Epicentre
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Is the observance of Jewish law/tradition "all or nothing"?
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Don't forget that Kohelet said "For there isn't a righteous person on earth who does only good and never sins". Do as much as you can and always strive to do better. If not being able to keep Shabbat ...

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White booklet that lists key pieces in Ramban Al HaTorah?
6 votes

The book is available for purchase as a PDF from Otzar Hachochmah https://www.otzar.org/wotzar/Book.aspx?85409&

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Why "Hamotzi Lechem" instead of "Hamotzi Chitah"?
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In Psalms 104.14 it is written "Lehotzi lechem min ha'aretz" צְמִיחַ חָצִיר, לַבְּהֵמָה, וְעֵשֶׂב, לַעֲבֹדַת הָאָדָם; לְהוֹצִיא לֶחֶם, מִן-הָאָרֶץ. I have always assumed that this was the source of ...

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What happens in a modern Jewish liturgy?
4 votes

To answer your "Star Trek gesture" question. This is performed as part of a blessing carried out by those of the priestly family (Cohanim). It is done under the following conditions: At least one ...

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Said Chatzi Kadish in error - can it be corrected?
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HaRav HaGaon Yakov Ariel says that he does not go back: לתשובות נוספות של הרה"ג יעקב אריאל שאלה: חזן שטעה ובמקום קדיש תתקבל אמר חצי קדיש, האם חוזר? ובחנוכה ור"ח שחל בחול אם טעה כדלעיל ...

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What can I do to change myself permanently through the repentance process?
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What do you mean by permanent? I learnt once from Habad that life is like going up a down escalator - if you stand still you go down. There is a constant struggle to improve the spiritual level and ...

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halachic status of a mezuzah with printed scroll
3 votes

Not worth the paper it's printed on. The mezuzah is the scroll, hand written with special ink on parchment in the correct order. The (often) pretty case that people tend to call the mezuzah is just ...

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Why does the Megilla assume the listeners are hard of hearing?
2 votes

Just assumes that they are already after a few lechaims.

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Understanding the usage of וגומר and וכולו
2 votes

I have always understood that וגומר is used when abbreviating a pasuk - lists etc. take וכולי

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How to find a copy of mesechta Derech Eretz online
1 votes

The book appears to be on Hebrew Books מסכת דרך ארץ רבא וזוטא and is downloadable from there.

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Bracha on Genetically Mixed fruit
1 votes

If #user11355 is referring to a cross of pineapple and strawberry then there would be no problem since both are "pri ha'adamah". Whether the cross is permitted (or even possible) is another matter, ...

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Must Rosh HaShannah Simanim be Eaten in a Certain Order?
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The blessings are prioritised (in general, not just on RH). First "Pri ha-etz". Then "Pri ha-adamah". Then "Shehakol". In "Pri ha-etz" priority is given to "7 species" fruits. Within these, the ...

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When to say brocha when making a L'chaim
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I learnt from Habad that one makes the bracha, sips the drink, says LeHayim and completes drinking. This would not work for Kiddush of course because of the need for a shiur (quantity) of wine.

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Shehecheyanu upon affixing mezuzah
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As far as I know and can tell from a few sources, in general shehecheyanu is NOT said for mezuzah. However, if the mezuzah is being affixed ready for entry into a new house, then many say it should be ...

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Why didn't Eliyahu Hanavi reveal himself to People?
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Maybe the reason is that there is still some imperfection. Heshbon Nefesh to the very depths may reveal something. Correct that, and if Eliyahu does not appear, repeat process. That is the striving to ...

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looking for recording of shacharit prayer - nusach chabad
1 votes

I suggest you ask Chabad. They may well have a recording, and if not, there may be someone willing to record it.

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Katan (child) opening up the aron kodesh
1 votes

Before I made Aliyah, at Birmingham Central Synagogue (England) the custom was for a child to open the ark for An'im Zemirot. I don't know whether this is still practiced. It therefore appears to be ...

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Shliah Tzibbur's Repetition of Lines of Kedushah
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I learnt once (sorry, no sources) that the Kedushah is responsive - Shatz and Kahal, but the Shatz is himself part of the Kahal, so in order not to separate himself from the Kahal he starts with them ...

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Unrelated kadish in a shiv'a house
1 votes

If you will permit me to draw on my own practice and experience. I try to avoid this but on those occasions where it was unpreventable, I said kaddish quietly along with the mourners. As against that, ...

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Good place in Israel for English-speakers
1 votes

You also have strong English speaking communities in Raanana and Netanya if you want the central area rather than the Jerusalem area

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Washing for bread with bandages covering the hands
1 votes

This would surely depend also on whether there is a specific medical reason that water should not touch the bandaged part. In any case, maybe bracha without shem and malchut would be preferable

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Continuing to drink a Beverage after Birchas HaMazon?
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If I remember correctly you have 72 minutes to continue the meal in which you ate bread with fruit, drink etc.. Therefore you should finish drinking and then bentsch.

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May one have a torah aliyah during the mourning period
1 votes

I think you will find that there are various customs. Some communities give last aliyah (acharon) to a mourner who then says half Kaddish.

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Are Llamas Kosher?
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I understand from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama that the llama is a member of the camel family and so is not kosher.

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Laughing in this world
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Presumably based on the verse "אז ימלא שחוק פינו ולשוננו רינה" - only then (when Hashem returns Israel to the Land and the goyim realize that "Hashem has done great things for them") can our mouths ...

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What does Judaism have to say about the origin of elements?
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This is getting into deep philosophy, but basically the Jewish concept is that G-d created everything but the world keeps going according to natural laws - also G-d's creation. The "created in stars" ...

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Opening up wrong Sefer Torah (Chol HaMoed Pesach)
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I believe that the reason is so as not to dishonour the first Sefer by suggesting that it might be pasul. I am fairly sure that there is a source , so if someone knows it - please add. (posted in ...

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What is the appropriate method for transporting a Torah scroll?
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I would summarize the procedure as "treat the Sefer Torah with honour". At least two people accompanying the Sefer, covered as as far as possible, don't go anywhere dirty or unpleasant. I had to take ...

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Why is Tishah B’Av considered a holiday?
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Because it will be. “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, The fast of the fifth, The fast of the seventh, And the fast of the tenth, Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful ...

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