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Facing the wrong direction during Amidah

What should I do if I accidentally faced the wrong direction during the Amidah? Should I repeat it? How important is facing the Kotel in the Amidah according to Halacha?
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Is it prohibited to say a bracha near an idol?

In the trades, some times home owners will have statues of Buddha or catholic stuff like saints and such. I've heard some rule idolatry today is not the same as before. Are there any prohibitions ...
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Is a klipa davuk?

There are many places in the realm of kashrut where something may become forbidden kedei klipa (just the edge is asur). For those who hold by isur davuk (as isur which is attached to something else - ...
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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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Is causing oneself to have an erection forbidden or just not recommended?

In the Mishneh Torah Hilchos Issurei Biah 21:19 it says: It is forbidden for a person to intentionally cause himself to have an erection or to bring himself to [sexual] thoughts. Yet in Niddah ...
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Techeilet – Shittat haBa'alei Tosefot

Per Ptil Tekhelet, the shitta of the Ba'alei Tosefot (following Rashi) is that half of the strings in the tzitzit are to be made of techeilet, as opposed to 1/4 (rov haposkim) or 1/8 (Rambam). ...
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Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?

Years ago, some brands of Worcestershire sauce as well as a few salad dressings were marked "OU fish". This meant that one was not allowed to use this sauce on a piece of meat or have it on the same ...
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What is considered the “correct speed” for a Shabbat morning service?

I've had a few discussions with various co-congregants about "fast" and "slow" minyanim. Our shul building has 2 minyanim. The main one has a professional chazzan. We begin Shabbat services at 9 am ...
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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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Davening in which Beis Medrash?

Must one pray in the Beis Medrash he learns or in any Beis Medrash (and the practical difference would be if there's an advantage in the other Beis Medrash, such as if it's further away and there's ...
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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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Displaying Torah Fragments on a Wall [duplicate]

Assume the following: A Torah scroll has gone into such disrepair that it could not be made Kasher again. Rather than burying the remaining leaves that are still usable, they are sold off as art ...
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Does one need to tovel enamelware?

Does one need to tovel keilim that are indicated as being made of "enamelware"? Should a bracha accompany the tevila?
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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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Can one use an Eruv if the Rabbi who built it says its down?

If a Rav Hamachsheir of an Eruv, the Rabbi who built it and supervises its use, sends out a message that he holds that the Eruv is down because of a particular reason (reason X), and should not be ...
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Can non-food be treyf?

If I placed my kosher food on a non-kashered surface that I knew had never been used for food, is my food still kosher? I would be interested in whether there could be concerns of bugs--but that is ...
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Should I answer the kaddish if I'm still at the amidah?

Generally, when I say the amidah with a minyan, I'm one of the last (if not the last) persons finishing. This means I'm still at the amidah when the kaddish is recited. And I don't know if I should ...
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Can one wear Yaktrax on Shabbat?

Yaktrax is an ice traction "device" that you slip onto the bottom of your shoe. Can one wear this on Shabbat? Possible concerns: boneh - "building". Wearing the device involves stretching a band ...
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Making Wissotsky tea on Shabbos

I have heard that Rav Nachum Rabinovitch, shlit"a, (who, IMSMC, is strict regarding using tea bags/cold essence to make tea on Shabbos, even in a kli sheni [lit: second utensil]) is lenient with ...
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Making a hot toddy on Shabbat

Is it permissible to make a hot toddy drink on Shabbat? If so, are there any special considerations to take into account to do so Halachically? Wikipedia describes the drink, generally, thus: A ...
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If making a mark on a book (folding the corner of a page) is allowed on shabbat then “writing” a bit in some memory device also is? [duplicate]

Before reading my question check for Rav. Auerbach's statements regarding electricity (elsewhere), specially the following one, found here Rabbi Auerbach says that outside the case of an ...
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Is one allowed to visit a temple or place of worship of a religion no longer in existence?

There seems to be an issue with visiting a house of worship or temple or possibly a cemetery of other religions. Where does that come from and what are the parameters of any interdiction? Assuming ...
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If a food product has a heretical/idol worship image on it, and a hechsher as well, may one partake of it?

There is this food/drink product that has a Christian symbol and other associated things, and yet there is also a hechsher. Assuming the hechsher is accepted to be reliable etc., may one consume ...
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Mourner that misses Kaddish

A mourner who is having an operation, or travelling, or any other reason that makes it impossible for him to say Kaddish at a particular Tefila. Is there anything the mourner should do to make up for ...
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Neder not specified

What is if someone took a neder on himself, and said eg. "i will not eat potatos anymore," but his intention was only for a certain Kind of potatos. Are now all potatos forbidden to him (as the person ...
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What is the halachic status of a bathroom on a job site?

Those who work in trades can often find themselves in a clients home (residential) where the toilet has been removed so work can be done. I, personally, listen to Torah Audio. I am aware it is ...
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Can one kasher anodized metal?

Anodized metal is metal with an increase in the thickness of the natural oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. Is there any issue kashering it, or is it basically like metal with a layer of rust ...
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Pirating software that has already been bought

Say, for instance, that I've previously bought a set of DVDs (for example, the workout program P90x, which contains several DVDs in a set), and that I am currently in a different country and have not ...
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When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat

When you need to make a bore nifashois do you have to make it in the place you started to eat (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or even if you are planning to continue in another place (and will have ...
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Do you need to make an afterbrocho before sipping a drink slowly

If after a meal you will be drinking something slowly do you need to make an afterbrocho right away (as @LN6595 seems to claim here). Or you should wait until you finish the coffee before you make the ...
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Where would a mezuzah go on a completely round doorway?

I’ve recently come across the site of a construction company making houses modeled after hobbit holes. I don’t know how this company is going to shape the doorways, but the image below is how they’re ...
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One Dishwasher for Milk and Meat Dishes [duplicate]

Can a dishwasher be used for both meat and milk dishes? Under what conditions? As far as I can tell it should be OK right afterwards since any taam would be lifgam because the dishes are covered in ...
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Homeopathic or unscientific medicine on shabbos

On shabbos there is a rabbinic prohibition against doing many medicinal things. Is the whole requirement that he is doing it for medicine and that it looks medicinal, or must it actually be ...
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Is sky-diving forbidden because of the risk to one's life?

Is sky-diving forbidden since it might be considered a risk to once life and is not a necessary activity (like e.g., driving a car would be)? The Torah says (Dvarim 4:15) "guard your souls" and ...
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Where did the idea that matzah must be finished baking in under 18 minutes come from? [duplicate]

i've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah and even though i hear from almost every Rabbi i've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, i can't substantiate this claim ...
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Excluding water from blessing after food

One common scenario is for someone to make a berakha on water at some point in the morning and to drink the water throughout the day. Suppose during the day, the person decides to have a snack whose ...
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What is the obligation of respecting parents

Is respecting parents doing what they want (hint) or doing what they command (ask for) Does a son have an obligation to find/figure out what the father wants him to do? Or can he just simply do what ...
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Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery is a medical procedure with the purpose of alteration or restoring the form of the body. But can everyone change the shape of their body and make it look like they want to? We know ...
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

There is a tradition of Maaser Kesafim, to give 1/10th of ones salary to charity. Is there a particular set time when the obligation to set aside this money for charity begins? For instance, is one ...
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What technically constitutes adultery

I would like to better understand what exact physical acts constitute adultery between a married woman and a man that is not her husband?
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Kibud av VS midas hasidus what wins

I understand that if the father commands to go against the torah there is no obligation to listen to him, But what if it is against midas chasidus (e.g. he is commanding his son to take a gift ...
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Do Jews Worship Ezra As The Son Of G-d [duplicate]

Is There Mentioned Anywhere In The Torah Or Misnah Or Talmud That Jews Worship Ezra As The Son Of G-d
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Wearing cruciform orders

Most European chivalric orders, both historic and otherwise, as well as many other awards issued were cruciform (for different examples of styles, see the Pour le Mérite, the Iron Cross, and the ...
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Restrictions/rules of men submerging in a Mikvah (according to Halacha)

My family has had many beautiful experiences bathing in Mikve in Israel. We are wondering of there are restrictions in the number of times one can submerge in the Mikvah. There are 2 questions, but my ...
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What are the rules about nudity of the small children?

Until what age is it permitted to see one's own daughter nude? 3? 12? What about prayers - how does one behave if during Amidah, or any other prayer or brochos, she is in front, with naked butt? Or ...
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Is it permitted to eat sacred/sacral food of other nations?

Is it permitted by our tradition to eat religious meals of the nations? For example, Ashure (Noah's pudding) of the Muslims, Kutia of the Polish and Ukrainian Christians, painted eggs of the Russian ...
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Family purity by degree

I have the opportunity to reach out to someone who will be getting married soon, to discuss the laws of family purity. He has no real connections to any religious community at this point in life so ...
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Rulings that Sephardim should stand to put on hand-t'filin

Rabbi Shimon Eider's book, Student Edition of Halachos of Tefillin, dates to 1985. In it (section Ⅲ D 7), he writes: Some Poskim hold that one should sit while putting on the Shel Yad ...
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How is Opera not assur?

According to this answer, opera is certainly permissible according to R' Soloveitchik (and perhaps also R' Hutner). However, being fairly familiar with the genre, it seems weird that this musical form ...
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What are the different opinions on “shmura matzah” and where can they be found?

There seems to be lots of different opinions on what constitutes "shmura matzah," although most websites (and local Rabbeim) treat the most stringent opinion as the only opinion. There is a website ...