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Skipping tachanun on any day important for any community

More specifically, if I following Nusach Sefard without being attached to any specific community or a Rebbe, would it be an acceptable minhag to skip tachanun whenever any hassidim would? What about &...
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When did Negiah become part of Halakha [duplicate]

שלום I am trying to find out around what time Negiah was implemented into Halakha. In no way I am not trying to disrespect Halakha, I am only trying to understand it in a deeper way.
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How do contradictions within Halacha impact the credibility of Judaism?

Given the vast array of interpretations and customs in following Halacha, how does Judaism maintain its credibility and authority when one practice can be considered correct by one group but incorrect ...
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Are Amalekites considered Edomites Halachically?

According to the opinion that we may accept converts from Amalek, must they wait until the third generation to marry a Jew, as would an Edomite, being that Amalek also comes from Esav?
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Waiting for someone behind to finish before 3 steps back - how to make it less awkward and annoying?

I bli neder follow the halacha of not taking 3 steps back from shmone esre until the person behind me (within 4 amot radius) is finished (Mishnah Berurah 102:18-19). My question is - what is some ...
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What did the sages say about the draft?

Was the draft allowed under Halacha or could one refuse as a conscientious? As far as I understand the Bible allows for compensatory military service but there are many exceptions. But if the war is ...
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What are commonly misunderstood, mistaken, blatantly wrong concepts or customs in Judaism? [closed]

There are some ideas or traditions that have been widely accepted amongst religious Jews that either have no Jewish source (I know this is vague, as there may be a source for anything), were developed ...
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Can mezuzah case be slightly smaller than mezuzah?

B"H I'm aware of this question: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/74120/34286 And answer the says that really a mezuzah doesn't require a case, but for practical purposes one should put it in a ...
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Does a Pyramid Temple need to be destroyed in Chutz LaAretz or can it be made into a Synagogue

BH Correct me if I'm wrong; I heard that it is forbidden for Avoda Zara temples to exist in Israel. What about in Chutz LaAretz? Must they be destroyed or may one make a synagogue out of it?
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Sponsoring a Sefer - R' Yitzchak Meir Morgenstern Shlit"a

anyone know someone or has a sefer they're looking for support to help print? I want to help print a sefer, specifically preferably in the realm of chassidus or halacha. any chance someone knows a ...
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Where is there a source where shomer negia extends to non-Jews as well

BH Hi I saw an article that Shomer Negia comes from "None of you shall come near anyone of his own flesh to uncover nakedness: I am the Lord” (18:6), and “Do not come near a woman during her ...
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Is one ever ALLOWED to make Kidush before Shacharis?

I know that he doesn't NEED to make Kidush, but if one must eat before Shacharis, is he ALLOWED to make Kiddush?
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Drinking water before Shacharis when one did not make Kidush the night before

If one did not make Kidush by night, can he drink water the next morning before Shacharis without making Kidush first?
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Are co-wives halachically related

Are co-wives halachically related? If one of them dies does the other co-wife have to sit shivah for her co-wife?
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If I missed shacharit, do I need to daven minchah as soon as it's permissable? [closed]

In the case where I overslept and missed shacharit, do I have to say minchah as soon as possible (i.e. minchah gedolah), or may I wait for my usual time? Certainly it's more practical to say it early, ...
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Per the Rambam, why does the borrower who repaid interest not receive lashes?

The Rambam (מלוה ולוה 4:1) explains why, despite when borrowing and lending with interest one transgresses a לאו, one does not receive lashes - אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַמַּלְוֶה וְהַלּוֶֹה עוֹבְרִין עַל ...
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Is it prohibited to consume things that unclean animals produce?

Leviticus 11 describes which animals can be eaten and which cannot. In regards to the animals that cannot be eaten, is there any indication that it also applies to things that is produced by the ...
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Is it a sin to eat your own blood? [duplicate]

Leviticus 17:12 KJV Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. Various passages prohibit consuming ...
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Can Jewish landlord remove mezuzas if Jewish tenant moves in?

B"H I'm aware that the obligation to put up a mezuzah is on the tenant, and the landlord is not obligated to do so, even if he's Jewish renting to another Jew: Landlords and Mezuzot I'm also ...
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How does one unify Him as a constant mitzvah?

This is taken from another question: In the introduction to Sefer HaChinuch, the author delineates what he feels are six constant mitzvos from the 613. מששה מצות מהן שחיובן תמידי לא יפסק מעל האדם ...
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How do you prove you are Jewish? [duplicate]

I have never been asked to prove I am Jewish, but I often wondered how I could do it. My mother was born in Cairo and her mother in Damascus, and good luck in retrieving archives from hostile regimes ...
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Buridan's Ass Paradox in Judaism

According to Wikipedia, this paradox is described as: It refers to a hypothetical situation wherein an ass (donkey) that is equally hungry and thirsty is placed precisely midway between a stack of ...
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Is the husband also responsible for maaser due to his wife's income?

The svara here is that if all of the money belongs to the husband, then technically his wife's income is really his own. Does it matter whether the couple uses a joint account and more generally ...
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Can costs allowed to be written off for tax purposes also be written off for maaser?

As a freelancer, it is very tempting to use tax returns as a way to track the total maaserable income. The only thing is that people tend to write off all kinds of stuff that "could be used for ...
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Mincha Maariv by Shkia - Stirah

I am looking for sources allowing to pray mincha right before Shkia and Maariv right after (assume that the plag is either before when mincha is recited or after maariv, which is probably what happens ...
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Wrongly cancelling a service - which issur, if any?

When someone cancels a transaction and in order to save on any associated fees, they lie about the reason Which issur (if any) is being transgressed? Does it matter if the merchant is Jewish or not? ...
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Where does the Torah prohibit the killing of non-Jews?

Please provide one Halachic or other source from the Torah that prohibits Jews killing gentiles. The Rambam doesn't say it. Sanhedrin 57a even says a Jew who kills a gentile is exempt. The posuk that ...
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Priorities for Tachanun for those who say Viddui

Given that saying Vidui in Tachanun is a relatively new custom among Sefaradim, nusach Sefard and Ari, I would like to know if it takes priority, such as if one only has time to say it or Tehillim 25 (...
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Comprehensive Guide to saying Mourners' Kaddish

Is there a guide that focusses on Mourner's Kaddish, as a sort of guide to get people going when the situation arises (sometimes unexpectedly)? Ideally one that gives an overview of the points in the ...
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What is the flammability of shatnez?

I recently learned that linen has a quality that enflames sparks - and is historically used as tinder. On the contrary, wool is an extinguisher of flames. I found that to be intriguing since Kohanim ...
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Should newlyweds sleep under the same roof during the Sheva Brachot period?

When is the most appropriate time for newlyweds to start sleeping under the same roof together?
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Accidentally said אֱלֹהַי וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי instead of אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ וֵֽאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ (or vice versa) - What to do?

If one mixes up the standard prayer lines brough in the title, should one correct it, or should one continue? If it depends on context, is there a principle to help guide one as to which contexts one ...
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What kind of marriages was the Rambam thinking of?

Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Biah, 12:1 speaks of “derech ishut” and 12:14 speaks of “derech chatnut.” How does the halacha understand these terms? Sources appreciated. Note: The translation by Rabbi ...
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Chazzan drinking water [duplicate]

Is a Chazzan allowed to drink water during tefilla? The Shulchan Aruch in OC Siman 151:1 writes the prohibition of eating and drinking in the synagogue. The Kaf HaChaim there on Seif Katan 9 writes ...
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Using leftover etrogim to make kiddush/havdalah wine

The Talmud/Gemara in Shabbat 117b records a principle of using a mitzvah object for another mitzvah. Would using a leftover etrog or etrogim from Sukkot to make wine for kiddush/havdalah for Shabbat ...
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Kiddush without a se'udah

If one makes kiddush and its not followed by a meal the Michaber (Siman 273:3) rules that he is not yotzie kiddush. My question is; does he mean that he is not yotzie even on a biblical level? Or that ...
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Is a Semicha required for determining the status of a Safek Niddah

According to Halacha, is it required for a Rabbi to have semicha if he’s determining the status of whether a woman is a niddah if she believes it’s a Safek? Or no, is a formal semicha not required ...
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Does Birkat kohanim have to be read with the trop

According to Halacha, is it required for a Kohen reciting Birkat kohanim to recite it in the trop/cantillation notes, or no? Are there different opinions on this by custom (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, ...
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Can Pool Water Taken Directly from the Ocean Count for Mikveh בדיעבד? [closed]

I once stayed at hotel directly on the beach and the pool water was taken from the ocean. I was wondering if in hindsight I could count my swims there as מקווה בדיעבד. If the answer is "it ...
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Copying content from a news website

On one of the frum news websites there is a disclaimer at the end of every article that includes the following wording - Copying or reproducing our content is both against the law and Halacha Is it ...
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Washing hands after you touch your shoes

I’ve heard that you need to wash your hands after you touch your shoes. First of all, do we pasken like this? Secondly, how is the washing done? Is it like Netilat Yadayim (either 111222 or 121212) ...
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Source of a shita for when giving Tochacha (הוכח תוכיח) is likely to go unheeded

In a handwritten drasha written in 1904 by a relative, it refers to a peirush that offers a resolution for when the mitzva of הוכח תוכיח is conflicted with the need to avoid saying a דבר שאינו נשמע (a ...
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Should one say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ if it is not one's minhag to say it?

The title says it all - should a (e.g.) Sefardi say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ when in a shul where they say this beracha, when he hears it from the Chazan?
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What's the source you can't learn Torah with dirty hands?

It's brought in poskim that if you touch an uncovered part of your body you shouldn't learn Torah untill you clean them. The earliest source for this seems to be the Kol Bo siman 11 from Rav Yitschak ...
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How to turn oven back on after Blackout on Yom Tov

If a blackout occurred during Yom Tov and after the electricity went back on, the oven didn't turn on again, is it permissible to ask a non-Jew to turn it on? What about having the non-Jew set it to ...
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May one recite havdalah over coffee or tea?

May one recite havdalah over coffee or tea? Does either coffee or tea qualify as chamar medinah (national beverage) for this purpose? This answer is of some assistance but does not provide any sources ...
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Source for "Beahava" in Birkat Kohanim? What if the Kohen dislikes someone in the congregation?

The Bracha the Kohanim recite for Birkat Kohanim is (Sotah 39a): אשר קדשנו בקדושתו של אהרן וצונו לברך את עמו ישראל באהבה who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aaron and commanded us to bless ...
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Espresso on Shabbos... ☕ Will this method work? [duplicate]

I've come across some fully-manual espresso machines, such as Flair 58x*. Assuming one holds like Rav Moshe Feinstein where there is no bishul in a kli shlishi, and one prepared his pre-ground coffee ...
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May a minor light one of the havdalah wicks

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a minor to light one of the wicks of the Havdalah candles, as long as an adult lights the other one and conjoins the flames? Or no, must someone who is ...
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Can you stack sefarim on a Chumash according to Sepharadim?

One of the answers to this question quoted the Aruch Hashulchan which says that all printed sefarim nowadays are of equal Kedusha. This means that it is permitted to stack other printed sefarim on top ...
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