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Source for the four questions you're asked at the gates

I've seen references to the "four questions you're asked at the gates (after death)" -- Were you honest in your business dealings? Did you set aside regular time for Torah study? Did you ...

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user avatar asked by Larry K Score of 6
user avatar answered by Joel K Score of 9

Do the Arabs count to the moon, too?

The Talmud famously says that the Jewish people calculate our calendar by the moon (lunar calendar), and the Nations of the World use the sun (solar calendar). How is this understood as far as the ...

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user avatar asked by Naftali Tzvi Score of 4
user avatar answered by Avraham Score of 2

Why don't the birds get the bracha of פְּרוּ?

In the creation of the world when Hashem is creating fish and birds, the verse in Beresheit 1:22 says,"וַיְבָ֧רֶךְ אֹתָ֛ם אֱלֹהִ֖ים לֵאמֹ֑ר פְּר֣וּ וּרְב֗וּ וּמִלְא֤וּ אֶת־הַמַּ֙יִם֙ בַּיַּמִּ֔ים ...

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user avatar asked by Avishai Tebeka Score of 4
user avatar answered by shayachagigah Score of 0

Oats for matzah - contemporary poskim

There are different opinions among the Rishonim about שבולת שועל, one of the "five grains" that can become chometz and can be used to make matzah. Some say that it is oats, and that seems to ...

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user avatar asked by MichoelR Score of 4
user avatar answered by Avraham Score of 2

"This is the law of the..." – is there a general rule for this phrase?

In Parshas Tzav, many times occures this phrase: this is the Torah of the olah, this is the Torah of the minchah, etc. Also, in other parshiyos, and it is almost always doesn't match its superficial ...

parashat-vayikra tzav  
user avatar asked by Binyomin Score of 4

Putting one's own life first - exceptions?

There is a famous Bava Metzia 62a paskens that in a case where there are two people and there is only enough water for one to survive, the owner of the water drinks it and lets the other die: ורבי ...

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user avatar asked by Rabbi Kaii Score of 3
user avatar answered by Avraham Score of 2

I’m looking for a written/textual Jewish source from as long ago as you know of for saying Chag KASHER VESameach

Knowledge of Jewish laws and customs.

user avatar asked by Neil Fleischmann Score of 3

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What are "the tokens of virginity"?

In Deut 22:13-21, there is a mention of a spurned young wife's "tokens of her virginity", that her own father or mother can "take and bring out". What were "the tokens of virginity" that parents of a ...

sexuality ki-teitzei  
user avatar asked by FMS Score of 8
user avatar answered by Carebear indeed Score of 8

Kashering a microwave

How can I kasher a microwave?

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user avatar asked by N123 Score of 12
user avatar answered by Shalom Score of 8

How Do I Know If it's a Hebrew Leap Year?

How can I tell if a given year is a Hebrew Leap Year? The simpler, the better. [Assuming we are using a fixed calendar, not like the "olden days".]

user avatar asked by yydl Score of 12
user avatar answered by Daniel ben Noach Score of 22

Can Jews eat hunted animals?

Are Jews allowed to eat hunted animals? That means the animals are dead before getting their necks cut. I do not think that a large proportions of ancient Jews were hunters, but I would be surprised ...

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user avatar asked by user4951 Score of 6
user avatar answered by bishop Score of 0

What Issues Exist with the Tablet K Hecksher?

The Tablet-K hechsher is quite common on products in US supermarkets - especially cheeses. There seems to be a strong sentiment that it is not an acceptable hechsher, but I've heard no halachik ...

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user avatar asked by Laizer Score of 26
user avatar answered by Shoshi Score of 29

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?

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user avatar asked by Lev Score of 14
user avatar answered by Micha Berger Score of 6

Reason behind pinky during hagba

Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?

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user avatar asked by cookie monster Score of 48
user avatar answered by Ishyehudi Score of 20

Can you answer these questions?

What checks were done on Korbanos for internal disqualifications?

An animal that is schechted has to be checked for certain potential internal damages which would render it unfit for eating. I have been told that an animal which is "treif" for the sake of ...

sources-mekorot kashrut-kosher korban  
user avatar asked by rosends Score of 3

Ritual immersion with washing of the body?

I would like to know if the ritual immersion that is prescribed in the Torah requires one to wash himself as well. From what I see, the law tells you only to immerse yourself and not to wash yourself (...

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user avatar asked by Mineder Score of 1

Is it a Mitzvah to tell a fellow Jew “have a wonderful day”?

Is it considered a Mitzvah/Chesed to tell a fellow Jew to have a great day? It sounds like a simple thing, but I thought it would be included under Viohavta Lireiacha Kamocha, no?

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user avatar asked by Raphael Chilungu Score of 1
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