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Running CCTV system with monitor over Shabbos

Does anyone have any sources for what the halacha is of running a home security CCTV system with the monitor on over Shabbos in a place where it is easily visible within the house? I'm specifically ...
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Why werenโ€™t the descendants of Esav or Yishmael also given the Torah alongside the benei Yaakob?

As we all know, Abraham had two descendants, Yishmael and Yitschak. Yitschak also had two descendants, Esav and Yaakob; however only the children of Yaakob were the nation that was chosen for the ...
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Kabbalah/chasiduss explanation of theodicy

Are there any kabbalistic or hasidic explanations given to the question of theodicy? Beyond โ€œrationalโ€/philosophical explanations, are there any mystical reasons given to why bad things happen? If so, ...
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Did the Israelites know the future?

The Torah was revealed to Israel at a certain point in time, and recounts many significant events that happened after that point. When the Torah was revealed, did the Israelites know about these ...
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Why do Jews not reach out more?

Why do Jews nowadays not go out of their way to their secular brethren and even to non-Jews to try and spread positivity? In America, I believe there it is easier because there is fewer backlash from ...
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Kohanim hand symbol

When I was a kid I always heard that only kohanim are able to do the ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿป hand position on both their hands. Leaving the โ€œb-b-but I can do this and Iโ€™m not a kohenโ€ comments aside, whatโ€™s the deal ...
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Chanukah: The Hellenistic Jews defaming the Beis HaMikdash

The Baal HaMaor on Avodah Zahara 52b writes a somewhat radical interpretation on the Chanukah-story. He explains that the people that entered the Beis HaMikdash, and thus impurifying the Beis ...
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Why didn't Esav wait until Yitzchak died to kill Ya'akov?

After Ya'akov got Esav's blessings, Esav says (B'reishis 27:41): ื•ื™ืฉื˜ื ืขืฉื• ืืช ื™ืขืงื‘ ืขืœ ื”ื‘ืจื›ื” ืืฉืจ ื‘ืจื›ื• ืื‘ื™ื• ื•ื™ืืžืจ ืขืฉื• ื‘ืœื‘ื• ื™ืงืจื‘ื• ื™ืžื™ ืื‘ืœ ืื‘ื™ ื•ืื”ืจื’ื” ืืช ื™ืขืงื‘ ืื—ื™ And Esav hated Ya'akov due to the ...
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Latest time for morning Shโ€™ma

What are the opinions for the absolute LATEST time for reciting the morning Shโ€™ma Bโ€™dieved, not lโ€™chatchila. Obviously there are different opinions for what is the latest or not but what are they. ...
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Extra cover on tefillin shel yad [duplicate]

I've noticed that a lot of protective cases for the tefillin shel yad have an extra inner cover which slides out, usually a plastic cube with one side missing and a corner cut out for the knot, ...
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Ashkenazic Practice of the Chazan saying only certain phrases (rashei perkaim) out loud

What is the source of the Ashkenazic practice of the Chazzan saying only certain words out loud? That is, in your typical Artscroll siddur, there are markings for the Chazzan to raise his voice and ...
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Question on Rashi, Bereishis 9:12

In P. Noach (Gen. 9:12) in reference to the phenomenon of the post-deluge rainbow, following Noach's exit from the teivah, the verse states: ื•ึทื™ึผึฃึนืืžึถืจ ืึฑืœึนื”ึดึ—ื™ื ื–ึคึนืืช ืึฝื•ึนืชึพื”ึทื‘ึผึฐืจึดื™ืชึ™ ืึฒืฉืึถืจึพืึฒื ึดึฃื™ ...
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How did the Greeks make the menora-oil impure?

The Gemara in Shabbos 21b famously writes "Mai Chanukah"- what is Chanukah? The Gemara elaborates: When the Greeks entered the Sanctuary they defiled all the oils that were in the Sanctuary ...
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Questions about the flood [closed]

I've been reading Parshat Noach, and I've been wondering about some things that either strike me as odd or impossible. For example, how did G-d cover the entire world with water if we know there isn't ...
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Is, ื•ื™ืฉืข ื•ื™ื˜ ื•ื™ื‘ื• from Exodus, the only three consecutive three verse that can be intersplayed a la the 72 Letter Name from Exodus

As is known, the three verses And the Cloud rolled.. And Moses raised His Hand... And the Pillar touched down between.. from Exodus. Are intersplayed and that's what makes up the 72 Letter Name. Like ...
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Hashkiveinu Avinu Vs Hashkiveinu Hashem Elokeinu

In the bracha of Hashkiveinu, in ma'ariv, Ashkenazim (at least, all Ashkenazi communities and siddurim I've seen) start the bracha with ื”ืฉื›ื™ื‘ื ื• ื”' ืืœื•ืงื™ื ื• Whereas all Sefardi communities and ...
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Kol Isha and transgender people

Does the Halachic prohibition of Kol Isha apply to transgender people? So if a woman underwent operations to present as a man, can you listen to her sing? And what about a man who visibly looks like a ...
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Wise saying in the Netflix series 'Shtisel'

Some time ago, I watched the fantastic series 'Shtisel' on Netflix. I can't remember everything clearly, and unfortunately, the series is no longer available on Netflix. However, there's one scene ...
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Folding chairs/tables on Shabbat

Is it permissible to unfold an easily foldable folding chair or table on Shabbat? Since this is easily re folded, would it still be considered under the melacha of โ€œBonehโ€ or something else? If ...
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Minhag of avoiding showing pictures of dinosaurs to babies

There is a minhag more common in Chassidic circles to refrain from showing pictures of non-kosher animals to babies. Does this apply to dinosaurs? As far as I understand, this minhag does not apply to ...
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Is it true Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug?

Is it true the Baal Shem Tov knew his zivug before he got married to her? If yes how did he know? That is, in this story, we read: Rav Efraim Kitover, the Av Beit din of Brody, was once involved in a ...
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Age of the the Azazel goat?

I was curious, are there any opinions that say the Azazel goat should be (or shouldnโ€™t be) of a certain age or ages? If so what, would it be a minimum age or a maximum age? And what would the age be, ...
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Halacha on being attentive to someone when they're speaking to you

BH Does Halacha or any teaching in the Torah address the following scenarios: A) When someone is talking to you, must you be attentive to show them respect that you're listening to what they're saying?...
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Having a Chassidishe Gaiva

BH One of my teachers said once that a student of the Alter Rebbe was in a city filled with so much materialism and sin that he was later asked how he was able to overcome the tests and so he said &...
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What is the source of not to speak dvarim betelim

BH Whatโ€™s the source and meaning of not speaking dvarim Beteilim purposeless words?
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What is the explanation of And donโ€™t let the evil inclination assure your that the grave will be a place of refuge for you mean

BH What do the main poskim and commentators explain โ€œAnd donโ€™t let the evil inclination assure your that the grave will be a place of refuge for youโ€ mean in Pirkei Avot 4:22
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Caution against a person belittling himself

BH I heard someone say that a person should never say "I am this [negative character trait]" or "I am that [negative character trait]" because Chas ve Shalom Hashem can bring that ...
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Where does R Yitzchak Abadi's understanding of kashrus differ from mainstream kashrus organizations?

In a previous question I asked about when one can use ingredients lists to determine kashrus. Now, I'd like to ask how specifically does R Yitzchak Abadi's understanding of kashrus differ from the ...
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Should I add verses in Kerias Shema on the bed

When saying the 3 parshiyot of Kerias Shema on the bed, should I add "Kel Melech Ne'eman" before the Kerias Shema (Since it is read Yechidi (alone) and not in Minyan). Should I say after ...
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Do we have physical desires after death?

This is a follow on from this question. I was always under the impression that the Nefesh Behamis is responsible for our physical desires, such as hunger for food. If it is immortal, does that mean ...
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Are these Sheimos Hashem?

Someone just showed me an "ayin hara necklace" that has the words "ืืœื“" and "ืกืืœ" on the charm and asked me to explain what it means. What are those words? (Some websites ...
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Is the extra casing over tefillin required

On the tefillin shel yad, there is an outer black box that covers the actual tefillin box. Is this required?
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New responsa on releasing terrorists in exchange for hostages?

The State of Israel has over the years engaged in the exchange of terrorists and criminals in exchange for the release of hostages. This topic has prior been explored in posts such as Q 10731 and Q ...
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Broken teffilin box

If a plastic teffilin case is broken by being chipped into different pieces, but the leather boxes as well as the leather straps are intact, do they need to put the whole teffilin in Geniza? Or should ...
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Does the Nefesh Behamis survive death?

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan writes in his essay Immortality and the Soul that the Neshomo is effectively the data of our "memories, thought patterns and personality traits" and discusses the idea of ...
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Ashkenazi speed-mumble davening: origins and halachic basis? [duplicate]

What are the origins of the Ashkenazi practice of mumbly-speed-through davening? I refer both to: Shemoneh Esrei where the words are not articulated with the mouth (albeit silently) but rather the ...
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What are the best books that teach Dikduk?

What are the best books to learn Dikduk? Both Lashon Hakodesh and Rabbinic/Mishnaic Hebrew.
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Story of a woman hitting a rabbi because husband said

BH I heard there was a story from the Talmud, correct me if Iโ€™m wrong, that a man told his wife to hit a rabbi on the head or something and she went hit him and after she hit him he asked: "My ...
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Does anyone know from which book this excerpt comes from?

Someone posted this excerpt on social media: Freedom in Judaism is defined by the ability of the soul to rule over the body, the capacity of the mind to channel the emotions of the heart. Not that ...
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Tzedakah, peah, Maaser while in debt?

If somebody is in debt to someone else, and they own a farm or do something that obligates them in Maaser or Peah, do they still have to pay or leave their crops for others? And if they arenโ€™t ...
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Can a Messianic Jew (Christian) be counted in a minyan? [duplicate]

There are a group of people who claim to be "Messianic Jews." This is a group of people who are either natural born Jews who adopted Jesus as their messiah and other Christian practices or ...
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Can a divorced man sleep in the same household (no intercourse) with his ex-wife? [closed]

The man is visiting his kids, from another country, and will stay in the ex-wife's house.
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Source that we are inherently deserving

The question is about the concept not the song. I noticed an interesting difference in the lyrics of two versions of the song "Ribon" by Beri Weber. The original English version contains the ...
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What type of enemies are being spoken about in Shaar Habitachon?

In Duties of the Heart, Ibn Paquda writes in Shaar Habitachon (Treatise on Trust, Ch. 4): ืื‘ืœ ืขื ื™ื ื™ ืื•ื™ื‘ื™ื• ื•ื—ื•ืžื“ื™ื• ื•ืžื‘ืงืฉื™ ืจืขืชื• ื™ื‘ื˜ื— ื‘ืขื ื™ื ื™ื”ื ืขืœ ื”ื‘ื•ืจื ื™ืชืขืœื” ื•ื™ืกื‘ืœ ื—ืจืคืชื ื•ืืœ ื™ื’ืžืœ ืœื”ื ื›ืคืขืœื ืืš ื™ื’ืžืœื ื—ืกื“ ...
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Approximately how many Jews would make the pilgrimage for aliyas l'regel during its height? How large of a gathering was it?

I've seen some writers talk about the rally in D.C. being the largest single gathering of Jews since Sinai. I would think that is not accurate in that, at the very least, we may have had greater ...
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Is replacing a jamb that had a mezuzah obligates to bless again for the mezuzah

A person that replaces jambs with new ones. On the old one there was a mezuzah that many years ago he blessed for putting the mezuzah. When placing the mezuzah back on the new jamb should he bless ...
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Is there any interest in eating a baked donut on Chanuka?

A person who for health reasons avoids eating fried foods. Can he make the minhag (custom) to eat a donut baked in the oven without oil on Chanuka? โ€‹
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Were there prophets, in and out of Israel, who were not recorded in the Tanakh? [duplicate]

Were there prophets, in and out of Israel, who were not recorded in the Tanakh? Have other sources determined the identities of some of them? Please cite the sources, if any. Thanks in advance.
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Winnow of piles with objects that just fell

If there is a pile (say of leaves), and somebody drops an object into it on Shabbat, are they allowed to throw it into the wind so they can retrieve the object they just dropped? Does the prohibition ...
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Reciting/singing Aแธฅeinu outside of the formal prayer setting and origin of tune

Where, when and why did the prayer Aheinu begin to be recited outside of the liturgical context? It seems that it originated as and was restricted to being recited after reading from the Torah, ...
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