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Why is the Haftorah of Acharei Mos Kedoshim Halo Bnei Kushiim?

Most of the time when we read two Parshas, the Haftorah is that of the second Parsha, except on Acharei Mos-Kedoshim (the source of the custom is from the Mordechai, Rama, Bach and Magen Avraham ...
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Is altering the tallit katan halachally ok?

Can somebody please explain the halacha of altering a tallis katan? If the garment is too wide but the length is good, is it OK to have it taken in? This is not a substitute for my rabbi's advice, ...
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What should you do if you washed and planned to have a meal with bread but realized that the bread went bad?

Say you had in mind to have a regular meal with bread. After washing and saying homotzi lechem min harataz and taking a bite of bread, you realize that the bread is bad. Now all you have left to eat ...
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Are Jews allowed to have hobbies?

According to the Shulchan Aruch (if I am not mistaken), every free hour that a man has should be spent in the study of the Torah. With that being the case, does that mean that anything "extra" such ...
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Yehi Ratzon's after Hagba on Monday & Thursday

On Monday and Thursday after Hagba on days that Tachnun is said, the Chazan says aloud a few Yehi Ratzon's immediately after Hagba was done while Gelila is still being done. Suppose the Chazan had ...
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What is Kishuf (“magic”)?

In order to avoid the prohibited, we must first know what it is. What is the halachic definition of Kishuf ("magic")? While I am mainly interested in sources, Svaras (reasonings) and thoughts are ...
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Repaying debts with micropayments?

I vaguely recall hearing once that our sages do not view with favor, and have a special name for, the situation where a debtor -- presumably one who can afford to repay his debt within the originally ...
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Do I make a bracha on smelling marijuana?

When we smell a nice plant, we make a blessing on it -- either בורא מיני בשמים, or בורא עשבי בשמים, depending on what kind of plant it is. (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 216) Ignoring, for the moment, ...
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Is a cochlear implant considered a chatzitza for tefillin shel rosh?

A cochlear implant is attached on the outside of the head as shown in this picture As you can see, there isn't much leeway to move the coil off the head into a different position as there is a ...
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Should I make a bracha on spice infused nasal spray?

My otolaryngologist (a.k.a. - ENT) uses a mint infused nasal spray to lubricate my nose. I once asked him to show me the spray bottle and the ingredients includes peppermint. Similarly, one of my ...
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Halachically, are tzedaka collectors allowed to interrupt davening to collect tzedaka? [duplicate]

Our shul sporadically gets people who come into the shul in the middle of the Shacharit minyan to ask for tzedaka. I think this is improper as it disrupts people's kavanah when they individually ...
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Changing location mid-way during Shemoneh Esrei?

In one of these hopefully rare events, I’ve found myself needing to daven Shemoneh Esrei in a hotel lobby. I tried finding a quiet place, only to realise mid-way one of the workers telling me I was ...
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Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas

The Shulchan Aruch 103:2 writes one praying who needs to pass gas should thereafter wait until the smell leaves and then continue praying. If one smells a bad smell should also wait until the smell ...
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Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?

Related: What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics? This question was originally mentioned by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink in his Daf Yomi shiur (Shabbat 128). He was talking about tevel d'rabanan ...
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Halachos of a gastropub?

BSD Is it permitted to enter and drink at a gastropub (or restaurant/bar). Assuming the drinks (beer/whiskey) are kosher and this applies only in regards to someone who holds by the Shach (that one ...
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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. ...