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Why does Rashi say Yisro heard *two* things?

Shemot 18:1: וישמע יתרו: מה שמועה שמע ובא, קריעת ים סוף ומלחמת עמלק Now…Jethro…heard: What news did he hear that [made such an impression that] he came? The splitting of the Red Sea and the war with ...
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Shemona Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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Can a live video feed remove the prohibition of Yichud?

I was wondering if and how a public videostream could affect a potential yichud situation. For example, may a single guy and girl be secluded if they set up a continuously broadcasting camera and ...
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Deliveries on Shabbos

This is a two-part question: What do you do if while you are at home during Shabbos, someone knocks at your door, and when you open it a delivery person (UPS/FedEx/USPS/DHL etc.) hands you a package ...
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Identifying a chasid

Say you meet a stranger who is a member of a particular community of chasidus. What is the most polite and direct way to ask the person of which community they are a member? I.e. a question whose ...
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Is swimming unclothed ok?

Historically "bathing suits" are a relatively new phenomenon... all swimming / bathing in rivers / lakes / seas was unclothed. Culturally things have changed but does that affect halacha? There seem ...
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מֶה, מָה, מַה - mɛ, mʌ, ma - What's the difference?

What causes the difference in vowelization of the Hebrew word for "what" in the Bible and classical Jewish texts? In some contexts it is מֶה, in others - מָה, and in yet others - מַה. The hypothesis ...
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“Vaz Chatasee”…

The Medresh says that Moshe said to Hashem "Vaz Chatasee" with the word Az I have sinned and with the word Az I will say Shirah to you. What does the Medresh means when it says Moshe said with the ...
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Heard our Prayer Really?

Every morning we say וְאֶת זַעֲקָתָם שָׁמַעְתָּ עַל יַם סוּף That would seem to be wrong as we know Hashem told Moshe וַיֹּאמֶר יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל מֹשֶׁה מַה תִּצְעַק אֵלָי דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל ...
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Shiv'a Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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Garments that unintentionally require tzitzit

Have you ever encountered in the wild (i.e. owned, considered purchasing in a store, seen worn by an observant Jewish man) a garment that requires tzitzit but that was not made for them (i.e. not a ...
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The Other Shira for Moshe [closed]

Who, besides בני ישראל , sang the שירה of אז ישיר משה?
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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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Is Red Bull™ kosher?

Is the Red Bull™ energy drink kosher?
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Shisha Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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What is your favorite passuk? [closed]

I know this is a totally subjective and possibly meta question, but I will ask it anyways, in part to share my own.
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tznius in the bathroom

It recently came up in a discussion with a friend about the halachos that say that you have to take care only to expose minimal parts of your body while going to the bathroom. Personally, I was ...
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Shachris in the Dark

When do people who live in places where it is dark for days Daven Shachris and put on Tefillin? Please provide a source (Mareh Makom).
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Tu Bishvat Esrog

Why do people Pray for a Esrog on Tubishvat what the source and what is the connection between Tubishvat between them?
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Chamisha Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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List of acceptable literature for religious schools

A while back I came across an article about an organization that compiled a list of acceptable literature (I believe fiction titles) for Jewish religious schools. Does anyone know where I can find ...
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How does “shabbat speech-reinforcement” work?

How does the technology for shabas-compliant voice amplification referred to on this architecture firm's website work? Is it different technically from a regular microphone setup or is the distinction ...
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Arba'a Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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מָחֹה אֶמְחֶה Remez [closed]

כִּי מָחֹה אֶמְחֶה אֶת זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק What does אֶמְחֶה stand for? Hint: See Yalkut Reuvani or the Gra or the Chidah for amazing Remez
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Parshas Haman on Tuesday of Beshalach

What is the Significance of Saying the Parshas Haman on the Tuesday of Beshalach and how is it done?
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Why is Parshas Beshalach called Shabbos Shira?

Most people know that we read Az Yashir on Shabbos Shira and we put out bread for the birds. However this is the only Shabbos that has a special name simply because of what we read in the Parsha. (...
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2.4 million killed according to Rashi in B'shalach. Why does no one talk about it?

In the begining of Parshat B'shalach, Rashi says that one p'shat for "Vachamushim" means one fifth, because during Makas Choshech, 4 out of 5 were killed out, and it happened during the time it was ...
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Learning Hebrew

If I have a decent Hebrew knowledge, but not great, what books (i.e. dictionaries, lexicons, etc.) should I have at hand when I'm learning a sefer, such as the Mishneh Torah?
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What to do before death

If a doctor tells a person that he is certain to die shortly (e.g., within one hour), what should that person do during his remaining minutes?
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Shelosha Veshishim Umeya - mi yodeya?

Who knows one hundred sixty-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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What's the etymology of the Hassidic term “b'sho'oh” for a chaperoned quasi-date?

I've heard in the Hassidic world, if two families decide that one's young fellow should meet the other's young lady, the couple has a brief, chaperoned, meeting, known as a b'shoh (spelling?), to ...
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Karites and the Maan

The Malbim Makes reference from other Meforshim to a Karite, who says that Maan is a Natural phenomenon. Does this phenomenon still exist? Does anyone know what it is called in English? any articles ...
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Jewish Online Music Radio Stations

I would like to get a list of all online radio stations that only play Jewish music. Absolutely no Kol Isha, please (or better yet, specify which one's do have Kol Isha so that women will know). I'll ...
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What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?

What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?
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Can one person say Kaddish for two different deceased people?

Can one person say Kaddish for someone at the same time he is saying Kaddish for his parent?
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yushkas bris aniversary [closed]

Is it true that new years is the aniversary of yushka's bris
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Sephardi Halakha

Do Sephardim always follow the words the Mechaber (Maran Yosef Karo) in halakha?
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“Traveling their travelings” - a bit repetitive I think

וַיִּסְעוּ כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּדְבַּר סִין לְמַסְעֵיהֶם What does this Posuk mean - "they traveled to their travels" why does the Torah use a repetitive form?
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Raise your Stick or your Hand

וְאַתָּה הָרֵם אֶת מַטְּךָ וּנְטֵה אֶת יָדְךָ The Posuk first says pick up the stick and then says stick out your hand shouldn't it be stick out you stick being that it is my Hand why the change ...
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ה' ימלך לעלם ועד to ימלוך ה' לעולם

In Parshas Beshalach (and Emet Ve-Yatziv/Ve-Emunah) it says ה' ימלך לעלם ועד, but in Sefer Tehilim (and Kedushah) it says ימלוך ה' לעולם. Why the change in language?
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Pidyon Haben Question [closed]

How is it possible to make a פדיון הבן by giving money to someone who is not a כהן?
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Who hit the Nile with his stick?

שמות יז ה has: ומטך אשר הכית בו את היאור Moshe did not hit the Nile river, Aharon did. (See שמות ז יט, with Rashi.) Why does the Torah say otherwise?
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Write and speak into the ear

יד. וַיֹּאמֶר יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל מֹשֶׁה כְּתֹב זֹאת זִכָּרוֹן בַּסֵּפֶר וְשִׂים בְּאָזְנֵי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ כִּי מָחֹה אֶמְחֶה אֶת זֵכֶר עֲמָלֵק מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם Why does Hashem command us to write and to ...
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difference between תולעים and רמה

In Beshalach 16:20: וְלֹא שָׁמְעוּ אֶל מֹשֶׁה וַיּוֹתִרוּ אֲנָשִׁים מִמֶּנּוּ עַד בֹּקֶר וַיָּרֻם תּוֹלָעִים וַיִּבְאַשׁ וַיִּקְצֹף עֲלֵהֶם מֹשֶׁה:‏ A few Pesukim later in 16:24: ...
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One People, One Heart vs. One Heart, One People?

When the Egyptians were chasing the Israelites, Rashi says they did so "with one heart as one man" (Shemot 14:10): נסע אחריהם: בלב אחד כאיש אחד When the Israelites stood at the foot of Har Sinai, ...
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Kugel Questions

We eat Kugel on Shabbos based on the Fact that we got the Maan (RAMAH -Orach Chaim 242:1) The question is why eat the thing in Memory of the Maan on the one day when we did not get any Maan? Also why ...
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Saw the Big Hand and believed in Moshe

וַיַּרְא יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת הַיָּד הַגְּדֹלָה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְ־הֹוָ־ה בְּמִצְרַיִם וַיִּירְאוּ הָעָם אֶת יְ־הֹוָ־ה וַיַּאֲמִינוּ בַּי־הֹוָ־ה וּבְמֹשֶׁה עַבְדּוֹ: What Big Hand are we talking about and ...
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Why complain about Graves?

וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֶל מֹשֶׁה הַמִבְּלִי אֵין קְבָרִים בְּמִצְרַיִם (Ex 14:11) About what were the Jews complaining in particular?
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Idol as a reference point for location

לִפְנֵי פִּי הַחִירֹת בֵּין מִגְדֹּל וּבֵין הַיָּם לִפְנֵי בַּעַל צְפֹן (Shmot 14:2) There is a Halacha that says you may not say "let's meet by such and such an Idol" yet here the Torah does it. ...
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Issur Doraisa from Trup? [closed]

What Halacha (Issur Doraisia) do we learn out from a Trup and which word is it?

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