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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Is it prohibited to participate in the Chidon Hatanach?

In perusing Rav Moshe Tzuriel's Otzros Hamussar (page 1125, here), I noticed a section in which he writes strongly against participation in (and watching) the Chidon Hatanach, and also cites Rabbi ...
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Can one of the sheva berachot be said outside a wedding ceremony?

Are there any sources which speak to the possibility of saying one of the sheva berachot outside of the wedding ceremony? (Excluding borei pri hagafen). I'm most interested if there are cases/examples ...
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Women-only Kabbalat Shabbat

Does anyone know how women-only Kabbalat Shabbat prayer came about? I have only come across it in newspapers from about the late 2000s in some United Synagogues. Have there been cases way before this? ...
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Are complete chuliyot (the groupings of 3 windings) a requirement in tzitzit?

Generally speaking, the chuliyot are a constant reminder of the arrangement and system of the three kavin (also called pillars) which G-d established throughout all of creation. But are they an ...
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Permissibility Of Unneeded Hysterectomy

Is it halachically ok for a woman have a hysterectomy if there is no medical need? If not, is it permissible as a form of contraceptive?
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What halachos of mourning apply to a grandchild for his grandparent's death?

What halachos of mourning, if any, apply to a grandchild upon his or her grandparent's death? Do they tear keri'ah upon hearing of the grandparent's death? Do they sit shivah?
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Exemption from wearing tallit katan other than in extreme heat?

בס"ד I saw an exemption for wearing a tallit katan if the tempature is extremely high. I think this was cited by the Tzitz Eliezer, but I can't find it. Are there other exceptions?
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Are haircuts permitted on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira? Did some research and cant find an answer.
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May a E.R. responder or on-call cop be a Shat"z?

Is a shul allowed to ask an on-call cop or E.R. worker, etc. to be a shat"z (shaliach tzibbur) if there is a fairly high likelihood that may be asked to leave on an emergency in the middle of davening?...
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'Tadir' and Brachos

There is a rule 'תדיר ושאינו תדיר, תדיר קודם'. Loosely translated: When faced with two mitzvos, one must first perform the one which occurs more frequently. Q: When it comes to bracha achrona, we ...
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

I've noticed many people walking backwards when taking leave of the Kosel. Is there any halachic source for this custom?
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...
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Any recommendation on sources regarding fasting in Judaism? [closed]

The question extends not just to fasting on Taanit tsibbur, but in general. What Rabbis have said about power for tikkun, health benefits, halacha on when one should fast, kabalah, etc.
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Wrong brocho made at a bris for a ger?

I was learning Yoreh Deah Hilchos Geirim and couldn't find any commentators explanation as to what should be done if the normal bris milah blessings were made for the circumcision of a convert. It ...
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Does Jewess who wants to marry a non-converted Noachide need a ketubah?

I understand that traditionally this is prohibited, but since they are the same faith would they require a ketubah or a modified version? I read that Rav Feinstein would rather à kohen marry a Goya ...
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Does a child's life take precedence over a parent's life?

The Talmud in Bava Metzia 62a brings a scenario where if two people were traveling in the desert and one has a flask of water but there's only enough water for one of them to reach civilization alive: ...
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Is one required to investigate nonperishable chametz gifts from nonobservant Jews?

When receiving a nonperishable chametz gift (of the type that many people keep at home for months or years - say vodka) from a nonobservant Jew, is one required to investigate whether the giver owned ...
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Where are the dinim of multiple wives located?

I know the history, the gezerim, etc., but what I can't find is the practical halachot once one has multiple wives. Where can I find this?
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May one graduate in a multi-purpose church building?

Suppose a school graduation is held in a building that is used for church services as well as various kinds of non-religious cultural events. One example of such a venue is the United Palace theater; ...
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Kiddushin via a valuable coin that's literally worth less than a perutah

Suppose one were to mekadesh a woman using a valuable coin that is literally worth less than a perutah, but the same coin technically carried an additional value. For example: a 1943 1 cent Lincoln ...
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What happens if someone misses a day of Bahab?

Let’s say that someone, for whatever reason (say he forgot it was Behab), accepted upon himself to fast Behab but didn’t fast one of the days (say, for instance, he fasted Monday but not Thursday). ...
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Is a doctor obligated to force vaccination?

As per the injunction of "לא תעמוד על דם רעך" - "Stand not [idly] over the blood of thine fellow"(Leviticus 19:16), is a Torah-observant doctor obligated to vaccinate an unvaccinated patient for a ...
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What is the Vilna Gaon position on pilegesh?

I'm an Italian Noahide. The issue in question manifests my purely intellectual interest, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. Thanks to the user Yaacov Deane I identified, at the link. The ...
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What halachos flow from there being a Jewish nation and not just a religion?

Rabbi Mordechai Becher at Aish.com says that we are a nation united by our common heritage. So two Jews could see themselves as members of a nation. A more limited definition of the relationship ...
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Women standing for their husbands when called up for an Aliyah

I have noticed women in several sefardic communities to stand while their husbands are called up to the synagogue. Yalkut Yosef in Hilkhot Shavuot brings down the halakha of a child or a student ...
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Standing in the presence of an idol / entering a room which has an idol

The question is remarkably simple (even though the answer may not be so). Is it allowed by halacha to stand in the presence of an idol or enter a room where an idol is present ? Specifically, I'm ...
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What Torah verses (and Talmudic chapters) provide the basis for banning women rabbis? [duplicate]

I am trying to find the logical basis for why women cannot be Rabbis in most Orthodox communities. Some people seem to pin it on "Tziut" but there doesn't seem to be a clear biblical basis for that ...
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“Robbing the spear” - was it Gezel?

The Gemmorah explains the term Gezel (B"K 79a): ואלא גזלן היכי דמי אמר ר' אבהו כגון בניהו בן יהוידע שנאמר (שמואל ב כג, כא) ויגזל את החנית מיד המצרי ויהרגהו בחניתו What are the circumstances of ...
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Is downloading a book considered stealing according to halakha? [closed]

If someone lives in a place where he cannot get books shipped. Some books that he would otherwise buy (like Seder Olam) are findable online. Is downloading and printing it for one's self considered ...
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Thinking about doing Avodah Zara

Being that the Gemara In Kiddushin (source needed) says: that one who thinks about doing an act of idol worship, it's as if he did it. Now, the Gemara in Pesachim (Source Needed) tells us: that one of ...
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Single Guy Wearing a Tallis [duplicate]

Can a single guy who isn't sefardi or yeki (who's minhag is that single men wear talisim) wear a Shuls talis-gadol during davening? And if so, does he have to say a Bracha? How would the process be?
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Milk & Meat Tradition

At what point in Jewish history did waiting 6 hours between milk and meat become the uniform approach in most communities (or in some places 1 hour or 3 hours)? Prior to communities adopting uniform ...
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Is the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) legislation for all the world?

It is popularly believed and taught in the Gentile world that the Ten Commandments/Decalogue (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:5b-21) should be kept/observed by all. For example, the Council of Trent in ...
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Mikveh or 9 Kav?

The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chayim 88:1 states: Baal Keri is permitted in Torah, reading the Shema, and prayer without immersion and without washing with nine Kabs of water, Is bathing in 9 kav ...
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Are there any Orthodox Poskim that permit watching TV Shows and Movies? [duplicate]

If halachic sources on this topic exist, possible to please share them? If they do not exist, can a Jew claim he is Orthodox in practice even though he watches TV shows and movies?
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Does a convert retain his debts to Gentiles and to Jews?

Following my previous question, After the conversion, does a convert Halachicly, as a newly formed Jew, keep all his existing debts to other Gentiles and Jews? Also, is he obligated to return A ...
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Child of a Levi and an Egyptian convert

From my comment here If a Levi illegally marries an Egyptian or Edomi convert, what's the status of their children? They're second generation Egyptians, so they can't marry most Jews. (But their ...
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How do you check dates with pits on shabbos?

Dates may contain insects and should be checked before consuming (source). The only way to do this (that I am aware of) for dates with pits is to open the date and remove the pit to examine the area ...
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Is Chalal (חלל) neither Cohen nor Israel but a type of its own?

If a male Kohen has forbidden relations with a divorced woman, a zonah, or chalalah-- the child is a Chalal (Rambam, Hilchos Issurei Biah 19:1): אֵי זוֹ הִיא חֲלָלָה זוֹ שֶׁנּוֹלִדָה מֵאִסּוּר ...
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What was done with the orders of the cohanim during a leap year?

In 1 Chronicles chapter 24 David set out orders for the cohanim to serve in the Beis Hamikdash. What he established is intuitive for a 12 month year, but what was done in a 13 month year? If possible, ...
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Are there any brachos for “touching” something?

4 of the 5 senses explicitly have berachos: Taste- Shehakol food, blessings on fruits & vegetables etc (see: OC 202-207) Smell- Pleasant fragrances (OC 216) Hearing- Thunder (MB 227:5) Seeing-...
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Is one obligated to do professional work for one's father or Rav?

If a father / a Rav asks his son/student to do a professional job for him, like fixing a PC, painting a room or replacing a faucet in the kitchen, and they pay all the expenses but not the wage, Is ...
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Applying hermeneutical rules nowadays

Chazal used various hermeneutical rules, such as R' Yishmoel's, to interpret the Torah and to derive novel halachos from it (as well as get support for existing ones). Can we use those rules ...
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What's preferable: to count Sefiras Haomer right at nightfall by oneself OR to count later with a minyan?

I've heard opinions (including The Shulchan Aruch Harav- see footnote #12) that one should always try to count the Sefira within the first half hour of the night, and the earlier the better. BUT if ...
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How long does the bracha “lashev b'sukka” last?

On Succos, how many times a day does one say "lashev b'sukka"? - Once a day at the onset of daylight? - Once at day and once at night"? - Every time one enters the succa to eat? - Other? And why?
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Jewish man serve on Beis Din for woman he's dating

Shalom everyone, I'm just curious, if a Jewish man is dating a woman who is converting I assume it wouldn't be appropriate to serve on her beis din, but is it prohibited halachically?
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Does a wine bottle stopper require tevillah?

Does a wine bottle stopper require tevillah?
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Would it be right to teach Torah to a tinok shenishba if teaching him will cause him to cease being a tinok shenishba?

Say there is a person who is a tinok shenishba according to all opinions. Is there any problem with teaching him Torah if it will cause him to cease being a tinok shinishba and it seems likely that ...