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Questions seeking sources for a given practice in general or in specific Jewish communities, alternatively seeking the location of a specific source of a teaching/idea/philosophy based on Torah writings.

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Is the Afikoman meant to be a substitute for Korban Pesach?

I don't recall, offhand, what the purpose of the Afikoman is. Is it supposed to "represent" the Pesach sacrifice? If so - I'm curious about a common instruction I see in many Hagaddot. It says that ...
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Is there any reason to deny aliens according to Judaism?

Is there any reason that we couldn't believe in life on another planet somewhere? Is there any source that indicates to the contrary?
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Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin

I'm trying to find a Maharal on Eruv Tavshilin in which he explains that olam hazeh (this world) is symbolized by the regular weekday embodied in erev yom tov (the eve of the holiday) in which one "...
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What is »Lischuosècho Kiwisi Adoschem.«?

In "Der Golem" of Gustav Meyrink, Schemajah Hillel says: Einen Augenblick versank er in Nachdenken, und ich hörte ihn einen hebräischen Satz murmeln: »Lischuosècho Kiwisi Adoschem.« In the ...
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Why do some congregations only make noise at certain occasions of Haman?

Attended a Purim Seudah tonight at a Sephardic shul where most of the attendees are Israeli. They only made noise during three (maybe four?) times Haman's name was mentioned. I am aware of the ...
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Do angels make requests of G-d?

Do angels make any requests of G-d besides praising and thanking Him?
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Sefarim on sci-fi/fantasy theoretical Halachic questions

Here on Mi Yodeya we have a long and extensive (and growing!) list of sci-fi and fantasy questions. Have there been any Rabbanim who have written complete Sefarim on these kinds of topics?
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Origin of pigs as a species

I heard an explanation about pigs that they were not included in Noah's ark. They were in fact from worms. One ate the other and kept growing. Is there any authentic source for this?
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Vashti was never Killed

I was told that the Chacmie Tzarfas said that Vashti was never Killed Does anyone have a source for this view in a shiur or inside? Rashi (Esther 1:19) says that she was executed.
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Source of Hirsch Vayikra 23:15

I'm looking for a english translation of Hirsch his full commentary on VaYikra 23:15. Does anyone knows where i could find it?
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Source for Higher Infant Mortality Rates in the Winter of a Leap Year?

At the shiva for my infant son, someone said that the reason we say kaparat pesha in mussaf rosh chodesh, is that to atone for the sins that cause higher rates of stillbirth, miscarriages, and infant ...
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Rabbi expenses for Mishloach Manos to his congregants

Can a Rabbi of a Shul claim back expenses for the outlay of food for mishloach Manos to give to his congregants?
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Elijah and the dying man

I remember reading long ago that the prophet Elijah sometimes will appear to a dying man pretending to be a beggar asking charity, to give the man one last chance of doing an act of tzedakah. Is this ...
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Source to make noise when Haman's name is mentioned?

Where is the source to make noise when Haman's name is read from the Megillah?
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Rav or Rebbi Acha Sar HaBirah?

R' Acha Sar HaBirah is mentioned in a few places in shas. Rashi tells us that 'Sar HaBirah' was his nickname. However, in some places his title is רב, while in other places he is mentioned as רבי. ...
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Jewish saying: “To be lenient when you should be firm is to be cruel when you could be kind.”?

I heard today there is an old Jewish saying that goes something like this: “To be lenient when you should be firm is to be cruel when you could be kind.” This, as so many Jewish ...
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Ring and kiddushin

Where did the concept of the chosson (groom) giving the kallah (bride) a ring, specifically, for kiddushin (i.e. under the chuppah) come from?
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Source for Vilna Gaon saying that music can revive the dead?

I remember learning (and even found in the 2nd to last paragraph of this article) that the Vilna Gaon said that music is so powerful that it's possible to resurrect the dead with it. Anyone have the ...
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Making a kiddush for a woman that has hard time finding shidduch

There is a belief that if one did not make a kiddush for the birth of his daughter and that woman is having a hard time finding a shidduch, then they should make a kiddush and it will help. I know ...
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Source for kedushah of the kotel?

I’ve heard before that the kedushah of the beis hamikdash went into the kosel when it was destroyed, anyone know of a source? Any other sources of the kedushah/value of the kosel in general?
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Knife Becoming Unusable By Threatening Someone With It

I have heard that if a knife is used (even for pretend) to threaten someone it is treif to use unless Neitza is done to it (being stabbed in the ground 10 times). Does anybody know of a source for ...
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Earliest source for question on timing of birth control?

I am aware of discussions in the Gemara and Rishonim of the permissibility of various methods of birth control. What I am looking for is the earliest mention of the modern day practice in which a ...
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Origin of the word “pushka” [closed]

European Jews tend to use the word “pushka” for ‘charity box’. What is the origin of the word? As far as I can tell, Slavic languages use somewhat similar sounding words for ‘container’. In ...
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Do any sources discuss reading Megillas Ester too fast?

I remember seeing a source explaining that ideally Megilla should be read somewhat fast because it is called "iggeret" (a letter), and letters are read at fast speed out loud. I've also heard the ...
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Numbers of Exaggeration in Talmud

I remember seeing an early authoritative source (Rishonim, maybe a Tosfos?) that noted which numbers are always (technically not always) used by the Rabbis to indicate exaggeration in stories (60, 300,...
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Hashem referred as Hamelech in Torah

In Megillah Esther it is said that the word Hamelech is a indirect reference to Hashem. Is there a word Hamelech or Melech in the Torah that is a reference to Hashem? Only in the five Books of ...
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Source for Cremation Specifically Not Jewish

A respected Rabbinic figure recently mentioned that one of the Rishonim - maybe Tosfos - writes that אין דרך בני ישראל לשרוף מתיהם: burning a Jew's lifeless body is not the Jewish way. Where is this ...
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Does Jewish tradition indicate that Jewish people tend to be rude?

From what I've seen many non-Jews have a stereotype of Jewish people as being rude and greedy. Is there a Jewish source (from the Bible, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, or classic Torah commentators) that ...
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What is Kishuf (“magic”)?

In order to avoid the prohibited, we must first know what it is. What is the halachic definition of Kishuf ("magic")? While I am mainly interested in sources, Svaras (reasonings) and thoughts are ...
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“There is no question in the world whose answer cannot be found in Torah”

Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin says, "There is no question in the world whose answer cannot be found in Torah." Does anyone know where the source for Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin's statement can be found?
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How do Chazal know that the descendants of a Mamzer may never marry into the general populace?

The passuk says (Devarim 23:3-4): לֹא־יָבֹ֥א מַמְזֵ֖ר בִּקְהַ֣ל יְהוָ֑ה גַּ֚ם דּ֣וֹר עֲשִׂירִ֔י לֹא־יָ֥בֹא ל֖וֹ בִּקְהַ֥ל יְהוָֽה׃ A Mamzer may not come into the congregation of Hashem; even ...
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Is the “wicked son” of the Haggadah an apostate Jew?

I've seen a few sources that seem to understand that the wicked son of the Haggadah was an apostate Jew, who converted to Christianity. See for example, this answer and linked article, as well as ...
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Source for quote - “Wherever you look there’s something to be seen”

In the film Anger Management, Dr. Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson) says: “the Talmud says ‘wherever you look there’s something to be seen’”. Any ideas what passage this quote is in reference to?
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“Children Of Miracles” quote

UPDATE: I reached out to one of the ministries listed below and was told that this was said by RABBI SCHNEERSON. So if anyone knows of a message, whether printed/published or audio/video, of Rabbi ...
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Where do we learn that students are like offspring?

Is there a quote in the Talmud that says something like "anyone who teaches a child Torah is like he is his parent?"
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Derobonon extensions of mide'oraita laws - list

In Mas. Kiddushin, 45b, the gemara discusses a woman who has undergone eirusin but the status of her nesuin is in doubt. The question arises as to whether she can (if she married a kohein) eat of his ...
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Source for not having picture taken

Is there any source, halachic or otherwise, for an aversion to having one's picture taken?
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Did Chazal mention that dragons were real? [closed]

Seeing that "The R”i mi-Lunil describes the drakon (in avoda Zara 42b) as a snake-like creature with wings that belches smoke and fire from its throat – what we would call a dragon", were these ...
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Celebrating Rosh Chodesh & Yom tovs on Planets

Would it be possible theoretically to celebrate Rosh Chodesh and Yomim Tovim on planets that have more than one moon? As the Jewish Calender is based on the moon.
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Source for Tehillim as remedies to specific problems

I have this (rather low-quality) "mini-siddur" e-book that I found long time ago. Among other things, it has a page called "Directory of Tehillim", which is a table where each Tehillim is assigned a ...
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Practical Kabbalah

Amongst us are many such charlatans, that can read your mind and know your soul's essence. My question is, how? How do these "people" know how to do such holy acts!? Is there a book that teaches a ...
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“The Torah shall be my profession” or “my faith”?

Following Modeh Ani in the Siddur, some recite a number of sentences (some of which are verses from the Torah): תּורָה צִוָּה לָנוּ משֶׁה מורָשָׁה קְהִלַּת יַעֲקב. שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ ...
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Purim Katan in Adar I but no Purim Gadol in Adar II

Wikipedia says the following: During leap years on the Hebrew calendar, Purim is celebrated in the second month of Adar... The 14th of the first Adar is then called Purim Katan ("Little Purim" in ...
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Did Yonah Hanavi destroy Ninveh?

I was reading a book called "Those who Returned" by R Yisrael Klapholtz and He writes that 40 years after the initial story of Yonah, Hashem had Yonah return to Ninveh and destroy it. Is there a ...
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Looking for the source of a saying on “redemption being like a candle in the daylight”

I'm looking for the source for the saying that goes something like: "celebrating the first redemption in the yemos hamoshiach will be like lighting a candle in the daylight".
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Source for shuls flying in yemos hamoshiach?

My son mentioned to me that he learned in school that when Moshiach comes all the shuls (and schools?) will miraculously fly to Eretz Yisroel. What is the source of this idea?
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Was Haftarah prophesied on Motzei Shabbos?

Shlomo Carlebach, in the YouTube video for his song נחמו נחמו עמי, claims that it is well known that 'according to our tradition', the prophet prophesied the הפטרה for a given week on the Motzei ...
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Does ישב בשער־המלך imply some sort of royal position

In Esther 2:19 Mordechai is described as ישב בשער־המלך sitting at the gate of the king. I recall learning that this implied that Mordechai held some sort of royal/official government position. I ...
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Is idolatry more than the worship of inanimate objects?

Many rabbis (mostly, if not only, non-traditional, I believe) are giving us new interpretations of the word “idolatry”. We sometimes hear that the pursuit of material possessions is worship of wealth;...
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Did the Kohen Gadol wear Tzitzit? [duplicate]

When reading about the Kohen Gadol's 8 garments you don't see any mention of Tzitzit! Is it mentioned anywhere if the Kohen Gadol wore Tzitzit? I know that a man is only obligated to wear Tzitzit on ...