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Yaavetz regarding the story with Yehudis not happening on Chanuka

Rabbi Yaakov Emden writes in his מור וקציעה seen here, in last paragraph of the second column, that the story of Yehudis had nothing to do with Chanuka and actually happened during the first exile. ...
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What necklines for men and women are compatible with Tznius? [duplicate]

What restrictions are placed on necklines for men and women as they relate to Tznius (modesty)? Many kinds of clothing are available these days, each with various necklines, as this Wikipedia page ...
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Are the ten commandments more important than other mitzvot?

I heard this said by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson. I doubt that it's correct. Are there mitzvot more important than others? I know that all 613 are contained in them but that doesn't make the 10 more ...
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What are some religious items that a gentile can make and still be kosher, if any at all?

I'm a gentile. I'm talking about items related to the fulfillment of mitzvot and there are some that are not so obvious to me, they are: tefillin(just the boxes and straps) tallitot shofarot sukkot ...
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Intercourse without pregnancy [closed]

Pregnancy Can a married Jewish couple have intercourse when the woman is on birth control to avoid pregnancy? What are the opinions of different people?
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Which Talmudic chapter has the most Halachic references by number?

Modern printings of the Talmud include Ein Mishpat glosses at the top outside corner of each page (for the most part). Which chapter reaches the highest number? I think I'd like to delve into that ...
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Judaism position on Mishmeret HaTzniut

What is the Judaism's position on establishing a Va'ad Mishmeret HaTzniut, a private organisation which enforces tzniut rules in a specific community/town. At times they may use intimidation or ...
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Am I allowed to print individual sheets or full Seforim from copyright Seforim found online?

"if someone posted a copyrighted book accessible online, what does halacha say about printing it? I'm worried about Gezeilah on the one hand, but perhaps since there is no loss to the owner it ...
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Are there laws for slaughtering non-kosher animals?

The method of ritual slaughter of animals that we eat is meant to be as painless as possible. What laws of slaughter apply to animals we do not eat (such as animals we use for dog food), be they ...
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Self harm and cutting

I heard that the Rama writes that cutting oneself is mutar (permitted) but the Sefer Hachinuch writes that it is against the letter of the law. Can someone provide sources for both?
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Laws concerning damages from car accident [closed]

I was recently in a car accident (BH no injuries). The accident was not my fault, and the person that hit my car is refusing to pay for the damage on my car and for a loan car (I only have one car). ...
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Is a rodef liable for defending himself?

If a rodef kills the person trying to kill him, is he chayav misa? Or is it similar to the case of the zealot where if he is killed in self-defense by his victim, the victim is not chayav?
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When Rema refers to Maharil and it isn't found in Minhagei Maharil, where is it?

For example, in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, 149:1 שהצבו' לא יצאו מב"ה עד שיצניעו ס"ת ובו ס"א:אין הצבור רשאים לצאת מב"ה עד שיצניעו ס"ת [מיהו אם אינם יוצאים רק יחיד לית לן בה] ...
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'Reuben and Shimon' as example names

Can anyone help me to find out where the custom of using the names 'Reuben and Shimon' as placeholders – eg in responsa – originated, or any other discussion on the custom?
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In terms of Jewish status, what is the difference between a person who has a sheilah and being plainly non-Jewish? [closed]

A person says he's Jewish. Deeper inquiry reveals that there are sheilos. For Halachically significant areas (e.g. aliyas, minyanim), he's not considered Jewish. But what's the difference between a ...
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Is cutting corners in the Temple allowed?

Last week I went on an archeology studies field trip from my university. We toured parts of the City of David and around and under the Kotel. It turns out that the bottom-most blocks that form the ...
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How specific must a neder or shevua be?

If one said, for example, "I will not engage in unnecessary talk" with the intention of not excessively talking about unimportant things but not to completely forbid it, what has he ...
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Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Is it really necessary to check clothing for Shaatnez? In all my years of shopping (in Jewish and non-Jewish stores, US and worldwide) I have never found Shaatnez in the clothing. Should this then ...
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Talking In Bathrooms

The Rema in או"ח סי' ג סעיף ב says that it is impermissible to talk in the bathroom. The Mishna Berura adds the Gemara in Berachos 65b, that even in order to let someone trying to enter know that ...
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Pronunciation of YHVH in the Pesel Micha story

The Minchas Shai on Shoftim 17:3 quotes the Gemara (Shevuos 35a) and Maseches Sofrim (4:6) regarding if the names יהוה and אלהים in the story of Micha's idol are holy or not. The Tanna Kama says that ...
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Being יוצא with the chazzan saying - ה' אלוקיכם אמת, if I am not up to Kerias Shema yet

Kerias Shema consists of only 245 words. In order to say 248 words in , the chazzan repeats the words "ה' אלוקיכם אמת". If one davens without a minyan one should say "אל מלך נאמן" ...
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Is killing a Gentile not murder? [duplicate]

Israel Shahak claims in his Jewish History, Jewish Religion (1994, p.91) that "according to the Jewish religion, ... a Jew who murders a Gentile is guilty only of a sin against the laws of Heaven,...
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May one take vitamins without a hechsher? [closed]

I.e, vitamins from big pharmacies. Are there kashrus issues? Must they be certified?
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What happens when you jokingly said 'I'm a nazir'?

If somebody gave you a bottle of wine, and you say I don't drink. They ask why, and you answer, jokingly 'I'm a nazir'. Did you take on a vow even though you only intended to joke?
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Tzitzit on an eight-cornered garment

If the number of corners on a garment is a multiple of 4, such as 8, does the garment require tzitzit for more than the 4 outermost corners?
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Does the Torah give instructions as to whose advice we listen to?

Of course Aseh l'kha rav uk'neh l'kha haver, but how do we discern good advice from the latter group from ones that are just not useful?
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What are Sabbath Observing Animals? What are the implications of Sabbath Observant Animals?

A friend of mine brought me a source/comment from Avodah Zarah 1:6 which stated Jews are prohibited from putting Sabbath observant animals into the position where they will have to break the Sabbath. ...
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Time to say Vsein Tal Umatar [duplicate]

Orach Chaim 117:1 says that we begin Tal Umatar in Eretz Yisrael on 7 Cheshvan. See also Aruch Hashulchan 117:2 where he mentions the reason for first beginning on 7 Cheshvan is to give the Olei ...
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Shach's understanding of significance of Shulchan Aruch writing "there are some who require"

Hope this isn't too nuanced. There's a pretty established rule in the Shulchan Aruch that when he writes a law, and then writes "some say" (ויש אומרים) something else, he's ruling like the ...
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Can I say Havdalah twice to be Motzi a man? [closed]

I have a friend who is on the path to becoming more religious. He can't yet read Hebrew. Am I able to day Havdalah for him after I've already said it? Sources are preferable.
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Definition of Cheese

Jews are prohibited the consumption of Gentile cheese. Now my question is what qualifies as cheese, or what is the halachic definition of cheese. For it cannot be that something is prohibited simply ...
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For wartime conditional Gett, what's the status of intermediary adultery?

I'm trying to understand the Halachah of David's story with Bat Sheva, relying on the idea of "conditional Gett". a soldier writes a conditional Gett, which states that if he eventually ...
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Writing a divorce GET on sand

If a divorce GET (document) is written on loose sand in a box and delivered to the woman, is this a kosher GET and valid divorce? The writing would hold in the sand, though if the box holding the sand ...
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Selling Christmas ornaments?

Long ago I met a Jewish couple whose business was selling secular Christmas ornaments and paraphernalia. Is there universal agreement on whether this is halachically allowed?
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Any halachos on repurposing arba minim?

Am I allowed to add my hadasim (myrtle) to a bouquet after yom tov? Or do anything with any of the arba minim after yom tov?
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The halachic framework of abortion for the Gentiles

I am an Italian Noahide. The Noahide ban on murder also includes the killing of a fetus ( see Rambam's Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:4 ). I have read that according to a Talmudic tradition, I do ...
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Does one have to eat in a sukkah if they were going to eat outside anyways?

If a sukkah is a temporary replacement for a home, does one need to eat in a sukkah if they were in a park or at a restaurant?
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Is it acceptable to lie that one is Jewish because it might be embarassing for people to know you are not Jewish?

If you know the answer to this, I'd like to know where your answer is sourced and where I can learn more about it. Furthermore, if the person claims embarrassment, how do we know that this is not just ...
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Is sparring in boxing kosher?

The question is asked given that there is a real risk for injuries (e.g. broken ribs, concussions). Also, it is in the context of recreation/health/fitness rather than a profession.
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Bishul Akum with Electricity

Someone mentioned to me that the opinion of Rav Benzion Abba Shaul ZTL was that there is no Bishul Akum with regards to any form of electric cooking such as ovens. Can anyone confirm if this is true?
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Posthumous sacrifices in Maccabees II

In Maccabees 2:12:39-45 (Sefaria Hebrew source. NRSV - if anyone is aware of a better, more Jewishy English translation, please edit it in) it says: "On the next day, as had now become necessary,...
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When is the latest time to do Hoshanot on Sukkot?

I was wondering if Hoshanot can be done all day (like lulav and Hallel) or if it can only be done by a certain time.
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Why we have to say Keriat Shma on the bed in the Sukkah?

It is known that on Passover night the custom is not to say Keriat Shma on the bed since it is called Shimurim night - a night that is preserved from the 'bad winds' (Mazikim). We don't put a Mezuza ...
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Listening to burned CD's

I have a throwback question from the early 2000's but that became relevant recently, which I'm asking for a friend. If a person were to discover burned (digitally copied)CD's which almost certainly ...
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Can one carry a pocket knife on shabbos?

If one is used to carrying a pocket knife during the week, is it ok to carry one on shabbat? For some more background, assume it is a spring-assisted or "button knife" but not generally ...
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Help identify my Hungarian minhagim

My paternal grandfather was from a little mountain town in Czechoslovakia called Giraltovce. As far as I know, their minhagim were basically just Hungarian (as opposed to Chassidish or Oberlander). I ...
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Revisiting cryonics and halaha

I thought it would be interesting to revisit the halachic permissibility of cryonics. This previous answer mentions a view that requires >50% chance of the preserved person being brought back to ...
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Can you use jute twine to hold down the schach of a sukka

In one of the Lakewood weekly (free) papers, I recently came across an ad from Rabbi Yehuda Shain in which he notes that jute twine is acceptable to tie and hold down schach. Keeping the lecatchila ...
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Delaying Circumcision If Umbilical Cord Hasn't Fallen Off?

While studying an Egyptian Halakhic book (Nehar Misrayim) I came across a ruling that a circumcision was pushed off if the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off yet. The book states this was the ...

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