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Chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros

Is a rabbi allowed/endorsed/obligated to conduct a laboratory chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros before he Paskens? Are there precedents? Are there rabbis who perform it on a regular basis?
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Zohar / Facial features

Shalom all. I once read/heard that the Zohar says that when Jews move to a certain location, then those Jewish people's facial features change to look like the people that they live among. Does any ...
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Which book based on Pnimiut depicts and explains Bamidbar in English?

Hopefully with side-by-side Hebrew, but if not, then that's fine. Just need to know every aspect and the 42 places, the events - with a deep and knowledgeable explanation. I need the deeper levels of ...
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Legitimacy of rulings accepted through spontaneous rabbinic gatherings

The Torah prescribes settling the law in a very special place: "If a case is too baffling for you to decide, be it controversy over homicide, civil law, or assault—matters of dispute in your ...
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How do Jewish sects view the role of the legal law of the Halacha in today's society?

The legal laws of the books of Moses included rulings on stoning adulterers, homosexuals, disobedient children, etc. Christians view these laws as no longer binding on Christians today through the ...
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Modern day Descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth

I wanted to know who were the modern day descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth. Thanks for the answer.
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Can the word “Torah” refer to the Tanakh in general?

Can the word Torah include other books in the Tanakh? If so, are there examples of this in Jewish literature (ancient rabbinical literature, medieval, etc)
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Would cryogenic freezing while still alive be permissible?

As answered here and here, halachic death is defined as an irreversible heart [and/or respiration, and/or brain] cessation. If so, would cryogenically freezing someone while they're still alive1 be ...
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If “Ha-Yom” in Iyov 2:1 occurs in Heaven before HaShem, does “Layla” also occur in Heaven?

Understanding "Ha-Yom" in [Iyov 2:1] raises questions about the occurrences of Yom and possibly Layla in Heaven. Now [The-Day] came about that the divine beings presented themselves before ...
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Learning about Muktzeh

I am looking for online sources that explain the general laws of Muktzeh in a simple and easy manner. This doesn’t need to be in-depth, as that wouldn’t be simplified, but just an article, video, or ...
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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Digital piracy of difficult to acquire products

The following discusses copying an item that is being sold by its creator (https://torah.org/learning/honesty-class64/) Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ztl said that it’s not permitted to copy any item that is ...
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In what year were the Jews in Beitar killed? In what year were they allowed to be buried?

Wondering how many years were they not allowed to be buried for. What year were they finally allowed?
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How specific is “the place where one ate”?

One is supposed to say birkat hamazon "in the place where he ate." How specific is this? (the same building, the same room, the same table, or the same seat)
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What to do when there are multiple pursuers

We know that if there is one (a rodef) who is actively attacking another person in the hopes of killing him, one is allowed to restrain, maim, or even kill the rodef. However, what happens if there ...
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How can heart transplants be permitted?

Are there authorities who hold that a stopped heart constitutes halachic death, but yet permit heart transplants? Stopping and taking out the recipient's heart would seem to be technically considered ...
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Rav Ruderman interview at Chofetz Chaim

I just heard that a friend of mine once heard an interview of Rav Ruderman zt"l (of Ner Yisroel), by Chofetz Chaim talmidim - in English. I didn't even know that he spoke English. Does anyone ...
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Can a Nazir cut his hair with shears (gezaz)?

Can a Nazir cut his hair with shears (gezaz)? Numbers 6:5 says not to put a razor (tahar) on the head. But there is another word for shears (gezaz) which seems like scissors and scissors don't have to ...
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Is the Altar of Burnt Offering for cooking or for consuming by fire?

Were cuts of meat cooked, was the whole animal roasted, or was meat put in the fire as a pleasing aroma?
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In what way is a Nazir holy?

Numbers 6:5 - 'Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy.' What does it mean to be holy in the eyes of the LORD? https://biblehub.com/interlinear/numbers/...
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Why were angels' names brought back?

Related. A well-known gemara in the Yerushalmi (Rosh Hashanah 6a) says: "רשב"ל אמר אף שמות המלאכים עלו בידן מבבל. בראשונה (ישעיהו ו׳:ו׳) ויעף אלי אחד מן השרפים (שם) שרפים עומדים ממעל לו ...
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Will the Messiah revive the dead bodies according to Judaism?

Will the Messiah revive the dead bodies during the messianic age according to Judaism?
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Can I eat any food with vinegar in it like mayonnaise, ketchup, etc if I'm a Nazirite?

Numbers 6:3-4 explains that a Nazirite can't have strong drink nor vinegar of wine also can't eat anything from the vine tree or eat grapes so does that apply to any other foods with vinegar in it ...
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yeshiva style shiurim on Maseches Megillah

I'm looking for yeshiva style shiurim on Maseches Megillah, esp. the last perek, and more esp. the sugya of kedushas beis haknesses. Can anyone recommend either an online link or a specific sefer?
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Not Your Business, Not Lashon Hara

If you overhear someone talking about you, “he just got into a car accident, or “his wife just got into a car accident,” and it’s not technically lashon hara since it’s not technically negative. Yet, ...
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Was Lavan White?

Sometimes names in Tanakh are just names, but sometimes they're descriptions. Are there any commentaries that talk about whether Lavan is called Lavan because he's an oddly white man in the middle ...
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Satan does not “work” On Yom Kippur

The Gemara in Nedarim 32B states; הַשָּׂטָן בְּחוּשְׁבָּנֵיהּ תְּלָת מְאָה וְשִׁיתִּין וְאַרְבְּעָה The letters of the term the Satan [haSatan] in numerical value is 364, which equals the number of ...
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Link between 613 mitzvot and 613 parts of the body?

The gemara in Makot 23b writes there are 613 ("taryag") mitzvot (commandments) and links this number to 365 days of the year and 248 limbs in a human body. Targum pseudo Yonatan (Bereishit 1:...
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If a person gives 20% of their money to charity, and yet after, still has money to spend. Can he spend it on a big house, nice car ect? (Ayin Hara)

The question I'm asking is on the basis of Ayin Hara, I'm confused a bit, since there is an halachah that a person can't give more then 20% away (debatable don't want to get into that) but there is ...
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Why does the Vilna Gaon feature so prominently in the discourse of the Ashkenazi Yeshiva world? [closed]

Why does the Vilna Gaon appear to be emphasized in the Ashkenazi Yeshiva world to a greater extent than other contemporaries of his such as Rav Yonathan Eybeschütz?
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Rabbi Shlomo Goren and the Langer Case

I am trying to understand the Langer controversy. I have only have seen the Charedi side been explained. Are there any seforim/books/online articles which explain Rabbi Goren's position?
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In the yearly cycle, how many offerings, tithes, and sacrifices would an Israelite household provide?

The purpose of this question is to understand the amount that a household would give to the tabernacle following the law found in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. One example of this ...
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Why Hebrew wasn't the spoken language in the Gemara times?

Why was Hebrew NOT the spoken language of the Jewish people after the Mishna? And why was a scholarly text, which was created for individuals who also obviously understood Hebrew, written in Aramaic? ...
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Yeshiva Mir Mesechtas

What is the Mir Yeshiva’s (Yerushalayim) cycle of mesechtas? What are they learning for next zman? Does the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn follow the same cycle?
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“as is still the case”; in Devarim 3:14

The passuk in Devarim 3:14 says: יָאִ֣יר בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֗ה לָקַח֙ אֶת־כׇּל־חֶ֣בֶל אַרְגֹּ֔ב עַד־גְּב֥וּל הַגְּשׁוּרִ֖י וְהַמַּֽעֲכָתִ֑י וַיִּקְרָא֩ אֹתָ֨ם עַל־שְׁמ֤וֹ אֶת־הַבָּשָׁן֙ חַוֺּ֣ת יָאִ֔יר ...
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Books about Ma'ros of Dam Nidda

I doubt that there are many but I am would be interested to know if there are any Sefarim written about the different colors of blood which render a women impure which are available to the public. I ...
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Was the drink offering poured into fire?

What is the possibility that the drink offering was poured into the altar of sacrifice?
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Can a mechallel shabbos touching non mevushal wine, make the wine treif? [duplicate]

Can a mechallel shabbos touching non mevushal wine, make the wine treif? At 1:15-1:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE-A_MimAgw From what Rabbi Mizrachi says in that referenced minute, it looks like ...
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Composing your own Tefillah

Is there a source (either for or against) that mentions composing your own Tefillah prayer? Such as a yehi ratzon or the like. Granted, anyone can daven at any moment for anything they want in any ...
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Mishna Brurah style for Y.D C.M E.H [duplicate]

I understand that mishna brurah covers o.c however, what seforim are similar in style to the mishna brurah covers Y.D, C.M, E.H?
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Which comes first after picking up shel rosh: talis or tefilin?

If a person picked up his tefilin before his talis, he puts on his tefilin first (Shulchan Orech OC 25:1). Additionally, if a person picked up his shel Rosh before his shel yad (ibid. :6) he puts down ...
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What do the different chassidish tefillin tying on the palm and hand mean, what sects uses them?

I have noticed many different styles of wrapping tefillin over the hand, fingers, and palm, as seen below. My question is what is the significance of this, and who does this, and is it something ...
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Rabbinical reaction to Milgram's experiments

Were/are there rabbis that wrote or spoke about Milgram's experiments, presenting a Torah view on the matter (the question of whether the Nazis were unique or the theory that anyone could potentially ...
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Has Maccabees I/II been conveyed in Hebrew?

I read that the Books of Maccabees have only been conveyed in Greek (LXX) through Christians. Have they - in spite of not being canonical - been conveyed in Hebrew, too?
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Is it permissible to own safek Hekdesh today and use it for mitzvot?

It is generally agreed upon that Tyrian Half-Shekels were the only acceptable coins to pay the Half-Shekel in the times of the Second Beit HaMekdash and they were almost exclusively used in Judea. ...
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How is it possible that Numbers 33 talks about 48 camps instead of 42?

How is it possible that Numbers 33 talks about 48 camps instead of 42? To what peshat did these mefarshim source this enumeration? Some of these mefarshim conclude that instead of 42 locations, there ...
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Should one change his clothes after sleeping?

After going to sleep, is one required to change his clothes or is it proper to? How does this differ between sleeping in a bed and sleeping elsewhere (a chair or couch), between taking a short or long ...
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Midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave

A few days ago I saw in a library book a midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave. The midrash detailed the names of the four witnesses who signed their names on the deed. Unfortunately, I returned ...
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Be'er Hagoleh- looking to buy

Does anybody know where I could buy a Be'er Hagoleh written by the Maharal in Hebrew. I can only find English translations of it.
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Suffering As An Atonement

Is there any source that states explicitly that the יִסּוּרִין, suffering, that a person goes through serves as a כַּפָּרָה, atonement?

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