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Who else considers calling Avraham Avram forbidden? And how is this law applied?

The gemara in Berachot 13a brings an opinion that calling Avraham by the name Avram is forbidden. In the Koren gemara, Rabbi Shteinsaltz adds: The gemara did not reject either of these statements, ...
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Shouldn't Moses be more careful when cursing Israel, knowing it will be written in all languages for all nations?

I'm not very skilled in Hilchot Lashon Harah, but writing down things that will definitely hurt the Jews by providing ready-made ideas and theological support for the antisemitic world seems to me as ...
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Why does G-d carry out all the curses by Himself?

In Parashat Ki Tavo (28:15-on) Moses threatens the Nation with very descriptive curses. It starts from a distance: 'וּבָאוּ עָלֶיךָ כָּל־הַקְּלָלוֹת הָאֵלֶּה וְהִשִּׂיגוּךָ׃ אָרוּר אַתָּה וכו One ...
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How does translation help understand Torah for native Hebrew speakers?

Following "why-translate-torah-to-70-languages, I don't address the part of writing on the 12 stones for other nations. I imagine Moses talking to the Nation that spoke Hebrew originally for hundreds ...
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(How) can a prophet sit in Sanhedrin?

Please help me to understand the principle of "Not in Heaven" better. As I (we) clearly imagine that many leading prophets participated and even headed the High courts, like Yehoshua and David. As ...
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Is one allowed to endanger his life for learning Torah like Hillel did?

The famous story about Hillel's devotion to Torah learning, in Yoma 25b, tells that Hillel endangered his life by trying to listen to Shmayah and Avtalyon in extremely cold weather until he fell ...
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Differential Pikuach Nefesh according to Shmayah and Avtalyon?

The famous story about Hillel's devotion to Torah learning in Yoma 25b tells that Hillel endangered his life by trying to listen to Shmayah and Avtalyon in extremely cold weather until he fell ...
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Sourdough starter and Passover

Sourdough starter is a kind of pet. A pet yeast colony, if you want to be scientific about it. Owners give it a name, feed it (daily or weekly, depending on how often they bake bread), make sure it's ...
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What parts of the davening can the shaliach tzibur say in English? [duplicate]

A person davening in a language other than Hebrew seems to be acceptable (e.g., Davening not in Hebrew). This question asks if the shaliach tzibur can daven in English and, if so, what parts may be ...
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“Priests” prior to Aaron

We know there were gentile priests prior to the establishment of the Kohens. Melchizedek is an example. In Shemot 19, there are two verses that refer to "priests" prior to the giving of the Torah. ...
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Where can I order a Kasket online?

According to Wikipedia a Kasket also known as a kashkettel or kasket) is a cap, usually made of felt, worn mainly by Hasidic Jewish children as an alternative to the kippah. It has a crown, a band and ...
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What other phrase did the rabbis use to describe “yom teruah” besides the ones below?

What other phrase did the rabbis use to describe "yom teruah" besides the ones below? Our rabbis of blessed memory gave additional "phrases" to describe or to name our holy days. For example, the ...
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Maharal on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

I am looking for work of the Maharal on Rosh Hashana and hopefully Yom Kipur. can someone help me?
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Can a prophet contradict Sanhedrin?

A supplementary question to "can-sanhedrin-disregard-or-contradict-a-prophet". IIRC, the Halachah is not SET by a prophet, but he can definitely hold a different, Heavenly opinion (see Tanuro ...
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If “not in Heaven”, can Sanhedrin disregard or contradict a prophet?

It is a Mitzvah to listen to a prophet (non-capital) and it is a Mitzvah to listen to the Sanhedrin (capital). While it's accepted that a prophet can't establish new Halochos, he can command on ...
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Who officially authorizes a prophet and how?

Following "test-a-true-prophet", After reading Rambam (Yesodey Hatora) that describes the idea of prophecy and prophethood, I understood, that at some point of time a "prophecizing" person must ...
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Using baby powder on Yom Kippur

Is one permitted to use baby powder-or talcum powder, Gold Bond, etc- on Yom Kippur? (either for themselves or for a child) OR Would it be forbidden since it could be akin to "annointing oneself" (...
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Why do the 2 letters of final Chof ך and Tav ת have to contain a sh'va (or Kamatz) at the end of a word?

Why whenever a Hebrew word ends with the letters of ך or תּ, they must contain a sh'va “nir’eh“ (or a Kamatz) as opposed to other letters that can be “vowel-less”? Examples: ךְ = בָּרוּךְ תְּ = אַתְּ
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Oldest Source for Simchas Torah Hakafos

What is the oldest source for hakafos on Simchas Torah? (Bonus: Why do we do hakafos on Simchas Torah?)
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Does one need to fast if a pasul Torah is dropped?

There is a minhag to fast when a Sefer Torah is dropped. Does this apply if the dropped Torah was pasul (not "kosher")? My thinking - a pasul Torah is not a "true" Torah in the sense that it can be ...
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Difference of Selichot timing [duplicate]

Common Nusach Ashkenaz is to recite the first Selichot at "midnight" and all the other Selichot prior to Shacharit. Why is there this timing difference? Why not have all the Selichot at midnight or ...
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Kaddish during Aseres Yimei Teshuvah: why “לעילא [ו]לעילא” instead of “לעילא”?

During the Aseres Yimei Teshuvah, when Kaddish is recited we say "לעילא [ו]לעילא" instead of the usual "לעילא." Why is this so? What's the reason for this practice and where did it originate?
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Are wearing clothes that differ from the congregation you are currently praying with a violation of “Lo Titgodedu”?

Suppose someone is wearing Chassidic Levush (non-Chabad) in a litvish shul, is this transgressing “Lo Titgodedu”?
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What were the main principles of Hillel and Shammai's schools approach?

Is there a "unified" theory of both schools' approaches that account for the differences in their rulings in all disputes? Like a set of different principles all their rulings stem from, or their ...
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Can banning a Sage be made in G-d's honor?

We hold that (Avot 5,17): כָּל מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, סוֹפָהּ לְהִתְקַיֵּם... אֵיזוֹ הִיא מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, זוֹ מַחֲלֹקֶת הִלֵּל וְשַׁמַּאי. Every dispute that ...
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Why the Tanuro argument was over the question of ritual purity?

As we know in the Gemmorah, R' Eliezer had many arguments against Chachamim (see Brochos 1,1), but what sparked the fire was the Machlokes over the ritual purity of an oven (Tanuro Shel Akhnai, B"M ...
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Is it right for the Baal Koreh to greet the oleh before the reading

Why I am asking: I was called up to read from the Torah. The Baal Koreh when I came there, said “Good Morning”. It felt wrong to answer him, just before opening the sefer to make the brocho. The ...
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Why did the Rambam poskin that a Woman can’t be a King of Yisrael or Moshiach?

We know that many woman were Prophets, Judges, & Warriors, all qualities necessary to rule, so why did the Rambam determine that a girl cannot become a King or Moshiach? What’s the logic behind ...
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Why did R"G admit that he acted inHalachicly?

After the incident of Tanuro Shel Akhnai (B"M 59), G-d tried to threaten/punish R"G by wrecking his ship, probably realizing that he [somehow] sinned. His response was that he acted out of "שלא ירבו ...
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Does Hashem forgive for ongoing, recurring sins?

Say for example a halalachly uneducated Jew intermarries and then years later realizes the marriage is a Torah violation and has great regret, yet he loves his wife and there are children involved. He ...
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Is the Tanuro Machloket the ultimate proof that there are two sorts of Halochos? [closed]

From R"E's claims "אם הלכה כמותי..." it is clear that by the word "הלכה" he meant "the truth" From Heavenly Voice "מה לכם אצל ר"א שהלכה כמותו בכ"מ" it is clear that by הלכה it means "truth" However, ...
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How Tanuro Shel Akhnai was different from the first Machlokes in the Mishnah?

THe first Mishna presents a Machlokes between R' Eliezer, R' Gamliel and "the rest" of the Chachamim (unclear). מֵאֵימָתַי קוֹרִין אֶת שְׁמַע בְּעַרְבִית. מִשָּׁעָה שֶׁהַכֹּהֲנִים נִכְנָסִים ...
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Is a “great loss” with regards to Hilchos Shabbos only tangible loss, or also theoretical loss?

In Hilchos Shabbos there are areas where one can act leniently if not acting as such would cause הפסד מרובה (significant financial loss). Is such a loss only regarding for tangible “current” or ...
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Quirks of tachanun

I've seen a couple of little quirks at the beginning of tachanun and I'm looking for sources... They may or may not be related. Just before putting their head down, I've seen some people who give ...
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Why Ashrei in Selichot?

In most Ashkenazi versions of the selichot* for Elul and Yomim Noraim, the day's selichot begin with Ashrei**. This seems rather weird, especially considering that some (including Jekkisch authorities ...
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Why isn't birchas hatorah printed before Selichos? [duplicate]

Why is birchas hatorah not printed before Ashrei in Selichos siddurim, given the requirement for this brocha before quoting verse (see Selichot and blessing on Torah study)?
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Can you attempt to rescue someone if you're outgunned?

Principle : Yehareg velo yaavor for murder - you can't kill a person to save your life. Reason : We don't know whose life is more important ('whose blood is redder'). Implication: You can't kill ...
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Does Devarim 30:4 hint at space travel possibility?

Devarim 30:4 says "Even if your exiles are at the end of the heavens, the Lord, your God, will gather you from there, and He will take you from there." Why does it use the expression "בִּקְצֵ֣ה ...
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Is there kosher spreadable whiskey-infused preserves?

I am looking for spreadable whiskey that is kosher. I cannot find any sites, be it kosher certification sites or product sites, which even discuss kosher spreadable whiskey. From my search of the ...
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What magnitude of a test a true prophet must be tested?

IIRC, if a prophet says a [small] prophecy and it comes true we should believe him. What magnitude of a prophecy should it be - war is coming the next week, there's gonna be a solar eclipse next ...
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If not Halacha what a prophet is worth for?

If the rule of "not in Heaven" is set and valid, and no prophecy can rule "How to live", what purpose is there for prophecy and prophets (besides Moses)? Vaguely and mysteriously painting the distant ...
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High Priest vs Sanhedrin - who decides?

Who outpowers whom in Halochos of running the Temple - the Nassi and the Sanhedrin or the High Priest and his team of working Kohanim, assuming he's a Chacham also? If the Sanhedrin, what means do ...
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Can external criteria be considered when setting the Halacha?

וכי מאחר שאלו ואלו דברי אלהים חיים מפני מה זכו בית הלל לקבוע הלכה כמותן? מפני שנוחין ועלובין היו ושונין דבריהן ודברי בית שמאי ולא עוד אלא שמקדימין דברי בית שמאי לדבריהן The Gemara asks: Since ...
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What does it mean “נצחוני בני” after “לא בשמים היא” and “אחרי רבים להטות”?

There's something seemingly erratic in Heaven's behavior as reflected in the Gemmorah. If "לא בשמים היא" and "אחרי רבים להטות" were established Heavenly Halachot why would G-d smile and state "My ...
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If “not in Heaven” how could Nac"h be the source of Halacha?

As the Gemmorah states (Temura 16a), the idea of "Not in Heaven" traces back to Moses' death and Yehoshua was the first asked to use it and he refused, referring to that verse. Nevertheless, from ...
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Why let the Sages stay anonymous in arguments?

This bothers me a lot - the idea of using anonymous "Chachamim" in arguments. I don't understand why is it important or useful to hide their names. The Mishnah uses it extensively and makes it very ...
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Giving Gift to Mourning Spouse?

Although the Rema (YD 385:3) writes ואסור לשלוח מנות לאבל על אביו ואמו כל י"ב חדש - It is forbidden to send [or bring] gifts to one who is in mourning for his father or mother, throughout the ...
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Why a Machloket ended so badly and unpeacefully?

Back to Tanuro Shel Akhnai (BM 59b). A short recap: R' Eliezer and Chachamim are having a Machlokes over a minor matter in ritual impurity, clearly for the sake of Heaven. R' Gamliel, the Nassi, ...
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Is one allowed to take advantage of free-trial offers without the intention to actually purchase?

Many products and services (especially digital ones) are often sold via the so-called free-trial offers which allow customers to use the offered services and products for free during the specified ...
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How does the Hebrew calendar work in areas with midnight sun? [duplicate]

There are two polar circles, the Arctic Circle and the Antarctic Circle. There are days North of the Arctic Circle, and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never sets (summer), or never rises (...

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