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Jews and Gentiles [duplicate]

For what purpose were the gentiles created by Hashem ?
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Did the Kohen Gadol wear Tzitzit? [duplicate]

When reading about the Kohen Gadol's 8 garments you don't see any mention of Tzitzit! Is it mentioned anywhere if the Kohen Gadol wore Tzitzit? I know that a man is only obligated to wear Tzitzit on ...
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What was the significance of Pomegranates?

What was the significance of Pomegranates on the Kohen Gadol's "Me'il"? Why specifically Pomegranates and not any other shape?
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Is idolatry more than the worship of inanimate objects?

Many rabbis (mostly, if not only, non-traditional, I believe) are giving us new interpretations of the word “idolatry”. We sometimes hear that the pursuit of material possessions is worship of wealth;...
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Skipping Paragraphs in long Tachanun

Although it pains me to ask the question, after davening in many orthodox shuls throughout New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, it seems chazanim often skip parts of והוא רחום (longer Monday/Thursday ...
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Choosing name for our children

Is there a comprehensive list which we can pick names from? I’m looking for all traditional names, not names that are modern creations or not Jewish originally.
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What are some major differences between the G'RA and the Ba'al Shem Tov?

What are some major differences between the G'RA and the Ba'al Shem Tov, in terms of hashkafa, learning style, and other differences? Any sources would be great.
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“The Disputation” Christian (& Messianic) missionary claims

I have a copy of a book "The Disputation" (1972, Scholarly Publications) which is described in its Amazon page like this: This book is one of the finest books around to use in refuting Hebrew ...
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Explanation of Makkot 15a [closed]

Makkot 15a begins by asking: Why did Rabbi Yohanan say something and then claim he did not say it? I don't understand the Gemara's answer to that question. Can anybody explain it to me?
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Why don't we say “please” (that often)?

The week day Shmoneh Esrei prayer has a series of requests during which we ask Hashem for many of our needs. In my siddur (Tefilla Hashalem) there is a subtle change made in the texts of 1 of the ...
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How do I light the other candles with the shamash if I use wick and oil rather than candles? [duplicate]

I'd like to change over from candles to wick and oil for lighting my Chanukah candles, but I can't figure out how you light the other candles from a wick and oil shamash. Todah.
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Used meat spoon in a dairy bowl with dairy oatmeal with hot water [closed]

A meat metal spoon has been accidentally used to eat hot dairy oatmeal in a dairy ceramic bowl that is used on a daily basis. Do the spoon or bowl need to kashered? If so, how?
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Why not bend the knees in Alenu?

This OU source and dinonline say to bow at the waist in Alenu starting with the phrase "ve'anachnu kore'im" but not to bend the knees. Why not bend the knees for this phrase, given that it means just ...
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Request clarification on forum policy on Judaism [migrated]

My post on living a Jewish life in the USA was closed as not being Jewish enough: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/98951/seeking-jewish-version-of-the-mid-20th-century-green-book-travel-...
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Causing Bitul Torah to the Choleh when visiting

Visiting the sick - Bikur Cholim - is the type of Mitzvah that often/usually cannot be done by others (since every person potentially makes a difference), and therefore one has an obligation to do so ...
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Is faith being built on 'mind, heart and actions'?

I've found this article online and part of it - from the words: "Philosophers of religion have observed that the word 'faith' covers a number of types or categories of religious existence..." till "...
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What causes a person to do Avodah Zarah?

In relation to "Definition of Avodah Zarah": I would like to know what drives or causes a person to worship Avodah Zarah in the first place; i.e. what lies at the core of it? Is there a reason why it’...
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Why do some textbooks say that there are 10 tribes of Israel?

My current boring, older-than-me textbook says that there are 10 tribes. My much more often updated teacher say that there are 12. And my friend who reads encyclopedias for fun says 13.
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Different kinds of Moshav Leitzim clowns

On Gemore Avoda Zara 18b, there's a list of multiple Moshav Leitzim examples: תנו רבנן ההולך לאיצטדינין ולכרקום וראה שם את הנחשים ואת החברין בוקיון ומוקיון ומוליון ולוליון בלורין סלגורין הרי זה ...
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Why does the Torah refer to G-d paternally?

We know G-d has no gender yet our Scriptures use masculine pronouns when referring to Him and also when He refers to Himself in the third person. Obviously there are only three options: male, female ...
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How did they engrave the Choshen Mishpat stones for the Second Temple? [duplicate]

The Gemara sounds like they used the mysterious shamir worm to engrave the words on the Avnei Miluim on the Choshen. My impression is that they didn't have that in the times of the Second Temple, so ...
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Interpretations of (pseudo)hallucinations vis a vis the Talmud’s interpretations of dreams

The Talmud (last chapter of Berachot, 55a ff.) contains a long treatment interpreting various visions one may experience “בחלום” (in a dream). If when under the influence of a psychoactive drug an ...
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The Torah laws are not for revenge - who said the opposite?

ואסור להתמהמה בחילול שבת לחולה שיש בו סכנה שנאמר אשר יעשה אותם האדם וחי בהם ולא שימות בהם, הא למדת שאין משפטי התורה נקמה בעולם אלא רחמים וחסד ושלום בעולם, ואלו המינים שאומרים שזה חילול שבת ...
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Do objects of idolatry contaminate?

Rambam in Mishneh Torah, Foreign Worship and Customs of the Nations 7:9 speaking about idolatrous objects says that "everything it mingled with and its identity lost" is forbidden property. Is Rambam ...
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Definition of Avodah Zarah

Looking at different explanations regards Avodah Zarah, different/various forms of idolatry, I tried to sum things up, I tried to get to get a definition out of it based on their common denominator. ...
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Why is chabad not worried about putting their head down when saying “l'david” when the Zohar says its dangerous?

Why is it Chabad's minhag to put their head down when saying "L'david" when the Zohar says its dangerous to "fall on ones face" when reciting it?
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Is selling something at a large profit ona'ah (wronging another)?

What would sources say about the following scenario: let’s say you buy a pen for about $20 and two erasers for $5 each, equaling $30 in total. The person who bought these things sells them for $40, ...
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Relief from fasting while traveling?

I fly mutiple times a week nearly every week for work. It has happened a few times that I had to travel on a minor fast day and I was at times surprised to see visibly religious people eating and ...
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Where does the Chasam Sofer z”l state that the Megillah is holier than the Torah?

I once heard a lecture from Rav Moshe Wolfson shlita, where he said in the name of the Chasam Sofer that the Megillah has more kedushah (holiness) than Toras Moshe. Does anyone know the source for ...
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Is a contraceptive diaphragm considered to be a chatzizah for mikvah immersion?

In comparison with many intrauterine contraceptives, the diaphragm is "readily removable" by the female user between uses. Would an inserted diaphragm be considered a chatzizah for mikvah immersion? ...
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Why in the olden days was there such a long break between Kiddushin & Nisuin?

In the times of the Gemara, a person would do the Kiddushin and then a year later would do the Nisuin (see Mishnah on Kesuvos 57a). Today we do Erusin and Nissuin at once under the Chupah. Why did ...
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Why isn't borrowing from non-Jews forbidden because of Devarim 15:6?

Devarim 15:6 says "For the Lord, your God, has blessed you, as He spoke to you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule ...
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Who wrote Ikar Siftei Chachamim?

Siftei Chachamim (שפתי חכמים) is a super-commentary on Rashi's commentary on the Torah, written by the 17th-Century CE Polish scholar Shabbethai Bass. It tends to be included in Mikraot Gedolot ...
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The application of the dispute about the borders of Babylon

The Talmud (Kiddushin 71b) discusses the differences in the lineage of people from different places in the vicinity of Bavel (Babylon) by analogy of health. Bavel is healthy (has a good lineage), ...
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Why didn't Paroh have Moshe killed?

Follow up to this question. Moshe shows up with his brother and makes a demand of Paroh -- give up a chunk of your labor, or else. Then time and time again, Hashem, through Moshe, effects a major ...
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Nefesh HaChaim vs Derech Hashem

What is the difference (in content) between Nefesh HaChaim and Derech Hashem? Are they written to educate the reader on the same topic? Does one presuppose knowledge while the other doesn't? Is one a ...
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Is a “shaliach” required to perform a brit milah?

From my understanding of the way the mitzvah is phrased in the Torah, a person, should assure that he is circumcised. A baby, of course, cannot make this request at 8 days old, so, the father would do ...
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How come the Torah doesn't recount how Avraham and Sarah met?

We know how Yitzchak met Rivka, and how Yaakov met Rachel & Leah- but why doesn't the Torah tell us how Avraham and Sarah met? If you want to say that it's because they weren't Jewish at the time ...
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How to feel about not liking Gemara?

Is there any literature discussing the idea that someone could simply not like learning Gemara or find it very difficult and painful to learn? I'm looking for sources that discuss how to respond to ...
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Isaiah 29:13: lips that honour, but hearts that are far from HaShem?

Yeshayahu 29:13 reads: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֲדֹנָ֗י יַ֚עַן כִּ֤י נִגַּשׁ֙ הָעָ֣ם הַזֶּ֔ה בְּפִ֤יו וּבִשְׂפָתָיו֙ כִּבְּד֔וּנִי וְלִבּ֖וֹ רִחַ֣ק מִמֶּ֑נִּי וַתְּהִ֤י יִרְאָתָם֙ אֹתִ֔י מִצְוַ֥ת אֲנָשִׁ֖ים ...
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Whence 'kvatter'?

As part of every ashkenazi brit milah ceremony I have attended, the baby was passed from a woman (the kvatterin) to a man (the kvatter, always her husband?) who then brought the baby in to the ...
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What does it mean “…idleness leads to Shiamum”?

Mishnah Ketubot 5:5: רַבָּן שִׁמְעוֹן בֶּן גַּמְלִיאֵל אוֹמֵר, אַף הַמַּדִּיר אֶת אִשְׁתּוֹ מִלַּעֲשׂוֹת מְלָאכָה, יוֹצִיא וְיִתֵּן כְּתֻבָּתָהּ, שֶׁהַבַּטָּלָה מְבִיאָה לִידֵי שִׁעֲמוּם: ......
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Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice?

Is numerology an acceptable Jewish practice, and if so how does one differentiate between it and non-Jewish forms? According to Wikipedia Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical ...
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Is a sin only counted if it was committed three times or more?

According to the Rambam (Teshuvah 3,5): "בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁשּׁוֹקְלִין עֲוֹנוֹת אָדָם עִם זְכֻיּוֹתָיו אֵין מְחַשְּׁבִין עָלָיו עָוֹן שֶׁחָטָא בּוֹ תְּחִלָּה וְלֹא שֵׁנִי אֶלָּא מִשְּׁלִישִׁי וְאֵילָךְ."...
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Was Jesus a rabi? [duplicate]

When Jesus reads from the scrolls in the sinagoge, none of the leaders get all enraged, so doesn't that show that he was a proper rabi? For I suppose that only a true rabi could be allowed to touch ...
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What is the halachic justification for allowing B'nei Noach to live in Eretz Israel today?

According to the Rambam(Mishneh Torah ~ Sefer Madda ~ Avodat Kochavim ~ Chapter 10 ~ Halacha 6) when Yovel doesn't apply, Batei Dinim lack the authority to accept a ger toshav. Thus today, there is ...
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What is the midrash about Nadav and Avihu being burned from within?

In a recent study of the part of Sh'mini about Nadav and Avihu bringing aish zarah (alien fire), somebody vaguely recalled a midrash that the fire that killed them entered through their nostrils and ...
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For a person who doesn't eat dairy are there any halachic or health issues with using a meaty pot to cook all food and drink?

For a person who doesn't eat dairy and won't be sharing food or drink with anyone, is there any halachic problem with using a meaty pot to cook all food and drink? Also, it is advisable to eat meat ...
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Does boiling lettuce remove insects?

If one were to submerge lettuce in a pot of boiling water, cover the pot with a lid, let the lettuce boil for a minute and then discard the water; would doing so remove all the bugs?
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Is there an algorithmic way to determine whether a munakh is a munakh legarmei?

In general, a munakh before psik munakh revii is a munakh legarmei. That’s the easy part. But this question makes it clear that there are others. Specifically, they occasionally occur Before mapakh ...

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