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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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Can a Frum person attend Limmud

From what I’ve read, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ZT”L didn’t attend Limmud, which is a festival started in the UK but popular among typically non Orthodox Ashkenazi communities (generally, although not ...
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Need help getting back into learning torah after 10 years

I went to Yeshiva all my life until I finished High school and after that I fell out of learning torah, whether its chumash or gemara etc... It's been 10 years since I last opened a gemara, or chumash ...
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What do the concepts "worlds" "souls" and "Divinity" mean in Chassidus? [closed]

BH What do the concepts "worlds" "souls" and "Divinity" mean in Chassidus? I have seen these in different places, together main question is from this book in the picture. ...
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Is there a translation of Rashi on Shas in English?

BH Where is there a translation of Rashi on Shas? I know there is one for Tosfot using summaries on Daf Yomi is there something like this for Rashi?
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Birthday torah portion

Is there any significance of correlating the parsha of the week with the week a person is born. (Putting aside that this will be his "bar mitzvah parsha")
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What are the 7 kefullot in Tanya ch 3

BH What are the 7 keffulot mentioned in Tanya ch 3 page?
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Where do memories come from?

BH Where do Memories come from? I was told that they come from the chochma power of the soul being translated in Bina I believe. Is this true if yes how and where does it talk more about this?
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Advice is best taken in open fields

This quote is from Rabbi Nachman here הָעֵצָה הִיא מְסֻגֶּלֶת יוֹתֵר בַּשָּׂדֶה Counsel is best taken in open fields. What exactly does this mean? Can it be understood as "Advice is best taken ...
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Let us deal cunningly with them

הָבָה נִתְחַכְּמָה לוֹ פֶּן־יִרְבֶּה וְהָיָה כִּי־תִקְרֶאנָה מִלְחָמָה וְנוֹסַף גַּם־הוּא עַל־שֹׂנְאֵינוּ וְנִלְחַם־בָּנוּ וְעָלָה מִן־הָאָרֶץ Come let us deal wisely with him. Lest he increase so ...
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Importance of good counsel

It appears to me that in the situation of Pharaoh in Egypt and King Achashverosh in Persia, both had begun their plot against the Jews using advice from their advisors. Where can I find Torah ...
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Incorrect Pri Eitz Chaim?

I have reviewed this Pri Eitz Chaim multiple times, and it seems that the gematria does not add up correctly. Here is the text. כבוד מלכותו ואת יקר תפארת גדולתו, גימטריא אלה בגדי כהן גדול, ...
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The 10th Month Is Obviously Teves!

In Megilah 13a - we bring down a פסוק from the מגילה which says: “So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his royal house in the tenth month, which is the month Tevet” (Esther 2:16). Why did the ...
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Thoughts in the shower

What exactly should one think when taking a shower? Is Torah completely forbidden? Can I contemplate Gd or other religious matters? The shower is like the perfect place for alone time to think about ...
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List of Entire Torah [duplicate]

It used be a thing that every year, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky zt"l - finished the entire Torah. Is there a list of all Seforim he used to learn?
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What was the original Torah based on?

B”H There’s halacha that every Sofer who is writing a Torah must write it “based” on another Kosher Torah, by reading each word, saying it out loud from the other Torah, then writing it. When it comes ...
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Which Sefer deserves "The Artscroll treatment"? [closed]

B"H, Artscroll has been very busy producing a large plethora of translated Sefarim to the general public. I was wondering which Sefarim should get translated. There is several factors to this; ...
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What’s the source of not asking a question to a person that might not know the answer, so that they won't get embarrassed

BH Someone told me that you shouldn’t ask a question to someone who won't know the answer to what you're asking. What’s the source of this?
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Hierarchy of learning

What is the best way to go about learning the fundamentals of Torah? Obviously the chumash would be first, and gemara seems to take precedence in yeshivot. So my question is what are the basics one ...
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Repository of the Mittler Rebbe's teachings translation

BH Does anyone known a place of the Mittler Rebbe's works translated to English especially his commentary on Tanach?
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Is there a Hebrew Calendar discussion place? [closed]

Well, is there? I mean a Torah-observant place, if possible, where they discuss the math and the system behind the current calendar, original sources, perhaps the history involved in it as well (the ...
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What was Torah study like before the Mishnah and Talmud were transcribed?

Most of the study time in modern yeshivos seems to be devoted to studying from material which has gained physical/written form over the last 1900 years. (Mishnah, Talmud, Halachah, Mussar, ...
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Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l: closeness to Hashem achieved through Torah

Rabbi Moshe Krieger from Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah, quotes Rav Aharon Kotler zt"l and says: A difference between the closeness to Hashem achieved through Torah compared to that achieved through ...
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Teshuva and Torah study

There are, according to the famous work of the Rabbeinu Yonah "Shaarei Teshuvah", twenty principles of teshuvah (mentioned in the first chapter). The Rabbeinu Yonah writes that for example, ...
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Mishanh Torah Sabath 11:14 writing rule with respect to left hand and elbow [Question]

In the Mishnah Torah -- Sabbath 11:14 it states: A person who writes with his left hand, with the back of one's hand, with his feet, his >mouth, or with his elbow, is not liable. A left-handed ...
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Proverbs 17:9 confusion on the alienation of friends

"He who seeks love overlooks faults, But he who harps on a matter alienates his friend" - Proverbs 17:9 What does this verse mean exactly? I take it as those who love one tend over look ...
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Torah Study and Tzitzit

The Sages have said "The study of Torah is equivalent to all of them [613 Mitzvot]." (Kedushin 39b) I assume that means the reward of Torah study is equal to the reward of doing each ...
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Studying Torah with a Gentile [duplicate]

There is a non Jewish intellectual with whom I would like to study Torah. I have Biblical Hebrew skills and he has age, experience, and knowledge that would be mutually beneficial. May I learn Torah ...
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How to learn Tosefta

For those that do, could you share how you learn(ed) Tosefta? How do you fit it into your learning program of Mishna/Gemara? Also, what edition of the Tosefta do you use? The ones published at the end ...
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Is posting Torah to the internet considered teaching gentiles Torah?

Does the prohibition of teaching Torah to gentiles encompass putting Torah out on the internet for all to see?
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Choosing a Rebbi [duplicate]

What are some of the considerations one should take into account when choosing a Rebbi? What does it mean that your Rebbi is supposed to be like a Malach?
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(Re)Sources on regaining spirituality and comprehension of Torah after sin

The Ramak writes that when one sins, the sin will serve as a shell (kelipah) that will prevent one from comprehending the esoteric part of Torah. In the book of Tikkunim they stated explicitly that ...
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Source(s) that Rashi's daughters gave shiur in gemara to men, from behind a mehitza or curtain?

Rabbi Breitowitz says so in a shiur here, starting at 1:19:40, https://podcasts.ohr.edu/episode/60 He says "It is brought down in some mekoros..." Anyone know the mekoros?
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Any case of midrash contradicting Tanakh?

I believe that most Midrash stories were used for homiletic lessons that shouldn't be taken literally and according to some writers, midrash has some contradictory statements and opinions about the ...
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What is the actual reason why nakedness prevents us from learning/speaking torah

This may seem like a simple question, But what is the actual reason for why nakedness or seeing someone else naked prevents us from learning and thinking about sacred things.
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