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A father promising their child an afikoman present on yom tov?

A prominent minhag on seder night is that the children "steal" the afikoman and hide it. What follows is the normal haggling process as the father agrees to buy a child a gift in return for ...
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A blind person not seeing chametz

The Torah (Shemos 13:7) famously tells us: וְלֹֽא־יֵרָאֶ֨ה לְךָ֜ חָמֵ֗ץ Chametz shall not be seen in your possession. What happens if the homeowner is blind? Do they have to hide away/lock up the ...
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Is there any source that says a person should have kaf zechut to anothers shechita

I know a person who is machmir on not eating meat from others he said only if he does the shechita himself he will trust to eat it. Is there any law that mandates others to trust in others people ...
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Is there source that a person must not have any entangled hairs in his beard when immersing in the mikvah

BH Is it true there is a law that says when a person enters a mikvah he must make sure that none of his hairs from his beard are tangled with one another or have any knots on the single strands? If ...
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May Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender

According to Halacha, may Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender or no? Would it be forbidden because of the mitzvah of Chinuch, and this is a ...
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Should Jews make Birkat Ha’ilonot on hydroponic fruit trees

According to Halacha, should the beracha of Birkat Ha’ilonot, made when seeing a fruit tree for the first time during the month of Nissan, be made on fruit trees which are grown hydroponically or ...
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Deeper meanings for closed and open passages in the torah

B"H The Rambam in the laws of Sefer Torah chapter 8 halacha 4 lists all of the "open" and "closed" passages in the Torah. Are there any commentaries anywhere that discuss any ...
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Secular Ashkenazi marries Sephardia. Can house adopt sephardic customs (minhag avot doesn't apply to husband)?

I was told that a secular Jew can choose his wife's minhag to follow after marriage since minhag avot does not apply.I haven't seen a source for this and was hoping for supporting references.
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Is Kos shel Eliyahu pogum?

Is the Kos shel Eliyahu after he drinks from it considered Pogum, and there fore one would not be allowed to use it until it is rectified?
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What is the source of this Mammer In the Kitvei Ari

Whats the source of this Blue Text in The Kitvei Ari that it says KeMevoar In Kitvei Ari? Where does it talk about this in his work?
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Positive vs negative commandments

What is the difference in the severity of not obeying a positive vs a negative commandment? I asked a Rav a shaila re: how bad is it to do something prohibited in the Torah, and all he said was, "...
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What is the position on Jews being told they must work on high holidays

If a non-Jewish employer demands that an observant Jew work on say Passover or Yom Kippur what is the position of the sages on this subject? Should one work if it’s his livelihood or follow the Torah?
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Per the Chatam Sofer is there Modernly a Dual Purpose served by the Insertion of the Words "Hashem S'fatai Tiftach"?

The words "Hashem Sfatai Tiftach ..." are uttered before T'filla. Why? Per the Chatam Sofer (Brachot 4b) it's to unlock the paralysis. Loosely translated - ... the reason for opening the ...
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Pen and notebook carrying in Judaism

Is it a Jewish custom for a Jewish person to carry a pen and a notebook in the pocket of their long-sleeved shirt?
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What is the actual fulfilment of Daniel 9:24?

I recently encountered an argument by missionaries about Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, but specifically about the first verse of it: ”Seventy weeks are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, ...
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How do you determine the correct biblical date for Passover? [closed]

Why did Easter fall on Sunday about a month ago? The Jewish Passover is happening tonight (April 22, 2024) and yet the Catholic Church and Christendom celebrated Easter about a month ago. What full ...
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Religiously confused [closed]

I was adopted into a Jewish family, never felt I belonged . Had a troubled childhood, my adopted dad stuck me in a school that trained kids to become rabbis. The school wanted me to get bar mitzvahed,...
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Why do some Kiddush cups have golden dome accents on them?

When shopping for Kiddush cups, I find a lot of them have golden domes on them, such as this one from a popular Judaica store: I am confused by the golden dome accents in the cups artwork. As far as ...
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Is a Baal Teshuva required to keep the surname of his non-Jewish father?

There are some Jews who are Halachically Jewish but come from mixed backgrounds. In such cases, the Jew may carry his father's surname. Socially speaking, I can imagine such a situation causing ...
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What is the significance of Deuteronomistic and Priestly edits to the Torah once it was canonized?

I am a beginner in my studies and was researching a question on why the Israelites didn’t get circumcised in the wilderness when I found an article that left me a bit confused as to whether the Torah ...
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Do You Need A Mezonos For Taanis Bechorim?

One of the ways for firstborns to eat on Erev Pesach is to hear somebody make a Siyum. If you hear the Siyum, but didn't eat a Mezonos, and you're a Bechor - can you eat or not?
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Why do we eat Matzah to commemorate what we did when we left Egypt, when we were already commanded to do so long before we left?

In the Haggadah, we say: ⁧מצה זו שאנוּ אוכלים, על שום מה? על שום שלא הספיק בצקם של אבותינו להחמיץ עד שנגלה עליהם מלך מלכי המלכים, הקדוש ברוך הוא, וגאלם, שנאמר: ויאפו את הבצק אשר הוציאו ממצרים עגת ...
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Is vaping on Pesach allowed?

Are vapes kosher for Pesach being as the liquid, even if it would contain chometz, isn't fitting for a dog to eat?
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Is there an online pdf to the Shaar HaKollel of the Alter Rebbes reasoning to his sidur?

BH I heard a book of the Alter Rebbe's reason for his rules and decisions on his sidur was printed called Shaar HaKollel is there a place where you can view it online?
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Can you compost chametz in your backyard? If so, how?

Background Some ways to get rid of food, from most to least environmentally-friendly, are: Feeding it to animals. Backyard composting. Curbside municipal composting. Burning it in a plastic bag. ...
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No Chometz??!! Can someone please explain

We all know it is explicit Torah Isur (prohibition) to eat (and own) Chometz (leaven) during Passover, as stated in Exodus. The common explanation for this is because when the Jewish people were ...
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Is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur

According to Halacha, is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur or no? On the one hand, it is a day of affliction, so the usual mitzvah of Oneg with regards to nice food etc. is not there, but is there ...
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What is the minimum size for a vineyard to be obligated against Kilayim

According to Halacha, a vineyard is prohibited from being mixed with different fruits or seeds, also known as Kilayim. My question is what is the minimum size/shiur for a vineyard to exist by halachic ...
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Source for Jewish superstition

Growing up I was always told that there is reason in Jewish practice not to step over someone, and if one accidentally did, one should step back over them to remove the bad-I guess I would call it act....
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How Eiruv Tavshilin works and its origins [duplicate]

What is the origin of eruv tavshilin? And what is the methodology on how to apply it?
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Is one allowed to use this wine for the 4 cups?

Is Kedem’s Matok Rouge wine a viable option for the 4 cups? Link: https://liquorsgalore.com/shop/product/kedem-matuk-rouge-sft/56eb84ea69702d56541f0500?option-id=...
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Advice needed on becoming more observant as an adult [closed]

From a normative orthodox perspective, if a Jew is married to a convert who converted along with their infant in a Conservative synagogue (so not Jewish to them) which of these bad options are the &...
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Why is Baker's Yeast not chametz gamur?

The OU Pesach Guide says Brewer's Yeast is chametz gamur but that Bakers Yeast is not. Why is Bakers Yeast not chametz gamur. Is it not שְׂאֹ֖ר? Or is OU saying that chametz gamur is not the same as ...
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How to find provenance of Megillah klaf

I was cleaning out my Zayde's z"l house in Baltimore and found an old Megillat Ester klaf hidden in a drawer. We are wondering if anyone knows if there are ways to date the scroll and tell its ...
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What kinyan is done when a Rav sells his congregants' chometz to a non-Jew?

What sort of kinyan (kessef, shtar, chalipin, meshicha, etc.) does a Rav do when he sells everyone's chometz to a non-Jew? Does the non-Jew need to read everyone's shtaros?
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Library use on Chol Ha'moed: assisted checkout vs. self-checkout

Using a computer printer may or may not be allowed on Chol Ha'moed, depending on the situation. Imagine that you're borrowing some books from the public library on Chol Ha'moed. You have two options. ...
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Why is it called Lashon Hara?

Why is it called לשון הרע, the bad language, as opposed to לשון רע, simply bad language? Wouldn’t the latter be more grammatically correct and more pashut?
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Can you borrow library books on Chol Ha'moed?

Is it allowed to borrow books from the public library on Chol Ha'moed? If so, why? Please assume: The books are about secular topics (e.g. health) which you enjoy reading about. You plan to read the ...
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If one does not find chametz after saying al biur chametz and does bedikah, is it a bracha levatala?

If someone doesn't place 10 pieces of chametz for bedikah as the custom is to do, and says the bracha "al biur chametz" and then does bedikat chametz, but for some reason (maybe he cleaned ...
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Observance of mitzvot before brit milah

Many Jewish people today in the secular environment has no knowledge about the priorites toward a more religious life. If somebody discovers that he is Jewish, than what are the commandments that he ...
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Is there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah?

BH Does anyone know if there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah, the first book in Torah Mitzvah Ve Torah Or?
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May a convert/woman be the president or CEO of a tzedakah organization

According to Halacha, people who convert to Judaism or Jewish women are not permitted to have some positions of authority over born Jews. My question is, does being a president or CEO of a tzedakah ...
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What is the proper beracha for a mandarin chicken salad

Accordion to Halacha, what is the proper beracha for Jews to recite on a mandarin chicken salad? Is it shehakol, Haetz, Ha’adamah or something else?
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What is the correct order of learning the mesechta of shas from beginner level to advanced? [closed]

What order should Talmud be learned in?
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Where can I get Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?

Where can I buy Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?
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Will Moshiach need to PROVE he is a male line descendant of King David?

Would it be a requirement for Moshiach to be able to prove that he is a descendant of King David or at least have a family mesorah that he is? Or is it more of a case that once we see that someone is ...
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Can a member of a minyan object to a shaliach tzibur?

Does the member of a minyan have the right not to permit a shaliach tzibur who does not daven properly (e.g., someone who davens too fast, cannot be followed and skips)? See Shulchan Aruch 51:12.
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Is an Ashkenaz home allowed to cook rice in a pesach pot before the hag?

On hag Pesach, if one finds rice in a cooking pot, the rice can be removed and the food eaten (as I understand the halacha). Does that mean one can cook rice in a pesadik pot before Pesach? (Assume ...
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Guide for which parts of the Maggid (in the Seder) need to be done in Hebrew?

I have heard that most of the Maggid can just be done in your native language, but there are some parts which should be done in Hebrew. Which parts are these? (sources if possible, please)
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Praying on plane [closed]

I will be traveling to a Passover program for the 2nd days the plane is scheduled to leave at about 6:30 am in Los Angeles to Mexico should I put Tefilen on the plane or pray in my seat and then do ...
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