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“Is called a sinner” vs “is a sinner”

The Sources include dozens of statements of the form, "He who does such and such is called a sinner.". Why "is called a sinner"? Why not "is a sinner" or "sins"? (For examples, just put "called ...
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How did the Shela make the brothers less culpable?

Rashi brings the Midrash that Yosef told Yaakov three sins the brothers did: אבר מן החי - They ate a limb from a live animal עריות - They were guilty of illicit relations שקורין לאחיהם עבדים - They ...
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Letter from the Chofetz Chaim about non religious martyrs

I once heard that the Chofetz Chaim has a letter in which he writes that even someone who is totally non-religious, if they are killed because they are a Jew, they have a portion in the world to come ...
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Permitting Aguna Via Dream

The MeshivasNefesh Chelek Even Haezer, Takanat Agunot 35.7 is quoted as permitting an aguna based on the combination of factors including a mother saying her son appeared in a dream saying he drowned ...
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Source for Arizal Marital Advice

Rav Ezriel Tauber's To Become One (p.46) quotes a story about the Arizal who told a husband, "This is your tikun, the way you can repair a fault in your spiritual self. In a previous existence the ...
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Do women need to marry to be fulfilled?

The Talmud says: Rabbi Tanhum stated in the name of Rabbi Hanilai: A man who has no wife lives without joy, without blessing, and without goodness. (Yevamot 62b) Is there a parallel quote anywhere ...
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Why are we called 'Jews'? [duplicate]

The term established itself in one way or the other in many different languages as early as the dark age. The question: why is that? I thought it to be somewhat of a misnomer. After all, Yaakov had ...
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Tur CM 123:16: “שאין לך מציל ממון חבירו”

I'm struggling with one particular phrase in the Tur (CM 123:16). Most of it is clear until we get to: אבל אם התובע במדינה זו והנתבע במדינה אחרת הרי זה עושה מצוה שאין לך מציל ממון חבירו גדול מזה ...
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Skipping tachanun [closed]

I have found some people who have a minhag to skip the takhanun and continue with vehu rachum instead. I have heard a halakha that says you're allowed to do so bediavad. Is there any posek who agrees ...
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View of the Shu"t Min HaShamayim

The Shu"t Min Hashamayim was written by a Rishon who would receive answers in dreams from Heaven. Is there a difference in Torah views regarding how to weigh the halachic perspective of such a work? (...
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Is the Noahide Law actually composed of the seven codified macro-obligations or does it de facto include other precepts?

I'm an Italian Noahide. My question may seem abstruse; I try to explain myself better. The Noahide Law is notoriously codified in seven macro-obligations, in turn specified in more detailed precepts;...
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How Halachic is Yaakov's reply to Rachel's begging him for children?

וַיִּחַר־אַף יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל וַיֹּאמֶר הֲתַחַת אֱלֹהִים אָנֹכִי אֲשֶׁר־מָנַע מִמֵּךְ פְּרִי־בָטֶן׃ Jacob was incensed at Rachel, and said, “Can I take the place of God, who has denied you fruit of ...
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How could Yehoshua hold up the sky without the consequences in the natural order? [duplicate]

I heard one explanation of this passage in Sefer Yehoshua, that the "stopping" of the sun had to do with the ceasing of its light. Yehoshua arrives at Giv'on at night, and thus Yehoshua prays for the ...
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How angel's strength is determined?

וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב לְבַדּוֹ וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר׃ Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. (Gen 32.25) We already learned that: Angels ...
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May someone enter a mikvah with a wheelchair?

I think my question would be more applicable for women than men, as women's mikvah is obligatory. If a person is disabled and, say, has no one to assist going into the mikvah. S/he has a wheelchair ...
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Origin of “shaliach mitzvah” money [duplicate]

Before someone goes on a trip, there is a custom to give that person a dollar to give to tzedakah when they arrive at their destination. I have heard that the reason for this is that no harm comes to ...
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How does one get punished for sins beyond punishment?

I asked this question in a comment to another question's answer, but I wanted to ask it explicitly: It has been stated that : [...] it has been pointed out in Rishonim [...] that some sins are so ...
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Tefillin smell after the paint has dried

When i paint my tefillin batim with the paint. It has a certain type of smell. I just want to know how to get rid of the smell as it doesn't smell like natural leather as tefillin should smell like.
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Why Gid-Haneshe is counted as a Mitzvah if it wasn't commanded?

עַל־כֵּן לֹא־יֹאכְלוּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת־גִּיד הַנָּשֶׁה אֲשֶׁר עַל־כַּף הַיָּרֵךְ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה כִּי נָגַע בְּכַף־יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב בְּגִיד הַנָּשֶׁה׃ That is why the children of Israel to ...
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What was the wrestling of Yaakov and “a man” about? [closed]

וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב לְבַדּוֹ וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר׃ Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. (Gen 32.25) What was that "man's" purpose or ...
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Angels saying Shirah before Hashem - “daily” rituals?

Rashi on Gen 32.27 כי עלה השחר. וְצָרִיךְ אֲנִי לוֹמַר שִׁירָה בַּיּוֹם (חולין צ"א): כי עלה השחר FOR THE DAY BREAKETH, and I have to sing God’s praise at day (Chullin 91b; Genesis Rabbah 78:1)....
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Rashi's logic in understanding animal mating patterns

מָאתַיִם עִזִּים צְרִיכוֹת עֶשְׂרִים תְּיָשִׁים, וְכֵן כֻּלָּם, הַזְּכָרִים כְּדֵי צֹרֶךְ הַנְּקֵבוֹת; ... לְפִי שֶׁהֵם פְּנוּיִים מִמְּלָאכָה דַּרְכָּם לְהַרְבּוֹת תַּשְׁמִישׁ וּלְעַבֵּר עֶשֶׂר ...
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Inconsistency in Yaakov's presents for his brother Esau

עִזִּים מָאתַיִם וּתְיָשִׁים עֶשְׂרִים רְחֵלִים מָאתַיִם וְאֵילִים עֶשְׂרִים׃ גְּמַלִּים מֵינִיקוֹת וּבְנֵיהֶם שְׁלֹשִׁים פָּרוֹת אַרְבָּעִים וּפָרִים עֲשָׂרָה אֲתֹנֹת עֶשְׂרִים וַעְיָרִם ...
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Why Leah is so stressed? [duplicate]

On Gen 30:9 וַתֵּ֣רֶא לֵאָ֔ה כִּ֥י עָמְדָ֖ה מִלֶּ֑דֶת וַתִּקַּח֙ אֶת־זִלְפָּ֣ה שִׁפְחָתָ֔הּ וַתִּתֵּ֥ן אֹתָ֛הּ לְיַעֲקֹ֖ב לְאִשָּֽׁה׃ When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took her ...
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Necessity of mentioning pregnancy in the Torah

For example (Gen 30.19): וַתַּהַר עוֹד לֵאָה וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן־שִׁשִּׁי לְּיַעֲקֹב׃ When Leah got pregnant again and bore Jacob a sixth son, I don't know of a way of giving birth without getting ...
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Forefathers and consumerism - why they had more that they can eat?

Yaakov said (Gen 33.11): ... כִּי־חַנַּנִי אֱלֹהִים וְכִי יֶשׁ־לִי־כֹל ...׃ ... for God has favored me and I have everything... Rashi: יש לי כל: כָּל סִפּוּקִי; וְעֵשָׂו דִּבֵּר בִּלְשׁוֹן ...
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Halachic view on the order of personal effort vs prayers

In my previous question "yaakov-preceded-his-effort-to-a-prayer" we see that Yaakov, hearing the bad news preferred to make the effort first and daven later. It made me think: this happens to me a ...
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Action of decimation of the city of Shechem admonished in Vayehi?

In Parashat Vayeshlach (34:30) Yaakov admonishes Shimon and Levi, not for their destruction of Shechem, rather for the degradation of the hitherto tenuous relationship between he and the inhabitants ...
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The beginning of public charity

In the Torah, charity is a private matter. Each person has an obligation to help the poor in various ways, for example, by leaving some wheat on the ground, leaving some fruits on the trees, giving ...
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Does the Torah mention infanticide?

infanticide (killing or abandon ones newborn) was extremely popular in the ancient world. The Torah clearly & often stresses the worth of human life & emphatically prohibits murder but ...
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Is practicing tai chi kosher? [duplicate]

Is tai chi kosher, as opposed to yoga which some say isn't kosher? Essentially all one is doing is moving the body's energy around recalibrating the body.
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How Halachic was Yaakov's decision to discriminate between his wives and kids?

וַיָּ֧שֶׂם אֶת־הַשְּׁפָח֛וֹת וְאֶת־יַלְדֵיהֶ֖ן רִֽאשֹׁנָ֑ה, וְאֶת־לֵאָ֤ה וִֽילָדֶ֙יהָ֙ אַחֲרֹנִ֔ים, וְאֶת־רָחֵ֥ל וְאֶת־יוֹסֵ֖ף אַחֲרֹנִֽים׃ putting the maids and their children first, Leah ...
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Exceptions to the rule of washing ones hands in the morning

The Rosh Brachot 9:23 says "one needs to clean one's hands for davening and at night when sleeping one's hands might touch a dirty area". Rashba Tshuvah 1:191 says "because a person is recreated each ...
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Is there universal agreement that parve contents cooked in a milk pan are milky?

Is there universal agreement that parve contents cooked in a clean milky pan become milky, with no difference than if they were an actual milk dish? And similarly with meat. Do all opinions say that ...
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Why didn't the Greeks spoil Red heifer ashes?

IIRC, as the Chanukkah story goes, the Greeks entered the Temple and defiled all the oil needed for lighting the Menorah. Why didn't the Greeks spoil Red heifer ashes, as it, seemingly, is far more ...
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Empirical sources that “Batei Midrash” existed prior to Chanukkah events [closed]

In anticipation of Chanukah, we had a discussion about the impact of the Chashmonayim dynasty on Judaism, and somebody presented an idea that although they did fight for the continuation of the Jewish ...
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Why is an asham of greater holiness than a pesach offering? [duplicate]

The korbanot section in the daily siddur (Zevachim 5) describes the types of korbanot, where they were offered and the level of holiness of each type. Why are ashamot (guilt offerings) of greater ...
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What to we learn from וַיִּשַּׁק יַעֲקֹב לְרָחֵל? [duplicate]

The following is an (uncited) premise in learning torah that creates this question. Every word of the torah is measured (there are no extra words) and therefore important. In parshas Yeyeitzei (...
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Talmud Bavli Sanhedrin 98b: an interpretation in a messianic sense of the figure of the “suffering servant” of Isaiah 52-53?

I’m an Italian noahide. I read in various Jewish sources, and also in this forum at The suffering servant? Yeshayahu- Isaiah - Chapter 53 that the figure of the "suffering servant" described in ...
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Collecting water before pesach

People who are worried about chometz in water on pesach collect water before pesach so it can be Me'vutal before pesach. However won't they cause themselves a bigger problem? If they are worried for ...
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How did Ya'akov know that Lavan was a swindler?

Breishit 29:18 (Sefaria's English translation:) וַיֶּאֱהַ֥ב יַעֲקֹ֖ב אֶת־רָחֵ֑ל וַיֹּ֗אמֶר אֶֽעֱבָדְךָ֙ שֶׁ֣בַע שָׁנִ֔ים בְּרָחֵ֥ל בִּתְּךָ֖ הַקְּטַנָּֽה׃ Jacob loved Rachel; so he answered, ...
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Shach on orach chayim

I came accross a Magen Avrohom או״ח תמ״ז ס״ק י״ג that quotes a Shach that he says is בגליון does anyone know what he might be referring to?
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Differences in Halachic wording - “This isn't X” or “This is not Kosher X”

In Succah 8b I noticed two different wordings regarding a Succah: א"ר לוי משום ר"מ שתי סוכות של יוצרים זו לפנים מזו - הפנימית אינה סוכה R' Levi said in the name of R' Meir: two craftsmen’s ...
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What happened to Lovon's idols that were taken by Rochel?

In a comment on this question Did anyone (especially Yaakov) ever find out about the idols? Ezra says: In Genesis 35:1-4, Jacob requests his household to hand over "foreign deities", and he ...
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What specifically was the ancient Jewish practice of rubbing an infant's throat?

The Jewish Encyclopedia article on "Consecration" says that the later "rubbing on" of oil aka "anointing" has roots in the practice of rubbing an infant's throat in preparation for receiving a mother'...
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Understanding ט“ז in יורה דעה קפ”ב

Does anyone have any idea, what does the Taz in Yoreh Deah 182:1 mean? I see the Hagohas haTaz tries to elaborate, but I really don’t understand that either. Is he trying to differentiate between ...
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Is there a Midrash that men gave birth early in the Torah?

I'm told there's a midrash which takes it literally when the Torah says that 'Jared begot Enoch' and so on, ie it argues that it was the men who gave birth in those days. Can anyone help me find it? (...
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Does the messianic age imply heaven and earth will merge into a new plane of existence?

When I read about the various descriptions regarding the messianic age, I can't help but wonder if the age is one where the earth ceases to exist and instead merges with a divine plane of existence. ...
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Is there an official haggadah?

Is there an official haggadah? How does one version of a haggadah have authority over another? Is there a most popular one, a controversial one?
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Can more than one person be in a mikvah at the same time?

Perhaps, this is an overly "trivial" question. But, at all the mikva'ot that I have attended, only one man was in the mikvah at a time. Perhaps, this is merely a space issue. But, is there any halacha ...

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