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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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Temporary tattoos. A big no no? [on hold]

I would like to get a temporary tattoo. It wont stay on for more than a week. The tattoo is basically just a sticker you stick to your body and it stays on until you scrub/wash it off. I don't want to ...
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Cheese cooked in meat pan?

If one cooks cheese (Grilled cheese) in a meat pan, does it make the cheese not kosher, and therefore a sin? List sources please.
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Violating Shabbat in order to perform a mitzvah [on hold]

I live too far away from my shul to walk. I must drive in order to attend services and help with a minyan. To contribute to a minyan is a positive mitzvah but driving on Shabbat is a violation. Our ...
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Do Heter Iskah Banks have two different loan forms for Jews and non-Jews?

I asked previously "Heter-iskah-practical-implications" but didn't get an answer yet. So I ask a simpler question. Do H"I banks in Israel (for example) have different forms and conditions for Jews ...
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Why bracha HaGomel in a synagogue with Torah? [duplicate]

Why do we try to say bracha HaGomel in a shul with a minyan on the days when we read Torah?
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Heter Iskah practical implications for a private loan

This question is about practical differences in receiving a loan from a "Heter Iskah" certified bank and from not certified one, with the same term and percentage. In other words, besides the ...
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Source for candle lighting on Rosh Chodesh

Can I have a source for where does it says that one can/should light candles on erev rosh chodesh? Or is it only on rosh chodesh tevet, why?
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Can a Jew order something (without receiving it) on Shabbos?

Can a Jew order something on Shabbos without paying for it, without making a non-Jew work for it and without receiving it during Shabbos but only after it already ended? The order process would ...
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Erasing the word “eloheinu”?

Can "eloheinu" (written in Hebrew letters) be erased, or is it considered mechikath hashem? I could only find prohibition of erasing "elohim", so I was wondering if this could be similar to writing "...
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Can a Beit -Din force a Jew to save another Jew's life?

A Jew that's terminally ill R"l, and the only treatment is thru a bone marrow transplant. He has a very special type of blood (this is not a biological question). So theoretically and Halachicly (if ...
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Is saying Shutup to a fellow Jew a sin?

If someone says something to offend you, can you just reply with a “Shutup!”, or will this be considered as hurting one’s feelings? This is a serious question. If it is a sin how else can you let ...
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If One Considers Chabad to be Avodah Zarah What Kosher Products Should He Avoid?

If one were to consider Chabad to be a religion of Avodah Zarah because of their practices regarding the Rebbe as Mashiach, what otherwise marked "kosher" products should one avoid that are Chabad-...
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Can a woman who commits adultery do teshuva and return to her husband?

Suppose a married woman goes her own way and leaves (but not divorces) her husband. She engages in sexual relationships with other men. But after a year, she realizes the error of her ways and does ...
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If mitzvos are part of halacha because they are in the Torah should the narratives also be part of halacha because they are also in the Torah? [closed]

I read online in an article that said: Rav Chaim Brisker and the Brisker Rav used to say: There are people who think the Torah is divided in to two sections: Halachah and Hashkafa. But this ...
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Telling your pet to do melacha on shabbas [duplicate]

If I own a dog and I train it to turn on and off lights is that considered like amirah l'nochri which is assur,or telling an animal is different and would be permitted?
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Repaying a loan if the lender was mochel

If one lends someone else money and realized that this person isn't going to pay, so the lender feels bad and doesn't want the person to have a sin and forgives the debt. Let's say the borrower ...
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Stealing in the House of your parents?

If a child lives in his parent’s home, and uses the stuff in the house, eats the food in the house, etc, what can be used to say that he is not stealing? For example, how can a child live in his ...
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Why give a non-useful example of blowing a Shofar on Shabbat in Shulchan Aruch 307:5?

In סימן תקפח - זמן תקיעת שופר the Mechaber codifies that one does not blow the Shofar on Shabbat. ה: יוֹם טוֹב שֶׁל רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה שֶׁחָל לִהְיוֹת בְּשַׁבָּת אֵין תּוֹקְעִין בְּשׁוֹפָר. הגה: ...
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Shiluach Hakan - mitzva details [closed]

I was wondering, which birds qualify for the mitzva of shiluach hakan? Is it OK if there's a time gap between scaring off the bird and taking the egg (ten, twenty, thirty minutes)? What should we do ...
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YouTube Videos with False Titles

Would Halacha consider making YouTube videos and putting false titles, with lies, and making money off of the videos, stealing or lying? For example, if you make a video, “How to Get a Free iPhone” ...
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Shemiras einayim & non-essential trips

What heterim are there for people to go on non-essential trips that will inevitably result in breaches of shemiras einayim and machshava. I heard on a recent Headlines podcast that Reb Moshe Feinstein ...
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Reading Lashon Harah Online

Is it a sin to read Lashon harah online? For example, reading bad reviews about a business. Or even reading reviews about a person? Thanks!
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The exact current Halachic status of Bar Mitzvah celebratory meal? [duplicate]

This answer brings sources for celebrating Bar Mitzvah by arranging a Seuda. However I'd like to know what's its current Halachic status - is it mentioned in Poskim, Shu"A, Shu"a Harav etc and how ...
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Lashon Hara about a business [duplicate]

Would it be Lashon Hara to say something bad about a business? For example, saying a certain school is bad or a restaurant serves bad food. Would this be considered speaking Lashon Hara?
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Is one obligated to do Bar Mitzvah if one's father didn't do it for him?

Braitah in Kiddushin 29a: תנינא להא דת"ר האב חייב בבנו: למולו ולפדותו וללמדו תורה ולהשיאו אשה וללמדו אומנות וי"א אף להשיטו במים...: ... the Sages taught in a Baraita: A father is obligated ...
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Brachot Timing Limitations [duplicate]

Is there a minimum time period during which brachot like those said on thunder and lightning shouldn't be repeated? If so, what is it?
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Are glasses a barrier before erva for “Sh'ma”?

One cannot say "Sh'ma" facing someone undressed. Even if the prospective "Sh'ma" reciter closes his eyes, it's insufficient according to many. However, if the person is covered by clear clothing or ...
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Teffilin strap paint chipped off? [duplicate]

Are there any sources that say that the teffilin strap don’t have to be all black, meaning that if there was some chipped paint it would still be kosher?
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A man tells us he raped a woman

The Torah says the following about a man who rapes a woman (Deuteronomy 22:29). וְ֠נָתַן הָאִ֨ישׁ הַשֹּׁכֵ֥ב עִמָּ֛הּ לַאֲבִ֥י הנער [הַֽנַּעֲרָ֖ה] חֲמִשִּׁ֣ים כָּ֑סֶף וְלֽוֹ־תִהְיֶ֣ה לְאִשָּׁ֗ה ...
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what is the minimum age for a cohen gadol

what is the minimum age for a cohen gadol I inderstand that a kohen gadol is a position that is inherited (halacha 20 here), what age must one be to be able to be a kohen gadol Halacha 15 here ...
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Rabbinic self-awareness of personal experience in Psakim

Rashi on the Pasuk in Shmos 28,4: " וְאֵלֶּה הַבְּגָדִים אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשׂוּ חֹשֶׁן וְאֵפוֹד וּמְעִיל וּכְתֹנֶת תַּשְׁבֵּץ מִצְנֶפֶת וְאַבְנֵט וְעָשׂוּ בִגְדֵי קֹדֶשׁ לְאַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ וּלְבָנָיו ...
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If someone engaged in one of the activities that disqualify one from being King or High Priest, without pay, is he still disqualified?

In Mishneh Torah Laws of Kings and their Wars 1:6 it states (from Sefaria): ואין מעמידין מלך ולא כהן גדול. לא קצב. ולא ספר. ולא בלן [א.] ולא ברסי. לא מפני שהן פסולין אלא הואיל ואמנותן נקלה העם ...
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Sources for prohibition of homosexual closeness (אביזרייהו דעריות)

The De'Oraiso prohibition of the sexual act itself is clear and indisputable. Because we hold that "אין אפוטרופוס לעריות" (Ksubos 13b, roughly "no one can be trusted against illicit relations"), we ...
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Is secular learning in Sabbath permitted? [duplicate]

Is learning in Sabbath permitted? Learning Tanakh is definitely permitted. But is learning say a new programming language or math theory permitted? I ask for the position of moderate Judaism (which ...
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What's the minimum mezuzot required for financial hardship? [duplicate]

What is the minimal amount of mezuzot required when one factors in financial hardship?
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Is this appropriate: naming a Haredi business “Olympus” [duplicate]

I've stumbled upon a Haredi business in Jerusalem named "Olympus". And when I said Jerusalem I meant it, because it is very different from the USA - a goyish country in the first place. Given that Mt ...
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Status of stones that fell out of the Kotel

On the day after Tisha B'Av 5778 a 400Kg (estimated) stone fell off the Kotel. It was subsequently moved - for safekeeping - close to the Gate of the Moors, a.k.a. the Mughrabi Gate. Meanwhile, the ...
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Minhag Hamakom in America according to R' Moshe Feinstein

I've heard that R' Moshe Feinstein said there's no Minhag Hamakom (Minhag of the area/Community) in America. Where can I find this? Is he saying that there is no one "unified" Minhag Hamakom that ...
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When do ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama? [duplicate]

When in halacha do Ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama and in which aspects ?
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Seventy Aravos on Succos

While listening to a shiur from Rav Heinemann, he noted a Rabbi Riff - Rav in Camden and descendant of the Netziv - who was stringent for a Hagahos Ashri which says you’re supposed to have seventy ...
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Can pants ever be considered modest?

What are the sources that would support the position that pants can be modest if: a) they are very loose almost resembling a skirt or b) by wearing a top that is long enough that it covers all the ...
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What does it mean Halachicly: “Hamechaber omitted those Halochos”?

There are numerous Halochos that appear in Rambam and even HaTur, and do apply nowadays, but HaMechaber omitted it completely from Shu"A, like Hilchot Teshuva, Hilchot שמירת הנפש, Hilchot Deot and ...
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Is a jew allowed to learn secular studies and science? [duplicate]

Is a jew allowed to learn secular studies and science? Is there a prohibition against learning any secular subjects and/or science?
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Setting the bar for life threatening situations (VeNishmartem)?

The Halachah says (Rambam Rotzeach-uShmirat-Nefesh 11,5, read on to ch.13, interestingly haMechaber omitted those Halochos): "הרבה דברים אסרו חכמים מפני שיש בהם סכנת נפשות.:" "Our Sages ...
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Could someone read the megillah on Purim night over the telephone and be motzi someone in another time zone where it is already Purim morning?

As stated in THIS HEBREW ARTICLE, (I'm sure there should be English language material on the subject too), There is a machlokes (disagreement) among the poskim whether one can do Mitzvos which require ...
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Personal Prayer in שמונה עשרה

The last part of the שמונה עשרה (at the end of אלקי נצור) allows for words of personal prayers. Also, there's a passage in some סידורים where one davens for פרנסה within the שמע קולינו. Which other ...
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If one is noder hana’ah from a smartphone, what is included?

Let’s say someone says he is noder hana’ah from a smartphone. What is included in the Neder? I assume that using the physical object (ex. as a paperweight) would be out. I assume that using the ...
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Reading Eicha without understanding, Vs. reading Megilas Esther without understanding it

See THIS ARTICLE Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Do Women Need To Hear Eicha? Reading Eicha is a major part of the aveilus of Tisha B'Av. Rav Moshe Shternbuch says (2:250) that since women are Chayav ...
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Composite materials in Halacha

I know about two composite materials -- particle board and composite leather. Each is made of small bits of the original mixed with filler/binder. In halacha, there are times when wood and leather are ...