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A skipped Sheva Brocha

I was once at a wedding and it came time for Sheva Brochos. A person was asked to say one of them, say "Sos tosis..." but inadvertently said "Samech t'samech..." Since there is an order to the Sheva ...
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Tznius issues today as practiced at social events

What is the halachic basis for: separate seating at simcah events i.e. weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc? members of the opposite sex not being allowed to commingle when there is no yichud? Is this ...
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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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Question based on a story which implies not being able to say Kiddush Levana on a moving boat

The Story of the Alter Rebbe requesting from the gentile to stop the boat so he could say Kiddush Levana (paragraph 7), stresses the point that the Alter Rebbe would only say Kiddush Levana once the ...
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Not sitting shiva when the baby passes away after 30 days

Recently, a 2-month-old baby passed away ל"ע, and the family indicated that there would be no shiva. Under what circumstances is there no shiva for a baby that lives passed 30 days?
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What b'racha do you say on seeing the Aurora Borealis (if any)?

If one is so lucky as to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) or its southern equivalent, does one say a b'racha? If so which one? I've heard that oseh ma'aseh v'reishit applies to comets and ...
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Wanted: stories about shaatnez

My daughter has a school project about shaatnez. One of the requirements is to tell a few stories demonstrating how people were particularly careful about the laws of shaatnez, preferably with ...
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Can bleach be sufficient to cleanse for Passover?

A couple years ago I (Conservative) was asked by my wife (Baptist) to educate her church by running a Seder for them. I cleaned the kitchen and serving areas as best I could, vacuumed the carpets, ...
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Heating cold food on shabbos - Until what temperature?

On Shabbos if I take a cold food which was in the fridge before Shabbos started, and I put it on a blech or hot plate (using an inverted pot or on a pot containing food) can it only be heated until ...
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Am I allowed to get miles or points for a loan?

Suppose me and my good friend Shimon are in a store shopping. Shimon wants to borrow $100 from me for his purchase. I graciously agree, but instead of giving Shimon cash, I swipe my credit card for ...
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Which Tachanun should I say when davening in a minyan with a different Nusach?

I daven Nusach Ashkenaz but I often daven mincha in minyanim with a different nuasach. Should I say my ashekanzi tachanun or is there a minhag ha'mokom? Moreover I have noticed sefardim davening their ...
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challah bracha on separate dough balls

I understand a bracha on dough is made if the amount of flour is greater than a certain amount, sourced here. I have a small food processor I use to knead the dough. I plan to make a bunch of dough ...
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Tasting food whilst cooking

Under what conditions does one say a beracha upon tasting food which one is cooking? For some foods there may be a point during cooking, before which, the food would be considered inedible e.g. pasta, ...
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What happens when a potential convert can't have a circumcision?

If a man wants to convert to Judaism but cannot have a circumcision for bio-medical reasons, does this prevent him from converting, or may he complete the conversion process without being circumcised? ...
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Nespresso Machine Tevilas Keili alternatives

I recently acquired a new Nespresso coffee machine that will most probably be damaged if immersed. (The warranty will be void if immersed). Are there any alternatives to Tevila? I've heard you can ...
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Is it assur to play sports with a yarmulke?

Wearing a yarmulke is a minhag. Not putting a stumbling block is d'oreisa. Yet, I have noticed that Torah observant boys and young men play sports like basketball, flag football, and soccer with ...
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Tzadakkah questions (flyers in mail)

What is one's halachic obligation based on Rambam Hilchos Matanos Anayim 10:3, "do not turn away…", when one receives tzedakkah flyers in the mail for many different types of causes? In ...
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Food that became prohibited because of a fly, then was separated into 3 new parts, nullified?

There was a pot of soup that a fly fell into it. The fly was not located and therefore the whole soup became prohibited. Even though the soup might have 60 parts against the fly, still since the fly ...
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Can you eat beeswax?

To my knowledge there is a lengthy discussion as to why bee honey is kosher to eat. I am unaware of any discussion of bee wax. I am told by my local grocer that many large distributors of produce coat ...
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Is there a blessing on anointing?

Based on this question and the ensuant discussion, I would like to know if a person makes a blessing upon anointing himself for pleasure. If not, why not?
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Do the strings for tzitizit need to be made lishma?

My weekday tallit is in need of new tzitziot as I am unsure how long they will last before becoming passul. I know that techeilet need to be made from a dye for which a minhag exists, but do the ...
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Chanuka Kaddish error after Hallel

Usually after Hallel the Chazan says Kadish Shaleim, however on Chanuka (not the Rosh Chodesh days, or Shabbos day) we say only Chatzi Kaddish, since there is no Musaf later. If a Chazzon said in ...
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When Chanuka begins on Shabbos and one lit the Menora prior to Davening Mincha

When Chanuka begins on Shabbos and one lit the Menora prior to Davening Mincha should he say Al HaNisim at Mincha for Erev Shabbos? (Sources)
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May someone avoid drinking on purim when on medication that could interact with alcohol?

For better or for worse, a great many people take medication for depression or anxiety which would be truly bad news to combine with alcohol. I was under the impression a celebrant MUST get drunk ...
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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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Is it still adultery if the other spouse consents?

Suppose you have two married couples who are extremely close friends with each other. They all four agree to swap wives for the night due to the tight emotional bond the foursome have. Nobody has any ...
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Can a Jew serve as a secular judge?

Can a Jew serve as a judge in a secular judicial system even if does not contradict the Torah's laws? Is this discussed by any of the poskim?
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Slide Rule on Shabbos/Yom Tov

May a slide rule (mechanical device before calculators) can be used on Shabbos for Gemara calculations?
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Removing signs from a Shul bulletin board

In many areas Shuls have a bulletin board on which signs are hung. In some larger cities there are sign hanging companies that for a fee, go around and hang up posters for businesses on these bulletin ...
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Who needs a fence around their roof?

I recently called an exterminator to remove a hornets' nest in a tree overhanging my roof. Since my roof is slanted, with no direct access to it, and it starts at about 9 feet off the ground and peaks ...
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Pregnant and not recommended to get a get

I recently heard of a case where a couple were planning on getting divorced: the wife was pregnant and they were given a psak (via the Beth Din) that the husband can not give her a get until the baby ...
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Riches found in a purchased item. Return or keep it?

A young rabbi reportedly found nearly $100,000 in a desk he'd purchased second-hand on Craigslist, and subsequently returned the money. Is this story about a Kiddush HaShem, or a Hassid Shoteh ...
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Neckties on Shabbat

What is the halachic status of neckties on shabbat? I have heard that because they are not true garments, they cannot be worn in an area without an eruv. What is the source, if any, for this, and is ...
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Can a deep-cover agent on active assignment violate kashrut to blend in with targets?

I have no idea whatever what the Mossad's practices are when collecting human intelligence, but I would be certain a small percentage of people in CIA would have to be Jewish owing to ...
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Beracha on washing hands in a natural body of water

Does one recite a different beracha when immersing ones hand in a natural body of water directly? I vaguely remember that there is a beracha of "על טבילת ידים" although I'm unsure.
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Birthday Card on Shabbat

Is there any prohibition against giving a birthday card, (no present) written out before Shabbat to a person on Shabbat?
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Must a bride represented as virgin bleed on sheets for marriage to be valid?

I had heard that from Orthodox practice that a lady upon first marriage is expected to be a virgin and is represented as such, and that the couple are placed in a room right after the wedding to ...
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Can a teen threaten or attack one parent, who is beating or is about to beat the other?

This is relevant in many dysfunctional Jewish homes. Suppose one parent is beating or about to beat the other, and the child has an opportunity to intervene by threatening violence to the abusive ...
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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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Why does Chabad not do Kiddush before Davening?

The custom in Chabad is to eat Mezonos before Davening (to enable one to daven later and meditate on Hashem). The only reason we don't do kiddush before davening is because "the time didn't come yet" ...
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Holiness status of Yod-Yod

What level of kedushah does the Tetragrammaton-substitution "yod-yod" have? Can it go in the garbage? Must it be geniza'ed? Let's assume that the word is used in a song or other non-Torah sentence. ...
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Marrying one's father's wife

A man is forbidden to his father's wife, even if she is not his biological mother (cf: Leviticus 18:8; Yevamot 1:3). Is this still the case after his father dies or after he divorces her? In other ...
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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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Amen to another's blessing while you are in the middle of a verse containing a curse

Sometimes it happens that you find yourself in the middle of a posuk containg a curse - for example Dvarim 11:17 And the wrath of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will close off the ...
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Where is the source that the cup we dip our finger in during the seder is known as the kos shel paraniut?

Where is the source that the cup we dip our finger into during the seder and extract several drops of wine is known as the kos shel paraniut (cup of punishment)? I recall this concept being referred ...
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Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?

The halacha is that you should only say a bracha on water if you're thirsty. All the seforim I've read agree on the following: if you're not thirsty, but you drink water in order to swallow a pill, ...
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Does a Talmudic dictionary have kedusha?

May one place a Talmudic dictionary like the Otzar Rashei Teivos on top of other holy sefarim? I had always assumed that it has the status of a sefer, but others have expressed doubts on this issue.
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responsibility for passing on a virus (medical)

Would one be obligated to pay any of the five types of damages paid upon wounding someone, if they were to infect that someone with a viral/bacterial disease, whether through: Peshia (negligence)? ...
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Can a garment be assur for men and women because it is both beged ish and beged isha?

I've been wondering about garments like the frilly pink/purple yarmulkas and talleisim used in liberal Judaism. Since yarmulkas and talleisim are probably normally beged ish, and pink/purple frilly ...
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May an employer dismiss an employee to pressure him in a non–work-related matter

Without discussing whether the particular case currently in the news actually qualifies as the situation I’m describing, consider the following case: In his private life, an employee of mine is ...