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Optimal time for Meal on Purim

What is the optimal time for the Purim Seduah (Meal)?
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Nightime Seudah on Purim

Is there a requirement to have a meal on the night of Meggilah reading? If not, why is there a custom to eat one? Is one required to drink even at night?
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Multiple people using one Shalach Manos

Can a bunch of people be Yotzei their Chiyuv of Shalach Manos with one Basket? What are the Halachic requirements for doing so?
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Messenger required for Shaloch Manos?

Does Shalach Manos require a Messenger and why?
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Check for Mattanos Levyonim

Can you use a check or credit Card for Mattanos Levyonim?
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May one eat before the obligatory reading/hearing of Megillas Esther?

May one eat before the obligatory reading/hearing of Megillas Esther? Does a year where Purim comes out on Motzei Shabbos make a difference?
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Microphone for Meggilah

Can one be Yotzeh Meggilah on Skype or webcast or through a microphone or telephone is there a difference between each? Does a Hearing Aid disqualify a person from being Yotzeh the Laining?
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Time for Reading the Meggilah

What is the optimal time for reading the Meggilah By day? By night? When is the first and last halachicly acceptable time for each?
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Already read Motzeh Others

If a Baal Koreh already read can he Be motzeh Other men?
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Reading Meggilah for women

What is the Process if you are Laining Meggilah for women only: Who makes the Bracha? Before and after? Can a person who has already heard be yotzeh the Women? Does it make a difference if it is ...
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Meggilah Minyan

Does meggilah require a Minyan And why and how far must one go to get one?(there is a great story about the Gra with this one)
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Women and Parshas Zachor

Are women Halachically responsible to hear the reading of Parshas Zachor?
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Parshat Zachor - Do you need to understand or just hear

The responsibility of reading Zachor is in order to remember to wipe out Amalek. Therefore we read it annually. Does someone who hears the words of Zachor, but does not understand them, still ...
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Zeicher vs Zecher

Why do many Ashkenazic congregations repeat (at least a portion of) the last verse (Devarim 25:19) of Parashat Zachor twice, once saying "zeikher" and the other "zekher" (flipping the first vowel from ...
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Parshas Zachor Sfardi versus Ashkenazi

Can a Sefardi be Yotzeh Zachor with an Ashkenazi Laining and vice Versa?
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Drunken Davening

Can one daven Drunk and what is the Level of drunkenness that disallows one from Davening?
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Megilah or Havdalah, which is done first? Why?

When Megilah reading is Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) what is said first, Havdalah or Megilah and why?
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Owning stock in companies that operate on shabbat

It is my understanding that one may only have ownership in a business that operates on shabbat if you co-own with a gentile and have an explicit arrangement that all profits derived on shabbat belong ...
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What is Neitz and why is it important

What is Neitz and why is it important? My inspiration: http://mekubal.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/at-long-last/#comments
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Hashem's Name in Digital Works [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hashems name on device Normally there are all sorts of problems with writing Hashem's name on paper, and then erasing it. How does this apply to digital mediums (more ...
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Tehillim while jogging

May I recite Tehillim while jogging or performing other kinds of physical exercise?
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Shehechiyanu on Mishloach Manos and Matonos L'Evyonim

When we say Shehechiyanu in the morning by Kriyas HaMegila they announce in my Shul to have in mind the Mitzvos HaYom of Mishloach Manos, Matonos L'Evyonim, and Seudas Purim. Can you give Mishloach ...
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Where did the “different bracha for mishloach manos” idea come from?

Rambam and Shulchan Aruch say you can send two types of meat as mishloach manos on Purim. Yet somehow I (and many other people, apparently) were taught that the two different items have to be in two ...
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Eating in someone's home who eats in non kosher restraurants

Can one eat at a friend's home who keeps a kosher home but eats at non kosher restraurants?
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Reading a newspaper on Shabbat

Is there any issues with reading a newspaper on Shabbat? Assuming you are not carrying the paper into the house without an eruv, I seem to remember hearing that you can not read a Saturday newspaper ...
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Halachos of an Aveil with Mishloach Manos

The Rama in Orach Chaim 696:6 says we do not send Misloach Manos to an Aveil (mourner). The way people send is to send it to the family, rather than directly to the Aveil. If you do not know anyone ...
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Purchasing from a Jew

רמבם, הלכות מתנות עניים י:ז שמנה מעלות יש בצדקה זו למעלה מזו, מעלה גדולה שאין למעלה ממנה זה המחזיק ביד ישראל שמך ונותן לו מתנה או הלואה או עושה עמו שותפות או ממציא לו מלאכה כדי לחזק את ידו עד שלא ...
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Why do we not say Hallel on Purim?

Why do we not say Hallel on Purim?
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Measurements used in Halacha

What is the underlying argument between the Chazon Ish and Rabbi Chaim Naaeh and Reb Moshe Feinstein? I know they argue in amounts, but what is the underlying argument? How did each get the ...
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Shabbat restrictions in the Army

Are there any Shabbat restrictions in the army during basic training? If this is only basic training and not war-time is this still considered pekuach-nefesh?
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Jewish king outside Eretz Yisra'el

What would the status of a country dictated by a Jewish monarch be if that country were not [in] Eretz Yisra'el? Would people need to separate t'rumos and ma'asros there? (Sorry for the brevity, but ...
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Yom Tov Sheni after Moshiach

Will there be a Yom Tov Sheni after Moshiach comes?
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Greek Mythology in Jewish Day Schools

Is there any issue with the general studies department of a Jewish day school teaching Greek mythology to the students?
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Does Robot = Golem?

Would an anthropomorphic robot who could communicate with and do the bidding of humans qualify Halachicaly as a Golem? Would new rulings have to be devised for their status?
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Tzitzis and Sports [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tzitzis while exercising? Should one take them off during sports? I've heard lots about this (both ways), but I want to know what Halacha says.
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Is there such a thing as dispassionate p'sak?

(Inspired by http://mi.yodeya.com/questions/6008/psak-halacha-by-ai) Much is made of the need for poskim to be well-experienced people who have been involved in a number and variety of Jewish legal ...
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Birchas Hatorah and Sefardic women

In an earlier question I mentioned that women make Birchas Hatorah. Is the same true for Sefardic women and why?
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Women and Tzitzis

Are women allowed to wear tzitzis, and if they do can they make a bracha?
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התראה by phone?

Can warning for a capital crime be accomplished by telephone? Hello? Are you aware that it is currently שבת where you are? Yes. I am aware of the punishment and prepared to do it anyway. Are ...
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P'sak halacha by AI?

How good does artificial intelligence need to be before we can turn to a robot for piskei halacha? The accepted reason that even the most knowledgeable people need to ask legal advice from poskim is ...
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Chanukas Habayis

In Chutz Laaretz do you make a Chanukas Habayis? Do the Halachic requirements and process differ from in Israel?
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Cancellation of debt, income?

Suppose someone has a $20,000 balance on a credit card or HELOC and settles for $10,000 - the IRS considers it cancellation of debt income and you are required to pay taxes on your $10,000 gain. Would ...
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Finding the tefilin boundary on a balding head

The head tefilin are supposed to go above the hairline, or above where the hairline was on someone whose hairline has receded. The former situation is easy to deal with. A man whose hairline hasn't ...
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Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?

Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
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What sort of covering is required for Challa and cake while making Kiddush?

The Halacha is that we cover the Challa / Cake while we make Kiddush in order not to embarass it (Talmud Yerushalmi as quoted by the Tur, Orach Chaim 271) as we are not making Hamotzi / Mezonos first. ...
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Matanos L'Evyonim on Purim

How much is the proper amount to give for Matanos L'Evyonim?
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Naming names and שמירת הלשון

Is there a documented basis in halacha for the commonly held concept that no damage is done by slandering people without naming them?
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Lighting Sabbath Candles as “Pharisee Propaganda”

Does anyone know of any sources that say that the reason that we light the Shabbos candles is to show that we do use light for Shabbos, as opposed to the Karaites that do not?
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Blind and Marriage

The Gemara tells us that a man may not marry a woman without first seeing her because if she turns out to be displeasing to him then he will transgress the mitzvah of "Ve'ahavtah lerei'acha kamocha"(...
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Amen on the Telephone

Can you answer amen to a Baracha that was made over the telephone?