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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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Can one say the “lights of fire” bracha before they light the Havdalah candle?

A general rule about making blessings is that in most cases they are made before the action is taken (Megilah 21b). However for lighting candles on both Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) and Havdalah ...
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Is it Loshon Hara if no one hears it?

If I speak Loshon Hara under my breath so that no one else hears it but me (and Hashem of course!), is it the same issur?
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What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie?

What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie? Choices that could make sense: Shehakol: Because chicken is the main thing or if one is uncertain. Mezonot: Because it is a pie crust made using ...
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Would halachic units be shrunk if a person was (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style)?

In the classic move Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequels, people get shrunk down to 1/264th of their normal size. So, a person is around 1/4 of an inch tall. If such a thing were even possible, ...
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Are fermented grapes (not wine) subject to yayin nesech?

A friend of mine asked me a question over Shabbos, and I didn't have an easy answer for him. Let's say that someone had some old grapes that fermented by themselves, so that they're now a kind of ...
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Disputes over Biblical Laws [duplicate]

I would like to compile an extensive list of Biblical laws that are debated by current halachik authorities in the Orthodox community as to whether or not they are Biblical laws, Ribbinic laws, or ...
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Why no bracha acharona for wine drunk with a bread meal?

Why do we say a separate bracha rishona for wine (borei pri hagafen) when we have wine with a bread meal, but we do not say a separate bracha acharona for the wine (that is, the wine is covered by the ...
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Does the Kohen really get to the raise a baby that a father refuses to redeem?

This summary of the beginning of the Pidyon Haben (redeeming the first born son) is on wikipedia In the traditional ceremony, the father brings the child to the Kohen and recites a formula, or ...
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Why not read missing words (in Esther) from a printed copy?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 141:19: צבור שאין להם מגילה כשרה כדינה מכל מקום אם היא כתובה כהלכתה רק שחסרים איזה תיבות באמצעה כיון שלא חסר בה ענין אחד שלם יכולין לקרות מתוכה עם הברכות והטעות יקרא הקורא ...
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What happened to the blessing “Who raises the fallen”?

In both the siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon and the seder of Rav Amram Gaon, there is a blessing in the morning, magbiah shefalim, for sitting up in bed. Yet, it is conspicuously absent from the Rambam ...
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Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?

In a situation where by you taking or using someone else's property or service they are not losing from your usage, such as when you borrow someone else's gym-membership card without permission, can ...
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Do you know of a Rabbi who rejects modern technology?

A little bit like the Amish... I just want to know if such an ideology exists in Judaism. I know that the Hatam Sofer and Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein opposed modern philosophy, maybe one Rabbi opposed ...
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Lomdus and Halacha

To what degree are the works of R. Chaim Soloveichik and other 19th and 20th century "lamdanim" reckoned with by poskim? I.e. are they generally accepted as providing correct interpretations of Gemara ...
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Bentching gomel - time limit?

We recite birchat hagomel after 1. traveling over the ocean; 2. traveling over the desert; 3. recovering from a serious illness; and 4. being released from prison. (Whether other cases of salvation ...
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using static guard on Shabbos

Would there be any reason why one would not be able to apply static guard to clothing on Shabbos? Would it make any difference if the clothing is currently being worn or not? Two points: 1- I ...
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What kavana (intention) should you be having while reciting the Shema?

What kavana (intention) should you be having while reciting the Shema? It is a biblical obligation to recite the shema twice a day so it would be worthwhile to do it the right way. If you can provide ...
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Does the principle of Hadash Asur Min Hatorah apply to technological new things?

According to the Hatam Sofer, does this principle apply to technological novelties? This principle means that "New Is Forbidden By The Torah".
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Would a mermaid be kosher?

Tonight at religious school we were discussing Kosher laws and how to build/keep a kosher kitchen. While we were discussing different meats, one of the jokers in school asked if you could eat a ...
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What is the source for not leaving onions overnight and why don't some care?

This question mentions that one mustn't eat onions and garlic that have been left overnight, because of danger: Eating onions or garlic left overnight - there are ways around this, and some are ...
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May a woman think about another man during relations? [duplicate]

I understand the talmud says that a man may not think about another woman during marital relations, does the same prohibition apply to the woman?
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When does one use the condensed Shemoneh Esrei?

To Pray as a Jew mentions that there is a condensed form of the Shemoneh Esrei which can sometimes be used in place of the full version. The condensed form was different than the Shabbat version of ...
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Is snow Kosher? Icicles?

The recent snow storm got me thinking about this. So are you allowed to eat snow? What about icicles?
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Does a woman do Tashlumin for an omission in Prayer?

Is a woman obligated in Tashlumin if she makes an omission that typically requires Tashlumin, such as missing Yaaleh Veyavoh (except that of Maariv on Rosh Chodesh)? What would the Halacha be ...
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Should one wear tefillin for tashlumin for Shacharis?

Let's say Aharon missed Shacharis. He needs to pray Shemoneh Esrei twice by mincha time to make it up, which is called "tashlumin" (תשלומין). (OC 108:1) Now, Aharon can put on tefilin at any point in ...
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Pressure-treated lumber for schach

I'm familiar with the rules of schach in general, but specifically, can I use pressure-treated lumber for schach? (We're looking to make a rollable "mat", like the reed ones, but out of 1x2 or 1x3 ...
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Lifting Torah during Bracha When Called for an Aliyah

I have noticed that while making the Bracha for an aliyah, many people lift the Torah when Hashem's name is recited. Is there a source for this?
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Prayer for changing name for transgender reasons? [closed]

I am a transgender man and I would like to change my Hebrew and English names. Are there any specific prayers to go along with this, or any specific rules that I should be aware of? Thank you.
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Is there a halacha that limits the use of stretching letters in the Torah?

See this related question . That question explains the reason for having them. My question asks if there are any halachot that limit its use. A few weeks ago - I think it was parshat Shmot, I read ...
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Are there any leniencies for shortening the torah reading so the cycle takes more than a year?

In a small community without a learned ba'al koreh, it can be difficult to assemble enough readers to read the entire weekly parsha to a suitable degree of proficiency. Is there any provision in ...
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Can you have a trash bin in shul?

Over Shabbos, the Shul in which I davened had a trash bin towards the back. This caused me to realize that I do not think that I have ever seen another permanent Shul sanctuary which had a garbage ...
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Laws of Shemirat Einayim

I'm looking for a comprehensive summary of the halachas of shemiras einayim (guarding the eyes). I am not looking for those things which are midat chasidut (extra piety) but rather only those things ...
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Squeezing Fruits on Shabbos for Juice

Is it forbidden according to the Torah to squeeze fruits and vegetables for juice on Shabbat? Since people juice almost every fruit and vegetable nowadays (e.g. smoothies), is it forbidden the same as ...
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Does a seller acquire each coin one at a time, or all at once?

Let's say i owe someone 5 coins. I hand them to him one at a time. Does he acquire each one as i hand it to him, or does he get all of them after all 5 are in his hand? When exactly does ownership get ...
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Was the korban pesach eaten only when satiated?

Kohanim were to eat kobanot only when satiated. Does that apply to the korban pesach? Was the korban pesach eaten only when satiated?
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What should a woman who must do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer 174) and as such they must ...
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Does adding a tofel after making a bracha on the ikkur require and additional blessing?

Say you made yourself some oatmeal and you made the bracha mezonot. If you now add on toppings (tofel) do you make an additional blessing on the toppings since it wasn't in the mixture at the time of ...
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Can one adopt a non-Jewish child and not convert him/her?

Take this hypothetical situation: A Jewish couple which has fulfilled the requirements of peru urevu wants to adopt an additional child but (perhaps due to the immense cost of Jewish day school) does ...
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How does one wrap tefillin with a cast?

If I had a cast on my tefillin arm, how would I wrap tefillin? Would I only do the shel rosh? Or switch hands? (Assuming this is a full-arm cast.)
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Does soy milk need a hechshir

Does soy milk need a hechshir since they put in artificial things that can be trayf or its all natural and it won't need a hechshir
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Can a non-practicing Jew give his only tefilin away as a gift?

What is the halacha behind gifting tefilin? What is the halacha of receiving tefilin? Can a Jew gift his only pair of tefilin if he does not use it and can another Jew accept a gift which leaves the ...
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Does Judaism ajudicate cases involving mental anguish?

If a non-physical act, such as exposure to viewing something which the current medical field would deem traumatizing, is intentionally perpetrated by one person on another, are there any legal ...
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Can two Levi'im be called up for Torah reading?

This morning (an ordinary Thursday) at shul, the gabbai called up a Kohein (good), then a Levi (good), and then a second Levi. What?? Just to say, there were plenty of Yisraelim who could have been ...
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Can a Yachid follow his own opinion in a Tzibbur?

The Gemara in Yevamos (13b) says that there is a prohibition to make "Agudos Agudos", different groups of people following different rulings. However, the Gemara says that this is forbidden only if ...
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What is the source of Shomer Negiah?

What is the mekor for the very well known restriction of physical contact between men and women? Is it a biblical or rabbinical prohibition?
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What blessing(s) to make on milk's favorite cookie (Oreo's)?

Oreo cookies are wonderfilled things. What blessing(s) should one make on Oreo cookies? As shown below, an Oreo cookie is made of two parts: the wafer part of the cookie, which by itself is a ...
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Lechatchila (To begin with) can the gabbai call someone to do Hagbah when he knows that person will not display the ktav (writing)

From what I can glean from this question, I understand that it is a halachic requirement than when doing Hagbah, the congregation must see the writing (based on Ashkenazic style Hagbah.) My shul ...
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Feeding my friend's animal on Shabbas

If my friend has a pet such as a dog or cat, can I feed it on Shabbas? Do we say it's prohibited because I am not responsible to feed it (Shulchan Aruch) or do we say since my friend has to feed him I ...
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Choosing between Brachos on Shma and Sof Zman Kriyas Shema

Let's say Yosef woke up late one day, and by the time he was ready to say kriyas shema, it was two minutes before sof zman kriyas shema (the latest time at which a person could say kriyas shema). He ...
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Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?

An invitation was given to someone to a Seder on Pesach and they show up with a nice, expensive bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky (which is unquestionably barley-based if you don't want to check the ...