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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

In perusing Rav Moshe Tzuriel's Otzros Hamussar (page 1125, here), I noticed a section in which he writes strongly against participation in (and watching) the Chidon Hatanach, and also cites Rabbi ...
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Women-only Kabbalat Shabbat

Does anyone know how women-only Kabbalat Shabbat prayer came about? I have only come across it in newspapers from about the late 2000s in some United Synagogues. Have there been cases way before this? ...
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Placing a notebook on top of sefarim

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (28:9) writes: לא ישרטט איזה קונטרס על הספר, לפי שאין קדושה בקונטרס, עד שיכתבו בו You should not draw lines on notebook [while] on [a holy] book, because the notebook is ...
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Western Ashkenaz Mishnah Berurah

The Mishnah Berurah was composed with the minhagim of the Eastern Ashkenazi kehillot in mind. Is there an equivalent for the communities of Western Europe*? *The Ashkenazi communities of the ...
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Can one of the sheva berachot be said outside a wedding ceremony?

Are there any sources which speak to the possibility of saying one of the sheva berachot outside of the wedding ceremony? (Excluding borei pri hagafen). I'm most interested if there are cases/examples ...
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Re-reciting morning Berachoth

If someone recites the morning Berachoth, are they also situational Berachoth that might require one to re-recite them in a certain situation? Some are definitely regarded as situational, and some ...
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Are complete chuliyot (the groupings of 3 windings) a requirement in tzitzit?

Generally speaking, the chuliyot are a constant reminder of the arrangement and system of the three kavin (also called pillars) which G-d established throughout all of creation. But are they an ...
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What halachos of mourning apply to a grandchild for his grandparent's death?

What halachos of mourning, if any, apply to a grandchild upon his or her grandparent's death? Do they tear keri'ah upon hearing of the grandparent's death? Do they sit shivah?
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What halachos flow from there being a Jewish nation and not just a religion?

Rabbi Mordechai Becher at Aish.com says that we are a nation united by our common heritage. So two Jews could see themselves as members of a nation. A more limited definition of the relationship ...
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Exemption from wearing tallit katan other than in extreme heat?

בס"ד I saw an exemption for wearing a tallit katan if the tempature is extremely high. I think this was cited by the Tzitz Eliezer, but I can't find it. Are there other exceptions?
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Gap zip up sweatshirt Kesivah on Shabbos?

Does zippering up a sweatshirt like this one, which when zippering causes the letter A to become a letter create a problem of Kesivah on Shabbos? It is an Old Navy sweatshirt where the word Old is on ...
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Permissibility Of Unneeded Hysterectomy

Is it halachically ok for a woman have a hysterectomy if there is no medical need? If not, is it permissible as a form of contraceptive?
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Haircuts on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira?

Are haircuts permitted on lag beomer for those keeping the second half of sefira? Did some research and cant find an answer.
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People with defects and their role in serving

Parashat Emor teaches (Vayikra/Leviticus 21:17) something about a kohen with a 'מום' (blemish, defect, deformity, disability, handicap) isn't allowed to serve in the Holy Temple. But without the ...
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Does a convert retain his debts to Gentiles and to Jews?

Following my previous question, After the conversion, does a convert Halachicly, as a newly formed Jew, keep all his existing debts to other Gentiles and Jews? Also, is he obligated to return A ...
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'Tadir' and Brachos

There is a rule 'תדיר ושאינו תדיר, תדיר קודם'. Loosely translated: When faced with two mitzvos, one must first perform the one which occurs more frequently. Q: When it comes to bracha achrona, we ...
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What is the Vilna Gaon position on pilegesh?

I'm an Italian Noahide. The issue in question manifests my purely intellectual interest, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. Thanks to the user Yaacov Deane I identified, at the link. The ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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What should a woman who can only do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Hoezer 174) and as such they must ...
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May a E.R. responder or on-call cop be a Shat"z?

Is a shul allowed to ask an on-call cop or E.R. worker, etc. to be a shat"z (shaliach tzibbur) if there is a fairly high likelihood that may be asked to leave on an emergency in the middle of davening?...
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Backing out of the Western Wall (Kosel)

I've noticed many people walking backwards when taking leave of the Kosel. Is there any halachic source for this custom?
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Why don't people bentch on a kos nowadays?

Bentching with a kos (recite Grace after Meals with a cup of wine) was clearly a popular thing to do in the times of the gemara. Additionally many Ashkenazi rishonim (Rosh, Ri, and many other ...
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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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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?

In Judaism, Gentiles are generally forbidden to study Torah devotedly. But are they allowed to recite a whole Jewish prayer, like the morning or the evening prayer? I was juggling some ideas but ...
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Does Jewess who wants to marry a non-converted Noachide need a ketubah?

I understand that traditionally this is prohibited, but since they are the same faith would they require a ketubah or a modified version? I read that Rav Feinstein would rather à kohen marry a Goya ...
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Wrong brocho made at a bris for a ger?

I was learning Yoreh Deah Hilchos Geirim and couldn't find any commentators explanation as to what should be done if the normal bris milah blessings were made for the circumcision of a convert. It ...
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Where are the dinim of multiple wives located?

I know the history, the gezerim, etc., but what I can't find is the practical halachot once one has multiple wives. Where can I find this?
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Any recommendation on sources regarding fasting in Judaism? [closed]

The question extends not just to fasting on Taanit tsibbur, but in general. What Rabbis have said about power for tikkun, health benefits, halacha on when one should fast, kabalah, etc.
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Is the Decalogue (Ten Commandments) legislation for all the world?

It is popularly believed and taught in the Gentile world that the Ten Commandments/Decalogue (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:5b-21) should be kept/observed by all. For example, the Council of Trent in ...
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Two groups split into 2 cars and eat bread while travelling. What type of zimun do they make after rejoining?

This article delves into some details on what constitutes "eating together" for the requirement of zimun. I see that there is a dispute regarding what happens when some people leave in the middle or ...
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Does a child's life take precedence over a parent's life?

The Talmud in Bava Metzia 62a brings a scenario where if two people were traveling in the desert and one has a flask of water but there's only enough water for one of them to reach civilization alive: ...
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Mother is Jewish but child still needs to convert?

Recently I was going through some Responsa of Rav Yitzchok Isaac Halevi Herzog. In one of the teshuvos Rav Herzog mentions parenthetically that there are some Rishonim and Achronim that are of the ...
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May one graduate in a multi-purpose church building?

Suppose a school graduation is held in a building that is used for church services as well as various kinds of non-religious cultural events. One example of such a venue is the United Palace theater; ...
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Is one required to investigate nonperishable chametz gifts from nonobservant Jews?

When receiving a nonperishable chametz gift (of the type that many people keep at home for months or years - say vodka) from a nonobservant Jew, is one required to investigate whether the giver owned ...
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Is vaping prohibited?

With the rising popularity of vaping and electronic cigarettes, many might consider turning to them to stop smoking or to at least divert their habit to a healthier alternative. However, the liquids ...
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Kiddushin via a valuable coin that's literally worth less than a perutah

Suppose one were to mekadesh a woman using a valuable coin that is literally worth less than a perutah, but the same coin technically carried an additional value. For example: a 1943 1 cent Lincoln ...
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Is a doctor obligated to force vaccination?

As per the injunction of "לא תעמוד על דם רעך" - "Stand not [idly] over the blood of thine fellow"(Leviticus 19:16), is a Torah-observant doctor obligated to vaccinate an unvaccinated patient for a ...
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Is downloading a book considered stealing according to halakha? [closed]

If someone lives in a place where he cannot get books shipped. Some books that he would otherwise buy (like Seder Olam) are findable online. Is downloading and printing it for one's self considered ...
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Hunting in Judaism

Hunting is generally frowned on in Judaism, and hunting for sport is especially frowned on. However, as hunting is not completely assur, I had the following question: how exactly would a Jew hunt? ...
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What happens if someone misses a day of Bahab?

Let’s say that someone, for whatever reason (say he forgot it was Behab), accepted upon himself to fast Behab but didn’t fast one of the days (say, for instance, he fasted Monday but not Thursday). ...
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Berakhos recited over food - Mitzvah or Matir?

Is it a mitzvah to recite a benediction over a piece of food, or is there a prohibition forbidding one from eating food without reciting a benediction beforehand? I believe that this is a similar ...
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Women standing for their husbands when called up for an Aliyah

I have noticed women in several sefardic communities to stand while their husbands are called up to the synagogue. Yalkut Yosef in Hilkhot Shavuot brings down the halakha of a child or a student ...
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Standing in the presence of an idol / entering a room which has an idol

The question is remarkably simple (even though the answer may not be so). Is it allowed by halacha to stand in the presence of an idol or enter a room where an idol is present ? Specifically, I'm ...
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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her ...
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“Robbing the spear” - was it Gezel?

The Gemmorah explains the term Gezel (B"K 79a): ואלא גזלן היכי דמי אמר ר' אבהו כגון בניהו בן יהוידע שנאמר (שמואל ב כג, כא) ויגזל את החנית מיד המצרי ויהרגהו בחניתו What are the circumstances of ...
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Milk & Meat Tradition

At what point in Jewish history did waiting 6 hours between milk and meat become the uniform approach in most communities (or in some places 1 hour or 3 hours)? Prior to communities adopting uniform ...
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What Torah verses (and Talmudic chapters) provide the basis for banning women rabbis? [duplicate]

I am trying to find the logical basis for why women cannot be Rabbis in most Orthodox communities. Some people seem to pin it on "Tziut" but there doesn't seem to be a clear biblical basis for that ...
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Thinking about doing Avodah Zara

Being that the Gemara In Kiddushin (source needed) says: that one who thinks about doing an act of idol worship, it's as if he did it. Now, the Gemara in Pesachim (Source Needed) tells us: that one of ...
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Pizza at Seudas Shabbos

If my favorite foods are milchig (pizza, lasagna), is it Ok, or maybe even required that I eat these milchig foods for my Shabbos seuda?
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Single Guy Wearing a Tallis [duplicate]

Can a single guy who isn't sefardi or yeki (who's minhag is that single men wear talisim) wear a Shuls talis-gadol during davening? And if so, does he have to say a Bracha? How would the process be?