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Music during sefirah and “exemptions” [duplicate]

There's a common custom that people do not listen to music during 33 days of the Omer. There are also two customs as to when these days begin: From the 2nd day of Pesach until Lag Ba'omer or From ...
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Who was “a man of G-d” in Divrei Hayamim II 25:7?

In Divrei Hayamim II 25:7 we read how "a man of G-d" came to the king of Judah, Amaziah, to warn him not to take soldiers from Israel with him to the battle against Edomites : And a man of G-d came ...
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When does hatred “make sense”?

The Talmud says that the Second Temple was destroyed because "senseless hatred" [sin'at chinam] prevailed. Yoma 9b אבל מקדש שני שהיו עוסקין בתורה ובמצות וגמילות חסדים מפני מה חרב מפני שהיתה בו שנאת ...
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Prayer regarding the dangerous premature birth of gentile friend’s baby

My dear gentile friend gave birth very, very prematurely (at @ 5 months) to her due date. The female baby survived but is still dependent on a breathing tube and is still very weak and underweight. ...
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Bava Kamma 24a: Why is Rabbi Yosei's Analysis sound?

Background The Mishna in Bava Kamma 23b states: איזהו תם ואיזו מועד מועד כל שהעידו בו שלשה ימים ותם משיחזור בו שלשה ימים דברי ר' יהודה רבי מאיר אומר מועד שהעידו בו שלשה פעמים ותם כל שיהו התינוקות ...
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What are the halakhic considerations when it comes to patronizing a business whose workers are on strike?

Crossing a picket line and patronizing a business whose workers are on strike, against the will of the workers, is a controversial action with some people saying it should never be done. I read an ...
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Why can you put the Chagiga on the table with the Pesach?

The end of Pesachim 9:8 says: נִתְעָרֵב בִּבְכוֹרוֹת, רַבִּי שִׁמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, אִם חֲבוּרַת כֹּהֲנִים, יֹאכֵלוּ: ‏ If the Pesach got mixed up with Bechoros, Rabbi Shimon says, if it's a ...
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Different meaning of slapping the left or right cheek

I had this conversation with a colleague today and can't verify or falsify his words. In Christianity Jesus' quote But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also is ...
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Would we keep religion when everyone is healthy, satiated and satisfied?

G-d's curse to Adam was that the abundance of Eden will stop and he will be lacking health/wealth/food etc. For millennia people turned to G-d to ask to fulfill their basic physiological needs. The ...
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Can being fastidious and delicate (איסטניס) get lenience in cleaning for Pesach?

The agricultural and technological revolutions changed a lot in our perception of food and we all became more fastidious and delicate (is it good for איסטניס?) - we even have expiration dates on ...
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Is there any work that specifically refutes the claims of Martin Luther in “The Jews and Their Lies”? [on hold]

Recently I learned about Martin Luther's anti-Jewish book, The Jews and Their Lies which makes all of the accusations of anti-Semetism against him make a lot more sense given that they're explcitly ...
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Cleaning for Pesach - what Mitzvahs exactly is it?

Cleaning the regular utensils that are also used for Pesach that might have some Chometz leftovers is a clear Mitzvah of Not eating Chometz or mixtures of it. However, cleaning the rest of the house ...
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Are Jews allowed to contribute to the reconstruction of the Paris cathedral?

I assume most of you have already heard about the sad events that happened yesterday in France. One of the main symbols of Paris, a functioning cathedral caught on fire and caused huge damage to the ...
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Scathing attacks in Divrei Rivos

Please share particularly scathing ad-hominem attacks or any particularly scathing attacks that are found in Divrei Rivos, the recording of the battles between the Raavad and Rabbi Zerachiah HaLevi. ...
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Were Kohanim forbidden from serving in King David's army?

The gemara in a couple places (Shabbos 56a, Kesuvos 9b) tells us that before leaving to battle, the soldiers in King David's army would give a conditional get to their wives in order to prevent a ...
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Korbanos and Ketores: Only Biblical passages for the former

When we recite psukim in the morning that pertain to the korbanos and then, afterwards, to the burning of ketores, why do we limit ourselves to passages from the Torah when it comes to the former, but ...
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Birkas haTorah: Can you read any piece of Torah?

When we make birkas haTorah in the morning, we follow it up with Bemidbar 6:24-26 (יברכך...), followed by the beginning of Peah in the Mishna and Tosefta. Do those sections need to be read? If I ...
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Triangle-K hechcher for butter [duplicate]

I know there are issues with the Triangle-K hechcher and I know we've talked about it: Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what? But the only butter that's kosher for Passover that I could ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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The fast or the rejoicing of the first born erev pesach?

I seem to recall seeing somewhere that the fast of bechoros should indeed be a day of Taanug and not fasting. Since the true girsa in Masheches Sofrim should read מתענגין instead of מתענין. Does ...
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Corncob Pipe during Pesach

Assuming smoking is permitted at all (thank you, Rav Moshe Feinstein) and that smoking on Yom Tov / Chol Ha'omed is also permitted in our times, could an Ashkenazi Jew holding by the kitniyot ...
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Greeting on Yom Hashoah

What is the proper greeting on Yom hashoah? I am not Jewish but do have some Jewish friends and would like to know how to greet them on this day of remembrance.
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Can Pao de Queijo, and similar foods, be kosher for Passover?

We're planning an "alternative" Passover, and are looking into some nontraditional foods that could be kosher for Passover. One that came up in discussion was Pao de Queijo, or Brazillan cheese ...
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Where is the midrash of “300 days of Tefillin?”

According to various Rishonim and Acharonim who are listed in R' Binyomin Shlomo Hamburger's "Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz Volume 5," there is a Midrash that states that the Shin on Tefillin boxes alludes ...
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Why is Torah using אב and אח in plural? [on hold]

This question is about the meaning of the words, not about the Hebrew language. In Hebrew, a letter Vav is used to signify third person possession in single and Yod-Vav in plural: נעל into נעלו, ...
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Does “ta'anas besulim” (claims of virginity) exist nowadays?

The first few perakim of Maseches Kesuvos deal extensively with ta'anas besulim (claims of virginity). As this doesn't require the Beis Hamikdash to be around, and-- since it's a monetary matter-- ...
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Estate of a convert whose only possible heir is just that: only a possible heir

The last mishna in chapter 11 of Y'vamos says that if a woman didn't wait long between two marriages and therefore we don't know whether her son, say Samuel, is from the first husband, Aaron, or the ...
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Actual dates of when the sons of Yaakov died?

The Yalkut Shimoni Shemot 162:9 lists the dates of births for the Tribes, and the age they died. ויהי כל נפש יוצאי ירך יעקב שבעים נפש ובעשו כתיב כל נפשות ביתו (כתוב ברמז קל"ח). ויוסף היה במצרים ...
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Sources for what happened to Avraham’s Converts? [duplicate]

In Bereishis (12:5 and in Rashi) we see that Avraham converted people in Charan, and then took them with him to Kena’an. Do we know what happened to them? • When Avraham and Lot separated, who did ...
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What is the difference between חוכמה and חָכְמָה?

Previously I heard יקר מחוכמה מכבוד סכלות מעט but in the book קֹהֶלֶת I read יָקָר מֵחָכְמָה מִכָּבוֹד, סִכְלוּת מְעָט What is the difference between חוכמה and חָכְמָה ? Are they just two different ...
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Can a pregnant woman go to aquariums?

Some have the custom that pregnant women do not go to zoos. (See here) Does this custom extend to aquariums too?
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Do all food products for Passover need to be specifically certified “kosher for Passover”? [duplicate]

For example, Trader Joe's roasted unsalted almonds doesn't say on it "used on shared equipment", and person in the store said that if there's any allergy issues they would state it on the package as ...
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Why for Rambam learning and teaching Torah are not two different Mitzvos?

Rambam in Sefer Hamitzvos #11 and in Mishne Torah Hil. Talmud Torah rules that studying and teaching Torah are one Mitzvah: היא שצונו ללמוד תורה וללמדה וזהו הנקרא תלמוד תורה, והוא אמרו ושננתם ...
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Why the Torah is not read in public every day?

Following my previous question, the Prophets (Moses) commanded the Jewish nation to read the Torah in public three days a week (B"K 82a): עמדו נביאים שביניהם ותיקנו להם שיהו קורין בשבת ומפסיקין ...
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What's the difference between two potential (כוחניים) maters the Yuly and the second

I read in the Abarbanel on Bereishit 1:1,quoting the Ramban, that on the first day Hashem created two types of primordial matter: הראשון לבד שני חמרים מבלי צורה כוחניים בטבעם כענין ההיולי הראשון ...
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What does it mean - stop reading Torah 4 times a week (B"K 82a)?

Following my previous question, Alex has noted that the Prophets (Moses) explicitly commanded the Jewish nation to stop from reading the Torah on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (B"K 82a): ...
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Why fearing the Temple is a Mitzvah on its own?

Rambam Positive Mitzvos #21: היא שצונו לירא מן המקדש הזה מאד עד שנשים בנפשנו משא הפחד והיראה וזה מיראת מקדש והוא אמרו יתעלה את מקדשי תיראו. Rambam brings Safri that explains: ושם נאמר גם כן לא ...
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Is it lawful,for the Noahide Laws, the thesis of Gentiles Christians according to whom Jesus has a divine nature but he is subordinate to God? [duplicate]

I am not a christian but I am an Italian noahide, therefore I do not believe in the divinity and messianicity of Jesus the Nazarene. I clarify that my question, being relevant to the application of ...
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What is the order of Mitzvot in Rambam's Sefer Hamitzvot?

What is the order of the positive and the negative Mitzvot in Rambam's Sefer Hamitzvot? While some are grouped together, are they all ordered by any logic?
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If the Torah is compared to water how come we drown in water?

I admit I didn't expect it - a kid in our shul asked me that when I mentioned that the Torah is compared to water (B"K 82a): "דורשי רשומות אמרו: אין מים אלא תורה, שנאמר: הוֹי כָּל צָמֵא לְכוּ ...
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Should you tell Jews they are breaking a commandment?

The Talmud says: It is better to transgress unintentionally than intentionally. Betzah 30a The Midrash adds: Rabbi Shim'on ben Halafta said: One who studies the commandments of the Torah, but ...
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Found animals in Y'rushalayim going straight to the Mikdash without waiting for the owner?

If one finds an animal (of certain species) in or around Y'rushalayim [when the Beis Hamikdash is up and running] one can assume it was destined to be brought as a karban and give it to the custodians ...
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Where does the ohr hachaim say that one who fails to destroy avoda zara is also oveir on the lav of not serving it?

The ohr hachaim is quoted as saying that one who fails to destroy avoda zara is also oveir on the lav of not serving it in "hatekufah hagedolah" (r' menachem mendel kasher) in perek 13 "(ד' ר"ש)" ...
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Piskei teshuvos on resting elbows on a sefer

Can someone translate this piskei teshuvos. פסקי תשובות אורח חיים סימן קנד ומי שמניח אצילי ידיו על הספר דרך לימודו, ג"כ אין זה דרך בזיון כיון שבתום לב וכהרגל העוזר לו להבין תלמודו בתנוחה כזו עושה זאת,...
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Dead sea in the midrashim

We know that the water of the Dead Sea is very much salty, so much so that no fish exist in it. Is there any midrash or agada that speaks on the history of the Dead Sea, how it started to become ...
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What was Bilhah and Zilpah's ancestry?

While the forefathers were very cautious in choosing their spouses from Avraham's family, the Torah says nothing about Bilhah and Zilpah's ancestry. What nation/family there were from and why the ...
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If there were people before/during Avraham's life that recognised Hashem, why was Avraham chosen specifically?

We know that Shem lived during the life of Avraham Avinu, described as Malki Tzedek. Why is Avraham considered the first to spread ethical monotheism (concluding in G-d choosing him) if it's known ...
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Resting elbows on sefer while learning from it

I read this on the halachipedia website, "Rama 282:7 writes that one may not place a Sefer on one’s lap and lean one’s elbows on it. Sh”t Shelmat Chaim 2:566 (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) is ...
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Is there anything in the Tanakh or Talmud about co-wives helping raise the child of other co-wives upon widowhood (or absence of husband)?

I just met an Israeli woman, who said that she became a widow when her first and only child was five years old. She said that if it wasn't for her husband having more than one wife, with whom she ...
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How is צָרַעַת (skin disease) like snow?

צָרַעַת, traditionally translated as leprosy, (perhaps skin disease is more accurate) is compared to snow in three locations: Exodus 4:6 (ESV) 6 Again, the Lord said to him, "Put your hand inside ...

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