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Difference between תא and לשכה

Middos 4:3 uses the term תאים to refer to the 38 chambers in the Beis HaMikdash. I was surprised to see this usage, as the term לשכה appears 29 times in Mishnayos, plus another 12 in the plural, ...
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Are all silent shemoneh esreis of rosh hashanah the same?

Are the individual silent shemoneh esreis of maariv, shacharis and mincha of Rosh Hashanah identical? Also, are the individual silent shemoneh esreis of Yom Kippur; maariv, shacharis, mincha and ...
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Lists of chukkim and mishpatim?

There are two types of commandments: chukkim and mishpatim. Mishpatim are those for which a good reason quickly comes to mind, such as "Do not steal". Chukkim are those for which a good reason does ...
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While studying for the purpose of conversion, is it acceptable to observe Yom Kippur? [closed]

I have studied Judaism on my own for a little over two years and I do have the FULL intent to ultimately convert. I live in a very rural area in the south, so Jewish communities are few and far ...
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Where does HaShem stands and in which council?

Psalm 82 teaches that Elohim (אלהים) stands (נצב to position oneself) within the council/congregation (עדת-אל) of El, among/amidst (בקרב) elohiem (אלהים) He judge (ישפט). Someone told me to look at ...
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'Nishbaati' or 'Nishbawti'

In Vayelech, the Tikkun Simanim has a couple ambiguities in the notes. In shishi a sentence ends with "נשבעתי". The text shows a patach, but the notes indicate should be a kamatz (in MT)? Is it a ...
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What are the best biographies Vilna Gaon? [closed]

I watched Henry Abramson's lecture on the Vilna Gaon prepared with the book The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism by Eliyahu Stern. The reviews of that book are good, but ...
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Source that Power generators on Shabbos override Shlom Bayt (in Israel)

Power generators are very popular with Haredim in Israel that traditionally don't rely on Isral Electric Company's electricity on Shabbos. On Rosh Hashana, the power generator of a famous Yeshiva in ...
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Considerations for impeachment of the Nassi of Sanhedrin

While cynically coincidental, my business is exclusively with the Sugya of the [temporary] impeachment of Rabban Gamliel in his Maariv Chova argument with R' Yahoshua (Brochos 27b). אמרי עד כמה ...
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Considerations for electing the Nassi - theoretical vs practical?

In theory Rambam Hilchot Sanhedrin 1.3 teaches us: הַגָּדוֹל בְּחָכְמָה שֶׁבְּכֻלָּן מוֹשִׁיבִין אוֹתוֹ רֹאשׁ עֲלֵיהֶן וְהוּא רֹאשׁ הַיְשִׁיבָה וְהוּא שֶׁקּוֹרִין אוֹתוֹ הַחֲכָמִים נָשִׂיא בְּכָל ...
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The biggest named gathering in the Talmud?

THe Talmud uses the term "Chachamim" extensively to refer to "other Rabbis" making it difficult to follow the Halachic decisions. What is the biggest Talmudic gathering where all participants (...
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When selling a house, what pieces of furniture go with it?

Based on Baba Batrah 65-67, what are the opinions in the contemporary Halacha about what pieces of furniture are considered "house" and what not, when one sells a house at a fixed price? Is selling ...
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Tribes' Nessi'im and can a judge sit in two Sanhedrins simultaneously?

Following and completing "order-of-promotion-of-judges" In what Sanhedrin did the tribes' Nesi'im sit - tribal (23) or common (23 at Temple Mt) or the Great (73)? And, therefore, should every Sage ...
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Using Snuff on Yom Kippur

Is one allowed to use/inhale Snuff on Yom Kippur? Are there any sources that explicitly say it's ok? Even if one says it's "technically" not eating, could there be any problems with using it on Yom ...
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Does one need to see the area they ate if the after-blessing is said in a dark room?

If one is bentching in a dark room, do they still need to "see" the area that they ate (assuming that if the lights were turned on, the area is visible)? For example, if on Friday night the lights go ...
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Is there a timetable of the Yom Kippur Avodah available?

I'm trying to get a sense of how long each part of the Kohen Gadol's day was. I have the impression that the (outer) Musaf offering took much longer than the Torah reading, but I have no idea how much ...
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Was the consumption of meat always kosher? [duplicate]

It seems that at first G-d commanded that people be vegetarians (Genesis 2:16). The permission to consume meat was not permitted until after the flood of Noah (Noach). The command reads that “Every ...
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Is it Better to Buy a Pitom-less Esrog?

Although the Rema (648:7) says a grown pitom-less esrog is valid אם לא היה לו דד מעולם כשר וכן הם רוב האתרוגים שמביאים במדינות אלו are there any Jewish sources which encourage purchasing a pitom-...
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Noy sukkah in a pasul sukkah

The decorations of a sukkah are muktzeh and can't be moved on Yom Tov and this seems to include food items on which no other stipulation was made (which I get from Mas. Sukkah, 10a-b and here). But ...
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Did Abraham always follow halacha?

-The Talmud says that Abraham followed halacha [derived from Genesis 26:5]. -The Torah outlaws child sacrifice. -So: On what grounds did Abraham agree to perform God's command to sacrifice his ...
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Black? I ordered it dyed red!

The משנה in בבא קמא‎ (9:4, as explained by the רע״ב and קהתי) says that if I give wool to a dyer to dye red, and he dyes it black instead, then he must return the black wool to me, and I must pay ...
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Heter Bamos - When?

When did the heter bamos (the time when it was permitted for klal yisrael to build their own bamos) begin and end?
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Is Melech ever a verb?

In the Artscroll machzor (ashkenaz), in the Chazarat Hashatz for shacharit of Rosh Hashana, the piyut with the refrain "Hashem Melech, Hashem malach, Hashem yimloch le'olam va'ed" has a strange ...
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Discussion of Hagar's name

Avraham first has a child with Hagar -- the same Hagar who was giften as a maid servant by Par'oh after the events in Egypt. The only discussion of her name that I saw was in the Chizkuni (on ...
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Why no vowels for the sounds of the shofar?

In three different machzorim (a Rinat Yisrael, an Artscroll and a Koren -- the ones I had access to over the holiday) the listings of the sounds of the shofar are printed without any vowels. Sefaria ...
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Bible with each source set aside separately [migrated]

Are there any editions or translations of the Bible which set aside each source (J, E, P etc.) separately? I am aware that there is a 'Book of J', the oldest text, I'm just wondering if there are any ...
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What had Hashem promised to Noach?

In the musaf of Rosh Hashana, in the Zichronot section, we say וְגַם אֶת נֹֽחַ בְּאַהֲבָה זָכַֽרְתָּ. וַתִּפְקְדֵֽהוּ בִּדְבַר יְשׁוּעָה וְרַחֲמִים בַּהֲבִיאֲךָ אֶת מֵי הַמַּבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל ...
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Is there something special about being born on purim?

Since in Judaism we have a lot of things made by HaShem that have a certain influence on our lives (like the day of the week in which we were born, the month, the hour of the day that we were born on ...
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Mishna Berura Ruling on Tying Tekhelet

Does the Mishna Berura rule on the way to tie Tekhelet and the number of Tekhelet strings to use? If so, could you please provide a citation and quote/translation? Thank you.
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Best place for modern orthodox conversion study in Los Angeles/San Fernando area

Does anyone know of a good place to begin starting to study Torah? I have watched Chabad and non Chabad videos on YouTube. I am from a patrilineal descended Jewish family practicing in the reform ...
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Order of promotion of Sanhedrin judges

There were three Sanhedrins on the Temple Mt: - The Great: 71 members and 3 lines of 23 students for filling in or replacing the judges (see Sanhedrin 37a) and - Two Lesser: 23 members each, with ...
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How to reconcile the concept of hora'at sha' ah in regards to a legitimate prophet?

There are many instances where the Bible allows the prophets to commit certain acts contrary to Torah law. Thus the Midrash Sifrei Deuteronomy 175 and the Babylonian Talmud, Yevamot 90b, exempts these ...
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Shofar without a vav

In Shemot/Exodus 19:16 the word ‘shofar’ is written without a vav (שפר). I would like to know if there are any explanations/commentaries as to why it is missing.
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Were Jews allowed to collect debt in the middle ages? [migrated]

Surely jews were allowed to lend. But were they allowed to collect debt, i.e. use force to obtain the collateral? I am not only interested if this was allowed but if it actually happened in a large ...
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Sources for when we change the Parochet to white

It is customary to change the Parochet, Torah covers, and some other items in the shul to white for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and it is common practice to keep the white covers up until after ...
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Is a permanent sukkah OK? [duplicate]

Some people build permanent sukkot in their backyards. Is this OK? If not, how much of the sukkah must actually be built prior to the holiday?
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Can one use a succa built by a non-Jew? [duplicate]

Can one use a succa built by a non-Jew? If not, how much involvement of a Jew is required to make the succa kosher?
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The tradition of a Gezeira Shava

A number of questions and answers (here is one, for example) have pointed out that expounding text by means of a gezeriah shava requires a mesorah, a teaching from one's teacher, and that different ...
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If we aren't obligated in 613, why ask for reward for 613?

This is based on some preconceived notions I have so if my premises are wrong, please let me know. I am not bound to all 613 mitzvot. I get this from here, and through a look at the Rambam's list. ...
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Is there ever a case that the groom can get back the money he used for the wedding

Halachikly the groom is the one who pays for the wedding (last paragraph on this page Igros Moshe 7 even ezer 4:92:1 and can the bride's family force Sheva Brachot ) Is there ever a case that the ...
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Composing religious songs and melodies on Shabbos [duplicate]

"Shiru laHashem shir chadash..." "Mizmor shir leYom haShabbat" Recently on Shabbat I put together some notes in a pleasing order, and used it as a zemer at our table. A guest was concerned that I was ...
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Changing Hagba During Simchas Torah?

How can allusions to like "turn the Torah over because it's all in it" - הֲפֹךְ בָּהּ וַהֲפֹךְ בָּהּ, דְּכֹלָּא בָהּ [Avos 5:22]) justify putting the Torah at greater risk of falling or tearing by ...
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What are the “secret things” we must not inquire into?

The Torah says: הַנִּסְתָּרֹת--לַיהוָה, אֱלֹהֵינוּ; וְהַנִּגְלֹת לָנוּ וּלְבָנֵינוּ, עַד-עוֹלָם--לַעֲשׂוֹת, אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת. The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but ...
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Why are vows to fast undertaken at mincha a stated exception in Hatarat Nedarim?

In the last part of Hatarat Nedarim, when talking about future vows, vows to fast undertaken at mincha are a specific exception. Why this exception and no other?
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What does the acronym or abbreviation in Hatrat Nedarim stand for?

What do the 4 letters (הויה) stand for or mean? This appears at the beginning of Hatrat Nedarim.
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Badatz and Mehadrin Kashrut

If something is marked Badatz Chatam Sofer or mehadrin, would it be considered Chalav Yisroel and Pas Yisroel?
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Possible to change tefillin from outward wrapping to inward?

Is it possible to change the tefillin shel yad from one that wraps outward to one that wraps inward? Is it necessary to re-tie the knot? Thanks in advance and shanah tovah.
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Is there an approach that cuts the Teffilot on Rosh Hashanah in favor of Torah study?

It is clear from the Sugiyot Gemmorah (Brochos and Shabbos 10, here) that the lengthening the Teffilah at the expense of Torah learning was perceived negatively through many generations till late ...
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Why during the two days of Rosh Hashana we don't maximize our merits?

Similar to why-dont-we-maximize-our-merits-on-yom-kippur-, My logic says that to symbolize the beginning of the 10 days merit-race we'd engage in as many Mitzvos and especially Torah learning on the ...
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seven days in a week [closed]

Is there any proof apart from the bible and creation that a week has seven days. Like is there proof from the planets. And if not why does the whole world even those who had never seen the bible count ...

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