Questions tagged [halacha]

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Conversion on Shabbos

Can a person who is converting can he do the conversion on Shabbos? Is there problems of tevillah ( is this considered a tevillah shel Mitzvah) and Circumsion( are geirim like 8 day old baby)?
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What technically is hugging and kissing?

In Jewish law hugging and kissing is sometimes forbidden and sometimes not recommend. What is the exact definition of these things? Is a kiss only on the lips? is hug only face to face and completely ...
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Must baal keriah be in same reshut as congregation

Due to corona virus, I've seen some shuls are arranging davening such that everyone is outdoors except the Torah reader who is indoors and a door or window is opened so that the reader can be heard ...
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Screwing on the top of a sippy cup on shabbos

Is one allowed to unscrew the top of a sippy cup on Shabbos, the top of the sippy cup containing the straw, dump out the water, put new water in the sippy cup and then screw the top back on, or would ...
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Bracha on tzitzis

Why do we make a bracha on tzitzis that do not have techaylas? Since without techaylas we may not be properly fulfilling the mitzvah according to the Torah, then the rule should be "sofek ...
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Why can't Jews return to Egypt using the same path the ancient Israelites took?

The Torah prohibits returning to Egypt (Deuteronomy 17:16, Sefer HaMitzvos Lo Sa'aseh § 46). The Sefer HaChinuch § 500 explains the reason for the prohibition is because the Egyptians are bad people, ...
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Return to Egypt: Allowed?

There is an injunction on returning to Egypt. Why was it and is it ignored? For example, how is it that the Rambam an even Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef lived there?
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Position of our hands while praying?

How should our hands be positioned in prayer? Is there a right or wrong way? Various biblical passages seem to indicate that raising the handpalms is an appropriate gesture for prayer. Verses like ...
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May a Jew be a Freemason?

According to what I've been told by several people who have inquired of "practicing" (is that the right word?) Freemasons, and supported by Wikipedia, "Freemasonry explicitly and openly states that it ...
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Which non-garments really need to be tested for shaatnez?

Shaatnez (a mixture of wool and linen) is forbidden to be worn. I always thought this applied only to garments but, after looking at lists of items to be checked, I see that they also list many non-...
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When to break my fast on flight today? [duplicate]

I'm on a flight from Chicago to NY today. Taking off at 7:55 PM and landing 11:10 PM. At what point mid-flight do i break my fast?
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Benefiting from a Jew's meizid melacha on Shabbos

The introduction to the first volume of the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso states that a person who does melacha b'meizid on Shabbos is forever banned from benefiting from that melacha. ...
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Why was Pinchas allowed to kill Kazbi Bat Tzur?

In order to explain why Pinchas killed Zimri, Chazal tell us that הבועל ארמית קנעין פוגעין בו. However, this law should not apply to the woman. Moreover, she was not even Jewish! So, under what ...
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How are we supposed to understand the Rema on Even HaEzer 23:5?

There is a Rema on Even HaEzer 23:5 that looks troubling to me. The Siman there is discussing the prohibition of spilling seed, and this particular halacha is that if a woman has “some sort of closure ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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Does one Make a Bracha on Tzitzis during Bein Hashmashos?

There is a fundamental Machlokes Rishonim whether when the Gemara says that there is no Chiyuv of Tzitzis at night, is that referring to the Gavra or to the Cheftza. The question now is: a person puts ...
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How did something not Jewish like Challah become so prevalent? [duplicate]

The torah and other Jewish literature make clear that "challah" is a catch all that describes a normal bread that is often used in offerings, or portions of it are given as sacrifices or as ...
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Lashon hara l'toeles, with ulterior motives

The chafetz Chaim writes in Hilchos Lashon Hara (10:2) that one of the conditions of being allowed to relate lashon hara l'toeles, (for example to save someone from getting hurt), is that the person ...
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition?

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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Chafetz Chaim's opinion on how long peos need to be

The Biur Halacha 251:on seif 2 discusses the issur of cutting ones payos off. From what I understand from the Biur Halacha is that even the smallest amount of hair left may be good enough.Is that what ...
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...
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Taping the Light on a Freezer

For people who don't use electricity on Shabbos, what do you do with the freezer light? With the fridge, it's easier because I can just tape the notch that controls the light, but with the freezer, it'...
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Wearing a mask on Shabbos

Any sources or psaks about wearing a protective mask outdoors on Shabbos? Is it allowed where there is no eruv?
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Why does Safek Pikuach Nefesh apply to COVID-19, but not to the flu? [duplicate]

According to the CDC, up to 45 million get sick and 60,000 die from influenza in the US each year, including hundreds of children. Why is the annual flu not considered safek pikuach nefesh and demand ...
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Teaching Mussar to a non-Jew?

Are we allowed to teach Sifrei Mussar (for instance Orchos Tzadikim, Mesilas Yesharim, Chovos Halevavos) to non-Jews? What about the Gra on Mishlei?
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Bracha for one teffilin [duplicate]

If I take off my shel Rosh and shel yad, then a few hours later put on my shel yad only - what bracha do I make?
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Eating bread with jam, then eats only jam, would he recite a shehakol?

If one is spreading jam on bread and eating it, and then eats only jam, without bread, would he make a shehakol on the jam, or would this be covered by the hamotzi?
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Saying Amen to the bracha before Shema outside of zman

The reason some do not saying amen to the chazzan's bracha just before Shema is because it is a hefsek between the brachah and Shema. Based on the Gra and the Mishna Berurah, it is not clear if it is ...
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Buying commodities of lean hogs

Is there any halachic problem with buying or selling commodities of lean hogs? Commodities are similar to the stock exchange, except one trades commodities such as wheat or crude oil.
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Ve-dibarta BAM? or bam?

Would saying "ve-dibarta BAM!!!" (with the letter A pronounced like Apple) help me to discharge my obligation when reciting kriat shema, or would it be better that I say "bam" instead? (the letter A ...
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Benefitting from melacha after shabbos [duplicate]

If someone purposefully shut a door to a fridge on shabbos with the light still on, is that person allowed to benefit from the food that may have gone bad, had the door remained open throughout ...
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

May one say the word "G-d" or "Hashem" before washing his hands in the morning? For example, to say daily affirmations before getting out of bed.
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Shiva and Cremation

In the event that a deceased individual is willfully cremated, a common p'sak I have heard many times is that the relatives do not sit Shiva as one normally does for the deceased. In particular, ...
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Can a father transfer rights to his daughter for gain?

In most western democracies a parent has obligations to the care of their children; they are not property in that their care cannot be transferred for personal gain, a child cannot be rented, sold, or ...
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Atheist Jew, but keeping the most basic Torah laws, what will wait him in the afterlife?

I am asking about a Jew. He is 100% materialist, atheist in his world view. He keeps the most basic laws of Judaism: keeps Sabbath (not so strictly as Orthodox Jews do, but keeps), doesn't eat pork ...
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Return item at supermarket (consumer's fault?)

Say I buy a food item at a supermarket and later discover it was opened. I then am unsure whether I opened it or not. Is one allowed to return it if there is doubt (one is not completely sure) that ...
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Forbidden to immerse, as opposed to doesn't work?

I was learning Pesachim, and on 17b I saw Tosafos say the following: דבתוך הכלי ודאי אסור לטבול מדאורייתא It is definitely biblically forbidden to immerse something within a vessel (as opposed ...
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When forgiving a loan, in front of whom do you need to say it ? Which details need to be mentioned?

Reuven lent Shimon money indefinitely, he said "pay me back when you have extra money". It's been a number of years, and Reuven has never brought it up, and would like to forgive Shimon. He ...
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Keeping Shabbath at Gentile's house

Is there anything I need to be aware of during Shaabath (as Rav Yom Tov Glaser rightfully got the correct pronunciation innate) when I am with gentiles? For instance, let's say I spend time with my ...
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Sources that permit applying sunscreen on shabbos?

Since it's put on to prevent medical conditions, are there recognized halachic authorities who say that applying sunscreen (a cream NOT lotion) is muttar (permitted) on shabbos?
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Does Dina deMalchuta include international law?

Chaza"l set forward a regulation that "dina demalchuta dina," the law of the land is the law (Bava B'atra 54b). International law is a set of near-universally recognised modes of conduct between ...
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What is perek 4 in Rambam's Hilchos De'os doing there?

I'm certainly no expert, but most of perek 4 in Hilchos De'os seems like it doesn't fit with the rest of Hilchos De'os. It's all about maintaining a healthy body. Any ha'aros on why it's there? Am I ...
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Yehi Ratzon After Birkas Kohanim

Is there reason to say the Yehi Ratzon in Birkas Kohani after the third stanza (ending in 'shalom')? I always said it quietly based on the Artscroll Machzor but have have been uncertain due to the ...
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Can a woman daven shacharit after chatzot (midday) has passed?

Because tefilla is a time bound mitzvah, if a woman has accidentally not davened by the time 6 hours into the day has passed (chatzot), should she still daven shacharit?
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Sharpening Shechita Knife on Chol HaMoaed

May one that is learning Hilchos Shechita sharpen the knife that he uses for shechitah on chol hamoed for the purpose of practicing how to sharpen it and make sure it's kosher for shechitah (and not ...
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Had an unmarried Jewish woman ever owned a male slave, whom she acquired or asked to become her husband?

Had an unmarried Jewish woman ever owned a male slave, whom she acquired or asked to become her husband? Was there ever any occurrence in the Tanach, Gemara, Mishna, Halacha, Aggadot, Midrashim, etc. ...
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Can a observant jew be vegan? [duplicate]

Can a person who accepts the Jewish religion refrain from eating meat or sacrificing animals? If a person struggles to keep to the Jewish laws regarding meat is it acceptable to forego meat and dairy ...
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Saying Kaddish in a smelly place

A funeral of my distant relative was held at Ofra cemetery (in Israel) which is close to the local cowsheds (probably on purpose). The smell was hardly bearable but I needed to say Kaddish (Yatom), as ...
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Rokeach and Levush in Classical Halacha [closed]

It has been my experience that both the Sefer HaRokeach and the Levush aren't as widely studied in the realm of Halacha. Why is that? Was there something lacking within each work that was filled with ...
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Pushing a buggy on grass on Shabbos

When and how is person chayav on shabbos for ploughing. For example is a woman with a buggy allowed to push it on the grass, or can she not. The problem for ploughing is that you need to have a intent ...

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