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Are nicotine pouches permitted on fast days?

Are nicotine pouches such as Zyn permitted to be used on fast days? These pouches are tucked between ones lip or cheek and gums and the nicotine is absorbed into their bloodstream through the mucous ...
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If I'm not sure if I should make a bracha, should I make it?

For a sheheciyanu or birchas hatov hameitiv, if I'm not sure if I should make a bracha, should you or would it be a bracha levatalah?
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Volunteer for punishment

If a person knows that he commited an aveira (sin), and knows what the punishment is and wants the kapara (atonement), but the court does not administer the punishment due to lack of evidence, witness ...
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Computing Maaser: How much tzedakah (charity) do I owe?

What are the requirements surrounding maaser? How much do I owe? What can I deduct from my income?
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Sources for halachic advice on sensory issues/autistic traits in relation to marital intimacy

Autism is quite common and higher functioning autism may be undiagnosed for many years. It is also possible for some people to have some autistic traits. In the context of marriage, this can be ...
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Halochos of Marital Relations [closed]

In Peninei Halakha - Simḥat Ha-bayit U-virkhato 02:12, Rabbi Melamed makes it quite clear that he considers the wife's orgasm as a critical part of the mitzva of Ona, and that even if the wife is ...
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Shomer Negia in Case of Danger

In a situation where two people are obligated in shomer negia (for example two single unrelated adults), if one of them is in a relatively minor state of danger, would you be allowed to get in ...
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Would Rabbinic Jews during the second temple have been allowed to marry Sadducees?

My understanding is that the Sadducees did not believe in resurrection of the dead and disagreed or interpreted the oral tradition very differently than the Pharisees and Rabbinic Jews in the times of ...
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Instant noodles on Shabbat [duplicate]

There is a concept of Kli Sheini (a second cup) in which Halacha dictates that by taking boiling water from its source into an empty vessel and then pouring it into another vessel, the water is no ...
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What is the strict Torah law of tattoos?

I am not a rabbi, nor am I Jewish. If anything I’m a Noahide. So I want to ask strictly speaking what is the prohibition of tattoos in Torah? From my fast study it seems that only a tattoo for idol ...
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Ona'as Mamon by Non-Jew

Ona'as Mamon for non-Jews The case of a nursing home that is Jewish owned with a vending machine that charges $2.25 a bottle, when they can be charging less, i.e. one can get a whole case of water for ...
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Should a son or daughter accept charity from a parent if it makes the parent happy

If a child is told by a parent that the parent wants to do something for them, but the child feels guilty about it, like accepting money. What should the son or daughter do?
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Torah fiction - dos and don'ts?

Is there a list of guidelines or rules about what is ok and what is not ok for an author to write fiction on, regarding Torah? E.g. assuming the author will be as faithful to the sources as possible: ...
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Completely forget where one is in Amidah

What does one do if one was davening Amidah on auto-pilot, chas veshalom, and then something happens to interrupt him, and then he realises he has absolutely no idea where in the tefilla he was up to? ...
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What do the trees in the Garden represent?

In Genesis 2, God plants a garden in Eden for man to tend and cultivate. At the center of the garden are the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. What do these trees ...
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Is mevushal wine which had non-mevushal wine added to it kosher if handled by gentiles

According to Halacha, if non-pasteurized/non-mevushal wine is added to mevushal wine, is it non-kosher if handled by gentiles? Or no, is it relied on Rov that it is kosher if it is majority ...
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Must I follow suit and stand for Kiddush?

There are different customs whether to stand or sit during Kiddush. Even those who stand for all/part of Friday Night Kiddush, many sit for the Shabbos Day Kiddush. I have observed a common trend to ...
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When did Negiah become part of Halakha [duplicate]

שלום I am trying to find out around what time Negiah was implemented into Halakha. In no way I am not trying to disrespect Halakha, I am only trying to understand it in a deeper way.
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How do contradictions within Halacha impact the credibility of Judaism?

Given the vast array of interpretations and customs in following Halacha, how does Judaism maintain its credibility and authority when one practice can be considered correct by one group but incorrect ...
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Are Amalekites considered Edomites Halachically?

According to the opinion that we may accept converts from Amalek, must they wait until the third generation to marry a Jew, as would an Edomite, being that Amalek also comes from Esav?
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Waiting for someone behind to finish before 3 steps back - how to make it less awkward and annoying?

I bli neder follow the halacha of not taking 3 steps back from shmone esre until the person behind me (within 4 amot radius) is finished (Mishnah Berurah 102:18-19). My question is - what is some ...
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What did the sages say about the draft?

Was the draft allowed under Halacha or could one refuse as a conscientious? As far as I understand the Bible allows for compensatory military service but there are many exceptions. But if the war is ...
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What are commonly misunderstood, mistaken, blatantly wrong concepts or customs in Judaism? [closed]

There are some ideas or traditions that have been widely accepted amongst religious Jews that either have no Jewish source (I know this is vague, as there may be a source for anything), were developed ...
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Can mezuzah case be slightly smaller than mezuzah?

B"H I'm aware of this question: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/74120/34286 And answer the says that really a mezuzah doesn't require a case, but for practical purposes one should put it in a ...
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Does a Pyramid Temple need to be destroyed in Chutz LaAretz or can it be made into a Synagogue

BH Correct me if I'm wrong; I heard that it is forbidden for Avoda Zara temples to exist in Israel. What about in Chutz LaAretz? Must they be destroyed or may one make a synagogue out of it?
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Sponsoring a Sefer - R' Yitzchak Meir Morgenstern Shlit"a

anyone know someone or has a sefer they're looking for support to help print? I want to help print a sefer, specifically preferably in the realm of chassidus or halacha. any chance someone knows a ...
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Where is there a source where shomer negia extends to non-Jews as well

BH Hi I saw an article that Shomer Negia comes from "None of you shall come near anyone of his own flesh to uncover nakedness: I am the Lord” (18:6), and “Do not come near a woman during her ...
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Is one ever ALLOWED to make Kidush before Shacharis?

I know that he doesn't NEED to make Kidush, but if one must eat before Shacharis, is he ALLOWED to make Kiddush?
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Drinking water before Shacharis when one did not make Kidush the night before

If one did not make Kidush by night, can he drink water the next morning before Shacharis without making Kidush first?
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Are co-wives halachically related

Are co-wives halachically related? If one of them dies does the other co-wife have to sit shivah for her co-wife?
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If I missed shacharit, do I need to daven minchah as soon as it's permissable? [closed]

In the case where I overslept and missed shacharit, do I have to say minchah as soon as possible (i.e. minchah gedolah), or may I wait for my usual time? Certainly it's more practical to say it early, ...
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Per the Rambam, why does the borrower who repaid interest not receive lashes?

The Rambam (מלוה ולוה 4:1) explains why, despite when borrowing and lending with interest one transgresses a לאו, one does not receive lashes - אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַמַּלְוֶה וְהַלּוֶֹה עוֹבְרִין עַל ...
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Is it prohibited to consume things that unclean animals produce?

Leviticus 11 describes which animals can be eaten and which cannot. In regards to the animals that cannot be eaten, is there any indication that it also applies to things that is produced by the ...
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Is it a sin to eat your own blood? [duplicate]

Leviticus 17:12 KJV Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. Various passages prohibit consuming ...
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Can Jewish landlord remove mezuzas if Jewish tenant moves in?

B"H I'm aware that the obligation to put up a mezuzah is on the tenant, and the landlord is not obligated to do so, even if he's Jewish renting to another Jew: Landlords and Mezuzot I'm also ...
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How does one unify Him as a constant mitzvah?

This is taken from another question: In the introduction to Sefer HaChinuch, the author delineates what he feels are six constant mitzvos from the 613. מששה מצות מהן שחיובן תמידי לא יפסק מעל האדם ...
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How do you prove you are Jewish? [duplicate]

I have never been asked to prove I am Jewish, but I often wondered how I could do it. My mother was born in Cairo and her mother in Damascus, and good luck in retrieving archives from hostile regimes ...
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Buridan's Ass Paradox in Judaism

According to Wikipedia, this paradox is described as: It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an ass (donkey) that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely midway between a stack of ...
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Is the husband also responsible for maaser due to his wife's income?

The svara here is that if all of the money belongs to the husband, then technically his wife's income is really his own. Does it matter whether the couple uses a joint account and more generally ...
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Can costs allowed to be written off for tax purposes also be written off for maaser?

As a freelancer, it is very tempting to use tax returns as a way to track the total maaserable income. The only thing is that people tend to write off all kinds of stuff that "could be used for ...
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Mincha Maariv by Shkia - Stirah

I am looking for sources allowing to pray mincha right before Shkia and Maariv right after (assume that the plag is either before when mincha is recited or after maariv, which is probably what happens ...
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Wrongly cancelling a service - which issur, if any?

When someone cancels a transaction and in order to save on any associated fees, they lie about the reason Which issur (if any) is being transgressed? Does it matter if the merchant is Jewish or not? ...
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Where does the Torah prohibit the killing of non-Jews?

Please provide one Halachic or other source from the Torah that prohibits Jews killing gentiles. The Rambam doesn't say it. Sanhedrin 57a even says a Jew who kills a gentile is exempt. The posuk that ...
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Priorities for Tachanun for those who say Viddui

Given that saying Vidui in Tachanun is a relatively new custom among Sefaradim, nusach Sefard and Ari, I would like to know if it takes priority, such as if one only has time to say it or Tehillim 25 (...
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Comprehensive Guide to saying Mourners' Kaddish

Is there a guide that focusses on Mourner's Kaddish, as a sort of guide to get people going when the situation arises (sometimes unexpectedly)? Ideally one that gives an overview of the points in the ...
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What is the flammability of shatnez?

I recently learned that linen has a quality that enflames sparks - and is historically used as tinder. On the contrary, wool is an extinguisher of flames. I found that to be intriguing since Kohanim ...
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Should newlyweds sleep under the same roof during the Sheva Brachot period?

When is the most appropriate time for newlyweds to start sleeping under the same roof together?
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Accidentally said אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי instead of אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵֽאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ (or vice versa) - What to do?

If one mixes up the standard prayer lines brough in the title, should one correct it, or should one continue? If it depends on context, is there a principle to help guide one as to which contexts one ...
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What kind of marriages was the Rambam thinking of?

Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Biah, 12:1 speaks of “derech ishut” and 12:14 speaks of “derech chatnut.” How does the halacha understand these terms? Sources appreciated. Note: The translation by Rabbi ...
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Chazzan drinking water [duplicate]

Is a Chazzan allowed to drink water during tefilla? The Shulchan Aruch in OC Siman 151:1 writes the prohibition of eating and drinking in the synagogue. The Kaf HaChaim there on Seif Katan 9 writes ...
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