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Teshuva knowing that I'm likely to sin again

Every year I have a very similar list of aveiros that I want to stop. Practically, I know that it is too much to expect myself to have completely stopped all of them by next Rosh Hashana, so I ...

sin yom-kippur repentance-teshuvah  
user avatar asked by Moses Supposes Score of 4
user avatar answered by N.T. Score of 4

Coping with guilt over spilled seed and looking at inappropriate things

I'm asking this because I'm sure that I'm not the only one here, so hopefully this won't be counted as a personal question. For well over 20 years, I've struggled with the temptation to look at things ...

halacha  
user avatar asked by Kvetch Score of 3
user avatar answered by Yehuda Score of 2

The Shaliach tzibbur reciting "Hamelech" on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur from his seat

On both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the shaliach tzibbur chants "Hamelech" at the onset of Shacharis from his seat and then makes his way to the amud. The Aruch HaShulchan, OC 584:1 brings ...

sources-mekorot tefilla yom-kippur rosh-hashanah-new-year  
user avatar asked by Dov Score of 3
user avatar answered by Chatzkel Score of 2

Which Atzei Chayim does the Yad go on

When dressing the Torah for it's return to the Ark, does the Yad (chain) go around a particular Atz Chayim? If so, right or left when facing the Torah?

sefer-torah  
user avatar asked by RabbiDebi Score of 3
user avatar answered by N.T. Score of -1

Where was Carshina? (Borit Carshina)

I'm assuming that Carshina (as mentioned in Pitom HaKetores - פטום הקטורת) is a place, since the Ketores also mentions places like Cyprus, Sedom, Jordan. Any idea where Carshina is/was?

korbanos-ketores-prayers location biblical  
user avatar asked by flips Score of 3
user avatar answered by Dov Score of 4

Ivdu es Hashem beSimcha in practice

Tehillim 100:2 tells us that we need to serve Hashem with joy. I'm sure that this is something that many people have difficulty with - especially those of us who suffer from mental health issues. Most ...

mitzvah simchah-joy-happiness  
user avatar asked by Moses Supposes Score of 2
user avatar answered by Dov Score of 3

After city walls were no longer built, what did the ~10M Jews living in pre-Holocaust Europe do regarding an Eruv?

As per my quick research 1 2 sometime around 1800 to 1920 European cities stopped erecting and started removing city walls. My understanding is that a lot of the laws regarding Eruv was assuming that ...

shabbat history eruv-chatzerot  
user avatar asked by HanMah Score of 2

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between a temple, a synagogue, and a congregation?

Jewish communities of worship are referred to by different English words: temple synagogue congregation (Feel free to edit the question to add to this list.) What are their differences? I am ...

synagogue english  
user avatar asked by Lover of Structure Score of 4
user avatar answered by Monica Cellio Score of 10

What meaning do the names of the ten sons of Haman have?

Is there a meaning behind the names of the ten sons of Haman who were killed and hung (Esther 9:7-9)? They are: פַּרְשַׁנְדָּתָא Parshandasa דַּלְפוֹן Dalphon אַסְפָּתָא Aspasa פּוֹרָתָא Porasa ...

names purim megillat-esther haman  
user avatar asked by Joan Score of 16
user avatar answered by Michoel Score of 19

When is the latest time you can daven minchah bedieved?

If you realized that you didn't yet daven minchah and it's past shekiyah, when is the latest that you can begin praying the Amidah? I'm looking for different people's cutoffs.

halacha tefilla shemoneh-esrei zemanim mincha-afternoon-prayer  
user avatar asked by Ani Yodea Score of 13
user avatar answered by Avrohom Yitzchok Score of 9

Source? The day you were born was the day Gd decided the universe could no longer exist without you

I am looking for the source for the following quote The day you were born was the day Gd decided the universe could no longer exist without you The greeting card I saw it on said the quote was ...

sources-mekorot talmud-gemara  
user avatar asked by Larry K Score of 2

Is it a discouraged or an unacceptable practice for a Gentile to keep the Sabbath?

According to Jewish Law and tradition, is it acceptable, discouraged or totally unacceptable for a Gentile to keep the Sabbath according to the regulations spelled out in the Torah and the Talmud and ...

halacha shabbat gentiles  
user avatar asked by absurdrefusal Score of 25
user avatar answered by Gershon Gold Score of 17

Complete list of verses corresponding to people's names?

There is a custom to say a verse corresponding to ones name at the end of the Amidah, as a Segulah not to forget his name on the day of Judgement. There are several sources for this practice, ...

names tanach aleph-bet-letters  
user avatar asked by Menachem Score of 8
user avatar answered by Ofer Livnat Score of 8

The hebrew meaning of the name Laila

My wife and I just had a beautiful little girl and we named her Laila Grace. I was curious of the meaning of Laila and decided to search the web. I came to an interesting comment that I am hoping ...

names malach-angel abraham  
user avatar asked by wbeard52 Score of 8
user avatar answered by Benjamin Gruenbaum Score of 9

Can you answer these questions?

Stroller ball bearing grease

On Yom Tov, when we push a stroller, the grease in the ball bearings holding the wheels to the axle, gets smeared within the balls. Is this is a melacha of smearing?

melacha-creative-work  
user avatar asked by Mars Sojourner Score of 1

Can a kohen have a child by IVF with a divorce. What is the status of the child?

Is there any workaround avialable for thousands of kohanim who want to have children but are older singles and can't get married because of the high percentage of divorcees in the female population ...

kohen-priest medicine divorce contemporary-halacha  
user avatar asked by Reuven A. Stone Score of 1

What sin was Hevel killed for?

In Judaism we believe that someone who is murdered is being killed as punishment for his sins. What sin did Hevel commit to deserve to be put to death?

sin parashat-bereishit reward-punishment murder  
user avatar asked by Yaakov Roth Score of 1
user avatar answered by Yonah PS Score of 0
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