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Is wrapping with tefillin straps alone acceptable for enjoyment/practice outside of the mitzvah?

This question may sound strange but I was curious what the Halacha is on it. I enjoy wrapping tefillin. I personally enjoy the ritual of the arm wrap a bit more but both are enjoyable in their own ...
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Was there an exception for Joshua to allow him inside the Tabernacle?

Related to this question, I’m wondering was there a special exception to allow Joshua into the Tabernacle? Some areas such as Numbers 1:51 say that any non-Levite who approaches it should be executed. ...
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How was a covenant a Chok?

Divrei Hayamim 1, 16 quotes tehillim 105 (or vice versa) which reads זָכַ֣ר לְעוֹלָ֣ם בְּרִית֑וֹ דָּבָ֥ר צִ֝וָּ֗ה לְאֶ֣לֶף דּֽוֹר׃ He is ever mindful of His covenant, the promise He gave for a ...
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What is the reason for sequence of plagues in Mitzrayim?

The Seder is in a particular order essential to correctly observe Pesach. Is there a comprehensive source (or discussion) of the sequence of plagues, especially for insights of how to apply to our ...
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Are there sources which cite art as being an extension of spiritual practice in Jewish tradition?

I understand this question may be interpreted as being slightly generalized but I'm asking for sources which cite the religious/spiritual nature of art in Jewish practice. Obviously, statues of ...
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Looking for midrash source

A couple of years ago I heard a vort based on a midrash. The midrash apparently stated that when Yisrael were enslaved in Egypt, the Egyptians made them work very hard at building magnificent ...
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Unorthodox got married?

For those that watched the TV miniseries "Unorthodox", is it considered a Kosher Halachic marriage? Two irreligious Jews (don't keep kosher or Shabbos in public) who get married (the ring and the ...
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Blessing on yogurt with mixed toppings

What would be the beracha for yogurt with a kazayit of mezonot (al ha'michya) and a kazayit of a fruit of Israel (al ha'perot)? Does one assume yogurt is tafel to its toppings, and not say boreh ...
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Hot chocolate during a meal

Would one need to make a separate bracha on hot chocolate that is drunk with the bread meal if one already made hamotzi, or does the hamotzi bracha cover it?
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When may hora’at sha’ah (emergency measures) be invoked? [closed]

When may the principle of hora’at sha’ah (emergency measures) be invoked? Looking for sources, responsa. I know about the classic case, violating the laws of Shabbat to save someone's life. But under ...
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Which witch should not live?

"מְכַשֵּׁפָ֖ה לֹ֥א תְחַיֶּֽה׃" "You shall not tolerate a sorceress." (Exodus 22:17) Is the commandment of not allowing sorcerers and the like to live specifically against Jewish sorcerers or also ...
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How physically close do people need to be for a minyan to count?

The current health situation has resulted in restrictions on large group prayers. Minyans have been included in such restrictions. Though this is the case, certain groups have been shown praying ...
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Praying at the same time

Are there any sources (prior to 5780) that discuss the value or lack thereof of isolated individuals praying at the same time?
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Are American Paskesz Products Yoshon?

Are American Paskesz grain products, such as Mini Trios Bites, yoshon year round? Is there a way to determine from, e.g., a package code if/when they are yoshon? (Paskesz cookies under Rav Westheim ...
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How can the Rambam say anointing a King requires a Sanhedrin, when Shmuel anointed King David alone?

The Rambam says a King must be anointed by a Sanhedrin, why did Shmuel seemingly go alone in secret?
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Non-religious to religious help! [closed]

This is a personal question and I am seeking some guidance. Here is a little bit of background information so that you understand a little of what the situation is. So both of my parents are Jewish ...
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Does the discussion in Avoda Zara 26a/b about lowering, not raising, or raising different types of sinners from a pit involve court action?

Inspired by a comment on a related question, I'm seeking clarification on a detail of the discussion in Avoda Zara 26. The gemara discusses different opinions on whether one may raise from, must ...
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Translating וידבר using BDB Lexicon and Gesenius' Grammar

Context I am practicing my biblical Hebrew by translating the weekly Parshah. As resources, I have the Brown-Driver-Briggs (BDB) Lexicon (coded with Strong's concordance numbers) and Gesenius' ...
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Why can a baby get Tzaraas?

Reference in Gemora Shabbos 133a Daf Yomi recently to tzaraas (skin disease see Leviticus 13) on the foreskin regarding mila (circumcission). This implies babies can have tzaraas. If tzaraas is not ...
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How could Isaiah know about King Cyrus of Persia? [duplicate]

Isaiah 45:1 calls King Cyrus of Persia “G-d’s Messiah” among other references to him: כֹּֽה־אָמַ֣ר יְהוָה֮ לִמְשִׁיחוֹ֮ לְכ֣וֹרֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר־הֶֽחֱזַ֣קְתִּי בִֽימִינ֗וֹ לְרַד־לְפָנָיו֙ גּוֹיִ֔ם ...
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Davening without a Minyan - Hallel Pesach night [duplicate]

There are those that say Hallel, Pesach night after Maariv. This year when it looks like, due to COVID-19, we will still not be Davening with a Minyan Pesach night, does one who is Davening without a ...
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Is there a prayer or a blessing for gathering plants? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is in the Talmud any reference to gathering herbs.
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Who was the last Samukh (סמוך)?

Who was the last 'Samukh' (סמוך)? Rambam stated in the introduction of his book, that the last Sanhedrin (סנהדרין) was a little before the Talmud was edited. But it says nothing about the last ...
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How could Isaiah take Zechariah as a witness if the latter lived centuries after Isaiah?

We find in Isaiah 8:2 that Isaiah took two trustworthy witnesses who are Uriah the priest and Zechariah Ben Yeberachiah. If this Zechariah is none other than the prophet Zechariah as Makkos 24b ...
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Eagles and Airplanes

The verse says (Exodus 19:4): אַתֶּ֣ם רְאִיתֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר עָשִׂ֖יתִי לְמִצְרָ֑יִם וָאֶשָּׂ֤א אֶתְכֶם֙ עַל־כַּנְפֵ֣י נְשָׁרִ֔ים וָאָבִ֥א אֶתְכֶ֖ם אֵלָֽי׃ ‘You have seen what I did to the ...
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How do ultra orthodox/Haredi Jews, that don't use modern technologies such as television, internet, etc., spend their time? [closed]

I saw a documentary about the ultra orthodox/Haredi Jews in Israel. I saw how extreme they were in order to avoid the influence of the modern world to prevent assimilation. Then I came to know that ...
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Has anyone proposed to recreate the system of 24 ma'amadot, since the Dispersal?

The Mishna, in Ta'anit 4:1-4, describes an institution called ma'amadot: Just as the Kohens and Levites were divided into 24 clans, which each handled the Temple service for two non-holiday weeks of ...
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Fasting in Nissan for epidemic

In general we refrain from observing fast days during the month of Nissan (S"A O"C 429:2). There are some exceptions, like a taanis chalom. For a communal distress such as a deadly epidemic a ...
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If our leadership do not take disease outbreaks seriously, are they considered responsible for deaths that follow?

As of late, there has been a controversy in various Jewish communities around the world. Certain Rabbis and certain individuals have actively circumvented the preventative measures to help stop the ...
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Is there a religious responsibility to study agadic material?

Is the study of agadic material i.e stories which are not related to the practice or theory of Halakha, incumbent upon a Jew? In other words, is there something inherently wrong with not learning ...
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Gedolim on Spanish Flu

Did the Gedolim of the time during whcih the Spanish Flu was spreading (and killed anywhere from 17 million to 50 million people) comment on it and provide any halachic guidance on whether to permit ...
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How do you decide who lives and who dies?

The Talmud [Bava Metzia 62a] teaches as follows. Two people are in a desert and only one of them has water. If both drink, both will die, but if only one drinks, he will survive and reach ...
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How and in what sense can the matzoh and moror nullify the Korban Pesach?

The Oruch HaShulchan in Simon סימן תעה quotes the Rambam (פרק שמיני דין ו:) ואחר כך מברך "על נטילת ידים"... ואחר כך כורך מצה ומרור כאחת, ומטבל בחרוסת ומברך "ברוך... אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו על ...
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What is the source that says David wrote Psalms / Tehillim while hiding from Saul

I'm trying to find the source of the common tradition that David wrote at least part of Tehillim while on the run from Shaul, but I can't find any sources. Does anyone here know of a source for this ...
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Is Genesis 17:19 talking about Christianity? [closed]

Is Genesis 17:19 talking about Christianity?
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Samson and Hercules [closed]

I have recently heard of the notion that Samson and his story had roots in older stories and these same stories also started Hercules and that they are both based on myths. Is there any source to this ...
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Origins of “Kaddish Yachid”

I was recently introduced to the concept of a "Kaddish Yachid," attributed to Rav Amram Gaon. A few fairly unreliable sources online discuss it as some form of a stand-in for when Kaddish can't be ...
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Why wasn't Avraham lying when he said “Eloh-im yireh lo haseh li-ola, bni”?

When Avraham was going with Yitzchok to the Akaida. As far as Avraham knew at the moment, there was no lamb. So the answer to Yitzchok's question should have been that there will be no lamb for the ...
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What to say during a mageifah [closed]

We are being asked to say the parsha of ketores and tehillim during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Why are we not saying on a daily basis those sections of the Torah that discuss past mageifahs to ...
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Allowance for cremation if no space in Jewish cemetery?

Is it permissible to be cremated if one does not have space for burial in a cemetery? Source, please. Note: Not related to recent events (ie coronavirus).
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Eggs in Salt Water at the Seder

Minhagei Yeshurun (119) writes היה אסור לכהני מצרים עפ"י דתם לאכול מלח לזה צוו חז"ל לאכלו בפסח בסעודה זו למען עשות נגד חקיהם טעם אכילת תחלה בצים מבושלות הוא גם כן למען עשות נגד חוקי המצרים כי ...
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Can you rely on the Biblical Hermeneutics StackExchange site if you're Jewish?

As a Jew, would the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site be helpful and reliable in learning about Bible interpretation and such? It seems to be filled with a lot of christians. Can you rely on Christian ...
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What is the antidote for a woman's yetzer hara?

The Gemora in Kiddushin 30b says כך הקב"ה אמר להם לישראל בני בראתי יצר הרע ובראתי לו תורה תבלין ואם אתם עוסקים בתורה אין אתם נמסרים בידו So said Hashem to Israel, "My children, I created the ...
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Purpose for commandments?

So I would just like some insight on the reason for the commandments in the matter of whether they are for inheriting the world to come/heaven, or for they are for fixing this world. I have heard that ...
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How long to get “good” at gemara? [closed]

Starting from 11th grade this year, I've been going to a dormitory yeshiva a few hours away from home and come back every off shabbos. Before that, I never been to Yeshiva, but since I was around 8 ...
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Selling chametz before burning it?

During a shiur, I heard the Dayan of the Chasam Sofer first sold his chametz, and then bought chametz to burn. Why would someone specifically sell their chametz before biur chametz?
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Greeting Elijah during coronavirus

We are nearing Pesach and the Passover Seder. A time when Jews open the door for Elijah. Many Jews interpret Malachi 3:23, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great ...
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Is there a problem with saying “Oh my God” or “Oh my Gosh”?

It seems to me that religious Jews do not say "Oh my God" so I'm asking if there is anything wrong with saying that? I'd also like to know if there would be an issue to say "Oh my Gosh"?
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What is the difference between a “Chaver” and a regular Friend (Chaver)?

In the gemara it seems to sometimes refer to someone as a Chaver in a halachik sense and other times in a sense of meaning just a friend. What is the difference and how would one delineate between the ...
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Catching up the missing weeks of Krias Hatorah

Due to the current health crisis, all shuls are closed. As a result, the weekly Torsh portion will not be read. After this is all over and synagogue services are resumed, will we: Continue where we ...

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