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How precisely oriented towards Jerusalem should we face for praying?

I know we're supposed to face towards Jerusalem when praying/davening. For most of us in the Europe or the Western Hemisphere, we're used to facing "Mizrach", east. How precise should we be? If I'...
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Ladino Story Called “Bread of G-d”

Can anyone find me the source of the story I have heard entitled Pan de Di-o (Bread of G-d) in Ladino? It is about a shamash who puts bread in an aron kodesh and thinks that Hashem is eating his ...
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Midrash/Medrash

Can anyone explain to me the difference between Midrash and Medrash? Is one of them known to be more correct (i.e. most likely older)?
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Shemona Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Shiv'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-seven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Is there tashlumin for n'ila?

Being that n'ila is a unique prayer, in that it only occurs once a year, can one make up (do tashlumin for) n'ila at the next prayer or the previous one at n'ila?
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Is it permissible to use an escalator on Shabbos?

Escalators: Are they allowed to be used on Shabbos or not? (and the reasons behind it)
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fish before meat - why?

To the best of my knowledge eating fish after meat has the same Halacha as eating meat after fish. You are supposed to eat a cracker and take a drink to separate between them. Why is it most common ...
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Shisha Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Research Project on How the Revival of the Hebrew Language Led to Jewish Nationalism [closed]

Can someone help me with finding sources (ie, things to read) about my research topic of "How the Revival of the Hebrew Language Led to Jewish Nationalism"
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What is the Morph-Phonological Split in Hebrew that makes it so Unique? [closed]

Can some one explain this to me? In a mixed language par excellence, large and monolithic blocks of material are imported wholesale from each of the ancestral languages. Thus, while the verbal ...
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Which Chumash has the most meforshim?

What sefer (prob Mikraos Gedolos) has the most meforshim in it?
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9 Posukim in Kriyas Hatorah [closed]

Which Laining has only 9 posukim?
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Dealing with Other Minyanim

Many times I find myself davening in one Minyan while another is taking place within earshot. What is the proper way to handle such a situation (in terms of answering Amens, Kedusha, etc.)?
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Famous People across time [closed]

Who was יוסף גר צדק and who was his famous son and even more infamous Ancestor?
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Women went alive into Gan Eden [closed]

Which women went alive into Gan Eden?
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Kayin and Hevels Sisters [closed]

What where Kayin and Hevels Sisters names?
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Halakha and Spiritual Healing?

What are the halakhic guidelines and limitations for using psukim from the Torah to heal illness? Does it make a difference if the psuk is being used to heal a "spiritual" malady which is believed to ...
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Ibn Ezra/Rashbam Biography [closed]

Does any one know of any good biographies of Rashbam and/or Ibn Ezra?
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Where can I buy inexpensive seforim online?

Where can I buy seforim online for inexpensive prices? I mean real seforim.....not digital ones. I'm willing to buy seforim either new or second-hand.
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Where can I find a good index for Rashi? Either online (preferably) or a sefer

Where can I find a good index for Rashi? Either online (preferably) or a sefer....
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Why don't we light the Menorah outside in Chutz Laaretz?

In Eretz Yisroel, many people light outdoors. Why in Chutz Laretz don't we not do the same, which is ideal? (besides of course if your Menorah will get stolen But I dont believe thats the reason) And ...
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Chamisha Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Riddle: Aruch Hashulchan. Chanukah story missing a word [closed]

A reading of the Aruch Hashulchan's description of the Miracle of Chanukah shows that there is a word he didn't use. What is it and why ?
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Arba'a Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-four? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Did any Achronim Write Books Comparing Arabic to Hebrew?

Did any achronim write books comparing Arabic to Hebrew?
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Riddle: In parshas Toldos, where are a second set of twins mentioned? [closed]

In Parshas Toldos, aside from Yaakov and Eisav, where are the second set of twins mentioned?
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Where does the custom to spill off from a drink come from?

I had a Lubavitcher classmate in high school who used to spill off from his cup whenever he would drink anything. He claimed it was a minhag. What is the reason/source for this practice?
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Shelosha Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go ...
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Milk After Fowl

If eating milk and chicken is only a rabbinical prohibition, why don't we find that we are more lenient with regards to it. For example, why don't we wait less time between eating chicken and milk? [...
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What letter is not found in Bentching [closed]

Which letter of the alef-beis isn't found in bentching and what is its significance?
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How many stones did Yackov take to sleep on and what are their significances? [closed]

How many stones did Yackov take to sleep on and what are their significances? (Genesis 28:11)
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Good Jewish Blogs about the Modern Hebrew language? [closed]

Are there any good Jewish Blogs about the Modern Hebrew language?
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“Amen” to informal blessings and wishes

There are various strict rules regulating the manner and timing of saying "Amen" following a blesing. In fact, the Gemara (Berachot 47a) lists some pretty severe punishments for people who violate ...
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Shnayim Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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What is the rarest Haftarah?

Which Haftarah is read with the least frequency?
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relative fractions of Kohanim and Levi'im

Does anyone have reliable statistics (and barring that, reasonable anectdotal evidence) of the fraction of Kohanim, Levi'im, and Yisraelim in various Jewish communities today. By "communities" I don't ...
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Prominent Spanish Language Rabbinic Works

Does anyone know of any Jewish religious works written in Spanish or Ladino by a prominent Jewish scholar (eg, Ibn Ezra, etc.)?
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Lamdeni chukecha. . . amen?

When one is saying a b'racha and realizes only after saying God's name that the b'racha is no longer valid, he can avoid the problem of uttering God's name in vain by tacking on the words "למדני חקיך",...
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Yom Kippur havdalah

Why are there no besamim used at havdalah at the conclusion of Yom Kippur?
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Echad Ve'esrim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred twenty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point at least twenty-four hours from now, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on ...
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Ner ish Ubeiso or One more candle

What is more important that one Person light the right amount of candles every night of Chanukah or that everyone in the house light (of course I am talking about Ashkenazim)?
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Can anyone help decipher the bottom two lines of this inscription?

I've recently been fortunate to find a photo of the gravestone of one of my ancestors, R' Nosson (ben Meir) Maas, Shochet of Frankfurt-am-Main (d. 1836). The inscription is quite laudatory: פ"ט הזקן ...
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Woman and Zimun: What is the requirement?

What is a woman's requirement to say Bircat Hamazon with a Zimun of women? What is a woman's requirement to say Bircat Hamazon with a Zimun of men?
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What is the Greatest Mitzvah?

What is the greatest Mitzvah a man can do?
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Can one eat on Sunday

Can one eat on Sunday if he hasn't heard Havdalah yet? If not, what happens if he already ate: should he say Havdalah?
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Which Haftora is it? [closed]

Which Haftora do we recite on some years not even once, on some years once, on some years twice, and then on some years three times?
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Hours, minutes, and chalakim

On Shabbat preceding Rosh Chodesh, the time of the molad is generally announced in units of hours, minutes, and chalakim. However, minutes are not a traditional Jewish unit of time; rather hours are ...
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Location of Sheba

Where is the Biblical Sheba (famous for its queen) located today?
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Spain and curse

Was there a Curse placed on Jews returning to Spain after the Spanish Inquisition if so who stated it and general background information would be appreciated?

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