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Contact lenses during conversion immersion

If a convert wore contact lenses during the mikvah immersion, is the conversion still valid? Does it depend on whether the contact lenses are disposable (not the one you wear for more than 30 days)?
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Is listening to Music on the fast of Asarah BeTevet permitted?

Can you listen to music on the fast of the tenth of tevet?
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Smart thermostat on Shabbos - what should one do?

I read an article recently regarding a person who went to a hotel and realized after Shabbos began that all the rooms were controlled by smart thermostats. A smart thermostat detects when one is in ...
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Following more lenient opinions for fasting times

Related: Until what time in the morning may you eat on a fast day? There are different opinions about exactly when one must start fasting. For someone planning to wake up to eat, all agree that they ...
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Does porcelain require immersion in the mikvah?

Does porcelain need to be immersed in the mikvah? What do ashkenazim hold? How about sefardim? And hassidim?
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Do you say “keli” or “kelim” for safek kelim together with one non safek keli?

If I tovel (immerse in a ritual bath) a glass or metal pot, I recite a blessing first, as for many a mitzvah. The blessing ends "vetzivanu al tevilat keli", "commanded us about toveling a VESSEL". If ...
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Two brachos one mikvah

If I made a bracha and immersed two vessels, and then someone came over and asked me to immerse their vessel as well, since I did not have their vessel in mind, do I say a new bracha?
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Are two children from different mothers but the same gentile father considered sibilings?

Two children that have the same father but different mothers are forbidden to have relations on grounds of incest. If their father is a gentile (and they have different Jewish mothers), it is not ...
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What is the the amount a person who feels weak on a fast day could eat or drink?

What is the the amount a person who feels weak on a fast day could eat or drink. How many ounces and how often?
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Is secular New Year tree considered OK?

this question presupposes that celebrating secular New Year's eve in the first place is OK. I looked here: " Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve? " and the answers seemed not fully resolved, but my ...
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Is the pop-up trimmer on the back of an electric rotary shaver okay to use?

I follow the opinion that rotary shavers are okay to use because the way they shave is actually more similar to that of a scissor than of a razor. However, by that same opinion, or by the authorities ...
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Using an electric hand dryer after netilas yadayim

Is there any issue with using an electric hand dryer to dry your hands after netilas yadayim either for a seudah or to remove ruach rah?
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Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve?

Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve? Which (orthodox, not modox or non-orthodox) rabbinical authority was against it and which one was in favor of it (if such opinions exist).
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Marriage: invalidity versus prohibition

I apologize if this is a very elementary question, but I'm having trouble finding an answer to it. As we all know, there are many kinds of marriages which one can generally term "halachically ...
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Tovel a dish used only occasionally for food use

If a dish (or the like) is used primarily for such use as doesn't demand that the owner tovel it, but occasionally for such use as does demand t'vila, then does the owner need to tovel it? Here are ...
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The משלח is dead, long live the משלח!

Tosfos (Gittin 13a, s.v. לא יתנו) write that דאע"ג שמינה המגרש בחייו השליח לא חשיב להיות כמותו אחר מותו כאילו הוא עצמו קיים אלא חשיב גט לאחר מיתה Even though the husband appointed his ...
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Does a detached binding of a sefer get stacked in the same position?

See Stacking Seforim -- the linked answer. It says that a chumash goes on top of a Nach. (See the other answer for a dissenting view.) According to that view... what about a lose binding? Say, the ...
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Milk-free cheese: Is it kosher? Parve?

So according to this article, scientists have created cheese by inserting DNA blueprints into a yeast. Essentially, the milk proteins are being created outside of any animal, through genetic ...
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How far must a publisher go to mitigate possible lashon hara?

This question is about sites that host community-contributed content, like Wikipedia, Reddit, or blogging platforms like LiveJournal communities. Suppose somebody posts something negative about an ...
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Can you buy chametz from a store whose owner profited from items sold during Pesach?

The scenario (theoretical): Mr. Lachmi sells his Zeppolli store to Luigi before Pesach. He tells Luigi that he can use all his ingredients to make Zeppolis or anything else he wants to sell, so long ...
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Is a Gentile allowed to store his/her chometz in your fridge during Pesach?

A woman has a Gentile helper live with her. She brings her own food during the year and stores it in the woman's fridge. The fridge is cleaned for Pesach. The Gentile buys her own food and it is ...
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What happens if a non-Jew uses a mikvah?

If a gentile does a kosher immersion (does tevilah with the preparation, three kosher immersions, and the immersion prayer), which is required for conversion, but did so without the help of a rabbi, ...
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Morning blessings when going back to sleep

I recite the birchot ha-shachar according to the Rambam, which is to say the first thing I say in the morning is elohai neshama, then I sit up and say matir asurim, etc. If I get up early in the ...
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Time of minchah without an appropriate place [closed]

Ploni is never in an appropriate place for davening during the afternoon. Either his boss does not appreciate him davening or he is in transit. For the purposes of this question, he is unable to get ...
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Issues of lifnei iver with an inaccurate clock

Is there any problem with lifnei iver (giving bad information) in having an inaccurate clock that someone else will look at? I'll examine a few cases here. The clock is a few minutes off. I don't ...
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May a person with a nature of getting angry be a dayan?

I sit in a beis din with a dayan who gets angry very easily. He can't seem to control his anger, causing great anguish to the litigants, and a big chilul Hashem at times. I have been asked to approach ...
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Do you have to be able to see to do shechita?

In the wake of a question about shechita on a boat (ok, with a cutlass, but also on a boat), the topic of other unusual shechita conditions came up in chat: Can I do it in on a boat? Can I do it ...
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Self-defense in a street fight?

I was in a situation where someone basically approached me indicating he was going to fight me, squared up with me, stared me down etc. pushed me twice, and then I thought to myself, "If he raises a ...
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New Year Eve Fireworks

Is one allowed to go out watching the fireworks in the new year of the common era, is there any reason, why it could be forbidden?!
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Is “peru eruvu” a mitzva that means to specifically include a male and female child?

There is a commandment of "Peru urevu," which can be fulfilled (or the person made exempt) by having "two children." Does that mean that one must have a male and female child, or is it any 2+ number ...
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Punishing the diligent niddah

In general, a niddah should not postpone immersion. According to current universal custom, after observing a disqualifying stain, a niddah must observe 7 clean days before immersion, whereas a ...
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Is a Reform convert considered not-Jewish or safek Jewish?

I am basing this question on something I read somewhere: that a non-Jew is able to accept the Torah and obligate himself in mitzvot independent of the bet din (court) conversion procedure. A non-Jew ...
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What if one is served a shmita product that is not shmita kosher? Eat it or throw it?

If one is served a product from which Shmita was not kept- (fruit, or other) is it permissible or even recommended to eat it since the product will otherwise be thrown to the trash? The products have ...
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Where can I find “Mishnas Pikuach Nefesh”?

Not sure if this kind of question is allowed on here. I've been looking for a specific sefer for a long time and I cannot find any seforim store that has it or that has even heard of it. The sefer I ...
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are you obligated to give testimony if you know you are pasul l'eidus?

I remember learning that there is a mitzvah to give testimony if you know of something which it requires. My question is if you know about yourself, with certainty, that you are pasul l'eidus in ...
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Is there a penalty under the law for attempted adultery?

If a married man or woman propositions sexual misconduct to a person, or a man or woman propositions a person they know is married, is there a prescribed penalty according to the law, i.e. would a a ...
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Dishes were used without tevilat keilim; can one just do tevila now or is something else needed?

If dishes have only ever been used for kosher food but they were not toveled (immersed), what steps must be taken per halacha to be able to continue using them? Can one just take them to the mikvah ...
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Is investing problematic?

Are there any issues involved in investing in stocks or other mediums owned by a Jewish company? I am referring to ribit (interest).
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Can I use a cutlass for a shechita knife?

Ahoy thar! I'm trapped on a pirate ship, and I'm so hungry I could eat a cow! Hey wait, we actually have one on board!! My problem is that the only sharp implement that I have is a pirate's cutlass. ...
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How to bentch in a hotel room/vacation house?

In bentching, there's one הרחמן that changes depending on who is saying it and where. There are essential 4 versions: home, parents' home, guest, and public place. What does a hotel room (or vacation ...
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Is it a mitzvah to help a traveller to another community fulfill his minhag?

From my understanding, it's generally considered obligatory or necessary to participate in the minhagim of your community. However, say that person, person A, travels elsewhere where the minhag is not ...
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Is a homosexual male obligated to try everything to change his orientation?

Given that homosexual relations is a biblical sin, I would like to know if a Jewish male homosexual has an obligation to try to change his sexual orientation (as opposed to just not acting on his ...
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Is it permissible to say “Shabbos/Shabbat” in the bathroom?

I once heard or read somewhere that Shabbos/Shabbat is one of the names of Hashem. 1- Is there a source for this? 2- If it's true, can I say "Shabbos/Shabbat" in the bathroom?
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Is one allowed to bid on a house if he knows another Jew has already made an offer?

This question is related to the halachic concept of ani hamehapech b'charara, or tortious interference, which I happened to just come across in studying Mishnah Peah. If one has been looking at a ...
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How much foreskin remaining by a bris is too much?

If someone as a baby had a bris done by a mohel but feels he still has foreskin going over his glans, then does he need another bris or has he fulfilled his obligation?
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Can I use the Flavia coffee machine in my workplace?

There is a coffee machine (also makes tea and hot chocolate) in my workplace that uses individual packets (not pods) for the drinks. I do not know what the mechanism is for turning that into a drink ...
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Playing music in the car with the windows open

Shmuel is playing music in car. He decides to crank up the volume and opens his windows so that rest of society can hear the music. Is this forbidden, halachically? Even if it is permitted, is there ...
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Getting in the way of a zealot

When Pinchas slew Cozbi and Zimri, he was acting in accordance to a lesser known law, the law of the zealot, that says that if one sees certain sins being performed (I don't know what qualifies) he is ...
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Is there a problem with saying “for Pete's sake”?

Is there a halachic issue with invoking the name "Peter," or, as is more commonly used, "oh, for Pete's sake!," which I assume is a reference to Saint Peter. ( Wikipedia agrees with this conjecture, ...
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Menorah with uneven spacing

The following assumes lighting an additional candle for each day of Chanukkah: Two may light in a single Menorah for the first three days of Chanukkah; each in his end of the Menorah. This does not ...