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The story of the rabbis in the haggada-mizva of afikoman

In the hagadah, did the rabbanim who stayed up all night get the miztva of afikoman?
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Are eidim lawyers?

Are eidim considered lawyers?
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Can you judge someone by the clothing he or she wears? [closed]

Can you judge someone by the clothing he or she wears? Even if you can, should you?
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What is the law for a Goel Hadam (Avenger of Blood) outside of the Land of Israel?

The halacha is you can only build a city of refuge in Israel. What if someone killed by accident outside of Israel. Can the relative of the guy who was killed go after and try to kill the murderer who ...
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Shemona Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows eighteen? 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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Ditch school: stealing?

If your parents pay for you to go to school and you ditch, is that stealing?
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What in the world is a shtender? [closed]

Who made up the name shtender, and who started using the term?
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Is this site for Children? [closed]

A father asked me if this site is appropriate for children considering the fact that oftentimes incorrect answers are being posted. Children are very impressionable and as Chazal tell us, Shabeshtah, ...
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Trop (cantillation) for leining

Who created the trop (cantillation) for leining? Is it a Mesorah from when the Torah was written?
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An accidental killer who needs to leave the city of refuge

It says in makos that a person who kills accidentally goes to a city of refuge. So if a person who killed accidentally is in a city of refuge and the whole city is on fire or an enemy is attacking the ...
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36 hidden tzadikim

Are there really 36 hidden tzadikim? What level are they on (tana, amora, etc.)?
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Shalom Aleichem and Eishes Chayil

Who wrote Shalom Aleichem and Eishes Chayil? Is it minhag Yisrael?
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Why did Hashem make some non-Kosher animals look like Kosher ones?

Why did Hashem make animals like the pig, camel, etc. that have one exact character trait of kosher animals and then write in the Torah that they aren't kosher? If He's trying to trick us, shouldn't ...
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Is Mi Yodeya helpful? [closed]

Does anyone here feel that this site is helpful? I do, but is it Bitul Torah? Because you could always go look up the answer in a sefer and get more schar (reward).
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The Shafan and Arneves

What are the Shafan and Arneves (Leviticus 11:5-6)?
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Is it o.k. to watch “American Idol” during the Omer and the Three Weeks?

Many Poskim who permit listening of music year-round prohibit it during the Omer and the Three Weeks. Is it ok to watch American Idol during these periods of time, according to the opinions who permit ...
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Why say Hashem wrote the torah? [closed]

Why do people say Hashem wrote the torah, shouldn't it be He created it, made it, edited it, etc?
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Is it permissible to work at a tzaar-baalei-chayyim store?

Are you allowed to work at a store (pet shop, for example) that does tzaar-baalei-chayyim to the animals it has there?
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Will marriages continue when mashiach comes?

If you are married to a girl and mashaich comes, wil you be married to her in the world to come or you start all over?!?
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Technology during Days of Moshiach

When Moshisch comes (Biezras Hashem) will there be technology like, computers, cars, electricity, etc?
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when do you say amen

Can you say amen to a bracha if you hear the last part, see a gesture of ending, or is it only if you hear all of the brachah.
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was paroh the same paroh during the 210 years

Was Paroh at the start the same as the one when it says "there arose a new king" (Exodus 1: 8)? How many parohs were there during the 210 years.
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Shalom alecha rebbi (u'mori)

What is the significance of the time it takes to say Shalom Alecha Rebbi (U'mori)?
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Leaving your store open on Shabbos

If you leave your store open on shabbos for your non-jewish or non-observant workers to run, and you don't make any money from it (give all profits to workers) is that ok?
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Wine touched by non-Jews

Are you allowed to drink wine that non-Jews touched? Why?
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Why was Moshe buried alone?

Why did Hashem bury Moshe in an unknown place, and did not do so with other great Tzadikim like Avraham, Yitchak and Yaakov?
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What bracha do you make on smoothies?

If I put grapes, apples, strawberrys, watermelons, and other fruits and vegetables, as ingredients, in a smoothie, what bracha do I make, because its filled with foods of different brachos?
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Drinking cold kosher beverages in a non-Jewish relative's house

Let's say you're staying at a non-Jewish relative's house. He bought you kosher food because he knows you keep kosher. He buys you a drink such as milk. You see him pour the drink for himself into his ...
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Shiv'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows seventeen? 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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Why did Hashem allow the angel fight with Yaakov?

Why did Hashem allow the angel to even fight with Yaakov in the first place?
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Why is learning Torah today harder than 1000 years ago? [closed]

Why did Hashem make it harder for this generation to learn Torah, rather than making it equal for every generation? We have all these distractions like tv or games.
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Can our deceased relatives observe us?

People often say (e.g. at s'machot and other such events) things like "Grandpa Chaim would have loved to be here today, but we know he is smiling down on us from shamayim" Is this really a ...
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Is Hashem in time? [closed]

Is Hashem in time?
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Benching on yom kipper

If one must eat on yom kipper, does he make any day-specific additions during benching?
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Lesson of Eicha [closed]

Of course it is a poignant account of the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, but what deeper message(s) does Eichah teach us? Other than the testimony it provides, why was it chosen to be read ...
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Is Absalom considered a “ben sorrer umoreh”?

Is Absalom considered a ben sorrer umoreh (devarim 21:18, bal haturim) for his rebellion? I thought there where never any cases of ben sorrer umoreh.
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Why does a Bar mitzva boy publicly read from the Torah?

Why do bar mitzva boys publicly read from the Torah for their bar mitzva? Where does the minhag come from?
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having a relationship with god [closed]

can some one answer this whats the best way to have a consistent relationship with god
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Hashem and time [closed]

If hashem is beyond time, then how could he talk about it? Is it because he created time?
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Helping others succeed

What do you do when you are trying to help friends get themselves on a good track, but you are afraid that by helping them you yourself might fall...what is the Torah obligation here?
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God's Pair of Teffilin

How when moshe turns his head not to see God's face, he sees He's got on teffilin? I thought God had no physical form.
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sheidim, servant of satan, death on sight, duck feet? [closed]

Are sheidim servants of satan? Will you really die if you see it's true form? And do they really have chicken feet?
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stop benching at al-yichasiranu?

Can you stop benching (saying the grace after a meal) after al-yichasiranu (the end of the fourth blessing of the grace)?
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Will money fall from the sky if you pray for it?

If you daven for a parnasah and then just sit back will money come to you?
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What do angels do in heaven?

What is it that angels do in heaven?
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Who was the King of Cheshbon (in the Torah)?

Who was the king of Cheshbon, mentioned in Bamidbar?
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is it right to set goals?

Is it right to set goals for yourself? How do you know that hashem knows you can accomplish more than the goal you have now? How do you know that hashem knows you bit more than you can chew?
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Why twins? Why not just Yaakov?

Why did HaShem create twins (Yaakov and Esuv) if he could just create one righteous person who would be Yaakov with the good traits of Esuv? I know Esuv was supposed to support Yaakov, but Yaakov didn'...
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Non-Jews (Gentiles) in Olam Haba (Jewish Afterlife)?

Are there non-Jews in Olam Haba (the world to come), either in Gehenom (Hell) or Gan Eden (Heaven)?
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Geihinom and Gan Eden

What are Gohenom and Gan Eden? Is it common to go to Gohenom before Gan Eden?

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