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Someone damages tefillin that he borrowed from someone else. Is he liable?

From Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 10:22: מֻתָּר לִקַּח תְּפִלִּין שֶׁל חֲבֵרוֹ גַּם שֶׁלֹּא בִידִיעָתוֹ לְהָנִיחָן וּלְבָרֵךְ עֲלֵיהֶן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁכָּתַבְתִּי בְּסִימָן שֶׁלִּפְנֵי זֶה סָעִיף י"א לְעִנְיַן ...
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Can one make a bracha on non-thunderstorm lightning?

Most of us associate lightning with thunderstorms. But there are other ways "lightning" can be caused: static discharge such as what you may see when you rub your feet on a rug on a cold dry day, ...
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What is the definition of “Panim Chadashos” (new “face”) with regard to Sheva Brachot?

Earlier this week I was at a friend's wedding, and I had to leave shortly after the Chupah. That made me wonder: with regards to saying all 7 of the blessings at a "Sheva Brachos" meal, we require a ...
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Kiddush before coffee?

Commenting on the Shulchan Aruch in siman 289 which states that one may not taste anything before kiddush shabbos morning, except water, the Biur Halacha s.v. Chovas Kiddush writes that that it is ...
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What are the general rules regarding doing activities (such as eating or checking email) before mitzvot (such as tefillin or prayer)?

Imagine that there's an mitzvah which I can do. It might be obligatory, or it might not be. For example, tefillin, prayer, kiddush, havdalah, shofar, feeding my pet, visiting the sick, Torah study, or ...
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Does someone who hears a thunder “echo” make a bracha?

I am relating my question to this one. Mishnah Brurah O.C> 227:5 explains that one can make a bracha on thunder without seeing the lightning. What if someone was hiking in a canyon and hears a ...
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Where is this Radvaz?

Simcha LeIsh quotes the Radvaz siman 21 saying ואם באמת חש לסכנה הי צריך לחוש למה שכתב בשערי רחמים (דף יא) שלנתק קשר תנאים הוא סכנה גדולה, וטוב יותר לנתק קשר נישואין ע״י גט מלנתק קשר תנאים. ...
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Someone said the closing Torah blessing instead of the opening one. What should he do?

A person who is called for an aliyah L'Torah said the closing blessing (אשר נתן) instead of the opening one (אשר בחר). He did say Barchu. Assuming that the Torah reader has not begun reading, which ...
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Rambam on color certainty of tekheleth

According to a questioner on this page, the Rambam in the Pirush HaMishna contradicts the Rambam in Hilchoth Tzitzith regarding whether we can dye tekheleth due to uncertainty about the color. Where ...
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Are the tagin considered part of the letter itself?

When writing a Torah, Each letter must be written according to a specific shape / form that is defined for each letter. Certain letters contain tagin (crowns). Are these tagin considered part of the ...
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Can a mistaken extra Mincha count for Ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer states that one can daven Mincha until the stars appear. This answer states that it is also the earliest time to daven Ma'ariv. Someone enters a shul which gets a late start on ...
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kiddush for someone else, excluding myself

I would like to stop by and say Kiddush for someone who is homebound and unable to say it for themselves. This would be on Shabbat morning after schul. However, I don't want to be Yotze from this ...
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Speach After Recitation of HaMapil

What do halachic sources say regarding speech after the nocturnal blessing of HaMapil? Of particular (but not exclusive) interest are the earliest sources that prohibit speech after the recitation. ...
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Tefillin without external separations

In schul, I've noticed that there is a pair of peshutim which have been partially deconstructed. In particular, I noticed that the partitions between the compartments of the shel rosh seemed somewhat ...
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Is it permissible to get a tattoo now that they can be removed

Now that once permanent tattoos can be removed, that means they are no longer permanent. So is it now permissible to get a tattoo, why, why not?
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Why no bracha on reciting the Shema?

Although there are brachot that we say before and after reciting the Shema, they are not blessings on the recitation of the Shema. First, none uses the typical formula, "asher kidshanu bmitzvosov" - ...
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Yichud with Jewish man that is “married”/together with a non-Jewish woman?

Is it mutar to be in the same house with a "mixed" couple [i.e. a Jewish man that is "married"/in a monogamous relationship of some sort with a gentile woman (since marriage between a Jew and a ...
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May a Ketubah be vowelized?

Here is a source where the ketubah is vowelized. Would a vowelized ketubah be halachically valid?
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Can a Gentile be an Apikores?

Is the category of Apikores- a heretic only limited to Jews or even non Jews? The Sdei Chemed quotes many opinions that forbid quoting from heretics Thus, is it permitted to quote a heretical ...
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Is there a prohibition in the Torah against calling someone by their nickname?

I remember vaguely about a story of a certain sage in the Talmud that would never call anyone by a nickname. Is this just proper moral behavior or is there an actual halachah against giving people ...
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Sitting shiva for a parent who married a gentile

Someone told me that if your parent marries a gentile, you are halachically not supposed to sit shiva for them when they pass away. This doesn't sound like it could be true. Can you please clarify?
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Liability for stealing one shoe

Suppose Alice has a pair of shoes, worth $100. Bob steals one of the shoes and destroys it. Setting aside any special penalties, If Bob is caught and found liable, does he have to pay Alice back $50 ...
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Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah?

Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah boy's aliyah latorah that takes place on a day when tachanun is normally said (basically Monday and Thursday)? I've been to a few of these, and seen different cases. ...
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Working for a Mechallel Shabbos Company

What are the possible halachic issues with working for a company owned by Jews that are mechallel shabbos through the company? Assuming one does no actual work for them on Shabbos, but the work one ...
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During the time when the Sanhedrin was primarily Sadducees, would the average citizen that believed in the Oral Law have to listen to them?

During the reign of Alexander Yannai, the court was mostly Sadducees (Sanhedrin 52b, other places) before Shimon Ben Shetach returned and was able to remove them. During the period before Shimon Ben ...
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What is the origin of Dina DeMalchuta Dina, what is its reason? [closed]

As I know, halacha is based on Talmud, and Talmud is based on the Torah. Thus, Dina DeMalchuta Dina should also have the verses in the Torah, on which it is based on. But as I know the Torah, I can't ...
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According to Chazal, does Beged Kefet matter?

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 written characters (plus 5 specialized characters for the ends of words - ם, ן, ץ ,ף, ך) generally assumed to be each originally associated with distinct sounds. The ...
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How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?

How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing? Let us say that I make the blessing “borei minei mezonos” on my breakfast cereal eaten with milk. After I have eaten the ...
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ד mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?

The gemara (Brachoth 13b) records that one is supposed to draw out the ד of "אחד" in the first verse of the Shema: .תניא: סומכוס אומר: כל המאריך באחד מאריכין לו ימיו ושנותיו אמר רב אחא בר ...
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kosher murder switch?

It is generally accepted that grama (indirect causation) is not permitted in performing a forbidden melacha in non-emergency situations. Similarly, while there may be cases of grama in other halachic ...
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Why was Kalev allowed to lie to his co-spies?

Rashi on Numbers 14:24:1: רוח אחרת. My translation: A different spirit (intention) "Two spirits. One verbal and another in his heart. To the spies he said, "I am with you regarding your counsel", ...
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Is Warhammer (and similar games) an issue of avoda zara?

Are tabletop wargames, such was Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, and Kings of War an issue of avoda zara? To play the game you first have to purchase miniature figures of different races. Some are human, ...
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Source for rumored ruling of the Chafetz Chaim regarding Bracha on dessert

The Laws of Brachos by Rabbi Binyamin Forst says the following on page 211 note 16. "Rumor has it that the Chafetz Chaim allegedly said, that in America, desserts are part of the meal and ...
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Using the Coravin on shabbat

There is a new device called the coravin which allows one to insert a needle into a cork of a wine bottle and the wine flows through the needle by using argon gas (protects quality of wine) and by ...
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Markup in retail, are these examples kosher?

I have noticed that Keter Judaica, the American importer for Mishkan HaTchelet seems t have some pretty outrageous markups. Example 1: Keter Traditional Touch Tallit (M"T Tzemer A.A.) (size 55) ...
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Lying for shalom bayis only?

We learn in the Torah that Hashem lied to Avraham about what Sarah said. Rashi says that Hashem changed the truth when telling it over to Avraham for the sake of peace. From episode we learn that just ...
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Obligation to give seat to an elder?

The Torah says mipnei seiva takum, that one must stand for one elders. I was wondering, it is common practice on public transportation such as buses (very common in eretz yisroel) to offer ones seat ...
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Statement about Cholov Yisroel following general expectations

In this article in Kosher Today speaking about the potential for the FDA to allow non-Kosher milk to be labeled as plain milk quotes an unnamed Kashrus Organization official as saying that milk as of ...
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Blessing on Grace After Meals

Why is a birkat mitsvah not recited upon performing the mitsvah of the recitation of birkat hamazon? This would perhaps be akin to the blessing upon Bitkat Kohanim as noted by @danno.
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School closing - At what point must the parents be told?

Yeshiva A or Bais Yaakov A has serious financial problems. They are doing all they can to stay viable, however unless a big donor steps forward they will be forced to close. If the school tells the ...
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Why doesn't regular handwashing work for prayer and eating bread?

I know that the halakha requires n'ttilath yadhayim before the recitation of sh'ma, before t'phila, and before and after eating bread (cf. Hilkhoth B'rakhoth 6). And I also understand that n'ttilath ...
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Can one take “mistaken” hefker property?

A person placed a posting online that said, "I just had a tag sale, and all left-overs are on my lawn free to anyone that wants to take it. Help yourself!" Someone comes by, sees a large dresser on ...
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Is a person allowed to pray for something unrealistic?

Is a person allowed to pray for something that is statistically very unlikely to occur, such as winning the lottery?
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In how many of the 613 mitzvot are women obligated?

Women are exempt from some of the 613 mitzvot. How many of the 613 mitzvot apply to women? Is there a list (or lists)? Online? (To clarify: Ignore other factors, such as geographic location; include ...
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Can information be stolen without Dina DeMalchuta Dina? [duplicate]

As I know, theft means in the Torah always the stealing of a material thing. There is a big difference against stealing of information, for example, stealing software (which means, copying this ...
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Is there such a thing as an on/off וסת?

Coming off the recent question of complex וסתות, what about a pattern of 27,29,30; 28,29,27; 31,29,30? In this case there is a pattern for every middle one while the rest remain random. Are we קובע a ...
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Kohen aliyah during shiva

If a kohen is in his shiva period, can he take the kohen aliyah if there is no other kohen present? We had such a situation on Shabbat at mincha. One ruling said that the kohen should take the ...
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How complicated can a vesst pattern be?

Background: In the laws of niddah there is something called a vesst haflaga, which is a period that occurs at some consistent interval. If a woman establishes a pattern for some amount of consecutive ...
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Is a transgender woman halachicaly considered male or female? [duplicate]

For purposes of this question, I am disregarding possible halachic problems of voluntary sex change operations. A male has made himself female, anatomically. Halchically, is this person considered ...
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Halachically, why are men allowed to use urinals?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 3:13: לא ישתין מעומד, מפני ניצוצות הניתזין על רגליו, אם לא שיעמוד במקום גבוה, או שישתין לתוך עפר תחוח פירוש, קרקע שאינה בתולה, אלא כגון של ארץ חרושה). One ...