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Does anybody recognize this kashrus symbol? Rectangle K US

As the title says, does anybody know this kosher symbol? It looks like a large K with the letters U and S on top and bottom of it, inside of a rectangle. The product brand is Super Cakes, subsidiary ...
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Are haircuts permitted on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira? Did some research and cant find an answer.
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Pinhole Camera on Shabbos

I read somewhere that one of the reasons you can't take pictures on Shabbos is because of the melacha of Kotev/Writing. Does this also apply to a pinhole camera which does create a temporary image ...
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Transgress 5 mitzvos by not returning the siddur?

I was told that if one does not replace the sefer one is using in the Beis Hamedrash, one can transgress several (5?) mitzvos from the Torah. I can see that one would transgress “love your neighbour ...
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How does one travelling from Israel abroad (or vice versa) perform Shnayim Mikra when the parshiyot are out of sync?

Shulchan Aruch 285 codifies the obligation for each individual to read that week's parshah, the text twice and the (Aramaic) translation once. In some years (e.g. this year, 5779) the parshiyot read ...
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Connection between Yovel and Shavuos?

Both Yovel and Shavuos are the fiftieth after a cycle of 7 sets of 7 (7 Shmittas, each 7 years/ 7 weeks each 7 days) and both are after “Shabbos” - we start counting the Omer “after Shabbos”, so ...
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What “types” of reward are promised for keeping particular Mitzvos?

Trying to generalize Alicht's question. Although the Mishnah in Avos states that we don't know the [true] reward of keeping Mitzvos: "וֶהֱוֵי זָהִיר בְּמִצְוָה קַלָּה כְבַחֲמוּרָה, שֶׁאֵין אַתָּה ...
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What to do if someone asks you when Lag b’Omer is [duplicate]

Theoretically, if someone asks you when Lag b’Omer is, let’s say they asked you today, would you be permitted to say “Next week,” or would this be considered a form of counting the Omer which would ...
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Rem"a on Socrates being Achitophel's disciple

Rama mentions that Achitophel was a teacher of Socrates, as per the Moses Isserles, Torat ha-Olah 1:11): "Socrates was said to have been his disciple" I'm not lucidly fluent in Hebrew, but here's ...
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Is there any Jewish translation of the Hebrew Bible that is available in several different languages worldwide?

From what I understand, the Jewish tradition is very insistent that translations of the Hebrew Bible accurately reflect the original text. Because of this, several Jewish English Bible translations ...
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Why couldn't the Sefira have been corrected?

I read the discussion to Counting the omer with doubt before the fixed calendar. A comment by user ID "Shmuel" says: "Rav Soloveitchik said this is a very nice reason, but he disagreed with it. ...
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Contradiction between 2 elements in Judaism - Tchiat Hametim and Gilgul [duplicate]

In Judaism, there are 2 terms, that contradict. 1) Tchiat Hametim (reviving of the dead) 2) Gilgul/Leida Mechadash (Reborning) If you lived as a Person 1, and died, and later revived as Person 2. ...
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Height and holiness - why inconsistent?

This might seem a bit weird, but I see some logic: The Gemmorah in Kiddushin 69a discusses the facts that: מלמד שבית המקדש גבוה מכל ארץ ישראל וארץ ישראל גבוה מכל הארצות‏ This teaches that ...
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Malkizedek, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount

וּמַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק מֶלֶךְ שָׁלֵם הוֹצִיא לֶחֶם וָיָיִן וְהוּא כֹהֵן לְאֵל עֶלְיוֹן׃ And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High. (Ber 14, 18) Many ...
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Is Mt Hermon located within the biblical boundaries of the Holy Land?

According to interpreters, Is Mt Hermon located within the biblical boundaries of the Holy Land?
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Why human procreation is not voluntary?

Physiologically, the process of procreation is all "out of our control", whether on the side of men or women. For example, women don't have a choice of deciding whether to get pregnant or not (think ...
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'Alcoholic drinks' and 'reward' are both “שכר”

Alcoholic drinks (and drunkenness) and reward seem like rather disparate ideas! Is there a reason why they might imply one another and do any commentaries interchange between the two to bring some ...
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Shortest amud or daf in Shas?

What is the shortest amud or daf in Shas? I vaguely remember seeing a daf that was only a couple lines of gemara or so (maybe in Pesachim?) but don't remember where it was. Daf in this case, ...
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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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What is halachically considered an instrument for the purposes of Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

It's commonly practiced to avoid music during at least part of Sefirah and the entirety of the Three Weeks. Many of those who hold of this stringency also hold that certain types of a capella are ...
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May a E.R. responder or on-call cop be a Shat"z?

Is a shul allowed to ask an on-call cop or E.R. worker, etc. to be a shat"z (shaliach tzibbur) if there is a fairly high likelihood that may be asked to leave on an emergency in the middle of davening?...
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Why is there a difference when to remove tefillin between Rosh Hodesh vs. Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

I've read this M.Y. question that explains why tefillin are removed before Musaf on Rosh Hodesh and Hol Hamo'ed. From what I have noticed in Nusach Ashkenaz shuls, on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach, tefillin is ...
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'Tadir' and Brachos

There is a rule 'תדיר ושאינו תדיר, תדיר קודם'. Loosely translated: When faced with two mitzvos, one must first perform the one which occurs more frequently. Q: When it comes to bracha achrona, we ...
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

I've noticed many people walking backwards when taking leave of the Kosel. Is there any halachic source for this custom?
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Should an Israeli Cohen visiting Diaspora duchen when it's not Yom Tov?

Scenario (based on Ashkenazi practice): An Israeli Cohen who is visiting in Diaspora is there on either Shabbat 8th day of Pesach or Shabbat 2nd Day Shavu'ot. For him, it is a "regular" Shabbat. He ...
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Can a person still be an Orthodox Jew and believe that the Torah contains narratives that are not scientifically correct?

I am taking the position that perhaps the Torah does contain narratives that are not scientifically correct, such as the creation and early human history narratives found in the first 11 chapters of ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Transmitting bad traits

IIRC, there was a statement made that a person who fixes their bad trait before their child is born, will not pass that trait along to their child. I'm trying to locate this, but I'm not having any ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...
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How does frequency of a Sanhedrin killing make sense in light of the concept of “Kippah”?

The mishnah on Makkos 7a states: סנהדרין ההורגת אחד בשבוע נקראת חובלנית רבי אליעזר בן עזריה אומר אחד לשבעים שנה רבי טרפון ורבי עקיבא אומרים אילו היינו בסנהדרין לא נהרג אדם מעולם רשב"ג אומר אף הן ...
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Any recommendation on sources regarding fasting in Judaism? [closed]

The question extends not just to fasting on Taanit tsibbur, but in general. What Rabbis have said about power for tikkun, health benefits, halacha on when one should fast, kabalah, etc.
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Wrong brocho made at a bris for a ger?

I was learning Yoreh Deah Hilchos Geirim and couldn't find any commentators explanation as to what should be done if the normal bris milah blessings were made for the circumcision of a convert. It ...
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How many people participated in the golden calf?

When Moshe comes down from Har Sinai & sees the golden calf he says ‘Whoever is for God, join me.’ After the Leviim gather he orders them to grab their swords & execute anyone involved. They ...
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Does Jewess who wants to marry a non-converted Noachide need a ketubah?

I understand that traditionally this is prohibited, but since they are the same faith would they require a ketubah or a modified version? I read that Rav Feinstein would rather à kohen marry a Goya ...
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Why no dot over the letter vav in the name of G-d in Genesis 2:4? [duplicate]

Reading Genesis 2:4, I noticed that the four-letter name of G-d does not have a dot over the letter "vav" as it usually has in other places in Tanakh. Why is that?
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Are there any “prerequisite” masechtot?

When I have taught Talmud classes to some beginners, I try to give them an overview of the tractate prior to starting it. Usually, I locate the relevant laws / verses in the Torah. I think it's tough ...
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What was the first “Siddur” prayer / section?

Outside of Shema and the Amidah, can someone explain the chronology of what sections of the Siddur service as we currently have them were added? E.g. was Psukei Dezimra added first? Blessings before / ...
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Does a child's life take precedence over a parent's life?

The Talmud in Bava Metzia 62a brings a scenario where if two people were traveling in the desert and one has a flask of water but there's only enough water for one of them to reach civilization alive: ...
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Is one required to investigate nonperishable chametz gifts from nonobservant Jews?

When receiving a nonperishable chametz gift (of the type that many people keep at home for months or years - say vodka) from a nonobservant Jew, is one required to investigate whether the giver owned ...
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Should a congregational rabbi resign based on “common public” accusations?

Last night, I found numerous articles published in many newspapers over the course of about the past decade regarding several students accusing a former Yeshiva principal who sexually abused them. The ...
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Where are the dinim of multiple wives located?

I know the history, the gezerim, etc., but what I can't find is the practical halachot once one has multiple wives. Where can I find this?
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Why/how is Abraham considered the “Founder of Judaism”?

Why is Abraham called 'the founder of Judaism' given that he didn't write its founding legislation, which is what 'founders' of other religions did (for example, Paul and Muhammed)? What place does ...
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Why are doubtful nega'im (generally) pure? (Nega'im 5:1)

Nega'im 5:1 teaches that all cases of doubtful nega'im are to be ruled pure, with two exceptions: A case where it is unclear whether white hairs in a nega' appeared before or after the nega' itself. ...
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Is armed bank robbery considered Gezel or Gnevah?

Halachicly, Is armed bank robbery, in working hours, where the robbers wear masks and are unidentified, considered Gezel or Gnevah? I'm confused with Rambam's definitions in Hilchos Gnevah 1.
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Are there any dress codes for righteous gentiles during prayers?

In Judaism, while not obligated to, the Jews wear Tallit and Teffilin during some prayers. What about the Gentiles - are there special clothes or items for righteous Gentiles to wear during prayers?
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May one graduate in a multi-purpose church building?

Suppose a school graduation is held in a building that is used for church services as well as various kinds of non-religious cultural events. One example of such a venue is the United Palace theater; ...
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Don't do as non-Jews do?

Are there things Jews are not allowed to do, per halacha, simply on the grounds that some non-Jews do it, and not because these things are bad in themselves? (These non-Jews may have a bad overall ...
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Kiddushin via a valuable coin that's literally worth less than a perutah

Suppose one were to mekadesh a woman using a valuable coin that is literally worth less than a perutah, but the same coin technically carried an additional value. For example: a 1943 1 cent Lincoln ...
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Why are the days of sefiras haomer counted at the beginning but the weeks at the end?

When counting sefiras haomer, we count the number of the day we are about to start but the number of the week we have most recently completed. For example, on the first day we say "today is one day" ...
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What happens if someone misses a day of Bahab?

Let’s say that someone, for whatever reason (say he forgot it was Behab), accepted upon himself to fast Behab but didn’t fast one of the days (say, for instance, he fasted Monday but not Thursday). ...

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