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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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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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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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Why must challah be tamai when it is burned?

Contrary to popular belief, challah isn't supposed to be burned. It is food for the priests (kohanim) and their families to eat. Eating it is a mitzva with a special blessing (YD 322:5). It's such a ...
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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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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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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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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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What is technically required for shalosh seudas?

You should use bread. That is the minimum Halakhic requirement. If you for some reason really, really can't have bread (eg. allergy, availability, repulsion), might as well satisfy some minority ...
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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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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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Eating leavened bread on Passover

Because God said so. Exodus 12:15 שִׁבְעַת יָמִים מַצּוֹת תֹּאכֵלוּ אַךְ בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן תַּשְׁבִּיתוּ שְּׂאֹר מִבָּתֵּיכֶם: כִּי כָּל אֹכֵל חָמֵץ וְנִכְרְתָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא ...
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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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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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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 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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May one use bread for havdallah?

One cannot use bread for havdalah. If one has no wine or grape juice, one can use chamar medinah. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 296:2)
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What do you do if you make a Mezonos on cake, but then decide to eat a lot more?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 48:4: אִם מִתְּחִלָּה הָיָה בְּדַעְתּוֹ לֶאֱכוֹל רַק מְעַט, וּבֵרַךְ בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי מְזוֹנוֹת, וְאַחַר כָּךְ נִמְלַךְ לֶאֱכוֹל שִׁעוּר קְבִיעַת סְעוּדָּה, אִם בָּזֶה שֶׁהוּא ...
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Can egg Matzo be used to make an Eruv Chatzeiros on Pesach?

The mishna said in the 3nd chapter of Eruvin mishna 1-2: מְעָרְבִין לְנָזִיר בְּיַיִן וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל בִּתְרוּמָה ... מְעָרְבִין בִּדְמַאי We can make an Eruv for a nazir by wine, for Yisroel by ...
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Toasters in motels / cabins

Per the OU website discussing "Kosher Food in a Non-Kosher Office" one should not use a bread toaster and should assume it is not Kosher. Q. The lunch area in our office has a can opener, peeler, ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

Whether or not one would make a Beracha on it is subject to a dispute of the Rishonim. Tosefos to Berachos 12a s.v. לא לאתויי נהמא cites a dispute between the Rif and the Ri about whether or not one ...
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Must a kazayit be eaten immediately?

The STAR-K writes Although ideally a kezayis should be consumed immediately, it is also acceptable for one to initially eat a small amount of bread after the brocha and then eat a kezayis of ...
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Do we withdraw our hands from bread?

Many Rabbis say it is indeed a problem at weddings. Rav S.Z. Aurbach and Rabbi Scheinberg who are quoted as saying weddings are not an issue, is because the removal of the bread/tables was not because ...
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Bracha for "Zero Net Carb" Bread

I have asked Kosher Miami ([email protected]) and they responded the blessing was sheakol (as pcoz suggested in comments as well). So there is no way to wash on bread like this and its final ...
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Possuk when washing for bread?

Many say the following passuk: שְׂאֽוּ־יְדֵכֶ֥ם קֹ֑דֶשׁ וּ֝בָרְכ֗וּ אֶת־ה'׃ Lift your hands toward the sanctuary and bless Hashem.
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Minimum amount before obligation of Challah

There are different opinions. Since you asked for sources, here are a collection of them. According to Halachipedia, there are some differences. It reads: Ashkenazim custom According to Ashkenazim, ...
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