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Brisker seforim on chullin

I want to learn the style of brisker lomdus in conjunction with chullin. What are some good seforim for this? I asking specifically an analysis connected to the daf
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Did the Israelites erase their tracks from Egypt to Eretz Yisrael?

I remember reading that Moses gave one tribe of Israel the task of erasing every trace of the Israelites' journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Is this accurate, what is the source, and what would ...
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Why is using an umbrella forbidden on Shabbat?

Several rabbi's have told me that one is prohibited from using an umbrella on Shabbat because one is "constructing a shelter". Assuming they've used the correct reasoning, I'm not following it. I ...
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Is there no end to praying for a friend?

Talmud Berachot 12b says: וְאָמַר רַבָּה בַּר חִינָּנָא סָבָא מִשְּׁמֵיהּ דְּרַב: כֹּל שֶׁאֶפְשָׁר לוֹ לְבַקֵּשׁ רַחֲמִים עַל חֲבֵירוֹ וְאֵינוֹ מְבַקֵּשׁ — נִקְרָא ״חוֹטֵא״. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״גַּם ...
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Can a witness at Kiddushin have had committed inconsequential crimes?

I remember hearing in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein that a criminal who-- by normal and objective standards-- should be invalidated from testifying can still be considered a Kosher witness if his ...
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Grocery Store Kosher Section

I work for a 4 store chain of employee owned grocery stores in Northern California that feature small, shelf stable, kosher foods sections. In reviewing these sets in our stores I feel like they could ...
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Are angels supernatural beings?

Today's popular view of angels is that they are supernatural beings with various powers. But the Biblical word מַלְאָךְ, mal'ak, can simply mean "messenger" or "agent", and it is translated as such ...
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Correct translation of Micah 5:1

1 Samuel 23:23 speaks of 'thousands of Yehudah', Micah 5:1 also speaks of 'thousands of Yehudah', but then I noticed Zechariah 12:5-6 which speaks of 'princes/leaders of Yehudah'. I know there are two ...
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Why is greeting someone before praying compared to building a private altar?

Berachos 14a: אָמַר רַב: כָּל הַנּוֹתֵן שָׁלוֹם לַחֲבֵירוֹ קוֹדֶם שֶׁיִּתְפַּלֵּל כְּאִילּוּ עֲשָׂאוֹ בָּמָה. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״חִדְלוּ לָכֶם מִן הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר נְשָׁמָה בְּאַפּוֹ כִּי בַמֶּה נֶחְשָׁב ...
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Why does Rashi explain where yoke of Mitzvos is discussed in Parshas Tzitzis?

Berachos 12b: פָּרָשַׁת צִיצִית מִפְּנֵי מָה קְבָעוּהָ? אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה בַּר חֲבִיבָא, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁיֵּשׁ בָּהּ חֲמִשָּׁה דְּבָרִים: מִצְוַת צִיצִית, יְצִיאַת מִצְרַיִם, עוֹל מִצְוֹת, וְדַעַת ...
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Are there five or six reasons why Parshas Tzitzis was added to Shema?

Berachos 12b: פָּרָשַׁת צִיצִית מִפְּנֵי מָה קְבָעוּהָ? אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה בַּר חֲבִיבָא, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁיֵּשׁ בָּהּ חֲמִשָּׁה דְּבָרִים: מִצְוַת צִיצִית, יְצִיאַת מִצְרַיִם, עוֹל מִצְוֹת, וְדַעַת ...
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Why do we say הנותן ליעף כח with Hashem's Name?

The Rema rules in OC 225:2: יש אומרים מי שנעשה בנו בר מצוה יברך בא"י אמ"ה שפטרני מעונשו של זה וטוב לברך בלא שם ומלכות Some say that one whose son becomes a Bar Mitzvah should make a blessing ...
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Was R' Yishmael aware that his blessing was Hashem's prayer?

Berachos 7a: אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן מִשּׁוּם רַבִּי יוֹסֵי: מִנַּיִן שֶׁהַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא מִתְפַּלֵּל? ... מַאי מְצַלֵּי? אָמַר רַב זוּטְרָא בַּר טוֹבִיָּה, אָמַר רַב: ״יְהִי רָצוֹן ...
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Is prayer heard in all places of song?

Berachos 6a: תַּנְיָא, אַבָּא בִּנְיָמִין אוֹמֵר: אֵין תְּפִלָּה שֶׁל אָדָם נִשְׁמַעַת אֶלָּא בְּבֵית הַכְּנֶסֶת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶל הָרִנָּה וְאֶל הַתְּפִלָּה״. בִּמְקוֹם רִנָּה — שָׁם ...
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Can a person free himself from suffering?

Berachos 5b teaches: רַבִּי חִיָּיא בַּר אַבָּא חֲלַשׁ. עָל לְגַבֵּיהּ רַבִּי יוֹחָנָן אֲמַר לֵיהּ: חֲבִיבִין עָלֶיךָ יִסּוּרִין? אֲמַר לֵיהּ: לֹא הֵן וְלֹא שְׂכָרָן. אֲמַר לֵיהּ: הַב לִי יְדָךְ. ...
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multiple wives decrease onah of each

In Rambam, Hilchot Ishut, Chapter 14:1, he outlines a husband's obligations of onah (conjugal rights) to each wife based on his profession. So a sailor every 6 months, an in-town laborer twice per ...
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Married surrogate: status of the child? [duplicate]

A Hebrew professor friend has a very curious medical ethics class who keep asking the same question. They are looking for Hebrew teshuvot regarding whether a married Jewish surrogate mother who has a ...
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How do we know prophecy ceased in Israel?

The Talmud says that after the fall of the first Temple prophecy ceased in Israel (Yoma 9b, Sanhedrin 11a, Sotah 48b.). But things improved after the return and the rebuilding of the Temple, not ...
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Prophecies at once or in stages?

Do the prophecies made by the Nevi’im (prophets) in the Tenach need to be fulfilled at once, or is it possible that they occur in phases. So if Yirmiyahu for example makes a prophecy about a certain ...
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How were the chartumim able to measure Hashem's strength?

Per the answer given here: אצבע אלוקים היא - *how* many?: The magicians were acknowledging that the plages were a manifestation of Hashem's Power at the level of אצבע אלוקים היא. That is, the ...
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Why is the concept of Mashiach ben Yosef even mentioned, what is it’s importance? [duplicate]

Why do some jewish sources speak of a Mashiach ben Yosef while others teach about Mashiach ben David, if we only believe in one (future) Mashiach? 2. Upon which sources is this idea of a Mashiach ben ...
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Why is the Babylonian Talmud authoritative? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the Babylonian Talmud was written in the 3rd to the 5th centuries CE. At that point, Judaism was already a well-established religion. The Babylonian Talmud contains explanations ...
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Mobility issues over Shabbos or Yom Tov [closed]

I have chronic pain disorders that when I walk to shul (less than 1/2 mi each way) and back, I end up spending the next day in tremendous pain likely laying in bed. What mobility options do I have, if ...
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What blessing would one have said on seeing Einstein for example?

The Oruch Hashulchan O Ch 224, 6 says הרואה חכם מחכמי ישראל שגדול בתורה מברך: "ברוך אתה ה' אלהינו מלך העולם שחלק מחכמתו ליריאיו, Someone who sees a Jewish Torah sage makes the blessing “ ...
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Understanding lack of accountability for statements made while suffering

In Bava Batra 16b Rava two verses for Iyov are compared (איוב לד, לה) [איוב] לא בדעת ידבר ודבריו לא בהשכל (וכתיב (איוב מב, ז) כי לא דברתם אלי נכונה כעבדי איוב) On the one hand, the text states:...
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10 men for Chazarat Hashats, needs the Chazan himself to count?

A case: I am Chazan and finished the silent Shmona Esre, someone say me to begin the Chazara because there are already 9 who finished their Shmona Esre, but I don't believe him, I want to count by ...
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Why is Mar son of Ravina's prayer commonly recited after Amidah?

Berachot 16b-17a lists a number of prayers that various amoraim recited at the end of Amidah. Common practice (at least in the Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrach siddurim that I've seen) seems to be to ...
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Does the law not to say G-d's name without a head covering apply to woman? [duplicate]

Does the law not to say G-d's name without a head covering ( Relationship between wearing a kippa and reciting a blessing ) apply to woman? Source? If not, why not?
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Why is the concluding supplication after kidush levana formulated as a personal prayer?

In many Ashkenazi sidurim (e.g. Artscroll and the Sidur Vilna), kidush l'vana concludes with a supplication that the greatness of the moon be restored, and that the Jewish people merit the restoration ...
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Is it permitted to drink wine at a wedding taking place at a non-Jewish-owned hotel?

Jewish weddings have taken place at Gentile-owned hotels, catered by a Kosher caterer with hashgacha (supervision). Is it in fact permitted to drink wine at such a celebration, given that drinking ...
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Two Consecutive Segol's at End: When They Change To Kamatz & When Not [duplicate]

I used to think it was a hard fast rule that when a word ends in two consecutive segols such as: אֶרֶץ (or כסף) it will change the first Segol to a Kamatz as in אָרֶץ. However, it was pointed out to ...
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What will happen to donated organs at techiyas hameisim?

If someone who will be reborn in techiyas hameisim donates their kidney, for example, to someone else who will be reborn in techiyas hameisim, who gets the kidney- the donor or the recipient? Or do ...
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Allegory vs. Literalism in Judaism and How to Tell the Difference [duplicate]

In the following article, the author makes a compelling argument for why Judaism doesn't always approach scripture literally. However, although there are many examples throughout the Bible for the use ...
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When is the latest time for Shema of Shacharit according to Rabenu Tam?

There are two primary times when shema can be said until. Those are: A. The Magen Abraham and B. The GR"A and the Alter Rebbe. Does Rabbenu Tam have a different view from these? If he does, what is ...
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Ehyeh as the name of Hashem

In Shmot 3:13, Moshe asks for a name to transmit to the people and Hashem says (in 3:14) to tell the people "ehyeh asher ehyeh" as the name. He cements this by saying "tell them ehyeh sent me". From ...
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What is a 4 legged 'Y'? [closed]

Clue: think (and laugh) in Hebrew and you may be able to solve this pun! It has nothing to do with algebra or geometry, nor with chemistry, physics or religion!
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Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase?

I am trying to find a Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase. Let me know if you can send me a company name or website.
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How many words are there on each daf of Shas? [closed]

I'm curious to know how many words there are on each individual Vilna page of the Talmud Bavli. Someone had previously compiled a list of words per masechta, but I have yet to find anywhere which ...
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Why is Pasuk 4:20 in Shemos out of chronological order?

Rashi on Parsha Shemos 4:20 explains that "Chronological order is not strictly adhered to in the Scriptures" and that's why it's possible for the Pasuk to first say "and he returned to the land of ...
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Can you handle a battery-powered handheld clock on Shabbos?

This battery-powered handheld clock that has alarm clock and stopwatch features, would such a clock be muktzeh on Shabbos, even if one turned off the alarm clock feature before Shabbos?
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Why were the plagues necessary if God hardened Pharaoh's heart?

The Torah tells us that God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let the Israelites go. [Ex. Ch. 4-14] Some commentators [e.g., Sforno] explain that this was in order to allow Pharaoh to ...
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Why does the Torah repeat 20 times that God hardened Pharaoh's heart?

The Torah tells us twenty times, in the space of just a few pages [Ex. Ch. 4-14], that God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let the Israelites go. Why this emphatic insistence on this ...
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Why was it wrong for David to number Israel?

(This is not a duplicate of halacha - Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census? - Mi Yodeya.) 1 Chronicles 21, and 2 Samuel 24 relate how King David took it upon himself to ...
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Why were the Levi'im not enslaved?

Rashi on Shemot 5:4 says: GO YE UNTO YOUR BURDENS — Go to your work which you have to do at home; but it cannot signify “go to your labours as slaves”, for he was speaking to Moses and Aaron who ...
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Is a low divide sinks kosher? [closed]

I am shopping for a new sink And I am seeing that low divided is all the rage. But are they kosher
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When did the Levites say to their father and mother “I have not seen him” as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9?

When did the Levites say to their father and mother "I have not seen him" as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9 ? And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst ...
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The wrapping of a Torah scroll only “defiles the hands” so long as it is pure? Why? What does pure mean in this case?

Tosefta Yadayim 2:5 (quoted by Rashba on Mishnah Yadayim) says: תיק הספרים ומטפחות ותיבה של ספר בזמן שהן טהורות מטמאות את הידים What does "pure" mean here? What could happen to the wrappings or the ...
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Difference between רבון and אדון

In the Beracha of Elohai, we refer to God using a number of different descriptives. Towards the end, we give thanks to God as: רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים, אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. What are some ...
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Moving a sefer torah - requirement to read three times

Rema Orach Chaim 135:1 permits one to move a sefer torah to be used in a jail as long as it placed there a day or two before it is used. I have a recollection of a custom to require a plan to read ...
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How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...

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