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Unkosher sheitel's / wigs?

Is it permissible for a married woman to wear a wig if the hair was sacrificed to an idol or foreign deity? There is a temple in India, dubbed the "Richest temple in the World" where pilgrims shave ...
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Responding “Amen” to fanciful blessings and wishes

This is related to this question, but I'm curious about a slightly different angle. Suppose someone makes a fanciful blessing. I'm not talking about, "May we be Zocheh to a Geulah Sheleimah ...
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What foods are considered Mitztamek Veyafe lo?

ADAIR, according to the opinions that one must garuf and katum his oven even if the food is Maachal ben Derusai, he doesn't have to if the food is Mitztamek veRa Lo [the longer you cook it the worse ...
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What is the source that an accused criminal must have been warned?

What are the Biblical and rabbinic sources that say that someone accused of a crime, especially a capital crime, must be proved to have had a prior warning or instruction that the activity was a sin ...
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Can a father dissown his oldest son and make his younger son the bachor?

It is well known Esav sold his 'birthright' to Yaakov. Can a father decide arbitrarily which son he wants to favor as his bachor? If so -under what conditions?
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Age for Issur Yichud

How old does a child have to be for there to be a prohibition of Yichud with him or her? At what age can the child break up Yichud? Is there a difference between male and female children in this ...
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HaTov Vehameitiv on hard liquor?

I recently learned a Machlokes between the Rashbam and Tosfos (Arvei Pesachim 101a) on when to say the Bracha of HaTov Vehameitiv on wine. The Rashbam says you make the Bracha if the second bottle is ...
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Orlah safek (doubt regarding status) in Israel

I purchased some fruits from a [Jewish] market in Israel a few days ago. It came to my attention now that I needed to look for a kosher certificate at the fruit stand I visited to ensure that the ...
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Is Zoroastrianism Avodah Zarah?

Are there sources that discuss whether Zoroastrianism is considered to be Avodah Zarah? (Note: I am mainly interested in seeing Jewish sources that discuss Zoroastrianism. Answers that just discuss ...
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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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What things are restricted during the 3 weeks?

There are a lot of questions here on Mi Yodeya about specific restrictions during the three weeks between 17 Tammuz and 9 Av, but I would like to know all of the things that are forbidden during the ...
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Which US half-dollar coin should be used for Zecher Machatzis Hashekel?

It is customary on Taanis Esther to give a coin (or three coins each) valued at half the local currency's standard unit to tzedakah in commemoration of the mitzvah of Machatzis Hashekel (Rema 694:1). ...
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Mamzeirim and Slaves

If Reuben's sister, Hanna, is a slave and she and Reuben have sexual intercourse, are their children slaves or mamzeirim? Acc. to the Mishna in Yevamot 4:12-13, the offspring of a forbidden ...
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Bracha on Dam Basulim

There is a bracha (blessing) made after the first time a Chosson and Kallah have relations in the case that she was a basuleh (when there was a complete bia.) The makor for this Bracha is the Rosh ...
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Making a tanai on Scach

It says in SA Siman 638 that one may make a tanai (condition) on the "noi sukkah" (sukkah decorations) in order he should be able to use it during the chag and that it won't become muktzeh l'mitzvaso ...
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Is deodorant allowed on Yom Kippur?

May deodorant be applied on Yom Kippur, or is it a case of anointing which is forbidden?
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Am I allowed to sleep on Rosh HaShanah?

Is a person allowed to sleep during the day of Rosh HaShanah? I have heard that you're not.
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How much room is there for personal influence given the existence of “free will” and “God's will” and “God's plan”?

Today's interesting question delves deeper into the concept of free will. I understand that Judaism views free will as the freedom to choose between life and death (i.e. choose life and live), but ...
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The Extra Mezonot and Rice

According to Sefaradim, if you make a Beracha one thing you don't make it another with the same Beracha (not for different forms though). What about rice? Rice, as we know has a different ...
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In what garb does a Jew get buried?

According to some, Jewish people get buried in a Kittel. Is there a difference in the Halacha if the Kittel is pure linen or not?
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Giving a slave multiple wives

The posuk says I can provide my Jewish servant with a slavewoman to make me children-slaves. Can I give him multiple wives?
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Ball Playing on Shabbbos

Is one allowed to play ball on Shabbos?
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Worms (Tolaim) in dried fruit

With Tu B'Shevat in 2 weeks, and the Inyan of eating fruits many people eat dried fruit. What are the concerns regarding worms in specific fruits? How do you check to make sure that there are no ...
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Overcharging or Undercharging (Ona'a)

The Halacha of Ona'a is that if an item was sold for more than 1/6 difference in real value the buyer and or seller can cancel the sale. How is Ona'a figured on for example fresh salmon? There are ...
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Pesach Sheini and Karet

On a related question Jeremy noted that the punishment for failing to observe the positive command of bringing a Korban Pesach is Karet, spiritual excision. If one did not bring the Korban Pesach on ...
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Why dosn't he get Kasher Zamam

Why in the case of Lo Matzti Libitcha Bisolen in Makkot does a husband only get Makkot and pay shouldn't he get Kasher Zamam and be killed just like what would have happened to his wife.
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How far may one go with doing an aveira (violating a negative mitzva) if it means performing a positive mitzva?

I cannot remember where, but somewhere in gemara it mentions that when confronted with doing a positive mitzva or keeping a negative mitzva, one should do a positive mitzva. How far does this go ...
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Is the phrase על נסיך שבכל יום עמנו at the end of Modim implying that we rely on miracles?

I understand that there is a halacha that we are not allowed to rely on miracles. (Don't recall source of that rule.) At the end of the "Modim" prayer we thank G-d for על נסיך שבל יום עמנו - "For the ...
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Havdalah and fingers

As the berachah on the havdalah candle is made, I've been told, the proper thing to do is to raise your hands toward the candle with your fingers curled over your palm and look at the shadow of your ...
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Geirim and accepting Mitzvos

The Gemara in Shabbos says that a Geir Shenisgayer Bein Hagoyim is considered Jewish and has to bring a Chatas for his chillul Shabbos. If he grew up among goyim, how can he actually accept the ...
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Is the Christmas tree an Ashera?

Do any poskim equate Christmas trees with the Ashera tree mentioned in the Gemara?
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Differences in Sepharadi Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah

I've been told that HaRav Mordekhai Eliyahu and HaRav 'Ovadiah Yosef ('Aleihem hashalom), have different shitot (approaches/conclusions) when it comes to Hilkhot Taharat HaMishpahhah for the Sepharadi ...
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which animals have tuma neveila

tuma sheretz applies only to the shmonei sheratzim (8 critters) mentioned in the torah. But what about tuma neveila (which is more severe)? Is it for all other animals or some? what about small ...
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Hamotzi during the week - dip? rip off a piece?

On Shabbos Hamotzi is done with much funfare - start the cut before, cut a piece, dip in salt. What about during the week? Is it a good thing to: dip in salt? rip off a piece and eat that piece ...
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Justification in the Tanakh

I'm trying to edit a version of the Tanakh, and I was wondering if formatting the text with justification (so that it spreads out evenly across the page) is permitted.
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Shaliach Tzibbur missed out one or more blessings in the repetition of the amidah. What to do later?

What should one do if the Shaliach Tzibbur missed out one or more blessings in the repetition of the amidah and it was only pointed out to him after he had finished? Does he have to repeat the amidah ...
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are lice considered a chatzitza?

Are lice considered a chatzitza, an interruption between the body and an immersion pool (mikvah)? I got asked this question and thought they were not so because they were small and not dense, but I ...
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What are the parameters concerning the use of the menorah lights

In the song Haneiros Halallu we say that the Chanuka candles are holy and we don't have permission to use them only to view them. I'd like to understand what that means. Do they attain this status ...
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What is the punishment for receiving a seruv from a Bais Din?

What is the punishment for receiving a seruv from a Bais Din for litigating B'Arkoas (in non-Jewish courts) without a heter?
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Rav Moshe milk and tuna

Rav Moshe holds that tuna needs a masgiach timidi for it to be consumed,every fish needs to be checked for the simanim.However, by milk he brings a savarah that the government is sufficient and a ...
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Is stick-deodorant an issue on shabbat?

What kinds of deodorants are mutar on shabbat? Which melacha might one violate if using stick deodorant?
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Is everything in the Talmud considered Jewish Law?

Is everything in the Talmud considered Jewish Law? Can something be in the Talmud but not be considered Halacha?
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Jewish approach to exercise and incorporating it into our daily lives

We are beings made of body and soul and there are many that express the importance of a synthesis of physicality and spirituality. There are many divrei Chazal that tackle how to attain spiritual ...
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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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Does Bishul Akum require intent?

In this answer, @AdamSimon suggested that: Therefore, in our case (in which the power goes out on or before Shabbos and is subsequently restored during the course of Shabbos), provided that the ...
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Why is a utensil required when washing one's hands after bathroom use?

I am under the impression that one is required to wash one's hands with a utensil (typically, the same type of cup used to wash before bread) after using the bathroom. Firstly, what is the source of ...
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Chasam Sofer on innovation

There is a famous quote of the Chasam Sofer, in which he applies the principle stated in Mishna 'Orlah 3:9 (החדש אסור מן התורה בכל מקום) to the question of innovation within Judaism. Rather than ...
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Repentance for stealing not accepted?

I've heard before that there is a Gemorah in Baba Kamma (also brought down in Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat Hilchos Genevah) that one who steals something and later wishes to repent and return what ...
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Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)?

In my experience, there is a lot of emphasis on waiting until after Tzeith HaKochavim (the stars come out), which is seen as definitely after nightfall, to start the Seder. The reason is that we want ...
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What Bracha do we say on bread baked with evaporated mei peiros?

If one bakes bread made out of flour and pure fruit juice, it becomes pas haba bekisnin and the bracha is (at times) mezonos. What if one distilled fruit juice (to produce water) and baked bread out ...