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Top new questions this week:

How can the Rebbe be considered Moshiach?

I've talked to various Chabad Rabbis, and I can say for certain that at least 1 definitely believes that the Rebbe could be Moshiach. In trying to prove this, he cites Rambam's Mishneh Torah ...

rambam messiah chabad  
asked by user2016831 8 votes
answered by Shaul Behr 11 votes

Does a cape need tzitzit?

If someone wears a garment with four corners, it needs tzitzit. Now, a cape pretty clearly has four corners. However, it's not clear to me whether or not "wearing" it follows the halachic definition ...

halacha clothing tzitzis  
asked by Scimonster 6 votes
answered by RonP 1 vote

Is there any source or place that offers "Bet Midrash for Dummies"?

Don't let the title of my question fool you into thinking this is a Purim question. I'm comfortable learning in a Bet Midrash. I can locate most of the "basic" books that I need such as a Chumash, ...

torah-study adult-learning  
asked by DanF 5 votes

What Bracha to say when there is no clear majority?

I know that the Bracha for a mixture dish would go by the main component which in turn is determined by the majority. E.g. for rice with some peas the blessing is Mezonot. My question is what if ...

halacha blessing food mezonot-beracha  
asked by herbert 5 votes
answered by Einbert Alshtein 4 votes

Napping on Shabbos to stay up for Shavuos

This years Shavuos falls out on Motzei Shabbos. The minhag for many Jews is to stay up all night learning. There is also a prohibition on Shabbos to prepare for after shabbos, this is called ...

halacha shabbat shavuos hachana-prep-for-weekday  
asked by Mefaresh 4 votes
answered by Scimonster 7 votes

How far do orthodox Jews go to avoid symbols that are superficially from other religions?

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plus_and_minus_signs the use of ﬩ (Hebrew letter alternative plus sign) is common in primary schools in Israel instead of + found in most other countries. It ...

symbols-symbology  
asked by CJ Dennis 4 votes

Why do we refer to Shavuot as the "time of receiving the Torah" when all that occured was hearing the 10 Commandments?

During Shavu'ot, during Shmoneh Esreh and bentching we refer to the holiday as Z'man Matan Torateinu - "The time of the giving of our Torah" Discounting the discussions of the exact calendar date of ...

shavuos har-sinai  
asked by DanF 4 votes
answered by yEz 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg?

One often sees that individuals' have smicha from R' Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. The smicha exams are typically considered more theoretical than that of the Israeli rabbinate, which requires more ...

rabbis semicha  
asked by minhag 9 votes
answered by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Ulman 9 votes

Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?

I want to know what the OU's or any other Orthodox kashrut agency's problem is with Triangle K. I have read about the Ralbag family which founded and runs the Triangle K and they are clearly Orthodox. ...

kashrut-kosher hechsher-certification  
asked by Mark 17 votes
answered by Menachem 11 votes

Can you answer these?

Are you allowed to drink coffee/water during any part of the prayers?

Is there any part in the tefillah (pesukey dizimra, birchos shema, ashrey/uva letzion, etc) where one is allowed to drink coffee/water?

tefilla food  
asked by Ani Yodea 1 vote

intent on shema regarding idolatry

in the shema we recite "Take care lest your heart be lured away, and you turn astray and worship alien gods and bow down to them" what intent should one have while reading this given that the ...

avodah-zarah shema  
asked by ray 2 votes

Understanding the dwelling of the Shechina

The Shechina, or Divine Presence, is mentioned as being present in a number of different situations in the Talmud: When 1, 2, 3, 5, or 10 people sit and occupy themselves with Torah, (Avot 3:2,6, ...

talmud-gemara theology mishna pirke-avot-ethicsof  
asked by Baby Seal 1 vote
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