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Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries

Those of you who may have read my profile know that I have been reading and transcribing information on tombstones in towns in the Spis Region of Slovakia, in which no Jews remain. My colleague is ...
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Can rice flour be processed the same as Matza for those who don't eat Kitniyos?

I know rice is Kitniyos. Yet, if one can make Matza with ingredients that have potential to become Chametz, one should be allowed to make it from Kitniyos ingredients. Does anyone make it and if not, ...
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Why on Pesah are we more strict with Kitniyoth than we are with real grains? [duplicate]

We obviously are very strict with the 5 grains on Pesah, but we do eat food made with them, namely Matzah. And with the exception of the issue of "Gebrochts", we do allow Matzah to be re-engineered ...
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Can one use mouthwash after eating the afikoman?

Mishnah Berurah 478, (1) [1] says that the reason that we should not eat any other food after the afikoman is so that its taste will remain in our mouths. What are the opinions on whether it is ...
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why kiddushin and nisu'in are done in the same day (no big space)

Why are kiddushin and nisu'in done on the same day, with no big space in between? I understand from the mishna: מסכת כתובות ה,ב = נותנים לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משיתבע לה הבעל, לפרנס את עצמה; כשם ...
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Shaving a head for Hair Transplant

Before a transplant of hair is performed there is a shaving of the head done, is that permitted?
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What does a kefula look like?

I've seen discussion of the need to check matzah for kefulos--particular types of folds (Mishnah Berurah 461:35)--before Pesach. However, I'm having trouble finding a good guide to what a kefula in ...
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Is Yeast Extract OK to eat during Passover?

The status of eating yeast on Passover has me confused. Yeast is used in wine production which is ok to eat, but I've talked to people that won't eat yeast extract, which is not a leavener. Is there a ...
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Should one change mouthwash and toothpaste for Pesach?

If one has a mouthwash bottle and a toothpaste tube that they've been using, do they need to get brand new ones for Pesach? My concern is with any chametz that might have gotten onto the tube or into ...
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Can I move my chometz after the bedikah?

According to this document, one should sequester all chometz in one's home either in a cabinet or behind a mechitzah prior to performing the bedikah (the search for chometz). However, does this have ...
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Bracha on jalapeño peppers?

The Bracha on onions and garlic eaten raw is shehakol since its not the usual way to eat onions or garlic raw. Do we say that jalapeños are also shehakol when eaten raw according to the same logic?
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Is chometz less of a problem before the 15th of nisson

Someone told me the he keeps a lot of paisach humros but only starting on the fifteenth of nisson but on the 14th after midday he is more lax Is there a source for this that on the 15th it is a ...
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waiting after meat, in contexts other than basar bechalav

Waiting after meat before milk comes from a concern of either the taste being still in your throat or particles still in your teeth and you are eating that with milk. Do we apply this in other cases ...
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New fruit for second-night Shehecheyanu on holidays other than Rosh Hashanah

I know that we are supposed to eat a new fruit after saying the Shehechyanu on the second evening of Rosh Hashanah, because there is some doubt about whether that blessing needs to be made for the ...
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Is there a mitzvah of Sippur Yetzias Mitzraim all night long?

Once the seder has ended, does the mitzvah to tell the story of the Exodus continue all night long? I am familiar with the various arguments in the Gemara (with R. Elazar, R. Akivah, R. Gamliel, and ...
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Blessing on Star Anise

Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice. What blessing do the authorities determine is the right ...
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May one eat roasted chicken at the seder? [duplicate]

There is a custom not to eat roasted meat at the seder. May one eat roasted chicken?
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Is the gas in my car chometz? [duplicate]

A great deal if not most gasoline in America may contain ethanol. Ethanol may be sourced from corn, wheat, and other potentially problematic sources. What's more, its combustion in the engine might ...
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Does a school need to do Bedikas Chametz?

Does a School need to do Bedikas Chametz? What do Schools generally do? I would think that it would be the responsibility of the Head of School to ensure that Bedikah is done. Even if they were to ...
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Can Kohanim live in a condo or apartment building?

Asking the question because if there is a Jewish person living in the same building that dies in the building, couldn't this pose a problem for a Kohen being under the same roof?
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Reheating Food Cooked Before Passover

Let's say a family cooked some non chametz food before kashering their dishes before Pesach and saved the leftovers to be reheated later. A few days go by and Pesach gets closer, and they kasher all ...
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Kashering a kashering pot

My family, after boiling water and pouring it into the sink to kasher the sink, then reboils that pot and causes it to overflow in effect kashering itself. Is there any source to be required to do ...
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Bittul of Hameitz in Mixtures Aquired Before Passover

Looking for clarification on the kind of bittul of hameitz that occurs for foods acquired before, but not during, Passover: What is the maximum ratio of hameitz to other food that the bittul happens ...
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Can you have chometz in your birdfeeder during Pesach?

I know that we are not allowed to derive benefit from chometz during Pesach, and that this prohibition extends to feeding our pets food containing chometz. (Source: http://cor.ca/view-515-pet-food-on-...
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Tzedakah Commission

Is someone who is collecting Tzedakah (charity) allowed to take a commission for his/herself? And if so: Is there a source for the permissibility of such commissions? Is there a maximum percentage ...
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Do we need to check for nefuchos in our matzah today?

We are not supposed to eat matzoh that contains a nefucha (a "swollen" part/air bubble) bigger than a hazelnut. I'm not entirely sure of the reasons, but it is discussed in Mishna Berura 461:34. ...
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“This meat is for Peisach” with a tzeirei

Based on this question. Many (most?) Ashkenazim in America say Pesach, with a segol, when talking about the korban pesach, but Peisach, with a tzeirei, to refer to the holiday. As far as I know, the ...
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What is the halachic source for wearing in a kippa [duplicate]

I wear a kippa and tzitzis everday. The source for tzitzit is easy, we say it in shma and it's mentioned in the Gemara in brachot. The source for the kippa is wholly unknown to me, yet it is such an ...
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What cracks disqualify a Shmurah Matzah as whole?

What cracks disqualify a hand-baked (typically Shmurah) Matzah as whole for the purposes of lechem mishneh and the Seder? I've been told that: Cracks in the center of the matzah that do not reach ...
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Minimum halachic requirements for Maggid section of seder? [closed]

I will be leading the seder this year, and I know I'm running down to the last minute, but I want to know what are the paragraphs that I can skip, and what I absolutely need to do. It will be just my ...
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Ear Piercing of Jewish slave that wants to stay a slave a mum?

I heard in a daf yomi shiur (on kedushin 21b) that a koen can not want to stay a slave (one opinion says it is because he the Ear Piercing will make him have a mum What Ear Piercing makes a mum? ...
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Not speaking of Kabbalah or kabballistic ideas in public - halacha or wisdom?

A couple times now on forums and shiurim I have heard the speaker or rabbi address a question or comment with kabbalistic undertone with 'that is a kabbalistic idea. I don't discuss kabbalah in public'...
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What teshuvot address educating children on inappropriate touch? [closed]

A friend of a non-observant family shared a story which inspired this question. Two cousins were playing together. The boy was about 7 years old. The girl was about 3 years old. Early on, the mother ...
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Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation?

Wayikra 15:16-18 טז וְאִישׁ, כִּי-תֵצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ שִׁכְבַת-זָרַע--וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת-כָּל-בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְטָמֵא עַד-הָעָרֶב. 16 יז וְכָל-בֶּגֶד וְכָל-עוֹר, אֲשֶׁר-יִהְיֶה עָלָיו שִׁכְבַת-...
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Evolved minimal Hebrew pronunciation in halacha

Inspired by comments on this question: Say a person travels from place to place where there are certain traditional havarot (pronunciations) such that what were likely originally distinct sounds, are ...
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Does Orthodox Judaism Recognize Reform Conversions?

If a person converted into the Reform or Conservative (Masorti) Movements, would Orthodox Jews consider them to be Jewish in the first place? This is also assuming the person keeps basic Kosher (not ...
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Do any Ashkenazim restrict making hamotzi on dry matzah to meals?

i was reading this article that posited something i had never heard before. The article claimed that according to Sephardic opinions, hard cracker like matzah wasn't considered bread and therefore one ...
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How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach

How can I tell if this bird feed can be used Ingredients: White preso millet, golden german millet, red proso millet, flax seed, canary grass seed, niger thistle, rape seed, oat groats, dehydrated ...
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What evidence is required to declare someone a Shituki or the like after the fact?

Somewhat related to What evidence is required to indicate mamzer status? What evidence is required to declare someone a shituki (Kiddushin 4:2) after that person has died? I.e he/she can't directly ...
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What to do when uncertain regarding a Bracha on dessert during a bread meal?

If you are having a bread-meal and you have dessert in front of you, but you are uncertain if the homotzie covered it - what do you do? Don't eat it? Eat it without a Bracha? Say shehakol (in the ...
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Giving a lulav on condition to return, but in a chain where the last person keeps it

The Gemara in Sukkah on daf :מא relates a story of Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Yehoshua, Rabbi Elazar ben Azaria, and Rabbi Akiva riding on a boat. The time came to shake lulav, but only Rabban Gamliel had ...
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Where did the myth that the *entire* matza process must be done in under 18 minutes come from?

I've been going over the halakhoth for baking matzah, and even though I hear from almost every Rabbi I've asked that the entire process must be done in under 18 minutes, I can't find any evidence for ...
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Getting body piercings

The Torah prohibits, generally, the infliction of a wound on yourself or someone else. See Lev. 19:28. The obvious exception is the commandment to perform a bris millah (circumcision) on a male ...
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My observant boyfriend is forcing me to convert? Many Questions? [closed]

I have a few problems I would really like help with. I am not Jewish but have lived an orthodox lifestyle for the past 5 years. My boyfriend, who I love very much is orthodox and wants me to be as ...
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Can one use a sinus rinse on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

This sinus rinse is manual. You fill the plastic bottle with water and add a small packet of saline powder and mix it. Then, you insert the bottle tip into your nostril and squeeze the bottle so that ...
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18 minute Matzah?

Are there sources EXPLAINING why we have to make matzah within 18 minutes? I understand having a time limit if in fact the reason we eat matzah is to reenact the speed which we left Egypt (that ...
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Giyores marrying a cohen and their offspring [closed]

If a Cohen married a giyores (convert), they had children born after the conversion of their mother, and the children had to do a geirus lechumra because the mothers' conversion was not done by ...
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Writing during Chol HaMoed

I've heard some people don't write during the intermediate days of the festival (Chol HaMoed). Is this a formal prohibition or just a custom? What's the origin of this?
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School closing - At what point must the parents be told?

Yeshiva A or Bais Yaakov A has serious financial problems. They are doing all they can to stay viable, however unless a big donor steps forward they will be forced to close. If the school tells the ...
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What halachic principles are involved in starting the iRobot on Shabbos with a timer? [closed]

What halachic principles are involved in starting the iRobot on Shabbos with a timer? Can it be turned on anytime or just at night? Is it like security cameras in that it is OK to walk by them if ...