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Why is the word for silver in Hebrew the same word for money in Hebrew? [on hold]

Is there a reason why the Hebrew word for silver is the same word for money in Hebrew?
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Why are Nazirite restrictions not tailor-made to the individual?

One who takes a Nazirite vow of asceticism must not drink wine, cut his hair, or go near the dead. I don't like wine, I don't care if my hair grows long (have done it a few times), and I am not in ...
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How many times in the Tanach is the word gold mentioned?

Is there an official count of how many times the Hebrew word for gold is mentioned in the Tanach?
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Why can't non-grape fruit juice be a substitute for wine?

We are enjoined to drink wine in many rituals (Kiddush, Pessah, etc.). The Shulchan Aruch says grape juice may be substituted. But, presumably no other fruit juice may be used (unless grapes cannot be ...
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Is a transgender person allowed to marry somebody of the opposite gender? [duplicate]

There are countless people who identify as transgender and they request that they are treated exactly like somebody born in the gender they now associate with, including being allowed to marry ...
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Does Bishul Yisra'el have to be a “direct” lighting?

I understand that a Jew needs to light the flame prior to most foods being cooked. Does the lighting need to be "direct"? I.e. does a Jew need to light the flame on the stove or the oven, directly? ...
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Does the shat"z or congregant have to say the correct Song of the Day?

Let's say on Tuesday a congregant or the Shat"z said the Shabbat mizmor, accidentally. Does either one need to repeat it saying the correct one for that day of the week? I know that this is "just ...
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How do Chaba"d shluchim size tefillin shel Rosh for everyone?

I see many Chaba"d shluchim have Jews put in tefillin. Wonderful work their doing. However, I read this in Aruch Hashulchan O.C. 27:20: ומקום הנחת תפילין של ראש מהתחלת עיקרי השיער שעל המצח עד סוף ...
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Are birchat hoda'ah on the idea or the thing?

There are brachot said on phenomena and events. According to the instructions in the Artscroll, one says the lightning/thunder and rainbow blessings no more than once each day unless clouds dissipated ...
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Why is prior to creation called holy?

In Mechilta (to ex. 12.16), while discussing whether or not work is forbidden on chol hamoed, the time before and after the six days of creation are referred to as holy. ששת ימי בראשית יוכיחו שיש ...
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What is the difference between dew and water halachically? [duplicate]

Why are they different liquids halachically given that they both are water? They even can have different dinim (see Makhshirin 3:2), so how do we understand this?
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Onan son of Judah brother of Er reincarnated in Numbers?

I finally got to Number chapter 26 and read this: בְּנֵי יְהוּדָה עֵר וְאוֹנָן וַיָּמָת עֵר וְאוֹנָן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן׃ Born to Judah: Er and Onan. Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. ...
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Was there always a beracha for Shabbat candles? [duplicate]

The wikipedia entry for Shabbat Candles says that: The first record of the complete text of the blessing is from the Siddur of Rav Amram, written by Amram Gaon in the 9th century. He then ...
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Source of small/large letters in the torah

Although there are many small and large letters throughout tanach, both the aleppo codex and the Leningrad codex have extremely few of them. Were they later introduced? The different miforshim, ...
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If one decides to bentch or washes mayim acharonim can he drink?

If one decides to bentch or washes mayim acharonim can he drink without making a bracha?
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Taking ADHD medicine on Shabbos (ex: Adderall/ Ritalin)

Following on the heels of recent questions "Why restrict medicine on Shabbos?" & "Is clinical depression medication allowed on Shabbos?" What would the story be re: taking ADHD medicine such as ...
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Does the halacha require that even someone who does not like meat and wine must consume them on Yom Tov?

An often-quoted line, usually preceded by the words "The Sages said", is: "En simchah ella be-bassar ve-yayin -- There is no rejoicing except with meat and wine." I can't find it worded this way in ...
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What is the Halacha of establishing one's home at the onset of Shabbos?

If one cannot make it home, I heard there's a din that one sets his place where they are now upto 2000 amot. What's the source of this? What if I'm in the back of a car?
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Why didn’t Iyov commit suicide?

Iyov says the following (6:9) וְיֹאֵ֣ל אֱ֭לוֹהַּ וִֽידַכְּאֵ֑נִי יַתֵּ֥ר יָ֝ד֗וֹ וִֽיבַצְּעֵֽנִי׃, Even that it would please God to crush me; that He would let loose His hand, and cut me off! Rashi ...
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Is one allowed to continue riding in a vehicle driven by a Gentile on Shabbat?

In reading this answer, I understand that there is no concern with riding on Shabbat. Let's say that you are driving your car before Shabbat and you have a Gentile passenger. You won't reach your ...
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Is there anything wrong with using someone's “preferred pronouns”?

There are many people who identify as transgender or non-binary and request that they are treated as such by other people, which includes referencing them by the pronoun that they preferred to be ...
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How reliable is the Nikkud in our books?

As we all know, in Hebrew, the Nikkud can change a lot. When studying for this question, I notice slight deviations between different books and I'd like to know how reliable the Nikkud in our books is?...
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Rising Sun at the Temple (Astronomy)

Meir's answer brought a very interesting Yerushalmi (Eruvin 32b): כמה יגעו נביאים הראשונים לעשות שער המזרחי שתהא החמה מצמצמת בו באחד בתקופת טבת ובאחד בתקופת תמוז. How much effort the early ...
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Who is Eliakim? Could he be both a son of the son of Hilkiah and Josiah?

In Kings II 18, Eliakim is the son of Hilkiah the kohen gadol, in Kings II 23 he is referred to as Jehoiakim son of Josiah. How could he be both?
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What names or family relations can or should be inscribed on a grave?

I am looking for sources that address the wording for a tombstone. I recognise that this is probably dealing with local minhag as set by the chevrei kadisha. 1) order to which relationships should be ...
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Sadigura/Tzanz dispute [on hold]

I Have heard that there was a big dispute between the chassidim of the Sadigurrer Rebbe and the chassidim of Rav Chaim Tzanzer. I have heard that it had something to do with some people spreading ...
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Sotah saving herself by disqualifying the mincha

The gemara in Zevachim 47a quotes the opinion of Rabbi Elazar Bar Rabbi Yose who holds that not only the kohen who is being makrev a korban can disqualify, but even the owner can disqualify. Upon ...
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Understanding the reasoning of the woman who agreed with King Solomon to “cut the baby in half”

There's a famous story in I Kings 3:16-28 about Shlomo Hamelech. Two women who had just given birth around the same time appeared before him; one baby had died and one was alive and the women were ...
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What is תיקון שבת

I have Bencher which includes a section called תיקון שבת. It just seems to be all of משניות שבת. What is the idea behind תיקון שבת?
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Shuls that say selichos for Kaf Sivan

Does anyone know of shuls that say selichos for Kaf Sivan (20th Sivan) (see here for more information)? Looking preferably for shuls in Yerushalayim.
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Does Maharal, Maharsha or Zohar discuss the concept of how שָׁלוֹם, שְׁלֵמוּת, שָׁלֵם are associated with one another?

Rav Shimon Schwab writes that the word שָׁלוֹם is related to שְׁלֵמוּת, completion, שָׁלֵם, perfection (on Iyov, page 67) Does anyone know if the Maharal, Maharsha or Zohar say such a concept?
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When Bnei Yisroel travelled in the midbar, what happened on Shabbos?

When Bnei Yisroel travelled in the midbar, what happened on Shabbos? Did they encamp on erev Shabbos and journey after Shabbos or did they continue journeying despite the laws of Shabbos? If they ...
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Explain the combination of verses sung when the kallah first appears

At many weddings that I have attended when the kallah (bride) first walks into the reception room, the band plays / people sing a tune that combines two apparently unrelated verses: It starts with ...
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Did Tziporah sin in what she said about Moshe?

In Bamidbar 12:1 the pasuk says ותדבר מרים ואהרן במשה על־אדות האשה הכשית אשר לקח כי־אשה כשית לקח Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he had married: “He married a ...
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Is Siyum Masechet celebration a mere encouragement?

Another source for Siyum Masechet is Shabbos 118b: ואמר אביי: תיתי לי, דכי חזינא צורבא מרבנן דשלים מסכתיה עבידנא יומא טבא לרבנן And Abaye said: May I receive my reward because when I see a ...
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What is “finishing Torah” and how it stems from Solomon's prophecy?

One of the sources for celebrating finishing a Talmud tractate is in Kohelet Raba 1, 1 (or almost same in Shir Hashirim Rabah): ...,אָמַר רַבִּי יִצְחָק: חֲלוֹם עוֹמֵד עַל כַּנּוֹ ,"מִיָּד "...
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Why don't we have a weaning party like Avraham did?

וַיִּגְדַּל הַיֶּלֶד וַיִּגָּמַל וַיַּעַשׂ אַבְרָהָם מִשְׁתֶּה גָדוֹל בְּיוֹם הִגָּמֵל אֶת־יִצְחָק׃ The child [Itzchak] grew up and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day that ...
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Having chumrahs that one's Rabbi doesn’t have

I was learning with my chevruta about how one should not keep Chumrahs that one's Rabbi or community doesn’t keep. I can’t remember where I learnt it. Would anyone have a reference?
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Minhag 3 times, source?

In machzorim there is a nusach for hatarat nedarim, to annulate even "a good minhag that I did 3 times ..." But what is source for this counting like a neder (or other type of engagement)? Shulchan ...
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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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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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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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Why restrict medicine on Shabbat? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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. The link says that during the Byzantine Era in Horbat Uza, Jewish bakers of ...
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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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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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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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