Clint Eastwood
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How the irrational number Pi can be derived from the Torah?
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Pi can be derived from the Torah by rolling up a Torah scroll and measuring the end's diameter and circumference. The ratio between them will be pi.

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Why G-d didn't reveal the Israelis a recipe for gunpowder?
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God didn't give the Jews a super weapon because he was the super weapon. The covenant with the Jews is that if the Jews keep the Torah, God will protect them. If God gives them all machine guns with ...

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What's a Grammen?
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A Grammen is a kind of song Da Na Da Na Da Na Na! The tune is simple so you can sing a long Da Na Da Na Da Na Na! It doesn't really matter if you put too many syllables into a line Da Na Da Na Da Na ...

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Why is Haman called an Agagite and not an Amalekite?
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Haman is called an Agagite to link him directly to the failure of Saul to kill Agag before he could reproduce. Mordechai and Saul were both of the tribe of Benjamin and it is literarily significant ...

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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?
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There are numerous prophecies about the Messianic era and they are generally viewed together as a "single package". As such, Orthodox Judaism is hesitant to declare a single prophecy of that package ...

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I need people from the Tanakh who represent "curiosity", "impatience", and "resignation"
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Habakkuk The prophet Habakkuk is thought to be the boy in the incident of Elisha and the Shunamite woman. Episode here: http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/15910 The second line of his very ...

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I accidentally broke my fast on Yom Kippur, now what?
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Continue the fast. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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How do we know that Moses' wife was Hamitic?
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The idea that Moses' wife (Tzipporah) was Hamitic comes from a comment Miriam made about him. Moses was spending a lot of time with God and since one had to be in a state of purity to talk to God, ...

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What are the major regions relevant to Ashkenazi minhagim?
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First, read up on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It is very interesting and plays a big role in Jewish historiy, especially vis a vis the Russians. ליטא is Lithuania and most likely corresponds ...

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Sofrim selling other's K'tav rather than their own
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There is an inyan that one should not buy STaM from someone who is not a certified sofer. Someone could have a talent for checking, buying, and selling STaM without being really good at writing them....

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Women had to sacrifice for purification each month?
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I once asked this question. The part about the korban offering only refers to more unusual zaavaah flow rather than the typical niddah flow. I, like you have done now, once understood the last ...

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Why do most of the shuls in Manhattan face the wrong direction?
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Manhattan Island points SSW to NNE so all the properties on the grid will also face in that direction. The buildings also have a narrow streetfront and go back longer. Putting the aron on the East ...

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Dr. Bronner's soap
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Earlier on the label it mentions Jesus being a student of Hillel. That makes this label a work of a min. Even torah scrolls written by minim lack holiness and dont go into shemos. Source later.

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Men: how do you control your reactions to women in immodest dress if you can't avoid them?
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As a wise man once said: When I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes, I just turn my head until the darkness goes.

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Snake lamps on Shabbos?
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Either A) Get a pair of timers for the lamps OR B) Switch both lamps on before Shabbos and leave them on all Shabbos. Just point only one at the snake at a time.

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Why is it permissible to flush a toilet on Shabbat?
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Flushing a toilet is definitely not carrying because the network of sewage pipes under the city is a reshut hayachid. As to the outlet pipe, there is some delay and disconnect between the flush of ...

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how could Korach have ruach hakodesh
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Perhaps Korach experienced his ruach hakodesh at the giving of the Torah during which even the lowest handmaid experienced a prophecy greater than that of Ezekiel? (Rashi on Shemot 15:2)

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What are all the different koshers for/about?
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These different symbols belong to different certification agencies. Some are regional agencies for example, the Chicago Rabbinical Council. The CRC will certify food produced in or distributed ...

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“Teiku” (תיקו): why Eliyahu and not Moshe Rabbeinu to resolve unanswered Talmudic questions?
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Eliyahu is known as the herald of the Messiah. Teiku doesn't mean Eliyahu will personally resolve talmudic deadlicks, rather that they will be resolved in Messianic time.

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Does the book of Daniel accurately date the war with Babylon?
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Your primary complaint is over a discrepancy of only eight years, which is not a huge amount. This discrepancy could be explained by different methods of counting regnal years and does not render ...

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How is this belief muttar?
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You can have a concept that some of God's traits are "feminine" and that He has both masculine and feminine aspects but that is different from saying that there is a separate god that is God's wife. ...

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if there was a caliphate established would the jews have to pay the jizya
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The law of the land must be obeyed in general unless it significantly violates other mitzvot requirements or the law is tyrannical. E.g. Romans forbid circumcision, still obligated to circumcize. E....

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Why was Shechem designated as a city of refuge?
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Schechem was chosen likely because it was a large city in the left middle third of Eretz Yisrael. Look up a map of the 6 cities. They are spaced out. Just because is was a city of refuge doesn't make ...

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Can I talk about my business in shul if it is to help another Jew avoid a transgression?
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If we are talking about talking during davening, you can't. As to talking business in schul not during davening, it would tend to be forbidden. However, the Ben ish chai writes that if one is a ...

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Repaying debts with micropayments?
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Your question has two components: A) Not paying back the debt on time. B) Paying back in a manner that has a lot of "processing" expenses for the creditor. a) In a functioning halachic world, if one ...

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Is Mi Yodeya helpful?
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My ancient Aramaic reading skills are exceedingly poor but I am able to understand concepts. I am not able to look things up in sefers and get schar but I am able to learn complex torah from the ...

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What is the Jewish view on Adam's footprint in Sri Lanka?
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This mountain in Sri Lanka isn't mentioned in Tanach, Gemara, or the Rishonim. I don't think that there is an official Jewish position on the rock formation at the top, but in my humble opinion, the ...

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Did the Romans really argue that all they'd done was so Jews could study Torah?
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This excerpt refers to a metaphysical event that occurs in heaven. The claim that "we did it all for the Jews" is made by the angel serving as the Roman's defense attorney in the heavenly court and ...

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Can I walk out of class?
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Bang your head on the desk and become a shoteh, potur from aveiros!

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Can I fold my neighbour’s tallis if I find it in Shul unfolded a day or more after Shabbos?
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Yes. You can fold his tallis. Folding your neighbors tallis will protect it from damage. Forget about segulah. You have an obligation to protect your neighbors property, particularly when it costs ...

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