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plastic utensil absorption and kashering

Does a plastic utensil swallow up taste and excrete it out like metal,or is it like glass. Also can plastic be kashered if it became treif? What are the sources that discuss this?
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What was Reb Moshe Feinstein's view on electricity use on Shabbos?

Did Rabbi Moshe Feinstein hold that the ban on electricity use on Shabbos (where no other issur results) is a biblical prohibition, a rabbinic prohibition, or just a minhag?
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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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Stealing from a non-Jew

I'm looking for the place in Mishneh Torah, I believe in Hilchot Avoda Zara V'Chukot Goyim, where it lists the prohibition on stealing ( genivah ) from a non-Jew, but I can't seem find it.
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Can one reduce his monetary tzedoko by work that he donates to a charity?

Can one reduce his monetary tzedoko by work that he donates to a charity? For example, someone was employed (for payment) by a charitable organisation. Then the organisation could no longer afford to ...
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Having Oneg Shabbos with a non-Jew?

I've heard some frum families not allowing non-Jews at the shabbos table for the Friday night meal, because oneg shabbos is specifically for Jews. Is there a source for this in any writings?
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Shinuy Makom in a parked car

If I make a blessing in my kitchen, I can continue to eat in another part of my house without a new blessing (Mishnah Berurah 178:12 and Be'ur Halacha there). Let's say I make a blessing in my ...
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Is flipping a coin following an omen?

If a person is deciding whether to do something and says "I'll flip a coin, heads I do it, tails I don't" does that fall under the prohibition of "don't divine with signs" in Vayikra 19?
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Wearing tzitzis to bed?

I know many frum people wear tzitzis to bed, but a while ago a fellow told me that you should wear the tzitzis that you're going to wear the next day, because of an obligation to wear the same set for ...
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What makes something a davar charif and is there a canonical list?

This question asks if Beer is a davar charif based on the hops being bitter. I was very surprised at the premise because charif means sharp, not bitter. I also vaguely recall seeing a list of 5 items ...
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Kibud Av Veim if parent(s) is an idolater

Suppose someone has a parent(or both) who, chas vshalom, became an idolater. Do their kids still have the obligation of Kibud Av Veim towards them?
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Is beer a davar charif?

I recently brewed beer in a meat non-Ben-Yomo pot. Is beer considered a davar charif rendering my beer impermissible to be consumed with dairy? Would it depend on how much hops were used? Are only ...
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Using cups to keep the beat during Shabbos Zemiros

I was watching the Macabeats D'ror Yikra where they use cups as instruments to keep the beat and enhance the way the song sounds. Obviously this was not filmed on Shabbos (Duh!) but I was curious if ...
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May one make oatmeal on Shabbos?

May one make oatmeal on Shabbos? It is easy to take care of the bishul problem by using a kli shlishi (according to Igros Moshe OC vol. 4 74:15 and others who hold that there is never bishul in a kli ...
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Does an incomplete oath count?

If someone makes a partial statement (while not intending to make a Shevua) is that considered a Shevua? For example, we learn in the Torah about swearing (even in Hashem's Name) (which clearly should ...
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Why doesn't Rav Saadia Gaon write about wearing tefillin even during prayer?

In the Siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon, he only mentions tephilin once, and even then is only talking about the bracha made when putting it on. No where does he say that when davening, you should be wearing ...
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contact solution on shabbat

I use a contact solution that is hydrogen peroxide based. That is, the solution is hydrogen peroxide. The solution is put into a special case with a platinum disc at the bottom. The disc acts a ...
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Borrowed an egg from my neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside

If one borrowed an egg from a neighbor, and found a bloodspot inside, do they have to repay the egg? Should you say that since the neighbor would also throw away the egg if they found a bloodspot then ...
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Name changed due to illness - Does this necessitate a new Kesuba?

A man or a lady were ill and a name was added to their previous name. Would there be a need to write a new Kesuba? Is the Halacha the same by a man who has an added name as by a woman who has an added ...
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Can I use a SodaStream with an indicator light on Shabbos?

I saw that I can use a SodaStream on Shabbos, but I have a specific question: Can I use a Sodastream on Shabbos if it has an LED indicator? If not, is there something I can do to it to make it usable ...
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Blowing into the wide end of the shofar

Assuming my lungs were sufficiently powerful, could I blow the shofar for a mitzva if I blew into the wide end? Related: Inhaling prayers?
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Is there such a thing as a Kaddish L'vatola?

In this answer there is a reference to a Kaddish that is better left unsaid as it is a Kaddish L'vatola. Kaddish does not seem to have anything in it which cannot be said in a vacuum. Is there any ...
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Mitzvot of the Land of Israel [duplicate]

Can someone post a concise list of the mitzvot that are applicable on in or to eretz yisrael today? Or a link to such a list? Wikipedia and others discuss all the ones that have ever existed, then ...
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Is kosher food cooked by an irreligious Jew Bishul Akum?

Assuming that one can ascertain that food cooked by an irreligious Jew is kosher, is the food still prohibited due to Bishul Akum? Does this also apply in a case of need, such as one visiting an ...
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Codifying in a variant-text based machlokes

The בית חדש in O.C. 168 writes the following: אלא דלהלכה ודאי במידי דתליא בגירסאות אזלינן לחומרא הכי והכי In something which is dependent on variant texts we are stringent in both directions. ...
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Washing before Davening - 1 or 3 times?

One must wash before each tefilah (S"A 92:4, 233:2). Do you need to wash 3 times before davening, or is 1 time sufficient?
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Orlah safek (doubt regarding status) in Israel

I purchased some fruits from a [Jewish] market in Israel a few days ago. It came to my attention now that I needed to look for a kosher certificate at the fruit stand I visited to ensure that the ...
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When is OK to repeat words or lines in prayer?

I have read several questions and answers on here regarding repeating words in prayer, but they do not answer why some common repetitions are allowable. Some examples: 1) During the Torah service, ...
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Is one permitted to study other religions?

Is one allowed to study other religions? If not, how is one supposed to know that Judaism is correct? If yes, is such study encouraged?
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Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?

I have learned that punishments in the Torah often (always?) have a rehabilitative aspect to them as well as providing justice to the victim, e.g. someone who steals and can't pay back the value of ...
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When should one cut his nails for Shabbos when Friday is Rosh Chodesh

In the answer to Rules for Cutting Nails it quotes the Mishna Berura 260:6 that one should not cut their nails on Thursday. Mishna Berura explains that by cutting them on Thursday they will begin to ...
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Chazan praying for the sick in Refainu

In most Sidurim there is a Yehi Ratzon at the bottom of Refaeinu that one can add in to pray for one who is sick. I have never heard a Chazzan say it during the Chazaras Hashatz. Suppose a Chazan ...
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Can halacha change based on scientific research?

Shabbat 39a says: "With regard to heating food in the sun itself, everyone agreed that one is permitted to place food in the sun to heat it, as it is certainly neither fire nor a typical form of ...
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Standing for someone who's turned seventy

Must one stand up for someone who turned seventy years old since he is now a "saivo"? Does another person who is also over seventy have to stand up for him? Does the gender of either party matter?
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Is there an actual mitzvah for women to dress tzanua in and of itself?

Is there an actual mitzvah for women to dress tzanua in and of itself? Or is it simply helping out a man's mitzvah of not looking at ervah when learning/saying brachas, and not being led to forbidden ...
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When to take three steps forward

Before beginning Shemoneh Esrei, one takes three steps forward. Should they be taken after the kaddish beforehand is completed, to avoid being mafsik with the Amen? Or should you begin the steps while ...
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Is it wrong to wear a necklace of a magen david?

Is it wrong to wear a necklace of a magen david (star of David)? Would that be idolatry? And what if I kiss it? Will it then be idolatry?
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May one host irreligious guests on yom tov?

Although it is permissible to cook on Yom Tov, this heter is limited to cooking for other Jews. Because of this prohibition, Chazal were concerned that if one had non Jews as guests, he would cook ...
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Status of an elderly pet on Shabbos/Yom Tov

My dog passed away just short of her 19th birthday, which is very geriatric in dog terms. I believe she would have been the equivalent age of a human in their 100s. She was blind, deaf and arthritic, ...
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Is one obligated to filter his internet?

Is there any halachic basis for requiring one to filter his internet? Does this fall under the category of "Ikah Darka Achrena Rasha Hu"? If a man is obligated to install a filter, does a woman have ...
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May one wrap tefillin shel yad over one's wedding ring? [duplicate]

I have read that one should not have any material between one's tefillin shel yad and one's arm (e.g. bracelets, wristwatches). I always wear a wedding ring on the fourth finger of my left hand. I was ...
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Should someone who isn't 100% certain of God's existence be considered a kofer?

I was told by two respected Roshai Yeshiva that one who isn't certain of God's existence (an agnostic) is not deemed to be a kofer (denier of His existence) as long as he thinks that His existence is ...
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Is one permitted to watch tv or movies with immodest women?

Is a man permitted to watch tv or movies that feature immodestly dressed women? Assuming one will not have improper thoughts, is it prohibited to look at an immodestly dressed woman on a screen? Are ...
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Can one listen to Christian songs? [duplicate]

Is it permissible to listen to Christian songs (for example: Pierpont's "Jingle Bells" Schubert's "Ave Maria" and secret garden's "You Raise Me Up"? ) Is it permissible to sing them? Is it permissible ...
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Halacha for a lending library dealing with publishers' stipulations

I operate a free book-lending library which is funded by donations of money and of books. Somebody donated some books to the library that state inside that it is not permissible for libraries to lend ...
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Does repentance remove effects of prior sexual assault?

Within the Laws of marriage in the Religious world, if someone was to be sexually abused or assaulted, however has done and experience properly the 5 stages of appropriate and acceptable Teshuvah does ...
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Pekuach nefesh by causing mortal injury in a non-rodef

A beam is going to fall on top of two people. When it does so, its weight will be distributed evenly over their two heads, injuring both but not killing either. Had that weight been distributed over ...
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How long does a Bracha last for if I'm moving around in a building?

I work in a school with quite a large building. I have my own office, but I spend a lot of time out of it, checking the building, going into classrooms etc. If I make a Bracha on food and then leave ...
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Can you make a beracha during hiccups?

If one has hiccups, and needs to make a beracha, is it a problem? There are high chances that some words will be split and mispronounced...
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Can Jews standing naval watches take their shabbat in shifts?

Suppose you have an major naval ship (aircraft carrier or nuclear sub) with a small complement of Jews on board. They're divided by the executive officer to stand watches, same as the rest of the ...