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Why do fish die?
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@Yishai in a comment posted a link to an answer to this question, but it's been a long time and he hasn't made it an answer, so I'm summarizing the answer myself. In Otzar HaYediyos, by Rav Yechiel ...

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SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?
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I was listening to a shiur on gambling (unfortunately I don't know who the Rav was who gave the shiur), and he pointed out the game of dreidel He said chassidim have a minhag to specifically play ...

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Why if you drink water directly from a river you'd be considered pagan?
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You're thinking of Shoftim 7:5 וַיּ֥וֹרֶד אֶת־הָעָ֖ם אֶל־הַמָּ֑יִם (ס) וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יְהוָ֜ה אֶל־גִּדְע֗וֹן כֹּ֣ל אֲשֶׁר־יָלֹק֩ בִּלְשׁוֹנ֨וֹ מִן־הַמַּ֜יִם כַּאֲשֶׁ֧ר יָלֹ֣ק הַכֶּ֗לֶב תַּצִּ֤יג ...

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Apple as Forbidden Fruit?
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This article suggests a bunch of explanations for where the misconception came from. The suggestions are: Latin confusion: the Latin translation of the word "evil" (in Tree of Knowledge of good and ...

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What is the hetter for yeshivas to daven a Hoiche Kedusha?
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Explanation #1 is a corruption of the real reason it was started in Slabodka by the Alter. The talmidim were so into their learning they couldn't stop talking about it and ended up talking during ...

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Where is there a discussion where one can understand Devarim 23:25 fully?
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Rashi on the spot points out various restrictions to this verse. (Source : Sefaria) כי תבא בכרם רעך. בְּפוֹעֵל הַכָּתוּב מְדַבֵּר: כי תבא בכרם רעך WHEN THOU COMEST INTO THE VINEYARD OF THY FELLOW MAN, [...

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How do we know that God does not take human form?
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Before my answer, note that whether G-d has a body or not has already been discussed. I understand this question to be discussing something different: G-d providing a vision where He seems to assume ...

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Why do divorced or widowed women still need to cover their hair?
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While this question already has an accepted answer, I feel there is some information missing from it, hence my post. First of all, the question assumes that hair covering should only apply to a woman ...

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Why does the megillah change the order of Esther not telling her nation or birthplace
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You'll be interested to know that (a) Yosef Lekach to 2:10 and Malbim to 2:20 ask your question, and (b) Targum Sheni to 2:20 rewords the verse to be the same order as the first one: ארמית: אין ...

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Which woman false prophet is the Baal Haturim referring to?
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The parsha deals with a false prophet and uses exclusively male verbs. This might lead one to think the relevant laws only apply to a male prophet. Therefore the Midrash Sifrei 83:3 says: בקרבך. ...

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Which other authorities agree with Ramban in regards to the Mitzvot in Sefer Bamidbar?
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It's not entirely clear what the Ramban means with this statement. There are few problems with it. One is the Ramban agrees with the Rambam's list of the 613 mitzvos, with only 25 exceptions (see ...

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Why are we not concerned about zugos with lechem mishneh?
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Interesting question. It is dealt with at the bottom of this site (the same one you quoted, incidentally). A summary of the answers there: Zugos are only a problem when the entire pair are consumed (...

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Could Bathsheba have refused King David?
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One opinion in Kesubos 9a says וכי תימא מעשה שהיה מפני מה לא אסרוה התם אונס הוה And if you would say with regard to the incident that transpired involving David and Bathsheba: For what reason ...

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Good and Bad Omen - on something that can be calculated in advance
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It doesn't make sense to say that something predictable and cyclical is a bad omen. It's like saying the seasons, which occur every year, are a bad omen. The case of eclipses are just further apart. ...

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Is it possible to overcome Yetzer Hara without the Torah?
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Kiddushin 30b (translation from Sefaria) ת"ר (דברים יא, יח) ושמתם סם תם נמשלה תורה כסם חיים משל לאדם שהכה את בנו מכה גדולה והניח לו רטיה על מכתו ואמר לו בני כל זמן שהרטיה זו על מכתך אכול מה ...

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Who is the "Gilyon" on the page of the Talmud?
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Gilyon is Hebrew for margin. It's referring to the marginal notes found in the Vilna Shas, as part of the Mesoras HaShas, originally by Rav Yeshoshua Boaz and later emendations by Rav Yeshaya Pick. ...

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brachah on besamim during havdalah when only one species is used
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Mishnah Berurah 297 Seif kattan 1 says the minhag is always to say borei minei besamim at Havdalah, regardless of what you're using for spices. He writes the reason is to avoid people making a mistake ...

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Things that come from the heart
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The source is Moshe Ibn Ezra (1055-1140, not to be confused with the better known R. Avraham Ibn Ezra), in his sefer Shirat Yisroel. The footnote in the edition linked here1 says that his source was ...

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Wish to learn about Judaism. Please recommend book about Maimonides teachings
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I feel Derech Hashem by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lotzatto (Ramchal) is a great place to get a overall understanding of Jewish belief. Since you asked for Maimonides (Rambam), I'd say in his Mishneh Torah ...

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What's the meaning of not eating animals with blood?
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As with all mitzvos, there are various reasons suggested. The Torah says in various ways כי דם הוא הנפש (Vayikra 17:11, Vayikra 17:14, Devarim 12:23), the soul is connected to the blood of a living ...

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Does this Talmudic quote have any merit?
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I don't see any mention of condoning this behaviour. As with all of the Talmud, the Rabbis are teaching the halachic ramifications of whatever scenario they discuss. A person who does these things ...

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what does it mean that God is infinite?
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I see two questions here: how is Hashem infinite and what does Ein Sof mean Infinite according to Google means: adjective limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or ...

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Exactly how much of the "Curse of Ham" concept is Jewish Idea
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According to Wikipedia, this is the view of the Abarbanel ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Abarbanel) Ironically, according to historian David Brion Davis, Abarbanel played a pivotal role in ...

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Why is a safek d'oraisa lechumra and a safek d'rabbanan lekula?
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The Zohar Rakiah in Sefer HaMitzvos Shoresh Alef writes that chazal when they created their takanos, intentionally built into it the idea of suffik derabannan lekulah, in order to distinguish a ...

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Should ones name be put on a mitsva?
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The Rema in Yoreh Deah 249:13 writes מי מקדיש דבר לצדקה, מותר לו שיכתב שמו עליו שיהא לו לזכרון, וראוי לעשות כן (שו"ת הרשב"א ח"א סימן תקפ"א) י Someone who donates something to charity, it is ...

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what is bitul torah b'eichut?
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I saw a source for this idea in a sefer in the name of the Gra who says כשם שיש ביטול תורה בכמות יש ביטול תורה באיכות Just like there is a bittul torah in quantity, there is bittul torah in ...

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tuft of hair distinguish Rashi / Tam tefillen
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You are referring to Shulchan Aruch OC 32:44 קְצָת שֵׂעָר זֶה צָרִיךְ שֶׁיֵּרָאֶה חוּץ לַבָּתִּים. A little bit of this hair needs to be visible from the outside of the compartments. The SA ...

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What does עמלות בתורה actually mean?
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Based on Minchas Asher Sichos to Bechukosai What עמילות בתורה means can be better understood from the following​ sources: ירושלמי פאה ג, שביעית ב:, שבת י"א. וכתובות נ"א. אימתי היא חייכם, ...

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HaTov VeHaMeitiv wine in the house contradiction
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The misunderstanding is the assumption that Seif 3 is the same case as Seif 1. Seif 1 is discussing שינוי יין, a different bottle of wine. There's no discussion of it being better or worse, just not ...

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Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av
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What you are referring to is found in Simman 551:16. The Rema writes .ואפילו בערב-שתב של 'חזון' אסור לרחוץ כי אם ראשו ופניו ידיו ורגליו בצונן .ויש מקלים בחפיפת הראש בחמין למי שרגיל בכך כל שבת On ...

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