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PTIJ: Superman can carry the Batmobile on Shabbat? [closed]

On Shabbat, Superman saw the Batmobile was stuck in a narrow alley (more than 3-handbreaths wide) between the Daily Planet and Wayne Enterprises. In order to carry the Batmobile out of the alley, ...
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Selling a house after COVID

According to the mishna on 25b of Masechet Megilla, "בני העיר שמכרו רחובה של עיר לוקחין בדמיו בית הכנסת" (if the people of a city sell an open area, the money is used to buy a synagogue). ...
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What was Esther’s reaction to Haman’s begging and ambush

In Megillas Esther it says Haman stood to beg for his life...........fell on the couch Esther was reclining on. Question is: What was her reaction, and her action in response? why is there no mention ...
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Was King Achashverush rewarded for enriching Mordechai and Esther

We know that all the riches of Haman belonged to the king after he was hung. The king gave it to Mordechai and Esther. Also in targum it says that Haman promised to give 10000 silvers and a town ...
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PTIJ: Mrs Potato Head in the Mikvah [closed]

Can Mrs Potato Head leave her limbs and face intact when immersing into a Mikvah (to convert or become Tahor), or does her accessories, limbs, and face count as a Chatzitza, and need to be removed? ...
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Why did it take so long for Ezra to notice the intermarriages?

In Ezra 7:8 it says Ezra and the people who made aliyah with him arrived in Yerushalayim in the fifth month. In 8:32-33 it says they rested for three days and on the fourth were ready to count the ...
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English translation of “Maamar Minchas Kenaos” by Maharatz Chayes?

Is there an English translation of "Maamar Minchas Kenaos" by Maharatz Chayes available?
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What is considered Limud Torah?

If one wants to learn Torah, and doesn’t want to (in general or in that moment) learn Torah She’Bichtav or Torah She’Baal Peh, what is considered learning Torah? I.e, does Igeret HaRamban count? Does ...
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Does asking a righteous deceased and/or an “angel” to intercede with HaShem in favor of a living person violate the Noahide Law or not?

Among Catholics and Orthodox Christians, the tradition of asking Mary (the mother of Jesus), "angels" and saints to intercede with HaShem in favor of one or more living people is very ...
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PTIJ: Bal Tashchis and the Recycle Bin [closed]

Is it considered Bal Tashchis to delete files/folders needlessly on a computer, or to send data to /dev/null in Linux? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely ...
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PTIJ: Shatnez issues with FLAC audio files [closed]

Being that there is a prohibition of Sha'atnez when wearing wool and linen (or flax) may one listen to FLACs (FLAC audio files) while wearing a wool sweater? This question is Purim Torah and is not ...
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PTIJ: Tattooing a self-aware Sefer Torah [closed]

If a Sefer Torah became self-aware and conscious, would such a Sefer Torah be Halachically allowed to get ink tattooed into it when needed (such as correcting cracked letters)? Or would this ...
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PTIJ: Is the genie's lamp considered Metaltilin (movable objects) or Karka (land)? [closed]

The genie (from Aladdin) lives in a lamp. Assuming the lamp has living quarters, does one need a Chazakah of living there for 3 years to own the lamp (or require a document of sale), or is it ...
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PTIJ: HTML Sukkah [closed]

When is one Yotzei when sitting in a web-based Sukkah (online Sukkah)? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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PTIJ: Best compression algorithm [closed]

There are many different algorithms used for compression, such as .zip, .rar, .tar, .gz, etc. Hashem used the ultimate compression algorithm, compressing the infinite knowledge of the Creator into a ...
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PTIJ: Assur for a Kohen to die? [closed]

If a Kohen is prohibited from becoming Tamei, and people become Tamei upon dying, then wouldn't it be prohibited for a Kohen to die? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken ...
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PTIJ: Any findings for how Tefillin work using black-box testing? [closed]

In the software field, Black-Box testing is performed when an engineer is examining a closed system without any knowledge of its inner workings. That being the case, do we have any documentation of ...
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PTIJ: What does Cookie Monster eat during Pesach? [closed]

Cookie Monster loves cookies. So what does a Jewish cookie monster do during Pesach, when cookies are Chametz? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See ...
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PTIJ: Baby Siddurs [closed]

Can one substitute a babysitter with a baby siddur (siddur for children)? This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the Purim Torah policy.
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PTIJ: The Chutzpah Javascript Test Runner [closed]

Is it bad for one's Middos to use a Chutzpah Javascript Test Runner? https://github.com/mmanela/chutzpah This question is Purim Torah and is not intended to be taken completely seriously. See the ...
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PTIJ: 3 Little Pigs traveling during Succos [closed]

Based on the סברא of תשבו כעין תדורו, that a person lives in a Succah the way they live in their home, and normally people don't build houses when they're traveling on vacation (they stay in hotels, ...
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PTIJ: Mr Potato Head on Shabbos [closed]

Can Mr Potato Head carry stuff inside himself on Shabbos without a Kosher Eruv? And is there a difference if he's carrying food, body parts, or non essentials? Of course, his own limbs which can ...
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PTIJ: Kabbolos and Kiddush [closed]

Can one make a Kaballah to be Mekabel Kaballah from a Mekubel? Similarly, may a Kadosh kid participate in a Kiddush for the Kedushin of a Kadeisha during Kadeish of the Pesach Seder, or should one say ...
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PTIJ: The girl who cried wolf [closed]

Does Aesop's story about The Boy Who Cried Wolf actually originate from Miriam Bas Bilgah, the girl who cried wolf (Sukkah 56b)? Miriam accused the altar of being a "wolf", consuming ...
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PTIJ: Forgetting Netilas Yadayim [closed]

What should a person do if they keep forgetting to dry their hands with a towel after Netilas Yadayim? The Tashbetz Katan 287 states that drying hands on one's clothes leads to forgetfulness. So, if ...
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Was Haman rewarded for supporting Torah learners and building the Beis HaMikdash?

The Midrash Shochar Tov (22:25) writes לשלשה חלקים נחלק ממונו של המן. שליש למרדכי ואסתר. ושליש לעמלי תורה. ושליש לבנין בית המקדש - Haman's money was divided into thirds: 1/3 was given to Mordechai ...
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How are we to understand the usages of “morning” and “evening” in the Genesis narrative?

Is it more so "morning" as in the "morning" of one's life, intended proverbially to signify the beginning of an epoch or process? I would appreciate an answer with sources. The sun,...
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Why did the 10 Brothers tell Yaakov that Yosef had died if doing so would cause him such intense pain & grief?

Is there any Torah commentary that addresses how Yaakov’s ten sons could have been so cold, heartless and cruel, to cause Yaakov’s intense, 22-year, unconsolable grief over Yosef’s death? What child ...
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Did the kohanim physically carry the aron?

The Chizkuni (Shemos 25:11) writes וצפית אתו זהב ראוי היה הארון להיות כולו של זהב אלא שלא יהא כבד לנשאו, ודינו להנשא בכתף כדכתיב כי עבודת הקדש עליהם בכתף ישאו, וכן מצינו במזבח שהיה נבוב לחות כדי שלא ...
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Degel Machane Efrayim

My friends and I were learning about the way that the Jews camped in the wilderness, and someone heard about a book called Degel Machane Efrayim. Does anyone know who wrote it and where I can find it?
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The chronology of the Mishnah

Was the Mishnah compiled in the order we find it today? If so, this would mean "Zeraim" was written first, and finally "Tohorot"? If the Mishnah wasn't compiled in the order we ...
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Invalidating a minyan

Hypothetical case -- I am within my year of saying kaddish and am on a business trip. I am in a very small and unfamiliar shul waiting for a minyan and in walks someone from my town who has been ...
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PTIJ: Are there other ritually demanded drinks? [closed]

Rituals and laws, in certain situations, are predicated on the presence of certain drinks. The four I can think of are the test for an adulterous woman which requires the use of Soda Water any ...
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At which point during the Torah reading on Shabbat is it appropriate to recite the prayer for the sick (מי שברך לחולים)?

Is there a correct or preferred point (aliyah) during the Shabbat Torah reading at which the traditional "mi shebeirach lecholim" prayer for the sick should be recited by the gabbai? If such ...
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PTIJ: Is my mask posul? [closed]

When I was wearing my mask, one of the strings snapped, I then typed the two ends together and reapplied. The Rambam writes (Malve 23:14): נקרע קרע בית דין הרי זה פסול איזהו קרע בית דין שתי וערב If ...
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Does a Jew who doesn't care about other Jews' problems become a gentile [duplicate]

Under Jewish law, does a Jew who turns his back on other Jews change in his status in any way? Is he, under any law or any religious context, treated like a non-Jew for any practical intents?
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PTIJ: Seeking info about Chazzan R. Neves [closed]

This year's JAK Rettelswen mentions a recording of Kiddush Yaknha"z (Jag 'n Has) sung by Chazzan R. Neves. Does anoyone know about Mr. Neves and if he did any other recordings ? This question is ...
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No tachanun after shkiah?

Many siddurim in my possession indicate one who davens minchah after sunset omits tachanun. What are the sources behind this ?
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PTIJ: I need a rolling gate [closed]

I am looking for a rolling gate. All of my life I’ve maintained that it is vital I find it. It has been pointed out that a lion wrote on the rolling gate, a lion with great zeal indeed wrote on the ...
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What is the name of the book about Reincarnation (Gilgul) written by one of the Arizal students

The book consists about relating different lifes in the Torah. E.g: the couple Yossef and the Pharao's wife and Yoshua and Rachav are the same souls. The author is one of the Arizal's students.
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We don't read “kisvei kodesh” on Shabbos?

The Sefer HaMatamim (Shabbos 1) explains the reason we say Migdol instead of Magdil in bentching is because מגדיל היא בכתובים בתהלים ואין קורין בכתבי הקודש בשבת - Magdil is part of Kesuvim in ...
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Is Mishlei 16:4 saying that Man does not have free-will / freedom of choice?

Shalom. My JPS English Tanakh translates Mishlei 16:4 as 'The LORD made everything for a purpose, even the wicked for an evil day'. This rendering implies (to me) that the wicked were made wicked, ...
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PTIJ: Which fodder should a child be fed? [closed]

The Talmud says (Ketubot 50a): אמר ליה רב לרב שמואל בר שילת בציר מבר שית לא תקביל בר שית קביל וספי ליה כתורא Rav say to Rav Shmuel bar Sheilat, who taught children: With regard to a child less than ...
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PTIJ: Why are we required to have so many Seders? [closed]

On Passover, we are required to eat a substantial amount of ritually designated food, and also a proper holiday level meal. This is the obligation of a "seder". Two nights of this (in the ...
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PTIJ: Why would the tzaddikim be barred from the carrying bars? [closed]

King David tells us in Tehillim (55:23) לא יתן לעולם מוט לצדיק, [Hashem] will never give a carrying bar/pole to a tzaddik. Now, granted, such poles have sometimes been used for nefarious purposes, ...
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PTIJ: Where did Haman stay after the Bnai Yisrael entered Eretz Yisrael [closed]

We see in the Torah that Haman (המן) came to Bnai Yisrael every morning in the desert. We also see that Haman stopped coming as soon as they entered Eretz Yisrael. Where was he from the time they ...
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PTIJ: What type of grapes is the Messiah buying? Why does he need them? [closed]

Pesikta Rabbati 36: שנו רבותינו בשעה שמלך המשיח נגלה בא ועומד על הגג של בית המקדש והוא משמיע להם לישראל ואומר להם ענוים הגיע זמן גאולתכם Our Rabbis taught: 'When King Messiah is revealed, he will ...
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PTIJ: Why Mordehai married Aman? [closed]

The Megilla says : ויהי אמן את־הדסּה (Esther.2.7) That is : And Aman was Hadassa But if Aman was Hadassa, Hadassa being Esther, so Aman was Esther ? So how did Mordehai marry her ? And how can he ...
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Hagba when rolling Sefer Torah

On special occasions, multiple Torah portions are read in a given service ie. Mishpatim and Shekalim. When multiple Sifrei Torah are available, a different Sefer is used for each portion, and each ...
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Use of Greek in the Sanhedrin

Did the Sanhedrin ever use Greek as a main or auxiliary language during the Second Temple period? I ask because Sanhedrin is a Greek word and many Jews had Greek names so it stands to reason that the ...

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