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Who is הרב הנאמ"ן?

I was learning the sefer אור ההלכה on hilchos Shabbos and he quotes someone as הרב הנאמ"ן. Does anyone know who that is?
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Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid?

Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid? The longer version is: Where in the Torah, as according to the rabbis, is there a concept or a mitzvah that states, something like, ...
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Where did the ancient rabbis say that reading הספרים החיצונים is forbidden? [closed]

Accordinng to wikpedia : Apocrypha in Judaism Certain circles in Judaism, such as the Essenes in Judea and the Therapeutae in Egypt, were said to have a "secret" literature (see Dead Sea ...
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Can I stack Sifrei Chumash out of order?

The Shulchan Arukh (Y.D. 282:19) discusses stacking various sefarim. There it is stated that one should place a Chumash over other books of the Tanakh. Suppose I have a set of Chumashim with each book ...
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Calling the Police on a fellow Jew in the United States [duplicate]

Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to call the police on a fellow Jew if a person is threatened with imminent violence in the United States. I know there is an issue with informing on a fellow ...
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How far does the mother have to fly away to fulfill the mitzva of Shiluach Haken?

Doe the mother bird need to actually go away from the area of the nest or as long as it is removed from the nest it's fine even if it is in the immediate vicinity or right next to it.
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Would someone please characterize Shabbat Shirah

I am fairly unfamiliar with Judaism and I happened upon a special Sabbath that I had not seen before. It occurs in late January or early February and is known as Shabbat Shirah. I would appreciate it ...
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Was Albert Einstein a Heretic? [closed]

Why isn’t Albert Einstein a heretic? He said: “I believe in Spinoza’s G-d who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a G-d who concerns Himself with fates and actions of human ...
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Is davening/learning in a prison cell allowed?

In most prison/custody cells in the UK, and likely elsewhere in the world, there is no seperation between the living/sleeping area and the toilet. Is a person allowed to daven or learn Torah in such a ...
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Is the direction of Tefila (temple) always in the direction of sunrise?

Would it be right if I say that the direction of Tefila (temple) is always in the direction of sunrise?
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Taking advantage of cultural customs: Stealing or not?

In Persian culture, there is a principle named taarof in which if something is being offered to you, you must decline it, even if you want it. The giver will ask again if you would like the object but ...
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If someone damaged/steals your property, is it better to forgive or is it better to litigate? [closed]

What mitzvah is there in either case?
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Should one rend a garment when hearing an important teaching ‘late’?

I noticed that Yoshiyahu HaMelech tore his clothes when hearing Torah ‘late’ (2 Melachim 22:11). Presumably, because he realized he had been ignorant of what the Torah said and he now realized he had ...
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The daughter of a Bas Levi and a Gentile?

If a Bas Levi has a son with a gentile, the son does not need a pidyon haben. In the case of a daughter born between a Bas Levi and a gentile, is the daughter of that union a Bas Levi or an Yisrael? ...
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IDF ceremony on the Temple Mount

Last year someone sent me this video. It shows an IDF "misdar", a kind of military formation/inspection/ceremony (not really sure how to translate it) on the Temple Mount after it was freed ...
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Mourning for a Noahide Father

This question is different than others I've read regarding mourning a Non-Jewish parent. I'm specifically interested in the case of a Noahide father and a Jewish mother who have divorced. What I ...
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If I make a bracha on food and it falls out of my hand, do I need a new bracha on the rest of the food?

Let's say I am planning on eating some nuts. I hold one in my hand and make the bracha. Then, before I can eat it, it falls out of my hand and gets ruined. If I right away take another nut from the ...
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Music and Image Copyright [duplicate]

Is the consensus of posekim that listening to copyrighted music online is permissible? Am I allowed to derive benefit from copyright-infringing video with copyrighted music and images?
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EULAs Not Binding: Source [closed]

My Rav told me that an end-user license agreement (even if it says "licensed, not sold") in software is not binding. Can someone provide a source?
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How much should a person eat on Chol Hamoed, Shabbos and Yom Tov?

The Tanya said food eaten on Shabbos is automatically elevated. I hear from a chossid that people should not do hiskafia on shabbos. However, the local Rosh Yeshiva said that eating more is not a ...
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Someone who doesn't sell chametz gamur, yet accidentally put it with things to be sold

The following is purely hypothetical (;-)). Someone has the custom to not sell chametz gamur before Pesach, ie. real chametz items like cakes, cookies, bread, etc. They only sell things that might ...
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Sources used by Maimonides in Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1

In Mishneh Torah-Avodat Kochavim 1:1 Rambam states: "During the times of Enosh, mankind made a great mistake, and the wise men of that generation gave thoughtless counsel. Enosh himself was one ...
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Gentile Writing Devar Torah [closed]

I am a gentile and I wish to write a commentary on Bereshis 1 that digs somewhat deeply into the Torah. May I do this?
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Non Kohen Blessing a Kohen

Is it permissible for a non Kohen such as an Israelite or a Levi to give any type of blessing to a Kohen?
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How does Rav Zevin see evidence of post-Churban editing in Vetechazena?

In HaMoadim BeHalachah, page 371, Rav Shlomo Zevin endorses the idea raised by Rav Yitzchak Isaac HaLevy that the tefillot were established before the destruction of the Second Temple. However, he ...
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The prohibition of “Bekhukoteyem” (in their likeness) and the Jewish architecture

"Rabbi Yehuda says: One who did not see the great synagogue [deyofloston] of Alexandria of Egypt never saw the glory of Israel: They said that its structure was like a large basilica, with a ...
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Is there a scriptural prohibition of establishing more than one Temple?

I'm aware of the fact that traditionally, there was one Mishkan and, derivatively, one Temple. I completely understand the logic of it - one nation, one God, one Temple. On the other hand, there are ...
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Is a gnome avodah zara?

Are orthodox Jews allowed to have a garden gnomes in their yards? On the one hand, gnomes are fully 3d, but they don't represent any cogent idolatrous practices.
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Does Judaism say if you are fat you should have a diet?

Does Judaism say if you are fat you should have a diet? Moderator's Note: As with all content on Mi Yodeya, if this question is practically relevant to you, please don't rely directly on any ...
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When is leniency allowed in treating sick people on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

Fourteen Israeli Sephardic rabbis have ruled that video-seders are acceptable during a pandemic. They based their ruling on the fact that halacha allows treating sick people on Shabbat even if their ...
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Justifications for why God cares about small Halakhic minutiae [duplicate]

How do we explain why God cares about how we perform small, seemingly insignificant details (e.g. alternating hands when washing, right shoe before left) of life? Do any Rishonim or Acharonim, ...
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Items not labeled Kosher for Passover [duplicate]

What halachic concern(s) are there with items which are 100% non chametz and do not contain chametz (e.g. olive oil - or for that matter avocado, cottonseed and whatever other types of oils, pure ...
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Responding to Christians [closed]

As I am approaching the completion of gerus, HaShem has brought me a new wave of challengers. Old friends who were drawn to Christianity have began contacting me. A conversation was initiated about a ...
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If one does a Bedikah of a school building on the night of the 14th does one say a Bracha? [duplicate]

If one does a Bedikah of a school building on the night of the 14th does one say a Bracha?
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Could Rat-X be conceivably chametz?

Actual rat poison is not suitable as pet food and presumably would have no concern as chametz, even to warrant sale by those who sell products that have a slight risk of chametz content (see here; see ...
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

Although there are numerous customs, some have the custom that all present at the Seder - including women - recite Kiddush together. On a year such as this, where pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, what ...
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Why do we pray to be saved from Ayin Hara if we don't believe in it?

The Gemara says in Pesachim 110b כְּלָלָא דְמִילְּתָא כׇּל דְּקָפֵיד קָפְדִי בַּהֲדֵיהּ וּדְלָא קָפֵיד לָא קָפְדִי בַּהֲדֵיהּ וּמִיהוּ לְמֵיחַשׁ מִיבְּעֵי. The general rule is that anyone who is ...
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Non-medical N95 / KN95 / FFP2 masks, beards, shaving, Chol Ha'moed, and the Omer

Background information There's no longer a shortage of non-medical N95 / FFP2 masks. Anyone who wants enhanced protection against COVID can now get some. Despite some rumors to the contrary, these ...
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Are we required to defend the omniscience of Hashem? [closed]

Commenting on Bereishit 6:6, Rashi provides examples for defending the Omniscience of HaShem by stating: "The following extract from the Midrash Rabbah I am writing in order that you may know how ...
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Is there a Jewish way of war?

Christian scholars have been writing about war for centuries. The "just war theory" is perhaps the greatest contribution that Christians have made to the moral study of war. This got me ...
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Can you eat foods during Passover, if you already opened and ate from the package before Passover?

Let's say that a person opens a jar of pickles that is kosher for Passover, and eats from it during the week before Passover starts. Can the jar still be used during Passover?
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National censuses in the Diaspora

Shalom. It is census time in my country (the U.K.). I have been wondering how Jews have historically dealt with these requests on the part of foreign governments. Obviously the members of one’s ...
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Non pesach matzoh on erev pesach

I have heard that matzoh produced specifically with the intention that it will not be used on pesach is not included in the prohibition of eating matzoh on erev pesach. This seems to be based upon the ...
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If I have a relative / friend on miyodea, may I upvote his questions/answers? [closed]

If I upvote a friend / relatives question on miyodea, I will not be doing it solely because I like his question or answer. Is this in a way like a koroiv (relative) who is forbidden to give testimony ...
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Does food absorb a chametz ta'am if there is no heat (or equivalent) involved?

This is a case where I am fairly certain that I know the practical halacha, but don't understand the issues underlying the practice. Let's say you chop up some apples and nuts before Pesach on a ...
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The history of Hilchos Lashon Hora

I am having a hard time finding sources for Hilchos Lashon Hora from the Rishonim and Achronim (or further back). Does anyone know of good sources for Hilchos Lashon Hora from before the Chofetz Chaim?...
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What is halachic rationale for separate Passover dishes?

Why separate dishes for Passover? I understand milk and meat dishes. I understand how hot and sharp can transmit treifness, how "noten ta'am l'fgam" works (I think). It all makes sense. But ...
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Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews?

Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews? For example https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Yoreh_De'...
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Is Avodah Zarah still the great danger that it once was? [duplicate]

I have no direct sources, but I seem to recall that various Chassidic rabbis, maybe others too, have taught that idolatry no longer has any real, or effective power. I think this is limited to Jews, ...
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Continuing a meal once chametz is prohibited

One starts a bread meal on the morning of erev pesach. One finishes eating all of the bread (and removes all crumbs etc.) before the end of the day's fourth hour, but wants to continue the meal by ...

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