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Why did only Nadav and Avihu and not their brothers go up with the 70 elders?

In Shemos 24:1, God tells Moshe to go up to Him with Aharon, Nadav, Avihu and the 70 elders. They do, and they catch a glimpse of God from afar. It seems strange that of the 4 sons of Aharon, only ...
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Does Judaism teach that the soul cannot rest until the body turns to dust?

In the movie "To Dust" they claim that "Judaism teaches that the soul cannot rest until the body turns to dust." Is there any basis for this claim?
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Is it OK to recite prayers by heart?

I remember reading that you are supposed to pray by reading from a siddur -- that it is not OK to recite the prayers by heart. Is this true? If it is, what is the reason, given that in olden days ...
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Does one have to feed his dog, parrot, or goldfish before eating according to this Gemara?

The Gemara (Berachos 40a) expounds from Devarim 11:15 that one may not eat before feeding his animals: אמר רב יהודה אמר רב אסור לאדם שיאכל קודם שיתן מאכל לבהמתו שנאמר ונתתי עשב בשדך לבהמתך והדר ...
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What prevents a needy from stealing and being sold into slavery?

Imagine a poor Jewish guy with a screaming wife and 12 little kids that went bankrupt and lost everything he had. He still needs to support himself and his family. What prevents him from selecting ...
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Shouldn't a needy thief be released instead of sold into slavery?

While explaining the Jewish slavery idea to my kids I was puzzled by this question of my son's. A man could only be sold into slavery if he's completely moneyless and pitiful. We could say in such a ...
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Are there examples of Hebrew Slaves in the Gemmorah?

Are there examples of Hebrew Slaves mentioned in the Gemmorah? Names of the slaves or their masters, the amounts paid, the terms served etc? (I recall a couple of Eved K'naani like Tavi, but can't ...
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Who would want to buy a Hebrew slave to equal him to his master?

We all know how benevolent our position to the Jewish slavery is (Rambam Avadim 1): "כָּל עֶבֶד עִבְרִי אוֹ אָמָה הָעִבְרִיָּה חַיָּב הָאָדוֹן לְהַשְׁווֹתָן לוֹ בְּמַאֲכָל וּבְמַשְׁקֶה בִּכְסוּת ...
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A Jewish slave pay-off math

I have some difficulty understanding the math for buying a Hebrew slave, sold for a steal: For a slave that is single: following this question is a slave price assessed per year or full term (6 years)...
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Why did G-d promise the former slaves to continue cultivating slavery?

This question is a different aspect of the previous question "why-parshas-mishpatim-begin-with-laws-of-slaves". A man that is discharged from a prison promises to never get back. A nation that was ...
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Different phrasing in Mishpatim and Shofetim

We have just read in Mishpatim (Shemot 23:8): וְשֹׁ֖חַד לֹ֣א תִקָּ֑ח כִּ֤י הַשֹּׁ֨חַד֙ יְעַוֵּ֣ר פִּקְחִ֔ים וִֽיסַלֵּ֖ף דִּבְרֵ֥י צַדִּיקִֽים׃ And thou shalt take no gift; for a gift blindeth ...
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Three faceted blessing after public kiddush on Friday night

Fortunately I had the honour on multiple occasions to do public kiddush on Friday nights in different synagogues. A few of them were keen on asking me to recite the three faceted blessing after it, ...
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Giving dvar torah at a young age

A few people use to protest quoting the pirkei avot 5:21 which says a person starts teaching at a very later age(50) that young people shouldn't give dvar torah. הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, בֶּן חָמֵשׁ ...
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What's the difference betwen Sanhedrin and Kenesset Hagedola?

What is the difference between Sanhedrin and Kenesset Hagedola?
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Why would it be better for Rashi to say nothing than to say he doesn’t know?

This question previously asked why Rashi sometimes says he doesn’t know what a passuk comes to teach us. Both the questioner there and the various sources cited in this answer there seem to assume ...
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Why did the details of the commandments start with those related to slavery? [duplicate]

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, following the Ten Commandments, has no less than 53 commandments giving the "details", beginning with: When you acquire a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for ...
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Is the creation of Adam HaRishon as both male and female to be taken literally?

After seeing an amazing article from National Geographic about a recently observed bird (a cardinal) that naturally manifested as half male and half female (both external sexual characteristics and ...
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Explain Rashi / Mechilta on Shemot 24:3

In Shemot 24:3, regarding the term mishpatim, Rash"i citing Mechilta includes a list of items. Among them, he includes parah adumah (the laws of the red heifer.) This is puzzling. The beginning of ...
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Tefillin and Shabbat

This says that a person wearing tefillin, all his sins are forgiven and the fire of Gehinnom does not overtake him. Does this also apply to khillul Shabbat?
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Is Aaron's lesson one of nepotism?

Is Aaron's lesson one of nepotism? In Exodus 32, Aaron takes the lead in creating the golden calf, but in Deuteronomy 9:20 all is forgiven because Moses prays for him. One could say the lesson here ...
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Does a Ben Noach, who keeps the seven mitzvot but has bad hashkafah, get punished by Hashem?

Does a Ben Noach, who keeps the seven mitzvot but has bad Hashkafah, get punished by Hashem? For example, if the B'nei Noach says things that are kefira for a Jew like saying that the Oral Torah is ...
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in search of different zemiros tunes

I'm looking for new non standard tunes for zemiros. For example i really like the dror yikra sang to simon and garfunkels scarborough fair (if you're interested i found someone has it up on youtube ...
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Where are contemporary Halachic dinim published?

I've Googled this and got a book from 1977. I understand that the Dirshu Mishna Berura has many 57th century dinim, but I don't believe that it is being updated to the 58th. With technology and ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

I was raised in a not-very-observant home. I understand Friday dinner, blessing over Sabbath candles, blessing over bread, and blessing over wine, and I know that Havdalah comes at the end. But what ...
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(Why) did Sarah allow herself to be put in a compromising situation

Starting in Genesis 12:13 Avraham and Sarah deceive Pharaoh into thinking that Sarah was not married. It seems from the verses that Avraham and Sarah understood that if Pharaoh thought Sarah was ...
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How was the megadeif given the death penalty if the punishment wasn’t known?

Inspired by How was the mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasnt know yet? The OP there asks how the Mekoshesh, the one who chopped wood on Shabbos could be put to death if he needs ...
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How was the Mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet?

How was the Mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet, so he couldn't have been warned, being that the warning must contain the exact punishment for that act?
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What went wrong when making the golden calf? [duplicate]

Looking at the chet ha'egel,the sin of making the (golden and molten) calf I noticed somethings which made me ponder on this sin: what went wrong?! (i.e. what caused them to sin in the first place, ...
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Gezel in Rabbinical regulations

In the Laws of Shabbos there are multiple layers of Rabbinical prohibitions built one on top of others to prevent possible transgression of Shabbos, for example, Muktze, or playing musical instruments,...
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How do most Rabbis justify teaching Torah to conversion candidates?

According to the Rambam ( Shoftim ~ Melachim uMilchamot ~ Chapter 10 ~ Halacha 9), a non-Jew who studies Torah is obligated to die and a non-Jew should only study his Seven mitzvot. I reason that it ...
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Do the stringencies for someone who is cremated apply if they didn’t specify/want to be cremated?

There are many halachos regarding one who is deceased that do not apply if the deceased was cremated, rather than buried (some examples here at Halachipedia). Do these halachos apply if the person ...
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Dealing with translation differences when reading in English

As I learn more Hebrew, I still daven and read things like Tehillim in English for the most part. Many sources casually say that English is as good as Hebrew when you daven/read alone. However, what ...
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Does one need to stop the Amidah if a projection of Avodah Zarah appears?

What I'm describing is a somewhat unusual situation, but this can occur. A group of us daven mincha in a conference room where mizrach (east) has a giant computer monitor. The company focuses on ...
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Is a kiddushin valid if one just gives a ring but doesn't say “harei at mekudeshes li?”

If someone were to just give a ring and not say anything (everything else is Kosher- witnesses etc) would this be considered a valid kiddushin or do we require the saying of "harei at" to make it ...
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Why does the Gemara say Chizkiyahu didn't sing?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 94a says that the reason Chizkiyahu was not the Mashiach is that he didn't sing after Hashem did miracles for him (Rashi adds that this refers to saving Yerushalayim from ...
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Minhag not to return home directly after shiva visit?

I was doing a shiva visit today and, when leaving, someone said we shouldn't walk home directly but instead should take a stroll before returning home. I had never heard of that minhag - but it might ...
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When is anonymous negative speech lashon hara'?

When you speak negatively about someone, and your audience has no way of knowing what individual you are referring to, is it still considered lashon hara'? Source please.
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How to beware of the prohibition of Ona'a?

When learning about Ona'a (ShuA CM רכ"ז) I notice, that despite the long list of Halochos there are no measures of prevention mentioned either for the seller or the buyer(as far as I could see). I ...
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Halachic difference between a medicine and a supplement?

Dietary supplements are a huge industry right now. Many people are taking a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and herbs in the same way they would take a prescription from a doctor. The problem with ...
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Is there a need to to know the deceased's name when studying in his merit?

I have been asked many times by friends to study (usually Mishanyos) as a merit for their recently deceased relative. In most such occasions, I was given the deceased's name, in order to have them in ...
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Can Jews buy commercial challah at Whole Foods?

I know Whole Foods supermarkets have challah bread. I am not Jewish. But I once bought challah bread at Whole Foods and ate the whole bread in one sitting. It tasted like . . . bread. I am aware that ...
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Shir Shel Yom - Wednesday [duplicate]

The Shir Shel Yom of Wednesday is unique that it includes besides the whole chapter of Tehilim 94, the first 3 verses of Tehilim 95. All the other days it includes just a complete chapter. Does ...
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Sample Temple diaspora rabbinic responsum

Are there any books which present, in the traditional rabbinic responsum format, questions that could or would arise throughout temple life (or just the temple)? [And thus answer them based on ...
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Hashem's will is not “nihilo”, so why is it “creatio ex nihilo”?

The traditional objection is to any material having existed prior to the creation of the Heavens and the Earth, but then why not call it "creation without material"? The will of Hashem is not "nihilo" ...
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Evil inclination compared to a strange god within man

I've found this article which quoted some interesting thoughts: Our sages said about the verse (Shabbat 105b), “There shall not be a strange god within you, nor will you bow before a strange god.” ...
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Source for the Arizal identifying many unmarked graves of legendary Jewish figures?

I remember learning that many of the famous gravesites in Israel- the Rambam, Dan of the 12 tribes, Rav Shimon Bar Yochai, Ruth from Megillas Ruth (not necessarily these exact ones, just giving ...
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How many rabbis are in the Talmud? [duplicate]

I am looking for an actual count of rabbis mentioned by name in the Talmud/Midrash Rabbah/Zohar. I recall reading "more than 1,000" somewhere. Has anybody produced a count?
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Will sacrifices return in full when the Messiah comes?

The Midrash says that, in the messianic age, all sacrifices will be discontinued, except for the thanksgiving offering. רַבִּי פִּנְחָס וְרַבִּי לֵוִי וְרַבִּי יוֹחָנָן בְּשֵׁם רַבִּי מְנַחֵם ...
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Facebooking in the bathroom

It is forbidden to think, speak or read words of Torah while using the bathroom as per Shulchan Aruch O:C 85:2 [based on Shabbos 40b] If a person is using the bathroom and they know that from time to ...
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Have the 613 commandments ever been ranked by order of importance?

Has any major commentator ever attempted to rank the 613 commandments by order of importance? There are hints in the Sources about relative importance: The Ten Commandments, the Noahide Laws, the Big ...

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