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Echad Vachamishim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred fifty-one? אחד וחמישים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance ...
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וַיּוֹצֵא אֹתוֹ הַחוּצָה, וַיֹּאמֶר הַבֶּט-נָא הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וּסְפֹר הַכּוֹכָבִים--אִם-תּוּכַל, לִסְפֹּר אֹתָם; וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ, כֹּה יִהְיֶה זַרְעֶךָ [duplicate]

As you can tell from my previous posts I am not a Torah scholar. I figured I try and post a question that is relevant to Torah. וַיּוֹצֵא אֹתוֹ הַחוּצָה, וַיֹּאמֶר הַבֶּט-נָא הַשָּׁמַיְמָה וּסְפֹר ...
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Based on Mishlei 11:30 - Was the עֵ֤ץ הַֽחַיִּים֙ Ets HaChayim in Bereishit 2:9 a Tsadiq?

In Proverbs 11:30, we read an interesting statement regarding a Tsadiq's fruit being the Tree of Life. Proverbs | Mishlei 11:30 states : פְּֽרִי־צַ֖דִּיק עֵ֣ץ חַיִּ֑ים The fruit of a righteous man is ...
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Is being Jewish a race / ethnicity or a religion? [closed]

I am genuinely interested, whether Jewish people identify as an ethnicity / race, or as "religious people" (of any race, i.e. as "Christians": not tied to any particular race). If ...
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Do Arabs have a distinct stature among non-Jews as they descend from Abraham?

To best of my knowledge, according to Judaism, both Arabs and Jews descend from Abraham. In particular, Arabs are believed to be descended from Ishmael, and Jews are believed to be descended from ...
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Melting Chocolate bombs on Shabbos?

Is there an issur to melt hot chocolate bombs on Shabbos? Is it nolad?
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In Bamidbar 6:5, which is Holy for 30-days : [It] Hair, or [He] Nazir?

Rashi disagrees with Rav Mattana on the interpretation of Bamidbar 6:5. Rav Mattana believes the 30-day duration of Naziriteship (based on the gematria value of Yihye) makes the Nazir "holy"....
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“Gold was created only so that it should be used for the Mishkan.” – Source?

“Gold was created only so that it should be used for the Mishkan.” What is the source of this quotation?
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Acronym with gershayims above letters

In the Alte-Neu (Old-New) Synagogue in Prague, there are several inscriptions on the wall (see here) - for example this (this one is said to be an acronym of: אך טוב לישראל סלה): Is it semantically ...
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The possible history of Sefer Za'atutei?

I noticed that one of the changes made by the sages that authored Targum Hashiv'im (the LXX) for King Talmai was: "וַיִּשְׁלַח אֶת זַאֲטוּטֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶל זַאֲטוּטֵי בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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Seforim/Books on Klalei Horo'oh

Can anyone recommend a good sefer explaining Klalei Horo'oh - how a Rov reaches a psak, being machria between different acharonim etc?
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Chamishim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred fifty? חמישים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to be ...
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Stiff-necked people from Yaakov's neck becoming stiff?

Is there any connection between the Jews being called stiff-necked (Exodus 32.9) and the encounter of Yaakov and Esav, when the Medresh says Yaakov's neck became stiff (Bereishis Rabbah 78.9)? Are ...
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Prerequisites for attending Yeshiva as a middle aged Baal Teshuva

What are the prerquisites for attending yeshiva for the first time as a middle aged man without a strong background in Yiddishkeit? The yeshiva graduates I've meet seem very intelligent, does one need ...
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Can I wear a wig on Purim? [duplicate]

Am I allowed to wear a woman's wig on Purim? Perhaps it falls under not dressing like a woman? Or maybe, because it is most obvious I am a man, and because everyone knows it is Purim and people dress ...
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Can someone translate this excerpt?

Could someone translate the following from Rashi's commentary on the Talmud: במחשכים הושיבני - שאין נוחין זה עם זה ותלמודם ספק בידם I'm interested in what Rashi has to say regarding Rabbi Yirmeya's ...
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Why are Kidneys כְלָי֗וֹת Klayot in Tehillim 7:10 associated with Counsel? [duplicate]

While reading commentary from the Schottenstein Edition (ArtScroll Series) of Tehillim 7:10 regarding כְלָי֗וֹת Klayot, you will find the statement: The kidneys are the seat of human counsel. Why ...
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Were the Talmudic Sages fools according to R. Saadia Gaon?

In Emunot V’Deiot (7:5) R. Saadia Gaon writes the following, with regard to some verses in Chapter Nine of Ecclesiastes: [An example,] again, of the third type [of verses presenting difficulty so far ...
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What is the exact name of the Artscroll English Siddur (Commentary) Font [closed]

Does anyone know what is the exact name of the font which Artscoll uses for the English commentary at the bottom of the pages of their Interlinear Siddur (as well as the main text of many of their ...
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What is the halachic source that allows the king of Israel to acquire a pilegesh through yichud alone?

In Mishneh Torah-The Laws of Kings 4:4 Rambam says: (The king of Israel) may take wives and pilagshim from the entire territory of Eretz Yisrael. The term 'wives' implies women who were married with ...
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Posture / Prostration in Yemenite Tradition [closed]

It is related that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) initially prayed three times a day face to Jerusalem. It is evident that this practice corresponds the Jewish practice. The Salat prayer in Islam ...
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What if a tzitzit string gets dyed?

If a tzitzit string accidentally gets dyed (yellow, or purple, or orange etc.) on a regular white beged, is it kosher or pasul?
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Tefillin on both arms not simultaneously

Why do some people wear tefillin on both arms (not simultaneously)?
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Where are the sources for 2 different ends for Al Hamichya?

Sometimes the bracha of Al Hamichya ends with the words "v'al hakalkalah", like it is shown here. Sometimes those two words are left out, like shown here. What are the reasons for this ...
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What is the translation of מתא הוא ואיכא טובא: ? and SAY"D 334.44

I'm learning SAY"D #334.44 and I have some difficulty in translation. Particularly two expressions that both happen to have have "meta" or "mayytei." Below is what I have so ...
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Does One Need to Believe In A Messiah?

I read an article from the website Torah Musings titled "Was Rabbi Hillel a Heretic?" I found the explanations offered by rabbis throughout the ages interesting and it's got me thinking, the ...
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What does “omniscience” really mean?

Standard teaching is that God is omniscient. But what does the word mean? To most, it means "One who knows everything". To me, it means "One who knows everything that there is to ...
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Can you translate Rabbi Yosef's commentary on Shabbat 146a?

Could someone translate the following: בשעה שבא נחש על חוה. פשט המאמר הוא כמו שאמרו המפרשים ז"ל, דלא בא עליה ח"ו ביאה ממשית גופא בגופא, אלא ביאה מחשבית והטיל בה זוהמא בראיה, ואותה הזוהמא ...
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Tish'a Va-arba'im Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?

Who knows three hundred forty nine? תשעה וארבעים ושלוש מאות - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish ...
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Blocked Mailbox in Halacha

Someone lives on a busy street and often people park in a way that makes his mailbox inaccessible. Parking on that street is not illegal. However there is a clear sign at the mailbox that they ignore. ...
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Watching a virtual church service

The prohibition I have read about regarding churches centers around going "into" a church (see Q and A's here, for example). Is the underlying prohibition about being present in the church, ...
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Why was the Book of Genealogies hidden away?

Related. I read today an essay by Professor Shmuel Krauss z"l about "Sefer Yochasin" (the Book of Genealogies). He theorized that traditions such as the name of David's mother, the ...
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How Many Tribes of Israel Are There Really? [closed]

Given that Judaism reckons lineage only through the mother, aren't there really only three tribes? i.e. The tribe of the Daughters of Laban, the tribe of Bilhah and the tribe of Zilpah. Abandoning the ...
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Meaning of Letters, and Gentiles [closed]

I have been learning the kabbalistic meanings for letters (such as beis meaning house and such) to find deeper meaning to the torah is this permissible?
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Diasporan Neta Revai in Temple times

If Orlah is observed outside of Israel and the Beit HaMikdash would be standing, what is done with Neta Revay, fourth year fruit?
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Looking for more information about this “Megillah”

My wife's grandmother passed away last year (and her grandfather many years ago) and my mother-in-law gave me this item she found while cleaning out their apartment: It appears to be printed (on an ...
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(Auto)paying for chametz on Pesach [duplicate]

My understanding is that one only acquires movable objects, such as food items, by moving them physically (e.g. lifting or pulling them; or by acquiring them along with land; or via chalipin exchange, ...
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Haftarat Shabbat HaGadol

Current Ashkenazi (and I believe Sephardi) practice is to read a special haftarah (Malachi 3:4-24) on the shabbat before pesach. What are the origins of this practice? Where do we first see it ...
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Relevance of the cosmos [duplicate]

I'll have to look up the source, but I've heard R' Nasan Maimon quote a story of the Baal Shem Tov following a leaf blowing down the road and describing to one of his chassidim what the precise ...
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Mistake in Ezekiel's vision

I seem to recall that in the Guide to the Perplexed, the Rambam says that when Ezekiel's vision speaks of four heavenly spheres (according to the Rambam's interpretation), it was because during ...
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Why didn't Aharon sacrifice his life to avoid making the Golden Calf?

The commentaries say he made the golden calf cause he was scared they would kill him as they did Chur. But aren't you supposed to let yourself be killed rather then commit/create idolatry?
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In Gittin 45a was the Captive who ידע בלישנא דציפורי a soothsayer?

In Gittin 45a, we read about a Man who ידע בלישנא דציפורי knew the language of birds. - While in captivity with Rav Ilish, the bird translator speaks for a Raven and Dove. The Birds try to tell Rav ...
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Why does Mordechai agree to put on the king's clothing?

From the Megillah, we read that Mordechai put on sack-cloth and ashes upon hearing of Haman's decree. Esther, alarmed to see her cousin in such a state, sends him fine clothes to put on, but he ...
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Derabbanan vs. Minhagim

How does one differentiate a minhag, something that is not from a derabanan obligation? For exmple, how do we know the beating of the aravot is a minhag, but not a derabbbanan obligation? Weren't they ...
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What will the haftarah reading for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be?

What will the various haftarah readings for Shabbat HaChodesh 5781 be according to different minhagim? What are the respective rationales behind them? Presumably it's not possible to enumerate each ...
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Rabbi Avraham Hachozeh and his book

A friend of mine is looking for information on a rabbi he saw mentioned in the book "Chochmat Hanefesh" by Rabbi Elazar of Worms (most famous for his "Sefer Haroke'ach"). In the ...
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How did the Menorah of pure gold remain standing?

Seeing that pure gold cannot remain in its functional shape for everyday use being that it's too bendable, how did the Menorah in the Mishkan not fall apart after a few months? The Torah says the ...
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Does Malaki 3:16 & Tehillim 69:29 refer to the same Scroll (Sefer Zikaron = Sefer Chayim)?

Is the Sefer Zikaron from Malaki 3:16 the same Sefer Chayim from Tehillim 69:29? Malaki 3:16 "In this vein have those who revere the LORD been talking to one another. The LORD has heard and noted ...
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Did the Tsalot HaAron in Shemot 25:14 refer to the sidewalls (left & right of Keruvim)?

Did the צַלְעֹ֣ת הָאָרֹ֑ן Tsalot HaAron in Shemot 25:14 refer to the sidewalls (left & right of Keruvim)? HaKohanim הַכֹּהֲנִים֙ The-Priests in Devarim 31:9 (Deuteronomy 31:9) were required to ...
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Sheevuh mayoys, sheeveem vawshevuh (777) mi yodeya?

B"H Who knows 777 in the Torah? Blessings and success

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