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Q&A What does "May his memory be for a blessing" mean?

This is a possible duplicate, I thought I had posted it but I'm not seeing it. I saw a touching opinion about the meaning of the phrase at https://www.quora.com/What-does-the-phrase-May-his-memory...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Fred Wamsley‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by Mithical‭

Question mourning death
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Q&A Which haftarah when Rosh Chodesh Av is on Shabbat?

This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Av. During the three weeks (which we're in the midst of) we read three special haftarot. On Rosh Chodesh normally we read a special haftarah. When they coincide, do ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Is there a list of the different types of deaths?

The Gemara in Brachot says: It was also taught in a baraita: Nine hundred and three types of death were created in the world, as it is stated: “Issues [totzaot] of death,” and that, 903, is the ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Harel13‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Why was King Hezekiah allowed to hide the Book of Healing, thereby causing otherwise preventable deaths?

Berachot 10b.5-7 teaches:1 מַאי ״וְהַטּוֹב בְּעֵינֶיךָ עָשִׂיתִי״? ... רַבִּי לֵוִי אָמַר: שֶׁגָּנַז סֵפֶר רְפוּאוֹת. תָּנוּ רַבָּנַן: שִׁשָּׁה דְבָרִים עָשָׂה חִזְקִיָּהוּ הַמֶּלֶךְ, עַל שְׁלֹשָׁ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Why is "chinam" translated as "baseless"?

Everywhere that the term חנם appears, as far as I can tell, it always means "without personal benefit": a שומר חנם (Bava Metzia 7:8) watches an object without receiving anything in return; a Jewish...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Dev-iL‭

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Q&A Sitting under the lights on Tisha B'av

In my shul (and i'm sure in others as well), they turn half of the lights off on Tisha B'av night as a way of mourning. Am I allowed to intentionally sit under the lights that are on to help me see...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Havdallah during the nine days

On Motzei Shabbos Chazon (the Shabbos before Tisha Ba'av which always falls out during the nine days), what should be done about drinking the wine/grape juice for Havdallah? If a child is available...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A What is the status of a-capella music during the three weeks?

I've heard (but don't remember where) that the music that is prohibited during the three weeks is one or both of: music with instruments, recorded music. I've heard conflicting things about a cape...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ploni‭

Question three-weeks music
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Q&A Natural organic reduction as a burial solution

I ask for the sake of discussion, and by no means a practical advice What would be the halactic viewpoint of natural organic reduction as a burial solution? from the site's FAQ: Natural organic re...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alaychem‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A How obligatory is Eicha on Tish'ah b'Av?

On Tish'ah b'Av, it's a universal (I think) tradition to read megillat Eicha at night (and some also read during the day); see Shulchan Aruch 559:2. Generally, this is read in a communal setting, b...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by magicker72‭  ·  edited 2y ago by magicker72‭

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Q&A Origin of Three Weeks/Nine Days customs?

When discussing the period of mourning leading up to Tisha B'av, the Mishnah (Taanit 4:7) only discusses the "week in which Tisha B'av falls." This is codified even as recently as the Shulchan Aruc...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A What is the purpose of tehillim at shemira?

Based on the gemara, the Shulḥan Aruch states (YD 344:16): אין אומרים בפני המת אלא דברים של מת כגון צרכי קבורתו והספד אבל שאר כל דבר אסור והני מילי בדברי תורה אבל במילי דעלמא לית לן בה Before a de...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by magicker72‭

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Q&A Doubling up on a Siyum

Asking for a friend: If I learn with a Chavrusa and we both finish a Masechta together, assuming that we wait until different days to make the Siyum (whether permitted or not), if we each attend th...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by רבות מחשבות‭  ·  edited 2y ago by רבות מחשבות‭

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Q&A Has anyone proposed to recreate the system of 24 ma'amadot, since the Dispersal?

The Mishna, in Ta'anit 4:1-4, describes an institution called ma'amadot: Just as the Kohens and Levites were divided into 24 clans, which each handled the Temple service for two non-holiday weeks o...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A What prompted the absent-Sanhedrin-head decree in Rosh Hashana 4:4?

R' Yochanan ben Zakai, in leading the Jewish people during and immediately after the Destruction of the Second Temple, issued many decrees aimed at responding to the new post-Temple reality and pre...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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