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How to extinguish the havdalah candle [duplicate]

Is it custom or halacha that the havdalah candle must be extinguished by dipping it into the wine, as opposed to simply being blown out?
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Who coined “הן גאלתי אתכם אחרית כראשית”?

While trying to answer "1-5th-of-the-jews-will-make-it-past-the-messiah" I remembered the verse we say every morning but realized I didn't know its source. I googled but except for Kedushas Levi that ...
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Is there any reason for the order of the attributes “grace, kindness and mercy” in tefillah?

There seems to be a consistency in tefillah (prayer) that the attributes חן וחסד ורחמים - (my translation) "grace, kindness and mercy" - appear specifically in this order. Five samples that I can ...
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Is there a source that says only 1/5th of the Jews will make it past the messiah?

I have heard an explanation, that since only 1/5th of the Jews were liberated from Egypt in the Bible, so too only 1/5th of us Jews will survive the eventual redemption. Is this true, and if it is, ...
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English explanation of Sheva Brachot at a Wedding

I was a guest at a wedding recently. During the sheva brachot under the chuppah in addition to calling up someone to recite the bracha a second person was called up to read a relevant English passage ...
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Is there a halachic requirement for a yeshivah to be single gender?

A few years ago, my son came home from his elementary yeshiva highly annoyed that his rebbe referred to another neighborhood yeshiva as "not a real yeshiva" because the other yeshiva has mixed gender ...
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Were there backups for the Temple tools?

We all know the importance of backups. Many Temple tools were [seemingly] crucial for everyday tasks: Menorah, Table, Gold Altar, Ash of the Red Heifer, etc. It would take (probably) days to replace ...
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Is translation of copyrighted material permitted?

Is there any violation in Halacha if someone translates copyrighted material to a dialect for the sole purpose of making it into a book so that people who do not know the dialect could benefit from it ...
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How MiYodea and other knowledge-sharing sites influence the future of Judaism?

The previously unknown availability and abundance of knowledge, both religious, and scientific surely impose a serious challenge to the existing structure of Torah study. I hear many Rabbis, Ram"im, ...
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Which of the 9 Parah Adumahs that have existed was from Dama ben Nesina?

Kiddushin 31a teaches us the famous story of Dama ben Nesina, ie a gentile who refused to sell the Chachamim a precious stone for the ephod since doing so would wake up his father. The gemara ...
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Whose spirit and whose lips are referred to in Psalms 106:33?

32וַיַּקְצִיפוּ עַל־מֵי מְרִיבָה וַיֵּרַע לְמֹשֶׁה בַּעֲבוּרָם ׃ 33: כִּי־הִמְרוּ אֶת־רוּחוֹ וַיְבַטֵּא בִּשְׂפָתָיו׃ 32: They provoked wrath at the waters of Meribah and Moses suffered on ...
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Parah Adumah water: different names used in the Torah (“mei niddah”) and Chazal (“mei chatas”)

When discussing the mixture of the Parah Adumah ashes & water, the Torah calls it "mei niddah" (see: Numbers 19:13, Numbers 19:20, Numbers 19:21). However Chazal use a different phrase and refer ...
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How much effort should be expended searching for the missing?

Say a Jewish person gets pulled out to sea while rescuing someone from drowning and goes missing, lost at sea. And then a search for him or his body by the Jewish community, supplementing official ...
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May I redirect someone's “shlichut” money?

When I go to Israel, inevitably, several people give me shlichut money to donate to needy at the Kotel. If I can't get to the Kotel, am I allowed to donate this money to anyone else at any other ...
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What is the purpose of “shlichut” money? [duplicate]

Whenever I have gone to Israel, people have given me "shlichut / mitzvah" money to donate at the Kotel. Usually, I get to the Kotel, but, I don't always have time to do this, if I'm on a very short ...
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What is the purpose of the mezuzah on the entrance to Sha'ar Tziyon?

It's been a while since I visited the Old City in Jerusalem. I recall that there is a giant mezuzah on the sidewall of the Zion Gate. I don't recall if all the Jerusalem gates have a mezuzah. I'm ...
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Obligation to ask for tzedakah

At what point is one obligated to ask for tzedakah? If one sleeps in a car are they obligated to ask to sleep in an apartment? How about food? If one has a minimal subsistence level may one refuse ...
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Source of story about the Vilna Gaon and immigration policy

Internet Judaism gadfly Dov Bear related the following story about the Vilna Gaon on Facebook, saying he'd heard it somewhere, and asked if anyone knows a source for it. The great Gaon of Vilna sat ...
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Why does it say “of Puvah, the clan of the Punites“?

In Bamidbar (26:23): בְּנֵ֤י יִשָּׂשכָר֙ לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֔ם תּוֹלָ֕ע מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַתּוֹלָעִ֑י לְפֻוָ֕ה מִשְׁפַּ֖חַת הַפּוּנִֽי׃ Descendants of Issachar by their clans: [Of] Tola, the clan of ...
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What type of Dagesh is נָּא֙ from (Breishis 38:16)

On the pasuk of "הָ֤בָה נָּא֙ אָב֣וֹא אֵלַ֔יִךְ" there is a dagesh in front of a word on a the letter nun. What type of Dagesh is this? Shouldn't there not be a dagesh chazak on front of a word?
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What would qualify a Sedomite as a “righteous person”?

In Genesis 18:23-33, Avraham pleads with God to spare Sedom from the destruction it had earned through its wicked institutionalized cruelty. Eventually, Avraham extracts an agreement from God that the ...
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What's the difference between a makor and a shoresh in the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya?

What's the difference between a makor and a shoresh in the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya? My melamed told me in yeshiva but I forgot. I think one is from a higher source. I think it's in the Rebbe's notes but I ...
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Talmudic concept of a sensitive individual--“istus?”

There is a Talmudic term I've heard mentioned in passing but have not been able to locate. It relates to the concept of a person who is especially sensitive to physical discomfort in situations such ...
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Whom do non-jewish souls come from?

I understand quite well the spiritual anatomy of people, that all humans possess all 5 neshamot. I read Do gentiles have neshamot? and the answer from the Rebbe here https://chabadlibrary.org/books/...
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Why isn't Keilim 20:6 reckoned amongst the stringencies of Beit Hillel and the leniencies of Beit Shammai?

In Keilim 20:6, we see a disagreement between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai (and Rabbi Akiva) as to when a floor mat (that is susceptible to midras impurity) loses its susceptibility to midras while ...
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Can a Reform Ger participate in Chabad programming?

My family has been invited to participate in Chabad programming. I know that the Orthodox do not consider me to be Jewish as I am a Reform convert, but my wife and daughter are Jews through ...
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Torah verses with zero educational / Halachic value

Informational non-uniformity of the Torah bothers me a lot, I'd rather expect from a holy book to be evenly informational (cf. Parshas Mishpotim for example). (I remember asking a question once about ...
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While it says in Kiddushin 40b that torah is the more important than Mitzvot in Pirkei Avot it says otherwise?

It says in Kiddushin 40b נענה ר"ע ואמר תלמוד גדול נענו כולם ואמרו תלמוד גדול שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה (Rabbi Akiva answered and said: Study is greater. Everyone answered and said: Study is greater, as ...
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Why does a small sanhedrin have 23 judges rather than 21?

Sanhedrin 1:6 explains the size of the small sanhedrin, but I'm having trouble following the reasoning. It says (my notes in brackets): From where do we learn that the little Sanhedrin should be ...
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Laying tefillin in kiruv

From what I've seen, when groups like Chabbad get otd Jews to wear tefillin, they don't have them make birkot hatorah (or any of the birkot hashachar). Perhaps they're just relying on the Ashkenazi ...
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Source for stoning a grave

Although there are sources (Be'er Heitev OC 224:8) which discuss placing stones on a grave, that seems to be more of an honor for the deceased. Apparently Rebbi Akiva Eiger asked his family to stone ...
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Fairness of G-d’s choice of Moses and Bilam? [duplicate]

The Gemmorah claims that Bilam was given as a prophet to the nations comparable to Moses. I, however see some unfairness in this choice: Moses was born good - he was already circumsized and the ...
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Why does Torah picture Bilam favorably?

As a follow-up to "was-bilam-evil": Plain reading of the Torah text makes an impression that Bilam intended and did everything G-d asked him and only that. Hence the original question. IIRC, the ...
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Can we know the absolute truth?

I've encountered Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers suggest that we, as finite creatures, cannot know the absolute, objective truth. All we can do (in This World), I've heard suggested, is to approach (in ...
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Are there examples of Tanaim, Amoraim,Rishonim, Achronim using secular sources for Limud Torah?

For instance, although I cannot find the source-I do believe the Vilna Gaon told a Talmid of his to translate the Elements of Euclid (Geometric proofs, inter Alia) to Hebrew in order to augment ...
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Why are the angels enjoined to leave at the end of “Shalom Alechem”? [duplicate]

Shalom Alechem, sung before the Shabbat Eve meal, concludes with: Tzetchem leshalom -- depart in peace. Why are the angels specifically enjoined to leave before the meal begins? I have heard that,...
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Is it a mitzvah to create a situation for others to be mekayem a mitzvah?

I recall reading (though I can't find it) that the person who was punished for collecting sticks on Shabbat was actually doing so in an effort to help others see the laws of Shabbat in practice (or ...
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Is a blind person required to cover their eyes during Shema?

During the Shema we cover our eyes. The act implies that one is shielding their sight during the prayer. If an individual happens to be blind, are they still required to do this as a symbolic action ...
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What is the commentary on Leviticus 21:2-4 - why is wife not included on the list

Leviticus 21:1-4 The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: None shall defile himself for any [dead] person among his kin, except for the relatives that ...
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In the 2nd temple period were either the tabernacle or the temple ever referred to as “heaven and earth”?

I have read that in the 2nd temple period the tabernacle and/or the temple were referred to as "heaven and earth". And that the holy place was heaven and the outer court was earth? Is that so?
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Purely functional programming initiated prior to shabat [on hold]

If one understands how circuit boards work, consider my idea... It is possible to create a logic gate board that doesn't open or close any circuits once it begins (I think). This would be done using ...
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Odd choice of language in Keilim 19:4 and 28:6

In Keilim 19:4 and 28:6, we see an unusual (to me) way of describing av hatumah and rishon l'tumah: נִשָּׂא הַזָּב עַל הַמִּטָּה וְעַל הַמִּזְרָן, מְטַמֵּא שְׁנַיִם וּפוֹסֵל אֶחָד, דִּבְרֵי רַבִּי ...
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Does one fulfill the mitzvah of tefillin if he wears it at night time?

I've seen a few questions on this site confirming that the mitzvah for wearing tefillin is during the entire day. Indeed, on Tish'a B'Av tefillin is not worn in the morning for Shacharit but for ...
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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

How come it’s mutar to remove the beard but not the sideburns? The שלחן ערוך & רמב״ם both say they can be removed completely (with scissors or the like). So how come we only apply this halacha to ...
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May one choose the recipient of his/her organ donation?

I have decided to donate a kidney. I know that with organizations like Renewal you can choose to donate to someone specifically. I was wondering if it is mutar to browse potential recipients and see ...
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Breaking one’s word to God

When someone wishes to repent it’s standard practice to ask HaShem for forgiveness while assuring Him that you won’t repeat the sin. But what if that person slips up & repeats the sin, is it ...
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Gemara quoting nonexistent pasuk

In Brakhot 61a and Eruvin 18b, Rav Naḥman bar Yitzḥak quotes a nonexistent pasuk: מתקיף לה רב נחמן בר יצחק אלא מעתה גבי אלקנה דכתיב וילך אלקנה אחרי אשתו Tosafot there says it is a mistake since ...
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A Baby Too Large?

Apparently there is a gemara which says if a fetus is too large for the mother, then the mother is put in danger. (Heard in a recorded shiur) Where is this gemara? [As a bonus point, why would Hashem ...
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“Circling” a Kos Shel Bracha?

I just saw Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish off-Broadway last night. In the wedding scene, the rabbi holds the Kos Shel Bracha from underneath but then kind of "orbits" the cup -- rotating his hand in ...
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Is there an idea of Beit Din unlawfully pardoning, as opposed to unlawfully killing?

A Jewish Court is allowed to kill a person if it considers the killing worthy even if it is unlawful by the existing Jewish Halacha. This is called עונשין שלא מן הדין (Meggilat Taanit 86, also ...

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