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the laws of kosher are discussed in the torah in parsha shmini (Lev.11). there it discusses the kosher status of fish, animals and birds. no mention of plants or inanimate materials. so we can assume none of those are forbidden.


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According to this Rivevos Ephraim 5:491 it should not be a problem since the problem is making a man stumble and come to impure thoughts and its assur during kiras shema and these things are not applicable to a non Jew. See the tshuva inside. There are two Rabbanim who answered in the tshuvah.


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ילקוט יוסף קצוש"ע אורח חיים סימן שכב - דין נולד בשבת ה. מותר לעשות מי - סודה בשבת על - ידי הכלי המיוחד לכך שנקרא "סיפולקוס" או "סודה סטרים", ואין בזה שום חשש לא של עובדין דחול, ולא משום נולד, ולא משום מכה בפטיש. ובלבד שיעשה זאת לצורך השבת. ואם הותיר לאחר השבת אין בכך כלום. [ילקוט יוסף שבת כרך ג' עמוד תי]. Chacham Ovadia allowed this as well.


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While it seems that @SabbaHillel seemed to cover the basic points., I'll add in what I've seen regarding this issue. There will likely be plenty of overlap, but hopefully I'll be able to add certain points as well. To start off with, Artscroll's Mourning in Halachah (39:21) seems to unequivocally say that a woman should not say Kaddish. In one of the ...


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We live in a square made up of 8 buildings with 4 entrances. We have doorposts connected by a string at every entrance, as an Eruv. When a neighbour - some 15 years ago - made a bris at home and invited Reb Chaim Kanievsky שליט"א to be Sandek, he noticed this. He paskened that we need a Mezuza at each entrance. As a result we replaced the string with a ...


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It is an absolute prohibition as stated in Deuteronomy 22:5. It is explicitly stated. It does not matter whether it is in public or private. The prohibition is not a fence to protect from possible sin, it is in itself a deoraita prohibition.


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The logic of the description in The Tenets of Reform Judaism cited by @ARK96 would seem to imply that it is not a valid source for Noachides. The reason would be that Reform Judaism differs from the other major movements in that it views both the Oral and Written laws as a product of human hands Reform Judaism demands that Jews confront the claims ...


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You need to make Shehakol because dough isn't intended for eating Source: Brachot 6:3


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Incorporating some ideas that were mentioned in @IsaacMoses's and @DoubleAA's good answers, this question was asked of R' Ephraim Greenblatt and he printed the answer, YES, in a collection of short piskei halacha (legal decisions) called Riv'vos V'yovalos. Paragraph 73 there says that although the P'ri M'gadim in Mishb'tzos Zahav (108:5) doesn't give a ...


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The answer to this is probably based in the method by which most of those creams work. They are an acid, and essentially burn the hairs off of your face. This is the same basis as many chemical cleaners work off of. That is discussed a bit here. Would you use hydrogen peroxide to clean with on shabbat? (Other than for a medicinal purpose)


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Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 551:6: כלים חדשים בין לבנים בין צבועים בין של צמר בין של פשתן אסור ללבוש בשבת זה ( ואנו מחמירין מראש חודש ואילך): New clothes, whether they are white or colored, whether made from wool or flax are forbidden to be worn on this Shabbat (and we are stringent not to do so from Rosh Hodesh Av onwards.) See Magen Avraham ...


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Rav Yitzchak Abadi(Ohr Yitzchak chelek 2 YD 17:12) quotes the ShuLchan Aruch YD 201:30 that collected water is pasul for mikvah but not snow... and even if one uses a whole mikvah full of snow it is good.Even though the Rama writes we should be machmir and wait until it melts this is talking in the case of a niddah but one would not have to be stringent by ...


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It's my understanding that Sepharadim follow Rambam on this issue and do not refrain at all from showering / bathing during the nine days. The only bathing that is prohibited is pleasure bathing, like going to a Greek style sauna / Turkish bath type thing where they have the hot room and cold room, which were fairly wide spread in the middle east. I've ...


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What you are referring to is found in Simman 551:16. The Rema writes .ואפילו בערב-שתב של 'חזון' אסור לרחוץ כי אם ראשו ופניו ידיו ורגליו בצונן .ויש מקלים בחפיפת הראש בחמין למי שרגיל בכך כל שבת On that statement the באור הלכה ד"ה בחפיפת הראש בחמין writes ואפילו חל ערב-שבת של 'חזון' בערב תשעה באב [ומכל מקום בזה יזהר לכתחילה שיהיה קדם חצות ,ובדעבד גם אחר ...


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One is not allowed to practice reading from the Torah on Tishah B'Av, even if he doesn't understand the words he's saying (i.e. just 'thoughtlessly' reading and memorizing the words). As @DoubleAA pointed out, the exception to this would be the one reading the Torah in Shul would be allowed to practice it in advance. (I'm making my own conclusion here, but ...


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Yes, one may practice the readings for Tisha b'Av. See Shulchan Arukh OC 554:4 and the commentaries there.


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According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 122:5, cutting nails is only forbidden during shavua shechal bo. קציצת הצפרנים אין לאסור רק בשבוע שחל בו תשעה באב... Cutting the fingernails should not be prohibited except in the week of the 9th of Av. (I wouldn't have known this if @Danny Schoemann hadn't posted it to his Halacho a Day blog a couple weeks ...


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Mishnah Berurah 554:30: (ל) אבל של בגד או של עץ וכו' - ר"ל אע"ג דמגין על רגלו וגם עשוי בצורת מנעל ממש שרי דלא נקרא מנעל אלא של עור: M.B. is commenting on the Shulchan Aruch's text that states that one should not wear leather shoes but can wear "begged" (is "cloth" the correct translation, here?) or wooden shoes. Explaining this, He says that even ...


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Well if she's around Jews and uncovered hair is treated as ervah, then she'd be stopping any nearby Jews from praying or saying any brachos. Generally it's assumed that the obligation of married women to cover is independent of the ervah status, so no it wouldn't make a difference. The Gemara in Kesubos describes the prohibition as being "in public", and ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan 551:28 writes: ודע שיש שמניחים הסיום מסכת על ימים אלו, כדי לאכול בשר. ודבר מכוער הוא, דאף על גב דבמועד קטן (ט א) מוכח דמותר לשייר מקצת הגמר לסיום מצוה, כדאיתא שם בבניין בית המקדש עיין שם, מכל מקום להניח לכתחילה בשביל אכילת בשר – לא נאה ולא יאה.‏ ויש שלומדים לכתחלה מסכת כדי לעשות סיום בימים אלו, ודבר זה אפשר, כדי ...


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Just the opposite! There's less aveilus on Erev Shabbos after chatzos. The proof is that a mourner may ONLY shower AFTER chatzos


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A minor's siyum may not allow one to eat meat. A siyum on certain texts may not, either. Those are two possibilities, but, of course, as I was not privy to the conversation you overheard, I have no idea what the fellow's reaosn was.


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Contrary to popular belief, it's not that simple for one to just go to a Siyum during the Nine Days and eat meat (and wine, as it's part of the same custom) at the meal. While undoubtedly it isn't forbidden, many authorities limit those who can partake of the meat to family and 'close friends' (defined as someone who you would invite to a meal at another ...


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The practice is not about tapping but either pointing to the table or placing ones hand upon it at that point in the benching. Tapping rhythmically on the table on Shabbat or Yom Tov, could be a prohibited act. This appears to be an extension of the Minhag Beit HaRav found in the Hagadah shel Pesach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. In the Hagadah, at the recital ...


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Once a takana has been made or the definition is given, then it does not change. The halacha is given as leather shoes, not uncomfortable shoes. Thus, we continue from the original halacha.


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Let's sidestep the issue of praying in a mosque per se. Suppose a building is built as a church and years later is sold and converted into a municipal office building. Can I pray there? If a building was built to protect an idol, then Jews are prohibited from deriving benefit from the building. Thus there was a responsum that allowed converting a Methodist ...


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The general answer is no it is not acceptable. Marrying and having children is a personal obligation of every Jewish man. Even if a man has the required number of children, or is unable to have children, in Judaism it is still required to get married (to avoid other sins of a sexual nature). (Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer 1:1 and 1:8) However, there is one ...


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Opinion #1 based on Hacham Ovadia Yosef On Erev Shabbat one may put a pot of raw food on a plata which is connected to a timer so that when the plata eventually turns on the food will cook. Since there are some poskim who do not allow doing so, one who refrains even though he is not required to is worthy of blessing. On Shabbat itself one may place a pot ...


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The late Rabbi Salzer of the Adath Jeshurun community in Johannesburg (paying attention Danny Schoeman?) gave a strange ruling. He paskened that potato chips were bishul akum and he advised members of his kehillah to cover them with ketchup and reheat them in the oven. I never understood this. If the chips were bishul akum then putting them into the oven ...


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Considering that reheating is allowed on Shabbath (provided it is in a manner that doesn't run into Rabbinic restrictions like shehiyah or hachzara) because it is not considered cooking, it logically follows that reheating should not uproot a bishul akum status (anymore than would the food cooling off after having been cooked). The only place where one could ...


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The following is a quote from Michtov Me'Eliyahu chelek 5 page 70. (I've replaced some of the words 'he' with 'you' in the last paragraph to avoid confusion. Even concerning a person who one is allowed to hate, a person whom one should stay away from (for example he is a known Avaryan), be careful not to come to actual complete hatred, as brought in Tosafos ...


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I'm just adding this answer due to the faulty translation in the accepted answer: רמב"ם משנה תורה הלכות שמיטה ויובל Rambam Mishneh Torah Laws of Shmita and Yovel כג [כה] אין שביעית נוהגת אלא בארץ ישראל בלבד Shmita applies only in the Land of Israel itself. כה [כח] עבר הירדן, שביעית נוהגת בה מדבריהם. On the eastern bank of the ...


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Tanna v'sheeyer - Anything fitting the mood of the day is acceptable (at least without iyun (in-depth analysis). It would be impossible to have a comprehensive list since Torah SheBaal Peh (the oral Torah) is constantly expanding. (My assumption is that these specific passages were also not included in the list because they are relatively short.) See also, ...


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He could try, but I doubt he'd get very far. Rabbi Michael Broyde has written and spoken about this. Unless otherwise specified, we assume agreements are done k'minhag hamedina, according to the prevailing local practice. In the US, at least, employment is generally "at-will", which means a worker can be laid off with not justification needed. The one ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן יא - הלכות מזוזה says that a Mezuza must be placed in the upper 3rd of the doorpost, but at least a Tefach (about 8 cm, 3") away from the lintel. סעיף ה': מְקוֹמָהּ מִתְּחִלַּת שְׁלִישׁ הָעֶלְיוֹן שֶׁל גֹּבַהּ הַשָּׁעַר. קְבָעָהּ לְמַעְלָה מִזֶּה, כְּשֵׁרָה, וְהוּא שֶׁיַּרְחִיקֶנָּה מִן הַמַּשְׁקוֹף טֶפַח. קְבָעָהּ ...


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A mezuzah case is really only a way to extend the halachik doorpost such that there is no need to actually insert the klaf into the doorpost itself, so inherently, size should not be a halachik issue. Even with regard to the mezuzah klaf (parchment) itself, as long as it can fit in the appropriate place on the doorpost (bottom of top third, not within the ...


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Who says it's all that life-threatening in most cases? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_swimming#Health_risks: Winter swimming isn't dangerous for healthy persons, but should be avoided by individuals with heart or respiratory diseases, obesity, high blood pressure and arrhythmia, as well as children and the elderly. Before modern medicine, ...


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It's ok to venue shop, but you got to be machmir by deoraisas and makil by derbanans as per Avoda Zora daf zayin. This whole ask once and close your ears for life thing that has started up lately is just a by product of the recent break down in halachic process.


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Poel yachol lachzor aphilu ad chatzi yom. A worker can backout even mid-day. You can't buy people. However you may be able to withold wages, even beyond the missed time. checkout the 6th perek of bava metziah


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The halachic category allowed to be worn laundered is beged ze'ah -- literally, "sweat clothes." Rabbi Cohen gave the example of undergarments, but a simple translation of the term would give you every indication that athletic clothing that gets truly sweaty would in fact be "sweat clothes." To second user6591's comment above, I have also heard an oral ...


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2-3 years is actually quite a short time to expect to have heard of all Halachos. You probably haven't heard a Shiur in Halacha of living a Jew either. not have you heard a Halachic Shiur on jealousy, being haughty, or anger. These aren't in the Shulchan Aruch, although it was filled in by the Magen Avraham and Mishna Berura. They don't have set ins and ...


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It seems that if danger is involved, then one may not dip in frozen water, as you can see in the answer here: בארץ קרה מאוד בטרק נידח, לבד, טבילה בקרח היא לא על גבול סכנת הנפשות?!‏ אם זה כך, אין לטבול ואין לחיות חיי אישות עד שמגיעים למקום שניתן לטבול בבטחה. אך אמותנו הקדושות נהגו לטבול במים קרים מאד בגלות, ולא כל כך בטוח שזו סכנה כמו אי ...


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From Rabbi Dovid Ribiat's The 39 Melochos (p. 378): a) Aerosol spray cans ... The Igros Moshe permits the use of aerosol cans on Shabbos because the scattering is not caused directly by blowing or wind-force, but rather by the pressure of the liquid as it is forced through the microconduits in the nozzle head. Since the scattering is not ...


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Possibly this is a (mistaken) extension of the idea that once summoned for birkath kohanim in the synagogue service, a Kohen who declines to perform the blessing is in violation of the positive commandment to bless the people: Shulchan Aruch 128:2 Any Kohain to whom one of the inhibiting factors does not apply who does not go up to the duchan, even ...


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Agree with DoubleAA's comment. Abandoning his post could seriously risk life or limb. There's also the halachic concept of hezeka de-rabim, public safety. When it comes to the public (and this is the public), the thresholds are lowered for both probability and degree of damage that may ensue. Rabbi Benny Lau spoke of some case involving a gas leak in his ...


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Excrement and urine of a live animal (and in fact anything except an entire limb from a live animal) are not ritually impure, and thus don't affect your hat. (Rambam Avot HaTumah 2:3) As an aside, excrement and urine of a deceased animal (as opposed to its flesh) also are not ritually impure. (ibid. 1:15)


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Aruch Hashulchan Orach Chaim 90:15 says that it is better to Daven in a small Minyan where there is no talking over a large Minyan (Losing out on B'rov Am) where there is talking. Granted that he does not say here that the Minyan should be closed down, however he does clearly say that the non talking small Shul is superior.


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Your questions address both the idea of omitting as well as including Kaddish. I am providing a partial answer that addresses why Kaddish should be said and how this is related to the concept of Geulah Arichta, as you mentioned. From this Beurei Hatefilah article - bottom of p. 4 citing Raav"n (Rav Eliezer ben Natan, aka Tzafnat Pane'ach) on Brachot siman ...


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Rambam Shmittah 4:13 (translation from Chabad.org) וכן פירות שביעית שיצאו למוצאי שביעית בתבואה וקטניות ואילנות הולכין אחר עונת המעשרות. והפרגין והשומשמין והאורז והדוחן ופול המצרי שזרעו לזרע אחר גמר הפרי. והירק אחר לקיטתו:‏ Similarly, when the produce of the Sabbatical year is reaped in the eighth year: With regard to grain, legumes, and the fruit ...


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The answer to this question would depend on whether the person purchased the seat 24/7/365 or whether the person just purchased the right to this seat when he is there. After discussing this with my Rabbi, he said that no Shul is selling you the seat for 24/7/365, and he felt that if the Halacha is by Talis or Tefilin where there it is personally owned that ...



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