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What is the halachic source for wearing in a kippa [duplicate]

I wear a kippa and tzitzis everday. The source for tzitzit is easy, we say it in shma and it's mentioned in the Gemara in brachot. The source for the kippa is wholly unknown to me, yet it is such an ...
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What cracks disqualify a Shmurah Matzah as whole?

What cracks disqualify a hand-baked (typically Shmurah) Matzah as whole for the purposes of lechem mishneh and the Seder? I've been told that: Cracks in the center of the matzah that do not reach ...
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Minimum halachic requirements for Maggid section of seder? [closed]

I will be leading the seder this year, and I know I'm running down to the last minute, but I want to know what are the paragraphs that I can skip, and what I absolutely need to do. It will be just my ...
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Ear Piercing of Jewish slave that wants to stay a slave a mum?

I heard in a daf yomi shiur (on kedushin 21b) that a koen can not want to stay a slave (one opinion says it is because he the Ear Piercing will make him have a mum What Ear Piercing makes a mum? ...
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Not speaking of Kabbalah or kabballistic ideas in public - halacha or wisdom?

A couple times now on forums and shiurim I have heard the speaker or rabbi address a question or comment with kabbalistic undertone with 'that is a kabbalistic idea. I don't discuss kabbalah in ...
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What teshuvot address educating children on inappropriate touch? [closed]

A friend of a non-observant family shared a story which inspired this question. Two cousins were playing together. The boy was about 7 years old. The girl was about 3 years old. Early on, the mother ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

Wayikra 15:16-18 טז וְאִישׁ, כִּי-תֵצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ שִׁכְבַת-זָרַע--וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת-כָּל-בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְטָמֵא עַד-הָעָרֶב. 16 יז וְכָל-בֶּגֶד וְכָל-עוֹר, אֲשֶׁר-יִהְיֶה עָלָיו ...
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Evolved minimal Hebrew pronunciation in halacha

Inspired by comments on this question: Say a person travels from place to place where there are certain traditional havarot (pronunciations) such that what were likely originally distinct sounds, are ...
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Does Orthodox Judaism Recognize Reform Conversions?

If a person converted into the Reform or Conservative (Masorti) Movements, would Orthodox Jews consider them to be Jewish in the first place? This is also assuming the person keeps basic Kosher (not ...
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Do any Ashkenazim restrict making hamotzi on dry matzah to meals?

i was reading this article that posited something i had never heard before. The article claimed that according to Sephardic opinions, hard cracker like matzah wasn't considered bread and therefore one ...
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How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach

How can I tell if this bird feed can be used Ingredients: White preso millet, golden german millet, red proso millet, flax seed, canary grass seed, niger thistle, rape seed, oat groats, dehydrated ...
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What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?

Somewhat related to What evidence is required to indicate mamzer status? What evidence is required to declare someone a shituki (Kiddushin 4:2) after that person has died? I.e he/she can't directly ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

If you are having a bread-meal and you have dessert in front of you, but you are uncertain if the homotzie covered it - what do you do? Don't eat it? Eat it without a Bracha? Say shehakol (in the ...
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Giving a lulav on condition to return, but in a chain where the last person keeps it

The Gemara in Sukkah on daf :מא relates a story of Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaria, and Rabbi Akiva riding on a boat. The time came to shake lulav, but only Rabban Gamliel had ...
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Where did the myth that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?

I've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah, and even though I hear from almost every Rabbi I've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, I can't find any evidence for ...
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Getting body piercings

The Torah prohibits, generally, the infliction of a wound on yourself or someone else. See Lev. 19:28. The obvious exception is the commandment to perform a bris millah (circumcision) on a male ...
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My observant boyfriend is forcing me to convert? Many Questions? [closed]

I have a few problems I would really like help with. I am not Jewish but have lived an orthodox lifestyle for the past 5 years. My boyfriend, who I love very much is orthodox and wants me to be as ...
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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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18 minute Matzah?

Are there sources EXPLAINING why we have to make matzah within 18 minutes? I understand having a time limit if in fact the reason we eat matzah is to reenact the speed which we left Egypt (that ...
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Giyores marrying a cohen and their offspring [closed]

If a Cohen married a giyores (convert), they had children born after the conversion of their mother, and the children had to do a geirus lechumra because the mothers' conversion was not done by ...
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Writing during Chol HaMoed

I've heard some people don't write during the intermediate days of the festival (Chol HaMoed). Is this a formal prohibition or just a custom? What's the origin of this?
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School closing - At what point must the parents be told?

Yeshiva A or Bais Yaakov A has serious financial problems. They are doing all they can to stay viable, however unless a big donor steps forward they will be forced to close. If the school tells the ...
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What halachic principles are involved in starting the iRobot on Shabbos with a timer? [closed]

What halachic principles are involved in starting the iRobot on Shabbos with a timer? Can it be turned on anytime or just at night? Is it like security cameras in that it is OK to walk by them if ...
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Are there any halachic issues involved with using jscreen?

jscreen.org is an organization that provides genetic testing for Jews to help potential spouses better know if their children might have the potential to develop different diseases. The issue is that ...
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Is there a concept of “bitul beshishim” with regards to fish?

Years ago, some brands of Worcestershire sauce as well as a few salad dressings were marked "OU fish". This meant that one was not allowed to use this sauce on a piece of meat or have it on the same ...
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What are the minimum required sections of the Hagadah that must be said?

I am leading the Seder for my family, many whom are older people and young children who must be on a strict schedule. I.e., they have to eat by a certain time and must be asleep by a certain time, ...
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If I hate myself, how can I love my fellow Jew like I love myself?

How can I love my fellow Jew as myself if I hate myself? How do I fulfill veavta lerayacha komocha in such a case?
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Are sea sponges kosher?

The sea sponge is scientifically classified as an animal, therefore maybe it would be considered unkosher, as seafood. On the other hand, it seems much more similar to a vegetable of some kind, so ...
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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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“Siri, sing to me” - Kol Isha?

As i say in this Purim Torah answer, we can't use smartphones because "The vaad found out that Siri's not a guy". (From the song Hang Up the Payphone by A.K.A Pella.) However, that inspired a ...
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Maharil and Terumat haDeshen: Mayim Shelanu

Inspired by this question. I have heard a machloket in the names of the Maharil and the Terumat haDeshen about the source for mayim shelanu. While the details were given, the sources were not. The ...
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Best way to learn Hilchos Pesach

To those with experience, what is the best(very good) way to learn Hilchos Pesach . What is a good way to go about it , that will give you a thorough understanding and even Halacha La'Maaseh
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Are there any limitations for an inclusion blessing?

There is a rule that if you are eating multiple items that are in the same blessing category (e.g. shehakol) then you only say one blessing and have in mind the other items. Does this inclusion have ...
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Mayim shelanu history?

The water used to bake Matzah must be mayim shelanu—water that had been drawn in the evening and left to cool overnight. What is the halachic background for this requirement?
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What should you do if you are arrested on Shabbat?

If a person is arrested (God forbid) on Shabbat what leniencies, if any, should he be aware of? For instance may he sign paperwork (with a shinuy) or have his fingerprint taken if refusing to do so ...
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How do you inspect a field for graves?

The Gemara (Bab. Nazir 65) discusses some circumstances in which one must inspect a field for graves. How is this done? Do you dig up the earth to a certain depth? Do you dig a trench? Do you dig ...
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Can you acquire land merely by using it?

Massechet Kiddushin (26a in the Bavli) contains a mishna that talks about how one acquires property. It considers two cases, property that can be used for security (collateral) and property that ...
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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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What is the reason that you are not allowed to learn Torah shebictav at night?

I saw in some books (Rav Belsky, Arizal) that you are not allowed to learn torah Shebictav (Tanach) at night without commentaries. Why is that?
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Can you turn your back to the Aron HaKodesh?

I'm quite certain that it is mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one should not turn one's back to the Aron HaKodesh (ark which holds the Torah Scrolls). Can anyone tell me where this is ...
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Can you keep a vending machine freebie?

If someone buys something from a vending machine and two items accidentally pop out (due to some error in the machine), is he/she allowed to keep the extra item? And if not, what should he/she do? ...
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The set up of the seder plate acc to the Arizal

Many of the seder plates I have seen which are called Arizal karahs(seder plate) look like this Courtesy of Star K : However from the reading of the Beir Heitiv 473:8 (who brings the shittah of the ...
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Can one make ice on Shabbos?

Can one make ice on Shabbat? For example, putting water in an empty ice cube box and freezing it? I've heard it's a Machloket between the Rema and Shulchan Arukh. What are their opinions on making ...
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What halachik problems should one be aware of when attending a secular college? [closed]

What halachick issues should a frum person be aware of when attending a secular college or university? For the purpose of this question assume that said person comes from a yeshivish background ...
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Providing wine for Christian ceremonial purposes: in the 8th century, what did the rabbis write?

Under Charlemagne in the 8th century and the Carolingian emperors, Jews were official importers of exotic foods from the Holy Land;[1] they also provided wine for Christian mass. At the time, what ...
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Why is it ok to pay the kids for the afikoman?

Most Pesach sedarim feature the afikoman hide-and-seek game; either the children steal it and ransom it back or the parents hide it and (in my experience) pay a prize to the child who finds it. At ...
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Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?

In various places on this site, including the FAQ, we have the following disclaimer: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly ...
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Is it permitted to trim cheekbone hair?

Is it permitted to trim cheekbone hair? I know someone who has a hairy temple which the hair extends towards his upper cheekbones. I would think not because it's above the peyos bone, but I really ...
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Nivel peh in a foreign language

What are the halachos of saying nivel peh in a language which one does not speak/understand? (Or which one speaks/understands to various degrees?) Might this depend at all on the language (Jewish ...
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Sponja on Shabbos - May one do it?

In Israel a popular way of cleaning floors is with sponja. Is there a way that one may do this on Shabbos? (sources)