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Which is a more severe aveira, murder or chilul (desecrating) Shabbos?
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While we do gauge the severity of aveirot based on a number of factors including the severity of the punishment meted out for violation (see Masechet Yoma 83a), whether or not the aveira would cause a ...

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Why is Avraham's monotheism not mentioned in the torah?
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First, it should be noted that although the questioner list "discovery of a single God" as an achievement of Avraham this is not the case. The Midrashic Literature does indeed teach that Avraham came ...

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Dreamed vs. Dreaming a Dream
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I have a feeling that the double expression is used in a similar way as the rhetorical device known as "epizeuxis" (See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epizeuxis). Rashi alludes to this idea in his ...

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Where can one learn the grammatical functions of the te'amim
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I know this is an old question, but I was recently on a similar search and found a great book, which I am enjoying very much. It is called The Glory of Torah Reading by Maurice Gribetz, Dennis Gellis. ...

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Bittul Chometz before the time
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A person can certainly declare his chametz to be owner-less before the 14th of Nissan, just as a person has the ability be mafkir any piece of property at any time. However, there is a special ...

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How does one request a haskama (approbation)?
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Having worked in the Jewish Publishing Industry for a number of years, I can tell you that it is common practice to use approbations on partial manuscripts, or even for other books written by the same ...

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What is the origin of the dispute on which way to wrap tefilin shel yad?
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The actual dispute is not about which direction to wrap, but the location of the loop through which the retzua is threaded. We find this dispute in the Biur Halacha (27:2 ד"ה המנהג), he quotes the ...

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Holocaust Rembrance Day(s)?
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January 27th is probably the most universally accepted non-Jewish holocaust remembrance day. It is the anniversary of the day that Soviet Troop liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945. It was designated ...

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Forgot to say Yaaleh V'Yavo by Shacharis Rosh Chodesh - before the Molad
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It doesn't seem that there is a connection between the Molad and the sanctification of the month during the day. The Talmud in Sanhedrin (11b) relates the following: ת"ר אין מעברין את השנה אלא ...

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How does Hillel's answer summarize the whole Torah?
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On one foot, the idea is that a person must sensitize him/herself to that which is outside themselves. We need to leave room for the needs of others in our worldview, if we do not do this we won't ...

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Who should be asking nidda questions?
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There is no straightforward halachic preference in this case. Either the wife, the husband, an intermediary or even no one (ie. leaving the cloth in a mailbox with your name on it) may ask. Each ...

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How to care about the molad
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Just an idea that comes to mind, the idea of kiddush ha'chodesh and the holidays in general is that we establish and sanctify time. This is reflected in the wording of the bracha of shmoneh esrai on ...

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Zmanim accuracy before digital clocks?
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Although we assume that our methods of time-keeping are much more accurate than those of previous periods in history, this is not entirely true. Over the course of history there have been very ...

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Annulling nedarim on the basis of noladim
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It seems that the dispute between the sages and Rebbi Eliezer is not surrounding whether one can be release from a vow based on nolad, but rather surrounds the specific cases listed in the Mishna, ...

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What is my relationship to an object once I have pledged it as hekdesh?
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It seems from the Mishna in Arachin (25a) and the Rambam (Hilchot Arachin 4:19,20) that anyone has the ability to redeem a field that has been pledged as hekdesh. The only difference between the ...

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If you can only choose one which way should you learn, bekiyus or beiyun?
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First of all, as the old story goes - the questioner should learn neither, he should learn Mussar. After learning Mussar properly, he/she will realize that there is time for both b'iyun and b'kius ...

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If you must stop shmoneh esrai, should you take 3 steps back?
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The Shulchan Aruch (103:2) states: בקש לצאת ממנו רוח מלמטה ונצטער הרבה ואינו יכול להעמיד עצמו הולך אחוריו ארבע אמות ומוציא הרוח וממתין עד שיכלה הריח...וחוזר למקומו וחוזר למקום שפסק If a person has to ...

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Is it written anywhere that one must stand up for what he believes is right?
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This comes to mind: ולא יתבייש מפני בני אדם המלעיגים עליו בעבודת השי"ת A person should not be embarrassed by people who jeer him regarding his service of God (שולחן ערוך, אורח חיים א:א בהגה)

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Aufruf and Shabbat Chatan?
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The Biur Halacha (136) provides a list of individuals who take precedence for aliyot. Among them he lists a groom on the Shabbos before his wedding and a groom on the Shabbos after his wedding. Based ...

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Zechuto Yagen/Tagen Alenu?
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In Medieval Rabbinic literature nouns with suffixes were generally seen as grammatically male, hence the זכותו יגן instead of זכותו תגן. See http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%95%D7%AA#...

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Bar Mitzvah candle-lighting?
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This ceremony is an American phenomena, it was invented by caterers and is the only of many creative ceremonies to have "stuck" from the early days of American Bar Mitzvah celebrations in ceremonial ...

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Blackout restoration on Shabbath - and your food
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Being that no action is done, the question here is not a question of whether one would be transgressing a prohibition, but rather whether one would be permitted to derive benefit from the items which ...

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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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Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?
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Aside from all the halachic considerations related to needing to ask your Local Rabbi (eg. knowing the nuance of your situation, taking all things into consideration, knowing the various sources ...

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Were slave-related commandments observed in America?
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From a conversation with Eli Faber (A professor of history at John Jay College in New York and author of Jews, Slaves and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight): The only thing I have ...

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How do you motivate a teen who has no interest in Davening?
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It all depends on the teen and his/her background. Generally, with teens the issues fall into 1 of 3 categories and sometimes a mixture of the 3: No understanding of the depth/basic meaning of the ...

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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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Does the Torah discuss aliens?
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To answer your question clearly, Although the Pentateuch does not seem to make any mention of extraterrestrial life, some places in Nevi'im and Ketuvim may be understood to be making reference to ...

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