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In summary: if we can reasonably ascertain his (or her) maternal Jewish ancestry, and he (or she) wasn't born from a woman who remarried without a proper religious divorce, then there's no conversion necessary. This fellow isn't a "Conservative Jew" who has to magically become an "Orthodox Jew"; s/he's a "Jew" who currently affiliates Conservative and keeps ...


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Incidentally blocking ads would only be prohibited if installing intentionally ad-blocking software is prohibited. However, based on this answer, that is not the case, and ad-blocking software is permitted. I myself asked this question to Rabbi Hershel Schechter some time ago, and he too thought it was permissible. Thus, incidentally blocking ads would be ...


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1 - Conservative and Mamzerut are two separate issues. If the boy is Jewish (his mother is Jewish) then he does not need to convert. He would be considered a Baal Teshuva, one who has repented. He does not require any specific training, although if he is serious about his orthodoxy should learn the Mitzvos in order to lead a proper orthodox life. 2 - If the ...


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Short answer: NO. Long answer: also NO. Here's why: Rabbi Yosef Karo writes (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 328:2): מִי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ חֹלִי שֶׁל סַכָּנָה, מִצְוָה לְחַלֵּל עָלָיו אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת; וְהַזָּרִיז, הֲרֵי זֶה מְשֻׁבָּח; וְהַשּׁוֹאֵל, הֲרֵי זֶה שׁוֹפֵךְ דָּמִים Someone who has a life-threatening illness is commanded (מצוה) to violate ...


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If I were to break down this question to its bear essentials, I would ask: Does the rabbi make the Jew, or does the Jew make the rabbi? In other words, if we see our life as a journey in which we try to move spiritually upon our current plane and attempt to raise ourselves to new levels, can it be that the rabbi who started us on our path is the one with ...


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Yes it still applies. The laws are found in Shulchan Arukh EH 178. Do not ever do a proper Kinui (warning not to be secluded with X) to your wife, even without witnesses, because if she ends up alone with the other guy, even by accident, you must get a divorce as there is no Sotah-water. It's just not worth it. Have a heart-to-heart talk instead.


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See Halachipedia: Water that is fit for Mayim Achronim 1. One shouldn’t use scalding hot water, rather lukewarm water is permitted and it preferable to use cold water. Hot water that cooled> is also permitted. Bitter, dirty, or smelly water not fit for animals to drink is permitted. 3. Saliva is unfit; if nothing is available is ...


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See this - You're not the 1st person to have asked this. Excerpt: Is it more important to say Vehu Rachum or to say Tachanun? What happens if there is insufficient time to recite both Vehu Rachum and the rest of the Tachanun together with the tzibur? It seems that one should recite Tachanun with the tzibur and “Vehu Rachum” after davening. ...


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As far as #2, the Chazon Ish actually quoted and adressed the Mishna Berurah extensively, therefore his hasagos and sometimes other chidushim are printed along with it. He never focused on the Aruch Hashulchan so his chidushim have no place in the Aruch Hashulchan. Regarding #1 which was answered many times over I will add that the world has evolved who ...


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Notarization is actually much more similar to Henpek - the symbol that Beis Din would put on a document to indicate that its signors were verified. See, for example, Bava Metzia 7b: ולא מיבעיא לא כתב ביה הנפק דאיכא למימר כתב ללות ולא לוה אלא אפי' כתב ביה הנפק דמקוים לא יחזיר ... Not only a document which does not have a "henpek," about which one ...


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Shulchan Aruch HaRav O.C. 158:3 paskens that any food normally eaten without using ones hands directly does not require washing of hands without a Bracha. Salad, as far as I know, is eaten with cutlery, so it would not require washing according to that.


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YUTorah.org has (as of right now) over 3800 audio shiurim on Hilchos Shabbos, here. I would personally recommend Rabbi Elchanan Adler, Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, and Rabbi Herschel Schachter's shiurim, for clear, interesting, and relevant content.


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You can download R. Yitzchak Berkowitz’s shiurim on Chelek Gimmel of the Mishnah Berurah from here


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Rabbi Nissan Kaplan has a good set of shiurim he also goes through most of chelek 3 in the mishna berura here


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Shaalos Uteshuvos Radbaz 3:444 says that perhaps the Riva felt that his time was up and knew that he would die either way and therefore did not eat. "אפשר דריב"א ז"ל הרגיש בעצמו דאפילו שיאכל ימות ד'לב יודע מרת נפשו', והיינו דקאמר: ברי ושמא ברי עדיף. כלומר: הברי שלי [שאמות] עדיף משמא שלכם [שאולי תצילו אותי], ולפיכך לא רצה לאכול".‏ The "ברי" was ...


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Rabbi Menashe Klein Zatzal in Mishna Halachos 13:3 in discussing shoes with a zipper concludes that it is best to close the zipper in the same order one would tie his shoes. I would conclude from this that velcro would also be the same.


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There are two reasons to tie the left shoe first, either because the gemara in shabbos 61a says 'the same as tephilin, so too with shoes'. It is disputed there whether or not to do this at all, with many rishonim ignoring this practice, the Rambam for instance. But Rabbeinu Yona, brought in many achronim says a Yorei shomaim should do this, being that the ...


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The Pri Migadim in his pesicha to Yoreh Deah in the section Klalim BiHoraas Issur ViHeter #1 brings a Shach from his Kitzur HanHagos Horaas Issur ViHeter found in siman 242 in Yoreh Deah who says stam viyesh, halacha kistam. However, the Pri Migadim has a few stipulations. 1, this is only when there is no proof to the contrary, for instance in a different ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein's rule of thumb is that for quiet portions of the davening, you have your choice of using your nusach or the minyan's. (Though the chazan's own quiet shmoneh esrei should follow what he'll say for the minyan five minutes later.) For parts that are public/out-loud, you should use theirs. I haven't seen him address tachanun, so I would ...


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if they truly dont believe at all (which i'm not so sure), then: the Chafetz Chaim's Sefer Hamitzvos mitzva #1 positive commandment to believe in the existence of Gd As written "I am the Eternal your Gd" (ex.20:2). He created all that is found and all the worlds by His power and intent. He presides on every thing. This is the foundation of Judaism. ...


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Shemiras Shabbas K'hilchasa 32:62 -- one is allowed to inject vaccines where there is a concern that the patient will become dangerously sick. If a doctor feels that this is urgent, then even biblical transgressions such as driving a car or writing a script are allowed, where necessary. In footnote 160, there, Rav Neuwirth cites what he wrote earlier, in ...


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You are correct. Mishna Chullin 4:2: המבכרת המקשה לילד, מחתך אבר אבר ומשליך לכלבים.יצא רבו, הרי זה יקבר , ונפטרה מן הבכורה.‏ An animal that has a difficult time birthing its first offspring, the fetus can be cut into pieces and thrown to the dogs (Bartenura -- it is not holy). If most of it came out, it should be buried (Bartenura -- it ...


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Whether to concider a stillborn as the firstborn or not would depend on the stage of developement of the fetus and other variables, See Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 305:22 & 23, with various commentaries and their opinions. But if you are discussing an early term abortion, before the fetus has human form than all would agree that the next child would be ...


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Patience...... I skimmed the gemara looking for the answer to my question, but accidentally skipped it! Tosfos Ri"d on the Mishna tipped me off to check again. Gitin 27b: ת''ר איזהו שלא לאלתר רבי נתן אומר ששהה כדי שתעבור שיירא ותשרה ר''ש בן אלעזר אומר כדי שיהא אדם עומד ורואה שלא עבר שם אדם ויש אומרים שלא שהה אדם שם רבי אומר כדי לכתוב את הגט רבי ...


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You must daven the tachnun according to the nusach you normally daven. The kitzur shulchan oruch says that one cannot chop and change nuschaos as they are all weighted and each word is counted. If you would like to add vidui before tachnun then that's okay, but you should try not say sephardic tachnun when davening in ashkenaz l'moshol. Rav Moshe Feinstein ...


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Tefillo K'hilchoso 13 (27) says (my translation) Ideally (lechatchilo) one should not start the repetition of the amidah with less than 9 excluding the prayer leader (from the expression in Sh O 124 (1)), because if there are not 9 listening the blessings of the prayer leader are close to being in vain (levatolo). But there are those who are ...


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Yes. Source: People do. See this article, where it talks about how Sigd has become an Israeli holiday (on the calendar since 2008), celebrated by both Ethiopians and non-Ethiopians. However, if you look at the article above, you can see them prostrating, which is a problem according to mainstream Judaism. If joining, you might want to skip that part.


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you question is caused by the modern left view that if a minority wants to hit us (i.e. through rooks that can kill) we should not shoot back, but we should try to appease them (may be not the throwers themselves but their community) (i am not saying that we should not love a minority, it is just if they want to take something from us we need to protect ...


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The original Heberw text can be found in קריינא דאיגרתא volume 1. Here is my translation. 1 Nisan 5735 See the Rambam z"l in Hilchos Avodah Zarah, Chpt 2, Halacha 2 who explains the prohibition to read books which have material relating to avodah zarah (idol worship) and also that it is prohibited to see the pictures in them, for the verse says "Do not ...


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This is a community wiki answer, which means that anyone with 100 reputation points or more can edit without review. Please feel free to add your own sources, keeping the structure I've set up. Also, please leave a comment regarding your addition, so that it's clear who said what :) Gemara Yoma 85a-b (which verse teaches that we violate שבת to save a ...


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The principle of Stam v'yesh halacha k'stam is itself a subject of dispute. According to Rav Ovadia Yosef and his sons, when you see a stam v'yesh in the Mechaber, you hold like the stam completely, and don't have to be concerned about the opinion of the yesh at all. Some sources: Yabia Omer vol 9 in his notes on Ohr L'Tziyon, Halichot Olam volume 7 ...


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I asked a member of the Greater Washington [DC] Chevra Kadisha about this, and she told me that when they receive a deceased person who had an infectious disease, they can be directed to do a procedure called a "lay-over." In this case, they do not wash or dress the body or otherwise come in contact with it. Instead, they say the appropriate prayers and ...


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By making the neder to bring a mincha with barley when he knows it is not possible, this person is making a neder in vain – a neder shov. From INSIGHTS INTO THE DAILY DAF Nedarim 15 I see that The RAN (end of Nedarim 14b) writes that there is no Isur of "Neder Shav," a Neder made in vain, as there is an Isur of Shevu'as Shav, a Shevu'ah made in ...


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David Rosen of Emory University School of Law writes as follows on page 44. Regarding destruction of homes of living terrorists these actions seem easy to justify under Jewish Law. Ezra 10:8 mentions confiscation of property as a criminal sanction when one disobeys lawful orders. The court, under the biblical commandment, may expropriate ...


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There is definitely no question of Avodah Zarah if they are not worshiped or made for worshiping. As to the concern of Lo Ta'asun Iti, the prohibition of making even those statues of man not constructed for the purposes of worship, Shulchan Aruch YD 141:10 says that the statue needs to be of a full man in order to be prohibited. A bust with a head but no ...


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While hedonism is certainly forbidden from a Jewish perspective, strict asceticism is generally also considered against the current consensus, at the very least for the masses. The overall rule "kol maasecha yihyu l'shem shamayim" certainly applies, but that contextually doesn't preclude the pursuit of pleasure when that pursuit itself is in a Torah-based ...


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shulchan aruch orach chaim 271.2 Women are obligated to recite Kiddush even though it is a positive commandment dependent upon a time factor /which women are usually not responsible to keep/. For /the two commandments of Shabbos,/ Zachor (“Remember the Shabbos”) and Shamor (“Keep the Shabbos day”) are equated to each other; /therefore,/ women who are ...


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Good question. R' Chanina says Yesh Mazal Liyisrael and R' Yochanan says Ein Mazal Liyisrael. (Shabbos 156a) Rashi (on the topic) points out that both R' Chanina and R' Yochanan agree that the celestial bodies influence events in this world. However, R' Chanina views their influence as inescapable whereas R' Yochanan maintains that prayer or good deeds can ...


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My answer addresses only the aspect of how the reference to "Mazalot" (sometimes lossly translated as "constellations") became part of Kiddush Levana. See this article where the author states: the three middle paragraphs show that the ceremony is filled with magical rites prompted by a fear that the moon, which is at its smallest both in size and ...


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There is a Bach that discusses fresh wet bedikos vs dry ones . Noone seems to care about his concern and the apprenticeship is on dry bedikos so people are trained to recognize their halachic status in that state. At some point though the color does change and competent Rabbis will no longer pasken on them. But interestingly enough the nida blood does not ...


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Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ruled that one may violate שבת for the injection of morphine. See שמירת שבת כהלכתה, chapter 32, footnote 150, where Rabbi YY Neuwirth writes that he heard from Rav Shlomo Zalman that since זריקת מורפיום (morphine injection) does not have any healing properties, and it's just for the relief of pain, it should be forbidden; however, ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan 91:7 writes כתבו רבותינו בעלי השולחן ערוך בסעיף ו: דרך החכמים ותלמידיהם שלא יתפללו אלא כשהם עטופים. ובעת הזעם יש לחבק הידים בשעת התפילה כעבדא קמי מאריה. ובעת שלום יש להתקשט בבגדים נאים להתפלל. עד כאן לשונו, וכבר כתבנו מזה. ו"חיבוק ידים" הוא שחובק אצבעות ידיו זה בשל זה, כאדם ששובר אצבעותיו כשמצטער. ויש מהחכמים שהיו עושים כן גם ...


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According to this article by Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky there is no requirement to remove a tattoo, although it could be considered a pious act to do so, especially if the tattoo depicts something immoral and idolatrous. He discusses four ways of removing a tattoo, two of which are permissible, and two of which are questionable. Removal via a cream or laser ...


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There is the first issue of whether secular laws of the United States or any of its state or localities are recognized under dina demalchusa dina, and if so, what categories of laws are recognized and which are not. As that question has been posed elsewhere, I'm going to not discuss it now, but note that there is a dispute regarding the view of the Aruch ...


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Here's the problem. In theory, conversion is instant and irreversible. If we had a magical machine that could peer into someone's soul so we could be certain that right before the conversion s/he was sincerely committed to keeping everything; then the next day somehow something totally changed and s/he decided to worship idols and eat pork or whatnot, we ...


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I have no source for this besides for logical conclusion. Dina d'malchuta should apply to whatever is the law of the land. If it is the state law that is binding when in opposition to federal law, then the state law would be the one that counts. If federal law overrides state law (as is the case), then federal law applies. Again, simple logic.


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Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 268:12 ‏...ואפילו חזר ועבד עבודת כוכבים – הרי הוא כישראל מומר שקידושיו קידושין.‏ ישראל מומר שעשה תשובה – אינו צריך לטבול. רק מדרבנן יש לו לטבול ולקבל עליו דברי חבירות בפני שלושה ...even if the convert returned to worshiping idols -- he is still a Jew such that his marriage proposals are binding. An apostate Jew ...


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While there is a commandment for a Jew to not get a tatoo, Leviticus 19:28, B.T. Makkot 21a there is, however, a separate Torah prohibition - "Lo Yosif" - not to inflict a wound upon yourself, Deuteronomy 25:3. According to many poskim, removing a tattoo involves "wounding" yourself. Therefore, it is generally prohibited to a Jew to inflict pain upon ...


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This is a big discussion among the halachic authorities. The Rivevos Ephraim 8:86 brings down that its a machlokes so he came up with an idea to take oneself out of the safek. He suggests after drinking the coffee he should drink a cup of water so he can definitely make a bracha achrona. Rav Chaim Shaul Eizenstaht told the Rivevos Ephraim that he heard from ...


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The Taz to Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 210:1 writes regarding liquor that since it cannot be drunk as quickly as would be required for the normal shiur of beracha acharona on a drink, its shiur is at the standard of whatever people normally drink. This logic can be applied to hot drinks as well, and the Ba'er Heitev Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 204:12 cites ...



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