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Reducing a flame on Yom Tov

Accordion to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to reduce the strength of a flame on Yom Tov? For example, if a Jew is cooking something on a gas stove, is it permitted for them to reduce the power ...
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Should you extinguish Chanukah candles that are still lit the next night?

If someone lit Chanukah candles with enough oil/wax to last more than 24 hours and now wants to light the same Hanukiah the next day with the original candle still burning what would the proper action ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

What do we consider a 'dwelling-place' for this purpose? A house? A city/within an eruv? By this logic, if I were outside a defined 'dwelling-place' on Shabbat (say, out in the wilderness and not on ...
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how could they see the fire signals so far away?

(Please include header and footer when redistributing this material.) THE DAFYOMI DISCUSSION LIST brought to you by Kollel Iyun Hadaf of Yerushalayim Rosh Kollel: Rabbi ...
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Burning chametz when one still has chametz left over

While it is accepted that the mitzva of biur chametz can be accomplished in different ways (see e.g. Shulchan Aruch O.C. 445:1 and Mishna Berurah 445:1-2, cited here), there is also an accepted ...
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Does it matter where the flames came from in the Beit ha Mikdash?

In the Greek book commonly known as Second Maccabees (not generally recognized among Jews as being authoritative), there is a detail given about the rededication of the Second Temple where the relit ...
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Why were Chanaya, Mishael and Azarya consigned to a furnace specifically?

To the best of my knowledge burning as a punishment is not associated with a furnace anywhere in Tanach. I am not aware of any parallels in ancient near eastern religions either. I would like to know ...
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Why is the Evil Inclination Called a “fire”

In the introduction of Chomat Hadat, the Chofetz Chaim calls Yetzer Harah a "fire". Why this comparison? What that means? And where is his source for this?
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Allowance for cremation if no space in Jewish cemetery?

Is it permissible to be cremated if one does not have space for burial in a cemetery? Source, please. Note: Not related to recent events (ie coronavirus).
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Allowances for Cremation [duplicate]

Are there any Jewish sources that permit cremation? Jews generally frown upon cremation since the body was created by G-d and should be treated with respect (out of respect for G-d). However, some ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles

On the second night of Yom Tov, can one take fire from a yartzeit candle to light your Yom Tov candles?
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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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Keeping the flame going on Shabbat

In the (very) old days, when the only source of heat and cooking fire was the fireplace, how did they keep the fire going for a day on Shabbat without adding wood?
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Jewish Prophet who could bring fire from the Heaven

Was there any Jewish Prophet in the Tanach in which it is said that he was depicted as being able to send down fire from the Heavens? How did this Prophet actually die? Are there very different ...
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On Motzei Shabbat/Tisha B'Av how is the Havdalah candle extinguished?

Since during a normal Havdalah you would extinguish the Havdalah candle in the wine but none is being used because Tisha B'Av starts Motzei Shabbat, what is the proper manner with which it should be ...
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Havdallah Eish on a lightbulb

Apologies if this is a duplicate, I could not find this question on the site, or in any of the suggestions. May one say a blessing on light bulbs for shabbat is for Shabbos candles (Friday night), ...
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Does a weak flame invalidate Hanuka candles?

[I was asked to post this question by a user who doesn't have access to MY] According to the OU website The Beis Ha Levi rules that once the flame is dark and is going out, it is already as if ...
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Why were the ox and the goat intertwined before taking them out to be burnt?

Why did the Kohen Godol intertwine the ox and the goat before taking them out to be burnt as it says in the Mishnah Yoma 6 (7) בָּא לוֹ אֵצֶל פָּר וְשָׂעִיר הַנִּשְׂרָפִין. קְרָעָן וְהוֹצִיא אֶת ...
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Is there a Jewish midrash that parallels Christian tradition regarding Shavuot

I've read from a number of Christian sources that there is a Midrash pertaining to Shavuot that parallels the Christian tradition. However, I have not been able to find Jewish sources which support ...
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Impure Korban and ketoires that started to burn become completely pure

I was just in a shiur where they said that a korbon and kitoires which where tomai become tohor after part of them starts burning Where can I find this(in the gemoro and the rambam)? What is this ...
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Offset Smoker – Kli Rishon or Sheini?

An offset smoker is a device for smoking food in which the fire is in a compartment (A) which is not completely connected to the cooking area (B), as in the image below: In theory at least, parts A ...
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Gas Pilot on Yom Tov

A gas pilot stove is a stove which has a continuous flame running rather than using an electric sparker (although I believe such stoves are no longer legal). With this in mind, would it be necessary ...
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Could an Israelite allow an existing fire to remain lit on the Sabbath?

Exodus 35:3 "You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day." The key word here seems to be "kindle". Does this mean they were only restricted from starting a fire on the ...
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Has anyone derived meaning from candle flame?

Since Hanukkah, I have been attracted to the 'character' displayed by the flame of a candle. Even on Shabbat I have witnessed differences between two candles in how they burn (starting from any ...
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About Shemot 35:3

Why Shemot 35:3 is being translated as "do not burn fire" if the piel form of the verb "burn" in the Written Torah always being translated as "eradicate". Excellent example is Dvarim 21:9. If I ...
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Why a burning bush?

When G-d wanted to speak to Moshe for the first time, He grabbed Moshe's attention by showing him a burning bush that wasn't being consumed by the fire. But why this? From all the possible things to ...
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Is lighting a new flame on Yom Tov a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition? [duplicate]

Is lighting a completely new fire on Yom Tov a Biblical or a Rabbinic prohibition? Please cite your sources.
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What happened to the burning bush?

Out of idle curiosity, when I was writing something else, I started wondering what happened to the burning bush after Moses "left the scene" -- I wondered if it just kept on burning or something. Half ...
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Was the fire within each hailstone or within the hailstorm?

Vaera 9:23–24: וַיֵּט משֶׁה אֶת מַטֵּהוּ עַל הַשָּׁמַיִם וַה׳ נָתַן קֹלֹת וּבָרָד וַתִּהֲלַךְ אֵשׁ אָרְצָה וַיַּמְטֵר ה׳ בָּרָד עַל אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם׃ וַיְהִי בָרָד וְאֵשׁ מִתְלַקַּחַת בְּתוֹךְ ...
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Burning the Israeli flag [closed]

Is burning the Israeli flag a chillul Hashem? (See 1:15 in video)
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How did the Cohanim manage to walk on the Copper Mizbeach?

Copper is a very good heat conductor. In the Mishkan the outside Mizbeach was made of copper, and had a fire burning on it continuously. (Actually it's a dispute if it had 3 or 4 fires burning on it ...
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Do the Havdalah flames have to join into one?

I know that Havdalah candles are supposed to have multiple wicks, in order to form a "torch". My question is, to what extent do the flames generated from the wicks need to work together to form a ...
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What does the word "אש" in Vayikra 1:7 refer to?

אש is generally translated as "fire." However, consider Vayikra 1:7: וְנָתְנוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אֵשׁ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְעָרְכוּ עֵצִים עַל הָאֵשׁ The sons of Aharon the Kohen shall ...
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Why doesn't this gemara interpret the mishna as meaning they sell it back?

In Shabbos 120a, the Mishna (first Mishna there) is quoted as saying that after Shabbat, the people who save things from a fire (which become hefker, ownerless) can make up their payment with the ...
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In Devarim 5:5 why does Moshe connect the people's fear with not going up Mt. Sinai?

In Devarim 5:5 Moshe says: "Because you were afraid of the fire and you didn't go up the mountain..." It seems that Moshe is saying that the fear of the fire coming from the mountain was why B'nai ...
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Havdalah and fingers

As the berachah on the havdalah candle is made, I've been told, the proper thing to do is to raise your hands toward the candle with your fingers curled over your palm and look at the shadow of your ...
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Does one make bracha "borei minei besamim" on incense or spice smoke?

I know that when you smell "raw" spices, you say "borei minei besamim". Can you make this bracha on the smokey smell when these spices are being burned? Some examples: If you burn an incense stick ...
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Why are we allowed to light candles for second day yom tov if it is not ochel nefesh? [closed]

With these questions (1, 2) as partial background I still do not understand the permission to light candles, with a blessing, on the second day of Yom Tov if that lighting is not for ochel nefesh.
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amount of wood needed for the mizbeach (altar)

The Talmud (Yoma 39a) says that during the 40 years shimon hatzadik was high priest only two logs were added to the altar in the temple every day. Is this to be taken literally? Also, what was the ...
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Moshe Rabainu burning his mouth with the coals

Per this answer Moshe and the Red-Hot Coals Moshe Rabainu took the coals and placed it in his mouth and his mouth got burned. It does not mention that his hand got burned. Did his hand get burned or ...
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Why cover coals in the Temple, and what if the cover was needed?

The mishna, Tamid 5:5, indicates that there was a large container used for several things in the Temple. Two of those were that it covered hot coals that spilled on the floor every Sabbath morning, ...
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Why did Moshe ask why the bush wouldn't burn when it did?

Sh'mos 3:2–3: ‏…וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה הַסְּנֶה בֹּעֵר בָּאֵשׁ וְהַסְּנֶה אֵינֶנּוּ אֻכָּל.‏ וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אָסֻרָה נָּא וְאֶרְאֶה אֶת הַמַּרְאֶה הַגָּדֹל הַזֶּה מַדּוּעַ לֹא ...
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Should you refrain from putting ash on your forehead if your wedding coincides with Ash Wednesday?

Some brides/grooms have a custom to put ash on the forehead at their wedding as a remembrance for the destruction of the temple. Is there any halachic discussion about avoiding this practice if the ...
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How does Judaism reconcile God cannot be seen/incarnate/etc. with Pilar of Fire story? [duplicate]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillar_of_Fire_%28theophany%29 Exodus 13:21-22. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to ...
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Do cremated remains contaminate with tumas mes?

If a body is cremated, do the ashes transmit tumah as do other human remains, or does cremation render the body no longer tamei?
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If my home is on fire on Shabbos or Yom Tov, what can I do?

G-d forbid, but let's say that my house catches fire either on Shabbos or a Yom Tov. Can I call 911 or must I find a non-Jewish neighbor to call? We have an eruv. Can I take my car keys, cell phone ...
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Can I light a new fire on yom tov?

If I can transfer a fire, can I light a new fire on yom tov? What's the difference between lighting a new fire and transferring a fire? Aren't they part of the same melacha?? The melacha is to create ...
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Firefighting on shabbat

Is one allowed to be a firefighter if he might be required to work on Shabbat? or is he allowed to, in order to save lives?
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Gram Mav'ir on Yom Tov

I heard once that the poskim permit "gram mav'ir" on yom tov l'tzrich gadol. For example if someone wants to use a platta (hot plate) that they forgot to plug in they may plug it in with a Shabbos ...
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Can you explain the beginning of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer chapter 4?

At the beginning of the 4th chapter of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer, it states [my own translation]: On the second day God created the heavens (rakiyah), the angels and the fire of flesh and blood (aisho ...
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