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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?
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Generally, the Classic Lithuanian Yeshiva is focused on those tractates that provide ample area for "Lomdus"/"Iyun" - "Analyses: (Shabbos), Sukka, Psachim, Yevamos, Kesubos, Nedarim, Gittin, Kiddushin,...

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Arba'a Va-arba'im Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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344 is the least possible number of dates in the year on which a person in Israel is permitted to eat chamets. 353 days in a chaser year, minus 7 days of Pesach, and Tisha B'av and Yom Kippur. (The ...

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Why was Rabban Gamli'el against Hassidic farmers?
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Thats the point. A farmer cannot be a chasid because then he will donate all his produce to the needy and have nothing left for himself or his family.

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Are there any eruvs that include both sides of a US Interstate Highway?
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The Far Rockaway/Lawrence, NY Eruv http://www.shaaray-tefilah.org/eruv.pdf contains the route of I-878. However they did build a Mechitza on the Far Rockaway side of the road for those in FR who are ...

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What are the halachic considerations that might come up when designing and building a house
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A "connected" house, (where there are sensors in every room measuring how many people are there and computers deciding if the lights need to be on, and if the heat should be raised, and should the ...

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What factors might allow a shul not to repair a passul Sefer Torah?
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There could be a variety of problems with the klaf. Klaf is made from the skin of cows. A "fresh" klaf has a texture or grain of "pores" which absorb the ink and hold it to the klaf. With time and ...

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Shelosha Va-arba'im Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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343 is the least possible number of dates in the year on which a person is permitted to eat chamets. 353 days in a chaser year, minus 8 days of Pesach, and Tisha B'av and Yom Kippur. (The minor fasts ...

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Sofrim selling other's K'tav rather than their own
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Its a function of economics. A sofer only makes money as long as he is writing and has a buyer for what he is writing. A broker gives them guaranteed customers and frees the sofer's time to write as ...

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Is Juneau, Alaska -- surrounded by natural barriers -- a natural eruv
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It would depend on the exact dimentions of the barrriers. For Natural Topagraphy be considered a Mechitza, It would have to rise 10 tefachim in a span of 4 Amos. (mishna berura siman 363) (about 12% ...

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Eiruv in Jerusalem
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The Badatz Eruv is quite smaller that the Rabbanut Eruv in the link provided by mbloch, primarly serving chareidi areas. VERY general boundries/areas in the Badatz eruv: (Counter-clockwise) Ramot, ...

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Online maps of the Biblical Middle East overlaying the modern ME
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Try http://jewishhistory.huji.ac.il/links/maps.htm#biblical Links to Many Maps... Probobly a Martin Gilbert map could be your best bet. Hope this helps..

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Does a pregnant or nursing woman fast on a postponed Tish'ah B'Av?
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My wife ~5 months pregnant was told by Rav Yitzchok Berkowitz from Sanhedria Murchevet Jerusalem not to fast. I made Havdala for her on grape juice after eicha and kinos.

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What sin(s) would be involved if a married man slept with another woman?
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I believe that there is a machlokes rishonim if the issur of Kedeisha is relations with a prostitute woman or even any woman without Kiddushin

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Chamisha Va-arba'im Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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According to the Rambam's count, the 345th negative commandment is the Prohibition against marriage with two sisters. (I know, it's a cheap answer that would answer every number through 613, but we ...

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Woman prayer book
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Artscroll has a sidur specificly writen for women, which i found to be well writen with the specific laws for women. Also there is a popular sefer called "Aneini", which contains many tefilos for ...

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When and how did Chet get its STaM easy-to-differentiate-from-Hay form?
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I believe that it is a machlokes between Rashi and Tosefos in tractate menachos 29b how a ches looks. Tosefos prints a picture of each way. Rashi has a flat roof with a projection above the left leg. ...

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Are all Jews really Arabs?
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Yisrael is refering to the land: All of Israel belongs to the Arabs

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Limitations of an Eruv
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You cannot carry things for after shabbos - separate issur of hachana

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Could somebody identify this, and for what occasion it's used?
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Stoke Newington is near Stamford Hill, a chassidic neighborhood in London. Probobly some Grand Rabbi is visiting as this box is of the style currently used to decorate and welcome such rabbis. No ...

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Sefer Torah in reshus harabim
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Pick it up. Stay there for the rest of shabbos. If Its to hard/dangerous to stay there the whole shabbos 1) switch with other people 2) carry it with another person (melacha that can be done by one ...

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Direction & order of strokes when writing letters
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When I was learning to write I asked my teacher the same question and was told that there is no significance to the order or direction other then this is what makes the nicest letters. I suspect that ...

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When does the year start in terms of saying "Ulichaporas Pasha" for a leap year?
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As far as I have heard, the Yekke custom is to only say it in Adar Bais, as until then we wouldnt know that its a leap year, and afterwards its the next year - Hachodeh haze ROsh chodoshim

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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of "muktzeh machmas chisaron kis"?
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Rav Moshe Feinstein in Igros Moshe Orach Chaim 4:72 states that blank paper! is Muktza Machmas Chisaron Kis as a Bar Daas would not use it for anything other than its intended purpose. It follows ...

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Are the tagin considered part of the letter itself?
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There are three kinds of standard tagin. Triples "shatnez gatz" tagim on the letters Shin Ayin Tes Nun Zayin Gimmel Zayin Single on the letters bais daled hay kuf The single tag on the letter "YUD" ...

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T'chum shabas maps?
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I know that Lakewood NJ has a techum map, -they need one for walking to the new developnents that are not connected to the main part of town. I think lakewood and monsey also need one because they ...

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Is West Hempstead in the Techum of Far Rockaway?
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Its not as simple as Shmuel makes it sound. From Far Rockaway to West Hempstead you have to pass over at least three major highways (I878, Sunrise Highway, and The Southern State Parkway). All are ...

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"Halachikly Complicated" Foods (Safek Bracha)
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Granola - the oats are a safek mezonos/haadama Rice Puffed Wheat - there is a shita that holds that since wheat is one of the & species, one would have to make a "Al Hoadama" Afterbracha (similar ...

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Where do matza bakers find flour that's definitely never gotten wet?
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I think they would start by researching/confirming where the flour was grown, and if it rained there after a certain point in the growing process (after which the wheat can become chametz). Then they ...

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Is there an online resource that gives an "overview" of safrut?
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http://stam-ink.blogspot.co.il/ as well as http://www.ctc-torah.org/ Both are good resources for the layman who wants to learn about safrus

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Shiv'a Ushloshim Ushlosh Meyot - mi yodeya?
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The number of perakim learned to complete the modern bavli daf yomi cycle.

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