Dave
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Can you see your wife unclothed?
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It is definitely allowed according to halachah; this teacher was probably speaking about what he felt was the pious and holy way to behave. But the truth is that one must be extremely careful when ...

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What is the oldest manuscript of Torah Shebaal Peh?
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The oldest written Torah Sheb'al Peh (though not exactly a manuscript) would seem to be the recently-discovered mosaic of the ancient shul in Beit Shaan. The Hebrew Wikipedia article about that shul (...

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Fulltext search across sources: Gemara, Zohars, Rishonim and Aharonim
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The Bar-Ilan Responsa project has an online version that allows free searches, displaying up to 150 words from each result. This is an extremely powerful program, as its textbase is "clean" and edited,...

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The new TSA airport scanners and tznius
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Rav Moshe Shternbuch reportedly sees no problem with it.

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Why is Sha'ar Ha'Yichud of Chovos Ha'Levavos so "controversial"?
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The philosophical approach is considered by many to be an "Emunah minefield" for those who do not have proper guidance. The popular "Lev Tov" edition of Chovos Halevavos (with a translation/commentary ...

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Does a pot that cooked food with a bug in it need to be kashered afterward?
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No need to kasher once the bugs have been cleaned out, because the halachah is that bugs are נותן טעם לפגם, they impart an unpleasant taste [that does not enhance the flavor of other foods]. Source: ...

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A cryptic Seder HaDoros regarding to the year of Jesus' birth
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He is saying that the year 3724 coincides with the end of a 532-year calendrical cycle. This cycle is when the 19-year machzor katan and the 28-year machzor gadol return to their initial positions (19 ...

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Shakespeare in Classic Jewish Sources
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I don't know if this qualifies as a truly "classic" source, but there is a classic essay by R' Zevin about "The Judgment of Shylock According to Halachah." Update: It seems that Hebrewbooks has ...

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Marcus Jastrow Dictionary Copyright
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I believe it's been out of copyright for a while. You can access the whole book online here: http://www.tyndalearchive.com/TABS/Jastrow/ It's also available on Google Books, though I only found Vol. ...

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The (female) name Freeda amongst Sefardim
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Its source may be the Arabic name Farida, which means "unique / precious" (as opposed to the Germanic name Frida, which means "peace"). [link]

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Forbidden to eat while standing up?
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Maseches Derech Eretz Zuta Ch. 5 states: "One who is a Talmid Chacham (Torah scholar) should not eat while standing." From the context it is evident that this behavior is considered unrefined. ...

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Demons or Sheidim?
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You didn't mention whether he was ever evaluated by a competent medical professional -- that would be the first step. If that didn't help, the second step would be to go for a second opinion. Of ...

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How do I avoid thirst when fasting?
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Please see "The Segal Guide to Fasting For Yom Kippur (from a Medical Perspective)," written by a physician. The very first point he deals with is the thirst issue you raised. Most people ...

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Etymology of the Name Feivel
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Some claim it is a variant of the Greek word Phoebos, meaning "bright," which is why it goes together with Shraga (= flame in Aramaic). However, others dispute this etymology. Here is one ...

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How can people drink 7-11 Slurpees and soda?
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Rabbi Sholem Fishbane has a comprehensive article about Slurpees here: http://www.crcweb.org/kosher_articles/slurpees.php Regarding the nozzles of the machines, an article by Rabbi Dovid Cohen (http:/...

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High School Math in the Talmud
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You might want to show him Rambam Hil. Kiddush HaChodesh and the diagrams in the back, as well as Chazon Ish on Kiddush HaChodesh and the attendant illustrations. At the very end the Chazon Ish even ...

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Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos?
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The March 20, 2013 issue of Mishpacha magazine contains the following anecdote in an interview of the singer Avrohom Fried, regarding the events preceding the production of his first album, "No ...

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"Blias" in today's pots and pans
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From a Kosher Spirit interview with Rabbi Chaim Cohn: KS: Can you share a unique experience that you had while working at the OK? RCC: I once had an argument with a plant engineer ...

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Making Fruit Punch on Shabbos
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אין צביעה באוכלין -- There is no [prohibition of] dyeing with respect to food. Some relevant info from here: Is one permitted to add food coloring to food on Shabbos? One of the 39 prohibited labors ...

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Why do music tapes and CDs warn about playing on Shabbos?
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Maybe because early Jewish recordings were mostly cantorial style, and there was a serious concern that people would play recordings of Shabbos and Yom Tov liturgy on those days. Also, perhaps it is ...

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Bracha after an earthquake
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Piskei Teshuvos (227:2) cites Bircas HaBayis who says that the blessing can only be recited during the quake or within 2-3 seconds (תוך כדי דיבור) after it's over. He also says (from Teshuvos Shevet ...

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What was the first product to receive Kosher certification?
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Modern-day kashrus certification hasn't been around for that long. The honors for "first to be certified" under the current system would seem to belong to Heinz Vegetarian Beans, which in 1923 became ...

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How to identify Yashan
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You can get a pdf of R' Yosef Herman's authoritative "Guide to Chodosh" by sending a blank email to chodosh@sefer.org. In the period immediately following Pesach, all food is Yashan. Starting around ...

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Why does Ezekiel describe the maneh as 20 + 25 + 10 + 5 shekels instead of just saying 60?
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Rashi to that verse, and Tosafos in Bechoros 5a (s.v. Esrim), ask this question. They answer (based on the Targum of the verse) that there were actually separate measuring utensils that had to be made ...

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Kol Mekadesh - sung Friday Night - המאחרים לצאת מן השבת וממהרים לבא
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I once heard an answer as follows: The Torah was given on Shabbos, so the first extension of Shabbos was the מאחרים לצאת they did that evening. It was only the following week that they fulfilled ...

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Is there any restriction on what constitutes a mezuzah case?
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It would be a good idea to provide your friend with the dimensions of the actual mezuza you plan on using, to ensure that the cavity inside the case will be large enough to accommodate it without ...

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Source of the Yiddish word Cholent
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From Wikipedia: Max Weinreich traces the etymology of cholent to the Latin present participle calentem, meaning "that which is hot" (as in calorie), via Old French chalant (present ...

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Tefillin under Bar Mitzvah
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The Mechaber (OC 37:3) states that one buys Tefillin for his son once he is mature enough to care properly for them. However, Rama rules there (from the Ittur) that this is only when the son is age 13,...

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Rashi on Yerushalmi
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Double AA covered the main commentaries on Yerushalmi. Here are a few very useful contemporary ones: Lev Yerushalayim (on all of Yerushalmi, I think) Commentary of Rav Chaim Kanievsky (example here) ...

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Talking to objects and Avoda Zara
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I once heard Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky describing the life of a certain Rav in a little shtetel many years ago. The people of the village were unlearned, and the Rav, who was a big Talmid Chacham, had no ...

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