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Can you use electricity on Yom Tov

Yom Tov is slightly different than Shabbat. For example, on Shabbat one cannot cook, but one can cook on Yom Tov provided that it is from an existing flame. My question is this... Let's say I have ...
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Are there any sources that prohibit childhood vaccinations?

The consequences of depressed childhood vaccination rates in some American communities, in the form of a building measles outbreak, have been in the news lately. All public schools and most private ...
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What is considered 'ready to bentch'?

I've learned that once you decide to bentch, it is forbidden to continue to eat, but permissible to take a drink. What is considered deciding to bentch? What would be the rule in each of the ...
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Is vaping prohibited?

With the rising popularity of vaping and electronic cigarettes, many might consider turning to them to stop smoking or to at least divert their habit to a healthier alternative. However, the liquids ...
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Prohibition of Slavery Without Selling Slave

R. Saadya Gaon implies in his commentary to the verse in Exodus (21:16) that the prohibition of slavery includes a case where the slaver didn't sell the slave. R. Avraham Ben HaRambam disagrees ...
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Veal and Kashrus

Is there any kashrus issue with veal? What about with white veal?
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May I rely on the halachik leniency of others?

If "Reuven" believes the halacha to be one way and "Shimon" believes it to be more lenient may Reuven rely on Shimon to do something for him based on this leniency? Here is a 100% fictional ...
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Do any sfarim mention halachic ramifications of the fundamental beliefs?

Do any post Rambam halachic works mention how the fundamentals effect halachic status of people or things? Do they discuss if halcha follows Rambam and his thirteen ikrim, or Seffer HaIkrim and his ...
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Depicting a constellation

Assuming the intention is at least partly for educational purposes, Is it mutar to arrange star stickers in the form of actual constellations (say, on a ceiling) or is that included in the prohibition ...
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May one mix-and-match to create their own Hebrew pronunciation?

In the introduction to his siddur (down the bottom of the linked page), Rabbi Yaakov Emden emphasises the strict importance of a proper Hebrew pronunciation when davening. In particular, he ...
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Cannibalism, Jew or Gentile?

Cannibalism is presumably forbidden under Jewish law. However, cannibalism is permitted in order to save a life if the person is already dead (There is no justification to murder in order to save ...
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Muktza not being directly handled (i.e. in a backpack)?

If say I'm walking in an area with an eiruv (that I hold of etc.), and it becomes Shabbos and I have a muktza object on me, if I put it in a backpack so that I'm not actually touching it, is it still ...
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Davening and a freshly fertilised lawn

Per Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas, the Shulchan Aruch advises against davening or learning Torah when there is a foul smell. For many years, my schul did not have AC and every year the schul's ...
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Cohen and Vasectomy Marrying a women who wants to have children

If it is prohibited for a women who want's to have children to marry a a man who had a vasectomy and the man told her before the wedding that he had the vasectomy and she had in mind to get invitro ...
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Walled from the times of Joshua: Why Joshua?

The Halacha is that those who live in a city that was walled in the times of Yehoshuah reads on a different day. The question is why from Yehoshuah (Joshua) when the commentaries explain it they speak ...
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Violating a cancelable oath?

If someone made an oath "I'm not going to eat bread for thirty days" and wants to "cancel" it, he goes to three people and tells them "I didn't know that it would be so hard". They say "OK, it's ...
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Are non-Orthodox marriages recognized by Orthodox rabbis?

Let's suppose a couple was married by a Reform rabbi in a standard reform ceremony (with egalitarian ketubah, and many other modifications to traditional kiddushin). If the couple later become baalei ...
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Does a French Press Shoulder Nut Require Tevila?

On a French press, there is a piece that sits on the bottom of the plunger rod above the filtering discs called a shoulder nut. The purpose of this piece is to keep the filtering discs plunged down ...
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Stepping back to answer kedusha while person behind hasn't finished praying

According to Halachipdeia (source) you're not supposed to walk 4 amot in front of a person praying the amidah. I think you also have certain restrictions regarding which parts of kedusha could be ...
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A sin done while drunk

Is a sin done while inebriated considered an unintentional (bShogeg) sin? Sources are welcome.
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Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas

The Shulchan Aruch 103:2 writes one praying who needs to pass gas should thereafter wait until the smell leaves and then continue praying. If one smells a bad smell should also wait until the smell ...
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Is there a heter for mentioning the names of the Greek gods?

At the end of Rambam Hilchot Avodah Zara 5 (halacha 14 by some counts, 10 by others), he says ‫ ואפילו להזכיר שם עבודה זרה שלא דרך שבועה--אסור, שנאמר "לא תזכירו". לא יאמר אדם לחברו, שמור לי ...
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Can a minyan be made up of people who do not respond to the prayers said?

Can a minyan be made up of people who are unable (eg through lack of education) to respond to the prayers said? See O Ch 124 (4) where it says that if nine people are not paying attention to the ...
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Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim

In the dispute between the Geonim and Rabbenu Tam over the definition of nightfall, I have seen the Rambam claimed by either side - each claiming that in the Mishneh Torah he held like them. My ...
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Aquatic Plants for Aquarium During Shmita

I have a fish tank and was wondering if there are any restrictions to putting aquatic plants (fully submerged) inside to help with the water chemistry during the shmita. The plant's main function will ...
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Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam?

Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam? Ive heard the Shulchan Aruch (rishon/acharon) held of it, did he pasken like for starting shabbos?
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Are adjacent fields in techum shabbat or not?

BSD In Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chapter 95:1 " והיינו אם היה בין השמשות בשדה אבל אם שבת בתוך עיר כל העיר הוא מקומו. ועיבורה של עיר נחשב ג"כ להעיר" Sorry if this is a beginners question but ...
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Does a 3% angora sweater have to be tested for shatnez?

Does a sweater that has 3% angora and all other synthetic fibers have to be checked if it has no appliques?
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Pidyon in the case of Siamese birth

Let's say that two boys came out co-joined. There is technically no single "first born" since they both exited together. If they remain co-joined for 30 days, do they both get redeemed? If they were ...
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If one is too poor to redeem one's son for 5 Shekel, can he do it for less or for free?

Bamidbar 18:16 says: And their redemption-money--from a month old shalt thou redeem them--shall be, according to thy valuation, five shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary--the ...
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Is charity money used for alcohol considered charity?

If you give money to a homeless person on the street, and they use that money to buy alcohol or other intoxicants (drugs), can what you give be considered charity, since it did not help that person in ...
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is there such a thing as a negative techum?

Can a neighborhood in a city form a negative eruv techum so one would then need to intentionally make a techum to get into it? Can it be done with an eruv chatzerot?
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Standing For Reading of Decalogue

Poskim are recorded here permitting standing specifically for the Torah reading of the Aseres Hadibros. Are there any poskim who forbid this in accordance with the ruling of the Rambam?
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Where do the different traditions for hours of waiting between meat and milk come from?

As far as I can tell, there are 5 different traditions for how long one has to wait between eating meat and milk: wait 6 full hours wait into the 6th hour (thus, 5 hours and 5 minutes would ...
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Liability of substitute

If someone has an appointment, and arranges for a babysitter to come to watch his/her children while he/she goes to the appointment, and the babysitter doesn't show up, so the parent misses the ...
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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Is getting a tattoo of the Star of David “ironic”?

Amare Stoudemire, a professional basketball player and practicing Jew, has a Star of David tattoo. In an article at ProBasketballTalk, Kurt Helin calls this tattoo "ironic." But he links to a ...
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Are old-fashioned razors kosher?

I have the following razor: It's a Merkur #180 model. If you can tell from the picture, the bottom part of the razor protects the skin against the blade. Nonetheless, the blade can touch the skin. ...
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Do we learn any hilchos shechita from the Akeida?

The Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) is a fascinating story, for a multitude of reasons. One thing that appeals to me, as a shochet (slaughterer), is that it has in it (as far as I could tell) the earliest ...
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Can one say kiddush levana by day? [duplicate]

Can someone say "kiddush levana" by day if he sees the moon clearly, in full? Or is there a reason why we only say it in the evening other than the fact that the day starts at night.
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May a lady take a pregnancy test on Shabbos?

Are there any issues with taking a pregnancy test (non-electronic) on Shabbos?
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Looking for a definition of oneg Shabbos

Yeshaya 58:13 states that Shabbat is called oneg (delight). I have seen several different items described as oneg shabbos including taking a nap, marital relations, enjoying food at the shabbat meals ...
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When did walking from Ner Israel yeshiva to Baltimore no longer require Eruv Techumin?

From what I'm told, several decades ago one who wanted to walk from Ner Israel yeshiva on Mt. Wilson Lane in Pikesville, MD to the greater Baltimore community (e.g. Rabbi Heinemann's shul, the Agudah, ...
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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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What is shiduchim?

In Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha'ezer 26:4, it is written: ואפילו קדשה בכסף או בשטר אם לא שידך תחלה או שקידש בשוק מכין אותו מכת מרדות והיא מקודשת: הגה וי״א שאין מכין אם קידש בכסף או בשטר אפי׳ בשוק ובלא ...
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Can you wear sweatpants on Shabbat?

Your Shabbat activities shall not be like your weekday activities. From this we learn that we should dress differently on Shabbat. Say one finished the meal and would like to sit and read by the ...
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Buying pasul arba minim or non-arba minim for your small child

The Shulchan Aruch in siman 657 says that a child which knows how to shake the lulav properly, his father is obligated to buy a lulav for him (because of chinuch). The Beur Halacha d"h keday ...
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Torn Tallis Gadol

See the picture below. The light blue represents the entire tallis gadol. The dark blue is where the corners are. Next to the bottom left corner there is a piece of the tallis gadol (represented by ...
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Is breaking the law in the United States considered rebelling against the nations in the exile (i.e. three oaths)?

In the three oaths it is forbidden to rebel against the nations, which usually results in a prohibition against breaking the law. In the United States, its kind of not officially the gentiles as it is ...
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Is there a halacha that limits the use of stretching letters in the Torah?

See this related question . That question explains the reason for having them. My question asks if there are any halachot that limit its use. A few weeks ago - I think it was parshat Shmot, I read ...