Questions tagged [halacha]

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Coping with guilt over spilled seed and looking at inappropriate things

I'm asking this because I'm sure that I'm not the only one here, so hopefully this won't be counted as a personal question. For well over 20 years, I've struggled with the temptation to look at things ...
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Gentiles marriage

Gentile couples are under what rules or laws regarding marital rights and duties compared to the onah laws of Judaism such as sexual attendance, food, clothing and whether it is a man's duty to ...
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Is dancing at a club or rave forbidden? [duplicate]

Is dancing at a rave not for the purposes of mingling with another sex forbidden? The background is that there are many different venues with different music , different personalities and different ...
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Can Jews attend a Muslim wedding? [closed]

I have a close Muslim personal friend who is getting married soon. Being a close friend, I was invited to his wedding. The wedding takes place in a conventional event venue (i.e., not a mosque or any ...
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

There is a principle that the Torah doesn't ask us to do anything that is unreasonable/unachievable (see here). Surely that means that we don't have any excuse to say "this is too much for me&...
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Chalitzah where Yibum is forbidden

The Tur, Even Haezer 169 (Hilchos Chalitzah), says that even where Yibum is not allowed, the parts of Chalitzah like "He refuses to do yibum" and "I do not want to marry her" must ...
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What is the number one sin?

What is the ultimate sin? What I found on the web, were the big three, Incest, Murder, Idolatry. Though what makes these three cardinal? What about Lashon Hara, Motzey Shemra, Masturbation (The only ...
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Can Jews Eat Hybrid Foods?

Are Jews allowed to eat crops and animals that have been hybridized? Whether crossbred themselves or by a non-native?
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What are an unwed mother’s rights? [closed]

Does an unwed mother have the same rights to child support as a wed mother in Beis Din? (Child is not a mamzer) How would Beis din set up custody? On another note can Beis din mandate that a father be ...
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Tallis Gadol during Kabbalas Shabbos (Minhag Ashkenaz?)

What is the Ashkenazi minhag as regards wearing a tallis gadol during Kabbalas Shabbos (i.e. the ceremony/liturgy of welcoming in Shabbos on Friday evening)? Should it be worn, or not? Thanks to ...
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Is there a list of all laws/requirements/etc. of how to act and do things in Judaism?

Searching for "list of jewish laws" leads to the 613 Mitzvot, which are not what I am looking for. I am looking for specific behaviors (physical actions, or mental actions), which a Male ...
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Is it ok to wear trousers if needed at work?

If a woman is working in a hospital and the hospital has a dress code that includes trousers and there are no skirts available - Is it ok for the lady to wear trousers? Are there any sources that ...
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Assemble collapsible music stand on Shabbos

I like using a music stand as a shtender. The height can be adjusted by sliding telescopic poles and twisting a knob to tighten. Sometimes, I pull the poles too far apart and they separate. Is it ...
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Must an employer pay a living wage

In the USA many employees can’t afford to see a doctor because of the many bills, yet their employers are rich. Are there sources in Judaism that require that an employer must provide for an employee ...
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In a case where two עדים are required, do they have to come as a group? Or can two separate witnesses who were at the scene come separately?

From the Chumash it sounds like the two witnesses come as a team. But I'm sure there are cases when two witnesses come individually, they don't know each other. Can they be מצורף? From reading the ...
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Leaving a wine flask and an animal hide as a gift for an innkeeper

The Talmud, Megillah 26a, three lines from the bottom, writes: אָמַר אַבָּיֵי: שְׁמַע מִינַּהּ אוֹרַח אַרְעָא לְמִישְׁבַּק אִינָשׁ גּוּלְפָּא וּמַשְׁכָּא בְּאוּשְׁפִּיזֵיהּ. This means: Regarding ...
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Gentile Participation in Non-Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Concerning wedding ceremonies that may include idolatrous elements in which a gentile might be asked to participate due to family custom, Rabbi Moishe Wiener writes (in "The Divine Code"): ...
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Eating minneola’s kosher?

The mixing of certain seeds isn’t allowed, does this also mean that fruits like minneola’s which are a mixture of grapefruits and tangarines aren’t kosher?
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Leshev baSukkah without eating bread

Is there an halachic possibility of saying Leshev baSukkah for someone who cannot eat bread (or anything HaMotzi)?
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Lashon Harah between two separate parties

Is it Lashon Harah if I am speaking true, non-condemning facts about a person to someone who has no idea who I'm talking about? (i.e I don't say their name and they wouldn't know who it was anyway, or ...
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What kind of things can invalidate an eruv?

I'm just know learning about Eruvim and all their complexity. What kind of things can invalidate an Eruv, or are required for an Eruv's validity. This question is inspired by this comment, for this ...
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Halachot that require a Mesorah

What halachot require a mesorah in order to be done correctly? (Meaning, reading them from a book is not sufficient) Thanks
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What is the purpose of all the candles around the dead body of a Rabbi before the levaya?

I saw the pictures of R' Shalom Cohen and the Gaavid and I am wondering.
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Using a shtender without permission?

In many shuls people bring their private shtenders to use during davening or learning. Is it permissible to use someone's shtender in their absence without asking permission first?
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Are women bound by the same times for prayer as men?

Halachipedia states: The latest time to say Shmoneh Esrei of Shacharit is the end of the fourth hour (in Shaot Zmaniot). If one has not prayed until the end of the fourth hour, one should pray ...
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Obligation to Purchase Sta"m from non-Jew

According to a halacha I read, There is an obligation to purchase any Sta”m which is in the possession of a non-Jew. If such items remain in his possession, they may become desecrated. If the non-Jew ...
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Non-Halachic Marriages, Mamzerim, and Baalei Teshuva

Many returnees to Judaism were born out of reform or conservative marriages. In the case of such a person, assuming their parents were not learned in Torah whatsoever, but whose mother is Jewish and ...
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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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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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