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Secular sources with Torah wisdom

Some secular books have a hefty amount of wisdom that we find in our Torah sources. For example, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has a lot of almost verbatim lessons from Pirkei Avos, although ...
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Is it a sin to read parsha commentaries during leining?

I understand that one is supposed to follow along with the communal Torah reading in Hebrew. But is this actually a requirement, as opposed to just a good thing to do? Another way of asking the same ...
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May one say a blessing on light bulbs for shabbat

If one doesn't have candles for shabbat, may one say a blessing on light bulbs? Since the point is to have light for שלום בית (household serenity), it would seem that electric lights would have the ...
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May one violate a derabonon to preform a Bris

May one violate a rabbinic prohibition (such as carrying a knife in a Karmilis on Shabbos) in order to perform a Bris Milah? (A Karmilis is a domain which a person can't carry stuff into or from a ...
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bli neder on pas yisroel

During aseres yemei tshuva the Shulchan Aruch writes that one should not eat pas akum(palter). Does one have to say bli neder to take this chumrah on,or since it is a halacha no bli neder is ...
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Making shechayenu twice on megillah

If someone was able to put themselves into a situation that they would be required to read the megillah twice (for example they went to Bnei Brak on the 14th of Adar then came to Jerusalem for the ...
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Why don't we use the same utensils for milk and meat if the food is cold

If I have designated utensils for cold foods such as salad, or cold salami and cheese. What is the problem of using the same utensils for both milk and meat, since there is no bliya because both are ...
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Why don't rely on the same principles of חלב ישראל regarding בשר מין העין

There is a heter to drink cholov Stam in America because the government monitors the dairy farms to ensure that only cow milk is being milked. And if a worker was caught trying to switch the milk with ...
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Showering on Shabbat and removing the chill.

1)If I live in an apartment complex, and I hold cold showers are okay on shabbos. Can I slightly open the hot water faucet in order to remove the chill of the cold water? 2)Since the apartment ...
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Kohen status of a son by intermarriage?

If a Jewish man marries a non-Jewish woman, their children are not considered to be Jewish. (Some Jews don't, or didn't, agree). Presumably, if the man was a Kohen, any son he had would not be a Kohen ...
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May a person order food from a vegan restaurant

May a person order food from a vegan restaurant? — assuming you aren't ordering cooked food, to avoid the problem of bishul akum. If your ordering let's say a salad, what could be the problem? ...
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What is the basic requirement for tzitzit knots?

There seems to be a lot of different ways to tie tzitzit knots. From the little I understand this is based on various symolism and numeric value (see this question/answer). I would like to know what ...
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Can I use a SodaStream with an indicator light on Shabbos?

I saw that I can use a SodaStream on Shabbos, but I have a specific question: Can I use a Sodastream on Shabbos if it has an LED indicator? If not, is there something I can do to it to make it usable ...
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S'feika D'yoma in Niddah

There are several types of vestos (patterns in menstrual cycles) that a woman is able to aquire. One such vesses is the vesses hachodesh, which relies on the day of the (Jewish) month. So for ...
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Removing fifth corner of Tallit

The Shuchan Aruch rules (OC 10:1): טלית שאין לה ד' כנפות פטורה יש לה יותר מד' חייבת ועושה לה ארבע ציציות בארבע כנפיה המרוחקות זו מזו יותר:‏ Clothing that doesn't have four corners is exempt ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in

I have heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein ztsl held that tzitzis should be tucked in. Can somebody give a nice summary of the reasons behind his ruling?
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Tzadakkah questions (flyers in mail)

What is one's halachic obligation based on Rambam Hilchos Matanos Anayim 10:3, "do not turn away…", when one receives tzedakkah flyers in the mail for many different types of causes? In ...
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Is praising non-Jews actually prohibited?

The gemara Avodah Zara (20) explains that praising a non-Jew is a violation of "lo sechaneim", and this is quoted in the Rambam (Hil. Avodah Zara 10:6) and the Shulchan Aruch (Y"D 151, and Shach s.k. ...
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Blessing on Shabbat candle lighting for men

Should a man say the blessing then light the shabbos candles or light the candles first then say the blessing?
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Falling with tefillin on

If one drops tefillin without their cover, they must fast or give charity (Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Yalkut Yosef, Siman 44:2). If one is wearing tefillin and fell with them on, must one fast or give ...
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Am I allowed to view a Kotel Cam on Shabbos?

If there is a camera in Israel that is operating on Shabbos, am I (a person living in America, where Shabbos only starts 6 or 7 hours later) allowed to view such a camera? I suppose the same could be ...
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Must you celebrate Shushan Purim if you've already celebrated normal Purim?

If you are in one part of Israel, and celebrate Purim on the normal 14th of Adar, but then end up being in Jerusalem in time to celebrate Shushan Purim, are you obligated to celebrate Shushan Purim ...
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Immersing a dish used for a gift

(Based in part on this question.) If I purchase a new dish that would require immersion, and I use the dish FOR a gift (I bring brownies on the dish to my Jewish neighbor), and I do not intend to ...
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Can you put on tefillin after shekia on Friday

May one put on tefillin after Shekia on Friday, or does he just miss the boat?
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Kiddushin by a man who has the din of a חייב מיתה

If a man has the din of חייב מיתה and performs קידושין, is his קידושין valid? We know that in the case of a man whose חייב מיתה, if a person were to go and kill that man, the man who killed him would ...
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Matanos L'evyonim to a non-Jew

I live in an area where b"H it is difficult to find Jewish poor. Can matanos l'evyonim be given to non-Jews, or must at least 2 of the poor people be Jewish?
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Giving shaloch manos to minor or non-Jew

I have a friend who is planning on converting to Judaism but is not yet Jewish. I know it would mean a lot to him to receive mishloach manos. I would like to know if a person is yotzeh the mitzvah of ...
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Can Food Remnants make you fleishig/milchig

ב"ה Can food remnants, like stains, make you fleishig/milchig? For example, if I had a steak and got it on my sleeve, then the next day wiped my mouth with that sleev,e can I become fleishig from ...
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No Blessing on marital relations?

Yebamoth 61b discusses the positive commandment of being fruitful and multiplying. As far as I am aware, one makes no blessing before intercourse. why not? Please cite sources!
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Torah attitude toward drinking alcohol

What is the attitude of Chazal toward drinking alcohol? It seems to be have been common practice to drink at night (see Shabbos 10a), was this frowned upon? If so, was it only frowned upon in excess? ...
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Age for Issur Yichud

How old does a child have to be for there to be a prohibition of Yichud with him or her? At what age can the child break up Yichud? Is there a difference between male and female children in this ...
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Is one permitted to study other religions?

Is one allowed to study other religions? If not, how is one supposed to know that Judaism is correct? If yes, is such study encouraged?
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May one lie about knowing the difference between Haman and Mordechai on Purim?

If, on Purim, "Reuvein" asks "Shimon" if the latter knows the difference between Haman and Mordechai may Shimon lie and answer 'No'?
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Does a Kohen have to seek the same critria for a peligesh as he would for a wife?

Does a Kohen have to seek the same halachic criteria for a peligesh as he would for a wife? Case one: He is not married (so he's not seeking polygamy). He's simply seeking a "lesser-married status" ...
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Peyot behind ears?

Someone told me that it is better to not have long peyot if you are going to place them behind your ears. Has anyone heard a respectable posek say that? I think he said it in the name of Rav Ben Tzion ...
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How do you go from the Talmud to Halacha Lemaasah?

What is the process involved for figuring out the halacha of today based on something written in the Talmud? Basically, what does a modern day posek do starting from the Talmud to reach a halacha he ...
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Effect of Maariv being originally optional

Is there any practical application of the fact that maariv was originally instituted as an optional prayer, and only later became binding because it was universally accepted? Full disclosure: I ...
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Does a buyer owe a seller anything for a windfall that neither knew about at the time of the sale?

I heard recently that a man brought a silver certificate into a pawn store to sell it (it was the pawn store featured on a History Channel television show that documents its more interesting ...
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Are children whose mother converted after bearing them Jewish?

If a Jewish man and non-Jewish wife have a child, and the mother completes her Orthodox conversion to Judaism after the child is born, must the child also convert to be considered Jewish, if they were ...
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When Adar Begins we increase our Joy-משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה

משנכנס אדר מרבים בשמחה- When Adar Begins we increase our Joy (I know it is not in Shulchan Aruch or the Rambam) What is the practical application of it?
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Is there a problem with increasing the heat of hot food on shabbat

Let me use an example: if I have a soup that is passed the bishul point and all the contents within the soup are officially cooked. Is there an issur of putting it in area where it will get hotter? I ...
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Chabad Shachrit late [duplicate]

I would like to know what is the Halachic SOURCE for chabad to daven late for shachrit. I have asked many people who should know and have been unsatisfied by their answers. If anyone could help , it ...
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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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Third blessing on the first night of Channukah

If someone didn't light Channukah lights on the first night, does he/she then say the third blessing (Sh'hecheyunu) on the next night?
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Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do?

Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do? Please bring sources. Thank you!!
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Stacking Seforim

Are we allowed to place less holy seforim on top of more holy seforim? I believe that the consensus is that you are only allowed to stack seforim in chronological order from top to bottom (e.g., ...
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What is the halacha of changing dairy dishes to meat dishes?

I have a set of dairy dishes that have not been used for three years. I want to change them to meat dishes. Is this halachically permissible, and if so what procedure is required?
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Washing (with a blessing) before continuing a meal with no more bread

As noted elsewhere on the site, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 164:2) rules that someone who, in the middle of a bread meal, touches his thigh must then wash his hands and say the blessing "al n'tilas ...
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How do we know that homosexual relations is a sin?

I recently heard that the Ibn Ezra brings down a minority opinion that the pasukim talking about "laying with a man as you would a woman" are actually talking about androgynous people. The Ibn Ezra ...
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What sources are there saying that the knot of the tefillah shel yad should be right next to the bayit?

I know that the Zohar brings that the yud knot of the tefillin should rest right next to the titura (box), but are there other sources which do not rule al pi kabbalah?