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Waving or otherwise recognizing the English flag and its variants

Related to this question and this question the English flag and many of its variants from former colonies have the cross of someone who is recognized as a saint by Catholics, George. This cross was ...
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What type of “rainbows” require a bracha?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 229:1 says: הרואה הקשת אומר בא"י אמ"ה זוכר הברית נאמן בבריתו וקיים במאמרו. ואסור להסתכל בו ביותר: One who sees the rainbow says, "Blessed are you, God our ...
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Maror- common lettuce

Rav Dovid Feinstein in Kol Dodi perek 15:18 writes that the common custom is to use romaine lettuce for maror.However, he mentions that he heard that a renowned Gaon of recent times who permitted ...
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Can a smartphone count as a sefer for stacking purposes?

Considering that, these days, you can have quite a bit of Torah on cellphones (indeed, on my iPhone I have all of Tanach, Siddur, Halachic works, Jastrow dictionary, etc.), is it possible to make an ...
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If your parent changes their name, does your name change too?

Imagine your parent changes his or her (Hebrew) name--either by converting to Judaism and getting a name, by taking on a second name, or simply changing his/her name for whatever reason. (Not sure ...
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Would halacha trust a password?

Almost all secure systems in the modern world rely on a shared secret (password) system of some kind. The premise is that no-one other than the account holder knows the secret, so anyone who knows ...
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How can someone dispose of chametz trash that someone has disposed on his private property?

Someone's home is on a public street. A homeless man likes to feed bread to the birds that are in the nests and on the person's lawn. Sometimes, the man just dumps a pile of bread crumbs on the lawn ...
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Finish it later and make a siyum?

Suppose someone part of a work of Torah and, later, picks up where he left off. Can he make a siyum (e.g. to exempt b'choros from fasting erev Pesach or to allow wine before 9 Av)? Possibly ...
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Picking and choosing Hashkafa

Can one decide to follow for example the Rambam's more rational Hashkafic approach and then the Ramban for other Hashkafic ideas even though they clearly disagree? I've heard that by practical ...
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Can an non-North African Jew participate in post-Pesach Mimouna celebrations?

Mimouna is a customary post-Pesach celebration originally observed by Moroccan and Algerian Jews. When large numbers of those groups made aliyah, the custom was adopted by many Israelis as well. The ...
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What's the heter for g'vinas akum?

In a comment elsewhere on the site, Curiouser writes: the heter for gevinas akum (based on Tosfos) was paskened l'masseh by R. Solovetichik, among others or, in other words, Rabbi Soloveitchik, ...
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How to answer the simple son?

In the debate over how to respond to a question about leaning during a seder that took up a noticeable amount of time in chat a question was danced around. The debate was mostly centered around how to ...
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Does fish need to be inspected for non kosher fish, flies and worms?

I'm not sure if commercial fish is inspected in any way. I know that most commercial fish is caught in nets, so I don't think that bait is used. When individuals go fishing, they use worms, flies, or ...
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Does 100% pure avocado oil need special kosher l'Pesach certification?

Costco carries a brand of avocado oil that I think is produced by Whole Foods. I know that OU, and I think other kashrut agencies have stated that 100% pure olive oil needs no special Pesach ...
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Is it permissible to bring back extinct species?

Is it allowed according to halacha to bring back extinct species? The technology is on its way, and i have seen some discussion in non-Jewish contexts about the ethics of it, and how we might be ...
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Antibiotics, Strep and Taanit Esther

Can someone with a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, but can not swallow the antibiotics dry or with minimal water, take the medicine using a full glass of water and/or dissolving the ...
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Sephardic Halakhoth for Kashering a Sink

Moving into a new place, the previous tenant was not Jewish, and the sink is made from porcelain. i know that Hacham Ovadia Yosef Zal allowed Sephardim to kasher a porcelain sink for Pesach by using ...
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Inadvertant Sin of Prohibited Food or Relations

What is the explanation of the talmudic dictum (Sanhedrin 62b, Kreisos 19b) that one who inadvertently sins in the areas of forbidden foods or sexual relations (e.g. reaches for kosher food, misses it ...
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Nullifying a chametz-based medication before Pesach

Let's say you are a choleh who is permitted or required to take a chometz-containing medication during Pesach (according to the halachos described here: ...
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Can one moser to a company?

Assuming it's forbidden to inform on a Jew to a government even in modern times to democratic governments. Is it forbidden to inform on a Jewish business to another company? For example, if a company ...
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Alternative treatment/medicines

what does the Torah, Talmud and other scriptures (commentators) say about alternative treatments and medicines (yoga, accupuncture, ayurveda, haptonomy etc.)? Is it ok to get this kind of healthcare? ...
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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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Kashering enamel-ware

How does one kasher enamelware like Le Creuset (if it is at all possible)? Note: enamelware cooking implements are typically cast-iron with a glazed enamel covering most of the of the surface, except ...
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Waving at a security camera on Shabbat

Background: Walking past motion detector/sensor activated lights on Shabbat -- it's better to avoid setting of motion-activated lights on Shabbat. Unintentional closing and opening of electrical ...
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Jean Valjean and Halacha

Note: This question is assuming that the character in question were Jewish, rather than Catholic. It is merely using the situations as examples. In the musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic, ...
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Prayer and the Noahide/Gentile

I know that Noahides have their own siddur and are not bound or obligated to pray, but could one (a Noahide) pray the actual Amhidah for example and omit the words "our" or anything that connects them ...
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Bar Mitzvah Meal Before Becoming 13

Mishne Berura, I believe, writes that a Bar Mitzvah seudah (meal) is conferred the status of a seudas mitzvah if either it is held on the day of the boy's becoming 13 (i.e. his birthday) or, he ...
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What if one is served a shmita product that is not shmita kosher? Eat it or throw it?

If one is served a product from which Shmita was not kept- (fruit, or other) is it permissible or even recommended to eat it since the product will otherwise be thrown to the trash? The products have ...
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What if a statement is vocalized as a question?

When making a statement or declaration, such as "i'm making a kinyan for Ploni", must it be vocalized as a statement, or can it sound like a question (raising the tone at the end a little; hopefully ...
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Underground crypts for burial

In light of this article what are the possible problems with burying the deceased in underground crypts? The article mentions: The head of the Jerusalem burial society told Haaretz that there is ...
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Contract Law and Intentions

If two parties write a contract with two clauses A and B, such that if the conditions of the first clause A, are not fulfilled then the contract defaults to the second clause B, and both parties have ...
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If a Jewish neighbor becomes the subject of a scandal, is it loshon hara to follow it in the press?

It has happened a few times -- Jewish neighbors or acquaintances, some of them communal leaders and/or public figures -- have been arrested and charged with a crime or crimes of such a nature they are ...
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Forgot Atta Chonantanu and haven't said Havdalla yet before davening Shacharis

In the event that one forgot to say atta chonantanu in Maariv, they do not repeat Shemoneh Esrei (S.A. O.C. 294:1). The reason for this is because it is not necessary to repeat, as one can say ...
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Do you have to finish your food in the sukkah?

If you took a big bite of bread while in the sukkah (during the holiday of Sukkot), are you allowed to step outside and finish eating what's already in your mouth?
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Hagbah in a partitioned room

Over Yom Tov I was in a shul which was converted from a house into a shul. The sanctuary was divided by a walled staircase, such that one could not see from one part into the other, like so: | | ...
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Can a Chazan silently say Yom Kippur piyutim in English?

Some shuls (such as mine) do many sections of most piyutim silently. Is the Shat"z allowed to do the silent portions in English and just say the ending of the piyut aloud in Hebrew?
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May one hang Torah passages or ketubah in the marital bedroom?

I understand that one is not supposed to store holy books in one's marital bedroom, unless they are covered. I gather that this is due to the fact that marital relations occur there, and there is a ...
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Verifying powdered milk

If someone keeps cholov Yisroel but is lenient when it comes to powdered milk, is there a halachically reliable/valid way to verify that a product is made with powdered milk as opposed to fresh milk, ...
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Toasters in motels / cabins

I rented a cabin last week. In the kitchen was a clean toaster - not a toaster oven, but the "retro" kind for 2 slices of bread. Could I have used it? My assumption was it's OK b/c the electrical ...
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Examples of having to choose between two “lavs”?

There are classic examples of having to choose between two positive commandments (e.g. if one only has money for one, do you buy wine for Shabbas or candles), and there are known cases where a ...
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Editing Torah on Tisha B'av

Is it a violation of the prohibition to learn Torah on Tisha B'av to edit a Torah publication? The intent of the editor is not to learn, but it ends up happening automatically if he is editing ...
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Why don't we say Ein KeLokeinu on Tisha BeAv?

Many have a custom not to say the Shir Shel Yom or Ein Kelokeinu on Tisha BeAv morning. Why not?
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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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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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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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Crying on Shabbos

Is it permissible to cry on Shabbos? What about if it is tears of joy? What are some halachos that pertain to crying (on Shabbos)? For example, can I tell someone something that may make them cry? ...
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Listening to music during the 3 weeks?

There are many types of music which some authorities permit listening to during the Omer: Rav Shlomo Zalman allows classical music and chazannus. (Halichas Shlomo) The Chelkas Yakov allows recorded ...
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Craving for Non-Kosher Food

If a pregnant lady craves for something not kosher is she permitted to eat it? Source? Does it depend how much she wants it, etc.?
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When someone places a flyer on your car windshield without your permission, is s/he Masig G'vul?

On several occasions, a Jewish boy has placed a flyer about some neighborhood business or tzedaka foundation on my car windshield. Since I don't want the flyer there, is s/he "Masig G'vul" (losely ...
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Unethical landlord

Ownership of an apartment building changed hands, and the landlord for the new owner is demanding unusually high additional monthly payments from preexisting tenants for parking privileges that are ...