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Need to treat a kippah respectfully?

Do we need to treat a kippah with more respect than a normal hat? I frisbeed a couple of kippahs across the room to a friend and he became indignant at me throwing them on the floor. I remember as ...
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What does Kadosh really mean?

What do the terms קדוש (Kadosh), קדושים, קדושה, and קדיש really mean?
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Does the act of masturbation cause a change in one's spiritual/religious status vis-a-vis what he may and may not do?

Obviously masturbation is a very serious sin. However, if someone has already transgressed that sin, does his status change vis-a-vis things like learning Torah or davening? Does he need to go to a ...
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Cleaning chanukia in a bathroom?

The easiest way I have found to get candle wax off a metal chanukia is with a stream of hot water. The wax melts and runs off with the water. One kettle of hot water is not enough to clean it all, ...
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what is “kodesh”?

What does the word קֹדֶשׁ (sometimes קודש), kodesh, mean? Its form is that of a noun, like אֹכֶל or בֹּקֶר or לֹבֶן. But קדושה is a noun, and (I'm pretty sure) it means "the state/quality of being ...
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The Yiddish Language and its Sanctity

Rav Avrohom Schorr in his Sefer HaLekach V'HaLevuv al HaTorah (5763) for on Parshas Noach the following: (Took a picture because there is no online copy available) (Rough Translation by myself) ...
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Status of stones that fell out of the Kotel

On the day after Tisha B'Av 5778 a 400Kg (estimated) stone fell off the Kotel. It was subsequently moved - for safekeeping - close to the Gate of the Moors, a.k.a. the Mughrabi Gate. Meanwhile, the ...
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Dr. Bronner's soap

If you read the label of a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap you will find--as I was flabbergasted to find--that the very last words are a whimsical English translation of "Shema Yisroel." Dr. Bronner ...
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How can I make the experience of eating more holy?

I am looking for advice on ways to infuse the experience of eating with holiness. Please only provide answers that are sourced.
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How does “Elokim” (“אלקים”) solve the problem?

Please seriously pardon my lack of Hebrew skills. If "א-ל" is already a shem Hashem (to the point where in many contexts we might say or write "קל" - "Keyl"), how is it OK to leave the א-ל intact at ...
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Holiness in Intimacy

My understanding of one functionality of blessings is that they help one to take a moment and focus one's intent on the Creator and on one's higher purpose. This idea is especially poignant when one ...
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Proper way for a man to urinate while standing

Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh, citing the Talmud Bavli (Niddah 13B), states that a man must avoid holding his member when urinating (Oraḥ Ḥayim 3:14). That is, holding me'atarah u'lema'alah is forbidden ...
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Where does the Chasam Sofer z”l state that the Megillah is holier than the Torah?

I once heard a lecture from Rav Moshe Wolfson shlita, where he said in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the Megillah has more kedushah (holiness) than Toras Moshe. Does anyone know the source for ...
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What is the source of 'Ma'alin bekodesh'?

Frequently, in halacha we see the rule of מעלין בקודש- loosely translated as "we go 'upwards' in holiness." One example of this application is that one may use a parchment of tefillin to fix a Torah ...
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How did Moshe know that Nadav and Avihu were greater than either himself or Aharon?

In Vayikra 10:3 after the two sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, were killed, Moshe said to Aharon “This is what the Hashem said, saying: I will be sanctified through those near to Me, and before all ...
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What was Moshe's status after Aharon became Kohein Gadol?

According to the commentary in my Stone Chumash (p. 474) on Sh'mot, 29, from the 23rd of Adar, when the Yemei Miluim began, Moshe performed the sacrificial service and "had the status of a Kohen Gadol....
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BS"D in the bathroom

I noticed my shampoo says בס״ד on the bottle. Is having it in the bathroom, etc., a problem? (My guess is no, or else they wouldn't put it on there, but still.) Related: Dr. Bronner's soap
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What kavanah should you have during *Atah Kadosh*?

The third blessing of the amidah, Atah Kadosh, seems mysterious to me: You are holy and your name is holy, and the holy ones bless you all day. Blessed are you Hashem, the Holy God. Is there any ...
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Downgrading clothing from Shabbos to Weekday [duplicate]

Is there anything wrong with buying a new hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) for Shabbos, and then taking one's old Shabbos hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) ...
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Why is prior to creation called holy?

In Mechilta (to ex. 12.16), while discussing whether or not work is forbidden on chol hamoed, the time before and after the six days of creation are referred to as holy. ששת ימי בראשית יוכיחו שיש ...
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Welcoming someone back after a visit to Israel

Is it proper to say "Welcome back" after someone visits Israel because of the lower level of Kedussah between Israel and Chutz LaEretz?
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Christian Bible Holiness?

Does the Christian Bible have Kedushah? It does have the entire Tanach in it, just with an additional part. Does this make it lose its Kedushah? I'm asking about a single-volume printing.
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Targum of the Peace Offering

Leviticus makes mention of the korban shelamim, the peace offering, for the first time in chapter 3. Both Targum Onkelos and Targum Pseudo Jonathan translate this as נכסת קודשיא, literally 'holy ...
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Changing customs from a Holy place to a non-Holy place

The mishnah in Pesachim (4:1) says: הַהוֹלֵךְ מִמְּקוֹם שֶׁעוֹשִׂין לִמְקוֹם שֶׁאֵין עוֹשִׂין, אוֹ מִמְּקוֹם שֶׁאֵין עוֹשִׂין לִמְקוֹם שֶׁעוֹשִׂין, נוֹתְנִין עָלָיו חֻמְרֵי מָקוֹם שֶׁיָּצָא מִשָּׁם ...
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Is smell a spiritual sense?

I once learned that smell is not like the other senses of the body. That it is a sort-of holy sense. One of the reasons was that while the other senses are somewhat necessary for the body, smell is ...
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Is Holiness an achievable goal for an individual?

The Torah, at Lev. 19:2, teaches "You shall be holy for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy." What is holiness in this context? Is it an achieveable goal, or must we observe the commandments perfectly? If ...
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Why do we say fear God because of the Benefits? Shouldnt it be Leshem Shomayim

It says (Tehilim 34:10): יראו את ה' קדושיו כי אין מחסור ליראיו Why do we tell the holy ones to fear God because they will lack nothing? The Mishnah (Avos 1:3) says one should serve God without ...
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Shemiras einayim & non-essential trips

What heterim are there for people to go on non-essential trips that will inevitably result in breaches of shemiras einayim and machshava. I heard on a recent Headlines podcast that Reb Moshe Feinstein ...
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Who should NOT accept upon himself a voluntary fast?

Taanit 12b states that only if one has the ability is fasting positive. The Shulchan Aruch (YD 245:17) states that a melamed a Torah teacher of children should not fast, (see Aruch ha-Shulchan) a ...
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Could a Torah Scroll Be Writtin in Ktav Ivri (Paleo Hebrew)?

The Talmud (ibid) brings different opinions about the origin of the two in regards to how was the Torah initially written. It is agreed by all that the language has remained the same, Hebrew – ...
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Can Holiness Be Retroactively Withdrawn?

Without getting into the debate of Ashurith (Modern Hebrew) vs K'thav Ivri (Paleo Hebrew), let's just say for the sake of argument that Paleo Hebrew was the original Hebrew. It is known that the ...
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Kedusha as pertains to G-d

Throughout our prayers we talk about G-d's Kedusha. For example, we say "Ata kadosh", "Nekadesh es shimcha", etc. Kedusha is generally translated as "holiness". Holiness, in turn, generally refers to ...
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Can Angels “fall”?

According to this answer, the Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer (among other works) references an idea that angels "fell" -- were somehow separated from their holiness and "became" human. This answer states ...
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Which other lands (besides Eretz Israel) have Kedushas Ha'aretz?

I recently read this in a quasi-responsum online: "Kilayim is specific to EY and areas that Hazal determined to have Q'dushas Ha'aretz. Outside of this zone, Kilayim is not applicable." (Source: ...
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Stacking Jewish books in order of holiness

Assume I have the following books and no room to store them standing up. Being a good Jew, you know that the holier books go on top of those of lesser holiness. Here are 10 books: 1) Gemara Kesubos;...
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Geniza for a carton packing?

Does a carton box, in which seforim are sold into (a shas for example), needs geniza?
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Tetragrammaton in Non-Jewish Books

If there was a New Testament in Hebrew and it contained the Tetragrammaton in it, how would you get rid of it? Obviously it cannot be buried next to Sifrei Torah or other Holy works.
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Can a previously used Aron Kodesh be used a Sefarim closet?

Someone in my neighborhood wants to donate a used Aron Kodesh to a shul. There is a shul in my neighborhood that I thought could use it, but they have one, already. But, I'm wondering if they would be ...
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What does Rabenu Tam think is really the source for a minyan comprising ten?

We have two Biblical sources that show by deduction than "ceremonial" acts involving k'dusha must be done in a quorum of at least ten. One pasuk is the primary one cited in the Talmud Y'rushalmi - ...
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Printed blessings “in” a bathroom

Assuming that one is forbidden from taking Judaic materials into a bathroom (referenced here https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/60768/source-for-keeping-holy-books-out-of-bathroom and here ...
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Does a Talmudic dictionary have kedusha?

May one place a Talmudic dictionary like the Otzar Rashei Teivos on top of other holy sefarim? I had always assumed that it has the status of a sefer, but others have expressed doubts on this issue.
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Does anybody link being Kadosh to honoring parents?

I've asked a lot of questions about the seemingly inferior position of the Mitzvas of honoring parents in Judaism despite its importance, and this is another one: The Torah clearly annexes being ...
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How does tashmish kedusha arise/operate?

We can use tefillin and their accessories as a case in point. The plastic, protective cover for my tefillin shel rosh broke and I replaced it. The question arises, does this broken plastic box have ...
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“Upper Level Teshuva” for Zera LeVatala

In the Tanya, Iggeret HaTeshuva Perek 4, the Ba'al HaTanya writes that the statement "there is no teshuva for spilling seed" applies only to "lower teshuva" ("re-attaching the second hei to Hashem's ...
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Hebrew being Lashon HaKodesh, is the inclusion and exclusion of certain phonemes and sounds in the language significant?

For instance, the English sounds of "J", "W","Th", and "Ch" are for the most part unused in Hebrew. Although as an exception, I've seen a Yemenite Chazan use some of these sounds while reading the ...
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What is the obligation of “Kedusha” (Holiness?)

The verse in Leviticus (19:2) says "you shall be holy" what is the parameter of this and to what degree is it binding. Rambam (Sefer Hamitzvos shoresh 4) writes that is is a general commandment to ...
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Kedusha during relations

I have heard that the highest potential for kedusha and the highest potential to experience or perceive yichud Hashem is during relations. 1- Is there a source for this idea? 2- Assuming that this ...
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How should one treat important books of Judaism?

I was considering buying a version of the Sefer Yetsirah, but wondering how I should treat it. It's not the Tanach, so I suppose it probably doesn't require being as careful. Even though my question ...
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Kedushah vs. Simḥah

As pointed out here, and noted in the comments, there is no Taḥanun recited the entire month of Nisan. According to MB 429:2(7) it's because of Kedushah. I was wondering if someone can weigh in on ...