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Was the G-d's cloud in the wilderness war-proof?

I recall that the cloud protected the people from all possible harms - weather, wild animals etc. Was it effective against human attacks - arrows, cannonballs(kidding), etc? Could non-Jews penetrate ...
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Women in Parashat Bnot Moav

In many Torah stories, women are pictured as righteous and thoughtful, either not sinning (Meraglim) or even preventing their husbands (Korach). In my previous question "visualizing-the-story-of-bnot-...
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Visualizing the story of Bnot Moav (Parashat Balak)

Jews are the people of [the] book, but I'm more a person of movies. I'm trying to visualize the stories in the Torah, like directing a movie and I find it difficult with some. In our story there are ...
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Can a jew own a slave? [duplicate]

If yes, I am interested to know who can be a slave and is there a specific way to enter into this arrangement. If the answer is no, why and how did this come into effect.
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What is hell, how does one experience it? [on hold]

Is it a place one can go, or is it something else? If a place, does a person go there or their soul? Is it a state of mind? What is hell?
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Tumah of stuffed objects

In Hilchot Keilim 2:3, Rambam says that objects that have a receptacle that is made only to be (permanently) filled is not susceptible to tumah. בֵּית קִבּוּל הֶעָשׂוּי לְמַלְּאוֹתוֹ אֵינוֹ בֵּית ...
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Keeping Shabbos versus Desecrating It [on hold]

The Gemara (Shabbos 118b) says that if the Jewish people would keep two Shabbosos in accordance with their halachos, they would be immediately redeemed; while the Yerushalmi says that our nation only ...
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Can Rabbis decide whether non-Jews are getting a piece of the Next World?

I remember asking about the limitations of the Rabbinical rulings, based on "לא בשמים היא" within Judaism. After other questions dealt with deciding whether Gentiles in general or any specific group (...
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Why didn't the Gemara generalize its explanation of why man was created “alone”? [duplicate]

I'm copying part of my answer from here Sanhedrin 37a explains (excerpt from Sefaria): Therefore, Adam the first man was created alone, to teach you that with regard to anyone who destroys ...
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Do Samaritans go to Olam Haba?

My question is if samaritans go to Olam Haba. It would seem pretty obvious except for the fact they don’t recognize the Jewish people as Hashem’s Chosen. They also have their own Slightly altered ...
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Shuls that say Hungarian Selichos?

Are there any shuls (I'm preferably looking for shuls in Yerushalayim) that say the Hungarian(/Bohemian/Moravian/Silesian) selichos for the Yemei HaSelichos? (This is the selichos that is found in ...
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What Caused Jerusalem to be Destroyed?

The Gemara states the following: Abaye said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because people desecrated the Shabbos in it (Shabbos 119b) Rabbi Abbahu said: Jerusalem was destroyed only because its ...
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Learning one mesechta l'ilui Nishmas for two people

It is customary to learn mishnayos in order to elevate the soul of the deceased. Can one learn one tractate of Mishna and have in mind two deceased people l'ilui nishmasom, or can you only have in ...
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Respect for the Torah vs Respect for your Parents

I recall seeing that Kibbud Hatorah takes precedence over Kibbud Av. Does it? If one's father openly denigrates the Torah is it acceptable to chastise him & if the comment is made in front of ppl ...
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Is orlah forbidden from benefit or just from eating?

What is the extent of the prohibition of orlah? Is it just eating that is prohibited (issur achila), as is written (Vayikira 19:23), or is benefiting from orlah also prohibited (issur hana'ah)?
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It says that ‘Adam was created alone to teach you…’ alone as opposed to what?

Adam was created alone to teach you that whoever takes a human life is considered to have destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a human life is considered as if he preserved an entire world (...
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What are the 35 cardinal principles enumerated by Jedaiah Penini in the last chapter of his Behinat ha-Dat?

Others, like Crescas and David ben Samuel Estella, spoke of seven fundamental articles, laying stress on free-will. On the other hand, David ben Yom-Tob ibn Bilia, in his "Yesodot ha- Maskil" (...
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Prophecy and idolatry [duplicate]

The Steinsaltz commentary to Arakhin 32b notes that the evil inclination to worship idols was prevalent during the First Temple period but not during the time of the Second Temple. It goes on to say ...
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May one engage in pleasurable voluntary activities during the Three Weeks?

During the Three Weeks (or at least during the Nine Days), is there a recommendation to distance oneself from voluntary activities that one particularly enjoys? (The question is less regarding ...
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Can a public fast day be used for a Yahrtzeit fast?

Some people have a minhag to fast on a yahrtzeit. If the day of the yahrtzeit occurs on a public fast day such as 17 Tamuz, can the fasting done then count for the yahrtzeit fasting or does a separate ...
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Most Torah verses read on one Shabbat

The double Parashah of Mattot-Masei has 244 verses. Is there another occasion during the year when more verses are read on single day?
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Desecrating Shabbos to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient?

Can you desecrate Shabbos by sending a letter/leaving the Techum to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient whose life is in immediate danger?
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Does a witness in a criminal case have to “volunteer” information?

I have to admit, that I have never been a witness in a criminal case in U.S. However, I asked a lawyer about the swearing to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." Truth is ...
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Amira L'Akum not on Shabbat

One may not ask a non-Jew to do an action on behalf of the Jew if the action is assur on Shabbat (a gross over simplification, I know). This would constitute Amira L'Akum (or Nochri). Is there a ...
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Ner Neshama (Yahrzeit candle): electric or not [duplicate]

I've seen homes where Yahrzeit candles are actual candles (usually dedicated products for this purpose), but also where the candle is an electric light that plugs into an electrical outlet Are there ...
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Adding a name for sick person [duplicate]

It is common practice for someone who is dangerously ill to add a name (as a form of shinui mazal). I have noticed that people who name after somebody who had a name added during illness who ...
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Why did Rashi choose Hebrew over Aramaic?

Rashi chose a form of Medieval Hebrew to write his commentaries, which facilitates the life of many students, as the Aramaic content in his writing is very low compared to the Gemara or contemporary ...
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Naming your baby - does the name influence the child?

Inspired by this question: Is there any significance to the name you choose to give your child? Does the name have any influence over the child? Is there any reason to choose to name your son after ...
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When the truth comes out about what happened in the past, should we judge them for it? [on hold]

I work at a place that monitors and provides support for recovering humans who did foolish things. How should a soul respond when the knowledge is afterwords gained that at a time a student did ...
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How did Bilaam know that illicit relations was the way to trip up Klal Yisrael?

As recounted by Rashi to Numbers 25:1 and Sanhedrin 106a- after Bilaam's "cursing" of Klal Yisrael was unsuccessful, he advised Balak that the way to take down Klal Yisrael was to entice them with ...
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Postponed mikvah and counting [on hold]

A woman that made a Hefsek Tahara and counted for 6 days, but then didn’t count the 7th and didn't go to the Mikvah since she was not going to have sexual relations. Another 10 days passed. Can she ...
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Can God speak to non-prophets?

Can God speak to non prophets, or do they simply become prophets the moment that God speaks to them? Or to put it less philosophically. Can I as regular Joe ever hear the voice of God? Could God have ...
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Suppose you hear a commandment how do you know it’s God and not your own mind, or Satan? [duplicate]

Considering God asked Abraham to kill his son, it seems difficult to differentiate the word of God from that of Satan, how is one to know from whom a commandment is given? Is there a way to ...
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Does a Jew named after a respected historical figure need to hold himself to a higher standard of behavior?

This question may sound strange but it relates to the power of names on Judaism. Typically, when a Jew is named after respected figures from Jewish history, it's done because we hope for our children ...
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What did Elijah say about Baal?

When Eliahu HaNavi confronted the prophets of Baal and they couldn't deliver, he told them [1Kings 18:27]: וַיְהִ֨י בַֽצָּהֳרַ֜יִם וַיְהַתֵּ֧ל בָּהֶ֣ם אֵלִיָּ֗הוּ וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ קִרְא֤וּ בְקוֹל־...
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Learning music theory during the Three Weeks?

Would learning about music be allowed, if not actually playing an instrument? Would I also need to not listen to instrumental audio? Or is that still itself an activity that could be considered ...
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When is a table considered as an altar?

This a sequel to this question for which an answer cites O.C. 167:5 that likens one's table to an altar. My follow up questions: When? Only while eating? And is it only while eating a meal that ...
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A Table Representing the altar

I’ve heard of the concept that שולחנו של אדם דומה למזבח, a person’s table resembles the altar. Does anyone know where this wording can be found?
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Is there a way to find out where a Pidyon Peter Chamor will be performed?

I am planning on being in Israel later this summer, IY"H. I'd like to do a few "unusual" things (call it my "mitzvah bucket list") that I may not do otherwise. I've never been to a pidyon peter ...
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Why does Eliyahu appear at a brit milah?

There's really not much to add here... What's the connection between Eliyahu and the Brit Milah? We have a kiseh shel eliyahu (Chair of Eliyahu) and we mention his name when the infant is placed on ...
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Deceased individuals appearing after death

Inspired by this answer: Are there any documented stories of deceased people appearing after death to live people? [I am not looking for stories where someone dead appeared in a dream] The Gemara in ...
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Story identification: Rabbeinu Tam argues with Moshe Rabbeinu

In this answer, a strange and rather fascinating story is quoted from the Seder Hadoros: Seder Hadoros (year 4930) brings the story of an argument between Rabeynu Tam and other Rishonim regarding ...
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Does G-d's closeness necessitate anthropomorphism?

A big part of our Jewish theology and philosophy is based on our desire to be closer to G-d (hope it's accepted unanimously). All of our analogies are built around the personification of G-d, whether ...
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What observable phenomena show that we live in the pre-Messianic era?

There's no doubt that we live in a very special era of fast and huge technological, social, scientific, economic, psychological and other changes. The world is also getting closer to the 6000 year bar,...
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Why is omitting the nighttime Shema called an “aveirah” and not a “bittul aseh?” (Berachos 2a)

The mishnah on Berachos 2a teaches us that according to Chachamim one can say Krias Shema until chatzos ("midnight"). The mishnah proceeds to tell us that anytime Chachamim say a mitzvah can be ...
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Tzitzis and Teeth?

Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits, author of the Halachically Speaking series, is coming out with a book on Teeth and Dentistry in Halacha. In the flyer advertising the book (pdf link), there is a list of ...
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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 or snuffed out? This explains why the practice arose, but does ...
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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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