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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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Signs from Hashem

Is one allowed to make a sign if there is no one around them, which can guide and help them, except Hashem. If one is allowed to make a sign, are they allowed to believe in it and make life changing ...
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Borrowed an egg from my neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside

If one borrowed an egg from a neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside, do they have to repay the egg? Should you say that since the neighbor would also throw away the egg if they found a bloodspot then ...
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Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?

Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher? I know there is a Machlokes about this. Who holds what?
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Kissing a child in the Ezras Nashim

It says in the Rema in OC Siman 98 Sif 1 that it's ossur to kiss a child in shul. There are perhaps exceptions to this rule and cases where it would be allowed however that's that it says in the Rema ...
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Noachide Kippot

As noachides we are not permitted to wear anything that would cause someone to mistake us as a Jew like tallis, tzitzis, or kippot. As a Noachide when we attend the local 'Temple' which is ...
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Is there such a thing as a Kaddish L'vatola?

In this answer there is a reference to a Kaddish that is better left unsaid as it is a Kaddish L'vatola. Kaddish does not seem to have anything in it which cannot be said in a vacuum. Is there any ...
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Life support for a dead pregnant woman for the sake of a pre-viable baby

Suppose a pregnant woman dies*, and it's too early in the pregnancy for the baby inside her to have any chance of viability if delivered now, but if the woman's body is kept connected to life-support ...
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Plants vs Zombies Avoda Zara

In the digital game Plants vs. Zombies, there are graveyard tombs in the shapes of crosses. Does this constitute avoda zara? Is it therefore assur to play this game?
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Treating with Amalek

The nation of Amalek sets itself apart as being eternally at war with Gd, (Ex. 17:16). We are commanded to eradicate the memory of Amalek from the world, (Deut 25:19). Yet Maimonides codifies an ...
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Is there a prohibition of paying interest misafek (doubt)?

Reuvain borrowed money from Shimon, and both are unsure if it was ever payed back. Now, of course Shimon can't claim any money from Reuvain, but if Reuvain wants to pay him back out of doubt, should ...
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Eating after shkiah on a weekday

ב"ה I know one isnt allowed to eat after Shkiah on Shabbos. But what about a weekday? For instance what if one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis? My question is prompted ...
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If there are not the required ten in a minyan? [closed]

How should one proceed if after arriving there are not the required ten for a minyan for let's say Shacharit or Mincha?
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Ex post facto realization of having seen a living member of a royal family

If one happened to be in a place at a time when a member of a royal family walked by, should one make the Berachah that one says upon seeing a king? Assume the royal person did, in fact, wield great ...
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Is there a concept of ביטול by chametz

I've heard that there is no concept of ביטול regarding חמץ. If that is true then is a Davar ha'mamid an issur d'oraisa on pesach?
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Shaking hands with the opposite gender?

What's the story: Can a man shake hands with a woman (or vice versa) in a business setting?
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In regards to writing, can soda bottles be opened on Shabbos?

Specifically, when the writing - such as an expiration date - is printed in dot matrix style across the line between the bottle cap and the bottle cap's ring, what are the issues involved in opening ...
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Placing a unattached plastic over the stroller on Shabbos / Yom Tov

According to Rabbi Dovid Ostroff Shlita The Rama in Hilchos Succah 626:3 says that one is permitted to open and shut hinged flaps that are used for covering the Succah when raining. The ...
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Is cross-dressing permitted on Purim and if so why?

As part of dressing in costume on Purim is a person allowed to put on clothes normally worn by the opposite gender? If so, where does this heter come from in the face of the biblical prohibition ...
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Can non-kosher meat be eaten with fish?

The prohibition of mixing meat with milk and of deriving benefit from their mixture concerns only kosher meat (Hullin 8:4 [113a]; Hilkhot Maakhalot Assurot 9:3; Yoreh De'ah 87:3; etc). As such, it may ...
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Why be happy Shushan Purim?

Rama (695:2) quotes from the Maharil (though I don't see it there): וחייב במשתה ושמחה קצת בב׳ ימים י״ד וט״ו and one must have a drinking party and joy, a little, on two days: the fourteenth and ...
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Using a cell phone as a watch on Shabbos

I seem to recall learning that it is permissible to use a cell phone as a watch on Shabbos as long as the time is always displayed on the front and no buttons would need to be pressed in order to ...
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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 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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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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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?