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Can I donate blood on yom tov?

The next blood donation clinic at my university is on Rosh Hashana and not for particular recipients. Would donating blood be halachically sound? I don't think I could anyway because of all the ...
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halachic definition of Zera

When a couple is having intimate relations, during foreplay, is the clear liquid that emits from the male organ considered Zera? Is a wife permitted to stimulate the male organ knowing that these pre ...
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Practical עשה דוחה לא תעשה

There are a few examples frequently offered for the rule "עשה דוחה לא תעשה": Someone whose garment has four corners and linen can nonetheless put wool tzitzis on it. This is unlikely nowadays, when ...
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Can one nullify permitted stuff?

I know there's a concept of en m'vat'lin isur l'chat'chila: one may not deliberately mix forbidden stuff with permitted stuff (or milk with meat, or meat with milk) in such small quantities that the ...
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Is there no such sin as a wayward daughter? If so, why not?

The mitzvot and sins are not equal in their distribution. Some are only applicable to men, some to women, some to Kohanim, to Kings, etc. In the case of a wayward (or rebellious) son who is described ...
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How far does one have to go in giving mussar?

If someone has a sibling who is mechalal shabbos and they try to tell them what they're doing is wrong but the sibling refuses to listen does one have to go even further in trying to stop them?
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Is reading normal practical books about Judaism considered “Torah Studying”?

Aside from the Tanakh, Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, Mishne Torah and the likes..... Is reading normal books about practical laws in Judaism considered "Torah Study"? I mean books like "To Be a Jew" for ...
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Get proves gerus?

Can a get (bill of divorce) suffice as evidence of proper gerus (conversion), assuming one was born a non-Jew? If so, under what circumstances? For the man or for the woman (or both)?
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Source for requirement of 3rd party hechsher? [duplicate]

When you eat another Jew's food, you are entitled to rely on him for the kashrus of the food. By that reasoning, if he opens a restaurant, and you know him to be Yarei Shamayim, you shouldn't need ...
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Do the actions of animals have moral value?

I vaguely remember reading in the Torah some laws regarding the proper restitution when one person's livestock injures or kills someone else's livestock, but as far as I can recall, it was more ...
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Can a person break an oath to G-d to save a life?

Can a person break an oath to G-d to save a life? For example, if someone in the army made an official oath to serve the army and obey the commands always, but one day the person saw his commander ...
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Does one have to pay a non-Jew back double?

If someone stole from a non-Jew are they required to pay back double like to a Jew?
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Are there poskim who sanction using nedarim today

Are there major contemporary poskim (halachic authorities) who advocate making nedarim (vows) for certain circumstance (besides donations)? for example, someone who has a bad habit, to use a nedar ...
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“Planting” astroturf during shmita

I previously asked about Planting grass during shmita, and discovered that it is forbidden. But what about astroturf (synthetic grass)? Would there be any problem with installing that during the ...
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What are the mitzvot that a gentile is forbidden to do?

I know that some mitzvot like keeping shabbat, putting tefillin are forbidden for a gentile to do because they are a sign of the covenant between Israel and HaShem. What are the full list of the ...
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Can one use a modified palapa built on a pier as his Succah?

See this article for a description and picture of a palapa (Aka "tiki hut"). Assume that one puts strong curtains on three sides and ties them down firmly to the side poles so that a normal wind ...
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How do you pay a debt (not a loan) in a different currency?

Shimon, in Eretz Yisrael, makes a purchase on behalf of Reuven, in the diaspora. For Reuven the cost of paying in shekels would be quite high, but Shimon can receive the payment in another currency ...
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Are you allowed to put your hair in a ponytail on Shabbos?

If someone has thin hair that easily comes out are they allowed to put their hair in a ponytail or remove the ponytail if the intention is not to take out any hair?
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Is it permissable to be in a musical group that does not exclusively play simchas?

Is it permissible to play in a musical group that does not only play at 'simchas' (weddings, etc.)? I once heard someone say that playing any music in public that is not for a specific mitzvah is ...
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What is the point of vows, oaths, and pledges in light of Kol Nidre? [duplicate]

I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this translation of the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre: "All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are ...
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Kol Nidre: Is it lawful to pray along with sinners?

I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this in a translation of the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre: "By the authority of the Court on High and by authority of the court down ...
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Why would a shofar be in a tree?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 586:21 (excerpt): הָיָה הַשּׁוֹפָר בְּרֹאשׁ הָאִילָן ...וְאֵין לוֹ שׁוֹפָר אֶלָּא הוּא, אֵינוֹ עוֹלֶה בָּאִילָן If a shofar was in a tree ... and he has no ...
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Can someone give their parents mussar?

Does giving parents mussar go against kabed es avicha vas ameicha?
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Earliest halakhic sources for wearing both Rashi and Rabbenu Tam tefillin simultaneously?

Orach Chayim brings that pious men should wear both Rashi and R. Tam tefillin at once when davening (34:2-3). Do we know what the earliest halakhic sources recommending this are, and their reasoning? ...
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Can a non-Jewish person participate in a bris?

My best friend is Jewish, and I have been involved in most of the most important events in his life. I was the best man at his wedding, I celebrated Hanukkah with his family, and I am the "godfather" ...
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What if the thief gets injured by what he has stolen?

A thief stole something which injured him. Is he liable for his own injury? Let's say it was a stolen gun. Would the man who loaded the gun bear any responsibility for the thief's injury?
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Handing over a murderer to the Goel Hadam?

וְשָׁלְחוּ זִקְנֵי עִירוֹ וְלָקְחוּ אֹתוֹ מִשָּׁם וְנָתְנוּ אֹתוֹ בְּיַד גֹּאֵל הַדָּם וָמֵת. The elders of his city must take him [the intentional murderer] and hand him over to the blood ...
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Overlapping blessings

Towards the end of a bread-based meal someone decides to have, in addition to their original plans, a hot drink (eg tea). After the meal, they say birkas hamazon. Only after this do they then ...
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Source and details about not showing the shape of the body

I heard that tight clothing on woman is not permitted, Something like It shows the shape of the body. Is this true? what does this mean practically? Sources please
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Source that elbow it the border for tznius

Similar Tznius In Regards to Covering Elbows Is it true that the elbow is the border of what needs to be covered on the arms for tznius if yes what is the source of it (I understand it has something ...
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Saadia Gaon on How to Wear Tzithtzith

I heard somewhere that Rav Saadiah Gaon writes how to wear tzithtzith/tallith. By throwing it over ones shoulder in accordance with "the midrash." Does anyone know this source and can they provide it ...
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How many degrees of separation from food does one have to kasher?

I understand that the sink, the dishwasher, and sponges, etc. all need to be kashered, presumably because they touch things (plates, utensils) that also touch food. But how many degrees of separate ...
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Names with origins of avoda zara

I gave my daughter a second name after my father's, for which I came up with a female version. I saw that the name does exist, but I never bothered to see the origin for some reason. Now, after five ...
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Conversations with G-d

I learned that other than praying, I can talk to G-d throughout the day, while I'm in traffic, or walking to some where ...any time. Now, since it's very hot here where I live , I prefer to be more ...
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Is it allowed to put G-d's most revered name in a wooden bracelet?

Is it allowed for someone to put some sort of wooden bracelet engraved in it "lamed yud heh vav heh" like saying that this person belongs to G-d only and to remind this person that he is G-d's and to ...
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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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Sephardic Chakhamim mentioning Modeh Ani

Do the Ben Ish Chai, or other Sephardic Chakhamim speak on the recitation of "Modeh Ani" upon rising in the morning? One so-called Rabbi of the West African Jews of the Galut says that "Modeh Ani" is ...
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Can Havdalah spices be eaten afterwards?

Can someone partake of the havdalah spices for "secular" purposes (i.e. eating, etc.) after the service is concluded? I know that one should not intentionally 'smell' his esrog on Sukkos (machlokes). ...
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Can the status of erwa change?

Can a body part which may reasonably br presumed to have the status of erwa for a particular woman ever lose that status? Some examples are if a woman is widowed or divorced can she legally uncover ...
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Water Fasts and Halacha

Some spiritual disciplines have a concept of a "water fast" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fasting), during which one consumes only water, tea w/o sugar, etc. Clearly, consuming even water ...
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Can a gentile volunteer to perform prohibited actions on behalf of a Jew on Shabbat?

My mom grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and then moved to Long Island, and in both places, she was quite happy to serve as a Shabbos Goy (gentile who does things for Jews on the Sabbath that would ...
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Can one attach a straw or some other “extension” to a shofar and blow into it

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 586:19 says: הִרְחִיק אֶת הַשּׁוֹפָר וְנָפַח בּוֹ וְתָקַע בּוֹ, פָּסוּל. If he distanced the shofar from him and breathed into it and blew, it is invalid. ...
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BeRov Am Hadrat HaMelech - Even if person doesn't hear the Chazan?

In choosing Minyan the Klal BeRov Am Hadrat HaMelech (more people is better) applies. But if minyan is so huge that there are difficulties for a person, who is far from Chazan to hear him. Is it ...
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Performing a C-section in the Time of Chazal

The Mishna (Bekhorot 8:2) refers to two children born to the same mother, the first by C-section and the second by regular delivery. The Rambam famously comments that it seems exceedingly strange to ...
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Is it acceptable to make someone feel uncomfortable because they have inadvertently done something that you consider undesirable?

Background This question was inspired by the comments (now deleted) under another question. My sister in Williamsburg Brooklyn noticed that Orthodox male strangers were glaring at her for unknown ...
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Are Orthodox Jews opposed to women singing in public, particularly if the woman is singing to a fussy baby in an attempt to soothe it?

My sister lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, and the neighborhood has a large population of Orthodox Jews and, I think, Hassidim (I don't really understand the difference, but that is a ...
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Is it against Kosher law to combine poultry and cheese? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the prohibition on mixing meat with cheese is based on the commandment against "seething a kid in its mother's milk". Since poultry are birds, and birds don't produce milk, is it ...
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What constitutes a name of G-d? [duplicate]

A now-deleted question on this site asked about what halachik justification there was for an attempted stoning of Jesus. In the passage quoted by the OP, Jesus had said "Before Abraham was, I AM!", ...
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Is there an obligation for men and women to sit separately at a simcha?

Rav Binyamin Kamentzky, whom I recently saw, told me that until about 30 - 25 years ago, it was very common for men and women to sit together at weddings, Bar Mitzvah and other seudei mitzvah run by ...
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stopping a morning minyan

Our synagogue had for a number of years a morning minyan on Monday and Thursday and Sunday mornings. Until recent times we had members who supported these and it was no real problem. Then last year ...