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Is King Saul positively regarded in Judaism?

King David is well-known to be positively regarded in Judaism, not only for his great accomplishments and devotion (psalms, if not authored by him, became prominent because of him), but also as the ...
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How was the Yossef's story different if he was truly prophesying?

Following my last question "why-did-brothers-take-yossefs-dreams-seriously". How would the development of events be different if instead of simply dreaming, Yossef was having G-d's prophecy of the ...
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Why did brothers take Yossef's dreams seriously?

In my understanding, the whole story of the brother's revenge to Yossef started with Yossef's dreams, which he told his father and brothers. Yossef wasn't a prophet, he showed no signs of genius or ...
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Is it accurate to call Abraham a Jew? [on hold]

It is common to associate Abraham as "father of the faith" and the first Jew. However, since Abram's family came from the land of Ur, isn't it more accurate to say that he wasn't a Jew but - in ...
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Why does Rav Soloveichik feel lonely when he has G-d?

As I understand it, The Rav feels lonely, as a man of faith he feels definitionally lonely because he can't relate to people and people can't relate to him. Why doesn't he find solace with G-d though? ...
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Minhag to eat Dessert First?

A while ago (at least 25 years ago) I recall a friend's mother saying there was a minhag in Tzfat to eat dessert first, because if you had to suddenly stop your meal in the middle because the Moshiach ...
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“The Sophisticate and the Simpleton” story by Rabbi Nachman- where is the earliest mention of “the Devil” in Jewish Literature?

In his story The Sophisticate and the Simpleton Rabbi Nachman mentions the Devil (Source from Wikisource) Meanwhile someone came and said, "The Devil [Yid. Toivl, Heb. Azazel] has sent for you [...
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Did King Solomon create the first train?

I once heard from a Rabbi in a Nach lesson that King Solomon made the first train, however, the Rabbi cannot remember where the exact source. Can anyone help?
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Torah Study in English

Will one receive the reward of Learning Torah if they read the Tanach, Gemara, Shulchan Aruch, etc. in English if English is their mother tongue? Please cite sources.
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Tenth arrives during or after the silent shemonei esreh - sources

What responsa are there on whether to have chazaras hashatz when the tenth arrives (completing the minyan) during or even after the tefillah b'lachash (silent prayer)?
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Davening in a non-sectarian chapel? [duplicate]

What are the various positions on davening in a non-sectarian chapel, such as at an airport? (I presume there are various positions, but I do not know. I read one position many years ago arguing ...
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Where to daven in Logan airport (Boston)?

Is there a convenient place to daven in Boston's Logan airport around 7:30 am?
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Rav Soloveichik foundational essay on what Modern Orthodoxy is

I was having an argument with someone about Modern Orthodoxy, me being pro him being against, he said that even The Rav said in his foundational essay on Modern Orthodoxy that the reason for Modern ...
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How much is one obligated to hold a will?

This is a completely uncharted area for me. For example, a father requests his sons to continue a business, or to stay in the same town, or not to leave the country, or to wear white socks, or to ...
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Can a sinner preach to other people to stop sinning?

If a man is involved in a sin of any type, can he ask other people not to do that sin, in other words, can a bad man stop others from the same sin?
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Is there a subordination to a Beis Din? [duplicate]

As I'm a citizen of the State of Israel, I'm subordinated to the local juridical system including the police and the courts. When two Jews agree to resolve their monetary dispute at a Beis Din they ...
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Source that the world was created for amalek

Numerous Midrashim list different things that the world was created for the purpose of such as Klal Yisrael, Bikkurim, Torah, Challah, and Maasros all of which are called "ראשית" (first). I remember ...
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Is there a prophecy in the Torah that predicts that the messiah will be a Nazarene [duplicate]

There is a passage in the Christian books that says that the Tanakh predicts that the messiah will be a Nazarene. Does it actually say that anywhere? I want to know what, if anything, their text is ...
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Is there a connection between the two times 7 cows, ears and years that Yaakov worked for his wives?

Is there any connection or relationship between the seven fat & seven lean cows, the seven beautiful and seven parched ears of grain that Pharaoh dreamt and Yosef interpreted, and the seven years ...
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Can a Jew use a knife that belongs to a non-Jew?

I know there's a whole thing about a Jew being allowed to use the kli of a non-Jew without tevilah, but I don't know the extent of that allowance. I was part of a conversation on facebook where ...
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Significance of Yosef's Goblet

Is there any significance to Yosef's goblet aside from being a prop used to show Yosef's powers and frame the brothers? It seems to be mentioned a lot in the Torah throughout the parsha (especially in ...
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Standing during Torah reading in front of your Rabbi

Are you allowed to stand during Torah reading in front of your Rabbi who is sitting? (I think I heard that this might be a problem because it implies you are better than your Rabbi, or don't fully ...
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“Practicalities” of the Egyptian famine

B"H, most of us have not witnessed a famine. So, I hope you will excuse my lack of understanding what actually occurred during the famine mentioned in parshat Miketz. I understand a famine to mean ...
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Why did one brother find the money en route, and not the others?

Miketz 42:26–35, in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's translation: [The brothers] then loaded the food they bought on their donkeys, and they departed. When they came to the place where they spent the ...
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How much meat is considered meat for the Halakha of waiting between milk and meat [duplicate]

Like the title, for example, if I buy rice at a shawarma place without any meat, and I find no meat in it yet considering there could theoretically be some sort of meat molecules in the rice, do I ...
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What can not be a legitimate Orthodox interpretation of the Torah?

I understand that in theory everyone can interpret the Torah and find his own Chiddushim from a renown Rabbi to a secular Jew, young and old, Jew and non-Jew. Today we can see myriads of Perushim and ...
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What part of Yossef's behavior is permitted by the Rabbinical Halachah?

This question is a follow-up to @SAH's "time-to-act-for-Hashem-and-doing-whatever-you-want". I'm trying to understand, according to Meforshim, what part of Yossef's behavior with his father and ...
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Yossef brothers - not learning from previous experience?

My boy asked me a tricky question I was unable to answer - please help. He just returned from a trip to Rome and went through the airport security checking the bags reading the Parashat Shavua (Miketz ...
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Yitroh's advice - why Moses does not mention Yitroh to the Dor Ha'Aretz?

In Shmot 18 Yitroh gives Moses an advice to appoint chiefs/judges for the entire nation. However, when Moses recalls this event to the Dor Ha'Aretz in Chumash Dvorim 1,11 he takes all the credit and ...
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Yitroh's advice - were the chiefs limited to monetary matters?

Does "הדבר הקטן" refer to monetary matters (דיני ממונות) and "הדבר הגדול" refer to criminal matters (דיני נפשות) or were they also allowed to judge נפשות? (Shmot 18, 21): "...וְשַׂמְתָּ עֲלֵהֶם ...
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Yitroh's advice - was every chief a Beis Din on his own?

This is a follow-up question on "Yitrohs-advise-to-moses-on-appointing-judges (Shmot 18, 21): "...וְשַׂמְתָּ עֲלֵהֶם שָׂרֵי אֲלָפִים שָׂרֵי מֵאוֹת שָׂרֵי חֲמִשִּׁים וְשָׂרֵי עֲשָׂרֹת׃ וְשָׁפְטוּ ...
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Yitroh's advice - did it include hierarchy and subordination?

This is a follow-up question on "Yitrohs-advise-to-moses-on-appointing-judges (Shmot 18, 21): "וְאַתָּה תֶחֱזֶה מִכָּל־הָעָם אַנְשֵׁי־חַיִל יִרְאֵי אֱלֹקים אַנְשֵׁי אֱמֶת שֹׂנְאֵי בָצַע וְשַׂמְתָּ ...
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Narration of Sheba's Throne [on hold]

Was there ever any mentioning / narration regarding Sheba's Throne (Solomon) or some particular verse referencing it in the Tanach?
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What is Tarha Acharona?

Found this picture in this latin book. It seems to distinguish between a tarha and a tarha aharona. Any ideas what it is?
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Is the line of David known/documented? [duplicate]

Bear in mind, I have a background in Christianity, so my superficial knowledge of Judaism is at best base on the old testament. In the old testament David is told his line will result in the Messiah. ...
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Pesicha of 3 Sifrei Torah: special time

Someone sent me a voice recording of someone mentioning an idea from the Sefer Heichalos that when there is we open 3 sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls, on shabbas – chanuka – rosh chodesh), then there is a ...
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Recommendation of Chassidic classics

I have recently seen reference to the “chassidic classics”, a term which I understand encompasses works by the great rebbes of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Examples that I have seen mentioned are ...
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Alei Shur Online

Does anyone know if there is a copy of Rav Wolbe's Alei Shur anywhere online? Free versions preferred, but if it is behind a paywall that can work too. Thanks!
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What is a mashal? [on hold]

I just watched an Italian video and discovered the existence of "mashal" (I hope the spelling is correct), but I don't understand if it's a joke or a fake joke... Thanks.
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What's the difference between ציון and ירושלים?

What's the difference between ציון and ירושלים? Initially I thought that they are just synonyms but after reading some phrases in the bible I doubt whether it's correct or not. The phrases that ...
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Isaiah's addressing of King Ahaz as “House of David”

In Isaiah 7, when Ahaz refuses to ask for a sign as instructed by Isaiah, why does the Prophet then address Ahaz by saying "O House of David" instead of Ahaz's name? Is Isaiah no longer addressing ...
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Do Gentiles need to excute a convicted murderer?

B'nai Noach are forbidden to murder innocents. They are also required to establish courts. If the Gentile court convicts the murderer, do they need to execute the murderer, or does performing the ...
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Why is Kabbalah sometimes referred to as “derech ha'emes”?

The Ramban (and others) often refer to pshatim that are of kabbalistic nature as being al derech ha'emes. Here is one example from Vayikra 23:36: ועל דרך האמת כי ששת ימים עשה ה' את השמים ואת הארץ (...
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Can a person who has difficulty standing read from the Torah while sitting?

Must one stand to read from the Torah (in a communal reading) if one has difficulty standing?
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A few questions on the meaning of טל

What do the words "מוריד הטל" mean? Dew does not "fall" or "come down". Also what do the words "ותן טל...לברכה" mean? What is an example of טל not לברכה?
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Kaddish after 'Aleinu?

The Rem"a notes that קדיש יתום should be recited after 'Aleinu (O"Ch 132:[סע׳ ?]), however it appears that most authorities require at least three pesukim to precede ק"י (per a comment Double AA once ...
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Is boyfriend/girlfriend status between non-Jews relevant to adultery laws?

Is having intimate relations by a Non-Jewish man with a Non-Jewish woman who is not married but lives with a boyfriend a form of adultery?
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Teshuva for adultery for a Non-Jew?

What is the proper teshuva for a non-Jew who had intimate relations with a married woman (non-Jew as well)?
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Rabbinical explanation of the physiological resemblance between animals and humans

I'm looking for Rabbinical/Kabbalical explanations for the resemblance between animals and humans, especially mammals and apes. This is [partially only] influenced by the series of question on the ...
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Are there any audio recordings of the Gemara?

929 Project has recordings of Tanach in which a voice actor reads the given chapter of Tanach in the original Hebrew with intonations that fit the subject matter (example). This can be useful for ...

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