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The opinion that you quote is most likely that of R' Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, and can be found in Minchas Shlomo 1:91 beis. In truth, he says this as a post facto justification of the normative practice to make shehakol on chocolate even though he believes the beracha should have been ha'eitz. However, his point is not merely that it is a minority ingredient ...


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The Chofetz Chaim writes in a note to the fifth detail of permissible Lashon Hara in Hilchos Lashon Hara 10:14 אפשר דהוא הדין אם כוונתו בסיפורו להפיג את דאגתו מלבו - הוי כמכוון לתועלת על להבא, [ולפי זה מה שאמרו ז"ל, דאגה בלב איש ישיחנה לאחרים, קאי גם על ענין כזה]. אך שיזהר שלא יחסרו שאר הפרטים שבסעיף זה" It is possible that the same [allowance] ...


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Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah (3rd edition (5770), 18:25) permits (for those who are generally lenient about carrying jewelry) a man to wear a "handkerchief exclusively designated for adornment in the upper pocket" (my translation) in a public domain. Sounds like your case.


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The Bach in Siman 5 of Teshuvos Yeshanos writes this of someone who, among other problems, was כופר in תורת נסתר. וכל שכן המלעיג על דברי חכמים ומדבר דופי על חכמת הקבלה שהוא מקור התורה ועיקרה וכולה יראת שמים דפשיטא דחייב נידוי דאין לך מזלזל בד"ת דחייב נידוי גדול מזה ועוד דהלא נמשך אחר הפילוסופיא היא המינות בעצמה ואשה הזרה שהזהיר עליה שלמה כמ"ש ...


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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 179:4 writes: כשאדם נכנס לבית חבירו ויש שם חבורות הרבה שאוכלים וכל אחד מושיט לו כוס יש מי שאומר שמברך על כל אחד בורא פרי הגפן כי בכל פעם הוא נמלך When a person comes to his friend's home, and there are many groups of people eating, and each one is offered his own cup, there is an opinion that he should make a separate blessing on ...


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It's difficult to our modern ears, but originally Judaism allowed a man to have multiple wives, whereas a woman could only have one husband. (The ban on polygamy didn't happen until about a thousand years ago in Ashkenazic lands.) Therefore, in theory as a man could sneak away from his wife and marry another woman, we can't define "adultery" in the same ...


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First of all we are discussing a Meshumad who himself has decided to leave the faith, see Beis Yosef, where even if originally he was mishtamed by force, as long as he as opportunity to return but doesn't, we treat him as a regular meshumad. We are not discussing someone raised irriligiously who has hope to return, whom we call a tinok shenishba, a person ...


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Rabbi Hershel Schachter has a yutorah mp3 on academic integrity (and the need for students to report cheating to the appropriate board); he mentions there explicitly "if someone needs to pour their heart out to a psychiatrist" that would be permissible.


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Until I can get to the copy of Encyclopedia Talmudis we have in shul, here are some answers that I have found. From the star-k we see a psak giving sources. Royal Jelly - The most important bee in the hive is the Queen Bee, who attains her "royal" status by her constant extra nutritious diet of royal jelly. What is royal jelly? This product is a ...


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I Heard from (רבי יחזקא-ל ראטה (קארלסבורג רב (Rabbi Y. Roth Karelsburger Rav), That the reason why Chocolate is שהכל (shehakol) is because originally Chocolate was only consumed as a drink, therefore it got the ברכה (Bracha) of שהכל (shehakol), like all fruit juices ( Besides grape juice ), and even though the fact has changed over the years, that we eat ...


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Rav Elchonon Wassermann (Kovetz Ha’aros Yevamos #70) regarding Lashon Harah qualifies the prohibition that it only applies when there is no benefit or to'eles: It would seem that all that is prohibited between people (bein adam l’chavero) is only prohibited when done in a harmful and destructive manner without justification. For example regarding the ...


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Rav Ovadiah Yosef held that the only halchic problem was uvda dechol, and stated that one must use a toothbrush set aside specifically for shabbos to deal with that problem. Others held there was an issue with Dosh/Sechitah/Melaben (squeezing bristles), Memareach (smoothing the teeth or the toothpaste), or Chovel (causing the bleeding). Regarding Dosh, ...


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Rambam writes (Maachalos Asuros 10:11-12): ספק ערלה וכלאי הכרם בארץ ישראל אסור. בסוריא והיא ארצות שכבש דוד מותר. כיצד היה כרם וערלה וענבים נמכרות חוצה לו. היה ירק זרוע בתוכו וירק נמכר חוצה לו. שמא ממנו הוא זה שמא מאחר. בסוריא מותר ובחוצה לארץ אפילו ראה הענבים יוצאות מכרם ערלה או ירק יוצא מן הכרם לוקח מהן. והוא שלא יראה אותו בוצר מן הערלה או לוקט ...



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