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Help for a Gentile in quoting the Talmud

My daughter has a friend, Abigail, who is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, which unfortunately she can't attend. We wanted to make a gift for her that would make her feel special on this important day ...
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Urim and Thumim

I am currently researching the topic of Urim and Thumim and have two questions, maybe someone can help me or suggest sources: There are 72 letters on the Ephod (50 for the 12 tribes plus Avraham ...
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May Jews pray near porta-potties

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to pray/daven near (not inside of) porta-potties or no? Would it depend on if the door is being opened/closed or no?
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Mitzva Dream Team: the minimum number of individuals who, between them, can keep all 613 mitzvot

A classic Mi Yodeya question, perhaps a little more light-hearted in the spirit of Purim round the corner (not PTIJ)- What's the minimum number of Jews we need so that between, them they are ...
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Why didn’t the Jews appoint Aaron in place of Moshe

When Moshe went “missing” on Har Sinai, why didn’t the Jews just appoint Aaron as the new leader? I mean he was clearly the second in command to Moshe, and he’d performed some of the plagues in Egypt ...
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Do you have any source about the connection between אגג and גוג or גוג ומגוג?

I was listening to a shiur that made a very interesting connection between Agag, Homon and the whole Purim story. The rov didn't go as deep as I hoped he would in relation to Agag, and I was wondering ...
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Are Levites obligated to give foreleg, cheeks and maw

According to Halacha are Levites obligated to give a kohen the foreleg, cheeks, and maw of a Shechita’d animal? Or no, due to their unique lineage are they exempt from the requirement?
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At what point of the morning service does one switch from wearing Rashi to wearing Rabenu Tam tefillin?

Many Jews have the custom to wear tefillin according to the opinion of Rashi with a blessing, remove them, and then switch to wearing tefillin according to the opinion of Rabenu Tam without reciting a ...
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The Ox and The Donkey: Moshiach and Eisav

The Torah tells us in Parshas Vayishlach that Yaakov says: וַֽיְהִי־לִי֙ שׁ֣וֹר וַחֲמ֔וֹר - I have acquired oxen and asses There are some commentaries that connect this very specific posuk to ...
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Is Mitzvat Kibbud Horim (respecting paraents) is Gavra (personal) or can be deligated

Is the matter of Mitzvah Kibbud Horim (respecting parents) a matter of the son towards his parents? Or if it is possible to send the grandson who is younger, more enthusiastic to help the grandfather ...
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Why are There Dots on the לולא of לוּלֵא הֶאֱמַנְתִּי לִרְאוֹת בְּטוּב ה׳ בְּאֶרֶץ חַיִּים?

David called himself pious (Psalms 86:2): The Talmud questions this (Brachot 4a): 27:11). וְדָוִד מִי קָרֵי לְנַפְשֵׁיהּ ״חָסִיד״? וְהָכְתִיב ״לוּלֵא הֶאֱמַנְתִּי לִרְאוֹת בְּטוּב ה׳ בְּאֶרֶץ חַיִּים״...
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Tucking Tzitzis knots in

It seems that the minhag of a lot of people is to have their Tzitzis strings hanging out while their knots are tucked in. Is there a known source for this minhag?
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is there an exact definition in halachah of what constitutes (1)‘racism,’ or (2)discrimination?

I'm doing some work about the legal definitions of ‘racism’ as part of a wider system of legally recognised forms of ‘discrimination,’ under the UK Equity Act 2010 and later legislation. I wondered if ...
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Yahrtzeit in Second Adar according to Rav Moshe?

The below article references a teshuva from Rav Moshe regarding the second Adar being the primary Adar as far as yahrtzeits. The listed source of Y.D. Vol. 3 160.1 is actually regarding hilchos ribbis....
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What is the sefer עץ אבות

In Rav Emden's pirush of perek shirah, זמרת הארץ, he references a sefer or pirush called עץ אבות. Where can I find the sefer as well as the specific point of reference within this sefer? It's ...
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Are Jews allowed to give gentiles gifts to avoid chillul hashem

The general Halacha from the Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah is that Jews are not supposed to give gentiles gifts randomly due to the prohibition of Lo Techanem. However I am curious if it is ...
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Is saying 100 berachot daily biblical or rabbinic

In halacha, Jews should recite 100 berachot a day. My question is, is this requirement a biblical law or a rabbinic decree?
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Corfu Jews Service chanting: help in identifying Scripture Portion

I recently viewed Lanzmann's "Shoah" documentary and I'm and I'm curious about which passage of the Scriptures the Corfu Jews are chanting in the following segment: Minute 02.22 Clip FV3409 ...
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Your name shall be 'Yisrael', but what does it mean and why so?

In relation to another question of mine I would like to know what the name Yisrael really means. It literally says Ya'akov is now names Yisrael because he has struggled AND has overcome. I heard ...
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Animal euthanasia in Halacha

According to Halacha, is it prohibited or permissible to do animal euthanasia on sick or injured animals? Or would it be prohibited as a violation of Tzaar Balei Chayim?
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If restrictions on "tearing" materials relates to the construction and maintenance of the Mishkan, why is tearing toilet paper forbidden?

It is written that the prohibition of tearing on shabbat is specific to materials which are meant to be bonded permanently to one another. These laws are always specific to the building materials used ...
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The Status of the Deuterocanonical Books

I was wondering to what degree, if any, the Deuterocanonical books of the Septuagint are used in Judaism? I could not find a good answer on this anywhere. Obviously, the books get used in histories of ...
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I'm looking for regional melodies for the brachot for before and after chanting Torah in an Aliyah

I'm looking for regional melodies for the brachot sung before and after chanting Torah in an aliyah. I'd love to know the Ukrainian, the Belarusian, the Yemenite, the Ethiopian, the Iraqi, the ...
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Nefesh Habahamit of Moshiach

I have a bunch of questions about the Nefesh Habahamit (the earthy "animal" soul) of the Moshiach. All I am asking here is for any and all sources that discuss and teach about this.
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Looking for the source of a teaching that HKBH always sides with the pursued, regardless of merit

Shalom. I heard a teaching a little while ago that HKBH always sides with the pursued, regardless of merit. I am quite sure this came from a reputable source. Does anyone know the source for this ...
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Hand flute on Shabbat

What is the law of playing a hand flute on Shabbat/Yom Tov?
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How can Biur Sheviit precede Biur Maaser?

The Mishna (Maaser Sheni 3:2) rules that one should not buy Terumah with Maaser Sheni money since one thereby further limits who can eat the Maaser Sheni which could lead to it being wasted. The ...
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Metrobank and Ribbis

Now that Metrobank (a bank in the UK) has been purchased by Gilinski, a Jew and no Heter Iska has been arranged - has there been any discussions about what those with mortgages/savings etc. should do? ...
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Order of Talmud Torah for a baal teshuvah

What’s the Halacha for the order of what Torah study a baal teshuvah should do? If a Jew has little to no Talmud Torah background and they become religious in life, what should they prioritize ...
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Were Tzitzis worn immediately after getting the Torah? How were the strings made?

Also- what leather was used to make Tefillin in the midbar?
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What is the lifespan of demons?

I tried to Google the answer myself but I can't find one. I tried to find the answer using chatgpt 4 but to no avail.
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Talking between lulav and hoshanos

Before the shofar blowing, usually there's an announcement not to make a hefsek until after the last tekios post-Musaf. Is there something similar for lulav? Should you not talk between the bracha ...
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what does my dream mean? someone wants to overheat me and my friends in a car [closed]

so it starts off with the government or this bad group of people who hunt down my friends. i try to sneak on the school bus they put my friend on, but its locked and they drive off. the busses were ...
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What is the malchus harisha nowadays

The Talmud talks of a malchus harisha (evil kingdom). This seems to be referring to the Roman Empire in all contexts. Tractate Avodah Zarah 2b says that Rome and Persia will last until the coming of ...
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Speaking in the middle of Havdallah

Someone was making havdallah and, after saying the bracha on besamim (spices) and then smelling them, exclaimed "Ah! A mechayah!". Is this considered a hefsek (interruption) in the havdallah? Meaning ...
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Can Earth exist without Heaven?

Science and materialism claim that everything about this world can be explained in terms of materialism. Stuff, and the maths that governs the rules of that stuff, basically, is all there is. Does ...
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Cleaning clothes before Passover?

Does one have to clean all their dirty clothes before Pesach (on the principle of being careful to washout all the chametz from their house)? What is the general Halakha for your clothing collections (...
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May Jews own gift cards redeemable for Chametz on Passover [duplicate]

In Halacha, is it prohibited for Jews to own gift cards which can be redeemed for chametz over passover or no? Obviously they are prohibited from using it for chametz, but if there is a gift card for ...
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How many male names are there in the Torah? And how many females names? Is there any estimate?

Does anyone know how many "kosher" names are there in the Torah (jewish/hebrew)? And how many female names (including the talmud)? Any very rough estimate would be more than fine - we're ...
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Mesira on a pauper

Let's say I was in a kosher store and I noticed a Jewish homeless man who is halachically an "ani" and i notice him pickpocketing some food. Would i be allowed to tell the store owner or ...
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Changing minhag by location

When moving to a new community, one should adopt the community's minhag, but when traveling to a different community, one should continue following the minhag of their ancestors. Halachically, what ...
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Can someone please translate this commentary by Malbim on Psalm 84:7

Here’s the relevant text: עברי, והמסלות האלה הנמצאות בלבבם הם עוברים בעמק הבכא, שבבל היתה עמק ומלאה בכאים ואילנות, כמו שנקראת בשם נחל הערבים, והמליץ תפס תחת הערבים שם בכאים, שיש בהוראתו גם בכי, כי על ...
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The nature of the specific Pharoah when we left Egypt, and his relation to Amalek?

Who was the specific Pharoah of Egypt when the Jews left Egypt? And also, given "Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and ...
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Is this Jewish Neoplatonic idea heresy?

Context: I've noticed before that whenever I post anything about Neoplatonism in a Jewish context, such posts usually tend to get downvoted to oblivion, and in general, such views are not very well ...
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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her ...
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Selling a used article

If I am selling my 2009 Camry am I allowed to have it detailed to give the appearance that it is “ like new”. See Rambam hilchos mechira 18:2, Choshon Mishpat 228:9, and B”M 60b With the understanding ...
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Teshuva for wasting seed

Is feeling remorse, praying for forgiveness and studying Torah enough to rectify the heavy sin of wasting seed ? I know that every sin has its own unique way of "correcting" or rectifying it. And ...
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History of religiosity decline after haskalah

Is any reason given by religiously Jewish theologians and thinkers for why religiosity and observance amongst Jews declined after the Haskalah? Are there any opinions rabbinic authorities have given ...
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May landlords evict tenants for late payment

According to Halacha, if there is a contract between a tenant and landlord where the tenant will live in the property for however long (for example one year) and the payment will be distributed over ...
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What was the point of using the Urim v'Tummim to know the will of God if there was prophecy?

In Tanach the Urim v'Tummim (hereafter UT) are often used by kings or other leaders to discern the will of God, to, for example go to war (or not). However the process of getting an answer from the UT ...

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