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Nightime Seudah on Purim

Is there a requirement to have a meal on the night of Meggilah reading? If not, why is there a custom to eat one? Is one required to drink even at night?
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Halachic opinions on tefillin peshutim

I was discussing the subject of tefillin with my father motzei-Shabbat and particular, the battim (leather boxes that contain the parshiyot, or parchment scrolls). We ended up wondering what the ...
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Why don't islands read the m'gila two days?

Bavli, M'gila 5 amud 2, cites a doubt as to when the m'gila is read in T'verya: on the fourteenth of Adar, as in most places, or on the fifteenth, as in a city walled since the time of Y'hoshua. The ...
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Said Kiddush Levana prior to three days after Molad - Does he say it again?

Be'er Hataiv 426:10 says that one can say Kiddush Levana as early as 3 days after the Molad. The Rambam - Hilchos Brachos 10:17 rules that one may say Kiddush Levana immediately after the Molad. ...
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Can a blind person read a Haftorah from a braille (or raised-text) book?

Assuming a Haftorah need not be read out of a handwritten parchment, can a blind person read it out of a braille book? Or a book where the Hebrew letters are raised/embossed? (I'd heard that someone ...
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Study of Written Law Without Comprehension

What are the earliest sources that confirm or contradict the assertion that recitation of Torah Shebiksav fulfills the obligation to study Torah even without understanding of the words? Preferred: ...
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Purim Torah (not in jest) [duplicate]

Are there sources that discuss whether or not "Purim Torah" is halachically appropriate? I know of at least one contemporary author who insists that it's מגלה פנים שלא כהלכה and a זלזול התורה, but ...
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Q tips on Shabbos

Is it permissible to use q tips on shabbat? The cotton devices used to remove ear wax. What are the possible issues involved?
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Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?

Take this hypothetical situation: A Jewish couple which has fulfilled the requirements of peru urevu wants to adopt an additional child but (perhaps due to the immense cost of Jewish day school) does ...
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Does a meis mitzvah acquire the land he's on even in the Temple?

I'd like to understand the concept of meis mitzvah a bit better. Specifically: there is a decree that a meis mitzvah acquires the place he or she is on to be buried there, even if it is private ...
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Can an ecommerce website remain open on Shabbat?

This question is more general and doesn't apply specifically to ecommerce sites even though the discussion mentions them a little. Specifically, we know we can't do business on Shabbat. So what is ...
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Disagreeing with one's rebbe

We all have Rabbeim that we ask questions to. Is one allowed to disagree with his rebbe if he feels that his rebbe's viewpoint is incorrect?
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How often must a worker in a spice store say “Borei Minei B'Samim”?

How often must a worker in a spice store say "Borei Minei B'Samim"?Pretty simple question. I assume that once per day? Or is he exempt because he is expose to it constantly and this is part of his ...
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Should I make the bracha on spices when entering an Indian grocery store?

Indian grocery stores have several aisles containing many fragrant spices that are packaged in plastic bags. Should I say Borei Minei B'Samim? If so, should I say it upon entering the store or only ...
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Can a non-practicing Jew give his only tefilin away as a gift?

What is the halacha behind gifting tefilin? What is the halacha of receiving tefilin? Can a Jew gift his only pair of tefilin if he does not use it and can another Jew accept a gift which leaves the ...
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Minimum Requirement of Love your Neighbor

What is the minimum requirement to not be transgressing the mitzva of "ואהבת לריעך כמוך" "love your fellow as yourself" (Lev. 19:18)? For example, must one actively try to love others or it is enough ...
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How is the sex of a baby born with unclear genitalia determined?

A baby may be born with a penis but no testicle. The hospital would do genetic tests to determine whether the baby was genetically female or male. In the case of a genetic female born with a penis the ...
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Couple's showing affection in public

Is there any specific prohibition that forbids to show affection with one's spouse in public? For example kissing on the forehead or holding hands, not more extreme affection actions of course.
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May a non-Jew ascend the Temple Mount today?

It is forbidden for a Jew who is impure to enter certain parts of the Temple Mount; many authorities prohibit entering it nowadays at all. What about a non-Jew? Is someone who isn't Jewish permitted ...
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The Puzzle of the mitzvah to be Samach Chosson Vikallah

There is a Mitzvah to make the Chosson (groom) and Kallah (bride) happy on the day of their wedding. This Mitzvah is of utmost importance as it is one of the few Mitzvos for which we stop learning ...
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Removing Tefilin before Mussaf

I've seen some people remove their Tefillin before Mussaf on weekdays of Rosh Chodesh. Why do they do this?
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Are there any halachot related to the position of a toilet seat?

Devarim 23:14 states that when you camp during a battle, you should keep a spade with you so that you can use it to cover up your excrement. Since the Torah mentions the importance of "bodily ...
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Play a woodwind instrument on Shabbat?

Is it forbidden to play a woodwind instrument, such as a recorder, on Shabbat? I want to say it's forbidden, because (I think) musical instruments were played in the beit haMikdash. However, even ...
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How did the Sanhedrin count votes

The Great Sanhedrin was too large (71 judges) to simply know how everyone voted. There must gave been a way to count votes, in a legal fashion. (Just counting people is prohibited.) So, by what ...
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Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census?

If there is no agency for sin, why was King David punished for sending people out to conduct a (forbidden) census? (Explanation of agency: The Talmud says "ein sheliach l'dvar averia," which means, ...
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The Permissibility of Purim Torah

Saying Purim Torah, funny (or unfunny) puns based off a misreading of a verse, is an age old tradition in the spirit of Mishenichnas Adar Marbin Besimcha. However, the Gemara in Sanhedrin 99b states: ...
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What if you forget Ya'aleh V'yavo on the second night of Rosh Chodesh?

If one forgets to say Ya'aleh V'yavo on the eve of rosh chodesh, one does not repeat: If one remembers immediately after completing the blessing of Retzeh, he should insert Ya’aleh VeYavo there, ...
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Should one make a bracha on food if only a child is eating?

I think it is common to make a bracha (blessing) when giving a small child food so that they learn the common brachot and learn to say "amen". Is this appropriate to do if you are not eating the food ...
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Plastic gloves in Halacha

If someone touches something while wearing gloves (i.e. waterproof rubber gloves), does that halachically count as touching? Practical examples include: Touching a neveilah, whether or not you ...
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Correcting one's father or one's rav when he is leyning

The Shulchan Arukh (YD 240:2) rules that one is never allowed to contradict one's father in his presence, and that when it comes to one's rav (or one's father if he is a Torah scholar; YD 242:1-2), ...
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When do the brachos mein shalosh exempt other brachos acharonos?

After eating the 5 grains or the 7 species or wine one recites a variant of the Mein Shalosh as the after blessing. On everything else one recites boreh nefashot. Say you just ate an apple and a ...
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Is it better to skip Asher Yotzar, or to say it without washing?

Ideally, one would always do ritual handwashing (netilas yadayim) and say Asher Yotzar after going to the bathroom. (Source: Shulchan Aruch OC 4:18 for handwashing; here for asher yatzar) However, in ...
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Are you allowed to wear old Shabbos clothes during the week?

If you have a garment that was specifically designated to be worn on Shabbos (or Yom Tov) are you allowed to start wearing it during the week if it has become worn out from repeated use and thus no ...
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minimum halachic definition of bread

This is sort of the counter question to Mezonos bread. At what point does a grain based admixture transition between bread and non bread? To clarify: The general position of Sephardic Jewry is that ...
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A Jew is born in space. What time rules does he follow?

I know that the title sounds like a sequel to a TV show (Lost in space). But based on a statement in this article : The Rabbis therefore rule that a person should continue to follow the time ...
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Should a person observe Rosh Hodesh & say “Kiddush Ha'Aretz” if he lives permanently on the moon?

This is not meant to be a "Purim Torah" question. The concept of Rosh Hodesh is based on the orbit of the moon around Earth. But, with the proposal of sending people to live permanently on Mars, I ...
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Can you make a kevius seudah on fried bread where the pieces are smaller than a kezayit?

If you fry small bread pieces smaller than a kezayit then the bracha is mezonot. Is this dish still considered pas haba bikisnin and would require a homotzee/birkat hamazon - if a meal is made out of ...
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Purchasing products that were not manufactured in a Torahdik manner?

Are there any restrictions on purchasing or using non-food products that were manufactured in violation of the Law? If so, on what grounds? For example: A non-Jew manufactures a product, and, in ...
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Gun control in Halacha

Are there any torah sources which discuss gun control from a halachic point of view. Is this an issue at all? What I mean by gun control I mean to say the arguments given to curtail their ...
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Can one cut out a part of the tefillin shel yad and place it in the shel rosh?

Let's say a major portion of the shel yad parchment is so badly damaged that it cannot be fixed. But there is a section containing a full parsha that could be used as one of the parts for the shel ...
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A tree which falls and damages

If one has a tree in their property/yard, (or similarly a tree within a jointly owned courtyard) and it falls into a public area [due to heavy winds] and damages... Is the owner of the tree liable in ...
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Person in Eretz Yisrael making Eiruv Tavshilin for Bnei Chutz L'Aretz

This might seem like a "funny" question. I don't think this would be permitted and I really have no basis to think why it should be however I'm trying to work out why this wouldn't work (or perhaps ...
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Is there a halachic problem with saying “Christ” as a name?

Since (according to the Gra (YD 157:3), cited in this answer), there is no issue in saying the name "Jesus," would there be an issue in saying the name "Christ"? This name might be more problematic ...
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What is an אדם כשר w.r.t. precedence for aliyos?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 23:9: כשיש כהן בבית הכנסת צריכין לקרות אותו תחלה ואפילו אם הוא עם הארץ אלא שהוא אדם כשר הוא קודם אפילו לתלמיד חכם When there is a kohen in the synagogue, we must call ...
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Can an affidavit be used in Beit Din?

An affidavit, from what i understand, is basically a signed document given by a witness to be used as evidence in a trial, without the witness themselves needing to take a stand. Can an affidavit be ...
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Is it possible that Judaism would one day allow eating pork?

As far as I understand, pork was originally banned from consumption since it was hard to maintain a clean enviroment for pigs in a desert climate (as summarized in the Wikipedia). Since nowadays ...
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Nodah B'Yehudah and “L'Shem Yichud”

Source: http://onthemainline.blogspot.com/2010/08/jewish-oath-in-1737-part-ii-noda.html Near the end of the post, the author mentions a teshuvah of the Nodah B'Yehudah's against the saying of a ...
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Does Torah reading need to be repeated if you said it with an “assumed” minyan?

I'm not good with the title for this scenario: Suppose that there where 10 men in the shul - 9 everyone knew, and the 10th no one knew. He wore a yarmulka, so everyone assumed that he was Jewish. ...
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Rockets from Gaza while praying

I live in Beer Sheva, Israel where there are presently ongoing rockets fired at us from Gaza. We are warned of an impending rocket by a loud siren that gives us less than a minute to run to a bomb ...
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Putting the head down for Tachanun with a non-cloth covering

Inspired by this question. The answer there says that you should use "a cloth and not merely one's hand, because a person's own flesh can't be considering a covering for itself." What is the status ...