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Top new questions this week:

Are there religion-based, social interactions that are closed to non-believers?

I am not a Jew but I casually read about your religion, interested by the complexity of the rules, the way they evolved historically and their impact on the social interactions. This is partly driven ...

gentiles social-convention  
asked by WoJ 6 votes
answered by Meir 2 votes

Where is the Yam Shel Shlomo's essay on breira printed?

I've heard that the Maharshal wrote a detailed essay on breira. Where can it be found in his writings? Is it somewhere in the Yam Shel Shlomo?

talmud-gemara acharonim  
asked by H. Eugene Walters 6 votes
answered by N.T. 8 votes

Where are the best places to post chiddushim?

Over a couple of years I've BH put together a booklet of chiddushim in English on various topics (Lifnei Iver, Bal Tosif, Maris Ayin, Chatzi Shiur, Kavona Lotzeis, Yehoreg V'Al Yaavor, P'sik Reisha by ...

asked by Reuvy 5 votes
answered by The GRAPKE 2 votes

Hataras nedarim judges have to be observant jews?

The halacha says that the "judges" for hataras nedarim need to be 3 Jewish males above the age of 13. However, do they also have to be observant Jews?

nedarim-shevuot observance  
asked by Streetlightpeople 5 votes

Finding a Talmudic Passage: Pauper, Adulterer, Rich Man

I am currently reading Rabbi Shimon Huberband's Kiddush Hashem, which is constructed of passages that he authored in the Warsaw Ghetto. In his description of Rosh HaShanah 5700 (1939), he mentions ...

sources-mekorot talmud-gemara talmud-bavli  
asked by Shimon bM 4 votes
answered by Meir 11 votes

What did the commander of the Lord's Army say to Joshua after he removed his sandals?

Joshua 5:13-15 recounts when Joshua stands (then bows) before the commander of the Lord's army and then is told to take off his sandals- since that is the end of the recorded conversation: a) is that ...

asked by PMolina1 3 votes
answered by The GRAPKE 2 votes

How does "ancestral merit" work?

We see the usage of Zechut Avot, which I loosely translate as "ancestral merit" used in numerous circumstances to ask God to forgive our sins and wrongdoings. Moses used this several times ...

avot-patriarch-fathers repentance-teshuvah zechut-merit  
asked by DanF 3 votes
answered by The GRAPKE 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

KORC - Kosher Symbol

I was in Costco today and saw chopped romaine lettuce with the KORC symbol. I was wondering if anyone knows if this symbol is accepted by the OU or other large Kashrus organizations.

kashrut-kosher hechsher-certification symbols-symbology organizations  
asked by Gershon Gold 10 votes
answered by C. Ben Yosef 12 votes

Is this really in the Talmud?

I've seen this before on anti-semetic sites - is it really in the Talmud? Extracts from the Jewish text the Talmud "Just the Jews are humans, the non-Jews are no humans, but cattle" ...

talmud-gemara internet provenance quotations anti-semitism  
asked by Malka S 17 votes
answered by Shalom 42 votes

Meaning and Difference between baruch and bar'chu

I'm sorry, I don't know a word of Hebrew, and I really want to know what these sentences mean: Bar'chu et Adonai ham'vorach l'olam vaed Baruch atah Adonai If I didn't write them correctly, ...

blessing words hebrew translation  
asked by GianT971 4 votes
answered by Double AA 10 votes

Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?

Not taking into account Dina D'malchusa, what are the Halachic problems with smoking marijuana? Is it allowed?

halacha health-safety-shmira intoxication marijuana  
asked by Shmuel 37 votes

Wearing a mask on Shabbos

Any sources or psaks about wearing a protective mask outdoors on Shabbos? Is it allowed where there is no eruv?

halacha shabbat  
asked by user16403 15 votes
answered by sam 8 votes

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  
asked by nico_c 24 votes
answered by Gershon Gold 17 votes

Do the Jews know the location of the omer of manna?

Do the Jews know the location of the omer of manna? Is there a story? Is it lost? It sure would be helpful in proving God to Atheists. Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the LORD has ...

history beshalach mon-manna proof-of-torah location  
asked by Decrypted 7 votes
answered by user613 16 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Can you say HaShem's name in personal tefillot?

When saying a personal tefilla at the end of shemoneh esrei, and one is saying "May it be Your will, HaShem, etc." is it proper to say HaShem's actual name or not to?

asked by Dov 1 vote

The reason of Tiltul in Shabbath

I remember to have studied a Tosefot where it is written that it is very hard to understand why is forbidden to transport something on Shabbath (Tiltul). Somebody can tell me where is this Tosefot

halacha shabbat melacha-creative-work taamei-mitzvot-reasons  
asked by Igor Braha 1 vote

Tanach with out trup and nikudos

Where can I get a tanach without nikudos and trop in book form. It should be the whole tanach and not just the haftoras. It can be side by side with nikudos and trop like a tikun or just straight text....

product-recommendation tanach  
asked by Efraym 1 vote
answered by Papa0001 0 votes
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