All Questions

1
vote
0answers
7 views

Why vary עלינו?

I took a look at copies of the Baladi Yemenite weekday morning and evening prayer services recently. I was surprised to find instructions to vary the wording of "Alenu" for "בעשי״ת", which I took to ...
2
votes
1answer
23 views

Why don't we ask “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

The Mishnah (Pesachim 116a), when recording the Mah Nishtanah, phrases the question as: מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות?‏ The most literal translation I can muster from this is: What is ...
-3
votes
0answers
17 views

Particular Pesach Halochos historical trends

I'm looking for particular Pesach Halochos that were either permitted in the times of the Gemmorah or Rishonim and forbidden later by the Achronim or the contemporary Rabbis and the vice verse - that ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
-1
votes
0answers
23 views

You talked about Levi [duplicate]

I have a question, my sister told me that my grandmother was Jewish,(had no idea about that) and i took a test it showed, up, then other things happened. Then, I was looking on one my family history ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

What's the minimal requirement required to nullify chametz kept in a public fridge?

Let's say someone keeps chametz in a shared office fridge. The fridge is used by both Jews and non-Jews. On the morning of Erev Pesach, prior to the time that it is prohibited to own chametz, the ...
6
votes
0answers
37 views

Must maariv be said before the seder?

One who says maariv at shul surely says maariv before the seder. If one davens at home, must maariv be said before the seder? (This question came up in a comment to Why is counting the omer not in ...
2
votes
2answers
28 views

Is listening to one's parents considered honoring them or fearing them?

Kiddushin 31b sets down the basic obligations of honoring and fearing of one's parents (brackets follow Rashi): איזהו מורא ואיזהו כיבוד מורא לא עומד במקומו ולא יושב במקומו ולא סותר את דבריו ולא ...
2
votes
0answers
20 views

Why is Malachi 3:4 added only after the amidah?

The paragraph יְהִי רָצון מִלְּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבותֵינוּ. שֶׁיִּבָּנֶה בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵינוּ. וְתֵן חֶלְקֵנוּ בְּתורָתֶךָ: וְשָׁם נַעֲבָדְךָ בְּיִרְאָה כִּימֵי ...
4
votes
1answer
17 views

Asymmetry of R. Meir's times to inspect tzara'at (Nega'im 2:2)

Nega'im 2:2: אֵין רוֹאִים הַנְּגָעִים בַּשַּׁחֲרִית וּבֵין הָעַרְבַּיִם, וְלֹא בְתוֹךְ הַבַּיִת, וְלֹא בַיּוֹם הַמְעֻנָּן, לְפִי שֶׁהַכֵּהָה נִרְאֵית עַזָּה. וְלֹא בַצָּהֳרַיִם, לְפִי שֶׁעַזָּה ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Precautions to avoid adulterated handful of meal offering

According to the Mishna (Menachot 1:2), when the Kohen extracts the representative kometz-handful from a mincha (meal offering), any foreign objects, such as a pebble, a chunk of salt, or a bit of ...
-2
votes
0answers
39 views

Pesach stringency/leniency in Halachah trend in the last 1500 years [on hold]

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
20 views

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 ...
-4
votes
0answers
25 views

Why did Elohim sent messengers only to civilised society(eg: Israel)? [on hold]

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, ...
2
votes
1answer
29 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
63 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
45 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

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, ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
67 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
23 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
90 views

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,...
1
vote
2answers
144 views

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"...
3
votes
2answers
73 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
36 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
20 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
32 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
73 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
13 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
86 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
31 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
357 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
44 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
60 views

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 ...
-5
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
24 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
59 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
153 views

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 ...

15 30 50 per page