All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
0answers
71 views

When is something that is consumed no longer impacted by the laws of kashrus?

Things which are not food or food which becomes unfit for a dog to eat are not subject to the laws of kashrus but what determines when something fits under those categories? For example many ...
3
votes
1answer
112 views

Delivering a Get when the wife is far away

During a divorce proceeding, should the husband's wife ideally be given the Gett in person, even if she lives ~3000 miles away? (The divorce is consented by both parties and they are relatively ...
10
votes
1answer
253 views

Challa knife - Non serrated

Recently I met someone who told me there are those that specifically only use a non serrated Challa knife at the Shabbos meal. I was wondering if there is a source that discusses this and what is the ...
-3
votes
1answer
126 views

Transgender identity and judaism [closed]

Why Hachem create transgender people? Did Hachem make some mistakes? Is there a purpos behind it? What is it the opinion of the rabbis from the different Jewish religious movements? Is it considered ...
-2
votes
0answers
76 views

Why does the parasha chayei sarah end with the naming of Ishmael's sons? [closed]

Why? It may be because they were her grandkids, an important part of heritage
7
votes
2answers
66 views

Why translate a vav, “but”?

I know that this is quibbling over a translation, but I don't have access to the translators themselves, so I'm wonering if anyone knows of a justification. In Bereishit 14:18, the text reads ...
-2
votes
0answers
72 views

Did Rabbis offer practical ways of lessening Antisemitism?

As we are often told, Antisemitism is "Heavenly decree", inevitable consequence of the very existence of the Jewish people. In the Torah (e.g. Deut. 28:64-66), G-d promises to hunt us down personally ...
3
votes
1answer
436 views

What is the source for pushing away the convert three times?

What is the source for pushing away the convert three times? I'm also interested in the exact quote.
0
votes
0answers
62 views

Bphi Kol Chai not Bphe

In SA Orach Chaim 187:1 in Mishnah Brurah Sif Beis, he writes that the phrase in Birchas Hamazon should be 'Bphi' kol chai and not 'Bphe'. Anyone have an idea why?
-1
votes
0answers
24 views

From whence the wearing of tallis katan and the associated bracha? [duplicate]

Who, or what community, started the custom of wearing tallis katan and when, and what is the earliest written version of the bracha on the tallis katan?
-1
votes
1answer
23 views

Explanation of the Term “פירוד הלבבות”

I looked up the term "פירוד הלבבות" and it comes out literally as "separation of hearts". What is the interpretation of this term in Yiddishkeit generally? Thanks in advance.
2
votes
0answers
44 views

Should I pray to God based on my own merit?

In the book of Tehillim (Psalms), Chapter 86, King David says the following: שָֽׁמְרָ֣ה נַפְשִׁי֮ כִּֽי־חָסִ֪יד אָ֥נִי הוֹשַׁ֣ע עַ֭בְדְּךָ אַתָּ֣ה אֱלֹהַ֑י הַבּוֹטֵ֥חַ אֵלֶֽיךָ׃ ...
6
votes
2answers
342 views

Rashi's explanation of why we are told that Avram was 86 at the birth of Yishma'el

Bereishit 16:16: וְאַבְרָ֕ם בֶּן־שְׁמֹנִ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְשֵׁ֣שׁ שָׁנִ֑ים בְּלֶֽדֶת־הָגָ֥ר אֶת־יִשְׁמָעֵ֖אל לְאַבְרָֽם׃‏ Avram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Yishma'el to Avram. ...
4
votes
0answers
66 views

Does G-d's overt presence invalidate one's free choice?

It is frequently claimed that the reason for the current Haster Panim (lack of G-d's overt presence in the physical world) is that it is necessary for our free choice. In other words, if G-d's ...
1
vote
2answers
64 views

How does Rambam see the influence of our personal prayers on unchangeable G-d? [duplicate]

Rambam in Yesodot Hatora (1.11) describes a transcendent G-d that knows no change: He is not found within time, so that He would possess a beginning, an end, or age. He does not change, for there ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

How can the Mishnah derive that lashes exempt kares, from a pasuk speaking only about one liable for lashes?

The Mishnah in Makkot 23a says "All those liable to receive karet who were flogged in court were exempted from their karet [...] as it is stated with regard to one liable to receive ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

Tzitzit - wool or linen - in relation to blue strings

I'm a purist at heart so purchased linen tzitzit - of which I intended to add them to tallit of linen. I was also going to have blue strings added, also in linen - so if you can get past my vague ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

What is the source for the omnisignificance of Torah [duplicate]

In his book, The Idea of Biblical Poetry: Parallelism and Its History professor James Kugel discusses the idea that each and every word (letter?) in the Torah posses significant meaning (pp. 104-105), ...
2
votes
1answer
88 views

If the name of an idol is used as an exclamation by someone, is laughing forbidden?

The name of a certain idol is commonly used (in the United States at least) as an exclamation, typically displaying surprise/anger etc. Suppose someone was describing their disdain over something in ...
4
votes
1answer
169 views

How can having witnesses to a crime lessen the punishment?

This answer describes a scenario where if a sin (relations with a non Jew for purposes of marriage) is committed without witnesses, one gets punished with kares, but if there are witnesses he gets ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Rambam about Testimony

I heard a shiur where someone quoted Rambam as saying something to the effect of: "We trust two witnesses not because we think what they are saying is truth, but rather because the Torah says we ...
4
votes
2answers
76 views

Why is Sarah faulting Avraham for impregnating Hagar?

Breishit 16:5: וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרַי אֶל־אַבְרָם: חֲמָסִי עָלֶיךָ, אָנֹכִי נָתַתִּי שִׁפְחָתִי בְּחֵיקֶךָ וַתֵּרֶא כִּי הָרָתָה וָאֵקַל בְּעֵינֶיהָ. יִשְׁפֹּט ה' בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶיךָ׃ And Sarai said ...
0
votes
2answers
50 views

How to differentiate between a “revealed” Halacha and Paskened one?

THis question mimics a similar question about mathematics - is it discovered or created. Our Rabbis ruled a lot of Halochos. Some of them are considered "the revelation of the original Halochos G-d ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

What counts as an “Eiver min Hachai” to be forbidden?

The texts (Mas. Chullin, Mishna Ohalot etc) discuss an eiver min hachai and eiver is translated as "limb" but I am looking for some parameters for what counts as a limb. The example of EM"haCh that I ...
-1
votes
1answer
52 views

What is the exact formatting of the Chumash [duplicate]

I am looking for the rules for the exact formatting (the visual look) of the Chumash. I thought I was interested in the Torah Scroll, but it turns out that I'm actually looking for info on the Book ...
-1
votes
1answer
58 views

Why no singular when referring to one parent in the birchat hamazon?

Near the end of the birchat hamazon there is wording for a sentence for eating at the table of one's parents. (See the left side of the quote below). That sentence refers to "them, their house, ...
3
votes
1answer
90 views

Intermarriage - contradiction in punishment according to Rambam?

In Sefer Hamitzvos, negative commandment 52 about marrying non-Jews, the Rambam says There are variations regarding the punishment for one who transgresses this prohibition. If he has relations ...
6
votes
1answer
3k views

Divorced woman remarrying her ex-husband

May a woman, who after receiving a get from her husband has relations with another man out of wedlock, remarry her husband?
2
votes
1answer
63 views

How many ‘Watches’ were there in an ancient Hebrew day?

A few mentions in the scriptures point to the existence of night and morning ‘watches,’ a notable example being Gideon’s arrival at the Midian camp in the middle watch. (Judges 7:19) Another example ...
2
votes
0answers
88 views

Is nonkosher taste OK?

If kosher food happens to sit in the presence of nonkosher food and thereby acquires some of its flavor, is it still kosher? (In general, it is not possible to completely shield food from surrounding ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

What's the Literal translation of these basic words?

What do the words Mishnayos, Gemara, & Torah literally mean?
2
votes
0answers
30 views

Shinui Makom Summary Table

Is there available online a summary table, or better yet, a decision tree, that presents the conditional logic of the somewhat complicated laws of hesech hada'ath/shinui makom (diverted attention, e.g....
3
votes
1answer
33 views

Is discussing a specific occurrence of a previous sin a chillul hashem if it’s known you’ve done the sin before?

The Kesef Mishneh on Hilchos Teshuva 2:5 says that revealing a previously committed sin to someone who doesn’t know you’ve sinned is a chillul hashem. If that person knows you’ve done the sin before ...
2
votes
2answers
114 views

What was G-d's problem with building the Babel Tower? [duplicate]

In the story of the Babel Tower (Gen 11) people are trying to build a tower to the skies. I assume they followed the assumption that the firmament is real (firm) and it divides between the Heavens and ...
2
votes
1answer
51 views

Is it permitted to think about God / Hashem in the bathroom?

One may not learn Torah in the bathroom, even if the thoughts are not verbally expressed. That made me wonder if it is permitted to think about God. My definition of "thinking about God" would be ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Does sinning in front of another jew constitute chillul hashem?

The Kesef Mishna (Teshuva 2.5) writes that confessing a private sin publicly is a chillul hashem if someone is there who wasn’t previously aware of the sin: בעבירות מפורסמות שבין אדם למקום, מותר לו ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Does G-d punish the innocent?

Almost every law in the Torah commands proper action aside from the first few in the Ten commandments about G-d's and His oneness. In his book, Kosher Jesus, Chapt. 28, pg 163, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach ...
-2
votes
1answer
51 views

Example Images/References of Torah Texts/Scrolls/Books that demonstrate how they are Formatted in Today's Rabbi/Jewish Scripture System [closed]

What is an example of an authentic Hebrew Torah/Tanach scripture/book, entirely in Hebrew script, like you would find in a Jewish Temple. I have found this, which seems to have these traits: justify ...
-1
votes
2answers
27 views

How to calculate the Hebrew character representing the verse number? [closed]

Here they have Hebrew letters on the sides marking each verse. It starts at the beginning of the alphabet and seems to work its way up. I can't find any information on it though. Searching around ...
-3
votes
0answers
57 views

Mashiv HaRuach U’Morid Ha… what?

This was discussed here, but my question was not posed before. In the rainy season, from Shemini Atzeret until the first day of Pessah, we add to the Amidah: Mashiv HaRuach U’Morid HaG*shem -- [...
5
votes
2answers
678 views

What is “okinta”?

A friend of mine, a professional translator and interpreter, was stymied in her work by a word that some rabbis keep using when quoting Talmud, baraitot, Rambam, even Rav Kook. To her ear (she is a ...
0
votes
2answers
59 views

What is the explanation of spelling the same word with a Patach instead of a Sh'va in Megillat Esther?

In Megillat Esther, why is the word "maidens" spelled with a sh'va under the first letter (נְעָרוֹת) in verses 2:2, 2:8, 2:9, but with a patach (נַעֲרוֹת) in verse 4:4?
-1
votes
3answers
139 views

Why no singular in birchat hamazon for “ours and all that is ours”?

Near the end of the birchat hamazon there is alternate wording for the beginning of a sentence for eating at your own table, or that of another person, but the end of that sentence is always in the ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Did Abraham and Noah know of each other?

Are there any sources that discuss whether Abraham and Noah knew of each other's existence, if there was ever any interactions between the two and/or if they ever met (not sure if their lives actually ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

What's the purpose of the body in/after resurrection?

Following "what-is-the-purpose-of-tchiat-hametim", the Gemmorah says: העולם הבא אין בו לא אכילה ולא שתיה ולא פריה ורביה ולא משא ומתן ולא קנאה ולא שנאה ולא תחרות אלא צדיקים יושבין ועטרותיהם בראשיהם ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

What did G-d mean by “nothing will be out of their reach”?

וַיֹּאמֶר ה' הֵן עַם אֶחָד וְשָׂפָה אַחַת לְכֻלָּם וְזֶה הַחִלָּם לַעֲשׂוֹת וְעַתָּה לֹא־יִבָּצֵר מֵהֶם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר יָזְמוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת׃ and the LORD said, “If, as one people with one language ...
-8
votes
2answers
81 views

Doesn't the idea of the Tower of Babel prove the Flat Earth approach?

IIRC, the idea was to reach the skies, pass (somehow) the firmament and fight G-d above. That is only possible if G-d is right above the Earth, which suggests the Flat Earth worldview. If they knew ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Where in the Tanya is a discussion of the concept of one soul - connection

The alter rebbe discusses the notion of one soul counteracting the notion of otherness. Where in the Tanya is this discussion?
6
votes
1answer
80 views

Bracha on Chia Seed Infused Water?

Would this be shehakol or boreh pri since the chia seeds are visible in the water even though they are very small? Would the concentration of chia seeds in the water matter? For those unfamiliar:
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Kiddush Levana as “Life Insurance?”

The Kaf HaChaim (426:12) writes – בס' אור חדש וגם שמעתי שמי שיקדש הלבנה מיום שיקדשה לא ידאג שימות באותו החדש מאותו היום ואילך עכ"ל. והביאו א"ר וש"ץ שם. והיינו שלא ימות מיתה משונה - I heard ...

15 30 50 per page