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Do cremated animal remains contaminate with tumas meis?

If I keep an urn at home containing the ashes of my deceased and cremated favourite pet, does this make me tameh ?
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How could a month-old at the time of the half-shekel donation have been through the sea?

The commentary of Haamek Davar to the first few verses of Ki Sisa (Exodus 30:11–16) explains that they refer to to different obligatory donations. Each was half a shekel per person, and each served ...
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Why are the Luchos described in Ki Sisa and not by Kabbalas HaTorah?

Why is the description of the Luchos mentioned in Parshas Ki Sisa and not by Kabbalas HaTorah? It's a bit strange that 1) it's disconnected from the Aseres HaDibros and 2) their description only ...
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Golden Calf. Moshe asks for forgiveness for the people. But they have not repented?

The people sinned with the Golden Calf. Three thousand people who worshipped it were slain by the Leviim Shmos 32 (28). Then Moshe says to the remainder Shmos 32 (30) The next day Moses said to ...
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Talking to Alexa on Shabbos

What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under? "Alexa, turn on the lights" "Alexa, play Zemiros"
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A compendium of Shas Concepts?

Is there a sefer, a website, or an app with all the concepts in Shas? Halachic Concepts such as - "Women are exempt from time-bound commandments".
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What happens if the father wants the money, rather than his son? [duplicate]

I think I'm already getting into the spirit of Purim Torah, but this question is completely serious: i If the father of a bechor [firstborn son] wishes to keep his five sela'im of silver, rather than ...
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“The Torah shall be my profession” or “my faith”?

Following Modeh Ani in the Siddur, some recite a number of sentences (some of which are verses from the Torah): תּורָה צִוָּה לָנוּ משֶׁה מורָשָׁה קְהִלַּת יַעֲקב. שְׁמַע בְּנִי מוּסַר אָבִיךָ ...
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Can I see a list of the 18 Tikunei Sofrim (emendations of the scribes), with each described?

Can I see a list of the 18 Tikunei Sofrim(emendations of the scribes)? (Describing each of them) I have found various references to the 18 Tikunei Sofrim online, but no elaboration on what each one ...
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Does “borer” apply to people?

Let's say a group of people are sitting in a room. On Shabbat, are you allowed to categorize them into groups such as: Men and women Age groups (for Shabbat groups / games) Teams (e.g. group A, B, C, ...
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Does the melacha of “borer” apply to “memory” cues?

I'm not sure how to phrase this question, so, here's the concept: Years ago, I went to a hotel and the waiters carried a stack of colored cards as a means to remember how many of each main a guest ...
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What is the horn of Amalek?

Tehillim 75:11 states וכל־קרני רשעים אגדע תרוממנה קרנות צדיק All the horns of the wicked I will cut; but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up. Rashi explains that the horns of the ...
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What exactly is the meaning of “I will hide [haster asteir] my face on that day?”

It says in the Talmud Chagiga (forgot exact page), it says "Where is Ester from the Torah? The verse says, "and I will hide (hasteir asteir) my face on that day". I think Rashi says that the Gemara is ...
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Did Chazal mention that dragons were real?

Seeing that "The R”i mi-Lunil describes the drakon (in avoda Zara 42b) as a snake-like creature with wings that belches smoke and fire from its throat – what we would call a dragon", were these ...
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Are there any halakhic concerns with mustache wax?

I'm considering using it to help get my mustache off of my lip and, admittedly, due to aesthetic appeal. Could this be considered chukat goyim, and besides this, are there other concerns?
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Is there anything wrong with correcting your Rabbi in front of other people?

If your Rabbi tells you something about Torah and you know that he is incorrect, and this has happened in the past and the Rabbi admitted his mistake, are you then allowed to correct the Rabbi if a ...
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Is there any situation when haftarah of Tetzaveh might be read during a non-leap year?

This past Shabbat, we read the haftarah of Tetzaveh. If I have calculated correctly, I don't think there is any situation where this haftarah would be read during a non-leap year. I think that ...
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How does Rashi's explanation of Gen. 19:3 work?

In Parashat Vayera, we read that Lot gives the angels matzah (19:3). Rashi's explanation for this detail is that it was Pesach. The connection between matzah and Pesach is obvious, but I am confused ...
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What happened to Zerubbabel? [duplicate]

Regarding the curse of Jenconiah and his descendants (Jeremiah 22:28-30). I am a little confused to what happened with Zerubbabel. He appears in the oracles of Zechariah and Haggai but no clear ...
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Purim Katan in Adar I but no Purim Gadol in Adar II

Wikipedia says the following: During leap years on the Hebrew calendar, Purim is celebrated in the second month of Adar... The 14th of the first Adar is then called Purim Katan ("Little Purim" in ...
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Why didn't the Snake kill Adam only and keep Chava for himself?

Tosefta on Soytah (Liehbermann): "הנחש בקש להרוג את אדם ולישא את חוה" Rashi on Shabbos 146a: "כשבא נחש על חוה - כשנתן לה עצה לאכול מן העץ בא עליה דכתיב (בראשית ג:יג) הנחש השיאני לשון נשואין" ...
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Stainless steel valid knife that wasn't used for 3 days

The Simlah Chadasha (Siman 18) writes that if a knife with a Chazaka was held unused for three days - and one then slaughtered with it (without checking if it is smooth) and then lost it, that knife ...
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At what point in the morning prayer should one answer kedusha?

If one finished saying Krias Shema in Shacharis at the same time as the congregation is starting their silent shmone esray, my understanding of Shulchan Aruch O"C 109:2 is that one has to delay and ...
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Why does HaShem say, “I rebuke you Satan” in Zech 3:1-2.?

If Satan is obedient to G-d and works under his authority, why did HaShem reprimand him in Zechariah 3:1-2?
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Can one use on Shabbos an automatic toilet with an electric sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism when you are done? For example in a hotel lobby, or a public building. Assume there is no other ...
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Kabbalistic/Mystical view on human hair [on hold]

As a Jewish man who prides himself with his g-dgiven long hair, I'd like to learn more about the spiritual side of things when it comes to this. I haven't read any of the kabbalistic texts in their ...
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Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Are there any prohibitions against or stipulations for conducting a marriage between a woman and the man who recently impregnated her, assuming they are otherwise fit for marriage.
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Who is Lucifer in Isaiah 14:11-14?

As the context isn't clear and I don't speak hebrew So I don't know what it's exactly about.
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Money obtained by selling Tikrovet avoda zara

Talmud Kiddushin 58a says that Avoda Zara 'catches its value' (תופס דמיו) to be forbidden as itself: the money obtained from its sale is also forbidden. Now, what with tikrovet avoda zara (offerings ...
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Generally speaking, how should one interpret Mishnayos that go off-tangent?

To pose a few examples of the types of Mishnayos I'm speaking about: Pesachim 4:1-5 discusses various activities which depend on the local custom, most of which have nothing to do with Pesach Gittin ...
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Unpaid Guardian Holding Object

If there was no duration assigned originally, when must an unpaid guardian return an object he was protecting? (e.g., Tom guards Harry's money for a couple weeks for free, but when Harry returns to ...
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How can one see a an Angel?

Are there any sources saying how one can see or call an angel?
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Cherubim and G-d's image

This question is a clarification on "cherubim-on-top-of-the-ark" and is based on this answer here: The Gemora says the two Cherubim were of the form of a boy and a girl, in other words, male and ...
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Why are future generations still paying for the sin of the Golden Calf?

Parshas Ki Tisa recounts the episode of the golden calf, and the immediate punishment that was meted out for the sin. In addition to this, Rashi on Shemos 32:34 (quoting Sanhedrin 102a ) writes: ...
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Did Yonah Hanavi destroy Ninveh?

I was reading a book called "Those who Returned" by R Yisrael Klapholtz and He writes that 40 years after the initial story of Yonah, Hashem had Yonah return to Ninveh and destroy it. Is there a ...
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Why is a Shechitah Knife termed a Chalaf?

In the Diaspora the Shechitah knife is termed "Chalef". What is the origin of this word? When was this word first used and where was this first first used?
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What happens to those who have not completed their conversion post to the coming of moshiach?

Given that moshiach can come at any time, what will happen to those that are in the process of conversion? Certain passages such as yevamos 24b, geirus would no longer be performed in the messianic ...
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Cuneiform luchot [on hold]

The Patriarchs learned to read and write in Ivrit, an alphabetic written language with 22 letters. Their family connection or roots were to Charan and Ur where the people used cuneiform, a non-...
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May one gift food to a non-religious Jew if she does not say the Brachah? [duplicate]

I would like to give a gift to a professor of mine who is a non-religious Jew. May I give her [kosher] chocolate? The halachic issue I am concerned about is that she will not say a bracha beforehand.
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Candle processions in Fiddler on the Roof and Yentl weddings

In both Fiddler on the Roof and Yentl, the wedding scene includes the bride and groom being led to the Chuppah by processions wherein everyone carries a candle. All guests are also holding candles at ...
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Is a woman obligated to attend her husband's funeral?

An elderly woman cares for her sick husband for many years with great devotion until she can't do it anymore and has to put him in a nursing home. Her children convince her to take a long cruise to ...
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How does the Temple Institute choose among disagreeing interpretations on Temple construction?

I was looking over R. Aryeh Kaplan's Chumash and I think he lists ... six different possible layouts of which tribe's name went on which stone in the breastplate (choshen). Similarly -- is the mor in ...
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The realistic expectations from the Golden Calf

It is difficult for me to understand people's expectations from the Golden Calf they made. Strangely Aharon and others didn't try to argue on the logic of creating a dummy. So the calf was magically ...
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General Halachic approach to smartphones [on hold]

There seem to be so many dangers to owning "smartphones," for both children and adults. Access to violent, explicit, manipulative images, video, text, etc. The technology itself is designed to be ...
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Have known him OR to have made him known

Bereshit 18:19 starts with the words 'For I have known him (כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו)', the Sefaria website translates these words as 'For I have singled him out', Rashi as 'I know him intimately'. In line ...
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Theoretically, may a Sidra begin in the middle of a Parsha, besides for Vayechi? [duplicate]

Rashi at the beginning of Vayechi (Bereishis 47:28) asks: לָמָּה פָּרָשָׁה זוֹ סְתוּמָה Why is this Parsha “closed”? As Sifsei Chachamim ad. loc. explains: למה פרשה זו סתומה כו'. כלומר ...
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Tetzaveh: (Re)creating the garments

The Parshah of Tetzaveh deals greatly with how the kohanim (priests) and the kohen gadol (high priest) had to be dressed when entering the Mishkan (and in the case of the kohen gadol the inner ...
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The cloak full of techeiles is the Me'il?-Korach's issue

During the reading of this week's parsha ( Tetzaveh) I noticed that the Me'il is referred to as a cloak complete of techeiles. Then I remembered that Korach had an issue with a beged that was full of ...
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Why a kamatz rather than a seqol at the end of a pasuk?

Why does a segol change to a kamatz at the end of a pasuk (or on an esnachta), as in the word for bread in the last paragraph of the birkat hamazon? (I know that is the pattern. The question is why.) ...
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Was every commandment on the Tablets inscribed with a different finger of G-d?

In continuation to "the-importance-of-the-tablets-being-written-with-g-ds-finger": I heard in Hagada of Pesach, when the Rabbis discuss the number of the plagues they compare it to hands and fingers. ...

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