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Exactly how much of the “Curse of Ham” concept is Jewish Idea

Canaan, son of Ham was cursed by Noah to be "a servant of servants" I encountered a Jew who believed that this curse (and not poverty, racism, or anything else) is the cause of Africans' lowliness. I ...
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What is in greater violation of the prohibition of blasphemy: Atheism vs Avoda Zara?

In the eyes of halacha, who is in greater violation of the prohibition of blasphemy, an idolator or an atheist? Whichever is worse, is that the case by both Jew and Non-Jew?
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What's the connection between Zimri and Korach, and the sale of Yosef and destruction of Shechem?

In Yaakov's blessings to his children, he says the following to Shimon and Levi: Bereishis 49:6: בְּסֹדָם֙ אַל־תָּבֹ֣א נַפְשִׁ֔י בִּקְהָלָ֖ם אַל־תֵּחַ֣ד כְּבֹדִ֑י כִּ֤י בְאַפָּם֙ הָ֣רְגוּ אִ֔ישׁ ...
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Does G-d punish the innocent?

Almost every law in the Torah commands proper action aside from the first few in the Ten commandments about G-d's and His oneness. In his book, Kosher Jesus, Chapt. 28, pg 163, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach ...
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Why do the angels need a ladder?

We know the angels in Yaakov's dream go down and up a ladder but why do they need the ladder? Angels appear on earth and with Hashem throughout the Bible without a ladder.
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Why was Judah/Yehuda the tribe that endured?

My basic question is: Are there any reasons or hints in the Torah that explain or hint that Judah/Yehudah would be the tribe that was not lost? Yes, I know that parts of Benjamin survived as well, ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Davening in Open Orthodox Shul

Although there may be a wide range of Open Orthodox shuls, may one daven in an Open Orthodox shul if a woman leads as the chazan for shacharis or ba'al koreh? Would such an Open Orthodox shul have the ...
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Is it preferrable to sell chometz to a non jew who is located in the same town that the chometz is located in?

For example, if one lives in Brooklyn but will be spending Pesach in LA, should the chometz be sold to a non jew who lives in Brooklyn, since selling it to someone who resides in LA would look more ...
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Who is the Aramean and what did he do to Jacob?

A variant of this issue was discussed before, but it does not fully answer my specific question. -Deut. 26:5 says: אֲרַמִּי אֹבֵד אָבִי. -It is frequently translated as: "My father was a wandering ...
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Is a gentile permitted to learn the original Hebrew of the Torah?

I've been reading the Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and came across this in Part I 5:2 note. 91 "...(1) It is also prohibited for a Jew to teach Torah to gentiles in the canonised Hebrew or ...
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Did the late Lubavicher Rebbe consider himself a to be a prophet and/or the mashiach?

There are strong suggestions within Chabad literature that the Rebbe was considered to be a prophet (Devar Malchut, see below). Some suggest that the Rebbe himself didn't do enough to discourage his ...
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Should we start wishing for hunger over abundance?

As [probably twice or three times] "more people die from obesity than from hunger", obesity is a higher threat than hunger. As up until now hunger was a greater danger than obesity we prayed for ...
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OK if lechem mishneh is partially cut?

I'm wondering if I can use use some bread that is partially sliced (but not completely severed in two) as lechem mishneh. An example is a bagel that was cut 90% of the way through, meaning that the ...
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Moshiach/R' Elchanon Vasserman

In his sefer Kedushat Hayom, Rabbi Shmuel Tuvia Stern alleges that Rabbi Elchanan Vasserman made the following pictured svara. Is anyone able to locate it in the [R Vasserman’s] original?
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Definition of Kabbalah [closed]

A number of questions on this site, most recently this one, require a definition of Kabbalah in order to answer them. That particular question is, apparently, about pre-Zohar kabbalah, as the ...
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Interesting difference between רבנים and דיינים

רבנן דקיסרי ואמרי לה דייני דקיסרי אמרי ... The Sages of Caesarea, and some say that it was the judges of Caesarea, said that ... (Succah 8b) I'd assume that רבנים are דיינים and vice verse. But ...
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What is the finest measurement in the Talmud?

The standard Talmudic measures of length include, for example, Amah, Tefach, and Etzbah. But those measures are pretty loose, around 20% of freedom. What object or usage, in our Halacha, requires the ...
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Source for the allowance of the throwing out hafrashas challah

In the Sefer Practical Guide to Kashruth page 101 notes that the proper disposal of the hafrashas challah is to burn it (brought in the Shulchan Aruch and Maharil). It then notes that when burning is ...
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Meaning of komemiyyut (קוֹמְמִיּוּת)

The word "komemiyyut" (קוֹמְמִיּוּת) appears only once in the Torah: אֲנִ֞י יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר הוֹצֵ֤אתִי אֶתְכֶם֙ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם מִֽהְיֹ֥ת לָהֶ֖ם עֲבָדִ֑ים וָאֶשְׁבֹּר֙ מֹטֹ֣ת ...
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Additional examples of measuring length in people in Halachah

אמר ר' יוחנן: סוכה העשויה ככבשן, אם יש בהקיפה כדי לישב בה כ"ד בני אדם כשרה ואם לאו פסולה. Rabbi Yoḥanan said: With regard to a sukka that is shaped like a furnace and is completely round, if ...
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What makes a smart phone “kosher”?

I have to admit that my phone is far smarter than me, and I am not "with it". So, I was surprised when a neighbor who is sending his kid to Israel told me that her kid needs a special "kosher" smart ...
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Bracha on Chia Seed Infused Water?

Would this be shehakol or boreh pri since the chia seeds are visible in the water even though they are very small? Would the concentration of chia seeds in the water matter? For those unfamiliar:
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Tweeting on Shabbat: d'oraita or d'rabbanan violation?

There was a dangerous situation in my community on Shabbat and I knew (from the amount my house phone was ringing and my cell phone was buzzing) that people I knew across the world would be concerned ...
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What actually happened to Jacob's and Laban's sheeps and goats?

Genesis 30 (JPS): 34 And Laban said: 'Behold, would it might be according to thy word.' 35 And he removed that day the he-goats that were streaked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were ...
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origin of curse of ham doctrine [duplicate]

Torah story says absolutely nothing about color and race. Who originated the curse of ham scam??? Did Babylonian Talmud mindset Rabbis give the color interpretation to scripture story about Noah, ...
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Why doesn't the water from netilas yadayim immediately make your hands impure again? [duplicate]

I believe it's a mishna in Yadayim that says the first pour for netilas yadayim purifies the hand and the second pour purifies the water that's left on the hand. Hands are considered shniyim letumah ...
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Are you allowed to get a haircut on Motzei Shabbos?

Is there anything wrong with getting a haircut on Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night)?
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Why was Rachel shepherding instead of Leah?

In Bereshit 29 we learn that Rachel was shepherding her father's sheep. Do any commentaries explain why Rachel, the younger sister, was the shepherdess instead of Leah the older sister? Related ...
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Why did Hillel not turn a convert away three times, not even once. And convert them straight away?

Why did Hillel not turn a convert away three times, not even once? And why did he convert them straight away, when if seen by todays standards, they're the most terrible candidates. They were ...
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What type of olive oil was used for the shemen hamishcha (Anointing oil)?

I have looked through the relevant gemoros in Menachos and Krisos as well as the Rambam in H' Klei Hamikdosh but I can't find a source for what quality of olive oil was used for the shemen hamishchah. ...
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Empirical evidence of Sages' intellectual superiority

Throughout ages, our Sages engaged in Halachic, scientific and philosophical arguments between themselves and with other nations' philosophers. We hold that the truthfulness of Talmudic discussions ...
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Did Rashi learn Kabbalah?

On Bereishis 27:27, Rashi makes the following comment: כריח שדה אשר ברכו ה'. שֶׁנָּתַן בּוֹ רֵיחַ טוֹב וְזֶהוּ שְׂדֵה תַּפּוּחִים, כָּךְ דָּרְשׁוּ רַזִ"לִ: The Artscroll Chumash Rashi set ...
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Source for tradition of discussing Halachic dead ends

Many times while discussing a possible interpretation of a Mishnah, the Gemmorah tries to offer "dead-end solutions" - possible ways of explanations that are knowingly false. NOTE: I don't ask WHY ...
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Is a Yohrtzeit or Yizkor candle which is lit 2 days before a yohrtzeit, or Yom-Tov as good as 1 lit on (or just prior to) the yohrtzeit or YT itself?

When Yom Tov begins right after Shabbos (as with Shavuos of this year), can one light a 2-day Yizkor candle before Shabbos and have it continue burning until Yomtov, or there is no purpose in doing so ...
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What did G-d mean by “nothing will be out of their reach”?

וַיֹּאמֶר ה' הֵן עַם אֶחָד וְשָׂפָה אַחַת לְכֻלָּם וְזֶה הַחִלָּם לַעֲשׂוֹת וְעַתָּה לֹא־יִבָּצֵר מֵהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יָזְמוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת׃ and the LORD said, “If, as one people with one language ...
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Halacha to discourage a convert once every 6 months?

A friend of mine told me that the halacha of discouraging a convert three times has a little nuance - the convert has to make the second and third attempt (to persuade the rabbi to let him convert) at ...
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Genesis 18:3 Adonai, My Lord or lords and why?

Rabbeinu Bahya (13th Century) wrote that in non-sacred usage the Nun of adonai has a Patah, and only with an Etnahta or Sof pasuk a Qamatz when the word stands on its own. ‘And for this reason in the ...
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Forgot if said birkas hamazon [bentching]

I was thinking that you would have to say it, since it's sofek d'oraisah. But then you there is a sofek d'oraisah of bracha l'vatallah and we have a rule of sofek brochos l'kullah. Anyone have ...
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Looking for a Shiltei ha-Gibborim citation

The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics (page 435, footnote 50, available on Google Books preview here) refers to a comment in the Shiltei ha-Gibborim. The only precise reference is "note 3 on ...
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What is a Hava Amina Teretz?

B"H If "hava amina" means slightest notion, what is a hava amina teretz? I think teretz means an answer. So what is a slightest notion answer?
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Connection between Terafim and Therapy?

During a hesped for Rav Belsky z"tl, Rav Yisroel Reisman mentions Rav Belsky's ability to connect common words with their Torah source, alluding to "terafim" of Lavan being connected with "therapy". ...
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The Lord looking instead of appearing?

I’ve a short question about Bereshit 18:1 regards the opening words: וירא אליו יהוה. Normally the word וירא (vayera) is translated as ‘He (G-d) appeared’, but the word is similar to וירא (vayara) ...
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Does one need a sukkah to eat bread/mezonot at work

If one goes to work on the days of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, is he deemed to be travelling and exempt from the sukkah? If there is no sukkah that he can reach from work on his lunch break, may he eat bread ...
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Locating Ashdod Bais Din Ruling

I came across an article on Yeshiva World News regarding a the above Bais Din ruling on a Boy and Girl on whether they are married or not. Can someone help me locate this ruling. https://www....
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In Avraham's story, what's the importance of his burial place, Meoras hamachpeila?

The Torah spends a couple of pages describing Avraham's desire to [be buried and] bury Sarah in a particular place - the Cave of the patriarchs. I find it difficult to comprehend this desire. After ...
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What is the Samach Mem?

I hear Chassidic stories that the Samach Mem causes Jews to fight, and other evil What is it? What is it's goal? What is it's powers? Why did G-d Almighty creat it? Where can I read more about ...
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Jeremiah 23:33 - “burden”?

I have difficulties to understand the German term "Last" or "Lastwort" in the common Christian German translations of Jeremiah chap 23, verse 33 (corresponding to "burden" in English versions). Thanks ...
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Why didn’t Avraham ran the first time he saw the three men?

It’s becomes clear from Bereshit 18:2 that Avraham is looking around from the entrance of the tent and sees three men appearing, cause it reads: והנה שלשה אנשים נצבים עליו. But what did Avraham sees ...
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What is Jacob's ladder?

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:10-17 What is this ladder? What ...

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