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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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Washing Hands post Funeral

What is the proper way to wash after a Funeral or a visit to the Cemetery?
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Child and Lights on Shabbos

Can you put a Child who is not Yet old enough to understand (Lo Higyah Lichinuch) Shabbos in front of a Light switch in order that they turn it off or on and is there a difference between the two ...
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Bananagrams on Shabbos

Is there a problem with playing Bananagrams on Shabbos because of Borer or any other reason?
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Davening on Plane Zmanim

How do you know when to daven Shachris on a plane?
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Mitzvot for ketanim?

Are there any mitzvot that kids under bar/bat mitzvah are obligated to keep? (not including for "educational purposes")
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Lady drinking Havdalah wine

Many times I have heard that a lady should not drink the wine from Havdalah as it will make her grow a beard. If a lady drank from the Havdalah wine will she really grow a beard? Is there a source ...
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Asara B'Teveis on a Friday

This year Asara B'Teveis came out on a Friday. Suppose you would Daven Mincha before Plag and Kaballas Shabbos right after Plag and come home when it is still light outside, would you be allowed to ...
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Making the Kohen's Gesture

Is it forbidden for a non-Kohen to form the hand formation that Kohanim use during their priestly blessings?
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Sefardic Boy Dorming on Chanukah

A boy of Sefardic descent who is in the Dorm of a Yeshiva, does he light himself or does he rely on his parents lighting? Is there a machlokes among the Sefardic Poskim themselves of what to do? ...
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Why do we say the complete Hallel on Chanuka?

On Rosh Chodesh and after the first days of Pesach we say Chatzi Hallel. Why on Chanuka do we say Hallel Shaleim?
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Burden of proof for birkas “she'Asa nisim”?

The הלכה is brought down in Shulchan Aruch et al. that one who sees lit Chanuka lights and has not lit his own should say the ברכה of שעשה נסים לאבותנו. Could he say this ברכה on a נר that was lit ...
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Just one b'racha on Chanuka lights?

There is a possible scenario in which one recites only the b'racha of she'Asa nisim on neros Chanuka without the b'racha of l'hadlik ner. Does the opposite scenario exist, in which one says only ...
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Half hour @ the Chanuka candles

Is the half hour that you are supposed to make sure the candles are lit Shaa Zemanios or exactly thirty minutes?
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Motzei Shabbos Chanuka

You go away to your family / friends for Shabbos Chanuka. You are returning home Motzei Shabbos. Should you light Chanuka candles at your host or return home and light your Chanuka candles?
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History of Capital Punishment

When is the most recent documented occurrence in Jewish history of a beit din carrying out the death penalty? Or if historical documentation is lacking, when is the most recent time in Jewish history ...
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Tefillin or Tzitzis

If one has enough money to buy Tzitzis or Tefillin and not both, which one should he buy? I heard Rabbi Akiva Aiger talks about it.
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Riddle: Which fast do people fast on different days? [closed]

There is a fast that according to a clear Halacha in Mishna Berura - some people would fast on one day and others would have to fast on the following day. Which fast is this?
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Are you allowed to make ice cream on shabbos?

Let's assume the steps are: Mix milk, cream, sugar, flavoring (all cold). Put in a container. Mix ice and salt in a bigger container, then put previous container into this one. Shake everything for ...
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Paying a Shadchan

The Minhag in Klal Yisroel is to pay a Shadchan for introducing husband and wife. #1 - What is considered the norm to pay a Shadchan? #2 - Suppose a Shidduch breaks does the Shadchan have to return ...
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Ba'al HaBayis accepting Shabbos early

What is the halachic implication when the Ba'al HaBayis ("Man of the House"), as an individual and not the entire community, accepts Shabbos (Sabbath) early? Are his wife and children automatically ...
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Byomo Titein Schoro - paying workers on time

You have a plumber, electrician, babysitter, etc. doing a job for you. There is a Mitzva of "Byomo Titein Schoro" paying in the same day. If you pay by check is it considered "Byomo Titein Schoro"?
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Intentional Shilu'ach Hakan

Can one fairly be judged as a "bad person" or a naval bir'shus haTorah (see bottom) if he actively seeks out opportunities for shilu'ach hakan gratuitously (i.e. does not make use of the young birds)? ...
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Mi.ShAino.Yodeya [closed]

Which halachah [hint:Choshen Mishpat] applies to "mi sh'aino yodeya"? (I ran across this last night researching another question)
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What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?

What do I need to make a Jewish wedding?
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Tortilla in halachah?

Is a Tortillah considered lechem (bread), pas habab'knisin (cake/cracker/pie which assumes the status of bread AIUI when one "makes it a seudah"), or is it a stam mezunos? I haven't seen it explicitly ...
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The 7 Noachide Laws

What are the 7 Noachide Laws? And where do we know them from?
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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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Ma'aseh Rav-the Rabbi did such and such

Often times in the course of halachic discussions it will be related that a certain Rav did such and such. When do such accounts have halachic significance? How do we safeguard against ...
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Secular Concerts in a Shul?

Here's a softball. :) Does the Seridei Eish, HaRav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg zt"l permit the performance of a secular concert in a synagogue?
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What makes something “chukat goyim?”

One of the most famous examples I have heard is that one should not even tie one's shoes like the non-Jews do in times of persecution. That seems rather excessive. What if the Jews started doing some ...
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Sign Language During Davening

Would one be allowed to use fingerspelling to communicate during pesukei d'zimrah (or other parts of davening where one is not allowed to talk)? Would it make any difference if one was ...
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Pesach Sheini and Karet

On a related question Jeremy noted that the punishment for failing to observe the positive command of bringing a Korban Pesach is Karet, spiritual excision. If one did not bring the Korban Pesach on ...
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Mikvah erev Yom kippur

Do you have an obligation to go to the mikvah erev Yom Kippur.
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Shiluach HaKen and a possibly Tahor bird

Shuchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292:1 rules that the commandment of shiluach haken applies only to birds which are tahor, a kosher species. The meforshim explain that the Torah say tzipor which only refers ...
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Giving away coupon to non-kosher restraurant

Can a "kosher eating only" Jew who receives a coupon for a free meal at a non-kosher restraurant give that coupon to another jew, even if they don't keep kosher? I know you are not making them go and ...
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Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?

People get these nice Israeli silver gifts like kiddush cups or fountains -- do they need to be dunked in the mikva?
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Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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When do you place the Mezuzah?

Possible Duplicate: Mezzuzahs- putting them up, and saying brachot… When do you place the Mezuzah? 30 days after beginning rental or moving in?
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Starting Shabbat early during the summer

Is there an earliest time one may begin Shabbat during the summer months? We were traveling south and stopped at a Jewish community for Shabbat. The Shul there davened Mincha friday at 6:10, then ...
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Prayer for when you are traveling

We will be taking a long trip by car that will be spread out over three days with a break for Shabbat in the middle. What is the halacha for saying Tefilat HaDerech (Prayer for the traveler)? is it ...
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Doctors working on Shabbat

What are some general guidelines regarding the halakhic permissibility for Jewish doctors to work on Shabbat? I know that saving lives generally overrides Shabbat, but I am curious about less ...
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What if a specific avoda zara looks just like avodas Hashem?

Let us assume there is at least one conventional way to serve any given false deity. Let us also assume that there is a prohibition against serving false deities in the manner that they are ...
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Does a cholent bag/aluminum foil take away the need to tovel the pot?

If no food touches it, does it need to be toveled (immersed in mikvah)?
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Should you say hallel on Yom Ha'atzmaut? [closed]

Is it proper to say hallel on Yom Ha'atzmaut? I know that its the day that state of Israel was created but was it good for the Jews? since the state was created, the people in charge of education are ...
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Chanukiah location

What it the ideal place to put a chanukiah for lighting? Is it better to put it in the window, outside or inside? Does it depend on where you live?