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Bracha for wine magically created or otherwise entirely from another liquid is Sheakol? Assur for kiddush?

I seem to remember that meat created in a lab could have the status of parve and the bracha of the man in the desert would have a different bracha than bread. Pesachim 108b requires undiluted wine in ...
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Is it permissible to peel open a contact lens blister on Shabbos? Does wearing the contact as a bandage to shield the cornea change the rule?

Soft Contact Lenses are a polymer lenses that are worn on the surface of the eye as alternative to prescription glasses and less commonly as a bandage (protect the surface of the eye, the "cornea&...
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Questions on Psak Halacha [duplicate]

If one is learning Halacha and comes across a machlokes between recent Poskim (post Mishna Berura eg is one allowed to make a tea in a Kli Shelishi) can one decide by himself to be meikel if the logic ...
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Purchasing mp3 files from ebay

Wondering if anyone knows the halacha regarding purchasing mp3 files from ebay which may be potential copyright violations?
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What is the optimal way to make berachot on food when working from home? [duplicate]

When working from home, what is the optimal way to handle food berachos? A. Make only one beracha in the morning that will cover all the foods of that type to be eaten during that day at breakfast, ...
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Calling the Police on a fellow Jew in the United States [duplicate]

Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to call the police on a fellow Jew if a person is threatened with imminent violence in the United States. I know there is an issue with informing on a fellow ...
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Cooking meat on Shabbat using Kinetic energy, or non-conventional ways

Putting all jokes (and Purim Torah) aside, a person successfully demonstrated cooking both steak and chicken using a machine that slaps the meat continuously (video here). Albeit they claimed it ...
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Is a gnome avodah zara?

Are orthodox Jews allowed to have a garden gnomes in their yards? On the one hand, gnomes are fully 3d, but they don't represent any cogent idolatrous practices.
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If there is no longer any Avodah Zarah, why do we need to follow the relevant halachah?

If it is accepted that Avodah Zarah has effectively ceased to exist, as suggested elsewhere on this site, why do we need to follow any of the relevant halachah, that applies to social relationships ...
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Do we withdraw our hands from bread?

The Shulchan Aruch 177:2 rules that one who removes the bread from the table must make a new beracha on whatever he eats for the rest of the meal: ודברים הבאים לאחר סעודה קודם ברכת המזון שהיה מנהג ...
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(Auto)paying for chametz on Pesach [duplicate]

My understanding is that one only acquires movable objects, such as food items, by moving them physically (e.g. lifting or pulling them; or by acquiring them along with land; or via chalipin exchange, ...
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Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa

The newer edition of Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa seems to contain both volumes of the older edition. However, it says Chelek Aleph on it. Is there a Chelek Beis and/or whats meant to be in it?
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Is it assur to have a mattress that has wool and linen in it?

I have been looking into natural mattresses without polyurethane in them, and some have a latex layer and one of the layers is wool. I know that there is an issur to wear shatnez garments, but what if ...
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Shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Does anyone have the shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits which he gives in his Kollel(not his daily Mishna Berura Shiur)? There are only a few on the Jerusalem Kollel website.
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Is it halachically permissible for Jews to celebrate Kwanzaa?

Unlike Christmas, Kwanzaa does not seem to be associated with any particular non-Jewish religion. As such, I am curious: is it still considered an idolatrous holiday? Does it fall under the category ...
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Halachot when the groom has been previously married

Are there any differences in halachot or minhagim in the wedding ceremony or sheva brachot when the groom has been previously married (and divorced), but the bride has not been?
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Hacking paywalls on newsites?

Many news websites (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post etc.) make use of paywalls which pop up after the visitor starts reading the article requiring the visitor to pay in order to ...
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Shrinking a room with Tzaraas to less than 4x4 Amos

May one shrink a room and then manually scrape off questionable Tzaraas (not yet paskened by a Kohen) found there? Suppose for example, a whole house or one of the rooms is 5x5 Amos, but has a ...
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Diseases that Halachically exempt one from Torah and Mitzvot?

BS"D I always heard that one who is a שוטה to a certain extent isn't obligated in Torah and Mitzvot. The first time I saw something similar inside is in Rambam Mishneh Torah (Yad Hachazaka) ...
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Does giving donations necessarily mean it's tzeddakah?

BS"D How can giving a donation (based on US law that it is a contribution towards a non-for-profit 501c3 organization) to a very affluent shul, yeshiva, or other mosed still Halachically count as ...
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Interdimensional Succahs [closed]

1: Setting aside the issues of Halachically defined time in space, and ignoring the physical constraints limiting a spacecraft from having Schach mounted properly, how should Schach be oriented to ...
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Is there any problem with wearing Techeles if it is not the real one? [duplicate]

Many people hold the murex trunculus is the real techeles, and many others hold it is not. Would there be any Halachic problem of wearing it if it is not real?
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Wearing Tzitzis whilst doing sports? [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch - Orach Chaim 24:1 writes: ...וטוב ונכון להיות כל אדם זהיר ללבוש טלית קטן כל היום כדי שיזכיר המצות בכל רגע It is good and correct that a person should be cautious to wear a small ...
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What method is used to halachically pluck a chicken's feathers after shechita

It seems the standard way to remove chickens feathers after slaughtering is to scald the chicken in hot water for up to a couple minutes before plucking the feathers. (as an example, here's some ...
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What is the criteria of safek pikuach nefesh?

An expert in a particular field (a doctor, an actuary, etc.) can advise on the risk of mortality from a specific activity of anywhere between 0% and 100%. At what threshold of risk would the halacha ...
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What are the parameters of shomer pesaim Hashem?

While the Torah forbids one to place himself into a situation of danger, some degree of slightly risky behavior is allowable under the concept of shomer pesaim Hashem. Are the parameters of this ...
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Ben Ish Chai against taking photos of females?

I heard that the Ben Ish Chai was very against having women in photos, so much so that a woman would even be taken out of Gan Eden a hundred years after her photo was taken if someone looks at it. Is ...
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Can I make a siyum on audio lessons?

I learned an entire Talmudic tractate by listening to audio lessons, without actually reading any words from the printed text. May I make a siyum? It appears that "shomea k'oneh" wouldn't ...
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Exceptions to the rule of washing ones hands in the morning

The Rosh Brachot 9:23 says "one needs to clean one's hands for davening and at night when sleeping one's hands might touch a dirty area". Rashba Tshuvah 1:191 says "because a person is recreated each ...
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Halacha to discourage a convert once every 6 months?

A friend of mine told me that the halacha of discouraging a convert three times has a little nuance - the convert has to make the second and third attempt (to persuade the rabbi to let him convert) at ...
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How did Gdoley Israel react to the landing on the Moon?

IMHO, landing on the Moon did/could seriously undermine the bases of the Jewish religious view about the nature of the celestial bodies. How did Gdoley Israel react/deal with the landing on Moon (and ...
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Shutting lights off during Chol Ha'moed, to save electricity

Preface During Shabbat, Orthodox Jewish practice is to avoid turning lights on or off. Perhaps turning lights on or off is a form of melacha. On Chol Ha'moed, melacha is sometimes, but not always, ...
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When selling a house, what pieces of furniture go with it?

Based on Baba Batrah 65-67, what are the opinions in the contemporary Halacha about what pieces of furniture are considered "house" and what not, when one sells a house at a fixed price? Is selling ...
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Can one sell a future contract?

In the modern marketplace, to protect against volatility and risk, people negotiate contracts that deal with things that are yet to become a reality. However, as I read the gemara in Bava Metzia 33b, ...
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Kohen with eyeglasses

Is having imperfect eyesight that requires the wearing of eyeglasses a problem for a Kohen? The question is two-fold: 1) Does the imperfect eyesight render him a ba'al mum (physical blemish) which ...
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Does a broker keep the leads he worked on?

A broker works at a Merchant Cash Advance Company and the company provides leads to the broker. The broker's job is to sort through those leads, identify the ones that are really interested, build ...
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What does רעך בתורה ובמצוות mean? [duplicate]

The Torah says וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ, Love your fellow as yourself. Actual halacha: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: It is incumbent upon every Jew to love every fellow Jew as he loves himself. ...
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What is the Halacha of establishing one's home at the onset of Shabbos?

If one cannot make it home, I heard there's a din that one sets his place where they are now upto 2000 amot. What's the source of this? What if I'm in the back of a car?
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Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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Building a Mikva Upstairs

Every Mikva I am personally familiar with is on the ground floor (first floor) or basement of its building. Let's say a congregation owns a one story building they use as their shul. They agree to ...
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May one celebrate April Fool's Day?

Many people in the world celebrate and play pranks on each other on April 1. Is it halachically permissible to play pranks on people or in any kind celebrate April Fool's Day?
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What are the various opinions as to what the Techeiles is?

Several opinions claim to have rediscovered Techeiles. This question refers to Ptil Techeiles and Radnyzer. What are their opinions as to the Techeiles, and are there any others?
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Speaking Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile

Can I say Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile? For example: If Reuven tells Roy that Yehudah is a stupid person. Is Reuven doing an Aveira?
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Hearing Loshon Hara from a Gentile

Can a Gentile tell me Loshon Hara about another Jew?
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Book on the laws of Shabbos

Which English book on the laws of Shabbos would you recommend? One that is Halacha Lemaase with footnotes that show where the Halacha stems from and the differentiating opinions.
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Are OC 3:2 and 3:13 practiced nowadays? [duplicate]

In OC 3, the Shulchan Aruch discusses many halachos regarding using the bathroom. Many of these seem to be disregarded with the relatively modern invent of the urinal; this is particularly concerning ...
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Do objects of idolatry contaminate?

Rambam in Mishneh Torah, Foreign Worship and Customs of the Nations 7:9 speaking about idolatrous objects says that "everything it mingled with and its identity lost" is forbidden property. Is Rambam ...
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Could there be a Halachik issue with using a DNA kit such as 23andMe?

Besides learning fun facts about one's DNA and ancestry, there's a lot of good that can come out of using one. For example: people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent can learn if they're predisposed to BRCA1 ...
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Can you crack and roll a boiled egg on Shabbat, even if the rolling will tear the letters printed on the egg?

Introduction In an article, Rabbi Gil Student writes that, on Shabbat: The Mishnah Berurah (340:17) and other authorities ... permit eating cake with letters. However, they do not permit cutting ...
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Definition of “Isko Im Hanashim”

Which modern-day poskim address what professional relationships would make one considered "Isko Im Hanashim" - working with women, in relation to Hilchos Yichud, and what are their definitions? For ...