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What sort of person are we prohibited from serving them the meat of the pesach offering?

It says in sefer hachinuch that we are prohibited from serving meat of the pesach offering to an apostate. For this prohibition to be in force, exactly what sort of person would be considered an ...
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Has Yakov set a pattern that when planning is possible, we should value more being buried with our parents rather than with our cherished spouse?

In Genesis 49: 30 - 33 (Sefaria) 30 בַּמְּעָרָ֞ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר בִּשְׂדֵ֧ה הַמַּכְפֵּלָ֛ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר עַל־פְּנֵי־מַמְרֵ֖א בְּאֶ֣רֶץ כְּנָ֑עַן אֲשֶׁר֩ קָנָ֨ה אַבְרָהָ֜ם אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶ֗ה מֵאֵ֛ת עֶפְרֹ֥ן הַחִתִּ֖י ...
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Looking for Ibn Ezra Riddle

I'm looking for the Hebrew of an Ibn Ezra riddle related to fast days: "the short, the long, the black, the white, the man, the woman." Does anyone have a source, or the Hebrew for this? ...
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What blessings would one say upon receiving the COVID19 vaccine?

I have some gaps in my Jewish knowledge, but it seems prudent to recite Shehechiyanu upon receiving the first shot, as it is a momentous occasion. Not just momentous for your own health, but the ...
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Is viewing pirated media permitted?

Partially inspired by this question, though substantively different (I hope). There are many sites on the internet which contain pirated media (eg tv shows, movies) those sites allow anyone to view ...
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תתאה גבר in space

On earth the rule is that תתאה גבר, if kosher and not kosher mix in a hot application, it depends which is “תתאה” bottom. If the hot is bottom it’s all forbidden, if the top is hot than it’s only ...
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Can a Jewish man who had a vasectomy marry a Jewish woman?

Rambam lists the prohibition to castrate a man or animal in the negative mitzvah #361. The previous negative mitzvah (#360) Rambam lists that it is forbidden for a castrated man to marry a Jewish ...
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Interdimensional Succahs [closed]

1: Setting aside the issues of Halachically defined time in space, and ignoring the physical constraints limiting a spacecraft from having Schach mounted properly, how should Schach be oriented to ...
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Handling food valued as currency on Shabbos

What is the status of a food item on Shabbos which a country declares as legal tender? For example, if a developing country designates chocolate as legal tender, may one consume, handle, or "...
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Are father daughter relationships forbidden under 7 laws of Noach?

Under the sub laws of Noach http://noahide.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Noahide-Dinim-sub-Laws.html 8 "Against [a man] lying carnally with his father." Negative Mitzvah 351 Leviticus ...
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On tunneling to Israel after death

I don't understand this passage in the Talmud: The righteous outside of Eretz Yisrael will be resurrected and roll [until they reach Eretz Yisrael]… Rabbi Abba Salla Rava strongly objects to this: ...
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Giving Tzedakah in certain denominations [duplicate]

Is there a source of giving tzedaka in amounts of multiple of chai (18) or shem havaiah (26) ect?
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What is the ruling on selling dogs?

If I understand correctly as long as the breed of dog isn’t considered vicious then owning it would be okay but not ideal, But would one be allowed to sell a dog/puppy and benefit from its sale?
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A beracha on the “Great conjunction”?

Tonight (or earlier tonight in Israel) the planets Jupiter and Saturn come so close that one might think that they are a single star. Is this occasion to say the beracha of עושה מעשה בראשית? It is not ...
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Similarity between atonement in Leviticus 4:20 & cover in Genesis 6:14 in terms of semantics, wording/phrasing, lettering/grammer, pronunciation?

I apologize but I do not know any Old Testament Hebrew so I'll have to rely on the responders to this post when it comes to analyzing the Old Testament Hebrew. Leviticus 4:20 (NASB 1995) 20 He shall ...
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How many wives and how many secondary wives (pilagshim) did King David have?

I read he had 18 wives, is that 8 wives and 10 pilagshim?
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Ohr HaChaim on the Tribes' Individual Characteristics

I remember that somewhere the Ohr HaChaim discusses the unique characteristics that each tribe possessed. Does anyone know where in his commentary this can be found? Thanks.
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Did Tamar ever get married after she was raped by Amnon? [duplicate]

Do we know any more details about Tamar aside of what happened and how she felt right after she was raped? What was like the rest of her life?
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Is fur fleishig?

Is fur fleishig? My thinking is, not edible -> not food -> not fleishig. But I dunno. (This question is pure silliness and not practical.)
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Finding the daf for a day in history [duplicate]

Is there any online app (or simple process of calculation) that can indicate which daf was studied for any calendar day in Daf Yomi history?
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In a life or death situation is breaking the Torah permissible?

In a situation where you could die (or other Jews could), would you be allowed to break the rules in order to survive?
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Do you have the source for the quote about not trusting liars

Does anyone remember a quote about how once someone is a confirmed liar nothing they say or said can be trusted and should be questioned? I cannot find the exact words.
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Stressed syllable of באה

Yesterday I was looking at the text of how the incense had been prepared. In my ArtScroll book it is written: בֹּרִית כַּרְשִׁינָה לָמָה הִיא בָֽאָה A bit later it says: אַחַת לְשִׁשִּׁים אוֹ ...
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Can water that never touches food have a (non)kosher status?

I recently read the OK "Kosher Spirit" magazine, including an article about canned vegetables and kashrut concerns. The article reviews the steps in the production of canned vegetables and ...
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Iyov and his place in Jewish history

When one refers to the Gemara in Bava Basra 15 there are numerous suggestions as to when Iyov lived. Opinions range from it being only a parable and that he never truly existed, to living during the ...
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Why is Shem known by the name Malchai-Tzedek?

Malchai Tzedek was also Shem, son of Noach according to Targum Yonatan and Targum Yerushalmi to Bereishis 14:18–20 and Talmud Bavli to Nedarim 32b. Why give him two names? It seems confusing for no ...
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Does rain purify the earth in a similar way we use water for spiritual purification rituals or does the purification require a human element?

Judaism has different rituals around water and purification. A simple example is washing of the hands after a funeral or cemetery visitation. My question is this. Water is used for purification. Is ...
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What was the reason for Job's original success and prosperity?

The book starts with the description of Job's piety and then his wealth and success: ... That man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Seven sons and three daughters were born ...
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What practical powers do angels have?

In Jewish theology, what practical physical powers do angels have? How far can they intervene in our world while on a mission? Are those powers linked to the "name" they have for their ...
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How does God's bet with Satan square with monotheistic theology?

One day the divine beings presented themselves before the LORD, and [the] Satan came along with them. The LORD said to the Satan, “Where have you been?” ... -“I have been roaming all over the earth.” ....
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Why didn't God reveal to Job that He simply bet with Satan?

The book of Job focuses on theological and philosophical explanations of Job's (and other pious individuals') suffering. Eventually, God Himself talks to Job revealing that His thoughts and plans for ...
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Is Satan a being or just a mission any angel could fulfill?

Midrash B"R quoted by Rashi (Genesis.32.30, and similarly Judges.13.18) says that: "We [angels] have no fixed names; our names change, all depending upon the service we are commanded to ...
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Has anyone seen God?

Some verses seem to indicate that God was seen. In Exodus 33:11 So the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant ...
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Is there a prohibition against young boys being taught by women?

Isn't there a prohibition against young boys being taught by women? I swore I saw it in the tamud/midrash/tanakh/Torah but I can't seem to find it anymore.
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How can the festives related to reaping be held in Sabbath Year?

I was recently studying the law of Sabbath Year and I wonder how can the festives related to reaping be held in those years when it is forbidden to reap.
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Sephardi/Mizrahi Torah case instead ark?

Also: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Bukharan3.jpg I have repeatedly noticed that in the Mizrahi synagogues the Torah Scroll stands as in these images, and not in the ark. Can the ...
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Rashi quoting Targum more in Mikeitz

Although Rashi ordinarily quotes old French every now and then throughout his commentary on the Torah, it seems like the beginning of Mikeitz is particularly filled with those translations. For ...
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Doing the mehadrin level differently — does it invalidate the mitzvah?

On Channukah, the mitzvah is for a light to be lit in each household, as the Rambam (Hil Purim/Channukah, 4:1) writes, "מצותה שיהיה כל בית ובית מדליק נר אחד." If one wants to perform a "...
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What happened to the jars of oil without a seal?

Are there any sources that say what happened to the jars of olive oil without the seal in the temple? Did they throw it out,sell it, eat it,etc...? If not then would there be a reason why they couldn'...
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How Do Modern Orthodox Women Typically Dress?

I am currently studying to convert (as you can tell I still have quite a ways to go but I will get there eventually) and, for awhile I was set on conservative but, recently, I've been quite ...
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What's the source that Yavan/Greece is keneged choshech?

I heard that Greece is connected to the term 'choshech' in the line "Tohu VaBohu Vechoshech al benei tehom..." (Bereishis 1:2), and I heard the idea used in multiple shiurs. Just wondering ...
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Good picture seforim (books) for nach [duplicate]

I am having a hard time keeping track of all of the places and wars in Sefer Yehoshua and Shoftim (and probably will for the rest of nach). Are there any good seforim which go through nach and have ...
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Should we seek the “Good Eye”?

Traditional sources abound with exhortations to avoid the "evil eye" [Bava Metzia 107b and 85a, Pesachim 50b, Berakhot 55b, Bava Batra 2b and 141a]. The Talmud asserts flatly: "Damage ...
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Why must animals be conscious when slaughtered?

EU court rules states can mandate stunning animals for slaughter reports: Animal rights activists had pushed for the ban which could prevent kosher and halal ritual slaughter which requires livestock ...
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Is there any practical implication to the Avot's being priests?

According to various sources, Malkitzedek was punished for blessing Avraham before blessing Hashem by having his "priesthood" status taken away and placed on Avraham. This status is then ...
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Looking for source of story about the Noda Beyehuda and the Baal Shem Tov

I'm looking for a source of a supposed conversation between the Node Beyehuda and the Baal Shem Tov regarding the reliablitiy of a mystical 'halachic sixth sense' in halacha. It involved the Baal Shem ...
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What is the halakha for public displays of contrition / regret for sin?

In many places in Tanakh we are told of people wearing sackcloth openly, putting ash on their heads and lamenting publicly on account of their sins and the sins of the community. Hashem commands this ...
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Joseph and Gabriel

What is the relationship between them? The rabbis say that Gabriel was the man that saw him being sent into slavery. He was also the one that taught him 70 languages. Further, Gabriel told him to ...
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What does it mean “to be proficient in Shas and Poskim” as said about Talmidi Chachamim? [closed]

One constantly reads in biographies about Gedolim or at a friend's siyum HaShas that mention how the talmid chacham or guy is a bucky and a maeivin in Shas and poskim. See example in this Wikipedia ...
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Trying to find a mekor that if someone is leaning on something, it's considered as if he is fully standing on it

I'm learning the gemara in Zvachim 19b that says that if a Kohein is leaning on another Kohein, his avoda is kasher if not for the din amida of לשרת. My question is if this is considered like he is ...

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