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Does someone who hears a thunder “echo” make a bracha?

I am relating my question to this one. Mishnah Brurah O.C> 227:5 explains that one can make a bracha on thunder without seeing the lightning. What if someone was hiking in a canyon and hears a ...
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Lashon Hara about one of a group

I've often heard people say something like, "Someone was talking during davening today" while being careful to avoid naming the person. From here I might guess that it is not considered lashon hara if ...
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Rambam on color certainty of tekheleth

According to a questioner on this page, the Rambam in the Pirush HaMishna contradicts the Rambam in Hilchoth Tzitzith regarding whether we can dye tekheleth due to uncertainty about the color. Where ...
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Are the tagin considered part of the letter itself?

When writing a Torah, Each letter must be written according to a specific shape / form that is defined for each letter. Certain letters contain tagin (crowns). Are these tagin considered part of the ...
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Brewing fresh coffee for Shabbos with a time clock

May one prepare coffee ingredients in a brewer such as this one on Friday and set the timer to brew the coffee for 8:00 Shabbos morning?
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Can a mistaken extra Mincha count for Ma'ariv?

This M.Y. answer states that one can daven Mincha until the stars appear. This answer states that it is also the earliest time to daven Ma'ariv. Someone enters a shul which gets a late start on ...
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Is it permissible to get a tattoo now that they can be removed

Now that once permanent tattoos can be removed, that means they are no longer permanent. So is it now permissible to get a tattoo, why, why not?
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Pursuing pluralist purpura

According to most rishonim (and the simplest read of the extant Talmudic texts) the tekhelet string is dyed in its entirety. However, the Rambam maintains that only half the string is dyed such that, ...
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Tefillin without external separations

In schul, I've noticed that there is a pair of peshutim which have been partially deconstructed. In particular, I noticed that the partitions between the compartments of the shel rosh seemed somewhat ...
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Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
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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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Can a gentile light a Shabbat candle and do the prayers?

I am a gentile, however I am seriously considering to convert. I would like to do some of the Shabbat traditions just to get a feel of the celebration (can you call it that?) like light the candle ...
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Can an unmarried woman halachically cover her hair?

Whilst studying I came across this, From Sefer Kedushah, Issurei Biah Chapter 21 - Halacha 17 Jewish women should not walk in the marketplace with uncovered hair. [This applies to] both ...
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Yichud with Jewish man that is “married”/together with a non-Jewish woman?

Is it mutar to be in the same house with a "mixed" couple [i.e. a Jewish man that is "married"/in a monogamous relationship of some sort with a gentile woman (since marriage between a Jew and a ...
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Coffee Urns on Shabbos

I've heard that there is a dispute among halachic decisors if one is allowed to use an urn like the one shown below on Shabbos because the outside water tube gets cold over Shabbos but then gets ...
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Can a Gentile be an Apikores?

Is the category of Apikores- a heretic only limited to Jews or even non Jews? The Sdei Chemed quotes many opinions that forbid quoting from heretics Thus, is it permitted to quote a heretical ...
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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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Is there a prohibition in the Torah against calling someone by their nickname?

I remember vaguely about a story of a certain sage in the Talmud that would never call anyone by a nickname. Is this just proper moral behavior or is there an actual halachah against giving people ...
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What is the origin of Dina DeMalchuta Dina, what is its reason? [closed]

As I know, halacha is based on Talmud, and Talmud is based on the Torah. Thus, Dina DeMalchuta Dina should also have the verses in the Torah, on which it is based on. But as I know the Torah, I can't ...
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Sitting shiva for a parent who married a gentile

Someone told me that if your parent marries a gentile, you are halachically not supposed to sit shiva for them when they pass away. This doesn't sound like it could be true. Can you please clarify?
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Can one cite divrei torah in the name of a rabbi who has gone astray?

In the most recent issue of Jewish Action, there is a brief interview with R. Herschel Schachter about HALACHAH AND THE FALLEN RABBI. The final question is JA: Can we/should we continue to cite ...
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Halachically, why are men allowed to use urinals?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 3:13: לא ישתין מעומד, מפני ניצוצות הניתזין על רגליו, אם לא שיעמוד במקום גבוה, או שישתין לתוך עפר תחוח פירוש, קרקע שאינה בתולה, אלא כגון של ארץ חרושה). One ...
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Calling Someone a Rasha

Sometimes people will speak lashon harah about someone saying that it is allowed because he is a "rasha." Then you may hear others saying that today we never really know who is a rasha and we can't ...
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Why is techeles not universally accepted?

The Machon Ptil Tekhelet has (to my mind) some pretty compelling arguments as to why the Murex Trunculus is very likely the genuine chilazon from which techeles (blue dye) for the mitzva of tzitzis is ...
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Bracha on avocado / sashimi “boat”

A take-out place near where I work makes an "avocado boat". A whole avocado is peeled, pitted and cut in half. One half is placed on the bottom of a tray and filled with brown rice and assorted ...
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GE Shabbos / Yom Tov mode on ovens - Machlokes

In this question How does Shabbos/Yom Tov mode on a stove work? it discusses how the Shabbos / Yom Tov mode works. I have recently heard that there are Rabbis that do not allow using this mode. Does ...
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Watering Synthetic Grass on Shabbat?

Is there a problem of watering synthetic grass on Shabbat- If the synthetic grass has gaps or "holes" whereby the water can leak through to the earth underneath it? What if the earth underneath ...
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Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah?

Is tachanun said at a bar mitzvah boy's aliyah latorah that takes place on a day when tachanun is normally said (basically Monday and Thursday)? I've been to a few of these, and seen different cases. ...
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Working for a Mechallel Shabbos Company

What are the possible halachic issues with working for a company owned by Jews that are mechallel shabbos through the company? Assuming one does no actual work for them on Shabbos, but the work one ...
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During the time when the Sanhedrin was primarily Sadducees, would the average citizen that believed in the Oral Law have to listen to them?

During the reign of Alexander Yannai, the court was mostly Sadducees (Sanhedrin 52b, other places) before Shimon Ben Shetach returned and was able to remove them. During the period before Shimon Ben ...
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Eating bread on Shabbos

A friend was on a diet and was told that if he does not want to eat bread on Shabbos, he does not have to. Is this correct? Do we have an obligation to wash for bread and have three meals on ...
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Visiting sites previously used for idol worship

Given the prohibition on entering a place of idol worship (Rambam, Peirush ha-Mishnayos, Avodah Zarah 1:3), when, if ever, is one permitted to visit a historical site that has been used as a place of ...
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If a Kohan married a giyeurit by orthodox rabbi, is it a legitimate marriage?

If a Kohan was married to a giyuerit by an observant ("orthodox") rabbi, and if the rabbi wasn't aware that he was marrying a Kohan and not an Israelite, is the marriage legitimate? Sources requested ...
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Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?

Technically, one should wear Tefillin all day. We don't, since we can't keep ourselves clean the whole day. But we still put it on once a day during Shacharis, since we can presumably keep ourselves ...
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What is the shiur Hanaah?

How much Hanaah (physical benefit) must one have of things prohibited as an Issur Hanaah (things forbidden for benefit) like milk and meat, Kiley HaKerem (certain grape mixtures), or Avoda Zara ...
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Does jam have the halacha of duchka d'sakina?

The Chochmas Adom in 49:9 holds that all fruit have the halacha of duchka d'sakina, and that if you cut a fruit with a meat knife which was not definitively clean, you need to scrape off the outer ...
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According to Chazal, does Beged Kefet matter?

The Hebrew alphabet has 22 written characters (plus 5 specialized characters for the ends of words - ם, ן, ץ ,ף, ך) generally assumed to be each originally associated with distinct sounds. The ...
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Karet for eating chametz on Pesach - Where is the line drawn?

As I understand it, for something to count as a single act of eating, it must meet two requirements. The amount ingested must be the minimum of Kezayit. Some hold this to literally be the volume of ...
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Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos

So it turns out that the USPS has a feature where you can ask them to come and pickup a package. So you go online to their site, enter your information, choose a date for the pickup, and tell them ...
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ד mi yodeya (the pronunciation)?

The gemara (Brachoth 13b) records that one is supposed to draw out the ד of "אחד" in the first verse of the Shema: .תניא: סומכוס אומר: כל המאריך באחד מאריכין לו ימיו ושנותיו אמר רב אחא בר ...
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Organizing photos on Shabbat?

Are there any issurim involved in organizing a photo album on Shabbat? Sources would be great if possible.
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Is a library book with an embedded RFID tag a problem on Shabbos?

RFID tags have very many uses in identifying different objects via radio waves. Recently, libraries have started using them to help keep track of books. I would imagine that the tags, in themselves, ...
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How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?

How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing? Let us say that I make the blessing “borei minei mezonos” on my breakfast cereal eaten with milk. After I have eaten the ...
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Is one allowed to have a non-Jew cook for him on Shabbos?

Generally, there are ways to have a non-Jew do Melacha for a Jew (You don't tell him explicitly, the non-Jew does it for himself, etc.) Is there a way to get a non-Jew to cook for you on Shabbos ...
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Opinions on Bittul Torah

What are the halachik definitions of bittul torah? I.e. some say that studying secular sciences qualifies as bittul torah while others say that it doesn't. How are they defining the halachik ...
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Can you use a pool for a mens mikvah

Is a pool allowed to be used as a mikvah for keri, for erev shabbos, and Shabbos day? If so does the filter have to be off? Since it is not only made of rain water i am having a doubt. Please answer ...
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Why was Kalev allowed to lie to his co-spies?

Rashi on Numbers 14:24:1: רוח אחרת. My translation: A different spirit (intention) "Two spirits. One verbal and another in his heart. To the spies he said, "I am with you regarding your counsel", ...
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kosher murder switch?

It is generally accepted that grama (indirect causation) is not permitted in performing a forbidden melacha in non-emergency situations. Similarly, while there may be cases of grama in other halachic ...
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Ikar and Tafel in bishul akum?

If a non-Jew cooks a food in which there is a mixture of two foods, one of which satisfies a requirement to not be subject to bishul akum (let's say it is eaten raw), and one of which does not satisfy ...
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Is Warhammer (and similar games) an issue of avoda zara?

Are tabletop wargames, such was Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, and Kings of War an issue of avoda zara? To play the game you first have to purchase miniature figures of different races. Some are human, ...