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Should David have killed Saul?

In 1 Samuel 24 Saul enters a cave to relieve himself and David cuts off part of Saul's cloak rather than kill him. During this time Saul had been pursuing David with the explicit intent to kill him. ...
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Who does the prophecy in Malachi refer to?

Malachi 3:1: הִנְנִ֤י שֹׁלֵ֙חַ֙ מַלְאָכִ֔י וּפִנָּה־דֶ֖רֶךְ לְפָנָ֑י וּפִתְאֹם֩ יָב֨וֹא אֶל־הֵיכָל֜וֹ הָאָד֣וֹן ׀ אֲשֶׁר־אַתֶּ֣ם מְבַקְשִׁ֗ים וּמַלְאַ֨ךְ הַבְּרִ֜ית אֲשֶׁר־אַתֶּ֤ם חֲפֵצִים֙ הִנֵּה־...
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Did the ancient Israelite Kings appoint royal justices?

Did the ancient Israelite Kings appoint royal justices? If so, how is this distinct from the medieval practice of appointing beurim in certain medieval Jewish communities? And what powers were these ...
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Do you still need to give old maaser?

If one realized that years ago they earned money and did not give maaser, is there a chiyuv to give the maaser now?
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What were David's reasons for writing Psalms?

BH What were David's reasons for writing the Book of Psalms? Are they in chronological order to the events that happened in his life? Did he write some of the psalms as the event was happening?
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What's the law if a person has zera levatalah when asleep

I heard that doing zera levatalah is like murder and correct me if I'm wrong the soul of the child that should have been put in a body tries to come back and do stuff to the person and after it has ...
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The Klausenburger Rebbe's speech and Zionism

In the new book on the Klausenburger Rebbe, "The Klausenburger Rebbe Building Torah and Emunah in the Aftermath of the Holocaust", the famous story is told about when (the then) General ...
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Where does it say that If a Person has Zera Levatalah the shadim take a day to be created untill the night

I heard if a person has zera levatalah the shadim or deamon that he created take a day to be created untill the night time where they fully form where does it say this?
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How could the words עשב בשדך run together?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 61:20 states: One should put a gap between a word whose beginning [letter] is like the end [letter] of its predecessor, for example: "b'chol l'vav'kha", "al ...
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Minhaguim for a convert how to make the best choice advices [duplicate]

I know that a convert can choose his minhag as whatever he wants. But how to make the best choice according to the Torah logic? As the convert is considered as a newborn, which minhag should he follow?...
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Meaning behind אישים plural

I've seen 3 places throughout tanach that use the plural אישים for men as opposed to אנשים. Psalms 141:4 Proverbs 8:4 Isaiah 53:3 Is there any particular reason for this? Also, why isn't this the ...
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Free PDF of Moshe Zacutto Shorshei Shemot In English Online?

BH Does anyone know a free PDF of the Book Shorshei HaShemot by Moshe Zaccuto in English?
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A blessing on an incomplete Mishnah bread on Shabbat

Is it permissible to make a blessing on Shabbat on an incomplete loaf of bread? And in the event that it looks outwardly complete but is actually incomplete, is it allowed? For example, the Challah ...
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A Plastic inside a silver cup of Kiddush and Havdalah

Is it permissible to put a plastic cup (disposable) inside a silver cup in Kiddush and Havdalah? The disposable cup is filled with the amount of the appropriate shiur (amount). However, it protrudes ...
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Is drunk driving an aveirah in the absence of secular laws against it and with no damages?

For the vast majority of the world, drunk driving (also known as drink driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)) is forbidden under dina d'malchuta dina since DUI ...
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What is the punishment for Lashon Hara?

How do the sages teach that one punished for Lashon Hara about others? I only recal the example of Miriam in the bible, though I’m not sure if she spoke Lashon Hara against Moses.
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Sources on the house of Ithamar before and after the Babylonian exile

According to Ezekiel 44, the sins of the house of Ithamar contributed to the exile of the Jewish people to Babylon. I'm interested in learning more about: What specific sins are attributed to the ...
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Source for אין מזהירין מן הדין

The Gemara has a rule, אין מזהירין ואין עונשין מן הדין - we do not warn (source a negative commandment) or punish (source for the punishment of a negative commandment) from the logic of a קל וחומר. ...
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Rambam contradiction

Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Biah 22:18 says that there’s nothing more hard for most of the nation to keep than the Arayot commandments. Around that same area, he also quotes a Gemara that says that “...
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Vocalization of תצפה in נשמת כל-חי

In various siddurim I have seen the word תצפה—near the end of the Nishmat prayer of Shabbat and Yom Tov—vocalized as either תְצַפּה or תִצְפּה. Which is correct in this context? (Thanks to Joel K for ...
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What is Palifit mean in the Rabeinu Gershom on Baba Basrah 2a?

BH What does it mean Palifit it this Rabeinu Gershom in Daf B amud Alef in Bava Basra?
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What's the point in the census in Bamidbar?

Do any commentaries discuss why Hashem told Moshe to take a census in parshas Bamidbar? Hashem knew how many people there were and censuses are generally forbidden, so what was the point in the ...
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What’s the difference between “לְדָוִד מִזְמוֹר” and “מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד” in Tehilim?

Tehilim 110 for example begins with “l’David mizmor”, while 108 starts with “mizmor l’David”. Is there a difference in meaning? Does one denote authorship and the other does not?
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Parve food at school [closed]

If my school serves rice as a side dish to chicken, I am unsure whether or not they use the same silverware to serve us. Do I have to wait a full six hours after eating the rice or can I eat the rice ...
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Is there a source for Hashem loving Rashayim [duplicate]

People sometimes say that Hashem even loves Rashayim. Is there is a source in Chazal for that? There seem to be sources that say the oppisite: To give but one example. The Rambam Hilchos Teshuva 7:...
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Jews crying when getting Arayot mitzvah

Rambam in Hilchot Issurei Biah writes that when the Jews got the commandments regarding all the forbidden relationships, they cried. Where does he get this from?
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What tribe is Avner from?

bs"D From what tribe was Avner, he was not fond of tribe of Yehuda. In book Shmuel, Avner said to Ish boshet, am leader to yehuda dogs.
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Why is there no established prayer for having (or raising) children?

Throughout Tanakh, we find that biblical heroes have specifically prayed to God for having children (such as Yitzhak and Hannah), and it seems like having children is generally considered a valid, ...
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Re-articulate a sound repeated after a maqaf?

When the same sound is called for on both sides of a maqaf, does this call for a single, prolonged version of that sound, or a second articulation of that sound? E.g. אֶל־לִבּֽוֹ׃ in Gen 6:6. In ...
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Binyan identification in Ibn Ezra on Vayikra 18:3

Vayikra 18:3, with the phrase on which Ibn Ezra elaborates bolded: כמעשה ארץ-מצרים אשר ישבתם-בה לא תעשו וכמעשה ארץ-כנען אשר אני מביא אתכם שמה לא תעשה ובחקתיהם לא תלכו Ibn Ezra: שלא ירגיל אדם ללכת ...
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Avodah Zarah and non-Jewish houseworkers

Does a Jewish homeowner need to be concerned that non-Jewish maids might perform idol worship with his possessions? Would this make any of the things in his house forbidden, or no? What precautions is ...
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How could Tannaim argue about things which people would not forget?

I'm new to Mi Yodea, so I apologize if I'm using this incorrectly. Here is my question: The משנה is the collection of Torah Shebe'al Peh, passed down from Matan Torah until today. There are, however, ...
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Satmar shechita

I was told that the Satmar method of slaughtering is a method unto itself. Can someone explain Satmar shechita and/or the differences by which it differentiates itself?
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What is the "new altar" in musaf for Rosh Hodesh?

To what does this term refer: "mizbeach hadash b-Zion"? It appears in the musaf amida for Rosh Hodesh.
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Half Hallel without a bracha on Yom Ha'atzma'ut and/or Yom Yerushalayim

There are a number of posts here on Mi Yodeya discussing whether to say Hallel (or Half Hallel) on Yom Ha'atzma'ut and/or Yom Yerushalayim and whether or not to include the brachot at the start and ...
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What are the requirements for the messiah? [duplicate]

I am considering becoming an Orthodox Jew but I was born and raised a Christian, I know little much about the Jewish faith but I want to learn, my question being what is the requirements that they are ...
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What precisely is the nature of humility?

What exactly is the nature of humility and where is the line drawn between being humble and having too low self-esteem?
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Why does the Torah continuously seperate "Geirem" from the rest of Klal Yisrael?

Throughout last week's Parshas - Parshas Acharei Mos - it states a Halacha, then it says that every Jew should keep it, and then adds every Ger (convert). For example: פרק יז:ח וַאֲלֵהֶ֣ם תֹּאמַ֔ר ...
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Do the medieval sources say anything regarding if God makes up for undeserved suffering in the next world?

Most Rishonim are of the opinion that most people are not subject to hashgachah pratis and can suffer according to the natural way of the world even though their sins don't require such punishment—see ...
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Ben Ish Chai on Acharei Mot, specifically Vayikra 18:3?

This past Shabbat (Acharei Mot) I heard part of an interesting drash, and I want to bring what I understood from it into a Torah study that I am teaching after Shacharit this coming Shabbat (Kedoshim)....
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Should an Orthodox Jew give up on their dreams if their dream job involve the possibility of having to work on Shabbat?

If Judaism is a religion about living a fulfilling and meaningful life, then is following your dreams a Jewish value when it may conflict with Shabbat? For example, if someone’s dream is to be an ...
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Is it preferable to work on Rosh Chodesh, or on Friday after Chatzchot HaYom?

Both Rosh Chodesh and Friday afternoon are characterized as times when work is permitted, but should be minimized. If one had to choose between the two, is there any halachic preference?
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Is the order of the Torah part of the principles of faith?

According to my understanding of Rambam's 8th of his 13 principles of faith it is necessary to believe that the Torah as we currently have it is exactly what was told to Moshe by God. From what I ...
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Minhag to not sleep in socks to show that we aren't shedim?

My wife told me that she heard a shiur that claimed that there was a minhag to not sleep with socks on so that others can see that we don't have chicken feet and aren't a sheid/demon because of this ...
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What will be the difference between the two types of "natural" miracles when Moshiach comes?

B"H In the Maamar Kimei Tseischa, 5712, the Rebbe discusses different types of miracles. First, there are miracles beyond nature, and miracles that are disguised in the 'garments' of nature. And ...
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This Rabbeinu Bachaye on not saying all of Hashem's middot - why do we say them all now?

This Rabbeinu Bachaye explains how Moshe only used certain middot of Hashem's 13 Middot of Rachamim, to gain forgiveness for the sin of the spies. Some of the middot didn't apply for that sin, and ...
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Why are Sephardic siddurim shorter than Ashkenaz ones?

I can only testify about the communities that I’ve been to but everywhere I go, the standard Ashkenaz siddur tends to be much taller and more rectangular than its Sephardic counterpart, which is ...
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Chacham or "rabbi" vs Classical Semichah?

When does it matter if a rabbi is actually a rabbi with classical semichah miMoshe vs just a chacham who went through a program, of one caliber or another(or not), and got a certification, of one ...
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Question about ‘chazak ve-emotz’

Shalom. I am aware this is a stupid question, but is ‘chazak ve-emotz’ - Be strong and of a good courage in doing mitzvot a general commandment, given to all, or was it only for Yehoshua Ha-Navi? ...
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If a Jew accepts Shabbat early, is something new which came into existence then nolad

According to Halacha, if a Jew accepts Shabbat early, is something new which comes into existence then (when it is still before when Shabbat would naturally start) considered nolad? Or no, since it ...
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