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Responding “Amen” to fanciful blessings and wishes

This is related to this question, but I'm curious about a slightly different angle. Suppose someone makes a fanciful blessing. I'm not talking about, "May we be Zocheh to a Geulah Sheleimah ...
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“Carrying” items without an eruv

I have seen people use "Sabbat belts" and bracelets that use the key as some functional part of the item (eg something that holds the loop together). However, this does not seem to be a real garment ...
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What halakhic subtopics might be covered by The Tur and not by the Shulchan Aruch?

What halakhic subtopics might be covered by The Tur and not by the Shulchan Aruch? I'm especially looking for examples where a teshuvah (or other halakhic opinion) relies on the Tur, at least in part, ...
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Listening to Ambient Music

Is there anything wrong about listening to Ambient Music produced by Non-Jews (with no lyrics or vocals and certainly no issue of Kol Isha.) The reason for listening to it is in order to relax or for ...
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Trustworthiness of “new” dishes

When one buys new dishes from a store (e.g. cutlery, plates, bowls), is there any concern that they are not as "new" as they are claimed to be? For example, someone buys some cutlery and plates, ...
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A tree which falls and damages

If one has a tree in their property/yard, (or similarly a tree within a jointly owned courtyard) and it falls into a public area [due to heavy winds] and damages... Is the owner of the tree liable in ...
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In case of diphallia, how is brit-milah affected?

Diphallia is a rare medical condition in which a male infant is born with two penises. Does brit-milah requires both penises to be circumcised? Is there any reference in the litterature about such ...
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Does the mitzvah to return a lost object apply to aveirah items?

I recently saw a flyer that quoted from R' Chaim Kanievsky, Shlita as saying that if one find a smartphone that is not "kosher" there is no mitzvah obligation to return it. Is this in fact the ...
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Getting up by alos hashachar — Halachically required?

That which the Machaber writes in the first siman of Shulchan Aruch: יתגבר כארי לעמוד בבוקר לעבודת בוראו, שיהא הוא מעורר השחר From here could one say that if one doesn't get up by alos hashachar ...
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Can Sforim be used as a shtender?

Is it ok to place the sefer that you're learning from slanted on top of another sefer/sforim - sort of like a shtender or is is this considered to be a zilzul (disrespectful) to the sforim?
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Halachic justification to not pray the amidah before zman t'filah?

Some Chassidic courts are not makpid (careful) to daven the morning Amidah before z'man tefilah, although this seems to be a clear halacha. Are there any opinions they are relying on? I was once told ...
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Beit Kneset and Torah study - desecration?

By late antiquity, the "beth midrash" had developed along with the synagogue into a distinct though somewhat related institution. The main difference between the "beth midrash" and "beth ...
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Blessing on the next American President (or any politician)

If the candidate I supported in a political election wins, does this qualify as good news for reciting the blessing hatov ve-hameitiv (Who is good and beneficent) upon hearing the results? In my ...
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“Avram” for when he was young?

The Gemara in Brachot 13a teaches us that we should only refer to Avraham as Avraham and not as Avram. תני בר קפרא כל הקורא לאברהם אברם עובר בעשה שנאמר (בראשית יז) והיה שמך אברהם רבי אליעזר אומר ...
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Kissing the mezuzah before netilat yadayim in the morning

Is it permissible to kiss the mezuzah in the morning before you wash your hands (netilat yadayim)?
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Horse back riding for women

Is it permissible for an Orthodox woman to do horseback riding in an ordinary saddle, or does she have to use a sidesaddle? Furthermore, would she be able to use women's trousers made for horseback ...
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May a Jew Trick or Treat?

What would the halachic issues be (if any) regarding a Jew who wants to trick-or-treat on October 31st?
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Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom

If someone has one of the small "pocket benschers" that slide into his wallet, is it a problem for him to walk into the bathroom with his wallet in his pocket?
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Putting up scach before walls of sukkah

If one puts up the scach of the sukkah before building the walls then the sukkah is pasul (See Rama OC Siman 635 Sif 1.) If however a tefach of a wall is put up next to the scach (somach to the scach) ...
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A shorter person with a normal sized tallis katan

A theoretical question: If a young person (a boy for example that is 13 yrs old) that happens to be very short (not because of any physical disability) wears a normal size tallis katan it will be very ...
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A child that commits suicide (R"L) — losing certain merits

A person who kills himself (R"L) as far as I know loses certain zechuyos (merits) in terms of their kavurah (burial) and other dinim (rules. See here for more). Is the same true if it was a katan ...
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Dan LeChaf Zechuth - Exceptions?

What are the exceptions to the requirement to judge one another favorably? Does it apply unless the person has a (proven) reputation of a Rasha'? Is it limited to Bein Adam LaMakom? (If someone ...
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Skin of chicken like chicken meat itself?

In terms of dinei baser b'chalav and other nafka minas for if something is considered baser or not what does the status of the skin on top of chicken have (the skin that is cooked together and often ...
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Chanukiyot inside or out?

Shabbat 22a says that the halacha is that we should place the chanukiyah outside, within a hand-breadth of the door, to the left. In Israel I've seen people do this, placing the chanukiyah in a glass ...
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Is it Asur to watch violent sports?

Is it Asur to watch violent sports like boxing or UFC, or some of the horrific videos of war footage that can be found online (which were pointed out to me, and to which I won't link here) for ...
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Does “burning” water fall under the Av Melachah of “bishul” on Shabbos?

If water that falls onto a hot plate on Shabbos immediately "burns" up and evaporates, does this fall under the Av Melachah of bishul? (The pracitical application of this I want to leave aside. ...
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“Yichud L'Olam” in Hilchos Muktzeh

In Hilchos Muktzeh we find there is an idea that even a rock ("evan") one can be m'yached (set aside) for a certain purpose allowing one to move it around on Shabbos (See SA OC Siman 308 Sif 22.) ...
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Making coleslaw and potato salad on Shabbos

All of the halachos in regards to lisha on Shabbos have always been difficult to understand. What do the poskim say in regards to making coleslaw (mixing together small pieces of cabbage and carrots ...
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Status of plastic drip coffee filter cone

What would be the status of the coffee maker cone shown below if it were to be used to make a cup of coffee in a dairy mug? Would it become dairy? Would it remain parve? Here's how it works. It ...
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Saying a b'racha acharona and continuing to eat other food

Suppose someone is eating something that requires saying a b'racha meen shalosh — for example, noodles — and something that requires saying "bore n'fashos" — for example, salad or ...
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removing a dislocated hair out of one's beard on shabbat

Is there any prohibition to remove a disconnected beard hair from a beard on Shabbat? In order to remove the hair you still may have to move away other parts of the beard to get to the hair in ...
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Torah learning any time of the day

Can I wake up at any time of night/early morning, say birchat haTorah, and begin to learn? Is there any time of night/early morning I cannot do this? Is there ever a time in which learning Torah ...
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Mehudar: a Subset of the Daled Minim?

I remember seeing a teshuva about this once. Could be it was even here. If someone has daled minim and one of the minim is not "mehudar" does it then "take away" from the hidur of the other minim. ...
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Can a non-Jew recite the Shema?

Can a non-Jew recite the Shema and other Jewish prayers? Is there any one which is off limits to non-Jews? Thanks.
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What are the halachos following a miscarriage? [closed]

I was told that if the miscarried fetus was a boy it is given a bris milah. Why is this so? What are the other halachos related to a miscarriage? Do we differentiate between a baby that dies within 30 ...
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Is there a kosher way to get a permanent image on the skin?

Based on these excellent questions it appears that writing with ink permanently on the skin is forbidden and that there is no question of maras ayin for non permanent tattoos. Is there a way to make a ...
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Kadish / Tachanun errors - How should you proceed?

Suppose the Chazan starts saying Kaddish in error instead of saying Tachanun - should the Chazan just stop saying Kaddish? Is there a break off point that up to there you stop saying Kaddish and ...
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Being a fan of a Non-Jewish sports figure?

Is it a problem for a Jewish person to be a fan of a non-Jewish sports figure? Since there is an issur of "lo sechonem" -- not to praise a gentile for his prowess or other attributes? (I suppose ...
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Status of food fried with oil that was previously used for meat

If one used oil to fry meat and the next day used the same oil to fry something pareve (eg. french fries), is the pareve food considered 'meat'? Is there any differences between Sefardic and ...
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Noled — Ossur on Yom Tov, Muter on Shabbos?

Why is it that there apparently are some poskim (Halachic authorities) that hold Noled (something that didn't exist before the onset of Shabbos or Yom Tov) is Muter on Shabbos but Ossur on Yom Tov? ...
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Excess water after Netillath Yadayim

Is excess water after Netillath Yadayim usable for other purposes? For example, you wash for bread, and you leave water in the cup - can someone use that water, or do they need to empty and refill ...
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Do you do a Tashlumin (make-up) on a Shemoneh 'Esreh if you later realize that you forgot a critical insert?

If you forgot to add a critical insert in the 'Amidah (one of the special additions to Shemoneh 'Esreh at certain times of the year, eg., HaMelech HaKadosh, Ya'aleh VeYavo, etc.), and you realize at ...
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Saying “Shehecheyanu” on Mitzvot on the second day of Yom Tov

The two days of Rosh Hashanah are considered as one day (Yoma Arichta), so why do we say Shehecheyanu when we blow the Shofar on the second day? Moreover even if we somehow view it as two days, why ...
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Can an 'AGA' oven be koshered?

Can an 'AGA' oven be koshered? Here are encyclopedia and video explanations of what an AGA oven is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGA_cooker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxRp9b1yFGA
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What is the source for “the custom of our forefathers is in our hands”?

Where does "minhag avoseinu byadeinu" as a halachik concept, which is commonly cited as the source for keeping two days of yom tov outside of Israel, originate from?
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Can non Jews be buried in a Jewish Cemetery?

Can a non Jew be buried in a Jewish Cemetery under any circumstances?
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Reading a newspaper

Are there any works that discuss the permissibility of reading secular newspapers on a weekday? The Ketzos HaShulchan (Badei HaShulchan 107:43) holds that it's forbidden: Other [i.e. not Torah] ...
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Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?

The reason we allow someone to violate shabbos to save a life is because of the principle "let him void one shabbat so that many future shabbosos will be kept". What are the parameters for this ...
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Gabai speaking during chazaras hashatz, kaddish or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur

Is a gabai allowed to speak during chazaras hashatz, kaddish and/or kriyas hatorah for the sake of the tzibbur (e.g. to ask someone if they are a Kohen or Levi)?
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Can one stand a child in an aron kodesh in order for the child to kiss the sifrei torah?

Can you place (stand) a 2 year old child on a shelf in an Aron Kodesh which is on the same level as the Sifrei Torah in order for the child to look at and kiss the Sifrei Torah?