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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, in Igros Moshe Even HaEzer 1:56 did not want to allow shaking hands, even when the other person offers their hand first, as it is likely considered an affectionate act. Hugging, whatever the reason, seems to be much more of an inherently affectionate act, and would be similarly discouraged. Even according to those who would permit ...


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A person's beracha rishona and beracha acharona are not always connected, in terms of one ending with the other. You can have situations, according to some Rishonim (Tosefos and Rosh in Arvei Pesachim, cited by Rama O.C. 178:2) where a person needs to make a new beracha rishona even though he has not made a beracha acharona, as in the case of leaving and ...


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No. You do not have to worry about Marit Ayin. Marit Ayin is when a Jew does something technically permitted, but may cause someone to reason that a different activity is permitted, when in fact, it is forbidden. The classic example of this is hanging wet laundry to dry on shabbat. (Talmud Bavli, Shabbat 146b) Technically, if you washed clothes on ...


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A person who eats on Yom Kipour does not make kiddush and have two challah rolls, plus meat and fish just as any other yom tov. The reason being that they should be eating as little as possible - just enough to keep alive & healthy. However, they do say יַעֲלֶה וְיָבֹא if they ate enough bread - as well as רְצֵה if it's also Shabbat. Enough bread: 27 ...


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Rabbi David Feinstein rules that Maaser ksafim only comes into play after one pays all of his living expenses, including food rent tuition clothing etc. Whatever money is put away as extra is subject to the minhag we call Maaser Ksafim. Reb Elyashev has gone on record to say that paying for children's weddings is part of one's cost of living so all money put ...


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There isn't a difference in construction. The difference is that Sepharadim (traditionally) do not accept communal 'Eruvin in large cities/neighborhoods, due to the position of the Mehaber (Shulhan 'Aruch O"H 345:7) that defines* a public domain by size, not by population density. Some Many Sepharadim have accepted the Ashkenazi leniency in following the ...


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Halachic aspects: The Aruch haShulchan in Orach Chaim - סימן ח - דיני ציצית ועטיפתו - brings the Bet Yosef who says that our small Talit Kattan is a valid garment that fully fulfills that requirements for Tzitzith. Here's what he write in Siman ז for example: ואחר כך כתב רבינו הבית יוסף בסעיף ג: ‏ טליתות קטנים שלנו, שאנו נוהגים אף על פי שאין ...


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I checked with my rav who quoted Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach. He holds that after 50% dilution any more means that it is not wine at all and that is why the bracha rishona is Shehakol and the bracha acharona is boreh nefashos no matter how much wine would have been in the mixture if you extracted it. After shacharis he spoke of the halachos of solid food ...


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In SA OC 607 the Magen Avraham brings two reasons for this custom: 1) The Ari Z"L says that one should pound on their chest 2) A Medrish Kohelet that says "We bang on our hearts to show that that it (the heart) is what lead us astray" Now I think both sources are expressing the same idea BUT in this case perhaps we can say that - According to the ARI Z"L ...


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I don't have the full answer, but here's a piece of it. Simla Chadasha writes (18:12) that on erev Yom Kippur, when everyone comes with their kapparos, and if the knife would be checked after every שחיטה (like it should be), it might not be checked with the utmost concentration, there is an allowance to check the knife every set of birds (so that nothing ...


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There are cases where you can use a sefer for not learning for example you can use another sefer (of equal or less kedusha) to raise the height of the sefer one is learning from. However I couldn't find anything that said specifically that you can't take out a sefer and not learn from it. In general we should be sure to show great honor and reverence to ...


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See here The Mishna (Brachos 9:2) writes that one recites a bracha upon hearing good news, building a new house or buying new items. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 223:6) and Mishna Berura (223:13) explain that this only applies to items that are important and one is particularly happy about acquiring. This applies equally to used items (Shulchan Aruch OC ...


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In short, no you have not been mechallel shabbos. However there's an issur d'rabonon in both cases. In the case of putting something into the oven, the food has to reach "ochel Ben deurso". Which is about 1/3 cooked in order to violate shabbos. In the case of the seed it's trickier aside from the rabbinic prohibition of handling the seed (because it's ...


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this is a famous dispute between the Minchas Chinuch and the Rashash in Shabbos (73a)- the Minchas Chinuch says that if one removed the seed before the zriah he is still liable, however the rashash says one is not liable, the rashash compares to the din of baking, that if one stopped the baking before it was finsihed one is not liable for bishul, since the ...


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The Kashau Rebbe was opposed to the practice of factory kashrus in America, and himself would not eat meat unless he knew the shochet and saw the animal itself schected with his own eyes. His Hasidim today do not eat beef from anyone, though they eat poultry sometimes because chelev, which one is chayiv kareis for with domesticated meat, is not an issue ...


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In Kisur Yalkut Yosef Siman 651, Rabbi Yishak Yosef discusses the laws of music. Recorded religious music (which doesn't include indecency or kalut rosh), even with instruments, you can be mekil to listen to it. However, ANY type of live music is forbidden, unless at a seudat misvah/holiday. You are allowed to listen to acappella, as long as there is no ...


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Firstly, the Rambam in הלכות מקוות פרק א says: והטובל פעמיים במקוה, הרי זה מגונה. "Somebody who immerses twice is reprehensible." So it's clear that you never have to immerse more than once. Secondly, there's no obligation for men who are tamei to go to a Mikvah nowadays. As a result, your question "does that person have to use the mikvah twice or ...


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mishnah berura 605.2 translation from feldheim ...There are/ localities where many /people/ gather together /for the slaughtering/ and they push one another. The slaughterers are awake all night with resentment and they do not feel the knife /to test it for notches/ owing to the considerable /amount of/ work /that they are required to do, so that the ...


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The Aruch Ha'Shluchan (YD 119-12) in discussing the concept of "chezkas kashrus" vis a vis kashrus of food, says that in order for one to be considered an "adom kasher" one need not be exceedingly righteous and G-d fearing, rather anyone who puts on Tallis and teffilin and davens three times a day, washes their hands for meals and run their home in the ...


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If he is able to obtain the ramen of noodles himself it would be called "mesayeh derabanan" ie. a rabbinic prohibition of enabling a sin (lifnei iveir). However, if he cannot procure it himself it would then be prohibited biblically. In terms of if he is ill, if he life threateningly ill, you yourself could make the food, However, if it is non life ...


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If it is the assumption, at the time you make the bracha rishona, that you are going to keep eating, then that original bracha rishona is still valid (provided you haven't had a hesech ha'daat [halachik distracted attention] in the interim, e.g. by leaving the house - shinui makom). See e.g. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/hilchos-brachos/y4tjLoBP0v8 ...


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We have an online ספרי קודש Store called The Jewish Bookshelf, and we received a payment from a Professor from Egypt that bought a number of religious books. We wasn't sure but the name wasn't Avraham/Ytshak/Yaakov/David... It wasn't a very jewish name. We asked Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Hacohen Aviner, and he ruled not to sell him the books, so we refund him and ...



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