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Why is the word “youth” in the plural?

Why is the word "youth" in Kohelet 12:1 in the plural, when the first word, the first verb in the sentence, indicates that the speaker is speaking to one person? וּזְכֹר֙ אֶת־בּ֣וֹרְאֶ֔יךָ ...
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Why Hashem created That a baby is born through vagina

I was Wondering why Hashem created that a child should be delivered through the vagina of all places and not create a specific exit plan for the baby. Was wondering perhaps it has something to do with ...
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Picture of the Chacham Tzvi

In the book "Hachassidut" by Rabbi Ahron Marcus there's a drawing of the Chacham Tzvi: This seems to be based on this painting or this one. In all three, he's drawn pointing at his bookmark,...
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Does archaeology give us any idea of the geographical locations in שמות 14:2?

דַּבֵּר֮ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵל֒ וְיָשֻׁ֗בוּ וְיַחֲנוּ֙ לִפְנֵי֙ פִּ֣י הַחִירֹ֔ת בֵּ֥ין מִגְדֹּ֖ל וּבֵ֣ין הַיָּ֑ם לִפְנֵי֙ בַּ֣עַל צְפֹ֔ן נִכְח֥וֹ תַחֲנ֖וּ עַל־הַיָּֽם׃ Tell the Israelites to turn ...
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Are the laws exclusive to the land of Israel, also relevant in terms of what they teach us everywhere?

There are many laws enumerated in the written and oral Torah. One of their categorizations is those which are obligatory inside the land of Israel and those which are obligatory both in the land of ...
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When did Adoniahu die?

When (day, month, year) did Adoniahu die, as according to the pasuk below? 1 Kings 2:24 And now, (as) the Lord lives, Who has established me, and set me on the throne of David, my father, and Who has ...
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Can you say amein to a bracha from a video? [duplicate]

I know that you can't be part of a minyan virtually, but does that apply to brachos to? For example, your watching a Rebbe video and the Rebbe gives a bracha to someone should you say amen? (also ...
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Does everybody steal?

I remember reading a quote, attributed to the Talmud, that essentially says "everybody steals". I doubt it's genuine, and if it is, it's probably heavily qualified, but I thought I'd ask: ...
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How to start a new religious zionist political party in Israel [closed]

Our elder rabbis of the Sanhedrin wish to take over leadership of Israel. Without religion there will be no Israel. We're going to call this party "The Third Templars" How do we achieve this?...
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Were there any animal in Eden?

The Gemara Berachos (34a) writes רַבִּי שְׁמוּאֵל בַּר נַחְמָנִי אָמַר: זֶה עֵדֶן, שֶׁלֹּא שָׁלְטָה בּוֹ עֵין כׇּל בְּרִיָּה - Rabbi Shmuel bar Naḥmani said: That is Eden, which no creature’s eye has ...
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What does שליט"א stand for?

I thought that שליט"א came from the Aramaic word שליט (Ruler). But a Rabbi I told this to, pointed out that שליט"א is always written as with " , in the Middle so each the letters must ...
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Date/Week of Creation off by a day?

Question: If we believe that Sunday is Yom Rishon of Creation, then what do we do with the given date of Creation being Monday, October 7, 3761 B.C.E. according to our current calendar? Are there ...
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Who is Onkelos?

We're all familiar with Onkelos as a convert and a translator. According to Wikipedia, he was a prominent Roman nobleman, the son of a man named Callinicus and the sister of Titus, the Roman emperor. ...
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When does the negative imply the positive and vice-versa?

There is a principle that is frequently applied in the Sources: Infer the positive from the negative and vice-versa. The Midrash says: The words of Torah are terse, the positive implying the negative ...
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Where from the Torah, the Talmud know that all verses from G-d?

The Talmud (Sanhedrin 99a) wrote : תניא אידך כי דבר ה' בזה זה האומר אין תורה מן השמים ואפילו אמר כל התורה כולה מן השמים חוץ מפסוק זה שלא אמרו הקדוש ברוך הוא אלא משה מפי עצמו זהו כי דבר ה' בזה It is ...
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Shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Does anyone have the shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits which he gives in his Kollel(not his daily Mishna Berura Shiur)? There are only a few on the Jerusalem Kollel website.
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The Torah Transmission Date Discrepancies?

I'm curious to know the dates of birth and death of the following Torah transmitters, who appear in Pirkei Avot, since I've seen conflicting dates when doing some independent research: Shimon HaTzadik ...
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How long can you delay performing commandments?

In parshat Bo, we read: וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת-הַמַּצּוֹת -- And you shall watch over the matzot. [Ex. 12:17] The Midrash comments: Rabbi Yoshiah says: Do not read אֶת-הַמַצּוֹת, [watch over] the matzot,...
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Saying Shema without tzitzit considered שֶׁקֶר?

Struggling to understand the logic of Shulchan Aruch Harav: Chapter 8:1 "Whoever recites Shema without wearing tzitzit is giving false testimony." (כָּל הַקּוֹרֵא "קְרִיאַת שְׁמַע" בְּלֹא צִיצִית – ...
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What did Jews really believe about the soul and life after death?

As a Christian, I am very interested in learning what did Jews and Judaism teach about the soul, particularity, what happens to the soul when one dies? Biblical scholar Bart D. Ehrman, is of the ...
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Was there correspondence or references between the Rambam and any baalei tosfot?

The Rambam lived at the same time as many baalei tosfot, including Rabbeinu Tam, albeit on different continents. I am wondering if there was any correspondence or references between the Rambam and the ...
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Moshe and Aharon never sinned

The gemarra in Shabbos 55a says a rule: אין מיתה בלא חטא, no one dies without having sinned. As an attempt to refute this rule, the gemarra brings a baraisa that says: מֵיתִיבִי: אָמְרוּ מַלְאֲכֵי ...
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Discussion on age of three at maximum age at which an uncle can touch a niece

Rabbi Neustadt on Torah.org weekly halachah discussion parashas Behaaloscha brings from Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that an uncle is not allowed to touch his niece after she turns 3. In the footnote ...
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Why is a Parah Aduma kodesh with קדושת בדק הבית?

See Gemara in Yuma 42a and Rambam Hilchos Parah 1:7. If it's a korban, then it should have full kdushas korban, and if it's not, then why isn't it completely chullin?
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Why those typical German noun + German noun names among European Jews? [closed]

There's this category of names which are very popular among Jews from (Eastern?) European descent, but not nearly as much among any other European religious/ethnic group: Essentially, it's ...
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I wish to start a new organization “The third templars” [closed]

It will be similar to what the Knight Templars were. Is it possible? How do we recruit members? Aim would be to build the third temple.
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Sources for Rav Saddia Goan on set days for Pesach

Rashi in Pesachim 58b mentions and rejects an opinion that in the days of the Tannaim the rules for which day of the week Pesach and (Rosh Hashana) can fall out, לא בד"ו פסח, were already in ...
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Justifying housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy

Shalom. I was wondering if someone could provide me with sources in support of regular housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy / beautifying one’s home. A source / warrant from G-d would make ...
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What does the Targum have against Tattenai?

In Ezra 5-6 appears the governor of Ever Hanahar (the southern side of the Euphrates in this case), Tattenai. Tattenai, upon seeing that the Jews got back to building the Temple after several years of ...
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Shlomo Yosef Zevin a Rav at 9 years old

Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin, according to here was given smicha by the Aruch HaShulchan. Assuming that the Aruch HaShulchan ordained Rabbi Zevin at the very end of his life, Rabbi Zevin would have been ...
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What are the names of these karakul hats among the Hasidim?

Hats of two men in the foreground.
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Understanding a Gemara in Pesachim

In the Gemara, Mascheta Pesachim it brings a case on daf 9b which I am rather puzzled, baffled with regards to what the case is. The Rashi which is at the top of Daf 9b I also find puzzling. Who is ...
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Marriage between Shifcha and Kohanim

I know Kohanim have certain restrictions on whom they may marry. My question is, are Kohanim restricted onto a Shifcha?
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What prayers are obligated to say

What prayers are Jews obligated to say? I’ve heard that the average liturgy is 30 minutes but Rabbi David Bay Hayim does one that’s only 9.
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Receiving Semicha in Jerusalem

Which well known English speaking (preferably) Rov in Jerusalem would give Semicha despite not having learnt by him/his Kollel etc? Rabbanut Semicha is a bit too bureaucratic for me. I would say in ...
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What is the point of revealing the end of time to Daniel only to conceal it?

The book of Daniel chapter 12 seems to provide Daniel with information related to the end of time only to then instruct Daniel to keep the information secret (12:4). Daniel then asks when the end of ...
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Who gathered the barley sheaves?

Every male was commanded to be at the temple for a week starting on Nisan 15. (Deuteronomy 16:16) On Nisan 16 freshly gathered sheaves of the First-fruits of the barley harvest were brought to the ...
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R' Meir, posek of “the Beardlings” regiment

In "A Treasury of Jewish Folklore" there's an English translation of a story that seems to be a fictional account of a former soldier who was part of Berek Yoselevitz's Jewish regiment in ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

In general, my understanding is that you are not supposed to refuse your wife intimacy. However, it is also expressly forbidden to engage in intimacy while she is in a niddah state. Does the latter ...
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Discarding halachic rules on Ketubot 60b

In Masechet Ketubot, 60b there is a discussion of how long a nursing woman has to wait before being remarried. There are 2 opinions: R. Meir says 24 months (or 21 months as the problem with the milk ...
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Mushrooms from the carcass of a non-kosher animal

Some Mushrooms can grow from decomposing animals. Would there be any (kashrus) problems with having mushrooms that grow from the carcasses of non-kosher animals?
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Which Rav was this?

I heard a rabbi tell a famous true story of a certain other rabbi. A black man broke into his house in the middle of the night and demanded at gunpoint all of the rabbi’s money/valuables. The rabbi ...
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Proper placement of Shel Yad

The halacha, as set forth by the Mishna Berurah (27:4), requires the Shel Yad to be above the area where the bicep begins to become elevated. I've read that there is a dispute regarding whether the ...
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Is it possible to build a mikvah for personal use as an orthodox Jew?

For example, if your wife would prefer not to use a public one and wants to install one in your house? Is there anything to be aware of if you're considering doing this?
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Why did God want the Israelites to take riches from Egypt before the Exodus?

In parshat Bo, we read: And the Lord said to Moses... Speak, please, in the ears of the people, and let them ask every man of his neighbor, and every woman of her neighbor, jewels of silver, and ...
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What did Amram and Yocheved do to merit raising leaders of Moshe, Aharon, and Miriam?

Although Amram and Yocheved were influential leaders in their own right (seen in Sotah 12a where Klal Yisroel followed their lead in divorcing from their spouses), do any Chazal or Torah commentators ...
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Pre-plagues hail?

In Shemot 9:24, it says about the plague of hail: "וַיְהִי בָרָד וְאֵשׁ מִתְלַקַּחַת בְּתוֹךְ הַבָּרָד כָּבֵד מְאֹד אֲשֶׁר לֹא הָיָה כָמֹהוּ בְּכָל אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מֵאָז הָיְתָה לְגוֹי." &...
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How populated was Egypt in the times of the patriarchs and by whom?

I start with the assumption that since no miracle is mentioned regarding the Egyptians, they reproduced naturally, having on average 4-5 kids. If we assume that Mitzrayim, the son of Ham, was the ...
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Can noahide do netilat yadayim?

I wanted to ask about the halacha of noahide based on tradition of orthodox, that according to some sources, a noahide was refrain from some blessing which required "asher kidshanu" which ...
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What prayers are a non Jew obligated to pray? [duplicate]

Can a non Jew recite whatever prayer they see fit or can we say the Shema and Amidah.

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