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What is a 4 legged 'Y'?

Clue: think (and laugh) in Hebrew and you may be able to solve this pun! It has nothing to do with algebra or geometry, nor with chemistry, physics or religion!
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Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase?

I am trying to find a Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase. Let me know if you can send me a company name or website.
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How many words are there on each daf of Shas? [closed]

I'm curious to know how many words there are on each individual Vilna page of the Talmud Bavli. Someone had previously compiled a list of words per masechta, but I have yet to find anywhere which ...
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Why is Pasuk 4:20 in Shemos out of chronological order?

Rashi on Parsha Shemos 4:20 explains that "Chronological order is not strictly adhered to in the Scriptures" and that's why it's possible for the Pasuk to first say "and he returned to the land of ...
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Can you handle a battery-powered handheld clock on Shabbos?

This battery-powered handheld clock that has alarm clock and stopwatch features, would such a clock be muktzeh on Shabbos, even if one turned off the alarm clock feature before Shabbos?
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Did God harden Pharaoh's heart to ensure Pharaoh would release Israel of his own free will?

The Torah tells us that God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let the Israelites go. [Ex. Ch. 4-14] Some commentators [e.g., Sforno] explain that this was in order to allow Pharaoh to ...
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Why does the Torah repeat 20 times that God hardened Pharaoh's heart?

The Torah tells us twenty times, in the space of just a few pages [Ex. Ch. 4-14], that God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that he would not let the Israelites go. Why this emphatic insistence on this ...
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Why was it wrong for David to number Israel?

(This is not a duplicate of halacha - Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census? - Mi Yodeya.) 1 Chronicles 21, and 2 Samuel 24 relate how King David took it upon himself to ...
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Why were the Levi'im not enslaved?

Rashi on Shemot 5:4 says: GO YE UNTO YOUR BURDENS — Go to your work which you have to do at home; but it cannot signify “go to your labours as slaves”, for he was speaking to Moses and Aaron who ...
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Is a low divide sinks kosher? [closed]

I am shopping for a new sink And I am seeing that low divided is all the rage. But are they kosher
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When did the Levites say to their father and mother “I have not seen him” as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9?

When did the Levites say to their father and mother "I have not seen him" as mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:9 ? And of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one, whom thou didst ...
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The wrapping of a Torah scroll only “defiles the hands” so long as it is pure? Why? What does pure mean in this case?

Tosefta Yadayim 2:5 (quoted by Rashba on Mishnah Yadayim) says: תיק הספרים ומטפחות ותיבה של ספר בזמן שהן טהורות מטמאות את הידים What does "pure" mean here? What could happen to the wrappings or the ...
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Difference between רבון and אדון

In the Beracha of Elohai, we refer to God using a number of different descriptives. Towards the end, we give thanks to God as: רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים, אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. What are some ...
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Moving a sefer torah - requirement to read three times

Rema Orach Chaim 135:1 permits one to move a sefer torah to be used in a jail as long as it placed there a day or two before it is used. I have a recollection of a custom to require a plan to read ...
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How long must people wait in shul for a minyan?

Shulchan Aruch emphasizes the importance of davening the Amidah with the rest of the tzibbur. If one is in shul and there are 8 or 9 people, should everyone wait before starting Amidah to see if ...
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Meaning of the word “Yisrael” when reciting Shema

Since is an absolute Halachic requirement to have in mind the meaning of the words in the first verse of the Shema, when reciting it morning and evening, I ask what is the correct or proper meaning to ...
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Kavana or Ma’aseh? What Matters?

Ohr Hachaim explains Breishit 50:20 by way of a mashal: someone intended to give his fellow poison but ended up giving him wine. The perpetrator is not deemed to be chayav for what he intended to do. ...
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What inspired Pharaoh's daughter to convert?

The Midrash Mishlei (31:5) writes "ותקם בעוד לילה" - זו בתיה בת פרעה, גויה היתה ונעשית יהודיה, והזכירו שמה בין הכשרות, בשביל שעסקה במשה, לפיכך זכתה ונכנסה בחייה לגן עדן - She rises while it's ...
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Takanas Ezra and the 9 Kabin

I would like to begin my question by making everyone aware that I am aware of this thread ( Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation? ) With that being said my question is ...
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Wearing Tefilin at the earliest Maariv possible

Are there any halachic sources describing a case of someone who laid tefilin before before plag and daven Mincha with, does he have to remove them after plag (when it is still day time) before ...
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Did the Egyptians store food for the famine?

Yosef reveals to Pharoah that there will be 7 years of surplus grain followed by 7 years of famine. Yosef gathers a huge quantity of grain from all over the land and stores it. Didn't the Egyptians ...
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Rashi to Bereishis 41:1

41:1 Rashi says keitz always means at the end. What about Chizkuni’s counter examples of Bereishis 47:2 where Yosef presents some of his brothers and Yirmiyahu 34:14 where it means the beginning? ...
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How does one handle ברכות התורה when learning through sunrise?

With sunrise being pretty late in some parts of the globe, how does someone handle the question in the title? If one is learning before and up to sunrise, do they stop and make a blessing when sunrise ...
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Why is Zerubavel called the son of Shealtiel?

I've a question regards Zerubavel: why is he called the son of Shealtiel? In Ezra 3:2 and 3:8, Haggai 1:1, 1:12, 1:14, 2:2, 2:23, Nechemyah 12:1, Zerubavel is called the son of Shaltiel, while in ...
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Why do we recite Psalm 150 every day?

Psalm 150 says: Praise the Lord with the trumpet, psaltery, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, loud cymbals and high-sounding cymbals. We haven't used musical instruments in worship ...
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Jewish theological position concerning Zionism and the State of Israel [duplicate]

Several orthodox groups, most notably Neturei Karta and Satmar, are opposed to the State of Israel on religious grounds. According to them, since the messiah has not yet arrived, the Jewish people ...
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Naming a Child is it a zchus?

I've once heard that naming a child after a person is a zchus for that person's neshoma. I cannot find a mention of this. I'm not asking about the influence the name has on the child, or cultural ...
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Source of wishing “Titchadesh” - תתחדש on new clothes

What is the source for wishing someone "תתחדש" for a new item of clothing? See the Rema OC:224 who brings a minhag to wish someone that bought new clothes "תבלה ותחדש". Literal translation is "You ...
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Is it a sin to read a book arguing for the existence of G-d written by a Catholic?

So I bought this book written by a philosopher by the name of Edward Feser. His book is called "Five Proofs for the Existence of God". It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Five-Proofs-...
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Looking for compilation of Burial halachot & minhagim

Based on what I have read on this site and heard from a rav, the majority of what most people currently do during burial is minhag rather than halacha. Is there a written or online compilation of ...
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How was the creation story captured/revealed exactly?

How were the first few pages of the creation story captured/revealed? That is, who first heard it or created it or was it revealed to, and in what detail was the first 7 days of creation laid out at ...
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How do rappaports trace themselves back to Aron Hakohen? [closed]

I had a Rappaport friend once who told me that he can trace himself back to Aron Hakohen. I am looking on Geni.com through various Rappaports who are Master Profiles and searching for the connection ...
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Habakkuk 3:13 what does it say?

Looking at the words יצאת לישע עמך לישע את משיחך from Habakkuk 3:13, I noticed it was translated as: ‘Thou art come forth for the deliverance of Thy people, for the deliverance of Thine anointed (...
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What is the exact difference between a chazakah and a rov?

I was asked this question by a friend of mine and at first I thought it was so simple (and maybe it is, maybe I just don’t have enough Torah knowledge to know the answer) but when I tried to explain ...
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List of out of place topics in the Talmud

I was talking with a rabbi, who mentioned that once he had seen a list of discussions in the Talmud (most probably authored by R' Eliashiv), that were in an unexpected place, and by learning only the ...
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Who First Knew of the Messiah

In Parashah Shemot 4:13, Moses says to G-d, "Send, I pray You, by the hand of whom You will send." On p. 77 of Rabbi M. Schneerson's book "Torah Studies" he explains that midrash (Lekach Tov) ...
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Difference between “face of” and “faces of” in Hebrew

If you want to say "face of gold" (sing.) in Hebrew, you say פני זהב. If you want to say "faces of gold" (plural) in Hebrew, you say _______. Part of the difficulty is that the Hebrew word for "...
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Making up Shabbat morning torah reading [duplicate]

If a place did NOT gather 10 people on Shabbat morning service, do they have to make up the Sedra reading? And if yes, when?
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In Isaiah 28:16, is the stone under the whole building or just under one corner?

16Therefore, so has the Lord God said: "Behold, I have laid as a foundation a stone in Zion, a fortress stone, a costly cornerstone, a foundation well founded; the believer shall not hasten. טזלָכֵ֗ן ...
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What page of the Babylonian Talmud has the most words?

Looking for what page of the traditional Vilna Shas edition of the Babylonian Talmud has the most words?
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Is it OK to mummify a corpse?

בראשית נ ב-ג וַיְצַ֨ו יוֹסֵ֤ף אֶת־עֲבָדָיו֙ אֶת־הָרֹ֣פְאִ֔ים לַחֲנֹ֖ט אֶת־אָבִ֑יו וַיַּחַנְט֥וּ הָרֹפְאִ֖ים אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ וַיִּמְלְאוּ־לוֹ֙ אַרְבָּעִ֣ים י֔וֹם כִּ֛י כֵּ֥ן יִמְלְא֖וּ יְמֵ֣י ...
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Inviting non-Jews to a Shabbos meal - practical considerations

What are practical guidelines or tips to have in mind when hosting a non-Jew on Shabbos? Examples would be explain to them they shouldn't touch the lights, e.g., in the bathroom making sure they don'...
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Irony or Tshuva in Berachot?

In Berachot 10a, it is said that Chizkiyah was punished by Hashem for not having children: מָה עָשָׂה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא — הֵבִיא יִסּוּרִים עַל חִזְקִיָּהוּ, וְאָמַר לוֹ לִישַׁעְיָהוּ: לֵךְ ...
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What's the source for the Cheirim of York?

Regarding the massacre of the Jews which took place at Cliffords Tower in York, 1190. It is said that as a result of this incident, a cheirem was placed on York forbidding people to sleep there ...
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Was idolatry nonsense [duplicate]

The Tenach, Gemoro and Midrash seem to indicate that there was genuine power to idolatry eg Pharaoh’s magicians, Shaul resurrecting Shmuel, Rabbi Akiva being scared of a fortune teller on his daughter’...
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Is the Moshiach in Judaism a “returning” type figure?

I am wondering if the Moshiach in Judaism is supposed to be returning in the sense that it is a soul from another figure, specifically King David. I ask because I see this pattern everywhere ...
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Is indirect “benefit” (Hana'ah) also forbidden?

Some things are forbidden via halacha in local terms, such as eating, but some things are so forbidden that we may not derive hana'ah, benefit from them in any way. Chameitz She'avar alav HaPesach, ...
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Teshuva related to Pgam HaBrit [closed]

If pre-ejaculate fluid is released prior to intercourse (while kissing etc), does a person have to do teshuva? Pre-jaculate can contain but typically doesn’t contain semen.
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Berachot 7a – Is there a connection between R. Meir and Acher?

In Berachot 7a we find the following passage: וא"ר יוחנן משום ר' יוסי שלשה דברים בקש משה מלפני הקב"ה ונתן לו בקש שתשרה שכינה על ישראל ונתן לו שנאמר הלוא בלכתך עמנו בקש שלא תשרה שכינה על עובדי ...
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Taking shoes off before closing a deal - is there an history evidence?

In bible (Ruth 4,7) it's written that before closing a deal, it was used that one of the sides took his shoes off: Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and ...

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