NOTE: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbinic) advice. Treat information from this site like it came from a crowd of your friends. // Jewish law. Specifically, the legal process beginning with the written Torah and continuing ...

learn more… | top users | synonyms (5)

2
votes
1answer
407 views

Is One Obligated to Honor Parents if it Involves a Loss of Income?

One is not obligated to pay for items in order to honor parents since the obligation is "mishel av" - from the parents assets. However, is a child obligated to service / nurse a parent if that ...
2
votes
0answers
25 views

Does the presence of a kallah in shul during the week after the wedding exmpt the minyan from saying Tachanun? [duplicate]

ArtScroll, among other Siddurim, lists in the instructions regarding Tachanun that the minyan does not recite it in the presence of a groom from the day of his wedding through the following week. It ...
6
votes
1answer
142 views

Does a wedding on Yom Yerushalayim exempt the couple from fasting?

I attended a wedding last Sunday, which was Yom Yerushalayim. The chattan and Kallah did not fast as they claimed that since it was a day when they did not say Tachanun, and they said Halel, it was ...
2
votes
1answer
135 views

Is it mandatory to eat before solar noon on Rosh Chodesh?

"A person should make sure to eat before the sixth hour on Shabbos, since it is forbidden to fast on Shabbos". --A column by Daniel Yaakov Travis, citing Talmud Yerushalmi, Taanis 3:11. During ...
1
vote
0answers
65 views

Waistcoats and Tzitzit

This answer notes that the Chayei Adam knew of (and approved of) French Jews who would wear tzitziot on their waistcoats. However, this section of the Wikipedia article shows that the waistcoats worn ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

How are we kings' children and why does it matter?

The mishna, Shabas 14:4 (daf 111 amud 1), cites R. Shim'on as stating that "all Jews are children of kings" (and therefore can use a certain oil on their skin on Shabas). In what sense is it the ...
6
votes
1answer
102 views

How to verify Jewish identity

I've seen a few questions related to this, but not the specific nature of the question: What are the standard requirements for verifying one's Jewish identity. Obviously, one's mother must be Jewish, ...
5
votes
1answer
295 views

Adjusting timers on Shabbat

Can one adjust a socket timer (picture below) on Shabbat to keep one's hotplate or lamp on for longer, etc?
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Why do people write G-d instead of God in writing and on digitial media? [duplicate]

I see many people here (and not just here) writing G-d. Aren't G-d's names sacred only in Hebrew, and even in Hebrew isn't it ok to write the names digitally (and have it displayed on a screen) and ...
8
votes
1answer
148 views

What tribe did someone belong to if they didn't have a Jewish father?

I'm asking about the cases of 1) converts with no Jewish lineage, or 2) children born to Jewish mothers and Gentile fathers. How is tribal identification for such a person and his descendants ...
-3
votes
1answer
96 views

Is a Jew required to be married? [duplicate]

Is there a halacha that says a Jew must get married? How serious is it? What if a Jew is not married and remains a bachelor all their life, having sex? Please support your answers from Tanach and ...
3
votes
1answer
69 views

Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
2
votes
1answer
161 views

Ask a gentile to do labor for himself?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. What about asking him to do m'lacha that we do not think will benefit a Jew? (I'm thinking for ...
2
votes
1answer
90 views

Which aspects of this case would Halacha mandate repentance/punishment for?

The secular trial of Rabbi Barry Freundel is now over, and a sentence has been passed by the DC Superior court. Looking at the uncontested facts of Rabbi Freundel's modus operandi (encouraging ...
7
votes
1answer
87 views

Shulchan Aruch split into 30 portions

Rav Yosef Karo writes in his introduction to the Shulchan Aruch: , בהיותו שגור בפיו ספר זה הבנוי לתלפיות, תל שהכל פונים בו, לחלקו לחלקים שלושים, ללמוד בו בכל יום חלק, ונמצא שבכל חודש הוא חוזר תלמודו, ...
2
votes
1answer
95 views

Do any various “orthodox” groups forbid marriage to other groups?

Out of the various "Orthodox" groups, i.e. Litvish, Chassidim, Sephardim, Yemenites, etc., do any of them forbid marriage to the other?
7
votes
2answers
394 views

Does one say a beracha on medication?

Does one say a beracha on medication? Does it matter whether it tastes nice or not? Is there a difference between pills and liquid medicine?
1
vote
0answers
128 views

Horse Racing in Halacha

I have been doing some reading and I see some pages which say that horse racing is frowned upon by halacha (but without sources) as running afoul of tza'ar ba'alei chayim (a comment here, and here, ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

Why does patrilineal descent determine who is royalty?

In the Jewish Virtual Library, I came across this: For tribal affiliation, priestly status and royalty, patrilineal descent determines membership. I'm specifically interested in the aspect of ...
2
votes
1answer
106 views

You're on a date in a park in the evening, what should you avoid to ensure the proper yichud rules are addressed?

Yichud prohibits seclusion between a man and woman who are unrelated (roughly). If a couple is on a shidduch and a park is the venue, what exactly makes the park problematic? If the park has at ...
4
votes
1answer
81 views

Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?

For the purpose of my question, assume that the modern casinos have games which, on average, favor the house. They don't win every spin of the roulette wheel, nor every throw of the dice, but the ...
4
votes
2answers
135 views

Is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to non-Jews

It is not a mitzva to try to convert non Jews but is there a mitzva to make known the truth of Judaism to the world (such as bringing rational proofs of the authenticity of Judaism)? After all, ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

Do you have to admit that you lied retroactively?

If someone asks you a personal question and you provide an answer. Upon further inspection you realize that you gave the wrong answer. Do you now have a halachic obligation to find the person and tell ...
1
vote
1answer
101 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
107 views

Staying up all night and suffering on Yom Tov

The Maharal in his commentary on the Haggada (Gevurot Hashem) explains the significance that the Tannaim were relating the story of the Exodus until they were informed by a student that it was time ...
2
votes
0answers
85 views

Intentionally mispronouncing lashon hakodesh in religious services

With regard to written texts, a Torah is invalidated if the same character is written for what should be distinct letters (e.g. כ and ב). However, with regard to the spoken language and people who are ...
1
vote
1answer
30 views

Atifa as creation of an ohel

Here's a question from a discussion over Shabbat. Boneh (building) is an a melachah of Shabbat, particularly any variant in which an ohel (tent) is erected. However, one of the common methods of ...
6
votes
0answers
57 views

Magazine subscription that doesn't cancel

Many magazines (in the United States, anyway) today find the main profitability is in having higher subscriber numbers to show advertisers and really don't care if the subscriber is paying. The main ...
2
votes
0answers
56 views

Is it permitted to listen to Prank phone calls

Prank phone calls very often transgress the prohibiton of "gneivat daat" misrepresenting and Onaat Devarim causing anguish (Mishpatei Hashalom page 89). Is it permitted as a listener to derive benefit ...
5
votes
1answer
64 views

Substitutes for “Today” in the omer count

Shulchan Aruch, OC 489:4 (in my own translation): Someone whose friend asks him during twilight "How many days of the [omer] count tonight?" should tell him "Yesterday was such-and-such". For if ...
1
vote
1answer
110 views

What to do if mother-in-law is singing at meal?

How should one act halachically if he invites not so observant female family members (specifically mother in law) at the shabbat table and they start singing.
3
votes
1answer
37 views

Issur Sefichin on Otzar Beis Din produce

The Sages were concerned that individuals would plant vegetables in the seventh year and claim that these had grown by themselves. They therefore forbade consumption of Shemitta vegetables where the ...
5
votes
1answer
378 views

Do I sit Shiva after my parents if I am converted to Judaism?

If the parents of a ger pass away, must the convert sit shiva for them? If so, is it preferable to sit shiva in the mourner's hometown or the parent's hometown?
2
votes
3answers
349 views

Fish and meat for a convert

i have heard many times the principle of "nishtane hateva" applied to things that have medically or physically have changed from the time of the talmud many years ago. does this apply to seperating ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Is cursing allowed in Judaism? [duplicate]

Klala is translated as curse, but that means when one curses someone to die or curses God or his parents, hamekalel aviv v'imo mot yumat. but would that imply that cursing vulgarities is permitted? ...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

Bishul Akum and Scrambled Eggs

Does bishul akum apply to scrambled eggs? Maybe it's not oleh al shulkhan melekh. Looking for sources, preferably Sephardic.
7
votes
1answer
234 views

Why does one have to put on Tefillin every day?

Technically, one should wear Tefillin all day. We don't, since we can't keep ourselves clean the whole day. But we still put it on once a day during Shacharis, since we can presumably keep ourselves ...
3
votes
0answers
49 views

Can a tour guide for Christian groups cite Christian verses as part of his job?

Someone I know (Jewish, of course ;-) is a tour guide in Israel. He specializes in guiding Christian Pilgrim groups. They visit primarily Christian sites. Usually, as part of explaining a tourist ...
5
votes
4answers
110 views

Mirror for Teffilin

Is it enough to use my fingers to figure out if the teffilin is between my eyes, or am I halachically required to use a mirror in order to ensure that it is? I faintly remember a sugya in Ketuvot ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Is it mutar to receive ordination from the Universal Life Church?

According to Wikipedia, the Universal Life Church is a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a ULC minister free of charge. The organization states that ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Teffilin at night after having been sick

If I was sick all day and was unable to put on Teffilin during the day, may I put it on at night to make up for the day I missed? If I remember correctly, the Mishna Berurah says that if one will not ...
7
votes
0answers
196 views

Halachic Justifications for the Amshinover Rebbe

The current Amshinover Rebbe in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem is known in the Jewish world as a man of great piety and for his great knowledge in Torah. He is also known to keep very different "Zmanim"- ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

Can someone keep something he borrowed from an owner or place that no longer exists?

Let's say, while cleaning house clutter, someone discovered an old library book (borrowed, say 35 years ago) from a library that no longer exists. Can he keep the book? Assume that there are no heirs ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Are bobby pins considered “Bigdei Isha”?

While the title of this question sounds like purim-torah-in-jest, this is not my intent. A Shabbat guest told me then when he was in a yeshiva high school about 20 years ago, the rosh yeshiva ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Surrogate mother

If a fetus has been formed in a mother and then deposited in a surrogate mother, who is considered the mother? In other words, does the mother's 'seed' make her the mother? The story of Yosef and ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

For most halachot that require a specific number of people present, do Siamese twins count as 2 people or as 1 person? [duplicate]

Let's say you have Siamese twins - two heads coming out of a single torso - one set of arms and one set of legs. Is this human considered as 2 people or one for purposes of: minyan counting ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

What is the order for putting on a tallis katan in the morning?

I heard that upon waking up, even before washing al netilas yadayim, you put on your tallis katan, then wash your hands, use the bathroom, wash hands again and then make an al netilas yadayim....and ...
1
vote
1answer
131 views

Is a woman forbidden to destroy her seed? [duplicate]

Halachikly is a lady forbidden to masturbate? I would like to know both when she is on her own aa well as during foreplay.
4
votes
0answers
80 views

Is one allowed to get a job where no minyan could be found?

If one lives in a Jewish community with access to synogogues, can one accept a job offer in a nearby city/location where there are no nearby synagogues to enable one to pray mincha with a minyan? ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

How do you decide how the aliyos should be arranged when there are not sufficient yisroelim in a minyan?

(This is a question based on an event. A shaaloh was asked. The object of the question is to examine the underlying reasons for the dinim in the situation.) A family minyan meeting once only on ...