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Why is a נשר - eagle considered שקץ - a detestable thing when its symbol is used on many holy things

The word "שקץ" is described by R. Samson Rafael Hirsch as follows, "...the prohibition against eating (an eagle, or other similar birds) is termed שקץ, such eating is antithetical to ...
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Do we dwell in Sukkos to remind us of the place called Sukkos?

Shemos 12:37 וַיִּסְעוּ בְנֵי⁠ יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵרַעְמְסֵס סֻכֹּתָה כְּשֵׁשׁ⁠ מֵאוֹת אֶלֶף רַגְלִי הַגְּבָרִים לְבַד מִטָּף. The Children of Israel travelled from Ramses to Sukkot, about six hundred ...
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Apple in honey atoning for adams sin

I've heard that the apple dipped in the honey is a segulah to atone for the sin of Adam. What is the source for, and a more detailed explanation of the apple dipped in the honey atoning for the sin of ...
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Is there any symbolism associated with Hebrew being written right to left?

I am interested to know if there is any religious meaning associated with Lashon HaKodesh being written from right to left as opposed to left to right
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Peacock and date palm symbolism

In episode 2 of Simon Schama's documentary 'The Story of the Jews' ('Among Believers'), he introduces the art of the Vigna Randanini catacombs. In talking about the imagery and the connection between ...
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What is the symbol on R. Haim Huri's clothing?

Hakham Haim Huri (1885 – 1957) was a Tunisian dayan that founded a yeshibhah in Djerba and wrote several books on Torah, Shas, derashoth, responsa, etc. I came across two different photographs of him ...
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In which Jewish book does it say that the body is like a house and the mouth is it's entry?

Looking for a Jewish source for this concept.
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Avner ben Ner: significance of "Ner" in both parts of his name?

King Saul had a general named Avner ben Ner. The "ner" in his first name is very similar to his last name. His name thus means father of light/son of light. Is there any commentary/...
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Why is red wine prescribed for Seder, and what does it represent?

I have not seen specific references describing what the red wine represent in the Seder, and why the red wine is preferred. I know Moses did not write about it, but the tradition of the cup developed ...
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What is the connection between Lavan and Lavan?

We all know Lavan was a bad person. He tried to kill Yaakov, he enslaved Yaakov, tried to cheat Yaakov out of his wages, he gave Yaakov the wrong wife, and many more. We even begin the hagaddah with a ...
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History of Chabad Moshiach flag

I'm working up a presentation on flags in our history, and I need information on the unofficial but commonly displayed Chabad Moshiach flag. Does anyone know when and where it was first flown, and ...
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How can a Sukkah be used as a protection from "Storm and Rain"?

According to the last verse of "Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 4", a Sukkah is "for a shelter and for a covert from stream and from rain" (Chabad) or "for a refuge and for a ...
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What are the references or terms for the word sukkah?

Which words or descriptions serve as references for the word sukkah? I will accept any and all sources that are accepted here at mi yodeya.
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Significance of mussaf korbanos

Is there a general overview and explanation available anywhere (Chazal, rishonim, achronim, contemporary) about how the system of mussaf korbanos are built? I mean, the significance and meaning ...
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Which Books in English Go into Kabbalistic Depth of the Beit Hamikdash?

Looking for a reference book in English from the mekorot on every aspect of the Beit Hamikdash.
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Source for the lion as a symbol for divine judgement?

I recall hearing that the lion symbolically represents Middat haDin, the attribute of divine justice, but I don't know of a source for this idea. Is there a source which states that the lion is a ...
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In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean to "stretch out a line"?

In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean to "stretch out a line"? Rashi says that it refers to a "line of judgment": What might a "line of judgment" be?
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Is there a spiritual significance to the fact one of the most heavily Jewish neighborhoods in NYC is "Crown" Heights? [closed]

This may seem like a strange question but I was curious if there was any religious significance to this. Possibly, Jews following the opinion of a Rabbi who saw the name as signifying a place of ...
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Why does the word milah mean both circumcision and word?

What is the rabbinic explanation why the word milah means both circumcision and word? To translate this into Hebrew is quite interesting, it would read like, Why does the milah milah mean both ...
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Picture by R' Aryeh Kaplan on the front cover of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader

Hello does anyone know of anyone I could contact or where I could look with regard to an explanation of the painting on the front of the Aryeh Kaplan Reader by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan himself?
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Seeing a Torah scroll fall in a dream

What significance or symbolism, if any, is there if a person sees a torah scroll fall to the floor in a dream?
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What is the significance of the 7 spices in Shir Hashirim 4:14? Why are they the chief spices? More so than the ones in the Keterot?

In Shir Hashirim chapter 4, verse 14 states: "Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all frankincense trees, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices." What is the significance ...
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Is there a spiritual/symbolic significance as to why the black and white tallis seems to be the standard amongst Orthodox? [duplicate]

The majority of Orthodox Jews I've seen wearing tallit tend to wear this style. I was curious if there was any sort of spiritual/symbolic significance associated with this style. The main reason I ...
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Symbols for Shevet Levi and the Kohanim

Usually, I've seen hands in the position of nesiyat kapayim to represent Kohanim and a laver to represent other members of Shevet Levi. These are fairly common imagery. My question is whether Chazal ...
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what does the "uncovering of Boaz’ legs" have to do with Keri?

I was shown Shulchan Aruch Harav 619 : וְעַל כָּל פָּנִים יִזָּהֵר שֶׁלֹּא לְכַסּוֹת רַגְלָיו, זֵכֶר לַדָּבָר "וַתְּגַל מַרְגְּלֹתָיו" שֶׁל בֹּעַז, שֶׁלֹּא יָבוֹא לִידֵי חִמּוּם: One should at ...
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Why the Dohany Street Sinagogue (Budapest) is decorated with eight-pointed stars?

I recently visited the Dohany Street Synagogue, and I was puzzled by the eight-pointed stars that decorates a great portion of the exterior of the main building (notice the star is within another "...
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Why does 14 connect positive and negative commandments?

Seeing that there are 248 mitzvos aseh positive and 365 mitzvos lo taaseh negative, I heard someone note both add together to give 14: 3-6-5:14 and 2-4-8: 14. Is there a connection between that number ...
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Displaying the Star of David with a cross inside of it [duplicate]

I belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Would it be appropriate for our congregation to display a cross surrounded by the Star of David? What does this mean?
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Image of a hand with an eye by in the palm. What's the source? [duplicate]

Why do some Jews wear a necklace with a form of a hand with some sort of eyeball image in the palm of the hand? What is the source for this and when did it begin?
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Hospitalized - visit by my Rabbi

I am a member of a Chabad shul here in an Asian capital city. Most members of our wonderfully diverse Jewish community are not Hasidic. This is so in my case. I now find myself in a local hospital run ...
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Why would Pharaoh's heart be made כבד by G-D?

I've always loved the account of the 10 plagues (who doesn't?), but I always felt a little odd about the several times (7, in fact) Pharoah's heart was made "hard/heavy" by G-d because I'm a strong ...
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What are traditional Jewish symbols of fertility?

What are some traditional Jewish symbols of fertility? (with biblical, talmudic, medrashic or kabbalistic sources) Specifically, I am wondering what ideas/things are associated with fertility and ...
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Could somebody identify this, and for what occasion it's used?

Firstly, I must apologise if this is not the right place to ask, and for the mediocre image quality. It appears to be a purple crown on a light box with Hebrew text, and is present at a number of ...
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Identity of Star-of-David kosher symbol

What is the certifying agency that uses a kosher symbol comprised of a Star-of-David containing another odd-looking symbol within it?: It is carried by, e.g., Byrne Dairy milks (of New York State)....
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If a food product has a heretical/idol worship image on it, and a hechsher as well, may one partake of it?

There is this food/drink product that has a Christian symbol and other associated things, and yet there is also a hechsher. Assuming the hechsher is accepted to be reliable etc., may one consume (i....
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Elements of creation and places of worship in Israel

I was once told that for thousands of years, different places in Israel have been associated with the 4 elements of creation: earth, water, fire and air/space Hebron is associated the earth element (...
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Wearing cruciform orders

Most European chivalric orders, both historic and otherwise, as well as many other awards issued were cruciform (for different examples of styles, see the Pour le Mérite, the Iron Cross, and the ...
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What is the black pin called that mourners wear?

What is the name of the black pin that one wears at a funeral, and are there any customs around them to know about? It's a black circle, pinned, and there's a black ribbon affixed to it.
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Is an "eye" or a "symbol of eye" important for Judaism?

Eye symbols like above pictures; Are they important for Judaism? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v620/FightingFalcon/706px-Eye_of_Horussvg.png https://t1.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/19/96/66/...
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Symbolism of the Number Three

When I was a Christian, leaders and missionaries were always talking about how Judaism uses the number three to represent God: the waving over the Shabbat candles three times, waiting for three stars ...
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What is "Metatron's cube" in Judaism ? Is it truly mentionned in Jewish mysticism?

according to wikipedia The derivation of Metatron's Cube from the Flower of Life, which Jewish texts states, was excluded from human experience during the exile from Eden. Is Metatron's cube ...
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How far do orthodox Jews go to avoid symbols that are superficially from other religions?

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plus_and_minus_signs the use of ﬩ (Hebrew letter alternative plus sign) is common in primary schools in Israel instead of + found in most other countries. It ...
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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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Is it allright to use/wave the Argentinian flag?

The Sun of May in the flag is inspired by an ancient Inca god. It is used by the Argentinian flag and the Uruguayan flag. It is a representation used as a homage to the ancient empire, inspired by ...
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Rabban Gamliel says we must mention moror at the seder. Is it just a word association?

Mishna Pesochim Perek 10 mishnah 5. Rabban Gamliel requires us to mention three things at the seder and gives the reasons. פסח, על שום שפסח המקום על בתי אבותינו במצרים. מצה, על שום שנגאלו ...
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What is the symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism?

The pomegranate as a symbol in adorning the robe of the high priest, engraved on the pillars of the temple and brought by the spies to show the fruits of the land of Israel. Is there an explanation of ...
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KORC - Kosher Symbol

I was in Costco today and saw chopped romaine lettuce with the KORC symbol. I was wondering if anyone knows if this symbol is accepted by the OU or other large Kashrus organizations.
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Tefillin as an Ot

The commandment of the arm-tefillin is וקשרתם לאות על ידך, "And you shall bind it as an sign upon your yad". (Devarim 6:8, Devarim 11:18) However, having just read an answer by Shalom, defining a ...
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Do axes have a symbolic meaning in Tanakh or Jewish mythology? [closed]

Do axes have a symbolic meaning in Tanakh or Jewish mythology? I was asked by someone i assume to be Jewish to "Axe him a question!" Now this sound like a joke, but i assure you it is NOT. It is of ...
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Is it problematic to own and use a SwissGear bag, due to the "plus" logo?

SwissGear brand bags and back packs have the image of the Swiss flag (usually in color, red and white, and made out of a hard material) sewn into the material. Often the Swiss flag's image is put on ...
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