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Per the Rambam, Is There a Thematic Nexus Between the Final Paragraph of Shema and the First Two?

The Rambam (Laws of Shema 1:2) articulates the three paragraphs of Shema and their proper order: וּמַה הוּא קוֹרֵא, שְׁלֹשָׁה פָּרָשִׁיּוֹת. אֵלּוּ הֵן (דברים ו ד) ״שְׁמַע״ (דברים יא יג) ״וְהָיָה אִם ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

For those that wear tefillin on chol hamoed, there seems to be a widespread minhag to remove tefillin on the first day of chol hamoed before mussaf, yet on the other days, one does so earlier - before ...
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Where is God in Judaism? [duplicate]

I am actually a Sunni Muslim, only asking this question out of my interest in Jewish interpretations of God as they are similar and distinct in many ways with the Islamic ones. So in Sunni Islam, ...
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May Jews play Chinese checkers on Shabbat

According to Halacha, May Jews play Chinese checkers on Shabbat or no? Does it violate any issur like muktzeh or something else?
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Kiddish in the place where one eats on Pesach for those that don't eat “gebrockts”

Halachipedia says In order to have Kiddish in the place where one eats and that the Kiddish is considered a proper Kiddish, one must eat at least a kezayit of mezonot, bread, or a reviyit of wine. ...
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Birkat kohanim on Shabbat in South Africa

A South African acquaintance of mine told me that in (the Ashkenazi communities in) South Africa, the custom is not to do birkat kohanim on Shabbat, even when Yom Tov falls on Shabbat. He said that ...
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Does Shabbat starts at what for the rest of the world is 12 PM on Friday?

In Genesis 1:5 it reads: God called the light Day and called the darkness Night. And there was evening and there was morning, a first day Does evening (the english translation of the word "erev&...
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Current Red Heifer Events

I'm not quite sure this is the right place to ask, but I am hearing lots more chatter (than usual) about Red Heifers in Israel/Jerusalem lately. I don't trust any sources I know of, but I do trust Mi ...
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ם at the end of a word

There are certain words in the Torah that one would expect to end in ים, but are spelled without the י (One example is שְִׂעִירִם). I am a Ba`al Qoreh. I attempt to be precise when I read the Torah ...
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Was Deuteronomy 18:15, interpreted messianically in Judaism?

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren—him you shall heed— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of ...
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How come Yom Tov Kiddush can postpone having food on Yom Tov, specifically on Pesach?

What source in the Torah forbids a person from eating any food before Kiddush, specifically on Pesach and Chol Ha'Moed Pesach?
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Whats is the source of the Baal Shem Tov going to meet the Or Hachaim

BH I heard there is a story of the Baal Shem Tov going to meet the Or Hachaim what is the source of this story?
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What are the materials needed for the first step in the construction of Hamikdash?

Many people mainly talk about red heifer. But as far as I know, sacrificial offerings can only be offered once the temple is built, so shouldn't the Shamir be the main point rather than the red heifer?...
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Can you work on Chol Ha'moed if you'll be fired otherwise?

According to Halacha, may Jews work on Chol Ha'moed if they will get fired otherwise? So, if not working will mean they get fired and will necessarily lose income, do rabbis give a Heter under those ...
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Who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a kohen

According to Halacha, who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a Kohen? Halacha obligates Jews to honor both, so if there is a dispute about which one a Jew can honor, which one should they ...
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Why when referring to the Ark does the torah mention the "cover" כפורת of the ark and not the ark itself?

In the opening of Parashat Acharei-Mot, God cautions Aaron against entering the Holy of Holies and approaching the covering of the Ark, citing the divine cloud that will manifest above it. What is the ...
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Have Karaites been able to muster a minyan?

According to legend, the Or Hachaim cursed the Karaites, because they tricked him into walking on a Mishneh Torah, that they would never be able to muster a minyan. This apparently did happen in ...
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Why does Shulchan Aruch not use the term חלף

A knife that is used for Shechita is also called a חלף. Why doesn't the Smach and Shulchan Aruch use this word and instead use the regular term סכין שחיטה?
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Sin & punishment (or consequence)

חג שמח לכולם I missed the exact quote, though I already read some hebrew motto which states in a short phrase that when someone sins, the Divine reward (punishment or consequence) for the sin is ...
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A father promising their child an afikoman present on yom tov?

A prominent minhag on seder night is that the children "steal" the afikoman and hide it. What follows is the normal haggling process as the father agrees to buy a child a gift in return for ...
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A blind person not seeing chametz

The Torah (Shemos 13:7) famously tells us: וְלֹֽא־יֵרָאֶ֨ה לְךָ֜ חָמֵ֗ץ Chametz shall not be seen in your possession. What happens if the homeowner is blind? Do they have to hide away/lock up the ...
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Is there any source that says a person should have kaf zechut to anothers shechita

I know a person who is machmir on not eating meat from others he said only if he does the shechita himself he will trust to eat it. Is there any law that mandates others to trust in others people ...
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Is there source that a person must not have any entangled hairs in his beard when immersing in the mikvah

BH Is it true there is a law that says when a person enters a mikvah he must make sure that none of his hairs from his beard are tangled with one another or have any knots on the single strands? If ...
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May Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender

According to Halacha, may Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender or no? Would it be forbidden because of the mitzvah of Chinuch, and this is a ...
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Should Jews make Birkat Ha’ilonot on hydroponic fruit trees

According to Halacha, should the beracha of Birkat Ha’ilonot, made when seeing a fruit tree for the first time during the month of Nissan, be made on fruit trees which are grown hydroponically or ...
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Deeper meanings for closed and open passages in the torah

B"H The Rambam in the laws of Sefer Torah chapter 8 halacha 4 lists all of the "open" and "closed" passages in the Torah. Are there any commentaries anywhere that discuss any ...
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Secular Ashkenazi marries Sephardia. Can house adopt sephardic customs (minhag avot doesn't apply to husband)?

I was told that a secular Jew can choose his wife's minhag to follow after marriage since minhag avot does not apply.I haven't seen a source for this and was hoping for supporting references.
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Is Kos shel Eliyahu pogum?

Is the Kos shel Eliyahu after he drinks from it considered Pogum, and there fore one would not be allowed to use it until it is rectified?
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What is the source of this Mammer In the Kitvei Ari

Whats the source of this Blue Text in The Kitvei Ari that it says KeMevoar In Kitvei Ari? Where does it talk about this in his work?
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What is the position on Jews being told they must work on high holidays

If a non-Jewish employer demands that an observant Jew work on say Passover or Yom Kippur what is the position of the sages on this subject? Should one work if it’s his livelihood or follow the Torah?
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Per the Chatam Sofer is there Modernly a Dual Purpose served by the Insertion of the Words "Hashem S'fatai Tiftach"?

The words "Hashem Sfatai Tiftach ..." are uttered before T'filla. Why? Per the Chatam Sofer (Brachot 4b) it's to unlock the paralysis. Loosely translated - ... the reason for opening the ...
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Pen and notebook carrying in Judaism

Is it a Jewish custom for a Jewish person to carry a pen and a notebook in the pocket of their long-sleeved shirt?
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How do you determine the correct biblical date for Passover? [closed]

Why did Easter fall on Sunday about a month ago? The Jewish Passover is happening tonight (April 22, 2024) and yet the Catholic Church and Christendom celebrated Easter about a month ago. What full ...
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Religiously confused [closed]

I was adopted into a Jewish family, never felt I belonged . Had a troubled childhood, my adopted dad stuck me in a school that trained kids to become rabbis. The school wanted me to get bar mitzvahed,...
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Why do some Kiddush cups have golden dome accents on them?

When shopping for Kiddush cups, I find a lot of them have golden domes on them, such as this one from a popular Judaica store: I am confused by the golden dome accents in the cups artwork. As far as ...
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Is a Baal Teshuva required to keep the surname of his non-Jewish father?

There are some Jews who are Halachically Jewish but come from mixed backgrounds. In such cases, the Jew may carry his father's surname. Socially speaking, I can imagine such a situation causing ...
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What is the significance of Deuteronomistic and Priestly edits to the Torah once it was canonized?

I am a beginner in my studies and was researching a question on why the Israelites didn’t get circumcised in the wilderness when I found an article that left me a bit confused as to whether the Torah ...
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Do You Need A Mezonos For Taanis Bechorim?

One of the ways for firstborns to eat on Erev Pesach is to hear somebody make a Siyum. If you hear the Siyum, but didn't eat a Mezonos, and you're a Bechor - can you eat or not?
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Why do we eat Matzah to commemorate what we did when we left Egypt, when we were already commanded to do so long before we left?

In the Haggadah, we say: ⁧מצה זו שאנוּ אוכלים, על שום מה? על שום שלא הספיק בצקם של אבותינו להחמיץ עד שנגלה עליהם מלך מלכי המלכים, הקדוש ברוך הוא, וגאלם, שנאמר: ויאפו את הבצק אשר הוציאו ממצרים עגת ...
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Is vaping on Pesach allowed?

Are vapes kosher for Pesach being as the liquid, even if it would contain chometz, isn't fitting for a dog to eat?
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Is there an online pdf to the Shaar HaKollel of the Alter Rebbes reasoning to his sidur?

BH I heard a book of the Alter Rebbe's reason for his rules and decisions on his sidur was printed called Shaar HaKollel is there a place where you can view it online?
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Can you compost chametz in your backyard? If so, how?

Background Some ways to get rid of food, from most to least environmentally-friendly, are: Feeding it to animals. Backyard composting. Curbside municipal composting. Burning it in a plastic bag. ...
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What is the connection between the reason for eating matza, and the prohibition of chometz?

It is an explicit Torah Isur (prohibition) to eat (and own) chometz (leaven) during Passover, as stated in Exodus 13:7. The explanation given for this in the Haggadah is because when the Jewish people ...
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Is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur

According to Halacha, is there a mitzvah of Kavod Yom Kippur or no? On the one hand, it is a day of affliction, so the usual mitzvah of Oneg with regards to nice food etc. is not there, but is there ...
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What is the minimum size for a vineyard to be obligated against Kilayim

According to Halacha, a vineyard is prohibited from being mixed with different fruits or seeds, also known as Kilayim. My question is what is the minimum size/shiur for a vineyard to exist by halachic ...
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Source for Jewish superstition

Growing up I was always told that there is reason in Jewish practice not to step over someone, and if one accidentally did, one should step back over them to remove the bad-I guess I would call it act....
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How Eiruv Tavshilin works and its origins [duplicate]

What is the origin of eruv tavshilin? And what is the methodology on how to apply it?
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Advice needed on becoming more observant as an adult [closed]

From a normative orthodox perspective, if a Jew is married to a convert who converted along with their infant in a Conservative synagogue (so not Jewish to them) which of these bad options are the &...
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Why is Baker's Yeast not chametz gamur?

The OU Pesach Guide says Brewer's Yeast is chametz gamur but that Bakers Yeast is not. Why is Bakers Yeast not chametz gamur. Is it not שְׂאֹ֖ר? Or is OU saying that chametz gamur is not the same as ...
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How to find provenance of Megillah klaf

I was cleaning out my Zayde's z"l house in Baltimore and found an old Megillat Ester klaf hidden in a drawer. We are wondering if anyone knows if there are ways to date the scroll and tell its ...
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