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Where (in relation to the Jerusalem temple) did Jacob's dream take place in Genesis 28:19?

Was Jacob's stone pillow the location of Solomon's temple?:
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When did G-d say to Yaakov that he will have 12 sons?

As a preliminary question for "yaakov's-hurry-to-have-kids-at-84": On the Posuk (Gen 29,21) "וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־לָבָן הָבָה אֶת־אִשְׁתִּי כִּי מָלְאוּ יָמָי וְאָבוֹאָה אֵלֶיהָ׃" Bereyshis Rabba 70,...
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I do not understand the sin of Lashon Hara

The problem is simply that I do not completely understand the principle of lashon hara.   One definition I often see is that lashon hara is spreading true (or also false in broader terms), ...
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Making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - allowed?

I see and hear of people making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - and we have questions to that effect on the site. I am wondering why this is permitted. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 221:6 forbids eating at a ...
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Adopting idolatrous Babylonian name of Month Tamuz

Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the Months were brought with them from Babylon The Gemmorah explains the process of adopting the ...
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Number of total occurrence of holy names in the Torah and its significance

Rambam Yesodey Hatorah 6.2: וְשִׁבְעָה שֵׁמוֹת הֵם. הַשֵּׁם הַנִּכְתָּב יוּ''ד הֵ''א וָא''ו הֵ''א וְהוּא הַשֵּׁם הַמְפֹרָשׁ. אוֹ הַנִּכְתָּב אֲדֹנָי. וְאֵל. אֱלוֹהַּ. וֵאלֹהִים. וֵאלֹהֵי. ...
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Where is Gehenom located?

Where is Gehenom located? After Korach and his followers got swallowed up by the Earth, they fell right outside the gates of Gehenom, and are (presumably) till this day yelling משה אמת ותורתו אמת (...
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Will slavery return when moshiach comes?

Its well known that slavery is sanctioned by Hashem, both for Jewish slaves and Cananite (black) slaves. Although Abraham Lincoln recieved much criticism from MANY different rabbis (for nullifying ...
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Origins of the standard Ketubah text we use today

Maseches Ketubot deals all about the laws related to the Ketubah, and these laws (ex: the amount of money, obligations) are codified in the Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer simanim 66-118. However, while ...
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Did Avoda Zara Work? [duplicate]

Did avoda zara actually work and was thereby forbidden (Devarim 30:17), or was idolatry a wasted endeavor and forbidden due to its foolishness?
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How many sin-offerings are due for one who (unintentionally) sleeps with his mother while she's married to his father?

Sanhedrin 7:4 lists several types of transgressor who are stoned, and then talks about some unintentional sexual transgressions: הַבָּא עַל הָאֵם, חַיָּב עָלֶיהָ מִשּׁוּם אֵם וּמִשּׁוּם אֵשֶׁת אָב. ...
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Would it be considered idolatry to request a specific blessing written by a Rabbi you hold in esteem?

I was at an event organized by a local Jewish group and they were using the home of a sponsor. This sponsor happened to have some various Jewish items decorating his home (some of which likely ...
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What verses in Na"ch describe the details of Jewish calendar like Kidush HaChodesh and Ibbur Hashanah?

The Gemmorah in Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a explains the process of adopting the Babylonian names instead of Biblical ones. דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the ...
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Name on the Front Door

Is there a reason why many Jews seem to put their names on the front door of their home? Note: Clearly there are some non-Jews who do the same, but it seems there are an overwhelmingly larger number ...
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What verses in Na"ch support the speculation that the Israelites counted a couple of millions when conquering the Land of israel?

What verses in Na"ch support the speculation that the Israelites counted a couple of millions when conquering the Land of Israel? (See "surrounding-nations-more-numerous-than-israel")
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Why the Torah says that the surrounding nations were far more numerous than Israel?

"כִּי תֹאמַר בִּלְבָבְךָ רַבִּים הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה מִמֶּנִּי אֵיכָה אוּכַל לְהוֹרִישָׁם׃" Should you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we; how can we dispossess them?” (...
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Could angels fall on a different planet and become aliens?

Following my answer here on aliens and Torah: G-d created (there are) extra-terrestrial celestial bodies (astronomical fact) Torah raises a possibility (according to some Midrashim/interpreters) that ...
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An indefinite houseguest

Suppose one invites a guest over to stay by them for Shabbos or a few days. Without chatting with the host, the guest doesn't "take the hint" and decides to stay. The guest seemingly has no other ...
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Which tetragrammaton is more sacred - written in modern Hebrew or paleo-Hebrew font?

In my previous question: tetragrammaton-in-paleo-hebrew-within-hebrew-text-of-tehilim, there is evidence that p.H font was considered more sacred, as the Holy Name was written in it as opposed to the ...
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Tetragrammaton in paleo-Hebrew within Hebrew text of Tehilim

Many scrolls were found (in Qumran?) depicting a regular Hebrew scripture text with the Holy name written in paleo-Hebrew (כתב עברי), like this one: What Talmudic explanation fits these findings, if ...
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Dam Betulah (hymen bleeding) [duplicate]

I heard some one had told me, Dam Betulah need to be wait 3days and,after 7days of cleaning. Is there any poskim that says dam betulah can be wait 3 days so far??? Thankyou
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What does מיללעליכט mean in this Responsa?

In Shu"t HaElef Lecha Shlomo 1:116 it mentions a type of light called מיללעליכט and I am having a hard time deciphering what type of light it is. Only thing that came up was a light bulb called the ...
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“Emunah Ramah” (Exalted Faith) by Avraham ibn Daud (Raavad I) in Artscroll's “The Rishonim”

Can anyone who has a copy of Artscroll's "The Rishonim" look in it and check if they mention Avraham ibn Daud's (Raavad I) "Emunah Ramah" (Exalted Faith) in the Artscroll book's entry on that Rabbi? ...
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(Why) May a Beit Din refuse to bury a body in order to coerce a man into giving a divorce?

I read recently of a case where a Rabbi (I assume as head of a Beit Din) instructed a Jewish burial society not to bury the body of a woman who is the mother of a man who refuses to give his wife a ...
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Requirements for a single opinion to become an official Judaism viewpoint [on hold]

Undoubtedly, the Jewish bookcase is enormous with tens of thousands of books and sources. I noticed, that many answers rely on but a single citation of a known Rabbi, presenting it as "the View of ...
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The name of גיהנום

Why is Hell (גהינום) named after גיא בן הינום , the Valley of the son of Hinom? And what is גיא בן הינום anyways? Why don’t we just call it Sheol like the Tora does?
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

If one lit Shabbat candles before dark, had them burning during dinner, and now wants to go to bed, but is worried that a cat or a dog might knock them over and cause a house fire; is it permissible ...
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Does positively critiquing a business (owned by non-jews) fall under the prohibition of “not to grant them favor?” [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Dead 151:14 (seemingly based on Devarim 7:2 and Meseches Avodah Zarah 20a) states that it's forbidden to praise a non-jew, including their actions. Does this issur include ...
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How do we know that one must give up his life for any immoral relationship?

Sanhedrin 74a teaches that one must give up his life rather than be intimate with a forbidden relationship. It derives this from Devarim 22:26, in the context of a man who raped a young woman: ...
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Why is וחי בהם taught in the context of one of its exceptions?

Yoma 85b expounds from Vayikra 18:5 that one should violate mitzvos if the other option is death. Sanhedrin 74a gives three major exceptions to this rule: idolatry, immorality, and murder. Now, let's ...
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Why is there a break in shacharit between “umakdishim” and “et shem”? [duplicate]

In the siddur there is a break in the middle of the sentence "...umakdishim umamlichim.." and "...et shem...". I there a reason for this, or is it merely poetic?
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The Secret of Nature Valley

What, if any, might be legitimate halachik concerns with uncertified Nature Valley granola bars? Their "Crunchy" line of products seems to be certified as OU pareve(?) However, many of their other ...
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Metaphorically speaking who is closer: humans to ants or humans to G-d?

Following my theological quest on the differences between the Maimonedian and Zoharian approach to G-d's anthropomorphism, how would both schools see this question: intellectually and spiritually, ...
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Two beginnings related to heavens and earth

IIRC, there is a medrash conecting the first letter of torah (beit) + the word reshit by saying that with 2 beginnings (meaning the heavens and earth) the world came into existence. Does anyone happen ...
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Which Talmud is supreme [duplicate]

How could there be two different Talmuds (Babylonian and Jerusalem) if they are both stemming from a direct oral tradition from Sinai? Thank you
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Writing/buying Seforim rather than Sefer Torah

I've heard someone say that the mitzvah to write/buy a Sefer Torah in these days is actually to write/buy seforim that we use to learn Torah from. Do you know who the source of this opinion is?
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הדרן עלך מסכת פלונית - why not עליך?

The standard text for a siyum on a masechta, as printed in Gemaras, is הדרן עלך מסכת פלונית מסכת seems to be feminine, so shouldn't it be עליך, with similar changes for the other words? As ...
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Why the fact that the Earth is spherical is a deep secret according to Zohar?

Following "zohars-knowledge-about-earths-shape" and related to my other question "why-did-G-d-create-the-earth-spherical": Zohar (Vayikra 10a) states the following, seemingly pointing to the fact ...
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Until when was Har Sinai on fire?

We learn in Parshat Eikev: וָאֵ֗פֶן וָֽאֵרֵד֙ מִן־הָהָ֔ר וְהָהָ֖ר בֹּעֵ֣ר בָּאֵ֑שׁ וּשְׁנֵי֙ לֻחֹ֣ת הַבְּרִ֔ית עַ֖ל שְׁתֵּ֥י יָדָֽי׃ I turned and went down the mountain, a mountain ablaze with ...
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List of all the people that could have been Moshiach

I've been doing some research on the topic of "who could have been Moshiach based on Chazal" an example of one such person is Chizkiyahu Hamelech as it says in Sanhedrin 94. If anyone knows any names ...
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Why do the sages care if the condemned continues to deny his guilt to the end?

The mishna in Sanhedrin 6:2 explains how, when the condemned is being led out to be executed, they urge him to confess so he can have a portion in the world to come. This mishna ends: רַבִּי ...
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Arguments against evolution [on hold]

In trying to find the best, most factually based argument against evolution, I found this which said that it just doesn't make sense because why would a creator take so long. Are there any other ...
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Population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered

What was the population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered the land to conquer it? I've heard that the population of Bnei Yisrael was ~2 million, and that in some sense of the word, Bnei ...
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Strange Hava Amina in Yevamot 55b

Gemara Yevamot 55b (Soncino's Translation) what, however, can be said, according to him who maintains [that for such an act one is] guilty? - The exclusion is rather that of intercourse with a dead ...
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Timing of receiving the 613 Mitzvos

IIRC, the Gemmorah somewhere describes the procedure of receiving the Mitzvos - Avraham made Milah, Yaakov added Gid HaNasheh, some Mitzvos were given at Marah, some at Matan Torah etc. Can somebody ...
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Use of the singular word 'Mitzvah' in Devarim 7:11

The last verse in Parshas Vaeschanan (Devarim 7:11) says: וְשָֽׁמַרְתָּ֨ אֶת־הַמִּצְוָ֜ה וְאֶת־הַֽחֻקִּ֣ים וְאֶת־הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָֽנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם לַֽעֲשׂתָֽם: You ...
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How come that the 200 Mitzvos of Chumash Dvorim weren't presented to Dor Hamidbar?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, the last book of the Torah - Dvorim - is all about what Moses said on his last day(s) to Dor Ha'Aretz, as the Torah testifies: אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר ...
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Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot?

Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot? I've heard from a rabbi that if the table/countertops is a little bit ...
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“A y'vama acquires herself through chalitza”, really?

The first mishnayos of Kidushin, in Sefaria's Silverstein translation, bracketed remarks omitted: A woman is acquired in three ways, and she acquires herself in two ways. She is acquired by money, ...
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Why didn't the Jews appoint a king before rebuilding the temple?

In the times of Ezra and Nechemia the temple was rebuilt. Rambam codifies that the mitzvah to appoint a king comes before the mitzvah to build the temple. If that is the case why didn't the Jews ...

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