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Why don't we say חנוכה שמחה?

Ok, maybe I've made a very embarrassing grammatical mistake, but I'm pretty sure the word חנוכה is feminine. So why do we say חנוכה שמח instead of חנוכה שמחה?
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Is the bracha for wild and cultivated blueberries both Haetz? [duplicate]

I found out through work that wild blueberries grow on very low bushes and was curious if it impacts the bracha. Do they still qualify for haetz blessing? Their height, "The two primary species ...
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The prohibition of eating before davening starts when?

One is not supposed to eat before davening Shacharit , though the halacha has various exceptions or special cases. What is considered "before"? If I wake before dawn and start my day, does ...
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Does a vegetable oil that is used for Shabbos lamps need a hechsher?

Does a vegetable oil that is used to light the Shabbos lamp need a hechsher? I am talking specifically about extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
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Is there a source that the tip of bread causes one to forget ones learning? [duplicate]

I heard some rabbis say there's no source that the tip of bread causes forgetfulness. But I've seen brought that the Stiepler wouldn't eat the tip. Also there are such rumors. I want to know if ...
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Over how many years did the Chanukah story take?

In Megilas Antiyochus, it speaks at length how there were 3 separate times Antiyochus's army came to Jerusalem (each time getting royally defeated), so I'm wondering over how many years did this story ...
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What did it use to mean for a kohen to get a second aliyah?

If there is no levi present in the synagogue, the second aliyah is given to the kohen who received the first aliyah. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 135:8) Now, originally only the first and last olim ...
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What's the purpose of first yod in Eideihen - Avodah Zarah 2a

עידיהן Referred to in Talmud (Avodah Zarah 2a) which is derived from Isaiah 43:9 have twoי (yods) whereas the one in Isaiah 43:9 is without the first yod ( עדיהם).The enlarged letters (witness) in ...
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Must someone be called to the Torah at all?

A followup to this question. One of the practices I have seen in this pandemic age is that one individual gets all the aliyot (often the one doing the laining). In that case, not only is there no ...
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Did the Ritva state that Islam is idolatry? [duplicate]

Is it the case that Ritva stated that Islam is idolatry? I have heard that while the RAMBAM viewed Islam as not idolatry, there have been many rabbis throughout the generations, before and some after, ...
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Candles for praying at home

In schul we light candles before starting davening. If someone is praying at home, can they light candles as well (without a minian)? Does it have to be two? Or one is sufficient to remember the Ner ...
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Halachah against dirty looks?

Is there a halachah against giving people side-eyes/dirty looks? If memory serves this is in the Yom Kippur davening. What's the source?
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How old was Pharoah's daughter (Exodus) when she took in Moshe?

Are there any resources, discussions, etc that speak about how old Pharoah's daughter was when she discovered and adopted Moshe?
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Why is there no דגש in the כ״ף of הכזונה in פרשת וישלח לד:לא?

I know that the rule of ה״א התימה is that it usually takes a הֲ unless it precedes a שוא, such as here in הַכְזוֹנָה, where it then just takes a הַ and the following letter doesn't have a דגש in order ...
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How to overcome the urge to be משז״ל - spill semen [closed]

I apologize in advance for this question because it's very sensitive. I unfortunately struggle with masturbation to the point that when I am in the shower I am מוציא שכבת זרע לבטלה, spill semen. Of ...
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Does remembering the deceased benefit them?

Q in short: I can think of ways in which remembering those who have died benefits us (e.g. reminds us that our time here is limited). And of course, the common לעילוי נשמת of doing (or causing) a ...
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do tanach teach original sin? [closed]

does that verses give a christian notion that man can not be righteous and have original sin? isaiah 48:8 Neither did you hearken, neither did you know, nor was your ear opened from then, for I knew ...
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Why wait to get water in the Z'chut of Miriam?

After they left Egypt the Children of Israel crossed the Reed Sea and needed water. They got to Marah after 3 days (at which there were bitter waters) and complained as mentioned in Sh'mot 15:23. ...
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Why isn't Heavenly judgement final and exhaustive and requires Earthy retribution?

Many Biblical and Rabbinic sources speak of the Earthy retribution - a person suffers (is justly punished) in this Earthy world because of the sins of previous generations. For example, "אֵל ...
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Does one need to light Chanukah lights at both entrances nowadays in Israel?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 671:8 rules that if one has a courtyard with two entrances on different sides, one lights Chanukah lights at both entrances, to prevent passersby from suspecting that the ...
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Why does the Gemara use gamma to compare shapes and not reish or chaf sofit?

When talking about shapes, the Gemara often uses Greek gamma (e.g., Peshachim 8b). Why doesn't it use reish, dalet or chaf sofit instead?
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From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame?

From Adonijah's self-exaltation to self-debasement at the horns of the altar, what was the time frame? From the time "Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying: 'I will be king'" (...
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Ideal moment for saying Asher Yatzar

We have seen that even today, despite modern water closets, we should avoid saying the blessing Asher Yatzar in the bathroom after relieving ourselves. We have also seen that we may have some ...
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a mom converted after her daughter was born, will the daughters kids will be accepted in the jewish community [duplicate]

Asking for someone i know and having some issues now that the daughter (mom converted after daughter was born)wants to get married to a jewish guy. The rabbi of the Community is giving the ok for them ...
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What were Yaakov's original intentions for marrying Lavan's daughter(s)?

I learned from my Rabbi's books (R' Moshe Luriah's "בית גנזי על התורה" - Ariz"l's tradition) that: Yaakov and Esav paralleled Rachel and Leah and were "destined" one for ...
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Do any commentaries suggest that the Tower of Babel was the Great Pyramid of Giza?

According to the Torah (Genesis 11) the tower of Babel was located in Shinar, which scholars place in southern Mesopotamia, and was built at around ~ 1765 BC (here). The Great Pyramid of Giza was ...
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How many time-bound positive mitzvot are women obligated in?

Women are generally not obligated in positive mitzvot bound by time. There are some exceptions, such as eating matzah on Pesach and making kiddush on Shabbat. What other time-bound positive mitzvot ...
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What is the reason for non-linear structure in many mishnayot?

What is the reason that many mishnayot are structured in non-linear fashion, where the first case discusses Topic #1, the middle case discusses Topic #2, and the last case returns to Topic #1? One ...
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Three people in Tanach who lived twice [closed]

I remember learning that three people in Tanach lived twice. The most obvious of the three was Pinchas-Eliyahu. But the other two are not as prominent. Who were they?
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Mitzvahs without action?

Are all Mitzvahs related to an action in thought speech or deed? I always thought that there are mitzvot "to do" and "not to do". But it seems some mitzvot are not related to an ...
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Is branding yourself or another Jew allowed?

Tattoos are forbidden. How about branding?
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Statistical Report(s) on Children of ConvertForMarriage+Born-Jewish Parents

Does anyone have/know where to find statistical reports on children of (1 Jewish Spouse + 1 Converted-to-Judaism-Mostly-For-Marriage Spouse) and their maintaining a Jewish connection? I am having a ...
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What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah?

What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, ...
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Why is it forbidden to sleep on your front/back?

Why is it forbidden to sleep on your front/back? I understand there is a source for it Is it forbidden for a man to sleep on his stomach? But what's the reasoning behind it?
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How is Chabad not a Zionist group? [closed]

Chabad claims to not be a group which is Zionist. Yet they do the following. Some of them join the army of the State of Israel with encouragement from their leaders. Some of them celebrate what is ...
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Who are the “matriarchs”?

The Talmud does not consider Jacob's "other" two wives, Zilpah and Bilhah, to be "matriarchs": תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: אֵין קוֹרִין ״אָבוֹת״ אֶלָּא לִשְׁלֹשָׁה, וְאֵין קוֹרִין ״אִמָּהוֹת״...
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Yaakov, Lavan, and the sheep deal(s)

Yaakov tells Lavan that "You changed my wages ten times." [Chazal: actually a hundred times.] It's a sad story. If Lavan had just given Yaakov normal wages, מחצית שכר - splitting the outcome ...
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Shevuah worded in the negative

I've been bothered for a long time: Throughout Tanach, shevuos (oaths) and brisos (covenants) are phrased in the negative (where it doesn't just say, I swear __, like בי נשבעתי ___). Generally ...
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Why hasn't the coronavirus pandemic had a greater impact on kashrut supervision?

When the pandemic first began I expected dramatic repercussions to kashrut certification. Being a novice in this area I had understood that certifying organizations would need to be physically present ...
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Does a melocho done after tzeis hakochavim but before havdoloh count as a melocho d'oraisa? [duplicate]

A person lights fire to cook after tzeis hakochavim but he has not made havdoloh yet or said ato chonantonu or boruch hamavdil. Would lighting fire in this case count as a melocho d'oraisa or d'...
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Why won't a wrongful blessing be void?

In Parashat Toldot, Isaac wrongfully blesses Yaakov instead of Esav. In the Halachah IIRC, most things made wrongfully are illegal and are void, like monetary contracts or marriages. I don't really ...
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Why did Isaac trust his senses over his feeling?

וַיִּגַּשׁ יַעֲקֹב אֶל־יִצְחָק אָבִיו וַיְמֻשֵּׁהוּ וַיֹּאמֶר הַקֹּל קוֹל יַעֲקֹב וְהַיָּדַיִם יְדֵי עֵשָׂו׃ - So Jacob drew close to his father Isaac, who felt him and wondered. “The voice is the ...
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Understanding of Ravina's view on Churban timeline

I came across a Gemara in Arachin 12a מכל מקום תשסרי לרבינא קשיא The Gemara objects: In any case, the assertion of the baraita that the destruction of the Temple occurred in the nineteenth year is ...
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Why did Isaac reaped a hundredfold first and God blessed him later?

In the verse Genesis.26.12?: וַיִּזְרַע יִצְחָק בָּאָרֶץ הַהִוא וַיִּמְצָא בַּשָּׁנָה הַהִוא מֵאָה שְׁעָרִים וַיְבָרֲכֵהוּ ה'׃ - Isaac sowed in that land and reaped a hundredfold the same year and ...
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Why didn’t Yaakov marry both sisters simultaneously?

This might sound strange but the effective Jewish Halacha allows for marrying multiple women at once: נוֹשֵׂא אָדָם כַּמָּה נָשִׁים אֲפִלּוּ מֵאָה בֵּין בְּבַת אַחַת בֵּין בָּזוֹ אַחַר זוֹ - A person ...
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What Biblical couple is the standard for happy and healthy marital relations?

On Shabbos, we bless our kids with Brochos to grow like our forefathers/mothers. When my kid announced that he's getting married I exclaimed "may God put your marriage like..." and got stuck ...
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Why Yakov never learned to love Leah?

IIRC, the general approach to Yaakov marrying Rachel and Leah is that he intended to marry them both from the beginning, just in a different order. Even if only Rachel was his soulmate, marrying ...
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What was Isaac's original intention of enslaving Yaakov to Esav?

If we accept the plain narrative of the text, that: Isaac did mistake Yaakov for Esav (he was sure he blesses Esav) He uttered blessing he prepared and intended to bless (God didn't switch blessings, ...
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Different languages describing forefathers' wealth

Off the top of my head, I bring three different verses describing the (enormous) wealth of our forefathers, each mentioning different parts of it: Abraham: "וְאַבְרָם כָּבֵד מְאֹד בַּמִּקְנֶה ...
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Tikkune Zohar English Translation Online

Is there an online English translation to Tikkune Zohar? If so where do I find it .

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