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Picking mushrooms on shabbos

Is one allowed to pick mushrooms from where they grew on shabbos? To provide some context: The Talmud (Berachos 40b) states that although mushrooms grow on the ground, the proper Beracha is ...
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Is one allowed to use can openers on shabbos or chag?

Is one allowed to use a can opener on Shabbos or Chag to open things like canned veggies etc? Also on Shabbos or Chag may one open canned food that has the pull tab and doesn't require a can opener?
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Love HaShem with lev, nefesh en me'od, why not something else or just lev and nefesh

Why does the command to love HaShem tells us to love him with all our lev, with all our nefesh and with all our me'od? Why doesn't the verse says or add something like, with all you neshama or with ...
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chupah (tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot

I was wondering as I hear it for the first time that one of my friend told me that they made a chupah(hung tallit gadol) above bimah on Shavuot.he told me its a custom that we do every year, but we ...
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Nussach of Retse in Birkat Hamazon

I see in all sidurim in nussach of retse (BHMZ of Shabbat) "לשבת בו ולנוח בו". But recently some books changed the nussach to "לשבות בו ולנוח בו" So far I believed that the kamats in place of Cholam ...
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What exactly can one pray for - everything?

I'm not for sure but there seem to be prayers to show one's ahava (love), shevach (praise) and hoda'a (thanksgiving). There seem to be prayers about techina (supplication), bekasha (beseech, request). ...
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Was the Jubilee in mind in Isaiah 49:8-9 and 61:1-2?

Did the prophet Isaiah have the Jubilee in mind in Isaiah 49:8 and 61:1-2? I notice the term "proclaim freedom" appears in Leviticus as well as Isaiah. Is the similarity superficial?
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Must ice cubes be designated meat or dairy and separated?

If I have a freezer each for meat and for dairy, can the ice from automatic ice cube maker in my meat freezer be used to cool dairy drinks?
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Are dageishim kalim absolute? part 2

This was actually what I originally intended to ask here, but I got sidetracked into a related question. They're similar points, but I think they're distinct enough to ask as separate questions. ...
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Who should recite Akdamut in the synagogue?

Optimally, who should lead the reading of Akdamut in the synagogue on the 1st day of Shavuot. Should it be: the chazzan (cantor) the Ba'al Kri'ah ( Torah reader ) The Cohen (who receives the 1st ...
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Why do Akdamut, Reshuyot on Simchat Torah and Yom Tov kiddush use the same tune?

The tune used for Yom Tov Kiddush throughout the year by most Ashkenazim is almost exactly like the tune used for Akdamut - the Aramaic poem recited in many Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard ...
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Parsing Shehechiyyanu

When reading the megilloth in shul from a klaf, many say the blessing of shehechiyyanu1. I have noticed that many people sing this blessing in its own tune (ie. not in trope), but I have also heard ...
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Audio Recording on Shabbat/Yom Tov

Would there be a problem with leaving a recorder on from before Shabbat or Yom Tov, and thereby recording a lecture given on Shabbat itself? There is a wealth of literature on the subject of Melacha ...
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Is there an arguments about a Halacha LeMoshe MiSinai? [duplicate]

The Rambam writes that there are no arguments about laws which are a tradition from Moshe (Kabalah). So how does he explain the Gemara in Eiruvin which seems to explicitly be an argument of what ...
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Source for Modeh Ani

What is the earliest source that says that one should recite the short prayer of thanks known as "modeh ani" when one gets up in the morning?
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Talking trees in Torah

I am working on a drash and the idea of talking inanimate objects came up. I remembered hearing about this concept based in "Torah" that when Moshiach comes the trees and rocks will scold people for ...
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Why does it say to love HaShem meodecha

The verse of Devarim 6:5 reads: Love HaShem your G'd, with all your heart bechol levav'cha, with all your being uvechol nafshecha, and uvechol ... meodecha. If I'm correct it's the only place in the ...
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At what point does the kallah take on the husband's minhagim?

If for exmple a Sefardi woman is marrying an Ashkenazi or vice versa at what point does the kallah take on the husbands minhagim? Is it as soon they are engaged? When the kiddushin is finalized? Some ...
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How should one decide which Halacha to follow?

There are so many different halachot and custom nowadays, I have a lot of questions on how should one decide what halacha to follow. Let's say I have an halacha question. The way I see it, I have ...
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If a Jew was forced to do a mitzva, does it count?

If a Jew was forced to do a mitzva (For example, if we grab him and put tefilin on him.): Has he fulfilled his obligation? For example, if he was forced to say shma and then made teshuva (and now ...
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Is one allowed to wear a head lamp on Shabbat?

On Lail Shabbat (Fri. night) Someone attends a shul that is some distance away from his home. The way home has no street lighting or other form of lighting (e.g. no full moon and few houses). There ...
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When Gut feeling and supposed Knowledge conflict

There's a kid who started doing daf yomi and feels that through the daf he gains skills, confidence, knowledge, consistency and most of all a sense of accomplishment. His rabbi tells him one day he ...
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If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick?

This might seem as a naive question: If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick? Since there is a gate in Jerusalem, would it be it Israel time? If so Hell is not paused while Shabbos ...
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Under what conditions may a newly married couple go on birth control?

Which halachic conditions may allow a couple to go on birth control upon getting married? Is the desire to work on building a solid relationship between man and wife before starting a family a valid ...
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Are you allowed to pray for sick people? Source

I remember learning in Masechet Succah that there is a debate over whether or not we are allowed to pray for sick people, because their fate was decided from the beginning of the year etc. I can't ...
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May Passover matzoh be made from durum wheat flour and then reground as meal for Italian pasta?

Italian pasta is generally made from durum wheat (semolina) flour. Wheat is one of the grains from which Passover matzoh can be made. Normally matzoh is baked at high heat from flour and water only, ...
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shlichim / shluchim

I've heard of Chabad emissaries referred to as both "shluchim" and "shlichim", though in the singular I've only heard "shaliach" (not "shaluach"). What is the grammatical explanation for this?
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What are the requirements for the person so that he can be able to recite sheva brachos? [duplicate]

Are there any limitations to the kind of person that can recite sheva brachos? Can he be non observant? What about an opikoirus?
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Surrogate birth, egg donations and 'Jewishness' [duplicate]

This is a two part question and although nuanced in there difference - I believe there is one. If a Jewish mother and father donate eggs/sperm to a non-Jewish mother is the child that is born ...
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Why eat Saffron on Shavuos?

The Aruch HaShulchan in OC 494:5 seen here mentions a minhag to put saffron in the food on Shavuos due to the fact that has a pleasant smell which alludes to the passuk in Shir HaShirim לריח שמניך ...
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Gas Pilot on Yom Tov

A gas pilot stove is a stove which has a continuous flame running rather than using an electric sparker (although I believe such stoves are no longer legal). With this in mind, would it be necessary ...
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Did the Beit Yosef Write Every Siman in Shulchan Aruch?

At the end of this video, Rabbi David Bar-Hayim makes the claim that not every Sif in Shulchan Aruch (as it is before us) was written by the Beit Yosef himself (Rabbi Yosef Karo). He says that parts ...
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The use of intimate relationship as a mashal for g-dliness in chasidus and kabala

I in a shiur a story was told that it was asked: Why the relations between a man and woman are used as the mashal (since for chastity it is preferred not to use it, if you have the option). And it ...
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Who are the amalekites today? [duplicate]

I am wondering which nation are the amalekites today. I have heard that they are either Germany or Russia. I think Russia, but also others have said that amalek had assimilated into a few nations, ...
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Was it a non-Jew who first discovered the principles governing the ta'ame ha-miqra?

I wrote to a very well respected and knowledgeable Rav regarding grammatical functions of the te'amim and the discrepancies that exist between the Sephardic and Ashkenazic systems. His response ...
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Should a robber pray to be successful in robbing a bank?

If a person plans to do something that they know is an aveira, should they daven to be successful? I think one of the main things this question is exploring is how a person should relate to God vis-a-...
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Wedding Blessings (Sheva Brachot)

There appears to be an uproar in "right leaning" circles caused by a bride and groom reciting the last 2 of the 7 blessings traditionally recited under a chuppah together. I have two questions about ...
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Can one use a different date system at the beginning of the Ketubah?

The following is an excerpt in English translation from the beginning of a traditional Orthodox and Conservative ketubah taken from this site: On the ______day of the week, the _________day of the ...
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When does a kosher place need a mashgiach temidi?

I notice that some kosher places have a mashgiach (kashrut inspector) that vsists the place occasionally. Others have someone there permanently. What criteria is used to decide if a place needs a ...
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What is the source of Perek Shira

What is the source of Perek Shira. That is; when was it composed, and by whom? According to Wikipedia it is mentioned as early as the tenth century. is there any evidence that it is older than this. ...
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Befriending a non-Jew

We all live amongst non-Jews. Sometimes we meet a non-jew and befriend him because he shares the same values that we do. Is one allowed to befriend a non-Jew?
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How to understand: All found on land is found also in the sea

It says in Chullin 127a that all found on land is found also in the sea, except a "chuldah". Is there is a larger list of such fish (other than the Gemara mentions)? Any insights would be ...
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Rule of first occurrence?

Searching online I came across a nice article which wrote: link It is a teaching of Chassidic thought (the only source I have for this is Shlomo Carlebach!) that the first occurrence of a ...
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Wall ball in the Talmud

In Sanhedrin (77b) the gemara discusses a case of "Wall Ball" throwing a ball at a wall, the ball bouces back and if the other player catches the ball, he tries to peg the original thrower (Rashi). ...
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Announcing the New Month [duplicate]

Why do we (in Orthodox congregations) announce the ‘molad’ the Shabbat before a new month? Since our calendar is fixed, what difference does it make? Take this past week as an example. In our ...
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Are dageishim kalim absolute?

When a word starts with one of בגדכפת and the previous word ends in a vowel, usually the בגדכפת letter does not get a dageish unless it falls into one of the exception categories. What happens if you ...
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Why does the torah on injured slaves call out eyes and teeth but not other damages?

In Parshat Mishpatim (Sh'mot 21:24-25) the torah tells us that if a man injuries another person he owes compensation: eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, and so on (listing ...
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Kohanim and Leviyim switching roles in the future

I once was told that at the time of Moshiach, the kohanim will become leviyim, and the leviyim will become kohanim with regards to their service in the third temple. I was told it was because Moshe ...
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Why didn't Shaul know who David was when David fought Goliath?

In שׁמואל א טז, Shaul is distressed: 14: וְר֧וּחַ יְהוָ֛ה סָ֖רָה מֵעִ֣ם שָׁא֑וּל וּבִֽעֲתַ֥תּוּ רֽוּחַ־רָעָ֖ה מֵאֵ֥ת יְהוָֽה The spirit of God left him. So his advisers recommend that he get ...

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