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Should one make a bracha on seeing geological arches, hoodoos or balanced rocks?

I am considering visiting Arches National Park in Utah. This park has several "arch" rock formations and a few hoodoos and a balanced rock. Shulchan Aruch O.C. 228:1 states that one should make a ...
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Is there a recommended timing chart for each section of davening?

I know that davening should not be rushed. However, inevitably, it seems that it is, in many shuls. Weekday morning shacharit, in particular, seems to be the most rushed as people have to commute to ...
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Is a neder about something compulsory valid?

Imagine someone make a neder not to eat pork. Is that neder valid? If he eats pork, is he also responsible for not respecting his neder or only for doing something against Halakha?
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What is the obligation of “Kedusha” (Holiness?)

The verse in Leviticus (19:2) says "you shall be holy" what is the parameter of this and to what degree is it binding. Rambam (Sefer Hamitzvos shoresh 4) writes that is is a general commandment to ...
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How do we know that non-hechshered food is not kilayim or kilay hakerem?

"Kilayim" and "kilay hakerem" are two classes of prohibitions on eating from "mixed" fields (in which more than one type of crop is planted.) "Kilayim," as I understand it, specifically refers to the ...
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How do we know that commercial fruit is not orlah/neta revai?

According to Judith R. Baskin (Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture, 2011, pp. 134-135), "The biblical law of "uncircumcised" fruit (orlah) prohibits consuming fruit picked from a tree ...
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Is it ethical for someone who's paid hourly to count an hour long lunch break?

If someone works part time and is paid hourly, is it ok to write down a lunch break as part of his or her hours? Especially in the case that someone is only working 4-5 hours a day total, and not a ...
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Was the Mishna Brurah meant to be learned straight?

Disclaimer - I do not intend to dispute common practices in Klal Yisroel, nor do I intend to criticize the incredible work of an incredible Talmid Chacham. The current practice in a considerable ...
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Metal Kulmus for Sifrei Kodesh?

I was just looking at the Keset haSofer and came across an interesting halacha ואין נוהגין כן אלא כותבין בנוצה ואפי׳ בקולמס של ברזל This is to say that we may write with a metal kulmus * (pen ...
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Can a shochet answer his own shechita shailos?

Is a shochet allowed to slaughter for himself, or does he need to buy from another butcher? If he slaughters an animal, and questions arise as to the validity of the shechita, can the shochet answer ...
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Would a violated woman be allowed to remain married to her Cohen husband?

As a continuation from my last question, Would looking away help a Cohen stay Married to his wife?, would a raped woman be allowed to live with her Cohen husband? Would there be room to allow them to ...
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Could stones cut with a high powered laser be used to build the Beit Hamikdash?

If Solomon's builders had access to lasers powerful enough to cut through stone, could he have used that instead of the Shamir? Stones for an altar or for the Beit Hamikdash were not allowed to be ...
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Would looking away help a Cohen stay Married to his wife?

I read recently about a Jewish woman raped in France at home in front of her husband. If Chas VeChalilah a wife of a Cohen is raped, they have to get divorced. Would it be advisable for an ...
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Minimum Requirement of Love your Neighbor

What is the minimum requirement to not be transgressing the mitzva of "ואהבת לריעך כמוך" "love your fellow as yourself" (Lev. 19:18)? For example, must one actively try to love others or it is enough ...
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What are the opinions on carrying medicine/medical devices on Shabbat?

Specifically, I'm curious about situations where it's not immediately apparent that it'll be necessary. For example: you don't know whether or not you'll need an epipen when you leave the house, but ...
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Looking For HaMaspik

I am looking for the halachic portion of Hamaspik L'ovdey Hashem by R. Avraham Ben HaRambam published by Bar Ilan Univ. I have found links to it on HebrewBooks, but it isnt there (I guess it was taken ...
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Can an Israeli who is in the U.S. on 8th Day Pesach eat a Gentile's chametz kosher food? [duplicate]

Someone has both an Israeli family and a Gentile maid living with a U.S. family in the same house on the 8th Day of Pesach. During the week, the Gentile has been eating her kosher chametz food in the ...
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2 Sifrei Torah on Shabbat Rosh Hodesh - Parshat Hachodesh. Which Torah is used for which reading?

We have only 2 Sifrei Torah available instead of 3 for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh Parshat Hachodesh. The first Torah is already rolled to the correct weekly parsha (let's assume it's this year, so it's at ...
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Can a Gentile shovel / plow snow from your driveway on Shabbat if he has been paid for general work?

I read in Kitzur Shulcah Aruch (סימן צ - דין עשית חפציו בלא מלאכה ומלאכה על ידי גוי) that even if a person prepays a Gentile before Shabbat, he cannot tell him to specifically do work for him ...
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Can a Jew buy non-kosher food for a gentile?

If a Jew is entertaining non-Jews in a business setting is he allowed to buy them non-kosher food in a non-kosher restaurant?
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Are star stickers mutar?

Do any contemporary poskim discuss the usage of star stickers with regard to the prohibition of depicting celestial bodies (e.g. the glow-in-the-dark ones people put on walls and ceilings)? What if ...
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Who was for and against Jews fighting back against the Germans in WW2?

There was a famous controversy regarding the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that was the largest uprising the Jews performed against the Nazis. I have heard tell that a lot of Rabbonim banned fighting back ...
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Can an autopsy be performed on a Jewish body?

Halachically can one perform an autopsy on a Jewish body? One one hand, the Talmud Sanhedrin 47a explains that the verses in Deuteronomy 21:22-23 we can learn that one must not delay a burial and ...
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What is Pas Shacharis

The Shulchan Aruch (155:2) writes that after the morning prayers, one should make a point to eat Pas Shacharis "Morning bread". Does anyone have a mekoros that discuss what makes up pas schacharis? is ...
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Punishment for “Bleigießen”

Recently, there was a discussion on Mi Yodeya about whether there was a Jewish source for the practice of divination and sorcery via blei gissen (Bleigießen). Based on the actual Jewish sources (e.g. ...
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Seudas Rabbi Akiva Eiger

What does R. Akiva Eiger hold about long distance involvement in another person's simcha? I have heard that contrary to legend he actually held that such participation is meaningless and that the ...
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Is a library book with an embedded RFID tag a problem on Shabbos?

RFID tags have very many uses in identifying different objects via radio waves. Recently, libraries have started using them to help keep track of books. I would imagine that the tags, in themselves, ...
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Davening and a freshly fertilised lawn

Per Shaliach Tzibbur and passing gas, the Shulchan Aruch advises against davening or learning Torah when there is a foul smell. For many years, my schul did not have AC and every year the schul's ...
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Tapping on the table for “שולחן זה שאכלנו עליו”

I always assumed that tapping the table as you say "ועל שולחן זה שאכלנו עליו" in bentching was something you do in Junior High School. But I have now seen several full-grown (at least ...
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Muktza not being directly handled (i.e. in a backpack)?

If say I'm walking in an area with an eiruv (that I hold of etc.), and it becomes Shabbos and I have a muktza object on me, if I put it in a backpack so that I'm not actually touching it, is it still ...
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Is there a heter for mentioning the names of the Greek gods?

At the end of Rambam Hilchot Avodah Zara 5 (halacha 14 by some counts, 10 by others), he says ‫ ואפילו להזכיר שם עבודה זרה שלא דרך שבועה--אסור, שנאמר "לא תזכירו". לא יאמר אדם לחברו, שמור לי ...
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Does a 3% angora sweater have to be tested for shatnez?

Does a sweater that has 3% angora and all other synthetic fibers have to be checked if it has no appliques?
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Aquatic Plants for Aquarium During Shmita

I have a fish tank and was wondering if there are any restrictions to putting aquatic plants (fully submerged) inside to help with the water chemistry during the shmita. The plant's main function will ...
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Rambam, Shkiah, and Tzet HaKokhavim

In the dispute between the Geonim and Rabbenu Tam over the definition of nightfall, I have seen the Rambam claimed by either side - each claiming that in the Mishneh Torah he held like them. My ...
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Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam?

Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam? Ive heard the Shulchan Aruch (rishon/acharon) held of it, did he pasken like for starting shabbos?
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A sin done while drunk

Is a sin done while inebriated considered an unintentional (bShogeg) sin? Sources are welcome.
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Pidyon in the case of Siamese birth

Let's say that two boys came out co-joined. There is technically no single "first born" since they both exited together. If they remain co-joined for 30 days, do they both get redeemed? If they were ...
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If one is too poor to redeem one's son for 5 Shekel, can he do it for less or for free?

Bamidbar 18:16 says: And their redemption-money--from a month old shalt thou redeem them--shall be, according to thy valuation, five shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary--the ...
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Public Shaming: Cardinal Sin?

Is publicly shaming someone a cardinal sin (a sin which one must die rather than perform)? R. Yonah (Shaarei Tshuva: Shaar Shlishi 139) and Tosafos (Sotah 10b) hold that it is. If I understood ...
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Study of Written Law Without Comprehension

What are the earliest sources that confirm or contradict the assertion that recitation of Torah Shebiksav fulfills the obligation to study Torah even without understanding of the words? Preferred: ...
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Stepping back to answer kedusha while person behind hasn't finished praying

According to Halachipdeia (source) you're not supposed to walk 4 amot in front of a person praying the amidah. I think you also have certain restrictions regarding which parts of kedusha could be ...
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Can a minyan be made up of people who do not respond to the prayers said?

Can a minyan be made up of people who are unable (eg through lack of education) to respond to the prayers said? See O Ch 124 (4) where it says that if nine people are not paying attention to the ...
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Is vaping prohibited?

With the rising popularity of vaping and electronic cigarettes, many might consider turning to them to stop smoking or to at least divert their habit to a healthier alternative. However, the liquids ...
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Is charity money used for alcohol considered charity?

If you give money to a homeless person on the street, and they use that money to buy alcohol or other intoxicants (drugs), can what you give be considered charity, since it did not help that person in ...
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is there such a thing as a negative techum?

Can a neighborhood in a city form a negative eruv techum so one would then need to intentionally make a techum to get into it? Can it be done with an eruv chatzerot?
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Do we learn any hilchos shechita from the Akeida?

The Binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) is a fascinating story, for a multitude of reasons. One thing that appeals to me, as a shochet (slaughterer), is that it has in it (as far as I could tell) the earliest ...
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Can one say kiddush levana by day? [duplicate]

Can someone say "kiddush levana" by day if he sees the moon clearly, in full? Or is there a reason why we only say it in the evening other than the fact that the day starts at night.
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Do any sfarim mention halachic ramifications of the fundamental beliefs?

Do any post Rambam halachic works mention how the fundamentals effect halachic status of people or things? Do they discuss if halcha follows Rambam and his thirteen ikrim, or Seffer HaIkrim and his ...
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If a convert converted without knowing that their conversion would be permanent

Hypothetically, if a convert converted without knowing that their conversion would be permanent (i.e., cannot convert out), does that make the conversion invalid?
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Is breaking the law in the United States considered rebelling against the nations in the exile (i.e. three oaths)?

In the three oaths it is forbidden to rebel against the nations, which usually results in a prohibition against breaking the law. In the United States, its kind of not officially the gentiles as it is ...