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Questions tagged [halacha]

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Having chumrahs that ones rabbi doesn’t have

I was learning with my chevruta about how one should not keep Chumrahs that ones rabbi or community doesn’t keep. I can’t remember where I learnt it. Would anyone have a reference?
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Are Jews allowed to have hobbies?

According to the Shulchan Aruch (if I am not mistaken), every free hour that a man has should be spent in the study of the Torah. With that being the case, does that mean that anything "extra" such ...
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Is someone who has clinical depression allowed to take an antidepressant on Shabbos?

It’s my understanding that there’s two main categories of non-life threatening illnesses: מיחוש בעלמא, “average pain,” and נפל למשכב, one who is so sick that he’s unable to get out of bed. The former ...
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Socks versus shoes for the priestly blessing

I always see kohanim remove their shoes before n'si'as kapayim, even those without leather, but not their socks. In other contexts I'm familiar with, socks are the same as non-leather shoes. For ...
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contradiction in the aruch hashulchan

the A"H in C"M 263:2 says that mitzvas asei of hashavas aveidah(hasheiv teshiveim) applies only once you pick the object up, however in C:M 259:1 he says it starts once you see the object
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Is it Halachically forbidden to go to Israel?

I was recently studying Berakhot 24b when I read the following statement: 'כל העולה מבבל לא"י עובר בעשה שנאמר (ירמיהו כז, כב) בבלה יובאו ושמה יהיו עד יום פקדי אותם נאם ה' Whoever goes up from ...
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Are women allowed to have a boy short haircut?

According to halacha, are women permitteed to have their hair styled in a man-typical way?
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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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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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Can my bad (but not sinful) behavior create a chilul Hashem?

The Rambam (Yisodei Hatorah 5:10-11) writes that there are two ways to commit a chilul Hashem: either to sin, or to behave in a (otherwise non-sinful) manner that people view negatively. However he ...
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Should posts be deleted without warning those involved in the conversation? [migrated]

I dont login often but last post I made apparently was on a post that got deleted. I just wish I knew the outcome of that debate.
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Is a crossdressing man obligated in tznius?

Suppose a man dresses as a woman, and he does so so well that a casual observer couldn’t tell that he’s actually a man.1 Is this man obligated in the rules of tznius as they apply to women (ex. ...
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Who is worthy of reciting the blessing “שנתן מחכמתו לבשר ודם” on?

On whom does one recite the blessing "שנתן מחכמתו לבשר ודם" (the blessing recited on non-Jewish scientists)? Does he have to be a Ph.D? Does he have to have inventions to his name? Did he have to ...
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Did Rashi make halachic rulings?

Did Rashi issue any halachic rulings? (Examples?) Or did he simply provide useful and succinct explanations, drawn from the Sources, for those studying Torah?
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Is a crossdressing woman obligated in tznius? [on hold]

Suppose a woman dresses as a man, and she does so so well that a casual observer couldn’t tell that she’s actually a woman.1 Is this woman obligated in the rules of tznius as they apply to men (ex. ...
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Why not fulfill the birchat hashachar with the leader?

In many Shuls, the Shaliach Tzibbur starts the morning service by saying the list of brachot of Birchot hashachar. After that the individuals repeat these brachot to themselves. Why do the ...
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Can a woman uncover her hair for the sake of employment?

I am aware of many poseqim who hold that in order to get and hold a job, it is permissible for men to remove their kippoth during the interview and their workday. Can a woman who badly needs ...
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Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship?

Would a baalat teshuva need a get from each previous sexual relationship? In light of the idea that marriage can be contracted solely through bi'ah/public knowledge of the couple's relationship (as ...
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What is the meaning of Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12:5 when it uses the Hebrew phrase “כִּי מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת ה'”?

In Mishnah Torah, Hilchot Melachim 12:5, Rambam quotes Isaiah 11:9 using the phrase: כִּי מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ דֵּעָה אֶת ה' כַּמַּיִם לַיָּם מְכַסִּים This is commonly translated as, That the earth ...
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What are the rules regarding resewing Torah “sheets”?

During my Yom Tov Torah reading, I noticed that two Sifrei Torah had seams that seemed (OK, a bit of a pun intended, here ;-) a bit loose. So, I have a few questions regarding some of the requirements ...
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Must one pray with a minyan?

People wrote on this site that there is no requirement for a man to pray with a minyan as a general rule. I took this to mean that one need not attend a minyan he knows meets regularly, instead ...
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Kiddush where no one person drinks a cheekful?

Suppose someone makes kiddush and distributes all the wine evenly to everyone at the table, including himself, in small cups; but there were enough people that no one person received/drank a cheekful. ...
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Can Yom Tov candles be lit at daytime if forgotten at night?

If one were to forget to light candles on Yom Tov eve, but remembers the next morning - can s/he still light during Yom Tov day? (Being daytime, it will only be tosefes oir, and may only be valid if ...
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Do vows made in the year after a hatarat nedarim require another hatarat nedarim to annul?

Bracketing out, for a moment, the matter of the hatarot nedarim that everyone makes before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the text of the regular hatarat nedarim (annulment of vows) (http://halachipedia....
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Why isn't covering the place where hair meets the head good enough for a Sheitel?

See Can a Sheitel be made out of one's own hair? where the question wonders whether a woman is allowed to wear her own detached hair as a Sheitel. In Fred's answer, he quotes the Shiltei Giborim (...
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Saving a non-Jew from drowning

Some Boston-area yeshivah students recently saved a man from drowning who they didn't know was a Nazi supporter. In a comment on the story, someone claimed that the Halakhah (i.e. Jewish law) says to ...
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Watching TV on weekdays (not on shabbat)

Is it generally allowed to watch TV at my home (I am male and living alone)? I wrote "generally," meaning watching on a regular weekday (i.e. not Shabbat or Holiday) and just watching normal programs, ...
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Early maariv on 2nd day Yom Tov

A shul in my city made an early maariv for the 2nd day of yom tov. Knowing who the Rabbi is, he did not do this out of ignorance. There are 2 issues I am unclear about: Are there contemporary ...
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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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Sending a Torah to the Moon

According to this article, there's an organization that wants to blast a Sefer Torah into space for safe keeping on the moon. Are there any halachik problems regarding such an endeavour (and if so, ...
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When is a mechitza required for separation between men and women for prayers?

When is a mechitza (partition) required for separation between men and women for davening (prayers)? Is this only in a shul (synagogue) or anywhere men are praying? Is there a minimum amount of women ...
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When can kashrut certification be withheld?

In today's news (11 Dec 2018): "Rabbis from the Vaad HaRabanim of Flatbush, which grants kosher certification, threatened to pull their supervision of the Garden of Eat In and Orchidea if [a certain]...
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Can a jew buy pepperoni/sausage pizza for a non-jew [duplicate]

Can a Jew buy (for his own money) pepperoni/sausage pizza for his non-jewish employee as a treat/tip? For example in honor of the jew's birthday (meat an milk (that was heated together is forbidden ...
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Can you convert without a rabbi?

Disclaimer: I am already Jewish. This question for curiousity only. Obviously it is always the best idea to convert to Judaism with a proper, official beit din. Three Jewish males over the age of bar ...
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Child of a Levi and an Egyptian convert

From my comment here If a Levi illegally marries an Egyptian or Edomi convert, what's the status of their children? They're second generation Egyptians, so they can't marry most Jews. (But their ...
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Who's responsible if B puts a “hefker” sign on A's item?

Suppose Aaron leaves something in a public place, where people often leave such things without intending to forfeit them.[1] Baruch then puts a sign on the item indicating that it's forfeit and ...
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Ramifications of a Baby Switch [duplicate]

At the hospital 2 newborns get swapped, one Jewish for one not. 20 yrs later someone realizes what happened & informs both kids of the mistake, does their status change? Does the ‘non Jewish’ boy ...
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Why are Kiddushin and Nisuin done on the same day? (ie with no big gap)

Why are kiddushin and nisu'in done on the same day, with no big space in between? I understand from the mishna: מסכת כתובות ה,ב = נותנים לבתולה שנים עשר חודש משיתבע לה הבעל, לפרנס את עצמה; כשם ...
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Is it better to answer kaddish or use that time to catch up?

You've fallen behind because you can't keep up with congregation's prayer speed and the chazzan begins to say kaddish. Which option is preferable? A. Pause your own prayer, answer kaddish completely, ...
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Covering the face of a dead person

It appears to me that many Jews are careful to cover the face of a dead person as soon as the person dies. What is the reason for this? Is there a halacha that requires this? Or is it just a minhag? ...
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Do you investigate chametz gifts?

When receiving a nonperishable chametz gift from a nonobservant Jew, is one required to sensitively investigate whether the giver owned it during Pesach, which would make the gift forbidden due to the ...
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When can a wife use the money she owns or earns without her husband's permission?

Normally, the money that comes to a woman before and during her marriage, she uses to buy land which belongs to her, but the husband has the rights to eat (own) their fruits (dividends​), this is ...
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Sotah waters for a raped woman

A woman accused of being a Sotah (had intentional seclusion with a man she was warned against), is now forbidden to her husband until she drinks the Sotah waters. If she committed adultery, she'll die ...
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Stealing an idol-worshipper's only food to save yourself

In a desert where there is no water, can one take (steal) water from an idol worshipper causing him to very likely die, to be able to stay alive? I know the answer when one has no personal use for ...
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Does an ice machine need tevilah?

I know different things need to be dipped in a mikva. Theoreticaly, does an ice machine need to be dipped in the mikvah (when its ice maker is built from stainless steel)?
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Have there been notable Rabbinical opinions on hemp derived CBD oil for personal health?

Marijuana politics is getting complicated in the west with more and more countries legalizing the stuff for both medicinal and personal use. My question has less to do with Marijuana and more to do ...
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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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Is one permitted to wear a sheitel made from the hair of a human corpse?

Larger question: Is one allowed to derive benefit from a dead body? A couple of qualifiers: obviously if there would be zilzul to the dead body in any form of course the answer would be no medical ...
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Extending the Leg of a Letter to Remove Sheimos

May one extend the letter Hey in God's name to turn it into a Kuf as a way of removing sheimos? My question is twofold: 1) Is there a problem of erasing God's name here, by taking a holy name of God ...