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Not an answer per se, but an extension of the original questioner's theme: Although this doesn't attest to Halacha or "appropriateness," it could be instructive to know how prominent Miami attorney, now Florida Circuit Judge, Spencer Eig, handled his various swearing-in occasions. He appears on TV in his official capacity wearing a kippah. When he was an ...


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I compiled a few opinions from Hilchos Chashmal, most have to do with electric but it answers the wick and oil parts. Kochvei Yitzchak simanim 5-8 – Mikar Halacha there is no issue with electric for ner chanuka, but the best way to perform the mitzvah is with olive oil. The ones who asssur say that there is no shuir of a half hour by electric (oil can be ...


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In the Sheilos U'Teshuvos of the Maharsham (Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Shvadron) Chelek 4 Siman 146 he writes to a Rabbi in the city of Leipzig the following (my own translation with added clarifications): To answer your letter from the 2nd day of Chanuka, if it is permissible to light the Chanuka candles on the train - I did not find the matter to be so ...


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Additional sources regarding shoes, sandals and slippers (but not socks) include: Rav Yosef Haim of Baghdad, in Parashat Pinhas Shana Sheniya, 16 Rav Haim Kanievsk There is also a disagreement on the length of sleep required for this to be a problem.


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The Netai Gavriel brings just about all there is to bring on the subject of Nitel. In 2:4 he brings two/three customs about the time of day or night it applies to. Although the custom is (perhaps more commonly) only from sunset or dusk until midnight, some (Chernobler, Belz, Bobov, Ger and Galitziyana) start from midday the day before (so that would be ...


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Certainly, if there is a choice of non-gelatin capsules, they are preferable, though most poskim would allow one to take them: There is quite the machlokes (argument) as to gelatin capsules: The Israeli Rabbanut allow it for pills as not considered food - שלא כדרך אכילה. Other Poskim hold such capsules to be edible (כדרך אכילה) and thus should be avoided ...


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The one who is more fresh, it`s healtier, but you speaking about the case when they died exactly at the same time, correct?! So then I would go after a gentile, since Jews are prohibitied to have an autopsy, which would taking parts of the body be, right?! It would sound like teoretic questions, but it actually happened quite recently, not to Jews, but ...


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No, you don't need to. Furthermore, according to some poskim, you could even listen to the song in the shower. See this Q/A set by dinonline.org: The Question: Is one allowed to listen to Jewish music while showering in the bathroom? Answer: Yes, I don’t see any problem in this. The music does not have the halachah of spoken pesukim, and ...


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I'm comfortable to say that no opinion in the Talmud holds this way. The first reason is that, having learned Kiddushin and perek Yesh Nochlin of Bava Basra, two of the primary places where this discussion comes up, I have never come across a third opinion. The second reason is that the reasoning which many Acharonim give for the dispute of R' Meir and R' ...


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The Chochmas Adam 89:1 wrote that the Vilna Gaon abolished the minhag of decorating the synagogue with trees in honor of Shavuos because of the problem of Chukkas HaGoy (i.e. the practice of decorating a tree for the Christian's Holiday). The Chochmas Adam held that such a problem would even justify nullifying a practice mentioned (but not commanded) in the ...


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The Nitei Gavriel which @yishai linked has an abundance of info of the customs and history of nittal nacht. Rav Aviner brings a nice summary from his tshuvot (text): "Question: Is it permissible to learn Torah on "Nittel Nacht" (Christmas Eve)? Answer: There is a custom among some Chasidim not to learn Torah on "Nittel Nacht" in order not to contribute ...


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I think that the best you can use in this sort of case of safek (which not append every day ) is use hazakoth... Just like if you have 2 witnesses who are saying dead and 2 who are saying alive. In general witnesses are see the as reality itself. here a example. I need to find the exact source but in talmud, but there is this case of eshet ish. If 2 are ...


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What is clear to you is not so clear to me, but see Mishna Berurah siman 91 #12 Where he states the general rule to wear only clothing you would wear when talking with an important person. He adds that this is dependant on the usual behavior of the time. Another point he mentions there is not to wear the type of gloves that people would wear when traveling. ...


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Logically, anyone not well-versed enough in the halachos of Shabbos and daily life to avoid regular transgressions should prioritize studying practical halacha. (Keep in mind that studying Chumash with Onkelos (or using Rashi as a substitute for Onkelos) is a weekly halachic requirement.) However, if studying other subjects (such as mussar or chassidic ...


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On page 227 of the link which was posted by Avrohom Yitzchok he gives a difference which seemed quite compelling to me. When it comes the beam, there is no idea to see the beam for its own sake, it is rather to be able to recognize that the boundary is there, so you see the sign, and that is good enough. Whereas with the Chanuka candle and a Sukka, you have ...


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The Shulchan Aruch was written by Rabbi Yosef Karo in the mid-sixteenth century. That is the reference to #1 ("stam" means plain, without any additional qualifications. Since then, others have appropriated the name or made names that have allusions to it, when writing books which have a similar purpose - to structure and organize Jewish Law into a relatively ...


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The answer is Yes and No. Part of Lebanon is Halachically Eretz Yisrael and part is not. See Shviit.com where they say The northern border of Eretz Yisroel lies somewhere in Lebanon


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Incredible i just was looking into this! It would seem to be that there is no issue saying Christ 1) Like you pointed out all it means is anointed. and being that it has a definition, we don't care if the connotation was changed throughout the generations, as per the sources the Gr"a brings (Mordechai, Hagahos Maamonis, Yereiym etc.) 2) It's not a name, ...


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See Rabbi Dovid Kornreich's essay on this in hebrew: http://www.2ndnatureacu.com/uploads/placeta_teshuva.pdf.pdf After a thorough examination of the rabbinic sources, R. Kornreich concludes approvingly: So it would seem safe to conclude that שליא [the placenta] of humans is muttar gamur [completely permitted] acc. to all opinions (besides the Rambam ...


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As DoubleAA pointed out in his comment, your question is very-highly theoretical. The Halacha is (יורה דעה - -סימן שעד): ג: אֵיזֶהוּ מֵת מִצְוָה, שֶׁמְּצָאוֹ בַּדֶּרֶךְ אוֹ בְּעִיר שֶׁל עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים, וְאֵין לוֹ קוֹבְרִים, וּמִמָּקוֹם שֶׁמְּצָאוֹ אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לִקְרוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁיַּעֲנֵהוּ וְיָבֹא לְטַפֵּל בּוֹ וּלְקָבְרוֹ ‏ By ...


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The opinion expressed by Chuck Davidson is based on a straight reading of the Shulchan Aruch (YD 268:2 & 12), which states that if a properly functioning beis din performs a conversion, the conversion is final and valid even if the convert subsequently fails to keep Torah law. On the other hand, according to most poskim, a beis din is not empowered to ...


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(או"ח צז) אם נשמט טליתו ממקומו יכול למשמש בו ולהחזירו, אבל אם נפל כולו אינו יכול לחזור ולהתעטף בו, דהוי הפסק. there are plenty sources that could be used to say it is ossur, however there are others that would denote heter. bottom line i think that one must switch it off, as i wrote above. its not all about sources, its about understanding and feeling what ...


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Logically, it doesn't make sense to not daven because you don't know al hanisim since you wouldn't repeat shemoneh esrei if you forgot it (i.e. it's not me'akev). By tefillos that are me'akev such as yaaleh v'yavo by shacharis/mincha on rosh chodesh (or even ma'ariv on chol hamoed), I don't have a source but (again logically) if one knew enough hebrew to ...


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I found the following teshuvah by R. Betzalel Stern, BeTzel HaChochmah 2:16: Regarding someone who travels by airplane from Australia to Israel, and on the way flies over mountains and deserts...In my humble opinion, it seems obvious that as long as he has a clear view, even though he only sees them from a plane flying miles above, he is ...


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In short, he should switch off the phone! No one has permission to be a mazik (damager)!!!! NO to mobile phones during tefillah!!! YOU can't daven properly knowing your phone could ring any second. You are also chancing disturbing everyone else's tefillah, mitzvah haba beavairah and the rest. This is an epidemic and shouldn't be resolved with halachic ...


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The Shas political party, which, until his passing in 2013, was spiritually led by R' Ovadia Yosef ammended its charter in 2010 to adpot the World Zionist Organization's New Jerusalem Program and became a member of the WZO. The New Jerusalem Program promotes: Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, brought about the establishment ...


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The Chazon Ish "was very positive and hopeful about the presence and prospect of the State [of Israel] and encouraged any way of supporting and upholding it," and "ardently prayed for its success and continued growth." according to R' Zvi Yehuda, in a letter partially reprinted as an article in Tradition in 1979.


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I ran Google translate on ברר which means "find out" and ברור which means "clear". Your description of the activity falls between these two explanations, as it appears that you're doing both. You're exploring the halacha as well as attempting to clarify how halacha clarifies the decisions made. Tough call on this - perhaps "Halachic investigation", ...


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I once heard that there was a situation in Russia years ago when things weren't so nice there, and some Jewish people were taken away to Labour Camp or whatever they used to do. There were a group of them and they didn't have a siddur and it was Shabbat Rosh Chodesh. Nobody knew the Ata Yatzarta prayer by memory but would know the regular "Tikanta Shabbat". ...


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This might not be a problem as the Rambam says non Jews do not create tumat ohel. (rambam tumat met 1,13) Although it is controversial in the Talmud see shut harambam (tumat met 1,13) debating whether non Jews create tumat ohel.


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The prohibition comes from Devarim 22:5, for which Rashi provides commentary as follows. Please click on the image to view "full screen" mode. Rashi is citing from the relevant section of the Babylonian Talmud (b. Nazir 8:1a, II.4.E [Folio 59A]), which appears as follows. Please click on the image to view "full screen" mode. The yellow highlighted area ...


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Nishmat Avraham Even Haezer Siman 1 Saif 5 says the following: The sex of the child is determined by the sperm. Some sperm carry the X chromosome and the others the Y chromosome, whereas the egg always carries the X chromosome. Thus, if an egg is fertilized by a sperm carrying an X chromosome, the resulting baby will have an XX paired chromosome ...


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From Rav Aviner's tshuvot (text) Wearing Wife's Jacket in the Cold Q: Is it permissible for a husband to wear his wife's jacket if he is cold, or is it forbidden on account of "Lo Yilbash" (the prohibition of cross-dressing)? And what about visa-versa? A: It is permissible, since the purpose is not to wear it but simply to warm up (Shut ...


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Ramban considered taking possession of and settling the Land of Israel to be a Torah commandment. He listed it as the fourth positive commandment that, in his view, Rambam neglected to include in his Sefer Hamitzvot. ‏... הכל הוא ממצות עשה הוא שנצטויני לרשת הארץ לשבת בה, א"כ היא מצות עשה לדורות מתחייב כל אחד ממנו ואפילו בזמן גלות ...‏ ... ...


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This is a machlokes Rishonim. It is brought in the Ran to the Rif's Hilchos Chanuka, first paragraph. The Ran first proves and then defends the opinion that it cannot be used even for mitzvah purposes, and then cites the Baal HaMe'or that you could use it for mitzvah purposes. The Ran's primary proof is that they allowed the use of inferior oils for ...


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Taken from an article by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz: The Rambam (Avoda Zara 12:6) rules that one is only prohibited from removing peyos with a razor. Cutting peyos off with a scissor that provides a cut as short as a razor is completely acceptable. (The Darchei Teshuva (181:2) writes, based on the Sefer Hachinuch, that one is merely exempt from punishment, but ...


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The Emes L'yaakov (by R' Yaakov Kamenetsky) on Parshas Miketz is clear that they may not be used even for Mitzva use. He compares Chanuka lights - forbidden to benefit from - to Shabbos candles - we benefit from as they bring Shalom into the house. הנה לכשנתבונן בב' מיני נרות שנצטוינו להדליק נר שבת ויו"ט ונר חנוכה, הא' ניתן להשתמש בו ואדרבה בלא תשמיש א"צ ...


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As explained in this Weekly Halacha column by R' Doniel Neustadt, the problem with steam is that the steam from the second dish will rise up, absorb flavor that the first dish had deposited into the oven walls, and then condense and fall back into the second dish, thus adding flavor from the first dish to the second dish. R' Neustadt records a disagreement ...


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A KLI is not muktza unless oser bianoo, muktza Bain hashmoshois, muktsa machmas mitsva, or muktsa machmas hsoroin kis But if the KLI is set for use that is forbidden on Shabos you can only move it to use it or for its place but not to save it from harm This KLI seems to fall in the category of a KLI used for permitted things, that is only forbidden to be ...


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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 131:1 says in part: ישראל שעשה יינו של עובד כוכבים בטהרה כדי שיהא מותר לישראל בין שמכרו לישראל ולא פרע לו מעות בין שלא מכרו לו אלא שהוא מטהרו כדי למכרו ע"י לישראלים ... אסור אפילו בחותם תוך חותם עד שיהא ישראל יושב ומשמר ... See the entire sif for the lengthy point, but the bottom line is that even double sealing does not help ...


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Rabbi Frand has a tape where he says he likes to drink grape juice all the time, and wondered about this -- it would be a lot cheaper if he could buy regular (non-kosher) grape juice. He was told even with today's fancy-schmancy machinery, there's a human hand someplace in the factory unclogging a filter or the like every so often.


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Probably because of what the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah says in סימן קכה - דין יין הבא מכח עובד כוכבים וכח כחו ב: כֹּחַ כֹּחוֹ כְּכֹחוֹ דָּמִי. וְאִם הוּא כֹּחַ כֹּחַ כֹּחוֹ, כְּגוֹן קוֹרַת הַגַּת שֶׁגִּלְגְּלָהּ עוֹבֵד כּוֹכָבִים, שֶׁיֵּשׁ שָׁם ג' כֹּחוֹת: הַדַּפִּין וְהַגַּלְגַּל וְהַקּוֹרָה, (ד) בְּדִיעֲבַד מֻתָּר אֲפִלּוּ בִּשְׁתִיָּה. ‏ And ...


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In short: I want to gift a [whatever] to my friend Yonah (gender-neutral) on Shabbat. So before Shabbat, I go to my friend Simcha (gender-neutral, but over the age of bar/bat mitzva) and say: "I would like you to acquire this on behalf of Yonah." I hand it to Simcha, and Simcha picks up the [whatever] a few inches in demonstration of acknowledgment. The ...


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All sources from Shulchan Aruch - Yoreh De'ah - 181 Regarding the shaver in the Payos area: ג: אֵינוֹ חַיָּב אֶלָּא בְּתַעַר. וְיֵשׁ אוֹסְרִים בְּמִסְפָּרַיִם (ב) כְּעֵין תַּעַר, וְיֵשׁ לָחוּשׁ לְדִבְרֵיהֶם. ‏ באר היטב (ב) כעין. שגוזז במספרים סמוך לבשר כעין תער. ש''ך: ‏ As Matt pointed out, it's a matter of dispute. The Shulchan Aruch ...


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See here for a general overview and various opinions on giving gifts on Shabbos. .. the Beis Yosef (OC 527) allows one to give a gift on Shabbos if it will be used for Mitzva purposes. This is the basis for allowing one to give their Lulav and Esrog to another as a gift on the first day (or 2) of Sukkos. The Magen Avraham (OC 306:15) question the ...


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Tosfos points out all sorts of leniencies that we apply today, not strictly using the definitions of the mishnas in avoda zara. Among other considerations, in a religiously-integrated society, applying religious discrimination in business dealings would cause a great deal of dangerous animosity. (Your local rabbi might advise, all else being equal, that ...


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According to the Beis Yosef in siman 671 they needed to go through the tahara process of para aduma which took seven days and one more for the oil making. He also brings the Ran who says the oil refinery was 4 days travel away. Four there, four back, there's eight days for you.


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Don't forget that they were fresh from fighting a war. They had to purify themselves from the tum'as meis. They also had to make sure that everything was done in taharah. Also the pressing had to be only the first squeezing (without pressure) of the olives. It is not quite as simple as it seems.


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This one's fairly clear-cut. The Talmud says it's prohibited to sell frankincense in small, retail amounts to pagans that they will use in their pagan worship. However you can sell it in bulk as wholesale, and what the retailer does with it is not your concern. I may not enable a non-Jew to worship idols, but I may enable the enabler. (That's indirect ...


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Rav Neustadt distinguishes between  a) severe (chamur) muktzeh - items which are "set apart" before Shabbos because they will definitely not be used on Shabbos. and b) light (kal) muktzeh - items which are set apart because they are normally used for activities which are prohibited on Shabbos, but may, on occasion, be used for a permitted ...



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