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Do you have to read the Targum of words that are repeated in the same sedrah?

According to the view (quoted here) that the reading of the Targum in shnaim mikro v’echod targum is to add layers of explanation to every word could one fulfil the mitzvo by reading the Targum ...
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Giving shaloch manos to minor or non-Jew

I have a friend who is planning on converting to Judaism but is not yet Jewish. I know it would mean a lot to him to receive mishloach manos. I would like to know if a person is yotzeh the mitzvah of ...
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Is it permissible to live in California (or similar places) that have an earthquake risk?

I'm from a place that usually never gets an earthquake, I want to move to California but it sounds dangerous because of the earthquake possibility (soil turning to liquid, no warning, etc)... Is ...
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Can one use a sinus rinse on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

This sinus rinse is manual. You fill the plastic bottle with water and add a small packet of saline powder and mix it. Then, you insert the bottle tip into your nostril and squeeze the bottle so ...
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How to handle cadavers which are highly likely to be Jewish

This question How to handle cadavers asked what should be done where a student had to handle cadavers in their medical (dentistry) classes. A comment took the view that outside of Israel, the ...
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How to handle cadavers

My fiancée is going to university, working towards a degree in dentistry. For about a year, she will be required to handle cadavers in the classes. First of all, is this forbidden in Torah? Secondly, ...
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Matanos L'evyonim to a non-Jew

I live in an area where b"H it is difficult to find Jewish poor. Can matanos l'evyonim be given to non-Jews, or must at least 2 of the poor people be Jewish?
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After cutting my hair, how many times must I wash my hands?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 4:19 says: One who takes a haircut or shaves and does not wash his hands, will be scared for three days [...] and [...] will not know what he is scared of. ...
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Kissing Tzitzis during Shema

There are those that kiss their Tzitzis during Shema at Shacharis as per Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 17:7 and the Kaf HaChaim 18 and there are those that do not. What is the source and reason for those that ...
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Why is a kiddush cup not muktzeh?

According the rules of Muktzeh regarding the category of Mechamat Chisaron Kis, objects that have one specific purpose and the owner takes care not to damage it or let it get stolen may not be handled ...
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Why is There No Tachanun on Tu b'Shvat?

Or, more specifically, what is/are the reason(s) for not saying tachanun on various occasions and how does Tu b'Shvat fit in. (I'm looking for classic reasons, not 'it's got to be somebody's birthday ...
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Does a tea infuser need to be immersed in the mikvah?

What are the criteria for an item to be required to be immersed in the mikvah before use? Does a loose tea infuser (images below) need to be immersed? You put loose tea leaves into it and then you ...
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Company matched charitable giving and ma'aser

If my company matches a certain level of charitable giving, can this be included in any way in ma'aser calculations? Does it make a difference if the company matches the donations by giving directly ...
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The word 'Halakhah'

When and under what circumstances did the word "halakhah" (also spelled "halacha", "halachah" or, in Hebrew, הלכה) come to mean Jewish law?
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Binding answers for Halachic questions

I recall learning that one is not allowed to "venue shop" by asking a series of rabbis for a practical halachic ruling and following the opinion you like. I was taught that one should ask and be bound ...
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Sources on the Halachic status of creating three parent child

See here for the background. The basic idea is that the DNA is taken from the mother and father, but rather than traditional IVF, the nucleus is implanted in a donor egg. So there is no male donor ...
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May I place a towel on the food that's on the platta on Shabbos?

This is a hatmana (insulation) question. I want to know if there is an issue with putting food on the platta on Shabbos day and then putting a thick towel ontop of that food in order for the food to ...
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Is there an order in repaying loans?

If Reuven borrowed money from several people, and has enough money to pay back all the loans, just not all at the same time (say, for example, if he has money tied up in real estate or something), are ...
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punishment for instigating a crime, intentionally

Is someone who causes another person to sin liable for that sin as if he did it himself? (Please also consider someone scheming, who intentionally plays stupid people, causing them to kill each ...
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Is idolatrous belief forbidden for Jews, or is it just practice?

Suppose a Jew believes that there are multiple gods, but he does not worship them in any way. Is this a violation of the prohibition against idolatry for Jews? We see from this answer that similar ...
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Where does the contemporary measurement of a Kezayit come from?

According to the Nodeh B'Yehuda and the Chazon Ish, in order to calculate the size of a kezayis (which apparently is based on the size of an egg), we must double the size of our contemporary eggs. ...
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Bli Neder Loophole

Who came up with the Bli Neder loophole of: Bli neder I will help you do X Or Bli neder I will etc... And the list can go on and on. Who came up with addingBli Neder which basically means ...
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Can one light a Chanuka Menora using fiberglass wicks

A friend of mine posted this picture of her Dad's Chanuka Menora. Obviously it's not using olive oil, but that's no worse than using candles. In these lamps the wicks are simply fiberglass pipes ...
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Does the Kohen really get to the raise a baby that a father refuses to redeem?

This summary of the beginning of the Pidyon Haben (redeeming the first born son) is on wikipedia In the traditional ceremony, the father brings the child to the Kohen and recites a formula, or ...
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Can one say the “lights of fire” bracha before they light the Havdalah candle?

A general rule about making blessings is that in most cases they are made before the action is taken (Megilah 21b). However for lighting candles on both Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) and Havdalah ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of Tzizit? [duplicate]

Can I put old Tzizit (beged Katan or Gadol) in the garbage or must they be disposed of in a more respectful way?
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If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?

I was curious about this hypothetical situation. If Yom Kippur would fall on Sunday, Motzei Shabbat, so immediately when Shabbat ends, Yom Kippur starts. Would there be some sort of separation, בין ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition on mesirah? [duplicate]

In many recent high profile cases, (notably in Australia) people who attempt to report sexual abuse of children to secular authorities have been called mosers and ostracized by certain sections of ...
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Davening maariv occasionally without minyan

The maariv prayer service was originally established as a reshut and that has ramifications in halacha. Does it affect the obligation to pray maariv with a minyan? Perhaps similar to how we can skip ...
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Ending place of the Peya

It seems from my understanding of the Shulhan Aruch (Y"D 181:9) that the picture above is the Shiur of the Peya. However it seems like most people say it goes until the bone like the picture below. ...
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Coffee Urns on Shabbos

I've heard that there is a dispute among halachic decisors if one is allowed to use an urn like the one shown below on Shabbos because the outside water tube gets cold over Shabbos. Both sides ...
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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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How is 'regretting a mitzvah' defined?

What constitutes regretting a mitzvah: Does one have to write down a regretful statement, speak the regret, think it explicitly, or is a tinge of fleeting regret enough to qualify as regretting a ...
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Is it Loshon Hara if no one hears it?

If I speak Loshon Hara under my breath so that no one else hears it but me (and Hashem of course!), is it the same issur?
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What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie?

What bracha should one make on a chicken pot pie? Choices that could make sense: Shehakol: Because chicken is the main thing or if one is uncertain. Mezonot: Because it is a pie crust made using ...
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Are fermented grapes (not wine) subject to yayin nesech?

A friend of mine asked me a question over Shabbos, and I didn't have an easy answer for him. Let's say that someone had some old grapes that fermented by themselves, so that they're now a kind of ...
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Getting in the way of a zealot

When Pinchas slew Cozbi and Zimri, he was acting in accordance to a lesser known law, the law of the zealot, that says that if one sees certain sins being performed (I don't know what qualifies) he is ...
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Would halachic units be shrunk if a person was (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style)?

In the classic move Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and its sequels, people get shrunk down to 1/264th of their normal size. So, a person is around 1/4 of an inch tall. If such a thing were even possible, ...
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Why no bracha acharona for wine drunk with a bread meal?

Why do we say a separate bracha rishona for wine (borei pri hagafen) when we have wine with a bread meal, but we do not say a separate bracha acharona for the wine (that is, the wine is covered by the ...
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Disputes over Biblical Laws [duplicate]

I would like to compile an extensive list of Biblical laws that are debated by current halachik authorities in the Orthodox community as to whether or not they are Biblical laws, Ribbinic laws, or ...
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Why not read missing words (in Esther) from a printed copy?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 141:19: צבור שאין להם מגילה כשרה כדינה מכל מקום אם היא כתובה כהלכתה רק שחסרים איזה תיבות באמצעה כיון שלא חסר בה ענין אחד שלם יכולין לקרות מתוכה עם הברכות והטעות יקרא הקורא ...
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Lomdus and Halacha

To what degree are the works of R. Chaim Soloveichik and other 19th and 20th century "lamdanim" reckoned with by poskim? I.e. are they generally accepted as providing correct interpretations of Gemara ...
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Why does the Tefilin Shel Yad have a protective cover?

When you purchase Tefilin, the Tefilin Shel Yad has a protective cover. Why? Is it Halachically necessary?
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Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?

Is there any situation, bar imminent threat of death, which would allow one to shower with hot water during the Shabbat, using hot water which is heated on the Shabbat, or is it absolutely not ...
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Would a mermaid be kosher?

Tonight at religious school we were discussing Kosher laws and how to build/keep a kosher kitchen. While we were discussing different meats, one of the jokers in school asked if you could eat a ...
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What blessing(s) to make on milk's favorite cookie (Oreo's)?

Oreo cookies are wonderfilled things. What blessing(s) should one make on Oreo cookies? As shown below, an Oreo cookie is made of two parts: the wafer part of the cookie, which by itself is a ...
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Is זה נהנה וזה לא חסר מותר?

In a situation where by you taking or using someone else's property or service they are not losing from your usage, such as when you borrow someone else's gym-membership card without permission, can ...
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What happened to the blessing “Who raises the fallen”?

In both the siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon and the seder of Rav Amram Gaon, there is a blessing in the morning, magbiah shefalim, for sitting up in bed. Yet, it is conspicuously absent from the Rambam ...
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What kavana (intention) should you be having while reciting the Shema?

What kavana (intention) should you be having while reciting the Shema? It is a biblical obligation to recite the shema twice a day so it would be worthwhile to do it the right way. If you can provide ...
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Do you know of a Rabbi who rejects modern technology?

A little bit like the Amish... I just want to know if such an ideology exists in Judaism. I know that the Hatam Sofer and Rabbi Hillel Lichtenstein opposed modern philosophy, maybe one Rabbi opposed ...