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the prohibition on adding to the commands of the Torah

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Bal tosif on mishloach manos

If someone gives mishloach manos on the day before or after Purim, does he violate bal tosif? Does it make a difference that the day after Purim is Shushan Purim, or for a Shushanite (or more commonly,...
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Is metzitzah b’peh after circumcision ever bal tosif?

According to this article the Talmud explicitly states that Brit milah without metzitzah is valid, and it isn’t an essential aspect of the mitzvah in either the Talmud or the views of major Poskim (...
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Did Yehoshua violate a Torah prohibition?

Devarim 4:2 states: לֹ֣א תֹסִ֗פוּ עַל־הַדָּבָר֙ אֲשֶׁ֤ר אָנֹכִי֙ מְצַוֶּ֣ה אֶתְכֶ֔ם וְלֹ֥א תִגְרְע֖וּ מִמֶּ֑נּוּ Yet according to one Talmudic opinion (Bava Batra 15a), Yehoshua added the verses ...
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Is this case of double bal tosif, bal tosif?

There are two definitions of Bal Tosif: 1 - Do the mitzva with a change in its form (for example: getting a 5th species along with the Four Species) 2 - Do the mitzva with intention when it's not its ...
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Does Yeshu’s teaching on divorce qualify the Notzri as a false prophet according to the Halakhah? [closed]

I’m an Italian Noahide. With regard to the false prophet, this is what Rambam says: Mishneh Torah-Yesodei haTorah 9:1 It is clear and explicit in the Torah that it is [God's] commandment, ...
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How are the feasts of Purim and Hanukkah justified in light of Devarim 4:2 and 13:1? [duplicate]

According to Devarim 4:2 (and 13:1), there are to be no additions to the Torah ('Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give ...
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Does the Torah prohibition to not add or subtract from the mitzvot also apply to the Oral Torah?

Since it says in the Torah to not add or subtract from the mitzvot so does that also apply to the Oral Torah. "Do not add or subtract from the mitzvot." (Deut. 4:2)
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If one is ovar on Bal Tosif are they still yotzee the mitzvah?

Although there perhaps aren't too many examples, I will present here one. If a person takes the arba minim at Sukkos (Lulav, esrog, hadasim, aravos) and adds on another min in a way they are ovar on ...
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Channukah and Bal Tosif

There are questions on the site which deal with saying Hallel on Channukah but my question seeks a more fundamental insight: The Ramban writes on Devarim 4:2 that a violation of Bal Tosif is creating ...
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How does the oral Torah not contradict Dvarim 4:2?

If God intended there to be an oral Torah, why would He say not to add anything? Shouldn't He have at least mention this exception in the Torah, so we know the Talmud is divine? Devarim 4:2 ב לֹא ...
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Is it a problem to eat in the succah before Sukkot? [duplicate]

Can someone eat in the Succah before Sukkot, or could it be a problem of bal tosif? Does it make a difference if it's like, an hour before candle lighting, the morning of erev chag, or a week before?
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Why aren't Purim and Channuka considered a violation of לֹא תֹסִפוּ?

It says in Devarim 4:2: לֹא תֹסִפוּ עַל הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם וְלֹא תִגְרְעוּ מִמֶּנּוּ לִשְׁמֹר אֶת מִצְוֹת יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם Translated: Do ...
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Bal Toisif on the Four Minim

It seems that there exists a Minhag (a practice of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe Zatzal) of adding extra Hadassim or Aravos (Hashanos) — I am uncertain which, maybe both — to the standard 4 ...
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Eating in sukkah before or after sukkot

Is there anything problematic about eating in a sukkah after building it but before Sukkot starts? Or I guess likewise after Sukkot is over?
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Halachic Restrictions not in the Torah, and "shall not add"

How can halachic restrictions that are not in the Torah be reconciled with the Deuteronomy 4:2 passage, which says, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from ...
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