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Vernacular Targum in Schul

In Teimani and Kurdish batei knesset, the minhag is, as far as I'm aware, to read a targum after each pasuk. Assuming that a schul wishes to adopt the kriat hatargum, would it be acceptable to adopt a ...
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May a non-Jew have an abortion?

Are non-Jews permitted to have abortions? (Consider the gemara in Sanhedrin 57b where "a baraita brings in the name of Rabbi Yishmael that a Ben Noach gets capital punishment if he intentionally ...
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Repaying Loans vs Tzedakah

When one has to repay an interest-free loan to a Jewish lender, does that take precedence over giving tzedakah? If several payments must be made, can one thus expedite repayment by giving less to ...
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What is the source and nature of the prohibition on premarital sex? [duplicate]

What is the source of the prohibition on premarital sex? Is it a Biblical prohibition? If not, what is the source and how is it derived? What is the nature of the prohibition? Is it an avera? Is it ...
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English translation of Sefer Machaneh Yisrael

Is there an English translation (preferably online) of the Chofetz Chaim's sefer Machaneh Yisrael (a guide for Jewish army conscripts), or other English works on the same topic?
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What is the halacha regarding averot that one must not do even to avoid death?

What is the halacha regarding averot that one must not do even to avoid death? I have heard, but do not believe it to be correct, that the halacha is that one must prefer death to (1) forced ...
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Are sex change operations prohibited for non-Jews?

In very specific situations some halachic decisors have permitted sex change operations, such as for infants born with some types of genital anomalies. However, the consensus seems to be that they ...
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Does Judaism permit sexual relationships outside of marriage?

I am eager to know more about different religions from Islam to Judaism. Furthermore, how different religions look at women and comparing their kinds of approaches to the matter of gender and ...
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Is practicing Yoga against Torah?

What does Halacha and Halachic Authorities have to say about the permissibility of a Jew practicing Yoga? Is it Avodah Zarah? If it is problematic, are there methods of doing it where it would be ...
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Machlokes Deoraisa vs Muttar - non-Jew vs Jew

If one Rav paskens somemthing is Asur Deoraisa and another Paskens totaly mutar, beshas hadechak is it better to get a non jew to do it or a jew whose rav holds its muttar? For example, if a certain ...
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Opening bottles for me on Shabbos - Jew or Non-Jew? [duplicate]

If I dont open bottles on shabbos because my rav holds that it is a melacha deoraisa, Beshas Hadechak is it better for me to get a jew (whose rav holds its muttar) or non jew to open it for me?
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Rambam and altering brachot

Inspired by this question and its comments: Rambam Laws of Brachot 1:5 The text of all the blessings was ordained by Ezra and his court. It is not fit to alter it, to add to it, or to detract ...
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Yom Kippur and IV drips

This is a somewhat silly question, but I'm sure it has a good answer and I'd like to know what it is. Unfortunately, I was hospitalized recently and I ended up being in hospital over Yom Kippur. ...
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Deleting G-d's Name in E Ink [duplicate]

I've read the various reasons why one may 'delete' G-d names in common displays. However, EInk works in a completely different way. Am I allowed to delete G-d names which are displayed with EInk ...
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Is it permitted for a male to have a female therapist?

It is forbidden to be secluded with another woman (excluding a woman that it is permitted e.g. wife, mother, grandmother etc.). This is known as yichud. It is permitted though, provided the area is ...
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What is the downside to wearing techeiles?

There are many Compelling arguments to support Techelet, although it's not yet universally accepted. A friend of mine bought P'til Tekhelet Murex techeiles, and went to his rabbi (who I know and ...
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Can possibly “meaty” rice be used in sushi rolls?

I know that there is a prohibition to eat meat and fish together. But, I'm not sure if this prohibition applies to these two actual items or to other items that may have touched one of these two. For ...
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Is there a deadline for Asher yatzar [duplicate]

I know there is a deadline for brochois after a meal (until hungry again, 72 min). But if one did not say Asher yatzar, for how much time can one say it? What are the sources on this subject?
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Upon whom would one make this blessing?

Upon whom today would you make the bracha - Baruch Attah Hashem Elokeinu Melech HaOlam She’chalak Mei’chochmaso Li’rei’av, that He bestowed of His wisdom to those who fear Him (Gemara Brachos 58a)? ...
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Is artificial sweetener (Splenda, Stevia) pre-cooked? (Making Coffee on Shabbat)

When making a coffee on Shabbat, is one allowed to put the artificial sweetener, such as Splenda or Stevia, into the cup and then add the hot water from Kli Rishon? If the sweetener is pre-cooked, ...
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Bracha on french toast

Using leftover challah for French toast. I thought that because it's not in the original form (the main addition being eggs which also change the bread's appearance), mezonot is the proper bracha. But ...
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Teaching Mussar to a non-Jew?

Are we allowed to teach Sifrei Mussar (for instance Orchos Tzadikim, Mesilas Yesharim, Chovos Halevavos) to non-Jews? What about the Gra on Mishlei?
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How to do Shnayim Mikra when the Aramaic Targum has multiple alternate wordings?

What should one do when saying שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום if one comes upon a verse where the Targum (Aramaic translation) has two alternative wordings? I would just say the verse in Targum twice (or four ...
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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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Halacha of hair disposal

Are there any traditions or halachic restrictions regarding the proper disposal of human hair (similar to with regard to nails or human remains)? Related: According to Halacha, does one have to ...
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Missing Krias Shema BiTzibbur [duplicate]

If one missed Krias Shema BiTzibbur while davening with a Minyan , should he say אל מלך נאמן when he reaches Krias Shema?
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Is Juneau, Alaska — surrounded by natural barriers — a natural eruv

I recently visited Juneau, Alaska. It is a small city of 35,000. The city limits are quite large, however -- 3,225 square miles -- but much of this area is separated from downtown Juneau on Douglas ...
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Can one sleep in a room with a tefillin bag/tefillin in the room?

Can a person sleep in a room with their tefillin bag? Does it matter that the tefillin is in the tefillin bag? Also, if the answer is no, what can one do on Friday night, if one finds out that ...
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Dyeing Hair for Men

Are men permitted to dye their hair with products such as "Just for Men"? Since these products are made for men specifically, would potential prohibitions of beged isha no longer apply?
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Why is fish and milk permitted but not poultry and milk?

E.g. Chicken and milk is forbidden, but fish and milk is permitted. (Some Hassidim and Sefardim do not mix fish and milk as I understand it). If going off the common answer of not to confuse chicken ...
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Rules for Cutting Nails

My question about nail-cutting is whether each of the following is halacha, minhag, or old-wives' tales. Not cutting both fingernails and toenails on the same day. Not cutting nails at night (is ...
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What if the thief gets injured by what he has stolen?

A thief stole something which injured him. Is he liable for his own injury? Let's say it was a stolen gun. Would the man who loaded the gun bear any responsibility for the thief's injury?
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Are there Jewish sources regarding this degradation of the Jews of Prague

Are there Jewish sources regarding this degradation of the Jews of Prague? (Allowing it, protesting it (they should have been killed and not do it)) From ...
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Stoning of homosexuals

Is the stoning of homosexuals in the Torah to be taken at face value or is there a deeper meaning beyond the scripture itself? When Moshiach comes, will the courts actually mete out such a punishment ...
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Does adding a bit of red wine to white wine change the resulting drinks' status vis-a-vis kiddush?

There are various opinions regarding the acceptance of white wine for kiddush. My question is, if say one has a full bottle of white, if they pour a cup that is majority white (80%+), but are able to ...
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If someone uses an unknown persons item and then loses it, is he required to replace it, or has the owner effectively “despaired”? [closed]

Supposed someone was out-of-town on vacation, and was at a house of study, and upon realizing he was missing a head covering, (most likely) saw one in a designated drawer (by name). If that person ...
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Is there a required minimum oven temperature for baking matzah? [closed]

Are there halachically required minimum temperatures for baking matzah? This Jewish instructional websites says they should be baked at "extremely high temperatures" such as "600° to 800° F". ...
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Bracha made on spoiled food

Someone made a bracha on a glass of milk. He drank a cheekful and immediately spit it out because it was spoiled. Is he required to find another food requiring the same bracha (shehakol in this case) ...
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Techum of New York

I'm wondering if anyone knows what the techum of/in NYC are? Is Brooklyn separate from Manhaten? What about Brooklyn to Queens? Manhaten and the Bronx? (I assume Staten Island is too far to be ...
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Identifying someone as being Jewish [duplicate]

How many generations back is one allowed to go to identify himself as being Jewish? If a Jew converts to another religion, he is still Jewish and his descendants are Jewish. Does this mean that if ...
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Is there a book with well sourced “discussions” on hilchos lashon hara?

I am looking for a book that does not simply state all of the halachis (such as Sefer Chafetz Chaim). Rather what I am looking for is a book that would do something like pose a question or case ...
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Washing three times in the morning

From what I understand, there are three times when one should wash their hands in the method used for negel vasser that occur every day in the morning (negel vasser) between going to the bathroom ...
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How much of the standard תורה service is done on שמחת תורה?

I've seen a number of Simchas Tora customs in Ashkenazic practice and/or prescribed by Ashkenazic prayer books. Specifically, I think I've seen both sides of each of the following dichotomies, ...
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Implications of Samoa skipping a Friday

This week, the island of Samoa is switching time zones, causing it to skip from Thursday directly to Saturday. Out of simple curiosity, what implications might this have on any Jews on the island? ...
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Why is beautification essential for a sefer torah?

The gemara in Gitin 54b declares worthless a Torah scroll that had all the Tetragrammatons rewritten because it ends up looking menumar (spotted), apparently because this would be a violation of "ze ...
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Jewish owned dough bake by a non jewish baker

It states in shulchan aruch yoreh deah 112 11 "bread of a jew that a non jew baked without a jew's stirring or adding fuel, is forbidden to sell to a non jew lest a Jew buy it from the non jewish ...
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Apostate Jew performing mitzvahs

It has been discussed many times on this site that a non-Jew may not observe Shabbat (in addition to various other mitzvot that are prohibited to non-Jews). We have also seen that a Jew who renounces ...
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Is a Jew allowed to collect royalties on a song that glorifies Jesus?

You may not, offhand recognize the name Norman Greenbaum until you realize that he composed the One-Hit wonder song "Spirit in the Sky" first released in 1969, and played often on radio and other ...
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Priority of Davening with a Minyan

Is it better to Daven [pray] with a earlier large minyan or better to wait to daven later with a much smaller minyan where I will be needed as the tenth?
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How does a person who has left Judaism return?

What is the process for a person who has left Judaism and converted to a different religion, who now wishes to return to Judaism? I have heard (based on an Avos D'Rav Nosson) that he would need a ...