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Is a woman technically a niddah after childbirth?

I understand that a woman becomes a yoledet after childbirth, and that this condition has very similar laws to niddah. But is she also a niddah? I ask because as far as I understand, niddah cannot be ...
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Tznius in semi-private locations - gym for women

I've been reading Oz vehadar (R' Pessach Eliahu Falk) and one doubt came up: If a woman should stay tznuah even in private (like rules on what pajamas not to wear, and about the length of the ...
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Scaring someone to teach them a lesson

Scaring or startling someone is generally a violation of Onaas Devarim. Is it permitted in order to teach someone a lesson? For example, if someone is crossing a street while texting, can you honk at ...
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According to Jewish law, may a women wear men's clothing?

Are rules prescribing what sorts of clothes men and women can and cannot wear?
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Is it a sin to study talmud as a woman? [duplicate]

In the movie Yentl, a woman pretends to be a man in order to study talmudic law. Is it considered a sin to study the talmud as a woman?
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May I use a clean can opener previously used for non-kosher cans?

It only had cold contact with treif, if any (only if the food reaches to top of the can); no duchka de sakina was involved. Its contact with my kosher food is also cold - if any (only if the food ...
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Must the first and second bracha of sheva brachos be said together by one person?

Must the first and second bracha of sheva brachos be said together by one person? Or may they be split between two honorees? There are a lot of people who I will need to honor at my wedding in a few ...
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Intent in sinning

Is there any difference in the consequence depending on the reason one commits an aveirah? Case A) I know that something is an aveirah and I respect halacha, but for some reason, I feel a need to ...
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“Hamalach hagoel” and idolatrous intent

In Genesis 48:15-16, Jacob blesses Joseph by (seemingly) requesting of G-d that His angel bless Joseph's children: וַיְבָ֥רֶךְ אֶת־יוֹסֵ֖ף וַיֹּאמַ֑ר הָֽאֱלֹקים אֲשֶׁר֩ הִתְהַלְּכ֨וּ אֲבֹתַ֤י ...
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Is the traditional “Blessing of the Children” allowed?

There is a traditional blessing a parent/father says for his children in many communities on returning from the synagogue on the nights of the high holy days or all Friday nights, etc. The text ...
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Can a Jew act in a play / movie where he / she has the role of an idol worshiper?

Can a Jew act in a play / movie where he / she has the role of an idol worshiper? He would perform the acts of idol worship without believing in the idols at all.
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Source that prohibits raising hands during davening

I recall once reading somewhere that perhaps the Zohar, or Ari"zl state that one should not raise one's hands (or wave them around) whilst praying (as it is darchei emori, or some such prohibition). ...
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Does one really have 30 days to put up a mezuza outside Eretz Israel?

It is broadly known and codified that one has 30 days to put up a mezuza when renting a home outside Eretz Israel. I heard that this dated from the times where Jews might be expelled in their first 30 ...
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Is it more preferable to pray with concentration alone or with a minyan in shul?

There's a בית כנסת nearby that has מנינים every half hour between 6:00am until 9:20am. There's another one that has two מנינים, one at 6:40am and one at 7:40am. The בית כנסת that goes later has one ...
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Are specific tactics prescribed for civil laws that encroach on Jewish law?

When a government makes decrees that force Jews to transgress religious laws, does halacha describe the degree to which the government's laws must be ignored? If so, are there specific ways in which ...
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Insomnia and Modeh Ani [duplicate]

I am wondering what is done in the case of people who have insomnia. I usually sleep about 4 hours a night and I wake during those hours maybe 5 or 6 times. I got into the habit of saying Modeh ani ...
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Chewing gum on a fast?

In a fast, as you probably know, it is forbidden to eat. So anything that would be halachicaly considered eating wouldn't be allowed. While reading some answers on this site, I found that chewing gum ...
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Al pi halacha, are descendents from Marranos considered Jewish? [duplicate]

What level of proof would be needed for a person whose ancestors lived in Mexico and who claims to be a descendant of the Marranos to be considered Jewish for the sake of marriage? Or are all such ...
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Using someone else's Menorah

I used my brother's menorah on Chanuka , did I perform the mitzvah correctly or does the menorah have to be mine?
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According to halacha, how should a shul's minhag be decided?

I generally attend Nusach Ashkenaz Orthodox shuls. There are a few in my area. Each has some variations on the placement of certain parts during davening, all of which are fine and dependent on the ...
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Is Selichos recited in the house of a mourner during shiva on Asara B'Tevet?

Is Selichot said in the house of an avel during shiva on the 10th of Tevet? Does the mourner lead the Selichos?
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Buying from non-Jews, or selling to non-Jews, within three days of their holidays

Yoreh De'ah 148:1 says, in part: שְׁלשָׁה יָמִים לִפְנֵי חַגָּם שֶׁל גּוֹיִים עוֹבְדֵי אֱלִילִים אָסוּר לִקַּח מֵהֶם וְלִמְכֹּר לָהֶם דָּבָר הַמִּתְקַיֵּם. וּמֻתָּר לִמְכֹּר לָהֶם דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ ...
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Steps after chazaras hashatz, if the chazan doesn't continue past Ashre

As user6591 notes, the Shulchan Aruch (OC 123:5) says that the prayer leader does not need to take three steps backward after his repetition of the amida, and the Mishna B'rura (:18) gives the reason: ...
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Not taking three steps forward for the Chazzan's repetition

Last Shabbat we had a guy fill in for Minchah as Chazzan. He did a great job. I'm sure he was just nervous and didn't want to err. But I noticed he didn't take the 3 steps forward for the repetition. ...
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Looking for information about going to Mikvah with an IUD [closed]

I am interested in going to a Mikvah for the first time. I have an intrauterine device (aka IUD, a form of birth control) and get very little or sometimes no bleeding. I don't now how to determine ...
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How much skin is a woman halachically allowed to show from the neck downward?

Is there a requirement to how much skin a woman can show - when going out in public - from where the neck ends to where the torso begins going downward at the top of her shirt? The question is ...
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If you come early to a minyan factory and catch the previous minyan's torah reading, are you yotzeh? [duplicate]

If you come early to your minyan in a minyan factory for shachrit and you're able to hear the entire torah reading from beginning to end, do you have to stick around for YOUR minyan's torah reading ...
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What's the bracha on mozzarella sticks?

Do the breadcrumbs on mozzarella sticks require that you wash or at least say mezonot or do we say that it's only used as a cooking agent and therefore you would make a shehakol on the cheese? Is ...
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Is there any benefit to an adult with the general mental capacity of a child of around 6 months wearing Tefillin?

I assume that an adult with the general mental capacity of a child of around 6 months is free from mitzvos. Would there be any benefit to (the neshomo of) this adult in getting his body to do mitzvos ...
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Is writing G-d's name in a regular word shaimos? [duplicate]

In many words in the Hebrew language you have G-d's name in them. For example, in the word "chaim" in Hebrew there's a yud next to yud and in the world "el" it's an alef next to a lamod. If one writes ...
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Being treated by a female doctor [duplicate]

Regarding the Issur of שומר נגיעה that prohibits the touching of a woman , would it be permitted for a young man to be treated by a female doctor in an office? Sources are appreciated .
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Is one permitted to say good shabbos in the mikvah?

One might see a friend at the mikvah and wish to say hello and either being before or on shabbos wish him well. Since shabbos is also considered one of G-d's names is it permitted to use this ...
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When a chain store advertises a “Holiday” or “End of Year” sale, may I buy their product?

My question is related to this one. The linked question focuses on the phrasing in the ad of referring to "Christmas", so it seems obvious that they are referring to a specific holiday. My question ...
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May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?

May I shop at a thrift store owned by a church, such as the Salvation Army Family Store? What if the only other thrift store is half an hour away?
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If a local store holds a “Christmas Sale” in the days leading up to Dec. 25th, may I shop there?

My question In mid-December, I received the weekly advertising flyer of a local store chain. At the top, the flyer said "Christmas Sale". If a sale is advertised like this, with the name of a ...
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Pronounciation in MO schools

I am curious about the Hebrew pronunciation taught in many Modern Orthodox schools. It doesn't seem to conform to real Israeli pronunciation, nor is it the "standard Yiddish" or Polish pronunciation ...
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Does food need to be double-wrapped for the fridge?

I am familiar with the idea ( What's the halachic advantage of double (or triple) wrapping food? ) that double-wrapping is necessary for a halachic separation in certain kashrus contexts. However, ...
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Praying in this condition

Some times, like just after waking-up, men have an erection. But what if one just woke up and wants to say the Mode Ani, must he wait for it to pass or can he say it as is? Would it be disrespectful ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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What should one do if he had to interrupt Shmoneh Esreh because of an emergency? [duplicate]

If someone has to interrupt Shemoneh Esreh because of an emergency - e.g., someone in the shul was choking, and you went to save his life. Do you continue form where you stopped or must Shemoneh ...
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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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Yichud while sleeping

If a Jewish man is alone in the same house with a woman, prohibited to him with kares (e.g. his mother-in-law, or some other eishes ish), and he is sleeping: is he in violation of yichud while ...
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What should be done if the Torah reader goes past the designated ending for the weekday / Shabbat mincha Torah reading?

During Shabbat mincha last Shabbat, the Torah reader (it wasn't me :-) accidentally extended the Levi (2nd) aliya past its designated break, and read what was designated for yisra'el's aliyah, thus, ...
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If a woman had an aborted pregnancy, is the next son born considered, halachically, a bechor? [duplicate]

Does the halachic definition of "bechor" specifically apply to a full birth or a fetus? Thus, if a woman aborted her first pregnancy, and the 2nd pregnancy produces a male birth, is that boy ...
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When is it acceptable for a non-Jew working towards Orthodox conversion to grow peyot?

I am working towards an Orthodox conversion, and physical reminders continue to help me on my path as reminders - like tzitzit and kippah. I would like to grow out my peyot, but I am concerned I may ...
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Is it Halachically permissible to use tefillin peshutim if one cannot afford better tefillin?

I would like to buy my first Tefillin. I was raised in a semi-secular household, and thus do not own a pair of my own. However, being a student, I am tight with my money. I understand that there is ...
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Kashrut of a knife without a blade

Disclaimer: I do not understand all of the concepts that this question relies on, nor do i know what they're called and how to look it up. At home, we're always told to use a spoon and not a knife in ...
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Should we ask a non-Jew to wear a kippa for a burial?

Should we ask a non-Jew to wear a kippa for a burial? He likely doesn't have an obligation to do so. We often ask them in a synagogue (and this answer discusses the reasons) but what about a cemetery? ...
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Is Astral Projection allowed in Judiasm and Halachah?

I'm currently studying the subject and am interested in trying it out basically when you go to sleep your soul departs however it happens unconscionably without you being aware of it happening ...
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Dirshu Daf Hayomi B'Halacha

Two questions : 1) How do I get Dirshu halacha shiurim on Kol Halashon AND 2) Is there a way that I could see the current schedule online ?