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Issues of lifnei iver with an inaccurate clock

Is there any problem with lifnei iver (giving bad information) in having an inaccurate clock that someone else will look at? I'll examine a few cases here. The clock is a few minutes off. I don't ...
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Can non-biological matter cause your sink, dishes, or food to become non-kosher?

For instance, if something non-edible such as a chemical or eraser shavings are drained down the sink, would that cause any kashrut problems?
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Is trying to get out of jury duty permitted halachically?

In the comments on this question about being on a jury when a trial could run into Shabbat, somebody brought up the point that it's generally not hard to avoid jury duty. And, in my experience, lots ...
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Can Kohanim enter a hospital?

As a Cohen is prohibited from deliberately defiling himself through contact with a dead body, may he enter a hospital where there is a high probability that someone might die and render the Cohen ...
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Can Kohanim live in a condo or apartment building?

Asking the question because if there is a Jewish person living in the same building that dies in the building, couldn't this pose a problem for a Kohen being under the same roof?
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Is it permitted for a male to have a female therapist?

It is forbidden to be secluded with another woman (excluding a woman that it is permitted e.g. wife, mother, grandmother etc.). This is known as yichud. It is permitted though, provided the area is ...
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Is there tefillah betzibbur during mixed heiche kedusha?

In a minyan (quorum) that is doing heiche kedushe with the (inevitable?) scenario that some mispallelim (ones praying) are following the Rama and waiting till after the chazzan's kedusha to begin ...
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Is there any reason a Jewish woman should not shake hands with a non-Jewish man?

My question refers to the custom of certain groups to prohibit all physical contact between men and women who are not spouses or related. Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch ...
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Is there “פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר” or a “מגו” in American law?

Does anyone know if there is any equivalent or usage of the principle "פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר" or a "מגו" in American law that could help illustrate the principle? A basic explanation of the principle ...
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combining techeles views - tarti dsatri?

Is there a problem of tarti d'satri (contradiction) with combining tekhelet strings dyed according to one view (e.g. half-dyed) with tying methods of a different view?
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The pre-Maimonidean half-tekheleth string

Are there any sources prior to the Rambam that suggest (even implicitly) that the tekheleth string is only half-dyed?
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Can one say Kiddush Levana on Rosh Hodesh or the 2nd day of the month if he won't be able to otherwise?

Kiddush Levana can be recited as early as the 3rd day of the Hebrew month. Two scenarios (may have same or different answers): A. Suppose a person will be hospitalized beginning the 3rd of the ...
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Halachic permissibility of playing cards (i.e., poker) for money

Are there any important halachic issues related to gambling--specifically, on card games? (I'm thinking Texas Hold 'Em, but kvitlach also comes to mind.) Obviously it can't be done on Shabbos or Yom ...
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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a ...
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Zera levatala - source of issur from Torah

Can someone explain what is the issur of zera levatala? If we learn it from er and onan, it should apply to those who do zera levatala to stop from performing peru u revu, and should also apply to ...
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Rules about Handles on the Vessel for Netilas Yadayim

I am wondering about the vessel used in hand washing, I see the ones with two handles online and in shul etc is it ok to use 'any' vessel to wash the hands or does it have to be one with two handles? ...
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What customs does a divorced/widowed woman follow? (Ashkenazi/Sfardi — hers or her ex-husband's?)

When a woman gets married, she takes on her husband's customs. Thus, an Ashkenazi woman marrying a Sfardi man gets to eat rice on Pesach (and vice versa). But what happens if she gets divorced, or if ...
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Does a trapezoid require tzizit? (Or: how to make a four-cornered triangle)

My family was learning Rambam Hilchot Tzitzit 1:16 tonight and had some questions on how this works, as a practical matter: וכן המטיל לבעלת שלש ואחר כך השלימה לארבע והטיל לרביעית כולה פסולה שנאמר ...
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Can one say Kaddish for a deceased family member even if their parents are still alive? [duplicate]

If a family member dies without leaving any children to say Kaddish for them, can another family member take on the job of saying Kaddish? Is it permissible even if the parents of the one saying it ...
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Handwritten Siddurim

I've seen assorted links on the net discussing handwritten siddurim, which brought up a number of questions, which I will ask here. Are there any halachot in regards to handwriting a siddur? In ...
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Can a woman convert to Judaism to marry Kohen due to the concept of sfeik sfeika?

A Rabbi involved in conversions recently told me a story about a conversion he took part in. He came to the Mikvah to take part in the Beis Din (Modern Orthodox Beis Din) and lo and behold he finds ...
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Touched acovered place while learning-may i continue learning?

Many times, in the middle of learning i will absentmindedly touch my scalp under my yarmulke, or my shoulder under my sleeve. Do i have to stop learning to wash my hands? may i continue without ...
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Unmarried man teacher of children

I see from The Shulchan Aruch Even Ezer 22.20 and from Shulchan Aruch Harav, Hilchois Talmud Torah, perek 1 halocho 13 that single man should not be a teacher of children (under 13) becouse of the ...
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Is it permitted to eat boogers?

I apologize for the question. but is it permitted to eat ones boogers? possibility of blood? is it Baal Teshakzu? totally permitted similar to nail biting? and would it be forbidden on shabbos?
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How specific is a makom kavuah?

Many shuls let people claim (buy) seats and put their name on the chair where they usually sit, making it "officially" their makom kavuah. Some of Mi Yodeya's other makom-kavuah questions also ...
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What should a woman who must do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer 174) and as such they must ...
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Is Listening to a Torah Tape considered Talmud Torah?

It says in the Baal HaTanya's Hilchos Talmud Torah that one fulfills his obligation to learn Torah only if he says the words. Moreover, a Chavrusa fulfills his obligation only because Shomeya Keoneh. ...
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If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate, can they make a siyum?

There is this related M.Y. question about women joining a men's siyum. If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate can / should they make a siyum? I know that women cannot form a minyan, ...
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Can the Rav enforce his own made-up rule as a “penalty”?

Several years ago, while making a trip to the Catskill area, I stopped near the large shul in Woodbridge, NY (I forgot its name). The rabbi has a reserved parking spot across the street from the shul. ...
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Someone illegally parked in a disabled parking spot. Is he liable if a disabled person injures himself

Sadly, I read in a local paper, about this incident: Someone illegally parked in a disabled spot at a doctors office. A disabled person arrived for his doctor's appointment, and saw that the only ...
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A hungry beggar asks to use your credit card to buy food. Must you give it?

This M.Y. answer states that if a beggar asks you for food, you do not investigate, but provide food. I assume that if you give cash so that the beggar can buy food, that is the same. A few months ...
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Is a person allowed to prejudge a beggar before giving tzedaka?

The scenario: Last week while waiting for the NYC subway, a well-dressed woman asked me if I had a spare Metrocard swipe (the Metrocard is a prepaid fare card.) As she did not seem like a beggar, I ...
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Changing minhag about tallit gadol

I first became involved with a non-orthodox congregation where it was customary for everyone over Bar Mitzvah age to wear a tallit gadol. However, I understand that it is an Ashkenazi minhag not to ...
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Al Tarbeh Sicha Im Haisha- including Text Messaging?

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot says "Al Tarbeh Sicha Im Haisha", do not converse excessively with a woman. Does this apply to text messages as well?
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Making a bracha on food which is normally assur, but allowed due to pikuach nefesh

In general, one eating forbidden food does not make a bracha. In certain cases, foods which are usually assur are allowed to be eaten out of a concern of pikuach nefesh -- danger to life. For ...
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Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?

Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals? I'm asking about any text, from the religious texts here to "This food smells good". Also does whether Jesus is invoked make a difference? ...
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Preparing a dish on Shabbos by night for the day time (in regards to Borer)

It says in SA OC Siman 321 Sif 19 in the Rema that normally it's ossur to peel garlic or onions however that's only to leave them to eat at a later time. However if it's being done to eat right away ...
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If the prayer leader does not distinguish between Gimmel and Ghimmel for Amida he can't be yotzi for others

I was at a Shabbat table and someone told me that, according to Hacham Ovadia Yosef, the one leading the prayers cannot motzi others (i.e. cannot relieve others' prayer obligations) if he does not ...
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Being more stringent than your Rebbe

Is there a problem with acting more stringently in halacha than your Rebbe acts? If so, what if you are not in front of your Rebbe? If so (to #1), is having a longer beard or peyos considered a ...
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Bracha on Tzitzit

If one takes a nap and has the intent to put tzitzit back on, does he need to make a new bracha when he does so? Is it considered hesach hadaas (loss of concentration)? Or does his intent obviate ...
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Yichud at night, if both of the woman's parents are home

Is it permissible for a man to be at a woman's home at night if both of her parents are at home, but sleeping? What if they are awake?
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What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if any)?

If one is so lucky as to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) or its southern equivalent, does one say a b'racha? If so which one? I've heard that oseh ma'aseh v'reishit applies to comets and ...
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Is a person allowed to sit in someone's reserved shul seat before that person appears?

My shul sells tickets for High Holiday seating. These are paid specific seats for the person who reserved them. Sometimes, outsiders attend the shul on Rosh Hashanna. Our shul doesn't refuse them ...
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Is one permitted to change his minhagim? ashkenaz to sefardi

If a person grew up sefardi and wanted to change his minhagim to ashkenaz (including pronunciations) is it permitted to do so?
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Kashrut of Bread [duplicate]

Assuming bread was prepared and baked by a Gentile using only kosher ingredients (e.g. kosher flour, water and kosher yeast) and only kosher equipment, what conditions would render such bread fit for ...
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Is it wrong not to wear a bra?

Is it a problem not to wear a bra (for reasons related to tznius or anything else Jewish)? What if it is not seen "women may wear different kinds of clothing to hide or reveal the fact that they're ...
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Marital relations if pregnancy is potentially life-threatening?

A while ago, I was poking around the Catholic section of Reddit, since I was curious about how the topic of birth control might be handled within it. In a comment to one post, someone stated that his ...
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Are Jewish women permitted to use birth control that stops menstruation?

Is there any reason that a Jewish woman who has permission from her Rabbi to use birth control could not choose a pill that stops her from menstruating? Although certain birth control pills are ...
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Is it mandatory to eat before solar noon on Rosh Chodesh?

"A person should make sure to eat before the sixth hour on Shabbos, since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbos". --A column by Daniel Yaakov Travis, citing Talmud Yerushalmi, Taanis 3:11. During ...
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Is it permitted that male person to have feminine job? And otherwise?

Is it forbidden for a male person to have feminine job? If so, how is a feminine job defined according to halacha? Likewise, is it forbidden for a female person to have a masculine job?