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Where do we first see Elul as a time for repentance?

Today, the month of Elul is seen as being an introduction to the period of the High Holy Days (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur). For instance, Tur Orach Chaim 581: התקינו חז"ל שיהו תוקעין בר"ח אלול ...
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Implications of “According to Your fear is Your anger” (“כיראתך עברתך”)

It says in Tehillim 90 (a kapitl attributed to Moshe Rabbeinu, if that affects anything): יא: מִֽי־י֖וֹדֵעַ עֹ֥ז אַפֶּ֑ךָ וּ֜כְיִרְאָֽתְךָ֗ עֶבְרָתֶֽךָ: לִמְנ֣וֹת יָ֖מֵינוּ כֵּ֥ן הוֹדַ֑ע ...
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Giving your z'chus to someone else

B"H, I did - or almost did - a good deed. (It will be finalized bez"H in a mazeldiker shoh.) However, when I found out a few months ago that a good result from my actions was on the horizon, I decided ...
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Halakha Concerning Processing Job Applications

I’ve seen discussion of the halakhic implications of gathering product information in one store and purchasing elsewhere. Some consider it theft of time and knowledge, and of unfairly giving the ...
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Are Jews below age 20 judged the same as those above 20 on Rosh Hashanah?

Are Jews below 20 judged differently then Jews above age 20? I know there is a question posted on this site weather or not Punishment starts in shamayim below age 20, but I wanna know specifically ...
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How far do we take the principle of “so that the daughters of Israel not be promiscuous toward immorality”?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 75a) discusses a case of a man who became so lovesick for a woman that he fell deathly ill. The Chachamim said it would be better to let him die than to be intimate with her, and ...
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Is there a principle as “so that the sons of Israel not be promiscuous toward immorality”?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 75a) discusses a case of a man who became so lovesick for a woman that he fell deathly ill. The Chachamim said it would be better to let him die than to be intimate with her, and ...
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If you have 100% trust in hashem, nothing can happen to you

I’ve heard that the more trust you have in Hashem, the more Hashem does for you. For example if you have a high level of Emunah in Hashem that your kids will be handsome, your kids wills come out ...
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Offal, Organs and Parts [duplicate]

Which items on this list are not kosher? (assuming parts are coming from kosher animals, of course). This list of offal, organs or parts comes from Wikipedia. I removed blood and anything pig-related....
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How a virgin teenager boy is trusted to testify the lack of his wife's

Sanhedrin 7-9 (also Ketubot and more) discuss various claims about woman's virginity on her wedding night. If I'm getting it right, all the Rabbis agree that the [usually inexperienced and teenager] ...
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July 4th and Traditional Tzitzis

According to the Rosh (Moed Katan 3:43), a garment worn solely to absorb sweat is not considered a בגד (with regard to the obligation of מצות קריעה - mournful rending). This principle is invoked by ...
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Roles of the Cohen and Judges involved in speaking to the people prior to war

In Devarim 20:2-4, the Cohen speaks to the people and gives an general comment not to fear the enemy. Then, in verse 5, the judges speak to the people and exempt 4 groups of people from the army, and ...
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Apparent wrong arrangement of war instructions in Devarim 20:1-9

While reviewing the instructions that the Cohen tells people prior to going to war, as shown in Devarim 20:1-9, there seems to be an incorrect order of statements. In particular: Verse 3 - The Cohen ...
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Temporary tattoos. A big no no? [on hold]

I would like to get a temporary tattoo. It wont stay on for more than a week. The tattoo is basically just a sticker you stick to your body and it stays on until you scrub/wash it off. I don't want to ...
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Why Haggada considered Legends? [on hold]

Source: http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/loj/index.htm As we read from the link above the massive collation of the Haggada considered as legends. Are all Haggada considered legends by all jews? ...
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What is the source and reason for saying L’Dovid during Elul and most of Tishrei?

The minhag I've seen in Ashkenazi synagogues is to say L’Dovid (Tehillim 27) morning and evening, from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Shemini Atzeres. The earliest source I can find for this is the Mishnah ...
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מפני שיבה תקום - How standing up means honoring?

This question is not about the cultural norms, but about the Tanachic sources for that. The Gemmorah in Kiddushin 32b discusses the subject of honoring the elders. It questions the definition of an ...
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Learning from stories that are impossible to negate

The Talmud is full of Musar stories in the following pattern: a Rabbi did X and G-d made him Y, therefore we all should do X so G-d will make us Y. In many cases, G-d's reaction can be the opposite ...
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Does week starting on monday reflect in Sabbath? [duplicate]

Some countries do adopt weeks starting in Monday, whereas the weekend (Saturday followed by Sunday) is at the end of the week, making Sunday the seventh day. In Brazil, where I am from, weeks start ...
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Cheese cooked in meat pan?

If one cooks cheese (Grilled cheese) in a meat pan, does it make the cheese not kosher, and therefore a sin? List sources please.
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What is known about Eliyahu from Tishbe?

I am interested in knowing as much as possible about Eliyahu, both from oral and written tradition. Are there any book(s) and sources that mention something that surely must have been happened but ...
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How could Rav be disproved?

Frequently, when the Gemara tries to disprove Rav from a Mishna, it answers that he's considered a Tanna and can argue on a Mishna. But there's this case in Berachos 37a, where Rav and Shmuel both ...
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What is the reason of the post-high-school year in an Israeli yeshiva?

Almost all the yeshiva high schools strongly push all the graduates to spend their year after high school in one of these programs. I am curious as to why there is this emphasis? What do rashei ...
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Retroactive psak and conversions

B"H I constantly read about Orthodox conversions which are retroactively nullified by the Israeli Rabbanut, sometimes affecting multiple generations. I am not writing this question to express or ...
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Violating Shabbat in order to perform a mitzvah [on hold]

I live too far away from my shul to walk. I must drive in order to attend services and help with a minyan. To contribute to a minyan is a positive mitzvah but driving on Shabbat is a violation. Our ...
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Sephardic and Ashkenazic responses during davening [on hold]

What are all the Sephardic responses during davening? Like during the repetition of the Amidah, during Ata Kodesh, Sephardim say emet. And during Yiverecha, they say Yehi Ratzon. However, these may be ...
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Looking for the Hebrew font used in Tehilas Hashem Siddur (Chabad) [on hold]

I'm looking for a specific Hebrew font. I have researched practically every one available in the Internet for free or for pay, and have not found what I'm searching for: the font that the Tehilas ...
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Do nochrim have free choice in the 7 Laws?

There is a teaching that Jews have bechira chofshis, and only as regards their performance of mitzvot. (I don't have a source for the first claim offhand; please help. The source for the second claim ...
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How are we supposed to interpret “Derech eretz kadma l'Torah”?

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how we should interpret the pseudo-midrash "דרך ארץ קדמה לתורה", ~~ "Derech eretz should come before Torah." The actual text of the midrashic source is: ...
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How do Jews interpret these historical sources if they say that Jewish Temple Virgins never existed? [on hold]

Catholic and Orthodox Christians believe that Mary was a Temple Virgin, but Jews say that this is not possible since Temple Virgins never existed. How, then, do they interpret these historical ...
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HEBREW birthdate of Rav Shlomo Freifeld [on hold]

Does anyone know the HEBREW birthdate of Rav Shlomo Freifeld? Or perhaps the month he was born in? Thanks so much!
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Do Heter Iskah Banks have two different loan forms for Jews and non-Jews?

I asked previously "Heter-iskah-practical-implications" but didn't get an answer yet. So I ask a simpler question. Do H"I banks in Israel (for example) have different forms and conditions for Jews ...
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Why bracha HaGomel in a synagogue with Torah? [duplicate]

Why do we try to say bracha HaGomel in a shul with a minyan on the days when we read Torah?
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Keeping Two-day Shabbos in the Pacific Islands? [duplicate]

What's this I see about people in the Pacific Islands keeping two days of Shabbos? If it is true: Who, how, since when, and why?
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The Torah Commandment to keep Shabbat and how it applies to non-Jews

"Exodus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 5:14 refer to the stranger who is within your cities and both imply that he should observe Shabbat. I see from earlier questions that Shabbat is not to be kept by non-...
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English equivalent of לשון חיים [duplicate]

In לשון חיים, there is an introduction of about 45 pages of general grammar rules of lashon kodesh. Are there any English equivalents of that material presented there (the לשון חיים is written in ...
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Is there any connection between the “Vegetarian Monday” (Sheni Tzimchoni) campaign and Jewish fasting practices?

From Wikipedia: Israeli magazine Al Hashulchan (On the Table) introduced the Sheni Tzimchoni (Vegetarian Monday) initiative in June 2009. Dozens of Israel’s top restaurants will create innovative ...
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Difference in languages , מפני, בפני, לפני and מלפני?

The use of letters ב,כ,ל,מ is pretty standard with verb infinitives in Hebrew, for example, לראות אותו, בראותו, מראותו, כראותו. What is the difference in using בכל"מ with the word פני? For example ...
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Why there's no Mishnah Bavli?

The question might seem odd, I admit, but In the beginning pages of the Bavli Sanhedrin (5a), it states that the power of the ראש גלותא in Babylon was bigger than that of נשיא in the land of Israel in ...
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When were the Talmud Tractates names codified?

I'm looking for the sources on When the (60?) Tractates names were codified within the 6 Sdarim (see WIKI here). Possible options: Given to the Adam Harishon / Abraham Given to Moses and on ...
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Heter Iskah practical implications for a private loan

This question is about practical differences in receiving a loan from a "Heter Iskah" certified bank and from not certified one, with the same term and percentage. In other words, besides the ...
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Source for candle lighting on Rosh Chodesh

Can I have a source for where does it says that one can/should light candles on erev rosh chodesh? Or is it only on rosh chodesh tevet, why?
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

I understand from Chabad's website, as well as my own Rabbi (who is Yeshivish) now that there is a difference between "Sepharad" and "Sepharadi" traditions and siddurs. How do these differ? Who uses ...
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When exactly do we start saying l'david for Elul? [duplicate]

Rosh Chodesh Elul is two days, and in Elul we say Psalm 27 in both morning and evening. When exactly do we start?
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וקמת ועלית - how did they measure Jerusalem's highest point?

Rashi on the Pasuk (Deut 17,8): כִּי יִפָּלֵא מִמְּךָ דָבָר ... וְקַמְתָּ וְעָלִיתָ אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחַר ה' א' בּוֹ׃ If a case is too baffling for you to decide, ... you shall promptly ...
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Dreams of a bible in another language [on hold]

Good morning, Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’m not Jewish. I grew up in a Pentecostal Church but as a child I had a dream in which I walked into a beautiful cathedral only to have ...
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The meaning of ירך

I’m unclear as to the meaning of the word ירך that appears in Vayishlach, in 32:25. What’s the precise meaning of ירך often translated as hip, thigh, loin, gird etc. Which body part, bone or muscle is ...
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Can a Jew order something (without receiving it) on Shabbos?

Can a Jew order something on Shabbos without paying for it, without making a non-Jew work for it and without receiving it during Shabbos but only after it already ended? The order process would ...
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Are jews who believe in Jesus as the Messiah still jews? [duplicate]

For example look at this man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sMEkGoojbg Or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZz0SmkzaRY Or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu4BaZyweuE Are they falling into ...
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Questions regarding the wooden ark and the golden ark

In Devarim 10:1, G-d tells Moshe to carve two tablets, bring them to G-d, he will write the Ten Commandments on them, and then Moshe should make a wooden ark and place the tablets in them. Moshe makes ...

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