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Bracha asher yatzar

Do we say the bracha asher yatzar after drying our hands or before? Some guy taught that we're to say the bracha before drying the hands. I checked many halacha books including the makor chaim by ...
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Which non-garments really need to be tested for shaatnez?

Shaatnez (a mixture of wool and linen) is forbidden to be worn. I always thought this applied only to garments but, after looking at lists of items to be checked, I see that they also list many non-...
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Priestly blessing grammar - יאר

In the Priestly blessing (במדבר ו:כד-כה) ... יברכך ה' וישמרך.יאר ה', פניו אליך, ויחנך.. What is the שורש and בינין of the word יאר? Thanks
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Does one fulfill Mishloach Manos by giving food to someone that the sender can eat but the recipient can’t, or vice versa? [duplicate]

Consider the following cases: Reuven is deathly ill. He is instructed by doctors to eat pork in order to save his life, so, obviously, he does. But Shimon is a healthy individual and therefore cannot ...
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Can a shaliach buy food to give as mishloach manot?

I understand that Mishloach Manot needs to be ready-to-eat food (according to most opinions. There are some that say that raw meat is fine.) Mishnah Berurah (695:18), who quotes the Binyan Tziyon as ...
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Was the wording on each tablet sized differently?

Was the wording on each tablet sized differently? It's said that the second tablet that contained the Commandments for man's relationship to man had larger wording so man would have no problem reading ...
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How could there be so little gold in the Mishkan, when it’s clear there’s much more?

In Shemos 38:24, we’re told that: כָּל־הַזָּהָ֗ב הֶֽעָשׂוּי֙ לַמְּלָאכָ֔ה בְּכֹ֖ל מְלֶ֣אכֶת הַקֹּ֑דֶשׁ וַיְהִ֣י ׀ זְהַ֣ב הַתְּנוּפָ֗ה תֵּ֤שַׁע וְעֶשְׂרִים֙ כִּכָּ֔ר וּשְׁבַ֨ע מֵא֧וֹת וּשְׁלֹשִׁ֛ים ...
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Writing HaShem's Hebrew Name

Can I write any of HaShem's Hebrew names in pencil, in my Siddur? Any of his "Hebrew" names that is, not English.
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Should we interpret the Torah literally or allegorically?

I had a question regarding how we should interpret the Torah. Should we interpret it literally, or if not how far can we abstract its teachings, or should we favour a mix of both approaches? I have ...
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Why is manna not a part of the celebration of Sukkot?

Manna was an important feature of the daily lives of the Jews in the 40 years in the midbar. Why is this daily miracle not even mentioned during the celebration of Sukkos?
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Segulos pertaining to individual Gemara Mesechtos

Are there certain segulos for learning certain Gemara Mesechtos (Bavli or Yerushalmi)?
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Why aren't people named after the rabbis from the Talmud? [duplicate]

Besides a couple names (ex: Akiva, Ashi) you don't really see many people over the course of history who have names that originated from the Talmud- ie "Huna", "Abaye", "Zevid", "Puppa" etc. Why do ...
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Celebrating Rosh Chodesh & Yom tovs on Planets

Would it be possible theoretically to celebrate Rosh Chodesh and Yomim Tovim on planets that have more than one moon? As the Jewish Calender is based on the moon.
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Source for Tehillim as remedies to specific problems

I have this (rather low-quality) "mini-siddur" e-book that I found long time ago. Among other things, it has a page called "Directory of Tehillim", which is a table where each Tehillim is assigned a ...
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May one purchase smoothies anywhere?

What do sources say about purchasing smoothies at places with no kosher certification? Would this be allowed?
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Was the holy ark “self-sustained” miracle at different eras?

Allegedly, the holy ark sustained itself miraculously: "ויבואו עד גורן נכון וישלח עוזה אל ארון האלהים ויאחז בו כי שמוטו הבקר". אמר הקב"ה ארון נושא את נושאיו עצמו לא כל שכן?!" (ילקוט שמעוני ...
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Does the Holy Ark weigh 4 tons?

I did some simple metric calculations, starting with the following measures: 125 x 75 x 75 cm, based on 50cm Amah The gold was 2cm thick (a finger) for the ark and 10cm thick (a Tefah) for the ...
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This (G-d) or these (gods)?

I noticed that the words זֶה אֱלֹהֶיךָ from the verse of Nehemiah 9:18 describing the Golden Calf are often translated as: 'This is your G-d'. But Exodus 32:4 and 32:8 speak of אֵלֶּה אֱלֹהֶיךָ which ...
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Wartime in the scripture [on hold]

I request the passages of laws of war in the Torah (only in Hebrew). thank you very much.
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Is one allowed to audio/ video record someone without their knowledge or consent?

In American law, when it comes to recording a telephone call, 38 states allow "one party consent" - namely, as long as one person is ok with recording the call (i.e., you) the other party doesn't ...
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To shake milk that fell in a meat pot

In the Mishna Chullin 8.3 there are two versions. The issue is about a drop of milk that fell on a pot of meat on the fire. Rambam's says that one needs to shake the pot (נוער את הקדירה) and other ...
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Why is the principle of faith about Moshiach constructed as a rhetorical argument?

Why is the 12th principle of faith in the Ani Maamin poem about Moshiach constructed rhetorically - on a circumstantial situation "even if / in spite of that!"? In other words, the author says "I ...
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Practical Kabbalah

Amongst us are many such charlatans, that can read your mind and know your soul's essence. My question is, how? How do these "people" know how to do such holy acts!? Is there a book that teaches a ...
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Do cremated animal remains contaminate with Tumas Mes, Nevela or Sherets?

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 two 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 [duplicate]

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: Herding Men away from woman e.g at a Kiddush with a mechitza in Shul (normally ...
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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?”

[This is a long and complicated question, but if you want just scroll down to the end summary to get the main points] It says in the Talmud Chagiga Daf 139b, it says "Where is Ester from the ...
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Did Chazal mention that dragons were real? [on hold]

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?

Are there halachic concerns with using wax to remove a mustache off of someone's lip? Does it make a difference if it is for aesthetic appeal or some other reason? Could this be considered chukat ...
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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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