeh (nowadays, in the absence of the Holy Temple) (Avodah Zara 13a) Chataos Ha-Meisos (Temurah 15b) (Already dealt with here on Mi Yodeya... see ...


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שלושים יום לחודש אדר הראשון שהוא ראש חודש לאדר השני "The thirtieth day of Adar the First; which is the beginning of Adar the Second." For dates like that, hopefully you're using a computer auto-typeset Ketubah that can rearrange the lettering accordingly. If you're trying to squeeze all of that into the small blank provided in a pre-printed ...


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The statement is Job 2:4 וַיַּעַן הַשָּׂטָן אֶת יְהוָה, וַיֹּאמַר: עוֹר בְּעַד עוֹר, וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר לָאִישׁ--יִתֵּן, בְּעַד נַפְשׁוֹ And the Satan said to God: skin on behalf of skin, and all a man has, he will give for his own life. The Halacha is that while we may not redeem a captive if the price is too high, an individual is entitled to spend ...


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I think the question is a bit open-ended. "I'm thinking of a number between one and a thousand ..." But over in Even HaEzer, we have the very important concept of מי שאינו יודע בטיב גטין וקידושין, לא יהא לו עסק עמהן "Don't officiate at Jewish weddings unless you know what you're doing." If you go to some Jewish history museums, you're likely ...


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Having thought more about this. I decided that based on the Yiddish meaning of Bentching, everyone who is old enough to say Asher Yatzar does. Because you wash and then bentch Asher Yatzar. I am leaving my original answer as well. Everyone who follows the rulings of the Ben Ish Hai who says to wash ones hands and make a Berakha on besamim before each of ...


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That's not the only place. In some siddurim you can find a tefillah to be said at the end of Birkas Kohanim, beginning Yehi Ratzon. Part of the text there is: ותעשה עמי נפלאות ונסים, ולטובה אות "Do for me wonders and miracles, and a sign for good."


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I one time heard a story that happened in Poland in the 18th century. The king was coming to town and it was considered an honor to take off your Yarmulke and bow to him. The people of the town asked the Rav what should they do, as they felt it was inappropiate to take off their Yarmulke. The Rav said what is the problem - You wear a Yarmulke to show that ...


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That of Purim morning. Normally we don't want to be "cheap" and do the bare minimum of 9 verses, so every other reading has 10 or more; but the subject matter for Purim morning (Amalek's attack, Exodus 17:8-16) is so tightly, neatly self-contained in those 9 verses that it really didn't make sense to "bleed" into a different subject by adding a few more ...


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INGREDIENTS: 1 piece freshly-slaughtered, deveined but still bloody, kosher meat; preferably soaked in medium-temperature water for half an hour. DO NOT EAT THIS MEAT! Large quantity of kosher salt. You can eat some of this salt if you want to. DIRECTIONS: Apply salt very generously to meat. Wait an hour. Triple-rinse the meat. YIELDS: 1 piece ...


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There are a number of words of two letters, which could all count as the shortest. But according to the Ibn Ezra, the heh which begins Devarim 32:6 is connected to the lamed and is not a word on its own. This is a famous mechlokets. See a nice video on the topic here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O76f5ZgDIjs


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the Chasam Sofer says if there is no כהן available and a person, who has never had a Pidyon Haben, has reached old age or if a person just doesn’t want to wait because who knows he will die shortly,then he should give the פדיון to a כהנת who Married a Yisroel without a ברכה and have in mind a תנאי that he really doesn’t want to be יוצא the מצוה with this, ...


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The weekly "Torah Lodaas" sheet (by Rabbi Matis Blum of Queens, New York) for B'shalach 5771, quotes the book Gan Yosef, by the author of Pardes Yosef, as saying that the duplication is to indicate that although after erasing a mark is still visible, the erasure of Amalek must be even of that mark.


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The Bnei Yissochar answers it says in Parshas Pinchas: תחת אשר קנא לאלוהיו ויכפר על בני ישראל In Pirkie D'rav Eliezer it says: Hashem saw Pinchas and asked him "What are you doing?" he answered and said he was angry for Hashem and Hashem told him you are always angry for Hashem in Shitim about the Immorality and here on the fact that they wait ...


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When Billam was to curse the Jews he had a second to curse them. How was he able to curse them? Tosfos provides two answers. One he would say let them be cursed, second answer would be, if you start at the time of anger even if you keep going afterwards it still counts since you started at the proper time.This Halacha applies to Davening too.That is, if it ...


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The man with 2 loaves (in theory) split his loaves equally and gave each person 2/3 of a loaf. The one with 3 loaves did the same and gave each a loaf (3/3). The five dinar come out to a dinar per 1/3 of a loaf for the 5/3 that the 3rd man benefited. Since the guy with 2 loaves benefited an extra 1/3 from the 3 loaf guy, he must pay the 3 loaf guy a ...


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I suspect this isn't it, but nonetheless: There's the question about why Barbie dolls and the like don't fit the definition of "idols" -- a human figurine that's treated well -- IIRC it's said from R' Moshe that having a 4-year-old girl playing with it is in fact disgracing it! (Well okay then there's her big brother ripping its head off ...) (Though you ...


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The Yalkut Yosef in the name of the Moadei Hashem page 117: mentions that when lighting the Chanuka candles in Shul there is L'Chatchila supposed to be a Minyan there. He mentions that you can include children into this Minyan, and if you do include children into this Minyan then you should L'Chatchila Davka have a child light the Menora.



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