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What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?

What Berachah does one make on a kiwi berry? It grows on a perennial vine, which can climb very high (ha'etz) or snake along the ground (ha'adamah).
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If someone didn't appease their fellow, what do they say in Ashamnu?

The standardized "Ashamnu" viduy has in it several sins which are between one person and another, for example stealing or giving bad advice. If someone hasn't asked forgiveness from the victim, does ...
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Names relegating a sefer to Shemos

Which names, other than the tetragrammaton relegate a sefer to shemos? In particular, is shadai one of those names?
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Are minor fasts obligatory?

Are "minor" fasts such as Taanit Esther ("Fast of Esther"; i.e. the day before Purim) or Tzom Gedaliyah ("Fast of Gedaliyah"; i.e. the day after Rosh Hashanah) optional or obligatory? Under what ...
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mincha during a meal

If you are in the middle of a meal you have not yet finished, and you realized that you are running late to mincha, would praying mincha before saying birkat hamazot be considered a hefsek? Can you ...
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May one make the bracha on the shel yad, while the cover (which is never taken off) is on?

Is it permissible to keep the plastic shel yad cover on semi-permanently and make the blessing on the shel yad like that? Considering that there is a small opening in the plastic cover, would it be ...
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Shehecheyanu on hand-me-downs?

If someone gets hand-me-down clothing in good condition, of the type that shehecheyanu is generally said when new, should they say it on this new-to-them garment?
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Must a beit din be exactly 3 people?

Must a small court be exactly 3 people, or could it be larger, like 4 or 5?
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Orthodontia on Shabbos

Disclaimer: I did some research for this question; I did not know all of this off the top of my head :P. Sources were found through the footnotes in Rabbi Ribiat's The 39 Melachos. It is forbidden to ...
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When is the proper time to say Berich Shemei? [duplicate]

I have read and heard that (ideally) Berich Shemei should be said after the sefer Torah has been taken out of the ahron. Is this true? What is the source and idea behind this?
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Can you blow a shofar for fun on Rosh Hashanah?

Last week, someone quoted a halacha in shul about blowing shofar on Rosh Hashanah if it's not for the mitzvah. He said that it's recommended not to, but if someone really wants to, they should blow ...
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How strongly must a Mezuza be attached

If someone doesn't want to bang in their Mezuza so firmly that it will be hard to get it off in the event that it needs to be checked, or to replace it, can the Mezuza be attached to the doorpost ...
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How to determine what a “normal wind” would do to a sukka

What a "normal wind" ("ruach metzuya") would do affects various laws of sukka construction. For example, in this guide from the Star-K to using sechach mats, they require that sechach-eligible ...
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Listening to a Jewish broadcaster in the US after Shabbat ends in Israel [duplicate]

Many baseball games (for example) take place Saturday afternoon in the US. This generally corresponds to beginning (or mostly taking place) after Shabbat ends in Israel. If the broadcaster of one of ...
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What is Otzar Beis Din?

During shmittah, some stores sell otzar beis din produce which is ok to eat. What is otzar beis din and why does it make the produce permissible to eat?
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At what point does a chazzan take three steps back after chazaras hashatz?

Just a question I've never been able to find a concrete answer to. At what point does a chazzan take his three steps back at the end of chazaras hashatz? Would it be while/after saying "Yihyu ...
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Government “swearing-in” ceremony

Typically in the US, members of Congress and other government officials are sworn in on a bible appropriate to their religion. Is it appropriate for Jews to be sworn in on a Tana"ch, or should some ...
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Whose minhag does a Kalla follow in neiros shabbos and mikvah?

I was told by my mother-in-law that my wife should follow all of my minhagim except for shabbat candle lighting and mikveh, for which she will follow her mother's. Is there any halachic authority who ...
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punishment for instigating a crime, intentionally

Is someone who causes another person to sin liable for that sin as if he did it himself? (Please also consider someone scheming, who intentionally plays stupid people, causing them to kill each ...
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May one read a map or document hung on the wall by a Jew during Shabbos?

Let's say a Jew hung a map or a document on the wall on Shabbos. For the purposes of this question, let's assume that this was a desecration of Shabbos (presumably because of the prohibition on ...
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Light in the Room during Marital Relations

According to tradition, relations should take place at night and in the dark. The Talmud forbids relations during the day or by the light of a lamp (Niddah 17). Are there circumstances where having ...
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Applying hand cream on Shabbos

Regarding dry, chapped skin that requires regular application of moisturizing cream, is someone allowed apply this cream on Shabbos? Does the composition or texture of the cream change the answer?
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Why is Shmita only Rabbinic nowadays?

I was reading up on Heter Iska and it said that Shmita and Shmitat Kesafim are only Rabbinic today. Why do the Biblical laws no longer apply?
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Halachik source for saying ushpizin

Is there any source in halacha (shulchan aruch, mishna berura etc) besides for the zohar that mentions reciting the ushpizin?
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Making a Berachah on Medicine

I heard from someone that medicine does not require a berachah. What is the source for this?
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Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre?

Why do we wear a tallit at kol nidre? And if one arrives late to kol nidre and night has fallen already, should he put one on?
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Is recitation of Selichot a halachic obligation?

Is recitation of Selichot a halachic obligation? I'm not asking if it's "only d'rabbanan", as rabbinic laws also create halachic obligations. At the same time, not every custom that is mentioned in ...
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What kind of responsibility do Mi Yodeya answerers have for people following halacha according to the site?

Here on Mi Yodeya, we are careful to remind people that they should not rely on this or any website for practical halachic decisions. Nonetheless, it is almost certain that some people take what they ...
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The Orthodox approach to R. Benamozegh's theology?

R. Elijah Benamozegh was a 19th century rabbi and kabbalist, who wrote many works of biblical commentary and Jewish responsa, but is chiefly known in the non-Jewish world for his book on religious ...
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Can I wear a tallit gadol without an atara

I am purchasing my first tallis gadol, but I notice some can be brought without the atara attached. I personally don't like unnecessary embellishments. Is the tallis kosher without an atara?
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Invite a non observant Jew to Shabat - Rav Ovadia Yosef opinion

I know that there is discussion about inviting a Jew for Shabbos or Yom Tov, where he will drive a car to get there. Does anyone know Rav Ovadia Yosef's opinion about this matter?
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If Consuming Blood is Prohibited Can Jews Accept Blood Transfusions?

According to Leviticus 7:26-27 Jews shouldn't consume blood. So why can Jews accept blood transfusions in non-life threatening situations? Is the act of inserting blood via arm not considered ...
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Shmitah nowadays?

Do any poskim hold that there isn't shmita now days? I ask this because There is a machloket rishonim if the yovel counts towards shmita or not. There are opinions that say only when we have the ...
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Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah?

Active women in my shul are demanding the right to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah, behind the mechitza. They are saying that it is not something forbidden, and that it is religiously healthy. ...
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Does jam have the halacha of duchka d'sakina?

The Chochmas Adom in 49:9 holds that all fruit have the halacha of duchka d'sakina, and that if you cut a fruit with a meat knife which was not definitively clean, you need to scrape off the outer ...
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Is jam a davar charif?

I learned that juicy fruit are considered a davar charif. Is jam or preserves made from such types of fruit also a davar charif? Why or why not?
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Champagne and hechsher

I have heard (without a source) that some who were makpid to purchase only wines with hashgachot would consume wine from Champagne without a hechsher, probably because gentiles typically do not use ...
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When exactly does Havdala in Maariv effect a permission to perform Melacha?

Can you perform Melacha on Saturday night immediately when you finish אתה חוננתנו in Maariv motzei Shabbat, when you finish the bracha of חונן הדעת, or when you finish Shmoneh Esrei? It seems that אתה ...
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What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?

A person realises during his quiet Amidah, that he has not turned off his mobile phone. He is worried lest it ring while he is praying. On the other hand, turning it off will interfere with his ...
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When can a bracha carry over onto more food?

If i make a bracha x, eat some y, then decide i want some z, do i need to make another bracha? I'll present a few cases for x, y, and z here. Make a mezonot with the intention to eat one cookie, and ...
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How can someone, halachically, do teshuva when s/he has offended an anonymous person on the internet?

Ramba"m among others, state that Yom Kippur does not atone for sins committed between a person and his neighbor until a person personally asks the other for forgiveness. Mi Yodeya is an example of ...
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Understanding the difference between shevus and gezeirah

I know that, in general, there is a difference in strictness between the two categories of protective measures, but am having difficulty in explaining the difference between the two.
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When did walking from Ner Israel yeshiva to Baltimore no longer require Eruv Techumin?

From what I'm told, several decades ago one who wanted to walk from Ner Israel yeshiva on Mt. Wilson Lane in Pikesville, MD to the greater Baltimore community (e.g. Rabbi Heinemann's shul, the Agudah, ...
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Suckling directly from a kosher animal

After scouring the internet for various legitimate medical cures to a certain innocuous virus, several obscure websites suggest suckling directly from the teat of a goat (mirrored by several people my ...
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Is it permitted for a couple to have relations during the daytime?

Is it permitted for couples to have relations in the daytime if they are tired in the evenings?
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Corporations, Jewish Shareholders and Interest

How many Jewish shareholders does a corporation or bank have to have in order for the prohibitions on lending or borrowing at interest to apply? Is one Jewish shareholder sufficient, or does it ...
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Is there a prohibition to eat produce before bikkurim (first fruits) have been separated?

Rambam Sefer Hamitzvos negative command 153 says We are forbidden from eating tevel, i.e. produce from which the terumos1 and ma'asros have not yet been separated. Is there a comparable ...
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Guitar during public weekday prayers

Is anyone aware of any halakhic opinion regarding the playing of musical instruments, guitar for example, in shul on a weekday, not shabbo. Does it have the same religious stigma and opposition as ...
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Blowing shofar for someone at their home

What does one need to know in order to properly perform a private shofar-blowing for someone who cannot make it to Shul on Rosh Hashana? There are many details of how the shofar blowing is conducted ...
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Why God refers to Deer and Gazelle on Eating without sacrificing?

In this question Can jews eat unclean animals when blood is removed? God mentions that jews can eat gazelle and deers without sacrificing them first. That's because all sacrifice must be in the ...