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Why “God formed Adam dust” and not “from dust”?

"וַיִּיצֶר ה"א אֶת־הָאָדָם עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה" Genesis.2.7 Literally, the verse reads "God formed Adam dust from the earth", like if "dust" was an adjective. ...
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When was Hevel born?

I just got a copy of The Eternal Link by R. Pinchas Winston and it states (on page 33), "the birth of Cain and Abel actually occurred before the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, not afterwards&...
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Where does “animal morality” come from?

The Gemmorah teaches us that we could learn basic morality from the animal kingdom (Eruvin.100b.29, see also 28): אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן: אִילְמָלֵא לֹא נִיתְּנָה תּוֹרָה, הָיִינוּ לְמֵידִין צְנִיעוּת ...
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How is one able to separate exactly one tenth of an income for maaser?

This article says: According to some authorities, the special virtue of maaser—for which the Torah promises wealth (and even permits “testing” Hashem)—is limited to donating exactly one tenth of one’...
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Why was Cheshbon given by the Gadites?

In Bamidbar 32:37 it says that Cheshbon was rebuilt by Reuven - seemingly, it was given to them after they reached the agreement with Moshe on the settlement of the land. In Yehoshua 13:17 it says ...
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Is it forbidden to speak between the Bracha (NOT Hamotzi) and eating?

If one speaks between making a blessing on food–other than Hamotzi–must he/she repeat the blessing? By way of example, one says the haeitz blessing but then someone comes asking for tzedaka or a child ...
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Viewing idols in an art museum

If one goes to an art or history museum that has a room that showcases the idols of ancient people, may one view them? I heard quoted from Rabbi Moshe Stav (a rebbe in Eretz Yisrael) that you can go ...
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What are the halachic ramifications of dating sites?

Is the viewing of pictures on dating sites and applications such as JDate considered to be within the acceptable bounds of halacha or is it more akin to lewdness?
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Does tzitzit have to hang? Can it be worn as a belt?

Can tzitzit be worn as a belt on the 4 belt loops? Meaning, can the tzitzis on the garment be looped through the belt loops, instead of just hanging?
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After death, does one experience the company of his loved ones in heaven?

Please provide sources, preferably kabbalistic.
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The Genealogy of Qayin's wife (from Nod)

Understanding HaAdam in Bereshit 1-4 as two groups: Nod (Ancestors of Qayin’s wife) and Eden (Adam, Chavah, Hevel, Qayin). The Genealogy of Qayin's wife (from Nod) stems from the זָכָ֥ר Zakar (male) &...
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Why are the words in this pasuk changed around?

This pasuk (לִישׁוּעָֽתְךָ֖ קִוִּ֥יתִי יְהֹוָֽה) appears in many siddurim, including most Artscroll siddurim, after the Ani Maamins. However, the pasuk doesn’t just appear by itself. It appears three ...
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Chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros

Is a rabbi allowed/endorsed/obligated to conduct a laboratory chemical analysis of Niddah Ma'ros before he Paskens? Are there precedents? Are there rabbis who perform it on a regular basis?
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Zohar / Facial features

Shalom all. I once read/heard that the Zohar says that when Jews move to a certain location, then those Jewish people's facial features change to look like the people that they live among. Does any ...
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Which book based on Pnimiut depicts and explains Bamidbar in English?

Hopefully with side-by-side Hebrew, but if not, then that's fine. Just need to know every aspect and the 42 places, the events - with a deep and knowledgeable explanation. I need the deeper levels of ...
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Legitimacy of rulings accepted through spontaneous rabbinic gatherings

The Torah prescribes settling the law in a very special place: "If a case is too baffling for you to decide, be it controversy over homicide, civil law, or assault—matters of dispute in your ...
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How do Jewish sects view the role of the legal law of the Halacha in today's society?

The legal laws of the books of Moses included rulings on stoning adulterers, homosexuals, disobedient children, etc. Christians view these laws as no longer binding on Christians today through the ...
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Modern day Descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth [closed]

I wanted to know who were the modern day descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth. Thanks for the answer.
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Can the word “Torah” refer to the Tanakh in general?

Can the word Torah include other books in the Tanakh? If so, are there examples of this in Jewish literature (ancient rabbinical literature, medieval, etc)
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Would cryogenic freezing while still alive be permissible?

As answered here and here, halachic death is defined as an irreversible heart [and/or respiration, and/or brain] cessation. If so, would cryogenically freezing someone while they're still alive1 be ...
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If Iyov 2:1 states HaYom occurs in Heaven before HaShem, does Laylah also occur in Heaven?

Understanding "Ha-Yom" in [Iyov 2:1] raises questions about the occurrences of Yom and possibly Layla in Heaven. Now [The-Day] came about that the divine beings presented themselves before ...
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Learning about Muktzeh

I am looking for online sources that explain the general laws of Muktzeh in a simple and easy manner. This doesn’t need to be in-depth, as that wouldn’t be simplified, but just an article, video, or ...
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What is the occupation of the soul, Jewish and non-Jewish, in the months prior to birth?

After reading an interesting scientific article concerning how mammals apparently dream prior to birth, it reminded me of Rabbi Simlai in Niddah 30b discussing how each Jewish soul learns the entire ...
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Digital piracy of difficult to acquire products

The following discusses copying an item that is being sold by its creator (https://torah.org/learning/honesty-class64/) Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ztl said that it’s not permitted to copy any item that is ...
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In what year were the Jews in Beitar killed? In what year were they allowed to be buried?

Wondering how many years were they not allowed to be buried for. What year were they finally allowed?
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How specific is “the place where one ate”?

One is supposed to say birkat hamazon "in the place where he ate." How specific is this? (the same building, the same room, the same table, or the same seat)
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What to do when there are multiple pursuers

We know that if there is one (a rodef) who is actively attacking another person in the hopes of killing him, one is allowed to restrain, maim, or even kill the rodef. However, what happens if there ...
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How can heart transplants be permitted?

Are there authorities who hold that a stopped heart constitutes halachic death, but yet permit heart transplants? Stopping and taking out the recipient's heart would seem to be technically considered ...
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Rav Ruderman interview at Chofetz Chaim [closed]

I just heard that a friend of mine once heard an interview of Rav Ruderman zt"l (of Ner Yisroel), by Chofetz Chaim talmidim - in English. I didn't even know that he spoke English. Does anyone ...
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Can a Nazir cut his hair with shears (gezaz)?

Can a Nazir cut his hair with shears (gezaz)? Numbers 6:5 says not to put a razor (tahar) on the head. But there is another word for shears (gezaz) which seems like scissors and scissors don't have to ...
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Is the Altar of Burnt Offering for cooking or for consuming by fire?

Were cuts of meat cooked, was the whole animal roasted, or was meat put in the fire as a pleasing aroma?
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In what way is a Nazir holy?

Numbers 6:5 - 'Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy.' What does it mean to be holy in the eyes of the LORD? https://biblehub.com/interlinear/numbers/...
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Why were angels' names brought back?

Related. A well-known gemara in the Yerushalmi (Rosh Hashanah 6a) says: "רשב"ל אמר אף שמות המלאכים עלו בידן מבבל. בראשונה (ישעיהו ו׳:ו׳) ויעף אלי אחד מן השרפים (שם) שרפים עומדים ממעל לו ...
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Will the Messiah revive the dead bodies according to Judaism?

Will the Messiah revive the dead bodies during the messianic age according to Judaism?
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Can I eat any food with vinegar in it like mayonnaise, ketchup, etc if I'm a Nazirite?

Numbers 6:3-4 explains that a Nazirite can't have strong drink nor vinegar of wine also can't eat anything from the vine tree or eat grapes so does that apply to any other foods with vinegar in it ...
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yeshiva style shiurim on Maseches Megillah

I'm looking for yeshiva style shiurim on Maseches Megillah, esp. the last perek, and more esp. the sugya of kedushas beis haknesses. Can anyone recommend either an online link or a specific sefer?
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Not Your Business, Not Lashon Hara

If you overhear someone talking about you, “he just got into a car accident, or “his wife just got into a car accident,” and it’s not technically lashon hara since it’s not technically negative. Yet, ...
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Was Lavan White?

Sometimes names in Tanakh are just names, but sometimes they're descriptions. Are there any commentaries that talk about whether Lavan is called Lavan because he's an oddly white man in the middle ...
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Satan does not “work” On Yom Kippur

The Gemara in Nedarim 32B states; הַשָּׂטָן בְּחוּשְׁבָּנֵיהּ תְּלָת מְאָה וְשִׁיתִּין וְאַרְבְּעָה The letters of the term the Satan [haSatan] in numerical value is 364, which equals the number of ...
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Link between 613 mitzvot and 613 parts of the body?

The gemara in Makot 23b writes there are 613 ("taryag") mitzvot (commandments) and links this number to 365 days of the year and 248 limbs in a human body. Targum pseudo Yonatan (Bereishit 1:...
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If a person gives 20% of their money to charity, and yet after, still has money to spend. Can he spend it on a big house, nice car ect? (Ayin Hara)

The question I'm asking is on the basis of Ayin Hara, I'm confused a bit, since there is an halachah that a person can't give more then 20% away (debatable don't want to get into that) but there is ...
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Why does the Vilna Gaon feature so prominently in the discourse of the Ashkenazi Yeshiva world? [closed]

Why does the Vilna Gaon appear to be emphasized in the Ashkenazi Yeshiva world to a greater extent than other contemporaries of his such as Rav Yonathan Eybeschütz?
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Rabbi Shlomo Goren and the Langer Case

I am trying to understand the Langer controversy. I have only have seen the Charedi side been explained. Are there any seforim/books/online articles which explain Rabbi Goren's position?
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In the yearly cycle, how many offerings, tithes, and sacrifices would an Israelite household provide?

The purpose of this question is to understand the amount that a household would give to the tabernacle following the law found in the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. One example of this ...
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Why Hebrew wasn't the spoken language in the Gemara times?

Why was Hebrew NOT the spoken language of the Jewish people after the Mishna? And why was a scholarly text, which was created for individuals who also obviously understood Hebrew, written in Aramaic? ...
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Yeshiva Mir Mesechtas

What is the Mir Yeshiva’s (Yerushalayim) cycle of mesechtas? What are they learning for next zman? Does the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn follow the same cycle?
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“as is still the case”; in Devarim 3:14

The passuk in Devarim 3:14 says: יָאִ֣יר בֶּן־מְנַשֶּׁ֗ה לָקַח֙ אֶת־כׇּל־חֶ֣בֶל אַרְגֹּ֔ב עַד־גְּב֥וּל הַגְּשׁוּרִ֖י וְהַמַּֽעֲכָתִ֑י וַיִּקְרָא֩ אֹתָ֨ם עַל־שְׁמ֤וֹ אֶת־הַבָּשָׁן֙ חַוֺּ֣ת יָאִ֔יר ...
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Books about Ma'ros of Dam Nidda

I doubt that there are many but I am would be interested to know if there are any Sefarim written about the different colors of blood which render a women impure which are available to the public. I ...
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Was the drink offering poured into fire?

What is the possibility that the drink offering was poured into the altar of sacrifice?
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Can a mechallel shabbos touching non mevushal wine, make the wine treif? [duplicate]

Can a mechallel shabbos touching non mevushal wine, make the wine treif? At 1:15-1:16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE-A_MimAgw From what Rabbi Mizrachi says in that referenced minute, it looks like ...

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