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If my home is on fire on Shabbos or Yom Tov, what can I do?

G-d forbid, but let's say that my house catches fire either on Shabbos or a Yom Tov. Can I call 911 or must I find a non-Jewish neighbor to call? We have an eruv. Can I take my car keys, cell phone ...
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Do cremated remains contaminate with tumas mes?

If a body is cremated, do the ashes transmit tumah as do other human remains, or does cremation render the body no longer tamei?
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Must a flambé be ignited by a Jew to remain kosher?

Because of the halacha of Bishul Akum (or Bishul Yisrael, call it what you will), even if a food's ingredients are all kosher, it needs to have a Jew involved in the cooking process for it to be ...
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Firefighting on shabbat

Is one allowed to be a firefighter if he might be required to work on Shabbat? or is he allowed to, in order to save lives?
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Moshe Rabainu burning his mouth with the coals

Per this answer Moshe and the Red-Hot Coals Moshe Rabainu took the coals and placed it in his mouth and his mouth got burned. It does not mention that his hand got burned. Did his hand get burned or ...
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Should you refrain from putting ash on your forehead if your wedding coincides with Ash Wednesday?

Some brides/grooms have a custom to put ash on the forehead at their wedding as a remembrance for the destruction of the temple. Is there any halachic discussion about avoiding this practice if the ...
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Why did Moshe ask why the bush wouldn't burn when it did?

Sh'mos 3:2–3: ‏…וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה הַסְּנֶה בֹּעֵר בָּאֵשׁ וְהַסְּנֶה אֵינֶנּוּ אֻכָּל.‏ וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אָסֻרָה נָּא וְאֶרְאֶה אֶת הַמַּרְאֶה הַגָּדֹל הַזֶּה מַדּוּעַ לֹא ...
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Does one make bracha “borei minei besamim” on incense or spice smoke?

I know that when you smell "raw" spices, you say "borei minei besamim". Can you make this bracha on the smokey smell when these spices are being burned? Some examples: If you burn an incense stick ...
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In Devarim 5:5 why does Moshe connect the people's fear with not going up Mt. Sinai?

In Devarim 5:5 Moshe says: "Because you were afraid of the fire and you didn't go up the mountain..." It seems that Moshe is saying that the fear of the fire coming from the mountain was why B'nai ...
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amount of wood needed for the mizbeach (altar)

The Talmud (Yoma 39a) says that during the 40 years shimon hatzadik was high priest only two logs were added to the altar in the temple every day. Is this to be taken literally? Also, what was the ...
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Can you explain the beginning of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer chapter 4?

At the beginning of the 4th chapter of Pirkei D'Rebbi Eliezer, it states [my own translation]: On the second day God created the heavens (rakiyah), the angels and the fire of flesh and blood ...
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Can I light a new fire on yom tov?

If I can transfer a fire, can I light a new fire on yom tov? What's the difference between lighting a new fire and transferring a fire? Aren't they part of the same melacha?? The melacha is to create ...
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Why cover coals in the Temple, and what if the cover was needed?

The mishna, Tamid 5:5, indicates that there was a large container used for several things in the Temple. Two of those were that it covered hot coals that spilled on the floor every Sabbath morning, ...
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Gram Mav'ir on Yom Tov

I heard once that the poskim permit "gram mav'ir" on yom tov l'tzrich gadol. For example if someone wants to use a platta (hot plate) that they forgot to plug in they may plug it in with a Shabbos ...
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Why are we allowed to light candles for second day yom tov if it is not ochel nefesh? [closed]

with these questions (1, 2) as partial background I still do not understand the permission to light candles on the second day of Yom Tov if that lighting is not for ochel nefesh.
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Havdalah and fingers

As the berachah on the havdalah candle is made, I've been told, the proper thing to do is to raise your hands toward the candle with your fingers curled over your palm and look at the shadow of your ...
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Why doesn't this gemara interpret the mishna as meaning they sell it back?

In Shabbos 120a, the Mishna (first Mishna there) is quoted as saying that after Shabbat, the people who save things from a fire (which become hefker, ownerless) can make up their payment with the ...
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How does Judaism reconcile God cannot be seen/incarnate/etc. with Pilar of Fire story? [duplicate]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillar_of_Fire_%28theophany%29 Exodus 13:21-22. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire ...