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Does language change affect what hyssop is valid for the ḥatat ritual?

In Parah 11:7, we learn that hyssop that is called simply "hyssop" (אזוב) is valid for use in sprinkling mei ḥatat, but hyssop that has an accompanying name (such as "blue hyssop", etc.) is unfit. Is ...
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In what situations can mei ḥatat be nullified?

In Parah 9:5, we read: ‮מֵי חַטָּאת שֶׁנִּפְסְלוּ, לֹא יְגַבְּלֵם בְּטִיט, שֶׁלֹּא יַעֲשֵׂם תַּקָּלָה לַאֲחֵרִים. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, בָּטְלוּ. פָּרָה שֶׁשָּׁתָת מֵי חַטָּאת, בְּשָׂרָהּ טָמֵא ...
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I am adding Jewish books in my library what religious books are necessary for any orthodox Jew to have? I only speak English [duplicate]

I am adding Jewish books in my library what religious books are necessary for any orthodox Jew to have? Ive read that I should have these books -Talmud Bavli -Tanakh -Chumash -Shulhan Aruch are ...
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Compare large print machzorim

My husband is recently visually impaired with a condition called NAION. He has been using the Artscroll large print siddur on Shabbat and a siddur app on his phone for weekdays. I want to get him ...
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Source for Red Apples?

Rav Yisroel Reisman (Ki Savo 5775) mentions an interesting concept for dipping apples in honey, The Mechabeir says that a sweet apple is typically red. I have seen those who wonder of why we use ...
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Alternative spelling for El*him

According to Wikipedia, the spelling for El*him is aleph-lamed-he-yud-mem But in a book I found the following spelling: (This is from the first line at p.171 at https://archive.org/details/...
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Is there a good translation of Parashat Pinchas from the Zohar to download? [duplicate]

Preferably having English and the Aramaic side by side. But if not, it's not, lo nora. TIA
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What is the meaning of “Cursed be…”?

For example: "Cursed be he who perverts the judgment of the stranger, the orphan, or the widow. And all the people shall say, Amen!" Do we have any idea what the curse consists of? There are many ...
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Question about Megillas Sefer

In the English translation of “Megilas Sefer,” on page 169 line 4, there is a fragment of a sentence in which the first part of the sentence is missing. This fragment has nothing to do with the ...
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Asking forgiveness from a deceased person who has no gravesite

The Rambam in Hilchos Teshuvah 2:9 writes: הַחוֹטֵא לַחֲבֵרוֹ וּמֵת חֲבֵרוֹ קֹדֶם שֶׁיְּבַקֵּשׁ מְחִילָה מֵבִיא עֲשָׂרָה בְּנֵי אָדָם וּמַעֲמִידָן עַל קִבְרוֹ וְיֹאמַר בִּפְנֵיהֶם חָטָאתִי לַה' ...
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List of minhagim [on hold]

I am a baal teshuva who is becoming orthodox and wondering what customs to hold. Is there a list of minhagim (ie ashkenazi, sephardi yekki, chabad, notable subgroups, etc) and some sources to learn ...
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Gentiles and Kibbud Av V'im [duplicate]

I wondered if anyone knew the reason that kibbud av v'im is not one of the Noachide laws? Seems like a pretty universal ethic that should be applied to everyone. Why isn't it? Does anyone know any ...
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Why is Moshe's version of the tochacha longer than God's?

The version of the tochacha (warnings / "curses") in parshat Ki Tavo are much longer (i.e. occupy almost double as many verses) as the ones in parshat Bechukotai. I am assuming that nearly all the ...
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How should we serve God?

Psalm 100 says: עִבְד֣וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֣ה בְּשִׂמְחָ֑ה Serve God with joy. Psalm 2 says: עִבְד֣וּ אֶת־יְהוָ֣ה בְּיִרְאָ֑ה וְ֝גִ֗ילוּ בִּרְעָדָֽה Serve God with awe/fear; tremble with fright. ...
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Source of the idea of “enough to square” - “כדי לרבע”

IIRC the idea of "to square" addresses two main issues - measuring a minimal Succah and a minimal house for Mezzuzah (I'll focus on the first but the discussion on the later is similar). IIRC the ...
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Grandfather opening the ark

What is the origin of a grandfather opening the ark if his daughter is pregnant? I am familiar with the custom for the husband to receive this honor in Shul.
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Which Book Should I be Reading to Learn Everything About Eliyahu Hanavi's Teachings?

Which book should I be reading to learn everything about Eliyahu hanavi's teachings? I have Shai Lamoreh, but right now need more depth into his teachings, with extended explanations.
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Why don’t we wear tefillin on shabbos and Yom Tov? [duplicate]

I know that we don’t need to wear tefillin on shabbos and Yom Tov because we only need 2 of the 3 signs to be fulfilled (tefillin, bris mila, And shabbos/ Yom Tov), and since we already have a bris ...
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Why is a person who refuses to forgive another considered a sinner?

The Rambam Hilchos Teshuvah 2:9 writes about what to do when asking for forgiveness from a person who won't grant it: אֲפִלּוּ לֹא הִקְנִיט אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ אֶלָּא בִּדְבָרִים צָרִיךְ לְפַיְּסוֹ ...
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Until when were the red heifer ashes still in use?

Parah 7:6 describes how the Sanhedrin was ruling on practical matters related to creating mei ḥatat even after the destruction of the second Temple, and it follows that mei ḥatat was still being ...
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Why did Athaliah destroy all those of royal descent in 2 Kings 11:1?

Melachim II 11:1 "And Athaliah, Ahaziah's mother, saw that her son was dead, and she rose and destroyed all those of royal descent." What was her reason for killing those of royal stock?
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Would the orthodox Jewish community accept someone who wanted to convert?

Would the Orthodox Jewish community accept someone who wanted to convert to Judaism as one of their own and accept them as an equal?
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Why were Mishmarot a concern in the Qumran calendar?

I'm researching various sources regarding the Qumran calendar. I don't understand why there was a concern for incorporating the 24 priestly "watches" (mishmarot) (Refer to I Chronicles 4 for the names....
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What was the consequence of Yael's sin?

The gemarah (Horiyot 10b, Nazir 23b) states that Yael sinned for the sake of God in sleeping with Sisra. I would like to know what consequence, if any, there was for this sin. Was her husband ...
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Was Yael Jewish?

In Shoftim chapters 4 and 5 we learn of a woman named יָעֵל אֵשֶּׁת חֶבֶר הַקֵּינִי, Yael the wife of Chever the Kenite, who kills Sisra. In the song of Devorah, the Midrash (Ruth Rabba 1:8) and ...
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Reason for the lack of Rabbinical specialization?

In this question, I refer to Judaism as a realm of pure knowledge, disregarding Tefila and mystical practices. In ancient times there was no specialization in sciences, a scientist was a "know-it-all"...
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Origin of a phrase (v'hu yiftach libeinu)

After the Kiddusha D'sidra the following words appear: הוּא יִפְתַּח לִבֵּנוּ בְּתורָתו. וְיָשֵׂם בְּלִבֵּנוּ אַהֲבָתו וְיִרְאָתו וְלַעֲשׂות רְצונו וּלְעָבְדו בְּלֵבָב שָׁלֵם. The Beurei Hatefilah ...
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Reasons for scattering Talmudic subjects over different Masechtot

It is easy to criticize the Rabbinical sources for inconsistency, as I did many times, but I would truly like to find a plausible and reasonable explanation for a certain trend in the Talmud based on ...
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Can you pray or study torah in a non-Jewish cemetery?

There is a large non-Jewish cemetery near where I live. It has beautiful grounds and is open to the public for visiting. Is it OK to pray or study Torah there?
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How many Cohanim and Levi'im worked in the Temple daily?

How many Cohanim and Levi'im worked in the Temple daily (excluding supporting professions, like preparing woods or oils) and how many of them stayed there for sleep?
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Was there a Beis Kenesses inside the Beis haMikdosh?

I vaguely remember seeing in Mishnayos (probably second half of Moed, maybe Taanis - potentially in connection to where the Maamados said their Tefillos - but can't find it now) that there was a Shul ...
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Why is turning on a faucet not considered molid or boneh?

As has been discussed in many questions on this site, halachic authorities generally agree that the use of electricity is prohibited on Shabbat, but some differ in their analysis of why. (There is ...
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Did David Hamelech reference his mother's name in Tehillim?

I'm pretty sure I heard this at Shul: Someone asked R' Zilberstein if he's allowed to publicly praise his living mother, if she doesn't want to be honored. So I think R' Zilvberstein answered that ...
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If Israel legalized polygamy, how would the rabbis react? [duplicate]

If the Israeli government decided to legalize polygamy, how would the rabbinical establishment react? Would they allow it religiously or not? If not, on what grounds, given that the Torah allows it? ...
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Thinking about a mitzvah

Coming from a Reform Jewish perspective, since one is obligated to make as many mitzvot as possible, can one do machshava k’ma’ase’ for doing an actual mitzvah instead? If you think about a mitzvah, ...
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Does adding a different liquid to a pre-existing drink require a new Shehakol?

Suppose one makes a "shehakol" on the water, and doesn't have in mind any other drinks. When there's a third of the glass left, the person refills the glass with seltzer/soda (the glass is now 1/3 ...
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What's the reasoning behind “לעולם ישנה אדם לתלמידו דרך קצרה”?

As I can clearly see the Talmud suffers greatly from the conciseness of the Mishna (and similar Mishnaic sources), its statements are easy to remember but sometimes hard to understand as the phrasing ...
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Why are Tzaddikim protected from improper foods?

Tosfos on Chullin 5b explains that Tzaddikim get a special protection from eating improper foods: צדיקים עצמן לא כ"ש - תימה דהא אשכחן יהודה בן טבאי שהרג עד זומם בפ"ק דמכות (דף ה:) ור' ישמעאל שקרא ...
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How many fled to the Cities of Refuge?

Do we know how many people (accidental murderers) took advantage of the Cities of Refuge (Deuteronomy 4:41-43)? Perhaps the size of the cities would put an upper limit on that number, so do we know ...
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Did HaShem ever command a Navi (Prophet) to break a law?

It’s well known that Avraham kept the entire Torah which clearly prohibits human sacrifice, but once HaShem tells him to sacrifice Yitzchak he was willing to break that law. So obviously HaShem can ...
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Zeir Anpin-Sun?

Is there a correlation of the Zeir Anpin and the Sun? . "That looks out": THAT IS, when both of them are attached as one, MALCHUT "looks out like the dawn," when the dawn wants to illuminate, and she ...
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What happens to Converts and Chalalim once the Moshiach comes?

As per the answers to this question, there is a general consensus that when Moshiach comes, we will find out who belongs to what tribe, and the 12 tribes will revert to their original landholdings. We ...
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Was Erev Rav more numerous than Bney israel?

According to Targum Yonanat (Ex 12) וְהִינוּן כְּשִׁית מֵאָה אַלְפִין גּוּבְרַיָא ... בַּר מִטַּפְלָא חַמְשָׁא לְכָל גַּבְרָא (They were about 600K except for children, 5 kids for each man) The ...
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Is it only sheep that have a 30-day period between their periods of acceptability as a korban?

In Parah 1:3, we read: ‮כְּבָשִׂים, בְּנֵי שָׁנָה. וְאֵילִים, בְּנֵי שְׁתַּיִם. וְכֻלָּם מִיּוֹם לְיוֹם. בֶּן שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ אֵינוֹ כָשֵׁר לֹא לְאַיִל וְלֹא לְכֶבֶשׂ. רַבִּי טַרְפוֹן ...
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Can a mute person do teshuva?

The Rambam in Hilchos Teshuvah 1:1 tells us that saying vidui (confessing) is an integral part of the teshuva process: כָּל מִצְוֹת שֶׁבַּתּוֹרָה בֵּין עֲשֵׂה בֵּין לֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה אִם עָבַר אָדָם ...
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What is 1,530 a reference to?

In his commentary to Genesis 7:12, R. Isaiah of Trani (the Elder) writes: וכן במניין ישראל אלף וחמש מאות ושלשים ואי אפשר דבר זה שלא היה אחד מהם יתר או חסר אלא כן דרך המקראות לתפוש מניין שלם ואפי' ...
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Prayer during non-Shabbat or morning minyan

This may be an odd question, but is it typically permitted or tolerated for a gentile to pray in a synagogue during "off" hours (I.e. not during Shabbat, morning minyan, or any yom tov)? Do any Jews ...
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Is switching customs allowed?

To what extent are, say, Ashkenazic Jews halachically obligated to follow Ashkenazic customs by, say, refraining from eating kitniyot on Pessah? Chullin 110a-b says: Follow the restrictions of the ...
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May one wear Tzitzit of a different minhag? [on hold]

May Ashkenazi Jews wear Tzitzit that are made from a Chabad minhag (i.e., two adjacent holes that the strings come from, not one)?
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Examples of a decision ruled by voting of Sanhedrin in the Talmud

If I understand correctly the Peshat of the Torah (Deut 17), when a Machlokes raises, there's a simple and Kosher way of resolving it - gathering the High Court and voting on it and, of course, ...

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