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Any Stories of Tzadikim Praying for their Children?

I am trying to find some stories of tzadikim praying for the success and righteousness of their children. Are there any? I remember only one of the Chatam Sofer saying that his hat was full of tears ...
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

There is a principle that the Torah doesn't ask us to do anything that is unreasonable/unachievable (see here). Surely that means that we don't have any excuse to say "this is too much for me&...
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Who was Tzimtzemai Malketa?

In Shabbat 63a it says: "On the topic of Jerusalem, Raḥava said that Rabbi Yehuda said: The logs of Jerusalem used for fuel were from the cinnamon tree, and when they would ignite them, their ...
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Did Solomon worship pagan idols?

1 Kings 11:5-7 indicate that Solomon sought after the pagan gods. The Gemara states that these verses don't mean that Solomon himself worshipped idols, but rather that his wives did. Is there any ...
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I've heard that there's a GR"A that says there is no need for hishtadlus for shidduchim. Has anyone come across this?

I heard that it was in his sefer Hadras Kodesh, on the pasuk in Tehillim אם ה׳ לא יבנה בית I can't find the sefer. Does anyone have a copy or an online source where I can see this?
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If an AI is programmed to be a Rabbi learn all that is required for a Semikhah or to be Jewish, if it makes a blessing does it count?

Let's say programmers create an AI robot that is conscious and programmed to be a Rabbi, can it receive a Semikhah? If so, if it outputs blessings are they valid?
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Eruv in a Midbar?

How do the halachic requirements for setting up an eruv in a midbar (Wildnerness) [like when camping] differ from those of setting up an eruv in a city?
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Chalitzah where Yibum is forbidden

The Tur, Even Haezer 169 (Hilchos Chalitzah), says that even where Yibum is not allowed, the parts of Chalitzah like "He refuses to do yibum" and "I do not want to marry her" must ...
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Abudraham on the Siddur - Edition

Can someone please recommend an edition of Abudraham's commentary on the siddur? I am looking for an edition that is - A) all-Hebrew b) pleasant to use, with clear print c) up to date (has parts of ...
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Hei in front of His name

What is the grammatical reason for the "Hei" bolded in the pasuk below? Is there a spot in the Torah where there is a "Hei" in front of the Tetragrammaton name? ( Is there a spot ...
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Etz Chaim and Torah

What’s the link between Etz Hachaim from Gan Eden and the fact that the Torah itself calls, well, itself, “etz chaim”? Does it maybe have something to do with this thought: although you, Adam, didn’t ...
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What are we supposed to achieve during our lifetime?

I originally asked this- Feeling overwhelmed with too much teshuva to do and I've realised that there is a more basic question that I should have asked. What are we supposed to achieve during our ...
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Mishmaros and Leap Years

So there were 24 mishmaros in the BHMK, and both kohanim, leviim went 2x a year, along with ma'amados of Yisraelim. This work for a shana peshutah, but what about for a shana meuberes? Does the ...
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Feeling overwhelmed with too much teshuva to do

I'm having practical difficulty with something that seems to be a contradiction to me. On the one hand, we're told that practical advice for Elul/RH/YK is to take on a single small thing to improve on,...
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On the relative densities of liquids

The Mishna, Shabas chapter 19, describes beating wine with oil (to make a healing ointment for a circumcision) as something that can be done a day in advance and therefore may not be done on Shabas. ...
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Maayan HaMitgaber in Alei Shur (Rabbi Wolbe)

Maayan HaMitgaber in Alei Shur (Rabbi Wolbe) -- very strong concept, but I cannot locate the first mention in R Wolbe's Volume 1.
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What is the number one sin?

What is the ultimate sin? What I found on the web, were the big three, Incest, Murder, Idolatry. Though what makes these three cardinal? What about Lashon Hara, Motzey Shemra, Masturbation (The only ...
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Gifts to the poor: why only in the 3rd and 6th year?

The Torah teaches us the foundation of tithes: which tithe during which year. In Devarim 14:28-29, it states, concerning the "gifts to the poor": At the end of three years thou shalt bring ...
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What are the halachic implications of unconsummated marriage?

I remember learning something about the process of marriage having several steps (for example: bedeken, erusin, chuppah, yichud) with the final step being consummation. If this is the case, does it ...
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What is the "Sefer Ruach Chen" mentioned by Rabbi Mashash?

Highly related. After a lot of searching, it turns out that the story about Rabbi Akiva's parents is sourced to Rabbi Yosef Mashash's book נחלת אבות חלק ג', pp. 167-171. Rabbi Mashash himself sourced ...
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Rambam seems to say that a craftsmen's Union may restrict competition. Is this in line with Chazal's thinking?

Rambam Hilchos Mechirah 14 (10) states: Similarly, craftsmen in a specific profession may establish provisions and agree that one should not work on the day on which another is working or the like, ...
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Can Jews Eat Hybrid Foods?

Are Jews allowed to eat crops and animals that have been hybridized? Whether crossbred themselves or by a non-native?
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Yarmulke with fur rim

I came across this picture of a Gur Chasid at his wedding wearing a black yarmulke with a sort of fur rim (not the spodik). Why does the yarmulke/kippah have this fur rim. Is this because he is of ...
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Tribe of Dan Spartans?

Northern Israel fell to Assyrians 740 BC. Sparta, Greece conquered at the approximate time. When Samson died the Tribe of Dan conquered people in Northern Israel naming the new city Dan. When the ...
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Lashon HaRa and friend [closed]

My friend wants to work at this place that I worked at. It was a highly toxic place. Every other employee there also felt the same about its toxicity. As far as lashon hara goes, can I tell him in one ...
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What sources did Moshe Rabbeinu use to write the Torah?

I was asked this question the other day by someone and didn't know how to answer him. How did Moshe Rabbeinu know the stories of Adam Harishon and Chava? What about Avraham Avinu, Yitzchak Avinu and ...
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You're a Jew in Israel and it's 70 CE. Where Should You Go for the Best Existence the Next 1900 Years? [closed]

(This is a Jewish History topic, and thus hopefully won't be closed. I realize it may be somewhat subjective, but any well-reasoned argument would be helpful in showing which places and times have ...
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Where can buy Pachad Yitzchak online?

Looking to buy Pachad Yitzchak to learn. Any ideas where I can purchase one online?
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Is there a Jewish source for the saying: "only the father knows when the wedding would take place"?

The website below describes what is apparently an ancient Jewish wedding custom, in which it was apparently said that "only the Father" of the groom "knows" when the wedding would ...
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What is the implication of the question “לימא כתנאי"?

The Gemoro often asks about an argument amongst Amoraim, “לימא כתנאי" Shall we say this is an argument of Tannaim? I see two ways of understanding this statement: 1] These Amoraim are arguing on ...
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Apparently contradicting passages of the Mishneh Torah

I would like to have, if possible, a clarification of two passages of the Mishneh Torah in apparent contradiction. In Sefer Nashim, Hilchot Ishut 3,11 Rambam expressly speaks of a lawful consecration ...
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אין קטיגור נעשה סניגור

So this concept in the title we use in numerous places, most notably the Gemara in Rosh Hashanah which says that you can’t blow the horn of a cow because it will remind Hashem of chet haegel (and this ...
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What happened to the Mishkan?

Where is the Mishkan today (i.e. where are its components)? What happened to the set of tablets that were housed inside? This post suggests that the Mishkan was destroyed in Shiloh, but does not give ...
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What is the היתר to have long bangs and hairdos nowadays?

I remember hearing that there were gentiles from years ago (not sure what time period) that used to leave a lot of hair on the front of their heads and would have the rest of their hair either shaved ...
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Why does Devorim 28:20 start in the 3rd person and end in the 1st person?

In Devorim 28:20 it says The L-RD will let loose against you calamity, panic, and frustration in all the enterprises you undertake, so that you shall soon be utterly wiped out because of your ...
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Book on Noahides by Sefardi Chief Rabbi

I heard from someone that there is a book on Noahides written by the Sefardi Chief Rabbi. But, I couldn't find it. Does anyone know of this book, if it exists and which book it is?
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Rosh hashanah chassidut simcha

Does anyone know where i could find a rav tzadok that elaborates on the simcha of rosh hashanah by the pesukim in nechemia
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Care during use of community funds when a reform Temple is sold

There is a hierarchy of synagogue related items. If you sell a synagogue courtyard, a synagogue, arks, Torah accessories, sephorim, Torah scrolls. You can only use the proceeds to buy something higher....
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Forgiveness after repentance?

There are many teachings that a sincere repentance will bring forgiveness. One example: Shim'on bar Yohai said: If a person was perfectly just all his days and at the end he rebelled, he lost all he ...
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Why do we have "noten Lecha" in the first sentence of Ki Tavo and "noten Lach" in the second?

This question seems similar to the question about Modim for which there are four answers, but none of those answers fit here. In particular, the trope is the same on both phrases. This is clearly ...
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Is there a Sipurey Maasiyos with very good explanations

Is there a good version of Sipurey Maasiyos by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov with excellent commentary, in English or in Hebrew?
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Talmud Jerusalem Kiddushin 3,8

What does this passage from the Jerusalem Talmud Kiddushin 3,8 mean? Does this refer to a father who married his minor daughter and then filed for divorce because she is unsuitable for the priesthood? ...
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How many editions of the "Authorised Daily Prayer Book" have there been?

Background: many years ago, while studying in the UK, I bought a pocket-sized, softcover edition of "The Authorised Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth"....
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Viduy Ma'aser if the person had done wrong

In Devarim 26:12-15 (https://www.sefaria.org/Deuteronomy.26.15?lang=he&with=all&lang2=he), Parshas Ki Tavo, the Torah prescribes what our sages called, Viduy Maaser. וְאָמַרְתָּ֡ לִפְנֵי֩ ה' ...
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Why can it not be possible that God could see the power it would have over the world, that sending part of himself to save the ones who strayed away? [closed]

My problem is I want to be Jewish, I dont understand why Jesus, cant be real. If hes able to make the majority even slightly better than luke warm, will God still spit them out? Doesnt God reward the ...
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Can an electrical pole be replaced in an Eruv without notifying the community?

For a simple reduction, Let's say there is an Eruv with an electrical pole-fishing line barrier and one of the electrical poles need to be serviced. Can one of those electrical poles be replaced by a ...
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Mitzvot shanah rishonah mechilah

Could a wife be mochel the chiyuv of the husband with regards to the mitzvah of shanah rishonah
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Who wrote the "Malbim" on the end of Devarim?

At the end of the Malbim's commentary to Devarim 22:21, there is a note which says: {מכאן עד סדר נצבים לא מצאנו באמתחת כתבי יד הגאון המחבר ז״ל וחבל על דאבדין. אמנם אנחנו קבצנו ובארנו על פי דרכו אשר ...
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Bar/bat Mitzvah syllabus

Is there a set syllabus/topics on Jewish law, that Halacha expects a Bar Mitzvah Boy/ Bat Mitzvah girl to know by the time they are Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
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Can a eunuch bring a burnt offering?

I'm looking at Yeshayahu 56:4,7 For so says the Lord to the eunuchs who will keep My Sabbaths and will choose what I desire and hold fast to My covenant,...I will bring them to My holy mount, and I ...

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