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Music with unholy content and the Jewish soul [duplicate]

As I grew in my Jewish self I've started to be very weary of the people I surround myself with and (right now way more importantly) the people I want to surround myself in the future. Same can be said ...
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How many blessings for Rashi and Rabeinu Tam tefillin?

How many brachot are said when donning two pairs of tefillin (Rashi and Rabeinu Tam)? Does it matter how much time has passed between the two donnings (the one before Shacharit and the second after ...
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Should one have separate reusable water bottles for meat and dairy meals? [duplicate]

If I were to use a reusable water bottle should I be concerned about using one when I eat dairy and another when I have meat, or can I just wash it out?
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Are the children obligated to [care to] heal their parents?

We have found a Rabbinical regulation of obligating a husband to care (at least financially) for his wife's health. While we're obligated for honoring our parent [by caring for them, feeding and ...
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Chassidim selling their silver ataros to bail their Rebbe from prison

Today is Yud-Tes Kislev, the anniversary of the day the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch1 was released from prison. I once heard that his chassidim sold their silver ataros on their tallisos to pay for his ...
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Can any brand or type of olive oil be used to light Chanukah candles?

Many of the stores in my neighborhood sell specially marked bottles or cans of olive oil for Chanukah. A while ago, someone told me that I cannot use any store brand of olive oil (like Trader Joe's, ...
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What is the meaning of “k'neged kullam”?

What is the meaning of "k'neged kullam"? The Talmud says: "אֵלּוּ דְבָרִים שֶׁאָדָם אוֹכֵל פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶן בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה וְהַקֶּרֶן קַיֶּמֶת לוֹ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא. כִּבּוּד אָב וָאֵם, וּגְמִילוּת ...
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Slow at Full Tachanun - keep going?

I am slower than the shlichei tzibbur in my shul at Full Tachanun (Shacharis Mon, Fri). I usually get about half-way through by the time they start taking the Sefer out. Do I keep going, ignoring the ...
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Why use “Kiddushin” instead of biblical “Erusin”?

Why did the Sages see a need of inventing a new word "Kiddushin" instead of the biblical Hebrew word "Erusin" used everywhere in the Torah, as in: "וּמִי־הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־אֵרַשׂ אִשָּׁה וְלֹא ...
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Adding aliyah breaks at the beginning of the parsha

Last year I was the baal korei at an aufruf. The shul's policy was to allow two extra aliyos for a simcha, for a total of 9 + maftir. The bride's grandfather z"l, a Kohen and Holocaust survivor in ...
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Does the metaphor of righteous men as Jerusalem's walls appear anywhere in the Torah?

I had a dream in which God spoke to me. He told me: "See these ruins of the wall (in Jerusalem)? These ruins are not ruins, these are the righteous men of Israel." -i.e. righteous men of Israel are ...
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Speaking with/Dreaming of Eliyahu Hannavi?

What are the various opinions on the matter? I know this is vague, but I'm really at a loss. My mother claims to have seen/spoken to Eliyahu Hannavi many years ago, so I'm curious on if we believe ...
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Where to convert? Please help [closed]

My name is Caleb and I am a former Celtic Pagan who wishes to convert to Orthodox Judaism. I want to convert more than anything. My soul yearns for it. I'm not content being a Noahide, and even though ...
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God appearing in dreams?

Is it possible that God appears to people in dreams these days? Can a person who spoke to Hashem in a dream consider this as a real dialog with God or should we instead consider it as pure work of our ...
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Versions of HaNeros Hallalu

There seem to be many variations of the text of HaNeros Hallalu, the explanatory paragraph that people recite while lighting Hanukkah lights. Is it possible to list the major versions? What are the ...
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How האב\הרב שמחל על כבדו is done practically?

This is a follow up to "The meaning of “האב שמחל על כבדו כבדו מחול”?. We learned that (acc. to Rashb"a) the father's מחילה על כבודו totally invalidates the Mitzvah of Kibud Av so the son is not ...
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The meaning of “האב שמחל על כבדו כבדו מחול”?

This is a follow-up question to "does-mechilah-invalidate-kibud-av". The Gemmorah in Kiddushin 32 states: "א"ר יצחק בר שילא א"ר מתנה אמר רב חסדא האב שמחל על כבודו כבודו מחול" Translating מחילה ...
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How is it determined whether someone goes to Heaven or to Hell?

I was told by a Chabad rabbi that the determination of reaching Heaven or Hell (Gan Eden or Gehinnom) is done through the weighing of aveiros (sins) and mitzvos (good deeds). This was, of course, a ...
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Need to cite sources

What is the need to have a source for any teaching of Torah? Can you please give me sources for the answer based on mussar and halacha also.
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Source for taking an oath on beard and payos

I remember seeing in a sefer that when Jews would take an oath they would take one on their beard and payos, this showed how much they valued the mitzvah of beard and payos. Does anyone know where ...
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A poor person, Chanukah candles v. Shabbos candles, and selling clothing to buy candles

Although one who cannot afford Shabbos candles is not required to sell his clothing to fund them, one who cannot afford Chanuka candles is required to sell his clothing. (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 671.) ...
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Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim's introduction to the Ein Yaakov- Where is it?

In the commentary Eitz Yosef to Gemara Berachos daf 3a, on the words "ve'ha kamashma lan..." he references an introduction to the Ein Yaakov by Rabbi Dovid Oppenheim. I looked around and could not ...
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Does Mechilah invalidate Kibud Av?

Following the question: "no-bracha-on-kibud-av-vaeim", some tried to say that the Sages did not set a Berocho for this Mitzvah as the father can be Mochel and there's no Mitzvah in such a case. ...
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Do Jews consider Jesus to be a magician?

With black magic you can do amazing thing, including bewitching people senses for example to see thing, hear thing and feel certain sensation whether emotionally of physically. Often when a Prophet ...
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Are Tefillin allowed to be put in a prison?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 135:14) states that one should not bring a Sefer Torah into a prison.: "בני אדם החבושים בבית האסורין אין מביאי' אצלם ס"ת אפילו בר"ה ויה"כ: הגה והיינו דוקא בשעת ...
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Does anyone comment on the name Reu'el for Eisav's son?

In Vayishlach (Ber. 36:10) Eisav has a son named Reu'el. While the meanings of/reasons for the names of those in Eisav's line are not provided, it seems to me that this name sticks out because it ...
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Yaakov becoming Ish-Sadeh?

"וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם יֹשֵׁב אֹהָלִים׃" Yaakov was sitting down and studying (Rashi) and Eisov going to the fields: "...
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Torah codes: a message from God?

The Torah has been the subject of many numerological attempts at applying greater / different meaning. The Torah Code being a popular example resulting in a book and a movie (at least one movie). My ...
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Modesty of the other side

Rav Tzadok haCohen in Peri Tzaddik on Vayishlach, section 11, last paragraph, discusses that Persian/Medean exile corresponds to Yaakov avinu. In passing, he discusses the Talmud (Bavli Berachos 8b) ...
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Did any rabbis address the theological possibility/implications of nuclear extinction?

During the Cold War, plenty of people were aware (I think?) that detonating enough nuclear bombs could lead to human extinction. Did any rabbis address whether the belief that Moshiach will come mean ...
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Qafih edition of Bustan al-Uqul Online?

Is R. Yosef Qafih's translation גן השכלים by R. Nathanel al-Fayumi available online somewhere? It seems to appear here in Otzar HaChochma but only the first 40 pages.
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Reason for Yaakov not rushing to meet back his parents?

Follow-up to "yaakovs-lack-of-kibud-av-while-in-haran": Why Yaakov had no plans to see his parents when he returned from Haran, instead he buys a piece of land in Shechem, then moves on and only ...
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Tribes' names with את and without?

"וַתַּהַר לֵאָה וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ רְאוּבֵן" "וַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן ... וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ שִׁמְעוֹן" "וַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן ... עַל־כֵּן קָרָא־שְׁמוֹ לֵוִי" "וַתַּהַר עוֹד ...
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How was Shnayim mikra ve-echad targum done before printing?

The source for Shnayim mikra ve-echad targum is the Gemara in Tractate Berakhot 8a: אמר רב הונא בר יהודה אמר רבי אמי "לעולם ישלים אדם פרשיותיו עם הצבור שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום Rav Huna bar Yehuda says ...
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Why does chabad say “Yisbareich” instead of “yisbarach”?

Why according to the Nusach Ari (siddur "Tehilat Hashem") does it say "yisbareich" instead of "yisbarach" in Kaddish?
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Why does the Torah list all of Esav's Tribes?

What is significance the Torah wants us to learn from the seemingly exhaustive list of Esav's tribes? (The entire chapter Bereishis 36, which is 43 pesukim long) Note: I heard the Gra says it hints ...
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Esav Tribal Wives

Most the tribes of Esav do not have wives listed among the husbands, yet we find (Bereishis 36:39) וַיָּמָת בַּעַל חָנָן בֶּן־עַכְבּוֹר וַיִּמְלֹךְ תַּחְתָּיו הֲדַר וְשֵׁם עִירוֹ פָּעוּ וְשֵׁם ...
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Are you allowed to request someone to buy a product that by law you would not be allowed to buy?

Follow up to this M.Y. question... In most states, people under 18 aren't allowed to buy alcohol, because the law wants to discourage young kids from consuming it. The buying, per se, is not the ...
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Rachel Naming Binyamin

Rachel's final action before leaving this world was to give her son the name Ben Oni (Bereishis 35:18) וַיְהִי בְּצֵאת נַפְשָׁהּ כִּי מֵתָה וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ בֶּן־אוֹנִי וְאָבִיו קָרָא־לוֹ ...
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“Impossible” to resist a sin

In Tzidkat Hatzaddik 43, we see: Sometimes a person is subjected to such a difficult test that it is impossible that he not sin. As our Sages said [in explaining the sin of the Golden Calf: “...
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Which is the “miracle of Channukah”?

I have seen questions and discussions which argue whether the miracle of Channukah was the military victory (rabim b'yad me'atim) or the finding/lasting of the pure oil. However, it seems that neither ...
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Getting something that requires you to be over 18 when you’re not

Are there any sources that would constitute the following as stealing/gezel: If one buys a product that the website requires one to be 18 years or older to purchase and is underage? So let’s say you ...
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What bracha should be made when smelling soap?

I'm assuming that when one showers / bathes and uses a bar of soap but isn't concentrating on the smell, he would not need to make a bracha. (There is a similar M.Y. question about needing to make a ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

How many se'ifim (not simanim) are there in the entire Shulchan Aruch? Not just Orach Chaim and not the Kitzur, but the entire, unabridged sefer. I'm trying to figure out scheduling for reviewing ...
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How do we attain salvation?

At school we are taught that people who are good will go to Heaven and people who are bad will go to Hell. So if this is true, doing good deeds such as charity, fasting and worship of God should be ...
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Case of causing someone to sin?

Are there any sources that would constitute this causing others to sin? If one addressed a Non Religous Jew about keeping kosher, and tried to make him keep kosher, and the non religious Jew said he ...
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Why may one not wear Tefillin after Shekiah?

The Gemara (Menachos 36b) writes: אמר ר' אלעזר כל המניח תפילין אחר שקיעת החמה עובר בעשה ור' יוחנן אמר עובר בלאו R’ Elazar said: whoever places Tefillin after sunset violates a positive ...
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Chabad nusach for Birkat Hamazon

I noticed that in the last part of Birkat Hamazon, at the level of the pesukim יראו את ה' קדושיו ... יְראוּ אֶת יְיָ קְדֹשָׁיו, כִּי אֵין מַחְסוֹר לִירֵאָיו. כְּפִירִים רָשׁוּ וְרָעֵבוּ, וְדֹרְשֵׁי ...
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Why in HaMapil do we ask to wake up in peace twice?

In the bedtime Shema, Nusach Ashkenaz includes this phrase in HaMapil: שתשכיביני לשלום ותעמידיני לשלום [May it be Your will...] that You lay me down in peace and that You stand me up in peace ...
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Nimrod - Righteous?

The Torah tells us the following about Nimrod (Bereishis 10:8-9, alhatorah translation): ה֣וּא הֵחֵ֔ל לִֽהְי֥וֹת גִּבֹּ֖ר בָּאָֽרֶץ׃ הֽוּא־הָיָ֥ה גִבֹּֽר־צַ֖יִד לִפְנֵ֣י י״י֑ עַל־כֵּן֙ יֵֽאָמַ֔ר ...

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