Questions tagged [halacha]

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When arising in the morning we should rise up like a lion.. Why a lion? Why not a tiger/bull or a horse? What does a lion do that we should do in am?

When arising in the morning we are told in Halacha that we should rise up like a lion. My question is why like a lion? Why not rise like a bull or a horse? What is unique to a lion that we are ...
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How does salt “add heat” (mishna in Shabbos 4(1))

The mishna in Shabbos 4(1) tells us which materials may not be used to insulate foods for Shabbos because they "add heat". One of these materials is salt. Can anyone explain how salt can add heat ...
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What is the holiness status of a Siddur

The Shulhan Aruch (Y"D 282) tells us that one should stack certain books in a certain order (e.g. Humash on top of a Sefer Navi). What is the Din of a Siddur for this purpose? My friend told me he ...
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Clapping on Shabbos

Is one allowed to clap one's hands on Shabbos? Does it matter whether one is clapping to a beat or trying to get someone's attention?
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Why need to be careful with Yad

I was in shul and the Torah reader was not careful not to block the words with the Yad when he was reading. I was taught that he should be careful, but I did not tell him anything I first want to ...
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Switching residences at night during Chanukah

The answers to this question explain that if one is not eating at home during Chanukah, he nevertheless needs to light at his house, where he will be sleeping that night. What happen if someone ...
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Kiruv and halachik compromise

What is the basis for a blanket allowance of halachik compromises by organizations involved in kiruv, if any? The purpose of this question is to see if there were responsa that give blanket ...
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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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Seemingly Hefker Esrog - used for the Mitzva

This past Erev Succos I arrived at a local synagogue that had a fellow selling Lulavim and Esrogim in their Simcha hall. The fellow left three Esrogim (not in the greatest condition - yet Kosher) on ...
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Is shenayim mikra (only) a minhag according to the Chofetz Chaim?

R. Yisrael Meir Kagan writes that every Jewish man needs to know the weekly Torah portion and understand it. He says that the reason why all of Israel reads the verses twice and the translation once (...
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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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reading the gospel in the bathroom

Simple. Being that us Jews see the gospel as nothing more then a phony. Would it be allowed for one to read this book in the bathroom (being that it does say g-d)?
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Offset Smoker – Kli Rishon or Sheini?

An offset smoker is a device for smoking food in which the fire is in a compartment (A) which is not completely connected to the cooking area (B), as in the image below: In theory at least, parts A ...
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Fish eaten with milk?

Is there any halachik problem with eating fish and milk together? (A classic example is a bagel with lox and cream cheese)
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Can 'Omer' be translated as 'sheaf', or does it only refer to a measure of grain?

What is the translation of an omer? Do the sages or rabbis use, at least, two different translations? Does an "omer" ever mean a bundle of standing (or not standing) grain stalks? Please note: I am ...
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What is Torah's Viewpoint on Individual Accountability in Judaism [duplicate]

When looking at Vayikra 26:39 and Yirmiyahu 31:29 (and the commentaries related to these) it seems that one is only accountable for their own actions. However, it is stated in some sources that ...
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Is a female Torah scholar accorded the same honors as a male?

Would a woman who is as learned in Torah as a male Rosh Yeshiva or talmud scholar be accorded the same honors such as standing up for them or, in the case of an outstanding scholar reciting the ...
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Photographing an Eclipse

There is a general prohibition on depicting and/or owning depictions of celestial bodies, such as the sun and moon (see, e.g., the Rambam Hilkhoth Avoda Zara 3:18). Nonetheless, there are opinions ...
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Is there such a thing as “Veset Halom”

One friend of mine told me that his wife always sees a special dream before her veset. Always the same one. Could such think be counted as veset kavua? I understand that technically a dream doesn't ...
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A Jewish-slaves Mitzvahs obligations

What mitzvos is a Jewish slave (a Jew owned by a Jew mentioned Shemot 21,2) obligated in? Is a Jewish slave obligated in time bound mitzvos? or he obligated to the same mitzvos as a woman? Sources ...
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Rainbow in water spray

You can often see a rainbow in a spray of water such as from sprinkler irrigation. Is the brocha for a rainbow applicable in that case? Also, does a rainbow that comes from a prism get a brocha too?
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Does אונאת דברים include disgusting someone?

Does the issur of Onaas D'varim include disgusting someone? or eating in a way that can disgust someone
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If אדם מועד לעולם is even by oness gamur , Why is a katan (minor ) not liable for damages.?

The Ramban (Baba Metzia 82b) proves that the rule of Adam muad L'olam bein B'oness bein b'ratzon (sanhedrin 72a), [freely translated: A human is always liable for damages, whether the damage was done ...
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Warm food on Shabbat day during Mishnaic and Talmudic times

In looking over the laws for keeping food warm over Shabbat, I began to wonder how things practically played out during the times of the Mishna and Talmud. Given that an oven could only be used if the ...
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How does one write a Kosher Sefer Torah in Greek? [duplicate]

Following question of "why-is-a-greek-torah-scroll-kosher", the Mishna in Meggila 1.8 reads: אֵין בֵּין סְפָרִים לִתְפִלִּין וּמְזוּזוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁהַסְּפָרִים נִכְתָּבִין בְּכָל לָשׁוֹן... רַבָּן ...
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Learning Torah from a Non Jew

Can someone learn torah from a non jew? I know a Jew can't teach a non jew torah that doesn't apply to him (Tosafos, Chagiga 13a; S"A Hil'TT). However, is there an issue with a Jew learning Torah (...
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Music at a Wedding

Someone told me that there is a requirement to have music at a wedding. He said that the Mishna Brurah says if one side does not want to pay for the music the other side can force them to pay for it. ...
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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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Sources for individual's “four cubits in the Land of Israel”

I know of one teshuva (Maharam of Rothenburg, Prague Edition, 4:536), that deals with the practical implications of one's halakhically guaranteed four cubits in the Land of Israel. Does anyone know of ...
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Self-defense in a street fight?

I was in a situation where someone basically approached me indicating he was going to fight me, squared up with me, stared me down etc. pushed me twice, and then I thought to myself, "If he raises a ...
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Self-defense (in a case of one's capital, not a capital case)

There is a well known rule that if A is threatening B's life, B may kill A, if necessary, to prevent that. Is there any such rule in non-capital cases? Specifically: If A is threatening B with ...
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Injury and killing by a tam ox

Am I right in thinking that, if a tam ox injures someone, they receive some damages (mBava Kamma 4:1 and bBava Kamma 33a), whereas if the tam ox kills someone, they/ their heirs receive no damages ...
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Is it permissible to go to a wedding of a gay Jewish couple?

Theoretical halachic question: Can an orthodox Jew attend the wedding of a gay couple? Does it matter if they are family? Does it matter whether they are male or female? Does it matter if they are ...
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Mishna brurah Siman 243:1

Can someone clear this up for me: The MB in the 243 intro says that all heter ways to allow the work of schirus (renter) is only permissible when he pays a lump sum including the shabbos sum in one ...
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Looking for a particular idea from Reb Yonason Eibshitz

I recall reading a quote from Reb Yonason Eibshitz concerning a judge on a beis din of 23 faced with a strange situation. The defendant seems to the judge to be guilty of murder, but this judge is the ...
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Reform wedding ceremony changes

I saw a video of a Reform wedding ceremony, and noticed many differences between theirs and a traditional Orthodox ceremony. Sheva Berachos were recited before Kiddushin (the giving of the ring) No ...
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When Tamar offered evidence, was she acting as a witness?

In the trial of Tamar, she offers the items Judah left with her as security. How were these objects offered into evidence? Was Tamar acting as a witness? Or were the objects and her possession of ...
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What was Tamar's capital crime?

On what basis did Judah have the right to sentence Tamar to be burned (Genesis 38)? What capital offense did she commit?
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Theoretically, in a perfect environment, what would happen if a king would commit a capital crime?

The Mishna (according to the Gemara) says that kings of the house of Yehuda (basically, the good kings) and all kings before King Yannai would be judged, and the Radvaz writes that (in theory), a king ...
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Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin?

Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin? Halacha states, something like: "When a man consecrates a woman in the presence of a single witness, the kiddushin is not binding." But Halacha ...
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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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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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Shaking Off Charoses

The Shulchan Aruch (475:1) says ואח"כ יקח כזית מרור וישקענו כולו בחרוסת ולא ישהנו בתוכו שלא יתבטל טעם מרירתו ומטעם זה צריך לנער החרוסת מעליו ויברך על אכילת מרור ויאכלנו בלא הסיבה - take a ...
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Is fighting in a non-Jewish army against another army with Jews as well permissible?

Let me explain. This is something that actually happened, in World War One; Jews volunteered to fight with the Entente and many Jews volunteered on the Central Powers. Some could have served on the ...
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Must a kazayit be eaten immediately?

In order to recite an after-beracha —- take bread, for example —- must the full kazayit be eaten right after making the opening-beracha, or could one taste the bread and wait a period of time before ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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Marital relations cover [duplicate]

I heard by a friend that during marital relations one needs to cover oneself and his wife with a blanket? Is there a reason for this? Is it a obligation or a minhag?
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Is there a Rabbinical stance on “Ghost Hunting” and whether it is an allowable activity?

Strange topic but I was curious if anything existed in relation to it. "Ghost Hunting" can be done for different reasons. Typically, it's in reference to paranormal investigators seeking evidence of ...
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Include “al hagefen” if just had a sip of grape juice when anyways saying me'ein shalosh

Sorry I don't have all the sources in front of me. The basic rule of blessings is that wine/grape juice, fruits from the seven species, and the five grain products get a special after blessing known ...
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Timing of pikuach nefesh

What is the halacha on how imminent the danger of death has to be for you to be allowed to invoke pikuach nefesh and break a commandment to save a life? Obviously if someone is drowning before your ...

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