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Getting a late start on being Maavir Sedra for the year

I remember hearing when I was younger that ואלה שמות - is Roshei Teivos V'Chayav A'dam L'haavir H'sedra S'htayim M'ikra V'echod T'argum. If someone who has not been Maavir Sedra so far this year is ...
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Are there any issues with buying a used Siddur?

I have found two Siddurim online that I would like to purchase. However, they are used. I am wondering if there is any issues with this.
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Is there a standard format for the start of each column in writing Sifrei Torah?

When I looked at a few Tikunei Lakor'im, they seem to follow what appears to be a standard where certain words begin at the top of a column. I did see several Sifrei Torah that seem to follow this ...
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Can I plan to make a Siyum in the nine days to eat meat?

The Rema says that one can eat meat in a Seudas Mitzva during the nine days. Does that mean I can purposely plan to make a Siyum then? Can I invite whoever I want? If not, what are the parameters?
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Is it forbidden or just disrespectful to wear a kippah with ads on it while in shul or learning?

When my kids were in yeshiva, the school had a policy that they were not allowed to wear kippot that had any writing other than their name, or "Yerushalayim" or something similar. I.e. - no logos like ...
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Mom and Dad begin Shabbat at different times. Whom should the son follow?

The son is 8 years old. (I add this fact, b/c there may be some leniencies to the halacha as he is below Bar Mitzvah.) Dad wants to begin Shabbat "early" before the "regular" candle lighting time (18 ...
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Is it Permitted to Wear Clothes That You Slept In

Is it permitted to wear clothes that you slept in? For example, say you slept with a white shirt and black pants, and wake up at 6AM -- are you allowed to stay with those same clothes for the rest of ...
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What halachic issues are involved in the use of a trouser press in the nine days?

A trouser press “is an electrical appliance used to smooth the wrinkles from a pair of trousers (pants in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States)”. . The press works on the bottom ...
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Are coupons for Chometz - Chometz? II

Inspired by yydl's question. I read that in Russia where bread was unpurchasable without "bread ration cards", people would save them throughout Pesach and use them after Pesach. One such person ...
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wash hands before eating or touching bread

Is it important to wash one's hands before eating or is also the preparation of the meal important as well? Should one wash before handling bread but not make a brachah or is washing only relevant to ...
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Extended fasting on 10 Av

The Bavli (Taanit 29a) teaches that the Temple was set aflame on the ninth of Av in the afternoon and it burnt until sundown on the tenth of Av. The Yerushalmi (Taanit 4:6) records that because of ...
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Parameters of Yuhara for women

This question asks about Yuhara - religious haughtiness - in general. In the current answer it discusses issues of one-upmanship on one's Rebbe or local Rabbis being a special concern. How is this ...
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Davening and Krias Shema with a sore on the lip or throat

If someone has a sore on their lip or in their throat, such that it is painful to pronounce certain letters (like the letters that require putting pressure from the upper teeth onto the lower lip or ...
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Spices and candles before your zman

If one holds 72 minutes for shabbas to be over and they are staying by someone who holds 50 minutes and they make havdalla by 50 min can the 72-minute-people participate in their havdalla to fulfill ...
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mechitzah, davening, home and tznius

I read somewhere that it is unnecessary to make a fuss - over having a mechitzah - if one is davening at home unless tznius is an issue. Is there a halachic basis for this? I read somewhere that if ...
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Returning lost property

Suppose I find lost property, and can return it to the owner. Am I required to return the object that was actually lost, or can I give the owner a duplicate? (And why?).
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When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?

קצור שלחן ערוך‎ 21:1 describes what one should do who missed מעריב by accident: לאחר תפילת שחרית יאמר תחנון ואשרי ויתפלל תפלת שמונה עשרה לשם ערבית ואחר כך יאמר למנצח ובא לציון וכו׳ After ...
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Saying “thank you” before taking a bite

The halacha as codified by Shulchan Aruch O.C. 167:6 is that if one interrupts between making Hamotzi and eating the bread, as long as the interruption is related to the meal (not just to eating the ...
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Can one eat meat on Mot'za'ei 9 Av if it is a se'udah for Brit or Pidyon Haben?

Many halachic opinions state that the prohibition of not eating meat during the 9 Days extends until the middle of the 10th of Av. Does this prohibition apply if you are making a se'udah for a Brit or ...
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Can I get fruit juice from the street juice truck if the non-Jewish owner occasionally squeezes grapes?

There are several non-Jewish owned fruit trucks near work. Occasionally, the non-Jew squeezes grapes to make fresh grape juice. I understand that the grape juice prepared by a non-Jew is non kosher. ...
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What is the Halacha regarding Tachanun and Brit in the same shul?

I don't have the ArtScroll weekday Siddur in front of me, now, but essentially, it said that one does not say Tachanun in a shul where a Brit will occur during that day. If a Brit occurs anywhere in ...
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Does breast milk make vessels non-kosher or milchig? [duplicate]

I understand that breast milk is kosher only for babies and is traif for adults. But does breast milk make other vessels non-kosher? For example, if I put a spoon, knife or fork in the breast milk, or ...
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What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes?

What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes? Does it matter how mashed etc.? I am thinking that it will be either Hadoma or Shehakol, and it does depend on how mashed, but these are just wild guesses. ...
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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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Eating food that is tamei

What is the status (both mid'oraita [on the biblical level] and mid'rabanan [on the rabbinic level]) of a person who ate food that is tamei [ritually impure] as a rishon le'tumah [first level of tumah ...
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Whale-yeast Beer

This article describes a beer created with yeast from fossilised remains of an ancient whale. From what I understand, the yeast imparts certain characteristics to the beer other than alcohol content. ...
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Corn flakes — ha’adamah or she’hakol? [closed]

I read somewhere that corn flakes might be either a ha’adamah or a she’hakol depending on the manufacturing process used to make them. Where is the halachic source for this?
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mechitzah, shul and wedding [duplicate]

I read somewhere that a mechitzah is technically something required only in a shul. Is there a halachic source for this? I read somewhere that the concept of mechitzah has been extended to include ...
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A rebellious spouse in Beis Din today

The Rambam describes how to handle a case where a couple is divorcing and one spouse claims the other is rebellious (refusing marital relations) and the other is insisting that this is not the case ...
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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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Would a genetically engineered red heifer be usable?

Assuming that a non-Jew chose to create a genetically engineered parah adumah (red heifer) and further assuming it met all the halachic requirements --no two black hairs, hadn't been used for work ...
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When does a מעריב-misser say תחנון?

קצור שלחן ערוך‎ 21:1 describes what one should do who missed מעריב by accident: לאחר תפילת שחרית יאמר תחנון ואשרי ויתפלל תפלת שמונה עשרה לשם ערבית ואחר כך יאמר למנצח ובא לציון וכו׳ After ...
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Crying on Shabbos

Is it permissible to cry on Shabbos? What about if it is tears of joy? What are some halachos that pertain to crying (on Shabbos)? For example, can I tell someone something that may make them cry? ...
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Is it possible to follow Buddhism halachik-ly? [closed]

If I (a halachik-ly observant Conservative1 Jew) consider Buddhism to be a philosophy rather than a religion, can I follow Buddhism halachik-ly? If asked what religion I belong to, I would undoubtedly ...
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If Jews are the majority in a state outside Israel, what should they do?

Say Jews happen to become the majority in some state outside Israel (enough of a majority to change the constitution) but there are also gentiles there. Are the Jews obligated to turn it into a ...
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May a surgeon who needs to do surgery on Shabbat correct the time on his watch?

According to the various sources mentioned in this article one is not allowed to set a stopped watch on Shabbat. Suppose that a surgeon is scheduled to operate on a patient on Shabbat afternoon. ...
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Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision?

Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision? I'm not talking about where medical reasons would prevent circumcision; I'm curious to know if an uncircumcised gentile can ...
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Can someone who is not wearing tefillin on a weekday receive an aliyah?

My shul has a policy that anyone (male, over Bar Mitzva, of course) not wearing tefillin cannot receive an aliyah. Is there any halacha or minhag to support this rule? My rav is in Eretz Yisra'el, ...
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BT emailing non-observant family on Friday afternoon

A given person is Shabbat-observant; his/her immediate and extended family is not. May this individual write an email to his/her family (who live in Israel) when it is before Shabbat (where s/he ...
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Laws regarding excessive conversation while dating

In speaking with a friend regarding conversation between men and women who are dating, this is what they said: So I asked someone who knows about these things and she said that it originates from ...
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Lashon Hara about yourself

Is it asur to speak lashon hara about yourself? The only source have that it is asur is a story about thr Hafes Haim on a train. I'm not sure if that's a sufficient source to assume that it's asur. ...
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Is one allowed to be fat?

Is one halachically allowed to be fat (overweight or obese), or must a fat person take steps to reduce their weight and maintain a reasonably healthy body (and likewise, a healthy person must not ...
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What is the blessing on dough?

Shulchan Aruch discusses the blessing on baked dough (various places - Hamotzi), fried dough (O.C. 168:10), raw grain kernels (Ha'adama - O.C. 208:4), flour (shehakol - 208:5), and various cooked ...
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Lashon Harah for anonymous to'eles

Necessary background: Lashon Harah (slander) is prohibited, unless it is for a to'eles (constructive purpose). Can I say Lashon Harah that would be available to everyone, would be beneficial for some ...
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Should a Jewish cashier scan treif items?

On the basis of Vayikra 11:8, is it permitted to work as an employee at a grocery store as a cashier (not the owner of the business), which would entail touching packaged yet non-kosher food items ...
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May a male use a female for massage or vice versa?

There is a related question In a non-life-threatening emergency, can a female doctor do a hospital procedure on a male or vice versa?. The answer to that question, addresses limited situations, and I ...
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Sealing an envelope on shabbat

On Shabbat, is it permissible to seal an envelope that does not require moistening, ie an envelope that has a PEEL & SEAL flap?
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Will 2 days of Rosh Hodesh & Yom Tov be necessary after Mashiach? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the origin for having a 2nd day of Rosh Hodesh & Yom Tov is that messengers were only able to travel a certain distance from where the Sanhedrin was to convey the declaration ...
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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? (I personally don't think so for a few reasons. However, someone posted this question a little while ago ...
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What defines “on this earth” from a halachic standpoint?

Rabbi Ben-Zion Firrer asked whether Torah Law must be observed in space, since Deuteronomy 12:1 says one should follow the Commandments "all of the days which you are alive on this earth." What ...