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Can a golem become human?

If a righteous sage creates a golem, like Rava did in Tractate Sanhedrin, can it become human, and since it is created by a Jew, can it become Jewish? Secondly, I don't know if they could or could not,...
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If someone says "I am a nazir from grape seeds" according to R' Shimon is he prohibited from grape seeds as a Neder?

The Mishna / Gemorah in Nazir 3B says that according to R Shimon if he says I am a Nazir from grape seeds, he is not a Nazir until he specifies everything since he started mentioning details versus if ...
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Does a tallith absolutely require eyelets on each of its corners?

Does a tallith absolutely require eyelets—on each of its corners—where the tzitzith are affixed? Or, al pi halachah, may the tzitzith be simply threaded through each corner [with, say, a tapestry ...
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Hotel plain cheerios no hechscher is it kosher? [closed]

I was at a hotel in Texas and they get plain cheerios in bulk in these big bags in these big boxes. There doesn't seem to be a hescher on the bag more of an industrial bags. Anyone confirmed with ...
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Constantly misplacing and losing things

In general, but especially lately, I tend to misplace and lose things. I can have a kippa on my head, and then it's gone. In our house, there are at least 15 missing kippot and 5 pairs of tzitzit at ...
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Bracha over Nazir or Metzora shaving their hair

Was a bracha historically made over shaving the heads/bodies of nazirim or metzoraim? If so what was the girsa?
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Is it okay for Jewish people to read Narnia or Lord of the Rings?

The Narnia series was written by a Christian named C.S. Lewis who also wrote books that argued for Christianity. The Narnia series is supposed to contain Christian themes, which might be there for ...
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Can angels become tamei?

What it says on the tin really. Are there any sources dealing with the question of angels and tumah?
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Meaning of the word בר in Proverbs 31:2

I'm a ben Noach. I was studying the use of the word בר in the Mishlei Shlomoh and I noticed that many important translations translate Proverbs 31:2 as follows: "What, my son? and what, son of ...
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Can kevod a habriot permit Jewish-non-Jewish relationships?

If a man is elderly and has not been able to secure a wife all his life, he may be seen as a loser and a virgin by others around him. This can be extremely undignified. On top of that people spread ...
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Is there anything wrong with winning in a raffle a Rebbe dollar that someone received himself and is giving it away?

For example, if the Bracha for the rebbe dollar was let’s say for children- and in order for that person to have children they had to be poor- would that affect the person whose receiving this “...
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Intelligent machines and their Halachic status

Given the recent advances in machine learning, such as the OpenAI GPT-3 (e.g. chatbot), it is not unreasonable to expect that artificial general intelligence (AGI) will be achieved in the foreseeable ...
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Practices based on the Zohar

Which jewish practices are based solely on the Zohar and later texts based on the Zohar such as the writings of Rabbi Yitzhak Luria? I heard not walking 4 amos without washing the hands in the morning ...
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Looking for sources that support needing a mechitzah in shul for activities other than davening

What are sources that support having a mechitzah or for gatherings in shul outside of davening such as kiddush, adult education, or other seudas mitzvah? Also helpful are sources that are against not ...
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Do Torah True Jews pray for a return of slavery?

Hashkafic question: this sentence appears to be true within the halakhic perspective: “a Torah true Jew prays for the return of slavery so that Jews can fulfill the mitzvot of slavery.” How can one be ...
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Unexplained repetitions in Torah

Nothing in the Torah is superfluous. So, when there are repetitions, our Sages explain why the repetition is necessary. But there is one very frequent instance where I could find no explanation for ...
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Moshe Rabbeinu's actions - why did he flee the serpent in Shemot 4:3?

In Shemoth 4:3, it says: And He said, "Cast it to the ground," and he cast it to the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses fled from before it. וַיֹּ֨אמֶר֙ הַשְׁלִיכֵ֣הוּ אַ֔רְצָה ...
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Hearing the "wrong" megilla reading

During the coronavirus year, there was an allowance made (according to certain opinions) for people to hear the megillah via Zoom. This question mentions that particular arrangement. What would be the ...
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If I pee'd out semen while using the bathroom did I spill seed in vain? [closed]

I fear I may have spilled seed in vain. I was going number 2 and since I was sitting down for a long time I spilled seed. DID I commit a sin and how can I redeem my self according to traditional ...
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King Solomon wealth every year [closed]

King solomon's wealth every year was 666 talent of gold plus much more. Raising the hand was common at that time. Would the following wisdom be true? Raising the hand, and its number. 3+3+3+3+2=14 7+7+...
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Are there Torah Scrolls and Megillat Ester written in Kesav Alter Rebbe?

Ksav Alter Rebbe is common in Chabad for tefilin and mezuzot, but what about sifrei Torah or Megillat Ester?
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Is todays Saturday Lords 7th day as described by the bible [closed]

A question has been posted earlier "how do we know that today's Saturday is Lord's 7th day?" The answer is simple "it is not" in Exodus God gave Moses and Aaron Nisan 1 to be the ...
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Minhag - for each of the tribes

I heard that there was a "minhag" (custom/practie) for each of the twelve tribes. Does anyone have a source for this?
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Why is “נא” in parenthesis in birkas hamazon?

I bentch using a regular Ashkenaz bentcher. In most of them, the word after “Rachem” is Na but it’s in parenthesis. I think I’ve also seen the word omitted occasionally. I see the Shulchan Aruch 188:4 ...
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Does explicit revelation really take away our free will?

I've seen it expressed in various answers and comments here (and elsewhere in general) that Hashem did not reveal things like explicit scientific knowledge in the Torah, performs regular open miracles,...
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Removing/destroying a spider web on Shabbos

In response to the question, "Can you destroy a spider web on Shabbos?" asked on this website, part of the reply was a citation from Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (1989) in section (23:9), “...
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Meaning of the roshei teivot והיע"ב אכי"ר [closed]

The second part of the reshei tevot והיע"ב אכי"ר is of course amen kein yehi ratzon "so it may be His will", but I do not know the first part, היע"ב. Any thoughts would be ...
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בָּרוּךְ אֱלֹקֵינוּ שֶׁבְּרָאָֽנוּ לִכְבוֹדוֹ - What is the background of this prayer?

What is the background of this prayer? I'd like to know who composed it, when, if there was any reason that it was composed, and what the intentions of the composer were that we should absorb when ...
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Who has final say, husband or wife?

I have heard (and read) it said in Shalom Bayit classes and books that a husband should defer to his wife in matters to do with the home - how to decorate it, whether or not to invite So-and-So, etc. -...
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Source for issue for father and soñ to go to mikva together [duplicate]

Is it really assur ? Please bring the source.
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Mixing up customs and opinions

What is the worst thing that can happen if someone lives a life where they mix up all customs and halakhoth. For example, what would happen if someone davens nusach ashkenaz, but eats rice on passover,...
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Why is the Exodus from Egypt so fundamental to Judaism?

The Exodus from Egypt serves as a basis for a number of Mitzvos and is a hugely fundamental concept to Judaism, to the extent that the Rosh states: כִּי מִי שֶּׁאֵינוֹ מַאֲמִין ''אֲשֶּׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ ...
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In prayer and glorifying Hashem: Is thanks an expression of praise? Is praise an expression of thanks?

I am pursuing a line of thought. According to this, they seem to be linked (yet still separate): א֘וֹדֶ֤ה ה' מְאֹ֣ד בְּפִ֑י וּבְת֖וֹךְ רַבִּ֣ים אֲהַלְלֶֽנּוּ׃ My mouth shall sing much thanks to ...
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Permissibility of Saying Shema and/or Berakhot After Third Hour

Are the Berakhot of the Shema allowed to be said after the third Halakhic hour, or both the Shema and the Berakhot?
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Medrashim which seem to go against logic

I am giving a speech this week. I would like to include examples of Medrashim which seem implausible that it ever happened or could have ever happened. Can any of you provide examples of medrashim ...
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The mitzvah of mezuzah doesn't commemorate the Korban Pesach?

It is very hard to miss the obvious connection between the mitzvah of mezuzah and the blood of the Korban Pesach. Yet, I am not aware of any major sources directly connecting the two. In contrast, ...
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What’s the purpose of the celestial bodies?

The purpose of that which is beyond the Earth’s atmosphere is what I would like to be expounded. I’m familiar with Genesis chapter 1, (please hold your applause), and the reasons given there. But more ...
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I am looking for a pasuk that has to do with doors or entranceways [closed]

I am a photographer and am in the midst of a project where I took many different, beautiful, unique doors from the old city of Yerushalayim and Tzfas. I plan to make a collage of all the doors, and ...
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Gerusha who marries a Kohen

I’m currently learning the Halachos of Aveilus with a Chavrusah and we discussed the following question if a gerusha who marries a Kohen and he dies, does she sit shiva and observe the mourning period ...
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Why did Moshe Rabbeinu need to stretch out his hand?

At the start of the plague of darkness, G-d tells Moshe Rabbeinu to stretch out his hand towards Heaven, that there may be darkness of the land of Mitzrayim: And the Lord said to Moshe, Stretch out ...
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Kohanic in vitro Pregnancy

I have the following theoretical questions, from many I’ve met and even a real case of someone very special I met in a hostel in Israel. My assumptions are between parentheses after the list item. ...
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Bones and Essence

I believe the root of עֶצֶם/bone, and of עַצמוּת/essence, is the same. Is there any discussion about metaphorical connections between bones and essence?
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Anyone knows this reference: דב"ש בפירקין? [closed]

I found the following cititation: עיין דב"ש בפירקין, ואמת ליעקב דף כ"ג [מערכת ה' אות ס"ט] Perhaps someone here knows it. I am thinking it could be דוד בן שמעון R' David ben Shimon (1826-...
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Is there a name for the timeframe when a wife is permissible to her husband?

Is there a name for the timeframe when a woman can have sex with her husband? The Torah tells married couples not to have sex during the timeframe of niddah, when she menstruates until right before ...
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Socialising children - what does the Torah say?

Does the Torah have anything to say on socialising children? There are many relevant points. I would like to know at what age and in what method should one do so. Included in these points: At what ...
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Usage of אמר מר and גופא [duplicate]

The Gemora sometimes wants to discuss a side point from a previous text. It will introduce this as אמר מר or גופא for example the first page of Brachos says: אֲמַר מָר: ״מִשָּׁעָה שֶׁהַכֹּהֲנִים ...
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Why do we wear Kippot if it was not mentioned in the Torah?

I’m wondering why we wear kippot, and where this originated, if it wasn’t from the Torah? I believe Rav Huna introduced it if I’m not mistaken, but there is no real significance to it, other than it’s ...
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What does ממנ”פ mean?

I've seen the acronym ממנ”פ in multiple places but I am not sure what it means. קיצורים וראשי תיבות בעברית indicates that it means ממערכת נשימה פנימית but I am not sure if that is correct. Here are ...
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Traditional Text of the Gemoro Yerushalmi Maseches Peah online

Where on line can I find the text of the Gemoro Yerushalmi Maseches Peah, laid out according to the traditional dappim. Sefaria is excellent but lacks the traditional layout. I am following an online ...
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Is writing off part of a loan considered ribit?

Let's say Reuven lends Shimon $100 for 30 days. He then comes to Shimon on day 20 and says, "I need money urgently, if you pay me $90 now then I'll write off the rest of the loan". Would ...

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