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How does one put on tefillin with a prosthetic?

Assuming that prosthetic limbs are not considered part of one's body: How would someone put on Tefillin if r"l his non-dominant arm was replaced by a prosthetic from the shoulder? Would the ...
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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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“Am I Jewish​?”

How can one tell if one needs to convert in order to be Jewish or if one is already Jewish? Would one's or one's ancestors' conversion to another religion or their lack of knowledge about Judaism ...
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Is using hair removal cream on one's face a violation of “rounding one's beard?”

Would using a hair removal cream on one's face (such as Nair) be in violation of rounding the corners of one's beard? (Vayikra 19:27) Namely, would it be akin to use a razor (assur) OR more akin to ...
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Mishloach Manot - why the word Manot is used specifically

What is so special about this word "Manot / Manah" that it is used for the Mitzvah of sending food to one's fellow? What are the Halachic applications that "Manot" is used and not, say, food (besides ...
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Can one sign as a witness on a Conservative/ Reform Ketubah?

Was at a Conservative friend's house the other day, and noticed the Ketubah from their wedding on their wall. I went to look at it and saw 4 witnesses had signed it: 2 men & 2 women. If an ...
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If giving tzedakah money to parents is a “disrespectful matter” (Talmud, Kiddushin 32a), is giving tzedakah to other relatives a bad idea as well?

My question is going to be a bit complicated so stay with me before you mark it as a duplicate. In my previous question Is giving money to parents considered a tzedaka?, I received answers that it's ...
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Can a Ketubah not mention monetary obligations?

While researching this question, I've bumped on Ketubah.com site that offers copies of Ketubahs of the Reform and Conservative branches in Judaism. This is a sample text of a Reform Ketubah: On ...
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Can one be compelled to testify?

Can a witness be compelled to testify? The Torah says you must testify [Lev. 5:1] but the Talmud says punishment for not doing so can only come from God [Bava Kamma 55b]. You may not want to testify ...
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How to determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective?

How do we determine a trespasser's intent from a Halachic Perspective? The Rambam writes: If it is clear to the house-owner that the thief who breaks in will not kill him and instead is only ...
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Halachot that are dependent on population statistics

There appear to be several halachot that are based on "a majority of Israel". For example: Mishnah Berachot 54a: הרואה מקום שנעשו בו נסים לישראל אומר ברוך שעשה נסים לאבותינו במקום הזה IF ONE ...
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Heating cutlery to help it function better?

What potential Halachic issues might there be (if any) with heating a knife on Shabbos or Yom Tov to help it cut through a frozen cake? The heating could be accomplished in a number of ways, ...
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What are the halakhic considerations when it comes to patronizing a business whose workers are on strike?

Crossing a picket line and patronizing a business whose workers are on strike, against the will of the workers, is a controversial action with some people saying it should never be done. I read an ...
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Secular Names for Days of the Week

Is there a problem using the secular names for the days of the week? If there is a problem, is it because: 1) The names originally come from Polytheistic gods OR 2) The people forbidding them are ...
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Can being fastidious and delicate (איסטניס) get lenience in cleaning for Pesach?

The agricultural and technological revolutions changed a lot in our perception of food and we all became more fastidious and delicate (is it good for איסטניס?) - we even have expiration dates on ...
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Cleaning for Pesach - what Mitzvahs exactly is it?

Cleaning the regular utensils that are also used for Pesach that might have some Chometz leftovers is a clear Mitzvah of Not eating Chometz or mixtures of it. However, cleaning the rest of the house ...
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Saying ״ותן טל ומטר״ the mincha before it begins, and remembering after sunset

On a year in which the night we start to say ותן טל ומטר is a weekday night, if one forgets to say ותן ברכה by the מנחה before and doesn't realize that he forgot it until שקיעה, what is the Halacha ...
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Do any communities have the non-Jew come get some of his chametz?

There is an established practice to sell one's chametz (leavened products) to a non-Jew over Passover to avoid the biblical prohibition of a Jew owning chametz during the festival. Unfortunately, ...
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Can a non Jew bake bread on Pesach for a Jew to use after Pesach?

In relation to If the last day of Passover is Friday, may I eat chametz on the Shabbat right after?, is there any problem if a non Jew bakes bread on Pesach (the Jew(s) did not ask him and can do ...
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Benefiting from a Jew's b'mezid melacha on Shabbos

The English hakdama to the first volume of the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso states that a person who does melacha b'mezid on Shabbos is forever banned from benefiting from that ...
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Is it lawful,for the Noahide Laws, the thesis of Gentiles Christians according to whom Jesus has a divine nature but he is subordinate to God? [duplicate]

I am not a christian but I am an Italian noahide, therefore I do not believe in the divinity and messianicity of Jesus the Nazarene. I clarify that my question, being relevant to the application of ...
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מבטל איסור בשוגג

Milk fell into a pot of meat. Before you realized that the milk fell in, you added water to the pot. Then you found out that milk fell into the pot before you added water. Without the added water you ...
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Benefiting from a Jew's planting on Shabbos b'shogeg

The Preface - hakdama to the English edition of Volume 1 of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso writes that if a Jew b'shogeg (mistakenly) plants or sows a seed on Shabbos, or anything like that where some ...
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Is one supposed to eat the zero'ah (shank bone) from the Seder plate?

I'd appreciate some clarity on this issue as I have heard and seen conflicting answers on this - in viewing various questions on this site as well as instructions in a haggadah. Here's some of what I ...
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Taking ownership by writing one's name on an item

A person replaced a 3 seat sofa and took the old one down to the building's Chatzer and willingly Hefkered it. He advertised it online to come and take it for free, mentioning it is in the Chatzer. A ...
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Is murder allowed for someone who is stealing?

Under how I have interpreted United States laws I believe murder is allowed if someone is stealing in certain circumstances. It is used as an act of protection and self-defense. Is this allowed ...
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Eating after shkiah before Maariv

If one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis what should they do? My question is prompted from the halacha that one may not eat before praying Maariv. However with that said I ...
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Eating out Friday night of Chanukkah

If one is lighting Chanukkah candles inside (for whatever reason) relying on the publicization to himself and his family, then what should he do on Friday night if he is eating out? Must he make the ...
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Halakha Concerning Processing Job Applications

I’ve seen discussion of the halakhic implications of gathering product information in one store and purchasing elsewhere. Some consider it theft of time and knowledge, and of unfairly giving the ...
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If a Gentile realizes or uses a tridimensional human image for non-cult purposes, does he violate the Noahide Laws?

I'm an Italian Noahide The prohibition against worship of false gods is an integral part of the Noahide Laws . Rambam says in Melachim uMilchamot 9: 2 (English translation by Rabbi E. Touger): "...
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Permissible to light one Yom Tov candle from another?

In a two-day Yom Tov in the diaspora, is it permissible to light two Yom Tov candles on Yom Tov Rishon, one of which is a 24-hour candle, and then, on Yom Tov Sheini, to light two Yom Tov candles for ...
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Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's?

Why did Hashem reject Cain's Minchah but accepted Abel's? My question is based on Genesis 4:3-5: וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַה'׃ וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא ...
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Intentionally smelling the odor of food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos

Since it is forbidden to benefit from food cooked by a Jew on Shabbos, is the benefit only eating, or is it prohibited to intentionally smell the odor of the food being cooked as well?
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Who is pulled to safety first?

If a group of people are in mortal danger, all of the same gender (cf. Horayot 13a; some suggest that the Mishnah on Horayot is not discussing a case of rescuing from physical danger, cf. Tziz Eliezer ...
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Who decides whether it's normal to eat something in a certain fashion?

The Shulchan Aruch in several places writes that if something is eaten in an abnormal fashion, it gets a Shehakol rather than its usual bracha.1 What defines whether something is a "normal" way of ...
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May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed?

I know from 134:11 in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may assemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed. May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed in order to prevent the Sukkah from being damaged by, ...
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Customs and traditions

Why do many diaspora groups such as Ashkenazim, Sephardi still keep gentile customs and the like? Heaven forbid im not saying that such customs run contrary to Halakha but take for example Hasidim, ...
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On which precise halachic source did Rambam claim that the pilegesh is forbidden to all Jewish men except the kings of Israel?

I’m an Italian noahide. This question covers my exclusively intellectual curiosity, being an halachic case that does not concern the Gentiles but only the Jews. We read in Mishneh Torah -Melachim ...
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Bittul (nullification) and Mechira (sale)

Sorry if this is a duplicate. It is my understanding that one must sell his chometz, prior to declaring his chometz nullified. Reason being, how can one sell something that is null and void? It is ...
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Petting an unredeemed firstborn donkey (“Peter Chamor”)

The Talmud (Bekhoroth 9b) cites the opinion of Rabbi Yehuda that it is forbidden to derive benefit from a firstborn donkey before it is redeemed. This view is codified by the Rambam (Firstborns 12:4) ...
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Why take t'ruma? Aren't people trusted to do so?

I don't know much about hilchos z'raim (agriculture-related law), but from the mishnayos I recall as follows: If one acquires produce from someone who cannot be trusted to tithe, then he must take the ...
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What's the degree of obligation of the first Biur Halacha (in MB 1:1)?

It says that we're supposed to recite different lines before each of the three prayers. My question is: is it halacha? why does the Chafetz Chaim bring it if it is not? What does the lashon "...
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Wearing tefillin all day

Someone told me that people avoid wearing tefillin all day because of the fear that one might denigrate the tefillin by passing gas with the tefillin on. If someone feels that he is capable of keeping ...
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Four cups of wine, but no matzah!

At the seder, the third cup of wine is drunk after Birkat Hamazon. If a person has plenty of wine, but no matzah (and hence no Birkat Hamazon), should he still drink the third cup of wine? If so, ...
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Who knows science?

On whom does one recite the blessing "ברכת 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 ...
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At the seder, (why) must we eat from three specific matzot rather than any?

The haggadah instructs us to eat specific matzot from the three on the plate at different times in the seder. Haggadot I've seen offer various explanations of the symbolism, and seem to treat these ...
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Can one smell orla tree blossoms?

Follow-up to Can I make a bracha on smelling roses that may be orla? As per SA YD 294:1, orla only applies to trees which were planted for eating. Can one smell the blossoms of a tree planted for ...
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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 ...