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What does the Zohar mean when it says that there is no Blessing except for what has no Heshbon?

וּמְנוּחָתוֹ שֶׁל אוֹתוֹ שֹׁרֶשׁ יִשַׁי, שֶׁנִּקְרָא כְּבוֹד ה', לֹא יִמָּנֶה וְלֹא יַעֲמֹד בְּחֶשְׁבּוֹן לְעוֹלָם. מָה הַטַּעַם? (משום שהרי עומד בחשבון עתה, ובאותו זמן לא יעמד בחשבון. מה הטעם, ') ...
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If a man wears no kippah at work, is it reasonable to believe that he might not be frum?

(Question inspired by a comment from Isaac Moses.) Many frum (Torah-observant) Jewish males wear a kippah at all times. Also, the Torah teaches us to judge people favorably. Let's say that a man ...
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Why Don't The Israelites Eat Their Animals in the Wilderness?

The Israelites are in the wilderness for 40 years and in that time they have a few crisis moments that always lead me to the same question. Why don't they just eat their animals? They ask for meat, ...
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Can God Consider Himself to Be Wrong?

The Hebrew Bible has at least 2 places where God changes course or even regrets his actions. Does that mean God from the Biblical perspective can consider Himself to be wrong? I'm not asking from our ...
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Is Capybara meat kosher?

According to Wikipedia the Capybara ... They also regurgitate food to masticate again, similar to cud-chewing by cattle which would lead you to think that they conform to the Torah laws of only ...
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After eating parve food cooked in a meat pot, and before eating dairy — must you bentsch?

First, you ate some bread. Next, you ate some pareve chili which was cooked in a meat pot. You haven't said the Blessing after Meals yet. Now you'd like to eat some dairy food. A.) Must you say Grace ...
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Special blessings/zechuyot - how does it work?

When we want special zechuyot (merits/credit, such as blessings, health etc.) for others as well as ourselves (bakashas etc), we often add dedications/names to our learning and prayers. Why exactly do ...
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Is a court of 3 that has complete authority to judge damages called by the name a "Sanhedrin"?

The Mishna in Sanhedrin disscuses a court of three being sufficient to judge damages. However it does not say the name of this court. Is this court named a בית דין or is this court named a סנהדרין. ...
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Audio Tosofs shiuirm on the Daf

Is there a phone line where i can dial in and hear Tosfos on the Daf shiuirm? Is there a website where i can download Tosfos on the Daf shiuirm? I cant seem to find this anywhere
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When was the first Shabbas observed? [closed]

When did God introduce the concept of resting on the seventh day? Specifically , did the Avos know about it ?
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What’s the difference between Litvish and regular Ashkenazi?

I know Litvaks are a group of people who belong to the Ashkenazi nusach, but not all a Ashkenazi, as far as I know, are considered Litvaks. Perhaps there are more differences than just the place where ...
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Is there an obligation to check blood spots in non-chicken eggs

According to Halacha, is there any obligation to check for blood spots in eggs from birds other than chickens? Is there a different din that is applicable or not?
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Are these verses about Hashem's anger a contradiction?

In Micah 7:18, it is written: מִי־אֵ֣ל כָּמ֗וֹךָ נֹשֵׂ֤א עָוֺן֙ וְעֹבֵ֣ר עַל־פֶּ֔שַׁע לִשְׁאֵרִ֖ית נַחֲלָת֑וֹ לֹֽא־הֶחֱזִ֤יק לָעַד֙ אַפּ֔וֹ כִּֽי־חָפֵ֥ץ חֶ֖סֶד הֽוּא׃ Who is a God like You, Forgiving ...
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Can I put Tefilen back on [closed]

If I took off my Tefilen and realized that I forgot to say the 2 paragraphs that one must say with tifilen on should I put them back on if so should I make a bracha. Thanks to all that help
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Music for Yom Hashoah

Is it permissable to listen to live music during the Omer for the sake of Yom Hashoah commemoration?
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What is the source for "in the place where baalei teshuva stands, complete tzadikim are not ABLE to stand"?

B"H The Rambam in hilchos teshuva 7:4 says: אָמְרוּ חֲכָמִים מָקוֹם שֶׁבַּעֲלֵי תְּשׁוּבָה עוֹמְדִין אֵין צַדִּיקִים גְּמוּרִין יְכוֹלִין לַעֲמֹד בּוֹ. כְּלוֹמַר מַעֲלָתָן גְּדוֹלָה מִמַּעֲלַת ...
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What is the Rebbe and 6th Rebbe's view of daf yomi

B"H I heard that the rabbis who started daf yomi didn't consult the 6th Rebbe before doing so, and therefore Chabad doesn't officially learn daf yomi. Is there a basis for this? What was the ...
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When did daf yomi start in practice?

Aruch Hashulchan YD 246:17 writes וט"ז סעיף קטן א שכתב בשם הדרישה: הבעלי בתים שלומדים רק איזה שעות ביום טוב, יותר שילמדו ספרי פוסקים ולא גמרא, עיין שם. ובוודאי שעל כל איש לידע דיני "אורח ...
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Is a shomer needed for each tefila

For one who davens each tefilla at a different time every day, is it halacha l'maysa that one must set a Shomer to remind them to daven, or else once the earliest zman for each tefilla comes, it's ...
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Why do some frum Jews go to college, even though the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote many decades ago that it wasn't allowed? [closed]

B"H The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that it was prohibited for Jews to go to college. Letter: It is therefore more obvious than ever that no Jew has a right to give of his time, and even more so of ...
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How is the Kohen allowed to reply "Bruchim Tihyu" after Birchas Kohanim?

In many places, it is customary to thank the Kohanim after Birchas Kohanim, to which they reply "Bruchim Tihyu". The question is: how are they allowed to do so, if it is forbidden to add a ...
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Are Dr. Barilan's bioethical writings consistent with Orthodox Jewish law? [closed]

Background In general, it's better not to read Torah books by non-frum authors. (Source.) Occasionally, you might stumble across an author you've never heard of. Maybe they're frum; but you don't ...
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Is it okay to read Torah books by non-frum authors?

Background You're browsing your local library's Judaism section. There are various books on matters related to Judaism, Jewish law, and the Torah. Some of these books are written by Jewish authors ...
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Shehecheyanu on Lulav during Kiddush on Sukkot night?

If the Lulav and Esrog were in sight while one recited Shehecheyanu during Kiddush at night, should he skip Shehecheyanu on the Lulav the next day?
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How exactly do you find shiurim in tosfos on the daf hachaim website?

How exactly do you find shiurim in tosfos on the daf hachaim website? I am looking for practical help navigating their site to find these shiurim.
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How to Lein Tehillim קלז

In the cantillation system of Tehillim, there is a type of “trope-phrase” called Oleh Veyored. It looks like one word with a flipped atnach/etnachta (called “galgal”, and the following word with a ma’...
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Pesach sheni time and bracha on matza [closed]

Do we say mezonot for matza On pesach sheni? when should I observe? Is it acceptable if I eat matza on Wednesday lunch time? Is there a special prayer to be read? Or having simply in mind that the ...
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English Mishna Berurah PDF [duplicate]

Does anyone know where I can find a PDF or a different downloadable format of an English translation of the Mishna Berurah? Any help much appreciated :D
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Repeating first beracha of shemonah Esrei when know will have kavona with another siddur

I recently purchased a siddur for my son who has autism called siddur lakol (see below link to digital version). It uses symbols instead of words for each word. https://www.jweb.org.uk/siddur-lakol I ...
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Does a Rabbi have an obligation towards his students

I am looking for sources/responsa that deal with a Rabbi's moral obligation towards his students - eg. a moral imperative for him to stay with his talmidim, or to continue his relationship. ...
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Beit Shammai and the Shabbos-Lulav gezeira

אֵין מוֹצִיאִין לֹא אֶת הַקָּטָן וְלֹא אֶת הַלּוּלָב וְלֹא אֶת סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה לִרְשׁוּת הָרַבִּים. וּבֵית הִלֵּל מַתִּירִין: Beit Shammai say: One may carry out on a Festival neither a minor child, nor ...
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Disposal of books of Jewish literature in countries without a Genizah [duplicate]

What should I do if a book of Jewish literature is torn in a country without a Genizah or a Jewish community? For Jews For non-Jews I am curious about the response in two cases.
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Why must challah be tamai when it is burned?

A Star-K discussion of challah states: If one bakes without using any water, but rather bakes using only fruit juice or vegetable oil, a bracha is not recited and one cannot burn the Challah. Due to ...
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Does causing Hezek R’iyah block the divine presence from resting?

The Gemara says: וַיִּשָּׂא בִלְעָם אֶת עֵינָיו, וַיַּרְא אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל שֹׁכֵן לִשְׁבָטָיו״ – מָה רָאָה? רָאָה שֶׁאֵין פִּתְחֵי אׇהֳלֵיהֶם מְכֻוּוֹנִין זֶה לְזֶה, אָמַר: רְאוּיִן הַלָּלוּ ...
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Where does the Rebbe write that Rambam was a mekubal

BH I heard the Rebbi mi Lubavich (Rebbi) said Rambam was a mekubal. Where does he say this?
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Scanning as a method of learning?

What is the support, origin, or source for scanning as a method of learning? Scanning the text with the eyes without necessarily pronouncing or voicing the text, I've heard this mentioned as a way to ...
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Taking Challah: Practical Question

All accounts I read about taking Challah refer to pounds or kilos of flour used. Here’s my question: How do these amounts translate into actual loaves of bread? (As a non-baker, those kilos etc don’...
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How is Tehilim Teach about The fear of G-d?

BH Hi I read in Meam Loez correct me if I am wrong, that Rebbe would say that Psalms teaches about fear of G-d. How does it teach this specifically? & Is he talking about the pshat of Tehilim or ...
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ידיים or ידים which is correct

Seen on a Keli with the spelling ידיים. Thinking it might be Sephardi spelling but checked on sefaria Edut Mizrachi and the word was spelled ידים. Would like to know if there is a difference between ...
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"Melody of Kriat Shema'" What does this mean?

The Shulchan 'Aruch (O"Ch 65:2) says the following: קרא ק"ש ונכנס לב"ה ומצא צבור שקורין ק"ש צריך לקרות עמהם פסוק ראשון שלא יראה כאלו אינו רוצה לקבל עול מלכות שמים עם חביריו וה&...
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Gemara tractates for Halacha lemaaseh

Which Talmud tractates are most useful for studying practical Halacha lemaaseh? By this I mean, halachot which are practical to practice nowadays (kashrus, Shabbos, niddah, marriage, yom tov etc) Also,...
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Where to find a PRINTED edition of משנה תורה with Yemenite punctuation?

I am familiar with the well-regarded מפעל edition according to כתבי יד תימנים, but it nevertheless uses standard נקוד, for example: שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר rather than שֶׁנֶּאֱמָר, and לְפִיכָךְ rather than ...
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Thickness of the walls of the Ark?

Is there a source brought on the thickness of the walls of the Aron ha-Brit? (Not the kapporet and not the dimensions of the walls FYI[which is in the p'shat] in case that's confusing.)
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Is it true that the Court in the time of the Temple rarely executed anyone

Is it true that the court ever rarely executed anyone. I’ve heard the statement that a court that executed someone in 70 years is considered a bloody court.
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Was it a problem that every man did what was right in his own eyes before there was a King?

Was it a deemed a problem that every man did what was right in his own eyes before there was a King? By the people or by G!d? Or was this seen as aproblematic or even workable and gainful at the time? ...
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Minhag of reading end of Parshat Emor with an undertone

Good morning, Last Shabbat for Parshat Emor, I noticed that our experienced baal Koreh read the end of the Parsha about the episode of the Mekalel aka the blasphemer with an undertone. After services, ...
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Shelo Asani Isha for an intersex who becomes a man

According to the first comment to this answer there’s responsa from the Tzitz Eliezer where he says that a Jew born with both man and woman characteristics can choose their gender (not transgender, ...
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Pronunciation of Vav prefix in Talmud Bavli

In Tanakh, according to our mesorah from the Tiberian Masorites, a וְ prefix before a Shva or a bilabial letter is pronounced as וּ [wu]. However, the Babylonian Masorites had these cases as וִ [wi], ...
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"The markets of Jerusalem were destroyed three years prior" - people justified their evil actions with Halacha

I saw in the sefer "Mitorahsa Shel Rabeinu- Satmar" (sv. קול יעקב וידי עשו, p. 99) that: When the voice of Yaakov is heard in the synagogues, Israel's strength lies in their prayers and ...
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What is the minhag for a secular couple who become Baalei Teshuvah

According to Halacha, minhag of a married couple follows the husband. What is the Halacha about the minhag for a secular married couple who become Baalei Teshuvah later on? What about a religious ...
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