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Rambam Hilchos Shabbos 10:11 says that gluing two pieces of paper together on Shabbos is a Toldah (offshoot) of Tofer (the biblical prohibition against sewing on Shabbos). המדבק ניירות או עורות בקולן של סופרים, וכיוצא בו--הרי זה תולדת תופר וחייב One who glues pieces of paper or leather to each other with scribe's glue (קולן של סופרים), or anything ...


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The Talmud (Taanit 11a) proscribes marital relations during a famine. (See Tosfot and Rambam regarding if this is an obligation or supererogatory.) The Shulchan Aruch rules this way in OC 240:12 and 574:4 (exceptions are given for childless couples and on the night the woman goes to the Mikvah) and the Rama there extends the law to other times of pain ("שאר ...


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Today's HalachaText said that clothing should be worn for at least 30 minutes. I asked them for a source and they said this number came from Rav Elyashiv Ztl. שוב מצאתי I was looking for something else in Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen's Laws of the Three Weeks, and found that he quotes Rav YS Elyashiv there as saying a half an hour (page 85); in a footnote he ...


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Standard Sifrei Torah today have 42 lines in each column. While there are different opinions how many lines a Sefer Torah should be (See Keses Hasofer 13:6), this has not developed solwly out of Halacha. There's a good article about how this came to be here Until some 30 years ago, Sofrim didn't really have a good tikkun to copy from. They either used ...


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I could theorize that according to R. Firrer, the 'halakhic Earth' would be defined as anywhere that one is still subject to the Earth's gravitational field. Actually reading the article, however, implies that either 1. as soon as something is not touching Earth, it is no longer governed by its halachos (which, as you point out, is ridiculous) or 2. anything ...


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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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People I know asked Reb Moshe Feinstein about instant potatoes and he said Ha'adama. His reasoning was that it still lookes like potatoes. Most chassidishe hechsheirim, who print their opinions on the packaging, say to make a shehakol.


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According to this site, the bracha is ha'adama, no matter what: "There are some fruits and vegetables which even after a thorough mashing are recognizable due to their unique texture. The examples I know for sure are bananas, eggplant, and potatoes. Therefore, finely mashed potatoes are nevertheless Ha’adoma."


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I got this in an email from a "dailyhalacha" service: During the Nine days (beginning Rosh Chodesh Av) the custom is that one does not wear freshly laundered clothing. Therefore, one should wear all the clothing one will need during the Nine days for a short while (according to many Poskim - 20 minutes), sometime before the start of the Nine ...


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There are two factors determining the start of columns in sifrei torah: Halacha requires that certain words be at the top of the column. The acronym for these words is בי"ה שמו, the mem of which is מה טובו as you noted. Despite the best efforts of earlier poskim including Keset Hasofer, it is traditional for all other columns to begin with the letter ...


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These questions are dealt with here: The Shulchan Aruch (OC 551:9) writes that one mustn’t eat meat or drink wine during the nine days. The Rema (OC 551:10) adds that if one has a seudas mitzva during this time then one may partake of wine and meat as such celebrations are incomplete without them. This includes Shabbos meals, a bris seuda, a pidyon ...


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See Mishna B'rura (108:11), who indicates that the repetition of the amida does not create a problematic interruption since the person is still involved in the first prayer. Thus, it appears that the person should wait and say tachanun and ashrei with the congregation.


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There is a basic halacha of "Ushmartem es nafshosechem" - loosely translated to mean that a person is obligated to maintain their body in good health. The reason for this is twofold: Firstly, your body is only yours on loan from Hashem, and just as a shomer is obligated to guard and protect an object given to him for safekeeping, so too a person has to ...


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As Shalom alluded to there are two ways to evaluate circumcision vis-a-vis a Ger. One is that it is part of the process of becoming Jewish (for a man). In that case, there is really nothing to start with - if he isn't getting a circumcision it isn't doing the process, he doesn't become Jewish. However, in the case where he can't have a circumcision, there ...


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Partial answer: make sure we have currency. Rav Herschel Schachter (Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society vol. I, footnote 28) quotes Chazon Ish (YD 72:2) as saying that due to certain halachos (pidyon maaser sheni, possibly all דיני ממונות [monetary law]), Jews should make certain that whatever country they reside in has regular currency.


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There is a well known principle in Gemoro that: (My translation (and understanding) of the link): אדם רוצה בקב שלו מתשעה קבין של חבירו See Bovo Metzia 38a Man wants his one measure (of produce) more than the nine measures of his friend The gemoro explains that the nature of man is, that he prefers to have a single thing created by his ...


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The source of the mitzvah is Dvorim 22 (1-3). You shall not see your brother's ox or sheep straying, and ignore them. [Rather,] you shall return them to your brother. But if your brother is not near you, or if you do not know him, you shall bring it into your house, and it shall be with you until your brother seeks it out, whereupon you shall ...


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I am adding an additional assumption that the item has some identifying mark that would more likely obligate you to return it. According to most opinions, an item have no identifiable markings does not need to be returned. However, if you know exactly who the owner is, you MAY need to return it, anyway, in all circumstances. Having said this, based on what ...


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Shulchan Aruch (OC 151:1) lists three examples of kalus rosh, though doesn't define it explicitly: בתי כנסיות ובתי מדרשות אין נוהגין בהם קלות ראש כגון שחוק והתול ושיחה בטילה We don't practice kalus rosh, like mirth, jest, and wasteful conversation, in synagogues and study halls. Mishna B'rura ad loc. clarifies "wasteful conversation": That is: ...


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In your question you gave an explanation for the yuhara of her wearing the tzitzis. And i quote "However, a woman wearing one would have such a denigrating effect, because the Rabbis are all wearing one." It seemed like you were still quoting the Ramma. In fact the Ramma gives no explanation. I will send you to another Ramma which can be used to either ...


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On Kiddushin 31a, Rabbi Eliezer is quoted saying that when both parents want something the father should be given precedent, because both the mother and the child are obligated to honor the father. This is based on the mishnah on Keritut 28a, which states that, biblically, the mother and the father have equal rights, but rabbinically the Sages gave the ...


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I found this on dinonline.com: it is permitted to dry the laundry in the Nine Days. This is not considered part of the laundry, and is therefore permitted. Ironing the laundry, however, is forbidden, but creases can be pressed out in an unprofessional way. The term "unprofessional way" is vague, and, in my case, I don't really know what types of ...


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From torah.org: Rambam rules (as is the ruling of the Gemara; see below) that both "audible" and "careful" reading of K'riat Sh'ma are desiderata L'khat'hilah but are not indispensable. The Mishnah in Berakhot (2:3) cites the following two disputes: "If someone read K'riat Sh'ma and did not hear his own reading, (R. Yehuda says:*) Yatza, R. ...


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Per Chabad.org it is permitted כשעושים סעודת ברית מילה או פדיון הבן במוצאי תשעה-באב, מותר להזמין כמה אנשים שרוצים, וכולם מותרים אז בבשר ויין


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A suggestion which I admit is not totally supported by the quoted source. www.torah.org has an article on tefillin from which I abstracted some lines which might be put together to justify the policy of your shul. In short I am thinking that the shul might think that to read from the Torah one needs a clean body (guf noki) and that someone not wearing ...


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According to Vayoel Moshe, a sefer by the Satmarer Rebbe Zt"L, even outside of the land of Israel, the Jews prior to the moshiach shouldn't establish a state, and that regardless as to whether its character were religious or secular, that it was equally forbidden. This is due to the shalosh shavuos (3 vows) in mesechta Kesubos, one of which is not to rebel ...


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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 90:23 הבגדים המצויירים אף על פי שאינם בולטות אין נכון להתפלל כנגדם It is not proper to pray facing colorful garments, even if they do not protrude. Beis Yosef, citing Rambam, explains that the reason it is preferable to pray close to the wall is in order to not see distracting things. If these kippot have drawings or writing ...


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Partial answer: There is no Shabbos problem of sending it even if it is already Shabbos where the recipient is (see last paragraph here).



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