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Scam baiting in Halacha

Some people engage in scam baiting, which is intentionally wasting time of scammers so that said scammers aren't spending their time actually scamming real victims. Is this allowed? It involves a lot ...
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Switching topics - Bittul Torah?

Someone said today that they saw once in one of the seforim of the Chafetz Chaim that he wrote that if someone is learning Torah (a specific topic) and the veers unnecessarily to another topic of ...
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What is meant by "nullifying" in terms of the Ein Sof?

I have been reading a little about Ein Sof and the Tzimtzum and other related topics such as Ohr. In these pages we find statements such as these: From the perspective of God's self-knowledge, the ...
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Source for a quote from the Chofetz Chayim

A friend of mine told me a while back that he read somewhere that the Chofetz Chayim was quoted as saying that if he could, he would annul all rabbinic fasts, for in our lowly generation these fasts ...
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Authenticity of Zohar--Bitul Torah?

As indicated in a prior thread on this site, there is good reason to doubt the authenticity of the Zohar, i.e., that it is attributable to Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Question: if that is the case, ...
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Is school assignment Bitul Torah or Not?

Let’s say one is listening to an online shiur. He has to do an assignment for school, so he turns the shiur off. Would sources deem this as Bitul Torah? Please cite sources.
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what is bitul torah b'eichut?

what are the guidelines as to what is bitul torah b'eichut (quality)? How does one determine what is in this category and what is not? please source note i am not asking on bitul torah of quantity, ...
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Opinions on Bittul Torah

What are the halachik definitions of bittul torah? I.e. some say that studying secular sciences qualifies as bittul torah while others say that it doesn't. How are they defining the halachik ...
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Are there sources that any minute not learned Torah is a sin?

I was recently referred to the Even HaEzel on the Rambam in the 3rd chapter of Hilchos Melachim. Reb Isser Zalman Meltzer (the author) writes there that there is no sin of Bittul Torah for a regular ...
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