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Wearing sweatpants on shabbos inside

May one wear sweatpants and a tee-shirt in the house on Shabbos or does a person have to stay in Shabbos clothing even when hanging out at home?
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Havdallah after Pesach

The Koren Machsor states that some have the custom to say Havdalah on beer after Pesach. Any idea how this could be done as a practical matter? Buy the beer before Pesach, sell it with your chametz, ...
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Sending emails to people who will read/answer them on shabbat

Is it permissible to send an e-mail on Friday afternoon, knowing it will be answered or at least read on shabbat by a Jew? I am inclined to think that, since the alternative to someone reading/...
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Does knitting on Shabbos constitute avos melachos other than weaving?

I'm used to the illustration with a loom showing the melachos involved in weaving: Mesach (loading the string), Oseh Shtei Batei Nirim (loading the harness), Oreg (weaving), Potzea (un-weaving). ...
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Why walk Backwards away from Ark - ארון קדש

I have observed a custom in which some people do not turn there back to the Aron kodesh when walking away from it, such as when they are done closing it after returning the sefer torah. I am looking ...
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Teshuvah: How to return or going back to one's true nature?

In the 5th bracha of the Amidah, we request from HaShem "our father" (אבינו), to return us (השיבנו) we mention three kinds of Teshuvah – 1. returning to HaShem, 2.returning to the Torah, and ...
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What’s the punishment for offering a korban wrongly?

What's the punishment for offering a korban in an incorrect way? For example as per Masechet Kinnim 1:1, you may not offer a bird olah below the hut ha-siqra (the red line that horizontally separates ...
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Indirectly Getting Benefit from a Jew's Melacha on Shaabos

I have a very specific question: In a building where you have two doors on opposite sides both of which can only be opened from the outside electronically (from the inside you can push them open). ...
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The Maggid of Mezeritch on jewels and straw

In his sermon on the ethics of controversy, R Norman Lamm says: The great Maggid of Mezeritch, the leading theoretician of Hasidism and one who knew only too well the life of controversy, told us ...
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Who is "thrusted through" in Zechariah 12:10?

How do Jews generally view/regard this verse? And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto Me ...
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Can you stack sefarim on a Chumash according to Sepharadim?

One of the answers to this question quoted the Aruch Hashulchan which says that all printed sefarim nowadays are of equal Kedusha. This means that it is permitted to stack other printed sefarim on top ...
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What does 'Hashem's Countenance' mean?

What is countenance/פָּנָ֛יו? Face? Something more specific? What is the nimshal? Always wondered. Thanks. Apparently I need more words to post the question so, happy Purim everyone!
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Espresso on Shabbos... ☕ Will this method work? [duplicate]

I've come across some fully-manual espresso machines, such as Flair 58x*. Assuming one holds like Rav Moshe Feinstein where there is no bishul in a kli shlishi, and one prepared his pre-ground coffee ...
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What Bracha do you make on Sushi?

What Bracha do you make on Sushi? Is the rice the main part and therefore a mezonos, or is it just a toful (less-important ingredient) in which case I guess a shehakol?
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Boy under barmitzvah leading Kabbalat Shabbat

A number of shuls grapple with the question of how to involve children in tefillah. In orthodox shuls I regularly see boys (even under barmitzvah) reciting Anim Zemirot (this is common). I have seen ...
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Orthodox recognition of Reform bar mitzvah

Reform conversions and Reform weddings aren’t recognized by Orthodox Judaism. A bar mitzvah in a Reform synagogue is recognized in Orthodox Judaism, if the boy is considered Jewish by Orthodox Judaism?...
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Rambam Mishneh Torah handbook

Rambam’s Mishneh Torah is filled with particular words and phrases used repeatedly. It’s also organized in a very particular fashion. Both the word choice and the structure are used deliberately. ...
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When Did Moses Receive the Torah

I apologize for the fact that this threatens to be the most ignorant question ever asked on this site, but I'm not sure where else to ask it. My understanding is that God gave the entire Torah to ...
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603,550 Jews at Sinai and 603,550 Jews Entering Promised Land?

Why in Exodus 38:26 does it say there were 603,550 men over age 20, and then in Numbers 1:46 the exact same number (603,550) is again listed? Didn’t all the Jews of the generation in Exodus all die ...
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Why doesn't Shaul kill the witch of En-Dor?

in 1 Shmuel 28 Shaul consults with a witch who causes the spirit of Shmuel to rise in a practice known as Ov. Working on the assumption that this event actually took place, as described, and that the ...
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Did Moses' face shine forever until his death?

Exodus 34:29-35 says that Moses' face shined after he was in the presence of G-d. Did Moses' face shine forever until his death or did this pass after a certain amount of time much prior to his death?...
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Why was Blind Lemech Carrying a Bow?

Rashi (Genesis 4:23) states that Lemech and Tuval Cain killed Cain: they mistook him for a wild animal. "Lamech was blind and Tubal-Cain used to lead him. The latter saw Cain and thought him to ...
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Advice to live a good life

Shalom everyone, In our daily life we face many circumstances, good and bad, and we react likewise. My thought is to accept everything, certainly the reality. If we can accept everything in our life, ...
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Why don't we say Likboa Mezuzos?

When putting up a mezuzah, we say the blessing Baruch....Asher Kideshanu...Likboa Mezuzah. This blessing is said whether putting up one mezuzah or putting up multiple. Why don't we say likboa Mezuzos ...
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What's the simple meaning, per Rashi, of the "upper waters", and where are they?

B"H In the simple meaning of the verse of "He separated between the water that is below the sky (/beginning of "outer space"/"firmamemt") to the water that is above it&...
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May a minor light one of the havdalah wicks

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a minor to light one of the wicks of the Havdalah candles, as long as an adult lights the other one and conjoins the flames? Or no, must someone who is ...
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What does Ramban refer to with the term "hidden miracles"?

Ramban posits (many times, see links below) that there are open miracles that don't conform with the laws of nature which are used to establish eternal truths vs hidden miracles which do work within ...
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The Brisk curriculum or the more Classic Lithuanian Yeshiva curriculum?

For a Bocher after Beis Medrash in the USA, what Yeshivas (maybe 3) in Yerushalayim follow the "Brisk" method/curriculum and focus on the tractates that deal with Kodshim, etc. and what ...
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Blessing on drinks made from the 7 species

According to Halacha, do drinks, such as for example pomegranate juice, made from the 7 species have the same Berakha of when you eat the 7 species or no? The reason I ask is because for example you ...
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The famine and Joseph's food aid

There are many things I don't understand about Joseph's food policy in Parashat Vayigash Why did the Egyptians have to buy food during the famine, given that they had been taxed during the 7 years of ...
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What part of the arm is considered "below the wrist"

What part of the arm is considered "below the wrist" in regards to Netilat Yadayim and is off limits to touch in order to avoid impure water?
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Biological sample from the ancient dead

Is there any halachic justification, or permission, to take a biological sample from a dead person in an ancient site? For example, in Israel there are many archeological digs which sometimes result ...
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Ribono Shel Olam pronunciation

I haven't studied Hebrew in 50 years and cannot read it anymore. I wonder if anyone has any suggestions on how I can get the pronunciation of Rabbi Nachman's phrase "Ribono Shel Olam" both ...
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Megilat Ester linguistics - why inline translations?

M"E is full with "inline" translations or clarifications from Hebrew to Parsi and vice verse, for example: פור הוא הגורל הֲדַסָּה הִיא אֶסְתֵּר בחודש השנים עשר הוא חודש אדר This is pretty unusual I ...
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Where was the Sanhedrin in the Purim story?

I'm trying to understand the "chain of command" in the story of Megillat Ester, and I see Ester as a prophetess, Mordechai as a prophet and a sage but what's missing is the 70 elders - the Sanhedrin. ...
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Could Zechariah 12:10 be a messianic prophecy about Christ? [duplicate]

In Zechariah 12:10 it tells us about a person who they have pierced, I have spoken to my evangelical friend on this verse and he states that this verse is a direct prophecy about a crucified messiah ...
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Exodus | Death of the Firstborn | Why weren't the Hebrews' animals slain?

So I've been reading through Exodus a lot lately, and one of the things that stood out to me was the death of the firstborn of the animals during the final plague / strike. Now, the firstborn of the ...
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Brushing a Pet on Shabbos

May one brush a dog or other furred pet on Shabbos? When brushing, a toothed comb — made for the purpose of brushing — is used to extract loose/shedding hairs from underneath the top layer of fur, in ...
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How did anyone study the Talmud before Rashi?

Supposedly, the knowledge was transmitted from teacher to student in each generation and so Rashi learned it all from his teacher and wrote it all down. Was it common for people to be familiar with ...
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Shiur for Al Hamichya

What is the minimum shiur to say Al Hamichya? If one eats a quantity of mezonos which is less than the shiur, should they say Borei Nefashos instead?
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Is there any synagogue where Jews still do full Sujood (prostration) all year-round? [closed]

Is there any synagogue in the world where Jews still do sujood (prostration), all year-round according to the ancient laws & minhagim? I'm using Sujood (prostration) to refer to the whole set of ...
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Is there a story where the sages taught that Cain was the son of the Satan

Do the sages teach that Cain came from the union from Eve and The Satan?
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Adult circumcision vs Torah prohibition "Lo Yosif" - not to inflict a wound upon yourself (Deuteronomy 25:3)

I understand that uncircumcised adult men who wish to convert to Judaism must have a circumcision to become Jewish. My question is, how this is reconciled with the Torah prohibition of "Lo Yosif&...
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Can one Daven with the 'wrong' pronunciation?

Can one Daven (as the chazan or by himself) using a different pronunciation of letters / vowels than his minhag? For example, pronouncing a תּ and a ת (with and without a dagesh) the same, instead of ...
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Friday Night in Kotzk

There is a story about the Kotzker Rebbe that says he disregarded or left Yiddishkeit by flagrantly desecrating the Shabbos by blowing out Shabbos candles, taking off his Yarmulke and smoking a pipe, ...
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How should people who ask trolling questions be treated by observant Jews? [closed]

Suppose I ask a silly question on a site dedicated to Judaism. How should I be treated?
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Making matzah at home

This is a follow-up question to 18 minute matzah cutoff (and see also Where does the notion that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?) I know this isn't the standard ...
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Resource for learning Nach Yomi

I would like to start learning Nach yomi (one or two perakim a day), but I don't just want to read the Hebrew/English, since I will not end up with a proper understanding as to what is actually taking ...
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Are these bicycles hefker?

I work on a University campus. Adjacent to my building is a bicycle rack, to which several bikes have been locked since the start of the academic year (end of August). It's clear that these bikes have ...
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How to make matzo using a pizza maker, while ensuring that it stays kosher for Passover?

In preparation for next year, I would like to have fresh soft matzo every day (except Shabbat / Yom Tov of course). I recently heard of the concept of an electric pizza maker. It is basically 2 heated ...

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