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Why were Jews locked in ghettos? [closed]

What was the rationale for locking Jews into ghettos at night, in past ages? Was there something about Jewish observance that led to this locking of the ghettos doors?
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God's Nichum Aveilim

Asking for a friend: On Kiddushin 38a, Tosfos s.v. Tzei, explain that Hashem didn't approach Yehoshua until after the 30 days of mourning for Moshe had elapsed, since the Shechinah does not descend ...
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What do these phrases mean, “come as one” and “teach a precedent”?

What do these phrases mean, "come as one" and "teach a precedent"? I think "come as one" means, they "are both the same" (?), but I am not sure this is the meaning of this in the phrase quoted below. ...
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Have there ever been women prophetesses in the history of Judaism? [duplicate]

Male prophets are well known - people like Ezekiel and Jeremiah. Who are the women that are normally considered prophets in Judaism and where is the best place to learn about them?
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Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's?

Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's? My question is based on Genesis 4:3-5: וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַה'׃ וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא ...
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Kinnim mix-ups with different numbers of pairs in each group

In certain cases, the Torah prescribes the bringing of a pair of birds as an offering, one as a chatat and the other as an olah. See Lev 12:8, Lev 14:22, Lev 15:14, Lev 15:29, and Num 6:10. The ...
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Intentionally smelling the odor of food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos

Since it is forbidden to benefit from food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos, is the benefit only eating, or is it prohibited to intentionally smell the odor of the food being cooked as well?
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Benefiting from a Jew's b'mezid melacha on Shabbos

The English hakdama to the first volume of the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso states that a person who does melacha b'mezid on Shabbos is forever banned from benefiting from that ...
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How early in the process can the accused sotah refuse to drink?

The mishnayot in the first chapter of Sotah describe the beginning of the process -- the accusing husband brings her to the court where they try to intimidate her into confessing, and if she doesn't ...
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A female thief is not sold to make restitution — so what happens instead?

The mishna in Sotah 3:8 says, in a list of differences in halacha between men and women: A man is sold for his theft [i.e., to repay it], a woman is not sold for her theft. (Sefaria translation) ...
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Is Talmud Bavli inferior to the Talmud Yerushalmi?

In Sanhedrin 24a the Gemara goes on to explain the different learning styles of the Yerushalmi Scholars (friendly; gave honor to each other) and the Babylonian Scholars (sharp with each other's ...
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Benefiting from a Jew's planting on Shabbos b'shogeg

The Preface - hakdama to the English edition of Volume 1 of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso writes that if a Jew b'shogeg (mistakenly) plants or sows a seed on Shabbos, or anything like that where some ...
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What happens the second you die?

What do our sources say about what happens the second you die. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that one’s soul comes out of their body and they float around the room. Are there any fascinating ...
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Who decides whether it's normal to eat something in a certain fashion?

The Shulchan Aruch in several places writes that if something is eaten in an abnormal fashion, it gets a Shehakol rather than its usual bracha.1 What defines whether something is a "normal" way of ...
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Why does Rashi translate בירה differently in different places?

In some places, Rashi translates בירה as a "מגדל [גדול]‏", a "[large] tower" (Bava Kamma 61b, Taanis 16a). In other places he translates it as a "בית גדול", a "large house" (Bava Kamma 22a, Gittin ...
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Customs and traditions

Why do many diaspora groups such as Ashkenazim, Sephardi still keep gentile customs and the like? Heaven forbid im not saying that such customs run contrary to Halakha but take for example Hasidim, ...
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Which enemies was Rav Huna running away from?

Yerushalmi, Pesachim 1.1: דאמר רב הונא כד הוינן ערקין באילין בוטיתא דסדרא רבה היו מדליקין עלינו נרות בשעה שהיו כיהים היינו יודעין שהוא יום ובשעה שהיו מבהיקין היינו יודעין שהוא לילה The Talmud ...
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Is one supposed to eat the zero'ah (shank bone) from the Seder plate?

I'd appreciate some clarity on this issue as I have heard and seen conflicting answers on this - in viewing various questions on this site as well as instructions in a haggadah. Here's some of what I ...
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What is an Inyan? Is it different to a Minhag?

Is there a difference between an ענין and a מנהג? If so, what is it? Examples differentiating the concepts would be useful.
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Keeping a mikvah kosher

The Mishna says: If there are 40 seahs of suitable water in a mikvah, and a seah of unsuitable liquid is put in, and then a seah of the resulting mixture is removed, the mikvah is still valid [...
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Why is Pesach 7 days? [duplicate]

Why is Pesach 7 days if the Jews left Egypt on the first day of Pesach? Looking for answers with sources please- thanks!
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Melachot on the original Shabbat Hagadol

I have been informed, this morning, from two different sources, that the original Shabbat Hagadol was the Shabbat on the 10th of Nissan when the Children of Israel were preparing for the Exodus. They ...
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Does the prohibition of Sha'atnez and Kilayim extend to the mixing of species genetically?

Within the Torah, in several midrashim (see אוצר המדרשים: ערך שמחזי ועזאל) and even comments from Rambam concerning the origins of Avodah Zarah, it discusses the transgressions which culminated in the ...
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Did Rabbis foresee the social and cultural changes in the Jewish World in the last 200 years?

Did any Rabbis in the last 200 years deal with long-term predictions regarding the social or cultural changes in the Jewish world - the society, the Torah and the Halachah? Did anyone predict /...
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Asking Mah Nishtanah before the Seder

I found it illogical that we / the kids ask Mah Nishtana before the actual Seder Pesach. MiMah Nafshach: If they don't know the answers to their questions and didn't experience a Seder, how come they ...
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Will the day of the final salvation be celebrated every year in the days of the Moshiach?

Following "what-berachos-should-be-made-when-moshiach-comes", I wondered, for all the great events that G-d did to us we set (in the Torah or Rabbinically) a yearly festive - celebrating the date - ...
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Where can I find an online Jewish community?

I've newly created an account on this site as someone who's "lurked" or obtained information here before and found the quality of communication excellent. I moved to Montana from Los Angeles as a ...
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What berachos should be made when Moshiach comes?

I supose shehecheyanu or hatov vehameitiv, but I'm not sure about this. Are there something more specific than that? What are the mekorot dealing with berachos to be made when Moshiach comes?
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Why can the sister-in-law return to her husband according to R. Yosi? Isn't she forbidden to the husband and to the adulterer? (Y'vamos 10:4)

The Mishnah, Y'vamos 10:4, quotes Rabbi Yosi as follows: כל שפוסל על ידי אחרים פוסל על ידי עצמו, וכל שאין פוסל על ידי אחרים אינו פוסל על ידי עצמו If I correctly understand the explanation of the ...
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Are there any kometz katans in the maftir for parashas zachor

Are there any kometz katans in the maftir for parashas zachor? Anyone who knows or has a tikkun that indicates kometz katans, if you could tell me where the kamatz katans in that maftir are, if there ...
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On which precise halachic source did Rambam claim that the pilegesh is forbidden to all Jewish men except the kings of Israel?

I’m an Italian noahide. This question covers my exclusively intellectual curiosity, being an halachic case that does not concern the Gentiles but only the Jews. We read in Mishneh Torah -Melachim ...
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Petting an unredeemed firstborn donkey (“Peter Chamor”)

The Talmud (Bekhoroth 9b) cites the opinion of Rabbi Yehuda that it is forbidden to derive benefit from a firstborn donkey before it is redeemed. This view is codified by the Rambam (Firstborns 12:4) ...
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Why we learn Bavli instead of Yerushalmi [duplicate]

If I were to learn Talmud Bavli Brachos or Talmud Yerushalmi Brachos, which one should I start with and why? Seemingly, I should start with Yerushalmi first because it came before the Bavli, but on ...
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Are children permitted to help build the Beis Hamikdash?

When the Beis Hamikdash is being built, can the children help out [in any way] in its constructing? Perhaps because of their young age there would be a reason to prohibit them from helping out. In ...
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Why is karpas usually parsley?

Apparently, a variety of vegetables my be used for karpas. So, when and why has it become common to use parsley?
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Benefit from Court Awarded Real Estate

Regarding real estate that is awarded to a Jew in a non-halachic court, at the initiation of the awardee, by use of the discretionary powers of a judge, on a basis that has no concordance with Jewish ...
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Can one smell orla tree blossoms?

Follow-up to Can I make a bracha on smelling roses that may be orla? As per SA YD 294:1, orla only applies to trees which were planted for eating. Can one smell the blossoms of a tree planted for ...
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During Temple times, who can butcher a kosher animal?

During the Temple Times, for the purpose of consumption, can any Jew butcher a kosher animal or must the animal be butchered by a Cohen or a Levi? I would appreciate a rabbinical source. I just ...
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Why Poskim don't work and write in groups?

At any given moment there are several leading (and hundreds of secondary) Rabbis and Poskim. Each one running his own Yeshivah, writing his books and issuing his own Psakim. I understood that the ...
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List of Mitzvot Kiyumis? (ie voluntary/ conditional mitzvot)

Does a list of Mitzvot Kiyumis (voluntary/ conditional mitzvot) exist? Some examples I remember learning: Vilna Gaon (Ma'aseh Rav 185)- Eating Matzah the last 7 days of Pesach Rav Moshe Feinstein ...
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Can one invite a Noachide to the Seder Pesach? [duplicate]

I just read that the Rogatchover Gaon ruled that a Noachide can become a Ger Toshav on his own, without Rabbinical approval (which is otherwise impossible until the yovel is declared), by simply ...
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Do we have any picture of the Locust in Egypt

Midrash speaks about the locusts that plagued egypt as very ferocious. Teeth like iron, claws like lion etc. Do we have any picture of it (like a painting) on the internet?
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Allowed to light the 2nd candle from a Shabbos/Yom Tov candle?

Given that it is permissible to light candles on the 2nd day of Yom Tov from a previous night's Shabbos/Yom Tov candle, would this permission be granted only to light one Yom Tov candle on Yom Tov ...
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Circular reasoning in deriving the time that kohanim can eat terumah and the time that the evening Shema can be recited

The very first Mishnah (Berachot 1:1) states that the earliest time for the recitation of the evening Shema is the time that kohanim can eat terumah: מאימתי קורין את שמע בערבין משעה שהכהנים נכנסים ...
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Introductory seforim for learning Kabbalah

Are there any seforim which serve as an introduction to learning Kabbalah? These seforim, I imagine, would give the basic terms and ideas of Kabbalah along with some explanation for the novice learner....
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Who is a boor בור? [closed]

The Talmud frequently calls an individual a "boor". Two examples: It has been reported: If one has learned Tanach and Mishnah but not Talmud, Rabbi Eleazar says he is an ignoramus [am ha-aretz]; ...
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If Beis Din knew the time of the molad, why have witnesses testify? [duplicate]

In the second parek of Rosh Hashana, the mishna explains how the court would interrogate witnesses who claimed to see the new moon. Only if their testimony agreed with the court's prediction of the ...
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Who does the post mortem Tahara on a transgender person?

Do men do the Tahara on the transgender who is currently a male and viceaversa for a women? I am asking about a transsexual person who died and who had changed his physical sex using surgery. Or do ...
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B’racha achrona on sunflower seeds?

If one eats a k’zayit of sunflower seeds including the flavored shell, which he spits out, but less than a k’zayit of the seeds themselves, which he swallows, does he need to say an after b’racha?
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Is there a standard ketubah contract for a pilegesh? [closed]

I've read several sources which permit taking a pilegesh, but what I can't find is the skeletal format of the contract. The Rambam usually spells out such language but since he disagrees with this ...

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