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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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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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Pre torn toilet paper too long

Whenever I go to a household or a synagogue with pre-torn toilet paper on Shabbos, I find that the strips people tear are at least a foot and a half long. I am able to manage with a regular sized ...
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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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1answer
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“El Male Rachamim” on Tisha b'Av

Typically we do not say "El Male" on days when tachnun would not be said, however, is this true of Tisha b'Av, when we have our national day of aveilut?
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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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1answer
18 views

Sefer and Tikkun L'Choleh

Someone sent me a pdf file of tikkun l'choleh. Does anyone know where I can purchase this sefer?
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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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Watching movies based off the Torah

Do halachic authorities* allow one to watch a movie based off the Torah? (For example, the recent film Noah, or the upcoming film Exodus) *Obviously I mean those authorities who permit watching ...
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Learning Tur or derivative sefarim [closed]

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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Why is the hat often black?

We see here and here questions about wearing a black hat. However, why is the hat black? Is there some sort of kedushah to wearing a black Stetson or Borsalino which is lost in other colours? Or is ...
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The Chofetz Chayim's system of the olamos

In the sefer Toras Habayis (written by the Chofetz Chayim) in chapter 4 the paragraph that starts with ha'nimshal muvan me'elav, he writes the hierarchy of the olamos (worlds) like this: Briyah, ...
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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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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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1answer
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Why repeat the last verse of “Yoshev b'Seter Elyon”

In Nusach ashkenaz, as well as in "V'hi Noam" of Nusach haAri, the last pasuk of "Yoshev B'seter Elyon" (Psalm 91) is repeated. Why is that?
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Why was Batsheva bathing on the roof

In 2 Shmuel 11:2 it says that Dovid saw אִשָּׁה רֹחֶצֶת, מֵעַל הַגָּג Why was she bathing on the roof? Was that common practice? I always assumed that bathing in the ancient world (besides for ...
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Do we know more about נבח?

The last verse of Parshas Mattos (Bamidbar 32:42) is about a fellow named Novach who conquered a city and named it after himself: וְנֹבַח הָלַךְ וַיִּלְכֹּד אֶת קְנָת וְאֶת בְּנֹתֶיהָ וַיִּקְרָא ...
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What is the importance of the tallit during prayer?

What is the difference whether one wears a tallit or not during תפילה (prayer/worship, sacred service)?
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Which of the Napoleonic wars had no casualties?

The Chasam Sofer (droshos 8th Tamuz) writes about a war in the year 1809 with no causalities on our side. Can anyone tell us which war this was, and where these details may be recorded?
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39 views

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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Are “Halacha To Moses from Sinai” Undisputed?

I was listening to a lecture in my synagogue in which it was mentioned ( correctly or incorrectly - I don't know ) that a הלכה למשה מסיני - Halach to Moses from Sinai is a law that has never been ...
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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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borei menei b’samim and perfume [closed]

I heard that few people bother to make borei menei b’samim when they open a perfume or cologne or an aftershave lotion bottle. Is there a halachic source for this? I heard that the beracha is not ...
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1answer
53 views

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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Washing and Talking [duplicate]

I read somewhere that one should preferably not talk after washing. Where is the halachic source for this? If one does talk after he washes is it considered a hefseik? Where is the halachic source ...
5
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1answer
44 views

Unclean — Consequences

I know that there are multiple things (food, corpses, menstruation, etc.) that can make one unclean. I'm just uncertain as to what being unclean meant in practicality, especially for touching the ...
3
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0answers
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Grill for liver

I was looking at meat at the local butcher-shop and noticed that the packaged liver (un-kashered) mentioned that it could be cooked on a grill. However, I have always heard that liver needs its own ...
5
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0answers
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Welcoming non-Jewish guests

Is there a mitzvah of welcoming guests who are non-Jews? I know Avraham welcomed non-Jews into his home, but that could be different for several reasons: There was no formal mitzvah and he was just ...
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0answers
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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 ...
4
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0answers
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How covered can the Moon be for Kiddush Levana [duplicate]

For Kiddush Levana how much do you have to see the moon? If a thin cloud is covering it can you still say it? Details please. Thank You
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0answers
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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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Rueven and Gad Scared?

There is a question in this week's parsha which a lot of mephroshim ask and answer and the question is: Did Reuven and Gad's descendants not want to join their brothers at war? What did Moshe reply? ...
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50 views

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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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 ...
3
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1answer
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Sin Offerings — what did you do after sin, before you got to the temple?

The Torah clearly stipulates what offerings God's people are to make in atonement for sins, but what was the status of those people after they had sinned (providing it was not a sin worthy of death) ...
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Intended giving of Tzedaka when the cause disappears [duplicate]

Related to this question, what if after deciding to donate Tzedaka to a cause, but before actually getting to do it, the cause goes away. E.g. the poor person dies, the organization closes down, etc. ...
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What do I do if I actually see an angel?

If I were today to see an actual angel of God what is the appropriate behavior? Should I bow? To the ground? Avert my gaze? Make a blessing of shehechiyanu? Something else?
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1answer
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Looking for a drasha on Yerach ben Yomo/Karnei Para

Anyone have any links to any drashos explaining the significance of the Yerach ben Yomo/Karnei Para trop, and why it appears (uniquely in chumash) in the portion about the Levite cities (Numbers ...
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vote
1answer
50 views

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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1answer
43 views

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?
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0answers
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talking after washing

If one talked after washing does he have wash again and is it a hefseik? Where in halachah is it stated that one should preferably not talk after washing? I read that the only time you need to wash ...
1
vote
1answer
27 views

May I give non-mevushal wine to a non-Jew?

If I know that non-mevushal wine is available to be used for avodah zarah (as in http://www.mechon-mamre.org/i/5211.htm) and that the prohibition against lifnei iver includes non-Jews[1], then am I ...
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0answers
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minhag, halachah and our viewpoint

In general, a family minhag must be adhered to as a matter of הלכה. Often we see things which are new yet have the imprimatur of "מנהג". Is there a source for these two statements?
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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 ...
1
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1answer
96 views

Can I eat chocolate melted in a meaty pot and then combined with dairy?

Suppose I'm making some dessert, like cheesecake or ice-cream sundaes, by melting chocolate and pouring it over the dairy dessert. I realize after doing this that the pot I used was fleishig and used ...
5
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1answer
45 views

Source for prohibition to listen to music during the 3 weeks

What is the earliest source for the prohibition to listen to music during the 3 weeks? Is there any dispute as to the timeframe of the prohibition (only 9 days, week of etc.)?
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0answers
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Do 20+ Singles Violate Halachah?

Does the practice of 20+ year-old single men not in yeshiva violate halacha? For not getting married at 18 like it is prescribed in Avos? What is the age limit where you can push it off before it ...
2
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0answers
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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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1answer
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Teffilin For Women [duplicate]

Can women wear Tefilin (I know they are exempt but a women gets schar for mitzvos they are not commanded to so is it allowed)? If it’s kli gever, what has distinguished it as such? What is the ...
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0answers
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Shechechyanu for Teffilin? [duplicate]

Can or should one make a shehecheyanu on a new pair of telillin even if it has been received at an earlier date but not worn as of yet?

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