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PTIJ: Oscar the Grouch getting Tzara'at on his garbage can

If Oscar the Grouch gets Tzara'at on his garbage can, is that considered Tzara'at of clothing or Tzara'at of one's home? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...

asked by Moshe 22 votes
answered by magicker72 16 votes

The Rabbis of the Septuagint

I’m familiar with the Talmudic account of the Septuagint, but I would like to know if there are any sources/Midrashim that allude to who the 70 rabbis/scholars were and why THEY were chosen to ...

tanach translation septuagint greek  
asked by user24992 7 votes
answered by Aryeh 3 votes

PTIJ: Using electricity on Shabbos heter

There is a common stance that one may not "use" (whatever that means) electricity on Shabbos, but it seems that the talmud allows for a heter, a permissible case. Apparently, if one wants to ...

asked by rosends 7 votes
answered by MichoelR 13 votes

Why did the Persian Empire bury Esther with Mordechai?

I find it hard to believe that as a royal queen, the Persian Empire buried Esther with Mordechai, instead of with the other monarchs. Yet there are 2 locations in Iran, both claiming that Mordechai ...

purim megillat-esther mordechai  
asked by Mord18 6 votes

PTIJ: May one become a non-serpentine animagus?

As is well-known to all who have read Hilchot Potter, Vol. 1-7, there are certain wizards who have managed to become animagi (singular: animagus), i.e., able to transform into animals (one animal per ...

asked by Harel13 6 votes
answered by Joel K 3 votes

Why would Esther point at Achashveirosh?

With the plan to topple Haman seemingly coming to fruition, the Gemara Megillah (16a) says the Esther was going to point at Achashveirosh as the anonymous enemy of her people. ותאמר אסתר איש צר ואויב ...

megillat-esther tractate-megillah  
asked by NJM 5 votes
answered by robev 1 vote

Why is Daniel called Memuchan?

There is a machlokes who Memuchan is. One opinion is that it is Haman. According to that opinion he is called Memuchan because he prepared [in hebrew: muchan] himself to be punished (Megillah 12b). ...

asked by Simcha Zeidman 5 votes
answered by robev 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert?

Why did the Israelites build a golden calf in the desert? The question is, why a calf? Why not a golden cat, a golden eagle, a golden lion, golden parachutes or a gold bar? Of all the images they ...

animals golden-calf-egel  
asked by user4951 6 votes
answered by rosends 9 votes

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  
asked by FMS 8 votes
answered by Carebear indeed 8 votes

Rules for Cutting Nails

My question about nail-cutting is whether each of the following is halacha, minhag, or old-wives' tales. Not cutting both fingernails and toenails on the same day. Not cutting nails at night (is this ...

halacha minhag nail-cutting  
asked by Tzvi 11 votes
answered by Yirmeyahu 14 votes

Why does Esther change her name?

Esther is initially called Hadassah (Esther 2:7). Why does she change her name, ostensibly even before she is brought to the king's harem?

names esther--the-woman  
asked by not-allowed to change my name 3 votes
answered by Yehuda 6 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 38 votes
answered by Shmuel 38 votes

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 12 votes
answered by Avrohom Yitzchok 9 votes

Is swordfish Kosher?

What's the deal with swordfish? Is it Kosher? Which sources say yes, and which sources say no? EDIT: I know that R' Dr. Moshe D. Tendler is well known for having consulted with scientists (in 1951) ...

kashrut-kosher fish  
asked by Seth J 16 votes

Can you answer these questions?

What does 'inspired by God" mean?

Some people say that God wrote the Torah. That is clear and I understand it. Others say that people wrote the Torah. That is also clear and I understand it. Then there are people who say that ...

torah-study tanach  
asked by Maurice Mizrahi 2 votes
answered by Alex 0 votes

Shekhinah and death penalty

Shalom. Seeing the Shekhinah (probably the fire from where Gd speaks (Deuteronomy 4,12; 5,4) was liable to death according to Exodus 33,22? The Shekhinah is not G-d's face (panim), right?

asked by Ootsutsuki 1 vote
answered by Turk Hill -1 votes

Why curse Mordechai?

The Gemara Megilla 7b writes אָמַר רָבָא מִיחַיַּיב אִינִישׁ לְבַסּוֹמֵי בְּפוּרַיָּא עַד דְּלָא יָדַע בֵּין אָרוּר הָמָן לְבָרוּךְ מָרְדֳּכַי - Rava said: A person is obligated to become intoxicated ...

megillat-esther tractate-megillah haman mordechai  
asked by NJM 2 votes
answered by חִידָה -1 votes
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