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What happens when you jokingly said 'I'm a nazir'?
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In the specific case of the OP, there is a first reason he would not become a nazir: He explained he is a nazir, he didn't say he becomes a nazir. So, he lied. But he didn't received nezirus.

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Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?
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We found in the Talmud (Yev 17a), about descendants of the lost tribes that could become a great problem: לא זזו משם עד שעשאום נכרים גמורים "They did not move from there before they made them [=...

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Stairs to Ascend to Menorah but not Altar
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The problem, as written in the verse, is towards the altar itself (not someone else seeing). See in Rashi that the kohen could uncover his body in front of the stones [and we learn a fortiori to avoid ...

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Does Shalom/"peace" need Genizah?
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The שו''ת הרא''ש (precise reference) says, it doesn't need geniza.

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How do we know that God exists?
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It is obvious. How else could such a world come to existence? Not speaking the fact that (at very least) 600.000 men witnessed the miracles on exiting Egypt, crossing the sea, hearing Gcd and getting ...

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Kehuna 'acquired' by 24?
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Maybe, "real" kohanim have an empiric wisdom, that they gathered from various situations. Particularly, by receiving the 24 gifts, they deal with the world of the fields (teruma), the Levites (...

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Biblical description of the firmament vs. round earth in the Zohar
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There is no contradiction; they talk about two points of view. The litteral meaning of the Bible's verses, doesn't talk about a physical/scientific reality. But rather from an everyday-life point of ...

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Bereishit vs. science
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(As Joe already began in this direction) From the verse at Bereshis 2:1, the Talmud (Chullin 60a) says that כל מעשה בראשית בקומתם נבראו וכוי "All the Genesis' action were created in their height [...

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If copper mirrors were good, leave them?
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Maybe the women had now gold or silver mirrors. They, indeed, received many treasures from the Egyptian, either by asking them or by the Sea butin. So, copper mirrors were now obsolete. But the women ...

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Can a woman sneeze in public if it draws attention?
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Talmud in Bechorot 44b says, a man can urinate even in public to avoid health problems. Because, at least at the Talmud time, one could be ill and sterile if he was retaining from urinating. So, IMHO,...

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Does texting count as speech?
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IMHO, it is not the same thing for a promise bein adam lachaveiro and an oath say, not to eat bread today for example. Because in the latter, it is explicitly written לבטא בשפתים . Not only you have ...

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if someone never eats bread during the week, only on Shabbos and he is not sure whether he said Retzai or not, does he repeat Birkhas Hamazon?
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IMHO there is no difference. Mishna Brura 582, 3 says (about the 10 days of teshuva) דחזקה מה שהוא רגיל הוא מזכיר "One is בחזקת that he said as he is used to". And if you say: that is because the ...

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Would you buy "Bible for Children" for a 2.8 year old toddler?
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You should definitively not. Talmud Gitin 45b : נקטינן ספר תורה שכתבו מין ישרף a Sefer Torah that was written by an minn must be burnt. This halacha was brought in Shulchan Aruch YD 281. R ...

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Is one allowed to kill false witnesses to his own capital crime?
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Yes. What is the צד not ? והתורה אמרה הבא להרגך השכם להרגו If your question is because they do not physically come to kill him, see Sanhedrin 72b about a baby, Berachot 58a about a moser ... Not ...

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The Gemara says (mesechet shabbat) that one can survive with a rivi'it of blood
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Assuming your affirmation that "<60% : lethal" (--> sources?) In math this is called a necessary but not sufficient condition. Our Sages knew that, the smallest vital amount of blood is a revi'it....

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Applying Pesachim 49a's prohibition of marrying the daughter of an "am ha'aretz"
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Don't have precise source right now, but I recall reading that, at Talmud time, almost all the education of girls was from her parents; so bas am haaretz had little chance to be different. But ...

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Why in the Beis HaMikdash did the day start in the morning?
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I have read (possibly from R' Y.I. Kaniewsky but not sure), because, in the general world, obscurity precedes light (Berachos 2a): כל ההתחלות קשות etc. But, in the beis hamiqdash, we are already at ...

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what is the significance of a ram in the unknown trespass offering sacrifice? Why not a lamb?
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A classic explanation is, because when a man knows that he faulted, he would regret more than a man that just doubts. So in case of a known sin, the qorban is just a lamb, instead of a ram for a "not-...

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How should the phrase דיו לבא מין בדין להיות כנדון be pronounced?
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The right version is the second (LaBa). Pronunciation LaVo is from the Ashkenazic קמץ under the "for the going" then people think it is "to come"... Must remember the source, but I think it was from ...

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In Judaism, what prophetic event or promise to Israel took the longest time to fulfill?
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First of all, we wait for all the prophecies about the end of this last Exile. But meanwhile, we already saw a lot of another. A few examples: In parashas ניצבים , the Tora says that "stranger that ...

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Aiyn Hara vs. Eiyn Hara
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Seems it is not a סמיכות : it is not 'eyn hara = Evil's eye, but 'ayin hara = the bad eye. Because in aramaic, עין הרע is translated עינא בישא and not עינא דבישא .

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What is the perceived effect of circumcision on sexuality?
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Yes, in Jewish conscience there is a connection between circumcision and reproduction. For example, see Sefer haChinuch (2) : אות קבוע בגופם להבדילם משאר עמים בצורת גופם כמו שהם מובדלים בצורת ...

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Mah hu af atah parameters
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Nice question! Maybe the idea is, see in the Torah if there is not something against it. For example, we do not kill a guilty bidei shamayim, because as is said in the Torah: ולא ימות הרוצח עד ...

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Not Bentching on a Kos when wine is already on the table
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Ruach Chayim (by R. Haim Palachi) to OC 182 writes: אכן מי שאינו מזיק לו היין ובלאו הכי הרי הוא שותה יין בתוך הסעודה ועם כל זה אינו אומר ברכת המזון על הכוס גדול עונו מנשוא שאומר לו הקב"ה לתאותך ...

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Why was G'd "hiding" the good and evil knowledge from Adam and Eve?
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He did not "hide". As already pointed in comments, the "dark cave" is where they entered, not the previous state. It is explained [perhaps Nefesh haHaim?...] that, before eating the fruit, they did ...

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What one must give up their life for
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Maybe the source you search is in the Sefer HaChinuch (25: מצות האמנה במציאות השם ) ולא יודה בחילוף זה ואפילו יאמרו להרגו ... In fact, this is not a 4th thing, but an extension of the first. There ...

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Why would an innocent sotah want to return to her husband?
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I almost do not understand the question. The roles are reversed: this woman committed a grave fault towards her husband. Even she did not commit the maximum adultery, she is not innocent. She ...

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What's the problem with looking at a wicked person? And who does it apply to?
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See Megila 28a ...במה הארכת ימים... מימי לא נסתכלתי בדמות אדם רשע דאמר ר' יוחנן אסור לאדם להסתכל בצלם דמות אדם רשע שנא' ... ר"א אמר עיניו כהות ... And the loshon צלם דמות may include even a ...

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Can mikvah water become tamei?
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No, a mikve remains pure, as written in vayikra 11, 36 . Mikve water is considered 'connected to the ground', and (thus) cannot become impure.

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Are gentiles tameh ? Do they convey any kind of tumas?
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mideorayta: they can not become impure, all the time they are alive. Like living animals, or living plants (=connected to the ground). But miderabanan: they are considered impure. This is a decret ...

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