Aaron Shaffier
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Is there "Torah Inerrancy"?
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In short the answer is Yes. Maimonides (also know as the Rambam) codifies 13 principles which are basic to Judaism. These principles are pretty much universally accepted as binding in all Orthodox ...

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What else could have come out of Yiftach's house?
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Your question is based on an incorrect supposition. Archaeology has shown that the typical Israelite dwellings during the Iron age were two floors with animals living on the bottom floor. See here: ...

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Why does the Tefilin Shel Yad have a protective cover?
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I am a Sofer Stam and I can tell you that although there is an inyan in Kabbalah to cover the tefillin shel yad, that is not the reason for the plastic cover. It is to protect the corners of the bayit ...

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Do Jews need to care about non-Jewish homosexuality?
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Rambam writes in Hilchos Melachim 8:10 that Moshe Rabeinu commanded us to force all humans to follow the 7 Mitzvos (and if they refuse, we must execute them). It is quite clear that in our times we ...

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Does consuming raw meat make one Fleishigs?
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Who said that raw meat is inedible? The Shulchan Aruch rules in Hilchot Shabbat that raw meat is not Muktzeh on Shabbat since there are people who eat it as a delicacy (ie Steak Tartar).

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Why put on Tefillin shel yad halfway?
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This is a case where the universal custom is according to the Arizal. In Halacha, the Mitzvah of Tefillin shel yad is to bind it to the bicep and then wrap around the fingers three times. The three ...

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Is it possible to convert a rosh of a Rabeynu Tam Tefillin into a rosh of a Rashi Tefillin?
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You are not allowed to. This is because the two opinions mutually invalidate one another and therefore you would be taking Kosher Tefillin and making it not Kosher according to Rabbeinu Tam. This is ...

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Why do we say "ואתה עתיד ליטלה ממני"?
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According to the Gemara in Shabbat 152b and the Zohar Vol.II 108b, those who are alive at the time of Techiyat Hamesim will have to die and return to dust one hour before the resurrection in order to ...

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What was the dietary source of calcium in Talmudic times?
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Seems to me that this whole question is based on a misunderstanding. The mishnah is not describing the diet of a poor woman. It is describing the supplies that the husband is obligated to provide to ...

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Why is the atara on a tallis always the same design?
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It seems to me that you are hanging around a very limited crowd. In the course of any given day I am likely to see Ataras like you have described, but I am also likely to see silver ataras of many ...

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Where can I buy kosher Tefillin scrolls?
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I have to throw in my link as well MezuzahStore.com. I mainly recommend it because I own it and therefore can vouch for the quality of the Tefillin ;)

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What to do when which side of the door to put the Mezuza on is unclear?
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When one has a door between two rooms there is a list of criteria to determine which side is considered the right side of the door. You should evaluate them in order. As soon as one is met, you have ...

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What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?
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There is some evidence that the Jewish population of Rome had Kosher supervision 2,000 years ago. See this article: The Garum Debate: Was There a Kosher Roman Delicacy at Pompeii?

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Why is the right strap longer than the left strap by the Tefilin Shel Rosh?
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The Shiurim for the length of Tefillin straps is one of the many halachot of Tefillin that is Halacha LeMoshe Misinai. There is no reason given for this in the Halachic works. That being said, ...

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Finding the tefilin boundary on a balding head
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Yes there is a way. But first let me clarify something... There is an upper and a lower boundary of where Tefillin may be placed. Anywhere between these two spots is fine. The area is rather large, ...

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Why is "Shalom Aleichem" always plural?
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This is clearly as a show of respect. The second person plural can be used to show respect in Hebrew. Also in Arabic an almost identical greeting is universally used, "As-Salamu Alaykum". Seems pretty ...

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