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Q&A Why the odd pronunciation of "בני יששכר"?

Rabbi Tz'vi Elimelech Spira of Dynów wrote a book called "בני יששכר" that is popular enough that he himself is sometimes called the "בני יששכר". But the phrase (whether referring to the book or to ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Should a Noahide convert to Reform Judaism if no Orthodox community is accessible?

As a Noachide wanting to convert to Judaism you are already on a journey. Such journeys are by their nature incremental, so even though your end goal isn't currently available to you, you might be...

posted 5mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Source of a tune

This is Lev Tahor's "Im Eshkayach", released in 2002 on their album Lev Tahor 2. You can listen to it on YouTube. The lyrics are the words to Im Eshkayach Yerushalayim,and it was composed by Rav Mo...

posted 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Does a surrogate mother affect the Jewish status of the child?

Some say the legal mother is the birth mother. Targum Yonatan says that Dinah, Jacob's daughter, was conceived in Rachel's womb, and Joseph in Leah’s womb, but that God switched the embryos so Rac...

posted 1y ago by Maurice Mizrahi‭

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Q&A Why two types of maror?

This "extra maror" is known as "chazeret", and it's not always a different food than the maror; I've definitely seen instances where both the chazeret and the maror on the seder plate were lettuce....

posted 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Q&A Was Sigd part of historical Jewish observance?

I noticed that my (paper) calendar reports that 29 Cheshvan is "Sigd". Curious about this day (on the Jewish calendar; they style secular stuff like Election Day differently) that I'd never heard ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What is the purpose of God asking Adam to name the animals?

In Bereishit 2:19 God brings all the animals to Adam to see what he will name them. This has long puzzled me, because: God created them and already knows their functions (He doesn't need Adam to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by msh210‭

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Meta a better Hebrew font for post titles

Fixed! I've applied the same font that's used in post bodies to titles too, both on post pages and in lists.

posted 4y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A Can a man father legal children after death?

If semen was extracted from a dead man, and then used to impregnate a woman, is the offspring a legal son (let's limit it to male) of the dead man? Or, more simply put, is a child born of ones seme...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dr. Shmuel‭  ·  edited 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Meta Asking questions that have answers on MY?

Out of interest of helping move Judaism Codidact forward, if I have a question and I see it already has answers in MY, should I still ask it here (bearing in mind that, a. from what I've heard, the...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Harel13‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by AA ‭

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Meta Welcome to our new pro-tem moderators!

Welcome to our pro-tem moderators, Isaac Moses and DonielF. Isaac joined the team two weeks ago and I was negligent in not announcing it at the time, and DonielF has joined today. Thank you both ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Meta What content do we want to import from Mi Yodeya?

Regardless of what general criteria we come up with for importing data, we should accept requests for specific questions to import. I re-asked a couple of my unanswered questions here, because we ...

posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Failed: Vote limit?

I don't recall voting on any posts today. Yet when I tried, I got this message: Failed: You have used your daily vote limit: 52/5 (403) What does this mean? Is it a bug?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by robev‭  ·  edited 4y ago by luap42‭

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Meta Double notification bug

I get double notification when my answer is commented AND "@Alaychem" appears at the comment (I know it's needless to be there).

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alaychem‭  ·  edited 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Are questions purely about Jews and Jewish History in-scope?

On Mi Yodeya, questions about Jews or their history that aren't clearly about Judaism are considered out of scope. Should that be the case here, or should questions about Jews and their history be ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Meta Are questions purely about Jews and Jewish History in-scope?

At the very least,  5. Questions about individuals who happen to be Jewish (Isaac Asimov, Sandy Koufax, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Disraeli). without more going for them should be off-topic. They ...

posted 4y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 4y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Why does the incense offerer get a chosen buddy?

Mishnayot Tamid 6:3 says that the kohen who wins the right to offer the daily incense brings a buddy with him to hold one of the vessels and help him retrieve any dropped incense: מִי שֶׁזָּכָה בַ...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Meta Moving questions from MY to here

We've now created a place to request import of specific questions. Please follow the instructions there. Right now this is a manual process so it won't be immediate, but if you make requests ther...

posted 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A What happened to the fruit brought by the spies?

Kind of a weird question. Does anyone have any idea what happened to the fruit brought by the spies from Israel to the desert? Was it eaten by specific people? Buried? Left behind?

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Does the nascent Sanhedrin in Israel sanctify the new moon with witnesses?

In 2004, a group of rabbis in Israel attempted to begin the process of re-establishing the Sanhedrin using the Rambam's method of universal consensus to re-establish the line of semikha. Rabbi Mosh...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Daniel‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A At what distance may one hear the shofar on Rosh Hashana?

Sources All translations and emphases are my own. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 589:9: מי שתקע ונתכוין להוציא כל השומע תקיעתו ושמע השומע ונתכוין לצאת ידי חובתו אע"פ שאין התוקע מתכוין לפלוני זה ששמע ...

posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 4y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A How do we understand tzniut as a violation of lifnei eevar?

This is a common misconception. While there of course are concerns for lifnei iver, placing a stumbling block (although I don't know if this would literally be transgressing the biblical prohibitio...

posted 4y ago by robev‭  ·  edited 4y ago by robev‭

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Meta Landing page 500 error

Is the landing page broken for everyone? I'm getting a 500 error with uuid: 40ff0d47-3b9f-4eaf-839e-ad085d2382ca

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by PinnyM‭  ·  edited 4y ago by Monica Cellio‭