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Why did the Gra not say an after-blessing after karpas?

Ma'aseh Rav 191 records the practice of the Gra at his seder: ומטבל בחומץ ומברך בפה"א ואוכל כזית ואינו מברך ברכה אחרונה ... ואומר אשר גאלנו ומברך בפה"ג ושותה הכוס He dips [the karpas] in ...
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Must one remove one's chewing gum at shkia of Shabbat day?

Halacha requires not eating after shkia (sunset) on Shabbat day, in order to prevent one from missing havdala (SA OC 299:1 - exception being if one has washed before shkia, one may continue one's meal,...
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Is there anywhere I can learn the Yerushalmi cantillation online?

Basically the title, I can’t find anything, maybe y'all know.
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If a kohen donates sperm to a convert or divorcee, is the child a kohen

According to Halacha, If a Kohen decides to donate sperm to a convert or divorcee, is the child conceived through that a Kohen or no? The reason I ask is become some Poskim, such as R Moshe Feinstein,...
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Do frozen fries need a hechsher

According to Halacha, does a bag of frozen fries from a non Jewish store need a Hechsher? Or no, is it kosher without one?
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Should women recite the daily Nasi

Are women included in the custom to recite the Daily Nasi for the first 13 days of Nissan? Or no, since it is positive and time bound is it proper for them not to?
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Kohen saying the Nasi

From the begining of Nissan we say the daily nassi. This includes kohanim and leviim even though their tribe isn't one of the tribes that brought sacrifices. Why do they say it and why do they say the ...
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Does anybody know of a story about how someone lowered his limitations of his knowledge?

The מזרחי says that one should train himself to admit to the limitations of his knowledge, even when he is certain that he is correct. Does anybody have a story of a Jew / Gadol / from the Torah of ...
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Does anybody know of a story of a smart aleck?

Does anyone know of a story from תנ"ך \ גמרא \ or a famous Gadol or even some random Jew - where somebody acted like a smart aleck (אובר חכם) / know-it-all and it really caused them to mess up?
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Why does it say Moshe got the Torah from Sinai?

B"H The first Mishnah of pirkei avos says "Moshe received the Torah from Sinai, and gave it to Yehoshua..." And goes on to say how each person gave it to more people down the line etc. ...
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שמך vocalization before Shema

In Shakharit, the last word of אהבת עולם before the Bracha, is ״שמך״. In all the Siddurim I usually use, that word is vocalized as שִמְךָ. However, I have often heard people read it as שְמֶךָ. As far ...
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Linkage between the cities of the plain and the philistine cities

There are 5 principal Philistine towns Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron (mentioned in Joshua) There are 5 "cities of the plain" Sodom, Gomorrah, Adah, Zeboim, and Tzoar Do any ...
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Chabad Maamar Avodah definition

What is the definition or description of "mamarei avodah" and how does this differ from any other maamar? This seems to be a Chabad specific term.
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Hashem Cooing like a Dove

Hashem ("The Holy One blessed be He" -Chiddushei Aggadot) מְּנַהֶמֶת כְּיוֹנָה "coos like a dove" 3 times a day, lamenting the destruction of the Temple [Berachot 3a]. Oy vey, very ...
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Rav Chaim Palagi and the 50th level of impurity in the haggadah

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita says in a recent interview with ArtScroll (min. 23:24) that Rav Chaim Palagi, in his sefer Zechira Le'Chaim (Chaim Le Rosh, Haggadah Shel Pesach) divides the sections of ...
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I notice the book 1 Maccabees isn't part of the Jewish canon even though the basis for Hanukkah is

As far as I know, Hanukkah is about the Maccabean Revolt. The book of 1 Maccabees is deuterocanonical in Catholicism & some Orthodox churches but not in Jewish canon. So, according to the Jewish ...
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Where do Shedim (demons) fit in?

We have discussions regarding Shedim in Jewish history. I believe they're described as having chicken feet in one source. While the topic doesn't really seem to come up much in modern Judaism, the ...
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Can you taste-test multiple brands of matzah, even if your custom is not to eat matzah before Passover begins?

There is a common practice not to eat matzah preceding Pesach, either on erev Pesach or in the weeks before. The reason for this is so that matzah will be eaten on the Seder night with gusto. Faced ...
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Are Shibolim rice cakes kosher for Pesach without special hechsher? [closed]

Hoping someone knows the answer or can point me where to ask. We eat kitniyos on Pesach. I bought these Shibolim rice cakes from Walmart. Last year I recall getting it as well (I think from Amazon) ...
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Does Arba'a Banim mean four sons or four children?

I've seen Arba'a Banim translated as alternately four sons or four children. Are there any sources for whether the word "Banim" here means sons only or whether it should specifically be ...
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Counting the Ketoret ingredients

Sephardim have a custom to count with the fingers on their right hand each of the 11 ingredients in the Ketoret when reciting the passage every day. Where does this idea come from? And what power does ...
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What is Koheles' view of the Torah?

Koheles doesn't mention the special election of Israel, Maamad Har Sinai or Nevuah. It does talk about God, right and wrong and reward and punishment. Do any major Jewish thinkers entertain the ...
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Avraham with a "ה" and Sarah (not Sari) were Tumtumim Gemora Yevamos 64a at the end of the page. If this is so how did Avram, get Hagar pregnant?

Avraham's organ was created new. Yevamos 64b. Tumtumim cannot reproduce. Everyone one holds that they can not reproduce. There is only one opinion that after surgery it could possibly be possible. ...
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Was Yehonatan a mored b'malchut?

In Shmuel 19:1 Shaul, the king, clearly gives instructions to kill David, which he reinforces even after swearing not to kill David (v.6) by sending soldiers to kill David and even going himself to do ...
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Can/should anyone kill a mored b'malchut?

If someone is found to have rebelled against the king (mored b'malchut), by say directly disobeying a king's order, does the rebel need to have the crime adjudicated in court or can (should?) anyone ...
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Segol pausal form

When a word ends in two Seggols (or a Seggol and Patach, depending on if the final letter is guttural), and the word is in pausal form, the first Seggol is lengthened to a Kamatz. Why is it not ...
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Is there an issur of Tzad (trapping) when returning a pet hamster to its cage on Shabbos?

Putting the issue of muktzah aside, the question is- do poskim discuss whether or not a pet hamster is already considered trapped? The baseline halacha is that a "domesticated" animal is ...
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What does "Yishmael Lavan Ha'Arami" mean?

The Ramak in his commentary Or Yakar on the Zohar uses the phrase "ישמעאל לבן הארמי" (Yishmael Lavan Ha'Arami) twice (from what I can tell), as though both names are that of one figure. Here ...
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Question on distinguishing similar words: שׂכל ,בין ,חכם ,ידע

How does one distinguish between שׂכל, בין, חכם, ידע? And their respective nouns: שֶׂכֶל, בִּינָה, חָכְמָה, מַדָע, דַּעַת When comparing the lexicons Dictionary of Classical Hebrew and HALOT I see ...
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Lying is permitted? [duplicate]

I have heard as a kid that lying to prevent someone from thinking you're not shomer Torah Umitzvos is permitted. So for example if someone asked you if you Davened yesterday and you really didn't, you ...
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What are the oldest manuscripts of the Nevi'im books and specifically Melakhim?

I am especially interested in the oldest version of Melakhim/Kings, including any fragmentary sources like incomplete manuscripts in the dead sea scrolls.
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In the pesach Seder when we talk about מעשה שהיה בבני ברק. Why were the students not with their rebbeim?

In the pesach Seder when we talk about מעשה שהיה בבני ברק. Why were the students not with their rebbeim? As it says in the Seder רבותינו הגיע זמן קריאת שמע של שחרית. This clearly means that they weren’...
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Do we get constant schar for not violating Lavs?

We have 365 Lo Taaseh’s in the Torah, like “don’t steal” or “don’t kill.” These tell us it’s a mitzvah not to do X. So if I’m just sitting in my chair now not violating any of these Lavs, do I get ...
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How is דרך חירות fulfilled nowadays with הסיבה?

Raavya (12th-13th centuries) writes that as it is no longer the case that folks recline on couches when eating (as was common during the Greco-Roman period) one should eat upright at the table. Hagaos ...
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Is the Chanukat Habayit meal a Seudat Mitzvah

According to Halacha, is the meal served at a Chanukat Habayit when you affix a mezuzah to your new home a Seudat Mitzvah? Or no, even though it is a traditional minhag is it not the status of a ...
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Is it a hefsek to eat or drink during kriat sh’ma

According to the Halacha, is it permitted for Jews to eat or drink during kriat Sh’ma, or no is that prohibited as a hefsek? Or no, is it not necessarily a hefsek to fulfilling the mitzvah?
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Does True Belief Negate Free Will? [duplicate]

How can we say we have free will to sin or to abstain from doing mitzvos, while simultaneously saying that we believe in perfect faith in the punishments and rewards promised regarding these actions? ...
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Kol Isha applicable to AI generated music?

Does Kol Isha apply to songs generated by AI? For instance, there's a website https://www.udio.com that allows one to generate music. If a female singer who doesn't even exist is singing, is a man ...
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What are the 3 categories of things that Yisro heard?

B"H In the beginning of Parsha Yisro, it says: Now Moses' father in law, Jethro, the chieftain of Midian, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, His people that the Lord had taken ...
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How much meat should one eat?

According to Torah, how often should one eat meat? One opinion is that if one can afford it, one should eat meat every day. Chullin 84b: מכאן אמר רבי אלעזר בן עזריה מי שיש לו מנה יקח לפסו ליטרא ירק ...
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Where in the works of Maimonides does he address how to deal with apparent contradictions between halakha and empirical facts?

Maimonides’ view is that halakha is teleological (see for example Guide III, 27,31) e.g. some laws are to promote societal wellbeing, correct moral beliefs, etc. Where in his works does he deal with ...
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What is the difference between קדמא ואזלא and אזלא גרש? [closed]

What is the difference in pronounciation between קדמא ואזלא and אזלא גרש?
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Practice for Shechita

I'm practicing to be a Shochet and one of the difficulties is practicing shechita on hundreds of birds to become proficient in picking up any bird and shechting it properly first try. Most non-Jewish ...
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Understanding Parts of Krias Shema al Hamita [duplicate]

Some versions of Krias Shema al Hamita include the following language: בשם ה' אלוהי ישראל: מימיני מיכאל, משמאלי גבריאל, מלפני אוריאל, מאחורי רפאל ועל ראשי שכינת אל. ‏Where is the source of this ...
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Where in his works does Maimonides address how to understand אלו ואלו דברי אלקים חיים and the nature of makhloket more broadly (besides intro to PhM)?

Given what Maimonides says in his introduction to his Commentary on the Mishnah (Perush ha-Mishnayot) it seems like he is not a pluralist when it comes to truth in a makhloket (halakhic debate). He ...
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Looking for nineties album of Zemirot changed to female gender [closed]

UPDATE: I was able to finally find it last night: Marcia Falk: Blessings In Song | Fran Avni As Mike, who referenced Marcia Falk’s book,suggested. Thanks! https://franavni.bandcamp.com/album/marcia-...
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Why no bracha on telling the story of the Exodus?

Relating the story of the Exodus is a Biblical commandment. Why is there no bracha on specifically that? An answer on this site says that we talk about the Exodus in the kiddush, but that does not ...
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Looking for online Yerushalmi Trope trainer

Need a slow speed audio with large Hebrew font to learn to lead Shabbat Shacharit and The Musaf Amidah for Shabbat in the Yerushalmi trope.
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Are Jews permitted to play jacks on Shabbat

According to Halacha is it permitted for Jews to play jacks on Shabbat? Or no, would it involve any issur like muktzeh or anything else? Does it depend on if it’s a minor chinuch age or an adult?
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Does boba from a non-Jewish store need a Hechsher

According to Halacha, does boba bought from a non-Jewish store need a Hechsher? Or no, is it kosher unless shown otherwise?
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