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Attending non-frum event

Is it permissible to attend a non-frum event, such as a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah of a family member or friend?
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Whom does one save first?

As a follow up to the controversy regarding the Costa Concordia If a ship is in danger of sinking, is the captain allowed to save himself first, or must he be the last man off the ship? Do the men ...
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Seared Sushi Bishul Yisroel

Certain Sushi require the searing of the fish on the outside. Does this process require a Jew light the torch used to do the searing or is it not required? I have seen that some stores do and some do ...
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Cole slaw in the Cholent on Shabbos

In a discussion I overheard, I seem to understand that there is a Halachic Issue of mixing Coleslaw into the Cholent in my plate on Shabbos. I also heard, but it may be a separate topic, that the ...
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Things not related to shabbat being muktzeh

This category of muktzeh objects seems very nebulous to me. Does it really include everything that is not directly related to shabbat?
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Nursing in the bathroom

Per Food in bathroom it is forbidden to eat in the bathroom. Can a lady nurse in the bathroom or is it considered like eating in the bathroom? (sources)
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How is Hagalah done on glass?

With regards to using glass vessels on Pesach that were used year round, The Shulchan Aruch HaRav (Orach Chaim 451:63) says that, for Ashkenazim, if the glass vessel was used multiple times during the ...
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Following the Biur Halacha

As far as I know, the most accepted Posek around the entire non-Chassidic Ashkenazi world is the Mishna Berura (and of course the Rama). He wrote the sections to his commentary to the Code of Jewish ...
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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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B'rachah on Shiluach HaKen

In many, if not most, cases where we fulfill a positive commandment Chazal instituted a blessing (B'rachah) over fulfilling that command. Looking through Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292, and other ...
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May one chew gum in the bathroom?

As per this post - Food in bathroom - one may not eat in the bathroom. May one chew gum in the bathroom? Is it considered eating? Connected to this post - Can you walk and chew gum at the same time?
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Why do people feel that there is a NEED to wear tzitzit?

There is a law in the torah (and the meforshiim afterwards) to attach tzitzit to all four cornered garments that you will wear. Ok. I understand that. But where did it come to pass that some people ...
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TzitTzit tangles

We know the knots are the most important part of the TzitTzit. No matter which method you use to tie them: How tangled is too tangled for the strings of the TzitTzit? What is the definition of ...
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How can one who contradicted witnesses use those witnesses later?

Case 1 Plaintiff Reuvein made a claim against Shimon that Shimon owes $100 to Reuvein through a loan. Shimon said: "I never borrowed anything from you". Reuvein brought two witnesses (Pair A) that ...
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Mitzvas Kesivas Sefer Torah

If you purchase a finished Sefer Torah are you Yotzei the Mitzva of Kesivas Sefer Torah?
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On a boat in the Arctic Circle [closed]

I and my wife will be spending Shabbat Hagadol (this year the 31st of March) on a ship. The evening before the ship will be leaving one of the more northern ports of Norway, and navigating through ...
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Bracha on Synthetic Smells

What is or is there a Bracha on Synthetically developed smells in the halachic literature and what is the source as I would Imagine artificial scents are a recent phenomenon?
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Knife sharpening - can it be done anywhere?

Can you take a Challa knife to any knife sharpener or would you have to Kasher it after it is sharpened? Would there be a difference if it is a meat or cheese knife?
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Rainbow in water spray

You can often see a rainbow in a spray of water such as from sprinkler irrigation. Is the brocha for a rainbow applicable in that case? Also, does a rainbow that comes from a prism get a brocha too?
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Do you say Tachanun at a Pidyon HaBen?

Most Pidyon HaBen's take place in the afternoon. Do you say Tachanun at Mincha which is immediately preceding a Pidyon HaBen? (sources)
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Does praying at the wrong time count for anything?

(This question might be a prerequisite to be able to answer this question.) Does praying at the wrong time count for anything? What does it accomplish? Sources, please.
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Putting Tefillin on Un-educated Jews

May one put tefillin on an uneducated Jew without first explaining to him the laws of keeping his body clean and conveying to him the seriousness of the sanctity of tefillin (is that even possible?)?
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Isolationism vs. Interventionism

Taking as vague definitions: isolationism: the principle that states should mind their own affairs interventionism: the principle that the state has a moral responsibility to intervene in the ...
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What is the meaning of psak?

I have asked many people this question, and not yet got a comprehensive answer: What is psak? Like, let's say I have a certain piece of food of uncertain status. If I ask my 6 year old kid if it's ...
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Saying Hashem's name when studying

I learned somewhere that when you are learning, if you are going to read an entire pasuk without interruption you can say Hashem's name, however if you are going to only say part of the pasuk (for ...
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Different Teffilin, now what am I required to do?

If I do not have my regular Teffilin one morning and need to borrow someone else's, but that person's Teffilin are different from mine, is that sufficient, or should I get a pair of Teffilin later on ...
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Can the chazzan use the vernacular quietly?

When saying a private portion of the service, such as pesukei de-zimra, may the shaliach tzibur (aka chazzan, or the person leading services) use English, and switch to Hebrew for the portions said ...
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Following old Rabbi's Pesak

Let's you asked your old rabbi a question and he answered you, but not let's say you lost contact with him or some other story. Do you still have to follow this pesak or can you change?
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Wash without saying a bracha and it's not pesach?

Inspired by this SMS Shut Bread without Water Q: I am stuck in a place without water. How can I eat bread? A: In extreme circumstances, one my wrap both hands with plastic bags, or gloves, in ...
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Cleaning chanukia in a bathroom?

The easiest way I have found to get candle wax off a metal chanukia is with a stream of hot water. The wax melts and runs off with the water. One kettle of hot water is not enough to clean it all, ...
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Dangling tzitzit

Do tzitzit need to dangle? Can one use some velcro to pin the strings down along the side of the beged so that they don't dangle down and get in the way of things?
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TzitTzit length

Once the TzitTzit have been tied, is there any requirement about their length?
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Is there any issue except for Dina Dmalchusa in counterfeiting money?

If someone were to find a way to make exact forgery of currency (in such a way that it would be impossible for anyone to find that it's counterfeit), would there be any prohibition to do so (except ...
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Safek (doubt) in Halachah - How unsure does one have to be?

If someone is unsure if he recited Tal UMatar, one has to repeat the Shemoneh 'Esreh (it's slightly more complicated, but let's keep it simple). If one is unsure if he remembered to Bentch (recite ...
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Setting aside Shabbat to answer the President's call

In an old MSNBC news story about Jack Lew, a Shabbat-observant Jew who was just appointed to be the new White House Chief of Staff, there's a story about his getting a call from President Clinton when ...
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Tcheiles on Shabbos

In the response to List of Techelet Wearers it mentions a few Gedolim that wear Tzitzis of Techeiles on Shabbos only. Why would there be a difference between Shabbos and the rest of the week?
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Tying two Tzitziot together

I think I read somewhere that the Mishna Berura permits this following idea. Taking two different strings (e.g. extra short ones) and tying them together to make one big string to be used for making ...
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Mahloket Rishonim on Techelet and no Shulhan Aruch or Bet Yosef

Mahloket Rishonim how many strings should be used in the Techelet. One string (Raavad) Two strings (Rashi, Tosafot, Rosh and Tur) Half string (Rambam) In a case of an argument like this who would ...
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Rif, Rosh, and Rambam about the Techelet

The Petil Techelet company (I believe) makes three types of colored strings: Raavad- 1 full string of blue Tosafot- 2 full strings of blue Rambam- 1/2 string of blue Does the Rif or Rosh mention ...
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Sefardic contemporaries for Techelet?

Are there any Sefardic Poskim today that have written a book and discuss the Techelet? If so, can you bring one that is FOR the Techelet?
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Nedarim on Questions and Answers

Let's say someone was asked "are you going to shul tomorrow?" and the other person answers "yes." Does that count as a Neder? BTW Rav Mutzafi says that Nedarim are only on Mitzvot, Torah etc.
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What defines a country to be a legitimate country?

There are a few Halachas that apply to a Jew's relationship with his country. For example, Dina Dmalchusa, another is not to rebel (although its Halachic strength is disputed, all agree that under ...
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How long until a bean chulent is totally cooked (mevushal kol tzorko)?

My son has started raiding the chulent Friday night. To be able to return the chulent crock pot back to the casing, everything must be fully cooked. I rarely cook with beans, but would like to try ...
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Talmud Yerushalmi Halachot

The halacha we have today is mostly sourced in Talmud Bavli(the Babylonian Talmud),Medrash and Zohar. I would like to know what Halachot which we have today which are sourced strictly in the ...
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What are the relevant Halachot for participating in a “Secret Santa” at your location of employment?

Secret Santa is a form of communal gift giving, that I have seen being done at workplaces to foster closer ties to employees. It is generally done near the end of the secular year. While the wiki ...
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Mincha started before sheki'a, extended beyond it. What about davenning maariv straight after mincha?

A minyan starts to daven mincha before sheki’a with the intention to daven maariv after sheki’a. In the event, mincha extends beyond shki’a. There are IMHO three possible cases: They start but do ...
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Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - does it count for the 100 daily Brachos

Saying 100 Berachoth in a day There is a Mitzva to say 100 Brachos each day. Does the Bracha - Al Mitzvas Tefilin - which those who say it, say immediately Boruch Shem afterwards Mishna Berura 25:5:...
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Shower or Mikvah on a Fast Day

Are you allowed to take a shower on a fast day, and is it suggested? Once we are talking about bathing, what about going to the Mikvah on a fast day? Does it make a difference if one goes daily, and/...
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Haircuts on Fast Days

Is one allowed to take a haircut on a fast day like Tzom Gedaliah and or Asarah B'Teves?