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Targum Yonassan followed by Rashi (2:1) explain that she was an inkeeper (that "zona" in this context relates to the word "mazon" for bread). Radak explains that she was actually a prostitute and that even Targum agrees, and that sometimes Targum uses the term for innkeeper to mean harlot. Abarbanel writes that the two explanation arent mutually exclusive ...


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The Talmud Bavli (Zevachim 116b, top) states quite plainly that she was a harlot: דאמר מר: אין לך כל שר ונגיד שלא בא על רחב הזונה. אמרו: בת י' שנים היתה כשיצאו ישראל ממצרים, וזנתה [כל] מ' שנה שהיו ישראל במדבר, אחר נ' שנה נתגיירה, אמרה: יהא מחול לי בשכר חבל חלון ופשתים. [A]s a master said, There was no prince or ruler who had not possessed Rahab the ...


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I would think that the normal assumption for an employee discount would that it would be for the personal use of the employee and not for his friends and not for him to do business with. I am supported in this by this article about the Original Employee Discount. He quotes: “When you come [to work] in your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat the ...


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Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Deah siman 240 siff 5 says one is required to lose work in order to honor his parents, even though this will cause the child to end up needing to collect money for himself. However, this is only when the son has money to support himself that day, if he does not have even that much, he does not have to lose work.


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According to R' Herschel Schachter, the designation of "your city" for this purpose is based on association, rather than geography. In an interview on the topic with Jewish Action magazine, he said: However, aniyei ircha does not refer to the poor people of your city literally. I live in Manhattan. Are all the poor people in New York considered my aniyei ...


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The Babylonian Talmud, in Tractate Chullin (24a), notes this contradiction in starting age and reconciles it by saying that Levites entered training at 25 and began to serve at 30. (From this we learn that if we don't see signs of progress with a student in 5 years, we don't expect him to succeed.) However, this restriction applied only to the mishkan, the ...


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Since the question is asked based solely on Vayikra 11:8, the answer is (as quoted by Rashi there, but this is the generally accepted view) that there is no issue with touching them, except in connection with the Temple at the time of the holidays of Pesach, Sukkos and Shavuos (or any other time a Jew wanted to be there). and you shall not touch their ...


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R' Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 6, Y.D. 14, was asked by a religious girls school if it was better to enforce a dresscode which prohibited short skirts or pants, as the school had determined they would only be able to eliminate one. In his response, he cites many examples, starting from the Talmud, of cases in which decisions are made between the lesser of ...


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There is a basic idea that whenever we have an opportunity to say good about a good person, we will. Likewise whenever there is the opportunity to say bad about a bed person we will. Rachav was a nice lady, professed a deep belief in and fear of God. She endangered herself to save the Jewish spies. As such she qualifies for chazzal and our mipharshim to find ...


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שלא נהנה מקופה של צדקה - שהוא דבר גנאי לאדם הגון: Rashi on sanhedrin 81a here It is shameful for a 'decent' person to live off charity.


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The allowance you reffer to is mentioned as a hetter concerning the acceptance not to sing as a zecher lichurban. Ever. There are specific instances where it applies and where it does not. See Shulchan Aruch o'ch 560 siff 3 and mishna berurah 13. Seemingly working in an office would be more comparable to a sheppard singing, or a woman doing her housework, ...


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This should answer your question: The custom of refraining from haircuts during the sheloshim is generally applied even to shaving, but there is some room to distinguish between them, because shaving (which is done daily) does not involve the festive nature of a haircut. In addition, it is possible that reasons of losing one’s parnasah will ...


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I really doubt it's a problem. Rabbi Stone of the OU has a "kashrut in the workplace" mp3 where he says that today, if you walk through the business district at 12:30pm on a Tuesday and see a non-kosher restaurant where several people with suits and briefcases are sitting around, and one of them is wearing a yarmulka, we assume he's having his kosher ...


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When dealing with monetary issues, the Halacha usually is כמנהג המדינה, i.e. whatever common practice is in that specific location, unless specified otherwise in the worker's contract. In your specific example, סימן של"א - השוכר פועלים ינהג עמהם כמנהג המדינה in Choshen Mishpat would be closest: There it says: ב: מָקוֹם שֶׁנָּהֲגוּ לָזוּן, יָזוּן; ...


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Tosfos (Bava Kama 71a, sv אילו [starts the page before]) writes כיון שצריך לתת לה לצאת ידי שמים...חשיב אתנן ולא מתנה Since he has to give it to her, in order to fulfil his Heavenly obligation...it is considered to be an "אתנן" (and therefore forbidden as a korban), and not a gift. So payment for prostitution (a forbidden service, by all ...


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 (גדולה מלאכה שמכבדת את בעליה" (נדרים מט, ע"ב". Although that does not mean that we are required to work, it encourages one to live a life with dignity. But in אבות דרבי נתן , chapter 11, we see that there may be a source in the torah itself: מלמד שיהא אדם אוהב את המלאכה ואל אדם יהי שונא את המלאכה. כשם שהתורה נתנה בברית, כך המלאכה נתנה בברית, ...


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There is a (seemingly) little-known halakhah in the Mishneh Torah which leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination of whether or not it is desirable or permitted to make living from learning Torah. The Rambam writes the following in Hilkhoth Talmudh Torah 3:10: Everyone who determines in his heart that he will be occupied with learning Torah and will ...


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Apparently only once. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim siman 217 siff 1. No difference is made between welling in to buy or to sell. The Mishna Berurah brings an opinion not to make the bracha at all unless he has intention to derive pleasure, but disagrees with this being that the incense are made to be enjoyed and he is enjoying them. No mention is made of ...


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He does not own or rent the space and has no legal or halachik right to it, therefore he is not obligated in a mezuzah. If he wanted to put one up, it could arguably be a problem since he might not be able to guarantee its respectful removal if he moved on from that job and forgot it there. (If he did, he would not make a bracha.)


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Halachipedia states: If one can’t take a job unless he doesn’t wear a Kippah at work, one doesn’t have to forfeit his job for this mitzvah. If they allow one to wear a regular hat one must wear such a hat. Also, when one enters another room or the marketplace one must put back on a Kippah even if one will be mocked as long as there is no concern ...


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Interesting. I don't recall ever seeing this question raised when the poskim talk about not wearing a kippa, which would lead one to say it is not a problem. There are a couple of points to consider. First of all this would be what we call the viewer tricking himself, which is muttar. By that I mean the boss made an assumption on his own volition without ...


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There is a famous story in which R' Chaim Volozhener had his collector purchase a new, more high-class carriage for his collection rounds, in order to increase the image of the Yeshiva and encourage higher donations. A certain donor said he could not donate. When R' Chaim heard of it, he went to the man's home and asked him why he didn't donate. The man ...


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The answer would depend on what is considered acceptable in the community where you are collecting. If the average collector got e.g. 25% than you would have to inform the giver if you were to take more. If the prevailing attitude is that any percentage is OK as long as it meets the requirements described in the link you provided than that would be OK too. ...


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The Sabba of Novardok in his sefer madregas haadom has a lengthy chapter on the idea of bitachon. He brings it down as a machlokes between the ramban and the chovos halevavos regarding what hitadlus a person should take. The ramban is of the opinion that no hishtadlus is necessary, so long as a person has bitachon even zero hishtadlus will yeild results. ...



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