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Telephone exchanges in the US used to have two letters, sometimes referring to the neighborhood the exchange serves, and one number. So, Rav Moshe's phone number was 677-1222. ORegon/67 was an exchange in the Lower East Side. I don't know why they decided to name that exchange "Oregon." This database has multiple references to ORegon but no explanation.


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We tried all the suggestions given above and they didn't work for the most part. The phone just kept on ringing. I tried this once and it worked so I use it with the persistent ones and it seems to get them off the phone quickly. Caller: I'm calling from__to thank you for your donation of $___..... Me: Thank you for calling! You've saved me a phone call. ...


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I worked for one of the larger companies that called for various charity organizations. The only way to get them to stop calling would be following this script: Caller: Hi, Mr. Moses, I'm Binny Weiss calling for Yeshivas Mir Tash... You: Who's Mr. Moses?? I'm sorry, you have the wrong number. If you just say no, they will likely be calling you ...


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Cell phone use is so widespread and the results of these studies are sketchy at best. Even if there is truth to the "reports", since the use of cell phones is so widespread it falls under the category of Shomer Pisayim Hashem, G-d guards fools. i.e. It is permissible to use cellphones.


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Most Poskim say that if another option exists, a telephone should not be used to fulfill the mitzvah of Havdalah. Rather a woman who is home alone and has no one to make Havdalah for her, should recite it herself (Mishnah Berurah 296:35 - Aruch HaShulchan 296:5) rather than listen to it over the telephone. Even if the lady can not drink wine, grape juice, or ...


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I would assume it depends on what's considered a normal form of transaction. If any action is recognized by society as a form of transaction, halacha recognizes it -- this is known as kinyan situmta. But Rambam and Shulchan Aruch rule that if you use "word alone" to commit to buying or selling (without any language of oaths), "though you have made no mark ...


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We need direct witnesses. Oh by the way, a simple "yes" is not enough of a response to a warning, it must be "yes I am aware of the punishment and prepared to do anyway." (Rambam Sanhedrin 12:3, אפילו אמר יודע אני, פטור: עד שיתיר עצמו למיתה, ויאמר על מנת כן אני עושה) As for the warning, the Gemara says "even if a demonic voice said don't do that or you'll ...


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It should be no different than any other halachah where you have to hear something. You can't be yotzei by hearing shofar, or megillah, or the like over the phone (will have to find the source for this), because you're not hearing the original sound but a re-creation of it from electrical signals; the same presumably applies to havdalah.


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Business Halacha Institute answered that it is prohibited to do so. Their full quote: Thank you for contacting us about this interesting matter. The answer to your inquiry is that it would indeed be prohibited for one to jam the signal so that others would not be able to use their cell phones. However, it is unlikely that the damaged parties would be ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote (with regards to Megilla, Shofar, and Gittin) that in contrast to an acoustic hearing aide whose amplified sound is connected to the original sound, a sound produced through a microphone (or telephone) has no halachic connection to the original sound. A microphone (or telephone) works by a voice changing the electric current ...


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If the charger has an indicator light it would obviously be forbidden as unplugging would extinguish it. Even if not, phone chargers utilize electricity even when the phone is not plugged in. Consequently unplugging would interrupt the flow of electricity and would most probably be forbidden on Shabbos under the general minhag/uvdin dechol prohibition of ...


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There is a new free daf yomi app called "portal hadaf hyomi" The App includes many great features: The entire Talmud in clear fonts Talmud lessons to listen to and download, in Hebrew, English and Yiddish Articles, Leaflets,books and other helpful tools A location map for venues in which you can attend "Daf Hayomi" lectures A Calendar with enables the ...


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We all get a large number of phone calls from Tzedaka organizations. We mostly don't answer the phone when a number or name we don't reconize shows up on the caller ID. That cuts out alot of requests, but I think for the most part the calls continue untill someone answers the phone and either gives or not. I find a bigger problem are the people who show up ...


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We get a large number of phone calls from Tzedaka organizations as well. My policy is not to pledge over the phone, but to suggest they send mail and I will think about it, though I am careful not to agree to any pledge. I think the local police sent me a letter saying I pledged over the phone when I did not. I also would love it if there were a way to ...


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OnYourWay (Uvelechtecha Baderech) contains a large number of Torah texts for free. It was originally made for the iPhone, but is now available on Android also (though its interface is a bit more difficult to use).


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yes and also ieh shemeh rabah, and I think 13 midot and kedusha also, not because you heard it (because you didn't) but because you know someone finished a beracha. this would also apply in a place that people say amen loud before the hazan finishes the beracha, technically you didn't heard the ending but you can say amen because you know he did. note that ...


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So this is actually several different questions. In order from more to fewer poskim would say "yes": 1) Is it permissible to look at a cell phone that happens to be displaying the time on Shabbos? 2) Is it permissible to pick up your cell phone within your house and move it around for the purpose of having the time displayed elsewhere? 3) Is it ...


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I'd reach out to the OU and Artscroll about creating an app for the OU's website and Artscroll's Hebrew-English Siddur. The OU website works fairly well on some mobile platforms (BB being the most notable exception), but an app would be great, especially for their holiday/Zmanim calendar. They also have tons of other content that would be great to access in ...


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To my knowledge there was no opposition to utilizing telephones when they were initially introduced, the difficulty is that this in itself does not mean that there was no opposition. Furthermore, if there was no opposition, it could be difficult to demonstrate this fact since it is unlikely anyone would write teshuvos on why they do not object to an item ...


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In Halachah, a contract is only recognized because it is enforceable by verifying its witnesses. A document, be it on paper or electronic, that cannot be verified by its witnesses, cannot be upheld. This does bring to mind another question, however, which is whether or not one is bound by text/chat/SMS vows.


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It may not be permitted in many cases, since it can be illegal, annoying and a chilul hashem. If one signed up for the Do Not Call Registry, it is illegal to be contacted by a regular company. If it is illegal, it falls under dina dmalchusa dina according to many opinions. If Jewish organizations break the law, this can cause a chilul hashem. Also, its ...


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How about an app called "where am i holding ?" The use case is for people who have long breaks between various chavrusos and they want an easy way to enter where they finished so the next time they open the sefer they can easily remember what daf/halacha they were on ? currently I learn several things during my commute via cdrom and over the weekend I listen ...


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I don't think they can automatically be liable to pay the whole cost of the text message. The person has texting enabled on his phone, so he agreed to pay the phone company for incoming messages. And he probably read the message and got 'benefit' from it. The person didn't remove the capability to receive a text, so I don't see how just by asking someone he ...


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I also tell callers that I never pledge over the phone. And I usually only offer 1 dollar at the door. They usually take it. But then again, I live in Brooklyn, and things are probably different everywhere else. May one be deceptive in order to stop these types of calls? Seems questionable to me. Perhaps if the caller herself is acting deceptively it would ...



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