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How can tumah pass through a cupboard?

Ohalot 4:1 says that where there is a source of tumah beneath a cupboard, everything in the house is tamei. ArtScroll adds that the things in the cupboard remain tahor: “the tumah penetrates into the ...
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Classic Achronim and Rishonim [closed]

People often say they learn Shas with Achronim and Rishonim. I'm curious, what are the mainstream Rishonim and Achronim that are generally learnt throughout Shas?
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Toivel a utensil used in a store

A local (jewish/frum owned) store near me sells these little glass cups with mousse in them (produced by a non Jewish company). Do such cups require tevillah from the stores perspective? follow up ...
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Why mention “the wilderness” in the opening of Bamidbar?

The Torah says: בְּאֹ֣הֶל מוֹעֵ֑ד וַיְדַבֵּ֨ר יְהוָ֧ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֛ה בְּמִדְבַּ֥ר סִינַ֖י -- The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting. [Numbers 1:1] Ibn Ezra and ...
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Is there a name in Hebrew that means “God is my portion”

Is there a name in Hebrew that means "God is my portion"? When I google translate I get אלוהים הוא החלק שלי which I have no idea how to say.
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Nigei Batim / Tzara'as of houses with a house and another level (aliya)

If one person owns the bottom floor of a house and another owns the floor on top, what happens when the one on the lower floor has tzara'as in their house and the house needs destroying? Assuming the ...
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Aramaic in a baraisa

I always understood a major difference between a mishna/baraisa and the text of the gemarra is the former is in Rabbinic Hebrew and the latter is in Aramaic. The other day I chanced upon a gemarra in ...
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What does 'כו stand for?

One of the most famous abbreviations in Jewish Hebrew texts is the word 'כו, meaning et cetera. However, I have heard and seen different forms of this abbreviation, and I want to know what does it ...
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To what extent did Jewish tradition of debate influence the development of Classical Liberalism in Europe? [closed]

Judaism has a long tradition of valuing debate. My sense is that it is somewhat singular in this regard. Certainly there is debate within Islam or Christianity, but if I understand correctly, Judaism ...
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repetition in Bamidbar

In Bamidbar (1,18) it says: וְאֵ֨ת כָּל־הָעֵדָ֜ה הִקְהִ֗ילוּ בְּאֶחָד֙ לַחֹ֣דֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִ֔י וַיִּתְיַֽלְד֥וּ עַל־מִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֖ם לְבֵ֣ית אֲבֹתָ֑ם בְּמִסְפַּ֣ר שֵׁמ֗וֹת מִבֶּ֨ן עֶשְׂרִ֥ים שָׁנָ֛ה ...
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How many times does the word Tzitzit appear in Tanach?

I am looking for the word Tzitzit in Tanach (spelled any which way, but the word as it relates to tassels/strings.) I so far have the obvious 3 from the third passage of Shema. So my count is at 3. I ...
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Are 'speaking' and 'desert' related in Hebrew?

"Bamidbar" means "In the desert" or "In the wilderness". But the root dalet/bet/resh also refers to speaking. Are the two related, and if so, how? (This is not purely a ...
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Rav Yosef Engel style of learning

I understand that the world is very much into learning Gemara via the Brisker method. I was told that Rav Yosef Engel had a different approach to learning Gemara etc. However, I wasn't told how his ...
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Moshiach and Targum

Please allow me to briefly provide background information. Please also note that Zeke B. and others touch upon similar subject matter but contain distinct questions. The word משיח is rendered by תרגום ...
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Is there a difference between mitzvos that are counted in Taryag and mitzvos that aren't? [duplicate]

There are sources that say that there are many more mitzvos than 613, and only some are counted. My question (or chakira) is, is there any difference between the ones that are counted and the ones ...
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With what Halachic work should an Ashkenaz start his learning?

If an Ashkenaz Jew wanted to start diving into the learning halacha are there any sources on which halachic work might be recommended to him to start with?
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What is the connection between the natural world and sinking? (טבע)

Do any commentators explain a connection between the shared root of the word "טבע" for sinking (as in Shemos 15:4 - טֻבְּעוּ בְיַם) and the natural world of טבע?
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Can we call G-d our mother?

Today it’s Mother's Day, which made me wonder if I could call G-d mother? Because G-d ‘gave life’ to all things. Of course we call him Aba, but why not Ima?
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Is Shlomo HaMelech a prophet? [duplicate]

Does any text/source indicate that Shlomo HaMelech was a prophet? I ask because according to Muslims he was a prophet.
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Is it acceptable to translate ‘hallelu’ and 'yah' into the English expression “Praise the Lord”

My understanding is that Hallelujah (or Alleluia) is a compound word from the Hebrew ‘hallelu’, meaning “to praise joyously,” and ‘yah’, a shortened form of the unspoken name of G-d. It is an active ...
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Sources in Gemara that a person should not marry a convert?

The Gemara says in Pesachim 112b that a person should not marry a convert. The Gemara is clearly implying a marriage between a female convert and a Jew who is not necessarily a Kohen. Are there any ...
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Makkas Dam throughout the whole world?

Someone told me in the name of a Talmid Chacham that Makkas Dam was not just in Mitzrayim, but was throughout the whole world, similar to the water splitting everywhere in the world. However, I looked ...
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The Torah from The Dead Sea Scrolls

Do we have the complete Torah from the Dead Sea Scrolls? If not, how can we know for sure that the Torah we have today is the same from the time of the Second Temple Period, for example?
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Why does Naomi talk in masculine form to her daughters-in-law?

In Rus 1:8, Naomi is telling her two daughters-in-law that they should return to their homes. וַתֹּ֤אמֶר נָעֳמִי֙ לִשְׁתֵּ֣י כַלֹּתֶ֔יהָ לֵ֣כְנָה שֹּׁ֔בְנָה אִשָּׁ֖ה לְבֵ֣ית אִמָּ֑הּ יעשה [יַ֣עַשׂ] ...
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Are cicadas kosher?

I'm not Jewish so please be patient with me :) I've been seeing a lot of news about an upcoming cicada emergence, including talk of how delicious they are, and it got me wondering if they are kosher ...
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Must one give maaser on cash back?

Does one need to give maaser on cash back earned, as a percentage of the sum spent, through extensions such as Rakuten or Honey, or via debit/credit card offers? Is it considered new income, and ...
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Do commercially produced barley matzos exist?

From what I understand, there are commercially produced matzos made from wheat (including spelt) and rye and oats. For some reason, I cannot find commercially produced barley matzos. Do they exist? If ...
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Bowing at the royal coat of arms

In British Magistrate and Crown Courts the royal coat of arms is located behind the bench where the magistrates or judge sit. It is etiquette for solicitors/barristers and anyone giving evidence to ...
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Revisit of the trolley problem: High victim imbalance [duplicate]

I would like to revisit the trolley problem. A trolley on a track is out of control and headed to a place where the crash will kill 4 people. You can flip a switch and put it on a different track ...
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How many days did Esther fast?

How many days did Esther fast? Avraham ibn Ezra said it was two days and two nights. And Maharal said it was 70 hours of fasting. How do you reconcile these arguments (opinions)? Is it possible to ...
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What is the optimal way to make berachot on food when working from home? [duplicate]

When working from home, what is the optimal way to handle food berachos? A. Make only one beracha in the morning that will cover all the foods of that type to be eaten during that day at breakfast, ...
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Rav Albo's Sefer HaIkkarim-Maamar 4.30.10

In Rav Albo's Sefer HaIkkarim-Maamar 4.30.10 we read: "The second opinion is that though the perfectly righteous get material reward in this world, yet since their number is small, and the great ...
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Miriam as the Ancestor of King David

We learn that King David was descended from Miriam (the sister of Moshe Rabbenu). See סוטה (יא ב) Sotah 11A. Miriam was married to Calev and is Hur's father. See רש"י שמות פרק כד פסוק יד Rashi ...
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Source for Baal Shem Tov's advice to parents with troubled teen - “Love him more”

The story is related about a father whose son was becoming increasingly disinterested with Yiddishkeit and moving ever closer to going off the derech. He went to seek the advice of the Baal Shem Tov, ...
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Haamek Davar on Vayikra 25:50-52

Vayikra 25:50-52: נ וְחִשַּׁב֙ עִם־קֹנֵ֔הוּ מִשְּׁנַת֙ הִמָּ֣כְרוֹ ל֔וֹ עַ֖ד שְׁנַ֣ת הַיֹּבֵ֑ל וְהָיָ֞ה כֶּ֤סֶף מִמְכָּרוֹ֙ בְּמִסְפַּ֣ר שָׁנִ֔ים כִּימֵ֥י שָׂכִ֖יר יִהְיֶ֥ה עִמּֽוֹ׃ נא אִם־ע֥וֹד ...
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Was the Rambam familiar with 'Tosfos'?

Is there any evidence attesting to the fact that Rambam was even remotely familiar with the writings of any of the Ba'ale Tosafot? The reason I ask is because Wikipedia makes the claim that the ...
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In the Tanakh, what are the Hebrew verbs and/or nouns associated with the word “Sinai” (which starts with the letter SAMECH)?

In the Tanakh, what are the Hebrew verbs and/or nouns associated with the word "Sinai" (which starts with the letter SAMECH)? The usual explanation that "Sinai" refers to "...
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Shechiyanu regarding video chat [duplicate]

I know that if someone sees someone he hasn't seen in 30 days, he must say shehechiyanu. I have two questions regarding this. Firstly, If I haven't seen someone for 30 days, and I see them via video ...
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What is the source for: One shouldn't name a baby using names from before Abraham

I've heard or I've been taught one shouldn't name a baby (or take a name, in the case of a ger) from names in the Torah before Abraham, namely Adam, Noah etc. This makes sense to me, as Abraham is the ...
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Should we accept donations of tainted money?

A lot has been written on whether donations of tainted money should be accepted. The money is tainted either because it is ill-gotten or because the donor is ethically challenged (e.g., sexual ...
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Where are resources about counting Omer Year round?

My rabbi mentioned there's a custom to count the omer year round. The idea is to travel through all the sefirot for 7 sets of 50 days. I'm looking for shiurim, texts, etc. that teach on this practice. ...
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Good Affordable Tzniut Clothing Shops [closed]

Does anyone know of good places to shop for affordable tzniut clothing?
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Are there any articles, texts, or resources available discussing the Beta Israelite text of “Te'ezaza Sanbat”?

Shalom Uvracah. I was doing research into how The Beta Israel Community observed/respected the Shabbat before immigrating to Israel through Operations Moshe and Shlomo. I came across a text called ...
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Should we say Al naharos bavel during Nissan?

There is a popular idea to not say Al Naharos Bavel before Birtkat HaMazon on days when tachnun is not said (see here). Does that apply to all of Nissan?
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Does a parent carry a child's sins beyond the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah if they were irresponsible in how they raised their child?

Parents own the responsibility of the sins of their children until the child has reached their age of Bar/Bat mitzvah. There is even a blessing Baruch Shepetarani the father makes which thanks Hashem ...
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Source for the statement that there's a message in everything a Jew sees or hears?

I heard or read once that, according to Hasidic masters, there was a message one should learn from in everything a Jew sees or hears in a given day. I often think of it when faced with unusual ...
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Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word “habitually”?

Which part of Hebrew or textual grammar tells the reader to add to the verb in question the word "habitually"? For example, Exodus 21:36 (Parashat Bo), Chabad translates the verb in question ...
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Venishmartem Halachic guidelines regarding large gathering of Jews

Following the horrible tragedy at Miron, where 45 Jews lost their lives in a stampede, I wondered that large-scale religious gatherings are very indeed very frequent, especially in Hassidic ...
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Do some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the candles?

I heard that some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Shabbat Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the Shabbat candles. Is this true and if so where is the source for this?
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ולא תתורו: kadma veazla or azla-geresh?

In the third parashah of Shema' (maftir from P' Shelach) we have a divergence of cantillation on the words ולא תתורו. In R' Wolf Heidenheim (see Koren for a contempary example) these words are ...

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