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Is there liability for late delivery

According to halacha, if somebody orders something and the company which delivers it promises it by a certain deadline, is there financial liability if they deliver past that deadline? Assuming of ...
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Can tzedakah be given from cryptocurrency

What does the Halacha say about giving tzedakah from cryptocurrency? Does one fulfill the mitzvah of donating tzedakah as charity if they donate cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, or no? The reason I ask is ...
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Do blenders need to be kashered

According to Halacha, do blenders previously used for non kosher foods need to be kashered, or merely washed? Furthermore, do they need to be kashered if one plans to use it for fleishig and then for ...
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Seperating gelatin and dairy

According to poskim who hold gelatin is only as kosher as the animal whose bones are used (with whom I don’t personally agree) does the same meat dairy separation Halacha apply? Or is there leniency ...
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To what extent does halacha dictate the relationship between a male rabbi and a female congregant?

Which, if any, halachot of "Tzniut" apply to the relationship between a rabbi and a female congregant? From what I understand, it is common for a husband to bring his wife's undergarments to ...
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Clarifying exactly the halacha of Maaser [duplicate]

In the past several months I've been deducting 10% of my income and setting it aside. I'm starting to feel confused about whether I'm doing it correctly. I have some accumulated money ready to give to ...
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Egg donation from a mamzer

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jewish woman who is a Mamzer to donate her eggs to help a non-Mamzer Jewish woman become fertile? Or no, because Mamzerim are prohibited from “entering ...
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If a Jew got testicular biopsy, can Jews marry him

Testicular biopsy is when men get a portion of their testes removed to be scientifically tested, often for reproductive reasons. The Torah prohibits Jews having marriage with eunuchs, men with injured ...
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Baal Teshuva to Semicha

I have a bit of a unique question. I am a Baal Teshuva who is currently working on Semicha Yoreh De'ah through Lemaan Yilmedu. (you can find the curriculum here if you wish). I have spent the last few ...
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Antitrust in Halacha

In Halacha, is there a notion of antitrust in the sense of there being a problem with a business starting up in an area to compete against another business and buying up that business? Antitrust in ...
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Do Noahide mitzvot apply in outer space

From previous questions and answers I’ve seen on this site, there are some (albeit a minority) of halachic opinions that mitzvot don’t apply off of earth and so Jews can’t leave earth to remove their ...
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Gardener on Shabbos, Mar’is Ayin?

If my deal with my Gardener is that I pay him for the month and he comes once per week and he decides to come on Shabbos this week, do I have to make a Macha’ah and tell him not to do his work on ...
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Is a parent allowed to take items from children over bar/bat mitzvah age but under their jurisdiction

According to Halacha, is a parent allowed to confiscate property from their children if that child is over bar/bat mitzvah age but the age they would be under the parent’s jurisdiction? So is it ...
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Using depilatory cream during mourning

Inspired by this question I was curious if it is permissible to remove hair with depilatory cream when mourning. The reason is that there is a biblical prohibition against shaving hair (Deuteronomy 14:...
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Is carried interest ribbit

In Halacha, is carried interest prohibited as ribbit? For instance say Jew 1 owns an investment management fund, and Jew 2 goes to him, pays for the value of the profit from the stock trading and in ...
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Is there a problem with gender pay discrimination

Inspired by this question I am curious if there is any issue in Halacha or anything else with paying (Jewish) women less than (Jewish) men or vice versa? Since there is a mitzvah to do business with ...
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Genetic engineering an animal with a different kind of animal’s dna

Does halacha permit or prohibit a Jew to genetically engineer an animal with the DNA of another kind of animal, or is this considered “Kilayim” the forbidden mixing of two animal species? Sources for ...
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Is there any ruling on consuming works made by atheists and heretics? [duplicate]

Is there any ruling on consuming works made by atheists and heretics? Of course, some are just outright blasphemous (works by the likes of Dawkins and Hitchens) and heretical (i.e. Spinoza). I'm ...
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Berachot over flavored vaping/e cigarettes

Does Halacha require making a beracha after flavored vaping? To my understanding, the consensus practice is there is none over smoking. But if a Jew vapes a flavored e cigarette, do they recite a ...
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Is it kosher to invest in cToken loans if it might lead to Jews paying interest?

Certain advancements in the cryptocurrency ecosystem are revolutionising financial mechanisms, which no longer fit the traditional paradigms we have been used to (let alone the Sages before us). One ...
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Onaah with variations of an item

There is a Halachic prohibition of Onaah, overcharging the price of a commodity in a market above market price (Choshen Mishpat 227). Halacha does permit setting a high pricing on new types of goods ...
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When do fruits and vegetables need Hechser for being bug free [duplicate]

When and which fruits and vegetables need a Hechser for being bug free (which is necessary in kashrut). Sources for the Halacha please
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Learning to pasken modern Halacha questions

If somebody is interested, either looking to become a posek, or just interested in Halacha methodology in general, what is the best thing for them to learn if they want to understand how contemporary ...
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Permissibility of digital art of celestial bodies

According to Halacha, for Jews, there is a prohibition of portraying Celestial bodies in art, even if not for idolatry. (Generally, for noahides there is some concern, but the rules for what might be ...
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Moving baby stroller on loose dirt on shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is there any issue with pushing a baby stroller over loose dirt on Shabbat? What if you don’t need the dirt and this is only going to happen anyway? Would this be any issue of ...
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Eye donations in Halacha

According to Halacha, is it permissible to perform eye donations or not? I ask because, unlike many other organs, the eye isn’t generally a case of Pikuach Nefesh, but there are many things in life ...
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Manual clothes spinner on Shabbat

There is a Halachic prohibition on squeezing wet clothes to launder them on Shabbat, however, would a manual clothes spinner that spins clothes to dry them such as this be permissible? Does the ...
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Insurance as kiddushin Kessef

According to Halacha, could insurance paid for by a man be given to a woman to count as a “Kiddushin Kessef”? Does it count as a value that the man owns that could legitimately be used. The reason ...
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Soda from non-kosher restaurant

There are halachic issues with eating at non-kosher restaurants even normally kosher food for a variety of reasons. My question is whether a Jew is allowed to get a kosher soda (e.g., Coke) at a non-...
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Pidyon Peter chamor on c section born donkeys

Does the mitzvah of Pidyon Peter Chamor (redeeming the firstborn donkey), apply if the donkey was born through C section (caesarean section)? Or does the Halakha not consider that is birth for the ...
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Putting parents with mental issues in nursing homes

Halachically speaking, one is obligated to honor parents. My question is, if a parent happens to have a serious mental health defect (such as say Alzheimer’s syndrome), is it permissible to put them ...
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Running CCTV system with monitor over Shabbos

Does anyone have any sources for what the halacha is of running a home security CCTV system with the monitor on over Shabbos in a place where it is easily visible within the house? I'm specifically ...
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Kol Isha and transgender people

Does the Halachic prohibition of Kol Isha apply to transgender people? So if a woman underwent operations to present as a man, can you listen to her sing? And what about a man who visibly looks like a ...
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Folding chairs/tables on Shabbat

Is it permissible to unfold an easily foldable folding chair or table on Shabbat? Since this is easily re folded, would it still be considered under the melacha of “Boneh” or something else? If ...
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Halacha on being attentive to someone when they're speaking to you

BH Does Halacha or any teaching in the Torah address the following scenarios: A) When someone is talking to you, must you be attentive to show them respect that you're listening to what they're saying?...
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If Jews conquer a random new land does it become holy like Eretz Yisrael? How might this relate to kibbush yachid? And does kibbush yachid even count?

If Jews conquered New York City let's say does New York City become holy just like Eretz Yisrael? What if a "Jewish king" declared it as a Jewish state? I'm very curious..
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Is it permissible to carry around an air tag or tile tracker on shabbos?

Assuming you were within an eruv would you be able to carry around a tracker? You do not turn the device on and off but it can communicate with other tracking devices as you walk.
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Havdalah on a trip

If one is on a long trip (that started before Shabbat), and the time for Havdalah at the area they departed is different from the time in their current location, which one do they follow? (Note the ...
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Chazal contradicting science

I am curious. If there is a contradiction between statements of Chazal found in the Talmud, how are those reconciled in light of contradictory science, and if a Halacha is derived from a non-...
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Is there an halachic basis for allowing attacks that may or even will result in civilian casualties? [duplicate]

I’d learned at some point that you cannot kill someone who isn’t directly threatening a life even under threat of death from someone else (along with abandoning God and adultery) and that you should ...
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Divrei Torah- women with uncovered hair

I know the Chazon Ish permits saying divrei Torah in front of women with uncovered hair if the purpose of the speech is to be Mekarev them. Does anyone know if this heter can be extended to a standard ...
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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky on Iphones

I was curious, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, I believe brought down a responsa saying that one is not allowed to own an iPhone without specific permission from certain Rabbinic authorities, and if you own ...
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Animal charities donations in Hilchos Tzedakah

Is it permissible to give Maaser money (or for that matter, a large sum of spontaneous Tzedakah), to an animal protection or endangered species charity? Would this be considered foolish spending or a ...
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Weed killer on Shabbat

Is using weed killer spray to destroy weeds permissible on Shabbat? It is prohibited to reap plants on Shabbat, but to my knowledge biblically permitted to destroy something fully on Shabbat (I ...
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Anesthetics during Brit milah [duplicate]

Is it permissible to use Anesthetics (for the purpose of pain relief) during circumcision (Brit milah)? I would imagine it would not be problematic per se, but perhaps being conscious is preferable ...
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Hot chocolate on Shabbat [duplicate]

If one has a glass of hot water (that was heated before Shabbat) are they allowed to put hot cocoa powder in it on Shabbat? In this case, it’s a solid being absorbed by the liquid, but would it still ...
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Sefer on bal tashchit

Is there any contemporary Sefer which covers the basics of hilchos bal tashchit, and practical cases of their relevancy.
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Sh’ma time on a long travel

If one is traveling a very long distance, for example an El Al flight from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, at what time should they recite the Sh’ma? Would it be based on the time of departure, the time they ...
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Cultivating hydroponics on Shabbat

I know one is not allowed to reap plants on Shabbat, but does this apply to hydroponics on shabbos? I know for instance one can cultivate hydroponics on shmita (sabbatical) year. Does this mean that ...
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Rubber be kashered

Can rubber be kashered? From what I understand, to be kashered something has to be heated up in boiling hot water, in the case of rubber, I don’t believe it can absorb and retain heat internally. If ...
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