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There are many reasons why Jews have a low population. Depending on your point of view, different reasons will be "more true" than the others. It says in the Torah that the Jewish people, will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands by the sea. However, it also says that we will be a minority amongst the nations. So while we may be ...


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Chicago Community Kollel - Parsha Encounters 4 Shevat 5768 in the name of Rabbi Yisrael Belsky Shlita, says that one may flip a coin to make a decision. When one flips a coin and makes a decision based on the results, he does not feel his decision is necessarily the right thing to do. Rather, he was undecided, and he is leaving his decision up to ...


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Considering Monica's point about year distributions, here's a refinement of Gershon's data (using the frequency table on Remy Landau's Hebrew Calendar page, here): Tzom Gedaliah falls on Monday or Thursday in the year types גכה, זחא, זשג, גכז, זחג, זשה. This is 40.08% of all years. Asarah B'Teves can't occur on Monday, but it can be on Thursday, only in ...


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The Chida notes that no Tannaim or Amoraim were named Avraham (however, see mention of אברם חוזאה in Gittin 50a). The quote from the Chida follows (Shem ha-Gedolim in his entry for Mar R. Avraham Gaon): וראה זה חדש שלא מצינו בתנאים שבמשנה והבריתא תנא ששמו אברהם וגם מאמוראים לא מצאתי כעת בס' יוחסין... גם שם יצחק בתנאים שבמשנה לא יש מי ששמו יצחק, אך בבריתא ...


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An Google spreadsheet with all that information (and more!) is available here. A screenshot of the more relevant part is clipped below:


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No, and it would be nearly impossible to determine. Every modern survey and census of Jews in America has been performed with the widest possible definition of Jew, in order to obtain the fullest and least-controversial numbers. This usually translates to counting someone as a Jew if they identify themselves as Jewish. (Source) For example, a recent ...


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I think there are different answers depending on the exact terms of the question; there are dozens of searches you could do on this one (e.g. "what value of X has the highest occurrences of amar rav X?"). As a first attempt, here are the most-common words in the Babylonian Talmud (using mechon-mamre's text as-is); I've highlighted the ones that may be a ...


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TofeeqAhmad, I appreciate your changes to the question. The answer, however, remains that mass murder and an aversion to proselytizing have prevented much growth. At our very founding, according to our tradition and the text of the Torah, 70 people went down to Egypt as a family/tribe and developed into a small nation within a nation. We grew by leaps and ...


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I used the data from hebcal.com/hebcal and the linux command line to see how many times the various fasts actually fell on Monday or Thursday. First, I downloaded the Event Lists for the years 5514 through 5572. I started from 5514 because, according to the website, results for year 1752 C.E. and before may not be accurate. "Hebcal does not take into ...


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Answer: Levites: 4%, Priests: 4%. A scientific article which deals with the genetics of priests and Levites quotes a book from 1999 (not available for reading online) which estimates Levites and priests each at 4% of the general Jewish population. Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000292970763626X#bbib6 Referenced book: "The genetic ...


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It is said that there are no 3 consecutive pages that do not contain a mention of Abaye or Rava. I heard that many years ago, one of the first companies to make a computer search program on Gemara "proved" this using their search functions, and offered a prize to anyone who could show otherwise. Well, someone did find 3 pages where neither of these Amoraim ...


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The data you want (except the secular calendar stuff) is all here: http://hebrewcalendar.tripod.com/#24.4 For instance, you can note that in years where Marcheshvan has 30 days, the first day of Chanukka falls on the same day of the week as Rosh Hashana, and in years where Marcheshvan has 29 days, the first day of Chanukka falls on the one day of the week ...


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At least two words in Tanach are tied for the longest word, at 11 letters each: וְהָאֲחַשְׁדַּרְפְּנִים in Esther 9:3, and וּכְתוֹעֲבוֹתֵיהֶן in Yechezkel 16:47 (source).


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To the best of my knowledge no such study has been done within Chabad chassidim... and even though in general we say 'Ein lo ra-inu ra-aya' (Zevachim 12:4, "'We have not seen' is not a proof"), controversial studies/statistics the likes of this would surely have spread very quickly with very loud responses.


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For what its worth. I corresponded a while ago (through the official chabad website) with regards to the issue of the Rebbe being moshiach and the proliferation of this ideology within chabad. The responses I received were as follows: No, the official Chabad officials do not hold that the Rebbe is Moshiach. There is no underground movement which ...


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According to the Mishna Sedura, the breakup is as follows: Zeraim: 75 prakim with a total of 683 mishnayot Moed: 88 prakim with a total of 681 mishnayot Nashim: 71 prakim with a total of 570 mishnayot N'zikin: 74 prakim with a total of 685 mishnayot Kodshim: 91 prakim with a total of 590 mishnayot Taharot: 126 prakim with a total of 1015 mishnayot Grand ...


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It think there are 304805 letters in a Sefer Torah but 304850 or 304848 letters in the text as found in a famous manuscript, the 'Leningrad codex', which many academics use. Sefaria is based on the Leningrad codex from tanach.us. I haven't seen a list of the differences, but an example is האלילם/האלילים in Leviticus 19:4.


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The Persian community (mostly Shirazi) absorbed by Baltimore contains a high fraction of Cohanim and very few Leviim.


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No! It just feels that way. - Analyzing from 5761-5772 35 times not on Monday or Thursday and 25 times on a Monday or Thursday. Tisha B'Av & Shiva Asar B'Tamuz can only come out on either Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Shabbos and then it is observed on Sunday - so for these two fasts it is impossible to fall out on Monday and more likely to fall out on ...


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Djerba has almost all kohanim.


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While, no exact number can be known, estimates are possible. In a survey done with Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Reform rabbis, no Conservative rabbis would perform an intermarriage, 36% of Reform rabbis would, and 62% of Reconstructionist rabbis would. In a population survey, 33% of American Jewish Families were "interfaith families", while another ...


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Yes! We learn in Brachot 10a - from King Chizkiyahu - that even if the executioner's sharp sword is already at your neck, you should pray for mercy. אפילו חרב חדה מונחת על צווארו של אדם אל ימנע עצמו מן הרחמים What are the chances of surviving an execution when you can already feel the cold metal on your neck? Yet we are taught that even then we should ...


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you cannot split it by both chapters and daf. it's either one or the other since dafim overlap in chapters. closest thing I know of is this though there is some overlap as before http://hadranalach.com/index.php?action=t_view&id=16#tabs here is a word doc version http://hadranalach.com/static/shas_lefi_daf.docx


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The table on page 86 (page 22 in the PDF) of Sheldon Epstein, Bernard Dickman, and Yonah Wilamowsky's paper "Parsha Management — Doubling, Halving, Accuracy"[1] is of the parashiyos and their lengths. According to the data in that table, we have: Counting each parasha separately, the deciles are 176 (100%), 148 (90%), 134 (80%), ...


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I ve build the list of the entire mishnaiot with their prakim and number of mishnaiot We join a group of 36 people in our synagogue, so everybody choose 120 mishnaiot, and are reciting/studying 2 mishnaiot per day, so the group will finish the entire shas mishna in 60 days. (36 people X 2 mishnaiot per day X 60 days = 4320...the entire shas has 4192 ...


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got this from dafyomireview.com /* berachos */ 5,8,6,7,5,8,5,8,5, /* peah */ 6,8,8,11,8,11,8,9, /* demai */ 4,5,6,7,11,12,8, /* kelayim */ 9,11,7,9,8,9,8,6,10, /* sheviit */ 8,10,10,10,9,6,7,11,9,9, /* terumos */ 10,6,9,13,9,6,7,12,7,12,10, /* maaseros */ 8,8,10,6,8, /* maaser sheni */ 7,10,13,12,15, /* challah */ 9,8,10,11, /* orlah */ 9,17,9, /* bikkurim ...


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Here you can design your own review programme.


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If you go to this website and choose the schedule of one mishnah a day for a certain masechta, and count the days in the schedule, you'll have the number of mishnayos in that masechta (choose the option for the number of days and not dates). You can do the same thing for a perek.


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Syrian Jews have been under "the takkanah", forbidding them to marry converts, since the early part of the 20th century. Though the takkanah was promulgated by the rabbis of the American Syrian community, it seems to be applicable to Syrian communities elsewhere in North and South America as well. (I don't know about Israel.) They boast an intermarriage ...



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