Yirmeyahu
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Implications of Samoa skipping a Friday
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The question of where the Halachic International Dateline is is its own independent question. The decision in Samoa would only matter if we left date-line issues to governmental/secular authorities, ...

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How do we know that the civil Saturday is the correct Shabbat?
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We do not determine the date of the Sabbath by looking at the calendar and seeing which day is Saturday (or Friday night). Rather (much like my answer to the Samoa" question) the Sabbath is seven days ...

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Knife sharpening - can it be done anywhere?
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Rabbi Forst's "The Laws of Kashrus" references a Mordechai cited at the end of Beis Yosef 122 which permits using a single knife sharpener for meat and dairy, though he does note that they must be ...

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May one love a non-Jew?
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The No'am Elimelech on parshas Vayishlach writes: והצדיק גם כן אוהב את השם ואת כל אדם בעולם, ועל דרך שאמר רבי יוחנן (ברכות יז): מעולם לא הקדימני אדם שלום בשוק, אפילו נכרי A tzadik also loves ...

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What are the sources for women to wear/ not wear pants?
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Taking it for granted that the issue of "male attire" is ultimately not the source for the prohibitions, a stance I believe is justifiable even if not un-debatable, there remains a significant ...

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If Jews don't eat cheeseburgers, why did Abraham serve a calf with milk?
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I do not have the precise location but I was taught that the Yalkut Yoseph brings down eight answers/considerations to this question. Here are some highlights: According to Rashi the milk was served ...

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Bereishit vs. science
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The answer is, at the heart, there is broad consensus among the Rishonim that when necessary one may depart from the "literal" meaning (apparent intent, peshat) of the Torah text (though even then ...

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Rules for Cutting Nails
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The Shulchan Aruch in O.C. 260:1 says it is a mitzvah to trim ones nails on erev Shabbos. The Rema (ibid) adds that one should not trim them consecutively. Although the Taz 260:2 (based on the תשב"ץ ...

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Why is practical kabbalah not considered kishuf?
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The Gemara writes: "Abaye said, 'The laws about sorcery parallel the laws of [forbidden labor] on Shabbos. Some of them [i.e., some acts, are punishable] by stoning; some of them [leave the ...

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Why are there colored splotches on the pages on many Jewish texts?
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I am not certain but I suspect that it is simply a decorative practice. I believe I have seen it done on older, non-Jewish books and I assume that the practice has faded in favor of more economical/...

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Is it a discouraged or an unacceptable practice for a Gentile to keep the Sabbath?
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The Torah says "The Children of Israel shall observe the Sabbath, to make the Sabbath an eternal covenant for their generations. Between Me and the Children of Israel it is a sign forever that in a ...

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Can a non-Jew eat living ants?
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The Mishneh Torah rules: The prohibition applies to a limb or flesh that is separated from either a domesticated animal or a beast. However, it appears to me that a gentile is not executed for ...

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Is there a problem with women wearing red clothing?
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I recall reading the study in question and it is significant in that the color red did not effect how the male perceived the female's other traits such as intelligence or kindness but only his, shall ...

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Mail Delivery on Shabbos
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Certainly some mail deals with matters which are inappropriate reading material for Shabbos and one would not be willing to use them for other purposes, accordingly this mail is muktzeh and cannot be ...

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Lo Yilbash: necklaces and rings
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While I appreciate the desire for sources, you must understand that the issur of lo yilbash is much more subjective than many or most other halachos. Most likely you're familiar with opinions which ...

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Are Jews racist against non-Jews?
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Whether or not there are Jews who are racist against non-Jews, the Torah places value on all human life. This is, after all, the message of Sefer Yonah where G-d sends a prophet to a non-Jewish nation ...

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If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
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Normally the circumcision preformed by a physician is sufficient to meet the physical requirements of "milah" (circumcision), nevertheless a process known as "hatafas dam bris" (הטפת דם ברית) is ...

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How does the oral Torah not contradict Dvarim 4:2?
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In order for the Torah Shebal Peh to be "added" to the Torah it would be necessary to conclude from independent evidence that it wasn't part of the Torah to begin with. To argue that Torah Shebal Peh ...

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Which Hasidic rabbi has no beard, and what is the story?
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As others have answered, the photo of the Rebbe you are thinking of is all but certainly the Kaliver Rebbe shlita, HaRav Menachem Mendel Traub. As mentioned, the Kaliver Rebbe shlita is a Holocaust ...

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Should one ask a non-Jew attending synagogue to wear a yarmulke?
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The general practice I have seen in both in practice and in writing is that a non-Jew should wear a head covering in the Beis Kenesses: "The rule about a head covering in the synagogue should also ...

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Sheidim: are they fact, or fiction?
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The straightandforward understanding of Chazal is that there are sheidim and that they are a troublemaking species which are somewhat physical, somewhat spiritual. Our Rabbis taught: Six things are ...

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How can one kill the habit of speaking profanity?
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While I do not in anyway meant to minimize the difficulty of removing profanity from one's vocabulary (or the effort of those who have been successful), it may be helpful to recall that if you have ...

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Animal sacrifice in Judaism -- was it copied from other religions?
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From a skeptical standpoint it would probably be easiest to presume that the ancient Israelites merely adopted and or adapted the methods of worship common at the time their religion emerged but I see ...

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What makes something "chukat goyim?"
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The laws of Chukkas HaGoy are discussed in the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 178 The Rema (ibid. Seif 1) explains that for Chukkas HaGoy to apply then something must be done by non-Jews either due to ...

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Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat
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I too must echo YS that this must be discussed with one's own halachic authority if it is a practical concern (as my teacher instructed us when teaching this topic). Rav Moshe Feinstein zt'l ruled ...

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If a virgin birth actually disqualifies a Messianic candidate, how then should Isaiah 7:14 be interpreted?
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Since the question presented in the title is a very broad one, I will focus on the more specific one presented in the text while touching upon other issues. The question asked was why it is so ...

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Are there prophetic perfect tenses?
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To posit some sort of "prophetic perfect tense" or the like is entirely superfluous. I am confident that one is unable to grammatically distinguish between regular and "prophetic" usage. However we ...

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Does a marriage last beyond death?
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Although I can not preclude any other opinions on the topic Rav Saadai Gaon writes: Likewise, apropos of the subject of marriage, I will say that our minds are capable only of grasping present ...

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Why say Hashem wrote the torah?
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Hashem is the author of the Torah. Generally the author of a work writes it. Actually nowadays the author generally types it, nevertheless, we still say so and so "wrote" it. Who transcribed it or how ...

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Nittle Nacht Meaning
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Nitel Nacht is the eve of the non-Jewish holiday celebrating the birth of the Nazarene (see Divrei Yatziv O.C.2 240:1). According to some Nitel is associated with the Latin for being born, nacht of ...

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