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Top new questions this week:

If one is ovar on Bal Tosif are they still yotzee the mitzvah?

Although there perhaps aren't too many examples, I will present here one. If a person takes the arba minim at Sukkos (Lulav, esrog, hadasim, aravos) and adds on another min in a way they are ovar on ...

lulav-etrog-arba-minim bal-tosif-no-adding  
asked by Yehoshua 8 votes
answered by sabbahillel 2 votes

Can someone please tell me what my tallit gadol has printed on it? I can't read Hebrew without vowels.​

I bought a new tallit but I can't read without vowels.

hebrew tallit-gadol vowels-nekudot  
asked by GettingNifty 5 votes
answered by Noach mi Frankfurt 7 votes

What is the reason for adding extra verses to Psalm 145 to form "Ashrei"

The prayer we know as Ashrei contains primarily Psalm 145 which is written using the Aleph-Bet acrostic (missing the letter Nun). Psalm 145 starts with the words "Psalm to David". IIRC, Talmud Brachot ...

tefilla tehilim-psalms  
asked by DanF 4 votes
answered by mevaqesh 3 votes

Can someone [be] tovel accidentally? (Does tovelling need kavanah?)

Does tovelling, either for vessels or a person, require kavanah (intent) to achieve the purification? Let's say someone went bathing in the river, or for whatever reason just fell in naked; for ...

halacha tamei-tahor-ritual-purity tevilas-keilim-dipping intent-accident-purposely  
asked by Scimonster 4 votes
answered by Scimonster 5 votes

Relationship between "Tafasta mi'uta tafasta" and Occam's Razor

The Talmud often invokes the principle of תפסת מרובה לא תפסת תפסת מועט תפסת. (E.g. Yoma 80a) This would seem to be a presentation of Occam's razor. I am looking for confirmation (or rejection) of the ...

talmud-gemara midrash  
asked by mevaqesh 4 votes
answered by Daniel 6 votes

Is David The eighth son or the seventh son?

Is David the eighth son or the seventh son? 1samuel 17 v12-14 indicates the youngest of eight. 1 chronicles 2v13-15 indicates the seventh of Jesse.

samuel-shmuel-book-of king-david genealogy book-of-chronicles  
asked by david macias jr 4 votes
answered by sabbahillel 4 votes

What happened to the mitzvah to love the stranger as yourself?

This commandment is repeated at least three times in the Torah--in Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 10, Exodus 22, and Leviticus 25. Leviticus 19:33-34 say: "When a stranger resides with you in your ...

halacha gentiles gerut-conversion  
asked by SAH 4 votes
answered by Yishai 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Rules for Cutting Nails

My question about nail-cutting is whether each of the following is halacha, minhag, or old-wives' tales. Not cutting both fingernails and toenails on the same day. Not cutting nails at night (is ...

halacha minhag nail-cutting  
asked by Tzvi 6 votes
answered by Yirmeyahu 10 votes

Why don't most American orthodox Jews send to public school?

Given the benefits of a public school education over private day school education, such as $0 tuition and technology and extra curriculars which many schools do not have, why don't most orthodox ...

halacha chinuch-education yeshiva-school secular-culture  
asked by user5092 12 votes
answered by yEz 21 votes

Can you answer these?

Eating specifically fruit of shmitta

Is there an inyun to specifically eat fruits that have kedushas shvi'is? How much must a person go out of their way to buy such fruits? Let's say they cost more, how much more must they spend? Is this ...

money mitzvah fruits shmita  
asked by Yehoshua 1 vote

Views of the the Rabbis on the organization הוד

What do the orthodox rabbis of different circles have to say about the organization הוד. הוד is a support group for homosexuals trying to reconcile their sexuality with their religious beliefs. Is ...

eretz-yisrael sexuality homosexuality  
asked by anonymous 3 votes

What is the nature of the Artscroll siddur's "Readings after Shacharis" section?

The Complete Artscroll Siddur has a section after Shacharis entitled "Readings Following Shacharis" which contains (a) three lists: The Six Rembrances, The Thirteen Principles of Faith, The Ten ...

shacharis-morning-prayer artscroll  
asked by chrysanthemum 1 vote
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