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What's the source for the Challah lasting all week in Sarah's tent?

This is the interpretation of the Shem Mishmuel on the Parsha (5671). His reasoning is that the three 'blessings' of Sarah's tent correspond to three miracles that occurred in the Mishkan, the third ...
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Psalm 41:10 Who is King David's friend who lifted his heel against him?

2 Samuel 15:12 "And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, from Giloh, as he offered the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, and the people with ...
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Were the Showbreads really made months before they were eaten?

The Ha'amek Davar offers two explanations: His first answer is that a there was a constant miracle that the bread always stayed fresh for the week between its baking and its consumption. Similarly, ...
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Taschlich Bread crumbs on Yom Tov

There seems to be no known source for feeding the fish at Tashlich. As already noted, those who mention it then to be opposed to it. But the fact is that it is mentioned - and its origins seem to be ...
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Why "Hamotzi Lechem" instead of "Hamotzi Chitah"?

The Bach in O.C. Siman 167 has a nice explanation of this. He starts by pointing out that the word "hamotzi" is the preferred word for the blessing, even though the word "motzi" would suffice, ...
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Honey on Hallah for Newlyweds?

I checked through the Nitei Gavriel on Nisuin and there is no mention of such a Minhag. I personally have also never heard or seen such a custom. The closest I found is the Rokeach 353 who mentions ...
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Why do the “Shtei HaLechem” not play a prominent part in the davenning for Shavuos?

This question is discussed in Chevel Nachalato 8:13, where a number of contemporary Rabbis' approaches are presented. R. Avigdor Nebenzahl writes that he knows of no good answer to the question, but ...
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Is Pas Shacharis a Chiyuv or can I skip breakfast?

dinonline responds to your question as such The idea of pas shel shacharis — morning bread, or breakfast — is not an “obligation,” but is stated by the Sages of the Gemara by way of good advice. The ...
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Why "Hamotzi Lechem" instead of "Hamotzi Chitah"?

In Psalms 104.14 it is written "Lehotzi lechem min ha'aretz" צְמִיחַ חָצִיר, לַבְּהֵמָה, וְעֵשֶׂב, לַעֲבֹדַת הָאָדָם; לְהוֹצִיא לֶחֶם, מִן-הָאָרֶץ. I have always assumed that this was the source of ...
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May one go on a fishing trip during Hol Hamo'ed Pesach where chametz is used as bait?

This is not permitted because one of the restrictions of Pesach is that you are not allowed to derive any benefit from Chametz. See http://www.kosherquest.org/aboutpesach.php
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Taschlich Bread crumbs on Yom Tov

In the seffer haminhagim of the Maharil, the source of tashlich quoted in the Ramma end of siman 583, he mentions in hilchos Rosh Hashana ois 9 when going to tashlich on Rosh Hashana to be carefull ...
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How can chala be taken from baked bread?

Challah in chutz la'aretz may be taken after (most of) the bread has been eaten, since it is only mid'rabonon (Shulchan Aruch YD 323:1). However, one must leave over a little more than the shiur ...
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Eating bread on Shabbos

There is a requirement to eat bread for first two meals of Shabbos, as per the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 274:4. However, the Mishna Berura Siman 291:1 Sif Katan 3 notes that Shabbos meals were ...
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Is it allowed to make bread in the shape of the lechem hapanim?

The Talmud in Avoda Zara 43a-b brings an opinion that one may not make certain vessels or buildings that replicate the Mishkan or Temple vessels or buildings. This is learned from the verse in ...
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Why "Hamotzi Lechem" instead of "Hamotzi Chitah"?

Neither the question, nor the seven answers so far, mention what is probably the most relevant Talmudic passage to this issue. The Talmud, in discussing the blessing for olive oil, states the ...
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Is there anything wrong with not eating bread to avoid reciting Birkat Hamazon?

I found the following in the Beinenu.com sedra sheet for Ki Sovo "תחת אשר לא עבדת את ה' אלקיך בשמחה ובטוב לבב" ( דברים כ"ח - מ"ז) כותב רבי מאיר מונק בספרו "דרכי נועם", ...
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Hamotzi & Gluten Free

Challah 3:7: הָעוֹשֶׂה עִסָּה מִן הַחִטִּים וּמִן הָאֹרֶז, אִם יֶשׁ בָּהּ טַעַם דָּגָן, חַיֶּבֶת בַּחַלָּה, וְיוֹצֵא בָהּ אָדָם יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ בְּפֶסַח. וְאִם אֵין בָּהּ טַעַם דָּגָן, אֵינָהּ ...
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In modern Judaism, do they still make Menorah Stamps for the purpose of Marking Kosher Bread?

A similar concept is used today, in which a variety of symbols are used from various Rabbinical organizations to mark kosher food (bread included). Read more about hechsherim (singular: hechsher) here....
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Throwing Out Bread

There appears to be an independent prohibition to throw out bread, and doing so could cause one to become poor (cf. Shabbos 143a, Tosfos to Brachos 52b) due to the respect and appreciation that we ...
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Why is Birkat Hamazon said after eating just a small piece of bread?

Berachos 20b says that bentching before one is full is Rabbinic in nature. It brings this Halacha in the context of the following question: אמר ליה רבינא לרבא נשים בברכת המזון דאורייתא או דרבנן למאי ...
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Can non-bread combine with bread towards making one satisfied for bentching?

The Shulchan Aruch O.C. 208:9 writes: עירב קמח דוחן ושאר מיני קטניות עם קמח של חמשת מיני דגן ובשלו בקדירה מברך בורא מיני מזונות ועל המחיה ואם עשה ממנו פת מברך המוציא וברכת המזון ודוקא שיש באותו קמח ...
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What is Pas Shacharis

According to R' Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits According to the basic reading of the Shulchan Aruch it seems that one should wash for bread every morning in order to have pas shacharis.(59) However, ...
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What should you do if you washed and planned to have a meal with bread but realized that the bread went bad?

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes (Igrot Moshe O.C. cheilek 4, 41) that less than a kezayit of bread does not exempt subsequent foods from their brachot, so in your case (assuming your bite was less than a ...
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taking off a band-aid for washing of hands for bread?

the shulchan aruch says in 162:10 ״מי שיש לו מכה בידו ודטיה עליה: די לו שיטול שאר היד שלא במקום הרטיה one with a blemish covered by a bandage, it's sufficient enough to wash the rest of the hand ...
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What's the difference between יאכלו נקודים and יתחלקו לעסות (in תרומות פ״ה)?

See Mishne Torah Hilchot Terumah chapter 14 יב] סאה תרומה טהורה, שנפלה לפחות ממאה חולין טמאין--יימכר הכול לכוהנים, חוץ מדמי תרומה. והכוהן אוכל מדומע זה קליות, או ילוש אותו במי פירות שאינן מכשירין--...
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Define pas for pas yisroel

To be bread it must have toar lechem, "the appearance of bread". So noodles are definitely out, as are cooked grains, which do not even necessarily require bishul yisrael (to be cooked by a Jew), but ...
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Pas (Pat) vs Lechem

The word פת means "piece". (As I don't believe in coincidence, I think the English word "piece" may have come from the Hebrew, in some way!) See Radak on Genesis 18:5:1 (Sefaria ...
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Why "Hamotzi Lechem" instead of "Hamotzi Chitah"?

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I heard this, but I heard that the apparently-incongruous wording of the blessing is there to make us realize that even though bread is only edible thanks to a ...
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Do you have to eat bread meal(s) on every day of Chol HaMoed?

I can pass along this bit of halacha (I will add bold for the relevant part) which I got in my email: Every day of Chol Hamoed we add ya'aleh v'yovo in Shemone Esrei and bentching. In Shemone Esrei ...
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