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What is a prophet in Judaism?

When can one be considered a prophet in Judaism? What do they have to do to achieve the title of prophet? Do they have to make a predication about the future?

asked by nomel7 Score of 4
answered by Alex Score of 3

Does Shoftim 2:10 refute the Kuzari argument?

I feel like the answer is largely contingent on whether or not the words לא ידעו את -ה וגם את המעשה אשר עשה לישראל (which knew not the L-rd, nor yet the work which he had done for Yisrael.) means ...

hashkafah-philosophy shoftim--book-of rationalism  
asked by Tatiana Nikolaevna Score of 3
answered by Shmuel Score of 1

How to identify if a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

How can one discern whether a Chabad shul is Meshichist?

hashkafah-philosophy chabad heresy messianism  
asked by WWsr Score of 3
answered by sam Score of 4

Matan Torah: Coercion or out of love?

There is a Midrashic approach to "and they stood at the foot of the mountain" (Shemos 19:17), namely that G-d literally held the mountain over the heads of B'nei Yisrael, coercing them to ...

midrash maseches-shabbos parashas-yisro har-sinai  
asked by Shmuel Score of 2
answered by Yehoshua Levy Score of 1

Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

The minhag Chabad by netilas yadayim in the morning is to raise the hands until the peyos for the brocho al netilas yadayim. The source for the minhag is in Likutei Diburim of the previous Lubavitcher ...

halacha chabad netilat-yadayim-washing minhagim  
asked by Yehoshua Levy Score of 2
answered by יהושע ק Score of 2

Why can Jews get their ears pierced but can't get tattoos?

If the Torah forbids tattoos, why doesn't it ban peircings. Isn't it self harm? If you could quote your sources that would be appreciated.

halacha halacha-theory  
asked by Avi Goldstein Score of 2
answered by Yoreinu Score of 1

Is there a tehilim in Hebrew or English with amazing commentaries?

I'm looking for a tehilim with commentaries that are melaket from commentaries like the Alter Rebbe or Reb Nachman or any of the chassidic masters. I don't mind if it is in Hebrew or English. Is there ...

product-recommendation tehilim-psalms  
asked by yosefkorn Score of 2
answered by Shmuel Score of 3

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Bracha on Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread

Food for Life manufactures a bread under the Hashgacha of the Kaf-K called Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread This bread is flourless and has the following ingredients. Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, ...

halacha food blessing  
asked by Gershon Gold Score of 8
answered by Shalom Score of 10

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".]

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

How are Spartans the son of Abraham?

I was reading the Book of Maccabees (I and II) over Shabbat and in it there is a letter written to Sparta to ask for peace, goodwill and friendship. In the reply letter back from Sparta, they affirm ...

history gentiles chanuka avot-patriarch-fathers  
asked by avi Score of 18
answered by morah hochman Score of 16

What is the longest masechta?

I heard that Bava Basra is the longest masechta in blatt but Brochos is the longest mesechta in words. Did anyone else hear anything about that?

talmud-gemara statistics  
asked by cookie monster Score of 23
answered by Shalom Score of 37

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  
asked by Menachem Score of 8
answered by Ofer Livnat Score of 8

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  
asked by Ani Yodea Score of 13
answered by Avrohom Yitzchok Score of 9

Is a rabbi required to be married?

I have heard (I honestly cannot remember where...) that to be a rabbi a man must be married. Is there any truth to this? I am more interested in knowing if this was true in the first century C.E. ...

history marriage rabbis  
asked by Cos Callis Score of 13
answered by Monica Cellio Score of 16

Can you answer these questions?

Where is the source in the Zohar that the neshomo of a person or righteous person comes down to the guf on the day of the yorzeit

I've heard it quoted, but I don't remember the exact source.

soul zohar  
asked by yosefkorn Score of 1

Can one go visit a haunted house

Is it permitted Al pi halacha to visit a haunted house for fun or curiosity. And or is it a sakonas nefoshos.

asked by yosefkorn Score of 1

Introduction to the Ben Ish Chai

Which one of the Ben Ish Chai's books is the best introduction to his thought and work?

jewish-books ben-ish-chai  
asked by Bs234570 Score of 1
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