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If dew is automatic why do we have Tefillas Tal?

I heard in a dvar Torah that Tal, dew, is automatic (or much more so than rain). This is connected to the view that Pesach represents אתערותא דלעילא that is that HaShem helps us even though we are not ...
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What is the source for heter for peanut oil on pesach?

Is the source related to rav kook, heter for shemen kitniyot or is it similar to the heter for soy and quinoa which did not exist at the time of the gezera?
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How did Lavan become so evil and why wasn't he punished?

As in the previous question, the Haggadah mentions the wickedness of Lavan that surpasses the wickedness of Pharaoh. THat wickedness seems inconsistent with the general story of the Torah - Eisov was ...
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Where does Pharaoh's wickedness stem from?

The Torah brings very descriptive lineage of the Good guys (us) and the Bad guys (Eusov's Alufim, Amolek from Eisov etc) but reciting the Haggadah I was stumbled by the fact that Pharaoh's wickedness ...
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Why at the Seder night it is not sufficient to be wise?

The Haggadah says: וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים, כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים, כֻּלָנוּ זְקֵנִים, כֻּלָנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה Listing 4 different qualities means that each one is not sufficient, and ...
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Did the Sages learn the Haggadah with their biological children?

As clear from the Gemmorah, the Sages loved to spend the Seder night in Chavuros matching their wits with other Rabbis. Do we have sources mentioning those Rabbis spending the Seder at home, with ...
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Why the 13 Principles include Moses and exclude the Exodus and the vice verse in the Haggadah?

Many books were written on the importance of the Seder Pesach, the remembrance of the Exodus in Jewish theology. So important the very first Mitzvah of "I'm you G-d" explicitly links that fact to ...
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Understanding G-d's greatness in the story of Exodus

On the Seder Night, we try hard to glorify Hashem for His effort in the story, personifying Him as a superman that's so strong and powerful He even beats Pharaoh and the whole Egypt. (Personally, I ...
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How can G-d fight other gods?

During Passover, we read the following passage, from Exodus 12:12: וְעָבַרְתִּי בְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם בַּלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, וְהִכֵּיתִי כָל בְּכוֹר בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מֵאָדָם וְעַד בְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל ...
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Does בית שמאי hold a second מיאון effective?

The mishna at the start of chapter 13 of Y'vamos cites a disagreement between the schools of Shamay and Hilel about a minor girl who is married off by (for example) her mother and can refuse the ...
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How does נעלו exclude a סנדל מסוליים?

The Bavli, Y'vamos 103 amud 2, quotes a b'raysa: [The verse says that, for chalitza, the woman removes] "his shoe". I'd think it must be his own shoe; how do I know it can be anyone's shoe? [The ...
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Why does מורא גדול and nothing else in the verse refer to גלוי שכינה?

In the Haggadah, we quote the Sifre's exegesis of Deut. 26:8 (in which I've boldfaced quotations from the verse itself): And God removed us [from Egypt] … with a strong hand — ...
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How to distribute tzedakah percentage wise?

Are there any detailed recommendations from chachamim how to distribute tzedakah percentage wise (how many percent to pikuach nefesh, Torah insitutions/talmidim, how many to poor people, etc.)? There ...
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If only a married woman can drink the Sotah water, why does a Yavam have authority to warn her?

Sotah 4:1 explains that certain women do not drink the sotah waters and do not receive the ketubah because they are not yet married and the torah says "she goes astray while married to her husband". ...
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Why is a kittel worn by Shat"z for Tal and Geshem?

Besides looking for a source of the minhag of shat"z to wear a kittel for Tal and Geshem (I couldn't find it, and I have limited internet access where I am, now) what is the reason for it?
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Rav Chaim Kanievsky's learning schedule

I heard once that Rav Chaim Kanievski learns All of Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi every year plus more. Does anyone have any reliable sources on this matter? Like what is his actual schedule?
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Why is the Biblical Second Temple Pesach not mentioned in Seder Korban Pesach?

Some have the custom to recite Seder Korban Pesach (a description of the Korban Pesach service in the Temple) on the afternoon of Erev Pesach. Some include before this recitation a selection of ...
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What is a refund considered, halachically?

If I return something to the store to get a refund, is that equivalent to declaring the original sale a mekach ta’us, a mistaken sale, and the refund is returning the money which is rightfully mine? ...
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Is smoke chametz?

Let's say while people are burning chametz, (this is a public burning area where many people come to burn the chametz in a big pile) someone puts a grill over the smoke and puts a king salmon on the ...
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Joining in with the chazzan in kaddish

In various shuls I have attended, if the chazan sings kaddish (like the chatzi-kaddish before Ma'ariv Amida on Yom Tov nights) many people in the shul sing along with the kaddish. Is this permitted?
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is it forbidden to vote for a non-Jewish president (or other government figure)?

it says in the Torah (I'm quoting from Gentiles in Halacha btw): it is written in the Torah (Deuteronomy 17:15): “Then you shall appoint a king over you, whom the Lord your G-d will choose: one ...
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Non-Jews vs Zavim with respect to entering the Temple

In Niddah 34a, the gemara says that the sages decreed tumah on non-Jews like that of a zav (translation edited from Soncino): ‮(ויקרא טו) דבר אל בני ישראל ואמרת אליהם איש איש כי יהיה זב בני ישראל ...
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Rule (Ze haKlal) in Kinnim 3:1

In certain cases, the Torah prescribes the bringing of a pair of birds as an offering, one as a chatat and the other as an olah. See Lev 12:8, Lev 14:22, Lev 15:14, Lev 15:29, and Num 6:10. Kinnim 3:...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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