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Holidays south of the equator

When Jews first started establishing communities south of the equator, they must have noticed that the holidays fell completely at the wrong times of the year. (For example, Pesach, referred to as hag ...
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What constitutes “sending” Manot?

On Purim, I will drive around and deliver my mishloach manot. However, if a person is not home, I might leave the package at his door. If he doesn't arrive until days later, have I still satisfied my ...
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Essential requirements of Jewish conversion

What are the essential requirements of conversion to Judaism, such that if one of these requirements is not fulfilled the conversion is invalid?
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Could a Jew join Medishare?

Medishare is a healthcare sharing program designed for Christians. Is there any reason a Jew wouldn't be able to join such a program? As far as I understand it, the program works in such a way that ...
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What happens if a new chazaka of a veset kavua appears to have occurred while an old chazaka was still in place?

Suppose a woman notices a somewhat complicated veset kavua (in particular, perhaps one that doesn't apply every month). For example, say that she notices that she began to menstruate on 8 Kislev every ...
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Can women on birthcontrol delay their period in order to avoid being nidda? [duplicate]

Stretching the cycle does not pose health risk for up to 42 days according to medical sources. Reasons for prolonging is based on husbands work schedule and vacation planning.
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Stadium during Sefirah

Are you allowed to go to a stadium (e.g. soccer, basketball, baseball) during Sefirah? I know that you are not allowed to listen to live music or go to plays or things of that sort, but I am unsure ...
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Can one trust the Kashrut of Alcoholic Beverages in bars?

Kosher organizations, like the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council), supply lists of alcohol recommended for purchase and consumption. May one purchase these alcoholic beverages from a bar (where the ...
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May one hold together a tallis with materials that cannot themselves form a tallis?

Can someone use material to hold together a tallis (e.g safety pin etc.) that cannot itself make a kosher tallis?
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Are Jews allowed to use the expression “fingers crossed”?

Not to worship idols is one of the 10 commandments; according to a quick Google search "finger crossed" originates from either the Christian cross or other superstitious beliefs. Does this mean that ...
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Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default?

I was given extra virgin olive oil as a gift from Italy (picture below), and I wanted to see if that type of olive oil is treated like fruits and vegetables, or does it needs to have certification on ...
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Does ordering shaloch manos before Purim fulfill the mitzvah?

I am wondering whether ordering shaloch manos for someone online actually fulfills the mitzvah of mishloach manos. This page says: To fulfill the mitzvah of Mishloach Manot, one must send it ...
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Is it ok to release seed outside of intercourse by one's wife? [duplicate]

Is a married male allowed to finish outside of intercourse by his wife who is ritually pure. In other words, is the only kosher form of intimacy considered releasing seed while inside of one's wife? ...
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Laws of Belief in G-d

Does anyone know of a sefer or other halachic source that deals with the halachot of what one must believe about G-d? e.g., obviously Jews are required to believe G-d exists, and that He is the only ...
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Brachos on the amount of pizza one doesn't wash for?

Assuming one is eating let pizza than required to wash, what are the bracha rishona and the bracha achrona?
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Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah?

Active women in my shul are demanding the right to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah, behind the mechitza. They are saying that it is not something forbidden, and that it is religiously healthy. ...
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Kashrut of Chocolate

There is a halachic principle which states that food that would not be consumed by a dog is not halachically food. Since chocolate is toxic to dogs, do we actually need to worry about its hashgacha?
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Placing Tefillin on the floor

I've been taught since little that one can't place a pair of Tefillins on the floor, and that one must carefully avoid not dropping them. But what is considered being on the floor? For example, can I ...
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Is it permissible to travel to a 'dangerous' place, if so, what is the shiur?

There is a mitzvah to guard your soul diligently. I am pretty sure this is applied to guarding your physical body from injury. My question is, may one travel to a place that others may consider ...
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If one hears the Megillah read from a non-scroll version, has he completed the mitzvah?

If one hears the Megillah read from a chumash or the like, is he yotze the mitzvah b'dieved?
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בא במחתרת,‎ לפקח עליו את הגל and חזקה שהורעה

A בא במחתרת (one who tunnels into someone else's domain) assuming he is not the father of the homeowner has a חזקה (status) of אין לו דמים ("has no blood" = can be killed by anyone). What happens ...
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Are women explicitly forbidden from handling and reading the Torah?

I am interested to know, despite the "political agendas" involved, if the "women of the wall" are in breach of halacha and if so, which one(s). As a part of that, I ask: Are women explicitly forbidden ...
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An obligation to intervene?

I was posed a hypothetical question about medical ethics today. I am not looking for a psak as much as for sources on the discussion about halachic responsibility. Case 1: You are personally told by ...
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Questions about why is wife denied access to her own property? [closed]

Under Jewish law, Wife is not allowed to manage fruit or sell any property without husband's consent. Husband inherits his deceased wife but not vice versa. But Torah doesn't prohibit married women to ...
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How long are brachot applicable to a given food?

If I start, say, drinking a bottled drink or eating chips from a bag, then later (in the day, in the week) continue to eat from it, do I need to make a new brocha? If so, how long can the pause be ...
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How can two contradictory ideas exist in Matzah?

מצה embodies two ideas: poor man’s bread (slavery) and free man’s bread (the bread that was made in haste when they left Egypt). These ideas seem to contradict one another; how can they both exist in ...
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What is the minimum shiur for Shulchan Orekh?

It has been mentioned that abbreviating shulchan orekh at the seder can be a practical way of keeping the seder from going too late. I have also heard rabbis--when asked for leniencies in the amount ...
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Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat?

Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat? Would this be lifnei iver (placing an obstacle in front of a fellow Jew) in encouraging non-shabbat observant Jews to ...
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Yichud at night, if both of the woman's parents are home

Is it permissible for a man to be at a woman's home at night if both of her parents are at home, but sleeping? What if they are awake?
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Boundaries of lifnei iver for violation of Halakha

Shalom. The following question here was triggered by a question on Pro Webmasters for shutting down a website on Sabbath. Before asking, I would like to clarify some things beforehand: I am neither a ...
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Are “dream catchers” considered to be avodah zarah?

Are "dream catchers" considered to be avodah zarah? Dreamcatcher: a small hoop containing a horsehair mesh, or a similar construction of string or yarn, decorated with feathers and beads, believed to ...
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Can men dress in tank tops? [duplicate]

Are men allowed to wear tank tops in public? If not, what are the specific laws of tzniut that men are bound by (with regard to dress)?
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When and how was the Shulchan Aruch accepted

After the Shulchan Aruch was put together by the Beis Yosef and then following that with the glosses of the Rema, when did this sefer became "accepted" as the basis for deciding halachic matters in ...
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Sources permitting converting tefillin from one shitta to another

Over Shabbat, I had a discussion on the subject of switching tefillin between shittot, which resulted in me asking the MIT Chabad rabbi whether switching a pair of Rashi tefillin to Rabbeinu Tam was ...
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Kohen flying over a cemetery?

Is there a problem with a kohen flying in an airplane that may fly over a Jewish cemetery? If so, how can a kohen be sure that a flight does not go over a Jewish cemetery?
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Is there a standard format for the start of each column in writing Sifrei Torah?

When I looked at a few Tikunei Lakor'im, they seem to follow what appears to be a standard where certain words begin at the top of a column. I did see several Sifrei Torah that seem to follow this ...
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Could a Torah Scroll Be Writtin in Ktav Ivri (Paleo Hebrew)?

The Talmud (ibid) brings different opinions about the origin of the two in regards to how was the Torah initially written. It is agreed by all that the language has remained the same, Hebrew ...
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Touching the water in the washing cup before Netilat Yadayim

If one, while getting ready to perform Netilat Yadayim, accidentally touches the water in the washing cup, is one still allowed to use that water for Netilat Yadayim, or does that person need to fill ...
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What are the mitzvot that a gentile is forbidden to do?

I know that some mitzvot like keeping shabbat, putting tefillin are forbidden for a gentile to do because they are a sign of the covenant between Israel and HaShem. What are the full list of the ...
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Source of custom of putting on head tefillin before completely winding yad tefillin?

When reading an Egyptian halachic work I noticed that it mentioned two customs for wrapping tefillin. The more general custom was to wrap the tefillin shel yad but leave it incomplete, put on the shel ...
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Can Jews be rulers of countries other than Israel?

With the current political mayhem in the US, an interesting question regarding whether a Jew is halachically permitted to accept rulership of a country other than that of Eretz Yisrael has arisen. So ...
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Sitting when holding a Sefer Torah during Torah Reading

When there are two Sifrei Torah taken out on a particular Shabbas, the tradition in many shuls is to have the second safer Torah be held by by one of the congregants sitting down while the first one ...
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Are there any halachic problems with visiting a secular museum?

When visiting a secular museum with paintings and sculptures from Egypt, Europe and Asia (usually influenced by idol worshipping ideas and if not that then elements of immodesty), are there any tips ...
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Does one really have 30 days to put up a mezuza outside Eretz Israel?

It is broadly known and codified that one has 30 days to put up a mezuza when renting a home outside Eretz Israel. I heard that this dated from the times where Jews might be expelled in their first 30 ...
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“Halachikly Complicated” Foods (Safek Bracha)

Over the Shabbos meal we discussed the idea of sending "Halachikly Complicated" Mishloach Manos. "Halachikly Complicated" meaning foods that cannot be eaten because we have a safek what their bracha ...
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Does one make bracha when tasting food?

Does one make bracha when tasting food? If one were to taste food and immediately spit it out, presumably he wouldn't have to make a bracha. But what if he/she wants to see if it goes down smoothly or ...
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Should the bracha for toiveling be repeated for subsequent immersions in a toiveling “session”?

If one is immersing multiple kelim in a toiveling "session" does the bracha need to be repeated for each immersion or can the bracha be said once at the start? Also, if one is toiveling a kli that is ...
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Is West Hempstead in the Techum of Far Rockaway?

Is anyone aware what any of the poskim say regarding techum Shabbos of Far Rockaway in relation to traveling to West Hempstead?
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Are you allowed to take newspapers with divrey torah into the bathroom?

You're not allowed to take holy items into the bathroom/wash-house. If a newspaper has mostly advertisements but it also has a few pages of divrey torah, are you allowed to take such a newspaper into ...
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Menstruating on Wedding Day

What happens in the case of a bride menstruating on her wedding day or her menstruation ending a few days before her wedding day and cannot go to the mikvah? Does the rabbi refuse to perform the ...