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Historical sources on Bar Kochba? [closed]

Does anyone know any books or articles I can read to learn more about Bar Kohkba?
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Does Hashem reward you for keeping negative mitzvot?

Does Hashem reward you for keeping negative mitzvot or only punishes for trangressions?
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What are the seven wisdoms? [closed]

I've read several biographies where the author will say that "this person was an expert in the seven wisdoms". Well, I'd like to know if any of y'all can help me out by explaining to me what are these ...
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Selling an electronic cigarette to a minor

Is it a sin to sell an electronic cigarette it to a minor? Please cite sources.
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What must be eaten in a sukkah?

Suppose over Sukkot, one's hotel for chol ha moed won't have a sukkah. I'd like to know what one can eat that won't trigger the "meals must be eaten in a sukkah" issues. (I'm knowledgeable enough ...
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Is it forbidden to buy stock of an American bank? [duplicate]

Is it forbidden to buy stock of an American bank? The reason I ask is given the number of Jews in the USA, it seems unlikely that the bank wouldn't lend money with interest to Jews. What is the ...
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Timeline of learning the parts of the written and oral Torahs

As we follow the rule that the Torah is not chronological (אין מוקדם ומאוחר בתורה), I'm very confused about the order of receiving different parts of the Torah in the 40 years from the Exodus to the ...
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What's the reason for the non-uniformity of the 10 commandments?

The 10 commandments are very different in terms of the information (details) provided, some are not detailed at all (like לא תרצח, לא תגנוב) some lack details but the reward is described (כבוד אב) and ...
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Slowness of information exchange at Matan Torah

Humans are really slow on information input/output either talking or reading, averaging at about 4 words per second (20bps), comparing to say an average computer network at 1Gbps (50M times slower). ...
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Can a Jew post half-naked photos of himself online? [duplicate]

Can a Jewish man post photos of himself where he is with a naked torso (on the beach, for instance), according to Halacha?
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Technological advances of Yehoshua's generation over the natives

My question is based on "were-rabbis-ahead-of-the-times". A claim is made that the Torah contains scientific knowledge known to Rabbis and unknown to Gentiles. Many try to bring examples from the ...
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קול ענות אנכי - The sound of selfishness?

When Moshe came down from Mount Sinai with the knowledge that his people corrupted themselves (dealt corruptly) - quickly turned aside the way which HaShem commanded them, making a molten calf, ...
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Change of the heart

In some places (like Mishlei 3:3 and 7:3) our hearts are compared to luchot (tablets) on which one should inscribe the words of HaShem. In another places our hearts should be circumcised: Devarim 10:...
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Can a Jewish doctor refuse to treat a wicked non-Jew?

Ignoring any Secular law issues, Is a Jew obligated to save the life of a wicked non Jew? Does it make a difference whether his refusal will become publicly known? Example: If a non-Jew who is a ...
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Should you fire a Torah teacher if a better one is available?

If you find a better Torah teacher, is it halachically OK to fire the existing one? The Talmud says: A certain schoolteacher mistreated his students. Rav Acha made him vow [that he would not teach ...
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Rabbinic sources on (un)fulfillment of prophecy in Ezekiel 29 [duplicate]

In Ezekiel 29, the prophet predicts very specifically that Nebuchadnezzar will conquer Egypt and get lots of loot. Historically, Nebuchadnezzar attempted to conquer Egypt, but was repelled by Pharaoh ...
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Source for Moses' life divided into 3 parts of 40 years

I am looking for a source (Gemara? Midrash?) that says that Moshe Rabbeinu's life was divided equally in 3, first forty years in Egypt, then 40 years in Midyan and 40 years in the desert with the Bnei ...
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Is one allowed to learn Torah/ make Brachos in front of a dog?

I know one is allowed to own a dog, and mistama the dog moves around the house wherever it wants, plops down wherever etc. Was wondering if one is allowed to learn Torah/ daven/ make brachos in the ...
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Is it allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah?

Is a Jew allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah? I'm talking about places like India, China and Cambodia. While Christians worship idols as well they say that doing so is wrong. I'm ...
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Sources for scientific rationale for the 613 Mizvot?

Are there any published works on the scientific rationale for any of the 613 Mizvot? For example: Handwashing: It only took the medical community did not deem it medically relevant until 2 centuries ...
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Source for it being a mitzvah to make fun of Avodah Zarah?

I've heard from multiple Rabbanim that it is a mitzvah to make fun of Avodah Zarah. I have been performing this mitzvah with pleasure for many years and I would like to know the source for it.
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How to understand Chullin 127a: “All found on land is found also in the sea?” [duplicate]

(saw a similar question suggested) How are we to understand the gemara from Chullin 127a which states: "כל שיש ביבשה יש בים" all that exists on land there is an equivalent animal in the sea ...
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Is one allowed to short sell stock?

Short selling stock involves borrowing the shares for a fee. Would doing so contravene Devarim 23:20 which prohibits borrowing with interest (assume the Jewishness of all parties involved is such to ...
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Does antisemitism preserve Judaism?

Does it say anywhere in the ancient Sources that antisemitism preserves Judaism, by causing the survivors to cling even more closely to their traditions, as a reaction? There is a hint of that in ...
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Was Moshe punished for converting the Erev Rav?

Does anything in the Torah mention that Moshe was punished for converting the Erev Rav and taking them out of Egypt?
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Does a parsha need to be doubled in the case of a pasul Torah?

I understand that if a congregation missed reading a parsha one week, the following week they would read two parshiot - the one missed plus the one for the current Shabbat. (I'll B"N edit in a source ...
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Questions about Mi Sheberach L'olim

It is fairly common minhag to recite a blessing for the person receiving an aliyah for the Torah reading. The blessing requests that G-d protect the person from misfortune and troubles and make him ...
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Hebrew slaves and Yovel - how does it starts and ends?

The Gemmorah links the Hebrew slavery to the [idea of] Yovel (Gitin 65, Kidushin 69, Erchin 29, Rambam Avadim 1, 10): "אין אמה העבריה נוהגת ולא עבד עברי נוהג אלא בזמן שהיובל נוהג. בין עבד עברי ...
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What happens if Hebrew Slave goes on strike?

@Joel's answer to my previous question "whats-so-slave-ish-in-the-hebrew-slave" showed a possible difference between a slave and an employee - the later can simply walk away. That made me think: what ...
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7 Adar, Tachanun and Leap Years

A followup to this question. For those who do not say tachanun on the birth/death anniversary of Moshe Rabbeinu, how do they handle leap years? Do they not say tachanun on the seventh of both months ...
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Would the President of the United States have to put mezuzot on the doors of the White House?

If a Jew were elected president of the United States, would he/she be required to put a mezuzah on all of the doors of the White House? I can think of many arguments for each side. The house does not ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of “rounding one's beard?”

Would using a hair removal cream on one's face (such as Nair) be in violation of rounding the corners of one's beard? (Vayikra 19:27) Namely, would it be akin to use a razor (assur) OR more akin to ...
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What is the source for attempting to avoid daily challenges?

What is the source for the oft-repeated idea of trying to avoid daily challenges/nisyonos? As one example, in daily prayers, we say "...וְאַל תְּבִיאֵנוּ...וְלֹא לִידֵי נִסָּיוֹן" - "Do not bring us ...
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Who was פלימו(Plimo) [duplicate]

In Masheches Sanhedrin 10b the gemara mentions an opinion from פלימו(Plimo) regarding kiddush hachodesh. Is there any more info on this person ?
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Why is א-להי נשמה not א-להי הנשמה?

In the morning blessing of א-להי נשמה the first few words read א-להי ,נשמה שנתת בי. To me this literally translates as 'My G-d, soul that you put in me...' It sounds strange. Why not say, א-להי ,...
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May a Jew drink a fruit drink that has less than 1/60 of grape juice?

There are a number of manufactured fruit drinks that have trace amounts of grape juice that are less than 1/60 of the volume of ingredients. (A way to tell is when the product label states the ...
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Kaf Sofis with a Dagesh

I was using dots recently to learn some Modern Hebrew. The app showed me a letter and said it is a kaf sofis with a dagesh. I have taught Hebrew for years and have been reading it for now much longer ...
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What's the purpose of the milk teeth?

Human teeth are different from other parts of the body because they are given twice (the third we need to pay). Does Judaism address the purpose of the creation of the milk teeth at infancy and ...
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Razor used by Leviyim ,Nezirim and Leper’s

וְכֹֽה־תַעֲשֶׂ֤ה לָהֶם֙ לְטַֽהֲרָ֔ם הַזֵּ֥ה עֲלֵיהֶ֖ם מֵ֣י חַטָּ֑את וְהֶעֱבִ֤ירוּ תַ֙עַר֙ עַל־כָּל־בְּשָׂרָ֔ם וְכִבְּס֥וּ בִגְדֵיהֶ֖ם וְהִטֶּהָֽרוּ׃ This is what you shall do to them, to purify them; ...
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How does this explanation in Aruch Hashulchan address the issues regarding Shema times?

In this answer I cited R. Yechiel Michel Epstein's explanation for rejecting R. Yaakov of Karlin's suggestion that the times for Shema are not based on sha'ot zemaniot. In truth, however, I don't ...
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Why only “Basar” Shenitaleim?

The concern of basar shenitaleim is that, somehow, kosher meat, unguarded and not recognizable, could be replaced with non-kosher meat. However, chicken, fish, milk and cheeses, and even vegetables ...
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Why do we have Adar I & Adar II- why don't we give the additional month a new name?

Building off the question of why Adar is chosen as the month to be doubled, why in a leap year do we have an Adar I and Adar II? Why wasn't the additional month given a brand new name?
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Why would the Torah give us mitzvot that will never actually happen?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 71a tells us a few mitzvot in the Torah that will never happen: First, a ben sorer u'moreh בן סורר ומורה לא היה ולא עתיד להיות ולמה נכתב דרוש וקבל שכר There has never ...
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A pregnant woman of a boy kohen baby going into cemetery

The gemara in chullin 71 writes that a tahor baluah cannot become tamei. Meaning something inside someone cannot become tamei from the outside. So it seems from this gemara that a woman who married a ...
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After thousands of years of rabbinical interpretations how do we know this version of Judaism is the right one?

It seems to me that so much of modern Judaism is the result of thousands of years of rabbinic interpretation. Some of these interpretations are small but some have had huge, far reaching consequences ...
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The first day is sunday [duplicate]

According to jewish law, The First day is Sunday and hence Shabbat falls on Saturday, unlike the Christains who says Monday is the first day. How can we know that Sunday(and not Monday) Should be ...
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Why is the Torah not written in chronological order?

Many parts of the Torah skip ahead or revert back several chapters or verses thereby rendering it NOT written in chronological order. What is the reason for this?
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Link between rejoice and redemption

Once I found a commentary which made a wordplay, connection or link between rejoicing (גִּיל) and redemption (גָּאַל). I liked the idea that redemption and rejoicing would go hand in hand. Is there ...
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What Jewish denominations believes in an afterlife?

What Jewish denominations believe in an afterlife? It appears there is a judgement of the world to come but that doesn't specify if there is an afterlife or not. This question makes me think Judaism ...
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Is there a way to lein Taamei Emes that includes mesharsim?

I learned to lein Taamei Emes a few years ago using this link, which I found in a comment here on MY. However, the tradition recorded there only takes the mafsikim into account, and all the mesharsim,...

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