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Buying a house with interest? [on hold]

I thought about it and if I want to buy a house in New Zealand, there is nearly no way that you buy it without interest. The exception is when you are wealthy. I know that bank interest is assur and I ...
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Accountability towards a Sin

For example, you did something that was sin two months ago but did not know it was sin, then when you found out you started to regret it. Would you be accountable for that or who would be?
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Is there a documented Kabbalistic idea behind the 80/20 who stayed/and left Bavel and Mitzrayim?

According to Chazal we have this 80/20 phenomenon in Bavel and Mitzrayim, or in other words, only 1 in 5 came out. What is the reason for this ratio in Kabbalistic reasons and it seems to be repeating ...
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Where I can find an original Nusach Yekke (German) Siddur?

Where can I find a siddur with the original German (Yekke) Nusach (if such a siddur exists)?
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Hafgana in Israel Chilul HaShem

Are the Hafganas made by Jews protesting other Jews in Israel a Chilul HaShem?
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Judged By Treating Wife [duplicate]

Rabbi Tzoren quotes Alenu L'Shabeach who quotes Rav Chaim Vital saying A man’s character is measured only by how he treats his wife! Where does Rav Chaim Vital say this?
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Did Khazal hint at an opposite opinion about the beginning of the day? [on hold]

Did Khazal hint at opposite opinion about the beginning of the day? If they did, then in what religions the day starts from day (light) rather than the night (as in Judaism) and it's possible to think ...
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Where I can find an original Nusach Paras (Persian) Siddur?

Where can I find a siddur with the original Persian (Parsi) Nusach (if such a siddur exists)?
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Meaning of “Hagadol” [on hold]

What is the significance of the word "Hagadol" after one's surname? If this descriptive is used by learned people and rabbonim, then is it not self-glorifying to call oneself "Hagadol"?
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Meaning of “Hakatan”

What is the significance of the word "Hakatan" after one's surname? If this descriptive is used by learned people and rabbonim, then is it not self-defeating to call oneself "Hakatan"?
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Is there anyway to know that Hashem has forgiven you for good?

I am not asking here if Hashem Most High forgives you for a sin you committed, what I am asking is: is there anyway to know that Hashem has forgiven you for good so no matter what happens rest of your ...
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Could the anshei beit av wash their clothes and cut their hair on Thursday?

Taanis (2:7): אַנְשֵׁי מִשְׁמָר מֻתָּרִים לִשְׁתּוֹת יַיִן בַּלֵּילוֹת, אֲבָל לֹא בַיָּמִים. וְאַנְשֵׁי בֵית אָב, לֹא בַיּוֹם וְלֹא בַלָּיְלָה. אַנְשֵׁי מִשְׁמָר וְאַנְשֵׁי מַעֲמָד אֲסוּרִין ...
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Is there a tefilah/segulah requesting that bowel and intestine should work?

My brother-in-law is critically ill in ICU and some of his organs have stopped working. My sister whatsapped me this morning: "Intestines not working. Abdomen so Swollen. Cannot take in any feeds. ...
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Moses' briefing before sending spies - Land vs People

Here's how the Torah depict Moses' briefing to the spies (Numbers 13) - first the whole passage: וּרְאִיתֶם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ מַה־הִוא וְאֶת־הָעָם הַיֹּשֵׁב עָלֶיהָ הֶחָזָק הוּא הֲרָפֶה הַמְעַט הוּא אִם־...
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If I put a bag with a few seforim in it down with others within 4 amot, do they own them?

If I put a bag with a few seforim in it down in a shul, with others within 4 amot, do they own them? What if my hand was within a tefach the entire time?
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Pshat of what did Korach take?

In Parashat Korach (Bamidbar 16:1-2): וַיִּקַּ֣ח קֹ֔רַח בֶּן־יִצְהָ֥ר בֶּן־קְהָ֖ת בֶּן־לֵוִ֑י וְדָתָ֨ן וַאֲבִירָ֜ם בְּנֵ֧י אֱלִיאָ֛ב וְא֥וֹן בֶּן־פֶּ֖לֶת בְּנֵ֥י רְאוּבֵֽן׃ ב וַיָּקֻ֙מוּ֙ ...
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Under what conditions is baking powder kosher [on hold]

I'm a Jew from Iran. I want to know if baking powder is kosher without any certificate since they don't exist in Iran. Generally baking powder include TARTARIC ACID.
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Livorno siddurim

Since my old siddur is on the process of dying, I am in the market for a new siddur. I understand that some of the reprints of the Livorno siddurim in print today have incorporated some changes to the ...
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When did Israel start having giant fruit?

Chazal tell us that the fruit the spies came back with from the land of Israel were huge. But I don't recall hearing mention of these giant fruit before the people went down to Egypt (e.g. during the ...
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Shabbat: Electric Apartment Door in Doorman Building

Let us say a person lives in an apartment building where the apartment doors (door to the apartment itself) are fitted with electronic locks. The building has a 24-hour "concierge" doorman (non-...
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What is the stance of Sephardi Poskim on electric shavers?

In this article provided by Koshershaver, it makes the claim that Sephardim cannot shave because 1) Rav Ovadia in Yabia Omer said that a razor that removes more than a stubble is like a razor 2) ...
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When did Israel stop having giant fruit?

Chazal tell us that the fruit the spies came back with from the land of Israel were huge. But I don't recall hearing mention of these giant fruit after the people entered the land (e.g. during the ...
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Relation between brain damage and the soul

Physical damage to the brain can lead to various psychological and cognitive phenomena, like drastic changes in character, selective memory loss (like forgetting faces but remembering names or vice ...
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Did Beruriah add to, “Women are light-headed,” to say, “…except Beruriah”?

I'm seeing a couple of secondary sources which suggest, without citing a primary source, that Beruriah may have supplemented her husband's teaching "Women are light-headed", either orally or in ...
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Loosely holding utensils in a mikve - halacha development

The Rambam (Hilchot Mikvaot 2:11) does not allow loosely holding a utensil in a mikve When one holds another person or an implement and immerses them, they remain impure. This applies even if he ...
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Tumah of liquids: a question on Bartenura

In several places, the mishna describes how water and blood in the slaughterhouse in the Temple are "pure". In his commentary on the mishna Eduyot 8:4, the Bartenura describes a disagreement as to ...
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How do Jews view the word “han·nā·ḥāš” in Genesis 3:1?

Genesis 3:1 a. Now THE serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made b. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You can't eat from any tree in the garden?'" ...
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Counting parts of a Mitzvah as a Mitzvah (Rambam's 12th principle)

Rambam in Sefer Hamitzvos lays [his own] principles of what counts as a Mitzvah and what's not. The 12th principle says that: שאין ראוי למנות חלקי המלאכה מהמלאכות שבא הצווי בעשייתם כל חלק וחלק בפני ...
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Jewish Views of the Tanya outside the Chabad movement

Do non-Hasidic (i.e., Litvak/Yeshivish) and Hasidic dynasties other than Chabad (i.e., Satmar, Ger, Bobov, Breslov, etc.) ever study the Tanya? And have their leaders ever commented on the Tanya ...
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How do Hassidim survive the summer heat?

On a recent visit to a desert town in Israel, where summer temperatures reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit and over, I wondered about a large Hassidic community that reside there and their firm style of ...
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Where in the Temple does the Shechina sit?

The Temple is G-d's "דירה בתחתונים" (see תנחומא נשא טז: "נתאוה הקב"ה להיות לו דירה בתחתונים" G-d sits on a chair (כיסא כבוד) in Heaven The Temple includes a Menorah, a table, a private chamber (K"K), ...
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How much time passes before we understand that the drought hasn’t ended?

In ta’anis (1:5-7) the Mishnayos discuss how and when to fast for rain in a drought, for example: הִגִּיעַ רֹאשׁ חֹדֶשׁ כִּסְלֵו וְלֹא יָרְדוּ גְשָׁמִים, בֵּית דִּין גּוֹזְרִין שָׁלשׁ תַּעֲנִיוֹת ...
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Metaphorical meaning of a chair

Many sources liken our tables to the Altar (see Menachot 97a for example) - we consume meat, bread, wine, just like our sacrifices: כל זמן שבית המקדש קיים - מזבח מכפר על ישראל, ועכשיו - שלחנו של ...
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Should the Torah be covered or uncovered during the Aliyah blessings?

Some feel that if the Torah is not being read, then it should be covered, while some feel that since the blessing is on this Torah, it should be uncovered during the blessings (but not for the call to ...
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Making a mixed Rave for Off the Derech Kids [on hold]

If one were to make a rave (a music dance festival) that was mainly catered to "off the Derech teenagers" and it being mixed with girls and guys and they had to pay to get in. Is that assur?
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Can someone tell me what's the meaning of this text? [on hold]

Greeting from portugal. Can someone please tell me what's the meaning of this text? Thanks
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Contradiction in the Taz between early Shavuos and early Shemini Atzeres

In his disagreement with the Maharshal's ruling not to start Shemini Atzeres early, the Taz's first objection is a long poetic rendition about why we shouldn't forbid something that isn't mentioned in ...
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What Psukim prove that Dor Hamidbar were at the “highest spiritual level”? [on hold]

We hold traditionally that Dor Hamidbar attained the high[est] spiritual Toranic level. For example Michtav Mieliyahoo (267): ואמנם זכו דור המדבר להגיע לתכלית שלמות הקדושה יותר מכל דורות העולם הזה,...
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The butterfly effect in Judaism [on hold]

The "butterfly effect" is when very small changes produce very large effects. In Judaism, the Talmud [Gittin 55b-56a; also Lamentations Rabbah 4:3] gives us an example: "The destruction of Jerusalem ...
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Why Moses didn't send spies to the wilderness as preparation for Exodus?

This might seem a silly question, but at second sight, why not? Following the necessity of preparing the way, researching the resources, finding a better way, learning the enemies, drawing maps, etc. ...
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Contradiction in the idea of sending spies

Currently, I'm presented with two views on the purpose of sending spies - some commentators say that the purpose was strictly military (to learn the strategy), and some say to probe the land's ...
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Did G-d command or not on sending the spies?

The Torah's Pshat in P. Shlach is very straightforward - G-d commands Moses to send the spies. There are plenty of other places where Moses (and Bney Israel) are commanded using לך language (e.g. ועשו ...
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Why representatives were sent to spy and not the elders?

What was the logic of sending tribes' representatives and not simply [from the] the elders, isn't it what the elders were elected for - to decide for the masses? In other words, even if some of them ...
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Why Moses broke the chain of command in the spies story?

Previously, G-d appoints Aharon as Moses' vice. There are the 12 Nessiim, excelled in [probably] Torah and piety. Yitroh makes Moses elect multiple judges. In the previous Parasha G-d chooses the 70 ...
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Ein Kamocha on Shabbat

Before the Ark is opened on Shabbat, we don't just say "veyahi b'n'so'a ha'aron" as we would on a weekday. We begin with Ein Kamocha. The Artscroll siddur (I don't have the page number handy) explains ...
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Reconciliation between the doctrines of resurrection of the dead (תחיית המתים) and soul ascension (עילוי נשמות) [on hold]

How does Judaism reconcile between these two doctrines which on the face of it are mutually exclusive? If there's no generally acceptable compromise, is there difference in preference between these ...
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Levi tribe and the spies story investigation

I gathered a couple of questions together because they might be linked but I'm OK with splitting them: Why didn't Levi send a spy? I know, I know they didn't have Nahalah in Israel. So what? The ...
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Why do we need the second reason?

Chagigah 3:8: כָּל הַכֵּלִים שֶׁהָיוּ בַמִּקְדָּשׁ, טְעוּנִין טְבִילָה, חוּץ מִמִּזְבַּח הַזָּהָב וּמִזְבַּח הַנְּחֹשֶׁת, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהֵן כַּקַּרְקַע, דִּבְרֵי רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר. וַחֲכָמִים ...
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What is the trope for Ezra/Nehemiah and Daniel

I have been studying these seforim and noticed the text is marked with trope. However, since these seforim are not read publically, what is the proper cantillation? Like neviim?
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How could Ruth do yibbum if she converted only after her husband died?

How could Boaz be required to do Yibbum with Ruth being that she was a non jew when she was married to?

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