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Are Jews allowed to use the expression “fingers crossed”?

Not to worship idols is one of the 10 commandments; according to a quick Google search "finger crossed" originates from either the Christian cross or other superstitious beliefs. Does this mean that ...
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May one hold together a tallis with materials that cannot themselves form a tallis?

Can someone use material to hold together a tallis (e.g safety pin etc.) that cannot itself make a kosher tallis?
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Is it ok to release seed outside of intercourse by one's wife? [duplicate]

Is a married male allowed to finish outside of intercourse by his wife who is ritually pure. In other words, is the only kosher form of intimacy considered releasing seed while inside of one's wife? ...
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Does ordering shaloch manos before Purim fulfill the mitzvah?

I am wondering whether ordering shaloch manos for someone online actually fulfills the mitzvah of mishloach manos. This page says: To fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, one must send it ...
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Laws of Belief in G-d

Does anyone know of a sefer or other halachic source that deals with the halachot of what one must believe about G-d? e.g., obviously Jews are required to believe G-d exists, and that He is the only ...
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If the corner of a tallis rips in a square shape can it be reattached with the tzitzis still on it?

If the corner of a tallis rips as a square (i.e with four edges of it's own, and more than 3 finger-breadths, namely chayiv in tzitzis in it's own right) can it be reattached to the original garment ...
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Is it permissible to travel to a 'dangerous' place, if so, what is the shiur?

There is a mitzvah to guard your soul diligently. I am pretty sure this is applied to guarding your physical body from injury. My question is, may one travel to a place that others may consider ...
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If one hears the Megillah read from a non-scroll version, has he completed the mitzvah?

If one hears the Megillah read from a chumash or the like, is he yotze the mitzvah b'dieved?
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בא במחתרת,‎ לפקח עליו את הגל and חזקה שהורעה

A בא במחתרת (one who tunnels into someone else's domain) assuming he is not the father of the homeowner has a חזקה (status) of אין לו דמים ("has no blood" = can be killed by anyone). What happens ...
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Are women explicitly forbidden from handling and reading the Torah?

I am interested to know, despite the "political agendas" involved, if the "women of the wall" are in breach of halacha and if so, which one(s). As a part of that, I ask: Are women explicitly forbidden ...
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What is the minimum shiur for Shulchan Orekh?

It has been mentioned that abbreviating shulchan orekh at the seder can be a practical way of keeping the seder from going too late. I have also heard rabbis--when asked for leniencies in the amount ...
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Boundaries of lifnei iver for violation of Halakha

Shalom. The following question here was triggered by a question on Pro Webmasters for shutting down a website on Sabbath. Before asking, I would like to clarify some things beforehand: I am neither a ...
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Are “dream catchers” considered to be avodah zarah?

Are "dream catchers" considered to be avodah zarah? Dreamcatcher: a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to ...
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What happens if a new chazaka of a veset kavua appears to have occurred while an old chazaka was still in place?

Suppose a woman notices a somewhat complicated veset kavua (in particular, perhaps one that doesn't apply every month). For example, say that she notices that she began to menstruate on 8 Kislev every ...
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Do you have to know kol ha Torah kula?

Is there a requirement for a Jewish man to know the whole Torah (including every gemara, tosafot, Midrasch…) or is it OK to know the Halacha that is relevant to you and then to use the rest of ...
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Can men dress in tank tops? [duplicate]

Are men allowed to wear tank tops in public? If not, what are the specific laws of tzniut that men are bound by (with regard to dress)?
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Sources permitting converting tefillin from one shitta to another

Over Shabbat, I had a discussion on the subject of switching tefillin between shittot, which resulted in me asking the MIT Chabad rabbi whether switching a pair of Rashi tefillin to Rabbeinu Tam was ...
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Source for Chasidik practice of imagining yourself giving up your life during the first verse of Krias Shma

in a chassidus shiur i heard that the obligation for krias shma (for people busy with parnoso) according to all opinions is the first posuk of shma with kavono and that the kavono is by saying it you ...
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Could a Torah Scroll Be Writtin in Ktav Ivri (Paleo Hebrew)?

The Talmud (ibid) brings different opinions about the origin of the two in regards to how was the Torah initially written. It is agreed by all that the language has remained the same, Hebrew ...
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When and how was the Shulchan Aruch accepted

After the Shulchan Aruch was put together by the Beis Yosef and then following that with the glosses of the Rema, when did this sefer became "accepted" as the basis for deciding halachic matters in ...
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Touching the water in the washing cup before Netilat Yadayim

If one, while getting ready to perform Netilat Yadayim, accidentally touches the water in the washing cup, is one still allowed to use that water for Netilat Yadayim, or does that person need to fill ...
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Can Jews be rulers of countries other than Israel?

With the current political mayhem in the US, an interesting question regarding whether a Jew is halachically permitted to accept rulership of a country other than that of Eretz Yisrael has arisen. So ...
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Sitting when holding a Sefer Torah during Torah Reading

When there are two Sifrei Torah taken out on a particular Shabbas, the tradition in many shuls is to have the second safer Torah be held by by one of the congregants sitting down while the first one ...
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Source of custom of putting on head tefillin before completely winding yad tefillin?

When reading an Egyptian halachic work I noticed that it mentioned two customs for wrapping tefillin. The more general custom was to wrap the tefillin shel yad but leave it incomplete, put on the shel ...
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Should the bracha for toiveling be repeated for subsequent immersions in a toiveling “session”?

If one is immersing multiple kelim in a toiveling "session" does the bracha need to be repeated for each immersion or can the bracha be said once at the start? Also, if one is toiveling a kli that is ...
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Questions about why is wife denied access to her own property? [closed]

Under Jewish law, Wife is not allowed to manage fruit or sell any property without husband's consent. Husband inherits his deceased wife but not vice versa. But Torah doesn't prohibit married women to ...
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Are you allowed to take newspapers with divrey torah into the bathroom?

You're not allowed to take holy items into the bathroom/wash-house. If a newspaper has mostly advertisements but it also has a few pages of divrey torah, are you allowed to take such a newspaper into ...
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“Halachikly Complicated” Foods (Safek Bracha)

Over the Shabbos meal we discussed the idea of sending "Halachikly Complicated" Mishloach Manos. "Halachikly Complicated" meaning foods that cannot be eaten because we have a safek what their bracha ...
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What powers and responsibilities do wives of Jewish kings have in relation to the public?

It is known that a Jewish king has to be male, as quoted by an answer to this question. What halachik powers did the queen (i.e. wife of the king) have within the kingdom? Also, what historical ...
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Does one make bracha when tasting food?

Does one make bracha when tasting food? If one were to taste food and immediately spit it out, presumably he wouldn't have to make a bracha. But what if he/she wants to see if it goes down smoothly or ...
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Is it okay to do a Brit Shalom instead of Brit milah?

Brit shalom is basically Brit mila without the circumcision, is that okay according to Halacha?
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Can Jews be buried in the fetal position?

A friend of mine recently showed me this video describing a method of burial where the deceased's decomposing body is used to nourish a growing tree. In theory, I don't see any obvious halakhic issue ...
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Same Rabbi (Posek) for husband and wife

Does a husband a wife need to have the same Rabbi (Posek) or can they have their own Rabbi's?
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Hearing kiddush from someone who mumbles [closed]

If one is invited to someones house on shabbat and they are being yotzeh kiddush with someone they know mumbles the words ,but they can't make their own kiddush for whatever reason (only enough wine ...
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“Hamakom” after shiv'a

In my experience, for the most part, "‏המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים" is said to a mourner specifically during shiv'a. However, I've heard some people say it after shiv'a, particularly ...
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Standing during chazaras hashat"z

During the chazan's repetition of the amidah, do the people in the minyan need to stand? (for parts other than kedusha and modim de'rabanan).
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Brachos on the amount of pizza one doesn't wash for?

Assuming one is eating let pizza than required to wash, what are the bracha rishona and the bracha achrona?
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Does a child born to a mother that converted when she was pregnant need Pidyon HaBen?

It was discussed in a previous question if when a woman who converts to Judaism while pregnant if the child is also Jewish or not. From there it seems that the child is yes Jewish however with some ...
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What are the halachic considerations that might come up when designing and building a house

I'm curious what are the Halachic considerations that need to be taken into account when building a house. A few possibilities that come to mind may include: position of the bathroom (Rambam, ...
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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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Can one be deserving of execution and karet for placing a stumbling block in front of the blind?

For example, if one man does not commit idol worship, or eat chametz on Pesach, but attempts to get another man to violate these mitzvot. Would an ancient Beit Din find this man guilty of a capital ...
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Is there a bias against marijuana in the orthodox community?

Note: I'm not trying to promote marijuana. I strongly dislike marijuana and cigarettes and I would never use nor recommend either. I'm concerned about health and the awareness of the dangers of drugs. ...
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Men need to get married before 24?

This (below) audio lecture has 2 rabbis say that halahikly a man need to marry by 24 years old Is this true? What might be there source? http://www.endthemadness.org/audio/TND_Endthemadness.mp3 ...
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How far does dina demalchusa dina go?

Does this apply to laws which are clearly corrupt and based on lies? At what point does a law which solely benefits one political group but harms everyone else stop being legitimate through the lens ...
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Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat?

Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat? Would this be lifnei iver (placing an obstacle in front of a fellow Jew) in encouraging non-shabbat observant Jews to ...
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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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Repaying Loans vs Tzedakah

When one has to repay an interest-free loan to a Jewish lender, does that take precedence over giving tzedakah? If several payments must be made, can one thus expedite repayment by giving less to ...
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What is the source and nature of the prohibition on premarital sex? [duplicate]

What is the source of the prohibition on premarital sex? Is it a Biblical prohibition? If not, what is the source and how is it derived? What is the nature of the prohibition? Is it an avera? Is it ...
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Machlokes Deoraisa vs Muttar - non-Jew vs Jew

If one Rav paskens somemthing is Asur Deoraisa and another Paskens totaly mutar, beshas hadechak is it better to get a non jew to do it or a jew whose rav holds its muttar? For example, if a certain ...
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An obligation to intervene?

I was posed a hypothetical question about medical ethics today. I am not looking for a psak as much as for sources on the discussion about halachic responsibility. Case 1: You are personally told by ...