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Names of Moshiach

One of the more well-known appellations in תנ"ך that describes משיח is צמח (Zach 3:8, 6:12; Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:6), with the English definition a variation of "Branch" (capitalized as refers to ...
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Responses in Full Kaddish [duplicate]

I noticed that in an Artscroll siddur there are three extra responses in a full kaddish (1. kabbel b'rachamim, 2. yihei shem, 3. ezri me'im). I am curious: A) whether there are sources for and ...
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Is there a midrash that says all of the water in the world split at the time of the splitting of the reed sea?

Is there a midrash that states that all the bodies of water split during the splitting of the reed sea? If yes, I would think that such an event would be recorded in some secular history book? Are ...
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According to Rashi by Avraham's prayer for Sodom he reasoned that there were 8 righteous being saved. How would Ham be considered righteous?

According to Rashi on Genesis 18:32, Abraham reasoned that 8 righteous people weren't enough to save the world so that's the limit. However given what we know about Ham (cited here and other places), ...
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Is the use of referring to a Torah prescription through the expression “Moses said / commanded” attested in Jewish tradition?

I am an Italian Noahide. I read in Jewish sources that the expression "Torah of Moses" is sometimes used. In the Christian Gospels, on the other hand, I have seen that in certain passages it is ...
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How to become a Canaanite slave

Rambam provides the different ways how a Jew could purchase a Canaanite slave. He may be acquired through the transfer of money, the transfer of a deed of purchase, the manifestation of one's ...
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Can someone rank these sins in order of severity (most severe to least)and give rationales of why this is so? [closed]

Can someone rank these sins in order of severity (most severe to least)and give rationales of why this is so? Masturbation, Premarital sex with a jew(with and without mikva/nidda),or sex with non-jew.
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What is the original source for the story of the writting of the Akdamus?

the story is discussed in this question What exactly is the story behind the person who wrote the Akdomus (said on Shavous) where a source is give as this book http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?...
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Should we prevent a chumra in the laws of Shabbos that exceeds the normal understanding?

The halacha is that generally a keli shelishi does not cause bishul. The Chazon Ish says that a keli shelishi (or revii) above yad soledes bo does cook those things that are kalei habishul. A ...
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Israeli on Shabbat-second day Yom Tov fulfilling locals' obligation

I'm having a hard time constructing this hypothetical so I apologize if it feels forced or if the underlying halachic question could be generated more gracefully. If an Israeli woman is being housed ...
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Family wedding during Yom Kippur [closed]

My brother has had to rearrange his wedding a year ahead due to Coronavirus. The only available/suitable date offered was 15th September 2021 which is Yom Kippur. My mum and step dad do not feel ...
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Eating bread with jam, then eats only jam, would he recite a shehakol?

If one is spreading jam on bread and eating it, and then eats only jam, without bread, would he make a shehakol on the jam, or would this be covered by the hamotzi?
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Changing Arizal Tefillin to Chabad

Can one retie regular Arizal tefillin that have the sephardic shel yad to the Chabad shel yad and have them be kosher for Chabad? Or are there more differences than that?
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Why is Tzaara'as considered a Sakana?

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 173:2 writes: בין בשר לדגים חובה ליטול משום דקשה לדבר אחר וחמירא סכנתא מאיסורא There is an obligation to wash one's hands between fish and meat because it ...
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Source for Rav Shach story (bentsching from a book from age 100)

In Torah Tidbits, issue 1372, Rabbi Shalom Rosner wrote, in part: When Rav Shach turned 100, he told his students that he was going to accept upon himself a new resolution. The students were ...
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Please enlighten me on the word Shraga (for “light”)

My last name derives from the Aramaic word Shraga/שרגא (meaning "light," "lamp," or "candle"). I know the word appears in the Talmud and is still used as a given name (associated with "wisdom and ...
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What was the age of King David when he married Bath Sheva?

What was the age of King Daivd when he married Bath Sheva? Is it possible to know it from the Bible or from Chazal? I tried to find information about it, but unfortunately, I couldn't find it.
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why do the last words in psalms 119:11 seem superfluous?

Psalms 119:11 in the Koren Jerusalem bible appears (in English) to say: "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might no sin against Thee". ‎‎‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎I was ...
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How to start learning seder taharos

Would like to start learning mishnayos tahoros with kehati and bartenura, probably at a rate of 2 mishnayos a day. However I've never learned the seder formally so don't know where to start. I know ...
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Where can I find the Halacha that a scribe who is unsure of a letter on a sacred text, can ask the opinion of a young child versed in the aleph-Bet?

I was told about a law that a scribe who is unsure about a letter in a mezuzah/Torah/tefillin, can ask a child who is versed in Aleph-Bet if it is Kosher or not. Where can I find it?
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On first night of shavuot what is the earliest time to say kiddush? [closed]

On the first night of shavuot What is the earliest time to say kiddudh??
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Is Jehovah's Witness considered halachically different than other Christians? [duplicate]

Jehovah's Witnesses believe in one God with J. being a prophet/son of god, kind of like Muhammad or Elijah the prophet. They don't believe he IS god, and they don't believe in the Trinity. It probably ...
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Why is Parsha Naso (and Bamidbor) all mixed up?

Seemingly unrelated topics are all intertwined: First it's the counting of the Jews and then Levites. But then comes Nazir, Sotah, additional laws of stealing... And the Levites themselves are not ...
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Why so repetitive in davening?

Looking at a siddur, in the Karbanos, the order of the Temple service is written. In the first paragraph (אַבַּיֵּי הֲוָה מְסַדֵּר), it lists everything that is done in a strange manner, it says what ...
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Halachic reasoning behind public prayer during a pandemic

The concept of going out of ones way to pray with a quorum is well established in halachic tradition. Nonetheless, it is likewise well established halachically that risk to life trumps any such value,...
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Keeping Eruv Tavshilin Intact?

In discussing the halachos of eruv tavshilin, the cRc writes (note 3) One explanation for this custom is that the Eruv must stay intact and edible until the preparations for Shabbos are ...
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The panav of HaShem

Exodus 33:28 and 23: לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי:  כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי. וְרָאִיתָ, אֶת-אֲחֹרָי; וּפָנַי, לֹא יֵרָאוּ. Looking at these verses G-d clearly says that no one can see ...
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Owning a Buddha statue

Owning a Buddha statue, having it displayed in a Jewish home, is considered a transgression of idolatry, technically speaking?
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Reason why ruth the moabite converted

What was the reason why Ruth converted to judaism? Was it love of Noemi or love of Hashem or both?
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Why does Rabbi Akiva and his rebbi react to situations differently?

The gemara in Taanis 21a brings a story about Nachum Ish Gamzu that explains why he was called "Ish Gamzu", because he would always say "Gam Zu L'tovah" (This too is for the best). It is also known ...
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Destined how many shidduch proposals?

Rabbi Dr. Wikler (p. 142) quotes a story of a Chassidic Rebbe looking for a shidduch for his daughter who would pay shadchanim for proposing a potential match even though the Rebbe declined the offer. ...
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Is it in the zohar that ישראל is ראשי תיבות of יש ששים ריבוי אותיות לתורה

I am wondering if it is written in the zohar that ישראל is ראשי תיבות of יש ששים ריבוי אותיות לתורה. Additionally, if it is, can someone give me the chapter? I saw it written in a book and seem to ...
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Question about a gett that has me shaken to my core [closed]

I got married in 08 and remarried in 16. We are expecting a child. While going through some old papers I found my copy of the gett from the local rabbinical council. While reading through it, I ...
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Why doesn't God only give us tests he knows we will pass [closed]

If God created the world to reward us for good choices, and He is omniscient, then why doesn't He only give us tests which we will pass?
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Forbidden to immerse, as opposed to doesn't work?

I was learning Pesachim, and on 17b I saw Tosafos say the following: דבתוך הכלי ודאי אסור לטבול מדאורייתא It is definitely biblically forbidden to immerse something within a vessel (as opposed ...
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Midah Keneged Midah in the Punishment of an Entire Tzibur [i.e, Covid-19]

I was recently reading a controversial article on The Lakewood Scoop claiming that Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a punishment for the fact that we expelled anti-vaxxers from our Yeshivos and Mosdos ...
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Is Ktav Ashuri vs Ivri a theological conundrum? [closed]

I listened to a fantastic shiur regarding the 3 way machlokes in sanhedrin regarding what script the Torah was originally given in. Either it was always Ashuri, it was originally ashuri switched to ...
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Ezra 10:3 “put away” or “yatsa' ” Why not “garash”?

What are the differences and what does it imply?
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Halacha LeMoshe MiSinai which is taught together were originally said together

I seem to remember seeing somewhere, maybe Tosafos somewhere, saying that when the gemarra groups certain halacha lemoshe misinai's together, like Sukkah 5b with שיעורין חציצין ומחיצין, it's telling ...
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Superfluous Rashi in Sukkah 52b?

The Gemara proceeds to delineate the identities of the 7 shepherd and 8 princes mentioned in Michah 5:4. Amongst the 8 princes are עמוס and צפניה. Rashi ד״ה עמוס וצפניה states they are from Navi. Is ...
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If yibum is only for brothers , why did Ruth seduce Boaz, he wasn't Elimelech's brother?

If yibum is only for brothers, why did Ruth seduce Boaz, he wasn't Elimelech's brother?
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Is studying Torah really better at night than during the day?

In his Sefer Ha-Madda (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 3:13), the Rambam says: Even though it is a mitzvah to study during the day and at night, it is only at night that a person acquires most of ...
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Why can one get paid for teaching written law but not oral law?

In his Sefer Ha-mada (Book of Knowledge, Talmud Torah 1:7), the Rambam says: Where it is customary to charge a fee for teaching the written Torah, it is permissible to charge a fee for such ...
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What is a dybbuk?

I heard that a dybbuk is kind of like a soul that came back from heaven and inhabits a body. 1. Does anyone have any more information that would make the concept easier to picture? 2. Is there a ...
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Why is R. Akiva Eiger the only one to comment regarding the actual language in 1 Chronicles 17:9?

In Gilyon HaShas on bShabbat 55b, R. Akiva Eiger includes bBerachot 7b's statement רַב הוּנָא רָמֵי כְּתִיב ״לְעַנּוֹתוֹ״, וּכְתִיב: ״לְכַלּוֹתוֹ״ as an example in which hazal's quotation of a pasuk ...
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Word count methods

I asked a question about the orthography of two words in the last chapter of the Shema, and I started to wonder, whether the presence of a maqaf mattered with respect to word count. And if you ...
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Being Afraid Brings Fears

A few Rabbonim mentioned in shiurim on TorahAnytime the concept that being constantly afraid of something tragic happening to oneself can bring about its fulfillment. Where do we find such a concept ...
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Why are there no high priests today?

What happened in history so that there are no-longer high priests? If succession for the role is by descendant of Aaron, what conditions prevent a new high priest from existing.
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Is Reform conversion recognized by the Conservative movement?

Are people who have converted to Reform Judaism recognized as Jews by the Conservative movement?
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Reciting Shehecheyanu on other Megillot

Ma'aseh Rav 175 records the following practice of the Gra regarding reading Shir HaShirirm on Pesach, Kohelet on Sukkot and Rut on Shavu'ot: the reader makes two blessings beforehand, 'al mikra ...

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