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Why no positive feedback from Moses in his reproof for everything Israel did good?

I'm a big fan of Positive Psychology approach to education, reinforcing positive behaviors instead of discouraging negative ones. When Moses is scolding the nations for the sins of the previous ...
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Why didn't Dor Hamidbar have 20 kids per family?

The Torah describes the miracles and the overall bliss and abundance of life in the desert - free unlimited food, clothes, footwear, no illnesses, etc. On the other hand, no seeming permission for ...
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In the desert, how didn't the male population grow to 1.5M over 40 years?

I'm pretty sure this Q. was already asked so I'm asking it in short, 600K male x 5 kids per family (Targum) x 1/2 of them males would result in 1.5M males after 40 years. 24K casualties here (G....
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Is it Bishul Akum if a gentile boils non potable water?

If a gentile boils non potable water (water that can't be consumed without being boiled), does such water have a status of Bishul Akum? Is water fit to be served by a King's table?
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Why no music and singing during daily prayer?

Throughout the (morning) prayers a large amount of passages speak about praising and singing to the Lord. "Shiru lo, zamru lo..." "Nihalelicha... Bishvachos Uvizimiros..." "...bo'u ...
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Source for ויראת מאלקיך because of loss of money

HaKesav VeHaKabbalah (Deuteronomy 10:12) writes: והנה מצאנו בחמשה מקומות שדברה תורה ממצות שבין אדם לחברו שסיימה בהם ויראת מאלהיך, כמו אל תקלל חרש ויראת מאלהיך, מפני שיבה תקום ויראת מאלהיך, ולא תונו ...
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Significance of parashah of the week a child is born

Did Chazal ever teach about any significance attached to the parashah of the week a child is born in terms of picking the child's name or otherwise raising them?
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Is there a connection between the serpent in Eden and the brass serpent in the wilderness?

Often unrelated stories are related to each other, (sometimes even despite non similar words). In this present case, one particular animal has a (some kind of) central role to its development. In the ...
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What's on Kiddushin Rabbi obligatory check-up list?

IIRC, a Rabbi that makes Kiddushin takes a great responsibility (forgot the exact wording of the Gemmorah), at most he can be allowing Arayot, at least he can make the blessings said in vain. As the ...
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Is immersion of utensils (tevila) valid before koshering (hagala)?

dinonline (here) writes that The hagalah [koshering of non-kosher utensils] should be done before the tevila [immersion in a mikve]. Are there other sources saying so? Are there sources saying ...
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If a condition to bury someone's body wasn't upheld, is one allowed to exhume the body?

A follow up to this recent question "(Why) May a Beit Din refuse to bury a body in order to coerce a man into giving a divorce?" where a Jewish burial society was instructed to not bury the body of a ...
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Properly disposing a paper with Holy Names [on hold]

how do I properly dispose of this paper? It was while writing notes, and thinking about the times... I wrote his name. [ ( I wrote the name to avoid writing a destructive outcome for the enemies of ...
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Websites or books about the Torah and history of the world

I am looking for recommendations of good websites and books that talk about various ways of understanding the 'conflicts' between the Torah and a modern understanding of the age of the universe, the ...
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What software to use to write a multi-section sefer?

What software is available that allows Hebrew and English and multiple sections? i.e. the main section and then a footnote/pirush (section #2) on that, and then a 3rd section which footnotes items ...
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Are toy pigs kosher? [duplicate]

Are there any halachic reasons why Jewish children should not play with toy pigs? They are not eating anything and it does not make them feel like eating treif. Another question here refers to ...
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The future of electricity on Shabbos in Halacha

As a subset of "did-rabbis-speculate-on-the-future-of-judaism", Did contemporary Rabbis speculate about the future Halachic trends of using various electric and especially electronic/computer devices ...
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Opening Packages on shabbat that arrived Friday [duplicate]

If a package is to arrive at my door before shabbat can I then take it in/open it on Shabbat (if the contents are not muktza) or are there further issues besides techum, e.g., Kinyanim or others
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Appropriate bat mitzvah gift from non-jew

I am attending my bosses's daughters bat mitzvah and I'm not sure what is appropriate to give as a gift. I was thinking just cash or gift card like I would do for any other birthday party I would go ...
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Why can sterile women become nidda?

Firstly, I'm not asking for halachic guidance, I have my LOR for that. I'm asking a conceptual question. My understanding is that women become niddah because of the "death" of the "life that could've ...
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How many Jews took part in the Exodus?

Contemporary scholarly consensus states that the population of the ancient world was no more than 8-30 million[1], with the Egyptians numbering at least 4 million. Rabbinic commentary says 15 million ...
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Why doesn't “first waters” in hand washing make the hand tamei?

In Mishnah Yadayim 2:3, we learn that the "first waters" (the first of two splashes of water) poured on the hands while doing ritual hand-washing is tamei (if less than a certain amount), while the ...
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Are there “major” and “minor” commandments?

The Mishna says: Be quick in performing a minor commandment as a major one. [Avot 4:2] But we do not rank the commandments. The Mishna also says: Be as scrupulous in observing a minor ...
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Where (in relation to the Jerusalem temple) did Jacob's dream take place in Genesis 28:19?

Was Jacob's stone pillow the location of Solomon's temple?:
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When did G-d say to Yaakov that he will have 12 sons?

As a preliminary question for "yaakov's-hurry-to-have-kids-at-84": On the Posuk (Gen 29,21) "וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־לָבָן הָבָה אֶת־אִשְׁתִּי כִּי מָלְאוּ יָמָי וְאָבוֹאָה אֵלֶיהָ׃" Bereyshis Rabba 70,...
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Understanding the sin of Lashon Hara

The problem is simply that I do not completely understand the principle of lashon hara.   One definition I often see is that lashon hara is spreading true (or also false in broader terms), ...
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Making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - allowed?

I see and hear of people making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - and we have questions to that effect on the site. I am wondering why this is permitted. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 221:6 forbids eating at a ...
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Adopting idolatrous Babylonian name of Month Tamuz

Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the Months were brought with them from Babylon The Gemmorah explains the process of adopting the ...
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Number of total occurrence of holy names in the Torah and its significance

Rambam Yesodey Hatorah 6.2: וְשִׁבְעָה שֵׁמוֹת הֵם. הַשֵּׁם הַנִּכְתָּב יוּ''ד הֵ''א וָא''ו הֵ''א וְהוּא הַשֵּׁם הַמְפֹרָשׁ. אוֹ הַנִּכְתָּב אֲדֹנָי. וְאֵל. אֱלוֹהַּ. וֵאלֹהִים. וֵאלֹהֵי. ...
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Where is Gehenom located?

Where is Gehenom located? After Korach and his followers got swallowed up by the Earth, they fell right outside the gates of Gehenom, and are (presumably) till this day yelling משה אמת ותורתו אמת (...
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Will slavery return when moshiach comes?

Its well known that slavery is sanctioned by Hashem, both for Jewish slaves and Cananite (black) slaves. Although Abraham Lincoln recieved much criticism from MANY different rabbis (for nullifying ...
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Origins of the standard Ketubah text we use today

Maseches Ketubot deals all about the laws related to the Ketubah, and these laws (ex: the amount of money, obligations) are codified in the Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer simanim 66-118. However, while ...
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Did Avoda Zara Work? [duplicate]

Did avoda zara actually work and was thereby forbidden (Devarim 30:17), or was idolatry a wasted endeavor and forbidden due to its foolishness?
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How many sin-offerings are due for one who (unintentionally) sleeps with his mother while she's married to his father?

Sanhedrin 7:4 lists several types of transgressor who are stoned, and then talks about some unintentional sexual transgressions: הַבָּא עַל הָאֵם, חַיָּב עָלֶיהָ מִשּׁוּם אֵם וּמִשּׁוּם אֵשֶׁת אָב. ...
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Would it be considered idolatry to request a specific blessing written by a Rabbi you hold in esteem?

I was at an event organized by a local Jewish group and they were using the home of a sponsor. This sponsor happened to have some various Jewish items decorating his home (some of which likely ...
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What verses in Na"ch describe the details of Jewish calendar like Kidush HaChodesh and Ibbur Hashanah?

The Gemmorah in Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a explains the process of adopting the Babylonian names instead of Biblical ones. דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the names of the ...
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Name on the Front Door

Is there a reason why many Jews seem to put their names on the front door of their home? Note: Clearly there are some non-Jews who do the same, but it seems there are an overwhelmingly larger number ...
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What verses in Na"ch support the speculation that the Israelites counted a couple of millions when conquering the Land of israel?

What verses in Na"ch support the speculation that the Israelites counted a couple of millions when conquering the Land of Israel? (See "surrounding-nations-more-numerous-than-israel")
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Why the Torah says that the surrounding nations were far more numerous than Israel?

"כִּי תֹאמַר בִּלְבָבְךָ רַבִּים הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה מִמֶּנִּי אֵיכָה אוּכַל לְהוֹרִישָׁם׃" Should you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we; how can we dispossess them?” (...
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Could angels fall on a different planet and become aliens?

Following my answer here on aliens and Torah: G-d created (there are) extra-terrestrial celestial bodies (astronomical fact) Torah raises a possibility (according to some Midrashim/interpreters) that ...
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An indefinite houseguest

Suppose one invites a guest over to stay by them for Shabbos or a few days. Without chatting with the host, the guest doesn't "take the hint" and decides to stay. The guest seemingly has no other ...
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Which tetragrammaton is more sacred - written in modern Hebrew or paleo-Hebrew font?

In my previous question: tetragrammaton-in-paleo-hebrew-within-hebrew-text-of-tehilim, there is evidence that p.H font was considered more sacred, as the Holy Name was written in it as opposed to the ...
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Tetragrammaton in paleo-Hebrew within Hebrew text of Tehilim

Many scrolls were found (in Qumran?) depicting a regular Hebrew scripture text with the Holy name written in paleo-Hebrew (כתב עברי), like this one: What Talmudic explanation fits these findings, if ...
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Dam Betulah (hymen bleeding) [duplicate]

I heard some one had told me, Dam Betulah need to be wait 3days and,after 7days of cleaning. Is there any poskim that says dam betulah can be wait 3 days so far??? Thankyou
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What does מיללעליכט mean in this Responsa?

In Shu"t HaElef Lecha Shlomo 1:116 it mentions a type of light called מיללעליכט and I am having a hard time deciphering what type of light it is. Only thing that came up was a light bulb called the ...
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“Emunah Ramah” (Exalted Faith) by Avraham ibn Daud (Raavad I) in Artscroll's “The Rishonim”

Can anyone who has a copy of Artscroll's "The Rishonim" look in it and check if they mention Avraham ibn Daud's (Raavad I) "Emunah Ramah" (Exalted Faith) in the Artscroll book's entry on that Rabbi? ...
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(Why) May a Beit Din refuse to bury a body in order to coerce a man into giving a divorce?

I read recently of a case where a Rabbi (I assume as head of a Beit Din) instructed a Jewish burial society not to bury the body of a woman who is the mother of a man who refuses to give his wife a ...
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Requirements for a single opinion to become an official Judaism viewpoint [on hold]

Undoubtedly, the Jewish bookcase is enormous with tens of thousands of books and sources. I noticed, that many answers rely on but a single citation of a known Rabbi, presenting it as "the View of ...
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The name of גיהנום

Why is Hell (גהינום) named after גיא בן הינום , the Valley of the son of Hinom? And what is גיא בן הינום anyways? Why don’t we just call it Sheol like the Tora does?
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

If one lit Shabbat candles before dark, had them burning during dinner, and now wants to go to bed, but is worried that a cat or a dog might knock them over and cause a house fire; is it permissible ...
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Does positively critiquing a business (owned by non-jews) fall under the prohibition of “not to grant them favor?” [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Dead 151:14 (seemingly based on Devarim 7:2 and Meseches Avodah Zarah 20a) states that it's forbidden to praise a non-jew, including their actions. Does this issur include ...

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