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Who owns a foster animal?

In animal foster care, the shelter provides everything including food. You are required to take care of the animal (feed, walks, train…). Are you or the shelter considered the owner and by extension ...
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Did the Jews keep the Chagim in the Midbar?

Were the Bnei Yisroel obligated to keep Shavuot, Sukkot and Pesach during the 40 years in the Midbar?
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Birkas Hamazon if I left the place I ate in

If a person washed and ate bread without the intention of completing the meal elsewhere and then left his house and cannot return, is that person allowed to say the grace after meal at his new ...
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Why can Jews get their ears pierced but can't get tattoos?

If the Torah forbids tattoos, why doesn't it ban peircings. Isn't it self harm? If you could quote your sources that would be appreciated.
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Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

The minhag Chabad by netilas yadayim in the morning is to raise the hands until the peyos for the brocho al netilas yadayim. The source for the minhag is in Likutei Diburim of the previous Lubavitcher ...
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Is there a source that says that Hashem keeps all halachos of the Torah? [closed]

I am looking for the מקור that Hashem keeps all Halachos of the Torah - if there is one.
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Replacement kesubah but the father had a name change

I heard an interesting question but didn't hear the answer. There are laws about what to do when someone loses their Kesubah. They write something new called a kesubah d'irkesa, which is a document ...
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Hashavas Aveida with changing forfeiture status

In an instance in which an object is found prior to forfeiture by despair ( Ye'ush) the finder is obligated to return the item. However, in an instance in which despair is presumed either implicitly ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In his Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 1:13, Rambam states that if a male copulates with a girl under the age of three,also the male,even if he was an adult, is exempt from liability, for the act is not ...
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Saying amen when in the middle of "Baruch Hashem l'olam" [duplicate]

If someone is in the middle of the long blessing “Baruch Hashem l’olam” that is recited right before maariv shemoneh esrei, is he allowed to say “amen” to the chazan when the chazan says the bracha “...
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Halachot Gedolot from Spain

Tosfot in Pesachim 30a paragraph Amar Rava quotes a rule from the Halachot Gedolot from Spain. ובה"ג של אספמיא פסק דחתיכה בחתיכות בנ"ט ומייתי מדרבא בפ' גיד הנשה The Tosfot in Chulin 97a ...
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incest from legal standing [closed]

What exactly is considerd incest from a legal point of view? Is, for example, friction of two intimate parts without any actual intercourse, being considered incest? I know a man who take care of his ...
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Burning chametz before the sixth hour

The Mishna in Pesachim 1:5 says (Open Mishna translation): וְעוֹד אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, שְׁתֵּי חַלּוֹת שֶׁל תּוֹדָה פְסוּלוֹת מֻנָּחוֹת עַל גַּג הָאִצְטַבָּא. כָּל זְמַן שֶׁמֻּנָּחוֹת, כָּל הָעָם ...
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Does belief in the abrogation of the Torah by the NT disqualify a Ben Noah?

The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim 8:10-11 (see also Likkutei Sichos vol. 26 p. 132) rules it is a prerequisite of the 7 Noahide Laws that Gentiles bide by them because it says so in “the Torah of Moses&...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Is a non-Jew allowed to recite Patakh Eliyahu because he knows the use of it a little bit? Thank you very much
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

B"H the rule is is that we usually say brochos over Mitvos that we do. Since it's a Mitzvah to tell over the story of going out of Egypt on the first night of Pesach [as it even says in the ...
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Shaliach Tzibur saying personal prayer in Shema Koleinu

Recently I was in a Shul and the Shaliach Tzibur while saying the loud Shemona Esrei stopped in the middle of Shema Koleinu and quietly said a personal prayer. Having never seen this done before, I am ...
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Shaliach Tzibbur absent from the Omud during most of Pesukei Dezimro

I observed a shul where the Shaliach Tzibbur left the Omud after saying Korbonos and only returned to say the concluding part of Pesukei Dezimro. What is the origin of this practice?
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When a Yavam marries his brother's wife, does he get his brother's double portion if he was a Bechor?

Yaakov has two sons, Reuven and Shimon. When Reuven dies and Shimon takes his wife in Yibum, he inherits Reuven, so Shimon gets a double portion from Yaakov's estate, his and Reuven's. What happens if ...
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Is it ossur for a Jew to have gentile friends? [duplicate]

It is said that there is wisdom in the nations. Chassidus teaches that Jews have more vessel and less light, and non-Jews have less vessel and more light. There seems to be a possible good that comes ...
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Seeking halachic arguments for starting the Passover Seders earlier than Tzeit

Another thread (Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)? Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)?) included a discussion of the starting time of the Seders. This led me to search for ...
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Is it forbidden to sleep in a bed where a husband and wife usually sleep?

The Nitei Gavriel 51:6 writes that it is a midas chasidus (pious trait) not to even look at a married couple’s bed. So maybe actually sleeping in their bed would be an outright issur (prohibition). Is ...
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Hearing Kiddush for Shabbos and Yom Tov when for you it's just Shabbos

An Israeli is visiting the Diaspora for a holiday beginning on Friday. On Friday night a local Diasporan will says kiddush for the holiday and shabbos. Can the Israeli, for whom it's not a holiday, ...
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At a seder, If each kos has its own pri hagafen bracha, why does the afikoman not have its own al achilat matza bracha? [duplicate]

At an Ashkenazi seder, If each kos has its own pri hagafen bracha, why does the afikoman not have its own al achilat matza bracha?
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What is the specific act that cooks wheat into matzoh (and where does this leave Wondra)?

My housemates saw the hechsher on a box of matzoh, and posed a question that I think I know the answer to, but I don't know why. They asked: could Wondra flour ('precooked' flour) be kosher for ...
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May one put clean sheets on a bed for oneself--NOT launder them, just change sheets--during chol hamoed? [closed]

During Chol Hamoed, may I put clean sheets on my own bed (not a guest's) that were washed BEFORE the chag?
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In what ways sacrificing several birds interfere with Jewish's ritual?

I was looking for sources on why the Jews fought the Romans and what's the real reason. Why the Jews didn't just get along with the rest of the empire. I found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Wristwatch beged isha?

What are the opinions on wearing a wrist watch. We see many biblical figures that wore jewelry, the golden calf was made from jewelry belonging to man, you can say that only erev rav contributed to ...
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What would happen if the Jewish people became completely composed of non ethnic Jews

Undoubtedly, Judaism- though not proselytizing our beliefs - does accept Converts and Jews are commanded to love and respect the convert. What would happen if the Jewish people, over time, became ...
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Ownership of chometz by public entity

If a non profit organization owns chometz do they need to sell it/get rid of it for pesach? I would think not being that legally there is no owner of the organization (no body making a profit, owning ...
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Reaquiring chametz

Mishna Berura on Shulchan Aruch Siman 434 Seif 2 מיד בלילה יבטלנו - הטעם הוא דאע"ג דמדאורייתא בבדיקה לבד סגי דמן התורה סגי באחד מהן או בביעור או בביטול דאפילו אם ישאר שם חמץ בבית אינו עובר עליו ...
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Finding one's neighbour / fellow

Shalom. I am a bit perplexed by the commandment to love one's neighbour / fellow as oneself. It is not immediately obvious to me who my neighbour / fellow is. I am not addressing the question of ...
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Is it forbidden for an unmarried Jewish man to sleep with an unmarried woman? [duplicate]

Assume that it’s done completely in private and nobody else is made aware. If yes, where does it come from? It reminds me of what Rab Ilai said (not sure, can’t remember exactly) that if one can’t ...
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Can intercourse mean marriage even without any actual marriage?

If two people have intercourse, can it sometimes be considered that they are now married on some level, or in any sense? I don't remember the sources, but there is a concept that a man gives a part of ...
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Number of times Rosh, Rif, Rambam are quoted in Shulchan Aruch

It is known that the author of the Beis Yosef and Shulchan Aruch based his codes on the rulings of the Rosh, Rif and Rambam, and ruled according to the majority of the three. I was wondering to what ...
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Obligation to leave through a different gate

The prophet Ezekiel (46:9) tells us of an obligation when visiting the Temple. וּבְב֨וֹא עַם־הָאָ֜רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָה֮ בַּמּֽוֹעֲדִים֒ הַבָּ֡א דֶּרֶךְ־שַׁ֨עַר צָפ֜וֹן לְהִֽשְׁתַּחֲוֺ֗ת יֵצֵא֙ דֶּרֶךְ־...
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What is the Kashrut status of Sefichim harvested during Shmita?

There are a good number of articles online which explain the boundaries around produce grown and harvested during the Shmita year against halachic parameters, but not what happens if one cooks with it ...
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Would having a matzah encased in glass work for lechem mishnah?

I just came across the idea in a tweet of encasing a matzah in a piece of glass on a challah board to enable you to always have lechem mishnah. It was a funny idea, but that got me wondering whether ...
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The Masai tribe in Africa drink blood of a living cow. Is this Ever Min haChai? And what about cow's milk? [duplicate]

Is piercing into a live cow and extracting the blood for drinking considered ever min hachai for non Jews? This is what the Masai tribe in Africa do. It allows them to get continuous nutrition ...
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Does the law of returning lost objects apply to dangerous animals?

The law of returning lost objects (Deuteronomy 22:1-3) teaches that if you come across your brother's lost ox, sheep, donkey, cloak, etc., you must return it, even if you do not know the one who owns ...
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Should a married woman nullify chametz too?

Rav Shimon Eider in the Halachos of Pesach (IX:C:5) says: "Some Poskim hold that a married woman should nullify personal chometz." However, in footnote 70 Rabbi Eider writes this isn't found ...
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לפ"ד ש"פ Acronym deciphering

In Beur Hagra EH 7.14, SK 54, there is an Acronym I don't understand "ל"ד ש"פ". Can someone help me?
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forbidden to play with kosher animals?

Looking for source that forbidden to play with kosher animals Lubavicher Rebbe says that it is forbidden to play with kosher animals (lekutai sichos 1 shmini 1 (the Hebrew version does not translate ...
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Does Deuteronomy 22:1-3 apply to stray pets (e.g., dogs)?

Deuteronomy 22:1-3 teaches that if you come across your brother's lost ox, sheep, donkey, cloak, etc., you must return it, even if you do not know the one who owns it. Does this mean that if I see a ...
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May ma'aser funds be used for kimcha d'pischa?

May one use ma'aser money for kimcha d'pischa?
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Is fair-made lemonade kosher?

I was at a fair the other day and there was a stand selling lemonade with just pressed lemons and cane sugar water. The stand was also making deep fried dougnuts and cold brew coffee. Does the ...
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How did Hannah dedicate Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:11?

1 Samuel:11 NASB And she made a vow and said, “Lord of armies, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your bond-servant and remember me, and not forget Your bond-servant, but will give Your ...
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Why were the earthen vessels broken in Leviticus 15:12?

Leviticus 15:12 NASB However, an earthenware vessel which the man with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every wooden vessel shall be rinsed in water. It is said according to the book of ...
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Is there a halachic obligation to meet a spouse through a shadchan? [duplicate]

Does it say anywhere in the Shulchan Aruch that Jewish men have to find their spouses through a shadchan, an intermediary?
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Can damages be claimed for a very loud noise?

In Halacha, is it possible to claim (money) if a neighbour's noise disturbs my peace? (This would be a last resort if more friendly approaches did not resolve the problem.)
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