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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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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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Will one fulfill his obligation of hearing the shofar on Rosh Hashanah if it is done via livestream due to Covid reasons?

It is an echoing sound so not sure if Rosh Hashanah 3:7 agrees or disagrees.
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Can one take a lateral flow test on Shabbos?

DISCLAIMER: This is just halacha-theory and not searching for a p'sak Would taking a lateral flow test on Shabbos be absolutely forbidden due to the melacha of tzoveya - dyeing? After taking the swab ...
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Wearing clothes that promote ones business on Shabbos

With many shuls (at least in the UK) still requiring their congregants to wear masks, I have noticed that there have been many people who as part of their business now wear personalised masks, which ...
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The ancient segulah of a "Black Wedding" to combat a plague

In the recent Mishpacha Pesach 5781 edition they ran a lovely feature entitled 'Eyes that Saw Angels' which is a written testimony from various people who were zoche (merited) to have seen / spent ...
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Non-medical N95 / KN95 / FFP2 masks, beards, shaving, Chol Ha'moed, and the Omer

Background information There's no longer a shortage of non-medical N95 / FFP2 masks. Anyone who wants enhanced protection against COVID can now get some. Despite some rumors to the contrary, these ...
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Does one call up to the Torah someone already "up"?

As a followup to this question, the pandemic has created some interesting situations. In one shul in which I daven, on a Monday/Thursday the one who reads the Torah also receives all the aliyot. As ...
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Are there potential Ribbis issues with applying for PPP loans?

I guess this questions has two components to it: (1) Are PPP loans different than other types of loans because of the way it's structured with the government guaranteeing the loans or something to ...
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What blessings would one say upon receiving the COVID19 vaccine?

I have some gaps in my Jewish knowledge, but it seems prudent to recite Shehechiyanu upon receiving the first shot, as it is a momentous occasion. Not just momentous for your own health, but the ...
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During which plague did the Baal Shem Tov advise writing a Sefer Torah

The United for Protection campaign says: In the times of the Baal Shem Tov a terrible disease swept through his town of Mezibush. (…) Only by uniting together in the creation of a new Torah scroll, ...
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Why hasn't the coronavirus pandemic had a greater impact on kashrut supervision? [closed]

When the pandemic first began I expected dramatic repercussions to kashrut certification. Being a novice in this area I had understood that certifying organizations would need to be physically present ...
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Is there a price too high to pay to prevent secularization in COVID times?

I realize that the closure of Yeshivos has a huge negative impact on Haredi Bachurim, many of my friends complain that since the boys came home, they went "out-of-sync", don't wake up to ...
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If you take a COVID "smell test" every day, do you say a blessing on the scent?

Background Some experts recommend that everyone test their own sense of smell once daily. This can help to screen for the novel coronavirus disease. This is because COVID often (but not always) ...
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Burying sheimos is a segula for a pandemic?

Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, rav of the Agudah of Park Heights in Baltimore, gave a eulogy last week for the last two years of sheimos which they were burying, and mentioned that it is a segulah for a ...
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Covering a Shofar to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Two nights ago, as part of his weekly livestream COVID update, Rabbi Dr. Glatt quoted Rav Mordechai Willig (he quoted "Poskim" but the implication was that it was Rav Mordechai Willig. Even ...
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Should a doctor use a promising-but-unproven medicine, or handle it via a clinical trial?

Suppose a patient has a life-threatening disease. The doctor can treat with a drug that sounds promising, but more data are needed before it's solidly proven to work. Alternatively, the doctor can use ...
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Who is counted in an "outdoor minyan" defined? How should the minyan be run?

An outdoor minyan is one possible attempt to deal with a public health instruction aimed at preventing spreading infections, such as keeping 6 feet from another person and avoiding indoor gatherings. ...
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