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Framing a Page from a Holy Book

Suppose you had a single page from an old Tanakh or rabbinic book. Would it be permissible to frame and mount the page on a wall?
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Placing Tefillin on the floor

I've been taught since little that one can't place a pair of Tefillins on the floor, and that one must carefully avoid not dropping them. But what is considered being on the floor? For example, can I ...
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If you check for bugs according to halachic requirements, and then there is a bug in the food, are you liable?

If one or one's wife does everything that is needed for checking, but one accidentally eats a bug anyway, is one liable for the sin(s)? I'd also be interested in knowing whether one would be liable ...
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Maaser on Sal Klita

As a new immigrant to Israel I am receiving a little bit of money ( http://www.jewishagency.org/NR/exeres/A2A4F6FE-5CB4-469E-A45C-517CF14D59D5 ) to get started here. Should I pay maaser on this ...
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More Maaser and Tax Math

Let's say your income before taxes and contributions was $1,111, and your tax rate is 10%. Ordinarily, you would pay $111.10 in taxes, and have $999.90 left over, which would be eligible for maaser. ...
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

There is a tradition of Maaser Kesafim, to give 1/10th of ones salary to charity. Is there a particular set time when the obligation to set aside this money for charity begins? For instance, is one ...
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Are sea sponges kosher?

The sea sponge is scientifically classified as an animal, therefore maybe it would be considered unkosher, as seafood. On the other hand, it seems much more similar to a vegetable of some kind, so ...
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Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?

Can a Jew lose their status as being a Jew by performing any action (example: performing idolatry, disavowing core beliefs, converting to another religion, etc)? Or once a person is a Jew then they ...
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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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Is maaser calculated pre-tax or after-tax?

I have heard different opinions concerning whether taxes can be deducted before calculating maaser. It is logical to me that if you cannot deduct your expense to live in your house, you shouldn't be ...
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Did the Rambam believe in magic?

If you read through Chapter 11 of the Rambam's laws on Idol Worship, you'll see what seems to be the Rambam forbidding anything that even resembles magic, all while calling such practices foolish and ...
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Turning in a lost object to the “front desk”

"I" found an object left behind after a Jewish event in a public venue (let's say a hotel). "I" don't know who the owner is. The owner will likely come back to the venue to ask if the object was ...
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Is a minyan required for Sheva Brachot?

I am planning to make a Sheva Brachot meal in my home. But, it seems that we have only 7 men. A guest told me that we need a minyan of 10 men. I'm not sure. I know that you can have zimun with at ...
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Ordinary Wine: Any Lenient Positions?

Are there any halakhic opinions that allow drinking ordinary wine not produced by Jews?
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Is there an obligation to attend a Torah Scholar's funeral when there will be more than a Minyan attending?

If one's friend passes on and there will be a Minyan attending without him does he have an obligation to go? Is it different if it is a Torah Scholar?
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Framing old Tefillin Parshiot

I recall hearing somewhere that some folks are accustomed to remove the (likely possul) parshiot from old tefillin and frame them. As tefillin are generally more difficult to correct, is this ...
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Having hana'ah from a melacha done on Shabbos

Is one allowed to have hana'ah on Shabbos from a melacha done, whether by him or anther, that day?
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Dealing with Other Minyanim

Many times I find myself davening in one Minyan while another is taking place within earshot. What is the proper way to handle such a situation (in terms of answering Amens, Kedusha, etc.)?
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Answering Baruch Hu UVaruch Shemo and Amen while learning

If someone is giving Shiur in the same room as people Davening, do the people learning answer Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo and Amen to the Hazarat HaShatz?
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Opening a matza box on Shabbos?

I have heard that in order to open a matza box on Shabbat one must tear the box in a destructive manner so it can't be used again. However, since once the matzos are finished the box is thrown out is ...
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How to get rid of unwanted items with God's name in it or on it [duplicate]

I unwittingly accepted a J's Witness Russian booklet and it has verses from scripture both in Hebrew and Russian, as well as God's name (the Hebrew tetragrammaton). What do you do with an unwanted ...
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Make for yourself a website?

Can a site like mi.yodeya.com be used for one to fulfill our sages mandate of "Make for yourself a Rav"? Obviously I meant this facetiously. Of course a website cannot take the place of a rav, but ...
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Is a klipa davuk?

There are many places in the realm of kashrut where something may become forbidden kedei klipa (just the edge is asur). For those who hold by isur davuk (as isur which is attached to something else - ...
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Facing the wrong direction during Amidah

What should I do if I accidentally faced the wrong direction during the Amidah? Should I repeat it? How important is facing the Kotel in the Amidah according to Halacha?
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Is Exodus 20:4 a command about icons or idols?

When The Lord says, "Do not make for yourself an image," does he mean an image for the purpose of worship, that is an idol, or any image whatsoever, such as the depiction of a narrative or a ...
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“Planting” astroturf during shmita

I previously asked about Planting grass during shmita, and discovered that it is forbidden. But what about astroturf (synthetic grass)? Would there be any problem with installing that during the ...
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“Siri, sing to me” - Kol Isha?

As i say in this Purim Torah answer, we can't use smartphones because "The vaad found out that Siri's not a guy". (From the song Hang Up the Payphone by A.K.A Pella.) However, that inspired a ...
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Does one really have 30 days to put up a mezuza outside Eretz Israel?

It is broadly known and codified that one has 30 days to put up a mezuza when renting a home outside Eretz Israel. I heard that this dated from the times where Jews might be expelled in their first 30 ...
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Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?

If Solomon's builders had access to lasers powerful enough to cut through stone, could he have used that instead of the Shamir? Stones for an altar or for the Beit Hamikdash were not allowed to be ...
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Davening in which Beis Medrash?

Must one pray in the Beis Medrash he learns or in any Beis Medrash (and the practical difference would be if there's an advantage in the other Beis Medrash, such as if it's further away and there's ...
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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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Is it prohibited to say a bracha near an idol?

In the trades, some times home owners will have statues of Buddha or catholic stuff like saints and such. I've heard some rule idolatry today is not the same as before. Are there any prohibitions ...
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Sequel to the Sefer “ Laws of Daily Living ”

There is a well known Sefer on Halacha called Laws of Daily Living by Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen , noted Posek and author . There is only one volume and the last topic is the laws of פסוקי דזמרה . Any ...
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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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Is it a sin to joke about sinning?

For instance, to joke about committing suicide or something less extreme like eating non-kosher. My inclination is towards saying that it is forbidden since it might desensitize one to the idea ...
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How much aged cheese is needed in a cheese mix to require waiting 6 hours?

According to Remo in Shulchan Aruch Yorah De'ah a9:2 as referred in this OU article, people should wait 6 hours after eating hard cheese. Let's say someone eats a type of cheese that is partially ...
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Techeilet – Shittat haBa'alei Tosefot

Per Ptil Tekhelet, the shitta of the Ba'alei Tosefot (following Rashi) is that half of the strings in the tzitzit are to be made of techeilet, as opposed to 1/4 (rov haposkim) or 1/8 (Rambam). ...
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What is considered the “correct speed” for a Shabbat morning service?

I've had a few discussions with various co-congregants about "fast" and "slow" minyanim. Our shul building has 2 minyanim. The main one has a professional chazzan. We begin Shabbat services at 9 am ...
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May one disassemble as Sukkah during Chol Hamoed?

I know from 134:11 in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may assemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed. May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed in order to prevent the Sukkah from being damaged by, ...
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Displaying Torah Fragments on a Wall [duplicate]

Assume the following: A Torah scroll has gone into such disrepair that it could not be made Kasher again. Rather than burying the remaining leaves that are still usable, they are sold off as art ...
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Making a hot toddy on Shabbat

Is it permissible to make a hot toddy drink on Shabbat? If so, are there any special considerations to take into account to do so Halachically? Wikipedia describes the drink, generally, thus: A ...
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If making a mark on a book (folding the corner of a page) is allowed on shabbat then “writing” a bit in some memory device also is? [duplicate]

Before reading my question check for Rav. Auerbach's statements regarding electricity (elsewhere), specially the following one, found here Rabbi Auerbach says that outside the case of an ...
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May I let my web browser save my browsing session during Chol Hamoed?

To save electricity, I like to shut down my computer every night. First, I quit my Web browser. My Web browser is set up so that, when I quit, it automatically saves my session: a list of open tabs ...
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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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Trimming a mustache during sefira

Is it permitted to trim a mustache during sefira if it is not bothering the person in any way with regards to eating but is bothering him in other ways?
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Does a Jewish idolater's pouring of non-mevushal wine make that wine forbidden to himself?

We see from this answer that wine poured by a Jew who rejects Judaism is yayin nesech. Would that cause the wine to be forbidden even to himself, or is it only forbidden to others? Would he be ...
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Is it permitted for a male to have a female therapist?

It is forbidden to be secluded with another woman (excluding a woman that it is permitted e.g. wife, mother, grandmother etc.). This is known as yichud. It is permitted though, provided the area is ...
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Does one need to tovel enamelware?

Does one need to tovel keilim that are indicated as being made of "enamelware"? Should a bracha accompany the tevila?
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Can one run a surveillance Camera on Shabbos?

Is there any prohibition in having surveillance cameras operating on Shabbos? If not, why is is any different to filming a Bar-Mitzva, etc?