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Rambam rules that although it is completely Biblically prohibited to steal from a gentile (Geneva 1:1), one would only have to pay back the value he stole if he did so (2:1). There is no fine imposed in this case.


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The previous answer does touch on the point that this was a declaration to excuse those placed in cherem (excommunication). See this comprehensive article that discusses the topic as well as how some of the ideas crossed over into the Kol Nidre paragraph that follows in the service. Much of the article has English translation. Feel free to contact me ...


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Your example is politically loaded. Let's try a simpler one. Joe makes a vow not to eat chocolate. Then he finds himself on a desert island where there is no food other than chocolate, and he will otherwise die of starvation. (Or more simply -- he's having a diabetic emergency and the only available food is chocolate.) The prohibition of violating a vow is ...


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The Babylonian Talmud (Sanhedrin 108 amud 1) says pretty much explicitly that animals cannot sin: וימח את כל היקום אשר על פני האדמה אם אדם חטא בהמה מה חטאה תנא משום רבי יהושע בן קרחה משל לאדם שעשה חופה לבנו והתקין מכל מיני סעודה לימים מת בנו עמד ופזר את חופתו אמר כלום עשיתי אלא בשביל בני עכשיו שמת חופה למה לי אף הקב״ה אמר כלום בראתי בהמה וחיה אלא בשביל ...


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In brief, no, this is not permissible. Two issues: 1 - See here regarding the problem of bleeding and causing a wound on Shabbat. Some say it is a prohibition of shochet - slaughtering. Others say this is a prohibition of dosh b/c blood is "extracted" from blood vessels and capillaries. The article does specifically mention giving a blood test on Shabbat, ...


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The Mishna (Sanhedrin 8:1) says the the word "son" is used intentionally to exclude a daughter, in this case. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 69b-70a) says that while it would be reasonable to also punish a wayward daughter, it is a divine decree that it is not so.


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Note that since one can build a succa on a boat, the pier should also be allowable. (logic only) Maseches Sukka Perek 2 Mishna 3 If one builds his sukkah on the top of a wagon or on the deck of a ship, it is valid, and they may go up into it on a festival day. Of course the gemoro on daf 23a of masechet succah points out that this is the subject of ...


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In answering your question, I am assuming the following: [A] We are discussing the emission of zera' in the context of marital relations. [B] Since there is no halakhic concern of shevikhath zera' le-vattalah when the emission takes place in the context of marital relations, regardless of whether the emission occurs within or without the wife's place, it ...


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Mil, You may need to gain some sense on what items are considered "holy objects". I don't recall the full list, but among them are Torah scrolls, mezuzah, tefillin, etc. (I'll see if I can link something later). The point is that a printed Tanac"h is not within this category of what is called tashmishei kedusha ("holy objetcs"). That doesn't mean that you ...


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The following summary would seem to imply that your particular case would not require you to continue to "give mussar" to your sibling. I bolded the sections that would seem to apply. This is based on the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 29:16 which I copy in after the summary. As always CYLOR to see what the best thing to do would be. Mitzvah of Rebuke Someone ...


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Mishna B'rura 554:5 says one may not issue halachic rulings or hear a court case on 9 Av (when Torah study is forbidden) "because law is Torah". The same would seem to me to apply to practical-halacha books of te sort you mention, but, as always, consult your rabbi if this is a practical question for you.


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to add a bit to msh210's answer as to why animals don't sin, here's a quote from the Duties of the Heart part 2 (one of the classic works on jewish philosophy) It is through the understanding that we realize the Creator's wisdom, power and mercy, of which the universe provides clear evidence. It is the understanding which shows us that we ought to ...


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Vows have always been discouraged. In fact, the gemara in Masechet Nedarim specifically mentions certain halachot of nedarim exist to discourage the light usage of nedarim. Nonetheless, your example of using nedarim to break (at least certain) bad habits is indeed something that at least some major contemporary poskim support. GuardYourEyes.org is a ...


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I am extracting several answers from this article that may be relevant: May one use a ponytail holder to make a ponytail in her hair on Shabbat? Making a ponytail and using a ponytail holder is permitted on Shabbat, as this is unlikely to cause the removal of hair (Yalkut Yosef, 303:15). So, in general, you can make a ponytail. However, ...


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Actually, there are types of people placed in חרם, or excommunication for certain crimes, such as not listening to the orders of a בית דין, or Jewish court. This excommunication prohibits almost every type of social interaction, including praying together. However, as Yom Kippur is the day of atonement and retuning to G-d, a special exemption is made for ...


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OK, I'll try to address all the issues including the ones brought up in comments in no particular order, starting with the practical concerns. Mixed k'sav is not an issue. (Source: I have checked mezuzot with mixed k'sav on the same line which Rabbi Dovid Feinstein previously looked at and said were OK. There are some tikkunim that were somewhat-standard ...


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A perspective convert is not obligated to keep any extra mitzvos for it. Today it is common for a beis din to independently decide as a matter of policy to require the show of commitment of a candidate practicing while readying him/herself for the actual conversion. After all, the person could try the lifestyle and find it leaves them cold, avoiding a ...


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HaRav Asher Weis shlita, the author of Minchas Asher, was asked about removing one's tallis katan when biking or joging and he answered that there is only a concern about removing it without good reason so one may do so if it is causing extreme discomfort. Sam has already shared Rav Belsky's opinion forbidding it.


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From the Biur Halacha in siman 511 it seems to not be dependant on a particular statistic, but rather on general regularity of use. Concerning smoking he writes: והרבה מקילין, ועיקר טעם כולם משום דעכשיו שהרבה רגילין בזה נעשה שוה בכל נפש. Notice his use of the word הררבה, many, he did not write רוב or מיעוט המצוי. Simply הרבה, meaning many. Another ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstin writes in Igros Moshe (OH vol. 5 ch. 34) writes that it is shaveh l'chol nefesh. More accurately, he writes that the custom is for smoker to smoke on Yom Tov as well. Although he notes that it could be argued that this is not shaveh l'chol nefesh since people avoid smoking due to health concerns, he concludes that it is difficult to ...


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First, some context: Unfortunately, the question of whether or not it is permissible according to the halakha to swim on Shabath has become yet another marker of one's neighbor's frumkeit and subsequently their commitment to sh'mirath ha-misswoth. Like so many other humroth that have been contrived in the name of "custom," this too has become a source of ...



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