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What side does someone with Situs inversus bang

For tachanun, al cheit, twice in selach lanu etc, we bang on our heart. My question is: if someone has Situs inversus, a condition where the heart is on the right side of the body instead of the left, ...
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Must the Oleh for the Haftarah read the Haftarah himself?

In my shul, we have a total of 3 people who know taamim. The rest can barely read Hebrew. The question came up, are they allowed to go up for Maftir, and subsequently read the Berachot of the Haftarah,...
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Amen on the Telephone

Can you answer amen to a Baracha that was made over the telephone?
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When can you build the sukkah?

My wife and I love the holiday of Sukkot, as do many of our friends. We build the sukkah every year and have friends over for an evening meal, preferably on Shabbes - if someone else in our group of ...
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Melacha vs breaking a fast on Yom Kippur

If a person is in a life threatening situation and can be saved by either doing a melacha or eating/drinking on Yom Kippur, what should he do?
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Waking up fleishig [duplicate]

I once heard that you cannot wake up in the morning being fleishig, meaning if you go to sleep for the night, even if you sleep less than 6 hours (or whatever time you wait), you are pareve and can ...
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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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Black Aravos on Succos

I have noticed some people using arovos which turned completely black towards the end of Yom Tov. When discussing arovos, the halacha mentions the importance of the green color, since it shows that it ...
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Condoms and forbidden relations

If one wears a condom, since it prevents actual "skin-to-skin" contact, would this prevent forbidden relations? I am not asking about wasted seed, but just the relation itself. Thank you
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Getting “used to” making a change in davening

When we change to saying "mashiv haru'ach" one is required to recite the shmoneh esrei again if he is unsure if he made the insertion. This site points out that one becomes habituated after 30 days (...
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Wearing Tallis/Tzitzit at night

I have read in Rabbi Hertzel Hillel Yitzchak's book Tzel Heharim: Tzitzit that it is permissable for a chazzan to wear a tallis at night (see page 60 of that book) provided that he does not have an ...
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If someone didn't appease their fellow, what do they say in Ashamnu?

The standardized "Ashamnu" viduy has in it several sins which are between one person and another, for example stealing or giving bad advice. If someone hasn't asked forgiveness from the victim, does ...
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Is there a concept of ביטול by chametz

I've heard that there is no concept of ביטול regarding חמץ. If that is true then is a Davar ha'mamid an issur d'oraisa on pesach?
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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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What Berachah do you make on a kiwi berry?

What Berachah does one make on a kiwi berry? It grows on a perennial vine, which can climb very high (ha'etz) or snake along the ground (ha'adamah).
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mincha during a meal

If you are in the middle of a meal you have not yet finished, and you realized that you are running late to mincha, would praying mincha before saying birkat hamazot be considered a hefsek? Can you ...
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Can the chickens swung over a pregnant woman's head for Kaparos be swung consecutively?

When swinging 3 chickens (or 2 chickens depending on one's custom) over a pregnant woman's head for Kaparos, must the chickens be swung simultaneously or may they be swung consecutively (so as to ...
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Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?

Follow up on related question seven-aliyot-for-vzot-habracha: Gemarah Megilllah (Don't recall exact location) says that on Yom Tov falling on a weekday, we should have 5 aliyot and are not allowed to ...
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When is the proper time to say Berich Shemei? [duplicate]

I have read and heard that (ideally) Berich Shemei should be said after the sefer Torah has been taken out of the ahron. Is this true? What is the source and idea behind this?
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Beracha acharona on a mixture of two of the seven species of Israel [duplicate]

If one eats a mixture of two of the 7 species of Israel where one is the ikar and the other a tofel (for example, Wheaties with grapes used as toppings). Using the principal of ikar and tofel, only a ...
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Is it permissible to use an umbrella on Shabbat?

Assuming one is inside an eruv which generally permits transferring between domains on Shabbat, may one use an umbrella on Shabbat? If not, why not? Follow-up question: What about other things that ...
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Are minor fasts obligatory?

Are "minor" fasts such as Taanit Esther ("Fast of Esther"; i.e. the day before Purim) or Tzom Gedaliyah ("Fast of Gedaliyah"; i.e. the day after Rosh Hashanah) optional or obligatory? Under what ...
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Names relegating a sefer to Shemos

Which names, other than the tetragrammaton relegate a sefer to shemos? In particular, is shadai one of those names?
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Nebulizer on Yom Kippur

Is someone who suffers from asthma and needs to use a nebulizer to make it easier for them to breath (not pekuach nefesh) allowed to use it on Yom Kippur? (In a way of course that it'll be turned on ...
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If a vegetable is eaten raw only if it is in a salad, what bracha should I make on it if eating it plain?

If a vegetable is eaten raw only if it is in a salad, what bracha should I make on it if eating it plain? As one example, cabbage is usually eaten raw only when it is mixed with mayo, as in cole slaw, ...
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How does a giyur m'safek differ from a giyur l'chumra?

Is there any difference betweeen a giyur m'safek and a giyur l'chumra? In either scenario is a female who undergoes either of these conversions prohibited from marrying a kohein?
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May one make the bracha on the shel yad, while the cover (which is never taken off) is on?

Is it permissible to keep the plastic shel yad cover on semi-permanently and make the blessing on the shel yad like that? Considering that there is a small opening in the plastic cover, would it be ...
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Shehecheyanu on hand-me-downs?

If someone gets hand-me-down clothing in good condition, of the type that shehecheyanu is generally said when new, should they say it on this new-to-them garment?
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Blowing a Shofar at night

Is there anything wrong with blowing a Shofar at night: on Rosh HaShanah for the Mitzvah (or just because one missed it and wants to hear it, eg., the person was ill) on Rosh HaShanah for practice ...
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Must a beit din be exactly 3 people?

Must a small court be exactly 3 people, or could it be larger, like 4 or 5?
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May one publish or read the private diary of a deceased person?

Recently the private diary of Rav Kook was published; diaries of other Rabbis have also been published posthumously. Is there any halachic problem with publishing these documents, and, if there is, is ...
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How to determine what a “normal wind” would do to a sukka

What a "normal wind" ("ruach metzuya") would do affects various laws of sukka construction. For example, in this guide from the Star-K to using sechach mats, they require that sechach-eligible ...
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Leather and vegetarianism according to Rav Kook?

According to Rav Kook, it is ideal to be a vegetarian. This is because he assumes G-d would not create a world in which creatures could not exist in harmony (see linked article) and therefore this ...
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How strongly must a Mezuza be attached

If someone doesn't want to bang in their Mezuza so firmly that it will be hard to get it off in the event that it needs to be checked, or to replace it, can the Mezuza be attached to the doorpost ...
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Can you blow a shofar for fun on Rosh Hashanah?

Last week, someone quoted a halacha in shul about blowing shofar on Rosh Hashanah if it's not for the mitzvah. He said that it's recommended not to, but if someone really wants to, they should blow ...
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Earliest time to make an Eiruv Tavshilin

When's the earliest time one can make an Eiruv Tavshilin on erev yom tov?
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Sources For Listening To/Not Listening to Non-Jewish Music

What are sources for it being allowed to listen to non-Jewish music and sources for it being prohibited?
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Applying hand cream on Shabbos

Regarding dry, chapped skin that requires regular application of moisturizing cream, is someone allowed apply this cream on Shabbos? Does the composition or texture of the cream change the answer?
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Listening to a Jewish broadcaster in the US after Shabbat ends in Israel [duplicate]

Many baseball games (for example) take place Saturday afternoon in the US. This generally corresponds to beginning (or mostly taking place) after Shabbat ends in Israel. If the broadcaster of one of ...
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At what point does a chazzan take three steps back after chazaras hashatz?

Just a question I've never been able to find a concrete answer to. At what point does a chazzan take his three steps back at the end of chazaras hashatz? Would it be while/after saying "Yihyu l'ratzon"...
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What is Otzar Beis Din?

During shmittah, some stores sell otzar beis din produce which is ok to eat. What is otzar beis din and why does it make the produce permissible to eat?
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How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?

I have seen the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא mentioned in the halachic works of various Rishonim. Neither it's plain meaning in these works nor it's connotations in relation to the significance of custom ...
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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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Halachik source for saying ushpizin

Is there any source in halacha (shulchan aruch, mishna berura etc) besides for the zohar that mentions reciting the ushpizin?
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Maris Ayin when nobody knows you're Jewish

According to this answer, wearing a toupee without a kippa on top may pose a problem of maris ayin. My question is: Suppose the toupee-wearer has no distinctive Jewish features other than wearing a ...
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Why is Shmita only Rabbinic nowadays?

I was reading up on Heter Iska and it said that Shmita and Shmitat Kesafim are only Rabbinic today. Why do the Biblical laws no longer apply?
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Making a Berachah on Medicine

I heard from someone that medicine does not require a berachah. What is the source for this?
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Is recitation of Selichot a halachic obligation?

Is recitation of Selichot a halachic obligation? I'm not asking if it's "only d'rabbanan", as rabbinic laws also create halachic obligations. At the same time, not every custom that is mentioned in ...
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Laws regarding excessive conversation while dating

In speaking with a friend regarding conversation between men and women who are dating, this is what they said: So I asked someone who knows about these things and she said that it originates from ...
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Invite a non observant Jew to Shabat - Rav Ovadia Yosef opinion

I know that there is discussion about inviting a Jew for Shabbos or Yom Tov, where he will drive a car to get there. Does anyone know Rav Ovadia Yosef's opinion about this matter?