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Cleaning Tzitzis

What have you found to be the best way to wash tzitzis? (easiest, least harmful (least likely to pasul), and most clean)
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Mouthwash on a public fast day?

Is it permitted to use mouthwash on a public fast day? Would a sensitive mouth, due to medical reasons be a good reason to be lenient? (I can see it being less problematic than brushing one's teeth, ...
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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Wearing clean but not “freshly laundered” clothes in the 9 Days

As an extension of this unanswered question, and based on the site linked to in this question, what does "freshly laundered" mean? I had a bunch of long sleeved shirts laundered in mid-June but then ...
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Taking a Shower after the Mikvah

Is there any problem with taking a shower after dipping in the Mikvah? I once heard there was.
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Cleaning chanukia in a bathroom?

The easiest way I have found to get candle wax off a metal chanukia is with a stream of hot water. The wax melts and runs off with the water. One kettle of hot water is not enough to clean it all, ...
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How do we determine whether a dish is clean?

There are situations in which the question arises in halacha (specifically, the laws of kashrus) whether a piece of flatware or a dish is clean — by which I mean whether it lacks any remnant of ...
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Brush teeth on a Ta'anis

I find it difficult to go a day without brushing my teeth. Is it okay to brush my teeth on a Ta'anis (fast day)? I imagine it's forbidden on Yom Kippur, but what about the other fasts?
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If one hand gets dirty, do both require washing?

I'm in middle of davening, and scratch a usually-covered place using my little finger (pinky) on my right hand. This requires me to wash my hand before continuing. Do I have to: wash both my hands? ...
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Was the Ark of the Covenant ever cleaned [duplicate]

Was the blood that was sprinkled on the Ark on Yom Kippur allowed to dry and accumulate through the centuries, or was there a provision for cleaning the Holy of Holies and the Ark in particular?
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Cleaning blood from the temple

According to the Mosaic Law, blood was to be sprinkled on the alters, before the curtains and other places in the temple. This would result in many places, especially the curtains, being blood ...
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Tzitzis-washing disaster

A friend of mine recently soaked his Tallis Katan in water and Tide (regular, non-bleach) detergent for a while, and after he took it out, the tzitzis strings (which were of the expensive hand-made ...
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How long must clothes be worn before the 9 days for them to count as not fresh?

I've only read "short period" as a time given for how long to wear clothes you're planning on putting on during the 9 days. Is there anything more specific than that? Is there an efficient and ...
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Post mortem Tahara

I'm looking for sources discussing the religious aspect of the Tahara done on deceased Jews. I recall someone mentioning that the religious aspect of it was a practice we picked up from the Muslims ...
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How do you get oil residue off of a menora?

When you light olive oil in a metal menora, some of the oil invariably finds its way into the cracks between parts of the menora. How do you remove this residue?
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Using a bar of soap on Shabbat

I have heard plenty of times that one shouldn't use bar soap on Shabbat. What are the sources for this Pesak and why is this so? My LOR says Yesh Al Mi Lismoch but I would like to see a nice ...
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Vacuuming during the Nine Days

I have heard in the name of one posek that vacuuming carpets is forbidden during the Nine Days (between 1 Av and 9 Av, following Ashkenazic custom) since this is equivalent to laundering. Is this ...
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Extracting water from carpet on Shabbos

On Shabbos, a container of water spilled on my carpet. Conventional wisdom is to throw baking soda on the wet area to soak up the liquid to protect the carpet from odors (I don't know if it actually ...
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How should a tallit gadol be washed?

What is the best way to wash a tallit gadol? Mine is a fairly traditional large black and white wool tallit with plain white (not techelet) tzitzit. After a few years in shul it's a little yellow ...
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Liquid soap on Shabbos

Regarding using bar soap on Shabbos the following has been asked and answered. Using a bar of soap on Shabbat My questions are in regards to liquid soap. May one use liquid soap on Shabbos? Is there ...
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Shirt with Cleaners Tag on Shabbos

Is one allowed to remove (by tearing) a cleaners' tag from his/her shirt on Shabbos?
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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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contact solution on shabbat

I use a contact solution that is hydrogen peroxide based. That is, the solution is hydrogen peroxide. The solution is put into a special case with a platinum disc at the bottom. The disc acts a ...
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Why did Yosef wash his face after crying the second time but not the first?

In Miketz, Yosef is seen to cry twice. 42:24: וַיִּסֹּב מֵעֲלֵיהֶם וַיֵּבְךְּ וַיָּשָׁב אֲלֵהֶם He turned from them, cried, and returned to them. 43:30–31: וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת ...
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Tevila on mouthwash cup

In some people's sink area they keep a glass or metal cup to wash their mouth out after they brush their teeth. Must one Tovel that cup even though they don't swallow the water/liquid? Plus, even if ...
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Kashering a Hard to Clean Pot

Is it possible to kasher a pot that has areas that are hard to clean, for example the rim? Is there anything one can do to these areas if they can't be completely cleaned out that will allow the pot ...
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sources that neatness brings brocho/mazal

I heard in a daf yomi shiur on the end of Moed Katan (27a ‘Couch of Fortune’) that Jews kept an extra neat bed for brocho/mazal. One of the reasons that he gave was that in general neatness brings ...
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Not passing up a mitzvah: putting away laundry at a parent's behest: closest pile first?

My kid asked: I know there's a general rule of en maavirin al hamtizvos, we don't pass over a mitzva. For example, in mishnayos Yoma, the kohanim don't pass over the nearest blood basin to put ...
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how to clean up from one meal for another on shabbos?

if after putting all of the trash in the trash can there are lots of crumbs still left behind how should one get rid of these properly on shabbos? may one shake the crumbs outside (assuming its in ...
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Freshly laundered clothes in the nine days

Not only can't you wash your clothes during the nine days, but you are not supposed to wear freshly laundered clothes either, even if they were washed before Rosh Chodesh Av. Like most Westerners, I ...
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How do you kasher your teeth?

A Pesach preparation guide tells me to kasher my teeth on Erev Pesach. How on earth does one do this?
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Do non-toxic, biodegradable kitchen/dish cleaners pose a Kashruth problem?

In certain instances, I've heard rabbis allow soaps and harsh cleaners to be used to make food and food-residue "Pagum" (ruined), which then removes any prohibition that might otherwise result when ...
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Sponja on Shabbos - May one do it?

In Israel a popular way of cleaning floors is with sponja. Is there a way that one may do this on Shabbos? (sources)
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In kashering, can you leave utensils eino ben yomo *before* cleaning?

As I understand, the first step in kashering a kitchen is to thoroughly clean everything and then leave it untouched for 24 hours (eino ben yomo). Would it be technically permissible to clean the ...
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Surface cleaning on Shabbat

Can one, on Shabbat, spritz a surface that is dirty with a cleaning solution and then wipe it down with pre-torn paper towel? Would this be considered saturating?
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Can a woman clean her father, when he is naked, if he cannot?

Let's say an elderly man needs to be cleaned: he cannot clean himself because of extreme weakness. Can his daughter do this or must she hire someone else?
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Can you leave a sieve in your sink on Shabbos?

Many people I know have a sieve in their sink that catches debris from plates when they are rinsed off after being removed from the table on Shabbos. Is this permitted, or is it borer?
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Partial Pesach Cleaning

I am looking for any sources for the minhag of only needing to clean one room in your house for Pesach if you are going to be away for the whole chag.
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Pesach cleaning at non religious house [closed]

If I'm boarding at a non religious persons house (they don't keep kosher), what are the rules for cleaning for pesach? I share the pantry and fridge so I don't know what to clean and how well to clean ...
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cleaning smooth shiny surfaces on shabbos

How may one clean a sticky shiny smooth surface on Shabbos? During the week one can simply wet a napkin and then wipe the surface, but on shabbos you're not allowed to wet a material due to a ...
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Should one avoid doing laundry on Motzei Shabbos?

Assuming it's not the nine days, is there a reason why one should not do laundry on Motzei Shabbos? Recently I've been told by someone that he doesn't.
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Can I move my chometz after the bedikah?

According to this document, one should sequester all chometz in one's home either in a cabinet or behind a mechitzah prior to performing the bedikah (the search for chometz). However, does this have ...
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Preparing laundry prior to Chatzos on 10 Av

May one sort their laundry and load the washing machine prior to Chatzos (midday) on 10 Av of a year where Tisha B'Av is on a Tuesday, so that, that way, they can immediately turn on the machine at ...
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How do you wash a Kittel?

I have a cotton-polyester kittel from Ben's Tallit Shop (everyone's favorite, right?) Here's the description: http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/pleated-kittel/ Does anyone know how to wash them? Do I ...
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Advice - cleaning my shofar

I saw that the Shulcha Aruch (I think it was 586?) states that one is allowed to pour wine into the shofar to clean it. I have an old shofar that smells a bit musty and like ... old sheep (I guess it ...
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Is toothpaste an issue on Shabbat?

I heard that squeezing the toothpaste tube might be considered wringing. Does this have any basis?
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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Self-Cleaning an Oven to Kasher If Food Residue Remains

From http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/623729/jewish/How-do-I-kosher-an-oven.htm: "If your oven is of the self-cleaning variety, koshering it is fairly simple. All you need to do is ...
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Cleaning clothes before Shabbos and Yom Tov

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim Siman 242 writes that it was from Takkanas Ezra that one should clean their clothes on Thursday because of "Kavod Shabbos". The Mishneh Brurah in Sif-Katan 5 explains ...