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Magnetic Word Games On Shabbos

Is a magnetic version of scrabble permitted to be played on shabbos? Generally, Scrabble is not considered writing (although there may be other problems if you usually write while playing) but ...
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Non-Jews and Torah

According to Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars chapter 10 paragraph 9: A non-Jew who busied himself with Torah is liable with his life112 From Heaven, because others will see him perform Mitzvohs and ...
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Why is Shabbos called shabbos bereishis?

I have found in multiple sources that Rishonim refer to Shabbos as shabbos bereishis, and it is clear from context that they are referring to the weekly Shabbos as opposed to Shabbos of Creation. For ...
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When arising in the morning we should rise up like a lion.. Why a lion? Why not a tiger/bull or a horse? What does a lion do that we should do in am?

When arising in the morning we are told in Halacha that we should rise up like a lion. My question is why like a lion? Why not rise like a bull or a horse? What is unique to a lion that we are ...
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Was Yisro called by his 7 names?

Rashi to Shemos 18:1 lists 7 names that Yisro had. Was he called by all these names? For example if he would've gotten an Aliyah would he be called up by all 7 names?
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Do glasses with decorations (not made of glass) count as glasses, according to Sephardic rabbis who permit using glasses for both meat and milk? [closed]

We are Sephardic and follow the opinion that glasses can be used for both meat and milk, whether hot or cold, because glass never absorbs. This is the opinion of most Sephardic rabbis and (I think) a ...
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Why are there 2 options for the word “Echat” in the blessing of Asher Yatzar?

It seems from many different siddurim that there are 2 different languages for the word Echat/Achat in Asher Yatzar. Some say Achat and some others say Echad. The Shulchan Aruch brings Echad. What ...
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What are the mitzvos that are not forever?

This Shabbos, someone noted that the Sefer Hachinuch says that there are no mitzvos at all in this parsha (Bamidbar). I responded at once, That's absurd. It seems like it contains dozens of mitzvos! ...
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Was Yaakov lacking Bitachon?

When Yaakov becomes afraid of Eisav's arrival, the passuk says that he was very frightened. Chazal in Maseches Brachos note that he was afraid שמא יגרום החטא. Does this display a lack of Bitachon, ...
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An ovel attending a wedding on zoom

Is it possible for a Jew who is in mourning (an ovel) to attend a wedding on Zoom? My intial thought process was why not? If one cannot be משתתף (join) with a virtual minyan (quorum of 10 men) as all ...
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Taz About self defense

In this question, user3109 on the comment refers to certain Taz (Y.D. 179 S'4), that talks about self defense. It seems that there was a typo, and the source is incorrect. Where does the Taz talks ...
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Right nikkud for the four letter Name [duplicate]

It might be a bold question, and I most certainly don’t want to offend anybody. Besides this I want to honor the different commandments given about honoring His Name and not to use it in vain. I will ...
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What is the difference between a “long” and “short” vowel? [closed]

In Hebrew grammar books, the terms תנועה גדולה and תנועה קטנה are used. Based on how I read (~Syrian/Iraqi style), the literal translations "big vowel" and "small vowel" seem to make sense i.e., big ...
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Why need to be careful with Yad

I was in shul and the Torah reader was not careful not to block the words with the Yad when he was reading. I was taught that he should be careful, but I did not tell him anything I first want to ...
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What does “נגללים” mean about the tablets?

The commentary of the Rav (R. Ovadya) to Avos chapter 5 "והלחות" reads: של סנפרינון היו ארכן ששה ורחבן ששה ועבין שלשה כאבן אחת שארכה ורחבה ועביה שוין ונחלקה לשנים ונגללים היו וחצובים מגלגל החמה ...
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By what authority, and roughly when, did Judaism concede that adoption of Noachide laws was an acceptable alternative to conversion?

I. Introduction. According to: B. Shabbat 145b-146a. "Rabbi Yoḥanan then explained to them: Why are gentiles ethically contaminated? It is because they did not stand on Mount Sinai. As when the ...
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Intermarriage and Levirate marriage

This may be a bit off the wall and it is only a hypothetical question. If a Jewish man marries a non-Jewish woman and then he dies before they have any children, would she be expected, assuming she ...
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R. Aryeh Kaplan retracts claim [closed]

I've heard that R. Aryeh Kaplan retracted some claims. Is this true, and if so, where can I find more information?
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Is there a list of all of Abarbanel’s questions on the Torah?

I was wondering if anyone has this by itself compiled as a tool for learning the Parsha. I want to go over each question and look at the mefarshim.
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Are the hermeneutic principles used for support to facts known to chazal or they used to make new rules? [duplicate]

It is my understanding that the hermeneutic principles are used as support to a list of masoretic facts that chazal had, is that true or did they use them to devise new rules? This is only with ...
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What Happens in the Parsha Parellel's Current Events [duplicate]

Where is the source(s) that say that what happens each week in the parsha parallels current world events? I believe it is found in chassidus, but I am not sure where.
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Are sins crimes in ancient israel? [closed]

https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/77969/are-sins-crime-in-ancient-jews Ancient Judaism is religious society. Religious society, unlike secular society, has a feature. What's prohibited ...
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Kiruv- quantity vs. quality

I'm looking for sources discussing the question of priorities in kiruv, especially when there's a conflict in resources. The question is often asked using the following scenario: "Imagine you're a ...
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Does complete bitachon necessarily eliminate or at least mitigate all anxiety one may experience?

Or put differently, does anxiety always indicate a lack of bitachon. Some claim that bitachon does not (always) mitigate or eliminate anxiety (see the discussion here 1 and Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank ...
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Fulfilling Someone Else's Mission

Rav Ari Bensoussan quotes the Alter of Navardok who says that when someone doesn't utilize their talents to accomplish a particular mission Hashem designed for them, then anyone can take the ...
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Tefilas Hashlah when Rosh Chodesh Sivan on a Sunday

Teflias Hashlah is traditionally said on the day before Rosh Chodesh Sivan. However, this year, with Rosh Chodesh falling out on Sunday, I heard that it is said on the previous Thursday. Is that true? ...
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Can I receive paid holiday from employer on Shabbat, even though I have not actually worked?

Is there a contraindication to receiving holiday pay on Shabbat, where I have booked it off so as not to work Shabbat ?
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Aeroplane flying over a cemetery as ohel

For those who argue that a Cohen can fly over a cemetery in an aeroplane because the floor of the ‘plane functions as an ohel and blocks the impurity from reaching the passengers, how do they avoid ...
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Ben Ish Chai against taking photos of females?

I heard that the Ben Ish Chai was very against having women in photos, so much so that a woman would even be taken out of Gan Eden a hundred years after her photo was taken if someone looks at it. Is ...
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Translation of an Hebrew phrase [closed]

What does "shalom shalom wekhol Tuv" mean? This was said at the closing of an email. I have researched on the internet for an explanation and I could not find an answer. Thank you in advance.
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Maharam Shiff’s Mnemonic indexes

The Wikipedia page (from Jewish encyclopedia) for Rabbi Meir Shiff states: A mnemonic index to the Bible and the Talmud by him is also extant. Where can I find such an index?
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I have often wondered about manna and if it is a type of yeast?

As I have studied about breadmaking the thought kept coming to me that yeast could be a type of manna given to the Israelites in the wilderness. The many descriptions of manna in not just Hebrew ...
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What does Judaism think of Unitarianism? [duplicate]

There is a Christian sect called Unitarianism. Unitarians believe in one G-d, rejecting the Trinity. They stress the oneness and unity of G-d. Famous Unitarian Chrsitsian are, for example, Sir Isaac ...
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How old was the oldest man entering the Land of Israel (other than Yehoshua and Calev) according to both Torah and Tradition?

We know (Bemidbar 32:11) that the decree to die in the wilderness applied to all men twenty years old or older (other than Yehoshua or Calev): אִם־יִרְא֨וּ הָאֲנָשִׁ֜ים הָעֹלִ֣ים מִמִּצְרַ֗יִם ...
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Goy eating matzah with treif

For context, my fiance is a reform convert in the UK. I fully support their conversion but, as I lack any real spirituality, do not feel I could sincerely convert myself (despite knowing that my lack ...
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מורה vs. הורה - Implication in difference of the word

It seems that the hebrew words for Teacher and Parent are the same root which means to teach. I am looking for what the מ (מורה) and (הורה) ה do to the words that help define their roles.
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Why is Yiftach's sacrifice of his kin looked at so negatively, while Chana's “sacrifice” of kin so positively?

According to the commentaries (who include the Ralbag, Radak, Ibn Ezra and Abarbanel) who say Yiftach didn't literally kill his daughter but rather made more of a spiritual "sacrifice", where she ...
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Koren Talmud Yerushalmi [Hardcover]

Does anyone know if this Talmud Yerushalmi is Menukad or not?
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Does melatonin need to be kosher?

I'm not certain if it's medication or not. I'm speaking of plain, non-flavored powder capsules.
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Amida: Why not voice thanks for what you yourself received?

I have heard that we may add our own specific requests in the middle set of brachot of the Amida, if we feel the need, but that additions are not allowed in the first 3 or last 3 brachot. Why are we ...
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Were the Essenes considered apikorisim?

The ancient Essenes are known as being an highly Ascetic sect, with many Mystical and Monastical practices. In fact, Rav Aryeh Kaplan seems to imply that much of our Kabala actually originated from ...
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Help trying to find the lifespan of an ancient rabbi

Zohar (Vayikra 10a) quotes a sefer by R. Hamnunab [Hanunah] Sabah, a sage of Second Beit HaMikdash times. Thing is, I can't pin-point the lifespan. Can someone help me with this? Toda.
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Chanukah Question [closed]

I am a religious Jew. I keep all of judaism exept Shabbos - I am not Shomer Shabbos in any way. Hence, is it be more Mehudar for me to light my Menorah on Shabbos Chanukah after Shkiah (which is the ...
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Why were the Israelites punished on account of King David's census?

In 2 Samuel 24, King David orders a census, against the advice of his chief of staff, Joab. Then God becomes angry and 70,000 people die of a plague. David is repentant: But afterward David ...
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Is it permisible to answer kedusha virtually?

I'm not asking if you can be counted in the minyan, just can you answer kedusha and barchu virtually? also may i be yotzei shabbat kriat hatorah virtually-if i am not shomer shabbat?
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Looking for a quote by Maimonides that expresses how God is beyond us

Does anyone know of a quote by Maimonides (Rambam) that expresses how God is way beyond us and how we are so distant from God?
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Can one volunteer to be put in a situation which will require breaking shabbos?

I know that pikuach nefesh, saving a life, can push off Shabbat (which I understand to mean, can excuse breaking rules on Shabbat). If I am one of a group of Jews who could do the life saving, should ...
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Where is the heichal shlomo rabbinical library today?

Heichal Shlomo in the Rechavia neighborhood of Jerusalem used to be where the seat of the chief rabbis of Israel was. There was a rabbinical library there with 50,000 -60,000 seforim when it was the ...
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The Netziv on Evolution

The Wikipedia page titled Jewish views on evolution states the following about the Netziv. When scientists first developed the theory of evolution, this idea was seized upon by rabbis such as ...

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