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Q&A Source of a tune

https://vocaroo.com/1L5y4gbqDCvZ has a tune that I've heard many times, always in a Jewish (usually liturgical) context. What is its origin? Who wrote it, when, where, etc., and what (if any) were ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A How do I look up commentaries on general patterns in torah as opposed to specific verses?

This is a research-methods question with a concrete example. I'm interested in the answer to the concrete example, but what I really want to know is: how could I look this up myself? There are so...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What are Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's Three Threes?

I believe it was Rav SZA who wrote/said that there are three "threes" (3 things that people do having to do with "3") that are made up. Does anyone know where this is written and/or what they are?

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Besamim and the Tree of Knowledge

I have heard many times that one of the reasons we use Besamim for Havdallah is because smell is the only sense that didn't benefit from the Eitz Hadas. The Bnei Yissaschar says that smell is the ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Are there any sources for counting Druze men as part of a Jewish minyan?

I was talking to a Druze friend of mine a couple weeks ago, and the topic turned to religion. My friend is fairly knowledgeable about a lot of religion-related things (including for the Druze relig...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mithical‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aliza‭

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Q&A Topic Submission Thread (Q1 5781) [duplicate]

It feels like it's only been a week or two since I started this; it's hard to believe that it's been two months. With the success of the challenge thus far, it's time for a new quarterly submission...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Topic Submission Thread (Q2 5781)

Finals are finally over! I apologize for the long delay in which we missed the first month of this quarter, but hopefully we should be back in business. Obligatory topic submission thread. On Sund...

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

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Q&A Sources discussing electric cars on Chol Hamo'ed

I was reading about driving a car on Chol Hamo'ed and the article stated that many see the melacha of driving as tied to havarah (which I assume to refer to the burning of gas via combustion). The ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭

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Q&A Not referring to children by nicknames

I have heard there are some who refrain from referring to their children by nicknames. This was a very long time ago, and I cannot recall the reason nor the source. What could be the reason for th...

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

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Q&A Why isn't there a source for a widow's time limit?

The Mishnah in Ketubot 57a.10 says: נותנין לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משתבעה הבעל לפרנס את עצמה, וכשם שנותנין לאשה כך נותנין לאיש לפרנס את ‏עצמו. ולאלמנה שלשים יום One gives a virgin twelve months f...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Which of the Asseres Hadibros is most important?

Which of the Asseres Hadibros is most important? I remember hearing that its jealousy, but any sources (either that its jealousy or any other one) would be greatly appreciated.

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

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Q&A Believing prayer works

Are there any sources that discuss how one can internalize the belief that their prayers have a real effect on the world?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Source of Chasam Sofer's prediction.

I recently heard that the Chasam Sofer wrote, that the year 5780 would be a very bad year, but the year 5781 would be a very good year. Does anyone know if this is true or where he wrote this?

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

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Q&A Topic submission thread (Q4 5780) [duplicate]

Proposal thread This thread is for submitting suggestions for the weekly topic challenge. If you have a suggestion for a topic, please reply to this question with your suggestion as an answer. A go...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Wearing the knots of tzitzis visibly.

I've heard from multiple people, that when wearing the tzitzis strings out, leaving the knots visible is a sign of haughtiness. Does anyone know of a source for this? How does doing this show haug...

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

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Q&A Sources for the meaning of David's name

I have often wondered about the meaning of David's name. I believe Da'at Mikra write that it may be a short form of Dodvahu (דודוהו), which also appears somewhere in Tanach and means Dod (friend) o...

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

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Q&A A year with eight Sh'minis is plenteous?

I've heard an idea that a year (like 5772) in which parashas Sh'mini is read eight times1 is a particularly auspicious one: the wording of the maxim is something like "sh'mona Sh'mini sh'mena" ([a ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Is there a source that the Shechina rests where there is peace between husband and wife?

I've heard many times (for example https://matzav.com/where-hashem-is-found-in-our-marriage/ https://www.aish.com/f/rf/Intimacy_in_Marriage.html https://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/torah/is-hashem-...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by eliyahu‭

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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 did the Kotzker mean by "If I am I…"?

Frequently attributed (e.g. by Aish and Chabad) to R. M'nachem Mendl of Kock is: If I am I because I am I, and you are you because you are you, then I am I and you are you. But if I am I because y...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Translation of ״זעיר אנפין״ as "The Impatient One"

In the Seder Oneg Shabbos Bentcher the translation for ״זעיר אנפין״ is "The Impatient One". What's the basis of this translation? Sources that support the reading would be appreciated.

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Lev‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by רבות מחשבות‭

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Q&A Source for not referring to Chanuka lights as a "menora"

Following up on this question about the use of the words "menora" or "chanukiya" to refer to Chanuka lights: I find it interesting that the use of "chanukiya," popularized in 1897 through a secula...

0 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by Isaac Moses‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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