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Why is the hard limit for the size of the sanhedrin - 71 members?

When a beis din is undecided (e.g. when adjudicating monetary cases or Dinei Nefashos), judges can be added until the beis din reaches a maximum size of 71. Why is a beis din's maximum size 71? Why ...
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Washing before Davening - 1 or 3 times?

One must wash before each tefilah (S"A 92:4, 233:2). Do you need to wash 3 times before davening, or is 1 time sufficient?
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Reading a newspaper on Shabbat

Is there any issues with reading a newspaper on Shabbat? Assuming you are not carrying the paper into the house without an eruv, I seem to remember hearing that you can not read a Saturday newspaper ...
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Things we do not do because of Danger

What are things Brought down in Halacha that we do not do because of Danger?
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Spilling water from a full cup? [duplicate]

When I've been to yeshiva, I've seen bochurs filling a cup with water or juice all the way and spilling a bit from the top in the trash can. At first I thought it was random but then noticed a lot of ...
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Designating an item before shabbos for others- Snow Cones!

If I designate an item before Shabbos for an acceptable purpose, it can become not muktza for me. Can another person, who I did not have in mind when I made my initial declaration the use that item? ...
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What are the rules for covering one's head with a talit for sefaradim?

There seems to be a bunch of different minhagim related to covering one's head with a talit. My question pertains to sefaradim. Are the rules different for married/non-married? When should you ...
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How much time must pass before making a second beracha on the same food?

If you made a beracha on a food or drink item and you took a sampling of it, how much time must pass until the next sampling for you to be required to make an additional beracha?
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What is “ol mitzvot” for a convert?

A convert is suppoed to accept the ol mitzvot, the burden of halacha but does this mean an explicit intent to follow the mitzvot or simply the acceptance that there is a punishment if the mitzvot are ...
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Bottle of water for shaloch manos

Can water be counted as a drink for shalach manos ("sending portions" on Purim) or since it is mere water does it never count as a mana ("portion")? My question would apply to soda as well because ...
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Writing the woman's name in a kasubah or get: Plonis *ben* Ploni

Instead of writing the name of the kallah (bride) Rivka bat Chaim (for example) it was written Rivka ben Chaim. In such a case what's the halacha? By a kasubah is it valid? Does it have to be written ...
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Is File Sharing Allowed? [duplicate]

Are we permitted to share files via file distrubution systems on the internet? For example, using Torrent files to get movies, songs or software?
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Wearing Tefillin on Sukkot?

I have heard from friends that one should not wear Tefillin on Sukkot. Can someone find me a source?
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Hearing Megillat Esther in a mixed minyan

If the only available minyan to hear Megillat Esther is a mixed minyan with no mechitza, can one attend the minyan or is it better to not hear megilla at all? Would it matter if the baal megilla was a ...
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Lechem mishneh - Two questions [closed]

1) When holding the Lechem Mishneh together while making the bracha - Do both challot have to be touching ? What if one challah was wrapped in cellophane or in a bag (yet held next to the other ...
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What bracha is made on these culturally Sephardic foods? [closed]

What bracha is made on Kibbe? Lachmajin? Jachnun? And, for each of the foods, why this is so? (I do not know what these foods are made but they taste great.)
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Succah with mosquito netting

Generally we are not allowed to put a tent taller than 10 tefachim inside of a succah. But can one use mosquito netting inside of a succah that would allow in light but not dangerous insects?
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Family Event at non-kosher resturant

One of my family members is having a family event at a non-kosher restaurant. I want to be there because it is a very important occasion and I don't want to insult my family. However, I know that in ...
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Are water exercises in a mikva allowed?

Is there any problem with doing water exercises in a man-made structure designated as a mikva (if, for example, you are alone there). (Obviously in a natural mikva, such as a river or sea, is okay.) ...
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Kohen Gadol Yibum

Is it ever possible for a Kohen Gadol to perform the Mitzvah of Yibum. After all, every case of Yibum involves a widow which the Kohen Gadol is not allowed to marry?
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May a Kohen marry a giyores?

Is it permissible for a Kohen to marry a giyores (convert)?
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Two minim for Mishloach Manos?

What is the earliest source for requiring two minim (types of food) for Mishloach Manos? The Rambam (Hil. Megillah 2:15) only requires two portions. (See Aruch HaShulchan 695:14) I know a rabbi who ...
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If a person isn't sure he is Jewish, does he have to keep Mitzvot?

Let's say that a person has a reason to think his mother might be Jewish (there is some evidence, but only a little), and it is likely that the person will never be able to know for sure. In such a ...
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Status of a Cohen Who Intermarries

What is the status of a cohen who intermarries? He would not be able to eat Trumah, but does he continue to receive the first aliyah, and can he duchan (assuming he observes all other mitzvot)?
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Substituting security deposit for final month's rent

A friend of mine who practices law gave me the following advice: Do not pay your final month's rent. Instead, tell your landlord to keep the security deposit as your last month's rent. That way, if ...
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Permissible to speak lashon hara about repeat wrongdoers?

Is it permissible to speak lashon hara about a Jewish (non-religious) person that knows they are doing something wrong and still do it countless times? What is the source for this in Chafetz Chaim? ...
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Messenger required for Shaloch Manos?

Does Shalach Manos require a Messenger and why?
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Stealing from a non-Jew

I'm looking for the place in Mishneh Torah, I believe in Hilchot Avoda Zara V'Chukot Goyim, where it lists the prohibition on stealing ( genivah ) from a non-Jew, but I can't seem find it.
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Do our sources address “strategic loan defaults”?

In the most recent episode of NPR's Planet Money Podcast, they interviewed a real estate lawyer in Arizona who talked about the large numbers of her clients who have been asking for advice about doing ...
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Cloth and meat and milk

Does cloth retain meat and milk after it is washed? I was thinking that instead of ceramic or plastic plates, we could eat off of woven disks.
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plastic utensil absorption and kashering

Does a plastic utensil swallow up taste and excrete it out like metal,or is it like glass. Also can plastic be kashered if it became treif? What are the sources that discuss this?
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The two stamp question

One man owns two of the only very expensive stamps in the world. Let us say each stamp was worth a million dollars. A second man comes along and destroys stamp one. The catch is that now according to ...
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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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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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Wearing tzitzis to bed?

I know many frum people wear tzitzis to bed, but a while ago a fellow told me that you should wear the tzitzis that you're going to wear the next day, because of an obligation to wear the same set for ...
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Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?

I have learned that punishments in the Torah often (always?) have a rehabilitative aspect to them as well as providing justice to the victim, e.g. someone who steals and can't pay back the value of ...
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Looking for a definition of oneg Shabbos

Yeshaya 58:13 states that Shabbat is called oneg (delight). I have seen several different items described as oneg shabbos including taking a nap, marital relations, enjoying food at the shabbat meals ...
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Having Oneg Shabbos with a non-Jew?

I've heard some frum families not allowing non-Jews at the shabbos table for the Friday night meal, because oneg shabbos is specifically for Jews. Is there a source for this in any writings?
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Kedusha after Tefila

Today, in our Shul (in Shaharit) a man walked in a little late and I guess he didn't have enough time to catch up to our Minyan. After Tefila, he asked the Gabbai if he could say his own Shemona Esre, ...
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Can one reduce his monetary tzedoko by work that he donates to a charity?

Can one reduce his monetary tzedoko by work that he donates to a charity? For example, someone was employed (for payment) by a charitable organisation. Then the organisation could no longer afford to ...
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Shinuy Makom in a parked car

If I make a blessing in my kitchen, I can continue to eat in another part of my house without a new blessing (Mishnah Berurah 178:12 and Be'ur Halacha there). Let's say I make a blessing in my ...
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How did the Sages know that Jerusalem had a wall in the times of Joshua?

The criterion for whether a city celebrates Purim on 14 Adar or Shushan Purim on 15 Adar is whether it was walled in the times of Joshua (about 3300 years ago). (Well, Shushan itself is an exception, ...
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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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May one set posts for Shabbos?

Tumblr has a feature where one can, instead of posting something at the time it it written or a set time, you can add it to a "queue". It will then post a set amount of posts per day as long as there ...
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Is flipping a coin following an omen?

If a person is deciding whether to do something and says "I'll flip a coin, heads I do it, tails I don't" does that fall under the prohibition of "don't divine with signs" in Vayikra 19?
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Shabbos morning (Drasha) sermon before Kaddish of Musaf

Recently I saw in Halacha that it is inappropriate to have the sermon right before Kaddish of Musaf as it is considered a Hefsek. Yet many Shuls do just that and have the sermon right before Kaddish ...
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A metal frame above a sukkah

I have a small courtyard that I hope to make into a Sukkah. 1/3 of the courtyard is covered with a metal frame that is made up of a grid of metal pieces about 1cm thick - each spaced about 1/2 ...
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Kibud Av Veim if parent(s) is an idolater

Suppose someone has a parent(or both) who, chas vshalom, became an idolater. Do their kids still have the obligation of Kibud Av Veim towards them?
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What makes something a davar charif and is there a canonical list?

This question asks if Beer is a davar charif based on the hops being bitter. I was very surprised at the premise because charif means sharp, not bitter. I also vaguely recall seeing a list of 5 items ...
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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 ...