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Urchatz - does everyone wash?

I have heard different Minhagim regarding washing at Urchatz. It seems that in some families everyone washes and in others only the Baal HaBayis. Does anyone have sources as to the different Minhagim ...
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Wearing a Kittel at the Seder

I grew up with my father wearing a Kittel at the Seder. My father wore a Kittel at the Seder immediately from when he got married. Over the years I have heard that some people do not wear a Kittel the ...
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Shneim Asar Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred twelve? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to ...
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Cryptography in Judaism

Are there any known uses of cryptography (or similar) in Jewish History?
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Sefira Nuschaos Differences

What are the differences between the various Nuschaos in Sefiras Haomer (e.g. Ashkenaz says this, Sefard says that...)?
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Two Matzos at the Seder

Many Hagados show an option of using only 2 Matzos at the Seder as Nusach HaGra. Does anyone still do only 2 Matzos?
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Karpas - What do you use?

I have heard of potatoes, celery, scallion. What else do people use for Karpas? Is there one item that is more L'Chatchila than the others?
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Sephardi Matza - Is it available commercially?

Is there anywhere to purchase Sephardi Matzos commercially in the USA?
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Shakespeare in Classic Jewish Sources

Does anyone know of any references to Shakespeare, translations of his works, or anything related to Shakespeare in classic Rabbinic sources?
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“Ramba”m“ or ”The Ramba“m”?

I often hear the Hebrew abbreviation for Maimonides appended to a definite article but don't quite understand why it should be there when the unabbreviated name would (I think) never warrant such an ...
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Poems on Atticism by Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal) [closed]

Can anyone find poems on Atticism for me by Samuel David Luzzatto (Shadal)?
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How should one dispose of cut finger nails? Is it dangerous for a pregnant woman to walk on them?

Is there an Inyan of pregnant women walking over cut nails ex: a nail salon? Also, can I just vacuum up the cut nails from the floor?
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Rav Yaakov Moshe Hillel and wearing tzitzios out

Does someone know anything about Rav Yaakov Moshe Hillel shlita hamekubal stating that tzitzios should be worn outside the clothes? I read it once but without any sources on a web forum. It would be ...
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Achad Asar Umatayim - mi yodeya?

Who knows two hundred eleven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to ...
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Why 30 days of preparation for a חג

Why exactly 30 days to review the laws of the upcoming holidays? Is there anything about the number 30 that makes it significant?
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Mordecai: Esther's uncle?

The m'gila says clearly that Ester was "bas dodo", which seems to mean she was the daughter of Mord'chay's uncle, i.e., his first cousin. The targum renders this as "b'ras achvoy". Does that mean "his ...
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Chamaish Maiyos Ish

In the Shul I Daven in they say out loud besides the 4 Pesukim also Chamaish Maiyos Ish and Haman's 10 sons. What is the source of doing this?
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Sources on covering tefilin shel yad

I've read several things about covering the tefilin shel yad : covering it with the tallit while fixing it covering it with the tallit for the entire tefila covering it with the shirt sleeve for the ...
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Why risk to rush to Achashverosh if the decree is due in 11 months?

Someone related this question at the s'udas Purim: Haman's decree was promulgated on the 13th of Nisan and would not take effect until the 13th of Adar following. Yet, Mord'chay urged Ester to seek ...
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What rabbinic/Judaic scholar has the lowest Erdős number? [closed]

From Wikipedia: The Erdős number describes the "collaborative distance" between a person and mathematician Paul Erdős, as measured by authorship of mathematical papers. ... Due to the very high ...
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Why only ten? Why not all of Haman's children?

According to the Gemara Megila 15b Haman had 208 children. Why did they only hang 10 of them?
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Eating before leaning on Esther [closed]

Did Haman eat at the party before Ahashveirosh caught him "leaning" on Esther? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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Shalach Manos $$$

Can you use Money for Shalach Manos?
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Missed Meggilah at Night make up by day

If someone missed Meggilah at night, does he do it twice by day?
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Music at Seduas Achashverosh

Why was there no music at the Meal which Acshverosh made?
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Working on Purim

Are you allowed to work on Purim in The United States or Israel and does it make a diffrence?
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Is wearing masks on Purim a Biblical Commandment or a Rabbinic Commandment? [closed]

As we all know, wearing masks on Purim is a Mitzva. Is it from the Torah, or was it only originated in the times of Esther, making it Rabbinic? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be ...
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Shnayim Umeya Va-elef - mi yodeya?

Who knows eleven hundred two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to ...
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Does a convert have a clean slate?

When a non-jew converts to Jusaism, must he still do teshuva from past sins, or does the "reborn" concept stretch far enough to consider him "sinless"?
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Is Cross dressing allowed on purim [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is cross-dressing permitted on Purim and if so why? Normally cross dressing is against Halacha is it allowed on Purim?
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Optimal time for Meal on Purim

What is the optimal time for the Purim Seduah (Meal)?
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Nightime Seudah on Purim

Is there a requirement to have a meal on the night of Meggilah reading? If not, why is there a custom to eat one? Is one required to drink even at night?
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Multiple people using one Shalach Manos

Can a bunch of people be Yotzei their Chiyuv of Shalach Manos with one Basket? What are the Halachic requirements for doing so?
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Messenger required for Shaloch Manos?

Does Shalach Manos require a Messenger and why?
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Check for Mattanos Levyonim

Can you use a check or credit Card for Mattanos Levyonim?
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May one eat before the obligatory reading/hearing of Megillas Esther?

May one eat before the obligatory reading/hearing of Megillas Esther? Does a year where Purim comes out on Motzei Shabbos make a difference?
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Microphone for Meggilah

Can one be Yotzeh Meggilah on Skype or webcast or through a microphone or telephone is there a difference between each? Does a Hearing Aid disqualify a person from being Yotzeh the Laining?
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Time for Reading the Meggilah

What is the optimal time for reading the Meggilah By day? By night? When is the first and last halachicly acceptable time for each?
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Already read Motzeh Others

If a Baal Koreh already read can he Be motzeh Other men?
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Reading Meggilah for women

What is the Process if you are Laining Meggilah for women only: Who makes the Bracha? Before and after? Can a person who has already heard be yotzeh the Women? Does it make a difference if it is ...
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Meggilah Minyan

Does meggilah require a Minyan And why and how far must one go to get one?(there is a great story about the Gra with this one)
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Masser for Machtzis Hashekel

Can you use Masser for Machtzis Hashekel?
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Women and Parshas Zachor

Are women Halachically responsible to hear the reading of Parshas Zachor?
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Parshat Zachor - Do you need to understand or just hear

The responsibility of reading Zachor is in order to remember to wipe out Amalek. Therefore we read it annually. Does someone who hears the words of Zachor, but does not understand them, still ...
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Zeicher vs Zecher

Why do many Ashkenazic congregations repeat (at least a portion of) the last verse (Devarim 25:19) of Parashat Zachor twice, once saying "zeikher" and the other "zekher" (flipping the first vowel from ...
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Parshas Zachor Sfardi versus Ashkenazi

Can a Sefardi be Yotzeh Zachor with an Ashkenazi Laining and vice Versa?
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Non responsibility for Damages on Purim

Why is one not required to pay if one causes damage on Purim? Does it apply in all situations?
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Using Grape Juice for Ad dlo Yoda

Can one use Grape Juice for Ad dlo Yoda on Purim?
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Ad Dlo Yoda measurments

What are the many Halachic options of doing the Mitzvah of drinking on Purim please quote sources? Meaning what are the diffrent the definitions of ad Dlo Yoda?
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Drunken Davening

Can one daven Drunk and what is the Level of drunkenness that disallows one from Davening?

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