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What is the Jewish religious authority during the galut? [closed]

During the galut (after the second temple, ie our times), what is the Jewish religious authority according to halakha? A Great Assembly of Rabbanim? Something else?
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What is the Halacha regarding hiring yourself as Santa Claus to make money?

Is there a prohibition of dressing up as Santa Claus to make money Halachically speaking?
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If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat?

If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat? If you had the meat in mind? If you didn't have the meat in mind? Does the fact that ...
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Denying non P.C. Beliefs [duplicate]

If one's flavor of Judaism incorporates a belief that is frowned upon by our misguided secular society and he is questioned on that matter, is he permitted, forbidden, or obligated to deny that he ...
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Is it true chosson and kallah must separate after the first night together? [duplicate]

After the chuppah and the chasuna celibrations have ended. They are not only permitted to be together but is a mitzvah. However,is it true chosson and kallah must separate after the first night ...
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Why say amen to b'rich shmei before taking out the Torah on Shabbat?

Usually we do not say amen to our own bracha. So why do we sing amen before taking out the Torah on Shabbat? (Bei ana rachetz... Amen) The amen is even printed in the siddur (Art Scroll).
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Why must not we cry out/make petitions in Shabbat? (Shabbat 12a)

Why we must not cry out/make petitions in Shabbat? (Shabbat 12a) Our Rabbis taught: If one enters [a house] to visit a sick person [on the Sabbath], he should say, 'It is the Sabbath, when one ...
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Doing business live with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat already arrived [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a Jew to communicate in real time, conducting business, with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat has already arrived, assuming it's not yet Shabbat where the Jew is? ...
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Can someone who takes out the Torah also get an Aliyah?

Can someone who gets the honor of taking out the Sefer Torah also get an Aliyah? I ask because perhaps there is an idea that someone should only get one Kavod by Sefer Torah.
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Are we morally obligated to help the poor?

To make this question concrete: Let's say I am stopped at a stoplight and I see a person holding a sign asking for money. Main question: Am I morally obligated to help him/her? For those who ...
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Does the one-year rule regarding Milchig and Fleishig pots apply to non-Kosher vessels?

According to Ashkenazi tradition, "If a meat/milk pot hasn't been used for a year+, it may be used as the other type without Kashering". If I have a ceramic coffee mug that may or may not have ...
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What does a Hanukkah oil lamp look like? [duplicate]

Is there such a thing as a "correct" design or appearance for an oil lamp in the context of Hanukkah, whether prescribed by religious law, long tradition or any other metric? If so, what does one look ...
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Is there a halachic maximum profit you can charge on a sale? [duplicate]

Say you buy a product for $10, is there a maximum amount you can sell it for halachically speaking?
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May one wear a shirt with Torah printed on it?

Suppose a shirt has words of Torah printed on it (not God's name). I know we have to treat printed words of Torah respectfully; but, usually, shirts go in the washing machine, on the floor, etc. May ...
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Can a piece of chocolate meltaway cake be reheated in the oven on Shabbat?

I am quite confused regarding some of the rules of reheating food on Shabbat. Here is my general "meek" understanding: already cooked liquids may not be reheated pre-cooked solids that become ...
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Is someone stealing (halachically) if he re-uses a coupon code intended for single use?

A take-out place near me has a coupon code that gives you $10 off a minimum $15 order if you are a first-time registrant through "Seamless", a food ordering app. Technically, the code is supposed to ...
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Saying Tefillat haDerekh twice in one day

The Tefillat haDerekh includes the phrase, "ותחזירנו לשלום" ("and may you return us in peace"), to be added in the event that a person plans to make a return journey the same day. Is it necessary to ...
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Sequel to the Sefer “ Laws of Daily Living ”

There is a well known Sefer on Halacha called Laws of Daily Living by Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen , noted Posek and author . There is only one volume and the last topic is the laws of פסוקי דזמרה . Any ...
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Is a chess set with full figured human pieces permissible to own? [duplicate]

Link to a similar chess set Is a chess set with full figured human pieces permissible to own? My question is due to the second commandment.
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Source for Memorial Lights in Synagogue [duplicate]

What is the source for having memorial electric lights usually affixed to plaques that are found in many shuls to remember the yahrtzeit of relatives? Is this an old minhag or of relatively recent ...
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Choosing a “Posek” [duplicate]

How does one go about choosing his own personal Posek(halachic authority) Sources , if available , are appreciated.
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The question of euthanasia

How does the law treat euthanasia for palliative patients? Is it ok to ask for it and how would the act be treated (as a murder or ?)
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Besides mishkav zachar, what is sexually forbidden between consenting non-Jewish males?

Vayikra 20:13 forbids anal intercourse according to Rashi who describes the offense as "inserting a paint stick in a tube." Since non-Jews are not generally subject to laws asur mi'd'rabbanin, no ...
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Can you french kiss your wife if she does not eat Kosher?

Is there any kashrut problem to kiss your wife if she has eaten something non-kosher? Maybe you can eat small non-kosher food by kissing her. If her whole mouth is not kosher due to the hot ...
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What do you have to check before Shabbat enters?

I know you have to ask your family if certain things have been done, what are these things?
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How many types of reshut exist?

I know that there is a public domain (reshut ha-rabbim) and a private domain (reshut ha-yahid), but are there other types of reshuyoth mentioned in the halakhah of carrying on Shabbat?
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What if a Mezuzah is mistakenly removed?

Say a non-Jewish tradesman, like a painter, is working on a door and removes the Mezuzah without really knowing what he's doing. Is the Mezuzah still kosher? Could I say a Bracha and put it back as ...
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If you say mezonot on rice AND one of the five grains do you make two after blessings?

Mezonot is said on rice and a product of the five grains. However rice gets boreh nefashot as the after blessing while five grain products get al hamichya. If you said one mezonot to cover both rice ...
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What to do upon finding multiple corpses?

If a corpse is found outside of city limits, the Torah (Devarim 21:1-9) requires a procedure involving the decapitation of a calf and the elders of the city praying for forgiveness. If multiple ...
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Pronouncing aloud the end of the gaal yisroael bracha before amida? [duplicate]

Sometimes the person leading scharit davening does not pronounce aloud the end of the last bracha before the silent amida (gaal yisroael). This is to not introduce an interruption between the bracha ...
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The blessing over drinking fresh orange juice

Before someone drinks a fresh orange juice, which of the following blessings is required to be said? Should the blessing be "shehakol"? "borai pri ha'etz"? or both?
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Proper Receiving and Handling of Holy Books

I ordered the Mordechai Breuer edition of the Tanach (Aleppo) and I want to know the proper Jewish way to receive the Holy Book (initial purification and consecration of the object) and then ensure ...
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Can olives infected with worms from the olive fly be used for making olive oil

Here, in Portugal they produce olive oil from olives that contain worms (from the olive fly). In our harvest we see an infection that is above the 80%. We spoke with locals in the area and they told ...
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What's this about a magical spitting bird?

In Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22, this passage caught my eye: In her preface to his collection of essays The Non-Jewish Jew Tamara Deutscher, widow of the great Isaac, relates the story ...
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Is a prophylactic procedure sufficient cause to necessitate “bensching gomel”

The Gem Brochos 54b says ארבעה צריכין להודות:יורדי הים, הולכי מדברות ומי שהיה חולה ונתרפא ומי שהיה חבוש בבית האסורים Four types of people have to give thanks … sick people who were healed Medical ...
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Drawing lots in judaism [duplicate]

Sometimes, when I have an uncertainty or doubt, and I don't know what to choose or do, I throw a dice or flip a coin thinking that sort of randomness is in G-d's hand. I truly believe G-d does not ...
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May one park in a Church across the road which charges a daily parking fee?

Is it permitted to park in a church which charges a daily fee for use of its parking lot? Possible concerns might be: Someone who knows the owner's car may think he has gone in to worship. The ...
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Can I use a tallis gadol on 4 sticks as a hupa canopy

Can I use a tallis gadol on 4 sticks as a hupa canopy? Possible problems: The minhag is not to use a tallis It is disrespectful to the tallis
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Can a woman daven in a nightgown?

Can a woman daven in a nightgown that she sleeps in and wears all day unless leaving the house? Or is this not allowed since by man it's not considered respectful to daven before Hashem in pajamas he ...
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Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir?

A nazir may not take haircuts (usually for a 30 day period) and a kohen gadol must take haircuts weekly (Taanis 17a, 3/4 down the page). Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir? If so, how does that ...
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Does the Torah prohibit leaving Earth?

I don't really know from where in the Torah or from which Rabbi this comes from, but I've heard that the Torah prohibits leaving the planet. Maybe it is because every mitzvah is made for Earth only, ...
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Mistake in Havdala- didn't drink Havdala cup

Someone made Havdala and forgot to drink the cup of wine. Did he and the listeners fulfill their obligation?
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Putting meat spoon in dairy coffee

What are the primary sources that discuss the rule of taking a meat spoon and using it in my dairy coffee. Would it matter how long ago the spoon was used?
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Oreo on Fleish dishes

I'm looking for primary sources that discuss the rules about dairy equipment food (such as oreo) being used on meat dishes.
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Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk

If I make a ברכה on a Hershey bar, and before I eat the food, I realize I am Fleishig, what do I do? (assuming I have no other food around?)
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Kibbud Av v'Eim Seforim

Would anyone know of an English sefer on Kibbud Av v'Eim which Has a mix of Halacha and Mussar ?
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What is the proper method for Shnayim Mikrah V'Echad Targum?

What is the preferred method to accomplish the mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V'Echad Targum - (reading the weekly parsha by reading the Torah verses twice and Targum Onkelos once)? Should each verse be ...
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a girl marrying against her parents wishes

i understand that a man can marry a girl against his parents wishes Shulchan_Arukh, Yoreh De'ah 240 25 הַגָּה: וְכֵן אִם הָאָב מוֹחֶה בַּבֵּן לִשָּׂא אֵיזוֹ אִשָּׁה שֶׁיַּחְפֹּץ בָּהּ הַבֵּן, ...
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What do children own?

Is there truth to the saying I heard in orthodox houses, namely that if the parents support the children (even after 13/12) everything belongs to them? What is the source of this (truth or ...
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Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?

From what I understand the custom to celebrate a birthday with a cake adorned with candles that makes a wish on and blows out stems from a Greek ritual. As such I would like to know if any halachic ...