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How many tamids on Rosh Hashana?

In the musaf prayer on Rosh Hashana, we list the musaf offerings that they used to bring in the Temple in Jerusalem (and that we hope to bring again soon), special for Rosh Hashana. The text then ...
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Crying when reading about Aaron's sons' deaths

The machzor (prayer book) that I used this Yom Kippur has this to say immediately before the morning Torah reading: עֶס שְׁטֵייט גֶעשְׁרִיבֶּן װֶער עֶס לָאזט טְרֶערִין מִיט דֶעם גַאנְצֶן הַארְץ ...
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Shacharit on י"א תשרי

I have heard that there is a minhag in ashkenazi communities to daven shacharit on the morning after yom hakippurim a bit earlier than the time that one would normally daven shacharit. Anyone have the ...
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If someone does a sin that both his parents and the Torah prohibited, did he do two sins?

For example: Someone tells his son not to steal, and it says in the Torah not to steal. This kid goes out and steals anyway, and his parents find out. Is he chayav for both stealing and not ...
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Yom Kippur, placing oneself under the authority of G-d

Related to another question I wondered what the command to afflict ourselves on Yom Kippur tells us. Looking up the root ‘anah’, I noticed it was used in Bereshit 15:13 and 16:6, and also in Shemot 10:...
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Did the Sadducees get anything right?

The Sadducee-Pharisee split probably began around 150 B.C.E and disappeared after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. As a result, the Karaites (9th-century) adopted many Sadducee-ideas ...
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How are sunrise and sundown observed in places with 24-hour day/nights [duplicate]

Some practices are time bound by sunrise or sunset (e.g. fasting on Yom Kippur). Far northern/southern areas have 24 hour long day/nights at certain times of the year, so a sundown/sunrise never ...
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Why is wearing two pairs of tefillin simultaneosly not a violation of Lo Titgodedu (do not create factions)?

There is a custom of some individuals to wear two pairs of tefillin at the same time. I understand based on this and similar answers that there is halachic basis for this practice. However, I believe ...
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Sukkot water libations - from the Torah, from Sinai, or from the Rabbis?

There's a disagreement recorded in the Mishna, Zevachim 13:6, regarding the Sukkot water libation. R' El'azar includes this ceremony in the list of Temple activities that are prohibited by the Torah ...
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Why isn't המלך המשפט a grammatical mistake?

During these ימים נוראים we finish the 11th blessing of the amida with the words המלך המשפט. What does this exactly, literally mean? Melech and mishpat are both nouns, so it would seem that we need a ...
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Do you need a minyan for Kol Nidrei?

Is it necessary to have a minyan in order to recite Kol Nidrei on Erev Yom Kippur? If no, then do you need at least three men, as is necessary for Hataras Nedarim?
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Grammatical difficulty in root אשר (happy)

The root אשר seems to act weirdly in relation to number. On the one hand, it takes on plural morphology in situations that are clearly singular, here in the form of a plural (const.) noun (...
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Is teshuva ever ineffective?

Rosh Hashana 17b quotes a Baraita [...] If one repents in the meantime, between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, he is forgiven; if he does not repent in the meantime, then even if he later brings as ...
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Does the Kotzk dynasty exist today? Is there still a Kotzker rebbe?

A while back I was reading about Menachem Mendel Morgensztern Rebbe of Kotzk and found out that the last Kotzker Rebbe in Europe lived in Wyszków my ancestral town. Is there a continuation of the ...
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What does Rabban Shimon Ben Gamaliel mean?

In beitza (3:1): אֵין צָדִין דָּגִים מִן הַבֵּיבָרִין בְּיוֹם טוֹב, וְאֵין נוֹתְנִין לִפְנֵיהֶם מְזוֹנוֹת. אֲבָל צָדִין חַיָּה וָעוֹף מִן הַבֵּיבָרִין, וְנוֹתְנִין לִפְנֵיהֶם מְזוֹנוֹת. רַבָּן ...
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How does one write a Kosher Sefer Torah in Greek? [duplicate]

Following question of "why-is-a-greek-torah-scroll-kosher", the Mishna in Meggila 1.8 reads: אֵין בֵּין סְפָרִים לִתְפִלִּין וּמְזוּזוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁהַסְּפָרִים נִכְתָּבִין בְּכָל לָשׁוֹן... רַבָּן ...
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Orientation of Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash

R' Kahati's map of the Beis Hamikdash - that is printed just before the beginning of Meseches Midos - has South at the top and North at the bottom. I have always found this a little confusing, being ...
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Downgrading clothing from Shabbos to Weekday [duplicate]

Is there anything wrong with buying a new hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) for Shabbos, and then taking one's old Shabbos hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) ...
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Why not use the Yamim Nora’im tune when reading the Torah at Yom Kippur mincha?

Many (all?) Ashkenazi communities have a different and distinctive tune used for keriat hatorah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur morning (and in some communities also on Hoshana Rabbah and Simchat ...
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Can tefillin shel yad be worn on one's clothes? [duplicate]

Someone I know has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing tefillin on his bare arm. Can an ones wear the tefillin on his clothes, instead, or should he not wear this at all? If the 2nd ...
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Do Hareidim wear a kittel on Yamim Nora'im?

I have never observed Hareidi minhagim during the High Holidays. But, I know that during Shabbat and Yom Tov many wear a bekisheh - a long robe. I'm curious if they were the bekisheh in lieu of the ...
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Nusach Kretchnif or Nadvorna

Does anybody know where I could find a good, clear, example of nusach Kretchnif? I've looked through Kol Torah Online but all the examples they have are older tapes with pretty rough audio quality. ...
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Confusion between Kosher Torah Scroll in Greek and Chumashim?

When discussing the question of "why-is-a-greek-torah-scroll-kosher", the Mishna in Meggila 1.8 reads: אֵין בֵּין סְפָרִים לִתְפִלִּין וּמְזוּזוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁהַסְּפָרִים נִכְתָּבִין בְּכָל לָשׁוֹן, ...
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How should the 23rd judge vote?

Capital cases go to a court of 23 judges. A majority is required to convict, except that if all 23 vote to convict, the defendent goes scot-free. If 22 judges have already voted to convict, and the ...
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Were Kohanim in the Temple obligated in Torah reading?

Following "synagogue-in-the-temple", In the times of the Second Temple, assuming that not all Kohanim were involved in Temple Service all the time: Were they obligated in Torah reading and was ...
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What is meant by “synagogue” in the Temple in Sota 7.8?

THe Mishna (Sotah 7.8) describes the order of transferring a Torah scroll to the King for reading on Hakhel: חַזַּן הַכְּנֶסֶת נוֹטֵל סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה וְנוֹתְנָהּ לְרֹאשׁ הַכְּנֶסֶת, וְרֹאשׁ ...
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Slavery, an apparent contradiction?

In the Exodus, G-d hears the suffering of Israel as follows: “The Israelites were groaning under the bonding and cried out, and their cry for help from the bondage rose to G-d” (Exod 2:23); “I will ...
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Why don't we say “Ashrei” for Mincha of Yom Kippur?

Why don't we recite "Ashrei" during the afternoon prayer of Yom Kippur like we do for every other Mincha of the year?
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Is anyone against the rational teachings of Maimonides?

I am new to Judaism and am intrigued by Maimonides and his teachings but I do not know the opinions of this particular teacher - a man of such vigor and influence - by the many different congregations ...
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition?

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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Nechemiah 13 changes Hashem to Elokim

Nechemia 13:1 reads בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֗וּא נִקְרָ֛א בְּסֵ֥פֶר מֹשֶׁ֖ה בְּאָזְנֵ֣י הָעָ֑ם וְנִמְצָא֙ כָּת֣וּב בּ֔וֹ אֲ֠שֶׁר לֹא־יָב֨וֹא עַמֹּנִ֧י וּמֹאָבִ֛י בִּקְהַ֥ל הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים עַד־עוֹלָֽם This verse ...
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Why does Chinuch confuse Parashat Nitzavim and Vayelech?

Why does [this edition of] Minchas Chinuch list the two Mitzvos of Parashat Vayelech under Parashat Nitzavim?
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Is adultery a sin between man and G-d or between man and man?

As we know, there are two types of sins: sins between man and man, and sins between man and G-d. I used to think that adultery is a sin between man and man. However, reading Mishneh Torah, I ...
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Is there any glossary of all the plants mentioned in zeraim?

I have been trying to learn zeraim, but I keep getting stuck on all the names of the plants. Is there any comprehensive listing?
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What is the Chidush that Parashat Hamelech is read off the Torah scroll in Hebrew?

ואלו נאמרין בלשון הקודש: מקרא ביכורים, וחליצה, ... ברכת כהנים,... ופרשת המלך... (Sotah 32a) these are recited only in the sacred tongue, Hebrew: Bikkurim and Chalitzah and the blessings and ...
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Source for “no Yetzer Harah when a Torah Scroll is opened/read”?

Following my question on "separation of men and women on Hakhel", in this Drashah (thanks Lee) R' Uri Sherki (Mercaz Harav) explains the lack of separation of men and women on Hakhel by the fact ...
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Did anyone propose switching back to using date honey on Rosh-Hashanah to dip apples?

As seen from "why-use-bee-honey-on-rosh-hashana", the use of bee honey in the minhag is clearly circumstantial - the lack of "the original" honey led to use its substitute - bee honey. Some ...
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Was Hakhel performed in separation of men and women?

Mitzvat Hakhel requires the presence of men, women, and children in the Azara (135x135 Ama incl. 4 Lishachot), with a tremendous density (for 600K grown-up men it's around 4M people per 4,000 sq.m.), ...
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Which Books in English Go into Kabbalistic Depth of the Beit Hamikdash?

Looking for a reference book in English from the mekorot on every aspect of the Beit Hamikdash.
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Does Rambam hold of eternal punishment?

In chapter 3 of Hilchos Teshuva, Rambam says The following individuals do not have a portion in the world to come. Rather, their [souls] are cut off and they are judged for their great wickedness ...
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Should repentance and Yom Kippur save someone from capital punishment?

In Yoma 86a we find the following Tannaic statement If one commits a transgression that warrants karet or a sin punishable by death from the earthly court and then repents, repentance and Yom ...
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How can we recognize Moses' original scroll?

Let's imagine we excavate the Temple Mount area and find an Ark with a 3500-year-old scroll in good condition. How would we know if it is the original scroll Moses wrote (besides being accompanied by ...
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Was Moses' original scroll used as a blueprint for all following scrolls?

In Parashat Vayelech, Moses writes/completes a Torah scroll and hands it over to Kohanim to keep it in the Holy Ark. Does anybody mention that its purpose was to serve as a blueprint for other Torah ...
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“Mi Kel Komocha” corresponding to 13 Attributes of Mercy

מִי אֵל כָּמוֹךָ נוֹשא עָוֹן וְעוֹבֵר עַל פֶּשַׁע לִשְׁאֵרִית נַחֲלָתוֹ לֹא הֶחֱזִיק לָעַד אַפּוֹ כִּי חָפֵץ חֶסֶד הוּא The words of 'Mi Kel Komocha' supposedly correspond to the 13 Attributes of ...
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Dependency on the 5 parts of Mitzvat Hakhel

According to Rambam (CHagigah 3), the Mitzva of Hakhel has five parts: the people: men, women and children, that come to hear the reading by a king that reads the portion of the Torah Scroll in ...
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Is “breath of life” in Genesis 2:7 is the same as spirit?

Does this mean that God breathed his spirit into Adam giving him life.
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Question about the comma in Psalm 82:1

I've a short question about Psalm 82, verse 1. The hebrew reads: מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף אֱלֹהִים נִצָּב בַּעֲדַת־אֵל בְּקֶרֶב אֱלֹהִים יִשְׁפֹּט So how should one read these verse? 1. Is it that G-d will ...
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Jewish Conversion? [duplicate]

I am a man, 25 and I am Jewish. I have heard the calling of the one true and only God. I believe there is only one God and that the teachings of Judaism extend and assist in the life of Man in ways ...
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Does God need us?

Does God need us? In Nitzavim, God says: This commandment [in the singular], that I command you today, is not hidden from you and is not distant. [Deut. 30:11] The Midrash explains: What [...
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Does Teshuva protect from punishment or not?

The Rambam says in Hilchos Teshuva, chapter 6: There are other sins for which justice determines that retribution be exacted in the world to come with no damages coming to the transgressor in ...

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