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Intercourse with your ex-wife after giving the get

A man gave his wife a get. He then soon afterwards engaged in sexual intercourse with her. Would he be required to give another get? Possible reasons are that either the intercourse that took ...
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What do you do if you forgot to turn off the refrigerator light before Shabbat?

The first time you open a fridge on Shabbat, you notice the light is on. Your intention is to take out food, not turn on the light. Is closing the fridge a problem? Can I open it again? Is it better ...
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Can I wear tzitzit without having a kipa on my head?

I'm not in a religious school and can't wear my kipa there; but, I would like to wear my tzitzit (tallit katan). Is it permitted to wear tzitzit (tallit katan) without wearing a kipa?
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Is olive oil unhealthy?

The Gemara in Brachot 35b says that the proper bracha on pure olive oil is "Borei Peri HaEtz". However, it says that this refers to when you mixed the oil with some אניגרון which Prof Marcus Jastrow ...
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Kashering a stove

The common custom I have noticed is for people to use the same stove top for meat and dairy. However, people also claim you need to kasher a stove top before use. How are these two positions not ...
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live music and eating a meal?

I heard a long time ago that some people do not listen to live music and eat a meal at the same time, only at weddings? Is this a minhag or halacha?
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Is there a problem with lying?

Is lying per se forbidden? If not, are there circumstances under which (certain lies) are forbidden? On what grounds? What about: If you have a good enough reason to lie (e.g. for the sake of a ...
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Acoustic Megaphone on Shabbat

Have any of the halachic authorities discussed using an acoustic megaphone on Shabbat? Is a megaphone like any other musical instrument, which is forbidden on Shabbat because we might end up ...
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Is it a sin to joke about sinning?

For instance, to joke about committing suicide or something less extreme like eating non-kosher. My inclination is towards saying that it is forbidden since it might desensitize one to the idea ...
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The angle of heseiba and derech cheirus

Heseiba (reclining) is a Rabbinic ordinance of the Passover seder intended to invoke the style of derech cherut ("the way of freedom" - associated with luxury/aristocracy). Some Rishonim (medieval ...
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Tichel wearer moves to Sheitel covered community

If a woman who is custom to covering by means of Tichel/Mitpachat moves to a community in which it is custom for women to wear Sheitels, should she switch to Sheitels? If she attends a synagogue in ...
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Is it permissible to name one's child with a name from the opposite gender?

Is a person allowed to name a boy with a girl's name and vice versa? I remember seeing that one musn't, although in Nach one finds these things a lot. I understand it is not best practice for ...
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Tachanun - is raising the arm to the head a valid way to perform it?

הרב אליעזר מלמד explains that the way to say tachanun is על ידי הרכנת הראש והשענתו על זרוע היד by bowing the head and leaning on the arm. I understand this to mean that the head is ...
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Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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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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Can a wife demand a divorce from an abusive husband

I was reading http://m.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/560111/jewish/The-Wifes-Grounds-for-Divorce.htm And I saw The husband who hits his wife, curses her, ridicules her, insults her, or ...
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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 ...
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No Blessing on marital relations?

Yebamoth 61b discusses the positive commandment of being fruitful and multiplying. As far as I am aware, one makes no blessing before intercourse. why not? Please cite sources!
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Can the daughter of two people who could not marry a Cohen marry a cohen?

Can a woman whose father's father isn't Jewish, but whose father's mother is a regular Jew, and whose mother is the child of two converts marry a Cohen? On the one hand she isn't purely from ...
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Is deer antler velvet kosher?

Is deer antler velvet kosher? I'm referring to this: http://www.esupplements.com/products/dvx-pro-liquid/?mobile=1 Or this: http://www.esupplements.com/products/deer-antler-velvet-pro/?mobile=1 I ...
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Shatnez-Trying clothes on [duplicate]

Are you allowed to try on clothes in a store if there's a ch'shash of shatnez? If you can't, then what can one do to know if something fits before buying it?
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Would a Jew be allowed to partake in pudding that symbolized a divinity

Would a Jew be allowed to partake in the festivities of Nowruz which involves 7 haft-seen, 7 different foods that each symbolize a different divinity?
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Shomer Negiyah- negated by Mikvah?

If a woman in an unmarried relationship goes to Mikvah, does that allow for freedom of touching in any way, besides for actual intercourse or spilling of seed in vain, between said couple (both ...
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Pulling out hairs while wiping your bottom on Shabbat

Religious Jews are normally careful not to pull out hairs during Shabbat. After Mr. Ploni defecates, he wipes his rear end carefully. But he knows that it's impossible for him to clean his bottom to ...
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if there was a caliphate established would the jews have to pay the jizya

If there was a caliphate established in America would Jews be required to pay the jizya, according to Halacha, since the caliphate would be the government of the land Background: Jizya is a per ...
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Source for Chasidik practice of imagining yourself giving up your life during the first verse of Krias Shma

in a chassidus shiur i heard that the obligation for krias shma (for people busy with parnoso) according to all opinions is the first posuk of shma with kavono and that the kavono is by saying it you ...
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Is it forbidden to watch pornography? [duplicate]

I have heard that pornography is forbidden, but the reasons (most?) seem to be based upon statements in the Talmud that deal with situations where the potential for a sinful encounter may occur, from ...
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Can a Jew buy something from a vending machine that was not sold during Pesach?

The scenario: The vending machine is physically located in a Jewish-owned business. A non-Jewish vendor owns the physical machine and is responsible for stocking the chametz cookies in the machine. ...
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Respecting your wife get you blessing/riches?

לעולם יהא אדם זהיר בכבוד אשתו שאין ברכה מצויה בביתו של אדם אלא בשביל אשתו וכך אמרו חכמים לבני דורם כבדו את נשותיכם כדי שתתעשרו (Shulchan Aruch Harav, Laws of paining and theft of knowledge, 32) ...
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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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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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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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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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Until what time before sunset (shekiya) can you work Erev Shabbos (Friday)?

I remember reading somewhere that you can't work 2 hours before Shabbos starts. What exactly is the halacha? If you have a regular 9-5 job. When do you have to end working on Friday's--assuming your ...
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Books on Sephardi STaM Safrut

I am studying safrut (with an Ashkenazi teacher), but I and my havruta partner are both interested in also learning the Sephardi script for STaM. We are (G!d-willing) about to finish learning a book ...
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Scheduling Email for 3AM and Gneivas Daas

Is is permitted to schedule an email for the wee hours of the night, like 3AM, to give the impression that you were working late? Is it significantly well known that there are services like ...
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Negel vasser on a plane

I've been on planes where the only sink available is in the toilet. What would be the best thing to do in regards to negel vasser/netilas yodayim? Edit: The toilet is a mokom tumah. Furthermore, the ...
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Do any Gedolim forbid attending a sporting event

Does a male violate any halacha in the torah by watching a ball game at a sports stadium? Are there any Gedolim that oppose going?
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What can One do to Hasten the Repayment of a Loan?

I have heard stories of the Chofetz Chayim avoiding the streets where debtors of his lived. I have also heard that one is not supposed to pressure a debtor, and I was wondering about the halachic ...
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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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Should Jews be self-employed?

Under what method of employment should a Jew sustain himself? Is there a preference for self-employment over working for an employer? I've heard that an employee is like a slave to the employer and ...
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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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Yichud with a transgender person?

Suppose there was a man, A, that underwent an operation whereby afterwards A now considers themselves female. Suppose one is generally unclear as to the specifics of the operation, but that A ...
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Warming Zone on Stove on Shabbat

A stove is a gas stove but has both an electric warming drawer as well as an electric "warming zone" surface. The warming zone is in the middle of the stove - sort of a glass top - and can be set ...
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Does Judaism believe in letting people know about judasim? [duplicate]

Let us say that proselytizing is against Judaism, what about just letting people know that there is a religion called Judaism and tell them a little bit about it just to put it out there for them, to ...
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What is מדין שני בתי דינים בעיר אחת? Regarding different minhagim in New york

What did Igros Moshe 1.158 mean by the words "מדין שני בתי דינים בעיר אחת" ("from the law of two courts in one city")? What is דין שני בתי דינים בעיר אחת?
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Leniency to aggrieve a minor (one's child)?

Causing certain types of harm to one's fellow (for example, stealing or battering) is prohibited. But do these laws apply if the victim is a minor? To what extent? What if the minor is one's own ...
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Can an induction hob be kashered on Pesach?

Induction cooking involves an alternating magnetic field in a coil underneath a smooth glass/pyrex surface. This alternating field induces eddy currents in an iron pot placed on the hob. In turn, ...
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May one beautify his Payos?

Rashi (B'reshis 37:2) calls it an "an act of immaturity [to fix one's] hair (...) so he would look good". Obviously, payos are made from hair, but they are not considered regular hair within kabbala ...