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From a Rabbi Jachter article here: [T]he Halacha provides for a number of ways to remedy the Mayim Sheuvim status of water that had been in a receptacle. One way is the process of Hamshacha, running the Mayim Sheuvim along the ground. The Gemara (Temura 12a) cites a Braita that teaches that if the Mikva has a base of more than twenty Saah of ...


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I couldn't locate any source that specifically addresses eating in a restaurant. But I am excerpting some items from this article: A mourner is defined in halacha as someone mourning during the 12-month mourning period for parents or the 30-day mourning period for the other five relatives (spouse, brother, sister, son, daughter). After 30 days, one ...


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Yes there is a special reason for Jews not to eat at an idolator's house even if the food is completely Kosher. This however is only binding when the idolator has invited the Jew to his house, or there was an assumed invitation. This is a law in the Talmud as seen here which expounds a passage in Exodus. Here is the relevant discussion starting from a ...


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Note that in the examples below, even if the food is kosher, one is still forbidden to accept food cooked by a non-Jew. Another example is the banquet produced by Achashveros where the food given to the Jews was completely kosher yet it was wrong of them to participate in the way that they did. There is a prohibition of food cooked by a gentile (bishul ...


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Yes of course. the Chiuv mitsvot (duty, legislative responsibility) follows the happening of the daat (faculty of judgment). And the daat is linked with maturity (a step in psycho-physiological development) corresponding to the age of puberty. Naturally, females reach puberty (approximately after the age of 12) earlier than males (approximately after the ...


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From Halachipedia The Mishna Shabbat 148b writes that one may not count the number of guests from a list on Shabbat. Abaye in the Gemara 149a explains that this is a rabbinic restriction so as not to come to read a Shtar Hedyot on Shabbat. What is a Shtar Hedyot which one may not read on Shabbat? Rashi 116b s.v. Shtar explains it to be financial ...


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Qiẓur Shulḥan 'Arukh - Yalqut Yosef (Oraḥ Ḥayim 18:9) states (my translation): סדינים ושמיכות שיש בהם ארבע כנפות, אף שהאדם מתכסה בהם גם ביום, פטורים מציצית. ויש מי שכתב דנכון לחוש ולהחמיר בסדין של צמר, והמחמיר תבא עליו ברכה, אבל מעיקר הדין דעת מרן שגם בסדין של צמר פטור מציצית. Sheets and blankets which have four corners, despite that one covers ...


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My answer will address both vegan and vegetarianism. The Bible is fairly clear that God's ideal diet for all of creation was vegetarianism. And that at some point He allowed the consumption of meat, under various caveats, and usually with disapproving tones. Some people erroneously try and say that mankind was given dominion over the animals, and therefore ...


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The Riaz (13th cent.) writes that there is no prohibition in women learning Torah or in teaching them. He does not differentiate between different categories of Torah, and implies that it is all permissible: פסקי ריא"ז מסכת סוטה פרק א - המקנא ב. אף על פי שאין האשה מצווה על תלמוד תורה כמו שנ' ולמדתם אותם את בניכם, ולא את בנותיכם, אם רצה ללמדה הרשות ...


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The answer is directly drawn from Gemara. Gemara Berachot 23b: אמר רבי יצחק: הנכנס לסעודת קבע - חולץ תפיליו ואחר כך נכנס.‏ R`Isaac said: One who wishes to [partake of] a regular meal should take off his tefillin and then go in {since it may become drunk and will demean himself with Tefilin. Rashi}. ופליגא דרבי חייא, דאמר רבי חייא: מניחן על ...


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Case of a Yabam without legs and possibilities of Chalitsa Mishna Yebamot 12, 1: מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה וּלְמַטָּה, חֲלִיצָתָהּ כְּשֵׁרָה. מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה וּלְמַעְלָה, חֲלִיצָתָהּ פְּסוּלָה:‏ Below the knee [the halizah is] valid, but if above the knee it is invalid. The Gemara learn this from verses (103a): below the knee etc. a ...


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This Mitzva applies to Beit Din (Sifra to your verse; cf. Menachot 65b), and the year would begin on 1 Tishrei (RH 1:1). The Sifra clarifies that they would count both the total years of Yovel and the years of the current Shmita. So (as the Chinukh 330 explains it) it would be just like counting the Omer: "This year is 33 years which is 4 Shmittot and 5 ...


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According to the Minchas Chinuch (or perhaps it is the Sefer Hachinuch), the mitzva of פרו ורבו only applies at the age of 18, as in the mishna in Avos 5:22. The Gemara in Kidushin 30a is somewhat critical of someone that waits beyond the age of 22 or 24; however, the exact age depends on the emotional maturity of the child, as per חנוך לנער על פי דרכו, ...


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I heard that Rav Chaim Kanievsky holds that one should take the steps sideways or on a diagonal. I personally saw the Chazan in his shul take three steps back on a diagonal that was nearly sideways.


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This article from OU gives the source as follows: Must one wait after a dairy meal before eating meat? After eating dairy, one can eat meat so long as he does the following: 1. cleanses his mouth, 2. rinses his mouth, and 3. washes his hands. Some also have the practice of reciting the necessary berachot after the dairy meal, waiting, and then ...


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The Shulchan Arukh's stipulation that only insects visible to the naked eye are prohibited (84:36) carries the suggestion that checking foods visually is halachically necessary. This document brings several sources that the checking process itself ("bedikas hamazon" or "bedikas toalim") is indeed halachically required: What frequency level of ...


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Seudat Keva is forbidden, but Arai is allowed. Coffee is usually drunk as a Keva meal, a permanent meal, so in that case i think it would be forbidden, but then again if it is a part of some kiddush after Tefillah, and one is still wearing his Tefillin, in my opinion it's considered Arai, and is allowed. והשם יראה ללבב. Consequently, light drinks, such as ...


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See this Mishna Chala 5, 7: יִשְׂרָאֵל שֶׁהָיוּ אֲרִיסִין לְנָכְרִים בְּסוּרְיָא, רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר מְחַיֵּב פֵּרוֹתֵיהֶם בַּמַּעַשְׂרוֹת וּבַשְּׁבִיעִית, וְרַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל פּוֹטֵר. רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל אוֹמֵר, שְׁתֵּי חַלּוֹת בְּסוּרְיָא. וְרַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר אוֹמֵר, חַלָּה אֶחָת. אָחֲזוּ קֻלּוֹ שֶׁל רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל וְקֻלּוֹ שֶׁל רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר. ...


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I found one answer: The audio file here (beginning at minute 44) says, All kodshim are eaten satiated because that is the way a King eats. Kings do not come to the table really hungry. http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/791610/rabbi-azarya-berzon/defining-achilas-sova-a-unique-halacha-in-korban-pesach,-or-a-universal-halacha-in-all-kodshim/ This ...


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I wanted to post an answer earlier but I figured I should check Otzar HaPoskim first. Unfortunately HebrewBooks only had volume one. So over Shabbos I popped into a shul that has the set. There was nothing there. Not even a mention of the B.Sh. and Ch.M. that @sam mentions in his answer. Very surprising. But I digress. Here's my thoughts. Once upon a time I ...


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I once asked about this to Rabbi Dovid Feinstein. He said the product as is would not be permissable to wear in an area which has no eruv. His said since it provides no protection from outside elements it cannot be considered a malbush, clothing. He continued and said if the rubber sole would be solid and come up and cover at least past where the sole of ...


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BeDi'Avad if one recited Sefirat Ha'Omer with a berakhah during Be'in HaShemashot, he fulfilled his obligation (Mishnah Berurah, Siman 489, s.q. 15 in the name of "Magen Avraham and other aḥaronim"). Since there may still well be broad daylight during this time, perhaps one can rely on this opinion while travelling in a part of the world where the sun never ...


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"Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch women for reasons of niddah" This is not entirely exact. For the husband this is the reason, and nidda as a prohibition punished by Karet, not as a uncleanness. But a married wife married with an other man, despite that she is not nidda is prohibited because Eshet Ish. See Sefer Hachinuch ...


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I have asked both the OU and the CRC about this. It would make sense that since unflavored beer doesn't require a hechsher and certain ingredients themselves don't require one that beer with them shouldn't require a hechsher. The example i asked about was coffee. The answer from both was that beer companies need to make it known when they flavor their beer ...


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We are required to ensure that no matter how little we eat of any korbon, we do not leave the meal hungry. We are also forbidden to have anything after the korbon Pesach. Thus while one can eat other items after or with most korbanos in order not to leave the meal hungry, by the time the korbon Pesach is eaten, one must be satiated. Rambam Maaseh Hakorbanot ...


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http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/psk/psk.asp?id=710 there is a psak din of a bais din in israel with a pilpul of different ways of understanding it one of them being also to pimp them או כל סרסור לזונות but it seems that there final decision is that it means married woman more then once here they bring the whole haguda (the ramo's source) ...


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There are two laws in the 7 noahide laws which pertain to this. The first being not to mirder and the second to establish courts of justice. The court systems would set up procedures of how to deal with witnesses and how the offender should be punished.


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Mitzvas Habayis - page 305 starts off that respecting your wife is talking about clothing and jewelry where one is supposed to do more for his wife than for himself. He goes on to say this includes food also.


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This question is relevant to understand that each of negative mitsvot has a spectrum and is not an idea only. In Torah, Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy are alloyed which each other. Leviticus 11, 3 - 8: וּבְנִבְלָתָ֖ם לֹ֣א תִגָּ֑עוּ טְמֵאִ֥ים הֵ֖ם לָכֶֽם:‏ and their carcasses ye shall not touch; they are unclean unto you. Rashi summarized ...


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There is a question amongst contempory poskim if psychological metzius outlined by the gemara has changed. For example, the Rav is very strongly opposed to the idea that we no longer say tav lemeitav tan du milemeitav armelu because independant career minded women are perfectly happy not to get married. On the other hand, as the Ran says at the beginning of ...


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http://www.dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=595 Chacham Ovadia would permit you to close the fridge with a shinui. All other poskim would not. If you need the food in the fridge and there's no way to take it out b/c it will spoil, then just leave the fridge slightly open. If that will cause the food to spoil, then you can use a non-Jew to (repeatedly) ...


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According to some, you have to wear a Kippah outside in Public, but according to others less strict you only wear a kippah during prayers. The reason why we wear a kippah is because it reminds us of the Shechina and its bacially showing respect to HaShem. Also it shows that (when out in public) you are Jewish. I am just like you buddy, I wear kippah most of ...


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The olive oil we get in the store is not really pure olive oil, as such it has nothing to do with that Gemara. Our "pure extra virgin olive oil" is roughly 30% real olive oil, the rest is made up of other cheaper oils or processed to change the natural taste of the oil. See here and here for starters, but this seems to be a well documented fact. In fact, ...


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Tsitsit is a Mitsva written in the Torah for men wearing some clothes fulfilling conditions of form and composition. Kippa is a custom linked to good character and humility. Both are excellent. As you can place Tefilin without Tsitsit and Brit milah without Tefilin, the lack of Kippa does not prevent the Mitsvat Tsitsit. It is obvious. Maybe I will add later ...


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The source is in Mishna Sota 9, 11: מִשֶּׁבָּטְלָה סַנְהֶדְרִין, בָּטְלָה הַשִּׁיר מִבֵּית הַמִּשְׁתָּאוֹת, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ישעיה כד) בַּשִּׁיר לֹא יִשְׁתּוּ יָיִן וְגוֹ':‏Bartenura דִּכְתִיב (אֵיכָה ה) זְקֵנִים מִשַּׁעַר שָׁבָתוּ בַּחוּרִים מִנְּגִינָתָם, בַּזְּמַן שֶׁבָּטְלוּ הַזְּקֵנִים הַיּוֹשְׁבִים בַּשַּׁעַר שֶׁהֵם הַסַּנְהֶדְרִין, בָּטְלוּ ...


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The Mishnah in Gittin 81a (Art Scroll 81a3) says that if a man divorced his wife and they were secluded together, then Bais Shammai says that he does not have to give her another get. Bais Hillel says that he must give her another get. Art Scroll page 81a3 note 22 states that Bais Hillel is concerned that they cohabited together with the intent of ...


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Shu't Shvus Yaakov chelek 3 siman 31 seen here on the bottom of the first column discusses a type of device which was able to carry someone's voice many מילים away. He says he never heard anyone who raised an objection to using this device on Shabbos. וביחוד על ידי כלים המיוחדים לדיבור ומשמעים קול על כמה וכמה מילים בריחוק מקום יחול אדם לדבר עם חבירו דבר זה ...


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R. Belsky was asked "How much must one lean for proper heseiba, 10 degrees, 45 degrees, or 90 degrees?" He answered that heseiba does not refer to awkward lateral leaning. He notes that he recounted that he saw a tapestry depicting heseiba and realized that the act refers not to awkward leaning, but to comfortable reclining. He demonstrated how this can be ...


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The Rama is making a literary reference, to Mishlei 29:3: אִישׁ-אֹהֵב חָכְמָה, יְשַׂמַּח אָבִיו; וְרֹעֶה זוֹנוֹת, יְאַבֶּד-הוֹן "Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father; but he that keepeth company with harlots wasteth his substance." Rashi writes there: ורועה. מחבר לו זונות כמשמעו. ורבותינו אמרו האומר שמועה זו נאה אשננה וזו אינה נאה לא אשננה, וסיוע ...


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Excellent question: The mishna statued in several points that hole is as a doorway, more than 10 amot,the wall is kicked and annulled on this area. See Mishna daf 15b פירצה שהיא כעשר אמות מותרת מפני שהיא כפתח יתר מכאן אסור:‏ any gap which [in its width does not exceed] ten cubits is permitted, because it is like a doorway. if it exceeds this ...


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While I cannot speak to the sources (I am not the author, who oddly enough includes sources elsewhere), many of the cases in which a woman forfeits her right to the kesubah are delineated by Chazal. If the wife commits adultery, spitefully withholds relations, or makes her husband commit aveiros (such as feeding him non-kosher or having him bo'el niddah by ...


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There are different types of megaphones - you are speaking here of a non-electric acoustic horn that amplifies a voice. Electric megaphones or amplifying music would be very different (but are explicitly addressed by R Rozen below) I didn't find responsa formally addressing megaphones. However here are relevant halachot which relate to your question (taken ...


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Everyone seems to be relating to this as ברכת המצווה but why do we not consider itברכת הנהנין?! And surely you could see it before you get into the sexual activity just as you say a blessing before eating?


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Igrot Moshe Even Ha-Ezer Vol.1 56, by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (translation from here): Since the prohibition is meant to prevent erotic thought, one is entitled to rely upon his own ability to divert his mind from such thought when he has to go somewhere for such things as his livelihood. He is not obligated to make a financial sacrifice or to ...


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See Ramma in Even HaEzer 154 Siff 1 . He discusses a man who is Ro'eh Zonos, which may mean he visits prostitutes or just has random affairs, and his wife complains about it. He says witnesses of him cavorting like this (not just young nonjews stating this) is grounds for forcing (either literally or through religious convincing, see Siff 21) him to give a ...


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Respecting your wife means your wife is the centrality of your existence and any other situation you are associated with is measured relative to the relationship with your wife. She is eshes berisechah, the wife of your covenant. Covenentially your thought processes should be in confluence with your marriage. This may put you at odds with a lot of other ...


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Rabbi Mendel Kaplan zt'l is quoted as saying: "To a woman, says the Rambam, her life has as much value as she feels she's worth to her husband. When her husband honors her, he shows that she is valuable to him. A wife is not a chavrusa, G-d forbid. It can cause a lot of trouble if you think in those terms - that sometimes you're right and ...


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If one does not yet know that a garment contains shatnez, then one is allowed to try it on to see if it fits. If one already knows that there is shatnez in the garment, here is a machlokes between the Bais Yosef (Sefardim) and the Rama (Ashkenazim) as to whether or not one is allowed to try it on. The Bais Yosef says it is asur, and the Rama says that it ...


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This topic is largely treated in Talmudic books. We are going to start with a Mishna in Sanhedrin 9, 6 וְהַבּוֹעֵל אֲרַמִּית, קַנָּאִין פּוֹגְעִין בּוֹ .‏ Or cohabits with a heathen [lit. syrian {Aramean}] woman, he is punished by zealots. One see that in some circumstances, not treated in this post, man involved in intimate relation with a ...


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I don't know if this is lechalach, especially since it expresses both as very bad in different ways, but the tanya certainly describes this at the end of chapter 7: He explains that zera levatala is in one regard worse, because quantitatively, a person who sins such brings many more klipot ("bad forces") into the word than by forbidden relations. ...



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