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According to the Mesilas Yesharim (beginning of ch. 24), there are 2 major divisions of yir'ah, of which one is subdivided. 1- Yir’as ha’onesh: fear of punishment. This is the lowest of the three. However, since even fear of punishment is a motivator, even yir’as ha’onesh is viewed positively. R’ Shlomo Wolbe zt”l writes that today, we’ve lost that ...


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Maimonides states in the Laws of Forbidden Sexual Relations 13:4, that a non-Jew immerses in a mikveh by himself, it has no effect. The Shulchan Aruch in Y"D 268:3 holds this way as well, provided one did not previously accept the commandments on oneself in front of three Jews. (See Be'er Heitiv that '2' in the S"A may refer to the requirement to at least ...


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Maharsha (Brachot 57b), quoted by R Akiva Eiger OC 224, gives the following text for destroying Avoda Zara in Israel: ברוך אתה ה אלוהינו מלך העולם אשר קידשנו במצוותיו וצוונו לעקור [ע"ז] מארצינו (RAE doesn't explicitly limit this to Israel, and it's not clear to me if he thought this was obvious because the Mitzva isn't as strong in the Diaspora or if ...


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Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach quoted in הליכות שלמה (הלכות תפילה פרק עשרים סימן יא אות כא) ruled that there is a distinction between recital of pesukim-versus in praise and song-דרך שבח וזמרה and studying-דרך לימוד. Singing pesukim does not constitute as limmud HaTorah, thus, RSZA rules that if ones mother, wife who is not in niddah, daughter or sister even ...


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See Gemara Nidda 31a about conjugal relationship during pregnancy: תנו רבנן שלשה חדשים הראשונים תשמיש קשה לאשה וגם קשה לולד אמצעיים קשה לאשה ויפה לולד אחרונים יפה לאשה ויפה לולד שמתוך כך נמצא הולד מלובן ומזורז תנא המשמש מטתו ליום תשעים כאילו שופך דמים מנא ידע אלא אמר אביי משמש והולך (תהילים קטז) ושומר פתאים ה׳ (Soncino translation) Our Rabbis taught:...


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Rav Ben-Tzion Mutzafi writes in his sefer שיבת ציון at שער ז' סימן ק"ו in the name of his father Rav Salamon Mutzafi zt"l who said that bowing to the left first is a mistake being carried over from when we bow by עושה שלום at the end of Shemonah Esrei. Over there, he says, we are facing opposite the Shechinah, so we bow to the right of the Shechinah first, ...


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Tosafos in Shabbos 131 seems to hold that a Mitzva which is incumbent upon us constantly must be done at least every day.


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Essentially, a mistaken edition of the Radak was popular for a short time, leading to various changes by overzealous grammarians and confusing two very influential rabbis. See the extensive (hundreds of manuscripts/editions surveyed) documentation of Dr. Yitzchak/Jordan Penkower in Iyyunei Miqra uFarshanut, vol. 4, Bar Ilan University Press, 1997, greatly ...


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There is no minimum amount below which it is not considered "going to the bathroom" for the sake of making a blessing. The Shulchan Arukh addresses this question explicitly: אֵין שִׁעוּר לְהַשְׁתִּין מַיִם כִּי אֲפִלּוּ לְטִפָּה אַחַת חַיָּב לְבָרֵךְ, שֶׁאִם יִסָתֵם הַנֶּקֶב מִלְּהוֹצִיא הַטִּפָּה הַהִיא הָיָה קָשֶׁה לוֹ וְחַיָּב לְהוֹדוֹת:‏ ...


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The Techumin series is an excellent annual compilation of in-depth halachic discourses (in hebrew) on current issues by prominent Rabbis of the times. There are generally around 30 - 60 essays in each volume that address many topics (different in each volume), for example: shabbat & yom tov, medical ethics, economics & finances, politics and law, ...


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Brown and Hershkovitz (here: תשמיש בהריון-פסקה ז. דעת חז"ל) say that according to Chazal there is no problem having sexual intercourse during pregnancy, as long as there's an effective and permissible way of preventing fetal risk... According to their words (of B&H) there are 2 main sources talking about the risks of having sexual intercourse during ...


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Most people who are careful not to rely on Rav Moshe's leniency do so not because they don't hold of it but only because he advised that people of superior spiritual stature avoid relying on it. I conjecture as follows. Other, standard leniencies (e.g., lifgam) very often apply to cases of using equipment, so even such people combine those leniencies with ...


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The Shulchan Aruch 25:2 says that one should put on a Tallis Kattan and Tefillin at home, walk to Shul in them, and put His Tallis Gadol on in Shul. Other opinions say to put on the Tallis Gadol and Tefillin on at home, and walk to Shil like that. The Mishnah Brura 25:8 says that if one is worried of passing by Goyim or going through unclean places, he ...


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I was also bothered where this all came from. The ספר מנהג ישראל תורה on סימן קכה of שולחן ערוך אורח חיים who quotes from a few sources some ideas: We say in a פיוט on יום כיפור that the angels are דמות ארבעה פנים לכל צד פונים אומרים קדוש, they are four faced, turn in every direction and say קדוש. He suggests that us doing this is symbolic of that. He also ...


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If it involves Torah in any way, shape, or form, it's assur. See this question about Purim Torah.



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