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Learning near a dead body

May a person learn torah near a dead body? Does it matter if the corpse is Jewish or not? Please cite sources.
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Variant on: Is it better to Daven “too early” with a Minyan, or to Daven alone at the right time?

In many communities there is a regular weekday morning Minyan and the "working-person's" Minyan, which technically Davens too early according to most opinions, but which is better than nothing, ...
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Coffee Urns left out throughout the week?

Many people still keep to the halacha that one isn't allowed to drink from water kept in metal overnight. How would one be allowed to drink from a Coffee Urn on Shabbos? How could one drink from a ...
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Tying two Tzitziot together

I think I read somewhere that the Mishna Berura permits this following idea. Taking two different strings (e.g. extra short ones) and tying them together to make one big string to be used for making ...
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Mincha started before sheki'a, extended beyond it. What about davenning maariv straight after mincha?

A minyan starts to daven mincha before sheki’a with the intention to daven maariv after sheki’a. In the event, mincha extends beyond shki’a. There are IMHO three possible cases: They start but do ...
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Does Ma'aser count if you have an ulterior motive?

Leaving aside, for purposes of this question, any issues of monetary benefit associated with giving charity (tax deductions, supporting school fundraisers by purchasing items at a discount, etc.), ...
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Is there some way to turn the electric stove on and off on Yomtov?

We use an electric stove to cook in our house, not fire or gas (aside from the occasional barbecue). To cook on first day Yomtov and more so on second day we would have to leave the stove on from the ...
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Eating for strength to bury on Tisha B' Av

Can one (halachically) eat to have the strength to dig a grave for a recently passed away Jew? Assume you can't pay a gentile to do it for you.
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Which rabbis forbade cars 100 years ago?

"Venishmartem Meod Lenafshoseichem" I heard that there were Rabbonim about 100 years ago who forbade cars, saying that they were dangerous. Does anyone know who they were?
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Megilah or Havdalah, which is done first? Why?

When Megilah reading is Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) what is said first, Havdalah or Megilah and why?
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Shehechiyanu on Mishloach Manos and Matonos L'Evyonim

When we say Shehechiyanu in the morning by Kriyas HaMegila they announce in my Shul to have in mind the Mitzvos HaYom of Mishloach Manos, Matonos L'Evyonim, and Seudas Purim. Can you give Mishloach ...
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Muktzeh in the drawer: remove stuff?

If I have a Muktzeh item in a drawer, can I still get my shirts out of that drawer on Shabbat?
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Bishul Akum Technology

Is there Bishul Akum when using a microwave, considering that it is not cooking as it was in the times of Chazal?
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Tefillin or Tzitzis

If one has enough money to buy Tzitzis or Tefillin and not both, which one should he buy? I heard Rabbi Akiva Aiger talks about it.
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Brocho on Chalitzo

Is there a Brocho that is said on Chalitzo? If so, what is it?
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Are women exempt from Tachanun and discouraged from saying it?

My brother heard from someone that she heard that women are exempt from saying Tachanun and therefore discouraged from saying it. Is this so? If so, why? Do you know sources for this? UPDATE: I ...
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Poisoning my own food?

I live in an apartment with roommates, I'm trying to determine who is stealing my food. I use the word stealing because each of us had have our own separate and color-coded cabinets, and I also label ...
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Rules Regarding Sewing a Talit for my Bar Mitzvah son

I want to sew a Talit for my Bar Mitzvah son. Please help me with the rules/Mitzvah. I need to understand the do's and don'ts of making a talit. I heard you can't have shaatnaz in the talit, but many ...
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If I'll tell you I'll have to kill you, maybe even then not

Can one tell Lashon Hara to someone about to die? It won't spread any further. Do poskim discuss this?
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Laws of Chol Ha Moed

Learning the Halachot of Chol Ha Moed I have read on Chabad.org and other w ebsites that generally the same prohobitions of the 39 melachos apply except: •Anything done in order to prepare or cook ...
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Using the SodaStream on Passover

Generally speaking, the contemporary practice is to be very machmir when it comes to Pesach, above and beyond the letter of any law. I'm curious to know if there have been any relevant rulings or ...
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Should you sit during birchot shema?

I have observed during shacharit and arvit that the congregants all sit down during birchot shema before shemoneh esrei. Is this halachah or is it simply that the people would prefer to sit?
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Can wasabi be used for maror at the seder?

Horseradish is commonly used at the seder. Wikipedia explains that wasabi is a different plant than horseradish, though from the same general family. Can one use wasabi? If so, must it be used only ...
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Should a person observe Rosh Hodesh & say “Kiddush Ha'Aretz” if he lives permanently on the moon?

This is not meant to be a "Purim Torah" question. The concept of Rosh Hodesh is based on the orbit of the moon around Earth. But, with the proposal of sending people to live permanently on Mars, I ...
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Rabbinical violations that are punishable by death?

Are there any rabbinical violations that carry the punishment of kareit (or other death penalty)? I'm wondering because of this answer--which suggests that the prohibition on relations with a ...
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Would looking away help a Cohen stay Married to his wife?

I read recently about a Jewish woman raped in France at home in front of her husband. If Chas VeChalilah a wife of a Cohen is raped, they have to get divorced. Would it be advisable for an ...
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What are the opinions on carrying medicine/medical devices on Shabbat?

Specifically, I'm curious about situations where it's not immediately apparent that it'll be necessary. For example: you don't know whether or not you'll need an epipen when you leave the house, but ...
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What is Pas Shacharis

The Shulchan Aruch (155:2) writes that after the morning prayers, one should make a point to eat Pas Shacharis "Morning bread". Does anyone have a mekoros that discuss what makes up pas schacharis? is ...
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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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Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?

Related: What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics? This question was originally mentioned by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink in his Daf Yomi shiur (Shabbat 128). He was talking about tevel d'rabanan ...
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Can an Orthodox Jew go to a reform burial?

Halachically speaking, Can an Orthodox Jew attend a reform or Conservative burial?
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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 a person with a nature of getting angry be a dayan?

I sit in a beis din with a dayan who gets angry very easily. He can't seem to control his anger, causing great anguish to the litigants, and a big chilul Hashem at times. I have been asked to approach ...
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Can you use a stolen menorah?

Has a person fulfilled the obligation of lighting Chanukah candles if he uses a stolen menorah but owns the candles, match etc.?
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If I said the blessings over already lit candles, have I fulfilled my hannukah mitzvah?

On the first night of Hannukah, I got home from work after dinner, and my wife had lit the candles and said the blessings with the kids. I said all three blessings over the already lit candles. In ...
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What's the law of Bittul and powdered milk?

Suppose someone took a tea-spoon of powdered milk, reconstituted it into normal milk, and accidentally dropped some of it on meat. Do we measure the bittul of the resulting mixture against the powder ...
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Bread with fruit baked into it

What would be the bracha on "bread" that had mashed fruit or vegetable kneaded into the dough, but tastes like bread? For example, if you mashed a few potatoes into the dough, then the bread will ...
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How long is לאלתר?

In the mishna on Gitin 27a, the rule is that if someone delivers a get (bill of divorce) from another country, loses it, and finds it again, should not deliver it to the woman unless he either finds ...
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How is 'regretting a mitzvah' defined?

What constitutes regretting a mitzvah: Does one have to write down a regretful statement, speak the regret, think it explicitly, or is a tinge of fleeting regret enough to qualify as regretting a ...
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Why is driving on Chol Hamo'ed allowed?

Meleches Uman, skilled labor, is not permitted on Chol Hamo'ed even for the needs of the mo'ed (M.B. 540:1). Common practice indicates that driving on Chol Hamo'ed is allowed. However, driving is a ...
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Forgot leisheiv basucah. Now what?

If someone is eating a mezonot food in the Succah, and forgets to say leisheiv basucah, (when) should they make it up? Say it right now? Just skip it? Make a bracha achronah and restart the meal?
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Should you say mashiv haruach if it's raining?

If it is currently raining in your location and it is not the proper time to say mashiv haruach, should you say it anyways? Mashiv haruach, unlike v'ten tal umatar, is a recognition of God's power to ...
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Guitar during public weekday prayers

Is anyone aware of any halakhic opinion regarding the playing of musical instruments, guitar for example, in shul on a weekday, not shabbo. Does it have the same religious stigma and opposition as ...
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Blowing shofar for someone at their home

What does one need to know in order to properly perform a private shofar-blowing for someone who cannot make it to Shul on Rosh Hashana? There are many details of how the shofar blowing is conducted ...
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Does one fulfill their obligation of davening if they leaned on a shtender?

I've seen people - in shul - leaning on shtenders when they are davening shemoneh esrei. Halachichally, if someone is leaning on his shtender while he's davening shemoneh esrei, is he יוצא?
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Using laundered underwear, bed sheets and towels during the nine days

If underwear, bed sheets, or towels were laundered during the 9 days, is it permissible to benefit from (wear or use) them during the 9 days?
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bar mitzvah and wedding invitations

I read somewhere that bar mitzvah and wedding invitations should not contain pesukim. If one receives a bar mitzvah or wedding invitation that contains pesukim and throws it into the garbage, has the ...
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Cooking with wine during the Nine Days

Many recipes call for wine. Has anyone authoritative written about the halachic status of cooking with wine in the nine days? Would it matter if the alcohol were cooked off?
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What is the Halacha regarding Tachanun and Brit in the same shul?

I don't have the ArtScroll weekday Siddur in front of me, now, but essentially, it said that one does not say Tachanun in a shul where a Brit will occur during that day. If a Brit occurs anywhere in ...
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Does someone not fasting still try their best?

If someone is exempt from fasting on a minor fast day, with the example that I have in mind being a nursing woman, is there any concept that they should still fast as much as possible, or do we say ...