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Saying Hamapil after Alos Hashachar

If one was up all night and went to sleep after Alos Hashachar does one still say Hamapil?
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May a woman with artifical metal legs wear a short skirt or pants?

May a woman (or a man) wear immodest clothing over an artificial part of her body? (Lets assume that beged ish is not a consideration) i.e. if she has artifical legs, may she wear short shorts? ...
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Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

It is commonly accepted that Islam is not Avodah Zarah (idolatry) since Islam has a clear monotheistic theology with a belief in Allah that parallels our view of "kail" or Hashem. It is even ...
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Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be?

Is there a minimum size that a Tallis Kattan has to be in order to be Yotzei the Mitzva of Tzitzis according to all Poskim? If there is a minimum size, what is it?
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the regulatory size of a garment in way to be subject to tsitsit [duplicate]

Is there a minimal size of a garment with four corners that makes it duty to tsitsit? Is there a one size fits all?
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Studying Holocaust Responsa on Tish'ah BeAv

One of the restrictions practiced on Tish'ah BeAv is the study of Torah, because Torah study "gladdens the heart". Several exceptions have been formally codified, which are of a nature germane to the ...
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Electronic dance music (EDM)

I have two questions. 1. Is it permitted for a Jew to produce electronic dance music (no lyrics), which is usually played at clubs etc. where women and men will dance together (no gender separation ...
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Seminal emission at night but woke up before sunrise. What are the rules?

If one has a seminal emission at night and wakes up before sunrise to shower change clothes etc. does it make it so that he is tahor? Or must he wait a full day until sundown in order to do this?
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Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant?

Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?
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Landlords and Mezuzot

If a Jewish landlord is renting to a Jewish tenant, does he have an obligation to put up mezuzot himself, or is it still the tenants obligation? For practical applications, CYLOR
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Is being vegan “kosher”?

Is being a vegan completely okay according to halacha? Even if a vegan is not eating anything traif (non-kosher), perhaps it's not truly correct because you are not following the commandments to ...
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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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Dipping in a basket vs. on a bench

Note that a spring is usable as a mikva for some purposes (e.g., a zav or m'tzora's dipping) and in some conditions (viz, with fewer than forty s'a and/or while not pooled) that a mikva is not. ...
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Does a dam invalidate all water downstream of its river for mikveh?

One of the requirements for a mikveh is that a body of water may not be artificially redirected or rechanneled. Does that mean, for example, that an entire river downstream of a dam, either for ...
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Who picks a yeshiva for a son or daughter, the mother or the father

Which of the parents has a halachic obligation to pick the religious institution a son or daughter goes to - the father or mother of the child?
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What does it mean to be contaminated until the evening after immersion?

If someone is a baal keri [they had a seminal emission], and they clean themselves, they remain contaminated until evening (Lev 15:16). What does that entail? Does being contaminated until evening ...
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Is there an obligation to Count the Omer without a Bracha?

If I forgot to count at night and during the day, I cannot continue to count with a bracha. This was formulated in my Dirshu Daf HaYomi B'Halacha email as follows: The Mechaber writes that one who ...
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Eating With Gentiles

In the Christian scriptures, Acts 10:28 portrays association between Jews and Gentiles as being unlawful while Acts 11:3 portrays criticism for a Jew eating with the uncircumcised. Is there a ...
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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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Eating in restaurants during Aveilus

Recently a friend told me that it is not proper to eat out in restaurants when one is an Aveil. I have been searching for a source that prohibits this. Does anyone know of a source prohibiting eating ...
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When does an Eved Knani become bar mitzvah?

When does an Eved Knani become bar mitzvah, at age 12 like a woman or 13 like a man?
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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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What is a shevut d'shevut, and why is it permitted?

I understand there is a notion called shevut d'shevut (and the related gezeira l'gezeira), whereby, in some cases, one may violate a rabbinic prohibition if and only if this is achieved through ...
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Does fish need to be inspected for non kosher fish, flies and worms?

I'm not sure if commercial fish is inspected in any way. I know that most commercial fish is caught in nets, so I don't think that bait is used. When individuals go fishing, they use worms, flies, or ...
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Learning non-jewish topics as a creative process during Shabbat

Is 'learning' non-Jewish topics a prohibited creative process on Shabbat? If so, on what grounds is learning Tanakh exempted? I read that the study non-Jewish subjects is banned or frowned upon, and I ...
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How do you do teshuva for saying lashon hara about someone that already passed away?

If someone might have said lashon hara by mistake unintentionally and quickly said something good, and the subject passed away. How can one do teshuvah?
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Do blankets need tzitzis?

Blankets have four corners. So, do they require tzitzis?
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Where does the “functional reason” exception to Beged isha come from?

First let me note once again that I am not Jewish, but when encountering certain things I often like to explore how Judaism considers those things. Either way, today I was reading Devarim I came ...
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Can a Jew follow another religion's dietary laws?

Suppose another religion has dietary laws that overlap with those of Judaism. For example, Zoroastrianism prohibits eating all land animals and prohibits eating various kinds of fish and other sea ...
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Is it possible for customs to be transmitted from the mother? [duplicate]

Suppose someone is becoming more religious and he doesn't know his father's minhagim. Should he follow the minhagim of his mother and her family or of the rabbi who taught him and helped him become ...
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Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women

I've been reading Oz vehadar (R' Pessach Eliahu Falk) and one doubt came up: If a woman should stay tznuah even in private (like rules on what pajamas not to wear, and about the length of the ...
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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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Drinking while wearing Tefillin?

Is one allowed to drink (coffee) while wearing Tefillin? Or for that matter, any other drink.
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The proper age for a boy to start dating

From a halachic viewpoint, what is the proper age for a boy to meet one's potential wife nowadays? (i.e. dating)
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Are specific tactics prescribed for civil laws that encroach on Jewish law?

When a government makes decrees that force Jews to transgress religious laws, does halacha describe the degree to which the government's laws must be ignored? If so, are there specific ways in which ...
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Source for waiting between milk and meat?

There is a widespread custom to wait 30 min between (soft) cheese and meat. What is the origin and source of this custom?
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Is checking for bugs halachically required?

Various methods of checking for bugs in produce, i.e., lettuce, are officially recommended by kashrus agencies and other halachic professionals. However, is use of one/any of these methods--or even a ...
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Questions regarding counting for Shemitta and Yovel

Leviticus 25:8 (Sefaria English translation): וְסָפַרְתָּ֣ לְךָ֗ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת שָׁנִ֔ים שֶׁ֥בַע שָׁנִ֖ים שֶׁ֣בַע פְּעָמִ֑ים וְהָי֣וּ לְךָ֗ יְמֵי֙ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת הַשָּׁנִ֔ים תֵּ֥שַׁע ...
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Taking three steps with limited space

The Shulchan Arukh describes the measurement of the three steps back taken after amidah in OC 122:3 (translation my own): וְשִׁעוּר פְּסִיעוֹת אֵלּוּ, לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת, הוּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּתֵּן ...
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Which parts of the seder must be performed individually?

I have always wondered something about the Passover seder. Is the host being motzi everyone with his seder plate, or does everyone/every head of household* need to make a plate and personally carry ...
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Dismantling a Succah on Chol Hamoed in order to rebuild it

A succah is huktsa, set apart, for its mitzvah usage and therefore cannot be dismantled on Succos. See here in the Shulchan Aruch. To clarify, although the words used in the shulchan aruch are to ...
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How to respect your wife (what type of respect)

What does it mean practically from a halohik point of view to respect your wife. Can i do it by standing for her when she comes in? I know that by parents it is to feed, drink, dress, cover, ...
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Rabbi “shopping”

Is there any explicit halachah against going to different rabbanim to find the most lenient one for a specific shaylah? I know it says in pirkei avos "asei l'cho rav", but what if you don't have a ...
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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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Why eat korbanot satiated

We (and the kohanim) are to eat the kobanot satiated (see below for sources). What is the reason behind this mitzva? It would seem that we would get more enjoyment from eating if we were hungry. Was ...
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Is there an obligation to sing the Torah cantillation notes?

My understanding of the purpose of the trope (cantillation) notes is that they were initially (Massorah) meant for the purposes of grammar and pronunciation. I've hunted a few web sites, and I couldn'...
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If someone never met their father, but has various information about him (e.g last name, profession etc.), are they a shetuki?

In Kiddushin mishnayos 4:2, it says: And which are the shetukim? Anyone who knows [who] his mother [is], but does not know [who] his father [is]. And which are the asufim? Anyone who was gathered ...
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Can a section of the Torah be “cut and pasted”?

While reading parshat Naso last week, it was easy to notice that near the end of the reading, there is a large section discussing the donations made by the 12 tribes for the dedication of the ...
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Minhagim of Sefirah

Most people keep only part of Sefirah (the seven-week period joining Pesach and Shavuos) as a period of semimourning: either (roughly) the first 33 days or (roughly) the last 33 days. There are ...