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In a standard Torah scroll they are indeed the same height as the rest of the columns, but they are wider than the regular columns. To keep the proportions right and have it fit on one page, it looks like those printers scaled the whole column down to page width. Rambam writes (Sefer Torah 9:10) that in his Torah scroll the columns were 4 finger-breadths ...


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This is not a definite reason, but it may be in memory of the teaching of Rav Yehuda said in the name of Rav found in Bava Bathra 74b which talks about the Leviathan that was salted and stored away by HaShem for the Tzaddikim in the world to come, meaning after the resurrection of the dead. There will be a special meal which will include salted fish. It ...


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For ולמדה: that doesn't mean "it's not a mapik hei". It means "this word doesn't appear anywhere else with a mapik hei". You'd be right in normal Hebrew, but mesorah language is it's own code. For נשבעתי: the Keser, as quoted in the note, has a patach, so that's what I personally use. You can see the Keser yourself at aleppocodex.org. In this particular ...


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While he doesn't comment on the "reincarnation as a dog" aspect, Rav Moshe Stern, the Debreciner Rav, has a responsum to a group of people who had repeated intercourse with various non-Jewish women. After dealing with a number of other issues (such as if wearing a condom during intercourse mitigates the prohibition in some way, and which particular ...


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You can read this article in full, but I’ll just quote the important part below. Most likely, the fish became popular among Eastern European Jews for practical reasons: it was cheap. ————— some edits Based on some of the comments I’d like to add some clarification. Although Yaakov Dean’s answer is quite clever, it does not attempt to explain why ...


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While it's true that some animals, plants ... are gilgulim of people, that does not mean that all are. Reincarnation is usually because a soul has to fix something it did or did not do but for whatever reason can't go to gehinom or needs to be done in the physical world. Most souls however either throughout the course of their life completed what they ...


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Reb Moshe has about 3 teshuvos on this sort of thing, I think he is discussing teshuvah for homosexuality as far as I remember. The issue with having sex with a non-Jew is more a hapharas bris than an issur de'oraysah, in fact the rishonim are hard put to pinpoint exactly what the issur should be. I.e. you have violated the integrity of the Jewish people. ...


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Here's how I personally see this (based on the tradition of my Rabbi) - it takes two to tango. This is based on a famous parable about the Moon (Chulin 60b): רבי שמעון בן פזי: ... אמרה ירח לפני הקב"ה רבש"ע אפשר לשני מלכים שישתמשו בכתר אחד אמר לה לכי ומעטי את עצמך Rabbi Shimon ben Pazi... explains: When G-d first created the sun and the moon, they ...


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I think this is just an "anomaly" in your Tikkun! The only requirement is that all these parshiot are stumot, meaning that there must be a minimum of (I think) 9 letter yod's from the end of one parsha to the beginning of the next one. Considering that within these 8 parshiot, the number of words are almost identical, it seems very likely that you would ...


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Yes this is a tefila for the period called SHOVAVYM, shemot vaera, bo, beshalach, Ytro, mishpatim Here is the nussach.


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The Shomrei Emunim Rebbe in his sefer Taharos Hakodesh says that it was revealed to Rav Nachman from Heaven that the 10 psalms are for rectifying involuntary nocturnal emissions. Which kinds of sounds like it excludes other possibilities.


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The Yerushalmi in Shabbos says that in the future the Jews will be closer to Hashem than the angels, and that the angels will be asking us what Hashem is doing.


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