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In Levirate marriage, can the widow refuse marriage to the brother-in-law?

In Levirate marriage, the Torah text gives the option for the brother in law to refuse when it says: Devorim 25 (7) But if the man does not wish to take his brother's wife, the brother's wife ...
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Understanding the difference between shevus and gezeirah

I know that, in general, there is a difference in strictness between the two categories of protective measures, but am having difficulty in explaining the difference between the two.
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Can I use Mi Yodeya as a proper method to ask forgiveness before Yom Kippur, from someone I wronged?

Ramba"m among others, state that Yom Kippur does not atone for sins committed between a person and his neighbor until a person personally asks the other for forgiveness. Undoubtedly, I have offended ...
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Tzadakkah questions (flyers in mail)

What is one's halachic obligation based on Rambam Hilchos Matanos Anayim 10:3, "do not turn away…", when one receives tzedakkah flyers in the mail for many different types of causes? In ...
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Does wine bottle cut into a drinking glass need to be toveled?

I've been cutting wine bottles into drinking glasses as gifts for friends and am wondering if they need to be taken to the mikveh as they now could be considered "new" containers. Does a wine bottle ...
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12-step recovery programs with Gentiles

Based on well-known results, 12-step programs based on Alcoholics Anonymous and branching out to narcotics and such, appear to be extremely effective. However, since Jews are roughly a 1:100 ...
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Interfering with wild predator and prey animals

Would it be considered tzaar baalei chaim (animal cruelty) to assist a wild animal at the expense of another? Would it be acceptable to help a wild predator catch wild prey (causing distress to the ...
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Suckling directly from a kosher animal

After scouring the internet for various legitimate medical cures to a certain innocuous virus, several obscure websites suggest suckling directly from the teat of a goat (mirrored by several people my ...
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Is it permitted for a couple to have relations during the daytime?

Is it permitted for couples to have relations in the daytime if they are tired in the evenings?
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Corporations, Jewish Shareholders and Interest

How many Jewish shareholders does a corporation or bank have to have in order for the prohibitions on lending or borrowing at interest to apply? Is one Jewish shareholder sufficient, or does it ...
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Can I use a SodaStream with an indicator light on Shabbos?

I saw that I can use a SodaStream on Shabbos, but I have a specific question: Can I use a Sodastream on Shabbos if it has an LED indicator? If not, is there something I can do to it to make it usable ...
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Can you use a pool for a mens mikvah

Is a pool allowed to be used as a mikvah for keri, for erev shabbos, and Shabbos day? If so does the filter have to be off? Since it is not only made of rain water i am having a doubt. Please answer ...
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Is there a prohibition to eat produce before bikkurim (first fruits) have been separated?

Rambam Sefer Hamitzvos negative command 153 says We are forbidden from eating tevel, i.e. produce from which the terumos1 and ma'asros have not yet been separated. Is there a comparable ...
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Guitar during public weekday prayers

Is anyone aware of any halakhic opinion regarding the playing of musical instruments, guitar for example, in shul on a weekday, not shabbo. Does it have the same religious stigma and opposition as ...
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Blowing shofar for someone at their home

What does one need to know in order to properly perform a private shofar-blowing for someone who cannot make it to Shul on Rosh Hashana? There are many details of how the shofar blowing is conducted ...
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If water accidentally spilled on my laining sheet and rubbed out the ink, is it still shaimos?

I have a computer program that I use to print the Tikkun, so that I can practice the parsha while at work (instead of shlepping the huge Tikkun book.) Today, I accidentally spilled water on the ...
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Do we still need 4 amot for davening with benches?

Most shuls nowadays separate rows with benches/chairs and shtenders. If this is the case, must someone avoid walking in front of someone davening, even separated by benches? It seems less likely to ...
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Assuming something has remained Kosher

When someone buys a product with Kosher certification, do they have to check to make sure that it is still certified Kosher or can they rely on the fact that the last time (or first time) they bought ...
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Cohen and Vasectomy Marrying a women who wants to have children

If it is prohibited for a women who want's to have children to marry a a man who had a vasectomy and the man told her before the wedding that he had the vasectomy and she had in mind to get invitro ...
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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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Buying non-Kosher food for home Emergency Kits

The United States federal government, American Red Cross, and surely countless other governments and NGOs recommend that families have Emergency Survival Kits in their homes in case of a natural or ...
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Violating a cancelable oath?

If someone made an oath "I'm not going to eat bread for thirty days" and wants to "cancel" it, he goes to three people and tells them "I didn't know that it would be so hard". They say "OK, it's ...
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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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Why God refers to Deer and Gazelle on Eating without sacrificing?

In this question Can jews eat unclean animals when blood is removed? God mentions that jews can eat gazelle and deers without sacrificing them first. That's because all sacrifice must be in the ...
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Are adjacent fields in techum shabbat or not?

BSD In Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chapter 95:1 " והיינו אם היה בין השמשות בשדה אבל אם שבת בתוך עיר כל העיר הוא מקומו. ועיבורה של עיר נחשב ג"כ להעיר" Sorry if this is a beginners question but ...
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Pronunciation of “Two”s in Hebrew

Thomas O. Lambdin calls out the words שְנַיִם and שְתַּיִם as exceptions to "shewa as the initial vowel in a word is always vocalized," i.e. it is "shtayim" and "shnayim". That's a secular expert's ...
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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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Saying a b'racha acharona and continuing to eat other food

Suppose someone is eating something that requires saying a b'racha meen shalosh — for example, noodles — and something that requires saying "bore n'fashos" — for example, salad or ...
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Are there still those who obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah?

If I am a farmer or keep animals, is it possible to obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah in today's times? Is is right to obey this mitzvah?
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Bathroom break during maariv

If a person begins Maariv and has just answered Barchu, and then realizes that they are going to have to go to the bathroom before they can say Shemoneh Esrei, when is the best time to go? Should ...
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Doctors working on Shabbat

What are some general guidelines regarding the halakhic permissibility for Jewish doctors to work on Shabbat? I know that saving lives generally overrides Shabbat, but I am curious about less ...
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What is the status of a modern-day city with regards to techum?

The halacha of techum states that one cannot go more than 2000 amot outside of his place of rest. The place of rest can be the city in which he's spending Shabbat. With regards to t'chum, what ...
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Is it problematic to own and use a Swiss Gear bag?

The Swiss Gear bags and back packs have the image of the Swiss flag (usually in color, red and white, and made out of a hard material) sewn into the material. Often the Swiss flag's image is put on ...
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If a Shofar blower must blow twice for two concurrent minyanim, does he need to say the bracha twice?

A shul has two minyanim that are about 5 minutes apart from each other. They hire 1 Ba'al T'kiah (shofar blower). He says the bracha at the 1st minyan and blows the first set of 30 blasts. Then he ...
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Can the full set of 100 shofar blasts be performed by more than 1 person?

One person made the bracha and blew some blasts. Then, for some reason, he is physically unable to blow the rest. Can someone else complete the job? Does it matter if the switch happens in the middle ...
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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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Skipping parts of pessukei dezimroh to get to work on time?

Kitzur shulchan aruch states that if a person is afraid of being late to recite shmonei esreh with minyan, it is allowed to skip some parts of the pessukei dezimroh... Does this apply to a person that ...
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shtender and shemoneh esrei

I've seen people - in shul - leaning on shtenders when they are davening shemoneh esrei. Halachichally, if someone is leaning on his shtender while he's davening shemoneh esrei, is he יוצא?
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Giving money to a poor tinok she-nishba

Bob is an observant Jew. Jim is completely secular Jew, who has never been observant. Jim is poor, and has trouble making ends meet most of the time. Is Bob allowed to give Jim tzedakah, knowing ...
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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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Liability of substitute

If someone has an appointment, and arranges for a babysitter to come to watch his/her children while he/she goes to the appointment, and the babysitter doesn't show up, so the parent misses the ...
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When may a body be removed from its resting place and buried elsewhere?

In what instances may a body be removed from its resting place and be interred elsewhere?
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Hefsek in being yotzei besamim in havdallah

This past motzei Shabbos, in the Shul where I davened, there were a number of young men who were lining up to be included in the communal havdallah done at the end of Maariv. The person making ...
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Giving to the poor of your city first - home or workplace?

The poor of one's household take precedence over the poor of one's city, and the poor of one's city take precedence over the poor of another city, as implied by [Deuteronomy 15:11]: "[Open your hand ...
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Can a Jew name a child after a (deceased) non-Jew (non-relative)?

Can a Jew name a child after a (deceased) non-Jew (non-relative)? Is there any prohibition against it?
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Could pipes from a boiler to a sink ever be considered a kli sheini?

A reason why having two sinks, in a kitchen, is justified, is because hot meat and milk cleaned or mixed together in a single sink could constitute bishul; one of the three prohibitions of ...
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Psak halacha from a havah amina in the Gemara

The Gemara will often begin a sugya with an initial understanding (havah aminah) of a mishnah or halacha and as the Gemara continues will change until it reaches the maskanah. Often, the maskana will ...
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Holy Objects of a Messianic

Messianic Judaism is a heretical offshoot of Judaism which maintains that Jesus was the Mashiach which may violate the prohibition of avodah zarah (see above link). Would the tefillin or tallit* used ...
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Taking your mezuzah to a new home

When someone moves from one rental apartment to another, may they take mezuzot from their old apartment and use them for the new one? Let's assume that the next tenants in the old apartment and the ...
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Holidays south of the equator

When Jews first started establishing communities south of the equator, they must have noticed that the holidays fell completely at the wrong times of the year. (For example, Pesach, referred to as hag ...