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Can you jinx someone?

Since I was a child it was common that when two people would say the same thing at the same time one would call out "jinx" (sometimes followed by, "you have to buy me a soda!"). ...
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How would rabbinic law be derived from a Sefer Torah written in another language?

Much of rabbinic (vs karaite) law derives from the hebrew Torah's unique spelling (eg plene vs deficient) and wording (eg "את" to include) etc. Rashbam writes that he will explain the Torah ...
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What is the sefer עץ אבות

In Rav Emdens pirush of perek shirah, זמרת הארץ, he references a sefer or pirush called עץ אבות. Where can I find out and find this sefer / pirush. I'm also looking for the specific point of reference ...
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What is the name of this specific religious clothing?

https://images.app.goo.gl/jpzyD7G19SnwTdKx6 Specifically the one with the stripes thats kind of like pajamas/robe
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Why is Yiddish still spoken today? [closed]

I understand that when Jews lived in European countries Yiddish was the language of the Jews due to the influence of Germany. Why do Jews outside of Europe, living in America and Israel or elsewhere, ...
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Are animal fats cooked with dairy issur hanaah

According to Leviticus 7:24 forbidden fats from non shechita’d animals may be used for any purpose but eating. Therefore, is it permissible to cook them with dairy and/or sell them mixed with dairy? ...
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May Jews remove fake nails/eyelashes on Shabbat

According to halacha, is it permissible for Jews (particularly women) to remove fake eyelashes/nails from their bodies on Shabbat? Would it be any problem of borer or handling mutzkeh? Or is it ...
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Question on Gemara Keritot

In Keritot 2b, the Gemara has a back and forth as follows: Rabbi Yochanan: if you violate all 34 keritot in one lapse of awareness you need a chatat for every single one, and we learn this from the ...
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Price of eggs have increased... Still minhag to throw away all eggs that have something resembling a spot?

Had a thought while reading OU article about checking eggs for blood spots (this was the article by the way) The article cites Rav Feinstein zt"l for the minhag to check every egg and discard ...
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Who is "TL" translator/commentator of Hovot Halevavot?

Bitahon and Hishtadlut for livelihood In the top answer they bring a quote from Hovot Halevavot with one sentence added at the end from "TL". Who is TL?
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How much did Korbanos cost to bring?

In the first Perek of Chagiga Beis Hillel says that the minimum for a Shlomim is 2 Mayiah and for an Olah 1 Mayiah. A Mayiah is roughly 0.8 gram of silver which is under a dollar in today's value. I ...
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In the Sin of the Golden Calf, What was Forgiven?

Rashi (Shemot 32:34) quotes the Talmud (Sanhedrin 102a) and says "וְאֵין פֻּרְעָנוּת בָּאָה עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁאֵין בָּהּ קְצָת מִפִּרְעוֹן עֲוֹן הָעֵגֶל - Indeed no punishment ever comes upon ...
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What is involved behind the decision making process of halacha in the Talmud?

Throughout the Talmud we find occurrences such as these: The halacha is xyz because the verse in a certain chapter of Tanach says something similar to it; Rabbi Y disagrees and says the halacha is zyx ...
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Who inherits how much?

Imagine the following scenario: A man dies. He owns 100,000 ₪ cash, 3 kilograms of gold, a 100 square meter house with a garden, a car, and stocks worth 20,000 dollars. He leaves behind: A wife (...
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What’s up with the translations of Genesis 49:22?

In Genesis 49 when Jacob blesses his sons the blessing he gives to Joseph is usually rendered (in most translations) as something similar to: “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, ...
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How does the general Jewish pronunciation of the name Ahasuerus — Achashverosh — compare to its original pronunciation in Ancient Persia? [closed]

Assuming Ahasuerus is in fact Xerxes I (as Wikipedia seems to suggest), does anyone know how the general Jewish pronunciation of Ahasuerus — Achashverosh — compares to the Ancient Persian ...
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Shulchan Aruch Hebrew-English Sefer [duplicate]

Is there a good Hebrew-English Shulchan Aruch translation for purchase? I haven’t seen one, which is surprising. Note: I’m not looking for Kitzur SA
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

In halacha Yom Tov ends shloshim and shiva, my question is does the same rule apply to Yom Kippur if a close relative dies during the days of repentance? Or is Yom Kippur different from other holidays ...
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Is there a specific subset of Halacha which validates the need of Jewish soldiers to be selfless with their lives?

Judaism separates itself from the other Abrahamic faiths in that we are extremely serious about preserving life. In other faiths, martyrdom isn't something which just occurs due to circumstance but is ...
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Seperating gelatin and dairy

According to poskim who hold gelatin is only as kosher as the animal whose bones are used (with whom I don’t personally agree) does the same meat dairy separation Halacha apply? Or is there leniency ...
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May Jews make popsicles or icicles on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to make popsicles/icicles on Shabbat or no? Would it be a prohibited form of melacha such as Boneh or something or not at all? Or is this a machloket ...
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Metrobank and Ribbis

Now that Metrobank (a bank in the UK) has been purchased by Galinski, a Jew and no Heter Iska has been arranged - has there been any discussions about what those with mortgages/savings etc. should do. ...
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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

In Leviticus 12:1-4 it states that a woman is impure for 7 days after birth, known as Yoledet. This is a status with similar rules to niddah. My question is, does this Halacha apply to a woman who ...
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what is the reason the 54 names of Hashem Are written the way they are

In Sharei Orah 1 the english translation on sefaria says "know that HaShem-יהו"ה, blessed is He, has נ"ד-54 squared names" In another book they pointed to Pardes Rimmonim 2 where I ...
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

What is the law of praying with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat? Please include various categories of tefilla, including making a bracha, saying amen, giving someone a ...
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Throat Lozenge and Hotza'a

What is the law of transfering between domains, and carrying outside with no eruv on Shabbat (hotza'a), with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat?
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Why would Moshe's new nation have been considered a one legged chair?

Bavli Berachos (32a) contains the following aggadic assertion {שמות ל"ב:י'} וְאֶעֱשֶׂה אוֹתְךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְגוֹ', אֲמַר רִבִּי אֶלְעָזָר: אָמַר מֹשֶׁה לִפְנֵי הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא, ...
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How to respect your colleagues

BH I heard there is a Mitzvah to respect your fellow colleagues what does the Torah say from the Talmud and Halacha upon this topic?
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Can loshen hara be "kashered" if it later turns out to save someone from a loss

Reuven weighs 500 lbs. To say that he is so is loshon hara. However, later, a blind person who heard my loshon hara is in a small elevator. The blind person hears Reuven say "Hold the door, I, ...
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Halachic Right to Confront Accuser?

Does halachah protect a right to confront one's accusers similar to the constitutional protection in the U.S. and other places?
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Rabbi Yochanan Ben Dehavai's "Ministering Angels"

The quoted Tanna says that he heard something from ministering angels (Nedarim 20a). Over the page, it says: אמר אמימר: מאן מלאכי השרת — רבנן, דאי תימא מלאכי השרת ממש, אמאי אמר רבי יוחנן אין הלכה ...
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Origin of the "Bar Mitzvah Drasha"

What is the history of Jewish bar mitzvah boys giving a Drasha/Pshetel? Is this a Minhag?
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Akedah Isaac and the instruction from Hashem

I have a query regarding Akedah. Why is it that the first instruction to Avraham to sacrifice Isaac comes directly from Hashem, but the later instruction to stop the sacrifice comes from the Malakh (...
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Miluim- Blood from the mizbeach

The miluim sacrifices (Parshas Tetzaveh, Parshas Tzav) have a number of features that are unique. One of the most remarkable to me is Exodus 19:21 וְלָקַחְתָּ֞ מִן־הַדָּ֨ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר עַֽל־הַמִּזְבֵּ֘חַ֮ ...
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To what extent does halacha dictate the relationship between a male rabbi and a female congregant?

Which, if any, halachot of "Tzniut" apply to the relationship between a rabbi and a female congregant? From what I understand, it is common for a husband to bring his wife's undergarments to ...
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May landlords evict tenants for late payment

According to Halacha, if there is a contract between a tenant and landlord where the tenant will live in the property for however long (for example one year) and the payment will be distributed over ...
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Blood on Right Earlobe, Right Thumb, and Right Big Toe

There is a ritual in the Bible in which blood from a sacrifice is applied to the right earlobe, right thumb, and right big toe of people. The ritual is done for Aaron and his sons during their ...
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Use of Cannabis in Halacha

Are there any notable Teshuvos concerning the use of Cannabis except the famous one by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein זצ"ל?
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Is a dead person forbidden from communicating with a live person?

A live person is forbidden from using necromancy to communicate with a dead person. But is the reverse true? Is the dead person permitted to initiate the contact? If the live person contacted the dead ...
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Medium Consultation For Gentiles

Are Goyim allowed to consult mediums or talk to spirits? The prohibition of witchcraft and the like is not explicitly mentioned in the Noahide laws as far as I'm aware, but I could see it going ...
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Does one fulfill p’ru u’rvu after one child [duplicate]

Do men fullfill their obligation in their mitzvah of P’ru U’rvu after having one child? Or is the requirement to be fruitful and multiply fulfilled only after more children? If so, how many children ...
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What constitutes by their means for tzedakah

The Halacha is that Jews should give as much charity that reflects their means. My question is, how is “by their means” defined? Is it a specific percentage of their income, how much value their money ...
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Why weren't the living grandsons of Aaron inaugurated as Kohanim?

Ramban on Shemot 28:1 notes that only Aaron and his four sons become Kohanim upon the inauguration of the mishkan, and that Aaron's grandson Pinchas is excluded from the priesthood: AND THOU BRING ...
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Is there an order of priority for washing Mayim Achronim

In Halacha, is there an order of priority for who gets to wash Mayim Achronim first or last? So say multiple people are eating together, and one is a kohen or Levi or Talmid chacham or your parent, ...
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Why eat bread and drink wine on Shabbat?

Why eat bread and drink wine on Shabbat? Please help me understand the biblical background. Thank you
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shva na after dalet prefix

I noticed that in a few siddurim, in Akdamut (line 30), the shva in סִיּוּמָא דִלְעָלַם is marked as a shva na (vocal shva). And I saw in a single siddur (Artscroll) that in Uva letzion, the shva ...
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Yonah and Leviathan midrash

Anyone know the source for some midrash about when Yonah is in the mouth of the fish and then they go to the Leviathan and Yonah shows him his bris and he runs away?
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Is virtual presence considered Bikur cholim for the sick

Is looking at a sick person through zoom or another video camera service considered “visiting” then for the purposes of the mitzvah of Bikur cholim? Or no, does it have to be physical presence to ...
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Is there an issur of Lifnei iver with animals on Shabbat

In Halacha, Jews are forbidden from having animals do prohibited melachot on Shabbat. My question is, is there any issur of Lifnei iver with animals, or no, since animals don’t have the same free will ...
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Why isn't Kosher salt iodized?

I'm curious why Kosher salt is not iodized. I understand that Kosher salt is salt used for properly preparing Kosher meat, not that the salt itself is Kosher, what I don't understand is why we can't ...
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