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Tachanun on a day when one is naming a baby girl

This morning in Shul a fellow named his daughter, and Tachanun was said. To the best of my knowledge this is correct, as it is only mentioned not to say Tachanun when there is a Bris. Is there any ...
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What is the best way to avoid problems with buying shmittah produce outside of Israel?

Chabad.org writes: (edited for the question) Those who dwell outside the Land of Israel are impacted by the agricultural laws of Shemitah: Shemitah produce may not be exported out of ...
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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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Is it permissible to think about a future Mi Yodeya question while you're in the bathroom?

I understand that you should not be thinking about Torah while in the bathroom. I assume that existing Mi Yodeya questions would be considered Divrei Torah, b/c people have been discussing Torah ideas ...
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Which witness testifies about a blasphemer?

In Rambam Hilchos Avodas Kochavim Perek 2 halacha 8 it says that if someone curses the name of God, the court examines the witnesses as to what they heard. The "great one" (Rambam's words) of all the ...
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Pictures of rabbis in the living room

Are there any poskim prohibiting hanging Pictures of Rabbis in ones house? Lots of people do it but I never understood why this is not prohibited due to too much kavod for human being, which is close ...
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Personal Taanis on next day — why not ealier then Mincha and not later then Shkia?

As I understand, except for Taanis Cholom, a person can not take on himself a Taanis earlier than Mincha Gdola and not later than Shkia on the day before. What is the reason for that? Why can’t a ...
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Being Matir Family Mesorah

Does Hataras Nedarim help to be matir all of one's minhagim if the the one being matir has them in mind? For example: a sephardi wants to change his minhagim to ashkenazi ones.
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Halachic implications of moving Lag Ba'Omer

The Israeli Rabbanut has requested that Lag Baomer celebrations this year be postponed to Sunday night, instead of Saturday night. Does this affect shaving on Friday? Are people who keep the second ...
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Halachic Status Concerning Tinok Shenishba

Most authorities interpret Rambam in Hilchot Mamrim 3:1-3:3 to be saying that the law concerning minim/apikorisim do not apply to the tinok shenishba. They treat tinok shenishba as a halachic status. ...
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Removing haskamot when reprinting a sefer

I have heard that, recently, some publishers who reprint old sefarim remove some haskamot (approbations) from the book when they reprint it. (Specifically, I heard that some Israeli chareidi ...
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Can a Woman be a Shul President? How about a member of Knesset?

Several years ago the National Council of Young Israel made news when a story came out that they banned women from being the president of a shul. (See here and here for details.) My question is: ...
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Refund on spoiled food

I bought a cake, and when I ate it, it tasted spoiled. I bring it back to the store and tell the manager that I want a refund because the cake tatsted spoiled. The manager refuses the refund saying ...
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Chazals intention behind bedikat hametz

Nowdays, it seems to be standard for jewish family's to begin cleaning their houses days before Pesach. By the time bedikat hametz arrives, the houses are usually hametz free. From reading Talmud ...
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How to recite hallel with fewer than 3 men at seder

Are you supposed to do the responsive parts of Hallel at the Seder? indicates that, when three men are at the seder, Hallel is recited responsively. At the seder, does one recite Hallel responsively ...
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Can a digital signature be used to finalize a kinyan?

That is, can a code generated by a computer act as a legally binding signature for a contractual agreement in halacha? If so, is this true even if the code is not certified by a trusted authorized ...
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May one be mafsik during hallel at the seder?

The Gemarah (Rosh Hashanah 34b) says that pausing during Hallel might invalidate one's recitation. Presumably (though maybe not) talking during Hallel is also problematic. May one speak during the ...
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Self-Cleaning an Oven to Kasher If Food Residue Remains

From http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/623729/jewish/How-do-I-kosher-an-oven.htm: "If your oven is of the self-cleaning variety, koshering it is fairly simple. All you need to do is ...
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Shulchan Aruch HaRav Signs Omens Location?

Does anyone know where the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch speaks about halachos of signs and omens in Shulchan Aruch HaRav? I think the Rema speaks about it in Yoreh Deah 179:4, but does anyone know if the ...
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Eating after shkiah on a weekday

ב"ה I know one isnt allowed to eat after Shkiah on Shabbos. But what about a weekday? For instance what if one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis? My question is prompted ...
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Can you put on tefillin after shekia on Friday

May one put on tefillin after Shekia on Friday, or does he just miss the boat?
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What is the stance on reading and writing non-Jewish literature?

So, I'm guessing that secular study books (e.g. Biology, Math, etc) are fine and I've heard that reading something like Fantasy is not. What genres of literature are allowed and not allowed to be read ...
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Why can't we drink wine that was made by a non Jew but by machine

Why can't we drink wine that was made by a non Jew but was made from beginning to end by machine? Needless to say that according to the Gemara that it is only yayin nesech, if the non Jew makes An ...
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Is property belonging to a human god considered tashmishei avoda zara?

If a non-Jew who is worshipped as a god wants to bring a korban, can we accept it? Normally non-Jews can bring any sacrifices to our God which they want and are not limited to the Temple Mount while ...
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Temporary tattoos on Shabbas

Are temporary tattoos (the decal-types that you press on to someone) melacha? My instinct says they are melacha, but what av melacha do they fall under? Are they writing even if they don't contain ...
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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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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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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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When to take three steps forward

Before beginning Shemoneh Esrei, one takes three steps forward. Should they be taken after the kaddish beforehand is completed, to avoid being mafsik with the Amen? Or should you begin the steps while ...
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May one host irreligious guests on yom tov?

Although it is permissible to cook on Yom Tov, this heter is limited to cooking for other Jews. Because of this prohibition, Chazal were concerned that if one had non Jews as guests, he would cook ...
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Better for a kohen to daven in a minyan with one other kohen or no kohanim at all?

Say a kohen has an option of davening in one minyan where there is no kohanim at all in order that they should have bircas kohanim. Or he could daven in a minyan where there is at least one other ...
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Praying with pictures or money on the table

It has been established that one may not pray facing a picture. May one pray by a table where pictures or money bills lie? How about engraved images like coins? If prohibited, how can the practice ...
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Any famous Jews named Muhammad, Mahmud, Mehmet, etc.?

There is a halacha that one may not name a child after an evildoer, a principle known as shem reshaim yirkav taken from Yoma 38b ("ועל בן קמצר וחביריו נאמר ושם רשעים ירקב", cf. Mishlei 10:7). Later ...
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Commiting to a group's educational system

In a community where spaces are scarce in educational institutions, may a Jewish institution refuse a child if the parents will not commit to letting the child continue in that group's separate ...
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Can photographs be considered idols?

Can photographs of people be considered idols? Is it the kavanot that the viewer ascribes that is important or is it inherent in a 2D image of a face?
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Sharing Mi Yodeya questions on Facebook

Underneath questions on Stack Exchange sites there is a "share" link which allows one to share the question one is viewing on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. Is it permitted to use this feature on Mi ...
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Skipping Kabbalat Shabbat

Would a person be permitted to make a habit out of skipping Kabbalat Shabbat, and furthermore, would a shul be allowed to make this their official policy? (By "skipping", I mean not saying at all, ...
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Removing signs from a Shul bulletin board

In many areas Shuls have a bulletin board on which signs are hung. In some larger cities there are sign hanging companies that for a fee, go around and hang up posters for businesses on these bulletin ...
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Neckties on Shabbat

What is the halachic status of neckties on shabbat? I have heard that because they are not true garments, they cannot be worn in an area without an eruv. What is the source, if any, for this, and is ...
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Calling a Muslim leader an “Imam”

Is there a halachic issue with referring to a Muslim imam by the title "Imam" (or "Imam __" with the person's name inserted in place of the underscore)? Here are the thoughts that lead me to ask this ...
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Ever Encouraging Conversion?

Are there any situations where it is halachickly advisable to encourage someone to convert rather than be Noahide?
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Kashrus status of menurkeys

Sorry for the groan-worthy play on words (ok, no I'm not), but what is the Halachic, usability status of this product: Another question asks about ritualistic problems or concerns with deliberately ...
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Is returning worn clothing or shoes considered stealing?

Suppose one purchased, say, a pair of shoes. If he changed his mind about them after wearing them outside, is it halachically permissible to return them to the store after they get creases and slight ...
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Making the bracha “leishev b'sukkah” in the wrong place

I've heard before that R' Shlomo Eager speaks about (I believe in Yorah Deah Siman 28) a sofek if one is allowed to make a bracha on "achilas matzah" before the time of eating and be yotzee with that ...
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Passing meats during maggid

It says in pesachim that in the time of the beis hamikdash during maggid they would pass around small pieces of meats so the people are not starving. Is it still מותר to pass around meat?
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Does מין mean Christian, and if so what are the implications?

From what I have read there seems to be ample evidence that the term מין, as used in several places in the talmud, refers to Christians. I would like to know if there are any authorities who cite this ...
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Eating after Zeman Tefila if one didn't pray

If someone wakes up at let's say 11:00 and Sof Zeman Tefila according to all Posekim passed, can that person eat? We know that one can't eat before Tefila (Shulhan Aruch וידוע) but maybe the Din here ...
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Seudas Bris on a pushed-off fast

When Tisha B'Av is pushed off from Shabbos to Sunday the "bal habris" may eat a seudah (meal). A few questions. (I have no other background information to give and I'm asking because simply a lack of ...
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Sending emails to people who will read/answer them on shabbat

Is it permissible to send an e-mail on Friday afternoon, knowing it will be answered or at least read on shabbat by a Jew? I am inclined to think that, since the alternative to someone ...
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Is playing with a water gun allowed

Is playing with a water gun for fun allowed or is it a problem of baal tashchis (wasting resources)? (assuming for adult playing with kids or with other adults) This is really a general question of ...