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Could Moses Have Failed?

Was having a conversation with another user in which I made the argument that Moses didn't fully believe he was talking to God because he doubts he can fulfill this mission from God even with God's ...
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Bar Enash a designation of an authoritative representative of another?

Daniel 7:13. In that prophetic verse, Daniel declares that he sees one like a son of (mortal) man coming with clouds to the Ancient of Days to be presented before Him. The expression ‘like a son of ...
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Are the words אנש and איש related?

Could someone help me out: Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Wertheimer (1866-1935) writes that the root of enosh is ish, with the additional NUN to serve as a diminutive. Now I would like to know if the Hebrew ...
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Why didn't Reb Elazar ben Azariah dye his hair white?

Why didn't Reb Elazar ben Azariah dye his hair white, so that others would respect his opinion? Instead, Hashem performed a miracle whereby his beard turned white. According to this article (page 4) ...
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Ashkenazi Pronunciation

There is a different thread that said the Ashkenazi pronunciation does not have an “oh” sound for the kamatz katan. Is that correct? I suppose it would make sense given the difference in how they ...
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Where can I order techelet and have them fully tied and prepared?

Of course, the most common answer is Ptil Tekhelet. Is there anywhere else? I live in the New York area and have called a few local Judaica stores who have told me they can sell the strings to me but ...
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paying for food on Yom Tov

In my daf yomi study of Chapter 3 of Beitzah, people are going on the Yom Tov itself to butchers for meat and stores for groceries for their holiday meals. There are all sorts of stipulations on how ...
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In Bible times, did God's people sometimes wear sleeveless tunics?

In Genesis 3:21, G-d clothed Adam and Eve with the kuttoneth (in this case, made with animal skin). According to one source, the kuttoneth was "a kind of shirt without sleeves, reaching down to ...
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Why don't we read about the korban tamid during the amidah?

For the Mussaf amidah, some read the actual relevant corresponding korban text (shabbat, chag etc) during the amidah itself, while for shacharit (and mincha) we dont read/mention the korban tamid at ...
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What is the origin of mitzvah Aravah?

Mishna in Sukkah 4:3 describes the mitzvah of Aravah, which was performed in the temple by circling the mizbeach with willow branches. This mitzvah is not mentioned in any indexes of the 613 mitzvos. ...
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Posthumous sacrifices in Maccabees II

In Maccabees 2:12:39-45 (NRSV - if anyone is aware of a better, more Jewishy English translation, please edit it in) it says: "On the next day, as had now become necessary, Judas and his men ...
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Hoshanot Order in Sukkot

In Nusach Sfard (Ashkenazi) there are different Hoshanot at the different days of Sukkot. Why does the order and the content of the Hoshanot depend on the day of the first Sukkot Yom Tov? Is there any ...
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Sources on the Divine Documentary hypothesis

First, to accommodate contradicting Tannaic views, the Rabbinic tradition allows for multiple Halachic lineages stemming from Moses (see "אלו ואלו דברי א' חיים" regarding Hillel and Shamai). ...
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How did Serpent the animal know the wrong before Adam?

This question deals exclusively with the literal interpretation of the Serpent as a biological species, not as metaphorical evil (see my previous question "Stripping-satan-of-his-legs"). In ...
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Meaning of stripping Satan of his legs and walking on his belly

This question deals exclusively with the metaphorical interpretation of the Serpent as Satan/evil inclination/Devil/etc, not as a biological species. The Serpent was cursed by God with : "...
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Where are the regions Kerutim & Hatoulim, mentioned in the Mishna as having the best wine grapes, located on a map?

I have not been able to find these locations that are mentioned in the Mishna. I came across this quote: The Mishna also (Menahot, 8, 6) points to the regions where the best wine-making grapes were ...
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Modesty for a Goya

My Noahide female friend has taken on modest attire, so as not to be a stumbling block. There are still pictures of her on friends' social media, in many of these she is dressed immodestly. My ...
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Kamatz Katan Question

I’m still working on my kamatz katan. Would someone be kind enough to confirm there are none in these words: ‎וְשָׁוְא = v’Shav ‎צִדְקָךְ = tzid-kach ‎שְׁלוֹמָךְ = Sh’lo-mach ‎וּבָרְכֵנוּ = oo’va-r-chey-...
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Baal Teshuva Smicha Program Recommendations

Looking for a Smicha program in Israel for Baal Teshuva. Happy with anywhere in Israel. Ideally would be able to cater for a married couple and children. Thank you!
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Why does the Jerusalem Talmud speak of only white wine grapes being offered at the temple?

According to Asaph Goor, the Jerusalem Talmud, Bikkurim, chapter 1, Halacha 3, contains a discussion on the question of the propriety of vine offerings to the Temple. It strictly enjoins that only ...
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What's a good quote from Chazal to use as a constant reminder? [closed]

I am looking for some of Mi Yodeya's favorite quotes from Mishna, Gemara, works of Chazal, etc. that can be used as constant reminders to always be doing the right thing and trying to grow. I am aware ...
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Perizzite and Canaanite Difference

I want to know the difference between Canaanite and Perizzite. I know that they lived in the land of Canaan before the Israelites, however, I want to know what makes them different. Thank you.
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Why lying with fathers means death (not burial)?

וְשָׁכַבְתִּי עִם־אֲבֹתַי וּנְשָׂאתַנִי מִמִּצְרַיִם וּקְבַרְתַּנִי בִּקְבֻרָתָם...׃ When I lie down with my fathers, take me up from Egypt and bury me in their burial-place.” Gen.47.30 (also in ...
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Why doesn't Satan try to talk to Job?

In the story of Job, Satan bets with God to prove Job's impiety, but does not interact openly with him and does not try to persuade him to sin. He only tries to harm Job indirectly - with his wealth, ...
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Why is the Serpent, as the bad inclination, is not mentioned in the rest of the Torah?

I noticed that after the curse, the Serpent is not mentioned in the rest of the Torah - not as an angel, Satan, evil inclination, nothing. He/It didn't influence anybody else in the Torah to sin, ...
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Understanding "Shimon ben Shataḥ restored the Torah to its former glory."

"... ויהרגו כל חכמי ישראל והיה העולם משתומם עד שבא שמעון בן שטח והחזיר את התורה ליושנה." "... and all the Sages of the Jewish people were killed. And the world was desolate of Torah ...
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T’yomet of the lulav

I’m trying to better understand the laws of the t’yomet of the lulav. Overall, I understand that it is valid unless ‘significantly divided,’ however, what level of division invalidates? For example, ...
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Orientation of Esrog relative to person versus relative to ground

This question was originally going to be saved for Purim Torah in Jest, but after thinking about it, I feel this can have practical ramifications. How does one hold an Esrog before making the Bracha '...
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When is the latest time to do Hoshanot on Sukkot?

I was wondering if Hoshanot can be done all day (like lulav and Hallel) or if it can only be done by a certain time.
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613 Mitzvos depend on another?

I've noticed the following phrase in a couple places in the siddur: שֶׁתְּ֒הֵא חֲשׁוּבָה מִצְוַת _ לְפָנֶֽיךָ כְּאִלּוּ קִיַּמְתִּֽיהָ בְּכָל פְּרָטֶֽיהָ וְדִקְדּוּקֶֽיהָ וְכַוָּנוֹתֶֽיהָ וְתַרְיַ&...
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Is Nevuah a "good" thing?

Nevuah seems to be a good thing: וְאֵין הַנְּבוּאָה חָלָה אֶלָּא עַל חָכָם גָּדוֹל בַּחָכְמָה, גִּבּוֹר בְּמִדּוֹתָיו, וְלֹא יְהֵא יִצְרוֹ מִתְגַּבֵּר עָלָיו בְּדָבָר בָּעוֹלָם... כְּשֶׁיִּכָּנֵס ...
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Where to buy Rabbi Ouri Cherki's books?

Does anyone know where I could find Rabbi Ouri (Oury) Cherkie's books to purchase? In particular, I'm trying to locate his commentary on the Kuzari for a friend's upcoming birthday and all the ...
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Why the distinction between groups of people in Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:2-3 reads something like: Hear inhabitants of the world, (and) also sons of Adam, and also sons of Ish... Why is there a distinction made here between inhabitants of the world, sons of Adam ...
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Where does "Yeshurun" come from?

Am Yisrael has a number of names in Tanach. "Yaakov" (such as "Beit Yaakov") and "Yisrael" ("Bnei Yisrael") come from the names of Yaakov Avinu. "Yehudim&...
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English translation of Even HaEzer

I need to do some research relating to Jewish women and read Joseph Caro’s Shulchan Aruch. It is really difficult for me to read Hebrew. Does Even HaEzer have an English translation? Or are there any ...
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Why we have to say Keriat Shma on the bed in the Sukkah?

It is known that on Passover night the custom is not to say Keriat Shma on the bed since it is called Shimurim night - a night that is preserved from the 'bad winds' (Mazikim). We don't put a Mezuza ...
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How do Jews discern genuine spiritual experiences from hallucinations?

When believers appeal to their private spiritual experiences to argue for their faith, skeptics typically respond by dismissing their stories entirely, conjecturing that these are more likely cases of ...
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Do any Jewish commentators or any targum or midrash see Haggai 2:7 as a reference to the messiah?

Haggai 2:7 speaks about the coming of "the desired of nations". Christians say this is a reference to the messiah. But I'm wondering if any of the sages - the commentaries or targum or ...
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Pikuash Nefesh! I made a neder and not sure how to remove it! [closed]

I have a quick halacha question that I hope somebody will be able to answer. Over the past month, I have made a few nedarim regarding technology. I said "If I do this sin, I am banned from ...
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Delayed Unveiling [closed]

For a variety of reasons, there is a delay in producing the footstone for my father's grave and it will not be set until after the 1st yahrzeit. Is there something I should do at the cemetery prior ...
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Listening to burned CD's

I have a throwback question from the early 2000's but that became relevant recently, which I'm asking for a friend. If a person were to discover burned (digitally copied)CD's which almost certainly ...
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Is this סוכה כשר לכתחילה [closed]

[![enter image description here][1]][1] This is not for הלכה למעשה [1]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/fxLwz.jpg Ok. The cheshbon is the following (not my cheshbon, that's why I'm asking): House wall is ...
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Is fishing line mekabel-tumah? Can it be used in schach?

סכך cannot be made of a דבר המקבל טומאה, there is a company that make a reed mat that is held together (מעמד) with fishing line and it comes with instructions to put some wood on top of it so that it ...
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What does the word s'chach סכך have to do with anointing or pouring?

What does the word s'chach סכך (the roof of a sukkah or succah) have to do with anointing or pouring? The word s'chach סכך appears to come from the verb to anoint or to pour, as in the following ...
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Comparison between Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat

I would like to know if there is any source (such as table) that summarizes the differences along the Tefila in the Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat?
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Zemirot different customs in Shabbat Hol Hamoed [closed]

Is there any source that mentions the differences of customs in Shabat Hol Hamoed Zemirot? I would like to know: what are the different customs? Which Kehila holds each custom? What is the reason for ...
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What does the word 'Fakhert' mean in yiddish? [closed]

It pops up in a bunch of shiurim but I can't seem to find a definition online.
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Do we considered Yoav a Tzadik (righteous)?

It often seems that Yoav is referred to as righteous, however, navi scripture also lambasts him for the various killings, disregarding orders, and disloyalty to David, culminating in Solomon having ...
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Can one carry a pocket knife on shabbos?

If one is used to carrying a pocket knife during the week, is it ok to carry one on shabbat? For some more background, assume it is a spring-assisted or "button knife" but not generally ...

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