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Rabbinic weights and measures in primary source

Where can I find a concise presentation of the full system of rabbinic weights and measures, in a primary source? Meaning X tefachim in an Amah, etc.
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Good shiur on Issur Vehetar for semicha?

I'm looking for clear and concise shiurim on Issur Vehetar that gives a summary of the Shulchan aruch with Shach and Taz to aide in my smicha studies. I see there are many shiurim on yutorah but I ...
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As a gentile how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? [duplicate]

As a gentile, how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? I have no idea, being much more familiar with Buddhism and Christianity. For what it's worth, I'm more or less atheist, have ...
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Where can I find previous weeks of the Toras Chochom email? [closed]

The Bais Medrash "Toras Chochom" sends out a weekly email. (You can sign up over here). Where can I find previous weeks of this email? Also if anyone has any of the previous weeks can you ...
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What is Rofeh Cholim? [closed]

I was googling it and hit a dead wall, so I'm curious to know what it mean and what it purpose. I would also like to know the Hebrew word & writing of it. Any help is appreciated, thank you!
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What does Tanya say about gehinnom

I am not a Jew but I only left christianity not too long ago, I find the Jewish belief on heaven and hell fascinating Some say it’s forever while others like Rabbi Akiva, The Rambam, Modern Chabad, ...
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What Nusach did the Twansa use?

In most of the places that Sefardim settled after being kicked out of Iberia, there were already Jews living there, usually called "Musta'arabi". In most places, these communities ...
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Are the ten commandments more important than other mitzvot?

I heard this said by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. I doubt that it's correct. Are there mitzvot more important than others? I know that all 613 are contained in them but that doesn't make the 10 more ...
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Writing Torah Scroll: Writing a sefer [duplicate]

The Rambam explains "It is an affirmative precept binding upon every individual Israelite to write a scroll of the Law for his own use, as it is said, "Now therefore write ye this Song for ...
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Beis Yosef and Tosafos HaRosh

The Beis Yosef (Orach Chaim § 670) asks the famous question why we celebrate eight days of Chanukah, when there was seemingly only seven days of miracle (the candles being lit the first day was ...
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Where is this quote from? [closed]

This is consistent with the dictum that a person should earn a living by “the labor of [his] hands,” rather than accepting a scholar’s stipend. It is from Chabad.org (here) but where did it find the ...
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What is the kosher status of quail and pheasant and other similar birds? How do they differ from turkey?

It was mentioned somewhere that we didn't have a mesorah for turkey, but somehow it became accepted as a kosher bird within the Ashkenazi population. I'm wondering what the status of quail and ...
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Hi , what should a man do if he impregnates a woman before wedlock ? should he marry her or opt for co-parenting? [closed]

Lets say the child is already born , you are both not married, you are friends , you used to date but you had broken up. What should these two do ?
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Measurement of Cherubim in the Mishkan

Our son would like to bring in a model to school of the Aron, and cherubim (ark of covenant, and cherubim) that was in the mishkan. I found a box with the exact size of the ark. We would like to make ...
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Hebrew translations [closed]

I would like to know the correct Hebrew translation for the phrase, "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." I saw two different translations in Hebrew, one in google translator, מי ...
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Where do the severely depressed and mentally ill fit in within Judaism's view of the world?

Mental illness is a strange topic because I find it creates conflict with a lot of the beliefs I've been taught about sin and free will. The vast majority of the world operates under their own choice. ...
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Did Bible Characters Typically Drink Water?

I've always heard that in the medieval era, people drank dilute beer all the time because the water wasn't safe. We find all over Tanach accounts of people "eating bread and drinking water." ...
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Are gentiles included in the mitzvah of having children? And would a gentile who fathered children need to have Jewish children after conversion? [duplicate]

In the literature of the 7 mitzvot bnai noach, is procreation a subcategory of one, perhaps arayot?
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Is there a term for the morning equivalent of Bein Hashemashot? The time between Olot Hashachar and Netz

In English the term twilight can be used for either the day or night. In Halacha, I believe, Bein Hashemashot is only for the night. I want to find a word that describes specifically the morning's ...
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Rabbinical authority (2)

Part 2 of the question: Rabbinical Authority: I am delving into the concept of the rabbinical authority based on the following pasuk "If a case is too baffling for you to decide, be it a ...
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What are some religious items that a gentile can make and still be kosher, if any at all?

I'm a gentile. I'm talking about items related to the fulfillment of mitzvot and there are some that are not so obvious to me, they are: tefillin(just the boxes and straps) tallitot shofarot sukkot ...
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Is there a formal Jewish way of wishing someone a safe journey?

Before someone you know goes on a trip, such as a flight, it is polite to wish them a safe journey. In English, one might use some variation of "safe travels" or "have a safe trip"....
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Rabbinical authority

I am delving into the concept of the rabbinical authority based on the following pasuk "If a case is too baffling for you to decide, be it a controversy over homicide, civil law, or assault—...
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Intercourse without pregnancy [closed]

Pregnancy Can a married Jewish couple have intercourse when the woman is on birth control to avoid pregnancy? What are the opinions of different people?
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Three yods in a Get

https://www.sefaria.org/Gittin.85b.12?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en. The gemara says that there are two words in a get (Jewish divorce document) that should be written with three consecutive yods: ...
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Kashrut of a scroll sealed in a mezuzah

Is it OK to seal a kosher scroll in a mezuzah, so it cannot be taken out? If you did that, would the scroll remain kosher indefinitely? If not, about how long would it last?
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"Censorship" via not translating verses from the Torah - Rambam

In hilchot Tefillah (12:12) in the Mishneh Torah, the Rambam outlines certain passages in the Torah that a metargem is not allowed to translate in public. Seemingly, in the time of the Rambam, a ...
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How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

A follow-up to my first question, which is really what I was going for on that question: How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)? @Dov sourced Rashi to Rabbeinu Gershom, but that doesn'...
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What are the income levels for korbanot? [duplicate]

At what level of income/wealth would someone bringing an Olah be expected to bring A bull? A sheep or goat? A pair of birds? A mincha offering? Similarly for a rising and falling sin offering, at ...
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How did Rashi know Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

In Meilah 17b there's a story about a shed (שד) named Ben-Temalion who assisted Rashbi. Rashi there writes: "בן תמליון - שד שקורין נוטיו"ן". Translation: Ben-Temalion - a type of ...
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Which Talmudic chapter has the most Halachic references by number?

Modern printings of the Talmud include Ein Mishpat glosses at the top outside corner of each page (for the most part). Which chapter reaches the highest number? I think I'd like to delve into that ...
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How should a Jewish person respond to antisemitism?

It is a sad reality that Jewish people are often faced with discrimination, be it in the workplace, on the street, or online. I myself have experienced antisemitism from time to time. Hatred against ...
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Did Lavan notify Eisav that Yaakov was coming?

Vayishlach 32:7 (ז) וַיָּשֻׁ֙בוּ֙ הַמַּלְאָכִ֔ים אֶֽל־יַעֲקֹ֖ב לֵאמֹ֑ר בָּ֤אנוּ אֶל־אָחִ֙יךָ֙ אֶל־עֵשָׂ֔ו וְגַם֙ הֹלֵ֣ךְ לִקְרָֽאתְךָ֔ וְאַרְבַּע־מֵא֥וֹת אִ֖ישׁ עִמּֽוֹ׃ I remember that someone says ...
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What prayers should one recite in times of great fear?

During situations of great fear, we tend to look to God for comfort and guidance to free us from those fears. I was curious if there was a specific prayer related to fear and being freed from fear ...
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How should a Jew deal with Ashkenormativity? [closed]

Based on the following question: How to deal with Anti Semitism? Is there a standard way for a Jew to deal with the disregarding/ignoring/erasing/belittling of non Ashkenazi received traditions/...
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Does Scripture Mention Jacob eating meat?

I remember that Jacob gives Esau some of his lentil stew, and that he makes a big deal telling Lavan that he never ate of Lavans flock. Is there a scripture that shows or talks about Jacob eating meat?...
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Does Ashkenormativity Exist? [closed]

"Ashkenormativity is a unique form of eurocentrism that has found its way into Jewish culture." Above is one of the more prevalent definitions of Ashkenormativity. Those who speak about it ...
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is there a list of where the letter samech occurs with a degesh in the Chumash

Is there a source that i can link to that shows all the words in the torah with a dagesh in the Samech ?
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How in the Talmudic interpretation does עמד mean תפילה?

"וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּקֶר אֶל־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־עָמַד שָׁם אֶת־פְּנֵי ה'" Genesis.19.27 The Talmud concludes (Berakhot.26: "וְאֵין ״עֲמִידָה״ אֶלָּא תְּפִלָּה, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (...
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When did Abraham establish the morning prayer?

Related: "why-would-abraham-establish-the-morning-prayer" The Talmud proposes that the morning prayer was established by Abraham (Berakhot.26b): "תַּנְיָא כְּווֹתֵיהּ דְּרַבִּי יוֹסֵי ...
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Why would Abraham establish the morning prayer?

The Talmud proposes that the morning prayer was established by Abraham (Berakhot.26b): "תַּנְיָא כְּווֹתֵיהּ דְּרַבִּי יוֹסֵי בְּרַבִּי חֲנִינָא: אַבְרָהָם תִּקֵּן תְּפִלַּת שַׁחֲרִית, ...
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Why would the Temple turn to a House of Prayer?

"וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי, כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים׃" "I will ...
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Mediterranean Talmud

When the Gemarra was composed, there were three areas inhabited by significant Jewish populations - Bavel, Eretz Yisrael, and the other Mediterranean countries ruled by the Roman Empire as far as ...
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Did early-20th-Century poskim speak to reliance on ingredients lists on labels?

It seems to be common knowledge that before the OU hechsher on food packages, American Jews frequently relied on the ingredients lists on labels to identify kosher food. Did poskim of the day oppose ...
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Opinions of Contemporary Gedolim Re: Me'or Einayim (De Rossi)

Rabbi Azariah De Rossi wrote a very controversial sefer called Meor Einayim. While earlier authorities did oppose it (see above link), are there any recent American rabbanim who have offered opinions ...
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Gemara B'iyun - Teaching and Learning [closed]

I want to learn Gemara b'iyun in the same way that it is learned in the great Yeshivos. Please can I have suggestions of source material that will take me forward in this. Where can I get shiurim ...
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Sources needed on Beis Shammai and Mashiach and the paths of the tribes

Does anyone know where to find the following explanations/sources? ספר השיחות תשנ''א Sefer Hasichos, Shavuos 5751 where the concept is explained of that when Mashiach comes, we will follow Beis ...
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Yitzchak Avinu telling Esav what happened

My son-in-law asked me an interesting question: Yaakov left with the blessings, and Esav came in. Yitzchak tells his son that he can't bless him because (https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.27.35?lang=bi&...
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Group symmetry in the letters of Genesis [closed]

Forgive me if this is not the sort of question you like. I'm new here. Several years ago I came across the work of Stan Tenen, available at meru.org, who appears to have made some impressive ...
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Why is a lulav from עיר הנדחת pasul because it lacks a shiur?

In לולב הגזול, the first Mishna says a לולב של עיר הנדחת is pasul. Rashi explains that this is because it "lacks" the minimal length of 4 tefachim, since it is supposed to be burned and is ...

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