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Questions seeking sources for a given practice or idea, or seeking the location of a specific source.
Questions about Jewish prayer (the fixed order of typically-thrice-daily prayers, or prayer generally).
The seventh day of the week and a day of rest. Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to Yom Tov and Shabbat.
Questions related to how something was in the past, and how it's developed since then.
interpretation of parts of Tanach by close reading, not derivation (Pronounced "par-sha-noot")
Questions about short prayers called b'rachos ("benedictions" or "blessings"), generally said to thank God for specific events.
Kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus, כשרות or כַּשְׁרוּת) is the set of Jewish dietary laws.
Jewish philosophy as well as Jewish perspectives - i.e. not only formal philosophy. NOT for questions about Jewish practice unless there's a philosophical component.
Questions about the definitions, meaning and use of words specific to Judaism or words that carry unique meaning in Jewish law.
Questions asking for a recommended product, book, website, etc. Note that questions must have an objective answer; primarily opinion based questions are off-topic.
a central text of Judaism. It takes the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, philosophy, customs and history.
Questions about theoretical issues about psak and general halacha concepts
Questions pertaining to the Hebrew language, as related to Judaism. See the help center: http://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, occurs for 7 days in the Spring, and celebrates the Exodus from Egypt in ancient times.
Questions about the purpose, meaning, halachos (rules), etc. of names.
Questions about the mitzvah to study Torah, and the nature of Torah study. This tag is not intended to be a general tag about Torah. Almost every question on the site is about Torah in some sense. …
marriage, marrying, the state of being married; more specific tags are `wedding` and `intermarriage`
An acronym of "Torah" (Five Books of Moses), "Neviim" (Prophets), and "Kesuvim" (Writings). The three books together form the "Written Torah".
ONLY IN JEST. "Purim Torah" is humorous and satirical writings customarily read on the Jewish holiday of Purim. Mi Yodeya has a great collection of Purim Torah, under this tag. For ou…
Questions about the lives and personalities of Jewish religious authorities.
Exegetical interpretation, often of verses in Tanach. The term also refers to books based on these interpretations, e.g., Midrash Rabba, Midrash Tanchuma, et al.
Questions about Hebrew grammar as related to Judaism.
The Rambam, or Maimonides, was a famous 12th century Rabbi, philosopher, and physician. He wrote the Mishneh Torah and the Moreh Nevuchim (Guide to the Perplexed).
for questions about the nature of commandments or the status of being a commandment. (However, many particular commandments have their own tags.)
Conversion to Judaism. This entails acceptance of the mitzvos, tevila (immersion), and for men, bris milah (circumcision).
Questions related to Jewish commentaries, their meaning and their origin.
Also called "phylacteries": a religious object worn by Jewish men, usually during morning weekday prayers.