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Davening and a freshly fertilised lawn

Per Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas, the Shulchan Aruch advises against davening or learning Torah when there is a foul smell. For many years, my schul did not have AC and every year the schul's ...
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Tapping on the table for “שולחן זה שאכלנו עליו”

I always assumed that tapping the table as you say "ועל שולחן זה שאכלנו עליו" in bentching was something you do in Junior High School. But I have now seen several full-grown (at least ...
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Muktza not being directly handled (i.e. in a backpack)?

If say I'm walking in an area with an eiruv (that I hold of etc.), and it becomes Shabbos and I have a muktza object on me, if I put it in a backpack so that I'm not actually touching it, is it still ...
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Is there a heter for mentioning the names of the Greek gods?

At the end of Rambam Hilchot Avodah Zara 5 (halacha 14 by some counts, 10 by others), he says ‫ ואפילו להזכיר שם עבודה זרה שלא דרך שבועה--אסור, שנאמר "לא תזכירו". לא יאמר אדם לחברו, שמור לי ...
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Does a 3% angora sweater have to be tested for shatnez?

Does a sweater that has 3% angora and all other synthetic fibers have to be checked if it has no appliques?
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Aquatic Plants for Aquarium During Shmita

I have a fish tank and was wondering if there are any restrictions to putting aquatic plants (fully submerged) inside to help with the water chemistry during the shmita. The plant's main function will ...
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Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim

In the dispute between the Geonim and Rabbenu Tam over the definition of nightfall, I have seen the Rambam claimed by either side - each claiming that in the Mishneh Torah he held like them. My ...
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Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam?

Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam? Ive heard the Shulchan Aruch (rishon/acharon) held of it, did he pasken like for starting shabbos?
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A sin done while drunk

Is a sin done while inebriated considered an unintentional (bShogeg) sin? Sources are welcome.
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Pidyon in the case of Siamese birth

Let's say that two boys came out co-joined. There is technically no single "first born" since they both exited together. If they remain co-joined for 30 days, do they both get redeemed? If they were ...
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If one is too poor to redeem one's son for 5 Shekel, can he do it for less or for free?

Bamidbar 18:16 says: And their redemption-money--from a month old shalt thou redeem them--shall be, according to thy valuation, five shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary--the ...
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Public Shaming: Cardinal Sin?

Is publicly shaming someone a cardinal sin (a sin which one must die rather than perform)? R. Yonah (Shaarei Tshuva: Shaar Shlishi 139) and Tosafos (Sotah 10b) hold that it is. If I understood ...
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Study of Written Law Without Comprehension

What are the earliest sources that confirm or contradict the assertion that recitation of Torah Shebiksav fulfills the obligation to study Torah even without understanding of the words? Preferred: ...
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Stepping back to answer kedusha while person behind hasn't finished praying

According to Halachipdeia (source) you're not supposed to walk 4 amot in front of a person praying the amidah. I think you also have certain restrictions regarding which parts of kedusha could be ...
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Can a minyan be made up of people who do not respond to the prayers said?

Can a minyan be made up of people who are unable (eg through lack of education) to respond to the prayers said? See O Ch 124 (4) where it says that if nine people are not paying attention to the ...
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Is vaping prohibited?

With the rising popularity of vaping and electronic cigarettes, many might consider turning to them to stop smoking or to at least divert their habit to a healthier alternative. However, the liquids ...
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Is charity money used for alcohol considered charity?

If you give money to a homeless person on the street, and they use that money to buy alcohol or other intoxicants (drugs), can what you give be considered charity, since it did not help that person in ...
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is there such a thing as a negative techum?

Can a neighborhood in a city form a negative eruv techum so one would then need to intentionally make a techum to get into it? Can it be done with an eruv chatzerot?
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Do we learn any hilchos shechita from the Akeida?

The Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) is a fascinating story, for a multitude of reasons. One thing that appeals to me, as a shochet (slaughterer), is that it has in it (as far as I could tell) the earliest ...
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Can one say kiddush levana by day? [duplicate]

Can someone say "kiddush levana" by day if he sees the moon clearly, in full? Or is there a reason why we only say it in the evening other than the fact that the day starts at night.
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Do any sfarim mention halachic ramifications of the fundamental beliefs?

Do any post Rambam halachic works mention how the fundamentals effect halachic status of people or things? Do they discuss if halcha follows Rambam and his thirteen ikrim, or Seffer HaIkrim and his ...
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If a convert converted without knowing that their conversion would be permanent

Hypothetically, if a convert converted without knowing that their conversion would be permanent (i.e., cannot convert out), does that make the conversion invalid?
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Is breaking the law in the United States considered rebelling against the nations in the exile (i.e. three oaths)?

In the three oaths it is forbidden to rebel against the nations, which usually results in a prohibition against breaking the law. In the United States, its kind of not officially the gentiles as it is ...
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May one mix-and-match to create their own Hebrew pronunciation?

In the introduction to his siddur (down the bottom of the linked page), Rabbi Yaakov Emden emphasises the strict importance of a proper Hebrew pronunciation when davening. In particular, he ...
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What is considered 'ready to bentch'?

I've learned that once you decide to bentch, it is forbidden to continue to eat, but permissible to take a drink. What is considered deciding to bentch? What would be the rule in each of the ...
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How to handle cadavers which are highly likely to be Jewish

This question How to handle cadavers asked what should be done where a student had to handle cadavers in their medical (dentistry) classes. A comment took the view that outside of Israel, the ...
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Company matched charitable giving and ma'aser

If my company matches a certain level of charitable giving, can this be included in any way in ma'aser calculations? Does it make a difference if the company matches the donations by giving directly ...
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Is it permissible to live in California (or similar places) that have an earthquake risk?

I'm from a place that usually never gets an earthquake, I want to move to California but it sounds dangerous because of the earthquake possibility (soil turning to liquid, no warning, etc)... Is ...
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Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?

The consequences of depressed childhood vaccination rates in some American communities, in the form of a building measles outbreak, have been in the news lately. All public schools and most private ...
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Binding answers for Halachic questions

I recall learning that one is not allowed to "venue shop" by asking a series of rabbis for a practical halachic ruling and following the opinion you like. I was taught that one should ask and be bound ...
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Standing For Reading of Decalogue

Poskim are recorded here permitting standing specifically for the Torah reading of the Aseres Hadibros. Are there any poskim who forbid this in accordance with the ruling of the Rambam?
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Is there an order in repaying loans?

If Reuven borrowed money from several people, and has enough money to pay back all the loans, just not all at the same time (say, for example, if he has money tied up in real estate or something), are ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of Tzizit? [duplicate]

Can I put old Tzizit (beged Katan or Gadol) in the garbage or must they be disposed of in a more respectful way?
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Why is a kiddush cup not muktzeh?

According the rules of Muktzeh regarding the category of Mechamat Chisaron Kis, objects that have one specific purpose and the owner takes care not to damage it or let it get stolen may not be handled ...
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Can you wear sweatpants on Shabbat?

Your Shabbat activities shall not be like your weekday activities. From this we learn that we should dress differently on Shabbat. Say one finished the meal and would like to sit and read by the ...
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Can one recite prayers or learn torah while facing a bathroom whose door is open?

Do you have to close the bathroom door that you are in the vicinity of before being able to recite blessings or learn torah? Does it suffice to simply turn your back towards the bathroom door? For ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition on mesirah? [duplicate]

In many recent high profile cases, (notably in Australia) people who attempt to report sexual abuse of children to secular authorities have been called mosers and ostracized by certain sections of ...
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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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Can one say the “lights of fire” bracha before they light the Havdalah candle?

A general rule about making blessings is that in most cases they are made before the action is taken (Megilah 21b). However for lighting candles on both Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) and Havdalah ...
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Is it Loshon Hara if no one hears it?

If I speak Loshon Hara under my breath so that no one else hears it but me (and Hashem of course!), is it the same issur?
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What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie?

What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie? Choices that could make sense: Shehakol: Because chicken is the main thing or if one is uncertain. Mezonot: Because it is a pie crust made using ...
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Would halachic units be shrunk if a person was (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style)?

In the classic move Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequels, people get shrunk down to 1/264th of their normal size. So, a person is around 1/4 of an inch tall. If such a thing were even possible, ...
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Are fermented grapes (not wine) subject to yayin nesech?

A friend of mine asked me a question over Shabbos, and I didn't have an easy answer for him. Let's say that someone had some old grapes that fermented by themselves, so that they're now a kind of ...
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Disputes over Biblical Laws [duplicate]

I would like to compile an extensive list of Biblical laws that are debated by current halachik authorities in the Orthodox community as to whether or not they are Biblical laws, Ribbinic laws, or ...
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Why no bracha acharona for wine drunk with a bread meal?

Why do we say a separate bracha rishona for wine (borei pri hagafen) when we have wine with a bread meal, but we do not say a separate bracha acharona for the wine (that is, the wine is covered by the ...
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Does the Kohen really get to the raise a baby that a father refuses to redeem?

This summary of the beginning of the Pidyon Haben (redeeming the first born son) is on wikipedia In the traditional ceremony, the father brings the child to the Kohen and recites a formula, or ...
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Why not read missing words (in Esther) from a printed copy?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 141:19: צבור שאין להם מגילה כשרה כדינה מכל מקום אם היא כתובה כהלכתה רק שחסרים איזה תיבות באמצעה כיון שלא חסר בה ענין אחד שלם יכולין לקרות מתוכה עם הברכות והטעות יקרא הקורא ...
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What happened to the blessing “Who raises the fallen”?

In both the siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon and the seder of Rav Amram Gaon, there is a blessing in the morning, magbiah shefalim, for sitting up in bed. Yet, it is conspicuously absent from the Rambam ...
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Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?

In a situation where by you taking or using someone else's property or service they are not losing from your usage, such as when you borrow someone else's gym-membership card without permission, can ...
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Do you know of a Rabbi who rejects modern technology?

A little bit like the Amish... I just want to know if such an ideology exists in Judaism. I know that the Hatam Sofer and Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein opposed modern philosophy, maybe one Rabbi opposed ...