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How far does dina demalchusa dina go?

Does this apply to laws which are clearly corrupt and based on lies? At what point does a law which solely benefits one political group but harms everyone else stop being legitimate through the lens ...
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Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat?

Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat? Would this be lifnei iver (placing an obstacle in front of a fellow Jew) in encouraging non-shabbat observant Jews to ...
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Dipping in a basket vs. on a bench

Note that a spring is usable as a mikva for some purposes (e.g., a zav or m'tzora's dipping) and in some conditions (viz, with fewer than forty s'a and/or while not pooled) that a mikva is not. ...
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Repaying Loans vs Tzedakah

When one has to repay an interest-free loan to a Jewish lender, does that take precedence over giving tzedakah? If several payments must be made, can one thus expedite repayment by giving less to ...
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What is the source and nature of the prohibition on premarital sex? [duplicate]

What is the source of the prohibition on premarital sex? Is it a Biblical prohibition? If not, what is the source and how is it derived? What is the nature of the prohibition? Is it an avera? Is it ...
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Machlokes Deoraisa vs Muttar - non-Jew vs Jew

If one Rav paskens somemthing is Asur Deoraisa and another Paskens totaly mutar, beshas hadechak is it better to get a non jew to do it or a jew whose rav holds its muttar? For example, if a certain ...
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An obligation to intervene?

I was posed a hypothetical question about medical ethics today. I am not looking for a psak as much as for sources on the discussion about halachic responsibility. Case 1: You are personally told by ...
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What is the halacha regarding averot that one must not do even to avoid death?

What is the halacha regarding averot that one must not do even to avoid death? I have heard, but do not believe it to be correct, that the halacha is that one must prefer death to (1) forced ...
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Deleting G-d's Name in E Ink [duplicate]

I've read the various reasons why one may 'delete' G-d names in common displays. However, EInk works in a completely different way. Am I allowed to delete G-d names which are displayed with EInk ...
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Opening bottles for me on Shabbos - Jew or Non-Jew? [duplicate]

If I dont open bottles on shabbos because my rav holds that it is a melacha deoraisa, Beshas Hadechak is it better for me to get a jew (whose rav holds its muttar) or non jew to open it for me?
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Is there a deadline for Asher yatzar [duplicate]

I know there is a deadline for brochois after a meal (until hungry again, 72 min). But if one did not say Asher yatzar, for how much time can one say it? What are the sources on this subject?
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Is artificial sweetener (Splenda, Stevia) pre-cooked? (Making Coffee on Shabbat)

When making a coffee on Shabbat, is one allowed to put the artificial sweetener, such as Splenda or Stevia, into the cup and then add the hot water from Kli Rishon? If the sweetener is pre-cooked, ...
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Is Panentheism considered heretical?

(Closely related to this post, but I think it is still a bit different) Panentheism: A doctrine that the universe subsists within Gcd, but that Gcd nevertheless transcends or has some existence ...
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Can possibly “meaty” rice be used in sushi rolls?

I know that there is a prohibition to eat meat and fish together. But, I'm not sure if this prohibition applies to these two actual items or to other items that may have touched one of these two. For ...
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Missing Krias Shema BiTzibbur [duplicate]

If one missed Krias Shema BiTzibbur while davening with a Minyan , should he say אל מלך נאמן when he reaches Krias Shema?
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Teaching Mussar to a non-Jew?

Are we allowed to teach Sifrei Mussar (for instance Orchos Tzadikim, Mesilas Yesharim, Chovos Halevavos) to non-Jews? What about the Gra on Mishlei?
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Can one sleep in a room with a tefillin bag/tefillin in the room?

Can a person sleep in a room with their tefillin bag? Does it matter that the tefillin is in the tefillin bag? Also, if the answer is no, what can one do on Friday night, if one finds out that ...
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Why is fish and milk permitted but not poultry and milk?

E.g. Chicken and milk is forbidden, but fish and milk is permitted. (Some Hassidim and Sefardim do not mix fish and milk as I understand it). If going off the common answer of not to confuse chicken ...
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Is it Halachically forbidden to go to Israel?

I was recently studying Berakhot 24b when I read the following statement: 'כל העולה מבבל לא"י עובר בעשה שנאמר (ירמיהו כז, כב) בבלה יובאו ושמה יהיו עד יום פקדי אותם נאם ה' Whoever goes up ...
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Bracha on french toast

Using leftover challah for French toast. I thought that because it's not in the original form (the main addition being eggs which also change the bread's appearance), mezonot is the proper bracha. But ...
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If someone uses an unknown persons item and then loses it, is he required to replace it, or has the owner effectively “despaired”? [closed]

Supposed someone was out-of-town on vacation, and was at a house of study, and upon realizing he was missing a head covering, (most likely) saw one in a designated drawer (by name). If that person ...
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Are there Jewish sources regarding this degradation of the Jews of Prague

Are there Jewish sources regarding this degradation of the Jews of Prague? (Allowing it, protesting it (they should have been killed and not do it)) From ...
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Dyeing Hair for Men

Are men permitted to dye their hair with products such as "Just for Men"? Since these products are made for men specifically, would potential prohibitions of beged isha no longer apply?
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Does adding a bit of red wine to white wine change the resulting drinks' status vis-a-vis kiddush?

There are various opinions regarding the acceptance of white wine for kiddush. My question is, if say one has a full bottle of white, if they pour a cup that is majority white (80%+), but are able to ...
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Is there a required minimum oven temperature for baking matzah? [closed]

Are there halachically required minimum temperatures for baking matzah? This Jewish instructional websites says they should be baked at "extremely high temperatures" such as "600° to 800° F". ...
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Techum of New York

I'm wondering if anyone knows what the techum of/in NYC are? Is Brooklyn separate from Manhaten? What about Brooklyn to Queens? Manhaten and the Bronx? (I assume Staten Island is too far to be ...
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Identifying someone as being Jewish [duplicate]

How many generations back is one allowed to go to identify himself as being Jewish? If a Jew converts to another religion, he is still Jewish and his descendants are Jewish. Does this mean that if ...
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Bracha made on spoiled food

Someone made a bracha on a glass of milk. He drank a cheekful and immediately spit it out because it was spoiled. Is he required to find another food requiring the same bracha (shehakol in this case) ...
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Jewish owned dough bake by a non jewish baker

It states in shulchan aruch yoreh deah 112 11 "bread of a jew that a non jew baked without a jew's stirring or adding fuel, is forbidden to sell to a non jew lest a Jew buy it from the non jewish ...
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Is a Jew allowed to collect royalties on a song that glorifies Jesus?

You may not, offhand recognize the name Norman Greenbaum until you realize that he composed the One-Hit wonder song "Spirit in the Sky" first released in 1969, and played often on radio and other ...
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Peru Urevu Halacha question [duplicate]

If a jewish male donates sperm to a jewish couple who cannot have children for whatever purpose. By donating sperm does the donor fulfill the mitzvah of Peru Eruvu? If the answer is yes, then the ...
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Refrigerator door and Yayin Nesech

If an open bottle of wine is on the shelf in the door of a refrigerator, and a non-Jew opens the door of the refrigerator, thereby moving the wine, does the wine become yayin nesech? Let's assume ...
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Why is a bracha not recited before a married couple has intercourse? [duplicate]

As I understand it, we are to say a bracha when dealing with a birkhot ha'nehenin or a ‎birkhot hamitzvot. I have even heard Rabbis say that one must say a bracha before any pleasurable experience, as ...
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Can personal requests be made during the mussaf of rosh hodesh or chol hamoed?

On a holiday it is forbidden to make a personal request. Does this same prohibition apply to the mussaf of rosh hodesh and hol hamoed when all the regular shemonah esrei bakashot are left out?
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Menstruating on Wedding Day

What happens in the case of a bride menstruating on her wedding day or her menstruation ending a few days before her wedding day and cannot go to the mikvah? Does the rabbi refuse to perform the ...
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Reward and punishment for indirect mitzvot and averot

If I create something with a certain purpose, and it's used for another purpose (good or bad), do I have a share in the mitzvot or averot people made with my creation? I'll give three examples to make ...
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What recourse is available for someone whose property was seized by a creditor of the seller?

Let's say Reuven owes Shimon $1000 (because of a loan). Reuven then sells his only piece of land (that happens to be worth $1000) to Levi. This land in Levi's possession is now considered a נכס משעובד ...
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Are gentiles tameh ? Do they convey any kind of tumas?

I find a lot of contradicting sources - does anyone know the actual halachah (with sources please) ? A lot of mishanyot seem to state that Gentiles do not contract/convey impurity (Negaim 11 and 12; ...
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Scheduling Email for 3AM and Gneivas Daas

Is is permitted to schedule an email for the wee hours of the night, like 3AM, to give the impression that you were working late? Is it significantly well known that there are services like ...
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If you're having a slow day are you halachically required to reduce your hourly rate?

Say you work as a contractor that charges an hourly rate. If on any given day you feel sluggish due to poor sleep or some other reason, are you supposed to reduce your rate for that day to compensate ...
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What happens with the blessings if a mute is called for a Torah aliyah?

A person called for an aliyah LeTorah makes a blessing before and after the reading. As I recall, the original custom (mentioned in Talmud Megilla 21b) was to have the Cohen make the staring blessing ...
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language of betrothal at wedding

Traditionally, before a husband betroths his wife he says, "Harei at mekudeshet li btabaat zo kdat moshe vyisrael." Is this language necessary in halacha or standardized by tradition (minhag)? If not ...
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Does marbeh b'simcha apply during Adar I? [duplicate]

Does the concept of mishenichnas adar marber bsimcha applies to Adar I or is it just for Adar II? It would probably depend if it is connected directly to being the month of Purim or not. Or even so ...
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English Sefarim on Ma'aser Kesafim

Would anyone know of any English Sefarim on the Halachos of Ma'aser Kesafim(money)?
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Is it permitted to share a plate or bowl with a pet (such as a cat or dog)?

Is it permitted to use the same plates and bowls to feed a pet cat or dog which are also used for eating? Assuming the pet is fed kosher (for humans) food is this permitted? Are there any issues ...
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time of kriat shma change nowadays

The time of kriat shma is learned basically from the pasuk "בשכבך ובקומך", meaning the time people sleep and the time people wake up. 2000 years ago people acted according to the daylight. Nowadays ...
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Could a Cohen burn a body to escape the impurity?

Excuse the extreme hypothetical, but: If a Cohen were locked in a room with no windows and a dead body, and just so happened to have lighter fluid and a pack of matches (and there were small holes in ...
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Dairy or pareve black coffee:

What are the halachic considerations that govern the kashrut status of an Americano (black) from an espresso machine that uses a secondary steam wand to make lattes and cappuccinos? This is at a ...
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“Chiyuv” to be chazan vs. congregational approval and refusal

Follow-up to this M.Y. answer about a "chiyuv" to daven from the amud. The answer states that a mourner for a parent should try to be shaliach tzibbur. I question whether this rule contradicts some ...
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Can Aluminum be Mekabel Tumah?

Can Aluminum vessels be Mekabel Tumah? (Obviously) it's not written in Chumash, so is it like iron (which can) or like glass (which can't)