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Rav Yehudah HaChassid of Regensburg was the head of "Chassidei Ashkenaz" and the Rebbe of famous Rishonim. He lived from 1140 until 1217. He wrote a "will" containing 78 mystical instructions for ...
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What is the platform on the side of Me'arat Hamachpela?

Before the six day war (starting around the 14th century), Muslim rulers forbade Jews from entering the Me'arat Hamachpela and instead only allowed them to go as far as the seventh step at the ...
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Jewish Minecraft instructions?

Here is a YouTube video of someone's actual Minecraft model of the (first) Beit Hamikdash. If building based on that isn't enough, they provide some links in the video description. Disclaimer: I don'...
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Putting up scach before walls of sukkah

The Dirshu Mishna Berura quotes R' Elyashiv ZT"L that even if the tefach is on the ground the Succah is kosher. (mishna Berura 635 s"k 11 #8)
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Do walk-in closets need a mezuzah

Star-K provides an in-depth answer to your question here along with footnotes. Some takeaways as follows: Size is a factor A large walk-in closet is halachically considered to be a room if it is four ...
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Doors and Doorways in Parshat Vayeira

Firstly, yasher kochacho on a really good observation! Rav Yosef Tzvi Rimon makes an interesting analysis here. He notes that there are interesting parallels with the story of Sodom and Pesach which ...
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Questions related to shul structure

This question was taken up by the author Zvi Zohar on his book Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East. I will give a summary of what his sources tell us, and then give useful quotes from the ...
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Are any laws of the synagogue D’oraita?

The Chofetz Chaim in Sefer Chofetz Chaim where he lists the positive commandments clearly states in Positive Mitzva number 7 that current day shuls and batei Mirash have the same laws of the temple as ...
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What was the shape of Noach's Teivah? Box or Houseboat?

Okay, I think I've found the answer. The Teivah was definitively not a boat shape according to the Ibn Ezra, Abarbanel and Rav S. R. Hirsch. Ibn Ezra:תיבה ולא ספינה כי איננה על צורת אניה ואין לה ...
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Shemot describes the construction of the tabernacle. I have a question about the engineering

My understanding has always been that “the middle bar in the midst of the boards, which shall pass through from end to end” was horizontal as you can see in the picture from here. . Boys are ...
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Minimum size for door to be obligated in mezuzah

The minimum height is 10 handbreaths. (Rambam Mezuza 6:1) The Talmud in a number of places (eg. Eruvin 11b) sounds like the minimum width is 4 handbreaths, but Rambam doesn't record that requirement. ...
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Jewish Minecraft instructions?

Well... This is certainly unexpected. I never thought I'd ever see a question on here about Minecraft. It's really true that you can take anything and use it for Torah. I'd start with picking a scale....
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Fitting the Sanhedrin (150) into Lishkat Hagazit (10x15 feet chamber)?

there are mefarshim that are mashma that the liskas hagazis was built on pillars and was in the azara but since its a second floor it doesnt have kedushas azara and ppl could sit there. Here are 2 ...
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Why was Herod allowed to renovate the Temple?

Daf Al ha-Daf vol. 16 on Bava Bathra, p. 48 quotes R. Yerahmiel Zelcer as asking the same question: וכותב הג"ר ירחמיאל זעלצער שליט"א ויש להקשות איך נתן לו בבא בן בוטא עצה כזו לבנות בית ...
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Shemot describes the construction of the tabernacle. I have a question about the engineering

Before I answer your translation, I'd like to work with two others that I've seen that are a bit easier to understand. The Sefaria translation is "halfway up the planks," not "in the midst of the ...
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Is there nowadays any advantage in having an Ark which is movable?

I've heard that a immovable ark makes a room or structure into a synagogue. There are limitations on what you can do with a room or structure that is a synagogue. For example, selling or demolishing ...
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What shape were the branches on the Menorah in the Beit Hamikdash?

Rambam and Rashi both agree it was angular. The Lubavitcher Rebbe suggests an answer as to why the arch of Titus etc. are round. It is like we say in ve'al hanissim on Chanukah "v'hidliku neirois ...
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Explanations from חז״ל for Noah's ark?

This is a great question! I saw two answers: The Ramban in Parashat Noach 6:19 (who was quoted by @sabbahillel), and also Rabbeinu Bachaye 7:15, who both say it was a miracle where מועט החזיק את ...
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Explanations from חז״ל for Noah's ark?

Even though it is not from Chazal, in keeping with what was mentioned above about what the Ramban said — that even when God bends the laws of nature, he doesn't go all out1; he does the minimum ...
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Why was the side door to the hechal unlocked so oddly?

The Rav (see Rav mishna 2 also) explains that there were two locks on this door,there was a lock on the inside toward the bottom of the door and one on the outside, facing the person entering. The ...
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