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What did Hashem sound like?

See the Medrash Raba on Shemos (Exodus) פרשה ג that states that (at least initially, at the burning bush) Hashem sounded just like Moshe's father Amrom when He spoke to him. אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ ...
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What did Hashem sound like?

Midrash Tehilim 18:29 (in the name of R. Luliani) says that Hashem spoke with Moshe with the voice of Moshe himself: רבי לוליאני בשם רבי ישמעאל אמר בנוהג שבעולם הרב אומר והתלמיד עונה. אבל הקב"ה ...
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Would a mouthpiece attachment that does the "work" invalidate the ritual use of the Shofar?

That wouldn't be allowed for use on Rosh Hashana. The classic case of a mouthpiece on a Shofar is coating the opening of the Shofar in gold to make it look nicer, which is invalid (OC 586:16). ...
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Where does the Talmud reference the pronunciation of guttural letters?

I can think of a few comparisons of the sound of Aleph to the sound of Ayin: The sound of Aleph is slight, and the letter is therefore sometimes omitted from spelling. Ex 10:21 Rashi, citing Isaiah ...
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Was the noise from the Temple really that loud?

Your question is discussed in אהלי שם - המקדש - משניות תמיד, מידות He points out that according to Harav Noeh the distance is 38.4 km. The Meleches Shlomo says that hearing the sound of the great ...
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What is השמעת קול about?

This article from Tzomet is mainly focused on the use (non-use) of microphones on Shabbat. Within it, he cites the Talmud Shabbat source and explains: According to Rashi, mashmi’a kol does not ...
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What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?

I'm not observant, but I live in a NY suburb and the tragic loss of seven children and the anguish of their father while their mother and an eighth child struggle for their lives has been the lead ...
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What is/was the Bat Kol?

There is a Malach who is in charge of communicating 'heavenly messages'. The Gemara in Sotah 33a records that angels do not speak Aramaic. The Gemara asks on that by bringing a story of a Bas Kol ...
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

Tzomet is an Israeli institute for Science and Halacha (Jewish law). They research modern devices and see how they can be used/tuned to be used with observant Jews. They have some relevant thoughts on ...
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Can damages be claimed for a very loud noise?

The Mishnah says: If a resident wants to open a store in his courtyard, his neighbor can protest to prevent him from doing so and say to him: I am unable to sleep due to the sound of people entering ...
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looking for recording of shacharit prayer - nusach chabad

This is a recording of all of weekday shaharit being read word-by-word by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson: http://vimeo.com/18771198
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya. As my son wears cochlear implants, I have been reading quite a bit on the usage of hearing aids and implants on Shabbat. There is quite a diversity of opinions in this area. ...
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What exactly are they saying during a Sephardic lilililili?

The Midrash (Bereshit Rabbah 70:19) says that at Yaakov and Leah's "wedding," the member of the audience, who were of aware of Lavan's scheme, tried hinting to Yaakov - Ha Lea! Ha Lea! - Hi Leah! - "...
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Ululating in Jewish culture

Mizrahis ululate even in present day. My fam Iraqi Jew and we stay ululating for any joyous occasion or just when we get together and get rowdy
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Is Listening to a Torah Tape considered Talmud Torah?

Shulchan Aruch HaRav Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:12 says in part: וכל אדם צריך ליזהר להוציא בשפתיו ולהשמיע לאזניו כל מה שלומד בין במקרא משנה ותלמוד אלא אם כן בשעת עיון להבין דבר מתוך דבר וכל מה שלומד ...
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Is Listening to a Torah Tape considered Talmud Torah?

R Braun (from the Crown Heights Beis Din) says that one does not fulfill the obligation to learn torah by listening to tapes.
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Can demons (shedim) masquerade Bas Kols?

This question and answer from yeshiva.co might be of some interest to you. Basically, even if one were to accept the premise that shedim are actual, physical beings (which isn't unanimously accepted), ...
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Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?

As Bruce explained very well above, in the story from Bava Metzia 59b, the Bas Kol doesn't have authority to override halacha. In Eiruvin 13b, there is a story of Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai arguing ...
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Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?

The Bas Kol could be correct, but it nevertheless lacks the authority to, for example, override a decision of the rabbis. In Bava Metzia 59b, Rabbi Eliezer was trying to prove a point of halacha and ...
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What exactly are they saying during a Sephardic lilililili?

As far as I'm aware, the ululation actually goes kililililil, which, according to my uncle (from a family of fluent Aramaic speakers, lishan didan dialect), comes from the word kililah, which has ...
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What is השמעת קול about?

Rav Moshe Feinstein implies that the concern is projecting the appearance of m'lacha being done on shabas. This implication arises from his allowance of an alarm clock's usage on shabas when its sound ...
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Acoustic Megaphone on Shabbat

There are different types of megaphones - you are speaking here of a non-electric acoustic horn that amplifies a voice. Electric megaphones or amplifying music would be very different (but are ...
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Do women/minors count toward the nine listening to chazaras hashatz?

Ba'er Hetev note #8 says that one who isn't listening is not included as part of the minyan, and this includes even one who is a pike'ach. The term pike'ach refers to someone who is deaf but can speak ...
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BeRov Am Hadrat HaMelech - Even if person doesn't hear the Chazan?

The Gemoro Sukkah 51b speaks about the shul in Alexandria as follows: מי שלא ראה דיופלוסטון של אלכסנדריא של מצרים לא ראה בכבודן של ישראל אמרו כמין בסילקי גדולה היתה סטיו לפנים מסטיו פעמים שהיו בה ...
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Sleeping and listening to something that's a Mitzvah

Your sleeping can be a big mitzva, if you do it right, and you don't need earphones for this: שלחן ערוך אורח חיים סימן רלא סעיף א וכן בכל מה שיהנה בעולם הזה, לא יכוון להנאתו אלא לעבודת הבורא יתברך....
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Ululating in Jewish culture

According to my uncle (who is a good surce as my entire mother's family still speaks Aramaic (lishan didan dialect) and have retained many lost meanings), it comes from the word kililah (I dont know ...
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Microphones on Shabbat

According to those who maintain that microphones are prohibited on Shabbat (see, e.g., Rabbi Yisrael Rosen's thorough summary of the views, cited by @mbloch here), it should still be permitted to "...
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Inhaling at the narrow end of a shofar

Based on the following Malbim1 I would venture a GUESS that this is problematic: "וכן למד משם שיהיה פשוטה לפניה ולאחריה ממה שכתוב לשון "והעברת שופר". שהגם שמצאנו לשון "העברה" ...
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Is a silent/mental bracha considered valid?

The Rambam (MT Brachot 1:7) writes you should ideally hear yourself A person should recite all the blessings loud enough for him to hear what he is saying. Nevertheless, a person who does not ...
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Audio of Tenach for children of any age (online)

Try this audio book version (it is not free): JPS TANAKH: The Jewish Bible.

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