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Clarifying the prohibition of Mishkav Zachar

Vayikra 18:22 teaches the prohibition of penetrating a man: וְאֶת-זָכָר — לֹא תִשְׁכַּב, מִשְׁכְּבֵי אִשָּׁה: תּוֹעֵבָה, הִוא. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind; it is ...
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Is It Permitted To Listen To Secular Music? [duplicate]

Are Jews permitted to listen to secular / non-Jewish, but non-religious music?
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Would Harry Potter be killed as a sorcerer?

Before asking my question, I'd like to make it clear that this is being asked in all seriousness, and not as some form of satire or "Purim Torah". I think there is a precedent for asking halachic ...
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Are sex change operations prohibited for non-Jews?

In very specific situations some halachic decisors have permitted sex change operations, such as for infants born with some types of genital anomalies. However, the consensus seems to be that they ...
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Would I be allowed to sell my Chametz alcohol during the Prohibition?

During the Prohibition in the United States, owning alcohol was permitted, though selling it was prohibited. If I had a barrel of Vodka which I bought before the prohibition was made law, would I be ...
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a girl who has been raped - mikvah

Could a Jewish teenager go to the mikvah if she is not married and has been raped? If a girl has been raped is it acceptable for her to go the mikvah in order to cleanse herself or is this not ...
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What halachot are affected by color blindness?

What halachot are affected if a person is colorblind? One probable example I can think of relates to the laws of niddah and checking emissions. Another less likely example would be the the halachic ...
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Is Zoroastrianism Avodah Zarah?

Are there sources that discuss whether Zoroastrianism is considered to be Avodah Zarah? (Note: I am mainly interested in seeing Jewish sources that discuss Zoroastrianism. Answers that just discuss ...
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Interracial marriages : Has anyone ever forbid it?

Has there ever been anyone who forbid interracial marriages when the girl is caucasian and the man is black on Halachic grounds?
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Amen after hearing an identical blessing

If someone makes a blessing on food, and before eating hears the same blessing from another person, does he say Amen, or is that a hefsek? Similarly, if one finishes Baruch She'amar, and (before ...
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Speaking to a deceased person

Is it permissible when visiting the grave of a deceased family member to "speak" to them as if they are there. To tell them how much they miss them, they love them. In general to express feelings, ...
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Halachic status of malawach

What bracha do we make on malawach? Does it have the same status as bread, or do we treat it as a cake or cookie?
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What calendar-dependent laws must non-Jews follow?

While the calendar is vastly important in Judaism, it seems like it is barely applicable to non-Jews. The "big seven" Noahide laws seem to be perenially applicable; they dictate general rules for life ...
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Kabala in Halacha

Which of the major authors or codifiers of halacha. . . a) refer directly to or quote from kabala in their legal discussions? b) employ conclusions based only on kabala in their legal argumentation ...
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Halachic status of Sikhism as Avoda Zara

Are there any sources that explicitly discuss the halachic status of Sikhism regarding to what extent it follows the Noahide laws, and if it is considered avoda zara or shittuf?
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Cesem found on someone with dark skin

A cesem that is found on a colored piece of clothing is tahar. What about someone with dark skin (they are of some ethnicity/race that has darker skin), could the same idea be applied in such a case ...
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Does a French Press Shoulder Nut Require Tevila?

On a french press, there is a piece that sits on the bottom of the plunger rod above the filtering discs called a shoulder nut. The purpose of this piece is to keep the filtering discs plunged down ...
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Can't use the name of Gd during spontaneous prayer?

What is the rationale in suggesting that a person who wishes to pray to Hashem outside the context of formal communal prayer, that they may not use Gd's name in doing so? This seems to me to go ...
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power went off Bishul Akum

If a Jew turned on a portable burner for a non Jew to cook pancakes and the switch for power went off,but the actual metal is hot enough to cook on without any power,if the non Jew turns it back on is ...
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Erasing part of a letter on Shabbos

Erasing letters on Shabbos is only prohibited min HaTorah (from the Torah) when it's being done in order to write new letters. However if it's not being erased in order to write new letters then the ...
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Shaliach Tzibbur missed out one or more blessings in the repetition of the amidah. What to do later?

What should one do if the Shaliach Tzibbur missed out one or more blessings in the repetition of the amidah and it was only pointed out to him after he had finished? Does he have to repeat the amidah ...
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Desecrating Shabbos in a non-Orthodox or non-Jewish neighborhood

I heard recently the following: Someone who desecrates the Shabbos in a non-Orthodox or non-Jewish neighborhood doesn't have the classification of a "m'chalel Shabbos b'farhesia" (someone who ...
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Ripping garments when hearing Hashem's name?

I've heard in a kabbalah shiur on web yeshiva, if someone says Hashem's name as it's written, either b'shogeg or b'meizid, the person or people that heard must rip their garments as they do when a ...
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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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Leniencies for someone keeping Kosher in a non-Kosher home

My family is not frum, but they do not eat non-kosher meat at home, although they do eat other not-certified-kosher products, including cheese. They don't mix meat and milk, but they do wash meat and ...
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What is the status of Mitvah for typical jews?

As we know many mitvah are no longer done. Stoning is one example. Burning a city when someone introduce Shiva, Jesus or other deity is another example. Some rabbi even prohibits polygamy while not ...
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Compelling arguments to support Techelet

I know a lot of arguments against the wearing Techelet from my research etc. and I would to now hear some arguments for the Techelet. Does anyone have any arguments that support the Techelet?
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What is the reason for שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום?

What is the reason for שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום? Why must it been done in that form of twice reading the verse and once reading the תרגום? The Gemara in ברכות דף ח states that one who does שנים מקרא ...
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Tumah from touching scalp?

Whats the reason behind the ruling that scratching or touching your scalp gives hands tumah, therefor you need to wash before discussing Torah or reciting a bracha
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Stepping Back Before Amidah

Why do people step back three steps before the Amidah (as mentioned here in Mishnah Berurah, S'if Katan Gimmel) if the Gemarah only mentions stepping three steps forward? Is there a kabbalistic source ...
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How do we treat a י"א in the Shulchan Aruch?

Is there a general principle for how we treat a י"א = יש אומרים (yesh omrim, "some say") cited in the Shulchan Aruch for the purposes of determining halacha? If not, are there examples of two halachos ...
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In doubt of whether to say Tachnun or not

If there is a doubt in a particular minyan whether tachnun should be said or not, what should be done? For example: There is supposed to be a bris in the shul however the kehillah is not sure if it's ...
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Kosher Coconut Oil Packed in Non-Kosher facility [duplicate]

If the Coconut Oil is Kosher but is packed in non-Kosher facility, is it still kosher?
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Calling a Muslim leader an “Imam”

Is there a halachic issue with referring to a Muslim imam by the title "Imam" (or "Imam __" with the person's name inserted in place of the underscore)? Here are the thoughts that lead me to ask this ...
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Praying with pictures or money on the table

It has been established that one may not pray facing a picture. May one pray by a table where pictures or money bills lie? How about engraved images like coins? If prohibited, how can the practice ...
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Halachic basis for opposing erection of a giant statute of Jesus in Israel

According to JewishIsrael.com an Arab Christian group plans to build a giant statute of Jesus on Har Kedumin (Mt. Precipice) near Nazareth on Jewish National Fund land. The Minister of Tourism, Uzi ...
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Sand art on Shabbos

Is it Hallachicly permissible to make Sand art on Shabbos or is it prohibited on Shabbos and if so what prohibition are you doing maybe writing?
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What are the halachik issues involved in drawing from a nude model?

Aside from seeming obviously inappropriate for a good Jewish boy/girl, what are the halachik issues involved in drawing from a nude model? Are there any distinctions with regard to men/women?
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Commiting to a group's educational system

In a community where spaces are scarce in educational institutions, may a Jewish institution refuse a child if the parents will not commit to letting the child continue in that group's separate ...
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Should I improvise a b'racha in a case of doubt?

I didn't grow up on "b'racha bees" and I know there's a lot I don't know, so I sometimes find myself in a situation where either I know there's a b'racha for something but I don't know it, or I don't ...
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Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?

There is a halacha that one may not name a child after an evildoer, a principle known as shem reshaim yirkav taken from Yoma 38b ("ועל בן קמצר וחביריו נאמר ושם רשעים ירקב", cf. Mishlei 10:7). Later ...
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Waking up early to eat before a fast

I was just wondering about the halachos of waking up to eat before a fast day. If one had intention, is it best to wake up, wash negal vasser, get dressed, go to bathroom say Al Netilas Yadaim, Asher ...
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Does Lo Techanem apply to online Q&A sites?

Regarding the issur of Lo Techanem, does this apply to giving answers to online Q&A sites such as Stack Overflow, where most likely the questioner is not Jewish?
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Fasting when seeing an Aron Kodesh fall with a Sefer Torah inside

Discussed already were the "customs" surrounding fasting when a Sefer Torah falls the floor: The earliest source is the Shu"t Mishpetei Shmuel 12 quoted by the Magen Avraham 44:5. He bases it on ...
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Deception to defeat an agenda [closed]

The local daycare affiliated with a major chassidic group will only take a child if the parents commit to having the child continue in the group's school. Is one allowed to knowingly deceive the ...
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Does Judaism permit sexual relationships outside of marriage?

I am eager to know more about different religions from Islam to Judaism. Furthermore, how different religions look at women and comparing their kinds of approaches to the matter of gender and ...
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Scraping fish with a finger nail?

I heard that a kosher type fish bought from a grocer that has also non-kosher fish, that scraping it with a finger nail where the blade cut makes it good to eat. What is the source for this idea?
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Painting the backs of tefillin straps black?

I've heard and seen religious Jews painting the backs of the tefillin straps black, and they claim a kabbalistic reason somewhere in the Schulchan Auruch. Does anyone know anything about this, the ...
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How is gender halachically determined?

I apologize if this is a sensitive topic, but it seems that this question is foundational to some of the discussions that appear here. I hope that my wording is appropriate. If I understand ...
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Do the laws of Negiah depend on sexual orientation?

The Rambam writes (Hilchos Isurei Biah 21:1): כל הבא על ערווה מן העריות דרך אברים, או שחיבק ונישק דרך תאווה ונהנה בקירוב בשר--הרי זה לוקה מן התורה One who comes upon one of the Arayos via ...