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Who is the Pischei Teshuva the MB is referring to

In אורח חיים סימן קל״ה in משנה ברורה ד he quotes a Pischei Teshuvah. Who is he referring to and where do I find it? במנחה ובשני וחמישי - ואם טעו וקראו להשלשה קרואים בפרשה ראשונה של סדר שבוע העבר או ...
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Are doors to balconies obligated in mezuzot

According to Halacha, does a doorway to a balcony ever need a mezuzah? Or no, is it not considered an obligated dwelling space?
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Boy under barmitzvah leading Kabbalat Shabbat

A number of shuls grapple with the question of how to involve children in tefillah. In orthodox shuls I regularly see boys (even under barmitzvah) reciting Anim Zemirot (this is common). I have seen ...
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Are tallitot which are rabbinically obligated put on before or after tefillin

The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 25 rules you should put a Tallit on before tefillin, this is based on the principle of Tadir, mitzvot which are more common take precedence, generally. However, if one ...
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Brushing a Pet on Shabbos

May one brush a dog or other furred pet on Shabbos? When brushing, a toothed comb — made for the purpose of brushing — is used to extract loose/shedding hairs from underneath the top layer of fur, in ...
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How did anyone study the Talmud before Rashi?

Supposedly, the knowledge was transmitted from teacher to student in each generation and so Rashi learned it all from his teacher and wrote it all down. Was it common for people to be familiar with ...
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What is the earliest reliable source that prohibits teaching Torah and/or Mishna to gentiles after Moses translated the Torah into 70 languages?

I have read numerous conflicting opinions regarding this subject. I am seeking the first "original" or earliest reliable source that prohibited teaching the Torah and/or Mishna to the ...
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Source for Korbanos Tzibbur being made by ישראלים

The כלי חמדה in his first piece on Parshas Bamidbar mentioned a concept of כל היכא דאפשר לאהדורי אטהרה מהדרין.loosely translated, whenever possible we try to find (use) the most Tahor. In the context ...
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May the King execute by a method other than decapitation today?

Rambam says in Melakim uMilkhamot: וְאֵין לַמֶּלֶךְ רְשׁוּת לַהֲרֹג אֶלָּא בְּסַיִף בִּלְבַד The King may only execute by sword What's the source for Rambam's codification? Does this hold today?
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In Bereshit 1:1, does בָּרָא suggest "made out of nothing" or simply "gave a form to"?

Disclaimer: I don't know Hebrew. In Bereshit 1:1, does בָּרָא suggest "made out of nothing" or simply "gave a form to"? I have heard it suggested that it implies "creation out ...
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In Bereshit 1:1, are the plurals in השּׁמים significant, or plural in form (ie: "skies") but singular in meaning (ie: "sky"), and how do we determine?

Disclaimer: I don't know Hebrew. In Bereshit 1:1, are the plurals in השּׁמים significant, or plural in form (ie: "skies") but singular in meaning (ie: "sky"), and how do we ...
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Is there anywhere I can pay for Matok Midvash online?

I haven't found Zohar Matok Midvash anywhere online for free. Is there somewhere I can pay for digital access?
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Elokai Neshama and Hamaavir Sheina Shavuot morning

When staying up all night, as some do on Shavuot, not all Birkot Hashachar can be said. The following berachot can be more easily be dealt with without being yotze from someone else. Al netilat ...
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Is a married rape victim to be put to death according to Deuteronomy 22:22?

I asked this on the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, but I would also appreciate your input greatly. Deuteronomy 22:22 states: If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them ...
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Rebbe of Kotzk and a penitent having kavannah

I once heard a story about the Kotzker Rebbe that went something like this: A man came to the Rebbe with an urgent request. He had been to many other rabbonim and Rebbes, and begged them to prescribe ...
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Customary learning areas for Shavuos?

Leaving aside the traditional Tikkun Leil Shavuot which includes Chumash, Nach, Mishnah, Gemara, Halacha, Kabbalah etc. the increasingly common current practice is to study a wide variety of materials....
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Two crowns, one corresponding to na'aseh, one to nishmah?

B"H It says in the Gemara (Shabbat 88a) that when the people of Yisroel said "we will do" (na'aseh) before "we will listen" (nishmah), 600,000 angels came and tied two crowns ...
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What defines a room that crossing it would require you to make a new Bracha

BH Hi, I was told correct me if I’m wrong according to Lubavitch minhag every time you cross from one room to the next and you return to the room you were in before, if you had food there that you ...
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שְְׂרָָף... לִִשְְׁלִִישׁ וְְלִִרְְבִִיעַַ or שְְׁרָָף... לְְשָָׁלִִישׁ וּלְְרָָבִִיעַַ

As far as I am aware, s'faraddim and b'nei 'edah mizraħit (with the exception of teimanim) have שְְׁרָָף... לְְשָָׁלִִישׁ וּלְְרָָבִִיעַַ However, the teimanim who follow nosaħ shaami (the s'faraddi-...
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Tying shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan to untie them in a day

According to Halacha, is it permissible for you to tie shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan on untying them within a day? Or no, is it prohibited and you are obligated to untie them within 24 hours?
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Maximum shiur for chair height for those sitting shivah

According to Halacha, those in aveilut sitting shiva should sit in shorter chairs, see here. Therefor, what is the maximum shiur for permitted chair height when defining a short chair when it comes ...
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Affixing Mezuzah without case or cover

In Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 289/1 the Mechaber writes: בא לקבעה יניחנה בשפופרת של קנה או של כל דבר ויקבענה במקומה ויברך אקב"ו לקבוע מזוזה ולא יברך בשעת כתיבתה. (והקובע ב' או ג' מזוזות מברך ברכה ...
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Could Jesus be from the lineage of David because of Mary? [closed]

I am considering becoming a Jew and one of the objections that I always hear is that even if the messiah was supposed to be through the direct lineage of David, he could still be, because of Mary, who'...
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Must "modim anachnu lach" be said in Hebrew?

Prayers can be recited in any language, with a few exceptions. I remember hearing that one these exceptions is the line מוֹדִים אֲנַחְנוּ לָךְ (we are thankful to you) in the Amidah. It must be said ...
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Clapping in shul

Can anybody point me to sources (not opinions) which discuss whether or not it is permitted to clap inside the sanctuary of a beit knesseth, leaving aside the issue of clapping on shabbat?
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Comprehensive List of Shul Customs and Laws Specific to Nusach Sefard [duplicate]

I'm looking for a comprehensive list of shul customs and laws specific to Nusach Sefard. For example, I would like details on the order of tefillos, when one wears a tallis (shliach tzibur and the ...
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Who owns the Moon?

My question is inspired by this BBC article, which discusses the legalities of extracting materials from the Moon and selling them. This led me to ponder the following halachic question: Is the moon a ...
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Source for "Adam Wanted to Taste the Food"

Rav Dessler in Michtav m'Eliyahu 2 p146 & 149 quotes an unsourced chazal that Adam deep down "wanted to taste the food" (רצה לטעום התבשיל) ie tree of knowledge. Anyone know the source or ...
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If a women forgot Ya'ale Ve'yavo in Mincha, does she have to daven again? [duplicate]

Per שו”ע או”ח סימן קפ”ח סעיף ח if one forgets יעלה ויבוא in bentching on Rosh Chodesh one is not obligated to bentch again, because one is not obligated to eat bread. On the other hand, on Friday ...
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Torah’s use of the same verb(s) with different meanings

Bemidbar 1:49 tells Moshe not to פקד the Leviim, nor to תשא them, both understood as referring to methods of counting. But then in 1:50 the same two verbs are used: the Leviim are to be “appointed”/...
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How come many Yehudim act like HÂYÂH didn't give us His name in Exodus 3:14? [closed]

Let alone the fact HÂYÂH has many names in the Bible, but why is that the Yehudim refuse to actually call Him by His name? Do they seriously like lying to themselves? Throughout Scripture we are told ...
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Why take census of Levis two ways, from 1 month and between ages 30 & 50?

The tribes of Levi are counted twice: (a) from age one month with no upper age limit, and (b) from age 30 to 50. Why is the first count needed? (This described in parshot Bamidbar and Naso.)
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Is Israel still "s'goolah" in the eyes of Hashem?

In the Torah 19:5 (Shemot), God says that on the condition that Israel keeps the covenant, Israel will be "s'goolah" (the most treasured) in God's eyes. Is this a correct understanding? What ...
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What is the halacha on using netilat yadayim cups for non-hand washing purposes?

I know it is just a cup with two handles, but we have an extra netilat yadayim cup that is very decorative. I am okay with it being used for its intended purpose, but what is the law on using the cup ...
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Which Minhag to follow [closed]

I am a baal teshuva who is going to attend a Jewish day school next year. My mother is halachically jewish. My father's status is not so clear. We are sure he has Sefardic ancestry on both sides but ...
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Ausstritsgemeinde - Opposition of Rabbi Hirsch to the "Geminderabbiner"

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was vehemently opposed to the rabbis who didn't follow him when he passed the Ausstritsgesetz (Secession Bill) which allowed Orthodox Jews to separate from the general ...
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Are garden gnomes Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, are garden gnomes classified as Chukot Hagoyim, or not? I ask because on the one hand, they are not associated with idolatry nowadays, however they are a custom of non-Jewish ...
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Hiddur mitzvah for Lechem Mishneh

Is there any chiyuv in Halacha for hiddur mitzvah regarding Lechem Mishneh, or no? And if so, is the mitzvah of beautification an obligation for the bread itself (making it beautiful by braiding it) ...
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Can a woman stop going to mikveh if her husband doesn't care about it?

If a husband doesn't care about tahara laws, can she skip immersing? Also what about if he is not interested in being intimate with her (and for some reason doesn't want to divorce her)? To elaborate ...
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Adult circumcision vs Torah prohibition "Lo Yosif" - not to inflict a wound upon yourself (Deuteronomy 25:3)

I understand that uncircumcised adult men who wish to convert to Judaism must have a circumcision to become Jewish. My question is, how this is reconciled with the Torah prohibition of "Lo Yosif&...
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generality and specificity in Numbers 1:1

The very beginning of Bamidbar reads: וידבר ה׳ אל משה במדבר סיני באהל מועד באחד לחדש השני בשנה השנית לצאתם מארץ מצרים לאמר God spoke to Moses in the Sinai desert, in the designation tent, on the ...
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Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe want people to say יחי אדונינו, or not? [closed]

B"H The phrase, יחי אדונינו מורינו ורבינו מלך המשיח לעולם ועד, "long live our master, teacher and Rebbe, the King Moshiach, forever and ever", is typically said by a lot of his ...
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Can you really keep money you find on the floor even if it's fairly obvious who lost it beyond reasonable doubt?

The question is inspired by Bava Metzia 23, which seems to provide only one exception to the rule: a sign. I'm sure there are other general exceptions too e.g. two witnesses saw whose pocket the money ...
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Akeida and the laws of Noach

Wasn't the episode of the Akeidat Yitzchak wrong, in terms of valuing human life? We are taught that before Matan Torah, all the world was under the jurisdiction of the Noachide laws. Avraham Avinu, ...
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Yichud of an Uncle with his nieces and nephews [closed]

If someone has 3 children, for example a 10 year old boy, 8 year old girl, & 4 year old boy. Is it ok to leave them over night with their adult uncle. Thank you,
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Writing Chidushei Torah Immediately

In the recently published biography of the Klausenburger Rebbe a story is being told about a time in which the Rebbe rushed while he was davening to have a chidush he had, written. Given that the ...
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Why can’t we say Halleluyah?

We are allowed to say names like Yirmiyah and Azariah which have Hashem’s name, why is it considered saying Hashem’s name in vain to say Halleluyah? (obviously not when it’s part of davening).
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What is the source of עתיד בהוראת עבר?

BH In the רמב"ם לעם commentary of Yad HaChazaka on the sentence כל התורה כתבה משה רבנו קדם שימות it says that the word ימות is classified as the concept of עתיד בהוראת עבר (A word that is in the ...
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How come It says Katva instead of Katav and not met instead of Sheyamut?

BH In the introduction of Yad Chazaka it says, כל התורה כתבה משה רבנו קדם שימות בכתב ידו. How come it doesn’t just say, כל התורה כתב משה רבנו קדם שמת בכתב ידו ? What’s the grammatical difference?
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Can one do an issur derabanan so that his friend can do a mitzva doraisa

There’s a rule not to do an aveira to benefit another but would it apply in a scenario where the purpose of performing an issur derabanan is to enable another person to perform a mitzva doraisa.
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