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The Gemara in many places (eg Chullin 10b) says there is a principle of 'eid echad neeman bisurin' (one witness is to be believed regarding forbidden things). This is as opposed to the two witnesses generaly required in court. The Ramban is his commentary there says that this reasoning is what allows one to eat food from his wife without a mashgiach because ...


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The reason we require mashgiach and hechshers on products that you buy in the store or from a resteraunt, is because the person you are purchasing the food from gains a financial benefit from you purchasing. (obviously) There is therefore a temptation to lie or to cut corners in order to make a greater profit or to attract more customers. However, the ...


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There is a commandment in the Torah for each person to write for themselves a sefer torah, though most people nowadays rely on their contribution to the writing of a communal Torah at their synagogues. Besides for this, there is a Rabbinically enacted obligation for the community to have a weekly Torah reading, and each person is individually obligated to ...


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The Hebrew Bible is most commonly referred to as "Tanach", which is a transliteration of a 3-letter Hebrew acronym for the 3 parts it contains: (ת) T orah, (נ) N'vi'im, (כ) K'suvim.


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It is called a Mezuza. Contact the local Chabad House Rabbi and he will come pick them up and dispose of them appropiately. Depending on their composition and state, they might possibly be worth some money. If they're on paper, they're worthless. If they're on parchment, though, then it depends on whether they're still "valid", which the local rabbi should ...


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You have to get dressed in the way that your naked areas won't be exposed. You aren't allowed to say, "I am in my innermost room; who can see me?" G-d can see you. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 2:1-2.


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There are no restrictions on having your own copy of the bible and it is common in almost all Jewish homes. The term "bible" in English, in a Jewish context, refers either to The Torah, a.k.a. the Pentateuch, also known as the Five Books of Moses. The Tanakh, which adds the books of the prophets and additional "Writings", known to Christians collectively ...


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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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It is anonymous in a modern hebrew, here is a document in pdf of Rabbi Ari Zivotofsky: Over the last few decades, the so-called Birchat Habayit has found its way into many Jewish homes. Its words even have been used as a popular song on a recent Jewish album. This “prayer” seems to be a relatively recent phenomenon. The language and style are modern ...


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We typically have several copies, in fact; different editions contain different commentaries helping to explain the text, and it can be helpful to be able to compare them.


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Studying the Hebrew Bible is an integral part of Judaism. Without their own copies, how would Jews be able to do so? All Orthodox Jewish homes have at least one copy of the Hebrew Bible, also called the Chumash (meaning the Five Books of Moses), though this is not an absolute requirement. Many homes also have copies of the other parts of the Hebrew Bible ...


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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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From the Star-K website: Utensils require tevila without a brocha when the dishes or vessels are made from glazed china, bone china, stoneware, corning ware, or porcelain enamel. Other vessels requiring tevila without a brocha include: Utensils made from a combination of materials, e.g. metal pots coated with teflon or enamel... From the Kof-K ...


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Wonderful question, in addition to your list here are things I would think about if space and budget were no issues (practically as much as halachically). The first three are closer to halachic requirements, the others are halachic nice-to-haves a square cubit of wall not finished ("unwhitewashed") in memory of the Temple's destruction (see here) space in ...


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From Aish.com When a Jew and non-Jew share a house, each having his own designated room or area, then a mezuzah is not posted on the common doorway. (Rama Y.D. 286:1 with Pitchei Teshuva 3)


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 240:4 (The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of R' Ganzfried (150:5) quotes him verbatim, and I'm quoting the translation of the Kitzur by R' Eliyahu Touger): It is forbidden to look at a woman's genitalia. Any person who looks at a woman's genitalia has no shame and violates the charge [Micha 6:8] "Walk modestly with your God." Going ...


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The Rambam writes (Hilchot Kilaim 1:4) אין אסור משום כלאי זרעים, אלא זרעים הראויין למאכל אדם; אבל עשבים המרים, וכיוצא בהן מן העיקרין שאינן ראויין אלא לרפואה, וכיוצא בהן--אין בהן משום כלאי זרעים.‏ The prohibition of Kilei Zeraim (mixed seeds) only applies to seeds [of plants] which are human food. Bitter herbs and other herbs which are only used for ...


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(I found all these sources in Nit'ei Gavriel on Aveilus ch. 32 footnote 1.) A "Chanukas HaBayis" is an old custom first mentioned (though not by name) in the midrash (Tanchuma Bereishis 2 et. al.). The Radak (Shorashim, חנך) writes that "it is a minhag to have a meal and happiness at the first eating that they eat in the new house." The Maharshal (Yam ...


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The question should be: What is the basis for needing a certificate from an organization before patronizing a food establishment? If you think the food is kosher, eat it. If you're not sure, ask for proof. If you think it's not, don't eat there. But as @avi mentioned, there can be a monetary gain for a restaurant to claim it is kosher, so they might have an ...


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I go to college and lived with a gentile roommate last semester, and I wish I had someone as considerate; but, let's get started. Obviously make sure to be considerate on Shabbat by leaving the bathroom light on and avoiding any sort of problem that must be solved by breaking one of the Shabbat rules. For example, don't leave something of importance that she ...


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Check out the Nefesh B'Nefesh Community Database which lets you search according to a number of criteria. Off the top of my head (and if you're sure Ramat Beit Shemesh is out), from the information you give you might want to look into Yad Binyamin, Modiin, Moshav Matisyahu, Nof Ayalon, Efrat/Alon Shvut/Neve Daniel


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However if you have two separate entrances to the home (like a front door and side door) how do you determine where the entry of the room truly is? Other doors don't matter; you evaluate mezuzah placement at each door independently. For each doorway, apply the rules given in this answer, which boil down to considerations of traffic flow, which room is ...


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There are Jewish communities which have the custom that if a tragedy happened in a home, the current owners will move out. This is based on the Rabbinic expression "one who changes his location changes his luck". However, there is no reason for somebody else not to move into such a home. In Jerusalem - and other predominantly Jewish areas - such homes are ...


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I agree with the recommendation in this answer to consult a local rabbi for specific guidance. But before you dispose of them: You said that you're in an apartment and that the cases are really nice. It is possible that these were not abandoned by the previous tenant but are instead the property of the landlord, who might believe he's required (as a Jew) ...


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The Nitai Gavriel brings an opinion that the two beds should never be connected, or to have a double bed, due to Maris Ein. So from a practical perspective, sleeping in the same bed can be difficult, as it essentially means sleeping in one bed while leaving a second one empty, not connecting them, that is likely not all that large. I know of a Rov who ...


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People are generating a lot of unnecessary fog here, especially with the weird asceticism-within-marriage idea. Let's not go there, please. A couple will need two separate beds for ~12--15 days per month when the wife is cycling normally; plus at least a few weeks after childbirth. Hence it's very common to have two beds that can be separated (or put ...


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I found this "Halacha" in the Kaf HaChaim, Orach Chaim 240:63 ישכב תמיד במטה מיוחדת בפני עצמו. ואם צריך לשמש לשם מצות פו׳׳ר אחר גמר .השימוש כמו חצי שעה יקום וישוב למטה היוחד לו. אור הצדיקים סי׳ כז׳ אות ג׳ Furthermore, in Sefer Piskei Teshuvos, (pamphlet on Siman 240, footnote 226), the author quotes his father as being against the practice of having a ...


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depends on what you mean by bible. every family usually has a library at home, some bigger than other, but there are the most common books like shulhan aruch, talmud bavli and the tanach. tanach stands for humash (the first 5 books of moses), neviim (profets) and ketuvim (writtings (don't know how they call it in english actually)) usually those are ...


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I happened to have been reading the part of the Talmud (Tractate Pesachim) just yesterday where it discusses the issue of chametz (leaven) owned by a non-Jew who rents a residence (even a room) in the home of a Jew. There are three source mitzvot in the Torah that are of concern here (I'm eliding them): "…yet on the first day you shall remove leaven from ...


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My understanding is this: The ideal is to publicize the miracle to people outside. (However, Lubavitch custom varies.) This is accomplished by placing the m'nora just outside an outside door, or just inside a door or window so it is visible from the outside. However, as noted in the question, visibility is restricted to twenty amos up, so this doesn't work ...



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