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Story: Maharal, Naftali, Ginger and Laughter

I heard a story by the Maharal (iirc), regarding a non-Jewish official visiting, and the Maharal showed him a vision of the 12 shevatim on the condition that he wouldn't laugh, and apparently when he ...
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How do Jews who believe in evolution explain kosher species and kilayim?

B"H In addition to the general discussion of evolution in the Torah, which is discussed elsewhere here, I was just wondering a specific detail: How do those who propose that the Torah allows for ...
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Practical consequences of a Jew who worships Avodah Zara

Besides for the fact that avodah zara is an aveira, are there any restrictions that come about from a Jew who has this status? To narrow it down, let's say he keeps everything else in the Torah except ...
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Why were only men allowed to divorce for sexual impurity? Did men not also commit sexual misconduct? [duplicate]

Note: this question was posted to Biblical Hermeneutics yesterday, and did not attract a response. As this is a question about the Law of Moses, I'm open to a Jewish explanation as well. This question ...
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Refutation of Christian claim [closed]

I would like your help in refuting a Christian claim as this has been bugging me for a while now Is the epsilon truly more fitting of the first letter of the word "Allah" (as pronounced in ...
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Ultra-Orthodox view on Rambam's permit for full-time Torah study

In Hilchos Shemita, Rambam writes: "Not only the tribe of Levi, but any one of the inhabitants of the world whose spirit generously motivates him (אֲשֶׁר נָדְבָה רוּחוֹ) and he understands with ...
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What is unique about Asaf, the author of some Tehillim?

Particularly now in 5784 with the war in Eretz Yisrael and rising open antisemitism across the world, many Rabbonim (e.g. the Agudah, OU, etc.) are suggesting we say Tehillim 79, 80, and 83 among ...
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Midrashim that explore the exact meaning of "tov" in Genesis 1?

It's no secret that "good," in English as well as in Hebrew, is rather polysemous: on the one hand, it can mark the degree to which a given thing satisfies its purpose or relevant ideal (as ...
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דרך Segol or kometz under ד

In Parshas Balak (probably other places too), the Torah usually says "derech" and at least once, it says "darech" with a kometz. Why? Also,sometimes Bilaam and Balak have a beis ...
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מִזְבֵּחַ marked with פשטא and accentuated מלרע?

It is my understanding that the absolute noun מִזְבֵּחַ is never marked with just one פשטא (and accentuated מלרע) but always שני פשטין (and accentuated מלעיל), the latter in accordance with its proper ...
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Is there such a thing as 75% lifnei iver? [duplicate]

My question is pretty hypothetical, so I'll try to give an example. Let's say person A is in a situation where they are committing an aveirah (sin) according to the majority of halachic opinions, yet ...
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Who shuts down fake bayt din? [closed]

Who in the ancient Israelite justice system would be responsible for shutting down fake or rogue Bayt Dins doing things like fake conversions et al? (Before it reached the desk of the King.)
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Jewish Holidays and Susceptibility to Tuma due to contact with liquids [duplicate]

What is a connection between Yamim Tovim an the 7 liquids that render food susseptible to tumah? Here's the background of the question. Elsewhere the connection was presented (as written below) but ...
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How much must one do to fulfill the mitzvah of bikur cholim?

In Ahavas Chesed Chelek Gimmel Perek Beis, the Chofetz Chaim discusses the Mitzvah of Bikur Cholim and how people בעוונותינו הרבים העולם מקלין במצוה זו. He also writes there that: מצות ביקור חולים אין ...
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Walking someone out 4 amos

The Chofetz Chaim in Ahavas Chesed Chelek Gimmel Chapter Beis talks about the importance and the Mitzvah to escort a guest, the Chofetz Chaim gives several opinions as to how far one must escort, for ...
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Foods for a yahrzeit tikkun?

What are some foods or drinks customarily used for a morning tikkun for a yahrzeit? What is the basis for such a custom?
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Was Jesus a Jew at all? [closed]

First of all: what I mean here by “Jew” is nationality and not religion. The question of whether Jesus was a Jew therefore means whether Jesus was an Israeli, i.e. a descendant of Jacob/Israel. The ...
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Why don't the Jews see Isaiah 53 as being messianic? [closed]

In Isaiah 53 it talks about a suffering servant, this verse is commonly used by Christians as talking about Jesus of Nazareth, but I was wondering what are the main objections from the Jewish ...
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Does teaching a trade/swimming require a Jewish agent to reap the maximum mitzvah

The Gemara describes the father's obligation to circumcise, redeem him, teach him Torah, teach him a trade, teach him swimming. If the father fails to do so, the obligation falls on the person, and ...
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Is the Light God’s Wisdom?

In Proverbs 8, God’s Wisdom is personified as the first of God’s works - present with him from the beginning of creation. The narrative describes Wisdom as present even during the creation of the ...
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Spie(s) sent out to scout Yazer

In Parshat Chukat (21:32), we are told that Moshe Rabbenu sent out spie(s) to scout the land of Yazer. Are there any sources that identify who went to scout out the land of Yazer?
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Stopping gentile from wrongdoing

Am I Mechuyav (as an employee) to stop a non-Jew (your boss) from stealing, damaging etc (i.e throwing things away that dont belong to him) from a non-Jew (employee) who violated company policy, so ...
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Ona'as Mamon by Non-Jew

Ona'as Mamon for non-Jews The case of a nursing home that is Jewish owned with a vending machine that charges $2.25 a bottle, when they can be charging less, i.e. one can get a whole case of water for ...
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Should a son or daughter accept charity from a parent if it makes the parent happy

If a child is told by a parent that the parent wants to do something for them, but the child feels guilty about it, like accepting money. What should the son or daughter do?
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Did Nisan 1 in 5 BCE fall on a Sunday? [closed]

According to several websites I used, Nisan 1 in 5 BCE was on a Thursday: Gregorian: March 7, 5 B.C. Julian: March 9, 5 B.C. Jewish: Nisan 1, 3756 Weekday: Thursday My question: Is there still a ...
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Torah fiction - dos and don'ts?

Is there a list of guidelines or rules about what is ok and what is not ok for an author to write fiction on, regarding Torah? E.g. assuming the author will be as faithful to the sources as possible: ...
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Completely forget where one is in Amidah

What does one do if one was davening Amidah on auto-pilot, chas veshalom, and then something happens to interrupt him, and then he realises he has absolutely no idea where in the tefilla he was up to? ...
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What do the trees in the Garden represent?

In Genesis 2, God plants a garden in Eden for man to tend and cultivate. At the center of the garden are the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. What do these trees ...
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What books could be found in Rabbi Judah's library?

How did Rabbi Judah the Prince's bookcase look like? As the most distinguished and rich Pharisee of his time, what books besides the Tanach, did he have in his library around 200 CE?
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Is mevushal wine which had non mevushal wine added to it kosher if handled by gentiles

According to Halacha, if non pasteurized/non mevushal wine is added to mevushal wine, is it non kosher if handled by gentiles? Or no, is it relied on Rov that it is kosher if it is majority ...
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Losing one's olam haba for embarrassing a non-Jew

The Gemara B”M 59a says one who embarrasses his friend loses his share in the world to come. My question is, regardless if it’s an issur of embarrassing a non-Jew, if one does though, would he lose ...
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Why no Halachic codex for the masses appear till the 12th century's Mishneh Torah?

Another "bird's-eye" view of Judaism from the Orthodox tradition: 14th century BCE, the Torah is received and practical laws are passed down orally. 10th-3rd centuries BCE, books of ...
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How would you explain/translate "the ways of Yisrael Saba"?

How would you explain/translate "the ways of Yisrael Saba"? Something like 'ancient traditional values or practices'? Is there a source for this phrase?
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Must I follow suit and stand for Kiddush?

There are different customs whether to stand or sit during Kiddush. Even those who stand for all/part of Friday Night Kiddush, many sit for the Shabbos Day Kiddush. I have observed a common trend to ...
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Gabbai to not-so-good Torah reader

I was gabbai-ing as a guest in a relative's shul. The Ba'al korei—who I was told reads regularly—made multiple mistakes in each verse. What should one do in this case? Chop up the reading by ...
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Can a person die if it’s not Hashem’s will?

I learned about a machloket between Rishonim, regarding free will and its power on other people. The basic argument of the machloket was that either free will is so powerful that one could commit a ...
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Meaning of יוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית

What is the meaning and kavana for יוֹצֵר בְּרֵאשִׁית - "Maker of Bereshit" - eg. in מודים דרבנן and עלינו לשבח ? Especially, in light of the point made by Ramban in Bereshit 1:1 where the ...
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"God does" vs "God tells Moses to do"

In the Torah, God frequently makes miracles happen either by doing them Himself, or by telling Moses to start them. Examples of the latter are telling Moses to throw a piece of wood in the water to ...
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When did Sichon's Battle with the Moabites Take Place?

So the Jews fought Sichon in their last year or so in the desert; Bamidbar 21:26 then tells us that the territory they took "had belonged to Moab, but Sichon battled a previous [or "the ...
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Per Rashi in Genesis, who were the Nefilim?

The Torah states (Genesis 6:4): הַנְּפִלִ֞ים הָי֣וּ בָאָ֘רֶץ֮ בַּיָּמִ֣ים הָהֵם֒ וְגַ֣ם אַֽחֲרֵי־כֵ֗ן אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָבֹ֜אוּ בְּנֵ֤י הָֽאֱלֹהִים֙ אֶל־בְּנ֣וֹת הָֽאָדָ֔ם וְיָלְד֖וּ לָהֶ֑ם הֵ֧מָּה ...
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Eradication of Free Will under a functioning Biblical legal system or Talmudic education

It is frequently argued that the lack of direct Heavenly intervention in the Creation was designed to allow for a free "pressure-free" choice between good and bad. E.g. when a person breaks ...
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Rambam's endorsement of the Aleppo Codex

The wiki article on the Aleppo Codex (here) suggests that the Rambam endorsed its text: "[Rambam] described it as a text trusted by all Jewish scholars". However, following some of the ...
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Is this sandwich Kosher? [closed]

Imagine that I get a cheeseburger bacon sandwich from a Star Trek replicator. The sandwich is created out of pure energy. There are no real cheeseburger bacon sandwiches other than replicated anywhere ...
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Puzzling Kal Vachomer in Pirkei Avot

In chapter 6:3 of Pirkei Avot there is an interesting kal vachomer in which we learn that we are supposed to treat someone with honour even if we just learn one small thing from them from David ...
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Rambam’s ancient writing spilled on by coffee

I heard a beautiful story of a Rabbi, who after being successful in business, decided to try to use his wealth to put together a research team to come up with a definitive edition of the Rambam's ...
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How many lashes do false witnesses receive?

If two witnesses claim that a person is liable to receive lashes, and their testimony is found to be false, do they receive the amount of lashes that that person would have received, i.e. only the ...
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Is ראשית really in construct?

There are those who translate בראשית (from Gen 1:1) as "In the beginning of...", saying that ראשית must be in construct form (smikhut). Perhaps most famously, Rashi writes: שֶׁאֵין לְךָ ...
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What are the fundamental reasons why Jews do not believe that Christ is the messiah? [duplicate]

According to the Jews Christ did not meet the requirements to the messiah, but II am interested in knowing what is the fundamental reason why the Jews reject Christ as being the messiah?
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In Exodus 1:15, is there a reason that the names of the midwives are specified?

Q: In Exodus 1:15, is there a reason that the names of the midwives are specified?: 15The king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16saying, “...
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Why is there a arrow in my pupil [closed]

Why is arrow in my pupil it's really bothering me makes me think I'm unholy please help me
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