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Top new questions this week:

Why isn't Rosh Hashana on Elul 30 and Tishrei 1

When Rosh Chodesh is two days, it's on the 30th of the old month and the first of the new month. Rosh Hashana falls on the beginning of the new month of Tishrei. Why then is Rosh Hashana on Tishrei ...

calendar rosh-hashanah-new-year rosh-chodesh-new-month  
asked by Monica Cellio 6 votes
answered by Double AA 2 votes

What is the origin of using a different trope mode for the High Holidays in Nusach Ashkenaz?

I noticed that during the High Holidays there isa special trope mode that is used in Nusach Ashkenaz shuls. I assume they do the same in many Nusach Sefard shuls as well. When and where (or who ...

torah-reading provenance trop-cantillation high-holidays  
asked by DanF 6 votes

Who added on the words לאלתר לחיים טובים ולשלום to the greeting לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם?

Orach Chaim 582:9 - The Rama brings in the name of the Tur that on Rosh Hashana one should bless his friend & family לשנה טובה תכתב. Be'er Hataiv says that one should say לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם. ...

sources-mekorot blessing provenance rosh-hashanah-new-year  
asked by Gershon Gold 6 votes
answered by C. Ben Yosef 4 votes

"Planting" astroturf during shmita

I previously asked about Planting grass during shmita, and discovered that it is forbidden. But what about astroturf (synthetic grass)? Would there be any problem with installing that during the ...

halacha agriculture shmita marit-ayin  
asked by Scimonster 6 votes

What happened to the burning bush?

Out of idle curiosity, when I was writing something else, I started wondering what happened to the burning bush after Moses "left the scene" -- I wondered if it just kept on burning or something. Half ...

moshe-rabbeinu parashas-shemos fire-burning  
asked by Maroon 5 votes
answered by DanF 1 vote

What does the blue color mean in Judaism?

I noticed that the fringes (tzitzit) are blue, the blue stripes and star of David in the Israeli flag. And also Rabbi Gutman said in a youtube video that the color blue must not be seen while ...

mysticism-kabbalah color  
asked by mil 5 votes
answered by DanF 1 vote

Has completing the entire Talmud ever been a tenet of Rabbinical Ordination?

Has there ever been a requirement in any Rabbinical program to finish the entire Talmud, not just select mesechtas + related halachos?

history talmud-gemara semicha  
asked by Hugh 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Etymology/connection between Ari, Aryeh, Yehudah, Leib, and Leibel

What is the relationship between the following names that often go together is some combination? Ari/Aryeh Yehudah Leib/Leibel I've encountered many men, young and old, with the following first ...

hebrew names etymology yiddish  
asked by Seth J 10 votes
answered by Adam Simon 16 votes

Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?

We are supposed to lean while drinking the 4 cups and eating the matza at the Seders, but I find it hard to do that while sitting in an armless dining room chair. Likewise, I have not been able to ...

passover-seder-hagada how-to eating standing-sitting  
asked by Yehuda W 9 votes
answered by DanF 8 votes

Can you answer these?

Machzor with the Chayei Adam's version of the Seder HaAvodah

The Chayei Adam (in Nishmas Adam) lists several edits he made in his Machzor for Yom Kippur in the Seder HaAvodah (Amitz Ko'ach) to better correspond with the description of the Avodah brought down in ...

prayer-book yom-kippur nuschaot musaf chazarat-hashatz  
asked by Shimon 2 votes

Adam 's sin out of deveikut?

I found this online: In his sefer "Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh," R' Itamar Shwartz emphasizes the important point that our existence in this world is for the purpose of being davuk to our Creator; to be ...

midrash sin parashat-bereishit commentaries  
asked by user4762 1 vote

Apartment buildings higher than the shul

Shabbat 11a states that a city in which houses (but not towers or castles/fortresses [unsure about the translation]) are built higher than the synagogue will eventually be destroyed. ואמר רבא בר ...

synagogue maseches-shabbos architecture-design home-house size  
asked by Scimonster 4 votes
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