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How did the Rambam break his own rule of predicting the time of Moshiach's arrival in the Epistle of Yemen?

In the Mishneh Torah the Rambam states Some of the Sages say that Elijah will come before the coming of the Messiah. But regarding all these matters and similar, no one knows how it will be until it ...
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Book (or section of one) about the years of the Jewish kings and their variations depending on their actions?

As anyone who's learned Sefer Melachim knows, there are a lot of places where the years of the kings of Yehuda and Yisrael don't quite seem to match up. (See this question.) As an example, Rechavam ...
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Which side of the sefirotic columns does daat lean towards?

I found in the gloss on Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh, Epistle 12: "When Chesed does not insist (so to speak) on an unlimited revelation of kindness (but is satisfied to reveal the G‑dly illumination ...
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Shimon and Levi in Shechem

There is a picture illustrated by a seemingly Orthodox artist depicting Shimon and Levi with their swords drawn and the people of Shechem on their knees with their hands up. Although the shevatim's ...
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What does כתר"ה stand for?

What does כתר"ה mean? It's mentioned very often in Igros Moshe, often in reference to the one who asked the shailah e.g. "שאל כתר"ה"
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Were there insects in the garden of eden?

I was recently thinking, we create comfort for ourselves by keeping nature at bay. Flies and mosquitos are annoying, would Adam and Eve have thought the same? There were certainly serpents, maybe ...
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How Should I Understand Gemaras Where People Quote Pesukim that Were not yet Written at the Time the Story Takes Place?

In various places in Talmud Bavli, there are stories told that take place during the times of Torah or Neviim where people in the story quote verses from prophetic books that did not yet exist at the ...
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Moses at fault for spies?

Looking to better understand if, per the sources, Moses was at fault for sending spies, especially as it relates to sending them on a seemingly military mission.
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Hebrew Ben Chayyim Second Rabbinic Bible is missing Joshua 6:9 to 7:1

I have a copy of the Hebrew Ben Chayyim Second Rabbinic Bible which was scanned and in the book of Joshua it is missing Joshua 6:9 to 7:1. It is obviously a mistake and not intentional because the ...
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Vayikra 15:16-18 - who must wash after an emission of semen, and when? [duplicate]

Does Vayikra 15:16-18 mean men must always wash their whole bodies after any emission of semen and couples must both wash after marital relations? When must they do it? eg immediately after? before ...
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Can a observant jew be vegan? [duplicate]

Can a person who accepts the Jewish religion refrain from eating meat or sacrificing animals? If a person struggles to keep to the Jewish laws regarding meat is it acceptable to forego meat and dairy ...
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Why do we sometimes repeat shmoneh esrei when we forget yaaleh v'yavo and sometimes not?

It is my understanding that we do not repeat shmoneh esrei when we forget yaaleh v'yavo by maariv on rosh chodesh because maariv is a reshus. Based on this premise why do we repeat shmoneh esrei when ...
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Rokeach and Levush in Classical Halacha [closed]

It has been my experience that both the Sefer HaRokeach and the Levush aren't as widely studied in the realm of Halacha. Why is that? Was there something lacking within each work that was filled with ...
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Why is there no tayku in the Jerusalem Talmud?

From one count I have seen there are more than 300 times in the Talmud Bavli where a discussion ends with “תיקו” (let it stand, ie the question remains) yet, to my knowledge there is not a single time ...
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Can a wedding band be made of multiple colors of gold? [duplicate]

To be kosher, a wedding band need be solid gold, so as not to leave room to question the value of the ring. As much of the gold used in jewelry is often 14k or 18k gold, as previous questions have ...
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Story of surgery in the Gemara

I remember hearing about a story in the Gemara where a "surgery" was done on someone who was very overweight, and they ended up removing an amount of fat that doctors nowadays cant do. Does ...
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To whom was the Torah given?

A midrash says: The Torah was given openly, in a public place. For if it were given in Eretz Yisrael, they could say to the nations of the world: You have no portion in it. But it was given openly, ...
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Non-Jewish garden in city eruv

There is a new eruv in the South Tottenham area, which covers part of the Jewish community of Stamford Hill in North East London. Most of the area is houses. Among the Halachic guidelines is the ...
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Similar Book Recommendations [closed]

Chodesh Tov, I just finished reading As A Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg and I truly enjoyed it. I feel the book spoke to me and the questions I am struggling with religiously. I was wondering if you ...
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Was Otniel ben Kenaz a half-brother or a nephew to Kalev?

Otniel ben Kenaz, who was the first Judge of the Jewish People, married Kalev's daughter. I read in one place that he was a half brother to Kalev, and somewhere else it says he was a nephew to Kalev. ...
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How Seforim know hidden knowledge?

One often encounters statements quoted from Rabbinical personalities or written in Seforim that they should have no apparent way of knowing. Thousands of examples could likely be given if one were to ...
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Early Rosh Chodesh

There's a concept of early Shabbos. A person can accept Shabbos early, pray Shabbos Maariv before dark (according to Rabbi Yehudah, who says you can pray after Plag HaMincha; I admit this one is less ...
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What method is used to halachically pluck a chicken's feathers after shechita

It seems the standard way to remove chickens feathers after slaughtering is to scald the chicken in hot water for up to a couple minutes before plucking the feathers. (as an example, here's some ...
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Is there a “pre-aninut” status?

This is a question of 2 different possible statuses, each with its own implications. In Maurice Lamm's "The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning," he writes (page 26) He is not considered an ...
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Can you be menachem avel in silence?

While I know that the practice is to recite the statement of Hamakom when visiting an aveil, what if an aveil craves silence? Mere presence and no noise might be the only comfort that has any real ...
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Can one go from being an Aveil to being an Onein?

A person is an onein while taking care of arrangements for a burial, and, from what I have learned, if that person's work is finished and that person leaves the body or the body leaves the person for ...
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Rav Kapach on Rambam's view on the identification of Keneh bosem

As a follow up to this question, there seem to be two contradictory conclusions on what Rambam holds to be the keneh bosem. First it is said that (Rav Kapach's notes to) Rambam's commentary in the ...
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Pushing a buggy on grass on Shabbos

When and how is person chayav on shabbos for ploughing. For example is a woman with a buggy allowed to push it on the grass, or can she not. The problem for ploughing is that you need to have a intent ...
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Source for Chabad not saying Kal Maley Rachamim

It is printed in the back of Tehillas Hashem after the Mishnayos the אל מלא רחמים prayer. However, I have not seen Chabad saying this prayer. Are there any sources or explanations for the cause of ...
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Yom Kippur Katan - Source and Composer

Recently there has been many places that say Yom Kippur Katan prayers at Mincha on Erev Rosh Chodesh. What is the source and who composed the Yom Kippur Katan prayers?
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Aninut and food

After the death of a close relative and before the burial (or the cessation of involvement with the body) one is in a stage of Aninut. During that time, one is exempted (or even forbidden) from many ...
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What is the Gemara referring to when it speaks about the davening portion of 'Korbanos'?

The Gemara in both Taanit (27b) and Megilla (31b) say that Avraham asked HaShem how the Jews would repent without a temple. HaShem answers that He already enacted a portion of korbanos to say and it ...
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How do you understand this Rashi? (Bamidbor, 15:24)

In Parsha Shelach, 6th reading, verse 24: וְהָיָ֗ה אִ֣ם מֵֽעֵינֵ֣י הָֽעֵדָה֘ נֶֽעֶשְׂתָ֣ה לִשְׁגָגָה֒ And Rashi explaines it to mean that the Rabbis ruled concerning one form of service, that it was ...
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Torah approach to getting out of inappropriate feelings/thoughts

What is the Torah approach to stop yourself from feeling sexually aroused in the moment? Anything from the mussar experts?
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Eggplants at a Jewish Cemetery?

This was taken outside the gates of the Mikveh Israel Cemetery. There are bunch of Eggplants tied tighter with red yarn . A bevy of American coins were under each one. Typically eggplants at a ...
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How are we to understand כל עדת בנ״י

Especially in this week’s Parsha, shelach, but also throughout all of tanach, how are we to understand the statement כל עדת בנ״י and other similar statements referring to the Jewish nation as a whole? ...
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Symbolism of Childbirth impurity differences male and female children in Leviticus 12? [duplicate]

I am a gentile asking for Jewish insight regarding the differences in ritual impurity time that comes from child birth (the time is doubled for baby girls). As a Christian, I got ideas from my ...
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Source that the spies had prophecy

The Zohar (III parshas Shelach p. 158a) says that the spies spoke badly about the land of Israel because they felt they wouldn't remain in a position of leadership once the Jews entered the land. To ...
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Why no women beards? [closed]

Since the Zohar (1:205b) explains everything in the physical world mirrors everything in the spiritual world, what is the Torah reason why the Creator didn't have women grow beards too? (I can't ...
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Connection between story of the spies and the mitzvah of tziztis

The mitzvah of tzitzis appears at the end of parashat Shelach. Is there a connection between the story of the spies and this mitzvah? Any explanation why/if tzitzis is related to the main narrative of ...
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Piskei Hilchos Pesach

In Maseches Pesachim 57b, the last page of of the fourth chapter ends abruptly halfway through the page, followed by "הדרן עלך מקום שנהגו וסליקא לה פסח ראשון." The rest of the page is filled ...
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Which minyan should I go to?

If there are 2 minyanim to go to: A- One that I know for sure has 50 people. B- One that I know for sure only has 15 people. Should I go to the bigger minyan so that my tefillah is more likely to be ...
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What is the criteria of safek pikuach nefesh?

An expert in a particular field (a doctor, an actuary, etc.) can advise on the risk of mortality from a specific activity of anywhere between 0% and 100%. At what threshold of risk would the halacha ...
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How these malachim became involved with the origins of idolatry?

Parsha Shelach 13:33 says the following: And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. The ...
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Learning l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew

Is it permissible to learn Torah - for example, Mishnayot - l'iluy nishmat a non-Jew?
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What is Shabbat Treat and what is its Hebrew equivalent? [closed]

I found Jewish people use the phrase "Shabbat Treat". What does it mean and what is the origin of this phrase. Does it have any connection to Torte cake? What is the Hebrew word/s equivalent ...
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What happened to the male Leviathan?

According to tradition (see Rashi to bereishis 1:21), Hashem created a male and female Leviathan, but then He killed the female and salted it for the righteous. What happened to the male? Did it die ...
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Mincha ketana vs just before shekia

I have read that one can pray mincha gedola be'minyan instead of mincha ketana be'yachid. But would praying "just before shekiya" be'minyan still be more recommended than mincha ketana be'...
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Why does Asher Yatzar close with a different idea?

The bracha of Asher Yatzar acknowledges the creation of man and his inner workings. It begins by blessing Hashem as the one who formed man and put in him all the things that allow man to operate. It ...
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Giving Tzedakah Less than a Perutah

The consensus among poskim is that a prutah is 1/40 of a gram of silver, which is usually more than 1 cent but less than 5 cents. So if a person only gives a penny to tzedakah (let's say that is all ...

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