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Question: Rabbi, 1. Sometimes I print out pages from the web that contain G‑d's name. If I need to discard them, should I give them any proper care? Is it necessary to even bury them like one does a prayer book? 2. A related question: Perhaps I'm being ri...
You are correct that certain food cooked entirely by a non-Jew may not be eaten by a Jew. Here are a few paragraphs from the Chabad.org Kosher Handbook: Certain foods which were completely cooked by a non-Jew (bishul akum) may not be eaten, even if the fo...
Question: Is a convert who is a hemophiliac required to have a circumcision, if it could result in his bleeding to death? Answer: I will answer this question in a theoretical sense. Before making any real-life decisions on the matter, you would need to pr...
Question: Positive Mitzvah 107 states: Impurity of coming in contact with a dead body -- Numbers 19:11: "He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean." How do the people who handle the bodies of the dead and see to it that they are buried pro...
As far as I know, tempeh is made primarily of soybeans, which grow from the ground. The blessing is therefore Haadamah. Needless to say, as tempeh is a cooked product, you must ascertain that it has proper kosher certification.
There are a number of customs; here are a few: Many have the custom to read the Song of Songs on the Shabbat of the intermediate days of Passover before the morning Torah reading. If there is no Shabbat during the "intermediate days," then the Song of Son...
There are different opinions regarding this matter. Ideally, therefore, all cans which will be needed on Shabbat should be opened prior to Shabbat -- thus avoiding a questionable situation. The main concern is that opening the can creates a useable recept...
It is customary is to extinguish the havdalah candle by dipping it in the leftover wine that accumulates in the cup's saucer. This demonstrates that the candle was lit for the sole purpose of performing the Havdalah ceremony and since the ceremony is now ...
Here is some info you might find interesting. Jocheved had the rare distinction of both entering and leaving Egypt, Seder Olam Rabba 9. and according to tradition she actually outlived her son Moses and entered the Holy Land (at the age of 250!). Amram li...
The Talmud Brachot 26a. asks the same question, and answers that the source is the verse: "And it was evening and it was morning, one day." Genesis 1:5. From there the Talmud infers that the day follows the night. See also Why do Jewish holidays begin at ...
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