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Top new questions this week:

Why does it seem like Jewish texts are never translated?

I'm a Stack Exchange user on many other sites and every once in a while I will see a question on this site that sparks my interest in the hot questions. The only two things I know about Judaism ...

jewish-books targum-translation  
asked by Sidney 13 votes
answered by msh210 15 votes

If the lulav and etrog are biblically mandated, how were people in cold climates able to obtain them before modern times?

The use of the 4 species in the lulav and etrog is biblically mandated. Therefore, when Jews left Israel and moved to cold climates such as northern and eastern Europe, they would have needed to ...

history chutz-laaretz sukkot lulav-etrog-arba-minim  
asked by La-comadreja 11 votes
answered by Danno 11 votes

Is shaving with this kosher?

Is shaving with this laser shaver kosher? I don't keep a beard and not looking forward to keeping one at all but I don't use razors etc, only electric shaver etc. This "razor" uses a laser for ...

halacha technology shaving beard  
asked by Jake Armstrong 8 votes
answered by sabbahillel 1 vote

Can you say berachot in the lying position or in bed?

Are there any issues with saying berachot in the lying position? The reason I ask is it just always bothered me saying shema or Asher Yatzar in bed. If there are no issues then I shouldn't be ...

halacha blessing  
asked by Ani Yodea 5 votes
answered by Loewian 2 votes

Is Daniel healthy and wise in spite of his diet, or because of his diet?

Does Jewish tradition understand that Daniel's vegetarian diet in chapter 1, assumedly due to not having a source of clean meat, was healthy and hence thats why he looked good following this diet? I ...

food daniel-book-of  
asked by Jacob 5 votes
answered by WAF 7 votes

Repeated Hagbah by the same individual

From this question, it's clear that there is a halachic requirement to do a "good" hagbah. This one emphasizes that, by saying that a gabbai who knows the individual can't do a good job shouldn't ...

synagogue torah-service hagbah-gelilah  
asked by Bobson 5 votes

can I smell my esrog?

There is such a concept of something that is 'huktzah l'mitzvasa' (set aside for its mitzvah observance), I was wondering about the smelling of the esrog and how this rule would be applied to it?

halacha mitzvah lulav-etrog-arba-minim smell hanaah-benefit  
asked by tony 4 votes
answered by user6591 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is a rabbi required to be married?

I have heard (I honestly cannot remember where...) that to be a rabbi a man must be married. Is there any truth to this? I am more interested in knowing if this was true in the first century C.E. ...

history marriage rabbis  
asked by Cos Callis 10 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 13 votes

Is it ok to pray for a non-religious friend that he become religious?

Is it ok to pray for a non-religious friend that he should become religious? In the end, he has to make the decision for himself, so can the prayer influence somehow his free will?

tefilla free-will-bechira  
asked by shimon 8 votes
answered by Matt 16 votes

Can you answer these?

Is there a custom to go round the Sefer Torah with just the arava bundle on Hoshana Rabba?

There is a shiur “HOSHANA RABBA SHIUR OF RABBI J.B. SOLOVEITCHIK BOSTON, 1969” which discusses the custom of the arava on Hoshana Rabba. In the shiur, the Rav is recorded as saying: On Hoshana ...

lulav-etrog-arba-minim hoshana-rabbah arava  
asked by Avrohom Yitzchok 3 votes

May one disassemble as Sukkah during Chol Hamoed?

I know from 134:11 in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may assemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed. May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed in order to prevent the Sukkah from being damaged by, ...

halacha sukkah weather chol-hamoed  
asked by Ze'ev 3 votes

The Anshei Knesses Hagedola and the mitzvas succah

In the text of the רבון כל העולמים that many people say as part of the welcoming of the אושפיזין, we find the words: וכאילו כיונתי בכל הכונות שכונו בה אנשי כנסת הגדולה. I am having trouble ...

sukkah kavana-intent  
asked by user6591 2 votes
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