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Can someone build a snowman on Shabbat?

Can one build a snowman on Shabbat? If not, what are the Issurim involved? Do the issues of Boneh, Molid, Muktza, Makeh Bapatish etc apply?
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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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What's the maximum allowed profit that I can make?

Is there a Halacha on how much profit can a person make on something? For example, assuming that market forces won't lower the price on a product (I'm a natural monopoly), can I have a 1000% markup?
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Eating at Home and Maarit Ayin

Short question: is maarit ayin (מראית עין) a problem when one is home alone? Long question: assuming that in-vitro meat is pareve, even if it is maarit ayin to eat it with milk in public, would it be ...
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What in a siddur can be changed?

There are many different editions of siddurim with many commonalities but also many differences, see here for discussion on MY. Also different communities use different siddurim to match their ...
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What is the downside to wearing techeiles?

There are many Compelling arguments to support Techelet, although it's not yet universally accepted. A friend of mine bought P'til Tekhelet Murex techeiles, and went to his rabbi (who I know and ...
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What happens if I wrap my tefillin before the earliest time to wrap tefillin? [closed]

The earliest time to wrap tefillin in my town is 6:14 (for the next little while), on Monday and Thursday we start at 6:15. Is it OK if I finish wrapping my tefillin before 6:14? Do I still get the ...
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What is considered having in mind for other food items for the same bracha category?

I don't know the exact source but all food items of the same category can be consumed after reciting a single bracha. For example, if you have in mind to eat/drink tea, fish and ice cream you can ...
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Proper course for one realizing he is eating something forbidden [duplicate]

Suppose one was eating a piece of chicken, and he finds out it was from a non slaughtered chicken. Does Halacha require him to try to throw up?
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What defines “hard cheese” [duplicate]

I grew up with the minhag that after "hard cheese", one must wait for 15 minutes before one may eat meat. However, the question often arises as to what qualifies as such in terms of halacha and ...
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Is judging others unfavorably a prohibition?

Is judging others unfavorably a prohibition? If so, what is the source for it? Also, do any of the sages offer any advice for overcoming judging other unfavorably?
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I have a Mezuzah on my door lintel, but am not Jewish. Am I breaking the law?

My father was Jewish. Sadly, my mother was not. I have always had an interest in my father's religion, even though he was non-practicing. I am very ignorant about anything more than general knowledge ...
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Why is the Haftorah of Acharei Mos Kedoshim Halo Bnei Kushiim?

Most of the time when we read two Parshas, the Haftorah is that of the second Parsha, except on Acharei Mos-Kedoshim (the source of the custom is from the Mordechai, Rama, Bach and Magen Avraham ...
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Is altering the tallit katan halachally ok?

Can somebody please explain the halacha of altering a tallis katan? If the garment is too wide but the length is good, is it OK to have it taken in? This is not a substitute for my rabbi's advice, ...
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What should you do if you washed and planned to have a meal with bread but realized that the bread went bad?

Say you had in mind to have a regular meal with bread. After washing and saying homotzi lechem min harataz and taking a bite of bread, you realize that the bread is bad. Now all you have left to eat ...
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Are Jews allowed to have hobbies?

According to the Shulchan Aruch (if I am not mistaken), every free hour that a man has should be spent in the study of the Torah. With that being the case, does that mean that anything "extra" such ...
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Yehi Ratzon's after Hagba on Monday & Thursday

On Monday and Thursday after Hagba on days that Tachnun is said, the Chazan says aloud a few Yehi Ratzon's immediately after Hagba was done while Gelila is still being done. Suppose the Chazan had ...
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What is Kishuf (“magic”)?

In order to avoid the prohibited, we must first know what it is. What is the halachic definition of Kishuf ("magic")? While I am mainly interested in sources, Svaras (reasonings) and thoughts are ...
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Repaying debts with micropayments?

I vaguely recall hearing once that our sages do not view with favor, and have a special name for, the situation where a debtor -- presumably one who can afford to repay his debt within the originally ...
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Do I make a bracha on smelling marijuana?

When we smell a nice plant, we make a blessing on it -- either בורא מיני בשמים, or בורא עשבי בשמים, depending on what kind of plant it is. (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 216) Ignoring, for the moment, ...
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Is a cochlear implant considered a chatzitza for tefillin shel rosh?

A cochlear implant is attached on the outside of the head as shown in this picture As you can see, there isn't much leeway to move the coil off the head into a different position as there is a ...
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Should I make a bracha on spice infused nasal spray?

My otolaryngologist (a.k.a. - ENT) uses a mint infused nasal spray to lubricate my nose. I once asked him to show me the spray bottle and the ingredients includes peppermint. Similarly, one of my ...
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Halachically, are tzedaka collectors allowed to interrupt davening to collect tzedaka? [duplicate]

Our shul sporadically gets people who come into the shul in the middle of the Shacharit minyan to ask for tzedaka. I think this is improper as it disrupts people's kavanah when they individually ...
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Changing location mid-way during Shemoneh Esrei?

In one of these hopefully rare events, I’ve found myself needing to daven Shemoneh Esrei in a hotel lobby. I tried finding a quite place, only to realise mid-way one of the workers telling me I was ...
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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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Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?

Related: What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics? This question was originally mentioned by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink in his Daf Yomi shiur (Shabbat 128). He was talking about tevel d'rabanan ...
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Halachos of a gastropub?

BSD Is it permitted to enter and drink at a gastropub (or restaurant/bar). Assuming the drinks (beer/whiskey) are kosher and this applies only in regards to someone who holds by the Shach (that one ...
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Holding the Torah (after Gelilah)

After hagbahah and gelila (in Ashkenazi schuls), the Torah must remain out until the proper point of return. In some schuls, I have seen special furniture to hold the Sefarim. In others, I have seen ...
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What bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Veggie straws are pretty popular food items, now. They're non-GMO, no trans-fat, and a whole bunch of other good stuffs. They're also certified kosher by the OU. What bracha should one snacking on ...
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Doctor recommends pacemaker. Does the patient have to listen?

Suppose a doctor recommends a patient receive a pacemaker, both improve the quality of life and extend the patients life. However, the patient has no interest in getting one. Does Halacha compel the ...
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is it permitted to make a snowman?

Is it permitted to make a snowman? Or is it considered constructing a graven image? Prompted by this: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/saudi-arabia-issues-fatwa---4967400
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What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics?

Hydroponics is a method of growing food (mainly vegetables) with their roots in water, not soil. Aeroponics is when it is grown in air, with the roots being sprayed. What bracha should be made on ...
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what is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?

Since tea and coffee are permitted before shacharit, is it safe to assume that all liquids are permitted? Otherwise why is it okay to add milk and sweeteners to the tea? Or is tea and coffee only ...
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What should one do with Shemittah produce?

What should one do with Shemittah produce he owns, outside of Israel?
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

Does electronic cigarette "juice" need to be kosher (require a hechsher)? Does it matter what flavor the juice is?
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Bracha on smelling thyme?

I'd like to know what bracha to say on smelling thyme. Does it have סימני אילן as described in the helachos of borei pri haeitz? Biur Halacha on 216:3, "עצי בשמים", concludes that it needs to have ...
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Tzitzis: does the same string need to be used for all windings?

While there are over a dozen customs as to how exactly one should tie tzitzis strings, all are in agreement (I think) that it involves winding one string around the others some number of times. I have ...
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Is one allowed to become a Talmid HaRambam?

There is a movement of people (including several MiYodeya users I've seen) who believe in following the teachings of the Rambam exclusively, basing their practical halachot off the Mishneh Torah, ...
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What Have Modern Posqim said about Nuclear Weapons?

I'm looking to find teshuvot from modern posqim that discuss the permissability of possessing and using nuclear weapons.
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What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers?

What Bracha acharona on .5 kezayit of grapes eaten together with .5 kezayit of mezonot crackers? Do you say al hamichya ve'al haetz or is it boreh nefashot since neither is a kezayit? Please provide ...
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Can an Orthodox Jew go to a reform burial?

Halachically speaking, Can an Orthodox Jew attend a reform or Conservative burial?
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Kashering enamel-ware

How does one kasher enamelware like Le Creuset (if it is at all possible)? Note: enamelware cooking implements are typically cast-iron with a glazed enamel covering most of the of the surface, except ...
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Reform/Liberal Burials

Is there a problem with the way Progressive Judaism carry out their burials according to Orthodox Jewry?
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Rising when saying Elokeinu in a zimmun [duplicate]

I have seen many people, among them talmidei chachamim, rise out of their seat when saying God's name (Elokeinu) during a zimmun of 10 people. Is there a source for this behavior?
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Waving at a security camera on Shabbat

Background: Walking past motion detector/sensor activated lights on Shabbat -- it's better to avoid setting of motion-activated lights on Shabbat. Unintentional closing and opening of electrical ...
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The “nu” clause

The accepted Halacha is that one should not interrupt with unnecessary speech between the blessing on washing hands and making Hamotzi. There are other situations where talking is prohibited or ...
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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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Jean Valjean and Halacha

Note: This question is assuming that the character in question were Jewish, rather than Catholic. It is merely using the situations as examples. In the musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, ...
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Skipping “Elokeinu” in zimmun

At seudah shlishis at shul, this week, the person leading the bentching (grace after meals) neglected to say the word "Elokeinu" (our God), in the invitation to bentch ("zimmun"), as is required when ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

It seems obvious to me that in general it’s better to keep more mitzvot rather than fewer, but wearing tzitzit seems like a special case. I’ve asked rabbis in my community about this, but I want to ...