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Leshem Kedushat Tefillin

When one plans on touching up both the shel rosh and shel yad with paint, does he say "Leshen Kedushat Tefillin" once for both tefillin or twice (once before each tefillin)?
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Would a conversion witnessed by three Jewish sheidim be approved?

Would the conversion of a person, (knowledgeable in Halacha, meeting all the criteria for conversion), be halachically approved and functional, if the Beit Din is formed of three observant Jewish ...
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Complete list of Batei Dinim

Is this the most complete list of Batei Dinim outside the land of Israel? https://kosherdelight.com/International_Directory_of_Rabbinical_Courts.shtml#1 Also, does anyone have a complete list of Batei ...
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What source of Halacha do Ashkenazim generally follow? [closed]

Amongst the classic sources of Halacha, like the Mishnah Berurah and the Shulchan Aruch, which one is the one that Ashkenazim (generally) follow?
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Why is it permissable to have large gatherings like in a shul or beis hamdresh during Covid-19? [closed]

I am confused as to why the olum both in chutz l'aretz and in eretz yisroel were not wary of Covid-19 and large gatherings. Various choshuva rabbonim openly mocked the public health authorities in ...
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Batei Dinim in an Unrighteous Generation [closed]

The Torah says that all we have are the judges in our days (Rashi Dvarim 17:9). In a generation where the people, including the judges, have succumbed to idolotary, can a person still go to one of ...
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Can one pay fair market price for a mitzvah use instead of stated unreasonably exorbitant price?

A sign below was posted in a men's mikveh. It appears that this establishment is temporarily gouging guest prices to an extreme amount to prevent guests from using the mikveh, while allowing annual ...
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The reason of Tiltul in Shabbath

I remember to have studied a Tosefot where it is written that it is very hard to understand why is forbidden to transport something on Shabbath (Tiltul). Somebody can tell me where is this Tosefot
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The one who begins with a mitzvah ends it

The Rema in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 581 notes how the person who leads the Selichos continues with davening. He then notes an additional custom: ויש מקומות נוהגים שהמתפלל סליחות יתפלל כל היום And ...
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Mishnayos Chazarah Sefer

I'm learning Mishnayos now and I'd like to get a sefer of chazarah of mishnayos. Can anyone help me find a sefer for mishnayos chazarah?
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Putting out a housefire on Shabbat

I understand the prohibition of extinguishing fire on Shabbat. My question aims specifically towards an emergency situation where one's property or life is in danger. It clearly states in the Mishnah ...
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Is one obligated to do teshuva for transgressions (between man and his fellow) commited as a child?

A person who, for example, steals, is obligated to apologise and offer to return what was stolen or compensate the owner. Is an adult who transgressed as a minor also obligated to do teshuva?
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Basar Bchalav Smicha [duplicate]

Im learning Basar Bchalav now and it'd be very helpful to get summaries of the (Sh"A, Rema) Taz and Shach (Pischei Tshuvos). Does anyone know a sefer that sums them up (preferably in English)? ...
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Not to read Sipurei Milchama - can one major in History?

It is clear from the Shulchan Aruch that one should ideally stay away from certain types of books - not just on Shabbos, but the whole time. In Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 307:16 it writes the ...
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Egg donation within a family

If a woman were to donate her eggs to a family member who, unfortunately, could not conceive on her own, would that invoke considerations of halachic incest if the man who would fertilize the egg ...
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Missing Rabbenu Tam [closed]

So I wear Rabbenu Tam tefillin daily (except Shabbos etc) but sometimes I don't due to extenuating circumstances. Is this a problem? Perhaps: Breaking a Neder (promise)? I believe I've said "Bli ...
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Trying to convert having a Child with a goy woman and implications

A man who wants to convert who alread have a Child without a marriage (out marriage son). What are the implications of this situation? If he converts, will his child kept being considered his child? ...
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Protein Powder certified kosher but no hescher on package [closed]

A family member bought protein powder which I believed was under OU supervision. It is 100% vegan and has no dairy derivatives which I know means nothing in the kosher world but still. It is missing a ...
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Making a Bracha on a smell test

Some members of my family are required to take a "smell test" in order to attend school each day. Are they required to make a bracha בורא מיני בשמים like when usually smelling nice things, ...
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Who is “your teacher”?

There is an injunction that you may not give a halakhic opinion in the presence of "your teacher". The Talmud says: The sons of Aaron died only because they issued a halakhic ruling before ...
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Piskei Teshuvos on sleeping before Shacharis if one was up all night

Halachipedia says that Piskei Teshuvos 89:22 and Ishei Yisrael 13:31 rule that one may not go to sleep within half an hour of alos hashachar if one was up all night before davening Shacharis. Can ...
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May one combine drink mix powder with water on Shabbos?

For example: making iced tea or punch with a powdered mix such as this one. This is different than the question of preparing coffee or tea as it does not involve heat.
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Annulling future regrets

Would any sources seem to indicate that if one states when talking to Hashem “HaShem if I ever regret any of my mitzvot, I don’t really regret them.” then any regrets he would have in the future would ...
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Insulting Someone

Would any sources indicate that, if one gave you the permission to verbally insult them because it “makes them happy”, it would be halachically allowed?
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Piece of grape juice frozen at the top of the grape juice bottle

A piece of frozen grape juice is stuck at the top of a bottle of grape juice, making it impossible to pour the grape juice. Is one permitted, on Shabbos, to poke the frozen piece of grape juice with ...
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Eruv Chatzeiros for apartment buildings for weeks that the eruv goes down

If someone lives in an apartment building with other Jews, do they need to make an eruv chatzeiros (in short: have shared food stored somewhere to make it considered as though they all live there ...
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Ramban’s interpretation of the expression “leshem zenut” in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1: 4

We read in Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Ishut 1:4 “Before the Torah was given, when a man would meet a woman in the marketplace, and he and she desired, he could give her payment, engage in relations with ...
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Is it permitted to eat dairy after eating non-kosher meat?

This is referring to eating meat from a kosher animal that was not shechted. Rambam (Ma'achalot Asurot 9:6) writes that there is a prohibition to cook them together but there is no prohibition to eat ...
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Contradictory extremely far-fetched conclusions

I've seen in halacha concerns for people making extremely far-fetched negative conclusions. The following are but two examples: In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 3:13 it says: לא ישתין מעומד מפני ניצוצות ...
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Why aren't the fabric squares on the corner of a woolen tzitzis garment made of wool?

Is someone wants to wear a wool garment for his tzitzis garment, shouldn't the fabric squares on the corner of a woolen tzitzis garment also be made from wool ? [It doesn't seem to me that the common ...
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What does the halacha consider as “regret”? [duplicate]

Shalom. There's a concept that one who regrets their mitzvot, loses the reward for then. Would any sources point to what the halacha considers “regret” as? What would this person have to think, for ...
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How frequently should I give tzedakah/maaser ksafim?

This question assumes there's some form of a mitzvah to give 10% of one's income to tzedakah (as the answers to this question suggest, this may stem from a neder to give "maaser ksafim"). Is ...
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Adjusting a crutch on Shabbos

What would be the halacha with regards to adjusting brand new crutches on Shabbos. Most modern crutches come with pins (see picture below) on either side which when pressed down can slide into the ...
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If one vowed to fast for a set period of time, would he continue at sunset after Shabbat?

So say someone had vowed to personally fast for a certain amount of time, and a portion of this time overlapped with Shabbat. Now it is known that we are forbidden from fasting during Shabbat, except ...
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Who should perform the abortion

Everyone agrees that an abortion beyond a certain gestational age is forbidden for a Jew 1. However, there's no death penalty for it. This is unlike a non-Jew, who is liable to capital punishment for ...
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Sit for blessings after food?

Someone told me to sit for grace after meals (the series of benedictions recited after eating a bread meal). Is that true? I mean, is there such an halachic obligation? or is it, at least, a nice ...
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Covering a Shofar to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

Two nights ago, as part of his weekly livestream COVID update, Rabbi Dr. Glatt quoted Rav Mordechai Willig (he quoted "Poskim" but the implication was that it was Rav Mordechai Willig. Even ...
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What is the halacha about lying to a Non-Jew?

Can one lie to a non Jewish person? If the answer is Yes, are there certain cases where you can't?
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Are expert witnesses allowed in Jewish law?

The Mishna says: If one takes payment to ... give evidence, his evidence is void. (Bekhorot 4:6) So if you are paid to testify, your testimony is invalid. Does this apply to paid "expert ...
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Matanos La'evyonim to poor from your city

I saw quoted from Rav Elyashiv (אשרי האיש או"ח ח"ג פרק מ"ו אות י"ב), Rav Nevetzhal (מציון תצא תורה ח"א אות קל"א) and Rav Wosner (קובץ מבית לוי חי"ז עמ' ק"ט) ...
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Is there any problem with wearing Techeles if it is not the real one? [duplicate]

Many people hold the murex trunculus is the real techeles, and many others hold it is not. Would there be any Halachic problem of wearing it if it is not real?
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Eidim Zommemin (first set) on Eidim Zommemin (second set)?

Eidim Zommemin are conspiring witnesses, which have a whole Perek of Gemara that talk about them: the first perek in Makkot. My question is: the first set says edut. The second one claims they are ...
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Source for eulogizing for sheimos?

Rav Moshe Heinemann says a hesped (eulogy) after burying the Baltimore sheimos. Where do we find a source for such a concept?
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Determining Reshus Harabbim if a street is not busy on Shabbos

If a street has 600,000 people travelling on it during the week, but on weekends it does not since people aren't working, is it considered a Reshus Harabbim? Do we say that just because there are 600,...
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Did Ezra abrogate the Mosaic Law in Num. xviii. 21,(according to Yeb. 86b, Ḥul. 131b)?

According to http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/636-abrogation-of-laws The ancient rabbis claimed authority, not only to make new provisions and to establish institutions as a "hedge&...
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Must seforim be printed with margins?

I have heard that there is a halacha that seforim must be printed with margins, so that scholars will be able to write notes on their learning. Is there any source for this? If this is not in fact ...
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Would it be forbidden to own images of angels?

Okay, I'll try be a little bit more specific. Say someone was in possession of an angelic figure(s), they did not create the figure, they ascribe no power to the figure, and they certainly don't ...
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Shabbos Using rotating bezel on a watch

One may not measure on Shabbos. Measuring time is also not allowed. May one use a watch that has a rotating bezel, to time?
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Doing something good 3 times is like a neder. Can the 3 times be even in the same day?

An acquaintance told me that the 3 times must occur on 3 separate days but I cannot find a source for this, please let me know if you know of a source either way.
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Seudas Hamafsekes - Must one wash?

When I was a child, my parents always had bread, hard boiled egg and ashes, with water for the Seudas Hamafsekes. A friend of mine recently told me that there is no obligtion to wash for the Seudas ...

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