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sifrai halacha on gittin

Most botai din today are mainly involved with gittin. That is something one has to use them for. How do they go about learning it. Which sefer do they mainly use. I am mainly looking for some modern ...
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laws of saying shema and aleynu with the tzibbur

I remember learning that you should say shema and aleynu together with the tzibur. If you're a little behind, do you stop what you're saying and say shema or do you catch up and say it when you're ...
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Stam wine bitul in 1/6?

What's the source (either from the gemara or rishonim) for allowing stam wine to be batel in 1/6 mixture? Does this apply if you can still taste the wine?
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Can vegetables/fruit be uncheckable?

There are differences in 'bug checking strategies' for different countries due to differences in bugs, pesticides, harvesting and packaging techniques (etc.). In Israel, I have recently encountered ...
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Laws pertaining to dress for men during fitness activities

What are the rules pertaining to a male doing a physical activity: If the kipa keeps falling off, is it necessary to wear it? What about modesty? If in the comfort of your own home, can you go ...
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Counting Omer - yesterday was the day before today

If someone asks me which night of the Omer it is tonight, and I answer by telling them that last night was the night before the 5th night (on the 5th night), can I still count with a blessing? ...
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If you have trouble fulfilling a promise

If you promised to give a $500. a month to a given charity as long as you had the money, and later your expenses go up such that the only way to give the money to the charity is to not feed your ...
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Amirat goy on Shabbat in regards to electricity

Since many poskim hold that not using electricty on Shabbat is just a Minhag (Rav SZ. Aurbech), would they hold that it is 100% ok to ask a non-Jew to do things with electricity for you?
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Bedikat chametz when changing locations on Erev Pesach

Suppose someone is going to be staying somewhere for Pesach (say a hotel), but he will be going there during the day on the 14th of Nisan. When and where should he do bedikat chametz? Presumably, he ...
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Why do you have to kasher kitchen counters for Pesach?

If you don't use your countertops for either kli rishon or sheine, why do some require them to be kashered for Pesach?
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Is it a sin to read parsha commentaries during leining?

I understand that one is supposed to follow along with the communal Torah reading in Hebrew. But is this actually a requirement, as opposed to just a good thing to do? Another way of asking the same ...
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Days you shouldn't visit a cemetery

Someone told me you shouldn't visit a cemetery on Friday. Is this correct? More generally, are there any other days (holidays, events, etc) that you shouldn't go to a cemetery?
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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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Why is it called “safek berachos lehakel” to make a more inclusive beracha?

If one is unsure which blessing a food gets, you make the more inclusive blessing, defaulting to the most inclusive she'hakol if nothing else is inclusive enough to cover all of your bases (Shulchan ...
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Required to check the Arba Minim before the mitzvah?

In Hilchos Tzitzis (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim) Siman 8 Sif 9 the Machaber writes that one must check the tzitzis before making a bracha in order to be sure they are kosher so his bracha shouldn't be ...
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Do the strings for tzitizit need to be made lishma?

My weekday tallit is in need of new tzitziot as I am unsure how long they will last before becoming passul. I know that techeilet need to be made from a dye for which a minhag exists, but do the ...
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Where is the source that the cup we dip our finger in during the seder is known as the kos shel paraniut?

Where is the source that the cup we dip our finger into during the seder and extract several drops of wine is known as the kos shel paraniut (cup of punishment)? I recall this concept being referred ...
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Does a Talmudic dictionary have kedusha?

May one place a Talmudic dictionary like the Otzar Rashei Teivos on top of other holy sefarim? I had always assumed that it has the status of a sefer, but others have expressed doubts on this issue.
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When is there a heter to use a condom?

When, if ever, is there a heter for a married couple to use a condom as a form of birth control? Question was inspired by this article
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Being yotzee a bracha while only having intention from the middle?

Someone was making havdallah and another person was there who decided to not have kavana (intention) to fufill their obligation of the aish (fire) part of havdallah with that person. In the middle of ...
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Baal T'acher today - based on Rosh Hashana 4

Rosh Hashana 4a & Rosh Hashana 4b mentions a whole list of items that one does the sin of Baal T'acher. There is a dispute as to when this prohibition takes effect, ranging from the first festival ...
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What can make a shofar non-kosher?

I had always assumed that any shofar made from a ram's horn is kosher without further investigation, but this question asks about validating the kashrut of a shofar, including this: It seems that ...
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Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals?

Can a Jew join Christians in saying grace before meals? I'm asking about any text, from the religious texts here to "This food smells good". Also does whether Jesus is invoked make a difference? ...
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Do you have a say in the order of the food you eat?

As a kid I learned that if you have foods with different brachos in front of you, you should make the bracha on the more important food first, like say mezonos over haetz. My question is how far do we ...
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Not eating before Tisha B'Av — Better to eat after Shkiah but before nightfall or wait until Tisha B'Av

Someone for whatever reason was not able to eat Erev Tisha B'Av. It came shkia (sunset) and finally he was able to find time or the ability to eat. Is it better for him to eat then during Bein ...
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Safek Deorayta and the Meiri

The Meiri Berachot 21 (Peri Hadash, Keneset HaGedola and others) writes that in a case of Safek Deorayta Lehumra where one isn't certain after performing the action that he has fulfulled his ...
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Why was Rabbi Moshe Feinstein skeptical about allowing lift and cut shavers?

From Koshershaver.org It is important to mention that Rav Moshe Feinstein was very skeptical about permitting the use of a lift and cut shaver when it was first shown to him in his later years. ...
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Near a bad smell, one might want to do Sh'ma, the Amidah, blessings, study, or think Torah. Is halacha equally strict about all five acts?

"Just as one separates oneself from excreta, urine, a foul odor, a corpse and the sight of nakedness for Kri'at Shema, so too, he should separate himself for Shemoneh Esreh". —Rambam. Hilchos ...
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When is kedusha “over”?

As an extension of this question: When I daven and am still davening when the shaliach tzibbur repeats shmoneh esrei, I know I am supposed to stand quietly during kedusha and continue with my ...
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Internet-advertising on Shabat (by and for Jews)

Others here have raised the general questions of whether or not various forms of Internet-presence (belonging to a Jew) can remain open on Shabat: blogs/websites, in general e-commerce sites, in ...
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May I play a computer game which includes Greek mythological creatures?

I sometimes play a computer role-playing game (RPG) in which my character fights creatures and retrieves treasure. But some of the creatures are derived from Greek mythology. Is it still permissible ...
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Borer on Shabbos — Spilling food from a spoon with 2 foods on it

Is the following case a problem of "borer" (separating) on Shabbos? We know there can be "borer" even when dealing with two edible foods, one food that a person does want to eat and the other that ...
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Why don't we count sefirah without shem u'malkhut

Our current practice is that if you forget to count one day of the omer (morning and night), it is still incumbent upon you to count, but you can't say a bracha. As far as I understand, the reason ...
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Shoe-tying order when tying another's shoes

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 2:4–5: ינעול מנעל ימין תחילה ולא יקשרנו ואחר כך ינעול של שמאל ויקשרנו ויחזור ויקשור של ימין One should don his right shoe first but not tie it, then don his ...
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Seeing dam due to relations and the halachos of vests

If a woman was a "ro'eh machmis tashmish" (she saw blood after having relations), does the day that it happened go into the account of her "vestes" (the days that she will have to be concerned she may ...
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Is it permitted for a minyan to daven outdoors?

The weather in New York is beautiful recently. It crossed my mind to daven outside in the glory of HaShem's beautiful Creation. Is it permissible to daven outdoors?
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'Kavannah' of Shem Havayeh in the first line of Kriat Shma

The requirement when saying the name 'Havayeh' to have in mind both the meaning of 'adon ha-kol' and 'hayah hoveh ve-yihyhe' takes me some time: longer than almost anybody I see in shul taking to ...
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paskening in front of Rebbi who is your father inlaw

It is assur to pasken (rule on a halachic matter) in front of one's Rebbe (Eiruvin 63). If one's father-in-law is his Rebbe and his wife asks him (her husband) a halachic question in front of her ...
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Receiving someone else's chametz mail

Yesterday, I heard the door open and close. I went over and discovered that the mailman had delivered the mail. A magazine (which I looked forward to reading), some envelopes and a small package. I ...
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Should a Rabbi apologize for a comment that could be misunderstood?

If a prominent Rabbi (meaning someone who heads a community or institution, not just anyone who has semicha) makes a statement that is technically halachically correct/acceptable but is easily ...
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What is the appropriate method for transporting a Torah scroll?

Is there a best practice for transporting a Torah scroll from one building, or one city, to another?
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What level of obligation is of kriat shema al hamita?

What is the level of obligation for krias shema al hamita (the recitation of Shema before going to bed)? Is it a mitzvah deoraisa, mitzvah derabanan, is it a minhag avoseinu byadeinu? Maybe it's ...
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Can a Jew sell a sefer Torah to a non-Jew? Why or why not?

A question was raised whether a non-Jew can run a Judaica store. My thought on that was it depended on what types of judaica he sold. I doubted that a sofer would sell him mezuzah parchments, ...
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Typing on Shabbos

If one would type on a computer on Shabbos would he be ovar an issur d'oraisa in regards to the malacha of writing? (The other malachos involved aside for a moment.) Is there any room to say this ...
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Status of plastic drip coffee filter cone

What would be the status of the coffee maker cone shown below if it were to be used to make a cup of coffee in a dairy mug? Would it become dairy? Would it remain parve? Here's how it works. It ...
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Torah learning any time of the day

Can I wake up at any time of night/early morning, say birchat haTorah, and begin to learn? Is there any time of night/early morning I cannot do this? Is there ever a time in which learning Torah ...
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Being a fan of a Non-Jewish sports figure?

Is it a problem for a Jewish person to be a fan of a non-Jewish sports figure? Since there is an issur of "lo sechonem" -- not to praise a gentile for his prowess or other attributes? (I suppose ...
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Saying HaKel HaKodesh (when must say “HaMelech”) and not going back to beginning of tefillah

When a person says "HaKel HaKodesh" instead of "HaMelech HaKodesh" during Eseres Yamei Teshuva the halacha is they must go back to the beginning of the tefillah and start over again. What would be ...
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Does there have to be a poor needy intended recipient at the time of the donation in order to be considered Tzedakah?

I was reading this excellent post about tzedakah and it seems that after a person is mafrish (designates monies as) tzedakah and the recipient disappears, he can give it to someone else. That made me ...
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Can I make a condition that any money I think to donate to Tzedakah is an invalid donation until I actually give it?

Is it possible to make a Tenai [condition] that any money I think to donate to Tzedakah is an invalid donation until I actually give it? I would want to do this because a Meshulach [collector] may ...