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The procedure of checking new scrolls against the Torah scroll in the Ark

I remember an interpretation of the purpose of the Torah scroll in the Ark (or maybe another scroll in the Temple), to check other scrolls against it. Rabbis constantly claim the veracity and ...
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Gentile owning a tallit

I am a Gentile. In my naïvete I bought a tallit katan a couple of years ago. I did not know the halakha regarding these things at the time. I very soon realised that I should not wear it, and it has ...
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Did babies nurse in the wilderness?

We know that the Jews were sustained by the heavenly mun for forty years in the wilderness. They didn't eat anything else, as it provided their every needs. They didn't even produce any bodily waste. ...
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Is God's creation a single event or a continuous process?

וְהָאָ֗רֶץ הָיְתָ֥ה תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ וְחֹ֖שֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י תְה֑וֹם וְר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים מְרַחֶ֖פֶת עַל־פְּנֵ֥י הַמָּֽיִם׃ the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep ...
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Contemporary views on the Rambam's diet guide

People say that some of Rambam's laws on health are inaccurate in today's era, because of the body change throughout the generations, and that today some foods are good while they used to be bad and ...
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The Chatam Sofer & chadash asur me-haTorah hi [duplicate]

Can anyone point to when and where the Chatam Sofer uses "chadash asur me-haTorah hi" for the first time? Thanx! EDIT: im aware of these sources in OC and EH but they all state "chadash ...
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Seeking source for story of someone who communicates from the next world about concepts not understood in this world

There is a story of 2 great Rabbis who made a pact between themselves that whoever died first would come back in a dream and tell the other one why certain bad things happened in the world. But when ...
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Beside "לא תבשל", what phrases appear several times in the Torah and interpreted as different Halachot?

Famously, "לא תבשל" appears three times in the Torah in different verses: "רֵאשִׁ֗ית בִּכּוּרֵי֙ אַדְמָ֣תְךָ֔ תָּבִ֕יא בֵּ֖ית ה"א לֹֽא־תְבַשֵּׁ֥ל גְּדִ֖י בַּחֲלֵ֥ב אִמֹּֽו׃" ...
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Why are Payos HaRosh and Peyos HaZakein treated differently?

The source for halachos regarding Peyos HaRosh (sidelocks) and Peyos HaZakein (beard) comes from Vayikra 19:27: לֹ֣א תַקִּ֔פוּ פְּאַ֖ת רֹאשְׁכֶ֑ם וְלֹ֣א תַשְׁחִ֔ית אֵ֖ת פְּאַ֥ת זְקָנֶֽךָ׃ You shall ...
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Black Raven bad luck?

There is a Jewish Bukharin custom to consider a black Raven going next to you a sign of bad luck (someone in the family will be the opposite of life rh"l). Is this a non-Jewish superstition? Or a ...
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What bracha to say first, cooked wheat (mezonos) or olives?

According to this ordering "A land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs and pomegranates, a land of olives which produce oil, dates which produce honey." (Deuteronomy 8:8) It is undecided as to ...
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Is there a Jewish principle: "To sleep on a big decision"?

In Anglo society, there is the principle to "sleep on" a big decision before pulling the trigger on it. (Be it a large purchase, a business deal, or other substantial decision in work or ...
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Why is translating on the fly equivalent to reading from memory?

Megillah 18a states אִילֵּימָא דִּכְתִיבָה מִקְרָא וְקָרֵי לַהּ תַּרְגּוּם, הַיְינוּ עַל פֶּה If we say that the Megilla was written in the original biblical text, i.e., in Hebrew, and he read it in ...
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When was the last time God spoke to man?

The Bible is full of moments where God speaks to prophets or to groups of people. But beyond the Bible God is said to speak to others in the Talmud and even later Jewish lore. Other religions are able ...
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Why must Jewish kingship be hereditary?

As we see in the scriptures many kings from the line of David sinned and caused devastation in Israel. What is the logical reason for kingship being inherited no matter what kind of person is the king?...
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Why does Midrash refer to "New Torah" not found in the original verse?

Rabbi Abin builds a Drasha on a phrase not found in the text (Vayikra_Rabbah.13): "אָמַר רַבִּי אָבִין בַּר כַּהֲנָא אָמַר הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא (ישעיה נא, ד): "תּוֹרָה חֲדָשָׁה מֵאִתִּי ...
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Rabbis' stands on Sexual harassment education in Orthodox schools

Judaism has a lot of warnings and explicit prohibitions regarding illicit sexual behaviors. Unfortunately, those are not a part of standard Haredi education for boys or girls. Lately, we hear more and ...
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Can't find this song [closed]

I can't seem to find this song that I once heard. It was based on Shir Hashirim 7:1. The lyrics were: שׁ֤וּבִי שׁ֙וּבִי֙ הַשּׁ֣וּלַמִּ֔ית שׁ֥וּבִי שׁ֖וּבִי וְנֶחֱזֶה־בָּ֑ךְ מַֽה־תֶּחֱזוּ֙ בַּשּׁ֣וּלַמִּ֔ית כִּמְחֹלַ֖ת ...
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Why no issur hana'a on leather from non-kosher animals?

In the second perek of Maseches Pesachim, there's a sugya dealing with a machlokes between Rabbi Abahu and Chizkiya regarding whether there is an issur hana'a in addition to issur achila regarding all ...
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Is there any English Translation of Yechaveh Da'at by Rav Ovadia Yosef

Is there any English translation of Yechaveh Da'at, I know Yalkut Yosef is in English.
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Chaim Benveniste's involvement with Shabsai Tzvi, in Artscroll's "The Early Acharonim"

Can someone who has that Artscroll book tell me what if anything it says on Rabbi Benveniste's following of Shabsai Tzvi before he did teshuvah for it?
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Source for Mar Shmuel citing Jeremiah 29:7 on Dina Demalchutah

WIKI for Dina Demalchuta says: "Origins of this idea come from Jeremiah's letter to the Babylonian exiles: "Seek the peace of the city to which I have exiled you and pray to the Lord on its ...
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Using "‪ נשתנה הטבע ‬" to change a Talmudic rule

“It is a rule in the Talmud that, though a child born seven months after conception is viable (בר קיימא), one born after eight months is not viable. (It was a common belief in ancient medicine, also ...
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Is acting stringently so that "he shall be blessed" an authentic mechanism?

Many times in Halachic literature I have come across the formula in which one can follow the law more stringently than is necessary, and for that he will be blessed (תבא עליו ברכה). Does this ...
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What are the rules for the Kaph getting a dagesh at the end of the word?

Specifically, in Naso 6:25, VeChuNeKah while in the previous pasuk none of them have the dagesh as if often the case. I presume it has something to do with the dagesh chazek in the nun. How does ...
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What is the reason behind the Meiri intentionally replacing the names of Rabbis?

The Meiri in his writings gives each Rabbi whom he quotes an alternative name, based on the main contribution that particular rabbinic authority made. Why does he do so, for it seems he goes against ...
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What's the story behind the Sages killing Rav Acha Bar Yaakov?

Bava Kamma 40a: Rav Acha Bar Yaakov is a great man. Bava Basra 14a: "רַב הוּנָא כְּתַב שִׁבְעִין סִפְרֵי דְּאוֹרָיְיתָא וְלָא אִיתְרְמִי לֵיהּ אֶלָּא חַד רַב אַחָא בַּר יַעֲקֹב כְּתַב חַד ...
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Is Dina Demalchutah ever mentioned in Tannaic sources?

I was looking up in the Sefaria, but the only reference to the Dinah Demalchutah I could find was in the Babylonian Talmud in the name of the Babylonian Amorah Shmuel (דינא דמלכותא) and only in his ...
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Spared from the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach

I am looking for some explanations given by modern commentators on the following question: The question is: why does studying Torah protects a person against the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach? ...
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Does a fish and chip takeaway service need any kashrus or Jew to light the deep fryer to make it bishul Yisroel?

Does one need bishul Yisroel for a fish and chip chain takeaway if it doesn't require an oven, as well as the fish is kosher being haddock or cod with batter, i.e., not breadcrumbs. As well as bishul ...
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Does one make a new bracha for Tzitzit designated for Shabbos?

A person who does not wear a tallis godol will make a blessing on his tallis koton when he puts it on in the morning. One who does wear a tallis godol will likely use the blessing on the tallis godol ...
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Is everyone today from two or three tribes?

I am a little hazy on the division of the ten tribes and the two tribes. Is everyone today from the two "nonlost tribes"? Are only Yisraelim? Is it possible Jews today are from the other ...
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No gentiles in gehinnom?

I was listening to a discussion, and the Rabbi said that some of the sages had the opinion, that non Jews do not enter gehinnom. This is the second time I have heard this. My question is as follows. ...
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Minimal number of kohanim working in the Mikdash

A couple of months ago, I heard someone say that in his opinion, when the Hellenist Kohen Gadol Jason created the Gymnasium which drew many kohanim (Maccabees 2:4:12-16), the kohanim made sure that ...
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Steinsaltz Chumash for targum of shnayim mikra

The Steinsaltz Chumash's English translation has commentary and explanation placed between the words of the pesukim. This added text can take the form of its own clause or sentences, or it can ...
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What should one do if his kippah falls off during the Amidah?

What should one do if he notices that his kippah fell off during the Amidah? How does this depend on whether he is between brachot, in the middle of the body of a bracha, or saying the bracha itself?
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Looking for mussar on overcoming recklessness

Shalom. I have a terrible habit of behaving recklessly. I was wondering if anyone had any good mussar - from personal experience or from sources - that would help one overcome this bad character trait....
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Death of animals

After Adam HaRishon ate the forbidden fruit, death was brought to this world through the sin of the fruit. So what is the halachic basis for animals and plants also to suffer death? Under what ...
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טירטוריו"ש in Rashi

In his commentary to Nazir 49b (heading קנטרנין), Rashi gives one word: טירטוריו"ש What does this word mean please?
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Chullin 3:7 and Monopterus Cuchia

The Gemara (Niddah 51b) says that there will never exist a fish with scales and no fins. Then comes in the Monopterus Cuchia, a fish which has scales, yet does not possess any fins. Does anyone have ...
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Strange conjunction in Pesachim at the search for chametz

On Pesachim 4a there is a discussion about the ideal time to search the house for leaven. Bringing the example of Abraham, it first suggests to search early in the morning, but R' Nachman bar Yitzchak ...
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A barmitzvah boy saying shehechiyanu on new tefillin when wearing them prior to barmitzvah

Following on from this question and assuming that you make the bracha of shehechiyanu on new tefillin... If a barmitzvah boy has the custom to start wearing his tefillin early. So for example, in ...
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When someone does a wrong action to us. How can we be sure that what we are seeking is only justice instead of revenge?

What is the border that separates revenge from justice? Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am the LORD Leviticus ...
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Was Herod Jewish?

Slightly related. This topic has been on my mind lately. According to Josephus, Herod's father Antipater was the son of Antipas, one of the Edomites converted by Yochanan Hyrcanus. I asked one of the ...
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Sex in the world to come

I was reading Minhat Yehuda. In the book, the Tzadik Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya asks the destroying angels what they are like. The angels mentioned things like how they ate manna, had kids, died, etc. So my ...
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Karpas - Samech Parech

I've heard many times from my Rabbeim throughout the years that כרפס is the same letters as ס' פרך, representing the 60 myriads of Jews who were forced to do עבודת פרך (often translated as crushing ...
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Forgiveness of Adam's sin

Why do we suffer for the sin not committed by us, is it not contrary to Ezekiel 18? Can we ask for this sin to be forgiven? and how do we repent from something we have no access to?
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Yehoshua 5:15 - Why is the ground considered holy?

"וַיֹּ֩אמֶר֩ שַׂר־צְבָ֨א יְהֹוָ֜ה אֶל־יְהוֹשֻׁ֗עַ שַׁל־נַֽעַלְךָ֙ מֵעַ֣ל רַגְלֶ֔ךָ כִּ֣י הַמָּק֗וֹם אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתָּ֛ה עֹמֵ֥ד עָלָ֖יו קֹ֣דֶשׁ ה֑וּא וַיַּ֥עַשׂ יְהוֹשֻׁ֖עַ כֵּֽן:" "And the ...
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Understanding the case in the start of טהרות ח:ח

I'm having trouble visualizing the scenario in טהרות פרק ח משנה ח and hope someone can explain it to me. Specifically, I'm looking at the start of the משנה, as explained by the קהתי, the יכין before ...
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פטור/אסור of an ערוה by ייבום, why may ספק ערוה also be פטור?

יבמות דף צט If two ladies fall to ייבום. One of them is either your mother, sister, or daughter. You don't know which one. The Gemara says you do חליצה to both of them because one of them may not be ...

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