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What is the exact difference between a chazakah and a rov?

I was asked this question by a friend of mine and at first I thought it was so simple (and maybe it is, maybe I just don’t have enough Torah knowledge to know the answer) but when I tried to explain ...

halacha lomdus chazaka  
asked by Shabi Koppel 9 votes
answered by robev 10 votes

How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...

mitzvah shemoneh-esrei synagogue minyan zechut-merit  
asked by DanF 6 votes

Source of wishing "Titchadesh" - תתחדש on new clothes

What is the source for wishing someone "תתחדש" for a new item of clothing? See the Rema OC:224 who brings a minhag to wish someone that bought new clothes "תבלה ותחדש". Literal translation is "You ...

minhag blessing clothing  
asked by Ben 6 votes

Who First Knew of the Messiah

In Parashah Shemot 4:13, Moses says to G-d, "Send, I pray You, by the hand of whom You will send." On p. 77 of Rabbi M. Schneerson's book "Torah Studies" he explains that midrash (Lekach Tov) ...

history midrash messiah moshe-rabbeinu  
asked by ron 5 votes
answered by Yaacov Deane 10 votes

Irony or Tshuva in Berachot?

In Berachot 10a, it is said that Chizkiyah was punished by Hashem for not having children: מָה עָשָׂה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא — הֵבִיא יִסּוּרִים עַל חִזְקִיָּהוּ, וְאָמַר לוֹ לִישַׁעְיָהוּ: לֵךְ ...

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asked by Harel13 5 votes
answered by Alaychem Diamond Monica back 1 vote

Kavana or Ma’aseh? What Matters?

Ohr Hachaim explains Breishit 50:20 by way of a mashal: someone intended to give his fellow poison but ended up giving him wine. The perpetrator is not deemed to be chayav for what he intended to do. ...

rashi nedarim-shevuot vayechi kavana-intent mattos  
asked by הבלשן 4 votes
answered by Schmerel 1 vote

Meaning of the word "Yisrael" when reciting Shema

Since is an absolute Halachic requirement to have in mind the meaning of the words in the first verse of the Shema, when reciting it morning and evening, I ask what is the correct or proper meaning to ...

halacha shema  
asked by shmu 4 votes
answered by daniel 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Nefesh, neshama and ruach as words for "soul"

All three words can mean something like "soul", e.g., neshama in גלגול נשמות, and ruach in וַתְּחִי רוּחַ יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם (Bereshit 45:27). So, what is the difference?

words hebrew translation soul  
asked by Lev 13 votes
answered by Micha Berger 6 votes

Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Are there any prohibitions against or stipulations for conducting a marriage between a woman and the man who recently impregnated her, assuming they are otherwise fit for marriage.

halacha marriage pregnancy-birth  
asked by Meliorate 9 votes
answered by Shalom 18 votes

Why do people keep saying 12 tribes of Israel when there are 13?

The Encyclopædia Britannica article “Twelve Tribes of Israel” says (emphasis added), Jacob’s first wife, Leah, bore him six sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. Each was the ...

number yosef shevatim-12-tribes levites-leviyim  
asked by user4951 17 votes
answered by Shalom 19 votes

Would a non-Jew wearing the Star of David together with a cross be offensive?

I am not Jewish, although I come from a Jewish heritage. My great-grandmother was Jewish. I have, since childhood, found the religion fascinating, even though my belief in Jesus has firmly placed me ...

gentiles christianity derech-eretz-manners symbols-symbology star-of-david  
asked by DataGirl 16 votes
answered by avi 12 votes

Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to "cut the baby in half"

There's a famous story in I Kings 3:16-28 about Shlomo Hamelech. Two women who had just given birth around the same time appeared before him; one baby had died and one was alive and the women were ...

melachim-kings-book-of baby-infant king-solomon  
asked by alicht 15 votes
answered by הנער הזה 32 votes

Correct response to tizku l'mitzvot

What is the correct response to someone saying, "tizku l'mitzvot" after you do a mitzvah, or something helpful? For example, after helping someone make an Eruv Chatzeirot they might say "tizku ...

blessing hebrew social-convention  
asked by andrewmh20 11 votes
answered by Guillermo Vázquez L 3 votes

Smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg?

One often sees that individuals' have smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. The smicha exams are typically considered more theoretical than that of the Israeli rabbinate, which requires more ...

rabbis semicha  
asked by minhag 20 votes
answered by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ulman 21 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Can you handle a battery-powered handheld clock on Shabbos?

This battery-powered handheld clock that has alarm clock and stopwatch features, would such a clock be muktzeh on Shabbos, even if one turned off the alarm clock feature before Shabbos?

asked by mishmosh73 1 vote
answered by nosh 0 votes

Difference between רבון and אדון

In the Beracha of Elohai, we refer to God using a number of different descriptives. Towards the end, we give thanks to God as: רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים, אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. What are some ...

sources-mekorot blessing words divine-names  
asked by Chaim 4 votes
answered by אפור קוף 0 votes

Naming a Child is it a zchus?

I've once heard that naming a child after a person is a zchus for that person's neshoma. I cannot find a mention of this. I'm not asking about the influence the name has on the child, or cultural ...

asked by user218076 2 votes
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