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Why give us Maaseh Merkava if we can’t learn it?

The Mishnah says that one can’t teach Maaseh Merkava to his student unless he is very wise, and even so you can only teach him the basic points. If it’s such an avoided and mysterious topic, why was ...
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Source for a day for Hashem equaling 1,000 years for us

Where is the source for the idea that a day for Hashem equals 1,000 years for us and what does it mean exactly (Hashem doesn't have "days", at least I don't know what that would even mean)? ...
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Are nicotine pouches permitted on fast days?

Are nicotine pouches such as Zyn permitted to be used on fast days? These pouches are tucked between ones lip or cheek and gums and the nicotine is absorbed into their bloodstream through the mucous ...
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Who was R. Hanina of Rome?

Rashbam to Bava Batra 30a (s.v. mi lo amrinan) quotes an halakhic ruling from "the Commentaries of R. Hanina of Rome". Do we know who this R. Hanina is, and what work Rashbam is quoting from?...
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Colour spectrum before Newton's discoveries hinted at in the Kabbalah?

Sha'arei Tzedek 10: ודע כי תחלת כל המראות לבן והוא מקבל כל הגוונים וסוף כל המראות שחור ואין אחריו גוון Know that the beginning of all visions is white, which absorbs all colours, and the end of all ...
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Where did the tradition of reading a passage from Psalm 90:17 come from before Psalm 91? [duplicate]

I often see in siddurs that before Psalm 91 they read the passage 90:17 (Vihi Noam). Where did this custom come from? Is it from Ari? Is this somehow connected with Kabbalah?
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How to "pasken" that AI translations are good enough to be valid translations

It seems likely that at some point soon, AI will be good at translating hebrew, yiddish, arabic and aramaic into every other language, extremely reliably. Right now, I imagine that the general "...
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If I'm not sure if I should make a bracha, should I make it?

For a sheheciyanu or birchas hatov hameitiv, if I'm not sure if I should make a bracha, should you or would it be a bracha levatalah?
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If prophecy ended, how come idol worship didn't?

The Vilna Gaon claims that the destruction of the yeitzer hara (evil inclination) for idol worship also removed prophecy. I want to know, why? It seems there is a connection between the yeitzer hara ...
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Volunteer for punishment

If a person knows that he commited an aveira (sin), and knows what the punishment is and wants the kapara (atonement), but the court does not administer the punishment due to lack of evidence, witness ...
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Tanya is based on Shelah?

I came across a statement in this answer (also reflected in these comments) that piqued my curiosity: the Tanya is based heavily on the Shalah's work Is that true? In what sense? Where can I learn ...
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Why did the Elephantine Calendar fall out of use? [closed]

Why did the Elephantine Calendar fall out of use? "The Jewish Temple at Elephantine": https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.2307/4149987
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The Nachash and Bechira [duplicate]

How could the nachash in gan eden be punished if animals don’t have bechira (as is the implication of the Rambam Hil Teshuva 5:1, and Sanhedrin 108)? Also, any sources would be great. Thanks for your ...
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Netilas yodaim and en suite bathroom [closed]

Do I need to wash netilas yodaim, negel vasser when I both (a) rise at least 3 times a night and b) sleep next to an en suite bathroom where I do nagel vasser?
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Are there still red heifers פרות אדומות in Ethiopia?

Shulchan Orit The Halacha of Ethiopian Jewry states: In Ethiopia, the synagogue was called masgid or beit mikdas or yetzulot bayit. People related to the synagogue with awe, as a real Temple. ...
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Computing Maaser: How much tzedakah (charity) do I owe?

What are the requirements surrounding maaser? How much do I owe? What can I deduct from my income?
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What is the dikduk of this word?

In Shemos 36:7, it says וְהַמְּלָאכָ֗ה הָיְתָ֥ה דַיָּ֛ם לְכׇל־הַמְּלָאכָ֖ה לַעֲשׂ֣וֹת אֹתָ֑הּ וְהוֹתֵֽר׃ I am confused as the dikduk of the last word (and I am far from a grammarian, so bear with me ...
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Minhag not to have the moon shine on a sleeping person?

I saw in a Holocaust memoir a claim by the author that in Poland there was an accepted minhag not to have the moon shine directly on a sleeping person. He mentioned it in the context of someone who ...
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Sources for halachic advice on sensory issues/autistic traits in relation to marital intimacy

Autism is quite common and higher functioning autism may be undiagnosed for many years. It is also possible for some people to have some autistic traits. In the context of marriage, this can be ...
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Inverted Nun in Haran?

In Rashi on the last sentence of parashat Noach, Rashi mentions a ׆ (nun hafucha) in בחרן (in Haran).‎ The Torah, however, does not have an inverted Nun there. Why? Did Rashi use another Mesora than ...
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How do we know that even doimem is being recreated from the words inside of them every instant?

B"H In the beginning of shar hayichud vihaemunah in the name of the Baal Shem Tov, it says a teaching (found also with slight variations on midrash tehillim on the verse) on the passuk "...
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Leading others to suicide

Imagine a situation where you are rude with someone, either during an argument or not, and this person is under severe mental distress and later they end up taking their own life. What are the ...
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“Redundant” morning blessing?

Some poskim say that if you mistakenly say Zokef Kfufim before Matir Asurim, one should not go back and say Matir Asurim.[3 https://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Birchot_HaShachar#Order_of_Brachot ...
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Halochos of Marital Relations [closed]

In Peninei Halakha - Simḥat Ha-bayit U-virkhato 02:12, Rabbi Melamed makes it quite clear that he considers the wife's orgasm as a critical part of the mitzva of Ona, and that even if the wife is ...
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Consequences of my actions or Gd?

I’m sure something similar like this has been asked before, but let’s say I eat a ton of chocolate and get a big stomach ache, should I think that I got the stomach ache because I was stupid and ate ...
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Wisdom and knowledge, G-dly or unG-dly?

I wondered if there are texts and/or explanations that teach us when certain knowledge or wisdom is considered G-dly or unG-dly (occult, pagan, wrong). To give some context, I recently had a ...
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How can there be orla wine?

Bava Batra 24a, in the context of the majority vs proximity debate: barrel of wine that was found hidden in a vineyard where there were orla grapes, and he was not concerned that the wine might be ...
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Shomer Negia in Case of Danger

In a situation where two people are obligated in shomer negia (for example two single unrelated adults), if one of them is in a relatively minor state of danger, would you be allowed to get in ...
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How can Hashem's language contradict itself in bereishis 2:16-17 when Hashem says אָכֹ֥ל תֹּאכֵֽל you may eat and then לֹ֥א תֹאכַ֖ל you may NOT eat?

I read the parshah over specifically trying to identify if Chava or the snake lied first. I remember learning that if Adam and Chava hadn't sinned by eating the forbidden fruit that the snake would ...
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Angels creation and free will

Where does the belief come from that angels have no free will? I have searched the scriptures and find nothing that speaks to this. Is it a belief that has entered through commentaries or traditions? ...
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Why different signs: Nachash vs Tannin?

I would like to understand why in Sefer Shemot YHWH gives Moses the sign of turning his rod into a nachash for the elders of Israel, and later when both Moses and Aaron are in front of Pharoah, Aaron'...
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Would Rabbinic Jews during the second temple have been allowed to marry Sadducees?

My understanding is that the Sadducees did not believe in resurrection of the dead and disagreed or interpreted the oral tradition very differently than the Pharisees and Rabbinic Jews in the times of ...
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Reconciling Maimonides' Interpretation of Theodicy in the Book of Job: Eliphaz vs. Elihu

A question has been on my mind, and I would appreciate your opinion. While studying chapter 23 of the third book of the Moreh Nevukhim, Rambam (Maimonides) seems to acknowledge the traditional view of ...
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Instant noodles on Shabbat [duplicate]

There is a concept of Kli Sheini (a second cup) in which Halacha dictates that by taking boiling water from its source into an empty vessel and then pouring it into another vessel, the water is no ...
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Bowing during Shmonei Esrei - why only sometimes

Why don’t we bow every time we say “Barach Ata” during Shmonei Esrei? Are you allowed to if you wanted to? Is there a specific reason why we only bow at specific brachas? Thanks
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Shaking the Arava on Hoshana Rabbah

I see in S.O. O Ch 564 (4) in the Rema that it is a custom not only to beat the Arava but also to shake it. וי"א שצריך לנענע בה [טור בשם רש"י] ונהגו לעשות שתיהן מנענעין בה ואח"כ חובטין ...
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Why is There a Switch in Grammar in Sh'ma?

The Sh'ma begins with Dvarim 6:4: :שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל ה׳ אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ ה׳ | אֶחָֽד Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God; the Lord is one. Moshe speaks to the nation in the imperative/command form - &...
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Gematria on the Islamic prophet's name [closed]

Gematria for the name of the prophet is giving a number close to 666, can anybody please respond to why this is occuring , is it wrong to use an Arabic name, transliterate it to English and then apply ...
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Pronunciation based on grammatical concepts

There is a grammatical concept as follows, if im not mistaking: If [aleph, hei, yud, vav] comes at the end of one word, the dot of the first letter in the following word will be dropped. My question ...
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Delayed commandment for immersion of vessels?

In parshas Mattos, Bemidbar 31:19-20 we learn about ritual immersions for people and vessels who went to a war. These laws are taught after the war with Midian. Why did the Torah delay teaching these ...
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A Certain Song/Zemiros Need The Name Of It

A Zemiros sung during Sheva Brachos. I forgot the name and need to know the song. I found two links of the song but can’t find the name of it. https://youtu.be/S8SrMcf5v9w?si=M4mCxFx2dXSGKO7n (Belzer &...
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Source of Daat Zkenim - Parashat Balak

In Parashat Balak 22:10 the verse says, וַיֹּ֥אמֶר בִּלְעָ֖ם אֶל־הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים בָּלָ֧ק בֶּן־צִפֹּ֛ר מֶ֥לֶךְ מוֹאָ֖ב שָׁלַ֥ח אֵלָֽי׃ Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this ...
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Why mention Balak ben Tzipor?

In Parashat Balak 22:10 it says, וַיֹּ֥אמֶר בִּלְעָ֖ם אֶל־הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים בָּלָ֧ק בֶּן־צִפֹּ֛ר מֶ֥לֶךְ מוֹאָ֖ב שָׁלַ֥ח אֵלָֽי׃ Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, sent me this message:...
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Why does Kabbalah use the term "olamot" conjugated in the feminine when the Tanakh conjugates it as "olamim" in the masculine?

I'm curious why "olam" would be conjugated in the feminine throughout Kabbalah (as in the "arba'ah olamot") when as far as I know it is a masculine noun and is conjugated with the &...
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What prophecies did Christ not fufiill to be considered the messiah? [duplicate]

My Catholic friend was saying that Christ has met a lot of the requirements to be the messiah and that the Jews merely make the claim that Christ did not meet the requirement to be the messiah, but ...
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How can we understand that Gd wanted to destroy the majority of the Jewish nation? [closed]

There are several times in TaNaCh where Gd makes it clear that He is not pleased with the Jewish nation and other times when He wants to destroy the majority of the Jews in the generation - examples ...
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Why was the snake jealous and wanted to marry Chava?

As we know from midrash Bereshit Rabba 18:6 and Rashi to 3:1, the snake was the only animal that could talk, and became jealous when it saw Adam and Chava having relations in the garden. The snake ...
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Is there an Issur of playing board games [closed]

Is there an Issur of playing board games? I'm not asking about Shabbos, I'm specifically asking if it is Assur to play a board game such as Setters of Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, etc. Are there ...
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Personification of Esav in Western Civilisation - basis for Rabbi Mendel Kessin's teaching

Rabbi Mendel Kessin explains in this shiur (around 15 minutes in) that Christianity is the spiritual inheritor of Esav, and Western Civilisation is broken up into three parts, representing 3 parts of ...
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Relationship Korach, Chukat and Balak, 3 mouths

What is the relationship or connection, if any, between the following aspect of the three parashiyot Korach, Chukat, and Balak. Each parasha mentions one of three "mouths": the mouth of the ...
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