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How should a tallit gadol be washed?

What is the best way to wash a tallit gadol? Mine is a fairly traditional large black and white wool tallit with plain white (not techelet) tzitzit. After a few years in shul it's a little yellow ...
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Mouthwash on a public fast day?

Is it permitted to use mouthwash on a public fast day? Would a sensitive mouth, due to medical reasons be a good reason to be lenient? (I can see it being less problematic than brushing one's teeth, ...
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How to clean up from one meal for another on Shabbos?

If after clearing the table on Shabbos there are lots of crumbs still left behind, how should one get rid of these properly? May one use their hands or mini broom to brush them into ones hand, ...
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Surface cleaning on Shabbat

Can one, on Shabbat, spritz a surface that is dirty with a cleaning solution and then wipe it down with pre-torn paper towel? Would this be considered saturating?
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Sources for Minhag of partial Pesach Cleaning if away

I am looking for any sources for the Minhag of only needing to clean one room in your house for Pesach if you are going to be away for the whole chag.
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Cleaning a Torah Scroll

Our shul recently had a sofer in to look at our newer Torah scroll. He suggested to the Rabbi that we clean the scrolls regularly, which we have never done. So we did it a few days ago, about 20 of ...
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Shofar odor cleaning recommendations [duplicate]

How do you remove the odor from inside a shofar? I have already tried hydrogen peroxide.
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Taking a Shower after the Mikvah

Is there any problem with taking a shower after dipping in the Mikvah? I once heard there was.
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Not to sweep floor on day of traveling (source)

I just heard in the name of Rabbi Moncowits in Montreal that on day of traveling it is forbidden to sweep the floor. Because he once was in an accident and the Lubavicher Rebbe told him it was ...
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Not passing up a mitzvah: putting away laundry at a parent's behest: closest pile first?

My kid asked: I know there's a general rule of en maavirin al hamtizvos, we don't pass over a mitzva. For example, in mishnayos Yoma, the kohanim don't pass over the nearest blood basin to put ...
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Drying a cup on Shabbos with a paper napkin

Is one allowed on Shabbos to dry the inside of a wet cup with a paper napkin, or would this be prohibited because of sechitah?
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Where did the incense-altar sweeper get his broom from?

Mishna, Tamid chapter 3, in a loose translation: Those who merited removing the ashes from the inner altar and the candelabrum would precede. They had four tools in their hands: the basket, the ...
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contact solution on shabbat

I use a contact solution that is hydrogen peroxide based. That is, the solution is hydrogen peroxide. The solution is put into a special case with a platinum disc at the bottom. The disc acts a ...
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Are there any issues with cleaning glasses with microfibre cloth on Shabbas?

Are there any issues with cleaning eyeglasses with microfibre cloth on Shabbas? I'm assuming the microfibre cloth only and no cleaning spray. I'm assuming the glasses are prescription glasses and the ...
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Are there any issues with blowing on your glasses to clean them on Shabbat?

Are there any issues with blowing on your glasses to clean e.g. dandruff off on shabbos? I was thinking that perhaps it is zoreh/winnowing - similar to blowing dust off old books? In regards to zoreh ...
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Self-Cleaning an Oven to Kasher If Food Residue Remains

From http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/623729/jewish/How-do-I-kosher-an-oven.htm: "If your oven is of the self-cleaning variety, koshering it is fairly simple. All you need to do is self-...
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Cleaning blood from the temple

According to the Mosaic Law, blood was to be sprinkled on the alters, before the curtains and other places in the temple. This would result in many places, especially the curtains, being blood ...
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Does Seventh Generation fabric softener fray tzitzit?

Has anyone had experience cleaning tzitzit strings with Seventh Generation fabric softener? Does it damage them or is it safe? When I clean my begadim, I let soap get on the strings, but since I have ...
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Vacuuming during the Nine Days

I have heard in the name of one posek that vacuuming carpets is forbidden during the Nine Days (between 1 Av and 9 Av, following Ashkenazic custom) since this is equivalent to laundering. Is this ...
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Freshly laundered clothes in the nine days

Not only can't you wash your clothes during the nine days, but you are not supposed to wear freshly laundered clothes either, even if they were washed before Rosh Chodesh Av. Like most Westerners, I ...
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Washing Tallit Katan

One thing I never read about tallit katan is how to wash them? Does wool need to be dry cleaned? Cotton can be handwashed. I guess I could handwash wool as well, but doesn't seem as good an idea. Any ...
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Moving the fridge for Pesach cleaning

Is one required to move the fridge and clean out all the chametz that has gotten stuck underneath? This question assumes that the fridge will not be moved at all during Pesach.
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Crumbs of chametz that will not be eaten on Pesach but are easily accessed

Am I obligated to clean/remove chametz (less than a kazayis) from my house if there is no chance of me coming to eat it during Pesach even if these crumbs are in plain sight and easily accessed? E.g. ...
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Wearing clean but not “freshly laundered” clothes in the 9 Days

As an extension of this unanswered question, and based on the site linked to in this question, what does "freshly laundered" mean? I had a bunch of long sleeved shirts laundered in mid-June but then ...
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Post mortem Tahara

I'm looking for sources discussing the religious aspect of the Tahara done on deceased Jews. I recall someone mentioning that the religious aspect of it was a practice we picked up from the Muslims ...
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Pesach: Birds and Backyards

I recently asked someone knowledgeable why those who are makpid to remove even the tiniest, halachically-unimportant pieces of ~chometz from their homes before Pesach do not seem to care at all about ...
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How do you get oil residue off of a menora?

When you light olive oil in a metal menora, some of the oil invariably finds its way into the cracks between parts of the menora. How do you remove this residue?
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Germaphobes washing on Tisha B'Av and Yom Kippur

One is not allowed to wash their hands past their knuckles on Tisha B'Av, except if there is dirt on their hands, or if it is for a Mitzvah (SA OC 554:8-10). The same is true, for the most part, for ...
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sources that neatness brings brocho/mazal

I heard in a daf yomi shiur on the end of Moed Katan (27a ‘Couch of Fortune’) that Jews kept an extra neat bed for brocho/mazal. One of the reasons that he gave was that in general neatness brings ...
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Advice - cleaning my shofar

I saw that the Shulcha Aruch (I think it was 586?) states that one is allowed to pour wine into the shofar to clean it. I have an old shofar that smells a bit musty and like ... old sheep (I guess it ...
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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Can a woman clean her father, when he is naked, if he cannot?

Let's say an elderly man needs to be cleaned: he cannot clean himself because of extreme weakness. Can his daughter do this or must she hire someone else?
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Cleaning Tzitzis

What have you found to be the best way to wash tzitzis (i.e. easiest, least likely to invalidate, and most clean)?
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Can I move my chometz after the bedikah?

According to this document, one should sequester all chometz in one's home either in a cabinet or behind a mechitzah prior to performing the bedikah (the search for chometz). However, does this have ...
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How do you kasher your teeth?

A Pesach preparation guide tells me to kasher my teeth on Erev Pesach. How on earth does one do this?
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Pesach cleaning at non religious house [closed]

If I'm boarding at a non religious persons house (they don't keep kosher), what are the rules for cleaning for pesach? I share the pantry and fridge so I don't know what to clean and how well to clean ...
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Sponja on Shabbos - May one do it?

In Israel a popular way of cleaning floors is with sponja. Is there a way that one may do this on Shabbos? (sources)
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Was the Ark of the Covenant ever cleaned [duplicate]

Was the blood that was sprinkled on the Ark on Yom Kippur allowed to dry and accumulate through the centuries, or was there a provision for cleaning the Holy of Holies and the Ark in particular?
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How do you wash a Kittel?

I have a cotton-polyester kittel from Ben's Tallit Shop (everyone's favorite, right?) Here's the description: http://tzitzit.tallit-shop.com/pleated-kittel/ Does anyone know how to wash them? Do I ...
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How do we determine whether a dish is clean?

There are situations in which the question arises in halacha (specifically, the laws of kashrus) whether a piece of flatware or a dish is clean — by which I mean whether it lacks any remnant of ...
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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In kashering, can you leave utensils eino ben yomo *before* cleaning?

As I understand, the first step in kashering a kitchen is to thoroughly clean everything and then leave it untouched for 24 hours (eino ben yomo). Would it be technically permissible to clean the ...
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Brush teeth on a Ta'anis

I find it difficult to go a day without brushing my teeth. Is it okay to brush my teeth on a Ta'anis (fast day)? I imagine it's forbidden on Yom Kippur, but what about the other fasts?
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cleaning smooth shiny surfaces on shabbos

How may one clean a sticky shiny smooth surface on Shabbos? During the week one can simply wet a napkin and then wipe the surface, but on shabbos you're not allowed to wet a material due to a ...
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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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Liquid soap on Shabbos

Regarding using bar soap on Shabbos the following has been asked and answered. Using a bar of soap on Shabbat My questions are in regards to liquid soap. May one use liquid soap on Shabbos? Is there ...
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How long must clothes be worn before the 9 days for them to count as not fresh?

I've only read "short period" as a time given for how long to wear clothes you're planning on putting on during the 9 days. Is there anything more specific than that? Is there an efficient and ...
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Kashering a Hard to Clean Pot

Is it possible to kasher a pot that has areas that are hard to clean, for example the rim? Is there anything one can do to these areas if they can't be completely cleaned out that will allow the pot ...
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Why did Yosef wash his face after crying the second time but not the first?

In Miketz, Yosef is seen to cry twice. 42:24: וַיִּסֹּב מֵעֲלֵיהֶם וַיֵּבְךְּ וַיָּשָׁב אֲלֵהֶם He turned from them, cried, and returned to them. 43:30–31: וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת ...
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If one hand gets dirty, do both require washing?

I'm in middle of davening, and scratch a usually-covered place using my little finger (pinky) on my right hand. This requires me to wash my hand before continuing. Do I have to: wash both my hands? ...