Yirmeyahu
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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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Sources that G-d miraculously and deceptively conceal His deeds
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For the short answer, see 1 Kings 22:20-23 and Yechezkel 14:9 regarding the use of what, at very least, we would usually identify as deception by God. Your question, as formulated, relies heavily on ...

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Did the Sadducees get anything right?
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Since both (all) groups you mentioned accept the written Torah as divine (to say nothing of other shared social/cultural similarities) there are certainly many many items of agreement. I would presume ...

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Arguments against evolution
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I believe it is fair to suggest, though I naturally cannot provide a "source", that if there where "sources that easily disprove evolution" then someone who is introduced to the controversy would ...

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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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Is it forbidden to help idolaters become righteous Noahides?
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It appears that according to HaRav Asher Weiss shlita there is "no prohibition" in encouraging non-Jews to observe the sheva mitzvos bnei-Noach and it is "certainly a meritorious act".

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Reaching kedusha during silent shemone esre
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אינו פוסק לא לקדיש ולא לקדשה אלא ישתק ויכון למה שאומר שליח-צבור ויהא כעונה א"ח קד:ז One who is still reciting the Shemoneh Esrei (i.e. has not concluded Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav) should not respond ...

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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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Is one who only keeps Rabbinic laws he agrees with a Apikores?
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According to the Rambam the category of Epicurus includes those who "dispute [the authority of the Oral Torah's] spokesmen" (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Teshuvah 3:8). It is very difficult to argue that ...

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Swimming on Shabbos
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Swimming is prohibited (in open bodies of water) out of concern that one might construct a [makeshift] raft. Indeed, the prohibition against swimming is one of the reasons, as I recall, for the ...

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What makes a wine kosher?
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The Torah prohibits wine offered as a libation to idols (Shemos 34:15). Based on a generalization that non-Jews are devout practitioners of their religion, wine made, touched, poured, or tapped by ...

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Proper use of a blech/plata
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First and foremost one must be clear that a blech does not circumvent the prohibition against cooking on Shabbos (which are elaborated upon mostly in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 318). Strictly ...

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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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Did the state of Israel fulfill ancient prophecy?
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While the verse cited does predict a return of the Jews to the land of Israel it also includes details which have not yet been realized. The return of large numbers of Jews to Israel and an ...

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When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?
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HaRav Asher Weis shlita, the author of Minchas Asher, was asked about removing one's tallis katan when biking or joging and he answered that there is only a concern about removing it without good ...

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Is there any precedent to read the first 11 chapters of Genesis as metaphorical?
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Briefly, such an interpretation is inconsistent with the text and trend of Rav Saadia Gaon's discussion of this topic in Emunos v'Deos. The entire context of his discussions on when one may interpret ...

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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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Why did none of the later kings of Israel destroy Amalek?
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Insofar as it was necessary for Amalek to be destroyed before the Temple was built (Sanhedrin 20a, Rashi ibid) it seems that this mitzvah was fulfilled. Shaul did not fail, 1 Samuel 15 is clear that ...

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If I wanted to convert to Judaism, would I need to have my circumcision repeated?
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10 votes

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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Was referring to a Jewish firstborn son as "____ bar [mother's name]" insulting in the first century?
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3 votes

I am hesitant because I am not sure this is the right forum for your question or that we can offer a properly sourced answer but until one of those two questions are answered I will suggest the ...

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Deleting files containing G-d's Name / taking the host device into the bathroom
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A digital representation of Hashem's name, whether it is His unique name or others, does not constitute writing. Consequently there is no issue of erasing it. There is no prohibition against bringing ...

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Why does Orthodoxy hold that the Torah has not changed?
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First of all, the dilemma presented by this question is based on an equivocal use of the word "change". The Orthodox position that the Torah we have today is the same as it was given to Moses refers ...

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Can we argue with gedolim when we are sure that we are right?
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My feeling is that this is a complicated issue that relates to nature of paskening halachah. Obviously cogency of the argument is a prime factor but so too is the authority of the posek. If there is ...

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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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Torah and the Holy Bible
6 votes

The prohibition against adding and subtracting applies only to the mitzvot (commandments). The Torah itself informs us that prophecy would continue after Moses and gives us commandments on how to ...

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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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Chanukah Bushes?
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The Chochmas Adam 89:1 wrote that the Vilna Gaon abolished the minhag of decorating the synagogue with trees in honor of Shavuos because of the problem of Chukkas HaGoy (i.e. the practice of ...

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Mail Delivery on Shabbos
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11 votes

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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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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9 votes

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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