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Are There Examples of Rabbinic Enactments That due to Our Spiritual Decline Have Morphed Into Multiple Purpose Enactments - Hashem S'fatai ...?

The words "Hashem Sfatai Tiftach ..." are uttered before T'filla. Why? Per the Chatam Sofer (Brachot 4b) it's to unlock the paralysis. Loosely translated - ... the reason for opening the ...
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Pen and notebook carrying in Judaism

Is it a Jewish custom for a Jewish person to carry a pen and a notebook in the pocket of their long-sleeved shirt?
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What is the actual fulfilment of Daniel 9:24?

I recently encountered an argument by missionaries about Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy, but specifically about the first verse of it: ”Seventy weeks are determined for thy people, and for thy holy city, ...
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How do you determine the correct biblical date for Passover? [closed]

Why did Easter fall on Sunday about a month ago? The Jewish Passover is happening tonight (April 22, 2024) and yet the Catholic Church and Christendom celebrated Easter about a month ago. What full ...
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Religiously confused [closed]

I was adopted into a Jewish family, never felt I belonged . Had a troubled childhood, my adopted dad stuck me in a school that trained kids to become rabbis. The school wanted me to get bar mitzvahed,...
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Why do some Kiddush cups have golden dome accents on them?

When shopping for Kiddush cups, I find a lot of them have golden domes on them, such as this one from a popular Judaica store: I am confused by the golden dome accents in the cups artwork. As far as ...
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Is a Baal Teshuva required to keep the surname of his non-Jewish father?

There are some Jews who are Halachically Jewish but come from mixed backgrounds. In such cases, the Jew may carry his father's surname. Socially speaking, I can imagine such a situation causing ...
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What is the significance of Deuteronomistic and Priestly edits to the Torah once it was canonized?

I am a beginner in my studies and was researching a question on why the Israelites didn’t get circumcised in the wilderness when I found an article that left me a bit confused as to whether the Torah ...
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Do You Need A Mezonos For Taanis Bechorim?

One of the ways for firstborns to eat on Erev Pesach is to hear somebody make a Siyum. If you hear the Siyum, but didn't eat a Mezonos, and you're a Bechor - can you eat or not?
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Why do we eat Matzah to commemorate what we did when we left Egypt, when we were already commanded to do so long before we left?

In the Haggadah, we say: ⁧מצה זו שאנוּ אוכלים, על שום מה? על שום שלא הספיק בצקם של אבותינו להחמיץ עד שנגלה עליהם מלך מלכי המלכים, הקדוש ברוך הוא, וגאלם, שנאמר: ויאפו את הבצק אשר הוציאו ממצרים עגת ...
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Is vaping on Pesach allowed?

Are vapes kosher for Pesach being as the liquid, even if it would contain chometz, isn't fitting for a dog to eat?
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Is there an online pdf to the Shaar HaKollel of the Alter Rebbes reasoning to his sidur?

BH I heard a book of the Alter Rebbe's reason for his rules and decisions on his sidur was printed called Shaar HaKollel is there a place where you can view it online?
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Can you compost chametz in your backyard? If so, how?

Background Some ways to get rid of food, from most to least environmentally-friendly, are: Feeding it to animals. Backyard composting. Curbside municipal composting. Burning it in a plastic bag. ...
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No Chometz??!! Can someone please explain

We all know it is explicit Torah Isur (prohibition) to eat (and own) Chometz (leaven) during Passover, as stated in Exodus. The common explanation for this is because when the Jewish people were ...
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Is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur

According to Halacha, is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur or no? On the one hand, it is a day of affliction, so the usual mitzvah of Oneg with regards to nice food etc. is not there, but is there ...
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What is the minimum size for a vineyard to be obligated against Kilayim

According to Halacha, a vineyard is prohibited from being mixed with different fruits or seeds, also known as Kilayim. My question is what is the minimum size/shiur for a vineyard to exist by halachic ...
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Source for Jewish superstition

Growing up I was always told that there is reason in Jewish practice not to step over someone, and if one accidentally did, one should step back over them to remove the bad-I guess I would call it act....
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How Eiruv Tavshilin works and its origins [duplicate]

What is the origin of eruv tavshilin? And what is the methodology on how to apply it?
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Is one allowed to use this wine for the 4 cups?

Is Kedem’s Matok Rouge wine a viable option for the 4 cups? Link: https://liquorsgalore.com/shop/product/kedem-matuk-rouge-sft/56eb84ea69702d56541f0500?option-id=...
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Advice needed on becoming more observant as an adult [closed]

From a normative orthodox perspective, if a Jew is married to a convert who converted along with their infant in a Conservative synagogue (so not Jewish to them) which of these bad options are the &...
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Why is Baker's Yeast not chametz gamur?

The OU Pesach Guide says Brewer's Yeast is chametz gamur but that Bakers Yeast is not. Why is Bakers Yeast not chametz gamur. Is it not שְׂאֹ֖ר? Or is OU saying that chametz gamur is not the same as ...
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How to find provenance of Megillah klaf

I was cleaning out my Zayde's z"l house in Baltimore and found an old Megillat Ester klaf hidden in a drawer. We are wondering if anyone knows if there are ways to date the scroll and tell its ...
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What kinyan is done when a Rav sells his congregants' chometz to a non-Jew?

What sort of kinyan (kessef, shtar, chalipin, meshicha, etc.) does a Rav do when he sells everyone's chometz to a non-Jew? Does the non-Jew need to read everyone's shtaros?
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Library use on Chol Ha'moed: assisted checkout vs. self-checkout

Using a computer printer may or may not be allowed on Chol Ha'moed, depending on the situation. Imagine that you're borrowing some books from the public library on Chol Ha'moed. You have two options. ...
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Why is it called Lashon Hara?

Why is it called לשון הרע, the bad language, as opposed to לשון רע, simply bad language? Wouldn’t the latter be more grammatically correct and more pashut?
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Can you borrow library books on Chol Ha'moed?

Is it allowed to borrow books from the public library on Chol Ha'moed? If so, why? Please assume: The books are about secular topics (e.g. health) which you enjoy reading about. You plan to read the ...
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If one does not find chametz after saying al biur chametz and does bedikah, is it a bracha levatala?

If someone doesn't place 10 pieces of chametz for bedikah as the custom is to do, and says the bracha "al biur chametz" and then does bedikat chametz, but for some reason (maybe he cleaned ...
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Observance of mitzvot before brit milah

Many Jewish people today in the secular environment has no knowledge about the priorites toward a more religious life. If somebody discovers that he is Jewish, than what are the commandments that he ...
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Is there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah?

BH Does anyone know if there a video or audio lesson explaining the Mittler Rebbe's Sharei Emunah, the first book in Torah Mitzvah Ve Torah Or?
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May a convert/woman be the president or CEO of a tzedakah organization

According to Halacha, people who convert to Judaism or Jewish women are not permitted to have some positions of authority over born Jews. My question is, does being a president or CEO of a tzedakah ...
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What is the proper beracha for a mandarin chicken salad

Accordion to Halacha, what is the proper beracha for Jews to recite on a mandarin chicken salad? Is it shehakol, Haetz, Ha’adamah or something else?
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What is the correct order of learning the mesechta of shas from beginner level to advanced? [closed]

What order should Talmud be learned in?
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Where can I get Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?

Where can I buy Lafa (soft Yemenite) matza in South Florida?
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Will Moshiach need to PROVE he is a male line descendant of King David?

Would it be a requirement for Moshiach to be able to prove that he is a descendant of King David or at least have a family mesorah that he is? Or is it more of a case that once we see that someone is ...
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Can a member of a minyan object to a shaliach tzibur?

Does the member of a minyan have the right not to permit a shaliach tzibur who does not daven properly (e.g., someone who davens too fast, cannot be followed and skips)? See Shulchan Aruch 51:12.
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Is an Ashkenaz home allowed to cook rice in a pesach pot before the hag?

On hag Pesach, if one finds rice in a cooking pot, the rice can be removed and the food eaten (as I understand the halacha). Does that mean one can cook rice in a pesadik pot before Pesach? (Assume ...
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Guide for which parts of the Maggid (in the Seder) need to be done in Hebrew?

I have heard that most of the Maggid can just be done in your native language, but there are some parts which should be done in Hebrew. Which parts are these? (sources if possible, please)
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Praying on plane [closed]

I will be traveling to a Passover program for the 2nd days the plane is scheduled to leave at about 6:30 am in Los Angeles to Mexico should I put Tefilen on the plane or pray in my seat and then do ...
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Is one allowed to pray for themselves to die [duplicate]

not promoting self harm Is one allowed to pray to Gd to take their lives? Possible proof is Choni HaMeagel doing this. Though you can argue that was an extreme circumstance. And a possible disproof ...
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May Jews recite a hesped for a Talmid chacham on Isru chag

According to Halacha, eulogies are not allowed to be held on Isru Chag of Shavuot, and there is a very strong minhag for the other Isru Chags. My question is, does this also apply to a hesped for a ...
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May Jews eat chicken before the usual waiting time after eating hard cheese

According to Halacha, Jews should wait at least 1 hour (according to some ashkenazi Poskim) or 6 hours (according to most Sephardic poskim) after eating Hard cheese before eating meat. Since chicken ...
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Why does the Hagada say "אחד"?

By the 4 sons - the Hagada says אחד חכם ואחד רשע ואחד תם... Why? It should just say חכם ורשע ותם ושאינו יודע לשאול!?!
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The simanei haseder (TOC of the seder)

Why was the simanei haseder created? Is there any real significance to them other than just being a table of contents? And Why do we chant or sing it at the start of the seder?
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Why do most Orthodox Jews hold the Talmud as not even the same, but actually more valid than the Torah? [closed]

I had a few major questions I brought to a well known Orthodox rabbi (not looking to get into those questions yet here), I was asking him how something was ok, when the Torah is adamant it is not, and ...
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What are volumes 3 and 4 of _Shemirath Shabbath_ about?

Shemirath Shabbath is the English translation of a work by Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth. The books explain how to keep Shabbat. They also explain the halacha regarding modern conveniences such as fridges ...
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What is the source for performing a levaya for a burnt sefer torah

Unfortunately due to a recent tragic mishap a sefer torah was burnt in a shul fire. The community is conducting a levaya in similar incidents a levaya was also performed. I understand that sifrei ...
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Story about the Ben Ish Chai selling his precious sefer Torah in order to publish his seforim

Rav Daniel Glatstein in his Maggid HaRakiah (Inyanei Purim) quotes a story about the Ben Ish Chai desperately wanting to sell his seforim but had no money to publish them. The story goes that he had ...
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Software or database for creating my own bentcher or song book

I'm trying to create a family bentcher and/or song book. Which software systems do you recommend for creating a database of songs that include Hebrew, English, and Transliteration? And for the layout ...
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Is besamim used for Motzai Shabbat when there is an important event

According to Halacha, besamim is not used for havdalah when Motzai Shabbat is Yom tov. My question is, if there is a wedding, bar mitzvah, Brit milah, etc. being held the day after Shabbat, does ...
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Are fedoras Lo Yilbash on a woman

According to Halacha, are Fedoras considered Lo Yilbash for a woman to wear? Or no, even though they are often worn by males, are they not considered men’s apparel that women are by halacha ...
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