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Recent convert brit-milah question

How does one's foreskin grow back, and what does one do when it does? Is there anything one can do to prevent it from growing back in the future?
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Differences between Breuer Tanachim

I stayed with Dr. Gabriel Wasserman for Shabbos over the summer and he mentioned that the different editions of R' Mordochai Breuer's זצ"ל Tana"ch have some small differences (eg. the Mosad ...
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Is there a Talmudic source for this saying

I was asked if this saying, or a similar concept is found in the Talmud: "Not everything that one thinks, one should verbalize. Not everything that is said should be written. Not everything that ...
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Do Medieval Rabbis speak about the Black Plague?

I was wondering if any Rabbis in the Medieval times wrote anything about the Black Plague.
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Longest interval between readings of haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbat, a special haftarah (Isaiah 66) is read. However, in our fixed calendar certain months can never have Rosh Chodesh fall on Shabbat (Kislev, Sivan). For certain other ...
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Kol Isha specifically from/of a woman? [duplicate]

I have been reviewing the questions related to Kol Isha (including links about parrots, men with feminine voices, radio recordings and Siri singing) but I was asked whether halacha has dealt with ...
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Is there significance in the Torah calling Yaakov "Yaakov" at the start of Miketz, then switching to "Yisrael" in the middle

In parsha Miketz, in chapter 42 Jacob is referred to by the name יעקב several times. then in chapter 43, starting in sentence 6, it switches to ישראל and uses that a couple of times. Is there any ...
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Until when did the Yeshivos of Beis Hillel and Shamai exist?

We know that Hillel and Shamai themselves lived during the time of the Second Beis Hamikdash. Do we know how long their yeshivos lasted?
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How is the vav extra?

In Ketubot, 103a the text discusses what the "et" words include in the phrase כַּבֵּ֥ד אֶת־אָבִ֖יךָ וְאֶת־אִמֶּ֑ךָ Each et refers to another spouse of the parent so the non-biological step ...
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How did King Manasseh and King David repent?

In Judaism it’s said if you sin against man you must make it right with that person, but Kings Manasseh and David didn’t, yet God accepted their Teshuva.
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is bitcoin investing considered gambling?

According to contemporary Halachic authorities, is bitcoin investing considered gambling? Given that it does not have tangible fundamentals like a balance sheet, earnings reports, intrinsic value, etc....
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Which rabbis say that women were not created in the divine image?

The anti-Judaism polemicist Johann Christoff Wagenseil accuses the Jews of denying that women were created in the divine image. After much searching, I have only found two rabbis who actually say this ...
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Yosef's dreams and time

I had an interesting idea, and I wondered if anyone knows of sources that use it. Yosef deals with three sets of dreams: his own, the dreams of the butler and baker, and the dreams of Pharaoh. In the ...
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Why did the Chachamim change this Passuk?

The Gemara brings in the incident of a king gathering 72 sages to translate the Torah to Greek. They all came with the idea to change some Psukim. One of them was זָכָ֥ר וּנְקֵבָ֖ה בְּרָאָ֑ם ...
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Skeptic asking: How do certain chassidic rebbes/mekubalim read palms and fortune tell?

I'm asking this as a skeptic who doesn't believe in palm reading, ESP or the mystical. Many orthodox Jews (I know several of them) visit chassidic rebbes and mekubalim for palm reading and/or fortune ...
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Why did the brothers get the money in their bags, and who were they speaking to when they explain the situation?

What was the purpose of the brothers having the money in their bags? It did not get them back to Egypt, they went back for food. So what was the point of this whole ordeal? Further, when they explain ...
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Giving Ma'aser to the right location

Is someone able to explain to me in depth, the concept of ma'aser and challenging Hashem on it. I read in Pirkey Avot - with ma'aser that Hashem will return what you gave and extra; what does that ...
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Who did Shalshelet Hakabblah think Onkelos was?

Rabbi Gedalyah Ibn Yechiyah in Shalshelet Hakabbah wrote: "In the fourth year of the previously mentioned emperor [Trayatzo (/Trajan?)]...there was a noble priest called Eccasia [אכקזיה] and in ...
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Yaavetz regarding the story with Yehudis not happening on Chanuka

Rabbi Yaakov Emden writes in his מור וקציעה seen here, in last paragraph of the second column, that the story of Yehudis had nothing to do with Chanuka and actually happened during the first exile. ...
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Thought, Speech, Action

I was wondering why the order in Tehillim 24:4 is action, thought, and then speech and not in descending level order (thought, speech, action) or ascending order (action, speech, thought) נְקִ֥י ...
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What is the source for Yosef's garment being a "coat of many colors"?

What is the source for Yosef's coat being a "coat of many colors"? Is there a particular commentator that translates פַּסִּים as colorful? Genesis 37:3 וְיִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל אָהַ֤ב אֶת־יוֹסֵף֙ ...
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Source in Darash Moshe on own understanding

It is said that in Darash Mose דרש משה Parashas Korach, the following quote can be found from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt'l Korach thought that every Jew is entitled to fulfill the laws of the Torah in ...
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Torah verse on headstone?

Is there any prohibition or reason not to include a Torah verse on a headstone in a Jewish cemetery. I was told its better not to include the whole psuk but just part of it but even that person that ...
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Why aren't all judicial powers stripped, why only capital punishment?

Why is capital punishment only adjudicated when the Temple is standing? If it is because the Sanhedrin needs to convene at the designated location described in Devarim 17:8, then wouldn't the rest of ...
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What happened to Bnei Yakov?

From the time of the sale of Yosef (Chapter 37) until the decision to head to Egypt (Chapter 42) we don't hear about the story/goings on of brothers (excluding Yehudah). We have flash references for a ...
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Seeking the definition of לופפת

What would the translation of לופפת be? As in השאיפה להכרת האמת לופפת את לב האדם ואת מוחו Thank you so much.
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The fall of Yehudah the Maccabee

Yehudah the Maccabee died in the Battle of Elasa, a mere four years after the victory at Beit Tzur and the subsequent purification and rededication of the Temple. Are there any rabbinic sources that ...
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How can I understand the idea that “Pirsumei nisa is as much to oneself as it is to others.”

The THE BENJAMIN AND ROSE BERGER TORAH TO-GO Chanukah 5782 p 14 contains an article from Rabbi Ezra Schwartz entitled “ Al Hanisim in Birkat Hamazon”. It says Tosafot, Shabbat 24a, s.v. Mahu, offer a ...
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Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni

Does anyone know if the Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni, Leviticus remez 137 is available online? (First published 1586.)
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Why not הקם לנו נסיכי שמונה?

The last four words of Maoz Tzur end with the words הקם לנו רועים שבעה. This is a clear reference to the verse (Micha 5:4): וַהֲקֵמֹנוּ עָלָיו שִׁבְעָה רֹעִים וּשְׁמֹנָה נְסִיכֵי אָדָם But as I was ...
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What necklines for men and women are compatible with Tznius? [duplicate]

What restrictions are placed on necklines for men and women as they relate to Tznius (modesty)? Many kinds of clothing are available these days, each with various necklines, as this Wikipedia page ...
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Sources to Learn about Bechina

I'm studying Chovos Halevavos. Can you provide me with some further sources to learn more about Chovos Halevavos's "bechina", i.e., reflecting on God's kindnesses in creation. Books/articles/...
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Different translation and interpretations on Genesis 1:2, which one is more close?

In Torah (mechon-mamre.org's version),the first half of the verse was translated "the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep", in the second half the word &...
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What is heaven like for non Jews

Do non Jews who follow the seven laws of Noah get the same reward as a Jew or what is heaven like for us.
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Pompey and the Holy of Holies

During the Siege of Jerusalem in 63BCE, the Roman general Pompey after defeating Jewish resistance and took control of the temple, entered the Kadosh hakodashim (holy of holies). This can be found in: ...
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Can thanking God lead to misfortune?

In commenting on Gen. 30:38, Rabbenu Bahya says: Do not question how it is possible that the power of the evil eye is so great that it can even interfere with miracles! We find that the birth of ...
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Rabbinic weights and measures in primary source

Where can I find a concise presentation of the full system of rabbinic weights and measures, in a primary source? Meaning X tefachim in an Amah, etc.
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Good shiur on Issur Vehetar for semicha?

I'm looking for clear and concise shiurim on Issur Vehetar that gives a summary of the Shulchan aruch with Shach and Taz to aide in my smicha studies. I see there are many shiurim on yutorah but I ...
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As a gentile how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? [duplicate]

As a gentile, how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? I have no idea, being much more familiar with Buddhism and Christianity. For what it's worth, I'm more or less atheist, have ...
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Where can I find previous weeks of the Toras Chochom email? [closed]

The Bais Medrash "Toras Chochom" sends out a weekly email. (You can sign up over here). Where can I find previous weeks of this email? Also if anyone has any of the previous weeks can you ...
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What is Rofeh Cholim? [closed]

I was googling it and hit a dead wall, so I'm curious to know what it mean and what it purpose. I would also like to know the Hebrew word & writing of it. Any help is appreciated, thank you!
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What does Tanya say about gehinnom

I am not a Jew but I only left christianity not too long ago, I find the Jewish belief on heaven and hell fascinating Some say it’s forever while others like Rabbi Akiva, The Rambam, Modern Chabad, ...
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What Nusach did the Twansa use?

In most of the places that Sefardim settled after being kicked out of Iberia, there were already Jews living there, usually called "Musta'arabi". In most places, these communities ...
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Are the ten commandments more important than other mitzvot?

I heard this said by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. I doubt that it's correct. Are there mitzvot more important than others? I know that all 613 are contained in them but that doesn't make the 10 more ...
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Writing Torah Scroll: Writing a sefer [duplicate]

The Rambam explains "It is an affirmative precept binding upon every individual Israelite to write a scroll of the Law for his own use, as it is said, "Now therefore write ye this Song for ...
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Beis Yosef and Tosafos HaRosh

The Beis Yosef (Orach Chaim § 670) asks the famous question why we celebrate eight days of Chanukah, when there was seemingly only seven days of miracle (the candles being lit the first day was ...
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Where is this quote from?

This is consistent with the dictum that a person should earn a living by “the labor of [his] hands,” rather than accepting a scholar’s stipend. It is from Chabad.org (here) but where did it find the ...
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What is the kosher status of quail and pheasant and other similar birds? How do they differ from turkey?

It was mentioned somewhere that we didn't have a mesorah for turkey, but somehow it became accepted as a kosher bird within the Ashkenazi population. I'm wondering what the status of quail and ...
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Hi , what should a man do if he impregnates a woman before wedlock ? should he marry her or opt for co-parenting? [closed]

Lets say the child is already born , you are both not married, you are friends , you used to date but you had broken up. What should these two do ?
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Measurement of Cherubim in the Mishkan

Our son would like to bring in a model to school of the Aron, and cherubim (ark of covenant, and cherubim) that was in the mishkan. I found a box with the exact size of the ark. We would like to make ...

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