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Niddah seeing her husband [closed]

What are the Halachic parameters, regarding which parts of her husband’s body a woman may gaze at during the time she's a Niddah?
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Must everyone say every word in the Haggadah?

My Halachic Questions: Does everyone (adults) at the seder have to read the haggadah to themselves? (non-sefard) I have heard the Rema requires it, are any mattir? Can the leader of the seder ...
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Shaking Off Charoses

The Shulchan Aruch (475:1) says ואח"כ יקח כזית מרור וישקענו כולו בחרוסת ולא ישהנו בתוכו שלא יתבטל טעם מרירתו ומטעם זה צריך לנער החרוסת מעליו ויברך על אכילת מרור ויאכלנו בלא הסיבה - take a ...
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Loss of smell - Borei Menei B’Samim [closed]

One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is the loss of smell. Is one still Yotzei their father bracha of Borei Menei B’Samim even if they cannot smell the B’samim?
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Halacha of moons disappearance during kiddish levanah?

I thought I’ve read somewhere the moon needs to be visible (although you don’t look up at it) the entirety of kiddish levanah, so when it’s completed and you look up, the moon is still visible. Does ...
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Is wrapping with tefillin straps alone acceptable for enjoyment/practice outside of the mitzvah?

This question may sound strange but I was curious what the Halacha is on it. I enjoy wrapping tefillin. I personally enjoy the ritual of the arm wrap a bit more but both are enjoyable in their own ...
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Unorthodox got married?

For those that watched the TV miniseries "Unorthodox", is it considered a Kosher Halachic marriage? Two irreligious Jews (don't keep kosher or Shabbos in public) who get married (the ring and the ...
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How physically close do people need to be for a minyan to count?

The current health situation has resulted in restrictions on large group prayers. Minyans have been included in such restrictions. Though this is the case, certain groups have been shown praying ...
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Are American Paskesz Products Yoshon?

Are American Paskesz grain products, such as Mini Trios Bites, yoshon year round? Is there a way to determine from, e.g., a package code if/when they are yoshon? (Paskesz cookies under Rav Westheim ...
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If our leadership do not take disease outbreaks seriously, are they considered responsible for deaths that follow?

As of late, there has been a controversy in various Jewish communities around the world. Certain Rabbis and certain individuals have actively circumvented the preventative measures to help stop the ...
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How do you decide who lives and who dies?

The Talmud [Bava Metzia 62a] teaches as follows. Two people are in a desert and only one of them has water. If both drink, both will die, but if only one drinks, he will survive and reach ...
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Allowance for cremation if no space in Jewish cemetery?

Is it permissible to be cremated if one does not have space for burial in a cemetery? Source, please. Note: Not related to recent events (ie coronavirus).
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Greeting Elijah during coronavirus

We are nearing Pesach and the Passover Seder. A time when Jews open the door for Elijah. Many Jews interpret Malachi 3:23, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great ...
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Is there a problem with saying “Oh my God” or “Oh my Gosh”?

It seems to me that religious Jews do not say "Oh my God" so I'm asking if there is anything wrong with saying that? I'd also like to know if there would be an issue to say "Oh my Gosh"?
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Catching up the missing weeks of Krias Hatorah

Due to the current health crisis, all shuls are closed. As a result, the weekly Torsh portion will not be read. After this is all over and synagogue services are resumed, will we: Continue where we ...
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Is Shenayim Mikra dependent on there being a public Torah-reading?

The Talmud (Berachot 8a) states: אמר רב הונא בר יהודה אמר רבי אמי לעולם ישלים אדם פרשיותיו עם הצבור שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום ואפילו ואפילו עטרות ודיבון שכל המשלים פרשיותיו עם הצבור מאריכין לו ימיו ...
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Is cremation halachically lawful for the Gentiles?

I am an Italian noahide. I wonder if Halakhah allows Gentiles to cremate bodies. My personal opinion is that this practice does not violate Noahide Laws, as it is not included in one of the relevant ...
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Allowances for Cremation [duplicate]

Are there any Jewish sources that permit cremation? Jews generally frown upon cremation since the body was created by G-d and should be treated with respect (out of respect for G-d). However, some ...
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Can one sell chametz during a pandemic

The halachic transfer of property between parties (chaloth kinyan) conventionally involves a physical exchange of a tangible object (maaseh kinyan). For example, the rabbi of the synagogue I used to ...
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G-ds name online [duplicate]

On a google doc during an assignment with friends who do not understand the intricacies of Judaism, someone wrote g-d's names pronunciation, I did not realize what I was doing and deleted it, was this ...
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How long to wait after consuming pure casein powder?

Milk is made up of two types of protein which are whey and casein. Casein takes a longer time to digest than whey. With regular dairy there is much less casein ingested than isolated casein and so ...
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Shabbat in Quarantine

Israel is currently (March 20th, 2020) under lockdown, shuls are closed, and most people will not pray in a minyan or hear the Torah read. I've seen recent psakim about shutting down shuls, but are ...
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What is the minimum number of people for a seder?

This year, many people will be quarantined and unable to invite people to their seder or go to another's. Some will be with their immediate family, and others alone. I'm wondering whether this is a ...
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Waiting 24 hours to Kasher [closed]

When someone kashers a utensil, a 24 hour waiting period is required. Is the 24 hour wait after the last use or after it is washed?
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Skip Tachanun on the Sunday of Purim Meshulash?

In a situation when Shushan Purim falls out on Shabbat, walled cities (which can't celebrate Purim on Shabbat) read the Megillah and give Matanot Le’Evyonim on Friday, while on Sunday they have their ...
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Granite and Kashrus

What is the status of granite: year-round vs pesach in regards to Kashrus. Granite for Pesach is kashered by pouring boiling water over it. Year round, what is the status of granite, can granite be ...
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How should someone with a cast on his right arm lean?

Bi'ur Halacha, OC 472:3, poses the following question: How does someone with a cast on his right arm lean at the Seder? On the one hand, he can only use his left arm to eat, so he should lean right. ...
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May one perform the Seder out of order?

Does the order of the Seder matter? So long as each mitzvah is performed internally properly (i.e., at least a kezayis of matzah is eaten at some point in the Seder, all the required sections of ...
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Attendance for Minyan on School Shabbaton

A Jewish day school takes attendance for tefillah on a shabbaton by putting every students’ name on a note card, and then when that person comes to tefillah, their name is taken out of the pile and ...
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Tuition obligation during corona crisis

Is one obligated to continue to pay tuition to a Jewish day school when it closes due to an unforeseen/unforeseeable situation, such as the current coronavirus pandemic? (Assume a standard school ...
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Epidemics and public torah study

In the current pandemic, there seem to be diverse opinions, both of medical/government officials and of religious leaders regarding communal gatherings for religious services. For example, some shuls ...
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Definition and operation of an “outdoor minyan”

An outdoor minyan is one possible attempt to deal with a public health instruction aimed at preventing spreading infections, such as keeping 6 feet from another person and avoiding indoor gatherings. ...
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Is there a mitzvah to kill an apikorus that did teshuva?

In Yoreh De’ah 158:2 it says that there is a mitzvah to kill an apikorus. Assuming this is in the time of the Temple (i.e Jewish/religious autonomy), if that person did teshuva, is there still a ...
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What is Judaism's perspective on eradication programs?

Eradication programs target animals which cause problems to humans. Does Judaism permit eradication programs? Does the Halocha regarding this differ as to whether the animals are invasive or not? An ...
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Any book or website that explains the laws of korbanos?

Does anyone know a good sefer or website that explains the laws of korbanot in a clear manner, with possibly pictures included? It is very difficult to follow through the parashios, especially when it ...
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Using a non kosher electric stove

Can a non kosher electric stove be used if there is a layer of tinfoil between the stove top and the pot?
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Can one wear their clothing backwards on Purim?

I've seen many people on Purim who wear their clothing inside out, in the spirit of ונהפוך הוא. Yet the Mechaber writes explicitly (SA OC 2:3): ידקדק בחלוקו ללובשו כדרכו שלא יהפוך הפנימי לחוץ ...
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In the middle of cooking, someone realises the pot they are using was previously used for non kosher food

If someone accidentally starts to cook kosher food in a pot that was used to cook non-kosher food, but the pot wasn't used in 24 hours, may the person let the food finish cooking?
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Nullification of non-kosher utensils or dishes

If an unidentifiable non kosher utensil or vessel gets mixed up with kosher vessels, if the majority of vessels are kosher, it is nullified. [1] If someone makes this mistake a million times, are all ...
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Online Megilla Reading and the name of Haman

As discussed in this question about Skype Megilla reading, this year due to the extraordinary extenuating circumstances many people found it necessary or preferable to attend an online Megilla reading....
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Can a glass stovetop be used for both meat and milk?

Is it permissible to use a glass stovetop for both meat and milk? Or is it forbidden? A OK article says that one should not use a glass stove top for meat and milk, however rabbikaganoff Is My Stove ...
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Mushrooms for Mishloach Manos

Can one give Mushrooms for Mishloach Manos? Since you have to give real food and with mushrooms: 1 - You can't make an Erev Tnachmin with it. 2 - You buy it with money of Ma'aser Sheini. 3 - You ...
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Is being raised a “secular” Jew considered a chillul Hashem? [closed]

For someone that gets raised in a non-religious household, but who is descended from Jews (at least matrilineally), for them to not be religious, is that considered a chillul Hashem?
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Reading Megillah when it's only Purim for the listener

Residents of a walled city and unwalled cities celebrate Purim on different days. May either of these people read the Megillah for the other on whatever day the listener needs to hear Megillah? Or ...
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Half Shekel for Mother?

Although the Magen Avraham (694:3) says women are not obligated to give 3 half shekel before Purim, others quote the custom of fathers giving 3 half shekel for each member of his home - including his ...
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How long without a mezuza when painting a house?

Assume that you are painting your house, that you live in, and that will involve taking down all the mezuzot. Assume the painting will take 2 weeks, to paint all the rooms. Assume that painting any ...
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May a mezuza be attached with screws rather than nails?

Although it is typical to use nails to secure a mezuza (e.g., How strongly must a Mezuza be attached), are screws acceptable?
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Getting money through a app on shabbos [duplicate]

I am building a app, and it offers in app purchases. I don’t have control over when people buy, bc it will be on the apple App Store. Is it aloud to keep the money of people buying the in app ...
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Am I Jewish By All Accounts? [duplicate]

I have been a religious college student for the past two years. I was raised Jewish, underwent a Brit Milah at my birth, was a Bar Mitzvah, and my father's side of the family is Jewish, ethnically and ...
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Milk utensil found in meat cabinet [closed]

Say one has 2 cabinets, one for meat, one for milk, and found, for example, a milk knife in the meat cabinet and are uncertain as to how it got there. Say they are uncertain as to if it was washed in ...

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