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Shaking Off Charoses

The Shulchan Aruch (475:1) says ואח"כ יקח כזית מרור וישקענו כולו בחרוסת ולא ישהנו בתוכו שלא יתבטל טעם מרירתו ומטעם זה צריך לנער החרוסת מעליו ויברך על אכילת מרור ויאכלנו בלא הסיבה - take a ...
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Where does the tune for birkat hamazon come from?

It's hard to describe who's tune this is and I can only refer to it as the 'commonly used' or 'popular' tune for birkat hamazon. I seems like it is compiled of many unrelated tunes. At times there are ...
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Does the COVID19 epidemic in NYC qualify as “Dever B'ir - a Plague in the City”?

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim, 576) defines dever r"l or pestilence as an epidemic killing 3 people in 3 days (not 3 people in 4 days; not 3 people in 2 days) for a city of 500 working age men. How is ...
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Is there a connection between each of the four expressions of redemption and the respective four cups?

Chazal tell us that the four cups of wine correspond to the four expressions of redemption (Shemos Rabbah 6:4, Rashi to Pesachim 99b DH Arba Kosos, etc.). Is there any specific correlation between ...
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Are there any Midrashim where Yitzchak was actually sacrificed by Avraham?

Are there any Midrashim where Yitzchak was actually sacrificed by Avraham? https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/1136172-gen-22-11-16a-the-story-of-the-near-sacrifice-of-isaac-is "a later midrashic ...
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Art on Chol Hamoed

Most people say that you can't write on Chol Hamoed, but is it permissible to draw for pleasure as that is not considered "work"?
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Being a jokester in Judiasm. Negative or positive?

What is Judiasm's stance on joking, or in a broader sense being a jokester or lighthearted person? Is it seen as being a negative trait, or is being funny sometimes warranted in certain cases? If I am ...
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Does the Haggadah include any reference to Pesach Sheini?

This is merely a curiosity question. Is there any reference to Pesach Sheini mentioned in the Haggadah either directly or by metaphor or "hint", perhaps in one of the "songs", esp. after Nirtzah?
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Rav S.R. Hirsch and fairy tales

There's a famous criticism Rav Hirsch had about fairy tales- I think he was responding to the Grimm Brothers specifically. He says that reading such stories are very bad chinuch, since it affects our ...
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Can a grandson visit his grandfather grave during the Shiva?

And put a tombal decoration (like flowers, candles) on the grave? Or should he wait after the Shiva?
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Why does the Torah not record the passing of Leah?

The Torah records the passing of all the patriarchs and matriarchs: Sarah - Bereishis 23:1-2 Avraham - Bereishis 25:8-9 Rochel - Bereishis 35:19 Yitzchak - Bereishis 35:29 Then Rivkah is not ...
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How does this explanation in Aruch Hashulchan address the issues regarding Shema times?

In this answer I cited R. Yechiel Michel Epstein's explanation for rejecting R. Yaakov of Karlin's suggestion that the times for Shema are not based on sha'ot zemaniot. In truth, however, I don't ...
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Are there any traditional tunes for Yishaya 26:20

During the Corona virus pandemic a verse which comes to mind is Yishaya 26:20: לֵךְ עַמִּי בֹּא בַחֲדָרֶיךָ, וּסְגֹר דלתיך בַּעֲדֶךָ; חֲבִי כִמְעַט-רֶגַע, עַד יעבור זָעַם. Go, my people, enter ...
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Shabbat Hi Milizok: How to pray for sick on Shabbat?

Rabbi Rabbinavitch Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Places has been suggesting in his weekly Dvar Torah that people praying at home because of the Corona virus epidemic should add to the prayers on ...
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What should someone tell a 10 year-old who wants to be “ Frum” and daven with a minyan while we have coronavirus? [closed]

In New York it’s dangerous for a grown-up to daven with a minyan. If a child says he wants to be Daven with a minyan - what is the right response? One could point out that he is not obligated in any ...
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Who can invoke pikuach nefesh?

In today's news (18 March 2020), the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel ruled that Jews may use their cellphones on Shabbat to receive developments and alerts regarding the coronavirus. This is an ...
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How do we do Shabbat Hagadol Drasha at home

Because of the Corona virus synagogues are closed this week Tzav 5780 which is Shabbat Hagadol, we will not be able to fulfill the custom of a Shabbat Hagadol Drasha (sermon) according to the usual ...
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If our leadership do not take disease outbreaks seriously, are they considered responsible for deaths that follow?

As of late, there has been a controversy in various Jewish communities around the world. Certain Rabbis and certain individuals have actively circumvented the preventative measures to help stop the ...
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What is the difference between a sickness and a plague?

Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim, Siman 576) discusses fasting and praying for Dever (a plague), and also for a sickness (choli). What is the difference between sickness and plague?
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Why is it neccessary to call up multiple people to read the Torah in synogogue?

Wouldn't it make sense for one reader to do the whole thing?
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How many times does the law follow Samuel in ritual practice?

The Talmud (Shabbat 22a) records the following: איתמר רב אמר אין מדליקין מנר לנר ושמואל אמר מדליקין רב אמר אין מתירין ציצית מבגד לבגד ושמואל אמר מתירין מבגד לבגד רב אמר אין הלכה כרבי שמעון בגרירה ...
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Birkat Halevana vs. Kiddush Levana

Where are the origins of calling this Beracha "Kiddush" Levana, and what does it mean? I have seen that Rabbi Yosef Qafih in his commentary to Maimonides’s Guide for the Perplexed (Vol. 2 Chapter 5 ...
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Tefilah, birkat kohanim bowing vs. oseh shalom

Weekdays, by the repetition of the Amida, it is the Ashkenazik custom for the chazzan to say an abridged version of Birkat cohanim. The Artscroll siddur says the chazzan is to bow to the right side ...
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Difference in languages , מפני, בפני, לפני and מלפני?

The use of letters ב,כ,ל,מ is pretty standard with verb infinitives in Hebrew, for example, לראות אותו, בראותו, מראותו, כראותו. What is the difference in using בכל"מ with the word פני? For example ...
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How could Isaiah take Zechariah as a witness if the latter lived centuries after Isaiah?

We find in Isaiah 8:2 that Isaiah took two trustworthy witnesses who are Uriah the priest and Zechariah Ben Yeberachiah. If this Zechariah is none other than the prophet Zechariah as Makkos 24b ...
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Help me find a quote from Rav Hirsch

I have heard famously in the name of Rav Hirsch that he wanted to close all the synagogues in Germany for a 100 years so that people would value prayers and Judaism properly. On headlines (time 11:50)...
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Chayecha Kodmin for countries

Although I am loath to ask a Covid 19 related question, one particular current debate caught my attention. Most readers are probably aware of the gemara in Bava Metzia 62a where we find the rule one ...
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Do matching funds count towards one’s maaser money?

For example, my company matches donations to qualifying charities dollar for dollar. If I donate $100 and they match $100, can I count the matched funds as part of my masser obligation?
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How to differentiate between a “revealed” Halacha and Paskened one?

THis question mimics a similar question about mathematics - is it discovered or created. Our Rabbis ruled a lot of Halochos. Some of them are considered "the revelation of the original Halochos G-d ...
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Genesis 18:21 then I will know?

I find it strange that Genesis/Bereshit 18:21 seems to imply that G-d has limited knowledge of what's going on in Sodom and Amorah, so I wondered if the word eda'ah (אֵדָעָה) could be translated as: ...
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Halacha of moons disappearance during kiddish levanah?

I thought I’ve read somewhere the moon needs to be visible (although you don’t look up at it) the entirety of kiddish levanah, so when it’s completed and you look up, the moon is still visible. Does ...
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Berachot 3a - Verb choices regarding Temple destruction

Pesikta Rabasi (28 mid.) suggests that there are two aspects of the Temple. An upper [spiritual] one and a lower [physical] one. אחריבנו אמר רבי תחליפא בר קרויה באותה שעה נכנסו כל מלאכי השרת ועמדו ...
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Is wrapping with tefillin straps alone acceptable for enjoyment/practice outside of the mitzvah?

This question may sound strange but I was curious what the Halacha is on it. I enjoy wrapping tefillin. I personally enjoy the ritual of the arm wrap a bit more but both are enjoyable in their own ...
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Front tzitzit in back?

I have noticed that sometimes people will be wearing their tallit as in the below image, with one of the front tzitziot thrown back. Why is this?
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Attending a Siyum virtually

If one attends a Siyum virtually, whether by phone, Skype, or some other means of mass communication, can one partake of the Se'udath Mitzvah (relevant to allow eating meat during the 9 Days for ...
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Why are the 10 plagues in this specific order?

Is there a specific reason for the sequence of the plagues? Why the plague of blood is followed by the plague of frogs, for example?
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Greeting the Shechinah by Birkat Halevana

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 42a) says that reciting Birkat Halavana is like greeting the Shechina. That is also as to why we recite it while standing. What does this mean? What is the depth behind this?
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Leshabeichacha and loseis/latet shevach

Towards the beginning of the נוסח אשכנז version of davening, in the section beginning לעולם יהא אדם ירא שמים, we say as follows: לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות לך ולשבחך ולפארך ולברך ולקדש ולתת שבח ...
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Loss of smell - Borei Menei B’Samim [closed]

One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is the loss of smell. Is one still Yotzei their father bracha of Borei Menei B’Samim even if they cannot smell the B’samim?
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Inheritance laws and dina d'malchuta dina

If someone dies and halacha says you get to inherit, but civil law says I do, who does? If we both agree to let a bet din decide the matter, then you inherit and the matter is closed. But if I take ...
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חזקה מעיקרא vs ספק

I am in the middle of מחלוקת with someone as to, if I originally had a חזקה and now there's a ספק to whether that status is still true, whether I maintain that original status or my status changes to ...
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What is the source for the Prayer for the Sick?

What is the source of the Prayer for the Sick which is included in the back of the Artscroll Tehillim and founded here: Prayer for the Sick G‑d, G‑d, mighty, merciful and gracious, long - suffering, ...
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Why do the first born fast on erev Pesach?

What is the logic behind the first born fasting on erev Pesach? Is it a form of celebration? If so, would not a feast be better? Is it a form of teshuva? If so, for what sin? Is it a form of ...
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To what degree were Rabbi Akiva's five students responsible for preserving the Oral Law?

The gemara in Yevamos 62b says: They said by way of example that Rabbi Akiva had twelve thousand pairs of students in an area of land that stretched from Gevat to Antipatris in Judea, and they all ...
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Was there an exception for Joshua to allow him inside the Tabernacle?

Related to this question, I’m wondering was there a special exception to allow Joshua into the Tabernacle? Some areas such as Numbers 1:51 say that any non-Levite who approaches it should be executed. ...
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How was a covenant a Chok?

Divrei Hayamim 1, 16 quotes tehillim 105 (or vice versa) which reads זָכַ֣ר לְעוֹלָ֣ם בְּרִית֑וֹ דָּבָ֥ר צִ֝וָּ֗ה לְאֶ֣לֶף דּֽוֹר׃ He is ever mindful of His covenant, the promise He gave for a ...
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Unorthodox got married?

For those that watched the TV miniseries "Unorthodox", is it considered a Kosher Halachic marriage? Two irreligious Jews (don't keep kosher or Shabbos in public) who get married (the ring and the ...
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What is the reason for sequence of plagues in Mitzrayim? [duplicate]

The Seder is in a particular order essential to correctly observe Pesach. Is there a comprehensive source (or discussion) of the sequence of plagues, especially for insights of how to apply to our ...
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Are there sources which cite art as being an extension of spiritual practice in Jewish tradition?

I understand this question may be interpreted as being slightly generalized but I'm asking for sources which cite the religious/spiritual nature of art in Jewish practice. Obviously, statues of ...
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Looking for midrash source

A couple of years ago I heard a vort based on a midrash. The midrash apparently stated that when Yisrael were enslaved in Egypt, the Egyptians made them work very hard at building magnificent ...

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