All Questions

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
0 answers
47 views

Looking for a translation of Toldos Yaakov Yosef

I’m looking for a translation of the Toldos Yaakov Yosef, does anyone know where I could buy one (preferably online)?
0 votes
0 answers
20 views

Is doing mitzvos, specifically thought mitzvos, allowed in the bathroom? [duplicate]

It is brought down by various poskim that Torah study is forbidden in the bathroom, albeit it is a debate whether today’s bathrooms have the same status. May one perform mitzvos in a bathroom? ...
  • 659
-1 votes
1 answer
106 views

Electronic Yichud

Can the concept of Yichud be extrapolated to include electronic Yichud? By Electronic Yichud, I mean a man having a text message conversation (over WhatsApp) with a lady with whom he would be ...
0 votes
0 answers
45 views

How long is Bein HaShemashos?

How long is the period between sunset and nightfall, I.e, twilight, based on the various halachic opinions, like the Vilna Gaon and Rabbeinu Tam?
  • 659
1 vote
0 answers
27 views

Can Animals Be Affected By Ruach Ra’ah

Can a person’s animal be affected by Ruach ra’ah if one touches their pet’s mouth or the inside of their ear before doing morning netilat yadayim?
2 votes
1 answer
78 views

What is the earliest source mentioning dipping in the water as a means of conversion?

I was arguing with a Christian about the Jewish ancient tradition to dip in the water as a means of spiritual conversion, but I only had Talmudic sources (the Gerim Tractate). What is the earliest ...
  • 24.9k
0 votes
0 answers
89 views

What women are mentioned explicitly converting into Judaism without marrying a Jew?

I was trying to recall a case of a woman mentioned explicitly converting into Judaism without marrying a Jew (i.e. in order to marry a Jew), but couldn't; IIRC even R' Akiva's Matronita finally ...
  • 24.9k
1 vote
0 answers
40 views

Avoda Zara - Star & Crescent

Are there any sources on restrictions on objects adorned with the Islamic star and crescent like there are the Christian cross? I'm aware that whether Islam is Avoda Zara is debated, but I'm not ...
1 vote
0 answers
49 views

Using a shtender without permission?

In many shuls people bring their private shtenders to use during davening or learning. Is it permissible to use someone's shtender in their absence without asking permission first?
  • 1,678
2 votes
0 answers
82 views

Hebrew Dictionary for Mishneh Torah

I’m looking for a dictionary which contains words that one would find in The Rambam’s Mishneh Torah, not Biblical Hebrew. Any suggestions would be helpful.
1 vote
1 answer
103 views

Are women bound by the same times for prayer as men?

Halachipedia states: The latest time to say Shmoneh Esrei of Shacharit is the end of the fourth hour (in Shaot Zmaniot). If one has not prayed until the end of the fourth hour, one should pray ...
2 votes
2 answers
60 views

Why is Dvarim 26, Joshua 24 and Psalm 136 missing references to Matan Torah?

Matan Torah is one of the most grand and defining events in Jewish history, so naively one would assume that any summary of key events would contain this grand event. Yet Dvarim 26, Joshua 24 nor ...
0 votes
0 answers
61 views

Modesty according to custom?

Is modesty in Judaism somewhat allowed leeway according to custom? Most woman seem to show some parts of their body and they are somewhat considered modest.
0 votes
0 answers
21 views

In the third beis hamikdash, how will the duchan affect the height of the ezras kohanim?

BH In Yechekiel's prophecy of the third Beis Hamikdash: if the inner courtyard was 100 by 100 amos on the inside, and whose gates from the north, east and south sides all we positioned in the center ...
  • 327
1 vote
1 answer
105 views

Source for purchasing an authentic set of the Arizal's writings?

Where can I purchase kisve Arizal from an authentic source?
  • 4,079
1 vote
0 answers
63 views

What is the first notable use of the name Chaim (חיים) [closed]

What is the first notable use of the name Chaim (חיים) and what is its origin?
2 votes
1 answer
78 views

Translation of Hebrew letters [closed]

I hope that this is not off-topic for this forum. If so, please let me know and I will delete it. I'm trying to understand the meaning of these letters which I believe are Hebrew. Can someone who is ...
  • 123
4 votes
1 answer
91 views

Obligation to Purchase Sta"m from non-Jew

According to a halacha I read, There is an obligation to purchase any Sta”m which is in the possession of a non-Jew. If such items remain in his possession, they may become desecrated. If the non-Jew ...
  • 36.8k
0 votes
0 answers
29 views

Rationale choice of professions when assessing damages

Rambam Nezikin Chovel uMazzik 2:11 states anent damages If he caused him to lose a limb or cut off his hand, he must pay him full compensation for his hand; this being "damages." In this ...
0 votes
0 answers
22 views

Early source for "al kanfei nesharim" referring to airplanes [duplicate]

In describing the exodus from Mitzrayim, the passuk says (Exodus 19:4): וָאֶשָּׂ֤א אֶתְכֶם֙ עַל־כַּנְפֵ֣י נְשָׁרִ֔ים וָאָבִ֥א אֶתְכֶ֖ם אֵלָֽי ... how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me....
1 vote
1 answer
133 views

Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

I am a Christian who is researching how other religions influenced Christianity throughout its history. Having found that some of my fellow believers in the Hebrew Roots movement hold the belief that ...
  • 13
0 votes
2 answers
98 views

Tallit on Shabbat which is 9 av

Should one wear tallit gadol during the shachris on Shabbat if it is the 9 av (as in 2022)? On other shabbatot the person does wear a tallit. I know that in this case the observance takes place on the ...
  • 3
0 votes
0 answers
19 views

Capital punishment [duplicate]

Suppose Reuven is sentenced to death for a capital offense; his punishment is him being pushed off the top of a building. Shimon is the one who is chosen by the court to push off Reuven. Later while ...
1 vote
3 answers
133 views

Does God Punish Other People for another's sins?

In our day and age, according to Judaism, do we believe that others get punished for the sins another commit?
  • 1,495
3 votes
0 answers
50 views

In the third Beis Hamikdash, will the outer gates have tall walls also on the outside?

BH In Yechezkayl 40:6 and some other pesukim it talks about the gates for the outer walls of {the Ezras Nashim of} the third Beis Hamikdash: Then he came to the gate which looks toward the east, and ...
  • 327
1 vote
1 answer
93 views

Non-Halachic Marriages, Mamzerim, and Baalei Teshuva

Many returnees to Judaism were born out of reform or conservative marriages. In the case of such a person, assuming their parents were not learned in Torah whatsoever, but whose mother is Jewish and ...
3 votes
1 answer
87 views

Is there a book that traces the musical development of Jewish liturgy?

Over the last several weeks, at the recommendation of someone on here, I've been studying Jewish Liturgy: A Comprehensive History by Ismar Elbogen. It is a modern (early Twentieth Century) academic ...
  • 5,119
2 votes
1 answer
103 views

Moshe deviating from bachatzos halailah

The gemarra states that Moshe did three things of his own accord, and Hashem concurred (Shabbos 87a; Yevamos 62a; Shemos Rabbah 46:3 (slightly different list); Avos D'Rabbi Nosson 2:3 (lists four, the ...
  • 18.8k
2 votes
3 answers
245 views

Cholov Yisroel formula

Where in the world can there be found producers of the cholov yisroel formula (except Materna that does not ship to north America & US where, they don't like to ship and the Kenda from england) ? ...
2 votes
0 answers
40 views

Sefer Matei Efraim on Noach

I was told once by an older Rabbi about 10 years ago, how he read a sefer 30 years ago that taught that the Dor Ha-Mabul (the generation of the flood) had what seemed to be technology that let them ...
2 votes
0 answers
46 views

What Ever Happened To Palti Ben Laish After He Returned Michal To King David?

Did he end up marrying someone else? I feel so bad for him that someone he loved so dearly was taken away from him after being teased. etc. I'm not condemning What King David did but hindsight he ...
1 vote
1 answer
48 views

Who was Nasi and who was Av Bais Din?

The third zug was Shimon ben Shetach and Yehuda ben Tabai. Wondering who from these two sages was the Nasi and who was the Av Bais Din?
  • 541
1 vote
2 answers
77 views

Is the Mishna making the dresha from מְאֹד or , מוֹדֵד, מִדָּה?

דָּבָר אַחֵר בְּכָל מְאֹדֶךָ, בְּכָל מִדָּה וּמִדָּה שֶׁהוּא מוֹדֵד לְךָ הֱוֵי מוֹדֶה לוֹ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד (Berachos 9:5) This is one of the Mishnah's explanations of the phrase in the Pasuk we say ...
2 votes
0 answers
63 views

Warning/hasrah nowadays

If 2 witnesses give a warning to someone not to transgress an aveira, I.e. “don’t eat that dead animal or you will get lashes,” and the man eats it anyway. If the Bais Hamikdash and Sanhedrin are ...
0 votes
1 answer
52 views

Why do Chazal refer to the emergence of a baby from the womb as pesichas hakever

A term throughout Chazal is פתיחת הקבר, pesichas hakever, translated literally as the opening of the grave. For example, Niddah 21a. This term refers to the emergence of a fetus or baby from the womb (...
  • 18.8k
5 votes
2 answers
527 views

Why did Ahron Hakohen not daven to be allowed to Enter E"Y?

How come Ahron Hakohen didn't pray to enter E"Y like moshe did? Did he have less of a desire to enter?
  • 1,678
1 vote
1 answer
39 views

Help finding an article from Hearot u-Veurim in 2013

can anyone help me find an article cited as: R. Chaim Rapoport, “Sipurim Temuhim . . .,” Hearot u-Veurim 33:2 (2013), pp. 55-67 …in note 7 here?
  • 1,550
1 vote
2 answers
133 views

Wiping toilet seat on Shabbos

If one urinates a few drops on the toilet seat on Shabbos, is he permitted to wipe off the urine with a detached toilet paper, or would this be forbidden because urine is muktzeh?
's user avatar
3 votes
6 answers
133 views

Book With Talmudic Moral Proverbs Compilation

is there a book with a compilation of all the moral proverbs found in the Talmud? Not directly related to הלכה (Halacha). For example: פסיעה גסה נוטלת אחד מחמש מאות ממאור עיניו של אדם A large step ...
  • 289
1 vote
1 answer
64 views

Do any poskim permit one to recite Parshas Hamon on Tisha b’Av?

Do any poskim permit one who says parshas hamon daily the rest of the year to recite parshas hamon on tisha b’av as well? And if so, which poskim?
's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
80 views

Rashi on Devarim 6:8 - Why does the Torah use a foreign language?

In Devarim 6:8 Rashi says, והיו לטטפת בין עיניך: אלו תפילין שבראש ועל שם מנין פרשיותיהם נקראו טטפת. טט בכתפי שתים, פת באפריקי שתים: Rashi's English translation is: and they shall be for ornaments ...
1 vote
2 answers
60 views

According to Tanya, does the animal soul partially abide in the mind?

Tanya Chapter 8 (source) writes that "the abode of the animal soul ... is in the heart, ... the left ventricle". In contrast, "the abode of the divine soul is in the brains ... [and] ...
0 votes
2 answers
107 views

Does the future depend on me alone?

I read in a book that the Zohar says that everyone should consider himself as if the future of the world depended on him alone. Where does it say that, and does the idea originate elsewhere? I know ...
4 votes
2 answers
249 views

Why hold only the front 2 tzitzit for baruach sheomar?

The Artscroll siddur says to grasp the front two tzizit while saying baruach sheomar. Why hold only 2 of the 4 tzitzit? For the shema we hold all 4.
  • 7,597
2 votes
1 answer
91 views

Why not take high elevation into account for calculating zmanim?

The Zmanim Project uses sea level by default to calculate sunrise and sunset. They rationalise this by referencing a machloket on the subject. I don't have access to the sefer זמנים כהלכתם, otherwise ...
1 vote
1 answer
47 views

Did Joshua serve Moses in Egypt?

Three days ago, I asked this. While I'm still hesitant to accept that נער could be used of a 57 year old, the question I'm asking today focuses on Numbers 11:28 labeling of Joshua as Moses' aide ...
2 votes
0 answers
66 views

Source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"?

What is the source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"? I realize it applies to Availus (mourning) and it is also brought up regarding Nazir but I could not find its source?
3 votes
1 answer
56 views

Shabbat Candle Lighting

SHEMIRATH SHABBATH by Rav Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth ZT”L is, in my opinion, THE supreme, most authoritative English guide to the Halacha (and more!) of Shabbat and Yom Tov. I do have a question in ...
  • 379
0 votes
2 answers
96 views

Who exactly doesn't hold of Murex techailes?

One often repeated argument against the acceptance of Murex techailes is that "the Gedolim" don't accept it. Certainly there are many Gedolim who considered the issue, at least superficially,...
  • 3,334
1 vote
0 answers
48 views

How can not taking revenge be reconciled with the concept of goel hadam?

We are not allowed to take revenge, as the Rambam codifies This would be, for example if one person did something [against another]; and the other person doesn't stop pursuing him until he pays him ...

15 30 50 per page
1
3 4
5
6 7
735