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Why the names of the Yaakov's grandsons did not survive?

It appears that from the names of Yaakov 50+ grandkids only few (Efrayim, Menashe, Saul and Gershon) made through to our times, others are never mentioned again in the names of Tannayim, Amorayim, ...
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Passover Lamb: Why is the bone not broken?

The mitzvah in exodus 12:46: Why do we not break the bones of the Passover lamb? Is it because it was a pagan practice? or because of something else? Ex. 12:46 It shall be eaten in one house; you ...
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Lashon hara to criticize world leaders? [duplicate]

If a Jew lives in an oppressive country and speaks negatively about that country's leader, is that considered lashon hara?
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Carrying the Torah around

When the Torah is taken out and is being carried around songs are being sung. I would like to know which songs exist for this part of the service and where I could find traditional tunes for those ...
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Pharaoh's adjective change to Yosef

When Pharaoh first hears that Yosef's family is going to reunite, he offers them חלב הארץ, literally the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18). Rashi (ad. loc.) explains חלב means מיטב, the best. Onkelos (...
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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I can't remember where: In either of these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

What will happen to Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated Jews in the Messianic era?
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Wearing a Tallis for Aliyah at Chabad

If there is someone who is not married. However, when he gets an Aliyah he usually wears a tallis (follows Ashkenazi Minhagim), should he wear one if called up for an Aliyah at a Chabad where the ...
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Minyan in beit hamikdash?

Was there prayer services with minyan in the beit hamikdash (along with korbanot), or were those instituted after the qorban to replace the korbanot? (Sources?)
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Is there a minhag of giving tzedakah during the torah service?

My weekday morning minyan recently merged into another one, so we're seeing some minor changes in customs. One that is new to me is: at the end of the torah service, as the torah is being carried ...
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Definition of “Isko Im Hanashim”

Which modern-day poskim address what professional relationships would make one considered "Isko Im Hanashim" - working with women, in relation to Hilchos Yichud, and what are their definitions? For ...
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Why did the Torah need to be given if the Avos knew and kept it?

It is a common theme in aggadic literature that The Avos were incredible tzadikim They more-or-less kept the entire Torah, including some derabannans If the mitzvos were already known and kept, and ...
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What blessing does one make on non-kosher food? [duplicate]

Is a blessing made on non-kosher food that one is normally forbidden (אסור) to eat when one is in an exceptional circumstance? (like for example, starving and without other food) The food becomes ...
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Where ואהבת לרעך applies to one's wife?

In Kiddushin 41a we read that if the wife is/becomes repulsive to her husband he [might be] overriding/transgressing the Mitzvah of ואהבת: "דאמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיקדש את האשה עד שיראנה ...
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What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה?

What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Mishte" and the second is read ...
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Do women always love their husbands?

Following the previous question: "obligation-to-see-a-woman-prior-to-kiddushin" the Gemmorah (Kiddushin 41a) states that: "אבל בהא איסורא לית בה כדר"ל דאמר ר"ל טב למיתב טן דו מלמיתב ארמלו ...
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Clarification on obligation to see a woman prior to kiddushin

Kiddushin 41a: "דאמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיקדש את האשה עד שיראנה שמא יראה בה דבר מגונה ותתגנה עליו ורחמנא אמר "ואהבת לרעך כמוך" Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: It is forbidden for a ...
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List of which Rishonim wrote on each Masechta?

I would like to know if anyone has made a comprehensive list/chart of which Rishonim wrote on each masechta in shas. Such a list would include details such as: Masechtos where Rashi is not rashi, the ...
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If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?

If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher (meat and milk,chicken and milk, pork…) should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?
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Is it possible to kasher a steak knife with a wooden handle? [closed]

Home aid for my parents probably messed up steak knife with a wooden handle. Knife is normal stainless steel with wooden handle with a few metal rivets holding the wood together. Can I fix it?
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Source of Zohar on Resurrection of the Dead

Rabbi Nachman Bulman, in his book Longing for Dawn (page 78) writes the following: The Zohar says that at the Resurrection of the Dead each person will return with the same soul and the same body ...
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Was Adam HaRishon's eating from the Tree of Knowledge really a sin

Most of the characterizations I have seen portray eating of the Tree of Knowledge as a sin. Yet (I personally, with no validation for my surmise) would be inclined to think otherwise. My reasoning is:...
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Additional Oral Law classification systems?

This question is a follow-up to the "no-form-for-the-oral-law" question. These are the systems of organizing the total Oral Law (as opposed to Mitzvos Classification systems) that are known to me: ...
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Would Noahides be required to eat kosher meat?

Would Noahides be required to eat kosher meat because one of the Noahide laws is not to eat blood and since non-kosher meat doesn't soak and salt their meat to get the blood out wouldn't that by ...
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“Eis” instead of “es” in the crop b'racha in the Amida

The ninth b'racha of the amida begins with the words בָּרֵךְ עָלֵינוּ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ אֶת הַשָּׁנָה הַזֹּאת וְאֶת כָּל מִינֵי תְּבוּאָתָהּ לְטוֹבָה where both את are vocalized with segol (three ...
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When is a Torah scroll kosher? [duplicate]

A Torah scroll that is damaged cannot be used. But if the "good" parts of several Torah scrolls are stitched together, is the resulting scroll kosher? Or does the fact that more than one scribe ...
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When can kashrut certification be withheld?

In today's news (11 Dec 2018): "Rabbis from the Vaad HaRabanim of Flatbush, which grants kosher certification, threatened to pull their supervision of the Garden of Eat In and Orchidea if [a certain]...
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“Famous” Jewish painting “The Talmud” pedigree

I have a painting I inherited from my grandparents that I have seen reproduced elsewhere by seemingly other artists, with some variations. The scene depicts a number of rabbis/scholars around a table ...
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Giving Maaser To a Jewish Beggar Who Comes After Davening

After shacharit today, a Jewish person came into shul asking for money to help him provide for his family. He did not have a letter from a Rabbi validating him, as some other after-davening-beggars do....
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Sources from Tanach for Praying in Minyan

I’ve got a question about people praying together. Hence from were in the Tanach, from which verse(s) or context, did the idea or concept for group/communal/collective prayer developed from? Or is ...
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Reading tehillim for a gentile

A Jewish man wants to say tehillim for his messianic mother who died recently. The guy is a convert. Is it allowed? What else could be done le'ilui Nishmat?
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The holiness of Jerusalem

Why is Jerusalem holy to the Jews? Can you justify this by Torah or Tanakh relevant verses?
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Mourners by Kabbalat Shabbat

Is there a source that says that someone has to be with a mourner at all times from when he is asked to leave the shul before Lechu Neranena. As I understand the shamash/ warden asks him to leave and ...
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Choosing the Name of a Sefer

Is there a kabbalistic preference for the author of a sefer to create a title alluding from a posuk alluding to his name? If so, why?
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Sources on mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah?

What are some good sources discussing the mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah as well as how it affects one's spirit/life/etc?
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Wearing Two Tzizits

Would wearing two tzizits get you any extra mitzvah? Would you get the extra mitzvah by wearing two Talit katans or one talit gadol and one Talit khatan? Please cite sources.
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Abraham circumcision?

As we know in our today's world, a sentence can be understood if the vocabulary of the words which are in that sentence is also already understood. But if there is a vocabulary which is not already ...
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What Beit Din has an authority to judge me forcefully nowadays?

Let's imagine we currently have a Haredi Autonomy in Jerusalem not subjected to the secular State and to its courts. For simplicity let all residents be religious of different traditions. We have ...
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Is King Saul positively regarded in Judaism?

King David is well-known to be positively regarded in Judaism, not only for his great accomplishments and devotion (psalms, if not authored by him, became prominent because of him), but also as the ...
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How would Yossef's story turn different if he was truly prophesying?

Following my last question "why-did-brothers-take-yossefs-dreams-seriously". How would the development of events be different if instead of simply dreaming, Yossef was having G-d's prophecy of the ...
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Why did brothers take Yossef's dreams seriously?

In my understanding, the whole story of the brother's revenge to Yossef started with Yossef's dreams, which he told his father and brothers. Yossef wasn't a prophet, he showed no signs of genius or ...
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Why does Rav Soloveichik feel lonely when he has G-d?

As I understand it, The Rav feels lonely, as a man of faith he feels definitionally lonely because he can't relate to people and people can't relate to him. Why doesn't he find solace with G-d though? ...
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Minhag to eat Dessert First?

A while ago (at least 25 years ago) I recall a friend's mother saying there was a minhag in Tzfat to eat dessert first, because if you had to suddenly stop your meal in the middle because the Moshiach ...
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“The Sophisticate and the Simpleton” story by Rabbi Nachman- where is the earliest mention of “the Devil” in Jewish Literature?

In his story The Sophisticate and the Simpleton Rabbi Nachman mentions the Devil (Source from Wikisource) Meanwhile someone came and said, "The Devil [Yid. Toivl, Heb. Azazel] has sent for you [...
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Did King Solomon create the first train?

I once heard from a Rabbi in a Nach lesson that King Solomon made the first train, however, the Rabbi cannot remember where the exact source. Can anyone help?
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Torah Study in English

Will one receive the reward of Learning Torah if they read the Tanach, Gemara, Shulchan Aruch, etc. in English if English is their mother tongue? Please cite sources.
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Tenth arrives during or after the silent shemonei esreh - sources

What responsa are there on whether to have chazaras hashatz when the tenth arrives (completing the minyan) during or even after the tefillah b'lachash (silent prayer)?
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Davening in a non-sectarian chapel? [duplicate]

What are the various positions on davening in a non-sectarian chapel, such as at an airport? (I presume there are various positions, but I do not know. I read one position many years ago arguing ...
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Where to daven in Logan airport (Boston)?

Is there a convenient place to daven in Boston's Logan airport around 7:30 am?
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Rav Soloveichik foundational essay on what Modern Orthodoxy is

I was having an argument with someone about Modern Orthodoxy, me being pro him being against, he said that even The Rav said in his foundational essay on Modern Orthodoxy that the reason for Modern ...

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