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May women read the haftarah

The accepted orthodox Halacha is that women do not read from the weekly Torah portion publicly, and this is found in tractate Megillah 23a. My question is, would it be permissible for a woman to read ...
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Are noahides prohibited from necromancy

In Halacha, are Bnei Noach prohibited from Doresh El Hametim? The 7 Noahide mitzvoth are categories of commandments (as An example the law against theft includes using honest measurements), and as ...
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Do Talmid chachamim or parents get first priority

According to Halacha, which takes precedence, honoring a Talmid Chacham, or honoring parents? For example, if a Talmid Chacham ask a Jew for something, and a Jew’s parent requests something else, ...
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Yibbum with an incompetent woman

According to Halacha, are Jewish men obligated to do Yibbum with their widowed sister in law if she is mentally incompetent (the equivalent of a deaf mute)? Or no, since she is not competent to ...
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

According to Halacha, Is the actual mitzvah of tefillin on having it on your body or placing it on your body? The reason I ask is because if it’s the former, you could sit still and have someone else ...
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May one eat limb of a living Ben pekuah

According to Halacha, Jews and non-Jews alike are prohibited from eating the limb of a living animal as one the noahide laws, known as Ever Min Hachai. My question is, is there no prohibition of Ever ...
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Can one man count in two minyanim at same time

According to Halacha, if there are two minyanim is it permissible for both of them to count one man in a minyan at the same time? Or no, can he only count for one?
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May Jews do Negiah for social etiquette

In Halacha, Jews are generally obligated to refrain from touching other Jews of the opposite gender. My question is, what about cases where refraining from handshaking (not affectionate touch) would ...
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Is Gid Hanasheh issur hanaah

According to Halacha, is Gid Hanasheh considered issur hanaah, prohibited to benefit from, or merely prohibited to eat? Or is it similar to non kosher meat which is generally prohibited to make a ...
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Opening metal cans on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible to use a can opener to open metal cans on Shabbat? Or no, would it fall under a form of prohibited melacha? If it is a form of prohibited melacha, which one ...
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Limited liability in Halacha

According to Halacha, may a Jew sue another Jew through a beit din for the actions of a corporation the other Jew is invested in if that corporation is a limited liability structure under secular law?...
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Is melava malkah obligatory or minhag

In Halacha, is the meal of Melava Malkah just an optional minhag, or is it obligatory Halacha? I would imagine the former category but I don’t know for certain.
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Does the Torah command men and woman to marry

By Torah I mean written and Oral Law. Does it command God's people to be married.
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Is it stealing to eavesdrop? [duplicate]

According to bYoma 35b Hillel was denied entrance to a Beit Midrash which required students to pay for admission. Hillel instead climbed to the skylight and listened to the discussion for free. I ...
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Passively providing a method for a terminally ill person to commit suicide

I've read through various posts about suicide and assisted suicide, and I don't believe I've seen this question. If a person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or they are in horrific pain (...
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Minimum observance for Aliyah/leading prayer

I’m curious, according to Halacha, what is the minimum level of observance to be called to the Torah of act as shaliach Tzibbur. Relevant questions about specific Issurim have been asked here before, ...
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A few days before Shabbat, you folded up some pre-cut waxed floss and stuck it to itself. Can you unstick it during Shabbat?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Several days before Shabbat began, you pre-cut a ...
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Does a father recite Baruch Shepetarani for an adopted son

According to some Poskim, a father should recite a blessing named Baruch Shepetarani when his son turns bar mitzvah age. My question is, should it be recited if a father adopts a son when that son ...
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May one chemically castrate animals

According to Halacha, Jews are not supposed to castrate animals, and many poskim say this is a noahide law as well. My question is whether this prohibition on castration of animals is just a ...
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ואהבת לרעך כמוך - Commandement to express an emotion?

Where can I find discussions on the topic of ואהבת לרעך כמוך being a commandment to express and feel an emotion. The underlying question is, How can we be commanded to feel a certain way? (This is ...
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Kol Isha during mixed gender singing

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a man to listen to a woman and man (or multiple men and women) singing at the same time, on the principle the men’s voice would override kol Isha? Or would ...
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Chicken with two tracheas

What would the Halacha be in a case where one slaughtered a chicken and found 2 tracheas from the mouth to the lungs. If for example only Rov of one of these tracheas were cut would the chicken be ...
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Can Tzitzit be thrown in the trash [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is there any issue with throwing a garment/tallit with Tzitzit out in the trash? Do any laws of Kavod apply to them, or no?
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Are partially cooked foods subject to bishul/Pat akum

According to Halacha, are foods which are otherwise subject to bishul/pat akum laws (particularly if one is normally stringent with them) that are partially but not fully cooked by a gentile ...
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Removing plaque from floss: is the plaque muktzeh?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Your hand-eye coordination is not the best. You ...
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Removing plaque from floss: is this borer?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Your hand-eye coordination is not the best. You ...
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Is the obligation of parapet on the owner of resident

According to Halacha, is the mitzvah for Jews to establish a parapet on certain types of roofs an obligation on the resident or owner of the property? Is it the same din as a mezuzah?
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Are the laws of techumin biblical or rabbinic

According to Halacha, is the prohibition of leaving techumin on Shabbat biblical or rabbinic in origin? Not that it wouldn’t be issur if rabbinic, but it would have implications for Kavod Habriot and ...
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How long is one Fleishig after eating something cooked with meat

According to Halacha, how long is one fleishing after consuming something that is typically pareve cooked with meat? For example, if someone ate vegetables that were cooked in a beef soup, are they ...
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Shehechayanu for online transactions

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 223:4) rules one should recite shehecheyanu when making certain purchases of important new items. My question is whether they should recite it for an online transaction, or if ...
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Would an anti-shtarr be effective at preventing marraige?

A woman does not want to be halachically married because she does not want to be trapped if her boyfriend becomes recalcitrant. If she lives with him, he might be able to say that they entered into a ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

According to Halacha, 2 of the three negative commandments that don’t apply to women are shaving Peyot and shaving the corners of beards. My question is, is it permissible for a Jewish man to ask a ...
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Does an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra exist on the internet?

Is there an English translation of Rashbam on Bava Batra somewhere on the internet?
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Yehareg v'al yaavor by brain death

One must submit to death rather than murder another based on the equivalent value of all lives. There's much debate about if brain death qualifies as death in halacha. My question relates to if one ...
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Can you put a pencil as a bookmark in sifrei Kodesh?

BH Can you put a pencil in sifrei kodesh as a bookmark?
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Heter for only doing birkat kohanim on Yom Tov

There is a minhag, a predominantly ashkenazc diaspora one, to only do Birkat Kohanim on Yom Tov. My question is what is the Heter for this? There is a general principle we don’t pass up mitzvot when ...
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Does Shaimos’s sanctity applied to sculpted names

There is a prohibition in Halacha of erasing one of the Hebrew names of Hashem, known as Shaimos. My question is whether this only applies to normally written or printed names or also names sculpted ...
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Does it say anywhere that the people buried in Kavers don’t like when people put rocks on their kaver

BH Does it say anywhere in Torah that the people buried in kavers don’t like it when people put rocks on top of their kevers(like little pebbles like the neshama doesn’t like it)?
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Is there a caution in Torah against leaning on sifrei kodesh

BH Is there a worry of leaning on sifrei kodesh like leaning your left elbow on the book while doing something else with your right hand?
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Is there any cautions against a person in Torah when someone lies [duplicate]

BH Are there cautions against a person in Torah if someone lies like if a potential shiduch or even close acquaintance lies?
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What are some sources against treating others possessions with respect

BH What are the sources of treating other peoples property carefully and not devaluing it’s value like saying “because it’s not so expensive it must not be so valuable there for if it breaks its still ...
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What’s the source of davening twords the wall?

BH What’s the source or is there a source of davening facing towards the wall and not if someone is in front of you? Is the optimum way to daven facing right towards the wall and not behind someone ...
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Ripping letters on food package on Shabbos

I was told many poskim including R. Moshe permit cutting through letters in a destructive manner for the purpose of getting food. Where is the teshuva by Rav Moshe found? Who are the others that agree ...
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Does it say anywhere in Halacha that a person shouldn’t eat where others Arnt eating?

BH Does it say anywhere that a person shouldn’t eat where others are eating so they won’t feel hungry while the person is eating?
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Is there a Halacha that says that you shouldn’t stretch in public?

BH Is there a consept in Halacha that says that a person shouldn't stretch in public(ie. to keep it together in public)
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To what extent may Jews use natural resources

The tragedy of the commons is a concept that if you have a (generally natural) finite resource with everyone having access to it, it will eventually get overused. My question is, to what extent are ...
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Egg donation from a mamzer

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jewish woman who is a Mamzer to donate her eggs to help a non-Mamzer Jewish woman become fertile? Or no, because Mamzerim are prohibited from “entering ...
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Is Mashuah Klaf valid for sta’’m

According to Halacha, are Sefer Torahs/tefillin/mezuzot with Mashuah Klaf kosher and valid? Or due to the separation between the writing and the parchment, is it invalid and unusable for the ...
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Stocks of mostly gentile owned banks with mostly gentile clients

In Halacha, it is prohibited for Jews to give their money to gentiles to lend at interest to other Jews (Tosefta Bava Metzia 5:8). However, if a majority gentile-owned bank has a majority gentile ...
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Do gittin have to be written in Hebrew

According to Halacha, do gittin (divorce documents) have to be written in Hebrew? Or can they be written in other languages and be valid? If it can’t be any language, is it still valid if written in ...
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