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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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12answers
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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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8answers
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Echad Ve'arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Who wrote the 1950s-era super-patriotic Prayer for the United States of America?

In the "Tikun Meir" siddur from about 50 years ago, there's a very unique prayer for the United States of America. Something to the effect of: Humble were its beginnings, but by Your kindness, ...
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Why do we say that Hashem chose us if He offered to the Torah to all the other nations first?

According to Midrash Sifri (Deuteronomy 343), Hashem first went around to all the nations and offered them the Torah before offering it to Bnei Yisroel. So why do we say in Kiddush and Birchas ...
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Why are there no special mitzvahs of Shavuos

Why is there no Mitzvas Hayom on Shavuos (For example, on Sukkos there is a commandment of shaking the Lulav, on Rosh Hashanh one must blow the Shofar, on Purim one must read the Meggilah, on Chanukah ...
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Understanding Shabsai Tzvi

Who was Shabsai Tzvi and why was he considered evil?
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Green pretty shavuot? [duplicate]

Why is there a custom to hang up flowers and growing green things on shavuot?
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Arba'im - mi yodeya?

Who knows forty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. At some point after Shabbat, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Shavuos as a Marriage

There is an idea (which I initially became familiar with in my misspent youth from tamei sources but subsequently have seen it mentioned in tahor one's) that Shavuos is, as it were, a marriage between ...
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Psalms 31:5 or 31:6 - beyadcha, etc

Psalms 31:6 in a Tanakh is beyadcha afkid ruchi, padita orti, adonai el emet. The same verse in an English Bible is at 31:5 because they skip what is 31:1 in a Tanakh. Which is correct?
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Sacrificing one's life for another's

Is it permissible to sacrifice one's own life to save another? There are many noble examples that come to mind, such as donating your heart to save a child or throwing yourself on a grenade. Is this ...
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Tish'a Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-nine? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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What is the b'racha for tortillas?

Is a Tortillah considered lechem (bread), pas habab'knisin (cake/cracker/pie which assumes the status of bread AIUI when one "makes it a seudah"), or is it a stam mezunos? I haven't seen it explicitly ...
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Teaching Written Torah to Christians

There is an idea mentioned by the Rambam, but not in the Mishneh Torah as I recall, that it is permissible to teach Wrtitten Torah to Christians because they accept it as Divine and don't study it in ...
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4answers
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Patents in Halacha?

If someone invents something new (and unique), does Judaism recognize that he has ownership over the invention [for x years]?
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Jello (Gelatin) on Shabbos

Is making Gelatin on Shabbos permissible?
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Fins and Scales

I once heard that if a fish has fins it's enough - and you don't need to find out if it had scales. Is this true? What is the source? Why did the Torah write fins and scales, if fins is enough of an ...
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2answers
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Lechem Mishneh by the Third Shabbos Meal

Is one required to have Lechem Mishneh by the Third Shabbos Meal?
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3answers
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Shulchan Aruch UTF-8

There are lots of Shulchan Aruch e-book applications for various different smart phones, but each is tied to the a particular smartphone platform. Does anybody know where I can find a copy of the ...
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2answers
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Mishnah Berurah PDF

Does anybody know where I can get a PDF of the complete Mishnah Berurah?
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Friday Night Prayer before Maariv - Kegavnah or Bameh Madlikin

Ashkenaz say Bameh Madlikin, and those who daven Nusach Sefard say Kegavnah... Why this distinction? And if one is praying in a shul that does not say his Nusach, what should he do?
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1answer
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Candle Lighting Time: Why Then?

Why 18 minutes (or other minhagim). Where did these numbers come from?
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1answer
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Jewish Sunrise and Sunset

How can one calculate Jewish sunrise and sunset? I'm not necessarily asking for a formula. Just wondering if there's a difference between Halachik rise/set and what the world considers [e.g. science] ...
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Mi.ShAino.Yodeya [closed]

Which halachah [hint:Choshen Mishpat] applies to "mi sh'aino yodeya"? (I ran across this last night researching another question)
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Al Hannisim for Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim

Are there any special additions one can add to the shemoneh esrei on Yom Ha'atzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim? Is there any problem with saying these additions? Do any major shuls in America say them?
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Bamidbar or Bemidbar?

What is the name of this week's parsha? What about the sefer? The text clearly says "Bemidbar" (or B'midbar), but many call it Bamidbar. Is this a grammatical or traditional difference? Could one ever ...
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9answers
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Shemona Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-eight? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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1answer
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Teshuvah Negating a Negative Prophecy

There is a concept that while a positive prophecy must come to pass (at least when it is a national prophecy) a negative one can be retracted if the subjects to teshuvah (repent)? While there a number ...
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1answer
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What are the 7 Noachide Laws

What are the 7 Noachide Laws? And where do we know them from?
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Shiv'a Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-seven? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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Is Telemarketing Prohibited by Jewish Law?

I understand that it may be prohibited due to the laws of "Dina D'malchusa Dina," (when and if) American law prohibits it. However, that reason aside, is there any Judaism based reason to prohibit it?
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Kashrus Explained

A close friend of mine asked me to fire this question at the mi.yodeya community so here goes: "I came across this rather interesting rendition of "kashrus Explained", not sure who authored it, but I ...
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Shisha Ushloshim - mi yodeya?

Who knows thirty-six? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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2answers
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What does it take to institute Hallel?

What are some of the classical references for instituting Hallel b'zman hazeh? And in a more discussion-oriented vein, what kind of miracle do you think it would take for the vast majority of klal ...
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1answer
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What is the significance of fire, water, and desert?

Why does the Medrash on Bamidbar say that the Torah was given with three thing: Fire, Water,and Desert?
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Meggilas Rus - Leket, Shikcha, and Peah

When Rus went out into the field to pick up the Shikcha (dropped or forgotten crops which must be left for the poor), Boaz sees her great piety and tells his servants to drop more on purpose so that ...
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Shavuos and Malachim(angels)

We all know that there is a custom on Shavuos to eat dairy. One of the reasons given is based on a Medrash that When Moshe Rabbenu went up to Heaven to receive the Torah the angels complained and said ...
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Two Days of Yom Tov for Visitors

Assuming the reason for two days Yom Tov is because messengers could not reach those places in time to tell them the days of Rosh Chodesh, why is it that if someone visits Israel, but doesn't plan on ...
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Second day of Shavous

The main reason for the second day Yom Tov is because in the times of the Beis Hamikdash when we decided to declare months based on the seeing the new moon there where certain places that the ...
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Temimos Thiyenah

On Shavous by Night we wait and daven Marriv late in order to have Temmimos,Why dont we daven early on the second night of Pesach for the same reason?

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