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What fabric maybe used for Tachrichim?

What Fabric maybe used for Tachrichim? This is purely not Halacha L’maseh, just discussing this question with a friend.
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Yeshv'av-Chutzpit connection?

Any connection between the mishmar kehunah Yeshv'av, which was also nicknamed "Chutzpit-Shuchin" (or Shuchim, Shuchin/m being the town where they settled in) (see here for example) and two ...
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Ship of Theseus in Halacha

How would Halacha deal with the Ship of Theseus thought experiment? For example, if one made a neder (vow) not to have any hana'ah (benefit) from a certain ship and over time every single piece of ...
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What is Ramban's reasoning regarding charging interest to a non-Jew?

Sefer Hachinuch here writes that Ramban holds that when the Torah says you should charge interest to a non-Jew, it means that you can, not that you must. However, we already know that we can charge a ...
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Why do some books in Tanach have a different trop, and how are they sung? [duplicate]

Some books in Tanach have a different kind of trop for the words. (see Psalms, e.g. under בַּעֲצַ֢ת and above רְשָׁ֫עִ֥ים) Why does this book and others have a different kind of trup? How is this ...
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Pronunciation of הַּ with mappiq [duplicate]

For example, as in לִגְבּוֹהַּ is the הַּ pronounced as A or ACH or AH with a very subdued H?
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Most effective way to learn Shulchan Aruch

I've seen many Seforim talk about learning Shulchan Aruch and the importance of it. However, it always seems that the seforim are telling you to learn the Shulchan Aruch straight. As someone who's ...
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Is cheating on High School tests גניבת ממון?

It's very well known today, especially from R' Moshe's ruling, that cheating on college tests is גניבת ממון. However he says High School cheating, although forbidden, is not גניבת ממון. How does this ...
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Sources on an unmarried man covering their head with a tallis

I'm searching for sources regarding an unmarried man covering their head with a tallis. I am familiar with what the Mishnah Berurah has said regarding the Taz and the Bach, but I would like to see ...
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Martin Buber and Naftali Herz-Tur-Sinai [closed]

Martin Buber and Naftali Herz-Tur-Sinai were two very impressive Jewish personalities of Germany and Austria in the 20th century. They have each translated the entire T'n'k into the German language ...
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Diagram showing how the one sprinkling the blood of the Poroh Adumoh saw the Heichal entrance

Rashi on Bamidbor 19 (4) says: אל נכח פני אהל מועד [HE SHALL SPRINKLE THE BLOOD] TOWARDS THE FRONT SIDE OF THE APPOINTED TENT He stands at the East of Jerusalem and must direct his gaze straight ...
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How can a person promise to be מליץ יושר for a person after their death?

I have seen several references where certain gedolei yisroel of yesteryear, promise that if a person learns their works, these Rabbonim will be מליץ יושר (advocate) for them in the olam haemes. ...
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Torah reading cycle, skipped portions

If a Parsha is skipped on Shabbos Yom Tov, will it be repeated the following week and if yes, will there be 14 Alyiot and 2 Maftir in total? Also if a special Haftara is read, what happens to the ...
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Some questions about the Talmud

I have some questions about the way the Gemara is formulated. Feel free to answer all, some, or just one! What exactly is the Vilna Shas? Is it the only type of Shas used today? I Know there are 2,...
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When does the rule of אתא מרחוק apply?

I was told that there is a rule that if a word has the stress מלעיל (i.e. not on the last syllable), then the first letter of the next word should have a dagesh. I can not find anywhere where this ...
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What do the independent-minded Hebrew letters teach us?

God renames Sarai "Sarah" [Genesis 17:15], removing a yod at the end and replacing it with a heh. Later, the name of Hoshea. Moses' successor, is changed to Joshua, adding a yod. [Numbers ...
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Cryptocurrency and Ribbis - Celsius Network

With the rising popularity of DeFi (Decentralized Finance) and cryptocurrencies I am wondering about the interest bearing wallets such as Celsius that will give returns for holding or staking coins. ...
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Who was Rav Nechunya ben HaKanah?

The Mishna Avos (3:5) writes רַבִּי נְחוּנְיָא בֶּן הַקָּנָה אוֹמֵר, כָּל הַמְקַבֵּל עָלָיו עֹל תּוֹרָה, מַעֲבִירִין מִמֶּנּוּ עֹל מַלְכוּת וְעֹל דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ. וְכָל הַפּוֹרֵק מִמֶּנּוּ עֹל תּוֹרָה, ...
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Does Avos appear in the Artscroll English Schottensteim set?

Usually Pirkei Avos appears in Nezikin but I cannot find it in the classic Artscroll Schottenstein set. Is it there?
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The history of Rabbi Samuel the Israelite

I found a book that is archived at BYU (a famously Mormon university). It is called The Epistle of Rabbi Samuel the Israelite to Rabbi Isaac, and was originally written in Arabic in the eleventh ...
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Any source for this quote or this concept?

I am looking to see if anybody knows a possible source for the concept of a word of Torah being worth 1,000 "yehei shmei rabbahs", based on the story below, taken from https://www.etzahaim....
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Who is Filwarg?

I have seen a number of articles on Ibn Ezra that quote a supercommentator known as "Jonah Filwarg" (usually just referred to as "J. Filwarg") who wrote a book known as "Bnei ...
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Anything not stated by Chazal=sheker?

I was wondering what are the different hashkafas regarding encountering ideas in Yiddishkeit that have no mekor in chazal like certain “segulahs” (I am no denyer of Kabbalah by the way)
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Is there a mention of the 7 Mitzvot deRabanan in the Talmud or Midrash?

Is there a mention of the 7 Mitzvot deRabanan in the Talmud or Midrash? Or does this come from other, later sources?
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Did the Kohen Gadol minister barefoot?

Just read an article (Wikipedia) that when the Kohen Gadol was carrying out his service in the Tabernacle he was barefoot. Tried to find some information in the Tanakh to that effect but couldn't find ...
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“Einstein ketzos”

Shalom chevra, I have heard that the ketzos hachoshen on the sugya of matana al menas lehachzir is called the “Einstein ketzos”. If someone knows why that is, and can let us know that would be great!
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What would be a case where a shul would read from the Torah for five consecutive days? [closed]

Not including Chanukah, where we read for 8 days, or Pesach and Sukkos, where it is read for eight and nine days respectively (in Israel, 7 and 8).
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Denying Moshe's Prophecy

In Parshas Yisro G-D guarantees Moshe that his prophecy will not be doubted by the Jewish nation from hereon "וגם בך יאמינו לעולם". However in Parshas Korach (although not in Korach's ...
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How long did it take to consecrate a new high priest after the death of the incumbent?

One example that comes to mind is the record in the Torah how Eleazar succeeds his father Aaron whilst he was still alive. Numbers 20:25 NASB 25 Take Aaron and his son Eleazar, and bring them up to ...
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Magen Avraham's sources from the Arizal

When the Magen Avraham (commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim) refers to כתבים, writings, as his source, I take it for granted that he is referring to the writings of the students of the Arizal. ...
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Is a Jewish Male Allowed to Offer Free Hugs to People?

On a recent YouTube video, a religious Jew blindfolded himself and stood on the streets of New York City offering people the opportunity to stand with him for peace through a hug. Even though he ...
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Where can I find a relatively inexpensive set of Talmud Bavli?

Product recommendation: looking to buy a small, inexpensive set of Shas (with Gemara) to use on the way to work, on a walk, etc. I would love for the set to be individual gemara's, not just six ...
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Does Talmudic-Era Hebrew or Aramaic Distinguish Between Teaching and Learning?

In English, teaching and learning are two distinct verbs, but this is not the case with (many) other languages, where the same word is used to express both concepts. Whilst pondering upon the ...
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How is a “ד” without a דגש קל pronounced? [duplicate]

According to many books I have read, a דגש קל can only be present in the letters ב, ג, ד, כ, פ and ת. The Ashkenazi מסורה for pronunciations of the letters ג and ד without a דגש קל has been lost. I ...
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What is the mechanism of death by poisoning?

The four deaths mentioned in the Jewish law have a very straightforward physical impact on the body. All of them cause inability to breathe which is linked to "maintenance" of the soul, and ...
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What is the significance of the gematria of יצחק, יעקב, יוסף all being multiples of the gematria of הוי״ה?

The gematria of יצחק is 208, which is 8 x 26. The gematria of יעקב is 182, which is 7 x 26. The gematria of יוסף is 156, which is 6 x 26. Is there are significance to the relationship of all of them ...
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Have Chasidic dynasties ever merged?

Chasidic Judaism is broken up into various communities around the world. I was just curious if any of these communities have ever moved to "consolidate" and absorb into a new larger ...
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What is “going” in terms of head covering?

related: Kippa in Torah? The talmud in Kiddush 31a relates that רב הונא בריה דרב יהושע לא מסגי ארבע אמות בגילוי הראש "Rav Huna, son of Rav Yehoshua, would not walk four cubits with an uncovered ...
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If one steps on an insect on Shabbos and the insect is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, then is one allowed to kill it?

If one steps on a cockroach on Shabbos and the cockroach is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, is one then allowed to kill it? Is it allowed to kill the cockroach because essentially ...
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Since Marriage is a Positive Commandment. Can one refrain from getting married?

I’ve been struggling with this question and have found some sources that allows one to refrain from positive commandments especially if they are not available to him. The big one being “Marriage” so ...
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Why Do We Still Practice Pidyon Haben?

On p. 967 of "The Torah a Modern Commentary" (Plaut, revised edition) it is written, "...all of Israel's first born sons belong to G-d (Num. 8:13-17). Because G-d accepts the Levites ...
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Rav Heinemann Semicha

Does anyone know what one should prepare himself with before taking a semicha bechina on Basar B'chalav with Rav Moshe Heinemann?
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Source for Tehillim 67 after Shacharit?

In many Artscroll Siddurim there is a perek of Tehillim after shacharit, Tehillim 67. Is there any source for why this specific Perek is appropriate to say after shacharit? Thanks!
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How authentic is the Rambam's ascension to the Temple Mount?

Proponents of ascending the Temple Mount usually quote a letter attributed to Maimonides, regarding his alleged ascension. The letter is as follows: בליל אחד בשבת בארבעה ימים לחודש אייר נכנסתי לים, ...
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Is there more than one text of the Mishnah?

I understand there is one Mishnah and two Talmuds (Bavli and Yerushalmi). But is the text of the Mishnah associated with each Talmud exactly the same? Rabbi Gil Student states that the famous quote ...
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Is Yitroh's judicial structure mentioned anywhere else in the Tanakh?

Yitro advised to divide the people into groups of 10, 50, 100,1000 and appoint a corresponding judge for every group. Is the legal process of any of such judges mentioned in the Tanakh? I mean, does ...
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Why does Yitroh's advice disregard the tribal structure of the Hebrews?

IMHO, Yitroh's advice that was supported by Moses and God, of dividing the people into groups of 10,50, 100,1000 completely disregards the tribal structure: וְאַתָּה תֶחֱזֶה מִכָּל־הָעָם אַנְשֵׁי־...
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How do anesthesia and poison cause disconnection between soul and body? [closed]

How does a small portion of chemicals cause a temporal (anesthesia) or a permanent (poison) disconnection between the soul and the body? What's the mechanism of it? How does a chemical (physical) ...
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Ice in kiddush wine/grape juice to cool it. What halachic issues would be involved and what are the views?

On a hot shabbos, I would like to put some ice into my kiddush wine/grape juice to cool it. What halachic issues would be involved and what are the views? 1] Does the solid ice contribute to the ...
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Prophet Isaiah's visit to Ahaz in Isaiah 7, was it before or after what happened in 2 Chronicles 28- 5:15?

According to 2 Chronicles 28, Aram-Damascus, under Rezin, and Israel, under Pekah, attempted to depose Ahaz through an invasion. Judah was being defeated and, according to 2 Chronicles 28, lost 120,...

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