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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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Attending public Menorah lightings before lighting at home

When someone is attending a public Menorah lighting, what should one do vis a vis the Mitzvah and the Berachoth? Should one say "She'Asah Nisim"? If it's the first night, should one say ...
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Is there a chazakah (halachic presumption) that an Eruv is down after a blizzard?

I remember, I was once at shul Friday night, and it was just starting to snow and it was predicted to be a huge blizzard. The Rabbi got up and announced that tomorrow people should work under the ...
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Eating before davening mincha when one hasn't davened shachris

Let's say a person was unable to daven Shachris for a relatively legitimate reason, and finds himself in the afternoon, where he's now supposed to daven mincha twice. What of the prohibition of ...
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Why does Chabad not do Kiddush before Davening?

The custom in Chabad is to eat Mezonos before Davening (to enable one to daven later and meditate on Hashem). The only reason we don't do kiddush before davening is because "the time didn't come yet" ...
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Eating before Davening with a Minyan, or Davening at home and not eating till later?

You wake up in the morning and are famished. In order to have strength to go to Shul you need to eat prior to Davening. However, if you were to Daven without a Minyan at home you would not have to eat ...
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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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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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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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Drinking coffee using non-kosher utensils

Is there a legitimate heter for drinking coffee from a coffee cup that would most likely have been washed with non-kosher utensils? I have seen people be lenient in this respect, but don't know why.
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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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Attending a Super Bowl party where alcohol and Kosher food is provided

May I attend a Super Bowl party run by their office or school? Assume there will be all types of alcohols available, and Kosher food. Also, if I'm allowed, what are the ground laws while attending ...
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Mezuza on an elevator?

Today I walked into a building and discovered that someone had taped a mezuza onto the "doorpost" of the elevator. The elevator is about 1m x 1m square - way too small for a room to justify having a ...
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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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Very small damage to someone else's property

If someone walks past a parked car with a stroller, the stroller got caught on the plastic casing around the number plate and a small piece broke off, is it wrong to walk off? What would halacha say ...
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הבא במחתרת vs רודף

After learning the סוגיא of בא במחתרת I was filled with a bunch of questions regarding what is a בא במחתרת. The Gemara סנהדרין דף עב ע״ב seems to answer my question by telling us that the reason ...
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3 tefachim minimum height for candles on Chanukah - from the flame itself, or base of the chanukiyah?

For Chanukha Shulchan Aruch (תרעא:ו) writes: ...מניחו למעלה משלשה טפחים To which the Mishneh Berura writes: דכל למטה משלשה כאלו הניח בקרקע ואין ניכר שבעל הבית הניחו שם "For anything ...
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Adding pellets to the hopper of a pellet stove on Shabbat

Would it be permissible to add pellets to the hopper of a pellet stove on Shabbat? A pellet stove has a large pellet hopper that holds approximately 40 pounds of wood pellets. The pellet auger turns ...
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Can you buy a beggar non-Kosher food, or chometz on Pesach?

If I am asked for money by a beggar on the street, or see a homeless person with a sign, I try and give them food as it is usually more useful than money (which will probably be used for alcohol or ...
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Source that King/Beis Din would hang couples for being publicly intimate

The title says it all, for the most part, but I remember once hearing that, if it was deemed a common problem, the Beis Din was allowed to round up couples for being publicly intimate, and hang them. ...
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May one use a washing machine and dryer prior to praying shachrit?

Since the task only takes a few seconds - grab the laundry bag, throw it in the washer, add detergent and press a button - may one do such an easy task prior to praying shachrit or is this classified ...
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Igros Moshe citation: prohibiting giving a lighter to a smoker

In this recorded lecture, Rabbi Akiva Tatz mentions that R' Moshe Feinstein (who famously did not prohibit smoking, though see here) forbade a person from handing a lighter to a person who smokes ...
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Can a parent “victim” forgive a child due the death penalty?

There are two capital offences against parents: cursing a parent or striking a parent (and causing an injury). If someone did this in front of 2 witnesses with a warning etc. so they were due the ...
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May one wear a jacket or coat over a tallit gadol during shacharit?

May one wear a jacket or coat over a tallit gadol during shacharit - assuming one wears a tallit gadol daily? The reason I ask is because usually the tallit gadol is the outer most garment. I don't ...
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Laundry during the nine days in the case of bed bugs

There is a halacha not to launder clothes or linens during the nine days, or at least during Shavua She'Chol Bo (the part of that period that's during the week of Tish'a B'Av). Is there room for ...
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Permissible laundry during the 9 days

Is there laundry that is permissible to wash during the 9 days? Kids' clothes, undergarments, socks, etc.? I've heard yes, but I'm looking for a source. (This blog post cites the RaM"A but doesn't ...
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Laundering clothes before the 9 days

I know that one should not wash his clothes during the 9 days, and that one should also not wear "freshly laundered clothes" during this time except on Shabbos. My question is, what constitutes ...
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Does an unknown Ikkur require a blessing?

This question is taking for granted the position of Reb Moshe Feinstein that a food which has two ingredients such as chocolate covered peanuts gets two brachos (blessings) being that both ingredients ...
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Why isn't wearing two belts a problem with protecting clothing?

As per Shulchan Aruch OC 301:13, one is not allowed to wear/carry a garment whose sole purpose is to protect other clothing that he is wearing ("אצולי טינוף"), though if those also protect the wearer ...
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May one read a map or document hung on the wall by a Jew during Shabbos?

Let's say a Jew hung a map or a document on the wall on Shabbos. For the purposes of this question, let's assume that this was a desecration of Shabbos (presumably because of the prohibition on ...
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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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Proper use of a blech/plata

What is the proper use of a blech/plata on Shabbat?
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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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Can an ultrasound be relied upon?

I have read reports of the accuracy of gender prediction from an ultrasound with numbers ranging from 90-98%. There is a halacha (Y.D. 194:11) that if a fetus sticks its hand [or possibly any limb] ...
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Is there a halachic time limit for sending an organization its charity box money?

Many Jewish organizations distribute tzedaka (charity) boxes. A few that I know tell people, "collect the money and at some point, empty the money and mail us a check." Let's say someone leaves this ...
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Pronounciation in MO schools

I am curious about the Hebrew pronunciation taught in many Modern Orthodox schools. It doesn't seem to conform to real Israeli pronunciation, nor is it the "standard Yiddish" or Polish pronunciation ...
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Evolved minimal Hebrew pronunciation in halacha

Inspired by comments on this question: Say a person travels from place to place where there are certain traditional havarot (pronunciations) such that what were likely originally distinct sounds, are ...
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Meaning of the phrase “all Holy Scripture defile the hands.”

I'm sorry if this question is too basic (I'm really impressed with the learned people answering questions on Mi Yodeya!). I was reading about the Council of Jamnia on Wikipedia: ...
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According to Halacha are you permitted to melt cheese on Shabbos?

Can one place cheese upon a slice of bread that is put onto a blech on Shabbos? Is there a problem to melt cheese on Shabbos? Some of the specific consideration: 1) Since you are putting the ...
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Rambam and altering brachot

Inspired by this question and its comments: Rambam Laws of Brachot 1:5 The text of all the blessings was ordained by Ezra and his court. It is not fit to alter it, to add to it, or to detract ...
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Can a shaliach assemble your mishloach manot for you?

I know that a shaliach (messenger) can deliver your mishloach manot. But can the shaliach also assemble it for you (under instruction for what to put in), and you'll still fulfill the mitzvah? Here, ...
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Eating food that was touched by someone who didn't do naagel Vassar?

Let's say one lives with a Jew who doesn't bother to wash their hands (naagel wasser) in the morning and then this person touches a certain food. Can this food be eaten by someone else or does it ...
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Being Motzi someone with Tefilas Haderech

I was always under the impression that one person can say Tefilas Haderech and the others can answer Amein and you are Motzi them. Today I was travelling and the fellow said Tefilas Haderech and ...
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Is there an exhaustive list of astronomical/environmental events for which there are blessings?

Inspired by: What Bracha should you say on a Hurricane? What Blessing Does One Make on a Solar Eclipse? Bracha for the transit of Venus? What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if ...
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Where in the sources do we find a list of kosher birds?

In the parsha this past week (re'eh) we find a list of birds that are not kosher. This is unlike the Torah's approach to mammals and fish, where we are told to identify those that are permitted by ...
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Is the Maharshal's list of differences between Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi complete?

I found here a book written by the Maharshal citing where pasukim are found in the Yerushalmi. In the end of this book, he cites a number of differences in halacha between the Bavli and the ...
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List of Halachot LiMosheh MiSinai

Is there a comprehensive list of things in the Talmud that are "halachot limosheh misinai"- laws that were passed down from Moshe through the generations? An example of such is tefilin needing to be ...
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Seeding free libraries with books with names of Hashem

In my area there are (secular) library boxes like these The idea is a simple variation on the honor system: Take a book, return a book. Someone, generally a volunteer, puts out a roofed box ...
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Do women/minors count toward the nine listening to chazaras hashatz?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 124:4, in my own, loose translation: When the leader repeats the amida (sh'mone esre), the congregation should be quiet, pay attention to the benedictions that the ...