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What is the flamability of shatnez?

I recently learned that linen has a quality that enflames sparks - and is historically used as tinder. Oppositely, wool is an extinquisher of flames. I found that to be intriguing since Kohanim were ...
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Uttering the name of God to kill people

According to Midrash, Moshe killed the Egyptian by uttering a particularly holy name of God. Is doing this today a violation of taking the Lord's name in vain or of blasphemy or do those mitzvahs ...
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Should newlyweds sleep under the same roof during the Sheva Brachot period?

When is the most appropriate time for newlyweds to start sleeping under the same roof together?
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Can a troll be Jewish? [closed]

Let's imagine that a Jewish woman moves to a village populated by annoying trolls and marries one of them. Her daughters will be half Jewish half trolls. Her granddaughters will be quarter Jewish and ...
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If Tzaddikim always Pitchfork-Pray What's the Point of Singling it Out in a Few Specific Locations?

Sukkah 14a: אָמַר רַבִּי (אֱלִיעֶזֶר): לָמָּה נִמְשְׁלָה תְּפִלָּתָן שֶׁל צַדִּיקִים כְּעֶתֶר — לוֹמַר לָךְ: מָה עֶתֶר זֶה מְהַפֵּךְ אֶת הַתְּבוּאָה בַּגּוֹרֶן מִמָּקוֹם לְמָקוֹם, אַף תְּפִלָּתָן ...
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Accidentally said אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי instead of אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵֽאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ (or vice versa) - What to do?

If one mixes up the standard prayer lines brough in the title, should one correct it, or should one continue? If it depends on context, is there a principle to help guide one as to which contexts one ...
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What kind of marriages was the Rambam thinking of?

Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Biah, 12:1 speaks of “derech ishut” and 12:14 speaks of “derech chatnut.” How does the halacha understand these terms? Sources appreciated. Note: The translation by Rabbi ...
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Chazzan drinking water [duplicate]

Is a Chazzan allowed to drink water during tefilla? The Shulchan Aruch in OC Siman 151:1 writes the prohibition of eating and drinking in the synagogue. The Kaf HaChaim there on Seif Katan 9 writes ...
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Davening in the times of the first Bait Hamikdash

In likuttei torah Perek 4 it is written כמו במקדש ראשון שלא היו מתפללין לפי שהיה שכלם בהיר בשחקים כל היום לראות ולהבין פלאות א״ס ב״ה Loosely translated- like in the first Bait Hamikdash where they ...
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Using leftover etrogim to make kiddush/havdalah wine

The Talmud/Gemara in Shabbat 117b records a principle of using a mitzvah object for another mitzvah. Would using a leftover etrog or etrogim from Sukkot to make wine for kiddush/havdalah for Shabbat ...
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Why does the haftorah for Chanukah begin "rani visimchi ", and not "I saw a gold menorah"?

B"H In the haftorah for Chanukah we begin the passage with "Rani visimcha bas Tzion", sing and rejoice, daughter of Tzion Earlier in that same passage it says, "Behold, I saw a ...
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Portmanteaus in Torah

I came across a "portmanteau" in Midrash Tanchuma, Ki Tisa 5: בַּכּוֹשָׁרוֹת (from Tehillim 86:7) Which is a combination of בָּכֵי and שִׁירָה, as Hashem's matching of people, against ...
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Kiddush without a se'udah

If one makes kiddush and its not followed by a meal the Michaber (Siman 273:3) rules that he is not yotzie kiddush. My question is; does he mean that he is not yotzie even on a biblical level? Or that ...
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Aspeger Syndrome, ADHD and shoteh

Does Asperger Syndrome make one a halakhic shoteh? And what about ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?
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Source of quote?

A halachic principle is: Osek B'Mitzvah Patur Min Hamitzvah -- עוסק במצוה פטור מן המצוה One who is occupied with a mitzvah is exempt from [another] mitzvah. Where in the Sources is this principle ...
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How old was Shmuel in Perek 3

In the Artscroll notes of Shmuel 1 to the beginning Perek 3, they say (quoting Seder Olam) that one would assume Shmuel I young during this episode, but that he was actually around 40 First of all, ...
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Differences in meanings between similar pronouns (עָלָיו, לוֹ); likewise (יהוּ,- יו-)

Is there someone who discusses the differences between pronoun synonyms? I'm thinking of two sets as examples, both of which occur within a few pesukim of each other in perek 5 of Shir HaShirim: 5:4 ...
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Difference between and meaning of "rav" and "rabbi" [duplicate]

B"H The terms Rav (רב) and Rabbi (רבי) appear in front of different people in the Gemara. What is the difference between the two terms? I heard from a source I don't remember that Rabbi with the ...
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Is a Semicha required for determining the status of a Safek Niddah

According to Halacha, is it required for a Rabbi to have semicha if he’s determining the status of whether a woman is a niddah if she believes it’s a Safek? Or no, is a formal semicha not required ...
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Does Birkat kohanim have to be read with the trop

According to Halacha, is it required for a Kohen reciting Birkat kohanim to recite it in the trop/cantillation notes, or no? Are there different opinions on this by custom (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, ...
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Can Pool Water Taken Directly from the Ocean Count for Mikveh בדיעבד?

I once stayed at hotel directly on the beach and the pool water was taken from the ocean. I was wondering if in hindsight I could count my swims there as מקווה בדיעבד. If the answer is "it ...
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Why, according to Chazal, did the Israelites only begin complaining about the Torah approx a year after its receipt?

Chazal explicate Bamidbar 11:5 & 10 that Israel was complaining about how onerous the Torah was. This episode occurred toward the end of the second month of the second year of their leaving Egypt (...
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Is Taking Books from a Synagogue Theft? [closed]

If someone works in a Talmud Torah in a shul, would a person be able to take and make use of any of the sefarim (books) or would that be considered stealing? Imagine if the scenario is without prior ...
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Copying content from a news website

On one of the frum news websites there is a disclaimer at the end of every article that includes the following wording - Copying or reproducing our content is both against the law and Halacha Is it ...
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A difficulty in Parshat Behaalosecha chap. 11

Rashi on Numbers 11:10 writes: בכה למשפחתיו: משפחות משפחות נאספים ובוכים לפרסם תרעמתן בגלוי. ורבותינו אמרו (יומא ע"ה) למשפחתיו, על עסקי משפחות —על עריות הנאסרות להם weeping with their families: ...
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Why didn't the Jews complain when they had to wait for Miriam 7 days in the Midbar when she had Tzeras? They complained about everything else?

This is not my question; someone asked me this. This whole parsha, B’nai Yisrael are constantly complaining. Pesach Sheni (lumea Negura), Kohanim about missing the nessiim dedication, the misoneeinim, ...
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Variations on interlaced fingers

Based on Kabbalah some have the custom to not join hands together with interlaced fingers. Classically, that looks something like this: But what about if the fingers are on the inside, like this: ...
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If Israel traveled in the same formation as they camped then what does it mean that they broke camp consecutively of one another?

Rashi (Bamidbar 10:25) quotes a disagreement whether Israel traveled as a line or a square: מאסף לכל המחנות – תלמוד ירושלמי (ירושלמי ערובין ה':א'): לפי שהיה שבטו של דן מרובה באוכלוסין היה נוסע ...
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Can't tzaddikim get Hashem to resolve certain issues based on their merits?

I know the question is a little pedantic because one could take it all the way and ask tzaddikim to get us full geula, fix everyone's health and money issues among other problems but still. For ...
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Can I sit under sukkah rafters made of metal

I'd like to build a sukkah with rafters made of metal. (In order to ensure the schach only rests on wood, I plan to lay wood on top of the metal rafters, and the schach on top of the wood.) Is there a ...
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Washing hands after you touch shoe

I’ve heard that you need to wash your hands after you touch your shoes. First of all, do we pasken like this? Secondly, how is the washing done? Is it like Netilat Yadayim (either 111222 or 121212) ...
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Differences in and appropriateness (for Ashkenaim) of the Sephardic Tikkun Korim Simanim

I work for a day school (85% Ashkenazi population)and we're looking to gift a copy of the Tikkun Korim Simanim to our oldest grade of students. The Sephardi edition costs $5 less - a significant ...
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Source of a shita for when giving Tochacha (הוכח תוכיח) is likely to go unheeded

In a handwritten drasha written in 1904 by a relative, it refers to a peirush that offers a resolution for when the mitzva of הוכח תוכיח is conflicted with the need to avoid saying a דבר שאינו נשמע (a ...
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Numerology in the Plagues

Going over the plagues in exodus, I notice a pattern. The first few plagues (blood, frogs, gnats / lice), are general afflictions that affect Egyptian and Hebrew alike. The next few plagues (flies, ...
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"When you raise up the lamps, to the face of the menorah, light 7 lamps"?

B"H In Parshas bahalosecha it says "When you raise up the lamps, to the face of the menorah, light 7 lamps" Why does it first mention "raising up the lamps", without ...
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Maror - bitter or sweet?

The Gemara (Pesachim 115b) says that if one swallowed the Maror, he is not Yotze, being that one must taste the bitterness. Question: it says in the Yerushalmi (Pesachim 2:5) that Chazeret is ...
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What is the definition of morality in Judaism

How does Judaism define morality? Is it simply the word of God without further explanation? Is there some mantra that could summarize Judaism's stance on morality?
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Relating to the Mishkan and Kodshim

Despite being the topic of almost 40 percent of the written Torah, roughly 30 percent of Mishnah, and a major theme in daily liturgy, the Mishkan/Mikdash, and related laws of Kodshim and Taharos are ...
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Is there a source that names in the Torah may not be the person's actual name

Some of the name given in the Torah are frequently explained by Chazal to mean something about the person. For example the Gemorah (Sanhedrin 82B) says that the real name of Cozbi bas Tzur was ...
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Should one say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ if it is not one's minhag to say it?

The title says it all - should a (e.g.) Sefardi say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ when in a shul where they say this beracha, when he hears it from the Chazan?
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What's the source you can't learn Torah with dirty hands?

It's brought in poskim that if you touch an uncovered part of your body you shouldn't learn Torah untill you clean them. The earliest source for this seems to be the Kol Bo siman 11 from Rav Yitschak ...
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Number of occurrences of the names of tannaim in various books

Does anyone happen to know of a place where someone has counted the occurrences of the names of the Tannaim in the different books of rabbinic literature (e.g. Mishnah, Tosefta, Sifra, Sifrei etc.)? I'...
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The Haflaah and "our spiritual eyes"

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita quotes from the Haflaah, and seemingly the Chasam Sofer (who was a student of the Haflaah) also quotes it, and explains that: we have physical eyes and spiritual eyes. ...
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How to turn oven back on after Blackout on Yom Tov

If a blackout occurred during Yom Tov and after the electricity went back on, the oven didn't turn on again, is it permissible to ask a non-Jew to turn it on? What about having the non-Jew set it to ...
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What did the Brisker Rav say about the Lubavitcher Rebbe?

In this answer, @Schmerel quotes the Brisker Rav as having seen a maamar from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi M M Schneerson, and commented that the Lubavitcher Rebbe believes he is Moshiach. Here is the ...
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Cholov Yisroel preferences?

B"H Some communities have customs to only eat meat, even if it's totally kosher, from certain butchers/companies that follow certain extra guidelines. For example, some Lubavitchers only eat meat ...
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Are amputated limbs and organs to be treated with the same care as a dead body? [duplicate]

In Judaism, when a person dies they are to be buried immediately. My question is whether the same rule applies to organs and limbs of an individual who is still living. If a Jew has an arm amputated ...
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Where does Baal HaTurim's commentary come from?

A lot of the Baal HaTurim's commentary on the Torah relates to how certain words or phrases have the same gematriya as other words or phrases in the Torah, or phrases that relate, in some way, to the ...
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Connection between Yitro and Malchizedek?

I remember reading somewhere a comparison between Yitro and Malchizedek. Saying they were both Goyish Kohanim who where with אברהם ומשה. Are there any sources that associate these two figures? What ...
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Nechama Leibowitz Books online

I have two related questions: Can I find Nechama Leibowitz books online anywhere for free? I often see her books titled either with or without the word new. For example "Studies in Vayikra" ...
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