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Miriam's Death in the Midbar

Why wasn't Miriam's body taken to Eretz Yisrael for burial when she died? In her merit, the well followed B'Nei Yisrael in the desert. She saved Moshe by taking care of him as a baby in the Nile ...

eretz-yisrael funeral-burial-levaya miriam  
asked by Isaac Botbol 7 votes
answered by Dov 8 votes

How to kiss tzitzit while wearing a mask

An offshoot of this question. It is some people's practice to kiss their tzitzit during davening. When one wears a mask, one is really kissing the interior of the mask. Should one still bring the ...

tefilla minhag tzitzis kissing  
asked by rosends 7 votes
answered by NJM 5 votes

Why Is A Parasha Named after Korach?

Proverbs 10:7 states, "The name of the wicked shall rot." In the Talmud (Yoma 38b) Rabbi Elazar comments on this by saying, "It means that decay will spread on their names, meaning that ...

parshanut-torah-comment names parshat-korach bamidbar-numbers-book-of  
asked by ron 5 votes
answered by Gershon Gold 7 votes

Who predicted the tenth red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah?

The Rambam stated that the tenth red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah: וְהָעֲשִׂירִית יַעֲשֶׂה הַמֶּלֶךְ הַמָּשִׁיחַ מְהֵרָה יִגָּלֶה אָמֵן כֵּן יְהִי רָצוֹן: [Mishneh Torah, Parah Adumah 3:4] ...

rambam messiah  
asked by Maurice Mizrahi 4 votes
answered by Gershon Gold 1 vote

Buying commodities of lean hogs

Is there any halachic problem with buying or selling commodities of lean hogs? Commodities are similar to the stock exchange, except one trades commodities such as wheat or crude oil.

halacha transactions business non-kosher-species  
asked by user813801 4 votes
answered by Danny Schoemann 3 votes

Should one recite a bracha for non-kosher meals?

If a Jew who doesn’t keep kosher eats a meal (like non-kosher beef), is it permissible, forbidden or necessary to say some sort of brachot before and after eating? My initial guess would be no since ...

blessing kashrut-kosher food  
asked by najliel 3 votes
answered by Meir 5 votes

Identity of the rooster

The Gemara Berachos (7a) writes וְאֵימַת רָתַח? אָמַר אַבַּיֵי: בְּהָנָךְ תְּלָת שָׁעֵי קַמָּיָיתָא כִּי חִיוָּרָא כַּרְבַּלְתָּא דְתַרְנְגוֹלָא וְקָאֵי אַחַד כַּרְעָא. The Gemara asks: When is the ...

asked by NJM 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

You accidentally broke your fast. Now what?

What are you supposed to do if you inadvertently broke your fast*? Do you: keep going; extend it (if so, how long); cancel it (if so, do you make it up a different day)? *This question is for ...

halacha fast-days mistakes eating  
asked by Seth J 36 votes
answered by Double AA 39 votes

List of Number of Mishnayos by chapter / masechta

I'm looking for a list that enumerates the number of Mishnayos in each perek, as well as totals by masechta. Does anyone here know of such a list (or have the ability to quickly produce one)?

torah-study mishna statistics  
asked by Dave 11 votes
answered by Double AA 21 votes

Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?

I want to know what the OU's or any other Orthodox kashrut agency's problem is with Triangle K. I have read about the Ralbag family which founded and runs the Triangle K and they are clearly Orthodox. ...

kashrut-kosher hechsher-certification  
asked by Mark 34 votes
answered by Menachem 17 votes

How did Gdoley Israel react to the landing on the Moon?

IMHO, landing on the Moon did/could seriously undermine the bases of the Jewish religious view about the nature of the celestial bodies. How did Gdoley Israel react/deal with the landing on Moon (and ...

hashkafah-philosophy rabbis science contemporary-halacha outer-space  
asked by Al Berko 4 votes
answered by DonielF 6 votes

what does baruch atah Hashem mean?

most times, the beginning of a beracha is Baruch Atah Adonai, etc. which is usually translated as Blessed are You God, etc. what does it mean to say that God is blessed? (on the surface it implies ...

blessing words hebrew  
asked by ray 7 votes
answered by Ypnypn 8 votes

Mishnah Berurah PDF

Does anybody know where I can get a PDF of the complete Mishnah Berurah?

jewish-books internet mishnah-berurah  
asked by Chanoch 8 votes
answered by Tzvi 17 votes

Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Are there any prohibitions against or stipulations for conducting a marriage between a woman and the man who recently impregnated her, assuming they are otherwise fit for marriage.

halacha marriage pregnancy-birth  
asked by Meliorate 10 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Is not protesting tantamount to intentionally doing something -- ramifications

If a Jew sees another Jew about to do an aveira (chas veshalom), and knows that if he speaks in a certain way to protest the action, the other Jew might listen to him, but doesn't do so, is he liable ...

shabbat melacha-creative-work intent-accident-purposely kavana-intent  
asked by wow ow 3 votes

Baal HaTurim written for his father?

Rav Eytan Feiner mentioned that the Baal Haturim wrote his commentary on Chumash in one night as a gift for his father. Although there are noting the commentary being written in one night, are there ...

commentaries tur  
asked by NJM 3 votes
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