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Blessing on tree with inedible fruit

I am looking into the blessing for the trees for NISSAN. There is a almond tree on our block. Blossoms really early. But it is the red-blossom type (bitter almond) not the sweet kind that you eat. In ...
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Timing of Birchas Illonos

From when until when are you allowed to make the bracha,and what is optimum?
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Carrying items on keychains Shabbos

One may generally not transport muktzeh on Shabbos, even within an eiruv. However, if the carrying is indirect, and not for the purpose of bringing the muktzeh, must one be makpid to ensure before ...
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Ratios of Hameitz-to-Other for Deriving Benefit

For the prohibition on deriving benefit from hameitz on passover, what is the ratio of hameitz-to-other that makes a mixture hameitz? I am aware that when it comes to the prohibition of eating hameitz ...
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Can a Jew lose their Jewish Status?

Can a Jew lose their status as being a Jew by performing any action (example: performing idolatry, disavowing core beliefs, converting to another religion, etc)? Or once a person is a Jew then they ...
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Is there a minhag or halacha to avoid kashering vessels for Passover and to only use new vessels

I was told by my father that we follow the minhag not to kasher vessels for paisach but to buy new ones I asked a Rav, the Rav said there is no such minhag, no reason to avoid kashering even when ...
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Difference Between Brit and Medical Circumcision

I have recently encountered a number of non-Jews who were protesting circumcision in front of the U.S. White House. While I found most of their notions somewhat absurd, I was given pause to question ...
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Is a Jew allowed to be knighted? Problem with kneeling?

Is there any halachik problem with going through the knighting (or Damehood for women) process of kneeling etc? The current ceremony does not contain many of the Christian or pagan overtones of the ...
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Praying with dirty clothes

Can one daven (pray) with dirt or urine on his clothing? I would like to know the exact laws because I have heard different peshutim on this. Please list sources.
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How does one own and operate a hotel on Shabbat?

Assume we're talking about a hotel that is open every day of the year. How does someone own and operate a hotel while still keeping the laws of Shabbat? Are there sources that discuss this? An ...
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Are there any specific laws and consequences for claiming to be God?

Is there a specific command to not equate yourself to God? For instance, someone says, "I am God." This someone is a believer and a member of the Jewish faith, not an unbeliever. I'm curious if ...
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Is it possible for a Gentile to convert to Judaism? [closed]

Is it possible for someone who is Gentile to convert to Judaism? What is the prevailing belief of Jewish people on this subject? What scripture backs up this belief? What do prominent Jewish ...
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What is mandatory for the second seder?

I have tried looking up the answer to this question, I hope someone here can give me an answer! My mother-in-law had heard somewhere that because the second seder outside Israel is of rabbinic ...
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Repeating words in prayer

If I have a lapse in concentration during a few words in davening, it improves my davening tremendously to be able to go back and force myself to immediately say those words again, properly. I find ...
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Israeli doing melacha on yom tov sheini outside Israel to avoid loss

I know that the Mishna Berura says that it is Assur for a Ben E"Y to do Melacha even in private, however I was wondering if anyone knows of a source to be meikal in a case where it can damage ...
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Is there a halachic objection to human composting?

I just had a discussion with a friend about this organization, which proposes to inter human bodies in a giant composter (from which the family can retrieve the compost later) instead of burying them ...
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When may a body be removed from its resting place and buried elsewhere?

In what instances may a body be removed from its resting place and be interred elsewhere?
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Burning the Israeli flag

Is burning the Israeli flag a chillul Hashem? (See 1:15 in video)
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What is the source that forbids indecent dress by women?

I have been hardpressed finding a source for something that would seem to be such a well known Halacha. I (and most other too probably) have been brought up with the belief that it is forbidden for a ...
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Difference between touching a naked Torah vs. a naked Megillah

Megillah 32a: Megillah 32a:38-44: כל האוחז ספר תורה ערום נקבר ערום ערום סלקא דעתך אלא אימא נקבר ערום בלא מצות בלא מצות סלקא דעתך אלא אמר אביי נקבר ערום בלא אותה מצוה Whoever takes hold of ...
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Are you allowed to extract buried Shemos?

I understand that the burying of Sheimos, in a sense, is similar to burying a dead body. I assume that in the same way that you cannot dig up a dead body except for some unusual situations, you cannot ...
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Hey for Sadaqah is it better to give more money to less people or less money to more people? [duplicate]

I was wondering, if in giving Sadaqah it is better to help out more people with a less amount of money or less people with more amounts of money? Which will be more beneficial? Any sources? Thanks
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Family purity by degree

I have the opportunity to reach out to someone who will be getting married soon, to discuss the laws of family purity. He has no real connections to any religious community at this point in life so ...
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Is “siman tov u'mazal tov” a halachically problematic phrase?

Literally translated, this is what is commonly said in the Jewish community, upon hearing very good news (typically lifecycle events as such as engagement, marriage, birth). "A good sign and a good ...
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Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan?

Why don't we all do Kemach Yashan? It says in clearly says in the Torah, in Vayikra 23:14: You shall not eat bread or [flour made from] parched grain or fresh grain, until this very day, until ...
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What is the function of covering the stove top on Pesach?

It appears to be a universal Ashkenazi custom to cover the area of the stove top between the burners, underneath the grates with aluminum foil. (The grates and burners and cleaned and kashered.) ...
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Mitzva to hear Megillah Esther

My question has two parts: (1) I believe it is a mitzvah to hear the entirety of Megillat Esther twice on Purim, both at maariv and also at some point during the daytime. Is that correct? (2) would ...
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Dipping in a basket vs. on a bench

Note that a spring is usable as a mikva for some purposes (e.g., a zav or m'tzora's dipping) and in some conditions (viz, with fewer than forty s'a and/or while not pooled) that a mikva is not. ...
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Touching a Stepson [closed]

As an orthodox Jew, I married another orthodox Jew. This is a second marriage and he has a son. Am I allowed to touch the boy, as his stepmother, after he reaches the age of 9?
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Could an Israelite allow an existing fire to remain lit on the Sabbath?

Exodus 35:3 "You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling places on the Sabbath day." The key word here seems to be "kindle". Does this mean they were only restricted from starting a fire on ...
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Turning in a lost object to the “front desk”

"I" found an object left behind after a Jewish event in a public venue (let's say a hotel). "I" don't know who the owner is. The owner will likely come back to the venue to ask if the object was ...
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Is upward/360-degree feedback halachically allowed?

It is common practice in many companies to request 360-degree or upward feedback, whereby employees are asked to share (positive and negative) feedback on some of their colleagues, subordinates or ...
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“Am I Jewish​​​?”

How can one tell if one needs to convert or if one is already Jewish? Would one's or one's ancestors' conversion to another religion or their lack of knowledge about Judaism change anything?
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Loshon HaRa and the down vote

The laws of Loshon HaRa apply whether it is the spoken word, written word, or even gestures. While I'm inclined to think it is permitted (and have done so on select occasions) how would you ...
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

I always was curious if a woman has to guard her eyes, like men, in tznious. I've seen a lot of bikini pics. I just wanted to know if it's an aveira to see this type of stuff.
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Why is the seder “beseder” (in order)?

Is there any halachic reason why we do the seder in the order that we do? It seems that many of the components of the seder are halachically mandated, but is there any halachic mandate that we do them ...
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Is watching videos online that were uploaded illegally counted as causing others to sin?

Some poskim hold that watching videos online that were uploaded illegally is not considered gezel, only if one himself uploaded the video it would be gezel. However, if someone watched the videos ...
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Sequel to the Sefer “ Laws of Daily Living ”

There is a well known Sefer on Halacha called Laws of Daily Living by Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen , noted Posek and author . There is only one volume and the last topic is the laws of פסוקי דזמרה . Any ...
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What is the underlying requirement of Techeilet?

I have been reading the various questions and answers about techeilet but I still don't understand the exact demand (and apologies if I missed this amongst the other questions). Is the goal to have a ...
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Zaken Mamrei vs. Par He'elem Davar

This past weekend I was reading through the Torah Temimah on Vayikra and a paradox occurred to me. The Zaken Mamre is specifically applied to one who is in a position of authority over a community. ...
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“Planting” astroturf during shmita

I previously asked about Planting grass during shmita, and discovered that it is forbidden. But what about astroturf (synthetic grass)? Would there be any problem with installing that during the ...
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May an anorexic fast on Shabbos?

The Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes that if a person gets harm from eating, he doesn't have to (or must not) eat because it causes him pain and not joy, and the Mitzvah of eating on Shabbos is for ...
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Halakhot of raising babies

I don't think I've ever encountered halakhot that pertain to interacting with newborns, but as any new parent knows, such interactions take up a great deal of one's time, during the day, at night, ...
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If women are not obliged to daven maariv, should they daven if they wish to?

This source said that women are not obliged to daven maariv but may do if they wish. He since revised his view - see the source quoted by @Double AA's comment 25 Mar 16. This question was posed on ...
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double wrapping. kashrus in my mouth

If one has a milchig oven, he can double wrap the food and the food wont become milchig or pass fleish to the oven. If I double wrap a hamburger in a layer of lettuce and a layer of bun, can I have it ...
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Are placebos permitted without telling the person they are getting one?

Does Judaism allow placebos where the person thinks it does something, and is thereby cured, even though the item does nothing? Is this gnevas da'as (or some other issur), or because it can help them ...
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Who knows science?

On whom does one recite the blessing "ברכת שנתן מחכמתו לבשר ודם" (the blessing recited on non-Jewish scientists)? Does he have to be a Ph.D? Does he have to have inventions to his name? Did he have ...
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If a man gave 'mishloach manot' on Purim to a woman, did he fulfull the mitzvah?

In the Shulchan Aruch 695, the Rema states that a man should not send manot to a woman to avoid the problem of safek kiddushin. If he did send the gift to a woman (and suppose that was the only gift ...
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Waiting after meat and milk

If someone eats a mixture of meat and milk, does he need to wait before eating more meat or milk?
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Are prayers only accepted when offered in a Synagogue?

I've always believed that "all prayers are accepted", at least if they're done correctly and with intention. But I was recently reading through Berachot 6a when I read the following: אין תפלה של ...