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How does one put on tefillin with a prosthetic?

Assuming that prosthetic limbs are not considered part of one's body: How would someone put on Tefillin if r"l his non-dominant arm was replaced by a prosthetic? Would the halachos be the same as a ...
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What was God's original plan regarding Adam?

I would like to research the common ground for our understanding of G-d's original plan of the creation if Adam didn't sin. According to Sanhedrin 38, he was fully developed at noon, having 6 hours ...
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PTIJ: Foreigners on Shabbos

As we sing in Friday night Zemiros: להתענג בתענוגים ברבורים ושליו ודגים To rejoice with rejoicers: Barbarians, Slavs, and Dags. Why do we rejoice with these groups specifically? This ...
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PTIJ: Why were people burned for mixing up their Karban Pesach?

PTIJ: Spontaneous Combustion on Erev Pesach and PTIJ: Setting Sick People on Fire on Yom Kippur have previously addressed questions about people being ignited in Maseches Pesachim. I've got one more ...
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PTIJ: Why is chazzir rye kosher?

During Purim I notice that kids (and adults, but mainly kids) eat a lot of chazzir rye. To me it looks like junk food rather than bread (usually, when I think of "rye", I think of rye bread), and ...
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Is one permitted to wear a sheitel made from the hair of a human corpse?

Larger question: Is one allowed to derive benefit from a dead body? A couple of qualifiers: obviously if there would be zilzul to the dead body in any form of course the answer would be no medical ...
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PTIJ: What sort of Yid is Mr. Black?

Here's what we know about Mr. Black, from Dr Seuss's Hop on Pop: He has a frock, black hat, and beard. (image) He comes back from "out of town" with Mr. Brown; implying Mr. Black lives outside of New ...
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Destroy or sell? Avodah zarah? [on hold]

I previously owned a rental and had a tenant who passed away. His family left Scientology fiction books and lectures by Ron Hubbard in my rental attic. These may be worth around $500 if I were to sell ...
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PTIJ: is bacon permitted to eat?

The Talmud (Chulin 17a) discusses that certain peices of pig meat are permitted: השתא דבר טמא אישתרי להו דכתיב (דברים ו, יא) ובתים מלאים כל טוב ואמר ר' ירמיה בר אבא אמר רב כתלי דחזירי בשר נחירה ...
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Why would Ashkenazim read a “double” haftarah for Parshat Pekudei in Israel?

All printed chumashim that I've seen list the following consecutive selections as the Ashkenazi hafatarot for Vayakhel and Pekudei: Vayakhel: Melachim I 7:40-50 Pekudei: Melachim I 7:51-8:21 (And ...
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PTIJ: What were the Amish doing in Padan Aram?

In Breishit 31:42, Yaakov reproves Lavan for accusing him of stealing his terafim, among other items. In making his case, Yaakov says: ... את עניי ואת יגיע כפי ראה אלוקים ויוכח אמש G-d saw my ...
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PTIJ: Why would blindness cause ignorance?

According to the gemara, as explained in the kitzur, 142:6 חַיָב אֱנָשׁ לְבַסּוּמֵי בַּפּוּרְיָא עַד דְּלָא יֵדַע בֵּין אָרוּר הָמָן לְבָרוּךְ מָרְדְּכָי. וְלַפָּחוֹת יִשְׁתֶּה יוֹתֵר מֵהֶרְגֵּלוֹ ...
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Purposes of Marriage in Judaism [duplicate]

Why do we get married according to Judaism? What is the point behind us working so hard to get married? Presumably it is not just to bear children! I have heard of a concept of two halves coming ...
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Are there any specific minhagim to celebrate Purim as a family?

וְהַיָּמִ֣ים הָאֵ֠לֶּה נִזְכָּרִ֨ים וְנַֽעֲשִׂ֝ים בְּכָל־דּ֣וֹר וָד֗וֹר מִשְׁפָּחָה֙ וּמִשְׁפָּחָ֔ה מְדִינָ֥ה וּמְדִינָ֭ה וְעִיר וָעִיר וִימֵ֞י הַפּוּרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה לֹ֤א יַֽעַבְרוּ֙ מִתּ֣וֹךְ ...
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Can Mishloach Manot count as Matanot Laevyonim and vice versa?

If I donate ready to eat food to a soup kitchen, or, even more directly, if I see 2 homeless men on the street on Purim and hand them each a sandwich and a drink, can that fulfill my obligation to ...
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Anointed priests

Last week it caught my eyes that the term anointed priest was used in multiple verses (Vayikra 4:3, 5, 16). Here's the first one: אִ֣ם הַכֹּהֵ֧ן הַמָּשִׁ֛יחַ יֶֽחֱטָ֖א לְאַשְׁמַ֣ת הָעָ֑ם ...
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Animal R'aim of the midrash

I saw in the book, "The midrash says" by Rabbi Moshe Weissman that the Midrash Socher Tov 22 explains that a creature called R'aim lifted David into the sky (see here for details). What is this ...
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PTIJ: Are superheroes obligated to pay for the damage they caused while fighting the bad guy?

We've all seen superhero movies where said the hero gets into huge fights with the villain and leaves a trail of wreckage along the way. It also can be an ABSURD amount of damage caused. For example, ...
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PTIJ: If Haman would have fallen with no one around to hear him fall, would that still have made a sound?

Esther 7:8 writes: והמלך שב מגנת הביתן אל־בית משתה היין והמן נפל על־המטה אשר אסתר עליה ויאמר המלך הגם לכבוש את־המלכה עמי בבית הדבר יצא מפי המלך ופני המן חפו When the king returned from the ...
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PTIJ: How much Woodford would a woodchuck chug if a woodchuck would chug Woodford? [on hold]

My boss is going to be coming to my Purim Seuda dressed as a woodchuck. I don't know what type of alcohol my boss likes to drink but I hope to be covered no matter what. I have plenty of alcohol at ...
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Why does Shushan Purim exist? Why don't we follow the principle of “rov”?

(follow up question to scimonster's question) Shushan Purim was enacted because Jews in walled cities stopped fighting on the 15th and thus that's when they celebrated, opposed to the rest of Klal ...
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PTIJ: Where did Achashverosh's years wander off to?

I was sleeping through Megillas Esther and suddently the Baal Koreh screamed the beginning of Esther 6:1 rousing me from my slumber: בלילה ההוא נדדה שנת המלך ויאמר להביא את־ספר הזכרנות דברי הימים ...
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PTIJ: How can I revive my friend (if I drunkenly murder him)?

The Talmud in Megillah bring this incident: רבה ורבי זירא עבדו סעודת פורים בהדי הדדי איבסום קם רבה שחטיה לרבי זירא למחר בעי רחמי ואחייה Rabba and Rabbi Zeira prepared a Purim feast with each ...
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Do relatives count as Rey'eyhu?

Follow up to this. The obligation on Purim is "mishlo'ach manot, ish l'rey'eyhu", the sending of food, a man to his neighbor. Do relatives counts towards the concept of "neighbor"? Can a man hand ...
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PTIJ: Why do we make a Lulav holder?

The Gemara says: אין עושין מצות חבילות חבילות One does not make mitzvot into bundles. But I've seen lots of people do just that: They put the four species into a bundle. ואם תומר, and if ...
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In Exodus 2:2 why is the baby Moses described as TOV?

In Exodus 2:2 what did Moses' mother notice about him that made her name him this? Is it why she hid him?
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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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Why doesn't the chatan sign the ketubah?

Perhaps, I may not completely understand the purpose of the ketubah in terms of it being a halachic legal document or a "shtar*. Aren't all legal documents supposed to be signed by the person drafting ...
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PTIJ: At the Passover Seder, is one allowed to speak more than once during Maggid?

I know Purim's right around the corner, but had a question re: Pesach. In the Haggadah, we say during Maggid: "וכל המרבה לספר ביציאת מצרים הרי זה משובח" whoever goes on to speak more about ...
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Chuppa and Kedushin Course by Chabad/Rabbanut

I have read and heard that the Central Committee of Chabad offers a course in the laws of Chuppa and Kedushin, with tests from the Rabbanut. Does anyone know anything about this course as I would ...
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Mishloach Manot - why the word Mishloach is used specifically

It appears that the Halacha does not emphasize the importance of actually "sending" the Manos, they can be handed or eaten in place. Moreover, the word לשלח is used in the Torah as "to expel", e.g. ...
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PTIJ: Is “O'Fishel” an Irish restaurant / caterer? [on hold]

I was at a wedding, in the Baltimore area, yesterday. The food was delicious. I was curious who the caterer was. Then, I saw on my table placement card it said "Catered by O'Fishel". It was ...
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Mishloach Manot - why the word Manot is used specifically

What is so special about this word "Manot / Manah" that it is used for the Mitzvah of sending food to one's fellow? What are the Halachic applications that "Manot" is used and not, say, food (besides ...
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PTIJ: Can one say the “bris wish” at someone's wedding?

Near the end of the brit (circumcision) there is a "wish" that the congregation says: כשם שנכנס לברית כן יכנס לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים (My rough translation:) In the manner that he entered the ...
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PTIJ: Which Dr. Seuss books should one obtain?

The Torah warns us that we should not accumulate too many Dr. Seuss books, as it states in Deuteronomy 17:16 רַק, לֹא-יַרְבֶּה-לּוֹ סוּסִים One should not amass Seusses Being that one should ...
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Pidyon Haben with more than one Cohen

In this article - שישה כוהנים פדו את הבנש"ק מבעלזא it describes (and has pictures) of the Pidyon Haben of the Belzer Rebbe's greatgrandchild being redeemed by 6 Cohanim. They are even mentioned by ...
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Halakhic Home “Hacks” [duplicate]

I am looking to build a home in the distant future and am looking for advice on some ways for when building the home to make it more comfortable in the Halakhic sense. examples of ideas I had so far:...
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PTIJ: Why do we blow Shofar on Rosh Hashana and use a Lulav on Sukkos?

Why do we blow Shofar on Rosh Hashana and shake the Lulav on Sukkos? I would say that a Shofar lasts longer, so it would make sense to use it on a longer holiday, while the Aravos wilt within a day or ...
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PTIJ: Is there Ruach HaKodesh when naming your Mi Yodeya username?

We know that parents are given a special Ruach HaKodesh when naming their child. Since a Mi Yodeya user is considered a Jewish person, as evidenced by their potentially being obligated in Lo Yilbash, ...
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PTIJ: Do Irish Jews have “the luck of the Irish”?

Today was St. Patrick's Day, and I started to think about Ireland and the Irish, which led me to start thinking about Irish Jews. Everyone knows about that old Irish luck, but I wonder if Irish Jews ...
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Mishloach Manot food to decor ratio

In the last years more and more money and effort are put on the decor of the M"M relatively to the actual food. I was wondering if any sources mention a sort of the "final ratio" of food to decor, ...
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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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PTIJ: Which Talmudic disputes would make for good political attack ads?

Inspired by the attack ad to vote against "Humpty Dumpty: Wrong on Wall-Sitting." What would be a good (bad?) attack ad if an issue of Talmudic debate was up to the electorate? Rabbi Eliezer's oven ...
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Why is “hanging people” such a central theme in the Megillah?

(inspired by this tweet) There's so much hanging being spoken about in Megillas Esther. Any idea as to why this is such a common theme in the Megillah? 2:23 "וַיִּתָּל֥וּ שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם עַל־עֵ֑ץ" 5:...
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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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The mishnah of four things not to look at

There is a Mishnah in Hagigah 11b which says: כל המסתכל בארבעה דברים ראוי לו כאילו לא בא לעולם מה למעלה מה למטה מה לפנים ומה לאחור ...: Whoever looks at four matters, it would have been better ...
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A sefer that states the reasons behind the Halachos

Is there a sefer that states the Halachos L'maseah and gives the reasoning as to why the Halacha is the way it is. I'm looking for a Halacha sefer that states the Halacha as we pasken, but also ...
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Milel and milra in the Aramaic of the Bavli

What are the rules for the pronunciation of phonemic stress (milel and milra) in the Aramaic of the Bavli, and how do they differ from Hebrew and/or the Aramaic of the Targums (if at all)? None of the ...
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Why does Rambam count learning from Midos in 613 Mitzvos?

This is a follow-up question to "why-one's-daughter-is-not-mentioned-in-arayos-in-the-torah" (please read before continuing). Both the Gemmorah and Rambam agree that the prohibition of one's daughter ...
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Is living outside Israel a sin according to Talmud?

In Berachot 57a:15 Chazal mention that one who sees a dream of himself standing naked in Babylonia, it's a sign that he is free of transgression. Then it's written that "living outside of Israel is ...

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