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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?
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Mechitzos with a ten Ammah gap but with door

If walls have holes larger than 10 Ammos, they nullify the walls for an Eruv (נפרצה חצר למקום האסור לה). Let's say there's no Tzuras HaPesach but there are doors (rolling gates) which lock at night ...
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How many degrees of separation from food does one have to kasher?

I understand that the sink, the dishwasher, and sponges, etc. all need to be kashered, presumably because they touch things (plates, utensils) that also touch food. But how many degrees of separate ...
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stopping a morning minyan

Our synagogue had for a number of years a morning minyan on Monday and Thursday and Sunday mornings. Until recent times we had members who supported these and it was no real problem. Then last year ...
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If a woman who wants a divorce destroys her ketubah is she somehow forcing her husband's hand?

Not a practical question! I'm reading a parable (from haza"l) that I don't understand. If a woman wanted to get out of a marriage because she committed adultery and the choice was between divorce or ...
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Person in Eretz Yisrael making Eiruv Tavshilin for Bnei Chutz L'Aretz

This might seem like a "funny" question. I don't think this would be permitted and I really have no basis to think why it should be however I'm trying to work out why this wouldn't work (or perhaps ...
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Ratios of Hameitz-to-Other for Owning

For the prohibition of owning hameitz on passover, what is the ratio of hameitz-to-other that makes a mixture hameitz? The prohibition of owning hameitz is a separate mitzvat lo-ta'asei, as listed by ...
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Can I cut to my kippah to make it smaller?

I have a nice black silk kippah, the only problem is that it's too big. Can i cut around to make it smaller? Is there holiness in Kippa, is there a prohibition to cut it?
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Cohanim in Paris

Purely out of curiosity; Would a Cohen have to be careful when walking around Paris because of the Catacombs (an underground network of tombs where an estimated 6 million people's bones are buried), ...
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If the corner of a tallis rips in a square shape can it be reattached with the tzitzis still on it?

If the corner of a tallis rips as a square (i.e with four edges of it's own, and more than 3 finger-breadths, namely chayiv in tzitzis in it's own right) can it be reattached to the original garment ...
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Transgender Halachos [duplicate]

In light of recent technologies, for academic purposes only (that is, please do not try this at home under any circumstances): Is one l'chatchillah allowed to become a transgender? If b'dieved one ...
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Putting the head down for Tachanun with a non-cloth covering

Inspired by this question. The answer there says that you should use "a cloth and not merely one's hand, because a person's own flesh can't be considering a covering for itself." What is the status ...
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Jewish names commonly used in a different form than found in Tanach

Some names are popularly used in a different form than the way they're spelled or pronounced in Tanach. A few that I can think of are: Nochum (נָחוּם) - is written in Tanach (Nah. 1:1) as נַחוּם (...
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Can an automated online service business operate on shabbat?

While this questions touches on mine, I'd like to know more specifically about operating an online service business, such as an online subscription based software on Shabbat. Can the service be ...
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Can a convert eat fish and meat together?

I have heard many times the principle of "nishtanu hatevayim" applied to things that have medically or physically have changed from the time of the Talmud many years ago. does this apply to ...
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Working and living with Chickens

If my shoes have come in contact with chicken feces through everyday work and there is a lingering smell even after washing them off, although faint it's still apparent to me, can I say brachos?
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“Yotzer Or” procedure

Right after borochu in shacharit there is a bracha “yotzer or uvoreh choshech, oseh shalom uvoreh et ha kol”. Should this bracha be said out loud by the shaliach tzibur? Regardless of whether it ...
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Commiting to a group's educational system

In a community where spaces are scarce in educational institutions, may a Jewish institution refuse a child if the parents will not commit to letting the child continue in that group's separate ...
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Under what conditions may a newly married couple go on birth control?

Which halachic conditions may allow a couple to go on birth control upon getting married? Is the desire to work on building a solid relationship between man and wife before starting a family a valid ...
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Yehareg v'al ya'avor – what about after?

I recall a kina in which the children of R' Yishmael (haKohen Gadol) are put in a dark room together and forced to have relations. At the end of the kina, they recognise each other and kill themselves....
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What is a woman's obligation when it comes to T'fillah?

In Orthodox practice it is commonly thought that women are not obligated in T'fillah (parts of it anyway) due to its time-bound nature. However, what is a woman's obligation? Which prayers must she ...
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Talking during the Shemoneh Esrei

If 2 or more people are talking during the congregation's silent Shemoneh Esrei, are you allowed to and in what way may you silence them? Can you hush or snap at them? Can you interrupt your own ...
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Is one permitted to study other religions?

Is one allowed to study other religions? If not, how is one supposed to know that Judaism is correct? If yes, is such study encouraged?
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Saying Yaale v'Yavo out loud to remind others during Amida

Some people recite Yaale v'Yavo out loud while saying the Amida prayer, to remind others to say it. This would help others who would have forgotten from having to repeat the entire Shmonei Esrei. Is ...
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Is it halachically permissible to click on contextual ads with no intention of buying?

Contextual ads are those ads you see when you do a search on Google. The advertisers only pay if someone actually clicks on their ad. It seems "pashut" to me that clicking an ad if you know you're not ...
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May we still say Elohim and other names of God in everyday speech?

My experience (at least in the Orthodox Ashkenazic community) is that it is common knowledge that we may not say Elohim in everyday speech. On the other hand, it seems like in many cases in Tanach or ...
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Does a belt count as a garment?

During a hectic work week I have been known to leave my belt in my pants and put my pants on with the belt simultaneously. But is the belt consider another garment? And if so, would it be a violation ...
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Must one inform the owner if you damaged and repaired the property?

If you, say, damage the fence of a house, and you repair the damage, are you obligated to inform the owner of the fence of what occurred? Or must you inform your landlord for damages you caused and ...
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What can be done to hush someone praying a loud amidah?

If someone is praying an amidah in a loud voice that disturbs the rest of the congregation are any of the following permitted: by someone (a) praying his own amidah or (b) who has finished to hush ...
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Can one cite divrei torah in the name of a rabbi who has gone astray?

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action, there is a brief interview with R. Herschel Schachter about HALACHAH AND THE FALLEN RABBI. The final question is JA: Can we/should we continue to cite ...
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Would a gentile servant in a Jewish home keep the sabbath? Would a gentile servant be a shabbas goy?

My great grandmother lived at her uncle's inn near Lemberg, in Galicia. in the 1880s. I am writing a novel based in part on her experiences. Based on my research so far, it seems to me that her ...
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Edible oil for menorah

Is there any halachic benefit or hiddur to using an edible fuel for menorah? ( I think those premade menorahs use a olive oil that most people would find disgusting and inedible.)
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Is it heretical to not accept the writings of the Prophets (besides of Moses)?

Is it heretical for someone to accept all the '5 books of Moses', but not the writings of the other prophets, namely from the 'Neviim' section in the Tanach? Note: for the purpose of this question, ...
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Is an item (i.e., scissors) not muktzeh if it's usable for a destructive purpose on Shabbos?

Many are makpid to make a hole in a re-closeable bottle before opening it for the first time on Shabbat. The purpose is to avoid makeh b'patish from making a new vessel when one opens the bottle. ...
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Can I say the Amidah out loud if it helps my kavanah? [duplicate]

If I am davening at home and it would not be disruptive to others, is there any reason I might be permitted to say the Amidah out loud--for example, if it helped me with my concentration or ...
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Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov

Can a person make seltzer on shobbos or yom tov with something like sodastream?
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What the halacha if I washed yet forgot if I made hamotzi or mezonot do I need to bench? [duplicate]

If I washed for a mazon bread for breakfast yet forgot if I made a mazon or hamotze do I need to bentch.
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Does jam have the halacha of duchka d'sakina?

The Chochmas Adom in 49:9 holds that all fruit have the halacha of duchka d'sakina, and that if you cut a fruit with a meat knife which was not definitively clean, you need to scrape off the outer ...
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May one eat eggs purchased on Passover?

It is a common practice for people to buy their Pesach eggs in advance of Pesach. I've seen different reasons for this, including: The popular notion that some chametz might somehow get into the ...
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Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default?

I was given extra virgin olive oil as a gift from Italy (picture below), and I wanted to see if that type of olive oil is treated like fruits and vegetables, or does it needs to have certification on ...
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Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos

So it turns out that the USPS has a feature where you can ask them to come and pickup a package. So you go online to their site, enter your information, choose a date for the pickup, and tell them ...
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Government subsidies or tzedoko

it is preferable not to take charity from non-Jews (maybe only if it is not in private) Source Yore daiya 254 In a case of need (someone needs money for housing and/or food), which is more ...
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Using a Mitzvah to Get Prayers Answered

If one prays specifically after performing a Mitzvah, in the hopes that G-d will be more likely to answer their prayer: Is that considered improper, as it is using the Mitzvah for his/her own benefit?...
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Does Judaism allow Jews to read the Quran?

I've received a packet of Islamic materials which include the "Holy Quran" among other materials explaining the relation of Judaism with Islam. I guess we should be open to all spiritual materials ...
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Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews

It is not a mitzva to try to convert non Jews but is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to the world (such as bringing rational proofs of the authenticity of Judaism)? After all, ...
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Can someone trying to convert have mezuzahs on his doorposts?

When one is going through an orthodox conversion, one is asked to keep all the mitzvoth with the exception of fully keeping the shabbos and putting Tefillin. I was wondering if this exception also ...
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Lashon Hara damage

Years ago someone at my shul spread lashon hara about me, specifically a story that was not true. At that time, some people at shul began treating me very coldly. To this day the cold shoulder ...