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Would a Greek sefer torah be read from in Greek?

If a sefer Torah was written in Greek, would it have been publicly read from in the Greek translation only, or would they also use a Hebrew scroll?
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Why for repetition of Shomne Esray you need only 6 that prayed but 9 that will answer?

I was asked the following question: For the repetition of the Shemone Esray, you need only 6 to finish praying to begin the repetition. However, there must be 9 people answering Amen to the ...
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May a non Ethiopian Jew celebrate Sigd?

Ethiopian Jews recently celebrated their festival of Sigd, which involves reaccaptence of the Torah, communal fasting and feasting, and prayers. Is it acceptable for someone of a Minhag other than ...
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How long is לאלתר?

In the mishna on Gitin 27a, the rule is that if someone delivers a get (bill of divorce) from another country, loses it, and finds it again, should not deliver it to the woman unless he either finds ...
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Sources for the halachos of medical emergencies on Shabbos

As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm currently preparing a chabura (presentation) on the laws of medical emergencies on Shabbos. What sources discuss the halachos of medicine on Shabbos?
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Beracha achrona on yogurt?

Do you make a boreh nefashot on yogurt according to sepharadim? Is it treated like a liquid, like ice cream, or as a solid? This is in relations to the time needed to eat it. If it's liquid, you ...
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If someone knowingly designates a Korban Mincha with barley, does he offer with wheat?

In the Mishna, (Menachot 12:3) it says that if one makes a neder (vow) to offer a Korban Mincha with barley, he offers with wheat. Kehati explains, if he didn't know that Menachot are only wheat, but ...
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Stam viYesh Halacha k'…?

This question is a followup to these comments When the Shulchan Aruch brings two opinions as to what the halacha in a given situation is, the first is brought without a name, and the second is ...
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Does demolition of terrorists' homes have any basis in Judaism?

Israel is currently implementing a policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists, even after they have been 'eliminated', as a deterrent to others. Is this kind of action OK, according to halacha + ...
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Sous-vide cooking for Shabbat

Sous-vide is a method of cooking food slowly, at a precisely-controlled temperature. This article in the New York Times reports that this method is becoming more and more accessible to and widespread ...
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Can women be motsi Sephardic men in havdalah?

According to Sepharadim, women are chayavot in havdalah. Can they also be motsi men? Looking for a Sephardic answer.
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Examining a old bedikah cloth

AFAIK the psak on a bedikah cloth depends on the colour of the stain. Any shade of red indicates nidda, other colours, including brown, are okay. Doesn't blood turn from red to brown when it dries? ...
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Is “siman tov u'mazal tov” a halachically problematic phrase?

Literally translated, this is what is commonly said in the Jewish community, upon hearing very good news (typically lifecycle events as such as engagement, marriage, birth). "A good sign and a good ...
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May we violate Shabbos to administer morphine?

Morphine has been widely used as a pain reliever for a very long time (according to Wikipedia, it's been in use at least since 1804!). It's even listed (twice!) on WHO's list of essential medicines. ...
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What's the definition of “not now” for priority-of-b'racha purposes?

Orach Chayim 211 is about what food to recite a blessing over (that is, and eat) first when one wishes to eat two foods. It's clear that (except according to the Rambam cited in 211:2) one does not ...
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How to hold your hands during the amidah?

For someone praying the amiday by heart with eyes closed, what is the right way to hold your hands? I know that the right hand should cover the left, but how exactly? Can someone upload a diagram or ...
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Which takes precedence - dina d'malchuta or halacha? What about minhag yisrael?

A more practical ramification of Is a ban on government workers wearing religious symbols a gezeirat hamalchut for which one would be obligated to give up his life? If the law of the land (dina ...
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If a convert goes off the derekh, must he go to the mikvah again after he repents?

A female convert I know, who had stopped observing mitzvos for a few years, but then sought to return to the fold, was led to believe by someone that she would have to go again to the mikvah to ...
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Resolving a dispute where the customer denies that the product is theirs

If someone left something at the dry-cleaners', for example, and later returned to pick it up, but it seems to not be the same item that they left, what does halacha say about resolving it? Both the ...
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Is boreh nefashot said on hot coffee?

Under what conditions, if any, is boreh nefashot said on hot coffee/tea? If one is unsure if he drank "cheekfuls" is he exempt?
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Can a public Torah reading be done by repeating words and trope as read by another?

It's time for Kri'at Hatorah (public Torah reading) on a Monday. The shul's regular Ba'al Kri'ah is absent, and no one else in the shul can read from the Torah - not even the rabbi. It is not just a ...
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Are chess pieces with faces on them considered idols?

If a chess set has pieces which seem to be mini sculptures of faces etc. (like many of the hand-made ones you will find in South Africa), are they considered idols? Did anyone hear of something like ...
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Napoléon's Sanhedrin

In 1806, Napoléon Bonaparte convened a synod of French rabbinim (mainly Alsatiens and Bordelais) to ascertain halachic opinions on a set of questions. What is the halachic standing of this synod's ...
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Tzeddaka when traveling after maariv

It is recommended to give tzeddakah when embarking on travel, preferably in the morning because of the spiritual 'climate' of day. “One should not give [tzedakah] before the evening prayers [in ...
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Operating Cameras on Shabbat

Would it be permissible to take a picture with a film camera operated mechanically? If not what would be the melacha involved?
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Why were leap years decided only by judges and not with the cooperation of witnesses?

Ramba"m Hilchot Kiddush Hachodesh 4:9 says: The year can be made full only by [judges] who were invited [to participate in the deliberations]. What is implied? The head of the High Court tells ...
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What beracha do sefardim make on pizza?

What beracha do sefardim make on pizza? Does the amount of slices eaten make a difference?
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Answering “Amen” etc after putting on tefillin shel rosh?

For a sefardi that only says one beracha on tefillin, can "Amen" and "Amen - yehe scheme raba..." be answered immediately after putting on the shel rosh but before tying the shel yad around the ...
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Are civil divorces not recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

A Jewish couple gets a civil divorce. The wife remarries, and has children with her new spouse. Are the children of this second marriage, which was performed without a get having been issue, ...
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Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

Let's suppose a couple was married by a Reform rabbi in a standard reform ceremony (with egalitarian ketubah, and many other modifications to traditional kiddushin). If the couple later become baalei ...
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do I have to eat the leftovers? [duplicate]

Is it a problem of bal tashchit to throw out edible leftovers if one prefers to do so for no good reason?
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Do you make a bracha achrona if the food you ate was bad?

Similar to this question, but I ask specifically about bracha achrona -- with the presumption that you probably made a bracha rishona before you ate. (Not that those mitzvot are necessarily linked, ...
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What should be done if the shel rosh first is taken out first?

Let's assume that one puts on the shel yad (hand-tefillin) before the shel rosh, and based on that, should be careful to take out the shel yad first (because of "אין מעבירין על המצוות"). What should ...
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What to do with discarded shemittah produce of co-workers

I currently work in an environment where colleagues (irreligious and/or not Jewish) are consuming produce that has shemittah sanctity. They often throw their left over food directly in the bin with ...
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What's the youngest that a shochet could be?

Is there a lower age limit to be able to shecht (slaughter animals in a kosher manner)? If so, what is it? Related question: Is age a disqualification for Shechita? (upper age limit)
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Using someone else's employee discount

Let's say my good friend Bob is an employee at Frank's Store of Stuff You'd Never Pay Full Price For. He gets an employee discount for his purchases there. Can Bob buy stuff and then sell it to me, ...
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How is 'regretting a mitzvah' defined?

What constitutes regretting a mitzvah: Does one have to write down a regretful statement, speak the regret, think it explicitly, or is a tinge of fleeting regret enough to qualify as regretting a ...
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Is it forbidden to publish misleading advertising?

May a Jew publish, in print, online, or elsewhere, advertising which they have reason to suspect is not accurate? Not to get bogged down in an example; but let's say the publisher of a Jewish ...
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Contract Law and Intentions

If two parties write a contract with two clauses A and B, such that if the conditions of the first clause A, are not fulfilled then the contract defaults to the second clause B, and both parties have ...
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Fourth Graders, Museum and Chillul Hashem

When I was in fourth grade I remember our field trip to the museum. However, I always beared in mind what our teacher said either before we went to the museum or on the bus going there. She told us, ...
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Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?

Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan? It says in clearly says in the Torah, in Vayikra 23:14: You shall not eat bread or [flour made from] parched grain or fresh grain, until this very day, until ...
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What “malchus” exists today in America?

The Gemara (Gittin 79b-80a) says that we need to write the date of the malchus (kindgom) of the place where a get (bill of divorce) was written, on the get, for שלום מלכות (so that we don't upset the ...
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What is considered alone for shma? [duplicate]

When saying shma in davening without a minyan, the three words א-ל מלך נאמן are recited. It is done in order to make up 248 words total (with a minyan, the chazzan says ה' א-לוקיכם אמת to get the 3). ...
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May a woman who has had an affair remain married to her husband?

I recently heard that halacha prohibits a woman who had a (consensual) affair from remaining married to her husband, even if both the wife and husband wish to remain married. Is this correct, and if ...
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Walking out of shul backwards

When leaving shul after davening, I've seen some people walking out backwards. Is this a halacha?
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Disagreeing with one's rebbe

We all have Rabbeim that we ask questions to. Is one allowed to disagree with his rebbe if he feels that his rebbe's viewpoint is incorrect?
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Can you give an animal a tranquilizer, and proceed to slaughter it?

Can you shoot an animal with a tranquilizer, or feed a tranquilizer to an animal, and proceed to slaughter it in a kosher manner?
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Saying Asher Yatzar if there is no water available

Suppose after using the facilities there is no water available, should one say Asher Yatzar without washing their hands?
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What to do if you forget Nishmas?

On Shabbos or Yom Tov, if someone forgets to say Nishmas and has already started Yishtabach, should he go back and say it? Does it matter if he already said HaShem's name or started the conclusion? ...
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Destroying fruit-tree to save house

There is a prohibition against destroying fruit trees (Devarim 20:19). Are there any exceptions to this rule? May one cut down a fruit tree that is damaging a nearby house?