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What is the point of Moshe asking for a successor?

Bamidbor 27, 15 &16 יִפְקֹ֣ד יְהוָ֔ה אֱלֹהֵ֥י הָרוּחֹ֖ת לְכָל־בָּשָׂ֑ר אִ֖ישׁ עַל־הָעֵדָֽה׃ “Let the LORD, Source of the breath of all flesh, appoint someone over the community" Moshe ...
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Who or what did G-d use while creating?

I’ve a question, G-d created the heavens and the earth, but in order to do so did He usd an 'agent’? The spirit of G-d hovering above the face of the waters is explained as the spirit of Moshiach. The ...
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Kashrut- steam from meat

If steam from a cholent pot condensed on the cover and then the liquid from the cover fell onto a pareve container, is the container now meat?
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How did the words of Elohim materialize, became physical?

I’ve a question regards Genesis 1. It starts with the famous words “Bereshit bara Elohim...(בראשית ברא אלהים)”, followed by the words that the Ruach Elohim (רוח אלהים) was present. And from this point ...
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Were there any seforim or books written on the Torah approach to modern-day philosophy such as humanism or classical liberalism?

Although I have seen paragraphs here and there in various books explaining the torah hashkafa on specific values (i.e. Rav Kook, Rav Illowy, Lord Sacks on slavery), I have yet to seen a book that ...
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Is there precedence in Jewish history for translating Psalm XXII 17 “they pierced my hands and my feet”? [closed]

According to Alexander Harkavy's Jewish translation of the Tanakh called "The Holy Scriptures" (first published 1916, reprinted 1936 & 1951) the ending of Psalm XXII 17 reads "they ...
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Were the Mitzvos given because of counting of Bnei Yisrael in Bamidbar?

I was reading a Dvar Torah by a prominent Rosh Yeshiva where he stated that Chazal say that the connection between the end of Sefer Vayikra: אלה המצות אשר צוה יהוה את־משה אל־בני ישראל בהר סיני These ...
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Why is the *nun* raised?

The Book of Judges says: The Children of [the Tribe of] Dan erected graven images [idols] for themselves; and Jonathan son of Gershom son of Menashe [וִ֠יהוֹנָתָן בֶּן־גֵּרְשֹׁ֨ם בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֜ה], ...
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Which Animals Are Said to Have Spoken in the Torah

I'm aware that the Torah says the serpent spoke to Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1) and Balaam's ass spoke to him on his journey to see Balak (Numbers 22:28). Are there any other instances of animals ...
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How did something not Jewish like Challah become so prevalent? [duplicate]

The torah and other Jewish literature make clear that "challah" is a catch all that describes a normal bread that is often used in offerings, or portions of it are given as sacrifices or as ...
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What criticism is there of Rav Shalom Arush's works? [closed]

Rav Shalom Arush is the author of an extensive book series on emunah, marriage, parnasa, etc. which many readers here - including myself - have found helpful. However, I heard that some distinguished ...
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Is Shechem in the time of Avimelech (son of Gidon the Judge) made of jewish people?

Gidon married a Pilegesh (second wife) from Shechem. Was she Jewish? She bore him a son Avimelech. He convinced the people of Shechem to agree that he should become king. Were the people of Shechem ...
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What does Chaplaincy mean [closed]

I found that abroad (out of Israel) there is an intense usage of the word Chaplaincy. Does it mean Rabbanut in Hebrew? Are there Rabbis that call themselves Chaplaincy? Does this word come from ...
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May one tour the Acropolis in Athens, Greece? [duplicate]

The Acropolis with its Parthenon is Greece's #1 tourist attraction. Are there any halachic issues with touring the ruins of pagan temples?
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Tzedaka in the Wilderness

As a young child, the Kotzker Rebbe is quoted as asking how Klal Yisroel in the Wilderness were able to fulfill the mitzva of tzedaka if they had everything they needed with the manna. However, they ...
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Did 18th century Dutch bachurim learn in yeshivos? [closed]

I am a historical fiction writer, and it's very important to me to get details right. I am currently working on a story idea set in Colonial New York around the time of the Revolution. At that time, ...
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Is Classic liberalism at odds with Orthodox Judaism? [closed]

Modern society accepts the axiom that all men are created equal with the unalienable rights of life, liberty and happiness. We abhor both chattel and indentured slavery, genocide and unprovoked ...
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Order of parents' names for kohen on gravestone

I can't find examples of gravestones (matsevot) with both parents' names in Hebrew. For a kohen, the options seem to be Ploni ben Almoni ha-kohen v'Almonit which I don't especially like, as it makes ...
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Keeping real estate in Israel

When the World to Come is in full effect (messianic age, beis hamikdash, resurrection of dead), will current real estate owners in Israe need to relinquish their rights to the property for it to be ...
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Does one Make a Bracha on Tzitzis during Bein Hashmashos?

There is a fundamental Machlokes Rishonim whether when the Gemara says that there is no Chiyuv of Tzitzis at night, is that referring to the Gavra or to the Cheftza. The question now is: a person puts ...
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Cleaning a Talis together with silver Atora [closed]

Can I wash my heavy wool talis together with the silver Atora,what happens if I won’t remove the Atora? I will appreciate if anyone can assist me,thank you!
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...
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What does the name Phinehas mean?

What does the name Pinchas mean? Is it Hebrew, is it Egyptian, is it a Nubian name? In the Hebrew how does it translate to Brass/Copper Mouth when the last letter in the name is a samech and not a ...
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Why did Jethro want Moses' son to be an idolater?

The Midrash tells a strange story: When Moses said to Jethro, "Give me your daughter Tzipporah as a wife", Jethro answered, "If you do what I ask of you, I will give her to you as a ...
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Looking for the entirety of the Zohar in English translation [duplicate]

Greetings fellow seeker of Truth, After reading through the first couple of pages of Michael Leitmann and David Brushin rendition of the Zohar, I realized that entire sections are missing and huge ...
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Ben Sorer Umoreh/Murderer Absolved?

We are told by the Gemoro Sanhedrin 72A (brought by Rashi on Devorim 21:18) that the Ben Sorer is killed because the Torah foresees that he will eventually kill somebody. However the Rambam rules (...
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Fluent Yiddish speakers wanted! [closed]

My name is David, I speak German as my mother tongue and I am interested in comparative linguistics. German and Yiddish are very closely related. Have you heard of Balador Alast? He has an entire ...
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Taping the Light on a Freezer

For people who don't use electricity on Shabbos, what do you do with the freezer light? With the fridge, it's easier because I can just tape the notch that controls the light, but with the freezer, it'...
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How are we supposed to understand the Rema on Even HaEzer 23:5?

There is a Rema on Even HaEzer 23:5 that looks troubling to me. The Siman there is discussing the prohibition of spilling seed, and this particular halacha is that if a woman has “some sort of closure ...
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Learning Torah while sitting Shmirah for a Met

I am part of the Chevra Kadisha in a town with a small Jewish community and so the Metim don’t always have people to sit Shmirah the whole time until the funeral so I try to spend as much time as ...
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Could the trop of מה-פעל אל be a me'ayla?

כִּ֤י לֹא־נַ֙חַשׁ֙ בְּיַעֲקֹ֔ב וְלֹא־קֶ֖סֶם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל כָּעֵ֗ת יֵאָמֵ֤ר לְיַעֲקֹב֙ וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל מַה־פָּ֖עַל אֵֽל׃ ‏ Bamidbar 23:23 The word פעל is mile'eil (according to R' Breuer's conclusion ...
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Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4

The Artscroll elucidated Mishnah (Oholot 4:1) contains a footnote referring to Mikdash David, Kuntres Tohorot 3:4 (d'h והנה זה). Can anyone help me find a copy of this source?
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Why so much critique of the ibn Ezra?

Throughout Chumash, the Ramba"n goes after the ibn Ezra. The Ramba"n says in his introduction to the Chumash that his attitude toward the ibn Ezra is "תוכחה גלויה ואהבה מסותרת". In ...
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Why not to Eli?

I wasn't quite sure on how to word the Title. My question is on Nach in Shmuel Alef, where in Perek 2 a Prophet, either Elkanah or as the Ralbag says it was Pinchas, they tell Eli, that because of ...
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Has Leviticus/Vayikra 18:22 been consistently been interpreted as forbidding homosexuality in general or in a more narrow, specific form? [closed]

I was disappointed that Rashi does not comment on the passage: Lev 18:22 JPS You shall not lie down with a male, as with a woman: this is an abomination. Is this discussed in Torah or the prophets ...
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Miriam's Death in the Midbar

Why wasn't Miriam's body taken to Eretz Yisrael for burial when she died? In her merit, the well followed B'Nei Yisrael in the desert. She saved Moshe by taking care of him as a baby in the Nile River....
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Should one recite a bracha for non-kosher meals? [duplicate]

If a Jew who doesn’t keep kosher eats a meal (like non-kosher beef), is it permissible, forbidden or necessary to say some sort of brachot before and after eating? My initial guess would be no since ...
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Ma'ayan HaChochmah - Written by Moshe?

I found the book Ma'ayan HaChochmah in many editions, all of which are attributed to Moshe Rabbeinu. Here are some examples: 1, 2, 3, 4. What is the history of this book? Is it unanimous that it was ...
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What is studying “Torah”? [closed]

We are enjoined to study the "Torah". Joshua told Israel: לֹֽא־יָמ֡וּשׁ סֵפֶר֩ הַתּוֹרָ֨ה הַזֶּ֜ה מִפִּ֗יךָ וְהָגִ֤יתָ בּוֹ֙ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַ֔יְלָה Let not this Book of the Torah cease from ...
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Breslov Kollel In RBS

Is there a Breslov Kollel in Ramat Beit Shemesh? Or a chassidus style kollel that focuses on Gemara and Halacha as well as Chassidus (breslov)?
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Baal HaTurim written for his father? [duplicate]

Rav Eytan Feiner mentioned that the Baal Haturim wrote his commentary on Chumash in one night as a gift for his father. Although there are noting the commentary being written in one night, are there ...
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Why does Safek Pikuach Nefesh apply to COVID-19, but not to the flu? [duplicate]

According to the CDC, up to 45 million get sick and 60,000 die from influenza in the US each year, including hundreds of children. Why is the annual flu not considered safek pikuach nefesh and demand ...
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Would talking to a friend about someone who is annoying to you be considered lashon hara? [duplicate]

I’ll expand the question in the title. Suppose someone is being annoyed by somebody else or has certain doubts about how to proceed regarding somebody else’s behavior and is looking for advice. Not ...
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Are you obligated to study the Zohar? [closed]

Are we Jews obligated to study the Zohar in particular, or at we at liberty to ignore it completely? (I mean ignore it as part of one's systematic studies. We obviously never totally ignore it. Our ...
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Did Rashi (In Na"ch) write what words (Devri Hamaschil), he was going on ; Or was that put in later by The Printers? [duplicate]

Did Rashi (specifically in Na"ch) himself write the Devri Hamaschil that shows what part of the Pasuk Rashi is coming to explain (as part of his Perush; Or was that put in later by The Printers? ...
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Bracha for one teffilin [duplicate]

If I take off my shel Rosh and shel yad, then a few hours later put on my shel yad only - what bracha do I make?
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Is a converted Jew with no Jewish ancestral background or lineage considered a Jew? [duplicate]

I wonder if a gentile converts to Judaism and has no Jewish family background at all then is that person considered a Jew? Are there any sects in Judaism that have this restriction? Any citations or ...
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M'karev an elder reformed fellow

Say I wanted to learn with an elder fellow (80s) who's always Been irreligious his entire life. What should I learn with him to bring him to Religion. Keep in mind: He can read Hebrew, he believes in ...
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Is there a Siddur with Tagim (crowns)

As per the teaching of the Besht I’ve been really meditating on the letters as I daven but I realized that the true shapes of letters as they are written in a Torah or mezuzah which includes the tagim ...
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Identity of the rooster

The Gemara Berachos (7a) writes וְאֵימַת רָתַח? אָמַר אַבַּיֵי: בְּהָנָךְ תְּלָת שָׁעֵי קַמָּיָיתָא כִּי חִיוָּרָא כַּרְבַּלְתָּא דְתַרְנְגוֹלָא וְקָאֵי אַחַד כַּרְעָא. The Gemara asks: When is the ...

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