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Eating in restaurants during Aveilus

Recently a friend told me that it is not proper to eat out in restaurants when one is an Aveil. I have been searching for a source that prohibits this. Does anyone know of a source prohibiting eating ...
2
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2answers
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By beautifying a wife to her husband you cause separation?

Rabbi Nachman (Ben Faiga of Breslov) is quoted (see source below) as saying that by beautifying a wife to her husband you are causing them to separate. How is one to understand this? My guess: If I ...
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Why is Avodah Shebalev (service of the heart) known as prayer?

Ta'anit 2a (Chazal) teaches that the service of the heart is prayer. But how does one knows its prayer? When I think of service of the heart for example I think of all my whole being acting, ...
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Eating With Gentiles

In the Christian scriptures, Acts 10:28 portrays association between Jews and Gentiles as being unlawful while Acts 11:3 portrays criticism for a Jew eating with the uncircumcised. Is there a ...
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1answer
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Al ha-eitz for flavorings/garnishes

Let's say I eat a salad that has a few pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. Do I make al Ha-eitz afterward? Do I then make borei n'fashos, or does the al ha-eitz cover the whole salad? What if it's ...
2
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0answers
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Davar charifs and chometz

"Davar charif" is a term in kashrus which refers, as I understand it, to sharp or caustic foods which may absorb flavor from a knife used to cut them, rendering them, say, fleishig if the knife is ...
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Is bleach equivalent to boiling water for kashering? [duplicate]

It is indicated by rabbinical authorities to kasher utensils by dipping them in boiling water. This is because boiling water kills bacteria and yeasts, and removes absorbed flavors. Bleach can do the ...
3
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30 views

When does an Eved Knani become bar mitzvah?

When does an Eved Knani become bar mitzvah, at age 12 like a woman or 13 like a man?
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Judaism and 'Hospice Limited' Care

Let me preface this by saying that I am sure there are many cases in which hospice is likely the best/only place for a person nearing the end of their life-- the only place where their intense medical ...
2
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0answers
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Final redemption attempt

Elie Wiesel relates in "Souls on Fire" that the Seer of Lublin together with two friends Mendel of Riminov and the Maggid of Kozhenitz "devised a detailed strategy combining their powers to bring ...
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1answer
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Looking for Jewish music that lifts the spirit

I really love the soft sweet tones, chords and voices in the music of Shlomo Katz, Ishay Ribo, Yonathan Razel; but, searching for similar music, I just don't know where to go. Are there alternatives ...
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To what degree and under what conditions can the righteous influence God's judgement of a population?

When Noah was told of the flood's coming, he did not pray for mercy on behalf of the world. When God told Abraham that he was about to assess S'dom and Amorrah, Abraham continually questioned God ...
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Does the first Noahide Law prohibit idolatry or being an atheist? [duplicate]

Does the first Law of Noach prohibit idolatry or being an atheist, or both? In some formulations of the 7 Noahide Laws, the first law is given as "Denying G-d" (or similar). In others, it is ...
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1answer
36 views

Weakened punishment if done for the nation

I'm looking for sources where we see someone had a lesser punishment or no punishment at all because the act the did although punishable, was done for the nation (klal yisroal). I heard a shiur where ...
3
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0answers
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Noachides: are Jews responsible for their spiritual support? [duplicate]

Are Jews responsible for helping non-Jews learn of and follow the seven commandments given to Noachides? Is it a mitzvah for Jews? I recall hearing the Lubavitcher Rebbe speak in favor of this. But ...
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0answers
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A wedding invitation insert to insert into a wedding invitation to inform secular friends and family about the customs of a religious jewish wedding

Is there a wedding invitation insert (in pdf or other presentable formats) somewhere online that one may freely use to insert into a Jewish wedding invitation to inform secular friends and family ...
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Sources for Rambam

Is there a commentary on Mishneh Torah that connects the Rambam's words to his source in the gemara? I'm looking for something similar to the Be'er Hagola to the Shulhan Arukh, or an inverse En ...
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2answers
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What does דשלהי stand for?

I've seen this mentioned in the context of tefillot (and shiurim as well). What does דשלהי stand for: For example: להחזיק ביד לומדי התורה ולחזק הני ברכי דרבנן דשלהי . . . נתינה זו הנזכרת ...
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1answer
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Leaving wine bottle uncovered during kiddush

I have seen people who are careful to cover the wine bottle from which they poured into the kidish cup during the recitation of kiddush. As far as I know there isn't any issue with pagum because no ...
2
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0answers
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The ultimate goal [duplicate]

I've been stuck wondering this question for a while now and I'm looking for someone to shed a really insightful answer. What is the ultimate goal a Jew should strive for concerning day to day life. ...
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Why are cantillation notes called טעמי המקרא?

Cantillation notes (aka trope) is called טעמי המקרא in Hebrew. I have seen the Hebrew word טעם used to mean: taste as in: Numbers 11:8: שָׁטוּ֩ הָעָ֨ם וְלָֽקְט֜וּ וְטָחֲנ֣וּ בָרֵחַ֗יִם א֤וֹ ...
2
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0answers
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Interrupting a rabbinical mitzvah to perform a Biblical mitzvah [duplicate]

In general, one does not interrupt a mitzvah (with the exception of Torah study) in order to do another mitzvah. However, this answer, in its citation of the Ran, alludes to some complications of this ...
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What is a shevut d'shevut, and why is it permitted?

I understand there is a notion called shevut d'shevut (and the related gezeira l'gezeira), whereby, in some cases, one may violate a rabbinic prohibition if and only if this is achieved through ...
3
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2answers
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What does the term “glatt kosher” mean, today?

A mashgiach explained to me that the term "glatt kosher" means that the lungs of cattle and sheep (the 2 main kosher animals sold in U.S.) are smooth and do not have air pockets. I hope that I have ...
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Can a Jew follow another religion's dietary laws?

Suppose another religion has dietary laws that overlap with those of Judaism. For example, Zoroastrianism prohibits eating all land animals and prohibits eating various kinds of fish and other sea ...
2
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2answers
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Are Jewish students allowed to study non-religious subjects on Shabbat? [duplicate]

For example, could a Jewish university student learn mathematics (without a computer) on Shabbat?
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1answer
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Mitzvah of hachnasat orchim at a B&B

Does someone who owns a bed-and-breakfast (tzimmer) fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim when their guests pay them? On the one hand, the hosts get clear monetary benefit from hosting. However, ...
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1answer
69 views

Is this verse in the Quran found in the talmud [closed]

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves ...
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1answer
55 views

An exception to the rule of inheritance

I have heard strong concurrence among Jews that Jewish inheritance is passed only through the father to their sons, more specifically that the throne could only be passed through sons. In my ...
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1answer
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Did Judaism get the verse in the Torah that says man and man and woman and women should not lay with one another from the Vendidad [duplicate]

It says in the Vendidad : The man that lies with mankind as man lies with womankind, or as woman lies with mankind, is a man that is a Daeva [demon]; this man is a worshipper of the Daevas, a male ...
2
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0answers
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The chassan giving berachos on the day of his wedding [duplicate]

I heard from someone that the chasan - on the day of his chuppah - can give unmarried bochurim a berachah to find a shidduch. Is there a source for this?
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Where can one find a complete guide to Hebrew numerals?

I am looking for an instruction resource on Hebrew numerals that is comprehensive, insofar as it: lists all (or nearly all) of the euphemistic exceptions in frequent use (such as "chai" for 18, רחץ ...
2
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1answer
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Questions regarding counting for Shemitta and Yovel

Leviticus 25:8 (Sefaria English translation): וְסָפַרְתָּ֣ לְךָ֗ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת שָׁנִ֔ים שֶׁ֥בַע שָׁנִ֖ים שֶׁ֣בַע פְּעָמִ֑ים וְהָי֣וּ לְךָ֗ יְמֵי֙ שֶׁ֚בַע שַׁבְּתֹ֣ת הַשָּׁנִ֔ים תֵּ֥שַׁע ...
3
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1answer
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Taking three steps with limited space

The Shulchan Arukh describes the measurement of the three steps back taken after amidah in OC 122:3 (translation my own): וְשִׁעוּר פְּסִיעוֹת אֵלּוּ, לְכָל הַפָּחוֹת, הוּא כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּתֵּן ...
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Is the use of the term “Glatt Kosher” a case of “Genivat Da'at”?

My understanding of the term "Glatt kosher" which I heard from 3 different mashgichim (kashrut supervisors) The term "glatt" means "smooth" and applies only to beef and lamb. (I would assume that it ...
2
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1answer
221 views

The proper age for a boy to start dating

From a halachic viewpoint, what is the proper age for a boy to meet one's potential wife nowadays? (i.e. dating)
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Is stepping over people an עין הרע [duplicate]

There are people who don't let someone step over them either because of עין הרע or it will stunt their growth. Is there any source behind this claim?
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Is it possible for customs to be transmitted from the mother? [duplicate]

Suppose someone is becoming more religious and he doesn't know his father's minhagim. Should he follow the minhagim of his mother and her family or of the rabbi who taught him and helped him become ...
2
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1answer
58 views

Source for waiting between milk and meat?

There is a widespread custom to wait 30 min between (soft) cheese and meat. What is the origin and source of this custom?
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Which parts of the seder must be performed individually?

I have always wondered something about the Passover seder. Is the host being motzi everyone with his seder plate, or does everyone/every head of household* need to make a plate and personally carry ...
4
votes
1answer
63 views

Is checking for bugs halachically required?

Various methods of checking for bugs in produce, i.e., lettuce, are officially recommended by kashrus agencies and other halachic professionals. However, is use of one/any of these methods--or even a ...
1
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1answer
45 views

Must a house be cleaned for Pesach even if a seder won't be held there?

I'm trying to understand how the holiness codes in Leviticus and Deuteronomy apply to people versus places. It is written, "all shall keep your laws" and "all shall post the laws at their gates", so ...
6
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1answer
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How to change someone's hebrew name?

I am wondering how to change officially someone's hebrew name. I have seen in the Tora that Hashem changes people's names. Like Sarai became Sarah, Avram became Avraham,Yaaqob became Yisrael, Yetkuel ...
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1answer
45 views

What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? [closed]

What should I know about tractate Bava Kamma as this part of daf yomi approaches? Any tips to keep in mind while studying it? It's the start of a new Seder of Talmud so it may have a different manner ...
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1answer
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Is Halakhic law man-made?

I heard it is. I heard that the Torah only states what is wrong (adultery, stealing, killing, etc.), but it doesn't establish any punishment for it. So some men decided to assign stoning to the crime ...
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1answer
41 views

Take away a neder

Is it possible to remove a neder through saying kol nidre alone on a regular weekday? And if not, what possibilities are there to remove a neder without asking a Beit din.
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2answers
106 views

Drinking while wearing Tefillin?

Is one allowed to drink (coffee) while wearing Tefillin? Or for that matter, any other drink.
2
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3answers
77 views

Why does Torah study rein in the Evil Inclination?

The Talmud in Kidushin 30b states that torah study is essential activity for gaining control of the evil inclination. "... so too the Holy One blessed be He said: 'I have created the evil ...
7
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2answers
568 views

Rav Moshe Feinstein's opinion on the State of Israel

I was wondering if there is any document which states Rav Moshe's opinion regarding the existence of the state of Israel. Did he consider the state a good thing or bad thing. I ask this because we ...

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