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May a girl/women receive voice lessons by a male instructor?

Private one-on-one lessons, not group lessons. All Halachos of Yichud and Shomer Negiah are being kept to, so I guess the main question that remains is regarding the live Kol Isha (which is being ...
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Choice between financial success and Torah study

Let us assume for the sake of discussion the following scenario. There is a young, devout man[1] who has reached a point life where he earns more than enough money to sustain himself. He's by no means ...
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Can you put a mezuzah on your office door after 30 days? [closed]

When working as an employee outside Israel for a non-Jewish boss, is it possible to put up a mezuzah even after the initial 30 days of your job if you didn’t have the chance to do so because of your ...
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Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid?

Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid? The longer version is: Where in the Torah, as according to the rabbis, is there a concept or a mitzvah that states, something like, ...
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Gemorah Baba Metzia 118A - Braisa about Employer 'paying' his worker with straw

Talking about replacing payment by cash with an alternative. The braisa is brought in that allows an Employer to substitutes some product for cash: 'The Gemara asks: But isn’t it taught in a baraita ...
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Can I receive paid holiday from employer on Shabbat, even though I have not actually worked?

Is there a contraindication to receiving holiday pay on Shabbat, where I have booked it off so as not to work Shabbat ?
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A Jewish-slaves Mitzvahs obligations

What mitzvos is a Jewish slave (a Jew owned by a Jew mentioned Shemot 21,2) obligated in? Is a Jewish slave obligated in time bound mitzvos? or he obligated to the same mitzvos as a woman? Sources ...
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Working Talmid Chochum [duplicate]

In Jewish history, amongst the rishonim and achronim (and achrei achronim), who were known to be Talmidei Chachumim (either due to their seforim or just facts) and Businessmen (employee counts)?
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Is it permitted for Jewish lawyers to defend those they believe to be guilty?

I am in (secular) law school and am exploring my professional options. One of those options is to become a criminal defence attorney. In my country of residence, attorneys qualified in a specific ...
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Working from morning until afternoon on Friday before Shabbath starts [closed]

Disclaimer: To my own surprise the Q&A field didn't wield any sufficient results (or I used bad/inappropriate keywords). If you link me to a page where this question got already answered and dealt ...
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Hiring idolaters

Is one allowed to hire idolaters, if it is known that part of their salary is donated to idolatrous activities?
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Why was Rachel shepherding instead of Leah?

In Bereshit 29 we learn that Rachel was shepherding her father's sheep. Do any commentaries explain why Rachel, the younger sister, was the shepherdess instead of Leah the older sister? Related ...
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What is the status of professional video game players?

A friend remarked to me that playing video games professionally today is the equivalent of professional gamblers in the times of the talmud, specifically in that both are not involved in "Yishuvo shel ...
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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

I have a team summit which unfortunately falls on Rosh Hashanah and I will not be able to attend. It is not mission critical that I be there - it is more for team building but still the team spent a ...
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Is ethical hacking a Halakhikly permissible profession?

Is ethical (white hat) hacking a Halakhikly permissible profession? What are the halachot which apply to hacking and in particular ethical hacking? What stance would Jewish ethics take on ethical ...
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How to stay the same whilst working? [closed]

How can someone be sure she'll stay the same way in Jewishness whilst working? She won't have so many Torah classes anymore and will be more into the outside world.
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What is the Jewish view of "work"?

What is the mainline Jewish view of "work"? (1) Work is an just an option for those who have enough money to live on. The Torah may say "Six days shall you labor and do all your work&...
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Should a congregational rabbi resign based on "common public" accusations?

Last night, I found numerous articles published in many newspapers over the course of about the past decade regarding several students accusing a former Yeshiva principal who sexually abused them. The ...
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Are there any halachik issues with reporting a Jewish co-worker to HR?

Suppose one has a Jewish co-worker who is not behaving in a manner that's expected at work (ie- confrontational, berating other co-workers, making others feel uneasy) Granted this isn't something ...
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What are the halakhic considerations when it comes to patronizing a business whose workers are on strike?

Crossing a picket line and patronizing a business whose workers are on strike, against the will of the workers, is a controversial action with some people saying it should never be done. I read an ...
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Convert, Orphan, Widow possible immunity

In Devarim 24:17 לֹא תַטֶּה מִשְׁפַּט גֵּר יָתוֹם וְלֹא תַחֲבֹל בֶּגֶד אַלְמָנָה. ‏You shall not subvert the rights of the stranger or the fatherless; you shall not take a widow’s garment in ...
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Should you fire a Torah teacher if a better one is available?

If you find a better Torah teacher, is it halachically OK to fire the existing one? The Talmud says: A certain schoolteacher mistreated his students. Rav Acha made him vow [that he would not teach ...
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Is the profession of selling interview recordings, as depicted on Shtisel, ethical?

A man makes a living videotaping extensive interviews with nursing home residents, then selling them to the survivors for a high sum of money when the subject dies. If the survivors balk, he tells ...
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Mashgiach Working on Shabbat [duplicate]

Note: this question is posed merely to seek mekorot behind the question, since the poskim of my hashgachah have clearly ruled on this, even if I've never seen the teshuvot. As a mashgiach, I am ...
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Who’s stealing from whom?

Reuven is head of an institution and is paid by the board for specific hours of work for the members. Reuven is late every day by 15 minutes. The members complain to the board that Reuven gives 15 ...
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Can a shliach be paid?

We know that shlucho shel adam ka'moso and that the shliach is an extension of person who sent him. However, is the shliach allowed to be paid? (ie if he's coming from medinas hayam to deliver a get, ...
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A Jew hired a worker to work for him on Shabbat, forgetting that he’d be working on Shabbat. What should he do?

Suppose someone hires a worker through an online intermediary such as Fiverr to do a discrete project, such as building a website, and inadvertently sets the deadline for project completion to Shabbat,...
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Halakha Concerning Processing Job Applications

I’ve seen discussion of the halakhic implications of gathering product information in one store and purchasing elsewhere. Some consider it theft of time and knowledge, and of unfairly giving the ...
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Starting a new job in the Three Weeks

In response to "What things are restricted in the 3 weeks"? there is no mention of a restriction to start a new job. Is there a source that recommends that one should not start a new job in the 3 ...
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Is it permissible to accept payment for NOT doing something on Shabbos?

The Sages prohibited accepting payment for work done on Shabbat. Is it permissible to accept payment for NOT doing something on Shabbos? Example: If someone wants to pay someone not to serve a ...
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Can you use a "kosher" called microwave at work?

Let us assume there is an workplace environment which has Jewish and non-Jewish employees and there are multiple microwaves, some designated clearly as "for kosher food only" and others that are for ...
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Is praying in Shul better than an office (where both have a minyan)?

Suppose someone is at work, needs to daven Mincha, and has a choice between the following two options: Pray in a synagogue with a minyan Pray in an office (or any non-synagogue location) with a ...
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Becoming a Sofer Stam

I have searched previous questions and didn't find anything on this topic, but please redirect me if this is a repeat. I am a yeshiva Bachur learning in EY and I am considering staying here but I don'...
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Rosh Yeshiva - how? [closed]

Can anyone provide sources that delineate the path on how to become a Rosh yeshiva? Please limit questions to sources (not opinions) based on Torah mekoros, biographies (of Roshei Yeshivas) or other ...
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sanctify the soul or sanctify the world?

I read a chabad sheet which claims (no source) that the main purpose of our religious service is to sanctify the world and not the soul and that this was the mistake of the spies who thought they ...
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Is it permissible to earn money on Shabbos if paid at another time?

For example if a shul had a children's program, a chazan who was only there on Shabbos, or a catering company who set up kiddush for the shul... The fact that all these examples only take place ...
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am I permitted to accept money to say Kaddish for a stranger?

Maharik (Responsa, no. 30 (44 in some editions)) rules that you may say kaddish for a non-relative because the prayer is meaningful regardless of whom recites it. The question is can I accept ...
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Cannot speak Torah while working

In Shemot Rabbah 13 Parshash Bo there's a story involving Abba Yosef. He responds to an invitation of scholarship by Avnimus with "...I can't come down because I'm a salaried worker." I remember ...
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What is the greatest number of holiday days falling on weekdays in a year?

This is a question that can easily come up for an observant Jewish person who works in the secular world and needs to calculate how many days of vacation he or she will need to take from work for ...
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Is the Magen Tzedek for workers' living conditions?

Recently I chanced across websites that describe the pitiful living conditions of (largely migrant) agricultural workers in various countries worldwide (e.g., China, Africa, Europe, Asia, North ...
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Talmudic personages and their occupations

One question I have been researching is on the Jewish attitude towards secular occupations to complement Torah learning. There is even a statement in the Talmud about how it is preferable to flay ...
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Is someone allowed to "defect" from forming a minyan to go to work?

This occurred in my shul a few days ago: A person came to shul and there were 8 people. He was asked to stay a few minutes as within 5 minutes, 2 more people would certainly come and there would be a ...
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Would a gentile servant in a Jewish home keep the sabbath? Would a gentile servant be a shabbas goy?

My great grandmother lived at her uncle's inn near Lemberg, in Galicia. in the 1880s. I am writing a novel based in part on her experiences. Based on my research so far, it seems to me that her ...
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May one drink Diet Coke owned by a Jew and not sold over Pesach?

If someone works for a firm owned by a Jew who presumably does not sell the chametz, as he is totally secular, may one drink Diet Coke from that fridge?
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Davening schedule for someone with a night shift

The only way I can really convey what I'm asking here is to tell a [fictitious] story: Chaim Yankel is a late-hour delivery driver for a company. Since he works before daybreak, his schedule is much ...
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Should Jews be self-employed?

Under what method of employment should a Jew sustain himself? Is there a preference for self-employment over working for an employer? I've heard that an employee is like a slave to the employer and ...
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Working for a company that sells a product for idol-worship institutions?

This is similar to a question I saw on here about working for a idolatrous organization. The difference here is, the person isn't working for the institution directly, but rather works for a company ...
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Is upward/360-degree feedback halachically allowed?

It is common practice in many companies to request 360-degree or upward feedback, whereby employees are asked to share (positive and negative) feedback on some of their colleagues, subordinates or ...
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If you're having a slow day are you halachically required to reduce your hourly rate?

Say you work as a contractor that charges an hourly rate. If on any given day you feel sluggish due to poor sleep or some other reason, are you supposed to reduce your rate for that day to compensate ...
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What is the halachic status of a bathroom on a job site?

Those who work in trades can often find themselves in a clients home (residential) where the toilet has been removed so work can be done. I, personally, listen to Torah Audio. I am aware it is ...