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Where did the sanhedrin get its power from?

I guess we always assume that the power invested in the Sanhedrin comes from "Lo Sasur". However, this posuk is talking about either the Kohanim, or the shofet. Now, I know originally the cohen gadol ...
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Is it necessary to cover the mayim acharonim remains?

I have observed in many locations that after everyone is done washing mayim achronim from the source cup into the garbage cup, the garbage cup is covered with a plate or what have you. Is this step ...
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According to Jewish sources: is polygyny kosher to practice?

There was (but now expired) ban on practicing polygyny among Ashkenazim, but there never was a ban among Sephardim. Do Jewish texts or rabbinic sources provide any definitive anti-response or ...
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Is it allowed to have the wedding dinner before the ceremony?

In all Jewish weddings that I have attended the actual wedding (Chuppah and kiddushin) precedes the dinner (seudat mitzvah). Do the sources speak about having the dinner before the ceremony. I was ...
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Is a female allowed to be a guide / interpreter for a deaf / blind male?

I saw this posting regarding a Shabbaton for the Deaf-Blind. They are seeking volunteers to be deaf-blind guides and interpreters. These people communicate by feeling the signs done in the hands of ...
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Can a section of the Torah be “cut and pasted”?

While reading parshat Naso last week, it was easy to notice that near the end of the reading, there is a large section discussing the donations made by the 12 tribes for the dedication of the ...
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Is there a halacha forbidding a guest to enter the host's unoccupied bedroom? [duplicate]

Several of my friends as well as a few of my neighbors do not allow anyone outside the immediate family to enter their bedroom even when it is empty. (Occasionally, when visiting a friend who recently ...
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davening in a shul with member who are mechalel shabbos be'farhesya

someone told me that he stopped davening in a certain shul because he saw members driving to shul on shabbos (the shul doesnt close their parking lot on shabbos.) is there a makkor in halacha not to ...
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Prohibition against entering the bedroom of a married couple?

My local Rabbi told be that it is forbidden to enter the bedroom of a married couple. What is the source for this? Does this only apply to a couple whose marriage is recognised by Jewish law? When ...
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How is davening from an app allowed? [duplicate]

I don't use an app as a sidur ever so maybe there is something thing obviously wrong with my question, but how can an app be used if it has Hashem's name?? - aren't you erasing His name when you ...
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Can one cite divrei torah in the name of a rabbi who has gone astray?

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action, there is a brief interview with R. Herschel Schachter about HALACHAH AND THE FALLEN RABBI. The final question is JA: Can we/should we continue to cite ...
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What do you do if you realize your talit is damaged after donning it?

I saw this happen at minyan this morning and wondered what the correct response is. The shul has a rack of talitot for people who don't bring their own. Somebody took one from the rack, made the ...
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If a Kohan married a giyeurit by orthodox rabbi, is it a legitimate marriage?

If a Kohan was married to a giyuerit by an observant ("orthodox") rabbi, and if the rabbi wasn't aware that he was marrying a Kohan and not an Israelite, is the marriage legitimate? Sources requested ...
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Can a Kohan get a divorce?

I've always thought the answer was yes, but apparently, I recently heard a different opinion related to whether or not the marriage that the Kohan got into was a legitimate marriage. Can someone ...
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Swallowing fingernails

Although it is permitted to bite ones nails, and is not considered uncouth as is stated in Moed Koton (18a): אמר רב שמן בר אבא הוה קאימנא קמיה דר' יוחנן בי מדרשא בחולו של מועד ושקלינהו לטופריה ...
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Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students

In a certain yeshiva the menahel was threatening bochurim to tell on other bochurim about who damaged something in the yeshiva. Is it against the laws of Loshon hora to tell? What about in other ...
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Length of time for waiting for hard cheese proportionate to the length of time it was aged

In a Halachic pamphlet I saw before Shavuos this year, it mentioned an opinion that one must wait after eating hard cheese one hour for every month it is aged (so if it was aged three months, three ...
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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 mechanical grogger muktzah?

Last Shabbos, my young daughter found a grogger inside the shul and played with it away from adults and at an appropriate time. A four-year old Orthodox boy told us that it was muktzah and that she ...
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Non-Jew using a Jew's stuff for idol worship

It is forbidden for Jews to benefit from anything used for avodah zarah (idol worship). (Rambam Hilchot Avodah Zarah 7:2) In halacha #4 there, he gives the rules for when something becomes classified ...
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Bishul achar afiah in bishul akum

In Hilchos Shabbos there is a rule called bishul achar afia (the opinion of the R'eim, cited in Tur O.C. 318 and Shulchan Aruch 318:5 and brought as the minhag by the Rema) which means, basically, ...
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Halachos that one should learn

A person wants to be proficient in halacha. 1) Should he learn halachos: a) that pertain to his fellow man? - I.e. Shemiras HaLoshon, Stealing or Ribis etc. b) or to his Creator? (I.e. Shabbos, ...
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Is there an obligation to be buried in Jewish Cemetary?

The traditional practice is to be buried in a Jewish Cemetary exclusive to Jews. Such as Har Hamenuchos and Har Hazeisim. Is it an obligation to be buried specifically in a Jewish Cemetary or could ...
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Can I have sifrei kodesh in my bedroom?

Since I may be naked in my bedroom, is it possible to have sifrei kodesh in it (according to the Talmud or the Rambam)?
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Can you make a bracha on seeing a tornado from a distance?

This answer states that there is an opinion to recite a bracha upon experiencing winds that shatter stones and mountains such as a hurricane or tornado. The answer seems to address that you ...
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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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Ikar and Tafel in bishul akum?

If a non-Jew cooks a food in which there is a mixture of two foods, one of which satisfies a requirement to not be subject to bishul akum (let's say it is eaten raw), and one of which does not satisfy ...
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Mother is Jewish but child still needs to convert?

I was going through some Responsa of Rav Yitzchok Isaac Herzog and in one of the teshuvos he mentions Paranthetically that there are some rishonim and achronim that held that a child from a gentile ...
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Do women need to hear Havadala?

I've read this re women drinking the havdala wine, though do women need to hear havdala at all? If they miss it, should they say the brachos themselves?
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3 meals on shabbat?

I've seen a few questions on this site relating to meals on shabbat, but I believe my question is unique from them. At the shul I go to for shabbat, they eat one bread meal in Friday night, and one ...
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Can non-biological matter cause your sink, dishes, or food to become non-kosher?

For instance, if something non-edible such as a chemical or eraser shavings are drained down the sink, would that cause any kashrut problems?
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Can Torah scrolls be stored in drawers laying horizontally?

All arks that I have seen have the Torah scrolls stored standing vertically in the ark. Is this an absolute halachic requirement that the Torah must be stored vertically? What if an ark contained a ...
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Witnesses becoming invalid Ex Post Facto

Suppose Reuvain & Shimon sign a document as witnesses for Levi. Now a few years later Reuvain marries Shimon's sister. Brother in laws may not be witnesses together. Rambam Edus - 13:6. Does this ...
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Sources about the Kosher status of Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly ("a glandular secretion and its color is a whitish yellow. Its consistency is creamier and less viscous than honey. Its taste is bitter, although not offensively so.") according to this OU ...
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What is the blessing on dark chocolate?

What do poskim say the bracha is for dark chocolate that has more than 50% cacao in it as the package claims (being that the majority ingredient is cacao)? (I've seen an opinion who says (Vzot ...
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Is it permissible to learn out loud while the tzibbur is davening?

In my local shul during mincha/maariv a daf yomi chabura learns out loud during davening in the same beis medrash as the rest of the tzibbur. Do they have a right to do so? The problem is that I ...
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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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Multiple brochos for one food type?

It has come to my attention (from a local Rabbi) that one is required to say a brocho on each and every bit of food he/she eats, unless he/she was thinking about that particular food at the time of ...
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Carrying a pocket handkerchief on Shabas

The general rule is that one cannot go outside (an eruv) on Shabas with something unless it is a garment or "adornment" ("תכשיט", like jewelry), or part of a garment or adornment. There are many ...
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Is an observant Jew allowed to visit a Christian cemetery?

If a Jew wishes to visit a grave at a Christian cemetery (say the grave of a patrilinial grandparent), is it permissible? Does it matter if it is a mostly unadorned cemetery vs. one with pictures of ...
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Lo sisgodedu by varying practices of heiche kedusha?

In a minyan (quorum) that is doing heiche kedushe with the (inevitable?) scenario that some mispallelim (ones praying) are following the Rama and waiting till after the chazzan's kedusha to begin ...
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Is there tefillah betzibbur during mixed heiche kedusha?

In a minyan (quorum) that is doing heiche kedushe with the (inevitable?) scenario that some mispallelim (ones praying) are following the Rama and waiting till after the chazzan's kedusha to begin ...
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Is there a basis for the practice of starting Shmoneh Esreh with the chazzan?

When davening with a minyan which is doing "heiche kedushah," some start saying the silent Shmoneh Esreh together with the chazzan. However, the Rama (Orach Chaim 109:2) says that ideally one should ...
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Is there any reason a Jewish woman should not shake hands with a non-Jewish man?

My question refers to the custom of certain groups to prohibit all physical contact between men and women who are not spouses or related. Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch ...
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Loshon hara to a therapist

Is saying things that would otherwise be considered loshon hara permitted in the context of mental health therapy? I am not familiar with the details of therapeutic schools, but I understand that ...
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Ribbis exception for non-observant Jew

Shulchan Aruch Yore Deah 159:2 permits charging ribbis (interest) from a non-observant Jew (i.e one who is completely removed from the Jewish people). Although such a Jew has the status of a Jew in ...
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Difference in law between male and female adultery [duplicate]

If a man has an extramarital affair he may continue to sleep with his wife whereas if a woman has an extramarital affair she may no longer stay married. There are other differences as well which are ...
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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a ...
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What time does a bar mitzvah come into effect?

At what halachic time does a boy having his bar mitzvah become chayav b'mitzvot? It seems to me that the most likely times are either shkia or tzeit.
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Does a trapezoid require tzizit? (Or: how to make a four-cornered triangle)

My family was learning Rambam Hilchot Tzitzit 1:16 tonight and had some questions on how this works, as a practical matter: וכן המטיל לבעלת שלש ואחר כך השלימה לארבע והטיל לרביעית כולה פסולה שנאמר ...