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Is one obligated to do professional work for one's father or Rav?

If a father / a Rav asks his son/student to do a professional job for him, like fixing a PC, painting a room or replacing a faucet in the kitchen, and they pay all the expenses but not the wage, Is ...
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What is the earliest known reference to a Torah portion by name?

What is the earliest known reference to one of the 54 Torah portions by name? (Is it ever done in the Talmud, for instance?) For reference, the 54 Torah portions are: Bereshit Noach Lech Lecha ...
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Why are there 7 inverted letter nuns in Tehillim 107?

In the Masoretic text of Tehillim 107 there are 7 pesukim which contain an inverted letter nun (similar to those in Sefer Bamidbar). In my standard edition Mikraot Gedolot none of the commentaries ...
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How was Yitro allowed to say to Moses “you're acting not good”?

וַיֹּאמֶר חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה אֵלָיו לֹא־טוֹב הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה עֹשֶׂה׃ But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing you are doing is not right"; (Shmot 18) The Halachah says (Rambam T"T 5,9): ...
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Does anybody link being Kadosh to honoring parents?

I've asked a lot of questions about the seemingly inferior position of the Mitzvas of honoring parents in Judaism despite its importance, and this is another one: The Torah clearly annexes being ...
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Parshiot that list lots of Mitzvos with no visible order

Leaving the problem of the "Informational density"1 aside, we see Parshiot (Mishpotim, Kedoshim - 51 Mitzvos each) that list tons of Mitzvos in seemingly unrelated order2 or formulation3 one after ...
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Does Messiah have to be a mere human being? [duplicate]

Based upon what or how come that Mashiach is being viewed as a human being, why can’t Mashiach be a heavenly Shaliach, messenger (angel) or divine being?
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Metatron an emanation from G-d?

What did Rabbi Simeon claimed when he said that ‘Metatron is a man in the image of G-d’, ‘an emanation from/of Him’? Rabbi Simeon ben Jochai commenting on the Zohar: “There is a perfect Man, who ...
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Parnassah and Marriage: Rambam vs. The Lubavitcher Rebbe

Reading Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Human Dispositions 5:11, we stumble upon the following opinion: The way of sensible people: A man should first select a permanent vocation out of which to derive a ...
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How do the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto fit into Judaism?

It is not a secret that we discover new things in all fields of science, not mentioned in our sources all the time. We know that in Judaism the 7 planets represent/aligned with 7 spiritual forces ...
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Does Judaism differentiate between a planet and a star?

On the 4th day, G-d created Sun, Moon and the stars. Besides the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were known since ancient times (not mentioning the existence of the real stars). ...
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Fixing tzitzis on shabbos?

This question is assuming that one may not tighten a regular tzitzis knot on shabbos, using the rule of “אין עשה דוחה את לא תעשה ועשה” (as seen in Beitza 8b and Bava Metzia 30a), and that without at ...
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May one ask a non-jew to register for an event online on Shabbat?

Let's say there was a registration form for an event online. The form opens during the day on Shabbat. It is highly likely (almost undoubtedly the case) that by the time Shabbat is over, the event's ...
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What does שם כלי mean?

The mishna in Keilim 3 discusses when an earthenware pot loses/regains its ability to contract tumah. Part of the discussion hinges on whether the pot has lost its status as a utensil (שם כלי). ...
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The Forty Challah Bakers

Tehilla R. Goldberg wrote in 2012: A common segulah that has gotten very popular in the last 15 or 20 years or so is that of 40 women baking challah for a specific person in need. If there is a ...
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What exactly is the custom observed by Jews in Egypt on Shavuot using geese that is similar to Kaparot?

I'm not Jewish, so please forgive me if my question sounds ignorant. I was researching the practice of Kaparot when I came across the following website: Indeed, even when Maran [Rabbeinu Ovadia ...
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Doesn't the Torah set the standard of politeness?

Two of the curses in Ki Tavo are: -You shall betroth a wife, and another man will rape her. [Deut. 28:30] -The Lord will strike you with... hemorrhoids. [Deut. 28:27] But the Talmud instructs ...
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Applying hermeneutical rules nowadays

Chazal used various hermeneutical rules, such as R' Yishmoel's, to interpret the Torah and to derive novel halachos from it (as well as get support for existing ones). Can we use those rules ...
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Are there any “speech” restrictions if an unveiling is done on Rosh Hodesh?

I know that no hespedim (eulogies) are done on Rosh Hodesh or Hol Hamo'ed, because those are considered "joyous" days. I'm curious if any similar types of "sad" speeches would be prohibited at a ...
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Do any parts of a shul's structure or “decorative items” maintain any kedusha?

I understand that most ritual items have a status of kedusha such as Torah scrolls, tefillin, etc. I'm curious if there is a status of kedusha attached to any parts of the shul's "affixed structure". ...
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Measuring the universe in G-d's cubits (Eruvin 21a)

In the following passage (Eruvin 21a in William Davidson edition) the sages try to determine the size of the Torah scroll that Zachariah saw in his prophecy: In order to determine the measure of ...
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What's preferable: to count Sefiras Haomer right at nightfall by oneself OR to count later with a minyan?

I've heard opinions (including The Shulchan Aruch Harav- see footnote #12) that one should always try to count the Sefira within the first half hour of the night, and the earlier the better. BUT if ...
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Source for Ir Miklat used to improve one's character

I heard in a shiur that one purpose for sending an accidental killer to the arei miklat, the cities of refuge, was so that he could improve his character. He would be surrounded by the Leviim, and ...
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Was the bat kol right?

In Bava Metzia 59b, the rabbis are discussing a matter of halacha, and at some point a Voice from Heaven (bat kol) interjects an opinion. The rabbis reply that the Torah is out of God's hands (they ...
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Breaking an Omer restriction

In a hypothetical case, I have chosen to observe the restrictions of the Omer during the "first half." But then, I am placed in a situation at which happy live music is being played. Does my presence ...
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What is the proper way to pronounce אלוה? [duplicate]

I remember reading something by Rabbi Phil Chernofsky in a recent Torah Tidbits in which he stated it should be pronounced “e-LO-wah”. On Mi Yodeya, I’ve read that that’s a Sephardic pronunciation, ...
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Why doesn't Rambam mention how many mitzvot are violated by not wearing tzitzit and not having a mezuzah?

In Hilchot Tefillin 4:26 Rambam writes: וכל שאינו מניח תפילין עובר בשמונה עשה שהרי בארבע פרשיות צוה על תפילין של ראש ועל תפילין של יד Whoever does not wear tefillin transgresses eight positive ...
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Why is “Vayechulu” said 3 times on Leil Shabbat?

I'm curious about the specific number 3 here. Is there a reason or "meaning" (such as from Zohar, etc.) as to why Vayechulu (Breishit 2:1-3) is said 3 times on Friday night (a non-Yom-Tov one)? In ...
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How long does the bracha “lashev b'sukka” last?

On Succos, how many times a day does one say "lashev b'sukka"? - Once a day at the onset of daylight? - Once at day and once at night"? - Every time one enters the succa to eat? - Other? And why?
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Why this order of words: יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר

We end the Rabbi Chananyah ben Akashya quote with a quote from Yeshayahu 42:21, the last 3 words of which say יַגְדִּיל תּוֹרָה וְיַאְדִּיר, meaning "Torah great and glorious" (which quote also ...
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Can kiddush be made in the shul?

I've been to a few shuls on Shabbat morning where the rabbi recites Kiddush in the shul from the bimah. After that, the congregation proceeds to the Kiddush room to eat. Is this halachically ...
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Matan (Oral) Torah on Purim details

Following this question's comments, I wondered: In what form did the Jews "receive/accept" the Oral Torah on Purim, was there some kind of a ceremony, or nation-wide event, maybe some other one-...
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Was Samson permitted to commit suicide and if so why?

In Judges 16:30 Samson commits suicide. Samson cried, “Let me die with the Philistines! See Metzudat David there Seemingly his supernatural strength had returned, perhaps only temporarily. But, ...
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Why Kaddish starts after burial and not death?

As far as I know, all Avelus starts with the burial, not with the actual death. Particularly, why saying Kaddish does not start with the moment of death? And is it just a general Minhag or there are ...
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How is the law in a case of multiple edim zomemim justified by Chachomim?

Mishna Makkos 1 (5) describes the case of witness who are zomemim. The mishna according to Chachomim (with whom the halacha goes) says If others [i.e. another pair of witnesses] come and are ...
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Jewish man serve on Beis Din for woman he's dating

Shalom everyone, I'm just curious, if a Jewish man is dating a woman who is converting I assume it wouldn't be appropriate to serve on her beis din, but is it prohibited halachically?
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Three days before Matan Torah and three days of fast before Purim

Bnei Yisrael had to prepare themselves for three days before the giving of the Torah. As a parallel to this receiving of the Torah, the Jews "accepted" the Torah on Purim (kiy'mu v'kiblu). The ...
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Does a wine bottle stopper require tevillah?

Does a wine bottle stopper require tevillah?
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Are Jews obligated to learn/speak Hebrew? [duplicate]

Presuming a Jew wants to observe the laws of their religion, are they obligated to learn and speak Hebrew? Or is it sufficient if they read a translation of the Torah into their local language?
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Would it be right to teach Torah to a tinok shenishba if teaching him will cause him to cease being a tinok shenishba?

Say there is a person who is a tinok shenishba according to all opinions. Is there any problem with teaching him Torah if it will cause him to cease being a tinok shinishba and it seems likely that ...
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Meaning of the last sentence of the kaddish?

The last sentence of the kaddish - "עושה שלום במרומיו" -refers to Gd making peace on high. What does that mean? Is peace considered the opposite of chaos? Could someone restate the last sentence ...
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Why R' Akiva's “Love your neighbor” didn't make it to Bavli?

R'Akiva's famous statement appears in Safra, Bereyshis Rabbah, and (Yerushalmi Nedarim 30b): "ואהבת לרעך כמוך" רבי עקיבה אומר זהו כלל גדול בתורה. "Love your neighbor as yourself". R. Akiva ...
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Online chumash with kometz katans indicated

Is there a free site online that has a chumash online with kamatz katans indicated?
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Are we obligated to aspire to be Talmidei Chachamim?

The talmud in general seems to distinguish between different kinds of people in certain kinds of halacha. For example, Bava Metzia 23b tells us that a rabbi is allowed to lie for three things, ...
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What גילוי פנים (G-d's closeness) looks like unlike הסתר פנים?

Besides some formal signs of "גילוי פנים" like the Temple or the prophecy that Am Israel enjoyed for about 1000 years from Matan Torah to the destruction of the first Temple. What are some general, ...
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Are Hillel and R. Akiva saying the same thing?

Shabbat 31a: אמר לו דעלך סני לחברך לא תעביד זו היא כל התורה כולה ואידך פירושה הוא זיל גמור [Hillel] said to him: "That which is hateful to you do not do to another; that is the entire Torah, ...
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Which mishnah in Shas has the most daf between it and the subsequent mishnah?

Beginning from: one מתני׳ => gemara => the next מתני׳ Does anyone know which mishnah has the most dafim between it and the subsequent mishnah? My gut tells me Bava Basra due to its length (...
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Are there any halakhic issues with watching television or youtube videos during sefiras haomer?

I am aware that the minhag is often to abstain from going to the cinema, but does this have any halakhic basis. If so, does the prohibition extend to other video forms
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Sources for how many days of holidays are there per year?

Specifically, I am looking for a traditional source like the Baal Haturim. I overheard that a number that I don't remember, but basically like 49 days out of the year are holy days. Is there a mesorah ...
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What's the basis for “דברה התורה כלשון בני”א" (Torah used common language)?

The Sages used the "דברה התורה כלשון בני אדם" excuse (acc. to the WIKI page) in two ways - in the Gemmorah to resolve [the problem of] repeating languages in the Torah (like עלה נעלה or פדה תפדה) and ...

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