Joe Howard
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Is the English "YHWH" a valid equivalent to the Tetragrammaton?
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At lease according to some rishonim, any language other than Ancient Hebrew is not truly a language but rather an agreed upon method of communication (see the Ran in his commentary in the beginning of ...

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Can a fiance sleep at his in-law's?
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I can see two sources in the talmud: A. Avodah Zarah 58b מאי א"ל אסור משום לך לך אמרין נזירא סחור סחור לכרמא לא תקרב Rabbi Asi repeated his question: What is the halakha? Rabbi Yoḥanan said ...

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How should a Rabbi resemble an angel?
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The prophet Zachariya (3,7), according to the Targums explanation, refers to angels as "those that stand by". 'Thus saith the LORD of hosts: If thou wilt walk in My ways, and if thou wilt keep ...

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Yehoshua 8:30- יבנה= built or will build?
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The Talmud (Sanhedrin 91b) proves "resurrection of the dead" from this seemingly grammatical error: It has been taught: R. Meir said, Whence do we know resurrection from the Torah? From the verse, ...

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Dikduk question on psalm 93
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I can only answer you first question. Grammatically, נשאו is past tense while ישאו is future tense.

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What is the issue of listening to nivul peh?
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Talmud Shabbat 33a מאי ועוד ידו נטויה אמר רבי חנן בר רבא הכל יודעין כלה למה נכנסה לחופה אלא כל המנבל פיו אפילו חותמין עליו גזר דין של שבעים שנה לטובה הופכין עליו לרעה אמר רבה בר שילא אמר רב ...

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Can a yeshiva be holier than Beis Hamikdosh?
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Moses was instructed to remove shoes when he saw the Burning Bush because the place is holy. put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground (Exodus 3,5) ...

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Why do we read Leviticus 22:26-32 on the first day of Sukkot?
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Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehuda Berlin in his work Ha'amek Davar (Leviticus 22,26) writes the following: This section is next to the holiday section and is read on the holidays. There is no doubt that ...

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Can Etrog and Lulav be too cheap?
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While I can understand the emotional issue one may have with paying dirt-cheap prices for a mitzva, I do not see the connection between ואנווהו which literally means to glorify, which is done through ...

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If someone ate non-kosher meat willingly, but wasn’t aware that it contained forbidden blood/fat, are they “cut off”?
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To 'earn' the karet punishment one must sin b'meizid - knowingly (First Rashi in Masecta Kritut). The required knowledge is a. knowing that the action is a prohibited at the time, and b. knowing the ...

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Could Adam eat of the forbidden fruit more than once?
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Is it illegal to rob a bank? If the bank robber robs the bank again, is the second time illegal too? On a side note: Not sure what the relevance your comparison between Adam and Jesus is?

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Judging whether a rabbi resembles an angel
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From the Talmud (Moed Katan 17a): There was a certain Torah scholar who gained a bad reputation due to rumors about his conduct. Rav Yehuda said: What should be done? To excommunicate him is ...

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Why do we read Leviticus 22:26-32 on the first day of Sukkot?
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My ignorance prevents me from providing sources as you've requested, but I'll dare to offer an explanation of my own. The Mishna (Megilla 4a) traces the origins of holiday torah reading all the way ...

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