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Pronunciation of YHVH in the Pesel Micha story

The Minchas Shai on Shoftim 17:3 quotes the Gemara (Shevuos 35a) and Maseches Sofrim (4:6) regarding if the names יהוה and אלהים in the story of Micha's idol are holy or not. The Tanna Kama says that ...

halacha avodah-zarah shemos-sacred-names pronunciation shoftim--book-of  
asked by Heshy 7 votes
answered by Mordechai -2 votes

Being יוצא with the chazzan saying - ה' אלוקיכם אמת, if I am not up to Kerias Shema yet

Kerias Shema consists of only 245 words. In order to say 248 words in , the chazzan repeats the words "ה' אלוקיכם אמת". If one davens without a minyan one should say "אל מלך נאמן" ...

halacha chazzan-prayer-leader shema motzi-yedei-chovato  
asked by Shlomo 5 votes
answered by Chatzkel 6 votes

Talking In Bathrooms

The Rema in או"ח סי' ג סעיף ב says that it is impermissible to talk in the bathroom. The Mishna Berura adds the Gemara in Berachos 65b, that even in order to let someone trying to enter know that ...

halacha tznius-modesty tamei-tahor-ritual-purity speech-talking bathroom  
asked by Shlomo 4 votes
answered by Loewian 4 votes

The Maggid of Mezeritch on jewels and straw

In his sermon on the ethics of controversy, R Norman Lamm says: The great Maggid of Mezeritch, the leading theoretician of Hasidism and one who knew only too well the life of controversy, told us ...

sources-mekorot chasidut-hasidism quotations  
asked by Zarka 4 votes

What is the proper Nă'quddōth for Metatron?

I have seen many variations of this and wonder if anyone could tell me which is the most correct? These variations include: מֶטָטְרוֹן‎‎ (Meṭāṭ'rōn) מְטַטְרוֹן‎ (Măṭaṭ'rōn) מֵיטַטְרוֹן‎ (Mēyṭaṭ'rōn) ...

names grammar-dikduk malach-angel vowels-nekudot  
asked by עמנואל-העבד 3 votes

How is there "peace" bimromav?

At the end of a full(er) Kaddish, and at the end of shmoneh esrei there is a line "oseh shalom bimromav". The meaning seems to be an invocation of Hashem as the one who makes peace in his ...

words job-iyov-book-of heaven shalom-peace  
asked by rosends 3 votes
answered by Binyomin 3 votes

When did Noah enter the ark?

Did Noah enter the ark 7 days before the flood or on the day of that the flood began? וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהֹוָה֙ לְנֹ֔חַ בֹּֽא־אַתָּ֥ה וְכׇל־בֵּיתְךָ֖ אֶל־הַתֵּבָ֑ה כִּֽי־אֹתְךָ֥ רָאִ֛יתִי צַדִּ֥יק לְפָנַ֖י ...

tanach pentateuch-chumash parashat-noach genesis-bereishith mabul  
asked by treenuts15 3 votes
answered by rosends 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why is Israel called "the smallest of peoples"?

The passuk reads: לֹ֣א מֵֽרֻבְּכֶ֞ם מִכׇּל־הָֽעַמִּ֗ים חָשַׁ֧ק יְהֹוָ֛ה בָּכֶ֖ם וַיִּבְחַ֣ר בָּכֶ֑ם כִּֽי־אַתֶּ֥ם הַמְעַ֖ט מִכׇּל־הָעַמִּֽים׃ It is not because you are the most numerous of peoples ...

pentateuch-chumash census  
asked by chessprogrammer 8 votes
answered by Harel13 5 votes

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 13 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 16 votes

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  
asked by Larry K 2 votes

Cleaning blood from the temple

According to the Mosaic Law, blood was to be sprinkled on the alters, before the curtains and other places in the temple. This would result in many places, especially the curtains, being blood ...

history sources-mekorot beis-hamikdash cleaning blood  
asked by למה זה תשאל לשמי 11 votes
answered by Cauthon 13 votes

married couples never sleeping in the same bed

I have heard that many Orthodox married couples never sleep in the same bed, even during the times that they are permitted to each other. Coming from a non-Orthodox background, this seems shocking to ...

minhag sources-mekorot marriage tznius-modesty sleep  
asked by Desert Star 4 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

Smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg?

One often sees that individuals' have smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. The smicha exams are typically considered more theoretical than that of the Israeli rabbinate, which requires more ...

rabbis semicha  
asked by minhag 20 votes
answered by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ulman 22 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Is it really necessary to check clothing for Shaatnez? In all my years of shopping (in Jewish and non-Jewish stores, US and worldwide) I have never found Shaatnez in the clothing. Should this then ...

halacha clothing hechsher-certification shaatnez deorayta  
asked by Shlomo 2 votes

May one take vitamins without a hechsher?

I.e, vitamins from big pharmacies. Are there kashrus issues? Must they be certified?

halacha kashrut-kosher medicine hechsher-certification issur-vheter  
asked by michael 1 vote
answered by Nissim Nanach 0 votes

The angels who accused Yishmoel – what action were they suggesting?

Beraishis 21 (17) Hashem judges Yishmoel “בַּאֲשֶׁר הוּא שָׁם " - “in that condition in which he now is”. The ministering angels according to the Medrash said, “Master of the Universe, for him ...

parshanut-torah-comment malach-angel vayera yishmael  
asked by Avrohom Yitzchok 1 vote
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