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How to proceed when there was no Minyan to begin with?

Recently I was in a Shul for Friday Mincha. As soon as there were 10 adults they began Ashrei. In the 2nd Bracha of the Chazan repeating Shemona Esrei they realized that one of those that they counted ...
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Rules and restrictions of reciting Tehillim

I know there are lots of Halachot of when, where and how you should pray. What you can and can't wear and how to properly do it. But I've never heard any rules for reciting Tehillim. Can I say ...
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Is lighting a new flame on Yom Tov a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition?

Is lighting a completely new fire on Yom Tov a Biblical or a Rabbinic prohibition? Please cite your sources.
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Kissing when one person is meaty and the other is milky

I know that someone cannot eat milk immediately after meat and vice versa. Is it ok for two people to kiss if one person has just had meat and the other has just had milk? Do they, perhaps, need to ...
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Should driving be permitted on Yom Tov for a choleh she-ein bo sakanah?

Since hav'arah (i.e. sparking a new fire) is only de-rabbanan on yom tov (according to some opinions), should there be more halakhic leeway for driving to obtain medical care on a holiday (not on ...
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Lighting candles when eating out on erev yontif

A recent question asked about lighting candles when eating out on Friday night: If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that ...
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Lighting Candles when eating Out on Friday Night

If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that some rabbis do not allow candles to be lit at the hall in the shul but instruct ...
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Practiced Death Penalty Alternatives

My understanding is Halacha supports the use of the death penalty in theory but typically not in practice. The use of imprisonment as punishment is a recent development for Jews. These two ...
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One Tehillim for multiple situations

I don't know much about tehillim and I don't say them regularly. But lately I've started to say Shir Lamaalot for Israel and I've wondered a few things. For example, today somebody asked for people ...
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Can and should I report cheaters?

Sometimes during an exam, the Rabbi or professor leaves the room. This provides an opportunity (which some students take) to openly and publicly cheat. (These students are not wearing kipot nor are ...
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How often should one have marital intercourse with his wife?

What is the frequency of marital intercourse prescribed by Halacha? I am confused as the Talmud in Ketubot 61b says that for men of independent means it is every day. But the Rambam in Mishneh ...
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About giving up one's Life for G-D and Minhag

My question is concerning the times when Jews are - G-D forbid - being persecuted religiously and they can't transgress or stop performing mitzvot to the extent of not changing Minhag. Does this ...
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Exercise before Shacharis

Halacha tells us that there are certain activities that are forbidden to do before one davens the morning prayer. Would exercise be one of those activities ?
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Can the shaliah tsibbur intend the hazarah to be his own tashlumin? [duplicate]

If someone was unable for some reason to daven shaharith and is thereby eligible to pray a make-up prayer (tashlumin) at Minhah, but then ends up being asked to be shaliah ssibbur when he gets to ...
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Does one have to ask permission to take something that isn't theirs if they know the owner won't mind? [duplicate]

For example, if someone were to occasionally print out personal (not for work) things using the office's paper and ink and they know their boss wouldn't mind do they still have to ask their boss ...
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According to the Rambam, if I make a vow and I realize that it was based on an error, is it still binding?

If, for example, I say that I won't eat tomatoes but my intention was to make a neder about "not eating red vegetables" (this is why I said tomato). A year after, I realize that a tomato is a fruit ...
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Is one allowed to create a “mixed” Vavei Ha'amudim and non Vavei Ha'mudim Torah?

Related to this M.Y. question: The answers and comments seem to state that one cannot create a Torah that has two different writing styles. During Simchat Torah, I noticed that the main Torah I read ...
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Is one allowed to eat a fertilized chicken egg at any time of the chick's development?

Genesis 9:4: אַךְ־בָּשָׂ֕ר בְּנַפְשׁ֥וֹ דָמ֖וֹ לֹ֥א תֹאכֵֽלוּ׃ Sefaria.com translation: Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. Rash"i commentary ...
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Rebbe wearing new garments during shloshim

I recently heard from a couple of Bnei Brak Wizniter chassidim that their rebbes (R' Yisroel and R' Mendel) wore new clothing for Pesach 5772, less than a month after their father passed away. How ...
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Israeli esrogim after shemittah [duplicate]

Regarding esrogim the year after shemittah, when you prepare them to be made into jam, is it muttar to throw away the seeds?
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Ma'aser for Cohanin

If fruits were picked by a Cohen for themselves and then someone else eats (with the Cohen's permission, of course), does the person still need to separate Ma'aser?
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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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Is it forbidden to use a sand timer on shabbos?

Everyone I know seems to say that using a sand timer (hourglass) on shabbos is forbidden. The question is why? Is it because of sifting? Is there some other melacha involved? Is it actually forbidden? ...
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May the Shmittah Etrog be used to make lemon-scented deoderant or furniture polish?

My son brought me a pamphlet produced by Yeshiva Sh'or Yoshuv (Far Rockaway, NY) that discussed the laws of the 4 minim. (If I can locate an online copy, I'll edit in a link.) Near the end of the ...
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Can a woman uncover her hair for the sake of employment?

I am aware of many poseqim who hold that in order to get and hold a job, it is permissible for men to remove their kippoth during the interview and their workday. Can a woman who badly needs ...
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Using crockpot for a soap making project? [closed]

Preamble to my question: I was told by someone at Star-K that since soap is not food, it really doesn't even need a hechsher. For example, he told me that even though Brillo pads are not kosher, it ...
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Praying directly before an aron

It is very common to have a pictorially adorned curtain on an aron kodesh (cabinet that hold the Torah scrolls in a synagogue). It is also very common to have the shatz (prayer leader) stand before ...
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Wife's conjugal rights [duplicate]

I understand that a wife has a conjugal rights depending on the occupation of the husband (2 times a week, 1 time a week, on Friday night, one time a month, 1 time in 6 months, 1 time a year) And ...
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Why is there any debate regarding sitting in a Succah on Shmini Atzeret outside Israel? [duplicate]

A 2nd day of Yom Tov is observed outside of Israel because of sfeika d'yoma - (doubt which day Rosh Hodesh was declared, and thus, which day is the 1st day of the holiday.) The Torah states that one ...
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How much schach would be required for a Leviathan succah?

Preface - While this question may appear humorous, it is not "Purim Torah". On Shmini Atzeret, there is a short "good-bye" to the Succah prayer which includes the wish that we should merit, next ...
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How cold does it have to get for it to become assur to sit in the sukkah during the holiday of sukkot?

During the holiday of sukkot, whenever you eat, sleep or do other "living" type activities they must be done within the sukkah. The exception to this rule is that if you are caused pain because of bad ...
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Why is dancing allowed on Simchas Torah?

Considering the Gemara: “בבלי ביצה ל:א אין מטפחין ואין מספקין ואין מרקדין” Why are we allowed to dance on Simchas Torah? When and why was this relaxed?
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Are empty soda cans muktzah?

Do empty soda cans fall under the category of articles that are not useful for any purpose on Shabbos and are therefore muktzah and can not be moved or is there a leniency that would allow it to be ...
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After a kosher shekita, a non-kosher animal (cat) has eaten from the carcass. Is the carcass still kosher?

After a kosher shekita, a non-kosher animal (cat) has eaten from the carcass. Is the carcass still kosher? (The question describes not a real problem, I am just curious. In the reality, I've never ...
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Equal volume when doing birkat kohanim with a microphone

I attended a musical davening this week, and to accommodate the large crowd, the chazzan wore a microphone. The kohanim however did not. The result of this was that the chazzan's voice ended up much ...
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Can you say berachot in the lying position or in bed?

Are there any issues with saying berachot in the lying position? The reason I ask is it just always bothered me saying shema or Asher Yatzar in bed. If there are no issues then I shouldn't be ...
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Is it forbidden to watch pornography?

I have heard that pornography is forbidden, but the reasons (most?) seem to be based upon statements in the Talmud that deal with situations where the potential for a sinful encounter may occur, from ...
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What is the meaning and significance of Rav Ami in Pesahim 52a?

In response to a question whether or not one can perform melakhah as usual on Yom Tov Sheni Shel Galuyoth, Rav Ami responds (Pesahim 52a): be-yishuv asur, ba-midbar mutar …in the city it is ...
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What is the bracha for a petroleum-derived product?

Suppose I am taking an antidepressant medication, and my research indicates that it is produced by a complex synthesis beginning with the substances propionic acid and benzene. As an antidepressant, ...
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Is stepping back to begin shemonah esrei in front of one who had started a moment early also a problem?

You're not supposed to walk within 4 cubits of someone praying the amidah because the shechinah is in that radius (source). Is stepping back to begin shemonah esrei in front of one who had started a ...
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May one disassemble as Sukkah during Chol Hamoed?

I know from 134:11 in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may assemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed. May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed in order to prevent the Sukkah from being damaged by, ...
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What do/can/should you do if you daven Succos Hallel slower than the tzibur, and why?

If you daven Hallel on Succos slower than the shaliach tzibur, what do you do when everyone else gets to the parts that involve oral responses and/or shaking the lulav? Is it better to join in with ...
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can I smell my esrog?

There is such a concept of something that is 'huktzah l'mitzvasa' (set aside for its mitzvah observance), I was wondering about the smelling of the esrog and how this rule would be applied to it?
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On what authority do Lubavitchers not skip when late to shacharis?

The Rav's Shulchan Aruch, OC 52, clearly states that, because saying amida (sh'mone esre) with a congregation is so important, one who arrives late to a congregational shacharis service should skip ...
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What replies can be said while waiting for person behind you to finish davening?

One should not take his 3 steps backward after davening shmoneh esrei if there is a person directly behind him still davening [citation needed]. I believe this is true no matter how far the person ...
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Where can I purchase Halakhoth Pesukoth by Yehudai Gaon

As title states. I recently bought a beautiful edition of Halakhoth Gedoloth, I wondering if this Halakhoth Pesukoth can be bought online as well.
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Can we recite “shehakol nihyeh bidvaro” over coffee and tea?

Can we recite "shehakol nihyeh bidvaro" over coffee and tea ? If not, what is the appropriate bracha ?
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Is shaving with this kosher?

Is shaving with this laser shaver kosher? I don't keep a beard and not looking forward to keeping one at all but I don't use razors etc, only electric shaver etc. This "razor" uses a laser for ...
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Are you allowed to work hol hamoed if you enjoy your job?

If you're bored and do freelance. If this freelance is a hobby as well (art, programming, web design, etc), can this sort of work be done during hol hamoed?
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Can you rip non-perforated materials on shabbat and yom tov?

Can you rip materials that are not perforated on shabbat or yom tov? Can you rip out a piece of aluminum foil using the tool found on all foil boxes? Can you rip toilet paper not along the perforated ...