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Using a Magic Mug on Shabbos [duplicate]

A Magic Mug is a coffee cup that has a picture behind a material that is black at room temperature. When hot water is added the black color turns transparent, revealing a picture or writing ...
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V'kara zeh el zeh v'amar - When does who bow left then right here?

At the beginning of Kedusha, the Chazzan says v'kara zeh el zeh v'amar. I've seen three types of chazzanim with regard to bowing left at the first zeh and right at the second: bow left and right at ...
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When the Cohen is asked to leave the shul, doesn't that force him to miss the mitzvah of hearing part of Kri'at Hatorah?

Occasionally, when there is a weekday simcha in my shul and the gabbai wants to give aliyot to 3 Yisra'elim, he asks the Cohen to leave the shul, which he does. So, by requesting him to do this, ...
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The footstone sank into the ground & is next to the coffin. Can I retrieve it?

One of my relatives foot stone (I think that's what they call the "plaque" that lies flat on the ground.) sank into the ground and is now next to the coffin. Is there any halachic problem if I climb ...
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Can you use 1 instance of hand washing for 2 different things?

Can you use one instance of hand washing, say after leaving a beis hakvaros, to cover you for another, say using the bathroom?
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If someone accidentally steps backward before the end of Shmoneh Esrei, what should he do?

If one steps backward before the end of Shmoneh Esrei, (either because he mistakenly thought he was up to עשה שלום... for a second, or because someone bumped into him,) how should he precede with his ...
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Using laundered underwear, bed sheets and towels during the nine days

If underwear, bed sheets, or towels were laundered during the 9 days, is it permissible to benefit from (wear or use) them during the 9 days?
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Does the Mechaber, banning meat at seudah mafseket, mean it's okay beforehand?

The mechaber writes that we have the custom one can't eat, during the seudah mafseket, salted meat even over two days and one night. Does that mean that during the nine days it would be permissable?
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How far may one go with doing an aveira (violating a negative mitzva) if it means performing a positive mitzva?

I cannot remember where, but somewhere in gemara it mentions that when confronted with doing a positive mitzva or keeping a negative mitzva, one should do a positive mitzva. How far does this go ...
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How does the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא relate to halachic Jewish life?

I have seen the phrase מנהגא מילתא היא mentioned in the halachic works of various Rishonim. Neither it's plain meaning in these works nor it's connotations in relation to the significance of custom ...
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Is it permissible for a woman to learn Pirkei Avot & Shulchan Aruch?

Is there anything prohibiting/restricting a woman from reading Pirkei Avot or the Shulchan Aruch?
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Is taxidermy kosher?

Is the art of taxidermy kosher? What about keeping animals that are stuffed in your house? My family has recently become more observant and my brother wanted to get several stuffed animals, fish, ...
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Should someone say Tefillat Haderech if he is riding the NY City subway even less than 1 parsa?

I am excerpting part of an answer to this question the Aruch HaShulachan (as well as the B'er Heitev) in סימן קי - דיני תפילת ''הביננו'', ותפילת הדרך והפועלים says: טו: אין לאמר תפילת הדרך ...
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Why is there no more animal sacrifice as our forefathers did? [duplicate]

The ancient Yehudim used to sacrifice animals to haShem so why do we Yehudim no longer do so today?
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beracha, kavanos and words

When making a berachah must one have certain kavanos on certain words in the berachah that he is saying in order to be יוצא it?
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Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”

Every sport has some type of danger involved with it. But, I am referring to certain sports that are, perhaps, "inherently dangerous" or what some might call "adventure" or "thrill" sports. Examples: ...
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Are you allowed to extract buried Shemos?

I understand that the burying of Sheimos, in a sense, is similar to burying a dead body. I assume that in the same way that you cannot dig up a dead body except for some unusual situations, you cannot ...
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Volunteering for certain harm

During the Fukushima nuclear disaster elderly people volunteered to work in high radiation environments to fix the problem, because they felt less concerned about dying. Either they were more ...
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bar mitzvah and wedding invitations

I read somewhere that bar mitzvah and wedding invitations should not contain pesukim. If one receives a bar mitzvah or wedding invitation that contains pesukim and throws it into the garbage, has the ...
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Is the phrase על נסיך שבכל יום עמנו at the end of Modim implying that we rely on miracles?

I understand that there is a halacha that we are not allowed to rely on miracles. (Don't recall source of that rule.) At the end of the "Modim" prayer we thank G-d for על נסיך שבל יום עמנו - "For the ...
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Literal “bigdei zeya” in the nine days

During the nine days, people do not wear freshly laundered clothing as a sign of mourning for the destruction of the Temples. This applies to shirts, pants, coats etc (all examples of regular ...
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Cooking with wine during the Nine Days

Many recipes call for wine. Has anyone authoritative written about the halachic status of cooking with wine in the nine days? Would it matter if the alcohol were cooked off?
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Hunting in Judaism

Hunting is generally frowned on in Judaism, and hunting for sport is especially frowned on. However, as hunting is not completely assur, I had the following question: how exactly would a Jew hunt? ...
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Should I say the Bracha ברוך…שככה לו בעולמו when I marvel at fall foliage?

Follow up on Bracha on beautiful people: The beauty of fall foliage is sometimes stunning. The beauty of foliage is "general" meaning that I see a hill with a group of trees and the whole group ...
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Kill a no-longer-profitable horse?

My understanding is that a horse is killed when its profit no longer matches its expense. Is this something Jews should/may do? I can think of some pros and cons, but wonder what authorities have ...
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Can the “Go'el Hadam” kill the inadvertent killer if he lives in any refuge city after the Cohen Gadol dies?

Bamidbar 35:25 - 27 state that a person who inadvertantly kills someone must reside in the city of refuge until the Kohen Gadol dies. If that person leaves the refuge city, the "Go'el Hadam" (loose ...
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Eating food during the 9 days that's been cooked with meat

Is one allowed, during the nine days, to eat pareve food that was cooked with meat equipment? What about if the food was fried in oil that was used to fry chicken?Example: I fried French Fries in oil ...
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Praying after chatzot– which tefilot?

Assume that someone wakes up after chatzot; which tefilot are said?
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Listening to music while studying/writing

Related: Seth J's question here Is it permissible to listen to music during sefira or the 3 weeks/9 days/week of 9 Av as a study- or writing aid? Many individuals I know (myself included) find music ...
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Tircha D'Tzibbur vs. Kavod Hatorah - which wins?

It's hard for me to properly phrase the question, but here's the "ma'aseh shehaya" (scenario): It was Shabbat Rosh Hodesh, parshat Balak, I believe. They took out 2 Sifrei Torah. I waited for the ...
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How beautiful for the bracha on beautiful people?

In the siddur there is a beracha to say upon seeing an exceptionally beautiful person. How beautiful must said person be? May I say it on either gender? Do I say this in front of the person or do I ...
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Sitting at the same level as Holy Books

Are you allowed to sit on Holy books? I am guessing you are not allowed to because you need to show respect for Holy books but is it a halacha? What about the same level? This is a less degree of ...
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Where to keep holy books

I understand that holy books may not be kept in a bedroom. May one keep holy books in the kitchen or in the bedroom in a closed cupboard if a dwelling is a studio and does not have a separate living ...
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Are there any issues with buying a used Siddur?

I have found two Siddurim online that I would like to purchase. However, they are used. I am wondering if there is any issues with this.
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Can I plan to make a Siyum in the nine days to eat meat?

The Rema says that one can eat meat in a Seudas Mitzva during the nine days. Does that mean I can purposely plan to make a Siyum then? Can I invite whoever I want? If not, what are the parameters?
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Can a couple have relations during dangerous times?

May a couple, living in Israel during a war or when Israel is under a constant barrage of rocket and other types of terrorist attacks, engage in marital relations? May a couple living outside of ...
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Extended fasting on 10 Av

The Bavli (Taanit 29a) teaches that the Temple was set aflame on the ninth of Av in the afternoon and it burnt until sundown on the tenth of Av. The Yerushalmi (Taanit 4:6) records that because of ...
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How long must clothes be worn before the 9 days for them to count as not fresh?

I've only read "short period" as a time given for how long to wear clothes you're planning on putting on during the 9 days. Is there anything more specific than that? Is there an efficient and ...
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Parameters of Yuhara for women

This question asks about Yuhara - religious haughtiness - in general. In the current answer it discusses issues of one-upmanship on one's Rebbe or local Rabbis being a special concern. How is this ...
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Parameters of “kalus rosh”

What is the definition of kalus rosh? What are the halachos of kalus rosh and where do they apply?
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Mom and Dad begin Shabbat at different times. Whom should the son follow?

The son is 8 years old. (I add this fact, b/c there may be some leniencies to the halacha as he is below Bar Mitzvah.) Dad wants to begin Shabbat "early" before the "regular" candle lighting time (18 ...
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Spices and candles before your zman

If one holds 72 minutes for shabbas to be over and they are staying by someone who holds 50 minutes and they make havdalla by 50 min can the 72-minute-people participate in their havdalla to fulfill ...
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What halachic issues are involved in the use of a trouser press in the nine days?

A trouser press “is an electrical appliance used to smooth the wrinkles from a pair of trousers (pants in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States)”. . The press works on the bottom ...
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Davening and Krias Shema with a sore on the lip or throat

If someone has a sore on their lip or in their throat, such that it is painful to pronounce certain letters (like the letters that require putting pressure from the upper teeth onto the lower lip or ...
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Returning lost property

Suppose I find lost property, and can return it to the owner. Am I required to return the object that was actually lost, or can I give the owner a duplicate? (And why?).
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Can I get fruit juice from the street juice truck if the non-Jewish owner occasionally squeezes grapes?

There are several non-Jewish owned fruit trucks near work. Occasionally, the non-Jew squeezes grapes to make fresh grape juice. I understand that the grape juice prepared by a non-Jew is non kosher. ...
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Can one eat meat on Mot'za'ei 9 Av if it is a se'udah for Brit or Pidyon Haben?

Many halachic opinions state that the prohibition of not eating meat during the 9 Days extends until the middle of the 10th of Av. Does this prohibition apply if you are making a se'udah for a Brit or ...
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Should I make a bracha rishonah and acharonah on 1 ice cube?

1 ice cube is not a "m'lo lugmo" (majority of one's mouth), and it is also not the "norm" to eat ice cubes. Some people do this, anyway. For those that do, does it require a bracha? Does it matter if ...
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When does a מעריב-misser say שמונה עשרה?

קצור שלחן ערוך‎ 21:1 describes what one should do who missed מעריב by accident: לאחר תפילת שחרית יאמר תחנון ואשרי ויתפלל תפלת שמונה עשרה לשם ערבית ואחר כך יאמר למנצח ובא לציון וכו׳ After ...
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What is the Halacha regarding Tachanun and Brit in the same shul?

I don't have the ArtScroll weekday Siddur in front of me, now, but essentially, it said that one does not say Tachanun in a shul where a Brit will occur during that day. If a Brit occurs anywhere in ...