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Are non-Jews allowed to study the laws that pertain to them? [duplicate]

Non-Jews are prohibited from Torah study. However, I would be inclined to think that they are allowed, if not encouraged, to study the 7 Commandments for the Descendants of Noach. Is this true? If yes,...
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Parshas Yisro - Asking Moshe Rabbeinu directly: who got to listen?

Early in Parshas Yisro, Yisro noticed that Moshe was answering questions all day long. He asked Moshe about it: וַיַּרְא֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵ֛ת כׇּל־אֲשֶׁר־ה֥וּא עֹשֶׂ֖ה לָעָ֑ם וַיֹּ֗אמֶר מָֽה־...
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ואהבת לרעך כמוך - Commandement to express an emotion?

Where can I find discussions on the topic of ואהבת לרעך כמוך being a commandment to express and feel an emotion. The underlying question is, How can we be commanded to feel a certain way? (This is ...
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Does an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra exist on the internet?

Is there an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra somewhere on the internet?
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Can you put a pencil as a bookmark in sifrei Kodesh?

BH Can you put a pencil in sifrei kodesh as a bookmark?
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Does it say anywhere that the people buried in Kavers don’t like when people put rocks on their kaver

BH Does it say anywhere in Torah that the people buried in kavers don’t like it when people put rocks on top of their kevers(like little pebbles like the neshama doesn’t like it)?
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Is there a caution in Torah against leaning on sifrei kodesh

BH Is there a worry of leaning on sifrei kodesh like leaning your left elbow on the book while doing something else with your right hand?
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Is there any cautions against a person in Torah when someone lies [duplicate]

BH Are there cautions against a person in Torah if someone lies like if a potential shiduch or even close acquaintance lies?
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What are some sources against treating others possessions with respect

BH What are the sources of treating other peoples property carefully and not devaluing it’s value like saying “because it’s not so expensive it must not be so valuable there for if it breaks its still ...
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What’s the source of davening twords the wall?

BH What’s the source or is there a source of davening facing towards the wall and not if someone is in front of you? Is the optimum way to daven facing right towards the wall and not behind someone ...
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The beauty of referencing Torah-sources

Rashi, in several places, says "לא ידעתי" - I don't know. It is said that Rabbi Akiva Eiger made a list of the times Rashi said "לא ידעתי" - I don't know, people were bothered by ...
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Does it say anywhere in Halacha that a person shouldn’t eat where others Arnt eating?

BH Does it say anywhere that a person shouldn’t eat where others are eating so they won’t feel hungry while the person is eating?
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Each word of Torah is its own mitzvah for gentiles?

This is a quote from an article I read on torchweb.org "The Vilna Gaon in Shenos Eliyahu explains that each and every word of Torah that we study is its own separate mitzvah with its own separate ...
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Where does it first talk about saying HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot

BH Where does it first talk about saying the Bracha HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot?
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Teshuvah still possible when Mashiach comes or not? [duplicate]

BH I heard when Mashiach comes we will be indefinitely doing teshuvah forever. From another place I heard that when Mashiach comes teshuvah will be closed and no more teshuvah will be possible (I ...
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Why does one who does chessed and Torah get the portion of Yosef and Yissachar?

In Bava Kamma (17a) it says: א"ר יוחנן משום ר"ש בן יוחאי מאי דכתיב (ישעיהו לב, כ) אשריכם זורעי על כל מים משלחי רגל השור והחמור כל העוסק בתורה ובגמילות חסדים זוכה לנחלת שני שבטים ... וזוכה ...
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Conflicting meanings of "Shulchan Aruch"

On the first posuk of Mishpatim, Rashi brings from Mechilta that Torah should not be conveyed as dry information, but it should be taught with its full rationale, like a שלחן ערוך, a "table set ...
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Baal Teshuva to Semicha

I have a bit of a unique question. I am a Baal Teshuva who is currently working on Semicha Yoreh De'ah through Lemaan Yilmedu. (you can find the curriculum here if you wish). I have spent the last few ...
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Will the Torah you did learn save you from the Torah you didn't?

On the one hand: Torah study protects forever, in this life, in death, and in the resurrection of the dead. (Sotah 5b, paraphrased) Rabbi Shimon Ben Lakish said: Troubles are removed from all those ...
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Smoke or incense

Genesis 19:28 "and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the surrounding area; and behold, he saw the smoke (קִיטֹ֣ר) of the land ascended like the smoke (...
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Shimush: Mar'os on Niddah - why does it work?

In Hilchos Niddah, expertise in מראות, examining bedikos or kesamim (intentional examinations, or accidental stains on the woman's undergarments) to decide if they are tamei - which would make the ...
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Why does one's son's talmud torah take precedence over his own in the event that his son is smarter than him?

The gemara in kiddushin (29b) says תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: הוּא לִלְמוֹד וּבְנוֹ לִלְמוֹד – הוּא קוֹדֵם לִבְנוֹ. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר: אִם בְּנוֹ זָרִיז וּמְמוּלָּח וְתַלְמוּדוֹ מִתְקַיֵּים בְּיָדוֹ – ...
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Birkat hatorah before Zohar study

According to Halacha, does the Berakha of Birkat hatorah have to be recited before Zohar study? Is it similar to the Talmud or tanakh in this respect?
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Is there a Halacha in Rambam that says in the presence of your teacher you should always look at him?

BH Does it say in Rambam that a person in the presence of his teacher should always look at his face and never show him his back? If yes what is the Halacha’s source?
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Splitting learning for a siyum

For various purposes such as the one discussed in Source for finishing the entire Mishnayos for Shloshim, people organize projects to complete some section of Torah (e.g. an order of Mishna) ...
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*Obligation* to only learn what you enjoy?

The famous gemara in Avodah Zara: א"ר אין אדם לומד תורה אלא ממקום שלבו חפץ שנאמר (תהלים א, ב) כי אם בתורת ה' חפצו Rabbi [Yehuda HaNasi] says: A person can learn Torah only from a place [in the ...
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Freeform learning

Or as I sometimes call it "ADHD" learning. How it works: There isn't necessarily an opening goal in the learning session (it can be just opening a random sefer), or at most there is a ...
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An example of a man asked for a sign, been given the sign, then rejecting the sign, but he repents afterwards?

I wonder if there is a case in The Torah, of a man (or group of people) asking God for a miracle, then God offered the miracle, but the man rejected the sign, or accepted the sign but later will show ...
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Online Hebrew Lexicon for learning Tanakh

Shalom, it is my goal to significantly improve my Hebrew this year. It was recommended to me that an online Hebrew Lexicon, which allows you to analyze each word of Tanakh, including grammar, ...
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More sleep vs more learning

I'm looking for the source of an achron, I believe, who says that a Torah Scholar should get a good night's rest; while possibly foregoing some amount of learning at night so that the learning of the ...
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What is included in Torah

By Torah I refer to material that should one study one would be fulfilling the mitzvah of talmud torah and would require a birchas hatorah. Tanach and all that explain and expound upon it—in the ...
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Is the Rambam correct that there is no obligation to support Torah scholars?

Hillel said in Pirkei Avot 4:5: Anyone who derives worldly benefit from the words of the Torah removes his life from the world. The Rambam in his commentary thereon explores the idea of financially ...
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English translation of Ibn Ezra's Torah commentary

I'm trying to look for a book with Ibn Ezra's commentary on the Torah, with both Hebrew, and English translations. However, I can't find one. Could anyone recommend a book which has this?
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The Pact Between Zebulun and Issachar

Tradition tells us that the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar had an understanding: Zebulon would make money in trade to support itself and Issachar, and Issachar would study Torah full-time. This ...
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Why is בנימין sometimes spelled with a י and sometimes without? [duplicate]

Throughout Parshas Mikeitz & Vayigash it's spelled differently
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How to decide where the development of Torah stops being useful

I've met so many people who have a different opinion on this than the one I was raised with. We all probably get it from our chinuch, but it seems there are quite a lot of opinions. I'll list what I'...
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Studying Chumash by myself

Is it allowed to study Chumash with commentary (e.g. ArtScroll Chumash) by myself? Which aspects of Torah study are forbidden to do alone?
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Is it true Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug?

Is it true the Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug before he got married to her? If yes how did he know? That is, in this story, we read: Rav Efraim Kitover, the Av Beit din of Brody, was once involved in a ...
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What is the source of not to speak dvarim betelim

BH What’s the source and meaning of not speaking dvarim Beteilim purposeless words?
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What is the explanation of And don’t let the evil inclination assure your that the grave will be a place of refuge for you mean

BH What do the main poskim and commentators explain “And don’t let the evil inclination assure your that the grave will be a place of refuge for you” mean in Pirkei Avot 4:22
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What are the best books that teach Dikduk? [duplicate]

What are the best books to learn Dikduk? Both Lashon Hakodesh and Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew.
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Does the Talmud talk about Autism?

BH Does the Talmud Mention anything about Autism or the Spectrum of any of the symptoms of Autism?
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Halachicly sound ways to bookmark on Shabbat

I would like to know if there are any ways people are using to bookmark/highlight what they are learning on Shabbat, so they can come back to it after Shabbat to make notes etc. Putting in a bookmark ...
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Work and Talmud Torah

The Mishnah in Pirkei Avot 4:5 records the statement that one shouldn’t make Torah study into something for worldly benefit. I was curious then, how do the haredim that do full time Torah study en ...
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Being MeChadesh Torah saves lives

HaRav Shaul Alter shlit"a, when he was at the Beis Medrash of Lakewood Commons in Lakewood earlier this month, he delivered a Divrei Chizuk (Words of Strength) on the war and quoted the Midrash ...
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Content of the various sets of Chabad books [duplicate]

I was wondering about the differences between the various sets of Chabad books by the Rebbe, for example, Likkutei sichos vs sefer hasichos vs likkutei sichos parshioyos, sefer maamorim, sefer ...
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What are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep?

BH I heard that there are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep, and when you wake up they jump to the nails on your hands, and that’s why you need to wash your hands in the mornings. Are ...
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What are God's requirements please that allow us to eat an animal [closed]

Can anyone explain what God requires for us to be able to eat meat? Which animals are ok to eat please? Are there any parts of animals we are not allowed to eat? Thanks.
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Is there a Coursera for learning Halacha and Gemara?

I am a Baal Tshuva and I never had a proper Jewish education. I have come a long way but I am still unable to learn independently (directly from early text). I've been considering some online courses ...
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ניצוץ, סוד, גלגול, שורש Whats the difference?

There is a running theme comparing Mordechai to Moshe, the message is usually the same but the phrases found in kabbalistic works often use slightly different words such as Yaaros Devash מרדכי גלגול ...
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