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Do women need to cover their hair if they have had children without being married?

Do women need to cover their hair if they have had children without being married? Some explanations for hair covering relate it to modesty in light of the supposed attractive power of hair, which ...
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How far can I back up in a bracha?

If I start making a bracha over my pasta accidentally intending to say Shehakol (let's say I made the mistake because I normally just have a milkshake for lunch, not pasta, and I didn't put any ...
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Is there a concern of Shaatnez with New Era hats?

According to this link http://shatnez.n3.net Caps/Hats: Requires testing when fabric is wool, tweed, or linen-look. Genuine wool "Kangol" caps do not need testing. The only other link I could ...
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Is there “stam yeinam” with wine from a monotheistic gentile? (eg Muslim)

Ok so I already know the difference betweem yayin stam (wine touched by gentiles; forbidden rabbinically out of a concern for being yayin nesech) and nesech (wine used for idol worship; forbidden ...
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Does a teacher have to ask forgiveness for embarrassing a student after scolding him?

If a teacher/rebbi scolded a student for making fun of another student, and this rebuke was given in front of others, which embarrassed the student, does the rebbi have to ask that student for ...
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Are wars allowed to be fought against other people without a prophet? If so, who would lead?

Does Judaism allow to fight wars without a divinely ordained prophet/leader? I'm wondering because all wars found in Scriptures were fought only by the command of a prophet. If a war must be fought ...
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Returning from hospital on Shabbos if it is beyond the Techum [duplicate]

In this question: Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat the questioner asked whether on may go back home by car on Shabbos after taking someone to the hospital. The accepted ...
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Is it mutar to walk over the George Washington Bridge on shabbos?

Is it mutar to walk over the George Washington Bridge on shabbos? In terms of techumin
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Stealing something that could be considered offensive

Recently a video has emerged of a man taking down a Palestinian flag in the neighbourhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem. There is no indication as to what happened to the flag after it was taken down. In ...
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school tuition and being an Oni

In relation to paying one's children's Yeshiva tuition, when is one permitted to request a discount etc.? What is the definition of "oni" (poor person) in this situation? At what point is the ...
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Permissible to consume something from milk dishes while still fleishig

Is it permissible to consume something hot from milk dishes if one is still fleishig from a meat meal?
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Killing gentile under threat of death

If someone points a gun at Reuvein's head and tells him, "Kill this Jew or I'll kill you," the halachah is that Reuvein must let himself be killed. What if someone points a gun at Reuvein's head and ...
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KosherLamp closed by window (Moris Ayin?)

Was wondering if closing the KosherLamp on Shabbat while a window shade is up when it is dark and possible onlookers can see a light go off in ones house constitute a case of moris ayin (doing ...
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Women using tampons before marriage

Is there any issue with women using tampons before marriage? I would appreciate sourced answers discussing this either saying it's ok or not ok. My thought is that since the use of a tampon requires ...
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Does Judaism allow Jews to read the Quran?

I've received a packet of Islamic materials which include the "Holy Quran" among other materials explaining the relation of Judaism with Islam. I guess we should be open to all spiritual materials ...
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Recipients of Maaser Money [duplicate]

To what sort of recipients can one discharge his duty of giving maaser money (lechatchila and bedieved)?
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Comprehensive treatments of the prohibition of bribery

I would like to educate myself about the nature and scope of the Biblical prohibition of "bribery" ("Shochad") and any associated Rabbinic prohibitions, as well as any derived ethical principles. I am ...
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What if a statement is vocalized as a question?

When making a statement or declaration, such as "i'm making a kinyan for Ploni", must it be vocalized as a statement, or can it sound like a question (raising the tone at the end a little; hopefully ...
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To what grains do the laws of yoshon apply?

For which species must we wait until after pesach to eat the previous crop? Are there different cut-off dates for different species?
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What are the chief sources for requiring Jews to litigate in a beis din rather than in a civil court?

If I were to try to disuade a Jew from suing another Jew in court, without first going to a beis din, what Biblical and rabbinic sources should I cite as proof?
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Davening maariv occasionally without minyan

The maariv prayer service was originally established as a reshut and that has ramifications in halacha. Does it affect the obligation to pray maariv with a minyan? Perhaps similar to how we can skip ...
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Immodesty in artificial pictures

Does one violate a prohibition if sees pritzus, immodesty in a CGI, comic books and in handwritten drawing or does it only apply to real pictures?
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Is it permissible to shave for business purposes after Shiva but during shloshim?

Is one allowed to shave after shiva (7 days of mourning for deceased) if one is concerned about seeing clients at work? Most authorities say that one should wait 30 days before shaving.
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Saying kaddish when davening in a minyan that isn't your nusach

I have been to many minyanim where people are saying kaddish of a variety of nuschaot. What should one do with regards to this? Some examples: In a sephardi minyan, should an ashkenazi person remain ...
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Does loose leaf tea need a hechsher?

Sometimes I find bags of dried tea leaves of various sorts in my local Turkish store. Do such teas need a hechsher (certification as kosher)? Is there any indicator I can use to tell if it's kosher or ...
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Birchas Kohanim if a non-Jew is present

Is there an issue with Kohanim saying Birchas Kohanim when a non-Jew is present?
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Western Ashkenaz Mishnah Berurah

The Mishnah Berurah was composed with the minhagim of the Eastern Ashkenazi kehillot in mind. Is there an equivalent for the communities of Western Europe*? *The Ashkenazi communities of the ...
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Is there anything wrong with inviting friends to a bris?

I have a friend - let's call him 'A' - who's married; His wife gave birth to a boy. I asked another friend of mine, if 'A' invited him to the bris. He told me that one is not supposed to invite ...
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Drinking from a water fountain on Shabbos

Often when drinking from a water fountain it causes the motor that makes the water cold to run. May one drink from it on Shabbos?
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?

Is there any situation, bar imminent threat of death, which would allow one to shower with hot water during the Shabbat, using hot water which is heated on the Shabbat, or is it absolutely not ...
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Has there been a discussion of changing the maximum height in halacha?

In halacha certain things are considered invalid because the exceed the maximum height which people will notice, 20 amos (menorah, sukkah, korah). In modern times many (most?) people live in areas ...
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Does killing a pest make a person unclean?

I know there were previous questions asking whether it is OK to kill a pest, say a fly, but the consequences are unclear. So I'm asking if killing a pest makes a person unclean.
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Underground crypts for burial

In light of this article what are the possible problems with burying the deceased in underground crypts? The article mentions: The head of the Jerusalem burial society told Haaretz that there is ...
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Liquid soap on Shabbos

Regarding using bar soap on Shabbos the following has been asked and answered. Using a bar of soap on Shabbat My questions are in regards to liquid soap. May one use liquid soap on Shabbos? Is there ...
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Learning laws of aveilut when your parents are alive?

Is it appropriate to learn the laws of aveilut when both your parents are alive? Or is there a superstition that it could be dangerous to them?
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Can songs use the words from pesukim?

I asked Is it OK to compose a song that breaks up a pasuk? and was told (in comments) that perhaps it would be good to first clarify whether songs can use pesukim at all. So, question: Can songs, ...
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Bread with fruit baked into it

What would be the bracha on "bread" that had mashed fruit or vegetable kneaded into the dough, but tastes like bread? For example, if you mashed a few potatoes into the dough, then the bread will ...
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Can one be a Kohen without being Jewish?

I know that being Jewish is passed down maternally; however being a Kohen is passed down paternally. I was wondering in a theoretical situation, if a Kohen father were to have a child with a ...
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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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Must we wear white clothes?

Matt wrote here about תפלין‎ (Tefillin) that "they were all black". I have also seen jewish men wearing only black. How do the jews traditionally follow commandment of God (relating to happiness we ...
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Shemos Tattoos?

Scenario: Ploni gets a tattoo which either has a shem or a passuk. He later either becomes a B"T or converts? Question: What halachot govern this? Can he go to the bathroom? Does that area of skin ...
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Does the “mezakeh” need to know that he's using “zachin,” for it to work?

There's a Talmudic concept known as "זכין לאדם שלא בפניו," that one can acquire something on behalf of another, even if that other person does not know that this is happening, so long as it's a זכות, ...
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Is it OK to compose a song that breaks up a pasuk?

Jewish songs taking their lyrics from tanach or davening have become pretty popular over the past 60 years. (See here for an answer saying that this is permissible.) Many songs, however, will break ...
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how is a Jewish war leader dedicated?

As I recall from some passages, there were times when a priest had to anoint a war-leader... not necessarily a king, but sometimes a dedicated warrior to handle an emergency. Can an expert in sword ...
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How to check blood sugar on Shabbos

Diabetes is a חולי שיש בו סכנה, an illness that poses a danger to life1. As such, everything necessary for caring for diabetes must be done on Shabbos, even if it includes איסורי תורה. (see Shulchan ...
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Where is it taught that you can't sleep with socks

I remember hearing that you can't sleep with socks. I think Rambam stated this (correct me if i am wrong), but where in Rambam was it said and why do we do it?
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Is there a shatnez concern with cheap unlabeled thread in sewing kits?

I've noticed that cheap mini-sewing kits, which can often be purchased for one dollar or some similarly low amount, often do not specify the type of material used to make the thread. Presumably, the ...
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Do i have a responsibility to report users breaking the rules?

If i know that a certain user of a website is breaking the rules, can i just turn a blind eye, or must i report it? Does it matter what kind of rule it is? (E.g. No swearing vs. age requirement) ...
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If a Cohen slept with non-Jews, may he marry a Jewish woman who has done the same?

Suppose a Cohen is dating a Jewish girl, and both parties have had relations with non-Jewish people. Normally, a woman who's had relations with non-Jews is forbidden to a Cohen. Does the fact that he ...