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Repeating Seder HaKitores

Why do Nusahos Ari, Sefard, Edot HaMizrah, and Ashkenaz of Eretz Yisrael repeat the order of the kitores (incense offering) at the end of Shaharis every day and why does Nusah Ashkenaz of Hutz LaAretz ...
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Chamishim - mi yodeya?

Who knows fifty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Double head covering for women?

Is there an inyan for women to have a double covering on their head? (Like men do.)
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Parah Adumah and Trefios

In Parshas Chukas it says they took out the Parah Adumah to Schecht(ritually slaughter) the Targum Yonsan says and they checked it for Treifos (illness or wounds that would render the animal un-...
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Why do we say Eishes Chayil on Friday nights?

Eishes Chayil is indeed a beautiful song. But why do we say it specifically Friday nights (before Kiddush)?
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Why do some people wear their tzitzis out for people to see, and others don't?

Why do some people wear their tzitzis strings out for people to see, and others don't?
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Accidental Murder

A person who kills another person by accident must run to a city of refuge. While he's running, relatives of the person he killed may kill him. Why are the relatives allowed to kill in such a case? ...
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Removing Tefilin before Mussaf

I've seen some people remove their Tefillin before Mussaf on weekdays of Rosh Chodesh. Why do they do this?
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How do you improve your Kavvanah [concentration]? [duplicate]

Building on my blog post here, I ask: How do you improve your concentration when davening?
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Why repeat if forget?

Many times in Halacha we find that one should repeat if forgetting something. For example, on Rosh Chodesh (by Shacharis or Mincha), one must repeat Shemonah Esrei if s/he forgot Yaaleh Veyovo. On ...
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Shirt with Cleaners Tag on Shabbos

Is one allowed to remove (by tearing) a cleaners' tag from his/her shirt on Shabbos?
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What is the Gorel Hagra?

What is it? How is it performed? May one perform it? And, if so, when may it be used?
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Tish'a Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-nine? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Tachanun with No Seats

Many times I'm in Shul and don't have a place to sit for Tachanun. What's proper procedure in such cases?
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Nusach for silent Amida when chazzan in an other-nusach congregation

My understanding (based, if I recall correctly, on R' Moshe Feinstein) is that when I pray in a congregation that uses a different version of the prayers (nusach) from the one I usually use, I should ...
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Shemona Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Human Tzaar-Baalei-Chayyim

Is there an Issur of Tzar Baalei Chaim on humans?
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Punishment for mitzvos asey?

Are you punished from Hashem if you don't do a mitzvah asey (brachos, davening, asher yatzar, etc.)?
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Custom of not giving knives as a gift?

I'd heard that some people have a custom not to give knives as a gift (as knives are a sign of shortening life, not extending it); I asked one rabbi who said he hadn't heard of such a custom, but it ...
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What bar/bat mitzva present did you actually want/like/use? [closed]

In retrospect, what made a good bar/bat mitzva present? What actually got used? Also: for a less-observant Bar/Bat Mitzvah boy/girl, what's a good gift? How do you achieve the right balance of ...
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Is getting an aliyah and Bar-Mitzvah laining needed

Is it needed to get called up to the bimah and, also is it needed for you to lain from the torah on your Bar-Mitzvah?
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Carnation Instant Breakfast substitute

Is there any non-dairy (or chalav yisrael) substitute for Carnation Instant Breakfast?
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Hard Yeshivish phrases to translate [closed]

Does anyone ever have trouble finding good English translations of certain yeshivish phrases, especially when in conversation with someone who would not understand the original? Post your favorite ...
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Shiv'a Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-seven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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How to define success in life?

What defines success in life (in a Jewish outlook)?
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Talmudic Terminology

There are a number of English language works which to one degree or another discuss Talmudic terminology, i.e. the wider implication of certain phrases commonly used in the Gemara. Can anybody suggest ...
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Why “eretz chemdah tovah” before “shehotzesanu meeretz Mitzrayim” in bentching

Why in Birchas Hamazon do we say "Eretz chemdah tovah" before we thank Hashem for taking us out of Mitzrayim (i.e. before "Val shehotzesanu meeretz mitzrayim")? Didn't we leave Egypt before we got the ...
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What are the oldest known Jewish graves/tombs? [closed]

I was thinking about old Jewish graves. Certainly there's Ma'aras HaMachpeila in Chevron (was that continuously identified by Jews, or did our identification rely on Arabs' identification) and the ...
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What's the story with “undershirt Tzitzis”?

What's the story with "undershirt Tzitzis"? In case you've never heard of them, they're special Tzitzis made to be worn directly on the body. So is there any problem with them? Like, do some hold they'...
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Requirement for four conered article of clothing to satisfy the mitzvah of Tzitzis

Are you required to wear a four conered article of clothing in order to satisfy the mitzvah of Tzitzis?
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May the Tallit Katan be worn directly on the body?

Is the Tallit Katan allowed to be worn directly on the body?
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Do blankets need tzitzis?

Blankets have four corners. So, do they require tzitzis?
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Tzitzis In the Bathroom

Are you allowed to make Tzitzis In the Bathroom?
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Shisha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty six? ששה וארבעים - מי יודע?‏ The traditional Passover song "Echad - mi yodeya" implies a possible presupposition that there is a Jewish significance to be found for each natural ...
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“Shelach Lecha”: What is “Lecha”?

In the 2nd verse in Shelach, it says שלח לך (Shelach Lecha), which Rashi explains as " לדעתך, אני איני מצוה לך". Why don't we give the same explanation the other places in the Torah it says לך. E.g. ...
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Chamisha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-five? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Is a Cohen Allowed to Perform CPR?

CPR is performed when the heart has stopped but the brain is still alive. We have a general rule that a Cohen is not allowed to come in contact with a dead body. If so, does this mean that a Kohen ...
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Writing on t'filin straps

Is there any problem with having stray marks or writing on the underside of a t'filin strap? If it is in a non-essential location (such as down at the end of a long strap) is it preferable to cut it ...
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Is human blood treif?

OK, I know it isn't kosher, but what is the shiur? And do we hold "chetzi shiur assur min haTorah"? For an application, what if you get a cut while hiking in the woods; is it assur to clean the wound ...
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Yiddish city name from the 19th c [closed]

There is a locale referenced in a few places in stories or other materials relating to R' Y'chi'el Tz'vi Margaliyos called טאקאלא, on which extremely little information seems to be available online. (...
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Schwa+Heh Pronunciation

Considering the emphasis we place on proper pronunciation, particularly for the purposes of b'rachos, declarations, and prayer, how should a heh with a schwa under it be pronounced in an intermediate ...
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chicken kashrus

When buying chicken from your local kosher butcher, what signs should one look for that would indicate there may be a question about the chicken's kashrus? Does it matter whether one bought a whole ...
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Arba'a Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-four? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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how does one do hechi kedusha?

I am interested in two cases: 1) the congregation is davening mincha in a rush, and doing a "hechi kedusha" (btw, what is the etymology of this phrase) 2) an individual arrives late for mincha and is ...
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chapstick/vaseline on shabbos

How should one deal with chapped lips on shabbos? Is it considered refuah?
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Riddle: What halacha is learned from something said by Satan? [closed]

Riddle: Name a halacha derived from a statement of Satan.
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Meaning of 5th of the Sheva Brachos

One of the Sheva Brachos we say is: שמח תשמח רעים האהובים, כשמחך יצירך בגן עדן מקדם. ברוך אתה ה', משמח חתן וכלה.‏ Grant perfect joy to these loving companions, as you did your creations in ...
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Shelosha Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Why so many vocalized shvas in Siddur Tehillat Hashem?

I prayed using a Siddur Tehillat Hashem the other day, and I noticed that many more shvas were marked with an asterisk above, indicating that they should be vocalized, than I'd expect. In particular, ...
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Shnayim Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point in the next few days, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.

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