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When may a person take down his Succah?

When can I take down my Succah? Suppose that after Chol HaMoed begins one is traveling for an extended period and would not like to leave the decorations, s'chach and sides up because they are likely ...
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Is it permitted for a male to shave his pubic hair nowadays?

Is it permitted for a male nowadays to shave his pubic hair for non-medical reasons? Perhaps this question could be phrased a different way: Assuming that the market for male-specific shaving products ...
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What is the Definition of Red in regards to Women's Clothing?

The prohibition of red women's clothes is well known, as is the definition of red in hilchos niddah. I hear many near-red garments being justified by calling them salmon, pink, purple, maroon, etc, ...
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In doubt of whether to say Tachnun or not

If there is a doubt in a particular minyan whether tachnun should be said or not, what should be done? For example: There is supposed to be a bris in the shul however the kehillah is not sure if it's ...
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Does extra virgin organic coconut oil have to have a hechsher?

I am specifically referring to Coconut Oil. I know that my question is similar to this one: Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default? but My question is also about non-olive oils. Due to the huge ...
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Bracha change on Tevilas Keilim

Yoreh Deah 120:3 one who Toivels a vessel should make the Bracha "Al Tevilas Keli". However if one Toivels two or more vessels they should make the Bracha "Al Tevilas Keilim". Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh ...
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Fasting on yarhzeit of parent — must be “m'kabel” the fast from the day before?

When someone is fasting a "taanis yachid" (individual fast) he must be "m'kabel" (accept upon himself) the fast from the day before in the Tefillah of Mincha. Is the same true for the fast that one ...
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What to do if you don't want a Torah written with a turkey feather?

Modern Ashkenazi Torahs are often (at least in part) written with turkey feathers. Not always - there are plenty of other quills that are acceptable (and reeds, plastic, and most say metal, among ...
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Sending/reading SMS on Shabbat [duplicate]

Recently a debate of usage of cellphones on Shabbat has come up, mainly about reading and sending text messages. I was wondering what the specific reasoning is behind not allowing it on Shabbat. Any ...
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Not eating before Tisha B'Av — Better to eat after Shkiah but before nightfall or wait until Tisha B'Av

Someone for whatever reason was not able to eat Erev Tisha B'Av. It came shkia (sunset) and finally he was able to find time or the ability to eat. Is it better for him to eat then during Bein ...
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What is the source for requiring constant supervision in a meat restaurant?

Looking to help out Prof. David Bernstein, in this comment. I've heard that kashrut certification organizations require meat restaurants to have a mashgiach supervising operations at all times. What ...
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Reading the Parsha when not with a minyan on Shabbat

If one has gone away for shabbat, and does not have access to a synagogue or minyan, to what extent is he obligated in reading from that weeks' Torah portion? Is he not obligated at all? Should he ...
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Is there a legal minimum on the amount of soil needed to make a suitable grave?

This is not being asked for any pragmatic need. I had the thought about people living off of planets. Without getting into the issue of whether a burial can take place anywhere beside Earth, I ...
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Making Kiddush/Havdala if I did not keep Shabbos

Lately I have stopped being fully Shomer Shabbos, spending Shabbos afternoons in the bedroom surfing the internet on my phone and texting non-Jewish friends. My wife and children think I'm sleeping ...
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Complimenting or giving gifts to gentiles

My brother recently introduced me to some new Halachot (laws) about not giving gifts to gentiles and not complimenting them. What are the pertinent Halachot that I should be aware of, so that I'll ...
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Tefilat HaDerech Roadtrip [duplicate]

If someone takes a roadtrip and has multiple stops (multiple days) should he recite Tefilat Haderech every time he continues to his final destination?
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Does kidush bimkom s'uda need to be before the s'uda?

Anyone fulfilling his obligation of hearing kidush must eat a meal (or a nominal meal) at the same time and in the same place. There are details ‐ see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 273 — but ...
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Gentile living with a Jewish flatmate

I've been talking with someone about possibly moving in to a room in her house later in the year. Her kitchen is kosher and her house is shomer Shabbos, but since I'm used to spending Shabbos in ...
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Equipment used for cooking by a non-Jew

I've heard that even if kosher ingredients and equipment are used, the food cooked (i.e. using heat) by a Gentile isn't kosher in most circumstances. I am wondering what the opinions are regarding ...
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Formulation of blessing on individual tithes

When separating all the relevant tithes from one's produce, one can include all the various obligations in one collective blessing before the entire process (Tosefta Brachot 6:19 (note variant ...
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Thirsty from before starting a bread meal, now wanting to drink in the middle of the meal

It says in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 174 Sif 7 that one doesn't make a bracha on water in the middle of a seudah (bread-based meal). Even if the person was thirsty from before the seudah (and ...
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Making a bracha for someone else, can then use for one's self?

Consider the following 2 situations: Reuvan is unable to make kiddush and has asked Shimon (who already made kiddush for himself) to make kiddush for him (Reuvan). Shimon, however, says he can't ...
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Lost package; who is responsible

If a seller sent an item to a customer via the postal service, the postal service claims to have left it at the house, and the customer claims it has not been received, who is responsible for the ...
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Which kind of relations are considered incestuous in Judaism?

Specifically what kind of relationships are defined as incestuous in Judaism? I am guessing that it is forbidden to marry one's parents/children or siblings but what about other relations like first ...
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Arrived late for maariv. How to daven?

I arrived late for the last minyan for Maariv. Should I A) Pray the amida with the community and lose the proximity of "geula" to "tefilla" but gain the "tefilla betzibbur" or B) Pray in order, ...
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Is there a prohibition for shaving ones mustache with a blade? [duplicate]

Reason why question is brought up in the first place : Halacha : one may not take a blade to their face when shaving in 5 specific places. Question : There is no mention of a prohibition towards ...
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Why is a present day convert not obligated to read the Torah passage about the sacrifice he will have to bring in the future?

Rambam, Hilchot Issurei Biah 13:2 (English) tells us that a convert must do 3 things to complete the conversion process: circumcision immersion in a mikvah bringing a burnt offering The Rambam ...
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Safek Deorayta and the Meiri

The Meiri Berachot 21 (Peri Hadash, Keneset HaGedola and others) writes that in a case of Safek Deorayta Lehumra where one isn't certain after performing the action that he has fulfulled his ...
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Can Jews raise pets (cats, dogs, swine)?

The Muslims do not have swine but they do have cats and dogs. Something to do with not touching haram animals. I know that Jews also consider pigs unclean, as well as cats and dogs. Is this ...
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Fasting on the 15th of Av

There are many days out of the year where one is not allowed to fast (for various reasons. This is my reason for asking by Tu B'Av simply because I don't know and it is a "special" day that we don't ...
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Is West Hempstead in the Techum of Far Rockaway?

Is anyone aware what any of the poskim say regarding techum Shabbos of Far Rockaway in relation to traveling to West Hempstead?
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Must one publicize a lost object if it had been found a long time prior?

Let's say, for whatever reason, someone found a lost object but did not get around to publicizing it for over a year. Does the Mitzvah to publicize it still apply, assuming that after the long ...
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When do you say Hashem sefatai?

Before saying shemoneh esrei we say "Hashem, sefatai siftach u'fi yagid tehilasecha". Are you supposed to say those words A) Before you take the 3 steps back to start your shemoneh esrei B) One word ...
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May a Brit Milah be performed by a (non-Jewish) doctor?

Some friends would feel more comfortable having their newborn circumcised with a regular doctor and in a hospital setting where the environment is more sterile, maybe better pain management options ...
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Are women allowed to ride bicycles for transport?

Here in London many more people ride bikes to get around as it is less harmful and more beneficial to ones health than driving a car. My sister in law, a Dutch woman, said that many orthodox women ...
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Flashlight on Shabbat

Background: Among the things one may not move on Shabbat (Muktzah) is a utensil which is primarily used for a forbidden activity on Shabbat (a classic example is a hammer). This is called a "Keli ...
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Minor placing the Parshios of the Tefilin into the Batim

Orach Chaim 39:2 - Biur Halacha seems to say that a minor can not do any part of making of the Tefilin. However a reading of the Mishna Berura 10 seems to say that a minor can work on producing the ...
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Getting a Jew fired from a job that forces them to work on Shabbos?

I have a Jewish friend who wants to become religious, but is currently holding a job that forces her to work on Shabbos morning, and more recently Friday evening as well. She does not have the ...
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Blessing on a food or a drink first?

If someone has in front of them a food and drink that the bracha (blessing) of both is shehakol which one should he make a blessing on first? Assuming that he doesn't prefer one over the other. Is ...
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Is a man allowed to waste his seed for medical reasons?

Is a man allowed to waste his seed for medical reasons, for example if a couple is having difficulty conceiving and the fertility specialists are requesting a sample.
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Two people but only one kidney

if there are two patients about to die of kidney failure and there is only one kidney available, does the halacha have a way to choose who gets the kidney? (such as lottery) (assuming both cases are ...
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Extent of financial consideration before having children

Are there financial considerations that a couple must take before having a child or children i.e. should one have children 'at any cost' or is this not a consideration. If yes, would these financial ...
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Why was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein skeptical about allowing lift and cut shavers?

From Koshershaver.org It is important to mention that Rav Moshe Feinstein was very skeptical about permitting the use of a lift and cut shaver when it was first shown to him in his later years. ...
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Are old-fashioned razors kosher?

I have the following razor: It's a Merkur #180 model. If you can tell from the picture, the bottom part of the razor protects the skin against the blade. Nonetheless, the blade can touch the skin. ...
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halachic status of a mezuzah with printed scroll

What is the halachic status of a mezuzah that has a printed scroll with what appears to be paper, rather than handwritten on parchment? Is it simply a "cheaper" scroll or is it the mezuzah not kosher ...
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Daf yomi on Tisha b'Av

There is a strong tradition (maybe halakha?) to not engage in most learning on Tisha b'Av (with a few exceptions). Many of us learn daily and I understand that we generally suspend our learning for ...
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Preparing laundry prior to Chatzos on 10 Av

May one sort their laundry and load the washing machine prior to Chatzos (midday) on 10 Av of a year where Tisha B'Av is on a Tuesday, so that, that way, they can immediately turn on the machine at ...
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Saying goodbye on Tisha B'Av

On Tisha B'Av, the custom is to refrain from greeting people. Even a brief "hello" is to be avoided if possible. Does the same restriction apply to saying "good-bye"? Or is that not considered a ...
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Sitting on a toilet during Tisha B'Av

May one sit on a toilet during Tisha B'Av, when sitting on chairs is generally forbidden? Are there any requirements that he hurry up as much as possible?
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Why are Torah study and trips, specifically, banned on the 8th of Av?

The Rama, Orach Chayim 553, says: The practice is that we do not study [Torah] the day before the ninth of Av from midday on, except such matters as are permitted [study material] on the ninth…. ...