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Is it considered 'bikur cholim' to call someone who's sick?

When someone calls a friend who is sick to see how he's doing and to wish him a refuah shleima, is that technically a fulfillment of mitzvahs bikur cholim?
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What constitutes communicating with the dead?

Let no one be found among you who consigns his son or daughter to the fire, or who is an augur, a soothsayer, a diviner, a sorcerer, one who casts spells, or one who consults ghosts or familiar ...
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implicit intent of blessing for unintended items

What are the main positions and/or halachic consensus regarding the applicability of the appropriate bracha rishona (other than "hamotzi") originally made on a food item / drink without conscious ...
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Participating in a Minyan with 10th Katan (underage)

When given an Aliyah in a shul that uses a katan as the tenth "man" of the minyan, which is contrary to the opinion of the vast majority of gedolei haposkim (SA 55:4), what should one do? Simply ...
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Seeking a comparison of Jewish and America law [on hold]

There are at least several questions on this site about comparisons of Jewish and American law (samples below). I seek an article or book that compares Jewish and America law (where they overlap). ...
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Can the accidental killer of a relative kill himself?

If a person kills his relative unintentionally, can he also be considered a goel hadam (blood avenger) for the victim (since the victim is his relative)? In which case, he should have permission to ...
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Halachic definition of a house for rent

House renting services like Airbnb are very popular these days and I've used their services while traveling abroad. Usually, the advertisement requires pictures of the place, but many times those are ...
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No atonement for adultery without punishment?

If I understand correctly, proper teshuva for sins between man and G-d removes punishment (Hilchot Teshuvah 2:9): Neither repentance nor the Day of Atonement atone for any save for sins ...
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Does the mitzvah of knowing Torah exist as separate from mitzvah of learning Torah?

According to views of some authorities (Shulchan Aruch HaRav and others), learning without pronouncing words or listening to Torah recordings does not qualify as the mitzvah of Talmud Torah. ...
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Does a tent require a Mezuza?

My previous question "walls for Mezuza" didn't receive many responses, so I'd break it into small ones: Our forefathers lived in big fixed tents (like nomads) and so did the Israelites in the ...
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Fast or give charity if a Tefillin strap gets twisted?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Siman 10:14 states regarding tefillin that, "Care should be taken that the black side of the straps face outward. If it happens that the straps become inverted around your ...
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Replace tzitzis on Tallis with no broken strings? just because the new strings are nicer? [closed]

My friend gave me his tallis with a set of new strings to tie. however, I was once told that its better not to remove tzitzis from a garment unless the strings actually need to be replaced. Can I ...
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What walls and roof are Kosher for a place to be obligated in Mezuza?

For a place 4x4 Ama, what should the walls of a dwelling be to obligate the place in Mezuzah: How many walls are required? Can they be partially or completely transparent? What height should they be? ...
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Minimum age of קידושין for a female?

What is the minimum age of kiddushin (that is Dioryta) that the father can effect via כסף or שטר?
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Putting gym equipment in a room where one prays?

Can one put gym equipment in a room where he prays (if he has no other place to put it)? Would it desecrate the place where one prays and negatively affect his prayers?
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Is declaring that you don’t want to do a sin “for now”, a chillul hashem?

If someone proposes doing a sinful act (e.g Avoda zara) and you respond by saying that you are not interested “for now”, is that considered a chillul hashem, as you may want to sin in the future? In ...
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Where in the Aruch HaShulchan He'Atid are Hilchot Sotah?

I have an Aruch HaShulchan He'Atid, as well as a normal Aruch HaShulchan, and I'm looking up something about Sotah for a Chaburah. Does anyone know where I can find Hilchot Sotah in the Aruch ...
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When is something that is consumed no longer impacted by the laws of kashrus?

Things which are not food or food which becomes unfit for a dog to eat are not subject to the laws of kashrus but what determines when something fits under those categories? For example many ...
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Delivering a Get when the wife is far away

During a divorce proceeding, should the husband's wife ideally be given the Gett in person, even if she lives ~3000 miles away? (The divorce is consented by both parties and they are relatively ...
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What is the source for pushing away the convert three times?

What is the source for pushing away the convert three times? I'm also interested in the exact quote.
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If the name of an idol is used as an exclamation by someone, is laughing forbidden?

The name of a certain idol is commonly used (in the United States at least) as an exclamation, typically displaying surprise/anger etc. Suppose someone was describing their disdain over something in ...
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What counts as an “Eiver min Hachai” to be forbidden?

The texts (Mas. Chullin, Mishna Ohalot etc) discuss an eiver min hachai and eiver is translated as "limb" but I am looking for some parameters for what counts as a limb. The example of EM"haCh that I ...
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Intermarriage - contradiction in punishment according to Rambam?

In Sefer Hamitzvos, negative commandment 52 about marrying non-Jews, the Rambam says There are variations regarding the punishment for one who transgresses this prohibition. If he has relations ...
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Divorced woman remarrying her ex-husband

May a woman, who after receiving a get from her husband has relations with another man out of wedlock, remarry her husband?
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Shinui Makom Summary Table

Is there available online a summary table, or better yet, a decision tree, that presents the conditional logic of the somewhat complicated laws of hesech hada'ath/shinui makom (diverted attention, e.g....
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Is it permitted to think about God / Hashem in the bathroom?

One may not learn Torah in the bathroom, even if the thoughts are not verbally expressed. That made me wonder if it is permitted to think about God. My definition of "thinking about God" would be ...
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Those who observe “Ben Zachar” at night and “Shalom Zachar” by day

There's a pretty common custom to observe what's commonly called a "Shalom Zachar" on the Friday night after a baby boy is born. People go to where the baby's father is, eat snacks, sing and share ...
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Is part of the Mediterranean sea considered Eretz Israel?

I heard that the Gemmorah discusses some islands in the Mediterranean sea as belonging to the Biblical Eretz Israel. Is the sea considered a part of Eretz Israel and what are practical ramifications ...
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Is Hamas equaled to Gezel for Gentiles?

The Torah says the Earth was filled with Hamas before the flood and [because that was equaled to Gezel] what caused G-d to get angry and wipe the humanity out. In our Halachah (B"K 62), Hamas is ...
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Can a gentile work for a Jew on Shabbat?

There is a rabbinic decree that a Jew may not ask a gentile, right before Shabbat, to do work for him because he might do it on Shabbat [Gittin 8b]. But in the Mishna [Shabbat 1:8] Hillel allows it, "...
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What is the issue of listening to nivul peh?

Assuming it is forbidden to consume media (e.g literature, music, film) that contains nivul peh, is it the same issur as speak nivul peh, or it is it more related to “guarding yourself from all evil” (...
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Permissibility of shortening long Brachot for teaching to children

Many children are old enough to learn short brachot (and somewhat understand them, if explained), but don't have the memory/patience for longer brachot. Frustratingly, many of the brachot that could ...
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May a pregnant woman eat non kosher food to satiate her craving?

An acquaintance of mine claimed that in the occasion of a craving of a particular non kosher food item, a pregnant woman would be permitted to consume it. Absent the food item, the woman and/or fetus ...
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Can an unmarried niddah go into a cemetery?

The Pitchei Teshuva YD 195:19 cites the Chamudei Daniel as saying that a niddah shouldn't go to a cemetery to daven. The Mishna Brurah 88:7 writes that a niddah shouldn't go to a cemetery. Shiurei ...
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Bracha on Hallel On Rosh Chodesh

The last Tosafos on Masechet Arachin Daf 10 amud Aleph and continuing to amud Beis https://www.yutorah.org/daf.cfm/6039/arachin/10/a/ make a compelling case to recite a Bracha on Hallel. Many Sefardim ...
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Would a razor that doesn’t touch the skin be permissible?

I have seen Gillette has come out with a new razor that has as they call it a skin guard Skin Guard Razor in essence there is a piece of plastic between your face and the blade thus the shave is not ...
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Kol Isha Leniencies [duplicate]

Are there Poskim that are lenient about listening to Kol Isha? If so, which Poskim, where does it say it, in which situation?? Sources needed!
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Are there different types of fasts from a Torah/halacha perspective?

Generally speaking, when people think about fasting in terms of Torah, they are thinking about the type of fasting associated to the 9th of Av or Yom Kippur, meaning neither eating nor drinking. This ...
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Did Reform add anything new vis-a-vis responsa?

Teshuvot, or responsa, are the way much halacha has been settled since the Talmudic era. When the Reform movement started, did it continue this tradition of leading rabbis writing teshuvot, or did it ...
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Paying taxes to a corrupted government [duplicate]

There are many countries with corrupted governments who steal taxpayers' money. Is one still obliged to pay taxes if the government is corrupted and steals a big fraction of the taxes one pays? What's ...
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Can a yeshiva be holier than Beis Hamikdosh?

Rambam in his Mishneh Torah (Prayer and the Priestly Blessing 11:14) states that a hall of study is holier than a synagogue. This raises an interesting question if a hall of study can be holier than ...
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Is fixed wooden diagonal Schach Kosher for a Sucah?

We visited a family of non-orthodox Jews here in Jerusalem that has a permanent wooden pergola on their large balcony. The roof is a wooden frame with wooden bars about 2x10 cm freely inserted (no ...
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Shutting lights off during Chol Ha'moed, to save electricity

Preface During Shabbat, Orthodox Jewish practice is to avoid turning lights on or off. Perhaps turning lights on or off is a form of melacha. On Chol Ha'moed, melacha is sometimes, but not always, ...
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When a power-vented hot water heater runs during Yom Tov, it triggers not just a flame, but also a blower fan motor. Is this okay?

You live in a house in North America with a 75-gallon power-vented gas-fired hot water heater. The house has no chimney, which is why the power-vent feature is useful. The instruction manual (PDF) ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles

On the second night of Yom Tov, can one take fire from a yartzeit candle to light your Yom Tov candles?
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Why don't we say a blessing before giving charity?

Before doing many mitzvos (commandments), we are required derabanan to say a blessing. Why is this not the same for giving tzedakah (charity)?
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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If you're not overweight, can you still use a food scale and an app to count calories during Chol Ha'moed?

Background During Chol Ha'moed, more food than usual is available. The relevant science suggests that, when there's a lot of food variety available in our homes, we're more likely to overeat. Still, ...
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Returning tabletop that fell off on Shabbat

At the shul we have simple tables with metal frames (a rectangle with 4 legs) and wooden tops, screwed to them with 4 screws per table. Eventually, all 4 screws of one table loosened up and the ...
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Can photos be put in frames on Shabbat?

Can one put photos in plastic frames that have either swiveling plastic latches or soft metal bending latches that open the back and let a photo be placed between the glass and the back without glue?