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Which kind of music should we listen to?

Which kind of music makes the ruach hara'ah depart from us? Shmuel Alef 16:23 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) And it came to pass, when the ruach Elohim was upon Sha’ul, that Dovid took the kinnor,...
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Authenticity of Zohar--Bitul Torah?

As indicated in a prior thread on this site, there is good reason to doubt the authenticity of the Zohar, i.e., that it is attributable to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Question: if that is the case, ...
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Age of Universe [duplicate]

What is the most plausible way to reconcile the traditional dating of the universe (now 5779) with science's understanding that the universe is billions of years old?
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Has the age of accountability always been 13 for boys and 12 for girls?

When was the bar-bas-bat-mitzvah celebration at that age recognised, or was it historically older, such as at age 20? I understand that a boy is a minor (katan-child) before his 13th birthday, and a ...
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In Exodus, when exactly they “could not delay” until the dough was leavened?

THe Torah says (Ex 12,39): וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת־הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם עֻגֹת מַצּוֹת כִּי לֹא חָמֵץ כִּי־גֹרְשׁוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לְהִתְמַהְמֵהַּ וְגַם־צֵדָה לֹא־עָשׂוּ לָהֶם׃ ...
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Polygamous rabbis?

Has any rabbi in Talmudic days had more than one wife at a time? I don't know of any record of this. In fact, the Talmud frequently mentions a rabbi's "wife", meaning he only had one. The only ...
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Guarding Your Eyes In Public School

What would be some great ways for one to guard their eyes while attending public school with immodesty being everywhere? Looking for sources please- thanks!
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Did Adam and Eve realize they sinned?

This question must precede "why-didnt-adam-ask-for-forgiveness". A short recap of the events as I understand it: G-d asks Adam not to eat from the tree, Eve is brought to Adam to be his supporter, ...
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What neis hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?

I have heard a special miracle is commemorated at Seudas HaBesh"t (third meal) on the last day of Pesach. What hapenned to Baal Shem Tov on Achron shel Pesach?
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Why is it called Zman Cheiruseinu (Time of Our Freedom), if we are still slaves of Hashem?

Pesach is called Zman Cheiruseinu (Time of our Freedom) presumably because we were freed from being slaves of Pharaoh. But, the Jewish nation is NOT halachically free to do whatever it pleases. We are ...
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Are there any halachik issues with reporting a Jewish co-worker to HR?

Suppose one has a Jewish co-worker who is not behaving in a manner that's expected at work (ie- confrontational, berating other co-workers, making others feel uneasy) Granted this isn't something ...
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When do you own the food in your farm-share box?

In a farm share (CSA, community-supported agriculture), at the beginning of a season you subscribe to and pay for a share, and then you receive regular deliveries of whatever food those farms produced ...
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Requirements for using Shabbos Tram in Jerusalem

Unlike "riding-the-subway-on-shabbat in NY", public transportation in Israel and Jerusalem is very different - from Jewish ownership to מראית עין to עיר שרובה ישראל. For those who use Shabbos ...
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Should one pray for something to happen or for the strength to do it oneself?

I was wondering if it is better to pray for a solution to a problem or pray for the strength to do it oneself. I would also be happy for a link to a passing prayer or discussion. Thank you!
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Realizing you're unknowingly carry an item on Shabbos

What is the best thing to do when you realize that you're unknowingly carrying an item on Shabbos? Is the following correct: When the person was carrying unknowingly, he was misasek (making a work of ...
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What is the source for Neilas Hachag?

I've found material about the spiritual significance and symbolism behind it but nothing about the source for this tradition. EDIT: For those unaware of this custom, a brief description (as I ...
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Why Kaddish for a parent is said for eleven months?

This answer cites a source which explains that Kaddish for a parent is customarily not said for 12 months so as not to imply a parent's status as that of "wicked." Not wanting to label a parent ...
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Reverse Osmosis Water machine — possible kosher issues?

There’s a machine at a local store near me that has a reverse osmosis water machine. I don't think there is a hecsher on the machine, but it's just water. Is there any possible kosher issues with it, ...
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Title “Rabbi” for Tanoim and Amoroim

Why do we find in the Mishna and Talmud that most תנאים and אמוראים were prefaced with the title "rabbi" but some were not?
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Eliyahu Hanavi drinking from cup

Is there a source to the fact that Eliyahu Hanavi drinks from the Kos Shel Eliyahu when he comes on the Seder night?
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Dimmer Lights on Yom Tov

On Yom Tov, we are allowed to adjust fire (i.e. change the strength of the stove) so long as we do not completely turn the stove on or off. Therefore, if a room’s lighting has a dimmer switch, would ...
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Movie about Tales of Rabbi Nachman

I'm looking for the complete movie related to the trailer that is in this video: https://youtu.be/qnWAQdxDS-k . Do you know where I can buy a copy of this full movie? Warning: I have already emailed ...
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Medical dental supplies Kashrut for Passover considerations

Should one be suspicious of any dental supplies for being hametz when one goes for a dental appointment during Passover? Let's put rules of labor and scheduling-for-hol hamoed aside: I'm asking ...
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Mixing left-to-right with right-to-left writing within the same text

Given that so many Ashkenazi and Sephardi Rabbis throughout the centuries have mixed Yiddish and Romance words with Hebrew script, I am somewhat inclined to expect, by way of analogy, that it was ...
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Perakim in Medresh Rabbah

How many perakim are there in Medresh Rabbah (including the Megillos)? I'm trying to figure out a schedule.
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One case is missing from פרק חרש שנשא

The end of the fourteenth chapter of mishnayos Y’vamos go through cases of two brothers’ marriages. The first cases are where both brothers, or both their wives, are deaf-mutes. Then come the ...
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Mistake first night of Pesach vs Dec 4 on Friday night

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes in Siman 19 Halacha 9, that if one began his Shemoneh Esrei on the first night of Pesach and he accidentally began saying a weekday amidah and he came to the Bracha of ...
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Are “Luck” and “Personal Providence” the same thing?

First, I need to set a "reference frame" for this comparison, to eliminate unneeded quarrels: I follow the approach (presented here as "The idea commonly espoused in the Jewish world today" thanks to ...
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Is “Reishit Ketzir” a holiday, half-holiday, regular day, or else?

In Leviticus 23:10, one encounters the term "Reishit Ketzirchem" (i.e. "Reishit Ketzir" = Beginning of Harvest). "Thus, one is permitted to proceed with the general harvest only after this omer has ...
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Why didn't Adam ask for forgiveness?

From the short negotiation between Adam and G-d it is clear that Adam is not asking for forgiveness. So why didn't he ask for forgiveness?
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Why G-d didn't give Adam time/chance to repent?

If I understand the Midrash and the verses correctly, G-d judged Adam straight away after he sinned and expelled them from Eden (see Avos dR"N 1,8): ...תשיעית הכניסו לגן עדן. עשירית צוהו. אחד ...
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Is there a modern printing of the book Doros Rishonim?

Rabbi Yitzchak Issac HaLevi wrote a 6 volume set of books entitled Doros Rishonim. The only version I found is on Hebrewbooks.org from the 60's. Is there a more recent printing of these books?
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Is light in a fridge on Shabbat “melacha shein tzricha legufo”?

I remember learning that when I open a fridge door on Shabbat and the light turns on that would be under the category of melacha shein tzricha legufo? Can anyone please provide a source?
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Asking a non-Jew to turn off a light on Shabbat

If I would like to turn off a light on Shabbat can I ask a non-Jew to turn off the light since it's a shvut deshvut? (ie- electricity is a derabanan and amira lnochri is also shvut)
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What are the knowledge requirements for an aliyah?

In Midrash Tanhuma Yitro 15, we read that Rabbi Akiva was called to "read the Torah" (לִקְרוֹת בְּסֵפֶר תּוֹרָה) before the congregation, but refused "because I have not reviewed the chapter two or ...
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Monarchian Monad to Trinitarian Triad [on hold]

Before I submit the question I would like to preface with the fact that I am a Christian, though I do not hold the doctrine of the trinity as I see this to be a post New Testament thought sprung from ...
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Would one fulfill Sefiras HaOmer by counting downwards (49-1)? [duplicate]

(following up from a previous question) If one counted Sefiras Haomer downwards, for example: Today is 49 days, which is 7 weeks to the Omer... Today is 48 days, which is 6 weeks and 6 days ...
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Where did the 70 elders (High Sanhedrin) sit in the wilderness?

All the depictions of the tribal camps around the Mishkan in the desert show that the tribe of Levi was surrounding it and Israel were not allowed in there. I don't recall a reference to a specific ...
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Did Sanhedrin sit by the Mishkan before the Temple was built?

For about 500 years of the Mishkan, was there an obligation of placing the High Sanhedrin next to it or as the Posuk says "בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחַר ה' א' שְׁמוֹ שָׁם" - explicitly the Temple Mount ...
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Meaning of “Not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon”

(Hi newbie here :) I hope I'm writing this post correctly.) What does it mean when people say "I'm not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon"? I've seen and heard countless times when people say ...
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Why do we count up (1-49) instead of counting down (49-1)? [duplicate]

I've heard an answer that makes a comparison to the reasoning for why we light Channukah candles upwards (1-8) from Shabbat 21b: מעלין בקדש ואין מורידין "we go up in holiness and don't ...
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Why “Go Out and Learn”

Why does the Haggada say צֵא וּלְמַד מַה בִּקֵּשׁ לָבָן הָאֲרַמִּי לַעֲשׂוֹת לְיַעֲקֹב אָבִינוּ - Go out and see what Lavan tried to do" Why not just learn it or hear it rather than "go out and see"? ...
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Listerine Breath Strip on Pesach [duplicate]

Would Listerine Breath strips be considered chametz? Here are the listed ingredients: (first result in this google search) pullulan, menthol, flavor, sucralose, potassium acesulfame, polysorbate 80,...
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Why break Hallel in the middle of a parsha?

On Pesach night, following Beis Hillel we break up Hallel between חלמיש למעינו מים and לא לנו. This is in the middle of a parsha, according to the Keter (navigate to Psalms --> From 114_2 to 118_1) ...
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Fourth cup after starting Nirtzah

The semi popular Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Nathan Goldberg strangely puts drinking the fourth cup at the seder after starting a couple of songs from nirtzah. I've never seen this in any other ...
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Gav vs. Gabei (ha)Mizbei'ach

In morning davening, we say "שֶׁנֶּעֱקַד עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ" (the only English I could find online, at Chabad.org, translates as "bound on the altar"). There are, though, 2 formulations of the ...
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After the Exodus was Egypt totally ruined or not?

We had the 10 plagues, we had the Egyptians drowned in the sea, but what's the bottom-line - was Egypt at Egyptians totally ruined and the end of the story or despite the fact that some died, Egypt ...
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Pharaoh's family tree

We know that Mizrayim, the land of Egypt was called after, was a son of Cham (Gen 10,6): וּבְנֵי חָם כּוּשׁ וּמִצְרַיִם וּפוּט וּכְנָעַן׃ The descendants of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan....
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Where is an introduction to the concept of “מתיר” (regarding offerings)?

Mishnayot Menachot 2:5 introduces (as far as this tractate is concerned) the term "מתיר", which I take to mean, in the context of offerings, something like "condition which permits something" or maybe ...
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Could there be permission to write software on Chol Hamoed?

Is it permissible to write computer software code on Chol Hamoed?

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