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Warning/hasrah nowadays

If 2 witnesses give a warning to someone not to transgress an aveira, I.e. “don’t eat that dead animal or you will get lashes,” and the man eats it anyway. If the Bais Hamikdash and Sanhedrin are ...
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Wiping toilet seat on Shabbos

If one urinates a few drops on the toilet seat on Shabbos, is he permitted to wipe off the urine with a detached toilet paper, or would this be forbidden because urine is muktzeh?
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Do any poskim permit one to recite Parshas Hamon on Tisha b’Av?

Do any poskim permit one who says parshas hamon daily the rest of the year to recite parshas hamon on tisha b’av as well? And if so, which poskim?
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Why not take high elevation into account for calculating zmanim?

The Zmanim Project uses sea level by default to calculate sunrise and sunset. They rationalise this by referencing a machloket on the subject. I don't have access to the sefer זמנים כהלכתם, otherwise ...
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Shabbat Candle Lighting

SHEMIRATH SHABBATH by Rav Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth ZT”L is, in my opinion, THE supreme, most authoritative English guide to the Halacha (and more!) of Shabbat and Yom Tov. I do have a question in ...
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How can not taking revenge be reconciled with the concept of goel hadam?

We are not allowed to take revenge, as the Rambam codifies This would be, for example if one person did something [against another]; and the other person doesn't stop pursuing him until he pays him ...
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Posting female pictures/sketches online [closed]

Is it halachically permissible to post (modest) female pictures on a company's website? This would be done for purposes such as having a list of all staff members with their bio's and pictures so that ...
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May a man shave pubic hair on the grounds that it’s practical?

I heard and read in some places that there is an exception to lo yilbash; that being practical usage/practice. Shaving pubic hair helps lower sweating, risk of fungal infection, chafing, etc.; in ...
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Journalists and Lashon HaRa [closed]

I was troubled by an article of an Israeli journalist (who sees herself as frum) that included a gratuitous derogatory quote about the subject of the article. (She pointed out that a long-running feud ...
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Is it permissible to post a tzniut picture of a women on a restoration page for people to colourise the picture? [closed]

Is it muttar to do so, or is this an issur of shmiras anyim? Does it matter if the picture is: blurry (i.e dating back to pre-WW II); and/or is of an older woman
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Drawing on Shabbes: product recommendation?

I have two young children, one of whom (aged six) loves drawing. Sadly, she often professed to hate Shabbes, given that she cannot draw for the entire day, and I have been looking for a kosher ...
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How was the cow with broken neck disposed of? Deuteronomy 21

About the cow with the broken neck in Deut 21, I can't find out what happened to the cow after the ritual was completed. Was the cow given as a gift to the family of the victim, so they could eat it? ...
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Is a person allowed to wear new jewelery during the 9 days? [duplicate]

Dumb question I know, but; does jewelery fall under the catagory of a garment, and as such is not allowed to be worn, if new, in the nine days?
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If I arrive late to a shabbos meal, do I need Lechem Mishneh, or can I rely on the others?

If I arrive late to a shabbos meal, and the others at the meal have already made Hamotzi on Lechem Mishneh, when I join them and wash for bread, do I need Lechem Mishneh of my own as well? Or can I ...
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Bein Hashmashot between Yom Tov rishon and Yom tov sheni

What are the three things forbidden during bein hashmashot between Yom Tov rishon and Yom tov sheni? Thanks
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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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Four witnesses on ketubah?

So my fiancé and I trying to have a more feminist orthodox wedding, and one thing we’ve heard is that (among other things) we can be more inclusive on the ketubah by having 2 halachic male signatures ...
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Sephardic customs [duplicate]

I know that Sephardim don't follow some customs so would be the Sephardic customs, for the week of TB'A, being that if ave is pushed off to the following week, leaving no week of, as Sunday is the ...
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Is there any time or situation when a father revokes a minor son's vows?

The parsha Matot talks of a father revoking his young daughter's vows. This seems to refer to the time period when the daughter is between 11 and 12 years of age: https://dafyomi.co.il/nazir/backgrnd/...
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Putting away Tefllin before Hallel on Rosh Chodesh [duplicate]

On Rosh Chodesh, when the Chazan completed saying Kaddish prior to Mussaf, the Tzibur removes their Tefillin. Do the Tefillin need to be rolled up and put into their bag or can that wait until after ...
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Shema or sefira which comes first

What if a person who strictly abides by Rabinu Tam when it come to Tzais Hakochavim (i.e. his kehilla and family follow this minhag strictly) davens maariv with a minyan slightly earlier during ...
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Testifying against parents?

If a parent was a murderer or child molester is it against Halacha to report them to the authorities and or testify against them?
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Can a women make a condition in the kiddushin?

A man can tell a woman to marry me on condition X and if its fulfilled the kiddushin is valid. Can a woman during kiddushin say she will only marry the guy based on a certain condition? Found the ...
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Premarital relationships for noahides [duplicate]

Shalom, I am a 16 year old noahide and therefore quite young. I want to ask if it is permissible for a noahide to premarital relationships (of course only with the opposite gender and therefore sexual ...
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Making shabbat morning kiddush at shul and again at home... what is the story?

Say everyone heard kiddush at shul on shabbat morning. Now all are at home. Do we make kiddush again? And if so, is that from a source, or just because it feels like the right thing to do? Ditto ...
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Bobblehead - Avoda Zara issue?

Would there be any issue (like Avoda Zara perhaps) with gifting someone a bobblehead of a family member?
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Isaac ben Moses Of Vienna information?

I am doing an essay on Isaac ben Moses Of Vienna and I need information on him and if possible a translation of his works into English though I could use Google translate if I can't find one. What was ...
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Oleh Al Shulchan Melachim: Taking food from one country to another

The halacha is that Bishul Akum only applies to something which is Oleh Al Shulchan Melachim. The poskim (Aruch Hashulchan Y.D. 113, Chochmas Adam Klal 66) say that this is defined according to the ...
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Righteous men in the Ir ha-nidachat

Rambam, in Hilchot Avodah Zarah 4:6, dealing with the subverted city, covers several scenarios: If a minority of the city consists of idol-worshippers, they’re stoned and that’s it. If a majority of ...
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Can I refuse an ambulatory care biopsy on conscience objection?

Genesis 9:4. To eat a limb torn from a live animal is unspeakably cruel. There are numerous diagnosis tools for any medical condition, all partially specific and reliable. Most of the time several ...
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What does the phrase tzatzuchey chalav mean here?

The Beth Yosef YD 115:3:10 uses the phrase "צחצוחי חלב". What does this phrase mean in this context? The subject here is about non Jewish milk, cheese, and butter and the heter of buying non ...
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Experimental prayers

Shalom. When I discover that I am lacking something that my previous prayers have not got me, I have a tendency to launch into ‘experimental prayers’ - that is, I make requests that I haven’t found in ...
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Yibbum and Jewish brothers who share a Gentile father

Suppose there are two brothers who share the same Jewish mother and non-Jewish father. One marries a Jewish woman but subsequently dies childless. Does yibbum/chalitzah apply in this situation, or are ...
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Who Gets Shlishi when Gabai makes a mistake and thinks there is no Levi in shul

The Gabai was not aware that there was a Levi in the congregation and gave the second Aliyah to the original Kohen (as per Halacha). The Gabai was then made aware there was a Levi present. Question: ...
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Eating bread before tefillin?

BH I've seen https://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Doing_Activities_Before_Davening What are the general rules regarding doing activities (such as eating or checking email) before mitzvot (such ...
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Bringing Tefillin into Airport Bathroom [duplicate]

If I’m in an airport, traveling with my tefillin, and need the bathroom and have nowhere I can leave my tefillin (against airport rules to just leave them unattended and no one to leave them with), ...
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Can a lake or river be used as a kosher Mikva?

My question is regarding the mikvah. Can a river or lake (like somewhere out in the forest or wilderness or wherever) be used as a mikvah? I know and have heard of many pious and holy Jews (even many ...
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Saying birchos hashachar after maariv?

BH I ran into an interesting dilemma What should one do if one woke up after midnight, davened maariv, then realized one should recite morning brachos for the new day, which began after one woke up ...
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Were B"H and B"S opinions Halachically exhaustive?

The schism between B"H and B"S is very famous in early Jewish Halachic polemics. In their times, were their opinions Halachically exhaustive, or did other (unaffiliated) rabbis practice ...
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Can I leave an air hockey table on for shabbos and use it?

If I leave an air hockey table on from before the sabbath, would it be permissible to use it?
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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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Lashon Hara during a debate?

Many times When I debate with Christians they often deny that the Oral Law is the Law that was established all the way from Moses till now. And that the judges had the authority to establish Torah ...
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Is a shoteh considered a gadol?

If a katan (minor) is also a shoteh (insane) and then turns thirteen (and is physically mature), does he attain the status of a gadol, and if yes, are there any halachic ramifications?
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Are the Rebbe’s dollars muktzeh?

It can be considered muktzeh machmas gufo because it is money. It may be chisron kis because it’s precious. But your photo album isn’t muktzeh?
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What is the definition of a kli? [duplicate]

Is it simply something that has a purpose? In that case, we can justify stones and wood as kli without designation prior to shabbos. So evidently it’s not purpose alone. Stones the Alter Rebbe writes ...
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Where is the Hasagat Haraavad on Internet?

Rambam Shabbat 4.1-2 about the Din of Hatmana. The Rishonim cite an Hasaga of the Raavad, but it's not in the Sifre Rambam. I found it here ראב"ד א"א מעולם לא נראו ולא נשמעו תהפוכות כאלה ...
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Why are men and animals considered gedolei karka?

In the laws of threshing, or dosh, it says that melacha doraysa applies only to gedolei karka, which include humans and animals and mushrooms because they derive their nourishment from the ground. Why ...
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Were there rabbis who supported the patrilineal descent?

Many are accustomed to the fact that in rabbinic Judaism a Jew is one who is born of a Jewish woman. But were there opposite opinions? Poskim of post-Talmudic time are of also interest.
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Rulings that are only to be observed in face of Jews

Some laws concerning other people are understood to be observed also to non Jewish persons; e.g. that is is forbidden to murder. Others have been interpreted to be valid only towards Jews; e.g. ...
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What are the halachic parameters of moist versus dry foods on shabbos? [duplicate]

How are they defined and approached differently on shabbos? I understand that for food to be placed on a pot that is on a pot over the fire, the food has to be as dry as matzah. But there must be more ...
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