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Is it forbidden to wear a snap-brim Borsalino fedora on Shabbos?

The Talmud, at Shabbos 138b, presents the opinion that one may not wear a siyana -- which Rashi defines as a wide-brimmed hat — on Shabbos if it has a brim that is one tefach (hand-bredth) wide ...
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When one is home alone, does the Torah discourage the eating of bizarre food mixtures?

Note: If you're going to be eating a meal soon, you might not want to read this question, and you (especially) might not want to click through to the "Secretive food concocting" Wikipedia article. ...
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After cutting my hair, how many times must I wash my hands?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 4:19 says: One who takes a haircut or shaves and does not wash his hands, will be scared for three days [...] and [...] will not know what he is scared of. ...
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List of books (sforim) and articles about Jewish war in halacha

What are good books or articles (either for free online or for sale anywhere) on the laws of war, particularly how it should be done today and how it will be done when Moshiach comes?
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Are bobby pins considered “Bigdei Isha”?

While the title of this question sounds like purim-torah-in-jest, this is not my intent. A Shabbat guest told me then when he was in a yeshiva high school about 20 years ago, the rosh yeshiva ...
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Do any sfarim mention halachic ramifications of the fundamental beliefs?

Do any post Rambam halachic works mention how the fundamentals effect halachic status of people or things? Do they discuss if halcha follows Rambam and his thirteen ikrim, or Seffer HaIkrim and his ...
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Is a woman forbidden to destroy her seed? [duplicate]

Halachikly is a lady forbidden to masturbate? I would like to know both when she is on her own aa well as during foreplay.
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For most halachot that require a specific number of people present, do Siamese twins count as 2 people or as 1 person? [duplicate]

Let's say you have Siamese twins - two heads coming out of a single torso - one set of arms and one set of legs. Is this human considered as 2 people or one for purposes of: minyan counting ...
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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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Is it allowed to have a Concubine (Pilegesh)? [duplicate]

Is it allowed, forbidden, allowed but not recommended? If it is allowed is there a limit on the amount of concubines, as there is on wives?
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Cohen and Vasectomy Marrying a women who wants to have children

If it is prohibited for a women who want's to have children to marry a a man who had a vasectomy and the man told her before the wedding that he had the vasectomy and she had in mind to get invitro ...
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When does טומאת הסגר begin?

When the Chumash speaks about a kohen's seeing some tzaraas on a person's body for the first time, it says the kohen "shall defile" (Vayikra 13:3, 13:11, 13:20, 13:25, 13:30, 13:44). Rashi (13:3) ...
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Is it problematic to own and use a SwissGear bag, due to the “plus” logo?

SwissGear brand bags and back packs have the image of the Swiss flag (usually in color, red and white, and made out of a hard material) sewn into the material. Often the Swiss flag's image is put on ...
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If you don't give up your life, are you liable?

The Gemarah in Sanhedrin says that there are three things a person should give up his life for rather than violate. They are idolatry, murder and sexual immorality. But suppose, if a guy has a gun to ...
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What is the upper limit to the age of Bagrus?

Nowadays, we say a girl becomes a naarah when she reaches age 12 and a bogeress, when she reaches age 12 1/2, at which point she is no longer called a naarah. At what age, or under what ...
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Gambling at casino

Is it halachically permissible to gamble at a casino?
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Can you pick your nose?

Is it a violation of halakah to pick your nose (unrefined act, possibly a violation of being a holy nation)? Would there be a difference in halakah if it were the sabbath (possible violation of ...
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On Shabbat, if one can't sleep, may one consume valerian tea? Valerian root powder? Other non-prescription remedies?

Occasionally, on Shabbat, I've had trouble sleeping. The Doctors Book of Home Remedies (20th anniversary edition) (Rodale, 2010) includes a section about insomnia, which includes a long list of home ...
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What is the difference in definition for 3 terms used regarding “leavened” (chametz)?

The Torah uses 3 terms that all appear to mean "leavened food" (from English definitions that I could find): חמץ and שאור are mentioned in Exodus 12:15: שִׁבְעַ֤ת יָמִים֙ מַצּ֣וֹת תֹּאכֵ֔לוּ אַ֚ךְ ...
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Can one buy a slave nowadays?

Assuming that there's no legal issues (like the slave doesn't mind, or doesn't know that he can run away), can one buy a slave nowadays in America to have the laws of an Eved Kenaani?
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Throwing out bagged bread vs. feeding to ducks?

There is a prohibition of throwing out bread in larger quantities than a k'zayit (olive-size) if it is still fit for human consumption (see Orach Chayim 180:3; Regarding if it is no longer fit for ...
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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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Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ

Is it better to tell my Rebbe that he can't learn during חזרת הש"ץ or is it better to respect him.
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When it is stated that one is forbidden to pray or render halachic decisions while drunk, does this include other drugs like marijuana?

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De'ah 242:13 says one is forbidden to render halachic decisions when drunk (Shichur), does this include other "intoxicants" such as marijuana, etc.? Also, in Orach Chaim ...
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Does burial of shmita produce count as disposal or rotting?

Say I mistakenly bought a bag of Israeli produce during shmita, which besides having trumos and ma'aser issues, was likely harvested during shmita. Considering this, I would like to discard these ...
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Earliest moment for interrupted wedding to be considered binding?

A Jewish marriage takes place but the ceremony is, Hashem forbid, interrupted by a terrorist's bullet. One of the couple dies. How far must the ceremony have gone for the bereaved to be considered a ...
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Does repentance remove effects of prior sexual assault?

Within the Laws of marriage in the Religious world, if someone was to be sexually abused or assaulted, however has done and experience properly the 5 stages of appropriate and acceptable Teshuvah does ...
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Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim

In the dispute between the Geonim and Rabbenu Tam over the definition of nightfall, I have seen the Rambam claimed by either side - each claiming that in the Mishneh Torah he held like them. My ...
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Should the same laining procedure be followed for errors outside the aliyah as the ones during the aliyah?

According to Shulchan Aruch O.C. 143:4 (Mechaber), if someone finds a mistake in the Torah durng the aliyah he is reading, he should stop, take out another Torah, finish the aliyah, and have the oleh ...
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Poisoning my own food?

I live in an apartment with roommates, I'm trying to determine who is stealing my food. I use the word stealing because each of us had have our own separate and color-coded cabinets, and I also label ...
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Mezuzah on deck door

The mezuzah is supposed to be placed on the right side of the entrance when going into the house. Yet I have seen a number of people who place the mezuzah of their door going to the deck in the back ...
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Is it considered “marit ayin” if boys and girls stroll together on Shabbat?

I have heard of a number of yeshivot that have a strict rule regarding boys and girls being with each other. Their rule is "simple" - outside of your own family members, it should be never for any ...
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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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Liability of substitute

If someone has an appointment, and arranges for a babysitter to come to watch his/her children while he/she goes to the appointment, and the babysitter doesn't show up, so the parent misses the ...
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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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Which way to face when davening at the Kotel

It seems that at the Kotel, the general practice is to daven directly facing the wall. (Speaking from experience.) However, i thought we were supposed to face the kodesh hakodashim, which has a ...
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IF many poor people ask at once, must one give tzedaka to each one

The Sefer Hamitzvot (chafetz chaim) writes: "whoever sees a poor person asking [for tzedaka] and ignores him and does not give him tzedaka - he transgresses this biblical commandment..." ...
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Source for saying a bracha rishona after eating?

I've heard that there are those who hold that saying a bracha rishona (ie the bracha usually said before eating) after you have eaten a food is effectual. Where might I find a source that says that? ...
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Water left unopened

According to this article from the Kof-K one is obligated in covering water bottles, but we dont practice today as snakes are not common, but what if i lived in a desert like city, like Phoenix ...
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Sounding the Shofar during the Omer?

Can someone blow a Shofar during the Omer at times when playing instruments is prohibited (i.e. after Passover and before Lag b'Omer, according the predominant custom)?
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Opposite vs. closer regarding the amah-by-amah

The gemara in Bava Batra 60b records a takkana d'rabanan (Rabbinic enactment) to leave a square cubit unfinished in one's house in commemoration of the destruction of the Temple (codified in the ...
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Can the Jewish people have a king while in exile?

Assuming a time where appointing a Jewish king is possible, if a proper Jewish king was anointed would he continue to retain the status of king if the Jewish people were exiled from the land of ...
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Music on lag baomer

Are you allowed to listen to music the night of lag baomer or do you have to wait untill the day?
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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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Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child

The Shulchan Aruch in siman 657 says that a child which knows how to shake the lulav properly, his father is obligated to buy a lulav for him (because of chinuch). The Beur Halacha d"h keday ...
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

Does electronic cigarette "juice" need to be kosher (require a hechsher)? Does it matter what flavor the juice is?
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Can one rely on a gentile's uncertain food description regarding brachot?

Let's say you have a dish in front of you but you're not certain what its ingredients are. You ask a Gentile who is familiar, and he says, "I've seen something like this before and it's usually made ...
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Halachically, do Israeli citizens own their land?

According to Israeli law, the government owns nearly all of the land, except for some privately owned land from Mandatory periods. Citizens get to rent it from the government. This is commonly known ...
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If a gentile undergoes a non-orthodox conversion, and proceeds to keep the Sabbath, is he sinning?

Firstly, I am an ignorant gentile and am new to contributing to Stack Exchange, so I apologise in advance for any mistakes or missteps. It is my understanding that a gentile who keeps certain ...
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Studying the Written Torah in English

In terms of fulfilling the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah, when studying the Written Torah, must one learn the translation in tandem with the Hebrew words? Or is it sufficient to understand the meaning, ...