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Besides mishkav zachar, what is sexually forbidden between consenting non-Jewish males?

Vayikra 20:13 forbids anal intercourse according to Rashi who describes the offense as "inserting a paint stick in a tube." Since non-Jews are not generally subject to laws asur mi'd'rabbanin, no ...
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Can you french kiss your wife if she does not eat Kosher?

Is there any kashrut problem to kiss your wife if she has eaten something non-kosher? Maybe you can eat small non-kosher food by kissing her. If her whole mouth is not kosher due to the hot ...
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What do you have to check before Shabbat enters?

I know you have to ask your family if certain things have been done, what are these things?
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How many types of reshut exist?

I know that there is a public domain (reshut ha-rabbim) and a private domain (reshut ha-yahid), but are there other types of reshuyoth mentioned in the halakhah of carrying on Shabbat?
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What if a Mezuzah is mistakenly removed?

Say a non-Jewish tradesman, like a painter, is working on a door and removes the Mezuzah without really knowing what he's doing. Is the Mezuzah still kosher? Could I say a Bracha and put it back as ...
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If you say mezonot on rice AND one of the five grains do you make two after blessings?

Mezonot is said on rice and a product of the five grains. However rice gets boreh nefashot as the after blessing while five grain products get al hamichya. If you said one mezonot to cover both rice ...
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What to do upon finding multiple corpses?

If a corpse is found outside of city limits, the Torah (Devarim 21:1-9) requires a procedure involving the decapitation of a calf and the elders of the city praying for forgiveness. If multiple ...
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Pronouncing aloud the end of the gaal yisroael bracha before amida? [duplicate]

Sometimes the person leading scharit davening does not pronounce aloud the end of the last bracha before the silent amida (gaal yisroael). This is to not introduce an interruption between the bracha ...
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The blessing over drinking fresh orange juice

Before someone drinks a fresh orange juice, which of the following blessings is required to be said? Should the blessing be "shehakol"? "borai pri ha'etz"? or both?
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Proper Receiving and Handling of Holy Books

I ordered the Mordechai Breuer edition of the Tanach (Aleppo) and I want to know the proper Jewish way to receive the Holy Book (initial purification and consecration of the object) and then ensure ...
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Can olives infected with worms from the olive fly be used for making olive oil

Here, in Portugal they produce olive oil from olives that contain worms (from the olive fly). In our harvest we see an infection that is above the 80%. We spoke with locals in the area and they told ...
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What's this about a magical spitting bird?

In Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22, this passage caught my eye: In her preface to his collection of essays The Non-Jewish Jew Tamara Deutscher, widow of the great Isaac, relates the story ...
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Is a prophylactic procedure sufficient cause to necessitate “bensching gomel”

The Gem Brochos 54b says ארבעה צריכין להודות:יורדי הים, הולכי מדברות ומי שהיה חולה ונתרפא ומי שהיה חבוש בבית האסורים Four types of people have to give thanks … sick people who were healed Medical ...
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Drawing lots in judaism [duplicate]

Sometimes, when I have an uncertainty or doubt, and I don't know what to choose or do, I throw a dice or flip a coin thinking that sort of randomness is in G-d's hand. I truly believe G-d does not ...
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May one park in a Church across the road which charges a daily parking fee?

Is it permitted to park in a church which charges a daily fee for use of its parking lot? Possible concerns might be: Someone who knows the owner's car may think he has gone in to worship. The ...
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Can I use a tallis gadol on 4 sticks as a hupa canopy

Can I use a tallis gadol on 4 sticks as a hupa canopy? Possible problems: The minhag is not to use a tallis It is disrespectful to the tallis
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Can a woman daven in a nightgown?

Can a woman daven in a nightgown that she sleeps in and wears all day unless leaving the house? Or is this not allowed since by man it's not considered respectful to daven before Hashem in pajamas he ...
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Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir?

A nazir may not take haircuts (usually for a 30 day period) and a kohen gadol must take haircuts weekly (Taanis 17a, 3/4 down the page). Can/may a kohen gadol become a nazir? If so, how does that ...
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Does the Torah prohibit leaving Earth?

I don't really know from where in the Torah or from which Rabbi this comes from, but I've heard that the Torah prohibits leaving the planet. Maybe it is because every mitzvah is made for Earth only, ...
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Mistake in Havdala- didn't drink Havdala cup

Someone made Havdala and forgot to drink the cup of wine. Did he and the listeners fulfill their obligation?
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Putting meat spoon in dairy coffee

What are the primary sources that discuss the rule of taking a meat spoon and using it in my dairy coffee. Would it matter how long ago the spoon was used?
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Oreo on Fleish dishes

I'm looking for primary sources that discuss the rules about dairy equipment food (such as oreo) being used on meat dishes.
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Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk

If I make a ברכה on a Hershey bar, and before I eat the food, I realize I am Fleishig, what do I do? (assuming I have no other food around?)
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Kibbud Av v'Eim Seforim

Would anyone know of an English sefer on Kibbud Av v'Eim which Has a mix of Halacha and Mussar ?
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What is the proper method for Shnayim Mikrah V'Echad Targum?

What is the preferred method to accomplish the mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V'Echad Targum - (reading the weekly parsha by reading the Torah verses twice and Targum Onkelos once)? Should each verse be ...
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a girl marrying against her parents wishes

i understand that a man can marry a girl against his parents wishes Shulchan_Arukh, Yoreh De'ah 240 25 הַגָּה: וְכֵן אִם הָאָב מוֹחֶה בַּבֵּן לִשָּׂא אֵיזוֹ אִשָּׁה שֶׁיַּחְפֹּץ בָּהּ הַבֵּן, ...
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What do children own?

Is there truth to the saying I heard in orthodox houses, namely that if the parents support the children (even after 13/12) everything belongs to them? What is the source of this (truth or ...
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Is a birthday cake celebration forbidden as a non-Jewish custom?

From what I understand the custom to celebrate a birthday with a cake adorned with candles that makes a wish on and blows out stems from a Greek ritual. As such I would like to know if any halachic ...
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Testification on the rabbinic law if the witness is interested

What is if the witness is interested in the case in which he is called to testify? Can it be a reason to consider his testament much weaker (or even ignore it)? As I know, in the Torah is mainly the ...
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When to repeat Shmoneh Esrei when there is chazarat hashatz?

Sometimes a person needs to repeat Shmoneh Esrei. Some example cases: tashlumin, if one forgot ya'aleh v'yavoh, or said the wrong birkat hashanim. This person is davening Shacharit, and immediately ...
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When Did We Start Wearing Tallit Katan/Arba Kanfot?

I was just learning Hilkhot Tzitzit, and in Shulchan Arukh Orach Chayyim Siman 11 Saif 12, and the Mechaber says: מַלְבּוּשִׁים שֶׁבְּמִצְרַיִם הַנִּקְרָאִים גוחאש וְכֵן מינטיניש ודולאמאניש ...
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Is the concept of Safek D'oraisa l'chumra relevant when dealing with a machlokes d'oraisa / d'rabbanan? [duplicate]

There are cases where Rishonim disagree as to whether a particular law is from the Torah or a Rabbinical decree. In such cases, must one be strict due to the possible violation of a Torah prohibition? ...
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Status of person with two different DNAs

Well, simple this is not. Some people can be made of "two" different DNAs. It basically happens that two embryos fuse making one health adult with two different DNAs, also known as a chimera. If such ...
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Importance of Aliyah in judaism

I've heard a lot that making Aliyah to Israel is really good, that it's a mitzvah and even that it's an obligation if you can. But how important it is to make Aliyah? Could you give me ...
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May a normally impotent Jewish man marry if he can use Viagra?

This is a question regarding the marriageability of a Jewish man who knows he has ED. Does the Law say he must still be naturally capable of sexual intercourse without chemical assistance in order to ...
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Is a pilegesh the same as a handmaiden?

I'm confused as to whether what the actual relationship to a man a pilegesh actually has in Jewish Law. I've seen conflicting sources: (1) Hebrew school taught a pilegesh is a secondary wife ...
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What is kabolas ponim on a wedding

I understand that the groom has kabolas ponim before the bedekin And the bride when she comes to the hupa (by said Boruch habo) Is this correct? what is the requirements of the kabolas ponim? ...
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How do you inspect a field for graves?

The Gemara (Bab. Nazir 65) discusses some circumstances in which one must inspect a field for graves. How is this done? Do you dig up the earth to a certain depth? Do you dig a trench? Do you dig ...
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Does a kosher pot become non-kosher after you kasher utensils in it?

I'm kashering a number of non-kosher, metal utensil with a kosher pot. If heat is a mechanism through which things can become non-kosher, does kashering my utensils in the pot (via Hagalah) make my ...
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When / How are you permitted to praise or award someone?

Chafetz Chaim issues a warning against praising someone excessively in public or before that person's enemies. Excerpt from here: One should not praise someone in public, says the Chofetz Chaim. ...
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What prayers might be permissible or not permissible to pray before dawn?

I have a question that is similar to this one, but a little different. Like many people, I have a job that I currently have to be at (with location and time of year factored in) at around dawn. Hence, ...
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What are some instances in which ashkenazim do NOT follow Rama?

What are some instances in which ashkenazim do not follow Rama? I can think of Kapparos off hand, but surely there are more...
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Would a tattoo of burial wishes ever be permitted?

If a Jewish person, for whatever reason lived alone/in isolation from other Jews/or was not known to many other Jews on his area, would it be permissible for such a person to have their burial wishes ...
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What is the source of the prohibition against “eating or drinking while standing”, mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 42:2 states that - "One shouldn't eat while standing and not drink while standing." Now as I understand, the Kitzur (written by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried) is a summary of ...
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Torah was taken out for reading, when you discover you had no minyan. What now?

This is a follow-up on this question. Let's say that the 10th person who came into the shul turned out to be a Gentile. No one asked him anything when he came in. You took out the Torah on a Monday, ...
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Should you ask a stranger in your shul if he is Jewish?

We've had a few questions similar to this one that deal with assuming that you have a minyan, when in fact you don't. Shuls are, generally, open to anyone. We usually assume that when a stranger ...
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Can a partially moldy shmittah etrog be disposed?

In a recent pamphlet from Sh'or Yashuv Yeshiva (5 Towns), I read that a shemittah etrog must either be eaten or left to rot until it is inedible. Usually, when people see mold on food, they throw the ...
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Torah reader unable to continue — how should he proceed?

On Shabbat morning I was leining torah1 when, not long into an aliyah, I started having temporary but ill-timed vision problems that made it difficult to read. As a result I made many mistakes ...
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Can one have a glass candelabra with seven branches?

I know that the halacha is that you can't make a copy of the menorah with seven branches, and that you shouldn't have a candelabra with seven branches, either. What if it's made out of glass?
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Can one rip off dead skin on shabbat?

Is any melachah involved with ripping of dead skin on Shabbat? Is there a concern that one might cause him/herself to bleed?