Adam Simon
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the practical difference between nebelah and terefah?
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As far as I know, the above answer is correct. A neveilah conveys ritual impurity, while a treifa does not; as per the gemura in Niddah on 42b (about 3/4 of the way down the daf), which makes a drasha ...

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Is using a (non-touch-screen) Kindle on Shabbat permitted?
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No, it is not permitted to use a Kindle or any other electronic e-reader on Shabbat or Yom Tov (Chol Ha'Moed may be a different story). There are two primary halachic issues with using such a device ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Is Ferberization okay?
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As I see it, this question must be divided into two separate issues: How does standing by while another person is in pain affect you, your soul and middot? How does the Jewish tradition view allowing ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
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Here is a link to WikiHow on Eye Exercise to reduce eye strain: How to Exercise Your Eyes. A Google search for "exercises to reduce eye strain" yielded many helpful results. Please let us know if ...

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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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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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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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