Adam Simon
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Yerushalayim City of Gold
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There are numerous Talmudic sources which refer to a "Golden Jerusalem", these sources, however, are not referring to the actual city of Jerusalem but to a piece of jewelry which was colloquially ...

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No More Zechuth Avoth?
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I don't believe that the intention of Shmuel is to say that the entirety of Zchut Avot has been exhausted, but rather only a certain aspect of it (perhaps as you mentioned for the wicked) or that the ...

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Why did David's kingdom split if he didn't sin?
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Based on that Gemara it appears that there are two opinions regarding whether King David erred or not. According to the opinion that he did err, this shortcoming was the cause of the split in the ...

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Binyamin spelled with or without a second Yud
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I am not an expert in Biblical Hebrew grammar, but it would seem based on the below commentary of the Torah Temimah that it has to do with the vowelization of the word throughout Tanach. The mem is ...

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How to Tear Kriyah
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One should tear Kriyah: for a parent on the left side for another family member (for whom one sits shiva) on the right side for Har Ha'Bayit (ie. the Kotel) on the left side The tear should be made ...

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Why doesn't one say Hagomel when flying within the USA?
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The Shulchan Aruch in 219:1 (based on Brachot 54b, which is based on Tehillim 107) lays out 4 categories of individuals who are required to make Birchat Ha'Gomel, one category is "יורדי ים" - ...

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Shnayim Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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262 is the gematria of אל מלך נאמן.

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Shelosha Veshishim Umatayim - mi yodeya?
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263 is the gematria for the common abbreviation used for Rabbi Saadia Gaon - רס'ג

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Two Yahrtzeits One for Mother one for Father who comes First
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The halacha does not differntiate between one mourning for a mother or a father in terms of priority for any of the chiyuv davening activities. In fact, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 26:16 states that even ...

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What qualities are necessary in a halachic wrapping?
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I believe what you are referring to is the concept of kis b'toch kis or a 'pocket within a pocket'. This is a halachic wrapping for words of Torah, tefillin, siddurim, sifrei Torah, etc. being brought ...

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Moving Fans on Shabbos
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Rabbi Dovid Ribiat writes in his Sefer Lamed Tet Melachot - The 39 Melachos Vol. 1 Section 1/Chapter III/E)/a/2 (Chapter 3 - Muktza Page 51): An electric fan may be moved or adjusted if it is ...

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Walking by an Automatic Door on Shabbos
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In order to answer this question, we must first introduce a few concepts (which some of the other answers mention as well): Psik Reisha Psik Reisha D'Lo Nicha Ley Melacha Deorita vs. Derabanan Psik ...

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Can one play darts on shabbat?
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Rabbi Dovid Ribiat in his Sefer Lamed Tet Melachot - The 39 Melachot Vol. 3 Section 3/E)/h (pg. 822 in Melacha 23, Tofair) states: "One may not stick push pins into a bulletin board whether to hang ...

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What is the exact definition of Shituf (vis a vis 'Avodah Zarah)?
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The word shituf comes from the same root as the word shutaf, meaning partner and it denotes the mistaken practice of believing in, worshiping, OR otherwise affirming the existence of another entity ...

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Does a minyan use fast-day liturgy for the fast of the firstborn if some will override the fast?
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In general, fast day liturgy is only done if there is a minyan (quorum) of men who are fasting, on normal fast days, we assume that everyone is fasting and therefore the whole minyan would be fasting, ...

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Mehadrin vs. Non Mehadrin
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I also heard, in the name of Rav Miller, that mehadrin vs. non-mehadrin relates to the issue of rov as it relates to checking on shochtim and whether animals were shechted properly. Again, to stress ...

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Halachic Considerations for Women in the IDF
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There are a number of books and websites (including shailot ve'tshuvot of recognized halachic authorities) on the topic of Halachot for Soldiers. I would strongly recommend anyone in this situation ...

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Etymology/connection between Ari, Aryeh, Yehudah, Leib, and Leibel
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Leib (as well as Label, Leibush and Loeb) is the Yiddish version of the German Name Loeb which means Lion (from the German for lion, Löwe). The English equivalent of this name is often Leo or Leon ...

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