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Why are we repeating the Torah portion this week?

Wasn't last week Parshat Vezot Hab'rachah? But now we are repeating it? I'm I off a portion or are we actually repeating it. Thanks, David
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Practical advice for keeping tallis on while waving 4 species

Whenever I wave my four species in shul, I always find that my tallis repeatedly slips off my head and shoulders. I typically have to adjust it every single set of waves, which is rather distracting. ...
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Is a new blessing required when taking off and putting back on your tallit?

You remove your tallit while services are ongoing (say, to go to the bathroom). When you put it back on, do you have to say the blessing on the tallit again?
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In describing a shocking/earth-shattering novel idea, is there a phrase that resembles “Breaks the roof”?

I have seen some sefarim (books) from the past couple centuries discuss and review other people's opinions and interpretations, and describe the wild/hard to believe mahalchim (opinions) as being הפלא ...
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Rejected hermeneutics doubtfully true

The gemarra often employs the different types of derashos/hermeneutics such as kal vachomer/a fortiori arguments and hekesh/juxtaposition of phrases or terms. Also often, is these derashos are ...
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Why Abel didn't ask Cain to bring his sacrifice?

The Torah declares that before Matan Torah, the firstborns were responsible for bringing sacrifices and Cohanim replaced them after the Golden Calf incident (Num 3,40): :וְלָקַחְתָּ אֶת־הַלְוִיִּם ...
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What are Acceptable Uses of Tzeddakah?

Maimonides opined that there are eight levels of tzedakah: From the lowest level of giving charity unwillingly or begrudgingly to the highest level of offering a loan, partnership or job to help ...
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Why is mercy the only characteristic that is quantified?

In the Hoshana poem L'ma'an Amitach, various characteristics of God are enlisted as a reason for God to save us. The version appearing in my prayerbook, and recited in congregations I have been ...
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Agricultural events and the Jewish calendar

There are many dates in the Jewish calendar that are connected to agricultural events. They include: Shavuot is Chag Ha'Katzir, the Holiday of the Harvest - Shemot 23:16 Sukkot is Chag Ha'Assif, the ...
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Can a convert to Judaism have a Jewish mother?

The Mishna, Bikkurim 1:4, speaks of converts to Judaism who bring their first fruits to the temple, or who pray within a synagogue: אלו מביאין ולא קורין הגר מביא ואינו קורא שאינו יכול לומר אשר נשבע ...
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Why don't the Niddah days add up?

As far as I can tell, the halacha discusses three parts of a woman's cycle: The Niddah flow itself. The 7 clean days following the flow. The 11 days following that, during which a woman is assumed ...
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Shutting lights off during Chol Ha'moed, to save electricity

Preface During Shabbat, Orthodox Jewish practice is to avoid turning lights on or off. Perhaps turning lights on or off is a form of melacha. On Chol Ha'moed, melacha is sometimes, but not always, ...
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I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. A few rabbis near me said they could teach me. How should I start

I am 15 years old and do not go to a Yeshiva but would like to learn Talmud. There are many rabbis near me who said they would be willing to teach me. How should I start knowing that I only speak ...
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Please advise me on how to avoid staying up too late at night

Despite following the sleep-hygiene advice I found on secular websites (e.g.: establish a proper sleeping schedule meaning don't stay awake too late, not using electronic devices which emit blue light,...
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Does one say “hoshana” after every verse in the “Nation Protected” hoshana said on Shabbos?

The word "hoshana" is said before and after every verse in the weekday hoshanas. Is this also the case in the "Nation Protected" hoshana that is said on Shabbos, found on page 736 in the Artscroll ...
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May one use a measuring device on Yom Tov?

I think I have heard that one should not measure or weigh things on Shabbat. However, I wonder if this rule applies to Yom Tov related food needs, e.g., can one stick a food thermometer into meat to ...
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Why do the 2 letters of final Chof ך and Tav ת have to contain a sh'va (or Kamatz) at the end of a word?

Why whenever a Hebrew word ends with the letters of ך or תּ, they must contain a sh'va “nir’eh“ (or a Kamatz) as opposed to other letters that can be “vowel-less”? Examples: ךְ = בָּרוּךְ תְּ = אַתְּ
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What happened on the first and third stay of Moshe on Har Sinai?

I understand that Moshe ascended Har Sinai 3 times. The 1st time was on 6th of Sivan The 2nd time seems to have occurred after the sin of the Golden Calf, starting on 18 Tamuz and he spent 40 days ...
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How does one divide the syllables of the word לְצַוְּארֵ֥י (Judges / Shoftim 5:30)

I came across an anomaly while dividing Hebrew words into their proper syllables. The word is לְצַוְּארֵ֥י. At first I thought to divide it as: |לְ|צַ|וְּ|ארֵ֥י but realized that the Aleph Nacha (אלף ...
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Why don't we stay up studying on the 2nd night of Shavu'ot?

From what I have seen, most people communities learn all night on just the 1st night of Shavu'ot and not the 2nd night. (Perhaps, there are some that do both nights.) If in Diaspora, we tend to treat ...
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Why does Artscroll indicate that the מ of למנצח should have a שוע נע?

The Artscroll siddur indicates that the שוע on מ of למנצח (e.g. תהלים כ א) is a שוע נע, but I am not sure why this is the case. The vowel beforehand is a פתח (a תנועה קטנה) and none of the other rules ...
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When do we say the blessing for Hallel? [duplicate]

When we recite Hallel in the synagogue for Rosh Hodesh or the holidays, we say a blessing beforehand. We do not say a blessing before Hallel at the seder table on Pessah. Why not?
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Why “מַה שֶּׁשָּׁתִינוּ יִהְיֶה לִרְפוּאָה”?

Some Sephardim have this toward the end of the after-meal prayer: מַה שֶּׁאָכַלְנוּ יִהְיֶה לְשָׂבְעָה וּמַה שֶּׁשָּׁתִינוּ יִהְיֶה לִרְפוּאָה In my own, loose translation: May what we ate be ...
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Where can I buy inexpensive seforim online?

Where can I buy seforim online for inexpensive prices? I mean real seforim.....not digital ones. I'm willing to buy seforim either new or second-hand.
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Was there a tradition that Jewish girls desired to be the mother of the messiah?

Are there any Jewish historical traditions that young Jewish girls often hoped and desired to be the mother of the messiah? For this question, I am interested in the historical time period of the 1st ...
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Different versions of Haazinu song structure

I have heard (in conversation) that there are early Torah scrolls, or sources mentioning this, that don't follow the two-column Haazinu that is now universally written; but rather, something similar ...
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Why did Hillel not turn a convert away three times, not even once. And convert them straight away?

Why did Hillel not turn a convert away three times, not even once? And why did he convert them straight away, when if seen by todays standards, they're the most terrible candidates. They were ...
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Meaning of “Not deviate from the verdict to the right or to the left”

WHile completely understood metaphorically, the sentence makes no sense Halachicly, for example: "You should pay this man $20 but don't deviate to the right or to the left" "This tool is Tame but don'...
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Sharing Teffilah time with personal and communal Hishtadlut

Hear me out before you judge: The question of Hishtadlus (personal effort vs relying on G-d) is deeply rooted in our sources, the Torah tells us that when Yaakov anticipated a violent meeting with ...
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When converting to Judaism, can three rabbis dissuading a convert one time each count?

When converting to Judaism, can three rabbis dissuading a convert one time each count? Or does it have to be one rabbi, dissuading a convert three times? What if it's one rabbi that dissuaded a ...
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Interfering with wild predator and prey animals

Would it be considered tzaar baalei chaim (animal cruelty) to assist a wild animal at the expense of another? Would it be acceptable to help a wild predator catch wild prey (causing distress to the ...
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Is a check considered cash?

If one paid someone with a check, and the recipient lost the check, does the giver have to write up a new check? One can say its like cash and if he lost then its not my problem, or one can say if I ...
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How can Hashem judge a person לזכות, favourably, as in הדן חבירו לכף זכות דנין אותו לזכות

The Gemoro Shabbos 127b brings three stories illustrating the principle, הדן חבירו לכף זכות דנין אותו לזכות “He who judges his neighbour in the scale of merit is himself judged favourably.”...
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Is fixed wooden diagonal Schach Kosher for a Sucah?

We visited a family of non-orthodox Jews here in Jerusalem that has a permanent wooden pergola on their large balcony. The roof is a wooden frame with wooden bars about 2x10 cm freely inserted (no ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles [on hold]

On the second night of Yom Tov, can one take fire from a yartzeit candle to light your Yom Tov candles?
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A little Yabam who made Yibum and died

See Mishna Yevamot 7.4. העובר, והיבם, והאירוסין, והחירש, ובן תשע שנים ויום אחד, פוסלין ולא מאכילין. ספק שהוא י בן תשע שנים ויום אחד ספק שאינו, ספק הביא שתי שערות ספק לא הביא, נפל הבית עליו ועל בת ...
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What constitutes tzedakah? [duplicate]

What constitutes tzedakah? The general understanding is that tzedakah is giving money or things to the poor, or help them help themselves with jobs, loans, tuition for training, etc. You must give ...
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If someone is about to commit a sin on purpose, should you stop him even if it'll cause embarrassment?

Imagine that someone is about to commit a sin on purpose (Torah or rabbinic); but you don't know that it was done on purpose, so I guess you give him the benefit of the doubt. Is it better to stop ...
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What should a woman who can only do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 174) and as such they must ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters (https://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-...
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Comparing the Heart and Luchot

I was reading in Mishlei the other day and noticed that our hearts are sometimes compared to tablets, and that on it the Words of HaShem should be inscribed. This reminded me of Yirmiyahu who states ...
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When a power-vented hot water heater runs during Yom Tov, it triggers not just a flame, but also a blower fan motor. Is this okay?

You live in a house in North America with a 75-gallon power-vented gas-fired hot water heater. The house has no chimney, which is why the power-vent feature is useful. The instruction manual (PDF) ...
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Why don't we say a blessing before giving charity?

Before doing many mitzvos (commandments), we are required derabanan to say a blessing. Why is this not the same for giving tzedakah (charity)?
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What happens the second you die?

What do our sources say about what happens the second you die. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one’s soul comes out of their body and they float around the room. Are there any fascinating ...
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Judging whether a rabbi resembles an angel

THe previous question "How should a rabbi resemble an angel" asked for the qualities a Rabbi should possess in order to be worthy of learning Torah from him. The Gemmarah prescribes that a rabbi must ...
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Bodily or spiritual resurrection?

When, exactly, do we transition from physical, bodily resurrection after death, to a purely spiritual existence, with no body? On the one hand, we are taught the following order of events: The ...
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How to determine “population statistics” for population dependant Halachot?

There appear to be several halachot that are based on "a majority of Israel". For example: Mishnah Berachot 54a: הרואה מקום שנעשו בו נסים לישראל אומר ברוך שעשה נסים לאבותינו במקום הזה IF ONE ...
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How do you pronounce the name אֱלוֹהַּ? [duplicate]

Is the word אֱלוֹהַּ pronounced as: 1) "Elo-ha" or 2) "Elo-ah"? DonielF pointed out a similar question. It seems to me that that question was asking for the reasoning of how Patach Genuvah works. I ...
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What is the basis for the custom to stand or sit by Vayivarech Dovid?

What is the basis for the customs to either stand or to sit for Vayivarech Dovid?
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Why didn't the Egyptian people react violently to the Plagues?

The Egyptian people surely knew that the Jewish people were immune to the plagues and many must have suspected that all these catastrophes were happening to them on our account (either through Moshe's ...

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