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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Location of the Neshama

The gemara in Brachot 10a says that the Neshama fills the body מה הקדוש ברוך הוא מלא כל העולם - אף נשמה מלאה את כל הגוף On the other hand we find places that indicate the Neshama is in the brain/...
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Are Jews allowed to have hobbies?

According to the Shulchan Aruch (if I am not mistaken), every free hour that a man has should be spent in the study of the Torah. With that being the case, does that mean that anything "extra" such ...
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Case Study: Kashrut of Tapioca Starch

I have heard different answers from representatives of the cRc and the Star-K regarding the kashrut of un-certified tapioca starch. While both agree that it requires a hechsher for Pessach, the Star-K ...
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The minimum amount of water a Sotah must drink

I was wondering if there is a minimum amount of water a Sotah must drink in order for the water to take effect. The closest I found to this being addressed was Rashi on Bamidbar 5:13 who quotes a ...
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Why restrict medicine on Shabbat?

The Shulchan Aruch [OC 328:1] says: Someone who has a mere bad feeling, but he strengthens himself and walks around like a healthy person, it is forbidden to do any healing for him, even by nonJews,...
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Is someone who has clinical depression allowed to take an antidepressant on Shabbos?

It’s my understanding that there’s two main categories of non-life threatening illnesses: מיחוש בעלמא, “average pain,” and נפל למשכב, one who is so sick that he’s unable to get out of bed. The former ...
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Tznius concerns by a Sota

Last weeks Parsha included Parshas Sota. Being that the Bais Hamikdash is the holiest place in the world, we have special halachos that require us to treat it with proper respect. Additionally, it's ...
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Freewill and rewarding dogs

If animals don't have freewill, why are dogs rewarded for not having barked at Jewish people during the Exodus from Egypt? (Exodus 11 and Exodus 22)
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Extending gezeirot about melacha to other activities

I feel like this is too obvious even to ask (or that it is a dupe...) but here goes: If we do not use already ground medicine on Shabbos for fear that we might come to grind medicine, then why can we ...
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Is there any continuation to Kotzk\ Pershischa today?

Is there any sort of continuation to the dynasties of Kotz and Pershischa dynasties which actually adheres to the lifestyle of those chassidim? (I don't mean Ger and the like, which have absolutely ...
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Why in the V'ahavta does U'vShacbacha (when you lie down) come before U'vkumecha (when you rise up)?

The order would be more logical if it was when you rise up comes before when you lie down. What do the mfarshim say about this?
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Does “Ein Ye'ush” apply to everything or just spiritual related things?

I have recently heard about a concept called "Ein Ye'ush Baolam Clal" ("אין יאוש בעולם כלל") which translates as "There is never a time of despair". I was wondering if this is referring to all ...
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Will firstborn sons or Kohanim serve in the Third Temple?

In Ezekiel 48, where he prophesied about a future temple, he talks about Kohanim and Levites serving. "Kohanim of the sons of Zadok..." or "Now for the Levites, opposite the border of the Kohanim..." ...
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In modern Judaism, do they still make Menorah Stamps for the purpose of Marking Kosher Bread?

I just found this article, and I thought it was cool: https://www.livescience.com/17821-kosher-bread-stamp-discovered.html I am wondering if this is still done though, or if it was just done in the ...
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Source for a story about the Mir Yeshiva on the train to Shanghai?

I remember hearing a story told by R' Hershel Schachter about the Mir Yeshiva's journey to Shanghai, that took place on the train ride from Eastern Europe to Shanghai. The gist of the story is that ...
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Transmitting bad traits

IIRC, there was a statement made that a person who fixes their bad trait before their child is born, will not pass that trait along to their child. I'm trying to locate this, but I'm not having any ...
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Is the author of the Shu“t HaRidvaz the same one as the one known to be the rebbe of the Ariza”l?

I've heard that the Ariza"l was a talmid of the Ridvaz. I am wondering if it is the same person who authored the Shu"t HaRidvaz as I find that interesting since he seems to be someone that devoted his ...
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Hard Boiled Eggs: does meat or dairy flavor penetrate shell? [duplicate]

I tried searching this but got a lot of results about cooking three eggs in one pot checking for blood spots at cetera. Suppose that you hard boil some eggs in a pot that is normally used to cook ...
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Carrying Pistol License on Shabbat

Situation: you are licensed to carry a concealed pistol. You live inside an eruv. You choose to carry your pistol on shabbat. What is the status of the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) ID card? Can ...
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Lack of Halachot for the Temple service of the firstborns

THis answer presents the view that the firstborns will replace the Cohanim at the Temple service sometime in the future. While flipping through the Mishnayot (mainly Kodashim) I didn't see ...
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How exactly would Eliyahu resolve monetary disputes? (ie “מֻנָּח עַד שֶׁיָּבֹא אֵלִיָּהוּ”)

In the beginning perakim of Bava Metzia, there are several mishnayos (see: 1:8, 2:8, 3:4, 3:5) that present cases when there is uncertainty as to who the owner of an item may be, and state: יְהֵא ...
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Kohanim and Leviyim switching roles in the future

I once was told that at the time of Moshiach, the kohanim will become leviyim, and the leviyim will become kohanim with regards to their service in the third temple. I was told it was because Moshe ...
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What is the origin of “Olam Haba”?

I believe that the Talmud is the first place where the notion of Olam Haba - The world to come - is mentioned. This question explains why it is not mentioned in the Torah but doesn't quite explain who ...
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Why were Leah and Bilhah's tribes larger than Rachel and Zilpah's?

I plotted the census results given in Bamidbar, and it struck me that the tribes descended from Rachel are very small. In contrast, those descended from Leah have population counts between average and ...
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Does the Chabad reach-out for Non-Jew include an option for sacrifice offerings?

This is a completely innocent question trying to figure the objective Chabad reach-out position for Gentiles: [Some] members of the Chabad movement are involved in reaching out to Gentiles and ...
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How precise were the Temples' directions (East/North)

Calculating the true astronomical North/South is very simple - find the longest way and cast a shadow. Are there sources on how precise those directions in the Temples were? Are there special Jewish ...
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Non-Jewish altars and sacrifices through the history

Before Avraham, we see that many Non-[officially]-Jews [Kain, Abel,Noah, Shem] built stages/altars for offerings to G-d. From then, through the periods of the Temples and nowadays, when were the Non-...
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Can one learn Mishnah out of order?

I cannot remember ever attending a siyum of an order of the Mishna where the person making the siyum did not learn the last mishna of the last masechta of the seder. Is there some problem with ...
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Rem"a on Socrates being Achitophel's disciple

Rama mentions that Achitophel was a teacher of Socrates, as per the Moses Isserles, Torat ha-Olah 1:11): "Socrates was said to have been his disciple" I'm not lucidly fluent in Hebrew, but here's ...
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What's the difference between a house imparting impurity from the inside and to one entering it? (Nega'im 13:4)

Nega'im 13:4: בַּיִת הַמֻּסְגָּר, מְטַמֵּא מִתּוֹכוֹ. וְהַמֻּחְלָט, מִתּוֹכוֹ וּמֵאֲחוֹרָיו. זֶה וָזֶה מְטַמְּאִין בְּבִיאָה:‏ A house that has been isolated conveys uncleanness from its ...
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I'm not sure what to do when I reach this phrase in the Gemara?

When learning Gemara I sometimes run into a phrase that says: "On this answer they asked all the questions that were asked earlier on the page and they were answered the same way they were answered ...
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Socks versus shoes for the priestly blessing

I always see kohanim remove their shoes before n'si'as kapayim, even those without leather, but not their socks. In other contexts I'm familiar with, socks are the same as non-leather shoes. For ...
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Chabad, Prayer, and Corporeality of Hashem

Statement of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, regarding 'betten' (beseeching) the Rebbe [quoted here]: “It is not possible to ask a question about a [Rebbe being a] go-between, since this is G-d Himself, ...
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contradiction in the aruch hashulchan

the A"H in C"M 263:2 says that mitzvas asei of hashavas aveidah(hasheiv teshiveim) applies only once you pick the object up, however in C:M 259:1 he says it starts once you see the object
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Shisha Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Is it Halachically forbidden to go to Israel?

I was recently studying Berakhot 24b when I read the following statement: 'כל העולה מבבל לא"י עובר בעשה שנאמר (ירמיהו כז, כב) בבלה יובאו ושמה יהיו עד יום פקדי אותם נאם ה' Whoever goes up from ...
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What does the Dikduk Hataamim of Ben Asher (the A. Dotan edition) say in reguard to the 10 sons of Haman?

After the ensuing back and forth on this post regarding the authenticity of the small שׁ ,ת, and ז and the large ו by the ten sons of Haman, I would like to consult the A. Dotan edition of Ben Asher's ...
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What made Moses want to be killed after people asked for meat?

In Parashat Bealotchah, when the people asked for meat Moses' reaction went eccentric (Num. 11:10): מֵאַיִן לִי בָּשָׂר לָתֵת לְכָל־הָעָם הַזֶּה כִּי־יִבְכּוּ עָלַי לֵאמֹר תְּנָה־לָּנוּ בָשָׂר ...
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Are women allowed to have a boy short haircut?

According to halacha, are women permitteed to have their hair styled in a man-typical way?
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What can the proceeds from the sale of a pasul Sefer Torah be used for?

What are the restrictions, if any, on what the proceeds on the sale of a pasul Sefer Torah can be used for? Can the proceeds be used for capital improvements to the Shul?
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Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?

I have been reading about Chabad Lubavitch and, since I have started to be in contact with a local group, I am in doubt about the Chabad messianism (belief of some adherents about the last Rebbe). ...
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What is called Tziyon and why?

I am not sure whether the name "Tziyon" refers to all of the city of Yerushalayim or only the Temple Mount. For example, Psalms 137:1 (my translation): By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and ...
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Commentaries on aruch hashulchan

Did anyone write a peirush on aruch hashulchan?(on the choshen mishpat part) I am looking for a english or hebrew commentary.
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Number of sages in the Sanhedrin of Yavneh

According to Sanhedrin 1:6, the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem had either seventy or seventy-one sages. But according to Zevachim 1:3, Yadayim 3:5 and 4:2, there were seventy-two sages in Yavneh on the day ...
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Why is the Torah written in third person?

I firmly believe that G-d made the Torah, but I wonder why He refers to himself in the third person, while the Ten Commandments are in the first person?
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Are computer-generated vocals permissible during Sefirah and the Three Weeks?

According to those traditions which prohibit music during the Three Weeks and parts of Sefirah, but permit a capella, would listening to computer-generated vocals be permissible during Sefirah? Is the ...
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Where can I find responses to biblical criticism?

Where can I find well documented source material by strictly orthodox Rabbis or scholars which directly address most (or all) of the major themes of academic biblical criticism such as, but not ...
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What Happened To King Davids Parents?

I read somewhere (I believe it was a midrash) that King David's parents were murdered? Is this just a midrash or is this factual?

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