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What constrains Judaism from developing into violent fanaticism?

I was representing Judaism in an interesting interfaith discussion and the question of religious violence and terror came up. Here's the argument, I used myself, trying to "disprove" my opponents: ...
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Does the Talmud continue to use extra Tanachic sources?

I'm trying to draw an analogy between the written and the oral Torah. After the Mishna was signed, the Sages continued to use extra-Mishnaic sources forever (Toseftah, Midrashim, etc). After the 24 ...
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Warm up food by placing in summer heat outside during Shabbat [on hold]

I'm hosting shabbat lunch for a larger than usual crowd, and space might run out on my blech. Is it permissible to put my food outside to warm up, seeing as it will be 90F (32C) on Shabbat? I know ...
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What did people know about Moshiach in the times of the Beis Hamikdash?

When did the 'coming of Moshiach' become a thing in Judaism? When was it first discussed in Jewish literature? Did people in the times of the first or second Beis Hamikdash think that life as they ...
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How a prophet translates a vision into words?

According to Rambam (Yesodey Hatorah 7,2), a prophet sees a vision of prophecy, not receiving a clear verbal message: וכולן אין רואין מראה הנבואה ... ...אלא בחלום בחזיון לילה או ביום אחר שתפול ...
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Kohen with eyeglasses

Is having imperfect eyesight that requires the wearing of eyeglasses a problem for a Kohen? The question is two-fold: 1) Does the imperfect eyesight render him a ba'al mum (physical blemish) which ...
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History and prophecy in Na"ch

I can roughly divide the text of the Torah into two categories - historical facts and prophecies. But, traditionally, they were all dictated by G-d to Moses. The books of prophets retain a similar ...
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Level of exactness of Na'"ch

Torah was dictated by G-d to Moses and is exact by letter. Mishnah and Gemmorah (and all subsequent books) are man-made and written loosely (at least not letter-exact - see תנא ושייר and more). The ...
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The purpose and the permission to write Na"ch?

Torah (the 5 books) is [considered] G-d dictated, holistic and include all the necessary knowledge. It is allowed to be passed in the written form. The detailed interpretations were given orally and ...
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Did Hillel the Elder committed a Gezel? [duplicate]

Can the the famous story of Hillel the Elder, who couldn't pay to enter Beit Midrash and instead listened from the outside to his teachers, be considered as an act of Gezel? Yoma 35b:7-8 Hillel ...
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Source for a Chassidic story

I recall this story about a rebbe who is given a Sefer by some Malach. Or maybe he wrote it himself, I don't remember. He tells his chassidim that if any of them copy it, they will be sent to gehinom. ...
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May one do the Mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim/Consoling Mourners on Tish'a B'av?

Based on On Tish'a B'Av,can someone say the typical "Mourner's statement" to any/everyone else?, may one perform the mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim for one who is sitting shiv'a on ...
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Must there be a break between mincha and Ma'ariv?

I've been to various minyanim in my neighborhood. I gather that a minyan is allowed to daven Ma'ariv once shki'ah has occurred. What I have seen is that both minyanim began Mincha before shki'ah and ...
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Talking after washing hands

We can talk between kiddush and washing hands, but we can't between washing hands and saying motzi. Why the difference?
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Sitting shiva for intermarrying child

We all heard about families sitting shiva if a child marries out of faith. Are there documented cases of this happening? (With all the rites of Shiva, not just cutting the child out of the family.) ...
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Appropriate to slightly modify wording as one recites siddur prayers?

For instance, if the wording states "protect me," could one add "me and my family?" Or if the wording refers to "we" (plural) could it be modified to "I" (singular) or vice-versa?
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In Parshas Chukas, why is first mention of Parah Adumah “פָרָה” instead of “פָּרָה”?

The first mention of the Parah Adumah in Parshas Chukas (Numbers 19:2) is: דַּבֵּ֣ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֣וּ אֵלֶיךָ֩ פָרָ֨ה אֲדֻמָּ֜ה Instruct the people of Israel to bring you a ...
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Source for: Abstaining from sin being considered a mitzvah in Talmud Bavli

I remember seeing a passage in Talmud Bavli saying something along the lines of: "every moment that a person sits and does not engage in sin, he is considered to be doing a mitzvah." I'm not able to ...
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Does a broker keep the leads he worked on?

A broker works at a Merchant Cash Advance Company and the company provides leads to the broker. The broker's job is to sort through those leads, identify the ones that are really interested, build ...
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Two instances of etnaḥta in Iyov 22:21

My Koren Ma'alot Tanakh (2018, ISBN 978-965-301-894-5) has Iyov 22:21 like this: הַסְכֶּן־נָ֣א עִמּ֑וֹ וּשְׁלָ֑ם בָּ֝הֶ֗ם תְּֽבוֹאָֽתְךָ֥ טוֹבָֽה׃ Is this a mistake, or is it trying to indicate an ...
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Why were Er and Onan punished if they were under 20?

As seen from this question, the Heavenly Court does not punish an individual (at least in this life) if he or she is under 20. However, according to Seder Hadoros (Year 2217) Er and Onan were 7 or 8 ...
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Was the chatas nasi brought by the Head of the Sanhedrin as well?

In The Midrash Says Vayikra page 32 the author writes that the chatas nasi was brought by a Jewish king or Head of the Sanhedrin who sinned. Is this correct, and if so is there any source for it? I ...
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Did Yiftach's daughter have to comply with his vow?

In Judges chapter 11 Yiftach vows to dedicate whatever first comes out of the doors of his home to God (perhaps to be sacrificed as an offering) should he be victorious in battle. After his victory ...
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In the 2nd temple period would “the Samaritans” refer to the same group as “the lost sheep of the house of Israel”?

I have read various articles about Samaritans: http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/13058-samaria http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/13059-samaritans However, I'm still not clear if Samaritans ...
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The amount of Parah Adumah ashes and water (“mei chatas”) required to purify a person

This week's parsha teaches us all about the Parah Adumah and how it can purify a person. Namely, that in order for a person who was ritually impure via a dead body to become pure, said person ...
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Did Rav Papa issue a halachic ruling in order to benefit financially?

In the Gemara Shab. 140b Rav Papa is recorded saying that one who drinks wine while able to drink beer violates “ba’al tashchit”. Maharsh”a comments that Rav Papa’s disapproval of consuming wine ...
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What does the Canonization of Tanach mean?

Following "did-the-men-of-the-great-assembly-canonize-tanach" (please read for all the related sources): To recap: before the canonization there were many man-made books, incl. Meggilot, Nevi'im, ...
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Book on changing habits and middot (character traits) improvement?

There is now an increasing body of secular literature on how changing habits can help change character (e.g., The Power of Habit, Atomic Habits) but this is not new to us (see Rambam's Hilchot Deot 1:...
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Colors of the Parah Adumah

Consider the following opinions of what adumah can or does in fact mean. Sadia gaon writes that Aduma of the Parah Adumah is 'Tzafra'. The footnote from Rav Kapach in the Mosad Rav Cook edition ...
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Can a Judge Issue a Ruling After his Death?

In a recent decision (No. 18-272, Yovino v. Rizo, decided February 25, 2019 Per Curiam, properly cited as 586 U. S. ___ (2019)), the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) dealt with the matter of a ...
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What blessing does a midget say on seeing himself?

Following "reciting-the-blessing-of-meshaneh-habriyos-who-makes-creatures-different": what does a man that falls into that category, e.g. a midget, says upon himself? Does he have to see himself (...
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Can one say both Meshaneh Habriyot as well as Shekacha .. B'olamo for the same creature, sequentially?

ברוך...שככה לו בעולמו is said upon seeing beautiful trees or creatures (animals or people). O.C. 228 says (translation copied from this question for seeing a person with a dark, very red, or ...
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Halachic spelling of last names

What sources are there for learning how to spell last names in Hebrew? Especially, or halachic documents like kesubos, gittin, etc.
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Blessing for indistinguishably unrecognizable corn

Halachic authorities rule that very similar products, such as different brands of Corn Flakes, have different blessings. See, e.g., Rabbi Dovid Haber, writing for the Star-K, and citing Rav Moshe ...
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Skipping brachot of the Shema

When davening shacharit, is one allowed to omit the brachot before and after the Shema, and just say the Shema and the Amidah?
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Meaning of Targum's translation of Seraph - קליא

In Parshas Chukkas, God commands Moses to make a Seraph and put in on a standard: וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עֲשֵׂה לְךָ שָׂרָף וְשִׂים אֹתוֹ עַל־נֵס וְהָיָה כָּל־הַנָּשׁוּךְ וְרָאָה אֹתוֹ וָחָי׃ ...
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Reciting the blessing of “Meshaneh Habriyos” (“who makes creatures different”) on human beings

Based off the gemara on Berachos 58b, the Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 225:8-9 writes: for seeing a person with a dark, very red, or albino white complexion- or a person who is bent over because ...
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Chazal rationale regarding shaving beard

How did our Sages come up with the halacha (or rather idea) that using scissors (or appliances that do not cut the root like most electric shavers) does not constitute 'destroying the corner of the ...
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Source for the commentary that Miriam died “to teach that death is mysterious”?

So, a few weeks ago I was looking up some sources on the death of Miriam in preparation for a D'var Torah, and came across a very brief commentary that she died "to teach that death is mysterious" (or ...
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Number of short hairs coming out of the base of the head Tefillin

Shulchan Orech 32:44 discusses the hair which is used to bind the parchments in the Tefillin. Rav Moshe Isserles says: "the custom is to bind hair on the parsha and then bind on that kosher ...
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Is there a minimum field size for peah to apply?

I know that peah applies to fields of food crops (not other produce) and that halacha is to leave at least 1/60 of the field unharvested for this purpose. What I haven't found is whether there is a ...
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Is a man permitted to petition for permitted sexual relations during the Amidah?

Would a man be permitted to ask Hashem to bring about permitted sexual acts with his current or future wife as part of the requests he makes during the Amidah, given that we are generally highly ...
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Eidei Nisuin at weddings?

At a wedding, we designate both eidei kiddushin (witnesses for the kiddushin) and eidei ketubah (witnesses for the ketubah). However, I haven't really seen the practice of designating eidei nisuin at ...
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Why a Mitzvah object wasn't used to make people look up?

In Parshas Chukkas, God commands Moses to make a bronze serpent and put in on a standard: וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עֲשֵׂה לְךָ שָׂרָף וְשִׂים אֹתוֹ עַל־נֵס וְהָיָה כָּל־הַנָּשׁוּךְ וְרָאָה אֹתוֹ ...
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How does Rambam decide what defines a Mitzvah?

Rambam in Sefer Hamitzvos lists 14 rules that guided him in writing his Sefer Hamitzvos. Practically all of them focus on what does not consitute a Mitzvah Deoraytah: השרש הראשון שאין ראוי למנות ...
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Location of halachos of “a chosson and kallah”

Where are the halachos found in shulchan aruch regarding the practical halachos that a chosson is taught before he gets married: how a chosson and kallah have תשמיש המטה on the first night (and other ...
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Why don't we give Peah today?

Unlike Maaser Rishon, there is no doubt that person receiving Peah is actually eligable to take it. Unlike Terumah and Maaser Sheni, there is no concern about Tahara. So I can't think of a reason ...
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Why compare zimmun to the tumah of broken/repaired vessels?

In Bavli Brachot 50a-b, Rava compares a rule for a zimmun to a rule for broken/repaired metal utensils. In particular, he says that in the case of three people, each coming from a separate group, ...
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Is it not considered idolatry to place blessing requests at the grave of a Rabbi? [duplicate]

We recently just reached the 25th anniversary of the Chabad Rebbe's passing.(Rabbi Menachem Schneerson) While reading some news articles about him and the events occurring at his grave site, I came ...
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Parshas Korach: Why does the Torah say Moshe got very angry, and Rashi translates it as Moshe got very distressed or pained

In Parshas Korach (Bamidbar 16:15), the Torah says ויחר למשה מאוד. Rashi translates it as Moshe was distresed a lot. Rashi doesnt say Moshe was very angry. Why doesnt Rashi translate it the way the ...

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