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Erasing His Name

This is just a hypothetical question, but if someone would write the name of HaShem down in the sand, and the waves of the sea would erase it, would that be considered as erasing His name (because we ...
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Min b'sh'eino mino requires batul b'shishim rather than batul b'rov, d'rabbanan or d'oraisa?

The rule that min b'sh'eino mino requires batul b'shishim rather than batul b'rov, is this d'rabbanan or d'oraisa?
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Is chatas neurim tantamount to murder?

I've heard from the Talmud in Nidah and the Rambam that male masturbation is "tantamount to killing a soul." But the question is, does it have the same legal consequences as murder, like in the times ...
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Returning found item to house of idolatry

If one finds an item which belongs to a house of idolatry, should or could they return it to the institution? Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 266 and commentaries discuss the idolators and returning ...
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Can someone's free will affect a prophecy?

When a prophet gets a prophecy, can my free will change the prophecy or is the future event set in stone?
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Malachim of Nations constantly fighting?

I think recall learning about how the Malachim of different nations fight each other very often, like raging Bulls, and this causes wars in the Earthly realm between nations. What is the source for ...
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Why didn’t Rashi or Rabbeinu Tam open an old pair of Tefilin? [duplicate]

There is an argument between Rashi and his grandson, Rabbenu Tam, about the order of the parshiyaos in the batim of Tefilin. They had this argument during the early Rishonim (medieval) period, but ...
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Are there any chag that also celebrates or renews a covenant or similar?

I heard from shul last week that Shavuos is also considered a renewal of the Noachide Laws or the Covenant with Noah. What do our rabbis of blessed memory say about any chag, including Shavuos, that ...
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Interrupting learning to reflect on creation is a cause of mortal guilt. Why is this so bad?

Rambam in Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah 2(2) says But how may one discover the way to love and fear Him? When man will reflect concerning His works, and His great and wonderful creatures, and will ...
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What is the starting date of the current Metonic cycle?

I am setting up an extensive hebrew calendar from hebrew year 3000.
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On Shabbos, if someone asks you who you are going to vote for for President, are you allowed to say?

On Shabbos, if someone asks you who you are going to vote for for President, are you allowed to say? Or would this be forbidden because it is talking about doing something after Shabbos which you are ...
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What is the meaning of these words [closed]

I have read in a post the following: the words sheb, yllire, shikse and goy, are racist. What do the words “sheb” and “yllire” mean?
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By what standards does Judaism hold infants accountable for sin?

In Samuel 15:3 Samuel relays God's instruction to Saul of obliterating the nation of Amalek. Included in this instruction is also the command to slay infants and sucklings. Samuel 15:3 "Now, go, and ...
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Is there a statement of Chazal about being connected even when apart?

Does anyone know a statement of Chazal that has something to do with the idea that “even though we are apart we are still connected”?
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Nazir and Tefillin

According to the opinions that state that long hair is considered a chatzitza for tefillin, how would a nazir, who doesn't cut his hair, be able to wear tefillin properly?
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Do the words menorah and Torah have the same root in Hebrew?

I'm studying the parashat Behaaloscha, the part where Aharon kindle de Menorah. I read that the meaning of Menorah has to do with 'Tora Study. I'm from Brazil where we speak Portuguese and the words ...
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Auspicious Time for Tefillah After Mitzva?

Is there a source that it is an especially auspicious time to daven after completing a mitzva? There are many Yehi Ratzons after fulfilling various mitzvos (shabbos candles, arba minim, etc.), but I ...
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Correct pronunciation of Kaddish

The opening two words of Kaddish begin with the words: יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ Both the gimmel and the dalet of 'Yisgadal' carry a dagesh as does the dalet in 'veyiskadash' - normally a function ...
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Connection between Tehillim 68 and the Song of Deborah?

I've noticed a number of similarities between the language of Tehillim 68 and the Song of Deborah (Shofetim 5). Some examples: Tehillim 68:8-9: אֱ‍ֽלֹהִ֗ים בְּ֭צֵאתְךָ לִפְנֵ֣י עַמֶּ֑ךָ ...
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Is this the correct translation of Exodus 6:3?

According to BHS, Exodus 6:3 reads: וָאֵרָ֗א אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶל־יִצְחָ֥ק וְאֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב בְּאֵ֣ל שַׁדָּ֑י וּשְׁמִ֣י יְהוָ֔ה לֹ֥א נוֹדַ֖עְתִּי לָהֶֽם׃ This all almost universally translated as ...
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How is a mikve filled in for the first time?

I am wondering how one fills a mikve for the first time? Most of the works I consulted on the topic (e.g., the very good document here or Artscroll Mishna Mikvaos) mention "forty seah of rainwater ...
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Why will we pasken like Beis Shammai when Moshiach comes if the reason why we follow Beis Hillel is related to the fact that they had more members

It is my understanding per this Mishna that the reason why we rule like Beis Hillel in the majority of cases is related to the rule of "following the majority". I know there are other reasons given (i....
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Why are Tefilin never mentioned anywhere in Nach?

Tefillin, for being a quite fundamental part of Judaism, and which were apparently worn all day long in Ancient Israel, are never mentioned in Nach. How would these sacred objects, which are quite ...
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Chatat or Asham for Non-Jews?

Related to this and this. Non-Jews can make sacrifices anywhere in the world, regardless if there's a Mikdash standing or not. Technically, Jews need to bring a Korban Chatat or an Asham as part of ...
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Spinoza view of G-d vs. Traditional Judaism [closed]

What aspects of G-d does traditional Judaism agree with Spinoza's view of Him? And what in his writings about G-d is opposed by Judaism's belief in G-d?
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Give me liberty or give me death?

This week's portion, Naso, includes the priestly blessing, which concludes with, "[May God] give you peace", and notes that God allows His Name to be erased for the sake of peace between husband and ...
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How does Reform Judaism regard converts who leave Judaism?

I've come to understand over time that if an Orthodox convert leaves Judaism/stops practicing all or some of Judaism, the status of their Jewish identity is decided on a case-by-case basis by the ...
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How do we utilize the Rambam as a halachic authority while simultaneously shun some of his beliefs?

At the outset of this question I would like to make it clear that I'm not taking sides on whether we should or should not believe the Rambam's (or others) statements. I am talking about contemporary ...
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Sotah 34a se’a as unit of weight?

In Sotah 34a, the weight of the stones at the Jordan from Joshua 4:3 is given as “about forty se’a.” Some (for instance Steinsaltz) use this in the discussion of the cluster of grapes brought back by ...
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Do we have to kiss our tefilin?

In most Seddurim, at certain points during davening (Ashrei, Shema, etc.), it says to touch and kiss the tefilin. The Shulchan Aruch (28:1) says חייב אדם למשמש בתפילין בכל שעה שלא יסיח דעתו מהם A ...
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Why recite the Psalms verses out of order?

The Talmud (RH 32b) lists the three Torah verses suitable for mention in the Kingship section of Rosh Hashana's Musaf as Num 23:21, Deu 33:5 and Exo 15:18. The Tur (OC 591) among others quotes R' Hai ...
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Ribono shel olam in Birchas Kohanim on 2nd day Yom Tov

The Biur Halacha in O.C. 130 says that on the 2nd day Yom Tov one should skip the first line (quoted here Who says the Ribbono shel Olam in Birkas Kohanim?) . Is this commonly done and why do ...
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Reading position

I remember a disclosure about how one should ideally stand while reading Torah. (Not sure where exactly I read that, but pretty sure it was somewhere on this site). What about all sorts of literature ...
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Yehi Ratzon After Birkas Kohanim

Is there reason to say the Yehi Ratzon in Birkas Kohani after the third stanza (ending in 'shalom')? I always said it quietly based on the Artscroll Machzor but have have been uncertain due to the ...
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Fishermen and hunters

I was reading in Jeremiah 16 and noticed that G-d says in verse 16 that He will send fishermen and hunters. First of all who are these fishermen and hunters? Whom they after? When will or did this ...
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שהחיינו on baby girl vs הטוב והמטיב for a boy?

The Shulchan Arach (OC 223:1) writes: ילדה אשתו זכר מברך הטוב והמטיב So when you have a boy you make the brocho of הטוב והמטיב. Yet, with the birth of a girl the Mishna Berurah tells us that we ...
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Is it against custom to celebrate a bar mitzvah on rosh hodesh Av?

Is there any rule or custom against celebrating a bar mitzvah on rosh hodesh Av, considering that the beginning of Av is considered a time of mourning?
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According to the 8th of Rambam's Principles of faith is Rashi (God Forbid) a heretic?

Towards the end of the 8th of the Rambam's 13 principles of faith the Rambam states regarding the divine origins of the Torah Similarly its interpretation as it has been handed down is also “from ...
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Verse in Isaiah 42:7 is referring to whom?

I was asked to clarify whether the question was referring to the "agent" or "patient", and the answer is that I was asking about the agent, not the patient. In other words, I was asking whether the ...
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Names of Moshiach

One of the more well-known appellations in תנ"ך that describes משיח is צמח (Zach 3:8, 6:12; Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:6), with the English definition a variation of "Branch" (capitalized as refers to ...
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Responses in Full Kaddish [duplicate]

I noticed that in an Artscroll siddur there are three extra responses in a full kaddish (1. kabbel b'rachamim, 2. yihei shem, 3. ezri me'im). I am curious: A) whether there are sources for and ...
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Is there a midrash that says all of the water in the world split at the time of the splitting of the reed sea?

Is there a midrash that states that all the bodies of water split during the splitting of the reed sea? If yes, I would think that such an event would be recorded in some secular history book? Are ...
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According to Rashi by Avraham's prayer for Sodom he reasoned that there were 8 righteous being saved. How would Ham be considered righteous?

According to Rashi on Genesis 18:32, Abraham reasoned that 8 righteous people weren't enough to save the world so that's the limit. However given what we know about Ham (cited here and other places), ...
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Is the use of referring to a Torah prescription through the expression “Moses said / commanded” attested in Jewish tradition?

I am an Italian Noahide. I read in Jewish sources that the expression "Torah of Moses" is sometimes used. In the Christian Gospels, on the other hand, I have seen that in certain passages it is ...
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How to become a Canaanite slave

Rambam provides the different ways how a Jew could purchase a Canaanite slave. He may be acquired through the transfer of money, the transfer of a deed of purchase, the manifestation of one's ...
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Can someone rank these sins in order of severity (most severe to least)and give rationales of why this is so? [closed]

Can someone rank these sins in order of severity (most severe to least)and give rationales of why this is so? Masturbation, Premarital sex with a jew(with and without mikva/nidda),or sex with non-jew.
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What is the original source for the story of the writting of the Akdamus?

the story is discussed in this question What exactly is the story behind the person who wrote the Akdomus (said on Shavous) where a source is give as this book http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?...
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Should we prevent a chumra in the laws of Shabbos that exceeds the normal understanding?

The halacha is that generally a keli shelishi does not cause bishul. The Chazon Ish says that a keli shelishi (or revii) above yad soledes bo does cook those things that are kalei habishul. A ...
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Israeli on Shabbat-second day Yom Tov fulfilling locals' obligation

I'm having a hard time constructing this hypothetical so I apologize if it feels forced or if the underlying halachic question could be generated more gracefully. If an Israeli woman is being housed ...
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Family wedding during Yom Kippur [closed]

My brother has had to rearrange his wedding a year ahead due to Coronavirus. The only available/suitable date offered was 15th September 2021 which is Yom Kippur. My mum and step dad do not feel ...

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