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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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When we were learning the halachos in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch about skipping parts of Pesukei D'Zimra, one of my shiurmates had asked about if he came late to Yeshiva and didn't want to miss more of seder than he had to, if that was a sufficient reason to skip everything except Ashrei and the two bookend brachos. My Rebbe paskened that it was. (My Rebbe's ...


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this is a good Question, very interesting. I want to separate it in a couple of different parts: Your first assumption is that Cohen, will be less unclean when the dead will disappear. --> You consider the being in the same Ohel as a Tum'a bechiburim, and you rule as the opinion on Gemara that Chibure Adam Bemet Deorayta. So without dead in the Ohel, not ...


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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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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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In The Laws of Pesach (2005), by Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz, it says: The Sages prohibited commerce on Chol Hamoed even when it entails only buying and selling and no actual melacha. Commerce was forbidden since it often involves physical exertion or mental stress which detracts from the festive atmosphere of the day. However, even small, simple ...


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Freemasonry is considered by some to be Luciferian (1). When witchcraft was legalized in the U.K., see here, Wicca copied the rituals of Freemasonry as their own magick rituals. It's based on Illuminism, the belief in self-deification with Lucifer as their archetypical example to imitate. Their monotheistic "one God" is mankind itself. Its origins are all ...


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


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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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The Mishnah Berurah (431:2) says that we don't rely on Bitul (that is, being mafkir the chameitz by saying kol chamira v'chamiya) because it's possible you didn't have the full intention of getting rid of it. When you throw out your chameitz, though, you definitely have the intention of getting rid of it. Thus, it's out of your reshus and there's no issue of ...


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I'm sorry this is not a very satisfying answer (least of all to me). But it's too much for a comment, so here goes. "Latter-day authorities oblige women to listen to Parashat Zakhor, since the Torah does not specify any set time for the mitzvah. Some restrict this obligation to any reference to the story of Amalek; while others require women to ...


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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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Yir'at Shamayim is fear from the "not true", which is not physically perceptible and without consequences (at least if nobody from our physical word can). Only "Who is in heaven" sees. A man which makes something because it is true has Yir'at Shamayim. An example: At the second world war, there was some people, not Jews who saved Jewish people, against ...


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the Rambam writes in sefer hamitzvot: The 4th mitzvah is that we are commanded to establish in our minds fear and dread of G‑d (exalted be He); that we not be calm and nonchalant, but be constantly concerned of imminent punishment. The biblical source of this is, "You shall fear G‑d your Lord." (Devarim 6:13) Hence one who does not care to ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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The shulchan aruch brings up people used to put tefillin on at home and walk to shul but have stopped doing this to avoid having problems from goyim and bc of dirty condituons in cities. As a result many developed the minhag to at least put their tallis and tefillin on before walking unto the main part if the shul where they will be davening.


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i had originally accepted an answer stating to prepare this non Kosher dogfood in a separate area away from the area that i prepare my food. After consulting with my local Sephardi Rav, he said that these are the issues to be concerned with: If the dogfood is never cooked, and always remained cold, then it is unlikely it will absorb into anything. Heat is ...


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The Halacha spoke if the cloth (witness) is baduk (verified as without spot) before the bedika, I never see a need for (or an halachical concept of) new cloth. See Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 196, 6 For source Gemara Nidda 17a: Come and hear: And the people of the house of Monobaz did three things, and on account of these they were honourably mentioned: T.....


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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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Firstly: At pages of Gemara 57ab, see Mishna and Gemara: Mishnah: A karpaf is allowed for every town; so R' Meir, but the sages ruled: [the law of] karpaf was instituted only between two towns so that by adding to each one a stretch of land of seventy and a fraction the karpaf combines the two towns into one. So also where three villages are arranged ...


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The Mishnah Berurah in O"C 5 s"k 3 says the minimum requirement for the Tetragrammaton is "master of all" except for the first verse of Shema where one also needs to have in mind "Who was, is and will be".


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There would seem to be a chazakah that someone who enters a shul to daven is Jewish, especially if you see them davening. This is no worse than the chazakah that someone who comes to Yerushalayim to eat the korban Pesach is assumed to be Jewish (until proven otherwise as in the case of Bava ben Buta). If they are not Jewish, at worst you have been over an ...


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There may be other practices out there, and it's confusing to learn the responses of another nusach, but Rav Moshe Feinstein's position was that anything communal and out-loud -- including the kedusha response -- should follow the kehilla's nusach.


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Regarding your question about sex outside marriage. According to Maimonides, sex outside marriage is prohibited by Deut. 23:18. According to other opinions(responsa 425), it is a Rabbinical prohibition as it is understood that if the Court of David prohibited one to remain alone with an unmarried woman, certainly sex with her is prohibited. Regardless, at ...


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Yes, because the issur of lashon hara is to evaluate someone negatively via your description of their actions. Because halacha is impassive there is no character assessment through asking a shailah. The Chofetz Chaim only says an ed echad may be lashon hara where that level of testimony is insuffucient for the court to act.


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Note that the discussion of King David not having sinned means that he did not commit adultery because she was divorced as shown in Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real? It does not mean that he did not do wrong but that since she was not married, he was allowed to marry her and their son, Shlomo, was able to become king. Also note that ...


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Lots of different practices about this. There is a point in coming together approximately a year after the burial to make sure the tombstone is set up properly. Otherwise, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was not in the habit of visiting family graves, and he said he was following the custom of the Volozhin yeshiva that way. Yet before he left Russia (and he had a ...


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Rabbi Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach is cited in Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah (1979 edition, chapter 11 footnote 6) as saying that cut tomatoes are not included in the category of "foods commonly preserved by salting" nowadays [meaning: in his days] and therefore can be salted (for use the same day). RSZA adds, SSK says, that he would say the same about radishes, ...


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I find it odd that one can use batel b'shishim to make a mixture pareve, though I suppose it's no less odd than using it to turn fleishigs into milchigs While the Halacha you quoted in your questions is correct, the assumption above may be not. A similar case is discussed in Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 99:6. The Rama says that if a kezayis of milk fell ...


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I find it odd that one can use batel b'shishim to make a mixture pareve It would be "assur to make such a dish. There is a concept of "ein mevatlim isur lekartrile". You not allowed to make something assur and then by manipulating it, making it mutar. אין מבטלים איסורים לכתחילה


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The answer of Rabbi @Double AA is perfect but I have a great desire to talk about this topic with a couple of mishnayot and Gemarot. see mishna Orla (2, 2-3): הַתְּרוּמָה מַעֲלָה אֶת הָעָרְלָה, וְהָעָרְלָה אֶת הַתְּרוּמָה. כֵּיצַד, סְאָה תְרוּמָה שֶׁנָּפְלָה לְמֵאָה, וְאַחַר כָּךְ נָפְלוּ שְׁלֹשָׁה קַבִּין עָרְלָה, אוֹ שְׁלֹשָׁה קַבִּין כִּלְאֵי ...


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It's Shulchan Arukh YD 98:9 קדירה שיש בה נ"ט זיתים היתר ונפלו בה שני זיתים אחד של דם ואחד של חלב כל אחד מצטרף עם הנ"ט של היתר לבטל חבירו וכן כ"ט זיתים של היתר שנפל בהם כזית חלב ובקדרה אחרת היו שלשים של היתר ונפל לתוכם כזית של דם ונתערבו בשוגג מותר (וכל שכן בב' זיתים אחד של גבינה ואחד של בשר דכל אחד מבטל חבירו):‏ A pot that had in it 59 olive['s ...


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YHWH says in Exodus 20:10: Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it. Six days may you work and perform all your labor, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord, your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities. the Hebrew word, ...


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I assume that you talk about Kilaey hakerem and kilaey zeraym. See Mishna Kilayim (8, 1): כִּלְאֵי הַכֶּרֶם אֲסוּרִין מִלִּזְרֹעַ, וּמִלְּקַיֵּם, וַאֲסוּרִין בַּהֲנָאָה. כִּלְאֵי זְרָעִים, אֲסוּרִים מִלִּזְרֹעַ וּמִלְּקַיֵּם, וּמֻתָּרִין בַּאֲכִילָה, וְכָל שֶׁכֵּן בַּהֲנָאָה. this mishna shows that Kilaey zeraym are allowed for profit and eating. ...


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R Moshe Shternbuch (Moadim uZmannim 7:117) says that while the best thing is to say Shehechiyanu at Kiddush like everyone else, a woman who on Yom Tov will say Shehechiyanu at candle lighting and says the blessing on lighting before lighting the candles should be instructed to say the Shechiyanu blessing after lighting the candles to avoid any concerns of ...


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I could read your question in one of two ways - how do we punish the Eidim Zomimin, or why do we punish them as we do, since it's already Ka'asher Asah - and so I'm going to try to answer both in one shot. Mishnah in Makkos 2a (translation that follows is my own free translation; the brackets are my own addition to help understand the Mishnah): "How are ...


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Would this not be considered permissible by fact that a woman is obligated to honor her parents by, for instance, "covering and uncovering" them, when required? (Kiddushin 30a)


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To put it simple, it's not simple. There's many issues you need to be aware of. Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, a Rabbi in Melbourne, put together an in depth article about showering on Y"T. Below I attached the checklist for what you need to know to take a shower, but in order to understand the reasoning and opinions behind it, read the (long) section about ...


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Yes it is possible following some rules. To make is allowed, and to buy when you are sure that the provenance has nothing to do with worship. But if the provenance is from idolatry, obviously it is prohibited (E.g. old statues which was for worship). Regarding artwork,see Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 141, 4 for prohibited things. Forms of animals are allowed, ...


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In general it seems like the question you are really asking is whether or not one creates a new vessel by opening a can (which would therefore make it prohibited). The answer is, if you are Ashkenazi, then a lot of poskim consider it forbidden as they view it as creating a new vessel, this is the opinion of Rav Shlomo Zalman. However, many Sephardic poskim ...


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From Halachipedia: It is forbidden to pick mushrooms or remove moss from a rock it is growing on (39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 283), Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 26:10). For an even earlier source, see also the Babylonian Talmud (Shabbath 107b-108a) which extends the prohibition in the case of fungi to places where harvesting plants would not ...


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Nailed it. This is the last question in Rabbi Dovid Lichtenstein's Headlines: Halachic Debates of Current Events. (This entire discussion is summarized from pages 449-462 from that book.) The first angle he approaches the question from is the Mazik of Eish. As recorded in the first several blatt of Bava Kamma, each Av of Nezek has its own characteristic, ...


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We need to define what can be the problems. To use a special utensil, to create an utensil. See Mishna Shabbat 22, 3: שׁוֹבֵר אָדָם אֶת הֶחָבִית לֶאֱכֹל הֵימֶנָּה גְרוֹגָרוֹת, וּבִלְבַד שֶׁלֹּא יִתְכַּוֵּן לַעֲשׂוֹת כְּלִי. ‏ We can breaking a barrel to eat dried figs. וְאֵין נוֹקְבִים מְגוּפָה שֶׁל חָבִית, דִּבְרֵי רַבִּי יְהוּדָה. ...



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