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Is the observance of Jewish law/tradition “all or nothing”?

Sometimes my job gets in the way of my observance of Jewish holidays. I often need to work on Saturdays or late on Fridays, inhibiting my ability to attend synagogue on Shabbat. Sometimes I am ...
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Can a shaliach assemble your mishloach manot for you?

I know that a shaliach (messenger) can deliver your mishloach manot. But can the shaliach also assemble it for you (under instruction for what to put in), and you'll still fulfill the mitzvah? Here, ...
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Who picks a yeshiva for a son or daughter, the mother or the father

Which of the parents has a halachic obligation to pick the religious institution a son or daughter goes to - the father or mother of the child?
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Hamster Food and Chometz

I have hamsters at home, and their usual food is chometz. I can feed them with cornflakes and other kitniyot for a short period (about a week, maybe more), but not for a long time. Hamsters store food ...
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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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Is it permissible for a Jewish woman to marry a Muslim man and vice versa?

As both Abrahamic religions, Islam and Judaism have the same God and share a common law then how do Rabbis see the marriage of a Jewish woman marrying a Muslim man and vice versa? Also how is it like ...
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72 Names of God pendants

Is there a problem wearing 72 Names of God pendants? Or unlike the sacred Name of God from the Torah it is allowed? The sacred name in the Torah is YHVH (in Hebrew letters Yud Hey Vav Hey) and as far ...
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Why is corn a forbidden kitniyot?

Was reading halakhic discourse given here that said the following: In later generations, the Ashkenazi Poskim discuss whether other foods, such as coffee beans, peanuts and quinoa, would also be ...
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Swimming on Shabbos

Is it permitted to go swimming on Shabbos?
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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When is there Kaddish after a shiur?

When do you say Kaddish Derabanan after a shiur? What are the requirements for this Kaddish?
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Assimilated Bucharian Jews

I was told that there is a discussion regarding the Jewishness of Bucharian Jews, because they were forced into being assimilated into the surrounding gentile culture, (perhaps the discussion was by ...
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Who should say the half kaddish after reading the Torah?

Who is supposed to say the chatzi kaddish after the torah reading? Is it the person who read the torah or an ovel who is saying kaddish?
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Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant?

Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?
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Do you have to eat bread meal(s) on every day of Chol HaMoed?

Many say there is an obligation to eat meals with bread as part of simchas Yom Tov. Is there a similar obligation to eat bread during Chol HaMoed? If so, how often? For example, during Chol HaMoed ...
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Preparing kitniyot for Shabbat immediately after Pesach

In a year like this, where the last day of Pesach (for Israelis) is on Friday, can kitniyot be cooked on Pesach for use on Shabbat? I know that eating kitniyot that don't have to be prepared is not a ...
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Does one have a halachic obligation to pay use tax [duplicate]

I apologize that this question has quite a bit of background! Many states in the USA have something called a 'sales and use tax'. The basic idea is that whenever you buy something in the state, ...
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Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah?

Can a Cohen marry a bat niddah? Are Cohens generally restricted from marrying baalot teshuva because of the possibility that they may be b'not niddah?
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What is Lubavitch Shechita?

I was recently told about a Lubavitch family who only eats Lubavitch shechita. What is unique about Lubavitch shechita? Are there particular opinions which they are stringent for that no one else is? ...
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May one roll a Sefer Torah on Friday Yom Tov for Shabbat use?

Based on my understanding... One is not allowed to make preparations on the 1st day of Yom Tov for the 2nd day. An Eruv Tavshilin allows one to cook, bake and make food preparations on Friday for ...
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Shabbos and National Security [duplicate]

A doctor is allowed to drive to the hospital on Shabbos for an emergency to save the patient's life. No one really argues on that principle. Now suppose someone works in a high level position in the ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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Could you bake matzah during Passover?

This is a theoretical question, I have no plans to bake my own Matza. But could you get flour and make Kosher Matza DURING Pessah (any time during the whole week)? Is there a law against it, if it's ...
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Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries

Those of you who may have read my profile know that I have been reading and transcribing information on tombstones in towns in the Spis Region of Slovakia, in which no Jews remain. My colleague is ...
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Can rice flour be processed the same as Matza for those who don't eat Kitniyos?

I know rice is Kitniyos. Yet, if one can make Matza with ingredients that have potential to become Chametz, one should be allowed to make it from Kitniyos ingredients. Does anyone make it and if not, ...
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Why on Pesah are we more strict with Kitniyoth than we are with real grains? [duplicate]

We obviously are very strict with the 5 grains on Pesah, but we do eat food made with them, namely Matzah. And with the exception of the issue of "Gebrochts", we do allow Matzah to be re-engineered ...
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Can one use mouthwash after eating the afikoman?

Mishnah Berurah 478, (1) [1] says that the reason that we should not eat any other food after the afikoman is so that its taste will remain in our mouths. What are the opinions on whether it is ...
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why kiddushin and nisu'in are done in the same day (no big space)

Why are kiddushin and nisu'in done on the same day, with no big space in between? I understand from the mishna: מסכת כתובות ה,ב = נותנים לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משיתבע לה הבעל, לפרנס את עצמה; כשם ...
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Shaving a head for Hair Transplant

Before a transplant of hair is performed there is a shaving of the head done, is that permitted?
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What does a kefula look like?

I've seen discussion of the need to check matzah for kefulos--particular types of folds (Mishnah Berurah 461:35)--before Pesach. However, I'm having trouble finding a good guide to what a kefula in ...
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Is Yeast Extract OK to eat during Passover?

The status of eating yeast on Passover has me confused. Yeast is used in wine production which is ok to eat, but I've talked to people that won't eat yeast extract, which is not a leavener. Is there a ...
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Should one change mouthwash and toothpaste for Pesach?

If one has a mouthwash bottle and a toothpaste tube that they've been using, do they need to get brand new ones for Pesach? My concern is with any chametz that might have gotten onto the tube or into ...
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Can I move my chometz after the bedikah?

According to this document, one should sequester all chometz in one's home either in a cabinet or behind a mechitzah prior to performing the bedikah (the search for chometz). However, does this have ...
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Bracha on jalapeño peppers?

The Bracha on onions and garlic eaten raw is shehakol since its not the usual way to eat onions or garlic raw. Do we say that jalapeños are also shehakol when eaten raw according to the same logic?
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Is chometz less of a problem before the 15th of nisson

Someone told me the he keeps a lot of paisach humros but only starting on the fifteenth of nisson but on the 14th after midday he is more lax Is there a source for this that on the 15th it is a ...
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waiting after meat, in contexts other than basar bechalav

Waiting after meat before milk comes from a concern of either the taste being still in your throat or particles still in your teeth and you are eating that with milk. Do we apply this in other cases ...
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New fruit for second-night Shehecheyanu on holidays other than Rosh Hashanah

I know that we are supposed to eat a new fruit after saying the Shehechyanu on the second evening of Rosh Hashanah, because there is some doubt about whether that blessing needs to be made for the ...
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Is there a mitzvah of Sippur Yetzias Mitzraim all night long?

Once the seder has ended, does the mitzvah to tell the story of the Exodus continue all night long? I am familiar with the various arguments in the Gemara (with R. Elazar, R. Akivah, R. Gamliel, and ...
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Blessing on Star Anise

Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice. What blessing do the authorities determine is the right ...
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May one eat roasted chicken at the seder? [duplicate]

There is a custom not to eat roasted meat at the seder. May one eat roasted chicken?
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Is the gas in my car chometz? [duplicate]

A great deal if not most gasoline in America may contain ethanol. Ethanol may be sourced from corn, wheat, and other potentially problematic sources. What's more, its combustion in the engine might ...
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Does a school need to do Bedikas Chametz?

Does a School need to do Bedikas Chametz? What do Schools generally do? I would think that it would be the responsibility of the Head of School to ensure that Bedikah is done. Even if they were to ...
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Can Kohanim live in a condo or apartment building?

Asking the question because if there is a Jewish person living in the same building that dies in the building, couldn't this pose a problem for a Kohen being under the same roof?
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Reheating Food Cooked Before Passover

Let's say a family cooked some non chametz food before kashering their dishes before Pesach and saved the leftovers to be reheated later. A few days go by and Pesach gets closer, and they kasher all ...
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Kashering a kashering pot

My family, after boiling water and pouring it into the sink to kasher the sink, then reboils that pot and causes it to overflow in effect kashering itself. Is there any source to be required to do ...
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Bittul of Hameitz in Mixtures Aquired Before Passover

Looking for clarification on the kind of bittul of hameitz that occurs for foods acquired before, but not during, Passover: What is the maximum ratio of hameitz to other food that the bittul happens ...
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Can you have chometz in your birdfeeder during Pesach?

I know that we are not allowed to derive benefit from chometz during Pesach, and that this prohibition extends to feeding our pets food containing chometz. (Source: ...
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Tzedakah Commission

Is someone who is collecting Tzedakah (charity) allowed to take a commission for his/herself? And if so: Is there a source for the permissibility of such commissions? Is there a maximum percentage ...
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Do we need to check for nefuchos in our matzah today?

We are not supposed to eat matzoh that contains a nefucha (a "swollen" part/air bubble) bigger than a hazelnut. I'm not entirely sure of the reasons, but it is discussed in Mishna Berura 461:34. ...
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“This meat is for Peisach” with a tzeirei

Based on this question. Many (most?) Ashkenazim in America say Pesach, with a segol, when talking about the korban pesach, but Peisach, with a tzeirei, to refer to the holiday. As far as I know, the ...