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Pesach stringency/leniency in Halachah trend in the last 1500 years

As we all know the Pesach Halacha has developed significantly since the times of the Gemmora, many things were added to the list of prohibitions and some Halochos (probably) got less stringent. Since ...
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How do different colours combine to exempt from impurity? (Nega'im 1:3)

Nega'im 1:3: אַרְבָּעָה מַרְאוֹת הָאֵלּוּ מִצְטָרְפִין זֶה עִם זֶה ... לִפְטֹר אֶת הָעוֹמֵד בְּסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ שֵׁנִי.‏ These four appearances [of Negaim] combine, one with the other ... to ...
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When does the 18 minute limit for dough to become chametz end?

I know that the 18 minute thing is up for debate (time for 1 mil, whether continually working dough can indefinitely extend it, temperature dependence etc.), but at what part of the process can a ...
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Why did Elohim sent messengers only to civilised society(eg: Israel)?

Why did Elohim sent messengers only to civilized society(ie Middle East[israel,egypt..etc])? Does that means civilized society needs guidance because they are suffering from work pressure, ...
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When to do the dishes- Yom Tov starting at Motzei Shabbat

Passover brings an interesting quandry this year- we go through a great many Kosher for Passover dishes at the Lail Pesach seder on Friday night, and then have a couple of meals on Saturday. Given ...
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Kiruv after refusal multiple times?

Would sources consider the following as a mitzvah, sin or neither: If one continues to rebuke their friend for breaking shabbat and not following the Torah, and it causes not exactly arguments, but ...
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Why don't we (or when do we) use a lenient definition of nightfall on seder nights?

There are various positions on when we can say maariv (evening prayers), corresponding to various positions on when the day ends (and, thus, a new day begins which starts from the night). But the ...
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Why is counting the omer not in all haggadot?

We count the first day of the omer on the night of the second seder, yet some prominent, traditional haggadot do not include the bracha for counting (e.g., ArtScroll, Koren, Steinsaltz). Why not?
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What is parperet hapat

Mishnah Pesachim 10:3 says: מְטַבֵּל בַּחֲזֶרֶת, עַד שֶׁמַּגִּיעַ לְפַרְפֶּרֶת הַפַּת [he] dips the lettuce until he reaches parperet hapat What exactly does parperet hapat mean in this ...
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If giving tzedakah money to parents is a “disrespectful matter” (Talmud, Kiddushin 32a), is giving tzedakah to other relatives a bad idea as well?

My question is going to be a bit complicated so stay with me before you mark it as a duplicate. In my previous question Is giving money to parents considered a tzedaka?, I received answers that it's ...
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Kisui Dam after Shecita [on hold]

I always understood that one must cover the blood of Shechita with earthen materials, usually sawsdust as a matter of respect for the animal that became our food. Watching some YouTube videos of ...
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At what point do we need to be concerned that wheat (or any of the 5 grains) becomes chametz?

I am not that familiar with the science of fermentation as it applies to chimutz. My understanding is that we have a concern that if the wheat becomes wet, it starts to be chamet after a certain ...
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Which type of qorban did the Pesach offering most closely resemble?

The Pesach story takes place prior to the establishment of the Mishkan and Bet Hamikdash. Since the Israelites had not been commanded to perform the various offerings until the giving of the Torah, ...
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Expel them or kill them?

In some places the Torah tells the Israelites about to enter the Land of Israel to expel all its inhabitants. For example, in Numbers 33:52-33:55: You shall drive out all the inhabitants of the ...
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Can a Ketubah not mention monetary obligations?

While researching this question, I've bumped on Ketubah.com site that offers copies of Ketubahs of the Reform and Conservative branches in Judaism. This is a sample text of a Reform Ketubah: On ...
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

Was at a Conservative friend's house the other day, and noticed the Ketubah from their wedding on their wall. I went to look at it and saw 4 witnesses had signed it: 2 men & 2 women. If an ...
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What is the significance of using specifically a chicken for the Zero'ah?

The Chabad custom and possibly others is to use a chicken neck as the zero'ah. Why specifically do we use a chicken to substitute for the Korban Pesach and not any other animal or fowl?
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Where can we assume that time refers to Shaot Zmaniot?

For many daily activities, the time frame for completion is dependent on the proportional hours (sha'ot zmaniot). But is there an extension of those hours to proportional minutes and seconds which ...
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Should one wish for the destruction of buildings of idol worship?

Two sequential questions, prompted by the Notre Dame fire: Is one obligated to wish that places of idol worship are consumed if they already are on fire? (I would think so, given e.g. OC 224:2) If so,...
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Does Amorayim read berayta in Gemara rather than recite it

I noticed a very atypical expression on Yevamot 40a: יתיב ר' חנינא קרא קמיה דר' ינאי ויתיב וקאמר הלכה כר' יהודה א"ל פוק קרי קרייך לברא אין הלכה כר' יהודה תני תנא קמיה דרב נחמן אין הלכה כר' יהודה א"...
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What is R. Chananel's/R. Bachye's calculation of the years in Egypt?

In this answer I collected the opinions of various biblical commentators as to how many years the Israelites actually spent in Egypt. One of those views was that expressed by R. Chananel, as recorded ...
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Eating matzah on the second day of erev Pesach

I don't have all the sources and grounding for the various suppositions I am going to present so I apologize -- I fear I can't put this question into proper words: We refrain from eating matzah (at ...
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Why is שהחיינו called “ז” in P'sachim but “ח” in M'gila?

Why is the "שהחיינו" blessing abbreviated "ז" in Bavli P'sachim 103 but "ח" in Bavli M'gila 21? I'd expect some consistency. And it's not like "ז" makes more sense, or "ח" less sense, in P'sachim than ...
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What is the logic behind the Maharil's explanation of why we don't say שעשה ניסים on Pesach?

My Haggadah cites the Maharil in Minhagim, Hilchos Hahagadah as having asked why we don't say שעשה ניסים on Pesach. He rejects the explanation brought by others that it's because we say לפיכך חייבים ...
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Why is the beracha of Shehechiyanu phrased in the plural?

The Bracha of Shehechiyanu reads as follows: ברוך...שהחיינו וקיימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה ...that He kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this time. Why is Shehechiyanu phrased in the ...
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Which Black Fedora fits Chabad?

Recently I've decided that I want to start wearing a double covering for when I daven. I believe that it would thus be best that I get myself a black fedora, however I don't know which to get. Are ...
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Music during sefirah and “exemptions” [duplicate]

There's a common custom that people do not listen to music during 33 days of the Omer. There are also two customs as to when these days begin: From the 2nd day of Pesach until Lag Ba'omer or From ...
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Who was “a man of G-d” in Divrei Hayamim II 25:7?

In Divrei Hayamim II 25:7 we read how "a man of G-d" came to the king of Judah, Amaziah, to warn him not to take soldiers from Israel with him to the battle against Edomites : And a man of G-d came ...
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When does hatred “make sense”?

The Talmud says that the Second Temple was destroyed because "senseless hatred" [sin'at chinam] prevailed. Yoma 9b אבל מקדש שני שהיו עוסקין בתורה ובמצות וגמילות חסדים מפני מה חרב מפני שהיתה בו שנאת ...
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Prayer regarding the dangerous premature birth of gentile friend’s baby

My dear gentile friend gave birth very, very prematurely (at @ 5 months) to her due date. The female baby survived but is still dependent on a breathing tube and is still very weak and underweight. ...
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Bava Kamma 24a: Why is Rabbi Yosei's Analysis sound?

Background The Mishna in Bava Kamma 23b states: איזהו תם ואיזו מועד מועד כל שהעידו בו שלשה ימים ותם משיחזור בו שלשה ימים דברי ר' יהודה רבי מאיר אומר מועד שהעידו בו שלשה פעמים ותם כל שיהו התינוקות ...
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What are the halakhic considerations when it comes to patronizing a business whose workers are on strike?

Crossing a picket line and patronizing a business whose workers are on strike, against the will of the workers, is a controversial action with some people saying it should never be done. I read an ...
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Why can you put the Chagiga on the table with the Pesach?

The end of Pesachim 9:8 says: נִתְעָרֵב בִּבְכוֹרוֹת, רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, אִם חֲבוּרַת כֹּהֲנִים, יֹאכֵלוּ: ‏ If the Pesach got mixed up with Bechoros, Rabbi Shimon says, if it's a ...
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Different meaning of slapping the left or right cheek

I had this conversation with a colleague today and can't verify or falsify his words. In Christianity Jesus' quote But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also is ...
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Would we keep religion when everyone is healthy, satiated and satisfied?

G-d's curse to Adam was that the abundance of Eden will stop and he will be lacking health/wealth/food etc. For millennia people turned to G-d to ask to fulfill their basic physiological needs. The ...
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Can being fastidious and delicate (איסטניס) get lenience in cleaning for Pesach?

The agricultural and technological revolutions changed a lot in our perception of food and we all became more fastidious and delicate (is it good for איסטניס?) - we even have expiration dates on ...
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Is there any work that specifically refutes the claims of Martin Luther in “The Jews and Their Lies”? [on hold]

Recently I learned about Martin Luther's anti-Jewish book, The Jews and Their Lies which makes all of the accusations of anti-Semetism against him make a lot more sense given that they're explcitly ...
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Cleaning for Pesach - what Mitzvahs exactly is it?

Cleaning the regular utensils that are also used for Pesach that might have some Chometz leftovers is a clear Mitzvah of Not eating Chometz or mixtures of it. However, cleaning the rest of the house ...
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Are Jews allowed to contribute to the reconstruction of the Paris cathedral?

I assume most of you have already heard about the sad events that happened yesterday in France. One of the main symbols of Paris, a functioning cathedral caught on fire and caused huge damage to the ...
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Scathing attacks in Divrei Rivos

Please share particularly scathing ad-hominem attacks or any particularly scathing attacks that are found in Divrei Rivos, the recording of the battles between the Raavad and Rabbi Zerachiah HaLevi. ...
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Were Kohanim forbidden from serving in King David's army?

The gemara in a couple places (Shabbos 56a, Kesuvos 9b) tells us that before leaving to battle, the soldiers in King David's army would give a conditional get to their wives in order to prevent a ...
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Korbanos and Ketores: Only Biblical passages for the former

When we recite psukim in the morning that pertain to the korbanos and then, afterwards, to the burning of ketores, why do we limit ourselves to passages from the Torah when it comes to the former, but ...
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Birkas haTorah: Can you read any piece of Torah?

When we make birkas haTorah in the morning, we follow it up with Bemidbar 6:24-26 (יברכך...), followed by the beginning of Peah in the Mishna and Tosefta. Do those sections need to be read? If I ...
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Triangle-K hechcher for butter [duplicate]

I know there are issues with the Triangle-K hechcher and I know we've talked about it: Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what? But the only butter that's kosher for Passover that I could ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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The fast or the rejoicing of the first born erev pesach?

I seem to recall seeing somewhere that the fast of bechoros should indeed be a day of Taanug and not fasting. Since the true girsa in Masheches Sofrim should read מתענגין instead of מתענין. Does ...
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Corncob Pipe during Pesach

Assuming smoking is permitted at all (thank you, Rav Moshe Feinstein) and that smoking on Yom Tov / Chol Ha'omed is also permitted in our times, could an Ashkenazi Jew holding by the kitniyot ...
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Greeting on Yom Hashoah

What is the proper greeting on Yom hashoah? I am not Jewish but do have some Jewish friends and would like to know how to greet them on this day of remembrance.
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Can Pao de Queijo, and similar foods, be kosher for Passover?

We're planning an "alternative" Passover, and are looking into some nontraditional foods that could be kosher for Passover. One that came up in discussion was Pao de Queijo, or Brazillan cheese ...
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Where is the midrash of “300 days of Tefillin?”

According to various Rishonim and Acharonim who are listed in R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger's "Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Volume 5," there is a Midrash that states that the Shin on Tefillin boxes alludes ...

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