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Were names of children often chosen as a reminder an essence or attribute of God?

Such examples might be Abel and Daniel. Such names would yield meaning and recall of Truth, such as Daniel's name meaning "God Judges" or for Abel's meaning "God breathes" or "...
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Seeming contradiction if Rabbi Yochanan had kids

There's a well-known gemarra in Berachos 5b that says that Rabbi Yochanan buried ten of his sons. There's also another story with Rabbi Yochanan in Yevamos 96b. He was upset that his student didn't ...
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Children in the Temple

I am currently evaluating a Christian writing called the "Gospel of James" which is not even considered reliable by the Christians. I would like to know whether it is possible that something ...
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According to Halacha, are there rules for practicing celibacy, living a life as a monk or nun? Or is it simply prohibited? [duplicate]

Having children (or being "fruitful") is considered the first mitzvah and commandment, and is considered an "obligation" according to Halacha - but are there any rules for those ...
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Are gentiles included in the mitzvah of having children? And would a gentile who fathered children need to have Jewish children after conversion? [duplicate]

In the literature of the 7 mitzvot bnai noach, is procreation a subcategory of one, perhaps arayot?
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Is a child born to a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother, considered a non-Jew in the same regard as a child born to two non-Jewish parents?

I thought to myself it must be, in general, considered differently in Judaism, but I haven't found written sources for that yet. Is the first considered differently in the Torah than the second?
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Women giving birth daily ( Olam Ha-Ba )

I have read on an article that in the world to come , every day women will bear children and I want to know if this is true and if so where it says that in the Mishnah.
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Custom of Children to recite selichot

I've heard that sefardic Children aren't obligated in reciting Selichot, would you please provide me a sefardic source (according to the ruling of Maran Rabbeinu Ovadya Yosef) for it?
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Is having sex not for the purpose of making children allowed according to Halacha?

In This answer one user says (on the topic of Judaism): the only reason why one should ever have sex is to have children with their spouse However another user disputes this I was wondering which ...
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May one play music for a baby during the Omer?

2-year-olds love to listen to recorded nursery rhymes. Are there any sources discussing playing nursery rhymes that include background music during the omer?
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Friday Night Priestly Blessing When Children Away

Are you allowed to bless your children on Friday night when they are not in your presence? I recalled reading this somewhere but I have a mental blank as to what the answer is (I think somewhere in ...
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Capital crimes committed by minors

Shalom. I am uneasy about bringing this up, but you may remember the tragic case of James Bulger, a two year-old boy who was murdered by two ten year-olds in the U.K. in 1993 CE. May James rest in ...
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Why Isn't There a Tefila for Fertility?

Within Shmoneh Esrai we daven for everyone of these items below, except for childbirth. Why? R' Yochanan said: Three keys the Holy One blessed be He has retained in His own hands and not entrusted ...
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Where can I find the Halacha that a scribe who is unsure of a letter on a sacred text, can ask the opinion of a young child versed in the aleph-Bet?

I was told about a law that a scribe who is unsure about a letter in a mezuzah/Torah/tefillin, can ask a child who is versed in Aleph-Bet if it is Kosher or not. Where can I find it?
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May a Jew act as a godparent to a Christian child?

A Jewish friend was recently asked to be serve as a Godparent (Godfather) to the child of his Christian friend. I would like to know if a Jew may accept such a request and if not why not.
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Laws of inheritance according to the Torah still applicable?

I was wondering if the inheritance Torah laws were still applicable in Western countries like US or France. First question For example, in France, by law a parent can not disinherit one of his ...
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Fulfilling commandment to be fruitful & multiply w/ a Gentile? [duplicate]

If a Jewish man without children lives in a place where there are no other Jews and does not have the resources to leave that place and move, then is he permitted to fulfill the Torah commandment to ...
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and daughters were born to them (bereishis 6:1)

There is a strange way of saying that the human population increase on parsha Bereishis (6:1). The pasuk says: וַֽיְהִי֙ כִּֽי־הֵחֵ֣ל הָֽאָדָ֔ם לָרֹ֖ב עַל־פְּנֵ֣י הָֽאֲדָמָ֑ה וּבָנ֖וֹת יֻלְּד֥וּ ...
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Children of post-adulterous forbidden union - mamzerim?

This question discusses the marriage of a man with a previously married woman who committed adultery with that man and subsequently divorced. Such a marriage is forbidden. What would be the status of ...
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How common are Levirate marriages today?

Under Jewish law, if a woman's husband dies without giving her a child, the brother of the deceased husband has an obligation to give his wife a child. In the event that they don't wish to go through ...
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A puzzle in the Steinsaltz’ Talmud commentary

It is written in Shabbos 83a in the Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud that gentiles are designated the status of zav. The commentary explains that the reason is “So that a Jewish child will not grow ...
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Transmitting bad traits

IIRC, there was a statement made that a person who fixes their bad trait before their child is born, will not pass that trait along to their child. I'm trying to locate this, but I'm not having any ...
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Are children permitted to help build the Beis Hamikdash?

When the Beis Hamikdash is being built, can the children help out [in any way] in its constructing? Perhaps because of their young age there would be a reason to prohibit them from helping out. In ...
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Do any poskim exempt 13-20-year-olds from Mussaf?

In Artscroll’s edition of Sefer HaChinuch (vol. 2, p. 303), they quote a discussion regarding whether women are exempt from davening Mussaf: If women are obligated as men are in all the communal ...
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Blessing children via a shaliach

Can blessing the children friday night be done via a shaliach if a child is away from home for Shabbat?
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how to get the Youth to come to shul

I had a long conversation someone in their early teens and we were discussing as to why children don’t want to come to Shul although there are youth services etc and we narrowed it down to one ...
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Seeking easy-Hebrew, high-interest books on Jewish topics for 8 year old boy

Seeking titles of books and names of authors of high-interest children's books on Jewish topics in easy Hebrew with nikudot. (Indications of reading grade level would be helpful.)
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Child marriage today

Suppose that in their infinite pubescent wisdom, a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy decided that they wanted to get married, somehow acquired a kosher ring and witnesses, performed kiddushin, ...
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Does a child get reward for Mitzvos performed

It seems non-Jews and women get reward for Mitzvot they do (even the ones they are not obligated to do)* does this apply also to a "deaf-mute, imbecile or child"? sources, please *Sifra Vayikra 18,...
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Is the father responsible to clothe and room his older children

Until the age of 6 the father is obligated to feed, clothe and room his children. And it is enforceable. Then until 13/12 he should still do it. But after 13/12 he is only obligated to do it as ...
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Conversion -- any negative implications if grandfather was a kohen?

Someone coming from a Jewish family but not halakhically Jewish (e.g., with a Jewish maternal grandfather but not grandmother) is converting through an an Orthodox conversion. That person then ...
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Seven Sons equals Gan Eden?

Is there a source for the idea that a woman who has seven boys in row gets automatic entrance to Gan Eden?
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Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children

Is it mention anywhere in the Midrash or the Mishna or the Talmud or the Gemara or other Rabbinic literature that when moshiach comes people will no longer be able to have children?
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What will the future be like in respect to populating the world?

Let’s say that we believe in the literal meaning of Midrashim. Let’s also say that we aren’t learning like the Rambam (Hil. Melachim 12:1) that, for the most part, the Messianic future will be the ...
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Why did God sanction killing everything that breathes against the 7 nations?

Why did God sanction killing everything that breathes against the 7 nations? Why did God sanction such a thing? How is every single person of these nations to blame? Deuteronomy 20:16 "However, of ...
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Cutting toddler's hair

I've got a 18-months old boy whose hair hasn't been cut yet and by now is constantly getting in front of his eyes. My wife insists that cutting a boy's hair before he is 3 is contrary to Jewish ...
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Abortion on grounds of emotional instability/wellbeing [duplicate]

Is there ever a point of emotional instability beyond which a women may have an abortion? I know all cases are different but here are some possible examples: A) she struggles too much with the ...
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Naming Children After Living People

It is a widespread Ashkenazi minhog not to name a child after someone who is living. From where can this custom be sourced? Why is this so? I would assume it is because it has some negative ...
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Putting crayons in an oven

There is a children's craft activity involving melting crayons (based on paraffin wax) onto a shaped-mold in an oven. It has not been possible to get any information about what the crayons are made of,...
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Modeh Ani - naps?

I started saying Modeh Ani with my daughter every morning which is great. She's a baby and she takes a few naps a day. Should I say it Every time she wakes up or just in the morning?
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Good Tehillim for children

Is there a good tehillim for children? I am imagining a translation, some basic commentary, and pictures. (It should also include the entire Tehillim which the artscroll childrens tehillim does not.)
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wife, child and shul [duplicate]

Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz have a child below the age of chinuch named Yaakov. Mrs. Schwartz was up late Monday. She tells her husband that she's very tired and would like to know if he can watch Yaakov ...
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