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Using a puddle as a mikvah

A wide held requirement for the minimum volume for a kosher mikvah is 40 se'ah. Is it permissible to use a 40 se'ah puddle as a keli mikvah? Are there additional requirements such as a minimum depth, ...
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Refs for Ps. 119 being called “Alfa-Bita” and “Temanya Apin”?

Can someone provide a citation (sefer, page if possible) for Ps. 119 having the monikers "Alfa-Bita" and "Temanya Apei" (=Eight Faces)? I've seen it called Alfa Bita I think ...
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Thickening letters for tefillin and mezuzos

The poskim in Orach Chaim 32 talk about the requirement that the letters for tefillin and mezuzos be written כסדרן, in order. As a result (32(23)), if a letter is missing there is no way to fix it ...
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Was serious consideration ever given to building another Tabernacle?

I have been reading in Exodus, specifically about the construction of the Tabernacle. The question occurred to me, whether following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E., anyone considered ...
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Why do sefardim have the minchag of using the mothers name on the tombstone and when praying for the deceased?

I was told that the sefardi custom, based on the Chida, is to use the mother's name of the deceased when praying for the deceased and on the tombstone. For example: Moshe was born to Sarah and Yaakov; ...
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Why was the Shabbat goy ever permitted?

The Code of Jewish Law specifically allows using a Shabbat goy when it comes to heating a house in extremely cold weather, because it may be a matter of life or death, in which case most commandments ...
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What does the phrase “ שְֽׁלַֽח־נָ֣א יָֽדְךָ֔ וְגַ֖ע ” from Iyov 1:11 and 2:5 mean?

When reading Iyov 1:11 and 2:5 the phrase " שְֽׁלַֽח־נָ֣א יָֽדְךָ֔ וְגַ֖ע " means what specifically? How is the imperative request "please-Send Your-Hand and-Touch" suppose to be ...
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When to say shehecheyanu on a new fruit?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:3 records that the custom is to recite the shehecheyanu blessing on a new fruit when one eats it. At what point precisely does one say shehecheyanu? Before reciting ...
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How can the Almighty purify himself? [closed]

The Gemara discusses something of the following question: How can the Almighty purify himself, His Presence can never be contained in any body of water, so how can He ever properly emerge Himself?
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Is there discussion of a connection between מצוין and צִּיּוֹן?

I haven't worked through all the etymological dictionaries yet so the connection might be obvious, (Jastrow and Klein don't seem to make it explicitly) but I am looking for discussion which connects ...
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How to apply the Masoretic note, “2x, once plene and once defectively” to Ruth 1:1?

In Ruth 1:1, there is a Masoretic note on שְׁפֹט which I do not understand: The picture is a little unclear, but the note says (I have highlighted the letters with a dot above them): ב חד מל וחד חס ...
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Do the items a Baal Keri touch become impure?

So I understand it is said that Ezra's decree no longer applies today. However if one was still Baal Keri would he transfer his tumah to any object (literally any) that he touched? Say someone had a ...
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What does the Hebrew name Kohath/קהת mean?

While reading this Apocryphal book about the sons of Yisrael (Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: Book of Levi Verses 51-52) it is stated that קהת means "beginning of majesty and instruction&...
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Is it halachically problematic to call something “Karma”? [closed]

Is the idea behind karma avodah zarah amd therefore prohibited to be used?
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Shechyanu vs Hagomel

On social media I see that some people are making a Shecheyanu without Hashem’s name after having the Covid vaccine. So I was wondering whether hagomel would/ should be more appropriate maybe without ...
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Why reestablish Egypt's borders?

Rabbeinu Bechaya Shemos (7:27) quotes the Shemos Rabbah (10:2) saying the plague of tzfarde'ah reestablished the borders between Cush and Egypt בני חם ובני מצרים היו חלוקים בתחומין הכושיים אומרים ע&...
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List of halakhos that are only relevant in the era of Moshiach

In Zevachim 45a (s.v. הלכתא למשיחא), Tosfos provides a list of instances in Shas where the gemara rules in favour of a particular halakhic position that will only be practically relevant in the era of ...
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Were women present in the Temple when offering the Korban Pesach?

Women are obligated to bring a korban Pesach. The mishna even talks about a group of women doing their own. So does that mean in the afternoon of the 14th of Nissan, you'd find both men and women in ...
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When were the books and the text of the Torah settled?

I am right now reading "The Lies That Bind" (Kwame Anthony Appiah). On page 50 at the bottom of the 2nd paragraph he states: "More than this, the idea of a final listing of the books ...
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Why does Torah tell us the new king “did not know Joseph”?

The Torah says: וַיָּ֥קָם מֶֽלֶךְ־חָדָ֖שׁ עַל־מִצְרָ֑יִם אֲשֶׁ֥ר לֹֽא־יָדַ֖ע אֶת־יוֹסֵֽף׃ -- A new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. [Exodus 1:8] and continues with the new king's ...
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Why do we recite Zimmun after Al Naharos Bavel; Shir Hamaalos?

Zimmun is the introduction to Birkas Hamazon. We invite those present to join in the bentching (ex. “Rabosai mir velen bentchen”). Why do we do this after we have already begun the recitation of ...
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English translation of Iggeres Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai

Is there an English translation available of Iggeres Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai?
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Leaving a phone perpetually on on the Sabbath

I have never been sufficiently religious to understand everything on this site without help from friends or family, but a question was asked by a non-Jewish friend that I was unable to answer, so I'm ...
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In Judaism, is marriage a requirement per Genesis 1:22, 2:18 and 2:24?

[Genesis 1:22 JPS] And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the fowl multiply upon the earth." [Genesis 2:18 JPS] And the Lord God ...
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Halachic status of Beefalo

I just learned of the existence of the beefalo: I was wondering: a. Is it considered Kil'ayim (a forbidden hybrid)? b. Is it kosher, that is, can it be slaughtered and eaten (I think this would ...
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Instances of epic poetry in Tanach?

In the book "Mevo Lekitvei Hakodesh" - "Introduction to The Holy Scriptures" by Shmuel Shrira, he writes that there are different types of poetry or songs ("shirah") in ...
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Who existed that might have killed Cain? [duplicate]

In Gen. 1:28 we find G-d instructing them (Adam and Eve) to be fruitful and multiply. Also in Gen 3 we see that her named “the mother of all the living.” Then in Gen. 4 we see G-d telling Cain “...
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How often should one go to the dentist? [closed]

The Ketzos Hashulchan 126:3 discusses issues with teeth becoming a concern of protecting one's health. Do Poskim today suggest the frequency one must visit the dentist to preemptively protect one's ...
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How did the Seder Plate look according Jacob ben Asher?

Interested in the question of how the Seder Plate looked like in Jacob ben Asher. More precisely, even the question of how he arranged the matzo. I know that Rema and the Vilna Gaon placed the matzo ...
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Why is it called 'Shemos'

Looking for sources explaining why the second book of the Torah is called Shemos? If the answer is because that is the name of the first Parsha in the Sefer, why indeed is the Parsha called Shemos?
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Did Yechezkel (Ezekiel) bring the dead back to life, or did he just say a prophecy about it?

See here - https://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/16135/jewish/Chapter-37.htm The question is if he actually brought them to life, or if he simply said a prophecy about it and Hashem was the one ...
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Selichos for Shovavim

Many sources discuss Selichos on Shovavim, but I haven't been able to find any in any of the traditional sources (Hebrewbooks.org, Sefaria, etc). Does anyone know where I can get a Selichos for ...
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How can a table be a sheni l'tum'ah?

Mishna Berachos 8:3 says: בֵּית שַׁמַּאי אוֹמְרִים, מְקַנֵּחַ יָדָיו בַּמַּפָּה וּמַנִּיחָהּ עַל הַשֻּׁלְחָן. וּבֵית הִלֵּל אוֹמְרִים, עַל הַכֶּסֶת:‏ Bet Shammai says: he wipes his hand with a towel ...
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How can there be a custom which creates Nosar?

The Torah says not to leave over the meat of the Pesach offering (Exodus 12:10), known as the prohibition of Nosar. Even though this prohibition doesn't get lashes, either because it doesn't have an ...
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Does God love every Jew unconditionally?

If a Jew spent his entire life doing terrible sins, would God still love him? For example, does God love Jesus or Jews who have caused similarly terrible damage? Please provide sources.
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Finding a chiddush of the Brisker Rov

This question has a bit of an introduction to it. Rav Shlomo Lorincz wrote a biography of the Chazon Ish, the Brisker Rov and Rav Shach, called במחיצתם (translated by Yonason Rosenblum as “In Their ...
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What are the differences between neshama or nefesh yisraelit and neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical sense?

I recall hearing that there are differences between a neshama or nefesh yisraelit and a neshama or nefesh yehudit in a metaphysical, kabbalistic, drush or sod sense and I would like to know what those ...
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Is Brahmoism Avodah Zarah?

Sometime during the eighteenth century, Rammohun Roy, an educated revenue officer from West Bengal who was influenced by Christianity of the East India Company, founded the "anusthanic" ...
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tzitzit and mitzvot reuse

If someone has a number of tallit koton, with tzitzit some of which are no longer kosher, is there anything which states that one is required to replace the strings with kosher ones if the garment no ...
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Are Sikhs considered idolatry [duplicate]

According to Sikhism, Guru Nanak was the first Sikh prophet. He disappeared in a river for three days and returned to spread a message. After his death Sikhs built The Golden Temple at Amritsar, ...
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Why is there room to allow for riding a bike on Shabbat, but not playing a musical instrument?

As I understand prohibition of both is under the basis that it could lead to them being repaired. However there are poskim that consider riding a bike permissible. Why would it be okay to ride a bike ...
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Why do we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot during the Duchan? [duplicate]

When the Kohanim are blessing the klal we recite the Tikkun Hachalomot tefillah. Why is this the time for this tefillah?
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What are the economics of charity collectors who come from outside the United States?

In my shul from time to time someone from outside the United States, usually from Israel, comes to collect charity. I would like to better understand the economics of this process. I had heard ...
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What is the term in Judaism for the “fence laws”? (rabbinical laws to guard against G-d's laws)?

What is the term in Judaism for the "fence laws"? (rabbinical laws to guard against G-d's laws)? For example the Muktzeh.. Distinguishing it from for example the 7 rabbinical mitzvot / ...
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Why does the shva in Bereishit 1:2 express “vav” as an adverb (Now) in JPS 1917 translation?

Why does the shva cause the "vav" to be expressed in English as an adverb Now : "Ve" (וְ) instead of the conjunction And : "Va" (וַ), "Ve" (וְ), "U" (...
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Gemara source regarding Levy in Germania

My name is Levy. Someone I know from France, where we have the same origins, in Alsace / Germany, and profoundly religious and an intellectual, told me that in the Gemara, it is said that after the ...
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What is the translation of הרכבה מזגית / הרכבה שכונית?

In the introduction to Shev Shmattsa letter 'מ' he talks about various cases of two things that combine to become one (the guf and the neshama, a mule, someone who is half eved half ben chorin, etc). ...
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People born circumcised?

In this discussion, it's stated: "There is a minor tractate in the Talmud called Brit Millah which lists all the people born circumcised." Can anyone point me towards a copy of this tractate ...
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Do the commentators describe how Amram and Yocheved felt through the events involving Paro's daughter and Moshe?

The intervention of Paro's daughter in the life of Moshe was clearly miraculous. Basya went against her father's wishes and Moshe's mother was paid to nurse him. One can imagine the feelings of wonder ...
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Combining the blessing of Benjamin with the death of Jacob

When I was reading the blessing of Jacob (Bereishit 49), it caught my attention that the blessing of Benjamin and the summary is combined with the death and the funeral of Jacob. Based on Sifra, Rashi ...

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