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A computer file that I emailed you has a virus. Am I responsible?

My rav frequently discusses contemporary halachic questions. He quotes a general rule from the Gemarrah (I assume it's from Baba Kama or one of the "Baba's") that a person who causes damages is always ...
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Is one allowed to use can openers on shabbos or chag?

Is one allowed to use a can opener on Shabbos or Chag to open things like canned veggies etc? Also on Shabbos or Chag may one open canned food that has the pull tab and doesn't require a can opener?
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buying one needs on yom tov and shabbat

I came across kitzur sulkhan arukh sulkhan hamelekh part 3 chapter 53 as explaining SA (orach chaim sec 323) that one can buy something needed, preferably foods, on yom tov and shabbat, under certain ...
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May Jews create sculpture, and under what restrictions?

I do not know if a realistic or abstract freestanding or hanging sculpture of any creature as art (for a museum or store) is permitted me to create or for Jews to view, or whether it would be ...
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Must ice cubes be designated meat or dairy and separated?

If I have a freezer each for meat and for dairy, can the ice from automatic ice cube maker in my meat freezer be used to cool dairy drinks?
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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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If a Jew was forced to do a mitzva, does it count?

If a Jew was forced to do a mitzva (For example, if we grab him and put tefilin on him.): Has he fulfilled his obligation? For example, if he was forced to say shma and then made teshuva (and now ...
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Opening bottles and creating a Keli on Shabbath

Does opening a new bottle create a new Keli, such that it would be prohibited on Shabbath?
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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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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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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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Are dageishim kalim absolute? part 2

This was actually what I originally intended to ask here, but I got sidetracked into a related question. They're similar points, but I think they're distinct enough to ask as separate questions. ...
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How should one decide which Halacha to follow?

There are so many different halachot and custom nowadays, I have a lot of questions on how should one decide what halacha to follow. Let's say I have an halacha question. The way I see it, I have ...
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At what point does the kallah take on the husband's minhagim?

If for exmple a Sefardi woman is marrying an Ashkenazi or vice versa at what point does the kallah take on the husbands minhagim? Is it as soon they are engaged? When the kiddushin is finalized? Some ...
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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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May Passover matzoh be made from durum wheat flour and then reground as meal for Italian pasta?

Italian pasta is generally made from durum wheat (semolina) flour. Wheat is one of the grains from which Passover matzoh can be made. Normally matzoh is baked at high heat from flour and water only, ...
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Does demolition of terrorists' homes have any basis in Judaism?

Israel is currently implementing a policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists, even after they have been 'eliminated', as a deterrent to others. Is this kind of action OK, according to halacha + ...
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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 (...
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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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Befriending a non-Jew

We all live amongst non-Jews. Sometimes we meet a non-jew and befriend him because he shares the same values that we do. Is one allowed to befriend a non-Jew?
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Halachic status of Sikhism as Avoda Zara

Are there any sources that explicitly discuss the halachic status of Sikhism regarding to what extent it follows the Noahide laws, and if it is considered avoda zara or shittuf?
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Surrogate birth, egg donations and 'Jewishness' [duplicate]

This is a two part question and although nuanced in there difference - I believe there is one. If a Jewish mother and father donate eggs/sperm to a non-Jewish mother is the child that is born ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Would Harry Potter be killed as a sorcerer?

Before asking my question, I'd like to make it clear that this is being asked in all seriousness, and not as some form of satire or "Purim Torah". I think there is a precedent for asking halachic ...
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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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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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Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?

Does a woman need to cover her hair during childbirth or other major medical procedures?
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Are dageishim kalim absolute?

When a word starts with one of בגדכפת and the previous word ends in a vowel, usually the בגדכפת letter does not get a dageish unless it falls into one of the exception categories. What happens if you ...
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Does lacking a get affect children before conception, at conception, or at birth?

I'm making the working assumption that a civil divorce has already been obtained with the intent of a religious divorce soon following. However, how critical is the timing of obtaining one insofar as ...
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Forgetting to say ״ותן טל ומטר״

On a year in which the night we start to say ותן טל ומטר is a weekday night, if one forgets to say ותן ברכה by the מנחה before and doesn't realize that he forgot it until שקיעה, what is the Halacha ...
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How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?

(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.) A family minyan meeting once only on ...
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Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?

Are there religious laws against it, or can Jewish people also keep a copy of the Bible (scriptures) in their home? What word is the most common term used to refer to the Hebrew Bible?
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What kind of physical damage affects a contracts validity (if any)?

This question had a picture of a Ketuba with some damage to the paper. In Jewish Law, what kind of damage would invalidate a contract? In that Ketuba, for example, the standard text is ripped, but ...
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Violating a cancelable oath?

If someone made an oath "I'm not going to eat bread for thirty days" and wants to "cancel" it, he goes to three people and tells them "I didn't know that it would be so hard". They say "OK, it's ...
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Water of cracked Kli

Recalling a shiur on netilat yadayim, the speaker said that one is not allowed to do so if the kli of choice is leaking. You have to get another kli or otherwise go about washing differently. If ...
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If parents fight, whom should child side with?

If mother and father fight with each other (whether physically or verbally), whom should child side with?
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Do you have to know kol ha Torah kula?

Is there a requirement for a Jewish man to know the whole Torah (including every gemara, tosafot, Midrasch…) or is it OK to know the Halacha that is relevant to you and then to use the rest of ...
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May one temporarily remove ẓiẓit from a garment in order to launder it?

Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh writes (Oraḥ Ḥayim 15:1) that is forbidden to remove ẓiẓit from a garment for no purpose (and the Mishnah Berurah there, s.q. 3, explains that this is to avoid disgracing the ...