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Whale-yeast Beer

This article describes a beer created with yeast from fossilised remains of an ancient whale. From what I understand, the yeast imparts certain characteristics to the beer other than alcohol content. ...
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What Bracha do we say on Mashed Potatoes.

What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes? Does it matter how mashed etc? (I am thinking that it will be either Hadoma or Shehakol and it depends on how mashed but that is just unsourced and a ...
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Corn flakes — ha’adamah or she’hakol? [on hold]

I read somewhere that corn flakes might be either a ha’adamah or a she’hakol depending on the manufacturing process used to make them. Where is the halachic source for this?
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mechitzah, shul and wedding [duplicate]

I read somewhere that a mechitzah is technically something required only in a shul. Is there a halachic source for this? I read somewhere that the concept of mechitzah has been extended to include ...
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A rebellious spouse in Beis Din today

The Rambam describes how to handle a case where a couple is divorcing and one spouse claims the other is rebellious (refusing marital relations) and the other is insisting that this is not the case ...
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Putting the head down for Tachanun with a non-cloth covering

Inspired by this question. The answer there says that you should use "a cloth and not merely one's hand, because a person's own flesh can't be considering a covering for itself." What is the status ...
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Would a genetically engineered red heifer be usable?

Assuming that a non-Jew chose to create a genetically engineered parah adumah (red heifer) and further assuming it met all the halachic requirements --no two black hairs, hadn't been used for work ...
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When does a מעריב-misser say תחנון?

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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Is it forbidden or just disrespectful to wear a kippah with ads on it while in shul or learning?

When my kids were in yeshiva, the school had a policy that they were not allowed to wear kippot that had any writing other than their name, or "Yerushalayim" or something similar. I.e. - no logos like ...
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Saying “thank you” before taking a bite

The halacha as codified by Shulchan Aruch O.C. 167:6 is that if one interrupts between making Hamotzi and eating the bread, as long as the interruption is related to the meal (not just to eating the ...
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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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Is it possible to follow Buddhism halachik-ly? [on hold]

If I (a halachik-ly observant Conservative1 Jew) consider Buddhism to be a philosophy rather than a religion, can I follow Buddhism halachik-ly? If asked what religion I belong to, I would undoubtedly ...
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If Jews are the majority in a state outside Israel, what should they do?

Say Jews happen to become the majority in some state outside Israel (enough of a majority to change the constitution) but there are also gentiles there. Are the Jews obligated to turn it into a ...
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Is there a standard format for the start of each column in writing Sifrei Torah?

When I looked at a few Tikunei Lakor'im, they seem to follow what appears to be a standard where certain words begin at the top of a column. I did see several Sifrei Torah that seem to follow this ...
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May a surgeon who needs to do surgery on Shabbat correct the time on his watch?

According to the various sources mentioned in this article one is not allowed to set a stopped watch on Shabbat. Suppose that a surgeon is scheduled to operate on a patient on Shabbat afternoon. ...
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Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision?

Is it possible for a man to convert to Judaism without circumcision? I'm not talking about where medical reasons would prevent circumcision; I'm curious to know if an uncircumcised gentile can ...
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Can someone who is not wearing tefillin on a weekday receive an aliyah?

My shul has a policy that anyone (male, over Bar Mitzva, of course) not wearing tefillin cannot receive an aliyah. Is there any halacha or minhag to support this rule? My rav is in Eretz Yisra'el, ...
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BT emailing non-observant family on Friday afternoon

A given person is Shabbat-observant; his/her immediate and extended family is not. May this individual write an email to his/her family (who live in Israel) when it is before Shabbat (where s/he ...
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Laws regarding excessive conversation while dating

In speaking with a friend regarding conversation between men and women who are dating, this is what they said: So I asked someone who knows about these things and she said that it originates from ...
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Lashon Hara about yourself

Is it asur to speak lashon hara about yourself? The only source have that it is asur is a story about thr Hafes Haim on a train. I'm not sure if that's a sufficient source to assume that it's asur. ...
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Is one allowed to be fat?

Is one halachically allowed to be fat (overweight or obese), or must a fat person take steps to reduce their weight and maintain a reasonably healthy body (and likewise, a healthy person must not ...
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What is the blessing on dough?

Shulchan Aruch discusses the blessing on baked dough (various places - Hamotzi), fried dough (O.C. 168:10), raw grain kernels (Ha'adama - O.C. 208:4), flour (shehakol - 208:5), and various cooked ...
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Lashon Harah for anonymous to'eles

Necessary background: Lashon Harah (slander) is prohibited, unless it is for a to'eles (constructive purpose). Can I say Lashon Harah that would be available to everyone, would be beneficial for some ...
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Should a Jewish cashier scan treif items?

On the basis of Vayikra 11:8, is it permitted to work as an employee at a grocery store as a cashier (not the owner of the business), which would entail touching packaged yet non-kosher food items ...
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May a male use a female for massage or vice versa?

There is a related question In a non-life-threatening emergency, can a female doctor do a hospital procedure on a male or vice versa?. The answer to that question, addresses limited situations, and I ...
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Sealing an envelope on shabbat

On Shabbat, is it permissible to seal an envelope that does not require moistening, ie an envelope that has a PEEL & SEAL flap?
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Will 2 days of Rosh Hodesh & Yom Tov be necessary after Mashiach? [duplicate]

As I understand it, the origin for having a 2nd day of Rosh Hodesh & Yom Tov is that messengers were only able to travel a certain distance from where the Sanhedrin was to convey the declaration ...
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Opening bottles and creating a Keli on Shabbath

Does opening a new bottle create a new Keli, such that it would be prohibited on Shabbath? (I personally don't think so for a few reasons. However, someone posted this question a little while ago ...
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What defines “on this earth” from a halachic standpoint?

Rabbi Ben-Zion Firrer asked whether Torah Law must be observed in space, since Deuteronomy 12:1 says one should follow the Commandments "all of the days which you are alive on this earth." What ...
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Jews under Charlemagne

Jews under Charlemagne in the 8th century and the Carolingian emperors were accredited food providers in addition to providing wine for Christian mass. I am looking for halachic responses to these ...
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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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Walking In-front of Someone Davening Shemona Esrei

I read somewhere that shtenders, chairs, tables and benches aren’t considered an interruption between the one davening and one passing before him unless the shtender is 10 טפחים tall by 4 טפחים wide. ...
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Asking someone to do melacha for you [duplicate]

Is this permitted: There is a dispute if one can open bottles on Shabbas (just an example), there are shittos (opinions) who allow it, while others forbid it (don't want to get into that now). If I am ...
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Is one allowed to smoke Marijuana?

Not taking into account Dina D'malchusa, what are the Halachic problems with smoking marijuana? Is it allowed?
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Changing the spelling of “G-d” and Halachic erasure

Is there a problem of "erasing the name of HaShem" if you erase the English word spelled G-o-d, and if so, is there then a problem of erasing it in order to spell it in a more acceptable way (such as ...
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Learning Tur or derivative sefarim [on hold]

Most halachic works which I can think of off the top of my head follow the general layout of the Tur. Seeing that some of them, such as Shulchan Aruch and its Mapah are highly abridged, versions of ...
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shemonah esrei and moving to another location

I heard that one can/ should, step out of שמונה עשרה if they are being disturbed and move to somewhere else. Where is the halachic source for this? I also heard that they may move elsewhere and ...
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Women and mayim achronim

I read that women are obligated in washing mayim achronim just as much as men. Where is the halachic source for this?
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Giving Non-Kosher Wine to a neighbor

I know that I may not eat general wine from the store (as opposed to wine that's certified kosher). Can I also not derive other benefit from it? Specifically: Can I give it as a gift to a non-Jewish ...
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Is it permissible to write the English/secular date?

Is it permissible to write the secular/Christian date? Example: On a letter (bad example but you get what I mean). Some conceivable issues: We're told "this month (Nisan) shall be for you the head ...
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Washing Once or Twice

Someone told me that technically one needs to pour water on each hand only once since we use large quantities of water. Is there a halachic source for this? I heard that the requirement to pour twice ...
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Eating food that is tamei

What is the status (both mid'oraita [on the biblical level] and mid'rabanan [on the rabbinic level]) of a person who ate food that is tamei [ritually impure] as a rishon le'tumah [first level of tumah ...
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Washing the hands of the ba'al habayis

I heard that at one's Pesach Seider someone else is supposed to wash the hands of the ba’al habayis. Where is the basis for this halachah? Furthermore, I heard that He should pour once over both ...
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Kissing a child in the Ezras Nashim

It says in the Rema in OC Siman 98 Sif 1 that it's ossur to kiss a child in shul. There are perhaps exceptions to this rule and cases where it would be allowed however that's that it says in the Rema ...
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Watering Synthetic Grass on Shabbat?

Is there a problem of watering synthetic grass on Shabbat- If the synthetic grass has gaps or "holes" whereby the water can leak through to the earth underneath it? What if the earth underneath ...
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Shvusim. does amount make a difference

Is there a concept of shvus dishvus with an added shvus making it a rabbinic prohibition 3 times removed. For example if it's yom tov sheini, and the action is rabbinic such as Nolad (turning on a ...
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Tefillin and Knots

Where in halachah is it stated that the kesher shel yad must be in contact with the bayis while they are davening? Where in halachah is it stated that the kesher shel yad must also be in contact with ...
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Being intoxicated a Sin?

Is becoming drunk a sin? If yes, is it a Torah prohibition or a rabbinical one? Please give a lot of details. And also sources.
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What's the exact procedure for using a key belt?

On Shabbat, in places where there is no communal eruv (or for those who do not rely on a communal eruv), taking your house key with you when you leave your home is a problem of carrying. One ...
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Wiping and Drying

Is there a halachic basis to wipe off one's hands in one's clothes before washing? Where in halacha is it stated that one is required to wipe off the handle of the washing cup?