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How to determine who offered the second Korban Tamid of the day?

The mishnah in Tamid 3:1 says there was a daily lottery for who would bring the (morning) Korban Tamid. The mishnah in Yoma 2:3 seems to discuss the second daily Korban Tamid. How was the person ...
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Teaching Torah in Secret to Hide from the Romans

A number of online sources (such as this article by Rabbi Ari Enkin, or this article by Rabbi Yair Hoffman) mention the tradition that rabbonim used to go out into the woods and teach Torah while ...
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What are we celebrating on Lag B'Omer?

To the best of my knowledge we celebrate on Lag B'Omer as this is the day the students of Rabbi Akiva stopped dying. This reason seems incomprehensible. The reason they stopped dying was because there ...
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Did they blow Shofar on Shabbat Rosh Hashanna when the holiday was only one day?

I may be converging several historic assumptions here, but here goes: The Torah states that the first day of the 7th month should be Yom Teru'ah - a day for sounding the Shofar (aka Rosh Hashannah.) ...
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Praying for too much

The following Talmud passage [Taanit 8b] indicates we must not pray for too many things: In the days of Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani there was a famine and a deadly plague. People asked: “What shall we ...
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Source that Rambam may have been forcibly converted to islam God forbid

It says on halachipedia “Some claim that the Rambam was forcibly converted to Islam, but such a thought is highly questionable.” https://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Rambam It gives as a ...
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Online availability of Hagahos “Menachem Tzion” on “Shem HaGedolim”

Can the Hagahos of Menachem Tzion to Shem HaGedolim be found anywhere online?
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Study Mishna or Mishna-and-Gemara?

There are books and courses on studying the Mishna. Just the Mishna. Why would anyone want to study the Mishna by itself, without studying the Gemara at the same time? Practically speaking, when ...
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Was Avodah Zara (idolatry) Effective?

Idol Worship was extremely popular across the ancient world & even in the Jewish community. I highly doubt that all these people were busy building & worshipping statutes based solely on faith ...
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Trop Keyboard Stickers

Quite a simple [product-recommendation question]: where would I find keyboard stickers for trop, including all te'amim from throughout Tana"ch ? Background: I have a custom keyboard layout for Hebrew ...
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Why are laws of damages written in the middle of the story of the blasphemer?

In the end of Parshas Emor (Vayikra 24:10-23), the Torah relates the story of someone who blasphemed and his punishment. After the person blasphemes, he is put in a prison while Moshe proceeds to ask ...
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How can one say “my son is Mamzer”?

הָאוֹמֵר, בְּנִי זֶה מַמְזֵר ... רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר (להלכה), נֶאֱמָנן: If a man declares, “this son of mine is a mamzer” ... Rabbi Judah says: he is believed. (Mishnah Kiddushin 4,8 adopted) ...
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Status of a child born through IVF from Mamzer sperm

What is the Halachic status of a child born from IVF from a single woman with the semen of an acknowledged Mamzer? If yes, is the registry of sperm banks enforced in Israel? This question asks if ...
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Why aren't shoes, belt, and head covering included in the bracha of “Malbish Arumim?”

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 46:1 (codifying the gemara on Berachos 60b) lists the morning brachos that one makes upon waking up. Among them: Getting dressed "כשלובש יברך "מלביש ערומים ...
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Why must we stand when counting the Omer?

The Rambam (Hilchos Temidim U'Mussafin, 7:23) says that we must stand when counting the Omer. The כסף משנה (s.v. "ואין מונין אלא מעומד וכו") writes that the reason we must stand is based on a limud: ...
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Is taking public property or abandoned belongings considered stealing?

Let's say a person moves out and leaves some belongings (for instance food, books, other personal items) for public consumption - be it with or without a note that it is for free (why would anyone put ...
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Does an eye for an eye mean monetary compensation? [duplicate]

That's what I've heard it means. So the judges don't really pluck out the other defendants' eyes due to a plaintiff complaints. However, the judge would require the defendant to compensate for the ...
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Can a man get death penalty for causing a miscarriage?

According to this article yes: And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no [further] injury, he shall surely be fined as the ...
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Does the Tokhacha (Leviticus 26:14-41; Deuteronomy 28:15-68) apply to the Holocaust?

Does the curse of the Law (Leviticus 26:14-41 and Deuteronomy 28:15-68) apply in some way to the Shoah/Holocaust? Likewise, the prayer of Daniel in Daniel 9:4-19, in which he does not blame the ...
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Customs/Habits around having a second child?

Besides the brit milah ceremony, pidyon haben/habat (redemption of the firstborn) or kidush peter rechem (sanctification of the womb's opening) or seder kidushat chaye hamishpacha, (ceremony of ...
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Why is pekida used instead of bedika?

Mishnah Nida 1.1: שַׁמַּאי אוֹמֵר, כָּל הַנָּשִׁים דַּיָּן שְׁעָתָן. הִלֵּל אוֹמֵר, מִפְּקִידָה לִפְקִידָה, וַאֲפִלּוּ לְיָמִים הַרְבֵּה. וַחֲכָמִים אוֹמְרִים, לֹא כְדִבְרֵי זֶה וְלֹא כְדִבְרֵי זֶה,...
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How Chumash is Halachicly permitted?

This question follows my "origin-of-chumashim". This seems pretty obvious that the Chimachim are allowed because of the abundance of Chumashim nowadays and I don't question its Halachic validity. My ...
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Origin of Chumashim (“unholy” Torahs)

Torah says many times that we're obligated to write Torah scrolls, read them in public and study them. Writing a Kosher Torah scroll while following all the requirements (parchment, ink, intentions, ...
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Whose interpretation about different Nikkud is brought in Nedarim 37b?

The Gemmorah in Nedorim 37b says (thanks Kazi): אמר רבי יצחק מקרא סופרים ועיטור סופרים וקריין ולא כתיבן וכתיבן ולא קריין הלכה למשה מסיני. מקרא סופרים אָרֶץ שָׁמַיִם מִצְרַיִם The ...
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Are there “don't read X but Y” that differentiate between Tzere and Segol or Patach and Kamatz?

To continue the Nikkud saga (thanks Kazi and Double), many (Kabbalic something) books speak of the huge spiritual differences between similar vowels, like Kamatz is [Kabbalically from] Chochmah and ...
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What does R. Meir hold about the case in Nega'im 6:2?

Nega'im 6:3: בַּהֶרֶת כַּגְּרִיס וּבָהּ מִחְיָה פְחוּתָה מִכָּעֲדָשָׁה ... רָבְתָה הַמִּחְיָה, טְמֵאָה. נִתְמַעֲטָה, רַבִּי מֵאִיר מְטַמֵּא, וַחֲכָמִים מְטַהֲרִים, שֶׁאֵין הַנֶּגַע פּוֹשֶׂה ...
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Why isn't a warning required to obligate a fine?

The Torah says that by capital punishment (Hilchos Issurei Bi'ah 1:2) and by lashes (Hilchos Sanhedrin 16:4) a person must be given proper hasra'ah (warning) before a punishment can be administered. ...
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Kamatz katan in “kadashim” in Vayikra 24:9

In the verse Vayikra 24:9 in the printed tikkun the first kamatz of the word kadashim (קׇֽדָשִׁ֨ים) is not katan. However, on Wikisource it has that first kamatz as a kamatz katan: וְהָֽיְתָה֙ ...
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I bought a second hand glass bottle with a rubber and ceramic lid. Can it be kashered? [on hold]

From what the owner told me, this glass bottle, or growler for the last decades was used to hold loose change. Before that, perhaps 20-40 years ago, it was used for 'homebrew' or most likely a ...
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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

In perusing Rav Moshe Tzuriel's Otzros Hamussar (page 1125, here), I noticed a section in which he writes strongly against participation in (and watching) the Chidon Hatanach, and also cites Rabbi ...
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Why isn't the bracha of “אשר נתן לנו תורת אמת” included in the daily Birkas HaTorah?

For Birchos HaTorah in the morning we recite (at least acc to Minhag Ashkenaz): 1) "לַעֲסוק בְּדִבְרֵי תורָה" followed by "וְהַעֲרֶב נָא" 2) "נותֵן הַתּורָה" Question: Why don't we also make ...
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Question about Shemot, locusts

I have a question that I've asked to multiple rabbis but that remains unanswered: Dear Rabbi:  Question about Parasha. In Exodus 10:19 the locusts enter the Red Sea. What is the connection ...
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Origin of Nikkud signs names in Rabbinical literature

The WIKI page for Nikkud says it appeared long after the Gemmorah. Is Nikkud mentioned in Rabbinical literature before Rishonim - the names of the signs and the ways of using them? If not, what are ...
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Is the dot of Shin and Sin explained as a part of Nikkud?

Following the question about שכר ושכר, Shin and Sin letters have a little dot that does not have a name and is used exclusively to differentiate between them (diacritic). I read books about the ...
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Can one of the sheva berachot be said outside a wedding context?

Are there any sources which speak to the possibility of saying one of the sheva berachot outside of the wedding ceremony and ensuing celebratory period? (Excluding borei pri hagafen). I'm most ...
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According to those who argue on R’ Yehudah, why do we bring the Shtei HaLechem on Shavuos?

Rosh Hashanah 16a quotes the following teaching: א"ר יהודה משום ר"ע ... מפני מה אמרה תורה הביאו שתי הלחם בעצרת מפני שעצרת זמן פירות האילן הוא אמר הקב"ה הביאו לפני שתי הלחם בעצרת כדי שיתברכו לכם ...
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Who got to have the leftover flour from the Omer?

The Mishna reports in Menachot 10:4 that, after the required amount of premium flour had been extracted from the barley set aside for the Omer, the considerable amount tof leftover, mixed-quality ...
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Why do we recite Oseh Shalom at end of Amiday [duplicate]

Elokai Ntsor is a private meditation yet it ends with Oseh Shalom-V'imru Amen. Imru Amen is plural and the meditation is private implying some kind of mixed message. Could it be that since everyone is ...
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Yahrzeit in different time zone

If a person passes away in one place but [some] relatives live in another place in which, due to time zone differences, it is already the next day (or still the previous), do those relatives establish ...
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Are the borders of Eretz Israel going to be the same in regard to the Torah when moshiach comes? [on hold]

I have read before an opinion that they are not going to be the same borders, I am hoping for some backup information.
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What is the source for the bracha “enwrap ourselves”? [duplicate]

Where are we commanded to enwarp ourselves in a tallis (לְהִתְעַטֵּף בַּצִּיצִית)?
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Does clay used as a foundation count as clay or as the ground?

The mishnah in Keilim 6:1 describes a stove made in two ways: a pot resting on three metal* pegs that are either (1) attached at the ground via clay, or (2) stuck into the ground. In the first case, ...
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Two supports for a stove: which one “counts”?

The mishnah in Keilim 6:1 describes a stove made in two ways: a pot resting on three metal* pegs that are either (1) attached at the ground via clay, or (2) stuck into the ground. In the first case, ...
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How old was the Shunammite's son?

Roughly speaking, how old was the Shunammite's son when he died (2 Kings 4:18-37)? Since the account of his death directly succeeds the story of his conception (v. 8-17), I was under the assumption ...
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Women-only Kabbalat Shabbat

Does anyone know how women-only Kabbalat Shabbat prayer came about? I have only come across it in newspapers from about the late 2000s in some United Synagogues. Have there been cases way before this? ...
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How does tumah work in the sale of an oven between a householder and a baker?

The mishnah at Keilim 5:5 describes the susceptibility to tumah of an attachment to a pottery oven (translation from Sefaria): ‮מוסף התנור: של בעלי בתים טהור; ושל נחתומין טמא, מפני שהוא סומך עליו ...
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What permitted and forbidden forms of birth control [on hold]

What are the forbidden forms of birth control? Why are they forbidden?
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Why is the prefix “and” omitted before “servant” in Exodus 20:9?

וְיוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י שַׁבָּ֖ת לַֽיהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ לֹֽא־תַעֲשֶׂ֨ה כָל־מְלָאכָ֜ה אַתָּ֣ה ׀ וּבִנְךָ֣ וּבִתֶּ֗ךָ עַבְדְּךָ֤ וַאֲמָֽתְךָ֙ וּבְהֶמְתֶּ֔ךָ וְגֵֽרְךָ֖ אֲשֶׁ֥ר בִּשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ׃ But the ...
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Are complete chuliyot (the groupings of 3 windings) a requirement in tzitzit?

Generally speaking, the chuliyot are a constant reminder of the arrangement and system of the three kavin (also called pillars) which G-d established throughout all of creation. But are they an ...

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