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Are gentiles tameh ? Do they convey any kind of tumas?

I find a lot of contradicting sources - does anyone know the actual halachah (with sources please) ? A lot of mishanyot seem to state that Gentiles do not contract/convey impurity (Negaim 11 and 12; ...
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Scheduling Email for 3AM and Gneivas Daas

Is is permitted to schedule an email for the wee hours of the night, like 3AM, to give the impression that you were working late? Is it significantly well known that there are services like ...
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If you're having a slow day are you halachically required to reduce your hourly rate?

Say you work as a contractor that charges an hourly rate. If on any given day you feel sluggish due to poor sleep or some other reason, are you supposed to reduce your rate for that day to compensate ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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language of betrothal at wedding

Traditionally, before a husband betroths his wife he says, "Harei at mekudeshet li btabaat zo kdat moshe vyisrael." Is this language necessary in halacha or standardized by tradition (minhag)? If not ...
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Does marbeh b'simcha apply during Adar I? [duplicate]

Does the concept of mishenichnas adar marber bsimcha applies to Adar I or is it just for Adar II? It would probably depend if it is connected directly to being the month of Purim or not. Or even so ...
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English Sefarim on Ma'aser Kesafim

Would anyone know of any English Sefarim on the Halachos of Ma'aser Kesafim(money)?
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Is it permitted to share a plate or bowl with a pet (such as a cat or dog)?

Is it permitted to use the same plates and bowls to feed a pet cat or dog which are also used for eating? Assuming the pet is fed kosher (for humans) food is this permitted? Are there any issues ...
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time of kriat shma change nowadays

The time of kriat shma is learned basically from the pasuk "בשכבך ובקומך", meaning the time people sleep and the time people wake up. 2000 years ago people acted according to the daylight. Nowadays ...
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Could a Cohen burn a body to escape the impurity?

Excuse the extreme hypothetical, but: If a Cohen were locked in a room with no windows and a dead body, and just so happened to have lighter fluid and a pack of matches (and there were small holes in ...
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Dairy or pareve black coffee:

What are the halachic considerations that govern the kashrut status of an Americano (black) from an espresso machine that uses a secondary steam wand to make lattes and cappuccinos? This is at a ...
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“Chiyuv” to be chazan vs. congregational approval and refusal

Follow-up to this M.Y. answer about a "chiyuv" to daven from the amud. The answer states that a mourner for a parent should try to be shaliach tzibbur. I question whether this rule contradicts some ...
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Can Aluminum be Mekabel Tumah?

Can Aluminum vessels be Mekabel Tumah? (Obviously) it's not written in Chumash, so is it like iron (which can) or like glass (which can't)
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Do you need kabolo (permission/licence) for checking the lungs

I understand (from simla chadasha siman) I need kabolo for shehita (I am not allowed to shecht without permission from a Rav, the rabonim made a hairum that people are not allowed to shecht without ...
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Why is there no exchanging of food gifts during Purim Katan?

Purim Katan ("little Purim") occurs on the 14th and 15th of Adar I, which is only during leap years, such as the current year. Mishnah Megillah 1:4 says: קראו את המגילה באדר הראשון ונתעברה השנה, ...
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Are thoughts of sin punished halachically?

Inspired by this question, I got interested in the question of halakhic punishment for thoughts of sin? In general, the Torah is not so concerned and doesn't judge how people feel or what their ...
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What is the basis to allow heart transplatation?

If someone needs a heart transplantation, we first need to take off his old heart. At this very moment, the person is halakhically dead since he/she has no heart. A heart transplantation is therefore ...
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Why is beautification essential for a sefer torah?

The gemara in Gitin 54b declares worthless a Torah scroll that had all the Tetragrammatons rewritten because it ends up looking menumar (spotted), apparently because this would be a violation of "ze ...
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What time does shabbat start medioraita ( so issur of doing melakha = torah prohibition)?

I believe that shabbat, per the torah, doesn't actually start at Shkia and that this convention is a gezera to avoid a makhloket of the real start time. What are there parameters of this discussion? ...
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Assimilated Bucharian Jews

I was told that there is a discussion regarding the Jewishness of Bucharian Jews, because they were forced into being assimilated into the surrounding gentile culture, (perhaps the discussion was by ...
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Untoiveled but used dinnerware and cookware - how to salvage if possible? [duplicate]

What's the deal with untoiveled, but used, dinnerware and cookware? Can they still be toiveled to make usable/kosher or must it all be tossed?
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Stoning of homosexuals

Is the stoning of homosexuals in the Torah to be taken at face value or is there a deeper meaning beyond the scripture itself? When Moshiach comes, will the courts actually mete out such a punishment ...
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Drinking coffee using non-kosher utensils

Is there a legitimate heter for drinking coffee from a coffee cup that would most likely have been washed with non-kosher utensils? I have seen people be lenient in this respect, but don't know why.
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Yichud with a transgender person?

Suppose there was a man, A, that underwent an operation whereby afterwards A now considers themselves female. Suppose one is generally unclear as to the specifics of the operation, but that A ...
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Source that King/Beis Din would hang couples for being publicly intimate

The title says it all, for the most part, but I remember once hearing that, if it was deemed a common problem, the Beis Din was allowed to round up couples for being publicly intimate, and hang them. ...
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Igros Moshe citation: prohibiting giving a lighter to a smoker

In this recorded lecture, Rabbi Akiva Tatz mentions that R' Moshe Feinstein (who famously did not prohibit smoking, though see here) forbade a person from handing a lighter to a person who smokes ...
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הבא במחתרת vs רודף

After learning the סוגיא of בא במחתרת I was filled with a bunch of questions regarding what is a בא במחתרת. The Gemara סנהדרין דף עב ע״ב seems to answer my question by telling us that the reason ...
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Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires one due to a custom?

Should you say a blessing on a tallit gadol when you are performing a task in a shul that requires it (e.g.: being hazzan for mincha or getting an aliyah during mincha) ? Is there a difference if ...
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May one wear a jacket or coat over a tallit gadol during shacharit?

May one wear a jacket or coat over a tallit gadol during shacharit - assuming one wears a tallit gadol daily? The reason I ask is because usually the tallit gadol is the outer most garment. I don't ...
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May one use a washing machine and dryer prior to praying shachrit?

Since the task only takes a few seconds - grab the laundry bag, throw it in the washer, add detergent and press a button - may one do such an easy task prior to praying shachrit or is this classified ...
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Can Sefardim carry in Monsey, NY?

Monsey, NY has an eiruv that most Ashkenazim that live in the area hold by. I have heard that sefardim cannot hold by the eiruv in Monsey, NY. Is this true and if so why?
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Meaning of the phrase “all Holy Scripture defile the hands.”

I'm sorry if this question is too basic (I'm really impressed with the learned people answering questions on Mi Yodeya!). I was reading about the Council of Jamnia on Wikipedia: ...
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Evolved minimal Hebrew pronunciation in halacha

Inspired by comments on this question: Say a person travels from place to place where there are certain traditional havarot (pronunciations) such that what were likely originally distinct sounds, are ...
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Being Motzi someone with Tefilas Haderech

I was always under the impression that one person can say Tefilas Haderech and the others can answer Amein and you are Motzi them. Today I was travelling and the fellow said Tefilas Haderech and ...
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According to Halacha are you permitted to melt cheese on Shabbos?

Can one place cheese upon a slice of bread that is put onto a blech on Shabbos? Is there a problem to melt cheese on Shabbos? Some of the specific consideration: 1) Since you are putting the ...
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Smichat Geulah L'Tfilla on Shabbos

In general we say that to be "somech geulah l'tefilla" (connect redemption to prayer) it is required to start the Amidah immediately after finishing the bracha of Ga'al Yisrael in Shacharit, with no ...
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Do women/minors count toward the nine listening to chazaras hashatz?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 124:4, in my own, loose translation: When the leader repeats the amida (sh'mone esre), the congregation should be quiet, pay attention to the benedictions that the ...
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Placing Tefillin on the floor

I've been taught since little that one can't place a pair of Tefillins on the floor, and that one must carefully avoid not dropping them. But what is considered being on the floor? For example, can I ...
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How long are brachot applicable to a given food?

If I start, say, drinking a bottled drink or eating chips from a bag, then later (in the day, in the week) continue to eat from it, do I need to make a new brocha? If so, how long can the pause be ...
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If you check for bugs according to halachic requirements, and then there is a bug in the food, are you liable?

If one or one's wife does everything that is needed for checking, but one accidentally eats a bug anyway, is one liable for the sin(s)? I'd also be interested in knowing whether one would be liable ...
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Eating food that was touched by someone who didn't do naagel Vassar?

Let's say one lives with a Jew who doesn't bother to wash their hands (naagel wasser) in the morning and then this person touches a certain food. Can this food be eaten by someone else or does it ...
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Is a minyan required for Sheva Brachot?

I am planning to make a Sheva Brachot meal in my home. But, it seems that we have only 7 men. A guest told me that we need a minyan of 10 men. I'm not sure. I know that you can have zimun with at ...
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Ordinary Wine: Any Lenient Positions?

Are there any halakhic opinions that allow drinking ordinary wine not produced by Jews?
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Is there an obligation to attend a Torah Scholar's funeral when there will be more than a Minyan attending?

If one's friend passes on and there will be a Minyan attending without him does he have an obligation to go? Is it different if it is a Torah Scholar?
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Having hana'ah from a melacha done on Shabbos

Is one allowed to have hana'ah on Shabbos from a melacha done, whether by him or anther, that day?
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Framing old Tefillin Parshiot

I recall hearing somewhere that some folks are accustomed to remove the (likely possul) parshiot from old tefillin and frame them. As tefillin are generally more difficult to correct, is this ...
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Framing a Page from a Holy Book

Suppose you had a single page from an old Tanakh or rabbinic book. Would it be permissible to frame and mount the page on a wall?
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Opening a matza box on Shabbos?

I have heard that in order to open a matza box on Shabbat one must tear the box in a destructive manner so it can't be used again. However, since once the matzos are finished the box is thrown out is ...
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How to get rid of unwanted items with God's name in it or on it [duplicate]

I unwittingly accepted a J's Witness Russian booklet and it has verses from scripture both in Hebrew and Russian, as well as God's name (the Hebrew tetragrammaton). What do you do with an unwanted ...
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Facing the wrong direction during Amidah

What should I do if I accidentally faced the wrong direction during the Amidah? Should I repeat it? How important is facing the Kotel in the Amidah according to Halacha?