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Should you say “Bircat HaGomel” after receiving outpatient test results?

I know that someone who has recovered from a serious illness or returned from a long hospital stay recites Bircat Hagomel. Should you or would it be appropriate to recite the bracha after receiving ...
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What happened to the mitzvah to love the stranger as yourself?

This commandment is repeated at least three times in the Torah--in Leviticus 19, Deuteronomy 10, Exodus 22, and Leviticus 25. Leviticus 19:33-34 say: "When a stranger resides with you in your ...
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Is squeezing a bottle of soap on Shabbat sechita? What about a dispenser?

If you have liquid soap in a bottle, would squeezing it out on Shabbat be an act of melacha (sechita)? Would using a pump dispenser instead be sechita?
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Oil paint with wool

Most oil paint is made from linseed oil, which comes from flax, the same plant as linen. While this has no bearing on me, I was wondering whether using linseed oil-based paint on wool clothing would ...
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Can I sell a dollar from the rebbe that was given to someone else?

The Lubavicher rebbe had a practice of giving out dollar bills to people. If I were to have one originally given to someone else would it be permissible to sell such a memento?
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Can Kohanim enter a hospital?

As a Cohen is prohibited from deliberately defiling himself through contact with a dead body, may he enter a hospital where there is a high probability that someone might die and render the Cohen ...
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Can Kohanim live in a condo or apartment building?

Asking the question because if there is a Jewish person living in the same building that dies in the building, couldn't this pose a problem for a Kohen being under the same roof?
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combining techeles views - tarti dsatri?

Is there a problem of tarti d'satri (contradiction) with combining tekhelet strings dyed according to one view (e.g. half-dyed) with tying methods of a different view?
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Is it allowed to be a therapist in New Jersey?

New Jersey apparently has a law on the books banning licensed therapists from treating homosexuality. That being the case, if a psychotherapist has an effective method for treating homosexuality, (and ...
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Is there “פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר” or a “מגו” in American law?

Does anyone know if there is any equivalent or usage of the principle "פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר" or a "מגו" in American law that could help illustrate the principle? A basic explanation of the principle ...
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The pre-Maimonidean half-tekheleth string

Are there any sources prior to the Rambam that suggest (even implicitly) that the tekheleth string is only half-dyed?
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Rules about Handles on the Vessel for Netilas Yadayim

I am wondering about the vessel used in hand washing, I see the ones with two handles online and in shul etc is it ok to use 'any' vessel to wash the hands or does it have to be one with two handles? ...
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Can one say Kiddush Levana on Rosh Hodesh or the 2nd day of the month if he won't be able to otherwise?

Kiddush Levana can be recited as early as the 3rd day of the Hebrew month. Two scenarios (may have same or different answers): A. Suppose a person will be hospitalized beginning the 3rd of the ...
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Can one say Kaddish for a deceased family member even if their parents are still alive? [duplicate]

If a family member dies without leaving any children to say Kaddish for them, can another family member take on the job of saying Kaddish? Is it permissible even if the parents of the one saying it ...
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Can a woman convert to Judaism to marry Kohen due to the concept of sfeik sfeika?

A Rabbi involved in conversions recently told me a story about a conversion he took part in. He came to the Mikvah to take part in the Beis Din (Modern Orthodox Beis Din) and lo and behold he finds ...
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Zera levatala - source of issur from Torah

Can someone explain what is the issur of zera levatala? If we learn it from er and onan, it should apply to those who do zera levatala to stop from performing peru u revu, and should also apply to ...
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Is it permitted to eat boogers?

I apologize for the question. but is it permitted to eat ones boogers? possibility of blood? is it Baal Teshakzu? totally permitted similar to nail biting? and would it be forbidden on shabbos?
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Touched acovered place while learning-may i continue learning?

Many times, in the middle of learning i will absentmindedly touch my scalp under my yarmulke, or my shoulder under my sleeve. Do i have to stop learning to wash my hands? may i continue without ...
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Halachic permissibility of playing cards (i.e., poker) for money

Are there any important halachic issues related to gambling--specifically, on card games? (I'm thinking Texas Hold 'Em, but kvitlach also comes to mind.) Obviously it can't be done on Shabbos or Yom ...
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Can the Rav enforce his own made-up rule as a “penalty”?

Several years ago, while making a trip to the Catskill area, I stopped near the large shul in Woodbridge, NY (I forgot its name). The rabbi has a reserved parking spot across the street from the shul. ...
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Someone illegally parked in a disabled parking spot. Is he liable if a disabled person injures himself

Sadly, I read in a local paper, about this incident: Someone illegally parked in a disabled spot at a doctors office. A disabled person arrived for his doctor's appointment, and saw that the only ...
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A hungry beggar asks to use your credit card to buy food. Must you give it?

This M.Y. answer states that if a beggar asks you for food, you do not investigate, but provide food. I assume that if you give cash so that the beggar can buy food, that is the same. A few months ...
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If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate, can they make a siyum?

There is this related M.Y. question about women joining a men's siyum. If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate can / should they make a siyum? I know that women cannot form a minyan, ...
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Is a person allowed to prejudge a beggar before giving tzedaka?

The scenario: Last week while waiting for the NYC subway, a well-dressed woman asked me if I had a spare Metrocard swipe (the Metrocard is a prepaid fare card.) As she did not seem like a beggar, I ...
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How specific is a makom kavuah?

Many shuls let people claim (buy) seats and put their name on the chair where they usually sit, making it "officially" their makom kavuah. Some of Mi Yodeya's other makom-kavuah questions also ...
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Al Tarbeh Sicha Im Haisha- including Text Messaging?

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot says "Al Tarbeh Sicha Im Haisha", do not converse excessively with a woman. Does this apply to text messages as well?
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Is a person allowed to sit in someone's reserved shul seat before that person appears?

My shul sells tickets for High Holiday seating. These are paid specific seats for the person who reserved them. Sometimes, outsiders attend the shul on Rosh Hashanna. Our shul doesn't refuse them ...
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Is one permitted to change his minhagim? ashkenaz to sefardi

If a person grew up sefardi and wanted to change his minhagim to ashkenaz (including pronunciations) is it permitted to do so?
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Unmarried man teacher of children

I see from The Shulchan Aruch Even Ezer 22.20 and from Shulchan Aruch Harav, Hilchois Talmud Torah, perek 1 halocho 13 that single man should not be a teacher of children (under 13) becouse of the ...
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Is trying to get out of jury duty permitted halachically?

In the comments on this question about being on a jury when a trial could run into Shabbat, somebody brought up the point that it's generally not hard to avoid jury duty. And, in my experience, lots ...
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Marital relations if pregnancy is potentially life-threatening?

A while ago, I was poking around the Catholic section of Reddit, since I was curious about how the topic of birth control might be handled within it. In a comment to one post, someone stated that his ...
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If the prayer leader does not distinguish between Gimmel and Ghimmel for Amida he can't be yotzi for others

I was at a Shabbat table and someone told me that, according to Hacham Ovadia Yosef, the one leading the prayers cannot motzi others (i.e. cannot relieve others' prayer obligations) if he does not ...
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What are the halachic considerations regarding davening after staying up all night on Shavuot?

There is a wide-spread minhag to stay up all night on the evening of Shavuot and learn until shacharit in the morning. I know that when people do that, there are some necessary changes to the morning ...
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Is it permitted that male person to have feminine job? And otherwise?

Is it forbidden for a male person to have feminine job? If so, how is a feminine job defined according to halacha? Likewise, is it forbidden for a female person to have a masculine job?
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are there certain criteria for the utensil we use for washing hands?

i remember hearing that there cannot be a spout but must be an equally rounded edge. is this true? if yes please provide source. THANK you!
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Is it wrong not to wear a bra?

Is it a problem not to wear a bra (for reasons related to tznius or anything else Jewish)? What if it is not seen "women may wear different kinds of clothing to hide or reveal the fact that they're ...
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When to stop Kaddish & Visit Cemetery (Sephardic Custom)?

What is the halacha according to the Sephardi custom (Ben Ish Hai, or Rav Ovadia z"l), with regard to the following: Consider that the yortzeit is on 15 Av, when precisely is the 11 months over? On ...
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Bracha on Dead Sea

According to Halacha (Shulchan Oruch, Orach Chaim 228:1) one says עושה מעשה בראשית on seeing the sea. Does one make a Bracha on seeing the Dead Sea? Is it a proper sea? If so, what is the correct ...
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Techum Shabbos for Items across Timezones

It is my understanding that if a person owns an item, that item may not be taken outside of his Techum Shabbos (2,000 Amos) on Shabbos (e.g. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayyim 397:3). For example, if ...
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Definition of the phrase חפצך אסור חפצי שמים מותר

Can someone please explain to me what "חפצך אסור חפצי שמים מותר" means. Tractate shabbat 150a?
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Can a person recite Kiddush Levana during the Polar summer months?

This M.Y. answer states that the moonlight must be visible on the land for someone to be able to say Kiddush Levana. During the summer season near either the North or South Poles, there is an area of ...
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If a lefty becomes ambidextrous

If a lefty teaches himself (before or after his bar mitzvah) to write with his right hand What happens with teffilin? What if he teaches himself to prefer his right hand for everything? Sources ...
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Differences in psak

Why do we learn Gemara, where each opinion gets equal weight and the strongest opinion wins, and we are thus taught not to be peti, but to only accept a true answer, while today, its enough that one ...
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Someone damages tefillin that he borrowed from someone else. Is he liable?

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:22: מֻתָּר לִקַּח תְּפִלִּין שֶׁל חֲבֵרוֹ גַּם שֶׁלֹּא בִידִיעָתוֹ לְהָנִיחָן וּלְבָרֵךְ עֲלֵיהֶן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתַבְתִּי בְּסִימָן שֶׁלִּפְנֵי זֶה סָעִיף י"א לְעִנְיַן ...
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Can one make a bracha on non-thunderstorm lightning?

Most of us associate lightning with thunderstorms. But there are other ways "lightning" can be caused: static discharge such as what you may see when you rub your feet on a rug on a cold dry day, ...
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What is the definition of “Panim Chadashos” (new “face”) with regard to Sheva Brachot?

Earlier this week I was at a friend's wedding, and I had to leave shortly after the Chupah. That made me wonder: with regards to saying all 7 of the blessings at a "Sheva Brachos" meal, we require a ...
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Kiddush before coffee?

Commenting on the Shulchan Aruch in siman 289 which states that one may not taste anything before kiddush shabbos morning, except water, the Biur Halacha s.v. Chovas Kiddush writes that that it is ...
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What are the general rules regarding doing activities (such as eating or checking email) before mitzvot (such as tefillin or prayer)?

Imagine that there's an mitzvah which I can do. It might be obligatory, or it might not be. For example, tefillin, prayer, kiddush, havdalah, shofar, feeding my pet, visiting the sick, Torah study, or ...
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Does someone who hears a thunder “echo” make a bracha?

I am relating my question to this one. Mishnah Brurah O.C> 227:5 explains that one can make a bracha on thunder without seeing the lightning. What if someone was hiking in a canyon and hears a ...
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Where is this Radvaz?

Simcha LeIsh quotes the Radvaz siman 21 saying ואם באמת חש לסכנה הי צריך לחוש למה שכתב בשערי רחמים (דף יא) שלנתק קשר תנאים הוא סכנה גדולה, וטוב יותר לנתק קשר נישואין ע״י גט מלנתק קשר תנאים. ...