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Talmudic Methodology: how [the only] Torah source can be neglected?

Here's a phenomenon in the Talmudic methodology that I find difficult to comprehend: A whole Masechet is dedicated to discussing Halachic aspects of certain Mitzvah but one/a couple of major ...
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Online preparation for Bar Mitzvah

Would it be possible to do a crash course online to prepare our 11-year-old boy for becoming Bar Mitzvah? If so, would it be possible to have a mentor/tutor through your site? How many lessons it ...
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Why do many masechtot conclude with a portion of Aggadata?

From what I've seen, many Masechtot in Shas seem to conclude with an aggadata portion that can be found towards the end of that particular Masechta. Is there a documented or stated reason as to why ...
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What is the platform on the side of Me'arat Hamachpela?

When I recently visited Me'arat Hamachpela ("Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hevron, I noticed that there was a ramp leading to a platform facing the outside wall of the building. A few people were praying ...
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In what manner should Solomon's Temple be established [closed]

The Holy sanctuary at Jerusalem served as the center for G-d's power on earth.[1 ] Accordingly, G-d sees what is happening in the world and acts from the emerging radiance of the cosmic mountain (...
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What is the Na’arah claiming in a case where her husband truthfully accuses her of immorality?

Devarim 22:13-21 discuss a case in which a husband accuses his newlywed 12-12.5-year-old wife as having cheated on him in the period between Kiddushin and Nisuin, making her a married woman at the ...
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What does the Gemara mean that anything given to the heart, it says by it “and you will fear your G-d”?

Kiddushin 32b: יכול יעצים עיניו כמי שלא ראהו ת"ל תקום ויראת דבר המסור ללב נאמר בו (ויקרא יט, יד) ויראת מאלהיך I might have thought he can close his eyes like one who did not see [the elder]; ...
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Songs Carlebach created from the Rosh Hashanna liturgy

Besides Simcha Lartzecha, did Shlomo Carlebach record other songs specifically from the Rosh Hashannah liturgy? If so which ones?
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What sefer is being cited here?

I’ve been learning about the concept of עצם as it relates to עצם, נהר, גן. ענ״ג. This has taken me to Sefer Kehillat Yaacov by Rabbi Yaacov Tzvi Yolles, ערך עץ and the word עצם. For those checking ...
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Did Miriam's well waters cause a need to use bathroom?

IIRC, the Manna was miraculously and wastelessly absorbed by the body. Did the water they drank from Miriam's miraculous well also possess miraculous properties and was wasteless or it was regular ...
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Do we always refrain from practices if the pagans do it? [duplicate]

Why do we not sing anymore in the daily prayer service while praising G-d? I heard that Rabbi Akiva Eiger explained it was because the pagans (Christians and Arabs) sing while praying, so we refrain ...
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Can a father transfer rights to his daughter for gain?

In most western democracies a parent has obligations to the care of their children; they are not property in that their care cannot be transferred for personal gain, a child cannot be rented, sold, or ...
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Why is BK 1:2 in first person?

Bava Kama, chapter 1, mishna 2: כל שחבתי בשמירתו הכשרתי את נזקו הכשרתי במקצת נזקו חבתי בתשלומין כהכשר כל נזקו Whatever I'm responsible to watch, I'm [deemed to have] prepared its damage. If I ...
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Why does Artscroll indicate that the מ of למנצח should have a שוע נע?

The Artscroll siddur indicates that the שוע on מ of למנצח (e.g. תהלים כ א) is a שוע נע, but I am not sure why this is the case. The vowel beforehand is a פתח (a תנועה קטנה) and none of the other rules ...
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Amalek - G-d's justice [duplicate]

Why are the Jews commanded to kill every male woman and children of the Canaanites and Amalek nation(s)? Of course, these people were enemies of Israel, but should innocent babies suffer too, as in ...
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Wearing or not wearing a tallit gadol

Related to Why do we don the tallit gadol? and Is there any basis for Chabad minhagim regarding tallit gadol? I'm not really clear on the rules of when someone who is called for a function during ...
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Why don't we say “this is a Succah our forefathers used in Exodus”

On the Seder Night, we say הא לחמא עניא - this is the bread our ancestors ate in Egypt. The Torah says we should sit in Succos as G-d made Succos in Exodus (Lev 23.43). לְמַעַן יֵדְעוּ דֹרֹתֵיכֶם ...
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Meditating on the Divine name(s)

I started reading Aryeh Kaplan's "Meditation and Kabbalah". Got to Chapter three (Rabbi Abraham Abulafia) so far and apart from being scared of the Hekhalot texts, I enjoyed the read. It resonated ...
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What age should be a Goy to be spared and how it is determined?

אִם־לֹא תַשְׁלִים עִמָּךְ וְעָשְׂתָה עִמְּךָ מִלְחָמָה וְצַרְתָּ עָלֶיהָּ׃ וּנְתָנָהּ ה"א בְּיָדֶךָ וְהִכִּיתָ אֶת־כָּל־זְכוּרָהּ לְפִי־חָרֶב׃ רַק הַנָּשִׁים וְהַטַּף וְהַבְּהֵמָה וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר ...
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Do we have Hilchot Shotrim (Policemen laws)?

"מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל תּוֹרָה לְמַנּוֹת שׁוֹפְטִים וְשׁוֹטְרִים בְּכָל מְדִינָה וּמְדִינָה וּבְכָל פֶּלֶךְ וּפֶלֶךְ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים טז יח) "שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים תִּתֶּן לְךָ בְּכָל שְׁעָרֶיךָ". ...
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How a Succah deserves to be made of waste?

כי אתא רבין אמר ר' יוחנן אמר קרא "באספך מגרנך ומיקבך" בפסולת גורן ויקב הכתוב מדבר Ravin ... said that Rabbi Yoḥanan said that the verse states: “You shall prepare for you the festival of Sukkot ...
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Does Torah mention actual living in Sukkot?

IIRC, R' Akiva's view is that the Jews lived in actual Succot when exiting Egypt (Sukkah 11b "ענני כבוד היו דברי רבי אליעזר, רבי עקיבא אומר: סוכות ממש עשו להם"). But I only remember that the Torah ...
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What direction did the Great Sanhedrin face?

In the standard scheme of the Temple and the Great Sanhedrin, taking the fact that they sat in an arc, what direction did they face - South (Altar), East (Ezrat Nashim), West(K"K) or North (wall)? I'...
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Underage Jewish King in Judaism

Parshas Shoftim deals with some Mitzvos for a Jewish King. IIRC, a son inherits his father king and can be appointed as such at any age1 - Solomon, for example, was 12 and Yoash was 7 ("בֶּן-שֶׁבַע ...
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Why do we ask for Hashem to rule us alone, and then ask for a human king?

In the weekday sh’moneh esrei we ask HaShem to rule over us by himself: וּמְלֹךְ עָלֵינוּ מְהֵרָה אַתָּה י-הוה לְבַדְּךָ and reign over us- You HaShem, alone And yet, a few b’rachos later, we ...
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Halachically speaking, how “Metzitah B'peh” is SUPPOSED be performed?

I know that the origins of Metzitzah practice are those of health reasons, as the contact of blood with human saliva actually helped prevent infections (assuming the Mohel's saliva in itself was not ...
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What does Hekel in Hebrew means? [closed]

What does Hekel mean in Hebrew? This is the sample sentence where the word is found. The great Hekel doors of the temple that took 20 men to open or close them opened on themselves for 40 full years ...
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How do i get my extended family to cooperate [closed]

Im in the process of converting (its going to be a while). Anyway I've been doing the best i can to cook kosher style food. Today i had lunch with my mom who decided she was going to feed my son ...
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Are you obligated to ask forgiveness from someone if they don't know you sinned against them?

According to the laws of repentance, is one obligated to ask forgiveness for interpersonal sins the victim is unaware of? For instance, suppose someone cursed their fellow "behind their back", and in ...
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Did the Talmudic rabbis know about America?

Is there any evidence in the ancient Sources that the Talmudic rabbis were aware of the existence of America?
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Artificial Intelligence writing Divrei Torah

There have been a number of artificial intelligence machine learning systems over the last few years which have been given samples of artwork and music and have produced new creative works. I haven't ...
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Written Torah in Messianic era

In the brief clip linked the speaker says that “in the end of days when Moshiah comes and prophesy comes back they’re going to write all about Jewish history, they’re going to write about galus (exile)...
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Why was Shlomo haMelekh not a part of the Oral Torah’s transmission?

Reading the Rambam's introduction to his Mishne Torah, I am struck by the fact that he has Achiya haShiloni succeed David in the transmission of the Oral Torah, and not David's son Shlomo. I'm curious ...
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who did yechezkel hanavi do t'chias hamaisim on?

the benai ephraim left egypt many years before yetzias mitzrayim happened, unfortunately however they passed through eretz pelishtim,and the pelishtim killed them near gaas. however r'yehuda ben b'...
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Automation on Shabbos (Artificial Intelligence etc)

I know there has been plenty of halachic literature written about automation on Shabbos as far as timeswitches, eBay bids etc go, but are there any authoritative sources for halacha about artificial ...
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Sinning and G-d's will, what's wrong with this logic?

Nothing happens against Hashem's will. Ergo, when one sins, that's also Hashem's will. Yet we know that Hashem wants us not to sin, so it's against His will. Contradiction?
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Why do Nachash נחש & Mashiach משיח have the same Gematria?

I once heard a beautiful explanation of why נחש nachash & משיח mashiach have the same Gematria of 358 but I can’t recall it. Does anyone know what the connection between these two seemingly ...
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What are the considerations regarding voting in elections during Sukkot?

According to reports (such as here), the British government has changed its preferred date for the next general election from 14 October to 15 October because of considerations relating to the ...
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Why was Pharaoh spared? [duplicate]

Pharaoh & many Egyptians were obviously evil men who enslaved our ancestors & foolishly refused to let them go free. Why was Pharaoh spared? As the main villain in this tragedy you’d think he ...
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According to the more staunchly anti-zionist factions (e.g (parts of) Brisk, Satmar, Spinka, etc.) is making Aliyah forbidden?

There are staunch anti-zionist factions such as (some of) Brisk and Satmar, Toldos Aaron, etc. that are diametrically opposed to the Zionist regime (referring to it as heretical and such). According ...
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Using Rav Ovadia picture from MY [migrated]

What Minhag Is This Tefillin Wrapping? Can I use this picture from your website for my purposes? thanks!
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Is it preferable to learn torah related to biblical obligations over learning torah related to rabbinic obligations?

If all things are equal is there any reason to give preference to studying torah about a biblical obligation over studying torah about a rabbinic obligation? In general we give precedence to biblical ...
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Why aren't kosher marshmallows labelled OU Fish?

Worcestershire sauce is labelled "OU Fish", presumably so that people who don't know there are anchovies in the recipe will know not to put it on meat. Given that "OU Fish" is a thing that exists, ...
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Tamim tihye and predicting the future

On the pasuk "Tamim tihye im Hashem Elokecha" (Devarim 18:13), Rashi says : Conduct yourself with Him with simplicity and depend on Him, and do not inquire of the future; rather, accept whatever ...
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What is the difference in meaning between a Pesucha and a Setuma?

Paragraphs in a Torah scroll are separated in two ways: "open" breaks (a “Pesucha," generally a gap to the end of the line) and "closed" breaks (a “Setumah,” generally a gap in the middle of the line)....
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Different blessing when lighting candles on Rosh Hashanah

On every holiday the blessing for candle lighting is "lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov". Why, according to Chabad custom, specifically on Rosh Hashanah there is a distinction made and the blessing is "...
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Tying double knot of garbarge bag

I remember seeing in a Shu"t that one is allowed to tie a double knot of something that will be going into the garbage since one doesn't care about it. Has anyone seen this opinion anywhere. I do know ...
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Taking charity from non-Jewish sources

Is one allowed to take welfare from the state government? I've heard that it causes kitrugim on klal yisroel, like the story in kiddushin with buying the poroh adumah from the Romans.
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The Neviim - Caves, solitude, hitbodedut - how much were they separate from the masses?

Can you assist me in understanding if the neviim did in fact go into their caves specifically for hitbodedut, to not be overwhelmed by the throngs of people needing their visions, or just to collect ...
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Yibum & Chalitzah for a widow whose husband died by suicide

Do the halachos of Yibum and Chalitzah apply (Rachmana Li'tzlan, Hashem Yishmor) to the widow/ brother(s) of a person who died via suicide? (ie is this type of death different than other types of ...

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