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Status of the son of an unmarried Kohen

If a Kohen had a relationship outside marriage with a Jewish-born, non-divorced woman, is his son a Kohen? I mean that the woman is not currently married (either single or a widow) and the child is ...
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Can a kohen be a mamzer?

A friend and I were discussing this. Generally speaking, it seems that it should be impossible for a person to be a kohen (rather than a chalal) and also a mamzer, because the set of women whom a ...
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Are observant Jews of today are more pious than observant Jews of the Sanhedrin period?

Allow me to explain the logic of the question: During the time of the Sanhedrin, a Jew could be put to death for not following the law. While it was certainly enforced for things like murder, it ...
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Yaakov complaining to Pharaoh about his life

This is Ramban's questions on the reason and benefit of Yaakov complaining to Pharaoh about his life (Gen 47, 9): "וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־פַּרְעֹה יְמֵי שְׁנֵי מְגוּרַי שְׁלֹשִׁים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה ...
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Why the names of the Yaakov's grandsons did not survive?

It appears that from the names of Yaakov 50+ grandkids only few (Efrayim, Menashe, Saul and Gershon) made through to our times, others are never mentioned again in the names of Tannayim, Amorayim, ...
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Paro enslaved Yisrael but they kept the good land — was that normal?

When Yisrael come to Mitzrayim Paro gives them the choice land of Goshen. Later another paro enslaves them but apparently lets them keep the good land, because they're still there during the plagues. ...
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Preparing a grave before death

Is it against Halacha to prepare a grave before someone who passed away i.e. that the doctors and family know that the person is going to pass away but don’t know when so they make preparations. ...
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Bereshit 46:10, Shaul the son of a Cannanite Woman

Bereshit 46:10: וּבְנֵ֣י שִׁמְע֗וֹן יְמוּאֵ֧ל וְיָמִ֛ין וְאֹ֖הַד וְיָכִ֣ין וְצֹ֑חַר וְשָׁא֖וּל בֶּן־הַֽכְּנַעֲנִֽית׃ Simeon’s sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Saul the son of ...
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Why don't islands read the m'gila two days?

Bavli, M'gila 5 amud 2, cites a doubt as to when the m'gila is read in T'verya: on the fourteenth of Adar, as in most places, or on the fifteenth, as in a city walled since the time of Y'hoshua. The ...
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Are gentiles obligated to fear Hashem (or at least fear punishment)?

As Jews we are commanded to fear Hashem and fear punishment to help us avoid sinning. See Chinuch 432 for example: ונוהגת מצוה זו בכל מקום ובכל זמן ובכל מין האדם, וזאת אחת מן המצות התמידיות על ...
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What happened to Noah's slaves?

According to such commentators or midrashim as say that Noah had slaves that joined him on the ark[1], what happened to them? That is: We hear a lot in the immediately succeeding chapters of Genesis (...
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Asara Haruge Malchut (Ten Martyrs), why were 10 Rabbis killed?

In Vayigash, Rabenu Bahya (also the Zohar) comments and says that the reason we had Asara Haruge Malchut because the brothers sold Yosef. However, Reuven didn't sell Yosef, so why should the ...
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Moshe, Ramba"m and humility

Numbers 12:3 informs us that “the man Moses was very humble, more than any person on the face of the earth.” This article cites Rambam's (Maimonides) view that humility is an exception to Rambam's ...
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What makes a Rabbi?

There are Rabbis everywhere, how to identify who is a real Rabbi if the Rabbi is not included in a recognized organization, such as Israeli Supreme Court or RCA etc.? Does a Rabbi need Yeshiva study ...
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Is it forbidden to count Jewish people without uttering any words?

Related: Am I allowed to count people? We are not allowed to count Jewish people. But one can count other objects to represent the people and one can also speak the words of a possuk where the ...
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How observant were Jews throughout most of history?

This question relates to what we know about Jewish observance since the exile. I was curious if we knew for certain how observant most Jews were throughout most of history and if that observance ...
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Is unsupervised commercial kosher food OK? [duplicate]

Say a Jew starts selling food commercially. He keeps strict kosher, but does not buy kosher supervision to keep his prices down. His customers are his many friends, who know him well and trust him, ...
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Why is Benjamin referred to as a youth?

In several places, parsha vayigash refers to Benjamin as a youth (na-ar). But he must have been close to 30 years old since Joseph was at that time already in Egypt for about 20 years. Why is ...
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Mir smicha qualifications

Rabbi Finkel from Mir would give Smicha as follows. He would randomnly take out one of the volumes of Shulchan Aruch (any section)and randomnly open the page - and show it to the testee. He would then ...
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Definition of “Isko Im Hanashim”

Which modern-day poskim address what professional relationships would make one considered "Isko Im Hanashim" - working with women, in relation to Hilchos Yichud, and what are their definitions? For ...
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What is the source for not being afraid of ayin hara because Yosef Hatzadik sustained the whole world we are all considered his descendants?

What is the source for not being afraid of ayin hara because we are all considered Yosef Hatzadik's descendants since he sustained the whole world in Mitzrayim (and ayin hara doesnt affect Yosef's ...
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Is there any reward for the intent or attempt to do a mitzvah?

As per the title, does one earn any reward/s'char for the attempt (or even just the intent) to perform a mitzvah? This evening, we all piled out of shul to say Kiddush Levana only to find that the ...
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Why are there extraneous words in vaykra (Leviticus) 17:3?

I am struggling to understand VAYIKRA (Book of Leviticus) Chapter 17 verses 3 and 4. I have read Are there extraneous words in Torah? and I think I understand the underlying principle that there are ...
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Bible games to learn from [on hold]

My computer is not connected electricity it uses a battery,I am not Jewish, but i honor my Lrd G-D's Commandments relating to the Sabbath, besides the Sabbath is for all G-D's creations,he told ...
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Why bother with n'vi'im?

I was asked the following question recently and, incapable of doing it justice on my own, am seeking a cogent printed answer to give the questioner. If God wishes to express an unequivocal directive ...
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Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk

If I make a ברכה on a Hershey bar, and before I eat the food, I realize I am Fleishig, what do I do? (assuming I have no other food around?)
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How does punishment in the World to Come make sense?

If a person is able to make choices in this world, and especially if a person is able to disbelieve that there is a Divine order of any type, how does it make sense for a person's soul to be punished ...
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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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What is the purpose of T'chiat Hametim (ressurection of the dead)?

Given the following: (note please feel free to argue with any of these premises, but please also cite a source) T'chias Hametim will only occur for the righteous the righteous who are currently dead ...
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Passover Lamb: Why is the bone not broken?

The mitzvah in exodus 12:46: Why do we not break the bones of the Passover lamb? Is it because it was a pagan practice? or because of something else? Ex. 12:46 It shall be eaten in one house; you ...
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Is softening a linen garment the end of the laundry process and therefore forbidden on Shabbos (Shabbos 140a)?

Shabbos 140a. Rav Safra permits softening a laundered linen shirt. (Translation and elucidation of the Gemoro below according to Sefaria) - original is: מיסתמיך ואזיל רב אחא בר יוסף אכתפיה דרב נחמן ...
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Were the spiritual worlds created (sources)?

I was told the spiritual worlds are above time, does that mean they always existed? What does it mean that on some level they do not experience any change? Sources please.
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Does God need to find out what happened? – Ralbag's seemingly contradictory comments

(Quick summary if you don't want to read the whole question: In Parshas Noach Ralbag seems to claim that God already knew what happened, while in Parshas Vayeira he seems to claim that God did not ...
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The time periods of the Acharit HaYamim?

Could someone please explain me the concepts of the following terms? What do the different periods in time refer to and stand for? - Olam Hazeh (Acharit HaYamim) - Olam Haba - Yemot HaMashiach - ...
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In what sense is Hanukkah “a Yom Tov like other yamim tovim”?

The Machzor Vitry (§234) finds a scriptural source for Hanukkah in Leviticus 24:2. That the stipulation that Israelites should collect pure olive oil for the menorah should follow on from a ...
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Shortened version of birkat hammazon

Anecdotally, I've eaten with people before who have recited birkat hammazon to themselves quietly and who are either record-breaking speed speakers or who are using a shortened version. I suspect the ...
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What is the significance of using shevet vs. mattot in Parshat Mattot?

In Parashat Mattot the word matteh is used in place of the more commonly found shevet? Why is that? They both mean tribes no?
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Why do you need a chazakah and a sefeik sefeikah in Demai 1:1?

Maseches Demai opens up by addressing the "leniencies of Demai." As the Bartenura there explains, these lenient items are those which are essentially garbage - foods that people typically wouldn't eat ...
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Eating after shkiah before Maariv

If one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis what should they do? My question is prompted from the halacha that one may not eat before praying Maariv. However with that said I ...
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Eating out Friday night of Chanukkah

If one is lighting Chanukkah candles inside (for whatever reason) relying on the publicization to himself and his family, then what should he do on Friday night if he is eating out? Must he make the ...
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What are the parameters of “one should not return a ruinous report”?

The gemarah in Megillah (15a) states: “And they told Esther’s words to Mordecai” (Esther 4:12), but he, Hathach himself, did not go to tell him directly. The Gemara explains: From here we see that ...
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Rashi's explanation that Noach did everything he was commanded

Bereishis 7:5 says: וַיַּ֖עַשׂ נֹ֑חַ כְּכֹ֥ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֖הוּ יְהוָֽה׃ And Noah did just as the LORD commanded him. Rashi there explains: ויעש נח זֶה בִיאָתוֹ לַתֵּבָה: And Noach Did- ...
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Have all my reincarnations been Jewish?

The Arizal states that we are here to accomplish the 613 mitzvots, until we do, we keep coming back.. from this can we assume that all our reincarnations since the time of our forefathers have been ...
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Are Noahide women permitted to undergo a tubal ligation?

Shalom! I am a non Jewish G-d fearing woman with two children and even though I am still quite young (24) I don't want to have any more children. I have severe depression and anxiety so the two I ...
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Lashon hara to criticize world leaders? [duplicate]

If a Jew lives in an oppressive country and speaks negatively about that country's leader, is that considered lashon hara?
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Haftarat Shuva - Skipping backwards?

Some communities read selections from three of the Trei Asar - Hoshea, Yoel and Michah - as the haftarah on Shabbat Shuva (the shabbat between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.) (See e.g. Mishnah Berurah ...
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If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?

If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher (meat and milk,chicken and milk, pork…) should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?
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Carrying the Torah around

When the Torah is taken out and is being carried around songs are being sung. I would like to know which songs exist for this part of the service and where I could find traditional tunes for those ...
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Sleeping and listening to something that's a Mitzvah

Is there anything that someone can listen to that is as if he is doing mitzvot or good things or even teshuva while he is trying to sleep or asleep? I’ve heard subconsciously you still realize ...
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Specific Breslov Nusach

I understand that traditionally Breslov has not taken Nusach HaTefillah as seriously as other Chassidic groups when it comes to identifying the Sha'ar HaKollel. Although most Breslovers daven Nusach ...

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