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Eavesdropping: permitted or prohibited?

Is there a halachic or hashkafic problem with eavesdropping? Maybe it could be like reading another's mail which Rabenu Gershom made a gezera about.
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When do we add Al Hanisim?

According to Shulchan Aruch, (please cite Saeef and Siman so I can read further): What are all the days we add Al Hanisim? (Just Purim and Hanukkah?) What happens if we forget to say it?
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Allowing the forbidden for the sake of a Mitzvah

There are a few mitzvot which are effected through the use of that which is specifically forbidden. The first two examples are of tzitzit being made from shatnez and the mei sotah being infused with ...
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Sharpening a knife as Ne'itzah/Kelipah

Can sharpening a knife be done as a form of Ne'itzah for removing a Kelipah for Kashruth concerns?
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Is mundane speech allowed in shul?

Does anyone know the halacha regarding if one is allowed to talk in shul (divrei chulin) I'm not referring to times of prayer, but general even after prayer. Seems that mundane speech is forbidden ...
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Electronic sliding doors on shabbat

What can a person who is staying at a hotel which has only electronic sliding doors that open when one walks near them do to avoid any issue on shabbat? Wait for someone else to enter and ...
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Saying names of angels

I've heard you shouldn't say the names of angels, except for the four that surround us at night. What's the source and reason for this? Is it halacha or kaballah?
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Why by the mitzvah of chanukka we must light at both doors so other wont be suspicious

The Halacha is: That if one has more then one door at his house, he must light the menorah at all doors... The reason is because others might think that someone lives here but didn't light the ...
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Tachshitim on Shabbath

The Gemara Shabbath (several pages, but look anywhere from 59a through at least 62a for several discussions) contains a great deal of discussion about wearing "Tachshitim" (ornaments/jewelry) on ...
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Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?

The reason we allow someone to violate shabbos to save a life is because of the principle "let him void one shabbat so that many future shabbosos will be kept". What are the parameters for this ...
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Cooking on Chol HaMoed for after the Moed

A theoretical shailo. One who is making a bris the day after shmini etzeres on isro chag (in eretz yisrael) and will have limited time to cook may they prepare the food already on chol hamoed for ...
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Is a Gentile that keeps Yom Tov Chayav Misa like on Shabbos?

We say a gentile that keeps Shabbos is chayav misa (death penalty). Is this also true if a gentile keeps yom tov?
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Large gap in Sukkah wall(s)

I happened to see this design (or see below) for a pergola, and I thought, "What an easy way to have a Sukkah frame up all year round!" But then, when I noticed that it only has a depth of four ...
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May one have a torah aliyah during the mourning period

Is it okay to have a torah aliyah during the 11 month mourning period, or should one wait?
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Bentching after accidentally eating prohibited foods

Should one recite Birkath HaMazon after eating foods that one did not realize were prohibited, or does this fall under the idea that doing so is offensive?
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Aramaic sections of davening in Hebrew

From the answers I received to this question, the reason we still say some sections of davening (prayer) in Aramaic seems to be that it is historically a Jewish language, and using it unifies all ...
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TzitTzit tangles

We know the knots are the most important part of the TzitTzit. No matter which method you use to tie them: How tangled is too tangled for the strings of the TzitTzit? What is the definition of ...
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No one's ticket collected on the train: destroy?

This is a rolloff of this question: Train ticket not collected: destroy? IF one is on a train that is too packed for any conductor to go on. Or it is a day where there is bad whether and the ...
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What is the earliest time to daven maariv during the week? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is the earliest time you can daven ma'ariv during the week? On Shabbos one could accept Shabbos early and thereby daven Maariv early. During the week, when ...
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Mentioning the number of the Sefira prior to saying it

Tha Halacha (Orach Chaim 489) http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14165&st=&pgnum=189 is that if for example on the Twenty eighth day of Sefira, you say "today is the Twenty eighth day" ...
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Boat on Shabbos

What is the problem of going on a boat (and by proxy doing elective surgery) less than three days beforehand?
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Shiluach HaKen and a possibly Tahor bird

Shuchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292:1 rules that the commandment of shiluach haken applies only to birds which are tahor, a kosher species. The meforshim explain that the Torah say tzipor which only refers ...
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Second day of Yom Tov outside of Israel

Can someone living outside of Israel ask a visitor from Israel to do a melacha for them on the second day of Yom Tov if the visiting Israeli is only keeping one day of Yom Tov?
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Greeting someone before the morning prayers

What exactly is the halacha regarding greeting someone before praying shacharit? Are you allowed to say "good morning" as you pass someone before you pray shacharit? What about saying shallom ...
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Can the Torah Scroll be opened while still inside the Aron Kodesh?

I can't imagine for what reason, but can a Torah Scroll be opened while still in the Aron Kodesh? In other words, must a Torah Scroll always be removed from the Aron Kodesh in order to open the Torah ...
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May one wear a tallit gadol with all four corners in front?

Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 8:26) states that one should wear one's tallit such that two corners are in front and two in back. Nevertheless, I have encountered no small number ...
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Can one use a laser pointer instead of a “yad” while reading the Torah in public on weekdays?

Instead of a yad (finger pointer), can someone use a laser pointer to help him follow the place as he reads the Torah during public Torah reading? I can't imagine that there are any halachic issues, ...
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Answering a virtual kaddish?

If you hear someone saying kaddish virtually (such as at a virtual siyum, or a streamed ceremony), should you answer amen? Note that this is talking about when listening live. Does it make a ...
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The levels in kashrut

If a piece of a biblically forbidden food (such as a piece of pork), falls into a bowl of meat. We all know the rule, it's batul bshishim. How about a piece of food which is only rabbinically ...
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What happens to the obligation of rivai when a new fruit tree reaches its third or fourth year during Shmitah?

We learn in Leviticus 19:23, 24 that the fruit of a new tree is forbidden (orlah) for benefit for its first three years, but all of the fruit from the fourth year is sanctified (revai) and [when the ...
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Laws pertaining to dress for men during fitness activities

What are the rules pertaining to a male doing a physical activity: If the kipa keeps falling off, is it necessary to wear it? What about modesty? If in the comfort of your own home, can you go ...
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Is there a problem with increasing the heat of hot food on shabbat

Let me use an example: if I have a soup that is passed the bishul point and all the contents within the soup are officially cooked. Is there an issur of putting it in area where it will get hotter? I ...
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Notes becoming Sheimos

How coherent does a Torah thought have to be in order to make it Sheimos (not allowed to be disposed of normally)? Is it enough if: -It is written shorthand in such a way that only I would be able ...
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Status of a Cohen Who Intermarries

What is the status of a cohen who intermarries? He would not be able to eat Trumah, but does he continue to receive the first aliyah, and can he duchan (assuming he observes all other mitzvot)?
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Marriage and the Ketubah

Within the Laws of marriage in the Religious world, if someone was to be sexually abused or assaulted, however has done and experience properly the 5 stages of appropriate and acceptable Teshuvah does ...
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Does a Kohen have to seek the same critria for a peligesh as he would for a wife?

Does a Kohen have to seek the same halachic criteria for a peligesh as he would for a wife? Case one: He is not married (so he's not seeking polygamy). He's simply seeking a "lesser-married status" ...
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Ripping garments when hearing Hashem's name?

I've heard in a kabbalah shiur on web yeshiva, if someone says Hashem's name as it's written, either b'shogeg or b'meizid, the person or people that heard must rip their garments as they do when a ...
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Scraping fish with a finger nail?

I heard that a kosher type fish bought from a grocer that has also non-kosher fish, that scraping it with a finger nail where the blade cut makes it good to eat. What is the source for this idea?
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Stripes on talis with techeilet

This answer mentions says that the stripes on the tallis are reminiscent of techeilet. Now, we have a few different dyes that claim to be techeilet, which many people wear. Usually, talises with ...
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Is there such a thing as judicial suicide for a capital crime?

In midaeval Japan, for example, everyone's lives are based on the possess of honor derived from adhering to a rigid moral code (bushido). Higher-ranking citizens, such as the samurai, would, if upon ...
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Cookies for kiddush

Many people, including Chabad, eat cookies before shacharis which raises a question about kiddush asked here. I understand that they do this because cookies don't count as a seudah.1 The flip side of ...
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Can a Gentile and Noahaide put a prayer note in the kotel

Can a Jew put a prayer note for Hashem on behalf of a gentile Noahide in the spaces of cracks of the Kotel, if that gentile is unable to go to Israel to do it himself? I know that any legitimate ...
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A woman who prays yom tov shemona esrei on chol hamoed

Does a woman who prays yom tov shemona esrei on chol hamoed have to repeat?
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Travel and ketubah

We are planning to travel to Israel for the first time as a family, B"H. Do we need to bring our ketubah with us? (I realize that this is probably a question for my Rav, but I am curious what the ...
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When is kedusha “over”?

As an extension of this question: When I daven and am still davening when the shaliach tzibbur repeats shmoneh esrei, I know I am supposed to stand quietly during kedusha and continue with my ...
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Starting a bracha in the middle of Bircas Krias Shema, what to do?

One is not allowed to say certain brachas in the middle of bircas krias shema (even "between perakim" -- between certain parts of Bircas Krias Shema.) For example Asher Yatzer, or the bracha on a ...
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What's the Bracha Rishona on oatmeal/oat flakes with cold milk?

What's the Bracha Rishona on oatmeal/oat flakes with cold milk? Is it Pri Adama or Mezonot? Do we need extra Sheakol on milk?
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Baby born bein hashmoshos — when to make pidyon haben?

We know that if a baby is born bein hashmoshos we make the bris according to if the baby was born on the following day (i.e. if it was bein hashmoshos between Monday and Tuesday we would count 8 days ...
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Chanukiyah height restriction and modern architecture?

I have learned that, to publicize the miracle, the Chanukah candles must be within 20 amot of the ground. Yet when I was in Jerusalem during Chanukah some years ago, I saw chanukiyot in windows of ...
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May I play a computer game which includes Greek mythological creatures?

I sometimes play a computer role-playing game (RPG) in which my character fights creatures and retrieves treasure. But some of the creatures are derived from Greek mythology. Is it still permissible ...