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RaDaQ's commentary on Psalm 45?

The Jewish Study Bible says that RaDaQ has a long polemic against the Christian reading at the end of his commentary on Psalm 45. I am particularly interested in what he says on the first sentence in ...
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Does Shalom/“peace” need Genizah?

It is known that Shalom is a name of Hashem, thus it is forbidden to say it as salutation in some places. And also, to not write it in a letter, because the risk of the receiver throwing it to the bin....
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Why Skip Kabbalas Shabbos on Yom Tov?

In my experience among all Ashkenaz shuls across America, it seems we skip Kabbalas Shabbos when shabbos falls out on Yom Tov. Where did this come from and why?
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On which evening should we start saying “V'tein tal u'matar li'vrachah”? (The ArtScroll siddur disagrees with The Book of Our Heritage.) [duplicate]

If a Jew lives outside of Israel, they should start saying "וְתֵן טַל וּמָטָר לִבְרָכָה" ("And give dew and rain for a blessing") during evening prayers on a certain evening in December. Various ...
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Justification for a Religious Party to Participate in a Secular Government

I can think of quite a few refrains that I have heard or read from anti-Zionist camps saying that joining the (secular) Israeli government which has a hand in certain aveiros is prohibited due to ...
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Did Rambam say that God closes the gate of Teshuvah?

R' Yossi Mizrachi mentions in a YouTube video that the Rambam (Maimonides) writes in Hilchos Teshuvah: The biggest punishment to a Jew is God closing the gate of teshuvah (repentance) in his face. ...
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Is one “obligated” to eat donuts/latkes on Hanukkah (as to not deviate from customs)?

In general one should not deviate from accepted customs (i.e minhag yisroel zu halacha). Does that obligate one to eat donuts/latkes/dairy on Chanukkah if he would prefer not to?
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Lighting Hannukyah : should a flame be lit during the Brochos?

Is there a Halachah, that the lighting device (a lighter or another candle or a match) should be lit before the Brochos and the flame must be present and through Brochos, or the Brochos can be made ...
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Hanukkah candles should start from the right, but which right? [duplicate]

It is known that the first Hanukkah candle should be on the right, and every day another candle is added to its left. My question is, which right? If I am lighting the candles in a window or suchlike ...
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Sources for a rounded Menorah [duplicate]

Are there any sources that say the Menorah in the Beis Hamikdash had rounded branches and not straight branches? I know the Rambam drew a depiction of a straight-branched Menorah, and Rashi also ...
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Torah Hebrew calligraphy [closed]

I want to know what was the calligraphy used in the first Torah manuscript? I searched Google but found no answer.
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Does bagged ice need a hechsher?

I am looking for an answer which is a bit more expansive than "Ask your LOR". I have not been able to find "bagged ice" on the lists of any kashrut agencies that post on their lists on the internet.
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What is the significance of oil?

The Shema Prayer (Hear o’ Israel the Lord is God and God is One) is considered Judaism’s declaration of faith in God. Deuteronomy 7:13, quoted from Chabad.org, reads “And He will love you and bless ...
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Why is Joseph's pit mentioned amid all the Chanukah stuff in tractate Shabas?

In the middle of a lengthy discussion about Chanukah, the Bavli (the beginning of Shabas 22) sticks in this seemingly unrelated passage: And R. Kahana said: R. Nasan b. Minyome exegeted in the name ...
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Why the brother didn't sit down and study Torah?

I would expect from Yaakov that was "איש תם יושב אהלים" for 60 years and then 14 years more in the shul of Shem, to educate his kids in a similar manner. Luckily, the Torah describes them as very ...
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Why is it important to stress the “prostitute” part of Tamar's plan regarding Yehuda?

The Torah could get around easily without "incriminating" Yehuda, by saying "ויחשביה לזונה" for example or describing that when he's looking for her (with his fellow) he uses this term of a "...
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How did Tamar know that Yehuda will sleep with a prostitute?

Following the question "understanding-Tamars-plan", how was Tamar sure Yehuda will turn to a prostitute the moment he sees her? Needless to say how bad is the transgression and how great and pious ...
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Are there halachos on how to give a hesped (eulogy)?

Are there any halachos pertaining to how one should or should not give a hesped? If so, what are they? If not, are there general guidelines based on what the goal of a hesped is?
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What's the longest “‫אמר ר׳ X אמר ר׳ Y‬” in the Talmud?

What's the longest "‫אמר ר׳ X אמר ר׳ Y‬" in the Talmud? For example Kiddushin 39: ואינהו כמאן סברוה? כי הא דתניא:‏ רבי אלעזר בר׳ יוסי אומר משום ר׳ יוסי בן דורמסקה שאמר משום ...
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Can 'old souls' be gilgulim from the future (in their reincarnation cycle)?

Until recently, I have always understood the process of reincarnation/gilgulim to be like an iceberg melting into the ocean; the iceberg representing the origin - 'beginning' of time (as we know it) -...
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What (if any) dati leumi/chardal yeshivot teach kabbalah in Israel? [closed]

I plan to go to yeshiva after the army, and I am looking for where to go.
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Is the one who fights with Jacob in Genesis 32: 25-31 a simple emissary of Esau according to a current of Jewish tradition?

I am an Italian noahide. I read the following words written by an Italian Orthodox Jew about the figure of one who fights with Jacob in Genesis 32: 25-31 This figure is defined by the tradition "...
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Are dreidels supposed to be fair? [closed]

In math terms, dice are expected to be "fair": every face should have the same odds of coming up on a proper roll. Before dice existed, people used pastern bones (which is knucklebone from livestock). ...
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Does Judaism teach the circumcision of the breath?

In Zoroastrianism the saying goes 'Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds' The circumcision of breath is when "sayings about error" are cut out of one's dialect. Using a car with a flat tire as an ...
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Why does Rabba bar Mari in the Talmud quote Ben Sira as a part of “the Writings” when it is not in the Ketuvim section of the Tanakh?

As revealed in the answer here, in Bava Kama 92b, Rava asks Rabba bar Mari for the source of a popular saying, and Rabba bar Mari answers with five different sources for it. The third verse, which is ...
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Was Josef sold in Egypt by the Midianites or the Ishmaelites? [duplicate]

In Bereishit 37:28 it says, "The Midianite traders passed by...and sold him (Josef) to the Ishmaelites..." In Bereishit 37:36 it says. "Now the Midianites had sold him (Josef) in Egypt to Potiphar..."...
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What is the “covenant of peace” in Ezekiel 37:26?

What is the meaning of "And I will form a covenant of peace for them" (Ezekiel 37:26)? Does this mean a new covenant will be formed or does the verse speak about the everlasting peace when the ...
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Understanding the word מִצְוַת in וְכָל מִצְוַת שְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה in HaNeros Hallalu

In some versions of HaNeros Hallalu, the following wording is included: וְכָל מִצְוַת שְׁמוֹנַת יְמֵי חֲנֻכָּה הַנֵּרוֹת הַלָּלוּ קֹדֶשׁ (Found, e.g., in Siddur Tefillah Yesharah, thanks to @ezra ...
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What is a source for this idea in Sefer HaYashar? [closed]

The following passage settled with me in an interesting way. Although the statements recorded are themselves quite eye opening, I am unfamiliar with such an idea at large. In that sense was the ...
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On the interpretation of Genesis 1: 1

I'm an Italian noahide. Here are some observations on Genesis 1: 1, about which I would very much like to know your opinion. 1 In most translations I have consulted, the verse is thus render:” In ...
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What does the Torah think of Pangea?

What does Torah literature say about Pangaea? Is it considered be legitimate? Are there sources which lean either way?
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23 different Arayos Mitzvos for Jews vs one for non-Jews

Both 613 Jewish and 7 Noahides are called Mitzvos (ז' מצוות בני נוח) We have a separate Mitzvah for every Ervah (one for mother and one for sister etc), for a total of 22 (I think). Non-Jews have one ...
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Esav “kissed” (vayishakheihu) have dots over this word, is there an explanation? Or is it a scribal error?

In Bereishit 33:4 Esav "kissed" Jacov. In some Torah scrolls the word for kissed (bite) is, "VAYISHAKHEIHU" which has dots over each letter. I have seen some explanations that the dots represent "bite ...
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Thinking of another woman during sex [closed]

If a person is thinking of another woman during intercourse, what is it considered? Does it matter if it is his wife or not? (Could it be considered adultery if committed with let's say a girlfriend?...
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Origin and meaning of the honorific Shlita

It seems to me that for a long time, the word Shlita was popularly associated with the Lubavitcher Rebbe. And in those days when I was first encountering the term and asking about it, I was told that ...
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Why does Rashi's explain “bread” as Putiferah's wife?

In Breishit 39:6 it says that Potiphar did not pay attention to anything that Yosef handled "except for the bread that he (Potiphar) eats." "וַיַּעֲזֹב כָּל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ בְּיַד־יוֹסֵף וְלֹא־יָדַע ...
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A better way to warm up food on shabbat morning

When warming up food on a hot tray on shabbat, most poskim do not allow one to put the food directly on the hot tray, but rather insist on a plate or inverted pot or pan be placed on the hot tray and ...
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Where's the Ketzos Hachoshen about hashava?

I remember many years ago learning a ketzos who quotes an acharon (with a name similar to sason, I think) that the monetary obligation incumbent on a thief flows from the torah's commandment to return ...
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Where can I obtain the sefer “Titen Emes L'Yaakov”?

Rabbi D Neustadt referenced a sefer “Titen Emes L'Yaakov” in his “Weekly Halacha Discussion” titled “The Halachic Definition of a Lie”. Can someone tell me where I can obtain this sefer please? (I ...
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Kashrus of Cotton Candy Grapes

Are the "cotton candy" grapes kosher for consumption? I know Kashrut.com says they are kosher, but am wondering if one of the main organizations made a statement on them. (Not sure if the grape ...
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Is there an “implied” liability for damages caused after something was fixed?

You had a leak under your kitchen sink. You called someone to fix the broken pipe. The person fixes it and makes sure that the pipe no longer leaks. You use the sink "normally" (i.e., you didn't "...
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Does anything in the Tanakh resemble the quote “Each shall seek his own kind”?

I just watched "Fiddler on the Roof" and noticed Tevye said the following: Who says he isn't? It's just that he's a different kind of man. As the Good Book says, "Each shall seek his own kind." In ...
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Gaonic correspondence with Kiev

In a lecture here (@ 4:25) the speaker claims that we have responsa from Gaonim sent to Kiev, Ukraine. My hunch is that he is (mistakenly) referring to R. Moshe of Kiev, a contemporary of Rabbeinu ...
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Why Did Yosef Get Punished For His Hishtadlut While Yaakov Didn't?

Putting Dinah's box situation aside, Yaakov wasn't punished for taking multiple measures in preparation of his confrontation with Esav. He should have just prayed, but he also sent gifts, separated ...
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When two opinions differ how the Halachah is made? [closed]

Lets supose that in talmud sage A say that something is permitted and sage B say that something is not permitted, what opinion should we follow? Have seen some places that the difference is absurd, ...
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Why didn't the brothers try to find Yosef?

Rashi on Bereishis 38:1 says [Judah’s] brothers demoted him from his high position when they saw their father’s distress. They said, “You told [us] to sell him. Had you told [us] to return him, we ...
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Breaking in new retzu'ot* [duplicate]

I got new retzu'ot this Sunday from a fellow user of this forum, a sofer and my chevrutah. However, these new retzu'ot† are much harder than my old ones were when I got them. How would one go about ...
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If there were no other Jews around is a Jewish woman permitted to marry & have children with non Jews?

If a Jewish woman lived on an island without any other Jews & she was unable to leave or convert any of the locals, is she permitted to marry & have children? Would there be any difference or ...
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Guarding Eyes for Noahides (Shemirat Eynayim)?

Are Noahides required to guard their eyes (Shemirat Eynayim) as Jews are? Is there some information in Jewish religious literature addressing this question?
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Can a Jewish man be a sperm donor?

What are the Halachik issues with donating sperm in a non-Jewish community?

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