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Maaseh Shabbos on Youtube

Can one watch a video on Youtube that was recorded or uploaded by a Jew on Shabbat, or is this considered Maaseh Shabbat?
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What is the benefit of humroth (stringencies)?

If we are meant to understand from the Nazir that forbidding things which are really mutar in order to be "extra holy" is really not a positive thing (cf. y.Nedarim 9:1), then of what benefit are ...
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Does halakha count primates as “almost human”?

I have read that the although the halakha requires koah gever (human strength/exertion) for pouring water over hands for n'ttilath yadhayim but it says explicitly in the Mishna that a qof (monkey) may ...
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Why is there seemingly such a disconnect between the Geonim and the Rishonim?

It seems that there was a disconnect or upheaval of some kind between the times of the Geonim and the times of the Rishonim and the hakhamim that these two eras contained. Shittoth regarding tefila, ...
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Is it permissible to exclusively wear tephilin according to Rabenu Tam?

If one looks into the sources - as well as the give and take throughout the recorded history of the mahloqeth - it becomes clear that the majority of the world wore tephilin according to the shitta of ...
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Benefiting from channukah candles in a mirror

One is not allowed to "benefit" from the lights of the channukah candles. Rashi says the reason is in order that it should be recognizable that these candles are light for the mitzvah in order to ...
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Does a mitzvah fulfilled before one is obligated “count”?

An answer on this question suggests that if a boy fathers a child before he is bar mitzvah (which is physically possible), then he fulfills p'ru ur'vu even though he wasn't yet commanded. Is that a ...
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Entering / Davening in a Karaite synagogue

Is one permitted to enter and/or daven in a Karaite synagogue nowadays (according to Rabbinite law)?
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Skipping Kabbalat Shabbat

Would a person be permitted to make a habit out of skipping Kabbalat Shabbat, and furthermore, would a shul be allowed to make this their official policy? (By "skipping", I mean not saying at all, ...
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Why is there a dispute as to which tefillin are the correct ones?

Since the mitzvah of tefillin is observed every day except for Shabbos and festivals, there should have been continuous knowledge as to the correct order of the parshas. So how did it come about that ...
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Is it forbidden for a Jew to read the writings of Baruch Spinoza?

The cherem against Spinoza says the following: The Lords of the ma'amad, having long known of the evil opinions and acts of Baruch de Espinoza... We order that no one should communicate with him ...
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Why announce Mashiv Haruach and not Vtein Tal?

When we start saying mashiv haruach there is an important requirement of announcing the liturgical change. If one does not hear the announcement, one does not say mashiv until the community would have ...
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What is the correct way to cook Jachnun on Shabbat?

I am not Yemenite and bought frozen Jachnun. The package says to cook for 8 hours. Most recipes online talk about cooking it overnight. My question is then - isn't turning raw dough into cooked dough ...
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Is one allowed to spray cologne on shabbos?

Is one allowed to spray cologne on shabbos? Any rules against doing this? As always, please cite your sources
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Can a store owner avoid hashavas avaidah?

If a Jewish person owns a store where the majority of patrons are Jewish (let's say a pizza store) can he post a sign which says all lost items will be discarded after 30 days, or something similar, ...
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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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The observance of Shemitah

Do Jews forgive all debts and break from farming during Shemitah? If a Jew has a mortgage that is longer than 7 years, would that debt be forgiven? Could a Jew get a 30 year mortgage from a Jewish ...
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Allowing unmarried/homosexual couples into a hotel

Recently there has been a high profile case in the UK concerning a religious christian couple who own a hotel. Due to their personal religious beliefs their policy was to refuse a room to couples who ...
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Using a flickering bulb on Shabas

Mishna B'rura 264:1 says: The reason for the invalidity of [certain] wicks and oils [for the Shabas lights] is that they do not shine well and we're afraid he may tilt the lamp so the oil within ...
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Ulchaparat pasha in Chazarat haShatz

When "ulchaparat pasha" is said in the Chazarat haShatz of Rosh Chodesh, how should the amein of the tzibbur be handled? Should the amein from "velislichat avon" be deferred until after "pasha," or ...
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Pyrex prep bowls: meat and dairy?

Can Pyrex mixing bowls be used for both meat and dairy preparation? (Not at the same time obviously, but washed in between.) I'm not referring to the Pyrex baking pans which would be kli rishon and ...
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Spaying of female dogs

Is it acceptable to spay a pet female dog, or is there a prohibition against neutering a female dog like that of a male dog?
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What is the opinion of Chofetz Haim on speech of Joseph about his brothers

Can you please quote how Chofetz Haim defined "diba ra" that Joseph said about his brothers.Since it was not true, was it real "motzi shem ra"? If not, why? Joseph thought that he was saying the ...
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Sources for saying “Al HaNissim” at the end of Shemoneh Esrei

The Eliyahu Rabba (Siman 682 Ois 2) and the Mamar Mordechai (Siman 682 Ois 3) both write that if someone forgets to say Al HaNissim in Shemoneh Esrei and are holding by the end in Elokei Notzer then ...
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Effects of Paternity Fraud on Husband

A Jewish woman had an affair before her marriage. She later married another man. At her wedding she was pregnant from the previous liaison but it was not noticeable. When the baby was born, the ...
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12-step recovery programs with Gentiles

Based on well-known results, 12-step programs based on Alcoholics Anonymous and branching out to narcotics and such, appear to be extremely effective. However, since Jews are roughly a 1:100 ...
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Is a dinner party gift muktza?

Is a dinner party gift muktza? I've been invited to a Shabbos dinner and I would like to give the hostess a gift. I will be carrying the gift within an eiruv.
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Will editing genome of embryo having Jewish parents diminish Jewish status of later child? [closed]

There's a dreadful genetic illness known as Tay-Sachs requiring two carriers to activate the fatal effects in a child. Probably, in reaction to the 20th century eugenics movement and its terrible ...
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When to light the Shamash when lighting Menorah?

When lighting my Menora, saying the relevant Brachot, and lighting the Shamash, what order should I follow? I think the best way is: 1. Shamash 2. Brachot 3. Chanukah-Lights But someone said, the ...
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Defining residence for purpose of candle lighting

Do you light Shabbat or Channuka candles in the place where you sleep/dwell or in the place where you will be spending the evening? Does it make a difference if you are going to be sleeping out of ...
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Beracha for public haannukah lighting

My office wants to light Hanukah candles. Who should/can light the candles? Beracha?
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(Sort of) Writing the Name of God

I'm taking an Aramaic class, and one of the words that came up in the text I'm reading is "yehuweh," meaning "he will become" (in context, "he will become my successor). It is spelled with the exact ...
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Is a person obligated to purchase life insurance?

I have, unfortunately, heard about quite a few stories of fathers/husbands who were in kolel full time and then suddenly passed away leaving the family at best with very little savings and at worst ...
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Techelet on Talit Gadol not Talit Katan

I don't have the money right now to equip all of my talitot katan with techelet, but I'd like to put it on my Talit Gadol (Please, no discussion of Techelet itself - I've made up my mind on that one). ...
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Retroactive Get to prevent mamzerut?

If while a married couple are divorcing but before the husband has given a get at the Beit Din, the woman gets pregnant from a new boyfriend, can a get be given retroactively? Would it help that the ...
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How has toilets that flush changed halacha? [duplicate]

I was learning סימן מג in the שולחן ערוך and the משנה ברורה about wearing Tefilin in indoor and outdoor bathrooms. It mentioned that in a בית כיסא you would have the remnants of human waste, which ...
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A skipped Sheva Brocha

I was once at a wedding and it came time for Sheva Brochos. A person was asked to say one of them, say "Sos tosis..." but inadvertently said "Samech t'samech..." Since there is an order to the Sheva ...
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Tznius issues today as practiced at social events

What is the halachic basis for: separate seating at simcah events i.e. weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc? members of the opposite sex not being allowed to commingle when there is no yichud? Is this ...
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Stripes on talis with techeilet

This answer mentions says that the stripes on the tallis are reminiscent of techeilet. Now, we have a few different dyes that claim to be techeilet, which many people wear. Usually, talises with ...
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Question based on a story which implies not being able to say Kiddush Levana on a moving boat

The Story of the Alter Rebbe requesting from the gentile to stop the boat so he could say Kiddush Levana (paragraph 7), stresses the point that the Alter Rebbe would only say Kiddush Levana once the ...
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Not sitting shiva when the baby passes away after 30 days

Recently, a 2-month-old baby passed away ל"ע, and the family indicated that there would be no shiva. Under what circumstances is there no shiva for a baby that lives passed 30 days?
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What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if any)?

If one is so lucky as to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) or its southern equivalent, does one say a b'racha? If so which one? I've heard that oseh ma'aseh v'reishit applies to comets and ...
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Wanted: stories about shaatnez

My daughter has a school project about shaatnez. One of the requirements is to tell a few stories demonstrating how people were particularly careful about the laws of shaatnez, preferably with ...
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Can bleach be sufficient to cleanse for Passover?

A couple years ago I (Conservative) was asked by my wife (Baptist) to educate her church by running a Seder for them. I cleaned the kitchen and serving areas as best I could, vacuumed the carpets, ...
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Heating cold food on shabbos - Until what temperature?

On Shabbos if I take a cold food which was in the fridge before Shabbos started, and I put it on a blech or hot plate (using an inverted pot or on a pot containing food) can it only be heated until ...
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Am I allowed to get miles or points for a loan?

Suppose me and my good friend Shimon are in a store shopping. Shimon wants to borrow $100 from me for his purchase. I graciously agree, but instead of giving Shimon cash, I swipe my credit card for ...
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Which Tachanun should I say when davening in a minyan with a different Nusach?

I daven Nusach Ashkenaz but I often daven mincha in minyanim with a different nuasach. Should I say my ashekanzi tachanun or is there a minhag ha'mokom? Moreover I have noticed sefardim davening their ...
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challah bracha on separate dough balls

I understand a bracha on dough is made if the amount of flour is greater than a certain amount, sourced here. I have a small food processor I use to knead the dough. I plan to make a bunch of dough ...
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Tasting food whilst cooking

Under what conditions does one say a beracha upon tasting food which one is cooking? For some foods there may be a point during cooking, before which, the food would be considered inedible e.g. pasta, ...
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What happens when a potential convert can't have a circumcision?

If a man wants to convert to Judaism but cannot have a circumcision for bio-medical reasons, does this prevent him from converting, or may he complete the conversion process without being circumcised? ...