NOTE: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. Treat information from this site like it came from a crowd of your friends. // Jewish law. Specifically, the legal process beginning with the written Torah and continuing ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

6
votes
1answer
56 views

Ashkenazi leniencies before shavua shechal bo

Ashkenazim extend the Talmudic prohibitions of shavua shechal bo tisha b'av (the week of the 9th of Av) to the beginning of the month. Are there Ashkenazi leniencies from Rosh Chodesh Av until shavua ...
6
votes
2answers
626 views

Can one Tovel dishes in snow?

We learned that: If no cup is available for washing one's hands, one can immerse them into a river or into snow, if there's enough snow on the ground to fill a Mikve. (About 500 litres/130 gallons of ...
4
votes
3answers
124 views

Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av

This year the ninth of Av falls out on Shabbos which means that there are somewhat different laws that are practiced than in a typical year at this time (e.g. the fast is observed on Sunday). With ...
1
vote
2answers
123 views

Can one practice their Leining on Tisha Be'av? [duplicate]

One cannot learn Torah on Tisha Be'av. Is practicing one's leining considered 'learning'? To an extent if one understands the words one's saying automatically one will have learnt Torah.
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Bracha on Tzitzit

If one takes a nap and has the intent to put tzitzit back on, does he need to make a new bracha when he does so? Is it considered hesach hadaas (loss of concentration)? Or does his intent obviate ...
2
votes
0answers
85 views

Intentionally mispronouncing lashon hakodesh in religious services

With regard to written texts, a Torah is invalidated if the same character is written for what should be distinct letters (e.g. כ and ב). However, with regard to the spoken language and people who are ...
3
votes
0answers
55 views

Prohibition of Meat and Wine on the 9th of Av

Is there a specific prohibition against the consumption of meat and wine of the 9th of Av besides for the general obligation to fast? This question makes a difference in the case of someone who is ...
1
vote
3answers
79 views

Why might someone not be allowed to have a meat siyum during the nine days?

The other day, I was learning with a chavrusa in shul after maariv. The people sitting in front of us and behind us held a conversation kind of over our heads, in which one asked the other where his ...
1
vote
1answer
74 views

Current applicability to not wearing leather shoes on Tish'a B'Av and Yom Kippur

I understand that the 5 forms of inuy ("affliction) that occur on Yom Kippur also applies to Tish'a B'Av. One of these is the prohibition to wear leather shoes. I viewed this M.Y. answer which offers ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it acceptable under Judaism to never marry?

Is it acceptable for Jews or those who live a Jewish lifestyle to become bachelors? I know of the New Testament verses that inspire my view but am wondering if Jews are commanded to marry and have ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

Is it possible to undo someone's conversion? [duplicate]

If someone converted to judaism via an Institution X, can an institution Y undo the conversion or make a proclamation saying they do not recognize this conversion as a true conversion?
20
votes
17answers
727 views

SE Challenge: Halachot in which rulings range from permissible to Torah violation?

Inspired by my previous question regarding heating up soup on Shabbat, I present a challenge to the Judaism StackExchange community -- List halachot which have halachic decisions ranging from ...
2
votes
0answers
43 views

Respecting or using your father

In shulchan aruch yora daiya 240.6 היה צריך על שום דבר בעיר ויודע שישלימו חפצו בשביל אביו אע"פ שיודע שגם כן יעשו בשבילו לא יאמר עשו לי דבר פלוני בשבילי אלא יאמר עשו בשביל אבא כדי לתלות הכבוד ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Married women uncovering their hair in the presence of gentiles

Is there a halachic difference of a married women covering her hair in the presence of Jews or Gentiles? Even if you hold like the chasam sofer who says that it's Deoraisa?
14
votes
2answers
167 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
66 views

Are ankle socks non-tziniut?

Is it permissible for a woman to wear ankle socks? The issue that comes to mind is that the area between the bottom of the skirt and the top of the socks is visible and quite substantial. But if you ...
8
votes
0answers
211 views

Transgender erva

Men's Health magazine has been in the news lately because of a contest in which people can vote on who will be on the magazine's cover. Currently leading in the voting is a transgender person who was ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

Can someone build a snowman on Shabbat?

Can one build a snowman on Shabbat? If not, what are the Issurim involved? Do the issues of Boneh, Molid, Muktza, Makeh Bapatish etc apply?
4
votes
2answers
77 views

Reheating bishul Akum

Pardon me while I try to construct the right hypothetical: I was invited to a state dinner recently. I brushed off the tux and polished my shoes and called up to make sure that the administration had ...
4
votes
1answer
55 views

Can you learn portions of Avot D'Rav Nattan on Tish'a B'Av?

This M.Y. answer provides a list of permissible learning items on Tish'a B'Av. All these items are somehow related to the themes of mourning, the Temple destruction, etc. Avot D'Rav Natan has several ...
3
votes
1answer
49 views

Feeling compassion for re'shaim and the mitzvah to hate

There are certain (specific) cases where it is correct or even a mitzvah to hate someone else. [See The following sources: Tehillim 97:10 and 139:21, Amos 5:15, Mishlei 8:13, Pesachim 113b, Sefer ...
12
votes
2answers
120 views

Does Shmita apply in Jordan?

Since the East bank of the Jordan River was given to shevet Reuven as an inheritance, was Shmita observed there as well? If so, does shmita still apply there?
2
votes
1answer
58 views

Jewish Law in Employer/employee relationships

I saw, in an article on "Halachic Considerations of Firing Employees" by Rav Dovid Grossman of The Bais HaVaad Halacha Center: Hagaon Rav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l writes a tremendous chiddush in ...
5
votes
2answers
107 views

How big can a mezuzah be?

I read in the news about an Israeli designer, Yaakov Merdinger, who created the world's largest mezuzah case. As you can see in the photo, the mezuzah case is bigger than the door. Is this kosher? ...
2
votes
0answers
62 views

Should Ashkenazim say 'מוריד הטל' in Israel?

The Rema (114:3) brings the Tur who says that Ashkenazim do not say 'מוריד הטל' in the amidah: "Us, the Ashkenazim, do not commemorate the 'טל' [i.e. say 'מוריד הטל'], not in the summer days nor ...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

Is a person allowed to wear tefillin during Tish'a B'Av Shacaharit if he won't be able to daven mincha that day?

Let's say a person needs surgery on Tish'a B'Av in the afternoon. He knows that he will not be able to daven Mincha. Should he wear tefillin during Shacharit instead? What if he attends shul for ...
2
votes
0answers
39 views

Can you say “Shehachiyanu” on a mortgage “burning”?

In the U.S., there is a custom to burn the mortgage paper after the last mortgage payment has been made. Should one say Shehechiyanu on the event of now officially owning his home?
1
vote
0answers
36 views

How much time do you have to start answering “amen yehe sheme raba…”?

How much time do you have to begin answering "amen yehe sheme raba..." after the person saying kadish reaches that point? Is it the same ruling as that for answer a regular amen for a bracha (i.e. the ...
17
votes
1answer
487 views

Who is Moshiach?

How do I know that someone is Moshiach? Will I just know? Are there requirements? If someone tells me that he is the Moshiach, is he to be believed. It would seem seem strange to say so.
7
votes
1answer
139 views

Sweatpants and basketball shorts in the nine days

During the nine days, people do not wear freshly laundered clothing as a sign of mourning for the destruction of the Temples. This applies to shirts, pants, coats etc (all examples of regular ...
11
votes
2answers
146 views

Liability of substitute

If someone has an appointment, and arranges for a babysitter to come to watch his/her children while he/she goes to the appointment, and the babysitter doesn't show up, so the parent misses the ...
4
votes
2answers
179 views

What if a specific avoda zara looks just like avodas Hashem?

Let us assume there is at least one conventional way to serve any given false deity. Let us also assume that there is a prohibition against serving false deities in the manner that they are ...
4
votes
2answers
115 views

Halachic issues with using a frozen river as a mikvah

One hears a lot of legends about women who went to extraordinary lengths to go to mikvah in difficult times. One popular story is about a woman who would make a hole in a frozen river and tovel in the ...
12
votes
0answers
103 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
87 views

Yichud with Jewish man that is “married”/together with a non-Jewish woman?

Is it mutar to be in the same house with a "mixed" couple [i.e. a Jewish man that is "married"/in a monogamous relationship of some sort with a gentile woman (since marriage between a Jew and a ...
11
votes
2answers
176 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
50 views

May one engage in secular entertainment prior to the morning prayers?

Is one allowed to perform activities such as reading a secular book, or watching a secular movie before praying the morning prayer, shachrit? I am not well-versed in the laws of morning prayers; but, ...
0
votes
0answers
73 views

Practice of burning or burying fingernail clippings

I've been reading recently about the practice of discarding of fingernails in a special way, usually by burning or burying. (Sources here) Please discuss this practice. Any information would be ...
4
votes
1answer
284 views

Use a sink sprayer on Shabas?

Many kitchen sinks have a sprayer next to the regular faucet. Someone has told me that she grew up with the knowledge that one may not use such a sprayer on Shabas. I have never otherwise heard of ...
3
votes
1answer
106 views

Can I make a Cohen bless me

I heard many times that a Cohen if obligated to bless once he is asked to. (That this is the reason the shliach tzibur says (calls) "kohamin" before birchas kohamin) Is this is true? If yes what is ...
6
votes
0answers
84 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
49 views

Lashon Hara damage

Years ago someone at my shul spread lashon hara about me, specifically a story that was not true. At that time, some people at shul began treating me very coldly. To this day the cold shoulder ...
1
vote
2answers
179 views

More Maaser and Tax Math

Let's say your income before taxes and contributions was $1,111, and your tax rate is 10%. Ordinarily, you would pay $111.10 in taxes, and have $999.90 left over, which would be eligible for maaser. ...
1
vote
0answers
24 views

When does the clock for a husband annulling his wife's vows start?

A husband can annul his wife's vows that she makes, for a single calendar day after he hears it. This means that if he hears it at night, he has nearly 24 hours until the next sunset; in the morning, ...
1
vote
1answer
103 views

Solar Power on Shabbos

What's the deal with using solar power on Shabbos? Cooking is permitted, but what of the following cases: 1) Heating water (Dud-Shemesh style) 2) Solar-powered watches 3) Solar-powered toys What ...
2
votes
0answers
46 views

Can one smooth the rice to make sushi rolls or sashimi on rice on Shabbat?

This article states that one can smoothen food only if it is necessary for eating for not for aesthetic reasons. I have attended a few Shabbat affairs where a sushi chef makes sushi rolls. To do ...
2
votes
0answers
17 views

Can one eat meat on erev shabbos in the 9 days for the mitzvah of טאמאה? [duplicate]

I remember learning once that it is a mitzvah to taste at least one food on erev shabbos that will be served on shabbos. I believe it is called טאמאה. So today is erev shabbos Rosh Chodesh during the ...
1
vote
0answers
23 views

Shavua SheChal Bo when Tisha Bav is Nidcha (Pushed off) [duplicate]

When the fast of Tisha B'Av is pushed off from a Shabbos to Sunday do the minhagim of Shavua Shechal Bo apply for the whole week leading up to Shabbos (Since 9 of Av is shabbos) or is there ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Does a train conductor have to abandon his train if it is Shabbat?

Someone I know is a train conductor for the NY subway system. (For unfamiliar readers, this type of conductor does not collect tickets, but opens and closes the doors is the main person responsible ...
3
votes
1answer
148 views

Impure baseball cap?

I am Chozar Teshuva so if this is a ridiculous question then please bear with me. Long story short, my cat soiled a ballcap that I own (soil as in, with urine). I put it through the dishwasher, got ...