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Was Man Created Alone?

I am looking for a source which I (thought I) came across once regarding creation of man. From what I remember it said that man was actually created in multiple places. Or rather more than one man was ...
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Should we stay out of causes in which we have no personal interest?

A follower of Korach, named On, was swayed by his wife to stay out of the rebellion and was saved: Rav says: On, son of Peleth -- his wife saved him. She said to him: "What is the difference to ...
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Spitting on the ground

In an essay on how seeing others sin makes the sin seem acceptable to you, I read that when 20th-century Rabbi Elya Lopian first came to Eretz Yisrael, he refrained from spitting on the ground (as was ...
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Is all mankind suppose to reach the level of the Tzadick

In the cycle of reincarnation is every one to reincarnate until they reach the level of Tzadick or simply until they fulfill the Mitzvot?
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To what extent does anti-Zohar or Dardaim/Dor Deah sentiment-action-dispute among Yemenite/Teimani trace to Maskilim?

A Yemenite contact once mentioned to me, that the opposition to the Zohar among some Teimani (maybe he said among Baladi?), stemmed from European Maskilim who instigated this. I've searched a little ...
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Profiting from Palestinian businesses that harm Jews

Many Orthodox men in Israel (who are relatively poor and frequently save on car insurance) fix their cars in Palestinian garages over the border. Prices can be ridiculously low relative to Israeli ...
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How can a mikvah be kosher if rain water flows through it?

Rambam Hilchos Mikvaos 8 (8) says: The following rules apply when there are three cavities in a wadi, the higher one and the lower one contain only 20 se'ah, the middle one contains 40 se'ah, and a ...
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Tadir Kodem. Why?

What is the reason for the principle תדיר ושאינו תדיר תדיר קודם? Why does תדיר go first? Please provide sources if possible.
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Consumption of Foods and Liquids Touched By One Who Didn’t Do Morning Netilat Yadayim

My first question is when did the opinion of ruach ra’ah no longer being present today begin? My second question is, are we allowed to consume the foods and drinks touched by one who didn’t do netilat ...
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Mistakes in Amidah

I could not find this answered specifically, so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate. If you make a pronunciation mistake, or lose your place in the final section of the amidah, can you go ...
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Are Kohanim of a mishmar REQUIRED to work, or can they opt not to?

Background: Mishna Yevamos 100. The mishna discusses a Kohen of uncertain lineage citing an example of someone who may be the son of two different men, both of whom are Kohanim. We KNOW for certain ...
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How long does a minor convert have to reject their conversion before it becomes permanent?

An underage (< 12 for girls, < 13 for boys) gentile child can be converted to Judaism under certain circumstances, but they have the right to renounce this conversion upon reaching adulthood. My ...
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What is Judaism's take on Kabbalah?

I like to research religions and recently I started studying Kabbalah. They claim that they've unlocked the key to the "upper worlds" and a few more claims such as there's no satan, no free ...
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Where is the Rashi found on וְאָֽהַבְתָּ֥ לְרֵֽעֲךָ֖ כָּמ֑וֹךָ?

I don't mean in the Chumash but which Gemera and where does Rashi say what this means precisely? It has been suggested to me that Rashi says רֵֽעֲךָ refers to Hashem. Where might that be?
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Why does a murderer have to go to an Ir Miklat? [duplicate]

Someone who murdered by accident has to go to the Ir Miklat. I heard that H'shem's intention on commanding so is to put the murderer in contact with the Leviim and to enable him to be positively ...
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What rights does a husband have over his wife?

I just wish to know the opinions of the Sages or what the Halacha is. What are the rights a man has over his wife?
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Did Saul consult the Urim before his final battle?

Scripture tells us that on the eve of his final battle, Saul besought God but was answered with no dream, Urim or prophets (Samuel 1.28.6). The midrash says that Saul chose not to consult with the ...
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Does Rashi say that cats are more Tzanua than dogs?

My friend says there is a Rashi that says this, but I couldn't find it.
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How did Moshe carry the Luchot down Mount Sinai?

I'm trying to understand how Moshe positioned his hands in carrying the Luchot down Mount Sinai (both the first set before he broke them and the second set). Were they under them or grasping the sides?...
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Do any minhagim use Psalm 45 during chuppah?

I know that many Ashkenazi communities of the community use Psalm 128 during the chuppah ceremony. However, there is a Psalm 45 that expresses the joy of marriage no less. I heard that some use it at ...
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Wasn't Yaakov afraid to create envy between Ephraim and Menashe?

When Yosef took his sons to receive a bracha from his father, Yaakov switched his hands to put his right hand over Ephraim, the youngest brother. When Yosef questioned him about that, Yaakov said that ...
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Whose publisher's Tur and Shulchan Aruch should I get? [duplicate]

Looking for something with clear printing and that has the mishna brurah in it also.
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Did Moshe Rabbeinu fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel by studying them?

I heard that Moshe Rabbeinu asked H'shem to be allowed to fulfill the Mitzvot of Eretz Israel, but He answered him: "You won't be able to enter Israel, but as you have studied all the Mitzvot, I ...
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Does Jewish law prescribe or advise about voting in an election?

If there is a national election outside of Israel with only bad candidates, does Jewish law have a view on whether or not to vote - and if yes whether to vote for who one perceives is the lesser of ...
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Can a blech be placed on a stove on shabbos?

If a person forgot to put a blech on the stove, can he do it on shabbos? Sources would be appreciated.
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Kohen marriage after cohabitation?

If a cohen cohabits, lives with publicly and may even have had a child with a jewish woman, born jewish, can they marry afterwards? What if there is a time in which they are not living together ...
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Saying the word "Pig" [duplicate]

There seems to be a sensitivity among some people not to say the word "Pig". Aside from simple purity of speech, where does this come from? Is there a source?
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May one get an electric tattoo for blood pressure monitoring?

Researchers have recently found a way to measure blood pressure via graphene e-tattoos on the skin. Would one be Halachically allowed to get such a tattoo, or would this fall under the category of ...
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If the government in israel was more torah based, how would it be run [closed]

How differently would it be run to now. What would it look like.
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Why would someone marry someone not jewish [closed]

If we are different and have a different essence to non Jews, why do people marry them.
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Do you call a yid who's had a giyur LECHUMRA "Ben/Bat Avraham Avinu"?

Do you call a yid who's had a giyur LECHUMRA "Ben/Bat Avraham Avinu"? So basically if a yid grows up with the Hebrew name Shlomo ben Chaim or something like that then finds out his yichus is ...
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Netilat Yadayim - Obligatory or Derabanan? [closed]

Would being that there’s a reference to washing the hands out of the Zohar(184b; upon arising), as well as it being more so metaphysical make morning netilat yadayim Torah/Biblical rather than ...
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Was the King suppose to expose the death penalty when the court could not?

As the rules of the court were so strict, was the King suppose to execute justice? In modern times there are cases where say a mob boss orders multiple murders and there are no witnesses. I assume the ...
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Why did animals deserve to perish in the mabul? [duplicate]

Because animals have such a limited intellectual capacity, how can they be held culpable for anything that warrants a punishment as severe as the mabul?
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What is a penandish? [duplicate]

Found in siman tzadik daled in halacha ches. What is it and does it sit on top of the oven or sit inside of the oven?
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Is Isru Chag observed on different days in א"י & בחו"ל?

In other words, is Isru Chag a relative event, like Shavuot, that is actually different outside of Eretz Yisrael? In the Bavli, Isru Chag is mentioned generically as the day after chag (citing a Tanna,...
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Is it technically possible to rely on a heter from a rabbi you have never met?

This is probably a stupid question, but I was wondering if it's possible to rely on a controversial heter that's not generally accepted. For example Rav Messas was matir for married women uncovering ...
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Enforcing car free Shabbat

Personally, I really enjoy in Israel that religious neighbourhoods block car traffic on the Shabbat. (I mean by legal means and road signs as well.) It is much of a relief after the chaos and the ...
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Online Udemy Like Torah Classes

I was wondering if there any Udemy Like Torah classes (Parsha, Jewish history, Tanach, Mishna, Gemara etc..) Affordable (Udemy classes usually sell for 10-20 dollars can pay a bit more but you get ...
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Water from washing that ran onto sleeves- Is it tumah?

If after raising hands for netilat yadayim the water from the hands ran down onto sleeves, is that water on the sleeves then rendered tumah?
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Morning Netilat Yadayim - Rabbinic or Biblical?

Though there's a reference for morning netilat yadayim within the Zohar, is it a rabbinic decree, or a Torah based mitzwot for ALL Yisrael outside of the kohenim?
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How does Rabbeinu Yonah permit a Issur D'Oraisa of אונאת דברים based on a passuk in Nach?

In the עליות דרבינו יונה to Bava Basra (quoted at the end of sefer Chofetz Chaim). He says although the Torah forbids (ridiculing someone) לא תונו - it is certainly permitted and actually a מצוה to ...
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Am I a Kohen if mother's grand father is a Kohen

My mother's father was a kohen but my father is not Jewish, growing up I was never told I was Jewish it was hidden from me and my sister so when my parents got divorced I learned from a rabbi at a ...
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60 breaths while sleeping

After sleeping, when one sleeps 60 breaths or more, they have to do netilat yadayim. Is 60 breaths a span of time, or a calculated amount of breaths one takes while sleeping?
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Are hands rendered tumah if water flowed down after second or third pour?

When performing morning netilat yadayim, are the hands rendered tumah if during the second or third pour the water is poured above the wrists?
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A non observant Jew cooks on Shabbos does that treif the kitchen and utensils?

Ssay a non-observant Jew lives in an observant home and cooks on Shabbos in the kitchen. Would that make the kitchen and utensils treif? Or would he make the kitchen treif by warming up already cooked ...
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What do you call casual bekishes (or formal robes) for wearing at home or while learning

I have seen various rabbanim in video clips or in pictures that sometimes wear a type of bekishe that drapes more like a nice robe. This version of the bekishe (if that is even the correct term) seems ...
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Wireless touching during Niddah

Assume that a couple follows the opinion that touching is not permitted during the Niddah period. Are they allowed to use a massager on the wife's body, to make her feel good/happy, where the massager ...
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Is Hebrew compulsory to practice Judaism?

I am an atheist and loosely read mi yodeya because I am generally interested in cultures and the technicities of Judaism are fascinating. A lot of the questions (and especially answers) cite verbatim ...
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"God told me so" claim in Jewish court [duplicate]

Imagine a person who is otherwise perfectly sane who claims to see a one-time revelation in his sleep/daydream and commits a crime, despite two witnesses warning him. He understands the magnitude of ...
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