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Why is a Torah written by a woman not considered a kosher Torah?

The Talmud (Gittin 45b) says: תני רב המנונא בריה דרבא מפשרוניא ס"ת תפלין ומזוזות שכתבן אפיקורוס עובד כוכבים ועבד אשה וקטן וכותי וישראל מומר פסולין שנאמר וקשרתם וכתבתם כל שישנו בקשירה ישנו בכתיבה ...
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What are reasons of מצוות עונה marital sex?

A woman has a right to receive sexual pleasure from her husband, just as much as food and clothing. See below: Ra’avad, Ba’alei Hanefesh, Gate of Holiness – selection 4: :הארבע כוונות אשר המעשה ...
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Lists of chukkim and mishpatim?

In "Chorev" R. Samson Raphael Hirsch divides the Torah into several categories, two of which are mishpatim and chukim. Here is an image of the table of contents, showing which mitzvot are classed in ...
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Why is alcohol not prohibited?

Rabbenu Avraham ben HaRambam writes: If God would forbid everyone to drink wine and alcohol as he forbade non-kosher animals and fowl, not all would be able to comply...such a prohibition would ...
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Why does water purify?

R Aryeh Kaplan in his beautiful book Waters of Eden (also part of his Anthology vol. 2) writes this is a chok (law without explicit reasons) and cites Bamidbar Rabbah 19:8 By your lives, a dead ...
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Connection between accidental murderer and Kohen ha'gadol?

The Rambam writes that the death of the High Priest distracts the mourners from seeking vengeance on the possible killer in the city of refuge: The chance of returning from the exile depends on the ...
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Passover Lamb: Why is the bone not broken?

Sefer HaChinuch #16 explains breaking bones was the way of the poor and at the table of the seder we act as free and wealthy men (e.g., reclining) For it is not honorable for the sons of kings and ...
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What is the purpose of the goat for Azazel, as opposed to conventional offerings?

In Guide for the Perplexed 3:46 Rambam writes: The goat [of the Day of Atonement] that was sent [into the wilderness] (Lev. xvi. 20, seq.) served as an atonement for all serious transgressions more ...
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Can a single-parent father be exempt from time-bound mitzvot?

As someone in this category, I would like to remind everyone that this is what psak is for. One cannot be exempted from commandments, a competent rabbi familiar with a single-parent father's ...
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getting up for an elder on a wheelchair

The Talmud asks this question (Kiddushin 33b) and concludes that רכוב כמהלך דמי riding is like walking (in this context, at least), and so rules the Shulchan Arukh (YD 244:2). So you would have to ...
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Why is kisui hadam (covering of the blood) only done for a bird & wild animal, but not for a domesticated animal?

According to the "Klei Yakar" (Vayikra 17-13): The main reason for the Mitzvah of "Kisui Ha'Dam" is to make a distinction that one should not come to eat blood - "Dam Ha'Nefesh" (violating the ...
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What is the purpose of the goat for Azazel, as opposed to conventional offerings?

The Sefer HaChinuch explains (§95) that the two goats of Yom Kippur are symbolic for the choice presented to a sinner – the goat for Hashem representing one who repents, and the goat for Azazel ...
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Why was Shaatnez used in making the Mishkan?

This really is not unexpected that something that is the choicest material and is used in the service of God is not allowed to be used by normal people for everyday use. For example the blood and fats ...
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Why does God hate sexual immorality?

Rabbi Mayer Twersky writes: Rashi, commenting on the verse "you shall be holy" (Vayikra 19:2) states: "abstain from sexual immorality ... because wherever you find abstention from sexual ...
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source for the mitzva to walk in Israel

aish brings the sources You shall possess the Land and dwell in it - Bamidbar 33:53 and the gemara in Ketubot 111a Whoever walks four amot in the Land of Israel may rest assured that he will be ...
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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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Purpose for commandments?

Both of the reasons that are suggested in the OP are correct according to Torah. The primary reason is to inherit the World to Come, as explained in Mesilas Yesharim chapter 1: והנה מה שהורונו חכמינו ...
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why love your neighbor as yourself?

Rabbi Aqiva and Ben Azzai have a dispute as to what is the overriding principle behind the Torah. According to R' Aqiva, it is "love your peer as yourself", and according to Ben Azzai, it is "these ...
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Meaning of the mitzvah to not eat Gid Hanashe

The Sefer Hachinuch has a known explanation in Mitsva 3: משרשי מצוה זו, כדי שתהיה רמז לישראל, שאף על פי שיסבלו צרות רבות בגלות מיד העמים ומיד בני עשו, יהיו בטוחים שלא יאבדו, אלא לעולם יעמד זרעם ...
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Why Yom Kippur is on the 10th of the 7th month?

If you search through the Written Torah, you will see that nothing happened on this date. Well, the written Torah explicitly mandates Yom Kippur being on the 10th day of the month (Leviticus 16:29, ...
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Physical defect vs. defect in Holiness

Rav Hirsch explains the concept of מום at length in Vayikra - Emor 21:17 The entire explanation is too long to put here, but I will try to give a brief summary. I have been asked to edit in the ...
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If the Torah tells us to love the stranger, וַאֲהַבְתֶּם, אֶת-הַגֵּר is there a command to love one's husband/wife?

ואהבת לרעך כמוך includes loving ones wife. (See Rabbi Samson Refael Hirsh on the Pasuk). There reason a convert is written separately is people may not include a convert in ואהבת לרעך כמוך.
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If the Torah tells us to love the stranger, וַאֲהַבְתֶּם, אֶת-הַגֵּר is there a command to love one's husband/wife?

The Gemara in Kiddushin (beginning of the 2nd chapter) takes it for granted that the Mitzva of וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ - love your friend as yourself refers to one's spouse, which is why it is ...
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Why sprinkle on the third day?

R' Samson Raphael Hirsch, in his grand exposition of the symbolism in the red heifer procedure1, relates the third and seventh days of the procedure to the Third and Seventh Days of Creation and to ...
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Why is eating meat from living animals wrong?

Rambam explains this prohibition as follows: Guide for the Perplexed 3:48 It is prohibited to cut off a limb of a living animal and eat it, because such act would produce cruelty, and develop it:...
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Why do we wave the Lulav / etrog?

Waving the lulav represents our victorious emergence from the judgment of Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur. The following Midrash appears in Midrash Tanchuma on Parshat Emor # 18: ולקחתם לכם ביום הראשון ...
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The underlying reason for Shemitat Ksafim?

The Sefer Hachinuch in Mitzvah 477 says that the main reasons for this Mitzvah are in order to instill a sense of compassion in the person foregoing the loan, as well as to help train him to have more ...
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Why do we count Sefirah cardinally rather than ordinally?

I saw a nice answer in a sefer named Maadanei Yom Tov. Why is it that we celebrate Shuvuos on the 6th of Sivan, and call it Zeman Matan Toraseinu -- the time of the giving of our Torah, when the ...
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Why is kisui hadam (covering of the blood) only done for a bird & wild animal, but not for a domesticated animal?

The Chinuch explains that the blood domestic animals is offered on the altar so cannot be covered, and God didn't trouble us to distinguish in this way between animals offered on the altar and animals ...
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Is ethics a reason behind commandments?

In this answer, I'll first establish that this assumption about the operating principle of darshinan taama dekra doesn't fit with the sources, and then offer three possible resolutions to the ...
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