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Holding the Torah (after Gelilah)

After hagbahah and gelila (in Ashkenazi schuls), the Torah must remain out until the proper point of return. In some schuls, I have seen special furniture to hold the Sefarim. In others, I have seen ...
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What bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Veggie straws are pretty popular food items, now. They're non-GMO, no trans-fat, and a whole bunch of other good stuffs. They're also certified kosher by the OU. What bracha should one snacking on ...
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Doctor recommends pacemaker. Does the patient have to listen?

Suppose a doctor recommends a patient receive a pacemaker, both improve the quality of life and extend the patients life. However, the patient has no interest in getting one. Does Halacha compel the ...
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is it permitted to make a snowman?

Is it permitted to make a snowman? Or is it considered constructing a graven image? Prompted by this: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/saudi-arabia-issues-fatwa---4967400
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What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics?

Hydroponics is a method of growing food (mainly vegetables) with their roots in water, not soil. Aeroponics is when it is grown in air, with the roots being sprayed. What bracha should be made on ...
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what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?

Since tea and coffee are permitted before shacharit, is it safe to assume that all liquids are permitted? Otherwise why is it okay to add milk and sweeteners to the tea? Or is tea and coffee only ...
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What should one do with Shemittah produce?

What should one do with Shemittah produce he owns, outside of Israel?
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

Does electronic cigarette "juice" need to be kosher (require a hechsher)? Does it matter what flavor the juice is?
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Bracha on smelling thyme?

I'd like to know what bracha to say on smelling thyme. Does it have סימני אילן as described in the helachos of borei pri haeitz? Biur Halacha on 216:3, "עצי בשמים", concludes that it needs to have ...
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Tzitzis: does the same string need to be used for all windings?

While there are over a dozen customs as to how exactly one should tie tzitzis strings, all are in agreement (I think) that it involves winding one string around the others some number of times. I have ...
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Is one allowed to become a Talmid HaRambam?

There is a movement of people (including several MiYodeya users I've seen) who believe in following the teachings of the Rambam exclusively, basing their practical halachot off the Mishneh Torah, ...
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What Have Modern Posqim said about Nuclear Weapons?

I'm looking to find teshuvot from modern posqim that discuss the permissability of possessing and using nuclear weapons.
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What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers?

What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers? Do you say al hamichya ve'al haetz or is it boreh nefashot since neither is a kezayit? Please provide ...
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Can an Orthodox Jew go to a reform burial?

Halachically speaking, Can an Orthodox Jew attend a reform or Conservative burial?
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Kashering enamel-ware

How does one kasher enamelware like Le Creuset (if it is at all possible)? Note: enamelware cooking implements are typically cast-iron with a glazed enamel covering most of the of the surface, except ...
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Reform/Liberal Burials

Is there a problem with the way Progressive Judaism carry out their burials according to Orthodox Jewry?
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Rising when saying Elokeinu in a zimmun [duplicate]

I have seen many people, among them talmidei chachamim, rise out of their seat when saying God's name (Elokeinu) during a zimmun of 10 people. Is there a source for this behavior?
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Waving at a security camera on Shabbat

Background: Walking past motion detector/sensor activated lights on Shabbat -- it's better to avoid setting of motion-activated lights on Shabbat. Unintentional closing and opening of electrical ...
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The “nu” clause

The accepted Halacha is that one should not interrupt with unnecessary speech between the blessing on washing hands and making Hamotzi. There are other situations where talking is prohibited or ...
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What is shiduchim?

In Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha'ezer 26:4, it is written: ואפילו קדשה בכסף או בשטר אם לא שידך תחלה או שקידש בשוק מכין אותו מכת מרדות והיא מקודשת: הגה וי״א שאין מכין אם קידש בכסף או בשטר אפי׳ בשוק ובלא ...
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Jean Valjean and Halacha

Note: This question is assuming that the character in question were Jewish, rather than Catholic. It is merely using the situations as examples. In the musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, ...
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Skipping “Elokeinu” in zimmun

At seudah shlishis at shul, this week, the person leading the bentching (grace after meals) neglected to say the word "Elokeinu" (our God), in the invitation to bentch ("zimmun"), as is required when ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

It seems obvious to me that in general it’s better to keep more mitzvot rather than fewer, but wearing tzitzit seems like a special case. I’ve asked rabbis in my community about this, but I want to ...
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What are the restrictions on electronic commerce during the sabbath?

On Photo.SE, mention was made of some software that had its software license fulfillment (one would think a completely automatic process) being restricted on Saturday: Someone at B&H ... has ...
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Gathering my own rainwater to tovel

Is it permissible to tovel dishes in a bucket which I've left outside to gather rainwater? Is there an issue, for instance, if there hasn't been rain for a period of time?
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Kasher a liver or unsalted meat

I understand that To prepare a liver to eat (not raw (maybe raw ok just to wash?)) and unsalted meat (without salting for 18min) We need to roust for the fire to remove its blood I understand that ...
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How did Jerusalem get bigger without the Sanhedrin?

The Mishna in Sanhedrin 1:5 states: אין מוסיפין על העיר ועל העזרות, אלא על פי בית דין של שבעים ואחד. They may not add [annex] to the city [Jerusalem] or [Temple] Courtyards, except by a court ...
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What is השמעת קול about?

Apparently, there's a prohibition against making noise on Shabbos. See Shabbos 18a: אבל אין נותנין חטין לתוך הריחים של מים אלא בכדי שיטחנו מבעוד יום מאי טעמא אמר רבה מפני שמשמעת קול But ...
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Heter mechira abroad

If someone lives outside of Israel, is he allowed to use fruits from heter mechira? Heter mechira is a certain kula for the Jewish agriculture in Israel. If I don't live in Israel does the Hetter ...
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Gedolim and Sever Panim Yafos

I have seen many video's of gedolei Torah and very often when they greet someone they don't smile or look very excited. This is even when the person comes to the gadol's house. I wondered how to ...
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Prayer and the Noahide/Gentile

I know that Noahides have their own siddur and are not bound or obligated to pray, but could one (a Noahide) pray the actual Amhidah for example and omit the words "our" or anything that connects them ...
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Bar Mitzvah Meal Before Becoming 13

Mishne Berura, I believe, writes that a Bar Mitzvah seudah (meal) is conferred the status of a seudas mitzvah if either it is held on the day of the boy's becoming 13 (i.e. his birthday) or, he ...
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Can one practice saying Kaddish by oneself, for educational purposes? [duplicate]

If someone wants to get better at saying one of the Kaddishes (Kaddish d'Rabbanan, Kaddish Yatom [Mourners], etc.), is it permissible to say the Kaddish out loud by oneself? Kaddish is classified as ...
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Being appointed to a jury in a case between two Jews

In the U.S., a person can be appointed as a juror without volunteering for the position. If a person would find themselves appointed as a juror over a monetary dispute between two Jews, how should ...
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After cutting my hair, how many times must I wash my hands?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 4:19 says: One who takes a haircut or shaves and does not wash his hands, will be scared for three days [...] and [...] will not know what he is scared of. ...
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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her ...
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Is it mutar to kill a gentile to save one's life? [duplicate]

I know that it is forbidden to kill another Jew to save your own life, as it says in Sanhedrin 74. Does this law extend to a gentile?
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Halachik issues with SodaStream and similar sodamakers on Shabbos (e.g. molid, hashmaas kol)

It is disputed whether soda/seltzer makers are a problem on Shabbos (see Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov ) with e.g. the Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchasa ruling leniently (as cited in Rabbi ...
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Can a mourner/avel learn Torah on Shabbat?

If I'm not mistaken a mourner in the 1st 7 days, during the Shiva cannot study Torah (except for mourning-related Torah study) as it brings joy to a person. Firstly is this Halacha or a Minhag? ...
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Shochtim who learned from translated materials

The Maharil in his Tshusvos Chadashos ("New Responsa," mentioned here), writes (Siman 93) that the custom is not to give kabblah to shochtim who learned the laws shechita in German (translated ...
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May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?

This is a hatmana (insulation) question. I want to know if there is an issue with putting food on the platta on Shabbos day and then putting a thick towel ontop of that food in order for the food to ...
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Eating in a non-kosher household [duplicate]

I am a converted Jew (mother is not Jewish, father is) who has recently began keeping Kosher. My mother is an excellent cook, and I greatly enjoyed eating what she made growing up. I still would like ...
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If one gives a food gift on Shabbos, does the one who receives it need to use it on Shabbos?

The Halacha is that one may give a food gift to another on Shabbos. (See Dose of Halacha for more details). If I give a bottle of wine, do they need to open it on Shabbos, or can they choose to keep ...
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Non-statutory Torah service

Is it possible to have a "stand-alone" Torah service, not connected to a statutory prayer? I saw this done on Shavuot once, where some people who slept through davening convened a minyan solely for ...
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Is there an obligation to reattach a severed body part?

If a part of a person's body is severed for whatever reason, is there an obligation on the person who lost it to reattach it?
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Does the Biblical prohibition against writing on Shabbat apply to nonsense as well?

Writing (כותב) is one of the 39 melachot (forbidden labors) of Shabbat. Writing nonsense is forbidden regardless, but i'm curious whether it's a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition. On a Biblical ...
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What activities (other than eating and drinking) are forbidden on minor fasts?

On minor fast days we, of course, don't eat and drink. But my experience is that in other regards we can mostly go about our usual activities -- go to work, tend to household chores, etc. What other ...
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what is the mother's obligation to raise children (if she is not obligated to educate (chinuch) them)

igres moshe 4.49 כי סתם נשים בעולם אינם עשירות ועליהן מוטל גידול הילדים והילדות translation from link the average woman is not wealthy and has responsibility to raise sons and daughters. ...
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When is Fixed Interest Allowed?

It says in an article at VBM Torah: It should be remembered that Halakha makes explicit mention of particular bodies to whom it is permissible to lend at interest (e.g., the community) So what ...
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How big can insects be before falling into kashrut halacha?

So we typically clean vegetable matter of bugs because, while it isn't an aveirah to eat a bug part if it's smaller than a(n) (halachic) olive, it is still prohibited to eat any non-kosher living ...