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Questions tagged [halacha]

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Light turning when opening a fridge door on Shabbat help!

I remember learning that when I open a fridge door on Shabbat and the light turns on that would be under the category of melacha shein tzricha legufo? Can anyone please provide a source?
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Asking a non-Jew to turn off a light on Shabbat

If I would like to turn off a light on Shabbat can I ask a non-Jew to turn off the light since it's a shvut deshvut? (ie- electricity is a derabanan and amira lnochri is also shvut)
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Could there be permission to write software on Chol Hamoed?

Is it permissible to write computer software code on Chol Hamoed?
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What is a refund considered, halachically?

If I return something to the store to get a refund, is that equivalent to declaring the original sale a mekach ta’us, a mistaken sale, and the refund is returning the money which is rightfully mine? ...
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is it forbidden to vote for a non-Jewish president (or other government figure)?

it says in the Torah (I'm quoting from Gentiles in Halacha btw): it is written in the Torah (Deuteronomy 17:15): “Then you shall appoint a king over you, whom the Lord your G-d will choose: one ...
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Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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If giving tzedakah money to parents is a “disrespectful matter” (Talmud, Kiddushin 32a), is giving tzedakah to other relatives a bad idea as well?

My question is going to be a bit complicated so stay with me before you mark it as a duplicate. In my previous question Is giving money to parents considered a tzedaka?, I received answers that it's ...
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Can a Ketubah not mention monetary obligations?

While researching this question, I've bumped on Ketubah.com site that offers copies of Ketubahs of the Reform and Conservative branches in Judaism. This is a sample text of a Reform Ketubah: On ...
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

Was at a Conservative friend's house the other day, and noticed the Ketubah from their wedding on their wall. I went to look at it and saw 4 witnesses had signed it: 2 men & 2 women. If an ...
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What are the halakhic considerations when it comes to patronizing a business whose workers are on strike?

Crossing a picket line and patronizing a business whose workers are on strike, against the will of the workers, is a controversial action with some people saying it should never be done. I read an ...
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Can being fastidious and delicate (איסטניס) get lenience in cleaning for Pesach?

The agricultural and technological revolutions changed a lot in our perception of food and we all became more fastidious and delicate (is it good for איסטניס?) - we even have expiration dates on ...
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Cleaning for Pesach - what Mitzvahs exactly is it?

Cleaning the regular utensils that are also used for Pesach that might have some Chometz leftovers is a clear Mitzvah of Not eating Chometz or mixtures of it. However, cleaning the rest of the house ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Is it lawful,for the Noahide Laws, the thesis of Gentiles Christians according to whom Jesus has a divine nature but he is subordinate to God? [duplicate]

I am not a christian but I am an Italian noahide, therefore I do not believe in the divinity and messianicity of Jesus the Nazarene. I clarify that my question, being relevant to the application of ...
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Is murder allowed for someone who is stealing?

Under how I have interpreted United States laws I believe murder is allowed if someone is stealing in certain circumstances. It is used as an act of protection and self-defense. Is this allowed ...
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If a Gentile realizes or uses a tridimensional human image for non-cult purposes, does he violate the Noahide Laws?

I'm an Italian Noahide The prohibition against worship of false gods is an integral part of the Noahide Laws . Rambam says in Melachim uMilchamot 9: 2 (English translation by Rabbi E. Touger): "...
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Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's?

Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's? My question is based on Genesis 4:3-5: וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַה'׃ וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא ...
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Intentionally smelling the odor of food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos

Since it is forbidden to benefit from food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos, is the benefit only eating, or is it prohibited to intentionally smell the odor of the food being cooked as well?
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Benefiting from a Jew's b'mezid melacha on Shabbos

The English hakdama to the first volume of the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso states that a person who does melacha b'mezid on Shabbos is forever banned from benefiting from that ...
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Benefiting from a Jew's planting on Shabbos b'shogeg

The Preface - hakdama to the English edition of Volume 1 of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso writes that if a Jew b'shogeg (mistakenly) plants or sows a seed on Shabbos, or anything like that where some ...
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Who decides whether it's normal to eat something in a certain fashion?

The Shulchan Aruch in several places writes that if something is eaten in an abnormal fashion, it gets a Shehakol rather than its usual bracha.1 What defines whether something is a "normal" way of ...
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Customs and traditions

Why do many diaspora groups such as Ashkenazim, Sephardi still keep gentile customs and the like? Heaven forbid im not saying that such customs run contrary to Halakha but take for example Hasidim, ...
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Is one supposed to eat the zero'ah (shank bone) from the Seder plate?

I'd appreciate some clarity on this issue as I have heard and seen conflicting answers on this - in viewing various questions on this site as well as instructions in a haggadah. Here's some of what I ...
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On which precise halachic source did Rambam claim that the pilegesh is forbidden to all Jewish men except the kings of Israel?

I’m an Italian noahide. This question covers my exclusively intellectual curiosity, being an halachic case that does not concern the Gentiles but only the Jews. We read in Mishneh Torah -Melachim ...
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Petting an unredeemed firstborn donkey (“Peter Chamor”)

The Talmud (Bekhoroth 9b) cites the opinion of Rabbi Yehuda that it is forbidden to derive benefit from a firstborn donkey before it is redeemed. This view is codified by the Rambam (Firstborns 12:4) ...
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Can one smell orla tree blossoms?

Follow-up to Can I make a bracha on smelling roses that may be orla? As per SA YD 294:1, orla only applies to trees which were planted for eating. Can one smell the blossoms of a tree planted for ...
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During Temple times, who can butcher a kosher animal?

During the Temple Times, for the purpose of consumption, can any Jew butcher a kosher animal or must the animal be butchered by a Cohen or a Levi? I would appreciate a rabbinical source. I just ...
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B’racha achrona on sunflower seeds?

If one eats a k’zayit of sunflower seeds including the flavored shell, which he spits out, but less than a k’zayit of the seeds themselves, which he swallows, does he need to say an after b’racha?
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What's the degree of obligation of the first Biur Halacha (in MB 1:1)?

It says that we're supposed to recite different lines before each of the three prayers. My question is: is it halacha? why does the Chafetz Chaim bring it if it is not? What does the lashon "...
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Seminal Emission as a result of embarrassment?

Is a seminal emission that is the result of embarrassment a sin? One can become so embarrassed to the point where he releases semen unintentionally. So would sources consider this a sin?
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Is a car considered movable or immovable property?

The Mishnah (Kiddushin 1:5) differentiates between how one acquires movable and immovable property (translation follows Yachin): נְכָסִים שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהֶם אַחֲרָיוּת נִקְנִין בְּכֶסֶף וּבִשְׁטָר ...
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Non-Jewish family in an Orthodox Jewish Wedding

In a case of a Ger/Convert, what role can non-Jewish parents play at the wedding ceremony? Halachically can the parents accompany their child down the aisle? Could they stand under the Chuppa? Any ...
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rov am hadras melech by koton? [duplicate]

Is there an idea of rov am hadras melech (a larger group of people is greater glory for the King) for a minor or anybody else who would be exempt from a mitzva like praying with a minyan (quorum)? ...
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Is it correct to say that, according to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, lesbian relations beetween Gentiles women are not forbidden?

I'm an Italian noahide. Through the link http://www.hakirah.org/Vol13Rapoport.pdf I read the article "Judaism and Homosexuality: An Alternate Rabbinic View ", written by the English Orthodox rabbi ...
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Do i make bracha on smelling vapor from herbs?

There some vapors in electronic cigarettes made with natural herbs like chamomile (and other). So do i do brachot when smelling them? Is there a common practice to smell natural things, is this kind ...
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Is one allowed to embarass idolaters and atheists in public?

From the story of Yehudah and Tamar, we know that it's better to die than embarass a fellow Jew in public. However, I've heard multiple times that Torah permits embarassing and insulting idolaters (...
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According to the Halakhah, is marriage forbidden between Israelites and Noahides (that is, “the righteous among the Gentiles”)?

I’m an Italian noahide. In Mishneh Torah-Issurei Biah 12:1, the great Rambam says (English translation by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger): When a Jew engages in relations with a woman from other nations, ...
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Types of Magic according to Judaism

The Jewish sources speak in many places about magic e.g shemot 7,11 7,22 Vayikra 19,27 etc. Are there different types? if so what are they?
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Taking ownership by writing one's name on an item

A person replaced a 3 seat sofa and took the old one down to the building's Chatzer and willingly Hefkered it. He advertised it online to come and take it for free, mentioning it is in the Chatzer. A ...
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Permissible to light one Yom Tov candle from another?

In a two-day Yom Tov in the diaspora, is it permissible to light two Yom Tov candles on Yom Tov Rishon, one of which is a 24-hour candle, and then, on Yom Tov Sheini, to light two Yom Tov candles for ...
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Who is responsible for accidental theft caused by a false claim?

There's a public pantry in one's office that has a shared refrigerator. Someone opens the fridge and sees a container of milk that is usually not there. He asks a co-worker if he can use it and he ...
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Can non jews give death penalty for something other then the 7 laws of noah

Can non jews give death penalty for something other then the 7 laws of noah? Source and clarification (in what cases) please
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Making a siyum on Avos D'reb Nosson [duplicate]

Does one make a siyum on finishing Avos D'reb Nosson?
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Eating before prayers

As it is known that one is not allowed to eat before morning prayers, is there any opinion that allows to eat after birkot hashakhar but before tefillah?
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Can a Bet Din's Halachic rulings be retroactively annulled if a Dayan is found to be corrupt or a grave sinner?

Are there any retroactive ramifications in a case where Ch"v there is fullproof evidence (or admission) of a Dayan being corrupt or committing sins such as breaking shabbat/adultery/murder or עבירות ...
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Why don’t we have to toivel hot water heaters?

If a water heater is essentially a giant pot why is it different than a coffee urn which does the same thing but is required to be toiveled?
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Bringing a virtual Torah in the bathroom? [duplicate]

Knowing the issur of bringing a Sefer into a tamei place, can I bring a virtual Sefer into the bathroom? (I.e a phone with a davening app on it) would it matter if the app was open or closed? If the ...
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Why doesn't Shulchan Aruch include the laws of destroying fruit trees?

Despite clear halachos that apply nowadays and codification in Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Rif, Rosh and Semag, and discussion by a host of other commentaries, as far as I (and the Taz, YD 116:6) can tell,...
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Is bigotry prohibited? [duplicate]

I was reading a recent answer and saw this There may also be issues of humiliating a person (see Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chapter 63, which while mostly dealing with business-related deceiving, has ...
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May one celebrate April fools day?

Many people in the world celebrate and play pranks on each other on April 1. Is it halachically permissible to play pranks on people or in any kind celebrate April fools day?