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Are Jews responsible only for one another or for the whole world?

The Talmud teaches that All Jews are responsible for one another -- כל ישראל ערבים זה בזה . [Sanhedrin 27b]. It also teaches that Anyone who can protest [the sinful conduct] of the members of his ...
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Screwing on the top of a sippy cup on shabbos

Is one allowed to unscrew the top of a sippy cup on Shabbos, the top of the sippy cup containing the straw, dump out the water, put new water in the sippy cup and then screw the top back on, or would ...
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Is it necessary to include Seder HaAvodah in the Musaf Repetition on Yom Kippur?

As far as I understand, piyyutim (poetic additions to/replacements for certain brachot in public prayer) are optional/only a minhag, and that omitting all of them wouldn't be a problem. On the other ...
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Tzedakah question [closed]

Should I give Tzedakah by contributing to my local Chabad? Could that be the exclusive recipient? Or should I give to online charities to help children or some sort of charity to Israel? I want to ...
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Gendered text for Gomel

related to Bentching Ha-Gommel after a Birth Do women bentch gomel less often? According to some opinions, a woman can say the thanksgiving blessing ("bentch gomel") The text that one says ...
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What does the name Nemuel mean?

I looked at the Strong's Concordance and it says perhaps "Day of EL/God". Any insight into what this name may mean?
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When is the Yahrzeit for Leah Imeinu

I know the yahrzeits for Sara Imeinu, Rochel Imeinu, Miryam Hanevia. But what is the yahrzeit for Leah Imeinu?
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Jacob I have loved Easo I have hated

The prophet Malachi in Ch 1:2,3 says “...Was not Esau Jacob's brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau..., Here a selection is made by G-d, between two brothers. ...
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Getting back Reward for Mitzvot you Regretted

This is from Rambam Halachot Teshuva: (From Chabad.org) Anyone who changes his mind about the mitzvot he has performed and regrets the merits [he has earned], saying in his heart: "What value was ...
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Non Jew and Torah Study

"Rabbi Meir would say: ‘From where is it derived that even a non-Jew who engages in Torah study is considered like a High Priest? It is derived from that which is stated: “[You shall therefore ...
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Was the Ritva's teacher the Ba'al Hamaor's grandson?

I came across this statement while learning Ritva: והנכון כמו שפירש הרב בעל המאור ז״ל זקנו של רבינו נ״ר Who is "Rabbeinu" that he refers to? To the best of my knowledge, his teacher the ...
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What does it mean practically that every kesuba has strife?

The Gemara Shabbos (130a) says וְכׇל מִצְוָה שֶׁקִּבְּלוּ עֲלֵיהֶם בִּקְטָטָה, כְּגוֹן עֲרָיוֹת, דִּכְתִיב: ״וַיִּשְׁמַע מֹשֶׁה אֶת הָעָם בּוֹכֶה לְמִשְׁפְּחוֹתָיו״, עַל עִסְקֵי מִשְׁפְּחוֹתָיו — ...
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Deformed Malachim through Mispronunciation of Words in Tefilah

There is a common saying that whenever one mispronounces a word in tefila, a deformed malach is created that will testify against him in Beis Din shel Mala. Does anyone have source for this? The only ...
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Why does the שליח ציבור say עננו in a different place than the ציבור does? [duplicate]

On a fast day, the שליח ציבור says עננו during חזרת הש׳׳ץ right before the ברכה of רפאנו. However, in their private שמונה עשרה, the ציבור says עננו during שמע קולנו. Why do they say עננו in different ...
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Darchei Teshuva on someone that cuts his peyos very close with scissors b'shogeg not being punished for it

Aryeh Leibowitz writes, "See Darchei Teshuva 181:2 who rules that one who unwittingly followed the ruling of the Rambam need not repent for his sin, as the Shulchan Aruch rules that the strict ...
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When to break my fast on flight today? [duplicate]

I'm on a flight from Chicago to NY today. Taking off at 7:55 PM and landing 11:10 PM. At what point mid-flight do i break my fast?
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Why is Elijah mentioned in the blessings of the haftorah and in grace after meals?

In the blessings of the haftorah, Elijah is mentioned and in grace after meals he is also mentioned. Why?
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Position of our hands while praying?

How should our hands be positioned in prayer? Is there a right or wrong way? Various biblical passages seem to indicate that raising the handpalms is an appropriate gesture for prayer. Verses like ...
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What is called a 'Building of Joy' nowadays?

Megillah 5b discusses things that Rebbe did. One of the things that Rebbe was seen doing was planting on Purim; the Gemara retorts that this is surely not allowed as planting is work, which is not ...
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Difference in attitudes between the Tanya and Mesilat Yesharim

As far as I understand both Sefer Ha'Tanya and Mesilat Yesharim consult the man how to improve his characteristics and to be a better person. They instruct the man step by step. What are the ...
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Why was Pinchas allowed to kill Kazbi Bat Tzur?

In order to explain why Pinchas killed Zimri, Chazal tell us that הבועל ארמית קנעין פוגעין בו. However, this law should not apply to the woman. Moreover, she was not even Jewish! So, under what ...
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Is it permissible to learn Hilchot Teshuva on Tisha Beav?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 554) that it is forbidden to learn most parts of Torah on Tisha Beav, except for a few small sections about aveilut. The question is: the Shulchan Aruch doesn't ...
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Haftarah for a B'rit Milah?

Rema Orach Chayyim 428:8 mentions a custom to read a special haftarah for a shabbat following a wedding. Was there ever a custom to read a special haftarah for a shabbat on which a b'rit milah took ...
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Tzlofachad's reason of death?

In this weeks parasha, Pinchas, Tzlofachad's daughters go to Moshe and say about their father dying was not due to other people, rather due to himself. The gemara in Shabbos 96b notes that Rabbi Akiva ...
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What would have been the Godly way to address the rape of Dinah?

Why were Shimon and Levi the ones to hear about Dinah's rape and not Yaakov? Where does it mention Yaakov's actual emotive state? And finally, what would the Torah have mandated to have done in such a ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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Source for R' Shimshon of Sens's views on Rambam

While reading the wiki bio of R' Shimshon of Sens, a few statement there caught my eye. The Rash sided with the opponents of the Rambam in their disputes. condemned Rambams' rationalistic views on ...
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The status of a gas grill with pizza placed inside that was not touching the grate [closed]

A while ago I had an unobservant family member stay at my house. I had something very important to do so I was not paying attention to them as they cooked. I told them to make the pizza in my toaster ...
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Cleaning tefillin from Covid19 contact

If someone contacts COVID-19, then everything they touch has to be disinfected. This is normally done with a wet disinfectant. Are there any recommendations for how to do this for tefillin to avoid ...
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What is the point of Moshe asking for a successor?

Bamidbor 27, 15 &16 יִפְקֹ֣ד יְהוָ֔ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י הָרוּחֹ֖ת לְכָל־בָּשָׂ֑ר אִ֖ישׁ עַל־הָעֵדָֽה׃ “Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community" Moshe ...
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Who or what did G-d use while creating?

I’ve a question, G-d created the heavens and the earth, but in order to do so did He used an 'agent’ i.e. a tool or instrument of some kind, a way or manner in which others were involved? The spirit ...
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Kashrut- steam from meat

If steam from a cholent pot condensed on the cover and then the liquid from the cover fell onto a pareve container, is the container now meat?
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How did the words of Elohim materialize, became physical? [closed]

I’ve a question regards Genesis 1. It starts with the famous words “Bereshit bara Elohim...(בראשית ברא אלהים)”, followed by the words that the Ruach Elohim (רוח אלהים) was present. And from this point ...
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What seforim or books were written on the Torah approach to modern-day philosophy such as humanism or classical liberalism?

Although I have seen paragraphs here and there in various books explaining the torah hashkafa on specific values (i.e. Rav Kook, Rav Illowy, Lord Sacks on slavery), I have yet to seen a book that ...
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Is there precedence in Jewish history for translating Psalm XXII 17 “they pierced my hands and my feet”? [closed]

According to Alexander Harkavy's Jewish translation of the Tanakh called "The Holy Scriptures" (first published 1916, reprinted 1936 & 1951) the ending of Psalm XXII 17 reads "they ...
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Were the Mitzvos given because of counting of Bnei Yisrael in Bamidbar?

I was reading a Dvar Torah by a prominent Rosh Yeshiva where he stated that Chazal say that the connection between the end of Sefer Vayikra: אלה המצות אשר צוה יהוה את־משה אל־בני ישראל בהר סיני These ...
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Why is the *nun* raised?

The Book of Judges says: The Children of [the Tribe of] Dan erected graven images [idols] for themselves; and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Menashe [וִ֠יהוֹנָתָן בֶּן־גֵּרְשֹׁ֨ם בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֜ה], ...
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Which Animals Are Said to Have Spoken in the Torah

I'm aware that the Torah says the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1) and Balaam's ass spoke to him on his journey to see Balak (Numbers 22:28). Are there any other instances of animals ...
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How did something not Jewish like Challah become so prevalent? [duplicate]

The torah and other Jewish literature make clear that "challah" is a catch all that describes a normal bread that is often used in offerings, or portions of it are given as sacrifices or as ...
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What criticism is there of Rav Shalom Arush's works? [closed]

Rav Shalom Arush is the author of an extensive book series on emunah, marriage, parnasa, etc. which many readers here - including myself - have found helpful. However, I heard that some distinguished ...
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Is Shechem in the time of Avimelech (son of Gidon the Judge) made of jewish people?

Gidon married a Pilegesh (second wife) from Shechem. Was she Jewish? She bore him a son Avimelech. He convinced the people of Shechem to agree that he should become king. Were the people of Shechem ...
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What does Chaplaincy mean [closed]

I found that abroad (out of Israel) there is an intense usage of the word Chaplaincy. Does it mean Rabbanut in Hebrew? Are there Rabbis that call themselves Chaplaincy? Does this word come from ...
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May one tour the Acropolis in Athens, Greece? [duplicate]

The Acropolis with its Parthenon is Greece's #1 tourist attraction. Are there any halachic issues with touring the ruins of pagan temples?
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Tzedaka in the Wilderness

As a young child, the Kotzker Rebbe is quoted as asking how Klal Yisroel in the Wilderness were able to fulfill the mitzva of tzedaka if they had everything they needed with the manna. However, they ...
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Did 18th century Dutch bachurim learn in yeshivos? [closed]

I am a historical fiction writer, and it's very important to me to get details right. I am currently working on a story idea set in Colonial New York around the time of the Revolution. At that time, ...
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Order of parents' names for kohen on gravestone

I can't find examples of gravestones (matsevot) with both parents' names in Hebrew. For a kohen, the options seem to be Ploni ben Almoni ha-kohen v'Almonit which I don't especially like, as it makes ...
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Keeping real estate in Israel

When the World to Come is in full effect (messianic age, beis hamikdash, resurrection of dead), will current real estate owners in Israe need to relinquish their rights to the property for it to be ...
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Does one Make a Bracha on Tzitzis during Bein Hashmashos?

There is a fundamental Machlokes Rishonim whether when the Gemara says that there is no Chiyuv of Tzitzis at night, is that referring to the Gavra or to the Cheftza. The question now is: a person puts ...
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Cleaning a Talis together with silver Atora [closed]

Can I wash my heavy wool talis together with the silver Atora,what happens if I won’t remove the Atora? I will appreciate if anyone can assist me,thank you!
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...

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