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Mistake first night of Pesach vs Dec 4 on Friday night

The kitzur shulchan aruch writes in siman 19 Halacha 9 says that if one began his shemoneh esrei on the first night of Pesach and he accidentally began saying a weekday blessing and he came to the ...
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Are “Luck” and “Personal Providence” the same thing?

First, I need to set a "reference frame" for this comparison, to eliminate unneeded quarrels: I follow the approach (presented here as "The idea commonly espoused in the Jewish world today" thanks to ...
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What do the rabbis say about the whats and when of “Reishit Ketzir” (Lev. 23:10)?

What do the rabbis say about the whats and when of "Reishit Ketzir" (Lev. 23:10)? In Leviticus 23:10, one encounters the term "Reishit Ketzirchem" (i.e. "Reishit Ketzir" = Beginning of Harvest). "...
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Why Adam didn't ask for forgiveness?

From the short negotiation between Adam and G-d it is clear that Adam is not asking for forgiveness. Did he know that he sinned at all? If yes, why didn't he ask for forgiveness? So why didn't he
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Why G-d didn't give Adam time/chance to repent?

If I understand the Midrash and the verses correctly, G-d judged Adam straight away after he sinned and expelled them from Eden (see Avos dR"N 1,8): ...תשיעית הכניסו לגן עדן. עשירית צוהו. אחד ...
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Is there a modern printing of the book Doros Rishonim?

Rabbi Yitzchak Issac HaLevi wrote a 6 volume set of books entitled Doros Rishonim. The only version I found is on Hebrewbooks.org from the 60's. Is there a more recent printing of these books?
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Light turning when opening a fridge door on Shabbat help!

I remember learning that when I open a fridge door on Shabbat and the light turns on that would be under the category of melacha shein tzricha legufo? Can anyone please provide a source?
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Asking a non-Jew to turn off a light on Shabbat

If I would like to turn off a light on Shabbat can I ask a non-Jew to turn off the light since it's a shvut deshvut? (ie- electricity is a derabanan and amira lnochri is also shvut)
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What are the knowledge requirements for an aliyah?

In Midrash Tanhuma Yitro 15, we read that Rabbi Akiva was called to read the Torah before the congregation, but refused "because I have not reviewed the chapter two or three times, and no one is ...
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Monarchian Monad to Trinitarian Triad [on hold]

Before I submit the question I would like to preface with the fact that I am a Christian, though I do not hold the doctrine of the trinity as I see this to be a post New Testament thought sprung from ...
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Would one fulfill Sefiras HaOmer by counting downwards (49-1)?

(following up from a previous question) If one counted Sefiras Haomer downwards, for example: Today is 49 days, which is 7 weeks to the Omer... Today is 48 days, which is 6 weeks and 6 days ...
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Where did the 70 elders (High Sanhedrin) sit in the wilderness?

All the depictions of the tribal camps around the Mishkan in the desert show that the tribe of Levi was surrounding it and Israel were not allowed in there. I don't recall a reference to a specific ...
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Did Sanhedrin sit by the Mishkan before the Temple was built?

For about 500 years of the Mishkan, was there an obligation of placing the High Sanhedrin next to it or as the Posuk says "בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחַר ה' א' שְׁמוֹ שָׁם" - explicitly the Temple Mount ...
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Meaning of “Not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon”

(Hi newbie here :) I hope I'm writing this post correctly.) What does it mean when people say "I'm not holding on that level of emuna/bitachon"? I've seen and heard countless times when people say ...
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Why do we count up (1-49) instead of counting down (49-1)? [duplicate]

I've heard an answer that makes a comparison to the reasoning for why we light Channukah candles upwards (1-8) from Shabbat 21b: מעלין בקדש ואין מורידין "we go up in holiness and don't ...
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Why “Go Out and Learn”

Why does the Haggada say צֵא וּלְמַד מַה בִּקֵּשׁ לָבָן הָאֲרַמִּי לַעֲשׂוֹת לְיַעֲקֹב אָבִינוּ - Go out and see what Lavan tried to do" Why not just learn it or hear it rather than "go out and see"? ...
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Listerine Breath Strip on Pesach [duplicate]

Would Listerine Breath strips be considered chametz? Here are the listed ingredients: (first result in this google search) pullulan, menthol, flavor, sucralose, potassium acesulfame, polysorbate 80,...
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Why break Hallel in the middle of a parsha?

On Pesach night, following Beis Hillel we break up Hallel between חלמיש למעינו מים and לא לנו. This is in the middle of a parsha, according to the Keter (navigate to Psalms --> From 114_2 to 118_1) ...
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Fourth cup after starting Nirtzah

The semi popular Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Nathan Goldberg strangely puts drinking the fourth cup at the seder after starting a couple of songs from nirtzah. I've never seen this in any other ...
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Gav vs. Gabei (ha)Mizbei'ach

In morning davening, we say "שֶׁנֶּעֱקַד עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ" (the only English I could find online, at Chabad.org, translates as "bound on the altar"). There are, though, 2 formulations of the ...
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After the Exodus was Egypt totally ruined or not?

We had the 10 plagues, we had the Egyptians drowned in the sea, but what's the bottom-line - was Egypt at Egyptians totally ruined and the end of the story or despite the fact that some died, Egypt ...
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Pharaoh's family tree

We know that Mizrayim, the land of Egypt was called after, was a son of Cham (Gen 10,6): וּבְנֵי חָם כּוּשׁ וּמִצְרַיִם וּפוּט וּכְנָעַן׃ The descendants of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan....
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Where is an introduction to the concept of “מתיר” (regarding offerings)?

Mishnayot Menachot 2:5 introduces (as far as this tractate is concerned) the term "מתיר", which I take to mean, in the context of offerings, something like "condition which permits something" or maybe ...
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Could there be permission to write software on Chol Hamoed?

Is it permissible to write computer software code on Chol Hamoed?
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Watering flowers or vegetable on Chol Hamoed

The first mishna in Moed Katan delineates limitations on agricultural work that may be performed on the less sanctified intermediate days of a festival (chol hamoed). The Shulchan Aruch (OC 537) ...
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Who are “the women who twist yarn by the moon”?

Sotah 6:1 talks about when a man who hears about his wife violating his warning divorces her rather than invoking the sotah test: Someone who warned his wife [against being secluded with a certain ...
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What happens if the accused sotah did commit adultery, but not with the man she was warned about?

Sotah 5:1 says: Just as the water checks her [the woman], so does the water check him [the man] The rest of the discussion there is about how the physical consequences that happen to her also ...
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שליח-השליח: why the difference?

How come in the paragraph starting ויוציאנו ה' ממצרים… the first time the Hagaddah says ולא ע"י שליח, and the second time ולא ע"י השליח?
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If dew is automatic why do we have Tefillas Tal?

I heard in a dvar Torah that Tal, dew, is automatic (or much more so than rain). This is connected to the view that Pesach represents אתערותא דלעילא that is that HaShem helps us even though we are not ...
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What is the source for heter for peanut oil on pesach?

Is the source related to rav kook, heter for shemen kitniyot or is it similar to the heter for soy and quinoa which did not exist at the time of the gezera?
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How did Lavan become so evil and why wasn't he punished?

As in the previous question, the Haggadah mentions the wickedness of Lavan that surpasses the wickedness of Pharaoh. THat wickedness seems inconsistent with the general story of the Torah - Eisov was ...
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Where does Pharaoh's wickedness stem from?

The Torah brings very descriptive lineage of the Good guys (us) and the Bad guys (Eusov's Alufim, Amolek from Eisov etc) but reciting the Haggadah I was stumbled by the fact that Pharaoh's wickedness ...
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Why at the Seder night it is not sufficient to be wise?

The Haggadah says: וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים, כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים, כֻּלָנוּ זְקֵנִים, כֻּלָנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה Listing 4 different qualities means that each one is not sufficient, and ...
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Did the Sages learn the Haggadah with their biological children?

As clear from the Gemmorah, the Sages loved to spend the Seder night in Chavuros matching their wits with other Rabbis. Do we have sources mentioning those Rabbis spending the Seder at home, with ...
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Why the 13 Principles include Moses and exclude the Exodus and the vice verse in the Haggadah?

Many books were written on the importance of the Seder Pesach, the remembrance of the Exodus in Jewish theology. So important the very first Mitzvah of "I'm you G-d" explicitly links that fact to ...
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Understanding G-d's greatness in the story of Exodus

On the Seder Night, we try hard to glorify Hashem for His effort in the story, personifying Him as a superman that's so strong and powerful He even beats Pharaoh and the whole Egypt. (Personally, I ...
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How can G-d fight other gods?

During Passover, we read the following passage, from Exodus 12:12: וְעָבַרְתִּי בְאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם בַּלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה, וְהִכֵּיתִי כָל בְּכוֹר בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מֵאָדָם וְעַד בְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל ...
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Does בית שמאי hold a second מיאון effective?

The mishna at the start of chapter 13 of Y'vamos cites a disagreement between the schools of Shamay and Hilel about a minor girl who is married off by (for example) her mother and can refuse the ...
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How does נעלו exclude a סנדל מסוליים?

The Bavli, Y'vamos 103 amud 2, quotes a b'raysa: [The verse says that, for chalitza, the woman removes] "his shoe". I'd think it must be his own shoe; how do I know it can be anyone's shoe? [The ...
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Why does מורא גדול and nothing else in the verse refer to גלוי שכינה?

In the Haggadah, we quote the Sifre's exegesis of Deut. 26:8 (in which I've boldfaced quotations from the verse itself): And God removed us [from Egypt] … with a strong hand — ...
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How to distribute tzedakah percentage wise?

Are there any detailed recommendations from chachamim how to distribute tzedakah percentage wise (how many percent to pikuach nefesh, Torah insitutions/talmidim, how many to poor people, etc.)? I'm ...
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If only a married woman can be a sotah, why does a non-spouse have authority to warn her?

Sotah 4:1 explains that certain women do not drink the sotah waters and do not receive the ketubah because they are not yet married and the torah says "she goes astray while married to her husband". ...
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Why is a kittel worn by Shat"z for Tal and Geshem?

Besides looking for a source of the minhag of shat"z to wear a kittel for Tal and Geshem (I couldn't find it, and I have limited internet access where I am, now) what is the reason for it?
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Rav Chaim Kanievsky's learning schedule

I heard once that Rav Chaim Kanievski learns All of Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi every year plus more. Does anyone have any reliable sources on this matter? Like what is his actual schedule?
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Why is the Biblical Second Temple Pesach not mentioned in Seder Korban Pesach?

Some have the custom to recite Seder Korban Pesach (a description of the Korban Pesach service in the Temple) on the afternoon of Erev Pesach. Some include before this recitation a selection of ...
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What is a refund considered, halachically?

If I return something to the store to get a refund, is that equivalent to declaring the original sale a mekach ta’us, a mistaken sale, and the refund is returning the money which is rightfully mine? ...
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Is smoke chametz?

Let's say while people are burning chametz, (this is a public burning area where many people come to burn the chametz in a big pile) someone puts a grill over the smoke and puts a king salmon on the ...
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Joining in with the chazzan in kaddish

In various shuls I have attended, if the chazan sings kaddish (like the chatzi-kaddish before Ma'ariv Amida on Yom Tov nights) many people in the shul sing along with the kaddish. Is this permitted?
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is it forbidden to vote for a non-Jewish president (or other government figure)?

it says in the Torah (I'm quoting from Gentiles in Halacha btw): it is written in the Torah (Deuteronomy 17:15): “Then you shall appoint a king over you, whom the Lord your G-d will choose: one ...

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