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Is it OK to compose a song that breaks up a pasuk?

Jewish songs taking their lyrics from tanach or davening have become pretty popular over the past 60 years. Many songs, however, will break up a pasuk - for example, removing or rearranging words. ...
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how is a Jewish war leader dedicated?

As I recall from some passages, there were times when a priest had to anoint a war-leader... not necessarily a king, but sometimes a dedicated warrior to handle an emergency. Can an expert in sword ...
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How to check blood sugar on Shabbos

Diabetes is a חולי שיש בו סכנה, an illness that poses a danger to life1. As such, everything necessary for caring for diabetes must be done on Shabbos, even if it includes איסורי תורה. (see Shulchan ...
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Where is it taught that you can't sleep with socks

I remember hearing that you can't sleep with socks. I think Rambam stated this (correct me if i am wrong), but where in Rambam was it said and why do we do it?
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Is there a shatnez concern with cheap unlabeled thread in sewing kits?

I've noticed that cheap mini-sewing kits, which can often be purchased for one dollar or some similarly low amount, often do not specify the type of material used to make the thread. Presumably, the ...
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Do i have a responsibility to report users breaking the rules?

If i know that a certain user of a website is breaking the rules, can i just turn a blind eye, or must i report it? Does it matter what kind of rule it is? (E.g. No swearing vs. age requirement) ...
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If a Cohen slept with non-Jews, may he marry a Jewish woman who has done the same?

Suppose a Cohen is dating a Jewish girl, and both parties have had relations with non-Jewish people. Normally, a woman who's had relations with non-Jews is forbidden to a Cohen. Does the fact that he ...
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May Conversative man “up-convert” to marry Orthodox girl?

I'm writing a story where a young man raised in a devout Conservative family risks suicidal odds to rescue an Orthodox girl who fell onto the subway tracks hurting her ankle, who is about to be ...
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Can I choose not to violate Shabbos for “pikuach nefesh”?

According to the Gemara (Yoma 85a-b) and Poskim (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 328, Rambam, Hilchot Shabbos 2 [English Rambam]), one is allowed to violate Shabbos in order to preserve his life. This is ...
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Does any aspect of the sotah procedure still hold effect today?

Does any aspect of the sotah procedure still hold effect today? For example if a man tells his wife, in front of 2 witnesses, not to be secluded with another man, and she secludes with that man for ...
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Does sprout bread require washing of hands? [duplicate]

Suppose bread is made in the following manner: Take wheat berries. Sprout the berries (includes soaking the berries). Grind the sprouts, forming a dough. Bake the dough. It comes out looking like ...
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Which parts of Tachnun to skip [duplicate]

In one of the Shuls that I Daven they often say Tachnun so quickly (especially Monday & Thursday) that by the time they say Kaddish I am still way behind. If one finds himself in such a situation ...
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May I rely on the shaliach tzibur to fullfill my mitzvah of tefilah, even if I know how to pray? [duplicate]

In this question , the accepted answer explained that we have a shaliach tzibur in minyanim today, even if everyone knows how to pray, for two reasons: Minhag We don't want to embarrass someone by ...
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Hagahot to Kitzur Yalkut Yosef

Related question Has any Ashkenazi posek or commentator written glosses on the Yalkut Yosef with opinions according to Ashkenazi minhagim (where they differ of course)?
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Licking fingers for Mayim Acharonim?

Since saliva is one of the seven "liquids" (a subcategory of water, cf. Machshirin 6:5), would licking or sucking on one's own fingers fulfill the obligation of Mayim Acharonim?
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Can I notarize a document?

According to the gemara (bottom of Gittin 11a), you need to be "אפיצן" to documents in order for them to be considered valid, in order to be a "שטר שאינו יכול לזייף," a document that cannot be proven ...
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Shiluvim and Ashkenazim

In many Edot haMizrach siddurim, the tetragrammaton is printed with kavvanot (called shiluvim) in the final ה. Is it appropriate, according to Ashkenazi poskim, to pay attention to these kavanot?
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Does salad require al netilat yadayim?

Assuming the vegetables used to make a salad were washed prior, does eating such a salad require the washing of hands without a Bracha?
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What was the ריב"א thinking?

In ריקאנטי number 166 (brought down here, #4), he brings a story about the ריב"א: ושמעתי כי ריב"א חלה חוליו שמת בו וחל יוה"כ באותם הימים וא"ל הרופאים אם לא תאכלו ודאי תמות ואם תאכל שמא לא תחיה ...
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Hilchos Shabbos audio shiurim online?

I'm looking for audio shiurim on hilchos Shabbos. I'd prefer someone who goes through the halachos thoroughly but is very lema'aseh. Any recommendations?
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Being more stringent than your Rebbe

Is there a problem with acting more stringently in halacha than your Rebbe acts? If so, what if you are not in front of your Rebbe? If so (to #1), is having a longer beard or peyos considered a ...
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Are shoes with Velcro straps like shoes with laces or without?

In SA OC 2:4, it says that the right shoe should be put on and not tied, then the left one put on and tied, and then tie the right shoe. Rama says that if the shoe has no laces, they are put on right, ...
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maaser to your own employer

I know there are many Jews who work for schools, synagogues, soup kitchens, and other such non-profit organizations that do a community service. Many people also give maaser money to these ...
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How are “Orthoprax” people treated in halacha?

There are several cases of people who identify as "Orthoprax", meaning that they follow mitzvot, but do not believe in G-d. (Most notable have been the cases of anonymous rabbis like the aforelinked ...
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Can we violate Shabbos to inject a vaccine?

Vaccines save lives. I'm not here to argue about that, take it somewhere else. If you don't agree, for the purposes of this question just imagine I'm talking about some medicine that accomplishes ...
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Would an abortion invalidate the first living son as a Bechor?

If someone had an abortion prior to giving birth to her first living child, a son, is that son not a Bechor which would require a redemption? My assumption is that he's not since the Bechor is ...
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Would a Greek sefer torah be read from in Greek?

If a sefer Torah was written in Greek, would it have been publicly read from in the Greek translation only, or would they also use a Hebrew scroll?
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Why for repetition of Shomne Esray you need only 6 that prayed but 9 that will answer?

I was asked the following question: For the repetition of the Shemone Esray, you need only 6 to finish praying to begin the repetition. However, there must be 9 people answering Amen to the ...
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May a non Ethiopian Jew celebrate sigd?

Ethiopian Jews recently celebrated their festival of Sigd, which involves reaccaptence of the Torah, communal fasting and feasting, and prayers. Is it acceptable for someone of a Minhag other than ...
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How long is לאלתר?

In the mishna on Gitin 27a, the rule is that if someone delivers a get (bill of divorce) from another country, loses it, and finds it again, should not deliver it to the woman unless he either finds ...
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Sources for the halachos of medical emergencies on Shabbos

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm currently preparing a chabura (presentation) on the laws of medical emergencies on Shabbos. What sources discuss the halachos of medicine on Shabbos?
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Beracha achrona on yogurt?

Do you make a boreh nefashot on yogurt according to sepharadim? Is it treated like a liquid, like ice cream, or as a solid? This is in relations to the time needed to eat it. If it's liquid, you ...
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If someone knowingly designates a Korban Mincha with barley, does he offer with wheat?

In the Mishna, (Menachot 12:3) it says that if one makes a neder (vow) to offer a Korban Mincha with barley, he offers with wheat. Kehati explains, if he didn't know that Menachot are only wheat, but ...
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Stam viYesh Halacha k'…?

This question is a followup to these comments When the Shulchan Aruch brings two opinions as to what the halacha in a given situation is, the first is brought without a name, and the second is ...
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Does demolition of terrorists' homes have any basis in Judaism?

Israel is currently implementing a policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists, even after they have been 'eliminated', as a deterrent to others. Is this kind of action OK, according to halacha + ...
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What's the Halacha if a person refuses to follow Beis Din?

There are a few arguments which affect the future offspring of a person. For example, do we accept converts who convert for not-legitimate reasons, or if a marriage which violates negative ...
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Sous-vide cooking for Shabbat

Sous-vide is a method of cooking food slowly, at a precisely-controlled temperature. This article in the New York Times reports that this method is becoming more and more accessible to and widespread ...
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Can women be motsi Sephardic men in havdalah?

According to Sepharadim, women are chayavot in havdalah. Can they also be motsi men? Looking for a Sephardic answer.
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Examining a old bedikah cloth

AFAIK the psak on a bedikah cloth depends on the colour of the stain. Any shade of red indicates nidda, other colours, including brown, are okay. Doesn't blood turn from red to brown when it dries? ...
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Is “siman tov u'mazal tov” a halachically problematic phrase?

Literally translated, this is what is commonly said in the Jewish community, upon hearing very good news (typically lifecycle events as such as engagement, marriage, birth). "A good sign and a good ...
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May we violate Shabbos to administer morphine?

Morphine has been widely used as a pain reliever for a very long time (according to Wikipedia, it's been in use at least since 1804!). It's even listed (twice!) on WHO's list of essential medicines. ...
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What's the definition of “not now” for priority-of-b'racha purposes?

Orach Chayim 211 is about what food to recite a blessing over (that is, and eat) first when one wishes to eat two foods. It's clear that (except according to the Rambam cited in 211:2) one does not ...
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How to hold your hands during the amidah?

For someone praying the amiday by heart with eyes closed, what is the right way to hold your hands? I know that the right hand should cover the left, but how exactly? Can someone upload a diagram or ...
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Which takes precedence - dina d'malchuta or halacha? What about minhag yisrael?

A more practical ramification of Is a ban on government workers wearing religious symbols a gezeirat hamalchut for which one would be obligated to give up his life? If the law of the land (dina ...
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Does a convert who goes off the derek have to go to the mikvah again upon making tshuvah?

A female convert I know, who had stopped observing mitzvos for a few years, but then sought to return to the fold, was led to believe by someone that she would have to go again to the mikvah to ...
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Resolving a dispute where the customer denies that the product is theirs

If someone left something at the dry-cleaners', for example, and later returned to pick it up, but it seems to not be the same item that they left, what does halacha say about resolving it? Both the ...
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Is boreh nefashot said on hot coffee?

Under what conditions, if any, is boreh nefashot said on hot coffee/tea? If one is unsure if he drank "cheekfuls" is he exempt?
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Can a public Torah reading be done by repeating words and trope as read by another?

It's time for Kri'at Hatorah (public Torah reading) on a Monday. The shul's regular Ba'al Kri'ah is absent, and no one else in the shul can read from the Torah - not even the rabbi. It is not just a ...
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Are chess pieces with faces on them considered idols?

If a chess set has pieces which seem to be mini sculptures of faces etc. (like many of the hand-made ones you will find in South Africa), are they considered idols? Did anyone hear of something like ...
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Napoléon's Sanhedrin

In 1806, Napoléon Bonaparte convened a synod of French rabbinim (mainly Alsatiens and Bordelais) to ascertain halachic opinions on a set of questions. What is the halachic standing of this synod's ...