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Should a man say a bracha if immersing in a mikvah?

Should a man say a bracha, according to halachic sources, when immersing in a mikvah? (since there is no obligation on him).
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

There is a principle that the Torah doesn't ask us to do anything that is unreasonable/unachievable (see here). Surely that means that we don't have any excuse to say "this is too much for me&...
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Can a kohen have a child by IVF with a divorce. What is the status of the child?

Is there any workaround avialable for thousands of kohanim who want to have children but are older singles and can't get married because of the high percentage of divorcees in the female population ...
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Tallis Gadol during Kabbalas Shabbos (Minhag Ashkenaz?)

What is the Ashkenazi minhag as regards wearing a tallis gadol during Kabbalas Shabbos (i.e. the ceremony/liturgy of welcoming in Shabbos on Friday evening)? Should it be worn, or not? Thanks to ...
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Non-Halachic Marriages, Mamzerim, and Baalei Teshuva

Many returnees to Judaism were born out of reform or conservative marriages. In the case of such a person, assuming their parents were not learned in Torah whatsoever, but whose mother is Jewish and ...
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Kedusha status of modern seforim

The Rama in Y"D 271:7 writes "יש אומרים שיש לכתוב בקולמוס של קנה ולא בנוצה", and the Taz there (s"k 8) says that regarding the kedusha status of printed seforim this process of a ...
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Hackintosh in Halacha

A Hackintosh is a bootlegged version of Apple's macOS loaded onto a computer that has not been manufactured by Apple and doesn't have a license to run macOS. According to Apple's macOS license, I. ...
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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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Corona "parties" for children

Background Particularly throughout this present omicron wave, people have floated the idea of having childrens' "corona parties". In such a 'party' parents invite previously uninfected ...
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Reasons to permit milking cows on shabbos

I was listening to a history class on the Chazon Ish, and it discussed his strong opinion that it is forbidden to milk cows in a beneficial way on Shabbos. Either it has to be done through a non-Jew, ...
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Is a secular court decision considered stealing in 7 laws of noach?

BH There's a couple of slightly related questions How do you handle possible Shabbat issues when receiving a jury summons? Is trying to get out of jury duty permitted halachically? Regarding secular ...
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Is it technically possible to rely on a heter from a rabbi you have never met?

This is probably a stupid question, but I was wondering if it's possible to rely on a controversial heter that's not generally accepted. For example Rav Messas was matir for married women uncovering ...
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Is fair-made lemonade kosher?

I was at a fair the other day and there was a stand selling lemonade with just pressed lemons and cane sugar water. The stand was also making deep fried dougnuts and cold brew coffee. Does the ...
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Does hearing the megillah over the internet fulfill the mitzvah?

Does hearing the megillah read over the internet fulfill the mitzvah? This is not the first year of Covid restrictions, surely it was considered in 2020 or 2021. I would imagine this is similar to ...
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What's Rav Moshe Feinstein's psak on women's sleeve length?

What is Rav Moshe Feinstein's psak on women's sleeve length?
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Using a newly created 3D printed object on Shabbos

If a 3D printer automatically started a new job on Shabbos or was already printing when Shabbos started and the print job finishes on Shabbos, may one peel off the object from the hot bed on Shabbos ...
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Is acting stringently so that "he shall be blessed" an authentic mechanism?

Many times in Halachic literature I have come across the formula in which one can follow the law more stringently than is necessary, and for that he will be blessed (תבא עליו ברכה). Does this ...
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Contemporary views on the Rambam's diet guide

People say that some of Rambam's laws on health are inaccurate in today's era, because of the body change throughout the generations, and that today some foods are good while they used to be bad and ...
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Downloading a Currently Public Resource

Is it permissible to download a resource that is currently available publicly and freely from the internet without permission from the one who posted it and/or the one who hosts the website? For ...
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Judaism position on Mishmeret HaTzniut

What is the Judaism's position on establishing a Va'ad Mishmeret HaTzniut, a private organisation which enforces tzniut rules in a specific community/town. At times they may use intimidation or ...
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How do you define Jewish music?

I am a music teacher and many students request that I teach either Jewish music or classsical music. What makes classical music appropriate ? What is considered Jewish music ? Many famous chassidic ...
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Hilchos Barech Aleinu in the Summer

Where does the Shulchan Aruch discuss if someone mistakenly asked for rain in in Barech Aleinu instead of saying "Vesein Beracha" and what is his ruling?
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Shiurim in depth on Basar VeChalav and Ta'aruvos

Does anyone have any recommendations for in depth Shiurim on Hilchos Basar VeChalav and Ta'aruvos in Shulchan Aruch. I am looking for a shiur which will go through the Shluchan Aruch, Shach, Taz and ...
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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 one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC 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, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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Viewing idols in an art museum

If one goes to an art or history museum that has a room that showcases the idols of ancient people, may one view them? I heard quoted from Rabbi Moshe Stav (a rebbe in Eretz Yisrael) that you can go ...
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Digital piracy of difficult to acquire products

The following discusses copying an item that is being sold by its creator (https://torah.org/learning/honesty-class64/) Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ztl said that it’s not permitted to copy any item that is ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...