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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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How did Jerusalem get bigger without the Sanhedrin?

The Mishna in Sanhedrin 1:5 states: אין מוסיפין על העיר ועל העזרות, אלא על פי בית דין של שבעים ואחד. They may not add [annex] to the city [Jerusalem] or [Temple] Courtyards, except by a court ...
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May a male use a female for massage or vice versa?

There is a related question In a non-life-threatening emergency, can a female doctor do a hospital procedure on a male or vice versa?. The answer to that question, addresses limited situations, and I ...
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'Aliyah an Isur 'Aseh? Even today?

The Gemara (Bab. Ber. 24b*) quotes R' Yehudah as saying that anyone who leaves Bavel to go to Israel violates an Isur 'Aseh (a violation of the parameters of a positive commandment), because the Navi ...
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Does an ivory spoon make hot tea non-kosher?

Both the handles of cutlery and entire spoons have been made of elephant ivory, which is from a tusk (a tooth) of an elephant. Elephant is of course not a kosher animal. Presumably, then, these spoons ...
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Does the Biblical prohibition against writing on Shabbat apply to nonsense as well?

Writing (כותב) is one of the 39 melachot (forbidden labors) of Shabbat. Writing nonsense is forbidden regardless, but i'm curious whether it's a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition. On a Biblical ...
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Prayer and the Noahide/Gentile

I know that Noahides have their own siddur and are not bound or obligated to pray, but could one (a Noahide) pray the actual Amhidah for example and omit the words "our" or anything that connects them ...
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Halachik issues with SodaStream and similar sodamakers on Shabbos (e.g. molid, hashmaas kol)

It is disputed whether soda/seltzer makers are a problem on Shabbos (see Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov ) with e.g. the Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchasa ruling leniently (as cited in Rabbi ...
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Bar Mitzvah Meal Before Becoming 13

Mishne Berura, I believe, writes that a Bar Mitzvah seudah (meal) is conferred the status of a seudas mitzvah if either it is held on the day of the boy's becoming 13 (i.e. his birthday) or, he ...
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Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child

The Shulchan Aruch in siman 657 says that a child which knows how to shake the lulav properly, his father is obligated to buy a lulav for him (because of chinuch). The Beur Halacha d"h keday ...
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Am I liable to be stoned for my devotion to Hashem and the Jewish people?

I have spent over 2 years to this day praying for the Jewish people from the Koren Siddur and Machzorim. I have with my Rebbe's help tried to follow Jewish customs and laws, to my best ability. ...
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Is it permitted to wear leather belts on Yom Kippur?

Does the prohibition of leather on Yom Kippur only apply to shoes/footwear?
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Can one practice saying Kaddish by oneself, for educational purposes? [duplicate]

If someone wants to get better at saying one of the Kaddishes (Kaddish d'Rabbanan, Kaddish Yatom [Mourners], etc.), is it permissible to say the Kaddish out loud by oneself? Kaddish is classified as ...
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Being appointed to a jury in a case between two Jews

In the U.S., a person can be appointed as a juror without volunteering for the position. If a person would find themselves appointed as a juror over a monetary dispute between two Jews, how should ...
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Can one use a sinus rinse on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

This sinus rinse is manual. You fill the plastic bottle with water and add a small packet of saline powder and mix it. Then, you insert the bottle tip into your nostril and squeeze the bottle so ...
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After cutting my hair, how many times must I wash my hands?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 4:19 says: One who takes a haircut or shaves and does not wash his hands, will be scared for three days [...] and [...] will not know what he is scared of. ...
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Can a Chazzan say the Mourner's Kaddish despite not being a mourner?

If someone needs to say Kaddish for a parent but is intimidated to be the only one in shul saying it, is it permissible for the Chazzan to say the Mourner's Kaddish and the Rabbi's Kaddish at the same ...
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what is the mother's obligation to raise children (if she is not obligated to educate (chinuch) them)

igres moshe 4.49 כי סתם נשים בעולם אינם עשירות ועליהן מוטל גידול הילדים והילדות translation from link the average woman is not wealthy and has responsibility to raise sons and daughters. ...
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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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Can I choose not to violate Shabbos for “pikuach nefesh”?

According to the Gemara (Yoma 85a-b) and Poskim (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 328, Rambam, Hilchot Shabbos 2 [English Rambam]), one is allowed to violate Shabbos in order to preserve his life. This is ...
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On Shabbat, if one can't sleep, may one consume valerian tea? Valerian root powder? Other non-prescription remedies?

Occasionally, on Shabbat, I've had trouble sleeping. The Doctors Book of Home Remedies (Rodale Inc., 2010) includes a section about insomnia, which includes a long list of home remedies. Please note ...
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May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?

This is a hatmana (insulation) question. I want to know if there is an issue with putting food on the platta on Shabbos day and then putting a thick towel ontop of that food in order for the food to ...
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Can a mourner/avel learn Torah on Shabbat?

If I'm not mistaken a mourner in the 1st 7 days, during the Shiva cannot study Torah (except for mourning-related Torah study) as it brings joy to a person. Firstly is this Halacha or a Minhag? ...
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Is it mutar to kill a gentile to save one's life? [duplicate]

I know that it is forbidden to kill another Jew to save your own life, as it says in Sanhedrin 74. Does this law extend to a gentile?
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Shochtim who learned from translated materials

The Maharil in his Tshusvos Chadashos ("New Responsa," mentioned here), writes (Siman 93) that the custom is not to give kabblah to shochtim who learned the laws shechita in German (translated ...
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Eating in a non-kosher household [duplicate]

I am a converted Jew (mother is not Jewish, father is) who has recently began keeping Kosher. My mother is an excellent cook, and I greatly enjoyed eating what she made growing up. I still would like ...
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May one use a Sephardic Torah in an Ashkenaz minyan?

May an Ashkenaz minyan use a sephardic torah (written in כתב וועליש) for their minyan or vise versa? Please cite a source
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Halacha of Shechita

Which Sefer or Sefarim is/are used in practical application of Shechita? General Halacha follows the שלחן ערוך, but does it in all areas?
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What are the sources that a husband may beat his wife?

What are the sources, even those that are rejected in the final halachic analysis, that encourage or allow a husband to physically abuse his wife?
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Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov

Can a person make seltzer on shobbos or yom tov with something like sodastream?
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Torah study for an Avel/Mourner [duplicate]

Firstly, is it a minhag or Halacha that a mourner must not study Torah during the Shiva period? Secondly, does this apply on the Shabbat as well?
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Davening maariv occasionally without minyan

The maariv prayer service was originally established as a reshut and that has ramifications in halacha. Does it affect the obligation to pray maariv with a minyan? Perhaps similar to how we can skip ...
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Is it forbidden to make a dating website for orthodox Jews to find dates?

The traditional (and possibly the only) protocol for finding shidduchim is to go through a shadchan (either professional or not). I don't know of any sources for this but it seems to be the case ...
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Non-statutory Torah service

Is it possible to have a "stand-alone" Torah service, not connected to a statutory prayer? I saw this done on Shavuot once, where some people who slept through davening convened a minyan solely for ...
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Do you say “keli” or “kelim” for safek kelim together with one non safek keli?

If I tovel (immerse in a ritual bath) a glass or metal pot, I recite a blessing first, as for many a mitzvah. The blessing ends "vetzivanu al tevilat keli", "commanded us about toveling a VESSEL". If ...
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What activities (other than eating and drinking) are forbidden on minor fasts?

On minor fast days we, of course, don't eat and drink. But my experience is that in other regards we can mostly go about our usual activities -- go to work, tend to household chores, etc. What other ...
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Paying a Shadchan

The Minhag in Klal Yisroel is to pay a Shadchan for introducing husband and wife. #1 - What is considered the norm to pay a Shadchan? #2 - Suppose a Shidduch breaks. Does the Shadchan have to return ...
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When is Fixed Interest Allowed?

It says in an article at VBM Torah: It should be remembered that Halakha makes explicit mention of particular bodies to whom it is permissible to lend at interest (e.g., the community) So what ...
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Is there an obligation to reattach a severed body part?

If a part of a person's body is severed for whatever reason, is there an obligation on the person who lost it to reattach it?
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Contact lenses during conversion immersion

If a convert wore contact lenses during the mikvah immersion, is the conversion still valid? Does it depend on whether the contact lenses are disposable (not the one you wear for more than 30 days)?
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How big can insects be before falling into kashrut halacha?

So we typically clean vegetable matter of bugs because, while it isn't an aveirah to eat a bug part if it's smaller than a(n) (halachic) olive, it is still prohibited to eat any non-kosher living ...
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Are two children from different mothers but the same gentile father considered sibilings?

Two children that have the same father but different mothers are forbidden to have relations on grounds of incest. If their father is a gentile (and they have different Jewish mothers), it is not ...
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Is listening to Music on the fast of Asarah BeTevet permitted?

Can you listen to music on the fast of the tenth of tevet?
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Using an electric hand dryer after netilas yadayim

Is there any issue with using an electric hand dryer to dry your hands after netilas yadayim either for a seudah or to remove ruach rah?
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Marriage: invalidity versus prohibition

I apologize if this is a very elementary question, but I'm having trouble finding an answer to it. As we all know, there are many kinds of marriages which one can generally term "halachically ...
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Corporations, Jewish Shareholders and Interest

How many Jewish shareholders does a corporation or bank have to have in order for the prohibitions on lending or borrowing at interest to apply? Is one Jewish shareholder sufficient, or does it ...
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What were the nine points of the pesak din of Michalowitz?

"Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein was the architect of the ultra-Orthodox manifesto, the famous nine-point pesak din of Michalowitz (Michalovce, Nagymihály) issued by 24 rabbis from northeastern Hungarian ...
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Two brachos one mikvah

If I made a bracha and immersed two vessels, and then someone came over and asked me to immerse their vessel as well, since I did not have their vessel in mind, do I say a new bracha?
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Following more lenient opinions for fasting times

Related: Until what time in the morning may you eat on a fast day? There are different opinions about exactly when one must start fasting. For someone planning to wake up to eat, all agree that they ...
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Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve?

Is it ok to celebrate New Years Eve? Which (orthodox, not modox or non-orthodox) rabbinical authority was against it and which one was in favor of it (if such opinions exist).