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What is the problem with dogs?

There are a few explanations, all of which (except one) can be found by looking at the following commentaries on the verse cited in the question, Deut. 23:19: Ibn Ezra thought that dogs were simply ...
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"Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers" - Contradiction?

The Gemara in Meseches Brachos 7a says the following addressing this seeming "contradiction": (Source from Sefaria.org) והא כתיב (שמות לד, ז) פקד עון אבות על בנים וכתיב (דברים כד, טז) ובנים ...
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How was Ya'akov allowed to favor Yosef over Re'uven?

I heard once from Rabbi Dovid Fohrman that this was exactly the question that the sons of Yaakov were challenging him with. Bereishis 37:32 וישלחו את-כתונת הפסים, ויביאו אל-אביהם, ויאמרו, זאת מצאנו: ...
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Where are there discussions about Torah commands that nobody is known to have broken?

There are 3 mitzvot in the Talmud-Gemara Sanhedrin 71a, 1 in Makkos 7a and 1 in Mishna Zavim 2,2 in which the required procedure of punishment have never been enacted by the sanhedrin, due to lack of ...
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How do Chazal know that the descendants of a Mamzer may never marry into the general populace?

Torah Temimah (text here) cites the Sifri here (my loose translation): גם דור עשירי – נאמר כאן דור עשירי ונאמר להלן בעמוני ומואבי דור עשירי (פ׳ ד׳) מה דור עשירי דלהלן עד עולם אף דור עשירי שבכאן עד ...
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What are "the tokens of virginity"?

I am nearly 60 years old at this time and began studying middle eastern customs and languages since the age of 17 with a well known Biblical translator from Assyria. As this is a very sensitive ...
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Why is the torah so misleading without the oral law

Introduction What could be contained in this question, and manner in which we answer it, is going to depend on several things. First of all, we should clarify what we're asking about: your specific ...
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Before taking eggs from the hens, does the farmer have to chase the hens away?

It does not apply to "planned birds". (Chullin 12:1) Basically, it has to be that you encounter it in the wild.
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How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?

This is a classic ruba d'leisa kaman. In the overall population, a very, very small number of animals are prohibited. Knowing nothing else, presented with an animal before us, we assume it is ...
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Reading zeicher, zecher, or both during the regular Torah reading

The Mishna Berura (685 sk 18) only recommended this practice for Parashat Zakhor, seemingly because it may be a biblical obligation (ShA OC 685:7). Betzel HaChokhma (6:50) said this applies to any ...
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How can the Rambam say that Kiddushin is a Mitzvah, against the Gemara?

Rambam's son, R. Avraham, as cited in Kesef Mishne, end of Ishus 1:1, answers that the command is to marry with kidushin and nisuin, which is why Rambam refers to even the first part as a mitzva, ...
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Difference in meaning of Zeicher / Zecher

There are multiple kinds of Segolites (penultimately stressed two syllable words marked with Segol/Tzere-family vowels). Some are Segol-Segol (6-dots) and move to Tzere-Segol (5-dots) when in ...
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What is the status of a man who has one or both testes removed due to cancer or some other condition?

Excellent questions; I'll take these out of order, forgive me here. "The congregation of God" here simply means marrying into the Jewish mainstream. So a man who chose to be castrated is allowed to ...
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What are "the tokens of virginity"?

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's translation gives the traditional Jewish interpretation: It's all about witnesses. He produces witnesses that she cheated on him while they were "betrothed" (like engagement, ...
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Why can't a yavam marry a chalutzah?

I'm basing this off of some things that I learned from R' Tzvi Berkowitz. I don't recall his sources, so he'll just be my source. The mitzvah of Yibbum is building off of the relationship that ...
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Where are there discussions about Torah commands that nobody is known to have broken?

I think you are looking for this Sanhedrin 71a There has never been a stubborn and rebellious son and there will never be one in the future,... There has never been an idolatrous city and there will ...
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Dog that was exchanged for a lamb

It is a sheep who was traded against a dog that is forbidden to be brought as an offering. See the gemara in Temura 30a and following. Such a sheep is forbidden as the verse continues: as it is "...
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Isn't the concept of mamzerut in violation of Ezekiel 18:19-20?

Mamzerut is not a punishment for the deed, the punishment ends with the death of the parents, if it applies. Mamzerut is a situation, a מציאות . I think of it as a genetic disease, or a social/...
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אשה יפת תואר- BiZman HaZeh?

Sefer Hachinuch Mitsvath 532: ונוהגת מצוה זו בזמן שישראל על אדמתן, כי אז היתה להם רשות ויכלת בידם להלחם. והעובר על זה ולא עשה המעשים שזכרנו בטל עשה זה. This commandment is practicable in time ...
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Halacha that a woman may not speak to her husband in the presence of others

The Torah Temimah suggests that this is an extension of the law brought in the Rambam Hilchos Ishus 15:20 (emphasis on the part that he quotes): וכן צוו על האשה שתהיה מכבדת את בעלה ביותר מדאי ויהיה ...
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Wayward son only attributed to father?

Rashi (21:11) cites a Midrash that explains the juxtaposition of the passages of the captive woman, the hated wife, and the rebellious son: אֲבָל אִם נְשָׂאָהּ סוֹפוֹ לִהְיוֹת שׂוֹנְאָהּ, ...
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Until or even down to the Tenth Generation

Since the term "mamzer" is not what the current English term "bastard" is used for, I will use the correct legal term. One should be aware that in many places the term "mamzer" is translated as "...
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אשה יפת תואר- BiZman HaZeh?

Here are two halachic answers (1, 2) that say that this law applies these days but in any ordinary case one may not act on it because of two main reasons: The current laws of war, which do not allow ...
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Halacha that a woman may not speak to her husband in the presence of others

"And the girl’s father shall say [to the elders]: [The father, but not the mother.] This teaches us that a woman is not permitted to speak in the presence of her husband [when others are present]. — [...
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How can we reconcile Devarim 24:16 with BaMidbar 16:27?

The Midrash Tanhuma (ed. Buber: Parashat Korah 6) notes that this was abnormal as normally children are not punished: אמר ר' ברכיה כמה קשה המחלוקת שב"ד של מעלה אינן קונסין אלא מבן עשרים שנה, וב"ד ...
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Why is "שבי" switched from masculine to feminine?

שבי means "captives" referring to the people themselves. שִּׁבְיָה means "captivity" referring to the state of being imprisoned. Compare the use of the term שִּׁבְיָה in the Mon. - Thurs. davening ...
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Why can't a yavam marry a chalutzah?

I'm going to build an idea off of the Netziv on that passuk, so I'll mention his point first. He mentions the idea that yibbum has to do with neshamos like the Ramban says in Vayeishev, but then ...
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How was Ya'akov allowed to favor Yosef over Re'uven?

Indeed, in Devarim 21:16 - 17 it states that the father cannot favor the son of the beloved wife over the older son of a hated wife. But that is with all else being equal, with the only reason one ...
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Can a yefas toar be Jewish?

An Eishet yefat toar is not Jewish because there is no Kiddushin for her. Kiddushin 68b: א"ק (דברים כא, יג) ואחר כן תבוא אליה ובעלתה וגו' מכלל דמעיקרא לא תפסי בה קידושין Only After she has cut ...
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