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Halachot on Davening as a Yachid

I have a siddur app called Smart Siddur, and it has a "Yachid" mode, for when davening alone. I had to use it recently due to a family illness*, and it got me curious about halachot for ...
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Old wine for Kiddush!

People go in search for the best a.k.a. oldest wine for shabbat but is there any halachic basis for it? Else then oneg shabbat? In other words, Is there any halachic source for using wine that is ...
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What is the Chinam Klipa

BH Hi I was told about a klipa explained in Chassidus called chinam where a person wants everything for free without work. Where does it talk about this? What is the sources in Chassidus?
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Reciting Birkat Shehechiyanu when purchasing a gun

Came across the article below, discussing if Shehecheyanu can be recited when a gun is purchased: האם לברך "שהחיינו" בקניית אקדח? מאת: נח זבולוני האם רכישת נשק אישי כמו אקדח, מחייבת את ברכת ...
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Cremation dilemma [closed]

B'H Shalom, My mother passed away and I am a religious Jew. We can not afford a burial and no one is helping us because my mother was unable to keep documents to prove her Jewish status. If I am ...
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Maharshal on halachah vs secular law

This page says: Rabbi Shlomo Luria, nearly 500 years ago, argued that with the exception of great moral deficiencies like murder, stealing and deception, the Torah mostly describes behavior between ...
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What was the purpose of the gathering mentioned in "Mekitz Nirdamim"

I came across a Sefer Called Meikitz Nirdamim- מקיץ נרדמים. I believe it was written to put forth information about a failed gathering of Rabbis in Krakow. what was the goal of this gathering from a ...
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What are the laws of workers

BH Hi I know that there are certain laws of avadim (slaves) for example how a Jew should be merciful, etc, when having avadim, although now that slavery is highly not accepted around most areas of the ...
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How do we reconcile scriptures about the four corners of the earth with the understanding that tzitzit should only be worn on four-cornered garments?

In Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 11:12, the earth is described as having four 'corners.' The word for corners used here is "kanaph," (corners or extremities) which is the same word used in Bamidbar (...
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Is a person's environment a factor is the laws of Shomer Ptayim?

There is a מחלוקת in the Poskim as to whether or not Smoking is included in the leniency of שומר פתאים. The way the sources describe the context is that certain things are allowed "if many do ...
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Are infirm people who can’t work obligated to give tzedakah

According to Halacha, are infirm people who can not work due to age, injury, illness etc. obligated to donate tzedakah or no? In this scenario, they are still mentally competent, although they can’t ...
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Should you say a beracha when you see a gentile child prodigy

The Talmud in tractate Berachot 58a mentions a beracha that should be recited when you see a gentile scholar. Many poskim hold it is required for the scholar mentioned in the Gemara to observe the ...
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Translating the vow/minhag

If one mentions that he wants to act according to a specific shita (not intending to make a neder), then acts according to that shita, is that considered an act that now becomes binding to him? (...
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Rambam and Minhagim

Going through Mishneh Torah, it is clear that Rambam brings down relatively few minhagim (especially as compared to the Tur and Shulchan Aruch etc). What determines whether or not Rambam will codify a ...
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What defines something that requires a mezuzah?

BH I know it says ve Al mezuzot beitecha uvesharecha it should be on your mezuzot and on your gates. Are "a house and gates" all that is required for mezuzot? What about things like pillars ...
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If a man wears no kippah at work, is it reasonable to believe that he might not be frum?

(Question inspired by a comment from Isaac Moses.) Many frum (Torah-observant) Jewish males wear a kippah at all times. Also, the Torah teaches us to judge people favorably. Let's say that a man ...
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Is Capybara meat kosher?

According to Wikipedia the Capybara ... They also regurgitate food to masticate again, similar to cud-chewing by cattle which would lead you to think that they conform to the Torah laws of only ...
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After eating parve food cooked in a meat pot, and before eating dairy — must you bentsch?

First, you ate some bread. Next, you ate some pareve chili which was cooked in a meat pot. You haven't said the Blessing after Meals yet. Now you'd like to eat some dairy food. A.) Must you say Grace ...
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Is there an obligation to check blood spots in non-chicken eggs

According to Halacha, is there any obligation to check for blood spots in eggs from birds other than chickens? Is there a different din that is applicable or not?
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Can I put Tefilen back on [closed]

If I took off my Tefilen and realized that I forgot to say the 2 paragraphs that one must say with tifilen on should I put them back on if so should I make a bracha. Thanks to all that help
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Is a shomer needed for each tefila

For one who davens each tefilla at a different time every day, is it halacha l'maysa that one must set a Shomer to remind them to daven, or else once the earliest zman for each tefilla comes, it's ...
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Why do some frum Jews go to college, even though the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote many decades ago that it wasn't allowed? [closed]

B"H The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that it was prohibited for Jews to go to college. Letter: It is therefore more obvious than ever that no Jew has a right to give of his time, and even more so of ...
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How is the Kohen allowed to reply "Bruchim Tihyu" after Birchas Kohanim?

In many places, it is customary to thank the Kohanim after Birchas Kohanim, to which they reply "Bruchim Tihyu". The question is: how are they allowed to do so, if it is forbidden to add a ...
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Are Dr. Barilan's bioethical writings consistent with Orthodox Jewish law? [closed]

Background In general, it's better not to read Torah books by non-frum authors. (Source.) Occasionally, you might stumble across an author you've never heard of. Maybe they're frum; but you don't ...
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Is it okay to read Torah books by non-frum authors?

Background You're browsing your local library's Judaism section. There are various books on matters related to Judaism, Jewish law, and the Torah. Some of these books are written by Jewish authors ...
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Shehecheyanu on Lulav during Kiddush on Sukkot night?

If the Lulav and Esrog were in sight while one recited Shehecheyanu during Kiddush at night, should he skip Shehecheyanu on the Lulav the next day?
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Pesach sheni time and bracha on matza [closed]

Do we say mezonot for matza On pesach sheni? when should I observe? Is it acceptable if I eat matza on Wednesday lunch time? Is there a special prayer to be read? Or having simply in mind that the ...
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Disposal of books of Jewish literature in countries without a Genizah [duplicate]

What should I do if a book of Jewish literature is torn in a country without a Genizah or a Jewish community? For Jews For non-Jews I am curious about the response in two cases.
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Where does the Rebbe write that Rambam was a mekubal

BH I heard the Rebbi mi Lubavich (Rebbi) said Rambam was a mekubal. Where does he say this?
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How is Tehilim Teach about The fear of G-d?

BH Hi I read in Meam Loez correct me if I am wrong, that Rebbe would say that Psalms teaches about fear of G-d. How does it teach this specifically? & Is he talking about the pshat of Tehilim or ...
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"Melody of Kriat Shema'" What does this mean?

The Shulchan 'Aruch (O"Ch 65:2) says the following: קרא ק"ש ונכנס לב"ה ומצא צבור שקורין ק"ש צריך לקרות עמהם פסוק ראשון שלא יראה כאלו אינו רוצה לקבל עול מלכות שמים עם חביריו וה&...
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Gemara tractates for Halacha lemaaseh

Which Talmud tractates are most useful for studying practical Halacha lemaaseh? By this I mean, halachot which are practical to practice nowadays (kashrus, Shabbos, niddah, marriage, yom tov etc) Also,...
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Shelo Asani Isha for an intersex who becomes a man

According to the first comment to this answer there’s responsa from the Tzitz Eliezer where he says that a Jew born with both man and woman characteristics can choose their gender (not transgender, ...
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What is the minhag for a secular couple who become Baalei Teshuvah

According to Halacha, minhag of a married couple follows the husband. What is the Halacha about the minhag for a secular married couple who become Baalei Teshuvah later on? What about a religious ...
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Why not recite a beracha when taking off tefillin

According to a sugyah in the Talmud Yerushalmi there were rabbis who held the opinion you should recite a beracha when taking off tefillin: כשהוא חולצן מהו אומר ברוך אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לשמור ...
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Can a Talmid Chacham pasken something isn’t shaatnez for himself

According to this answer, the Taz believes that a Talmid Chacham has the right to pasken for himself, however there is an exception if something has a previous status of prohibition. Can a Talmid ...
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Can someone refute these claims against Judaism? [duplicate]

EVIDENCE THAT TRADITIONAL JEWISH LAW ALLOWS SEX WITH 3-YEAR-OLDS Traditional Jewish texts affirm that it is permissible for a Jewish man to have sex with 3 year old girls. Why? It is because they are ...
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Restrictions on a Jewess who was baptised as a child

What are the restrictions for a Jewish girl (husband born Jewish, wife converted to Judaism) who was baptized Christian as a child (not by choice) and then converts back to Judaism (by choice) (re ...
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Why walk Backwards away from Ark - ארון קדש

I have observed a custom in which some people do not turn there back to the Aron kodesh when walking away from it, such as when they are done closing it after returning the sefer torah. I am looking ...
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Does Lying, Except in Court Testimony, Violate the Ninth Commandment?

Am I transgressing the ninth of the 10 Commandments of Moses if I lie, except when giving testimony in court? In Exodus 20:13 it reads You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
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If a Jew cuts an onion with a cold milchig knife, May they cook or eat it with meat

According to Halacha, after cutting an onion with a cold milchig knife, may it be cooked or eaten with meat? Does the taste (טעם) transfer to the onion even if it’s cold?
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May Jews fast on Yom Ha’atzmut or Yom Yerushayalim

According to the interpretation of Halacha by religious Zionist rabbis who say that Jews should recite Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim and Yom Ha’atzmut, may Jews fast on Yom Ha’atzmut or Yom Yerushayalim? ...
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Pesach related: Karpas Salt water vs Israelites Mikvah

From my understanding Israelites immersed in mikvah[The Nile River] to be purified. How does this relate to Karpas, salt water, and washing hands? I think halachaically salt water is poluted, but I ...
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Live online chat with a Rabbi

I found the need to be able to talk to a halachaic figure many times throughout a week. Aside from Aish, I do not know anyother website/ WhatsApp group that offer this great help. Any suggestions?
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chupah and halachot of yichud

Do we paskin that after the chupah you're totally married or only after yichud? does the yichud room by a wedding need to be locked? Do the witnesses of the yichud make it secluded as if the door is ...
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Different shitos in halachah

If one holds like a certain shita in halachah. Then acts in accordance to a different shita in halachah, other then what he holds. is his action valid because there is still some shitos in halachah ...
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Example of a strict Conservative halacha ruling

I know Conservative halacha is generally more lenient than Orthodox halacha. I wanted to know if there's any example of a Conservative halacha ruling which was stricter than the comparative Orthodox ...
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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a husband and wife to swim together while the wife is niddah, or no? Would it be considered harchakot and rabbinically forbidden or no?
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Is wearing a Fanny pack considered carrying

According to Halacha, is wearing a fanny pack considered carrying or no? So on Shabbat would it be permitted according to Halacha for a Jew to wear a Fanny pack between different domains or no? Is the ...
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Saying Asher Yatzar at night

If one wakes up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom Does he need to wash negel vaaser before saying Asher Yatzar? Does he need to brush his teeth to remove bad breath before saying Asher ...
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