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Trash as Chometz

Is the trash in my trash cans that must stay on my property during Passover still considered under my ownership?
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Do vows made in the year after a hatarat nedarim require another hatarat nedarim to annul?

Bracketing out, for a moment, the matter of the hatarot nedarim that everyone makes before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the text of the regular hatarat nedarim (annulment of vows) (http://halachipedia....
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Have women accepted Zachor on themselves?

Women are exempt from hearing shofar, but some hold they've accepted it upon themselves and are, for that reason, now required to hear it. There is a dispute whether women are required to read/hear ...
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Is causing oneself to have an erection forbidden or just not recommended?

In the Mishneh Torah Hilchos Issurei Biah 21:19 it says: It is forbidden for a person to intentionally cause himself to have an erection or to bring himself to [sexual] thoughts. Yet in Niddah ...
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Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women

I've been reading Oz vehadar (R' Pessach Eliahu Falk) and one doubt came up: If a woman should stay tznuah even in private (like rules on what pajamas not to wear, and about the length of the ...
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Why put water into the havdallah wine?

I have seen people (mainly sefardim) put a few drops of water into the wine before havdallah. Why do they do this?
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Are specific tactics prescribed for civil laws that encroach on Jewish law?

When a government makes decrees that force Jews to transgress religious laws, does halacha describe the degree to which the government's laws must be ignored? If so, are there specific ways in which ...
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Would it be considered disrespectful to wear an Islamic styled cap as a Kippah?

I came into Judaism in college. I come from a Jewish family (my mother's side) but I was raised in a secular household after my mother married out of the religion. She was raised in a Jewish household ...
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Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?

There is a halacha that one may not name a child after an evildoer, a principle known as shem reshaim yirkav taken from Yoma 38b ("ועל בן קמצר וחביריו נאמר ושם רשעים ירקב", cf. Mishlei 10:7). Later ...
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American Idol and HaMalbin Pnei Ḥavero BeRabim

(Inspired by this question) Is watching televised talent shows, such as "American Idol", which are known to invite contestants to embarrass themselves in front of millions, and even have judges whose ...
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Eating bread on Shabbos

A friend was on a diet and was told that if he does not want to eat bread on Shabbos, he does not have to. Is this correct? Do we have an obligation to wash for bread and have three meals on Shabbos?...
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Can you run to perform a non-required mitzvah on Shabbos/Yom Tov?

I have heard from many sources that running is prohibited on Shabbos unless one is running to do a mitzvah, i.e. toward shul for davening. However, could one run--on Shabbos or Yom Tov--to perform a ...
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Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

Let's suppose a couple was married by a Reform rabbi in a standard reform ceremony (with egalitarian ketubah, and many other modifications to traditional kiddushin). If the couple later become baalei ...
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Studying Halachah daily required?

Read somewhere that one must be sure that in addition to any daily study of Tanach, Mishnah and Gemara, to study books of Halachah. Does anyone know where the source for this can be found?
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May one soak bulgur wheat on Shabbat?

One method to make tabouleh, is to soak bulgur wheat in water. The method is to pur an amount of bulgur into a bowl, cover it with water and have it soak in the fridge for about 30 mins. until the ...
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Medicines on fast days which need to be taken with food

I had seen on this Halachipedia page in the name of R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that one may drink a minimal amount of water, as needed, in order to swallow pills. However, R' Belsky, as quoted in this ...
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Re-using bedika cloths

Nowadays it is common for women to use 'one-time' disposable bedika cloths. Can these be laundered for reuse? My reason to think that this may not be possible is simply because I have never heard of ...
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What to do if I start saying the wrong berakha?

Sometimes, if I'm not paying too much attention to what I'm doing, I accidentally say asher yatzar when I'm commencing a berakha over food. Obviously, I should pay more attention to what I'm doing but,...
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Does a Jewish idolater's pouring of non-mevushal wine make that wine forbidden to himself?

We see from this answer that wine poured by a Jew who rejects Judaism is yayin nesech. Would that cause the wine to be forbidden even to himself, or is it only forbidden to others? Would he be ...
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Netilas Yadayim with automatic sinks

It seems there is precedent to allow for netilas yadayim when you don't have a cup, by turning the sink on and off for each rivi'is per hand. By employing this method you satisfy the requirement of ...
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Rules for counting the Omer with a bracha if one cannot say arvit on a flight through Greenland

In the summer on flights from the US to Europe and Israel (when flying north through Greenland), there are situations where one cannot say arvit (the evening's prayer) because it never becomes night ...
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Taking Unclaimed Luggage From an Airport

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 76b says that one is not allowed to return a lost item to a non-Jew. The Gemara speaks very harshly of one who does this. The Rambam (Hilchos Gezeilah 11:3) codifies this ...
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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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Exodus 24 was a “mass conversion”; why were “the strangers” STILL referred to as “strangers” in the story of craving meat? [closed]

I have been told that before the Torah was given, the Children of Israel weren't yet "Jews" in the religious sense. Only at the "naaseh venishma" moment dod they convert. The erev rav (mixed ...
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Asking a shaila with Loshon Hara

Can you say loshon hara for the purposes of asking a shaila (i.e., of a rav)? Must you meet the Chofetz Chaim's seven prerequisites for saying constructive loshon hara in order to do so in this case? ...
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What to do if parent doesn't have Jewish name, or if the child never knew it?

A person is called up for an Aliyah. He gives the name as x son of Ibrahim. Upon questioning, it comes out that the person did not know his father's Hebrew name, or that if there even was one, it ...
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Is it permitted to benefit financially from a meat/milk mixture that is rancid / rotten / otherwise inedible?

One is not permitted to derive benefit from a mixture of meat and milk. I'm curious -- would that prohibition still hold if the meat & milk mixture were inedible? I have no idea how one would ...
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Bracha covering something retroactively

If I made a bracha on some of the items of food that were in front of me, then realized that this bracha also applies to another of the foods in front of me, do I need to make a new bracha? If not ...
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erroneous decisions by beit din for which korbanot must be brought by beit din and the people

In masechet horayot we learn that korbanot must be brought if the beit din makes an erroneous decision that is followed by the people. Do we know of such a mistake that was made by a beit din? If so, ...
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Should I say the Bracha ברוך…שככה לו בעולמו when I marvel at fall foliage?

Follow up on Bracha on beautiful people: The beauty of fall foliage is sometimes stunning. The beauty of foliage is "general" meaning that I see a hill with a group of trees and the whole group ...
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Selling living space to a non-Jew over pesach to get rid chametz

Is one allowed to temporarily sell their living space to a non-Jew in order to get rid of their chametz during pesach? If so, are they still obligated to do a bdikat chametz?
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Rabbinical student married to a Christian receive his smicha [closed]

Can an Orthodox Jew who has been married for ten years to a Christian wife still become a rabbi?
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Working for a company that sells a product for idol-worship institutions?

This is similar to a question I saw on here about working for a idolatrous organization. The difference here is, the person isn't working for the institution directly, but rather works for a company ...
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Brachos and Amen “parties”

What is the source for brachos and amen parties wherein a group of people sit together and take turns making various brachot and answering amen? Do these events violate any halachot?
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Can one give maaser to a fundraiser that will only donate its profits to charity?

If someone owes a certain amount of money for Maaser, can one use it to buy goods (raffle ticket, baked goods, etc.) from a fundraiser that will only donate its profits, not all its proceeds, to the ...
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What if you miss the time of the sprinkling?

In parshat chukat it says that if you become tamei due to a dead body, you become pure again by being sprinkled with red-heifer ash-water on the third and seventh day of your impurity, but if you don'...
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Can a mother undress in front of her daughter?

Can a married woman with children undress in front of her daughter to try on clothes assuming she would be in undergarments?
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Learning w/o saying Birchas HaTorah

If someone,for whatever reason, cannot say Birchas HaTorah, would that person nevertheless be able to learn Torah that day?
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Tovel a dish used only occasionally for food use

If a dish (or the like) is used primarily for such use as doesn't demand that the owner tovel it, but occasionally for such use as does demand t'vila, then does the owner need to tovel it? Here are ...
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Chazakah Halachah?

I know that when a person does something 3 times (some say twice), he has to do it forever. What if there's a break in between the times? Say, a person wear Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin once, the next ...
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Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot

Is there an "issur" regarding not putting up a mezuzzah? Is there such thing as having 30 days until the issue kicks in? Also, can you say the bracha each time you put one up? Or, if two different ...
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Is it permissible to open soda cans on shabbos?

What is the halacha regarding opening soda cans on shabbos? I have heard that according to the ones who hold that you can open it, if I would ask that person to open it for me, I would need him to ...
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What practices are affected by a belief in demons?

Inspired by R' Slifkin's new monograph, Wrestling with Demons, and acknowledging the fact that the existence of sheidim and other things magical in nature is an age-old dispute, I am wondering about ...
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greek philosophy and Judaism

Why is it that the Rishonim and many Achronim used to be fluent in philosophy (mainly Greek) and these days it's unheard of, is it due to our weakness but is really allowed?
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Sculptures of Animals for non-worship

Is it permitted for a Jew to buy animal sculptures for decoration purposes.
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Pokemon Go and Churches

This is intended to be an academic question. All practical halachic questions should be decided based on a consult with your local Orthodox rabbi. Pokemon Go is a new game for smartphones where you ...
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Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?

Not taking into account Dina D'malchusa, what are the Halachic problems with smoking marijuana? Is it allowed?
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Is there a bias against marijuana in the orthodox community?

Note: I'm not trying to promote marijuana. I strongly dislike marijuana and cigarettes and I would never use nor recommend either. I'm concerned about health and the awareness of the dangers of drugs. ...
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Did the Beit Yosef Write Every Siman in Shulchan Aruch?

At the end of this video, Rabbi David Bar-Hayim makes the claim that not every Sif in Shulchan Aruch (as it is before us) was written by the Beit Yosef himself (Rabbi Yosef Karo). He says that parts ...
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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?