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Is it permissible to use a recruiter to poach a currently employed employee?

Is there any halachic reason not to use a recruiter that will approach currently employed employees to attempt to poach them for my business?
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Jewish Babylonian Aramaic - Flashcards

Does anyone know if vocabulary flashcards are available for students of the Aramaic of the Bavli?
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Aish Kodesh - Edition Recommendations

Can someone recommend a good edition of Aish Kodesh by R. Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro? I am looking for an English or Hebrew edition.
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Can you make a siyum on tractate Tamid?

It's the shortest masechet and has only 7 chapters. It start from 25b, which is unusual. Can you make a siyum on it?
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When did the term עָקְדָה first come into use? [closed]

Akedah is a term which now means Abraham's final test. Obviously when it occurred, as recorded in Genesis 22:1-19, it was not known if this would be Abraham's final test. Only when we read about the ...
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Is a genetically modified pig organ in [duplicate]

If you are unaware, doctors recently performed a surgery in which they added a genetically modified pig kidney into a living person. I was curious, does this violate laws on kosher? Would it be ...
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Sources: Torah Laws & Ancient Societal Norms

I've heard many times the argument that many Torah Laws and sanctioned behaviors (such as slavery, killing entire enemy nation, marrying a rape victim, etc.) are to be understood (in an ethical sense) ...
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Is Marvel considered idolatry?

Just wondering if watching a Marvel movie or TV show [besides for the prohibitions on watching secular TV and movies in general] is considered idolatry or not, being that it deals with many pagan &...
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Is a gentile nation allowed to go to war with another gentile nation?

With recent talks about Russia and Ukraine or China and Taiwan was wondering is there a source in the Torah that would allow or disallow a gentile nation to invade another gentile nation?
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Who owns 770 Eastern Parkway? [closed]

Seriously, some gabaim just kicked me out for no valid reason, someone else said that no gabai there has any legal rights to it, so who does actually own it?
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Is the TorahCalc Molad Calculator accurate?

I have been making an excel spreadsheet that calculates molads. I started from the Molad for Tishrei in Year 1 Anno Mundi. Based on various websites (including TorahCalc), the Molad was on Tuesday at ...
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Greek Chi and Anointment

In Menachos 75a and other places it says that meshicha, smearing of oil, on the רקיקים wafer-offerings, is done כמין כי יווני - like a greek letter chi. Tosefos there brings quite a few explanations ...
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Mishna Berurah - Oz VeHadar or Dirshu [duplicate]

I am looking to buy a Mishnah Berurah set. The Oz VeHadar and the Dirshu sets look like good options. Does anyone have a recommendation to offer for one set over the other? Or is there another set ...
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Putting quotes from the Talmud/Torah on the wall

What are the halachic issues which might come up in printing verses of the Talmud and Torah and sticky-taping them on a wall? One example would be Taanit 20a:16 - 20b:3.
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What to say at a father's first yartzeit [closed]

Any particular message or story or idea as a son on my father's first yahrtzeit anyone has meaning to share please with me as I will speak in public on the yartzeit...
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What is the name of the hat of the Karaite hakhams?

I repeatedly noticed a similar headdress not only among the Karaite hakhams, but also among the Romaniote and some Mizrahi rabbis.
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Why argue over whether people want their wheat wet?

Stuff becomes muchshar l'kabel tum'a, contaminable, if it becomes wet by the owner's will (or at least by human will). Machshirin, chapter 3, mishna 5, in my own, loose translation: Suppose someone's ...
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Where is evidence to support Jews have a different soul from non-Jews in Torah? [closed]

At what point in the Neshamah: Levels of Soul Consciousness is the separation between Jews and Non-Jews?
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Basis for Hassidut

Is hassidut based on the canonical Jewish texts (Tanakh, Mishna, Midrash, Gemara)? What is its basis? In other words, how do we know that hassidut has divine roots and presents us with ontological ...
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Online version of book called "Aiding Talmud Study"?

Does anyone know whether an online version (PDF, ebook etc.) of a book called "Aiding Talmud Study" by Aryeh Carmell exists?
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What were the first rabbinic reactions to the rise of Islam?

Practically, all Jewish second-Temple diaspora in the 7th and 8th centuries fell under the rule of Islam. How did rabbis respond to the new sister religion? Did they attribute any special qualities, ...
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The Mitzvah of establishment of courts before Yitro's advice

Allegedly, the 7 Noahide Mitzvos were given to Adam and passed down to Moses. Even if we follow the approach that our forefathers were Noahides prior to the receiving of the Torah, they would be ...
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What was the process for acceptance of midrashim?

The Talmud tells us that the Sages had long discussions about which books should be included in the Tanach [Bava Batra 14b-15a]. Their decisions were important. First, the books they excluded do not ...
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Where can I find the original Hebrew text for this quote?

From the Jewish Encyclopedia: Armenia is also mentioned in the Midrashim: "God said, if I let them pass through the deserts, they will die of starvation. Therefore I lead them by the road of ...
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Hassidut for Non-Mystics

I have difficulty connecting to mysticism. Can anyone recommend a hassidic thinker or a work of Hassidut that would be appealing to someone who is not into mysticism?
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What crime was committed by one who touched the mountain?

From what I have learned, different sins which are punished via the court system deserve different types of death penalties. In Parshat Yitro (19:12-13), the text indicates that one who touches the ...
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Who pays for extra time spent on a defective product?

The scenario: a guy charges $50 an hour, offers to replace a computer disk with a bigger one. For convenience, he also buys the new drive for the client from a supplier. After three hours of work (...
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Question about reincarnation

I once heard a Rabbi recount a story of the Baal Shem Tov. A student of the Baal Shem Tov witnessed a rich man leave some money in an area, a poor man found it and took it. The student asked the Baal ...
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Lightweight Shtender

Can someone recommend a Shtender? I am looking for one that is a) lightweight b) sits on one's lap (so not a standing Shtender) c) holds the pages of the book open d) looks nice
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Story ID: Woman named Chagigah

I remember hearing/seeing a מעשה about someone who constantly reviewed מסכת חגיגה to the point of knowing it בעל פה. One day he died and no one knew about it, when an unknown woman suddenly appeared ...
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Pausal form with a non-pausal cantillation mark

Someone pointed me to the following unusual verse (Malakhi 1:6): בֵּ֛ן יְכַבֵּ֥ד אָ֖ב וְעֶ֣בֶד אֲדֹנָ֑יו וְאִם־אָ֣ב אָ֣נִי אַיֵּ֣ה כְבוֹדִ֡י וְאִם־אֲדוֹנִ֣ים אָנִי֩ אַיֵּ֨ה מֽוֹרָאִ֜י אָמַ֣ר ׀ ...
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What is the reason for the "special" way of blessing in Gemara Moed Katan 9b

In Masechet Moed Katan 9b we find a very special way that looks strange at first sight. The blessing was given for a son that his father sent him to be blessed by Talmidei Hachamim. What was the ...
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When is the next Yovel? [duplicate]

When is the next Yovel (Jubilee) Year?
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Midrash Rabbah - Edition

The accuracy and reliability of various editions of Midrashim, especially Midrash Rabbah, is not great. I have the few available volumes by Mechon Schecter, who have been putting out critical editions ...
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Nefesh HaChaim - Edition

Can someone recommend an edition of Nefesh HaChaim? I am looking for a nice edition with clear type and explanatory notes.
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Are Metsudah Siddurim permananently out of print? (Specifically, Askenaz)

I've websearched all over for both the everyday and the Shabbat Metsudah siddur -- the seforim sellers are out of stock or have only nusach Sefarad. Used copies are expensive (for "acceptable&...
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R. Soloveichik's Original Works [closed]

In which language did the Rav write most of his essays? I prefer to read authors in the original but it's not clear to me in which language his essays were written.
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What was the general skin color of ancient Israelis?

There are lots of claims that ancient Israelis were black/brown/white or even east-asian looking? So which one is accurate is there any evidence from Torah or from other biblical resource?
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Carbonating fruit on Shabbos

May one perform either of the following actions on Shabbos or Yom Tov? Placing fruit into a bin with dry ice, and closing the bin to force the carbon dioxide to sublimate into the fruit Connecting a ...
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How can we derive halachah from Uzziah's behavior?

Moed Katan 7b: Have you not taught us, our teacher, that King Jotham was only born to Uzziah, the king of Judah, during the days of his confirmed leprosy? This would indicate that a confirmed leper ...
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Jewish Mysticism/Kabbalah - Separation of souls from Hashem good, bad, or neither? [closed]

This is an except from G.K. Chesterton's "Romance of Orthodoxy". Chesterton was a English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and argues that Buddhism and the Theosophical concept of one ...
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Tzidkat HaTzadik - HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin

Can someone recommend an edition of Tzidkat HaTzadik by HaRav Tzadok HaKohen MiLublin? I am looking for an edition with clear type, accurate text, and perhaps some explanatory notes.
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Who is "Shilo" in Bereshit? [duplicate]

In bereshit 49: 10 it is written: "לֹֽא־יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִֽיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו עַד כִּֽי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּֽים׃" Who is Shiloh? "Shiloh, to whom the scepter ...
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What earliest sources mention reincarnation explicitly? [duplicate]

Where is an explicit reference to reincarnation first mentioned in Jewish literature?
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Parshanut Theory/Intro Books

I am currently looking for a book that gives a thorough introduction into the Rishonim's and other Meforshim's understanding of the Chumash in their compilations and a guide to Parshanut and (Jewish) ...
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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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