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Were the men of Sodom bisexual?

The Torah says: And [the men of Sodom] said to [Lot]: "Where are the men that came to visit you tonight? Bring them out to us, so that we may be intimate with them." And Lot... said: ‘please, my ...
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Is there a 3D Hebrew Alphabet? [on hold]

Is there a 3D Alef-Bet? In which case Samekh could be something like a sphere, etc. Or for that matter something 4D like kinetic sculptures, which would explain how the aseret ha-dibrot were legible ...
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Pesukim in Chumash where Rashi adds in extra words or switches order

I have been trying to remember examples in chumash where Rashi uses dikduk rules to significantly change the order of words or add words to a passuk so that it has another meaning. What are some ...
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was Eliphaz a prophet?

In the book of Iyov chapter 4 starting in verse 12 Eliphaz seems to make a claim that he has had some sort of prophetic vision. ואלי דבר יגנב ותקח אזני שמץ מנהו יגבשעפים מחזינות לילה בנפל תרדמה ...
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Are there two or more prophets who have the same name?

Are there any examples of two different prophets who have the same name?
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What is the reason the religious adherence is currently inversely proportional to the standard of living?

It is a well-established fact that the most religious modern societies are the poorest, having the least life expectancy, most infant mortality, hunger, wars, wild animals and everything that's on the ...
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Does “צדיק ורע לו” principle apply to a nation as a whole?

It seems pretty explicit that in the last 2000 years, and especially in the last 150 years, the standards of living inversely correlate with the religious adherence level of whole nations (or ...
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2nd day Yom Tov for chutznikim in Israel. Locate the law and reasons of the Shulchan Oruch Horav

I am researching the laws of the second day of Yom Tov in Golus. On one occasion, I found the text of the Shulchan Oruch Horav Orach Chaim 496 which states that someone not from Israel who is ...
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What song has the lyrics “I used to think my mother was the Shabbos Queen” [on hold]

What song has these lyrics? I don't remember them so clearly. It goes something like: I used to think my mother was the Shabbos Queen, She stands so regally in royal grace, I know my ...
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implicit intent of blessing for unintended items

What are the main positions and/or halachic consensus regarding the applicability of the appropriate bracha rishona (other than "hamotzi") originally made on a food item / drink without conscious ...
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Is RCC hashgacha trustworthy? How is it comparable with OU (more chamur or meikel)? [on hold]

This is mainly regarding a Huy Fong sriracha hot chili sauce.
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How did Gdoley Israel react to the landing on the Moon?

IMHO, landing on the Moon did/could seriously undermine the bases of the Jewish religious view about the nature of the celestial bodies. How did Gdoley Israel react/deal with the landing on Moon (and ...
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Source for Rashi's claim that some nations worshiped dust?

Rashi (Gen 18,4) on "יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם׃" says: כַּסָּבוּר שֶׁהֵם עַרְבִיִּים שֶׁמִּשְׁתַּחֲוִים לַאֲבַק רַגְלֵיהֶם He thought they were Arabians who worship the dust of ...
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Was Temple service visible from outside and why not?

For all services in the Temple, both in Ezrat Kohanim (sacrifices) and inside the Temple (Menorah, Lechem Hapanim, and K"K of course), it appears that the walls of the Temple and around it prevented ...
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Is Bitul Chameitz effective on unknown chameitz?

When one is mevateil chameitz, does he have to have in mind the chameitz he intends to be mevatel? If not, how could there be anything found on Pesach that he would have to burn? According to this ...
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How can G-d’s attribute of infinity be squared with the finitude of His self-revelation?

I was wondering what the Jewish tradition teaches about the implications of the belief in the infinity of G-d. Whilst it obvious to me that a human being cannot relate to the infinite, it also seems ...
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How to say G-d's names, when reading psukim from targum?

There is prohibition to say G-d's names in vain. So we aloud to say them when we read whole psukim or saying brachot or reading from siddur. What about reading psukim from targum? Is person aloud to ...
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Rav Sa'adia Gaon's Commentary [duplicate]

Does anyone know where I can find Rav Sa'adiah Gaon's commentary on the Torah in Arabic?
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Why did Avraham ask Eliezer to go to his family?

What was so special about Avraham's family that he prefers that Eliezer should search there for a wife for Yitzchok (Bereshis 24:40)?
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Participating in a Minyan with 10th Katan (underage)

When given an Aliyah in a shul that uses a katan as the tenth "man" of the minyan, which is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of gedolei haposkim (SA 55:4), what should one do? Simply ...
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Does Hashem speak Lashon Hara about Sara?

In this weeks Parasha, it seems to me that Hashem speaks L'H about Sarah, regarding her laughing about having a child. "G‑d said to Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, ...
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Why would Mesushelach not have been included in the Teivah had been alive according to Rashi?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 108a at the bottom of the page says, the generation of the flood asked Noach, if the mabul is imminent, why hadnt it occured already, ie what was holding it back? Noach ...
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Why are certain melachot permitted on Shabbat for food purposes and others not?

I'm relaying this question from my son... Tearing is a melacha. But, as far as I understand, one may tear open a food bag (like a bag of chips) on Shabbat. Yet, one may not cut between the letters ...
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Why does the gemara not consider the possibility that someone will warn his wife about seclusion when he's mad at her?

The gemara in Sotah 2b discussed two different versions of a statement by Rabbi Eliezer: one from the mishna on 2a and one from a beraisa. In the mishna, Rabbi Eliezer states that in order for a woman ...
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How can something be kosher if it “may contain” milk, crustaceans, shellfish, etc.?

I noticed that this nutrition label: says that it is both Kosher and Pareve, but it also says "may contain … milk,… crustaceans, shellfish". How is that possible?
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Asking Am Haaretz and doing opposite

There is a Sm"a (I think) somewhere which talks about what to do in a situation when a chacham is not available to answer one's question - namely, to get advice from an Am Haaretz, and then do the ...
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Prayer for individual tzadikim in Sodom

According to Rashi, Avraham began his prayers by reasoning let the tzadikim save the entire cities, and if the tzadikim can't save the whole city, at least don't kill the tzadikim themselves. אולי ...
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OK to pay for minyan?

If a minyan is needed and can't easily be found, is it OK to pay Jews to attend, who would not come otherwise? And is a negotiation on the price seemly?
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Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach? [duplicate]

Can a non-jew submit names for Mi Sheberach? Either jews or non-jews? If so, in the case of non-jews what name would be given? ben/bat Naama? ben/bat Chava? On shabbat during the Torah reading?
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Why would G-d let angels speak on His behalf?

In regards to this question of mine I would like to ask: In Genesis 18:10 it seems that one of the men/angels visiting Avraham is saying that Sarah will give birth to a son, while in Genesis 18:14 it’...
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Can one Reciting bracha “Mechaye Hameitim” at a friend's wedding

I have seen in several Siddurim instructions saying that if one has not seen a close friend for at least 30 days (some instructions said 1 year) s/he should recite Mechaye Hameitim which means "...
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Why is the Bavli Talmud followed over Yerushalmi if the Yerushalmi is earlier? [duplicate]

There is clear, even overriding, preference for following older sources within the Bavli. Why then does halacha rely so much on the newer Bavli, rather than the older Yerushalmi? Related: Why the ...
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Seeking a comparison of Jewish and America law [on hold]

There are at least several questions on this site about comparisons of Jewish and American law (samples below). I seek an article or book that compares Jewish and America law (where they overlap). ...
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Etymology of the Jewish surname Krysa or Krisa from Galicia/Poland [on hold]

One of the most notorious Jewish figures of the 18th century was the false Sabbataean prophet Jacob Frank. Less well-known is the Sabbatean influencer who came before him (and eventually joined him), ...
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How many subchapters in the Zohar Hakadosh?

How many subchapters are in the Zohar, including the Tikkunei Zohar and the Zohar CHadash? I am trying to make a schedule.
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How many Perakim and Beraytot in the Tosefta?

I am trying to make a schedule. How many Perakim and Beraytot in the Tosefta?
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What is the total number of Pesukim in Tanach? [duplicate]

What is the total number of Pesukim in Tanach? This question addresses the Torah, but I have yet to find an answer for Tanach (at least, in the Jewish tradition - the answer for Christians is easily ...
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Would it be offensive to the people of the Jewish faith if a Christian wore a Star of David with Cross necklace? [duplicate]

To start off, I by no means would wish to cause offense to the Jews by wearing such a devotional symbol without a meaning. Christianity is rooted within Judaism, the first "Christians" were Jews, and ...
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Genesis 18 who is the ‘he’

Avraham stands at the entrance of his tent after his Brit - Bereshit 18 - looking around he sees three men at a short distance (even getting closer). At a certain point they ask Avraham: “Where is ...
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Korban Tamid: why is “from Sinai” after the lamb and meal offering, but before the wine offering?

In the Korban Tamid (Bamidbar 28:1-8), it states, "The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at dusk; and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-...
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Does the Yerushalmi mention drinking wine on Friday after bathing

Related to this question. The Otzar Yad Chaim in the picture below quotes the Bartenura who mentions a minhag to drink until tipsy before going to shul Friday night. The seffer then says the ...
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Does Talmud introduce death penalties not mentioned in the Torah?

Does the Mishna or Gemara introduce any sin as liable for the death penalty, not mentioned in the Torah?
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Can the accidental killer of a relative kill himself?

If a person kills his relative unintentionally, can he also be considered a goel hadam (blood avenger) for the victim (since the victim is his relative)? In which case, he should have permission to ...
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Punishment vs suffering

The Rambam says in Hilchos Teshuva chapter 1 עָבַר עַל כְּרֵתוֹת וּמִיתוֹת בֵּית דִּין וְעָשָׂה תְּשׁוּבָה, תְּשׁוּבָה וְיוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים תּוֹלִין וְיִסּוּרִין הַבָּאִין עָלָיו גּוֹמְרִין לוֹ ...
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What are the limits of hospitality? [duplicate]

Hospitality is valued very highly in Judaism, witness Abraham [Gen. 18:1-5], Lot [Gen. 19:1-8], Laban [Gen. 24:28–32], Manoah [Judges 13:15-16] or the unhappy matter of the concubine of Gibeah [Judges ...
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Mashiach for real? [duplicate]

Is there really such a thing as a ‘redeemer’ to come, a messianic figure? It seems such a thing can be derived from Scripture, but from which verses did such idea derived in the first place and how ...
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If צחק refers to the 3 worst misdeeds why Itzchak was called so?

On the Posuk: "וַתֵּרֶא שָׂרָה אֶת־בֶּן־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית אֲשֶׁר־יָלְדָה לְאַבְרָהָם מְצַחֵק׃" Rashi (Gen 21.9) explains the meaning of the root צחק: מצחק: לְשׁוֹן עֲ"זָ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר ...
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Forty and five, not five and forty

In Bereishis 18:28, when Hashem says that He will not destroy Sedom if there are 45 righteous people there, the number is spelled out "forty and five." However, most times a number between twenty and ...
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What the objective pronouns are called in Hebrew? [on hold]

What the objective pronouns are called in Hebrew? The objective pronouns in Hebrew are: לִי, לְךָ, לָךְ, לוֹ, לָהּ, לָנוּ, לָהֶם
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Does the concept of a purgatory exist in Judaism?

Assuming there is a Hell equivalent of shame and Heaven of good works is there a reason not to make it into either, but instead a third condition (such as, say, if you aren't good enough for Heaven ...

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