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Can toys become tamei?

In mishna Keilim 24:1, we see that a toy shield is not susceptible to tumah: שְׁלֹשָׁה תְרִיסִין הֵם. תְּרִיס הַכָּפוּף, טָמֵא מִדְרָס. וְשֶׁמְּשַׂחֲקִין בּוֹ בַּקֻּנְפּוֹן, טָמֵא טְמֵא מֵת. ...
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Origin of wearing a hat

Wearing a hat has become so widespread in the orthodox community but what is it’s origin? Is it based off of anything from the Torah or Chazal? How old is the custom to wear a hat? And when did it ...
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Playing softball in the rain on a minor fast day

Would this be permitted, or would it be forbidden because one is bound to inadvertently swallow raindrops?
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Food accidentally cooked on Yom Kippur

If one b'shogeig cooked food on Yom Kippur, would he able to eat that food after Yom Kippur, assuming he waited after Yom Kippur the time it took to cook it? I know that the din of food cooked on Yom ...
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What is the exact scope of application concerning the baraita about Leviticus 19:29 reported by Rabbi Ya’akov in Sanhredin 76a?

I'm an Italian Noahide. The topic in question manifests my purely intellectual interest, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. We read in Talmud Bavli-Sanhredrin 76a (English translation from “...
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Why do women wave their hands in front of the Shabbos candles before making the bracha? [duplicate]

There seems to be a widespread custom among women to wave their hands in front of Shabbos candles before making a bracha on them. I have never seen men do this when lighting the Shabbos candles. Why ...
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Why don't Rabbis endorse technological progress?

I started off thinking about technological advancements that Judaism handed to humanity throughout millennia. I couldn't find one many. Sorry for formulating it as a fact, but I feel it is ...
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Did Rabbis reflect on their cognitive processes?

I was probably too harsh attributing various cognitive biases to Rabbis, so I'd like apologize and to step back. With some background in Cognitive sciences, I'm very interested in understanding the ...
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Eating an Egg Whole

Is there a basis for this custom that one may not bite into an egg which is still whole, but must be first cut or broken in two, unless it's a time of mourning (aveilut) and only then the egg is ...
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Custom to specifically have whiskey after fish because of danger

The Rema (YD 116:3) says to eat something and drink something between having fish and meat. Many have the custom to specifically make a lechaim between fish and meat, meaning they have something ...
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Source for “everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're naturally drawn to”

While we have to learn the entire Torah, I remember once learning that "everyone has a specific area of Torah that they're specifically drawn to/ naturally comes easier to them" (for example: monetary ...
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Can a Frum Jew go on a sponsored mixed trip if he can not afford to go to Eretz Yisroel?

Is a frum Jew (Charedi) allowed to go on one of those Birthright trips to Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gedolim that say it's asur? I would assume that the following things would be an issue: Tznius ...
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How can the Oruch LeNer claim that Pinchas came to enquire if he as a Kohen could do the act of zealotry?

Bamidbor 25 (7 & 8) records the act of zealotry performed by Pinchas. On possuk 7, Rashi says, AND PHINEAS SAW — He saw what was being done and he was thereby reminded of the law on this ...
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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

Inspired by an answer here: Does the recitation of Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan? I was always under the impression that we do it together by convention rather than necessity, but one could ...
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Why was Balak afraid that Israel would overcome him?

Despite the fact that Moav knew that Israel was not allowed to conquer Moav (See Ramba"n on B'midbar 22:3), why was Balak afraid that they would "lick out" his land? I may have trouble understanding ...
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Why transliterate house as beth rather than beit or beis/bais? [duplicate]

In various places we see the word house transliterated as beth rather than the ashkenaz or sefardic: beit or bais. What is the logic of the beth transliteration?
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Are there any rishonim buried in England and france

Do we know of any of the burial places of rishonim around France (and England). I know rabbi Yisrael Meir gabbai has found some but are there any tools to source ancient jewish cemeteries e.g. a map.
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Longest to Shortest tractates of Yerushalmi by daf

A follow on from this question: I simply would like a listing of longest to shortest (or vice versa!) tractates in Yerushalmi by daf, ideally listing the number of daf/tractate.
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Books on philosophical questions underpinning Halachah

In Deuteronomy, Moses says "For this command that I command you today is not a wonder to you and it is not distant..." I want to explore the (possible) tension between this sentiment and laws whose ...
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Restaurants and fast days

Assuming a kosher restaurant or a café that attracts significant quantity of non-Jewish customers, what is their policy on fast days? Do they keep open? If so, what do they do with Jews, who have ...
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With what intention should you immerse in the Mikvah?

I've just been reading Maimonides and he says in the Mishneh Torah (Immersion Pools chapter 11) Therefore the sages have said, if a man immerses himself, but without special intention, it as ...
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Why is Bee Honey Kosher? [duplicate]

Honey is formed when a bee mixes enzymes in its own body with nectar from flowers to form honey. Since honey is thus a byproduct of a non-kosher animal, how could it be Kosher while for example, camel ...
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What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, that is used in sanhedrin 59a, for what became oved kochavim?

What is the phrase in the Munich talmud, sanhedrin 59a, for what became 'oved kochavim'? I can see a talmud online that is probably censored. https://www.sefaria.org/Sanhedrin.59a?lang=bi ואמר ר' ...
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Torah Source For Emergency Fund?

Although it might seem obvious to responsible individuals to have an "emergency fund", some might say it's a lack of bitachon - is there a Torah source (Gemara, Midrash, Halacha, etc) for saving up ...
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How to make a personal siddur/birchon/bentsher as a wedding present

I'm looking for a convenient software that allows me to create and design a personal siddur/birchon/bentcher to give as a wedding present. In particular, I would like to have a convenient way to ...
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How can ancestors leave a makom l'hisgader?

The gemara in חולין on 6b / 7a (apologies, on mobile so can't provide link) discusses how the copper snake of Moshe should have been destroyed by earlier Kings (specifically referring to those kings ...
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Sefek with brachos

lf I ate olives and I have a sefek by the bracha acronah. Sefek number 1 is maybe I ate a kezayis. Even if I didn’t, maybe a berya (whole item) requires a bracha. By sefirat Ha'Omer , if I have a ...
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Sources discussing Trick Candles

Are there any rabbinic sources which discuss whether one can blow out a "trick candle" on Shabbat? I see issues related to m'chabeh but also possibly mavir, but because the intent is not to relight, ...
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Father as an heir

In Parashat Pinchas we learn about the rules of inheritence. A son inherits first. This is implicit from the first statement of the Parsha. It says that if the deceased person didn't have a son, then ...
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What resources can help me understand agriculture for Zeraim?

I am studying Mishnayot from Seder Zeraim and I am often having difficulties because I have no idea how agriculture worked in the days of the Second Temple (or even today). Are there any good ...
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Is a woman considered a sotah if she cheated on her husband with another woman?

Would a woman that cheated on her husband with another woman qualify as a sotah? יז: וְלָקַח הַכֹּהֵן מַיִם קְדֹשִׁים, בִּכְלִי-חָרֶשׂ; וּמִן-הֶעָפָר, אֲשֶׁר יִהְיֶה בְּקַרְקַע הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יִקַּח ...
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Why didn't Balak request Bilam to bless his own people?

When Balak summons Bilam, he says, "For I know that whomever you bless will be blessed and whomever you curse shall be cursed." This implies that Balak understood that Bilam's main strength was in ...
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Why was King David allowed to mourn on the floor?

I heard from my rav that one of the laws of a king is that during mourning, he is not allowed to sit on the floor. Rather he sits on a couch, so as not shame his status as the king. If this is true, ...
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Do slaves owned by jews observe shabbat (day of rest)?

To my understanding it is a commandment of God that those who live among jews observe Shabbat. Historically, slaves owned by jews must have lived among them. Does Gods commandment apply to slaves, if ...
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Guarding the Jewish camp in the wilderness

Closely related to my previous question "was-the-cloud-in-the-wilderness-war-proof", Camping in the wilderness would require forces to guard the camp 24/7. And if the cloud was protecting them, the ...
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Was the G-d's cloud in the wilderness war-proof?

I recall that the cloud protected the people from all possible harms - weather, wild animals etc. Was it effective against human attacks - arrows, cannonballs(kidding), etc? Could non-Jews penetrate ...
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Women in Parashat Bnot Moav

In many Torah stories, women are pictured as righteous and thoughtful, either not sinning (Meraglim) or even preventing their husbands (Korach). In my previous question "visualizing-the-story-of-bnot-...
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Visualizing the story of Bnot Moav (Parashat Balak)

Jews are the people of [the] book, but I'm more a person of movies. I'm trying to visualize the stories in the Torah, like directing a movie and I find it difficult with some. In our story there are ...
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Can a jew own a slave? [duplicate]

If yes, I am interested to know who can be a slave and is there a specific way to enter into this arrangement. If the answer is no, why and how did this come into effect.
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Tumah of stuffed objects

In Hilchot Keilim 2:3, Rambam says that objects that have a receptacle that is made only to be (permanently) filled is not susceptible to tumah. בֵּית קִבּוּל הֶעָשׂוּי לְמַלְּאוֹתוֹ אֵינוֹ בֵּית ...
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Keeping Shabbos versus Desecrating It [on hold]

The Gemara (Shabbos 118b) says that if the Jewish people would keep two Shabbosos in accordance with their halachos, they would be immediately redeemed; while the Yerushalmi says that our nation only ...
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Can Rabbis decide whether non-Jews are getting a piece of the Next World?

I remember asking about the limitations of the Rabbinical rulings, based on "לא בשמים היא" within Judaism. After other questions dealt with deciding whether Gentiles in general or any specific group (...
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Why didn't the Gemara generalize its explanation of why man was created “alone”? [duplicate]

I'm copying part of my answer from here Sanhedrin 37a explains (excerpt from Sefaria): Therefore, Adam the first man was created alone, to teach you that with regard to anyone who destroys ...
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Do Samaritans go to Olam Haba?

My question is if samaritans go to Olam Haba. It would seem pretty obvious except for the fact they don’t recognize the Jewish people as Hashem’s Chosen. They also have their own Slightly altered ...
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Shuls that say Hungarian Selichos?

Are there any shuls (I'm preferably looking for shuls in Yerushalayim) that say the Hungarian(/Bohemian/Moravian/Silesian) selichos for the Yemei HaSelichos? (This is the selichos that is found in ...
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What Caused Jerusalem to be Destroyed?

The Gemara states the following: Abaye said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because people desecrated the Shabbos in it (Shabbos 119b) Rabbi Abbahu said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because its ...
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Learning one mesechta l'ilui Nishmas for two people

It is customary to learn mishnayos in order to elevate the soul of the deceased. Can one learn one tractate of Mishna and have in mind two deceased people l'ilui nishmasom, or can you only have in ...
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Respect for the Torah vs Respect for your Parents

I recall seeing that Kibbud Hatorah takes precedence over Kibbud Av. Does it? If one's father openly denigrates the Torah is it acceptable to chastise him & if the comment is made in front of ppl ...
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Is orlah forbidden from benefit or just from eating?

What is the extent of the prohibition of orlah? Is it just eating that is prohibited (issur achila), as is written (Vayikira 19:23), or is benefiting from orlah also prohibited (issur hana'ah)?
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It says that ‘Adam was created alone to teach you…’ alone as opposed to what?

Adam was created alone to teach you that whoever takes a human life is considered to have destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a human life is considered as if he preserved an entire world (...

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