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Which Talmud is supreme

I know the Babylonian Talmud is used as the standard, but why was it taken as the ruling document over the Jerusalem Talmud? How could there be two different ones if it in direct oral tradition from ...
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Writing/buying Seforim rather than Sefer Torah

I've heard someone say that the mitzvah to write/buy a Sefer Torah in these days is actually to write/buy seforim that we use to learn Torah from. Do you know who the source of this opinion is?
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הדרן עלך מסכת פלונית - why not עליך?

The standard text for a siyum on a masechta, as printed in Gemaras, is הדרן עלך מסכת פלונית מסכת seems to be feminine, so shouldn't it be עליך, with similar changes for the other words? As ...
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Why the fact that the Earth is spherical is a deep secret according to Zohar?

Following "zohars-knowledge-about-earths-shape" and related to my other question "why-did-G-d-create-the-earth-spherical": Zohar (Vayikra 10a) states the following, seemingly pointing to the fact ...
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Until when was Har Sinai on fire?

We learn in Parshat Eikev: וָאֵ֗פֶן וָֽאֵרֵד֙ מִן־הָהָ֔ר וְהָהָ֖ר בֹּעֵ֣ר בָּאֵ֑שׁ וּשְׁנֵי֙ לֻחֹ֣ת הַבְּרִ֔ית עַ֖ל שְׁתֵּ֥י יָדָֽי׃ I turned and went down the mountain, a mountain ablaze with ...
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List of all the people that could have been Moshiach

I've been doing some research on the topic of "who could have been Moshiach" an example of one such person is Chizkiyahu Hamelech as it says in Sanhedrin 94. If anyone knows any names with a source, ...
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Why do the sages care if the condemned continues to deny his guilt to the end?

The mishna in Sanhedrin 6:2 explains how, when the condemned is being led out to be executed, they urge him to confess so he can have a portion in the world to come. This mishna ends: רַבִּי ...
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Arguments against evolution [on hold]

in trying to find the best, most facually based argument against evolution, I found this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZlSL5_LYV8 which said that it just doesn't make sense because why would a ...
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Population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered

What was the population of Canaan at the time that Bnei Yisrael entered the land to conquer it? I've heard that the population of Bnei Yisrael was ~2 million, and that in some sense of the word, Bnei ...
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Strange Hava Amina in Yevamot 55b

Gemara Yevamot 55b (Soncino's Translation) what, however, can be said, according to him who maintains [that for such an act one is] guilty? - The exclusion is rather that of intercourse with a dead ...
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Timing of receiving the 613 Mitzvos

IIRC, the Gemmorah somewhere describes the procedure of receiving the Mitzvos - Avraham made Milah, Yaakov added Gid HaNasheh, some Mitzvos were given at Marah, some at Matan Torah etc. Can somebody ...
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Use of the singular word 'Mitzvah' in Devarim 7:11

The last verse in Parshas Vaeschanan (Devarim 7:11) says: וְשָֽׁמַרְתָּ֨ אֶת־הַמִּצְוָ֜ה וְאֶת־הַֽחֻקִּ֣ים וְאֶת־הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָֽנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם לַֽעֲשׂתָֽם: You ...
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How come that the 200 Mitzvos of Chumash Dvorim weren't presented to Dor Hamidbar?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, the last book of the Torah - Dvorim - is all about what Moses said on his last day(s) to Dor Ha'Aretz, as the Torah testifies: אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר ...
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Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot?

Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot? I've heard from a rabbi that if the table/countertops is a little bit ...
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“A y'vama acquires herself through chalitza”, really?

The first mishnayos of Kidushin, in Sefaria's Silverstein translation, bracketed remarks omitted: A woman is acquired in three ways, and she acquires herself in two ways. She is acquired by money, ...
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Why didn't the Jews appoint a king before rebuilding the temple?

In the times of Ezra and Nechemia the temple was rebuilt. Rambam codifies that the mitzvah to appoint a king comes before the mitzvah to build the temple. If that is the case why didn't the Jews ...
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Female name starting with Samech in the Torah

Is there a female name beginning with the letter Samech in the Torah not the rest of Nach?
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Why did Moses tell the 10 commandments by heart instead of reading them from the Torah scroll?

In Parashat Vaetchanan Moses repeats the 10 commandments by heart with some degree of freedom, instead of reading the whole passage from the existing Torah scroll. (I assume here that the first 4 ...
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Why did G-d get angry with Moses prayers?

In Parshas Va'etchanan, Moses tells that he begged to enter the Land of Israel until G-d got angry: וַיִּתְעַבֵּר ה' בִּי לְמַעַנְכֶם וְלֹא שָׁמַע אֵלָי וַיֹּאמֶר ה' אֵלַי רַב־לָךְ אַל־תּוֹסֶף ...
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Which produce is Kosher in Israel?

When one goes to a produce store or market in Israel, how does one know which stores he can buy from - that laws of trumah, ma'aser, oral, etc. have been done? Do the stores display a certificate? Are ...
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How can I calculate the number of days in a Hebrew month in a given year [on hold]

Shalom, I am creating some pastoral care software for synagogues. One feature is the tracking of anniversary dates of life events - simchas, yahrzeits, etc. For this, I allow the user to set a ...
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Index cards/flash cards on Shabbat

Are there any halachic considerations regarding using index cards/flash cards on Shabbat? This may involve going through the pile, quizzing myself, and sorting the cards into different piles. For ...
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Source for story about a boy who asked to be given a scar on his face instead of it being given to his wife [on hold]

I remember once hearing a story, the gist of which is: Once there was a young girl who was going to be mugged/ accosted by a bandit. A similar aged boy saw what was about to happen, and was able to ...
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Is it better to avoid a kiddush Hashem than to do a chillul Hashem? [on hold]

Let’s say that one is traveling and in one case he dressed in identifiable Jewish garb and happens to cause a chillul Hashem (whatever it may be); but had the chance to do a kiddush Hashem. Is it ...
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Elder care, Shalom Bayit and Honoring parents - which has priority?

I'm asking this question as a follow up to my other question - Honoring a parent vs. Shalom Bayit - which has priority? The main answer given in that question indicates that honoring one's parents ...
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Source that you can't tell your wife not to lend to others

Although I heard in a shiur that there is a gemara which says a husband is not allowed to tell his wife not to lend to others since she would eventually develop a bad name, I can't find it - are there ...
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Burial with Geniza

I once heard a Rav say that one way in which he disposes of his stash of Geniza is to bury it with the deceased if the family allows. He claimed that it was a segula (I can’t recall his source). I ...
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Raising heels in kedusha according to Chacham Ovadia

Halacha Yomit says that Chacham Ovadia rules that one must raise his heels 3 times each in every kadosh. Where can the source for this halacha be found in Chacham Ovadia's books?
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Inner meaning of Ein k'Eloheinu

In our daily prayers we find, "Ein k'Eloheinu" - "There's no one like our G-d"Ben Ish chai mentions that there are big kabbalistic intentions in it. What is the inner meaning of the prayer? What are ...
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What is the mitzvah of tzedakah dependent on?

We learn in the Rambam commentary on Avos (3:19) that it is preferable to give a little bit of tzedakah to many people than a few large amounts to a few people. When does one fulfil the mitzvah of ...
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How demanding should parents be of the honor due them?

The Shulchan Aruch says: It is forbidden to burden your children by being particular about them honoring you. [This is so that] you will not pose a stumbling block before them, rather you should ...
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Why are many conversations in Tanach between two parties exclusively

Inspired by a comment on this question it seems the vast majority, if not the entirety, of conversations in Tanach are between two and only two parties. I would like to understand conceptually why ...
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How do we understand G-d's attribute of “wisdom”?

In various places in tefillah, we speak of G-d as having or using his "wisdom" (E.g. in Asher Yatzar and in the Hame'ir La'aretz of Shacharit.) To understand G-d, we try to attribute human-like ...
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Explain “En K-elo-heinu” for Nusach Ashkenaz in Israel

I hope that my memory regarding Nusach Ashkenaz as practiced in Israel is correct, here. For Nusach Ashkenaz, one of the main differences between Israel and the diaspora that I recall is including En ...
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How come the Rambam forbids picking up money found in the street?

I always understood that, when one sees a banknote in the street, one is allowed to keep it (and others wrote this way, e.g., R Belsky here and businesshalacha there #17). Then I saw the Rambam ...
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The importance of family

Do the Sources anywhere specifically stress the importance of family in general? Maintaining ties with family members, even though they may live far away, seeking long-lost cousins, having reunions, ...
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Historical Records of Noahidism

Are there any pre-Talmudic recordings of the teachings of the 7 Noahide Laws? I understand all 7 are found in Genesis but what is the earliest record of a structured idea of these 7 being necessary ...
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May you repeat the words of a rasha?

I vaguely remember reading that a rabbi ruled that the words of a rasha (wicked person) must not be repeated, no matter what they are, because he probably said them with evil intent. Is this accurate?...
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Are there examples in Tanach of 3 or more parties having an ongoing conversation?

From what I have seen in reading Tanach every conversation is between two parties and two parties only. Sometimes those parties consist of 1 person and other times of several people for example "And ...
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Sefer explaining why Aggada stories in the Talmud are located where they are

I saw a great reason given by R' Tzaddok HaKohen about why the story about the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash and its aftermath is specifically in Maseches Gittin 55b-58a: (adapted from a Jewish ...
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Where can I find Rav Kook's writing of this?

There is a recent article in which Rabbi Moishe Bane writes the following : The legendary Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzchok KaCohen Kook z”l, observed that in every society, in every religion, in ...
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Who were the Vilna Gaon and the Besht reincarnations of?

I am looking for sources on the Vilna Gaon and the Besht were reincarnations of? From all of what I do know about reincarnations it is extremely unlikely that they WERENT reincarnations.
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Are people rational?

Does it say anywhere in the Sources that people are not rational? By that I mean: A certain course of action may be the most logical and common-sensical from all angles, and people do something else. ...
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Should a convert request that their Hebrew name be used on their Shtar Giur? [closed]

I know someone completing their conversion soon and they have already chosen a Hebrew name as well as changed their legal name to a traditional name from Torah. Should they use their Hebrew name or ...
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Can a bald person be a Nazir?

We know someone who takes a Nazirite vow upon themselves must refrain from haircuts, wine and coming close to dead bodies, and at the conclusion of their Nazirite period must cut their hair. What ...
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translate inscription on pendant [closed]

Can somebody help me translate the inscription on this pendant? I had it for many years but I never found out. I tried to translate myself but, well... you can imagine... I guess it must be a quote ...
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Aderet's Anonymous Sefer and Haskamah?

In this post, https://www.torahmusings.com/2013/04/my-nom-de-plume-exposed/ , R' Michael Broyde says that "Finally, [Professor Marc B.] Shapiro informed me that the Aderet published a book anonymously,...
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Does one make a shehecheyanu on “used” jewelry?

If someone is going to be wearing a "used" piece of expensive jewelry for the first time (as in, it was previously worn by a different person as opposed to being new from the store), do they make a ...
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Do Reform Jews believe in a theistic God?

By "theistic God", I mean a God who is omnipotent and omnibenevolent and expressed himself through the Tanakh, or at least as powerful as say, Apollo was believed to be in ancient Greek religion. ...
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

I know a little bit about Judaism and a fair amount about hearing aids. I have been asked about the rules regarding the usage of hearing aids on the sabbath and I have no idea. In particular, the ...

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