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Top new questions this week:

Why does the congregation interrupt the chazzan in the middle of sentences of Kaddish?

At one or two points in "Kaddish", the congregation interrupts the chazzan in the middle of a sentence: Chazzan: יִתְגַּדַּל וְיִתְקַדַּשׁ שְׁמֵהּ רַבָּא / May His great name be exalted and ...

tefilla kaddish amen  
asked by Isaac Moses 7 votes
answered by Dude -2 votes

Is Smuggling Candy and Snacks Into a Movie Theater Forbidden?

Ever since I was a kid, we have routinely brought our own pre-packaged snacks into movies in order to avoid the exorbitant prices of those sold in the theaters. Is it permitted to bring such snacks ...

halacha food business performance-entertainment  
asked by Maimonist 7 votes
answered by curls -2 votes

What is the significance of 7-month births?

I have noticed that there are a number of significant figures in Jewish history who were born at 7 months. To name a few: Yitzchok Avinu (Rosh Hashana 11a) Reuvein, Shimon, and Levi (Rabbeinu ...

history time pregnancy-birth  
asked by yEz 6 votes

What is an overview of Judaism's arguments against the "unconscious violinist" analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I am looking for the response of any denomination that is against abortion in the case of rape that has also responded to the scenario below or something similar to it. "A Defense of Abortion" ...

hashkafah-philosophy sexuality mussar-ethics murder  
asked by Red Rackham 6 votes
answered by David Kenner 6 votes

Can a soul be destroyed to non-existence?

Can a soul die (make choices that will lead to its being completely destroyed)? The Zohar 1:131a states that the souls of transgressors will became ashen cinders under the feet of the righteous. From ...

soul resurrection-of-the-dead gehinnom afterlife  
asked by Daniel 5 votes
answered by pcoz 0 votes

What are these objects?

I recently went to Italy with my family, and we saw the arc of titus in Rome. I saw the famous engraving of the romans taking the Menorah from the Beis Hamikdash. But I noticed these weird objects ...

beis-hamikdash churban-destruction  
asked by Gabe12 5 votes
answered by sabbahillel 3 votes

How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

NOTE: None of the following applies to Yom Kippur. I am a chozer b'teshuva who has found most of the mitzvot to be positive challenges: within my reach, if only over time. However, one absolutely ...

yom-tov how-to chagim-holidays baal-teshuva high-holidays  
asked by SAH 5 votes
answered by Monica Cellio 11 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

If a woman, whose husband is away, becomes pregnant, is she assumed to be adulterous?

If a woman's husband is away (e.g. for more than 9 months) and she is found to be pregnant (e.g. Tamar & Yehudah), is that sufficient grounds to declare that infidelity occurred?

halacha travel arayot  
asked by warz3 6 votes
answered by David Michael Gang 13 votes

Do religious Jews generally believe the serpent of Garden of Eden was Satan?

Upon reading the recent CNN article, That Actually Isn't In The Bible, one not-really-in-the-Bible misconception they cite is the idea that serpent in the Garden of Eden was the Satan. The article ...

parshanut-torah-comment theology parashat-bereishit creation  
asked by Judah Himango 14 votes
answered by jake 17 votes

Can you answer these?

Prophesy in the book of Ezekiel

There is a prophesy at the end of the book of the prophet Ezekiel which gives a guide regarding the re-division of land between the 12 tribes of Israel. It is different to the way that Joshua was told ...

eretz-yisrael shevatim-12-tribes real-estate aliya-laaretz ezekiel--the-book  
asked by Shona 3 votes

What will happen to most of the text of our prayers once the next Temple is built?

King Solomon, who built the 1st Temple, said during its inauguration, (I Kings 8:30): וְשָׁ֨מַעְתָּ֜ אֶל־תְּחִנַּ֤ת עַבְדְּךָ֙ וְעַמְּךָ֣ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר יִֽתְפַּֽלְל֖וּ אֶל־הַמָּק֣וֹם ...

tefilla messiah beis-hamikdash  
asked by DanF 4 votes

Television on Shabbos

Let's take as a given that it is forbidden to turn a television on or off or otherwise use electricity on Shabbat. Let's also ignore the whole issue of watching TV in the first place. We can also ...

halacha shabbat technology  
asked by LN6595 2 votes
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