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Does anyone have any resources on voluntary prayer/tefillah n'dava?

I was recently learning Rambam's hilchot tefilah from Mishneh Torah. After outlining the five kinds of statutory recitiations of the Amidah, he states that just as an individual (but not the tzibur) ...
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What is the status of a man who has one or both testes removed due to cancer or some other condition?

In Ki Teitzei it says (Devarim 23:2) that a man whose testicles have been crushed or has his member injured cannot enter the congregation of G-d. A) Does a man who has had one or both testes removed ...
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What to do if you drop a sefer

Is there anything to say or do if you accidentally drop a sefer on the floor, besides kissing it and putting it back? *not a sefer Torah, ch"v!
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Korbon tomid whilst Jews were travelling (as opposed to camping) in the desert

The benei kehos carried the miizbeiach whilst the Jews travelled. It would seem improbable that the mishkon was erected every day whilst they journeyed. What happened with the sacrifice of the Daily ...
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Can you dry yourself on shabbos?

May one dry himself with a towel on shabbos after using the mikvah? If not, why not? If yes, why?
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What does it mean to have arup payos?

What does it mean to have arup payos? What specific style or length is this? Who would have the minhag to keep their payos in such a fashion that is called "arup"?
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Does a convert have a clean slate?

When a non-jew converts to Jusaism, must he still do teshuva from past sins, or does the "reborn" concept stretch far enough to consider him "sinless"?
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my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message

I don't use my cell on Shabbat, it is turned off but calls still go to my Voicemail. Is this permissible? I don't have the option of turning voicemail off only for Shabbat. It seems it is either set ...
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Is it halachically permissible to apologize and rebuke someone simultaneously?

Recently, someone in my shul was angry at me because of something that I did not do properly for him. At the beginning of davening, he yelled at me about the problem, and embarrassed me in front of ...
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What does it mean to have geknipt payos?

What does it mean to have geknipt payos? Is this a specific length or style? Who would have the minhag of keeping their payos as whatever geknipt means?
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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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Is there a concept of a “Makom Kavu'ah” in a public area?

Some time ago, I was sitting on a NYC subway train on my way to work. A frum guy approached me and asked if I would mind moving as I was sitting in his "makom kavu'ah" (designated place). I was ...
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Questions regarding the melacha of “borer” - separating / sorting on Shabbat

Are these two activities considered a violation of "borer" on Shabbat? Playing cards where you must separate the cards into the 4 suits (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs) Sorting flatware into ...
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Is the distance for observing 2 days of Yom Tov today, the same distance as when this halacha was first instituted?

My understanding is that the reason for observing the 2nd Day of Yom Tov was that messengers were sent from the Sanhedrin to proclaim the day that Rosh Hodesh began, and they could reach only a ...
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Is it permissible to write the English/secular date?

Is it permissible to write the secular/Christian date? Example: On a letter (bad example but you get what I mean). Some conceivable issues: We're told "this month (Nisan) shall be for you the head ...
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Can Jews revolt?

I want to preface this question with the statement that I have absolutely no intention of starting a revolution against any government, so this is not off-topic as psak-seeking, and the NSA can just ...
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Do Chasidim avoid wearing ties?

Do Chasidim not wear ties as a rule? If so, is this by design or an accident of history? If by design, where can I find said intended reason in print?
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Biblical vs. Rabbinical end of Shabbat

This question states, "havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv)." But won't Shabbat end on its own at some point--specifically, at nightfall--even if we don't make havdalah nor daven ...
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Hebrew names of G-d written in English letters [duplicate]

I am referring to any of the seven Hebrew names of Hashem that are forbidden to be erased. Suppose I have a sheet of paper that has one of them written, but in English letters ("Ad-noy"). 1) Can the ...
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S'feika D'yoma in Niddah

There are several types of vestos (patterns in menstrual cycles) that a woman is able to aquire. One such vesses is the vesses hachodesh, which relies on the day of the (Jewish) month. So for ...
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Over what parts of current Israel do the laws of Shemittah apply?

Over what parts of current Israel do the laws of Shemittah apply? Do the laws apply to the West Bank (Judea and Samaria)?
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Why is a kohen allowed to be a rabbi?

Rabbis often need to attend funerals, give eulogies, arrange for the proper care of the deceased's body in the time between death and burial, and other related matters. A kohen can't come into ...
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How do Interest Loans work in Israel?

From my understanding, banks in Israel still issue loans at an interest whether it be for commercial businesses or new home owners. However, I was also told that they have a process in Israel where ...
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Is there any halachic problem with providing a service (e.g., matchmaking) to someone for free, when others pay for it?

I recently got an interesting email from a shadchan (matchmaker), which I've paraphrased here: I have a potential match in mind for you. However, it is a halachic problem if I set you up with this ...
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How does the Conservative Movement address issues with women leading davening?

The Conservative movement started to allow women to count in a minyan in 1973 without publishing a halachic justification. In 2002, Rabbi David Fine published a teshuva on the issues of women counting ...
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Verifying powdered milk

If someone keeps cholov Yisroel but is lenient when it comes to powdered milk, is there a halachically reliable/valid way to verify that a product is made with powdered milk as opposed to fresh milk, ...
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How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?

In the siddur there is a beracha to say upon seeing an exceptionally beautiful person. How beautiful must said person be? May I say it on either gender? Do I say this in front of the person or do I ...
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Buying from Hasogas Gevul

If someone has a shop that the Rabanim say is hasogas gevul, but he refuses to close it, is it just a problem for the seller or is it also a problem for buying from there?
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Is one allowed to smoke?

Nowadays, since there are studies that show that smoking is dangerous to health, is one allowed to smoke or is it violating "Venishmartem Meod Lenafshosechem"?
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Rav Ovadiah and talking in a shul or beis medrash delays the Geulah

Rav Ovadiah zt”l says, “Talking in a shul or beis medrash (during tefillah) delays the Geulah.” He bring it down in the Yabe’ah Omer 1:10:11. I don't know what what 1:10:11 stands for. Can someone ...
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Is it forbiden to drive a car? [duplicate]

I remember reading an answer here saying that it was forbidden (even for men) to drive a car. That one Rabbi used to forbid it. I tried to search it but I did not find it. Maybe someone can help.
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Why should A Capella music be allowed during Sefirah/Three Weeks?

Background: I'm not sure how I feel about: a)the custom to refrain from listening to recorded music during Sefirah or b)the assumption that recorded a cappella music is not considered instrumental ...
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(Why) do we close the eyes of the deceased?

I heard someone say that when one passes away we have to close their eyes. Where in halacha does it say this? Why do we do this?
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How far do I have to go to take care of myself?

The mitzvah of V'nishmartem (Devarim 4:15) requires a person to take care of their health (Shulchan Aruch C.M. 427:8, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 32:1). How far does this go? Do I have to exercise daily? ...
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Colored underwear during seven clean days

I know that during the 7 clean days of the nidda / tahara cycle, a woman has to wear white underwear. However, in extenuating circumstances (such as spotting for many weeks), is it ever permissible to ...
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Do I need to turn off answering machine before Shabbos?

Do I need to turn off answering machine before Shabbos? I'm talking about where the message comes to your machine, not to your provider like by mobiles. Would this be the same by having a phone turned ...
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What to do if you say the wrong version of the last bracha in Shmoneh Esrei?

There are generally two texts for the last bracha of Shmoneh Esrei - one beginning Sim Shalom, and one that starts Shalom Rav. There are different customs for when each is said. If someone says the ...
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Must the Oleh for the Haftarah read the Haftarah himself?

In my shul, we have a total of 3 people who know taamim. The rest can barely read Hebrew. The question came up, are they allowed to go up for Maftir, and subsequently read the Berachot of the ...
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Is talking before noten hatorah a hefsek?

In my shul, after an oleh finishes, he says "emet torateinu hakedosha" and then says the beracha of noten hatorah. Is this a hefsek? Looking for sephardic answers please.
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How old were Joseph & Mary when they marrried? [migrated]

A nun in my Catholic school taught us that Mary was 14 and Joseph was 17 and this was not atypical for the day. Also that in Josephs case his Marriage to Marry was his second. Would there be any ...
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Can a charity employ a collector on commission without informing donors?

This question is related. A charitable organisation wishes to employ a collector on commission. Does the organisation have a duty to inform potential donors that (a) the collector is on ...
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Tzedakah Commission

Is someone who is collecting Tzedakah (charity) allowed to take a commission for his/herself? And if so: Is there a source for the permissibility of such commissions? Is there a maximum percentage ...
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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

Is there a problem of "chukat goyim" with the bride having "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" at her wedding?
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Can a Jewish owned business sponsor (or own) a non-Jewish football team?

In recent years, big businesses (including the airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar) and wealthy people (including Sheik Mansour) from UAE and Qatar have been sponsoring or purchasing some of the ...
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Why Bless on Gum if some say not to

According to Hacham Ovadia Yosef there is a Halacha of Safek Berachot Lehakel meaning that in any case that there is one (or two I can't remember but it doesn't matter for my example) Posekim that ...
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Using a non-kosher rotating pizza oven

A countertop rotating pizza oven has a turntable on which pizza is placed. It has two heating elements: one heats from below the turntable, like a hot plate. A heating element above broils a section ...
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What beracha do you make on Golden Puffs?

Golden Puffs is a honey glazed puffed wheat cereal. I'm looking for the sephardic minhag. Preferably an answer from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. I've narrowed it down to either adamah or mezonot.
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Turn dairy ceramic pot into parve pot

Can a ceramic pot which I used for cooking milk, very rarely and a long time ago, be turned into a parve pot to boil water only? The pot is actually granitware, constructed of low-carbon steel with ...
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Is it permissible for a woman to learn Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch?

Is there anything prohibiting/restricting a woman from reading Pirkei Avot or the Shulchan Aruch?