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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pharaoh's adjective change to Yosef

When Pharaoh first hears that Yosef's family is going to reunite, he offers them חלב הארץ, literally the fat of the land (Genesis 45:18). Rashi (ad. loc.) explains חלב means מיטב, the best. Onkelos (...
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Meanings of “Himself” in Hebrew (Isaiah 53:6 and Gen 22:8)

Question about a Hebrew grammatical allowance I heard of a long time ago and I can't remember where: In either of these two passages: Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) "All we like sheep have gone astray; We ...
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What will happen to secular unafilliated Jews in the time of Mashiach?

What will happen to Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated Jews in the Messianic era?
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Wearing a Tallis for Aliyah at Chabad

If there is someone who is not married. However, when he gets an Aliyah he usually wears a tallis (follows Ashkenazi Minhagim), should he wear one if called up for an Aliyah at a Chabad where the ...
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Minyan in beit hamikdash?

Was there prayer services with minyan in the beit hamikdash (along with korbanot), or were those instituted after the qorban to replace the korbanot? (Sources?)
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Is there a minhag of giving tzedakah during the torah service?

My weekday morning minyan recently merged into another one, so we're seeing some minor changes in customs. One that is new to me is: at the end of the torah service, as the torah is being carried ...
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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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Why did the Torah need to be given if the Avos knew and kept it?

It is a common theme in aggadic literature that The Avos were incredible tzadikim They more-or-less kept the entire Torah, including some derabannans If the mitzvos were already known and kept, and ...
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What blessing does one make on non-kosher food? [duplicate]

Is a blessing made on non-kosher food that one is normally forbidden (אסור) to eat when one is in an exceptional circumstance? (like for example, starving and without other food) The food becomes ...
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Where ואהבת לרעך applies to one's wife?

In Kiddushin 41a we read that if the wife is/becomes repulsive to her husband he [might be] overriding/transgressing the Mitzvah of ואהבת: "דאמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיקדש את האשה עד שיראנה ...
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What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה?

What rule governs the varying nikkud in words מִשְׁתֶּה and מִשְׁתֵּה in Megillas Ester? In Ashkenazi pronunciation this makes a difference because the first is read as "Mishte" and the second is read ...
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Do women always love their husbands?

Following the previous question: "obligation-to-see-a-woman-prior-to-kiddushin" the Gemmorah (Kiddushin 41a) states that: "אבל בהא איסורא לית בה כדר"ל דאמר ר"ל טב למיתב טן דו מלמיתב ארמלו ...
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Clarification on obligation to see a woman prior to kiddushin

Kiddushin 41a: "דאמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיקדש את האשה עד שיראנה שמא יראה בה דבר מגונה ותתגנה עליו ורחמנא אמר "ואהבת לרעך כמוך" Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: It is forbidden for a ...
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List of which Rishonim wrote on each Masechta?

I would like to know if anyone has made a comprehensive list/chart of which Rishonim wrote on each masechta in shas. Such a list would include details such as: Masechtos where Rashi is not rashi, the ...
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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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Is it possible to kasher a steak knife with a wooden handle? [on hold]

Home aid for my parents probably messed up steak knife with a wooden handle. Knife is normal stainless steel with wooden handle with a few metal rivets holding the wood together. Can I fix it?
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Source of Zohar on Resurrection of the Dead

Rabbi Nachman Bulman, in his book Longing for Dawn (page 78) writes the following: The Zohar says that at the Resurrection of the Dead each person will return with the same soul and the same body ...
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Was Adam HaRishon's eating from the Tree of Knowledge really a sin

Most of the characterizations I have seen portray eating of the Tree of Knowledge as a sin. Yet (I personally, with no validation for my surmise) would be inclined to think otherwise. My reasoning is:...
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Additional Oral Law classification systems?

This question is a follow-up to the "no-form-for-the-oral-law" question. These are the systems of organizing the total Oral Law (as opposed to Mitzvos Classification systems) that are known to me: ...
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Would Noahides be required to eat kosher meat?

Would Noahides be required to eat kosher meat because one of the Noahide laws is not to eat blood and since non-kosher meat doesn't soak and salt their meat to get the blood out wouldn't that by ...
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“Eis” instead of “es” in the crop b'racha in the Amida

The ninth b'racha of the amida begins with the words בָּרֵךְ עָלֵינוּ ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ אֶת הַשָּׁנָה הַזֹּאת וְאֶת כָּל מִינֵי תְּבוּאָתָהּ לְטוֹבָה where both את are vocalized with segol (three ...
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When is a Torah scroll kosher? [duplicate]

A Torah scroll that is damaged cannot be used. But if the "good" parts of several Torah scrolls are stitched together, is the resulting scroll kosher? Or does the fact that more than one scribe ...
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When can kashrut certification be withheld?

In today's news (11 Dec 2018): "Rabbis from the Vaad HaRabanim of Flatbush, which grants kosher certification, threatened to pull their supervision of the Garden of Eat In and Orchidea if [a certain]...
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“Famous” Jewish painting “The Talmud” pedigree

I have a painting I inherited from my grandparents that I have seen reproduced elsewhere by seemingly other artists, with some variations. The scene depicts a number of rabbis/scholars around a table ...
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Giving Maaser To a Jewish Beggar Who Comes After Davening

After shacharit today, a Jewish person came into shul asking for money to help him provide for his family. He did not have a letter from a Rabbi validating him, as some other after-davening-beggars do....
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Sources from Tanach for Praying in Minyan

I’ve got a question about people praying together. Hence from were in the Tanach, from which verse(s) or context, did the idea or concept for group/communal/collective prayer developed from? Or is ...
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Reading tehillim for a gentile

A Jewish man wants to say tehillim for his messianic mother who died recently. Is it allowed? What else could be done le'ilui Nishmat?
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The holiness of Jerusalem

Why is Jerusalem holy to the Jews? Can you justify this by Torah or Tanakh relevant verses?
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Mourners by Kabbalat Shabbat

Is there a source that says that someone has to be with a mourner at all times from when he is asked to leave the shul before Lechu Neranena. As I understand the shamash/ warden asks him to leave and ...
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Choosing the Name of a Sefer

Is there a kabbalistic preference for the author of a sefer to create a title alluding from a posuk alluding to his name? If so, why?
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Sources on mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah?

What are some good sources discussing the mystical and spiritual meaning of Brit Milah as well as how it affects one's spirit/life/etc?
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Wearing Two Tzizits

Would wearing two tzizits get you any extra mitzvah? Would you get the extra mitzvah by wearing two Talit katans or one talit gadol and one Talit khatan? Please cite sources.
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Abraham circumcision?

As we know in our today's world, a sentence can be understood if the vocabulary of the words which are in that sentence is also already understood. But if there is a vocabulary which is not already ...

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