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How many lists of the 613 Mitzvot are there, and who wrote them?

How many different individuals listed the 613 Mitzvot? Who was the first, and who. was the most recent?
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Shulchan Aruch Habahir - Shulchani

Does anyone own the smaller edition of the Shulchan Aruch Habahir? Any thoughts on it? Is the print size difficult to read? I am referring to the new 10 volume desk sized edition. Did they have shrink ...
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Why don't humans have the best version of organs?

Scientifically speaking, a better version of an organ could be found in many animals (besides the human brain, maybe). IIRC, octopuses have better eyes, birds have a more efficient cardiovascular ...
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How did Yisro figure out that Hashem is the greatest?

When Yisro came to the Jewish nation, he said that now he knows that Hashem is the greatest because "in the very same thing in which they sinned against them" (18:11). What does this mean ...
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How exactly did the Jews get enough water in the desert?

The Torah does not give details as to how the Bnai Yisrael got water in the desert. Given that there were 600,000 men between twenty and sixty (about 2 - 3 million people total) they could not have ...
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Short prayer after a vort or dvar torah

I've recently moved to a new area and the Shul that I now attend will often give a vort at the end of Shacharit and Maariv before allowing mourners to say another Kaddish. I've never heard it before ...
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Tzadok the Kohen Gadol considered greater than Aharon and his sons?

When I was recently learning Sotah I saw on daf 48b that Tzadok, during the time of Dovid HaMelech, was a rare instance during that period, of someone who asked the Urim VeTumim and was answered. רַב ...
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When to put on Shabbos clothes

Can someone tell me a source which says one is supposed to put on Shabbos clothes no earlier than Mincha Ketanah on Friday? Or is there any source which addresses when to put on Shabbos clothes on ...
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Why is it called 'Breaking Shabbos'? [closed]

The standard English language way of referring to חילול שבת seems to be 'breaking Shabbos'. I have not come across the Hebrew phrase 'לשבור את השבת' anywhere, which is the literal translation of '...
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How does tucking in one's Tzitzis help in a cemetery?

Based on Not allowing one's tzitzis to show in a cemetary according to the Rambam and Are all mitzvos forbidden near a grave? If not, why not? If yes, why not say so?, we find that wearing Tzitzis ...
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Can a volcano, geyser, or hot spring become treif?

All of these things are at a constant hot temperature. If a pig falls (or is intentionally placed) into one, can you drink or cook with the water? Are utensils made from the lava kosher?
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How did Aharon and his sons manage to handle the Mishkan service by themselves?

In later generations, there were hundreds and thousands of kohanim that could potentially assist with the very full schedule of managing the Mishkan/Mikdash on a day-to-day basis. However, in the ...
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Farming with excrement or remains of unclean animals

What if any prohibitions are there on the intentional use of excrement from unclean animals as fertilizer for crops? Must it be buried, for example? Does the same apply to the intentional use of ...
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A prophet from the seed of Ishmael is necessary to fufill Genesis 17:7?

In Genesis 17:7 I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after ...
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Lessons of the mann?

I think it is understood that the מן ("mann", manna) has a lot to teach us about Hashem's hashgacha (providence) over us and how he sustains us with parnassah. The Torah even prescribes (...
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Is anything else known about King Ahab's sister, who according to the medrish was a Judean queen?

In I Kings 16:22, Rashi quotes Seder Olam that King Asa, the righteous king of Judea, married his son Yehoshafat (also a good guy) to the daughter of the not-so-righteous King Omri of North Israel. Of ...
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Was Shomron, the capital of North Israel, supposed to revert to its ancestral owners in Yovel?

I Kings 16:24 has a king of North Israel buying some empty-ish land and building a new city on it to serve as the capital. If I understand the laws of Yovel ("jubilee year") correctly, then ...
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What are the powers of the king?

In Judaism was the King an absolute monarch or did he have limits on his authority. I have heard that Solomon had Joab executed even after the Sanhedrin acquitted him.
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Question about Rashi being taught by angels

Is there a Torah source (or sources) claiming Rashi was taught his Torah commentary by malachim? I remember hearing this many years ago from one of my uncles, but I haven't been able to find any ...
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How to have Hashem listen to/respond to your tefillos

I've spent years davening incessantly for a shidduch, and recently I've tried to be more consistent about being kovea ittim, but unfortunately none of it seems to have any impact at all. Are there ...
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Do online shiurim fulfill the mitzvah of learning Torah? [duplicate]

If I listen to an online shiur while doing other things, but listening nonetheless, does that fulfill the mitzvah of learning Torah?
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Identify VHS about Judaism from the 80's

This video came out in the 80’s. It was an introduction to Judaism. Starts with creation, goes on to discuss all the holidays. It featured a family explaining everything about Judaism. I believe ...
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Which Mishmar did the descendants of Eli Kohen Gadol belong to?

Kohenim serving in the Beit haMikdash were divided into mishmarot. Do we know which one the descendants of Eli Kohen Gadol and his sons were members of?
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"In the next world, a person shall be judged for all the fruit that he saw but did not eat." — Source?

I have seen this statement, always attributed to Rabbi Abbun, cited in many Tu b'Shevat haggadot online, always in the following form: In the Talmud, Rabbi Abbun said: “In the next world, a person ...
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How were sins atoned for after the destruction of the 1st Temple until the establishment of the 2nd Temple?

This is of course in reference to the period in time during which no Temple stood and when the Babylonian exile occurred. Do we have any particular reference from Jewish sources, in particular the ...
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In which Jewish book does it say that the body is like a house and the mouth is it's entry?

Looking for a Jewish source for this concept.
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What was the original reason to read Vezos Haberacha on the second day of Shemini Atzeres?

Contrary to popular belief, it would seem that the practice to read Vezos HaBeracha, the final parsha of the Torah, on the second day of Shemini Atzeres wasn't in order to finish the Torah on that day....
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Where does the teaching come from that a non-Jew studying for conversion must violate Shabbat?

I've seen the answers here that say a non-Jew may not keep Shabbat, although I would definitely take issue with the green check-marked answer there that uses Sefer Shofetim, Hilkhot Melakhim ...
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Translating an Abarbanel in Melachim

I'm having trouble translating this paragraph, particularly because of the phrases I am bolding. It is the אברבנאל on מלכים א פרק ב פסוק ו: ואחרי שספר דוד כל המעשה הזה אשר עשה יואב נגדו, אמר לשלמה בנו ...
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Are there any sephardic customs for a pidyon haben?

I am persian and my wife is iraqi. We are looking to find sephardic and especially customs from our background to do at our son's pidyon haben. I believe it adds a lot to include customs beyond doing ...
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Why do some siddurim begin with alef beis?

Some siddurim have a few opening pages of addendums like how to put on tefillin. I noticed that the Nusach Ari siddur has a page of alef-beis and nekudos, plus a page of letters combined with nekudos. ...
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Flaws in the Kuzari Argument

I recently came across something that challenged my faith. I have believed in Judaism because of the Kuzari Argument. I thought it was a very good argument. But then I came across this article (http://...
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Why did all the waters in the world split?

Rashi on Exodus 14:21 says this: AND THE WATERS WERE DIVIDED — all the waters in the world (Mekhilta d'Rabbi Yishmael 14:2:2). Source. Why did this happen? Are there reasons given?
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When does Mishna Berura Yomi start again?

I am seeing different calendars for Mishna Berura Yomi. The Amud Yomi Calendar here does not match up with the shiurim given here. Which one of these is the more popular calendar to use? And if the ...
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Responsa/Rabbinic Thought on Israeli Reprisal Operations

During the 1950s and 60s, the IDF carried out what have become known as "reprisal operations" against Arab villages. Some of the operations, especially Operation Kibya, were condemned on the ...
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Talmudic Methodology - Books

Are there any books that compare and contrast the various methods of Talmud study?
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Tzafenas Paneach and the conversion of Rus

I heard in a shiur once that Rus' and her sister Orpa's conversion to Judaism was pending. Meaning, when they married Na'ami's sons, they converted. However, since they converted for marriage, it was ...
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What is the reason for specifically using a Havdala candle made of beeswax?

The minhag for using Havdala candle made of beeswax is mentioned in Kaf-Hachaim 298:12. What is the reason that Havdala candles should specifically made of beeswax? What is the connection between ...
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Moshe Levine book, Le Tabernacle

Does anyone own the Moshe Levine book, Le Tabernacle? I would like to verify something. I was told that in this work, the author considers the Ark to be an electric capacitor. Can anyone confirm me if ...
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Paying interest

Clearly, one is not permitted to charge interest on a money loan. However, I believe there is no problem paying interest according to a previous agreement if the lender is not a Jewish person. And ...
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The length of a line in Torah scroll

Looking at different fragments of ancient and contemporary scrolls, I wondered What are the considerations of determining the length of a line in Torah scroll/Chumash? Dead Sea Scrolls the Damascus ...
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What is this Ktav?

My son sent me this picture of an old voweled text, probably around 10-12 centuries CE. What stands out, is that the letter He is connected and Chet is flat on the left side. Is this a fragment of a ...
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Can a person talk about past business deals on Shabbos?

Can someone ask about past business events on Shabbos? An example would be: I bought an investment property two years ago for a crazy good price because the seller just wanted to offload the property ...
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Jewish websites on Shabbat [duplicate]

Some Jewish websites shut down on Shabbat. They don't want to encourage Jews to log on on that day. Others stay open. Gentiles might want to log on and should not be discouraged. Who is halachically ...
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Community of R' Menachem Elon

Rabbi Menachem Elon is described all over the web as an "Orthodox Rabbi." However, while he seems to be very respected in the academic world, I have been unable to find a single record of R' ...
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Which American Orthodox synagogues currently enforce COVID-19 safety protocols beyond what's required by law? [closed]

Different cities and states have different COVID-19 safety protocols. I've seen many synagogues that have one or more "extra-safe" minyanim, e.g. the city allows indoor minyanim, and the ...
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Kamatz Katan Question

Can someone kindly confirm if שׁלוֹמָךְ and אַמָךְ have a kamatz katan in them? I do not believe they do, but I’m still working on my ability to spot the kamatz katan in some words. I would pronounce ...
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Radak's commentary on Ezekiel

May I please have a translation of Radak's commentary on Ezekiel? (44:17): והיה בבאם אל שערי החצר הפנימית. אם נאמר החצר הפנימית כמשמעו יהיה פירושו שער עזרת הכהנים והמזבח וממנו לשער האולם כי הכל הוא ...
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Why did the last plague target only the firstborn?

There must be a reason that the firstborn were targeted in the last of the 10 plagues before the Israelites escaped from Egypt. Were the other Egyptians more righteous? Why did the 10th plague target ...
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Is it appropriate to say Baruch Dayan Ha'emes for someone who commits suicide?

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes is the brachah associated with bad news. More specifically, it has become known as the brachah to say when hearing of the news of someone's passing. Is it appropriate to say ...

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