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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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Determining times of Halachic import on a long flight

If I'm taking a long flight on an airplane on a day when permitted activities change at a certain point, e.g. with the start or end of a fast day, or with the start of the chametz prohibition kicking ...
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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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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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Trimming a mustache during sefira

Is it permitted to trim a mustache during sefira if it is not bothering the person in any way with regards to eating but is bothering him in other ways?
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Why do we say עושה השלום during yamim nora'im?

I'm struggling to find a reason/meaning behind saying 'עושה השלום' with a 'ה' at the end of amidah and during kaddish for the yamim nora'im period. I have heard (unverified source) that there is ...
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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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Malbim on “Eilu v Eilu”

I recently came across the following quote of the Malbim on the topic of אלו ואלו דברי אלוקים חיים: רק עד חתימת התלמוד (:מלבי"ם על הש"ס עירובין יג) That seems to be a pretty unique ...
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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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Is a female allowed to be a guide / interpreter for a deaf / blind male?

I saw this posting regarding a Shabbaton for the Deaf-Blind. They are seeking volunteers to be deaf-blind guides and interpreters. These people communicate by feeling the signs done in the hands of ...
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Can a section of the Torah be “cut and pasted”?

While reading parshat Naso last week, it was easy to notice that near the end of the reading, there is a large section discussing the donations made by the 12 tribes for the dedication of the ...
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Is one allowed to remove sections from a Torah to repair one or more pasul ones?

This is a scenario of possibly benefiting multiple communities. Let's say there are five different shuls all in remote communities. Each shul has just one Torah but it is pasul (non usable). They ...
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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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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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When should a commuter cyclist wear a tallit katan?

Getting around by bike can be a sweat-provoking task. I wear a backpack; not only my undershirt can get sweaty, but also whatever's atop it. I only own a couple of tallitot k'tanot, and I wash them by ...
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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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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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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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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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Swimming on Shabbos

Is it permitted to go swimming on Shabbos?
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Must a future convert keep mitzvos?

MichaelS wrote: The case: Ben Noah in the process of giyur. Stood before the Beis Din and was asked question 'Will you follow the mitzvot as fully as a goy can up until the end of the process of ...
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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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Is it permitted for a male to have a female therapist?

It is forbidden to be secluded with another woman (excluding a woman that it is permitted e.g. wife, mother, grandmother etc.). This is known as yichud. It is permitted though, provided the area is ...
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Do I need to wear a different tallit katan when I sleep?

If I wear a tallit katan during the day and also to bed, can I wear the same one during the day and also to bed? Or must the one I wear to bed be a different one than the one I wore during the day? ...
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Is there tefillah betzibbur during mixed heiche kedusha?

In a minyan (quorum) that is doing heiche kedushe with the (inevitable?) scenario that some mispallelim (ones praying) are following the Rama and waiting till after the chazzan's kedusha to begin ...
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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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Is there any reason a Jewish woman should not shake hands with a non-Jewish man?

My question refers to the custom of certain groups to prohibit all physical contact between men and women who are not spouses or related. Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch ...
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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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Are Cigarettes on Yomtov a Davar Hashaveh Lechol Nefesh?

Besides for the health (and possible chometz) problems involved with smoking, is it possible to define smoking, in this day and age, as a davar hashaveh lechol nefesh, a universally imbibed pleasure, ...
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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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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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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a ...
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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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Music, not allowed the whole year?

The Halacha is ( אורח חיים הלכות תשעה באב סימן תק''ס סעיף ג) That since the Destruction of the Temple we may not listen to any Music. How is it that most people do listen to recordings?
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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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Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?

Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre? And if one arrives late to kol nidre and night has fallen already, should he put one on?
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Can one rely on Kol Nidrei?

In Kol Nidrei, one says All vows, and prohibitions, and oaths, and consecrations, and konams and konasi and any synonymous terms, that we may vow, or swear, or consecrate, or prohibit upon ...
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi — hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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Does a trapezoid require tzizit? (Or: how to make a four-cornered triangle)

My family was learning Rambam Hilchot Tzitzit 1:16 tonight and had some questions on how this works, as a practical matter: וכן המטיל לבעלת שלש ואחר כך השלימה לארבע והטיל לרביעית כולה פסולה שנאמר ...
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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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Handwritten Siddurim

I've seen assorted links on the net discussing handwritten siddurim, which brought up a number of questions, which I will ask here. Are there any halachot in regards to handwriting a siddur? In ...
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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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Can someone give their parents mussar?

Does giving parents mussar go against kabed es avicha vas ameicha?
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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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What should a woman who must do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer 174) and as such they must ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...