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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

Presenting a strictly Chareidi point of view on this site is like walking into a minefield, but here goes. There were definitely religious leaders who were against instituting a special day to ...
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Is there definitive breakdown/explanation of the various philosophical differences of Hasidic dynasties?

For a historical work that also dives deep into the divergent philosophies of different Hasidic sages, it is hard to beat Hasidism: A New History by David Biale, David Assaf, Benjamin Brown, Uriel ...
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Who recognizes Yom HaShoah?

Wikipedia deals with the question: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, in 1949, under the guidance of Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel and Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, decided that the Tenth of Tevet should be the ...
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How did Chazal attain its continued acceptance?

Simply - this is the sign that the Pharisees were the ones with the correct tradition of the Torah. HaShem promised in our precious Torah that he would maintain the covenant he made with the ...
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Who is the Veretzky Rebbe that's been coming up everywhere?

The Veretzky Rebbe you speak of is Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Labin of Bnei Brak. His father is Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Labin of Ziditchov. They are both descendants of Rabbi Yissachar Berish Eichenstein of ...
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Mizmor L'Toda with Melody

Historically, there were rabbinic authorities who cited the custom of singing this mizmor. Among Polish Jewry, the Matteh Moshe [R. Moshe Mat of Galicia, c. 1591] (see #48) and the Levush [R. Mordecai ...
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Minhag for married women to cover their hair in bed

The rebbetzin in my (Chabad) seminary said that people who are makpid on kabbalistic matters do this; others do not. One follows one's kallah teacher's instructions or else the husband's family's ...
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Were there divergent calendar practices after the calendar was made into a fixed calculation

That "example" -- Ben Meir and Israel vs R' Saadia Gaon, the Gaonate, and Babylonia is the only such dispute over the calendar. I "published" on Avodah a copy of an article by R' Yosef Gavriel ...
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How did Chazal attain its continued acceptance?

It's difficult to know, since there are few historical sources on the topic. However, it's possible that the answer lies to some extent on the dependence of the Sadducees on the temple, and their ...
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How to find a Rabbi

It depends on were you live and the type of person that you are. It also depends on the types of questions that you are asking. Many people choose a shul based on a rabbi that they are able to ask. ...
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Who are the Kutim, and what happened to them?

The Shomronim/Samaritans were populating the area of Samaria in Israel by Sancherev and were originally from several places included Kutta hence they are referred to by their original names in the ...
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"Ashkenazim" and "Sephardim," for example

Here are just a few possibilities in Hebrew (I don't speak Hebrew, so please forgive me--and let me know--if some are way off): אגודת - Indeed used with this meaning ציבור -? עם (Not the best) יהדות--...
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Seeking a demographic "pamphlet" of Israeli neighborhoods

I have found Nefesh b' Nefesh's community database to be an excellent resource for this sort of information. Jerusalem is of course a fantastic place in Israel for Torah learning because of the ...
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German and Ethiopian Jews in the time of the Mishna?

In the footnotes to kinnah 25, which talks about the First Crusade, the Artscroll Ashkenazi Kinnot quotes Seder Hadorot, who quotes the Sm"a as saying about the Jewish community of Worms: That ...
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To what extent are non-Chasidim bound by kabbalah?

The mishna berura writes in hilchos tefilin siman 36 in the name of the kneses hagedola that a person should follow every area of the kabola/zohar that is not in contradiction to halocha. but it is ...
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To what extent are non-Chasidim bound by kabbalah?

Kabbalah is not binding for both non-Hasidim and Hasidim, simply because it is not of legalistic nature; it belongs to the occult field of Judaism. However those of Hasidic bent, not necessarily of ...
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What are acceptable communities for a noachide to integrate himself into?

Seattle, Washington has a number of Noachides. There was an active community that I was involved with in the past. It may still be active today.
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Who were the Therapeutae?

The only contemporaneous source we currently have that explicitly bears witness to the existence of the Therapeutae is Philo's "De Vita Contemplative" (The Contemplative Life), which is ...
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Do the Jews of Marakkesh have a particular Nusach?

see here and here for Moroccan Siddur. This is the standard nusach used by the Moroccan communities.
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"Ashkenazim" and "Sephardim," for example

In Hebrew, I have often seen it written as בני אשכנז and בני ספרד to refer to the two ethnic subdivisions of Judaism. I also really like the word עדה. When talking about minhagim, I obviously ...
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Does any Jewish group follow Yerushalmi only?

I have heard that some italian jews follow it to a small extent, and some scholars of the yerushalmi later traveled the bavel (And visa versa), but nobody follows it exclusively. Before the crusades, ...
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Who are the chassidei klali?

As far as I know, these people aren't coalesced per se into one group but are comprised of individuals in various communities coming from various backgrounds who have either been drawn to chassidus ...
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Is there a Chief Rabbi of the United States?

Marvin S. Antelman was Chief Justice of his Supreme Rabbinical Court of America in the 1970s. But this had no governmental recognition as Chief Rabbi such as in the UK. In Antelman's book To Eliminate ...
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Is there a Chief Rabbi of the United States?

There was one Rabbi who claimed to be (see below) but there has never actually been a chief rabbi in the United Sate. Chief rabbis in countries that do have them are almost always political ...
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Is it possible to be chasidish without wearing the garb and keeping all the minhagim?

The Truth On the Lubavitcher Rebbe's 70th birthday, he was asked by a college student if it was possible to be his Chassid without donning the Chassidic garb, without growing a beard. The Rebbe ...
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