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Eglah Arufah (עגלה ערופה) Measurement

How does one measure, for עגלה ערופה purposes, which city the dead is closest to: from which part of the body?
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(Mekach Toyus) Mistaken purchase - in a marriage

There is a concept of Mekach Toyus (mistake-based deal) in a marriage. What would be considered Mekach Toyus? Suppose when the bride or groom figured out that this was a Mekach Toyus and remained ...
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Parshas Shekalim before Adar I

Suppose a Shul makes a mistake one week, forgetting there are 2 Adars that year, and the Baal Korei reads Parshas Shekalim. Would they read Parshas Shekalim again before Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni?
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Saying Yekum Purkan after the Minyan is already up to Av HaRachamim or Ashrei

The Halacha is that a individual not Davening with a Minyan does not say Yekum Purkan. Suppose you are in Shul and for some reason the Chazan finished Yekum Purkan and is already up to Av HaRachamim ...
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Moving from one's spot after Kedusha

After standing still for Kedusha, some people move after saying Yimloich, whereas others wait until after the Chazan says Hokail Hakodoish. What is the correct way?
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What are the Halachic boundaries of Eretz Yisroel?

What are the Halachic boundaries of Eretz Yisroel?
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Cash value of 'perutah'

How much is a 'perutah' worth in modern currency?
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Giving a slave multiple wives

The posuk says I can provide my Jewish servant with a slavewoman to make me children-slaves. Can I give him multiple wives?
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When is there Kaddish after a shiur?

When do you say Kaddish Derabanan after a shiur? What are the requirements for this Kaddish?
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Muktzeh in the drawer: remove stuff?

If I have a Muktzeh item in a drawer, can I still get my shirts out of that drawer on Shabbat?
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Tzaar Baalei Chaim [closed]

When according to Halacha you are obligated to be Metzaer Baalei Chaim?
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Alarm clock handling on Shabbos

Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?
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Toiveling Keilim on Shabbos

Can you Toivel Keilim on Shabbos?
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Trying on potential Shatnez clothing

How can one try on clothing before checking, if it might contain Shatnez?
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Self-winding wristwatches on Shabbos

Can self-winding wristwatches be used on Shabbos?
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Dancing and singing on Shabbos

Halacha seems to imply it is problematic to partake in these activities on Shabbos yet of late I have noticed it has become a Mitzvah to do it. What is the Halachic Basis for it? And which Posek talks ...
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Gud Asik in Halacha

Can someone describe what Gud Asik is and give examples in Halacha to illustrate it?
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Ripping on Shabbos

Why can I open a bag of potato Chips and not rip toilet paper?
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Ball Playing on Shabbbos

Is one allowed to play ball on Shabbos?
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I sleep with tzitzis on. Is there any part of the body they shouldn't touch?

I sleep with my tzitzis on. Is there any part of the body the tzitzis should not touch?
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Are Jews permitted to work out?

Are Jews allowed to pump their muscles? What if the intent is to make yourself look good?
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Giving milk and meat to a baby

We have a one-year-old, BH. Is it OK to give him milk and then meat and vice versa without waiting in between?
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Are Jews allowed to listen to music that is performed by non-Jew?

I am machmir on only listening to music that was performed by a Jew, but i don't really understand it. Does anyone know what is the source for this? Does Matisyahu perform with only Jews?
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what are you allowed to lie about?

we learn from sarah that in a situation where you can get a person very angry (which is equated to idolatry) it is OK to lie to them. in what other situations is it OK to lie to a person?
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is it OK to kill bugs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tzar Balay Chaim- Killing Flies? if someone has pests like mice or bugs. is it OK to kill them? why?
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is it ok to pour milk directly into a fleshig sink?

Is it permitted or forbidden to pour milk directly into a fleshig (meat-use) sink?
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cleaning up throw-up

if you have throw-up on a couch and it stinks and the couch is absorbent, how do you clean this up on shabbas? what are the concerns?
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Boat on Shabbos

What is the problem of going on a boat (and by proxy doing elective surgery) less than three days beforehand?
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Hand Cream Glycerin

Is there a problem according to any opinions of using creams and the like because of their treif animal content in the Glycerin of Sicha Kshtiyah:"anointing is like drinking"?
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Does anyone permit Shehiya to a gas oven/stove without a blech?

Anyone who has made a fire in their fireplace, especially Erev Shabbos for Leil Shabbos, can appreciate the issue of shema yechate b'gechalim as the fuel dies down (and their supper was not yet ...
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Genral Muktzeh question [closed]

What are the overall rules of Muktzeh and its categories? When is one allowed to move a Muktza object and for what purpose?
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Remove mouse trap on shabbos

Are you allowed to remove a mouse trap with a mouse on it on shabbos?
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Can you remove a sticker from fruit on shabbos?

Is there a problem removing a sticker that was on your apple, orange, etc. on Shabbos?
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brushing sheitals on shabbos

Is it permitted to brush a sheital (wig) on shabbos or yom tov?
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Pre-Havdalah Melacha [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha? After nightfall before Marriv, or after ...
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Using Liquor for Kiddush [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Minimum Shi'ur for Kiddush on liquor Are you allowed to use other alcohols outside of wine for kiddush and how much must be used? really what i don't understand is ...
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using two plastic cups for Kiddush

I know making kiddush with a plastic cup is problematic because of requirements. I have seen people using two plastic cups: what is the source for this and is it legitimate?
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Standing during the Aseres HaDibros

There are people that always stand by Laining and people that always sit. Among those that sit there are those that stand at certain points, such as the Aseres HaDibros or the Shira, etc. Is it proper ...
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Saying korbonos

Do you have to say korbonos? If so, why is it not said with the shaliach tzibbur?
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What is better: checking vegetables yourself, or buying them pre-checked?

Nowadays you can purchase pre checked fresh lettuce, and frozen checked veggies. What is more preferable - to check yourself or to purchase pre checked?
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Can you take vitamins on a fast day?

Can you take vitamins on a fast day?
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Can a live video feed remove the prohibition of Yichud?

I was wondering if and how a public videostream could affect a potential yichud situation. For example, may a single guy and girl be secluded if they set up a continuously broadcasting camera and ...
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Deliveries on Shabbos

This is a two-part question: What do you do if while you are at home during Shabbos, someone knocks at your door, and when you open it a delivery person (UPS/FedEx/USPS/DHL etc.) hands you a package ...
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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?

What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?
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Can one person say Kaddish for two different deceased people?

Can one person say Kaddish for someone at the same time he is saying Kaddish for his parent?
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Issur Doraisa from Trup? [closed]

What Halacha (Issur Doraisia) do we learn out from a Trup and which word is it?
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taking off your mezuzah

What happens if you take off your mezuzah because its not yours is a bracha required if you change mezuzas?
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Is checking the parshios a hefsek?

Are you required to make another bracha on your tefillin if you take them off to check the parshios?
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Tetragrammaton homophone

If someone has a name in a foreign language which sounds like the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YKVK), is there any problem calling the person by name?