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Are you allowed to Vape on a fast day?

I was told that Vape has sugar in it. Are you inhailing enough for it to constitute a Shiur, and so not be able to Vape on a fast day?
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Two brothers or father and son one after the other

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 141:6 rules יכולים לקרות שני אחים זה אחר זה, והבן אחר האב, ואין מניחים אלא בשביל עין הרע It is possible to call up to read the Torah two brothers, one after the ...
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Does Chinese ancestor worship have the full status of idolotry?

In the front of a Chinese restaurant they have a small shrine - a succah less than a foot tall. Placed before it is a bowl of rice with vertical chopsticks and a plate of oranges. There is no idol ...
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On a “minor fast day” must one daven Maariv before eating once the fast is over?

Can a person eat once a fast is over and daven Maariv at a later time after eating? or is it a requirement to say Maariv prior to breaking one's fast?
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Hazores hashatz for musaf, tenth left before and returns after - sources

Can we have hazaores hashatz for Musaf, if the tenth left the room before Musaf began, and then returns at the end? In shacharis, the rational for this is based on there being someone who has not ...
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Is embalming/mummification kosher?

In Bereishit ch 50 v 2 we read of Joseph embalming Yaakov: "וַיְצַו יוֹסֵף אֶת־עֲבָדָיו אֶת־הָרֹפְאִים לַחֲנֹט אֶת־אָבִיו וַיַּחַנְטוּ הָרֹפְאִים אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל׃ Then Joseph ordered the ...
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Kesamim found on a tattoo

We Pasken that a Kesem (blood stain that is presumed to be uterine blood) that is found on a colored garment is not Tamei. Rashi on Niddah 61b says that Chazal never forbade Kesamim on colored ...
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Status of the son of an unmarried Kohen

If a Kohen had a relationship outside marriage with a Jewish-born, non-divorced woman, is his son a Kohen? I mean that the woman is not currently married (either single or a widow) and the child is ...
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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of “muktzeh machmas chisaron kis”?

Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa says a radio is muktzeh machamas chisaron kis. -- I'm allowed to pick up and move a hammer if it's in my way on Shabbos, but not something expensive and delicate like a ...
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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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Are Totem Poles considered to be Avodah Zarah?

A totem pole is a large carving, often made out of a tree, that depicts symbols or figures. They are usually made by various First Nations and Indigenous peoples around Canada and the United States. ...
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Is friendship with Christians and other idolaters permitted?

Does Torah permit having friends who are Christians/Muslims/other forms of Avodah Zarah?
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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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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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Is cultured meat Kosher?

This question claims that meat cultured from a kosher source is kosher too. However, a quick reading of sources seems to indicate the contrary: Tur (YD 62:1): וכן בשר הפורש מן החי אסור אע"פ שאין ...
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Can a kohen be a mamzer?

A friend and I were discussing this. Generally speaking, it seems that it should be impossible for a person to be a kohen (rather than a chalal) and also a mamzer, because the set of women whom a ...
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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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Is boyfriend/girlfriend status between non-Jews relevant to adultery laws?

Is having intimate relations by a Non-Jewish man with a Non-Jewish woman who is not married but lives with a boyfriend a form of adultery?
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Shevuos in Conflict

Say that there's a guy named Reuven. Reuven swears never to bake bread on Tuesdays. Don't ask why, just go with it. Reuven owns an inn. Several months later, some guys called up Reuven and asked if ...
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Why can't one eat prior to hearing havdala?

What is the reason why one may not eat prior to hearing havdala on motsei shabbos??
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Making a bracha on food which is normally assur, but allowed due to pikuach nefesh

In general, one eating forbidden food does not make a bracha. In certain cases, foods which are usually assur are allowed to be eaten out of a concern of pikuach nefesh -- danger to life. For example,...
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Preparing a grave before death

Is it against Halacha to prepare a grave before someone who passed away i.e. that the doctors and family know that the person is going to pass away but don’t know when so they make preparations. ...
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Why don't islands read the m'gila two days?

Bavli, M'gila 5 amud 2, cites a doubt as to when the m'gila is read in T'verya: on the fourteenth of Adar, as in most places, or on the fifteenth, as in a city walled since the time of Y'hoshua. The ...
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Is it forbidden to count Jewish people without uttering any words?

Related: Am I allowed to count people? We are not allowed to count Jewish people. But one can count other objects to represent the people and one can also speak the words of a possuk where the ...
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Definition of “Isko Im Hanashim”

Which modern-day poskim address what professional relationships would make one considered "Isko Im Hanashim" - working with women, in relation to Hilchos Yichud, and what are their definitions? For ...
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Bracha levatalah vs waiting between meat and milk

If I make a ברכה on a Hershey bar, and before I eat the food, I realize I am Fleishig, what do I do? (assuming I have no other food around?)
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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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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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Lashon hara to criticize world leaders? [duplicate]

If a Jew lives in an oppressive country and speaks negatively about that country's leader, is that considered lashon hara?
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If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?

If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher (meat and milk,chicken and milk, pork…) should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?
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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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Non-statutory Torah service

Is it possible to have a "stand-alone" Torah service, not connected to a statutory prayer? I saw this done on Shavuot once, where some people who slept through davening convened a minyan solely for ...
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Is writing essays for someone else a sin?

I know the title of this question sounds perhaps irrelevant and absurd but let me explain my question as it concerns Halakhah and Torah laws. My non-Jewish friend works as a freelance writer. ...
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Does anyone hold you can make a stipulation on Nisuin

There's a parsha of T'nai (stipulation), that applies to various kinyanim, halachic changes in status. The third chapter of Kiddushin has many cases of tenai when it comes to Kiddushin. I'm wondering ...
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“Worship idols or I kill another Jew” - what should one do?

The Halacha is that one may not serve Avodah Zarah even on pain of death (Sanhedrin 74a). I was staying by a family for Shabbos, and their 11-year-old son asked a genius question. What happens if ...
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What blessing does one make on non-kosher food? [duplicate]

Is a blessing made on non-kosher food that one is normally forbidden (אסור) to eat when one is in an exceptional circumstance? (like for example, starving and without other food) The food becomes ...
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Wedding ring composition considerations

I was recently told that the ring used for kiddushin should be made entirely out of one kind of metal (usually gold), with no other adornments such as diamonds, etc. I had been under the impression ...
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Is one obligated in a promise to do an issur made pekuach nefesh?

Chaim has an exotic disease for which the only possible cure is an experimental drug. The drug company will permit him to enter the study as long as he agrees that if he dies, he releases his body ...
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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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Would it be mutar to be implanted with a microchip and leave it in over shabbos?

A few years ago a swedish company started implanting employees with rice-sized microchips in the backs of their hands. An american company followed suit. the chips can open doors, grant access to work ...
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Is a person allowed to prejudge a beggar before giving tzedaka?

The scenario: Last week while waiting for the NYC subway, a well-dressed woman asked me if I had a spare Metrocard swipe (the Metrocard is a prepaid fare card.) As she did not seem like a beggar, I ...
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Zeicher vs Zecher

Why do many Ashkenazic congregations repeat (at least a portion of) the last verse (Devarim 25:19) of Parashat Zachor twice, once saying "zeikher" and the other "zekher" (flipping the first vowel from ...
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Is there a preference for a grandson or for another person to say kaddish if the son is indisposed

Is there a preference for a grandson or for another person to say kaddish if the son is indisposed? I am asking this generally, although I was motivated by the following scenario: I have yahrzeit ...
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Why can I eat milk where someone else eats non-kosher meat?

I understand (though I've no good source at the moment) that two people (who know one another well enough that they may come to share food) may not eat meat and milk within arm's-reach at the same ...
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Has CRISPR (editing the genome) for humans been discussed in halachic literature?

Has the use of CRISPR in editing the human genome been discussed in halachic literature? I know that PGD and its ability to allow parents to choose the gender of their child have been under discussion ...
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Properly focusing attention on Hashem

Recently I've been travelling to places, where I couldn't daven minchah in a synagogue, and in many cases I couldn't determine where mizrach was. In another question we saw that, based on Berakhot 30a,...
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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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Halachot learned from gematria

The gemara in nazir learns that an unspecified nezirut is 30 days long from the pasuk "kadosh yihyeh" with yihyeh having gematria 30. Can anyone think of other places where halachot are learned from ...
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Are Samaritans viewed as adherents of Judaism?

In Judaism, particularly from an Orthodox perspective, are Samaritans seen as fellow Jews? Sometimes I see their religion referred to as 'Samaritanism', sometimes as Judaism. Also, is it halachically ...