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Is there a korbon needed for conversion? [duplicate]

A Noahide teacher told a friend, who's a convert, that he's not really Jewish because one who converts has to bring a korbon thus he's not Jewish... he asked me regarding this topic but I personally ...
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If a husband or wife medically die but are resuscitated, is a new kiddushin required? [duplicate]

If a husband or wife is on an operating table and is pronounced clinically dead, but then a couple minutes later is miraculously resuscitated (example): Would this couple require a new kiddushin? ...
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Are Jobs tears (coix seed) kitniyot?

I have run across a seed called Job’s tears. Anybody know if this would be considered Kitniyot? Some brands are certified kosher. Would this need a special hechsher for Pesach? A Rabbi from a ...
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Going to men's mikva at night

Is there any issue for men going to the mikva at night? The customary thing seems to be to go before davening in the morning, or in the afternoon on erev Shabbos or Yom Tov, or at dawn on leil Shavuos,...
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Convert, Orphan, Widow possible immunity

In Devarim 24:17 לֹא תַטֶּה מִשְׁפַּט גֵּר יָתוֹם וְלֹא תַחֲבֹל בֶּגֶד אַלְמָנָה. ‏You shall not subvert the rights of the stranger or the fatherless; you shall not take a widow’s garment in ...
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Shomer negia for aunt and nephew

Is the prohibition of shomer negia applicable between aunt and nephew? Can you please provide sources?
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Using a siddur to Daven from in a seforim store

There are many seforim stores that have a minyan for Mincha in the store. If someone were to use a siddur from the store in order to daven with that minyan in a way that there's no perceived damage on ...
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How must one send away the mother bird?

I was learning the halachos of Shiluach HaKen recently, and I was stunned to find that while the Shulchan Aruch discusses the halachos of the Mitzvah at length in Yoreh Deah 292, not once does he ...
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Can a slave say the Haggadah?

Throughout the Haggadah, we make reference to the fact that originally we were slaves, but now we are freed. To quote just a couple of them: עבדים היינו לפרעה במצרים...ואלו לא הוציא הקב״ה את ...
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Why do we read the Megillah by night and by day?

Why do we read the Megillah by night and then again by day? Wouldn't it be enough to read it once!
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Is there a problem with wearing clothing inside-out for Purim?

In general, one should not wear clothing inside-out, as per Shulchan Aruch, OC 2:3: ידקדק בחלוקו ללובשו כדרכו שלא יהפוך הפנימי לחוץ One should be particular with his cloak to wear it properly, ...
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If someone's foreskin grew back, would he need a second Bris Milah?

Theoretically speaking, if someone's foreskin grew back after his Bris Milah, would he need another Bris Milah? Is the idea that the Bris be permanent, and if the foreskin were to grow back, it would ...
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Drop-shipping Non Kosher Food Products?

I own a drop-shipping business where I sell both food and non food products. As a drop shipper I do not keep the products I sell in stock. Instead, when I sell a product I purchase the item from a ...
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Does one wash his hands upon waking up from cryostasis?

Assuming that cryonics is permissible: NASA is reportedly looking into cryostasis technology in preparation for a Mars mission. As I understand the theoretical technology, any astronauts who would ...
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Would a theoretical Hulk be allowed to transform on Shabbos?

This is not Purim Torah, but rather a thought experiment about Hilchos Shabbos. Potentially, there are several Melachos that Bruce Banner violates in his transformation into the Hulk: Dyeing his ...
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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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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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Do relatives count as Rey'eyhu?

Follow up to this. The obligation on Purim is "mishlo'ach manot, ish l'rey'eyhu", the sending of food, a man to his neighbor. Do relatives counts towards the concept of "neighbor"? Can a man hand ...
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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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Halakhic Home “Hacks” [duplicate]

I am looking to build a home in the distant future and am looking for advice on some ways for when building the home to make it more comfortable in the Halakhic sense. examples of ideas I had so far:...
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Mishloach Manot food to decor ratio

In the last years more and more money and effort are put on the decor of the M"M relatively to the actual food. I was wondering if any sources mention a sort of the "final ratio" of food to decor, ...
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Rabbi expenses for Mishloach Manos to his congregants

Can a Rabbi of a Shul claim back expenses for the outlay of food for mishloach Manos to give to his congregants?
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A sefer that states the reasons behind the Halachos

Is there a sefer that states the Halachos L'maseah and gives the reasoning as to why the Halacha is the way it is. I'm looking for a Halacha sefer that states the Halacha as we pasken, but also ...
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What is the Jewish law on homosexual acts not explicitly prohibited in the Torah?

(Preface: I have read through a few of the Gay themed questions on this site and didn't find any that addressed this question. This question is somewhat similar in nature but doesn't have an answer.) ...
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A widow using her deceased husbands semen to conceive?

If a husband has some of his semen frozen/saved and then dies, what halachic and hashkafic issues have to be addressed when deciding if his widow is allowed to/can/should use that semen to become ...
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Neki'at yada'im

The Kitzur shulchan aruch 2:6 says that one says " Al Nekiyat Yadayim" when there is no water available. What are the opinion of sefardic poskim? Is it the same?
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Can a Kohen have his prohibited ex wife as pilagesh?

If a Kohen's wife is G-d forbid raped and he witnessed, there is no heter (permission) to stay married with her as she is a zonah (Leviticus 21:7). However, after he divorces her, can he take her back,...
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Makhatzit HaShekel

I wish to ask a few questions on the half shekel To whom is it given today? Is the amount really significant nowadays? If so, does it differ with different currency values or do all Jews pay the ...
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Is the passage repeated during the reading of Zachor the only place such a question arises?

When we read Parshas Zachor shortly before Purim, we repeat a passage. According to the Mishneh Berurah 685, there is a dispute concerning the vowels that belong here. One possibility would seem to ...
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Why is one obligated to the death penalty if he follows Beis Shamai

Why is it, that if one were to follow Beis Shamai's halachic opinions, he'd be obligated to the death penalty, as we see the Gemara in Brachos 11a says that: רב נחמן בר יצחק אמר עשה כדברי בית שמאי ...
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Are there situations where a child is permitted to refer to their parent by their first name?

(This question addresses the prohibition of referring to your parents by their first name) Other than emergency situations (medical, hospital etc) are there instances where a child is permitted to ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z in a mixed shul?

According to this question and the answer Ashkenazi shat”z? Someone who pronounces an ע and an א the same can be shat”z, as long as everyone in the shul does so too. What if a couple of people ...
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Ashkenazi shat”z?

In meseches Megillah (daf 24b): אמר רב אסי חיפני (ובשיני) לא ישא את כפיו תניא נמי הכי אין מורידין לפני התיבה לא אנשי בית שאן ולא אנשי בית חיפה ולא אנשי טבעונין מפני שקורין לאלפין עיינין ולעיינין ...
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Are the musical instruments in the Beis HaMikdash exhaustive?

Rambam (Hil. Klei HaMikdash 3:4) lists the instruments accompanying the Leviim: וּבַמֶּה הֵם מְנַגְּנִין. בִּנְבָלִים וַחֲלִילִים וְכִנּוֹרוֹת וַחֲצוֹצְרוֹת וְהַצִּלְצָל. וְאֵין פּוֹחֲתִין ...
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According to the The Yalkut Yosef, should one Mishloach Manot be large to serve as a meal?

Chazon Ovadyah (pp 129-31) learns from Megillah 7b that one should send enough food that could serve as a meal. What is the opinion of The Yalkut Yosef - Is it obligatory to send food large enough to ...
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Kaddish for children

I heard some rabbanim say that if a baby or child is over the age of 30 days, one should say kaddish for him for a year (11 months) while I have heard others say that 11 months is only for a parent ...
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Is a Minyan allowed to count a man that does not keep Shabbos?

If someone has never kept shabbos, works on shabbos or owns a business that is open on shabbos, can he be counted towards a minyan? Is there any leniency if the minyan is short by one, and they get ...
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Does the mitzvah of eradicating Amalek supersede Shabbos?

The Sefer Chinuch 604 tells us we have a mitzvah to wipe out Amalek. למחות זרעו מן העולם - שנצטוינו למחות זרעו של עמלק ולאבד זכרו מן העולם, זכר ונקבה, גדול וקטן, ועל זה נאמר (דברים כה יט) ''תמחה את ...
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Ritual hand washing

A question about netilat yadayim in the morning. Where does the custom with the bowl and cup come from? In modern homes with clear running water, is there a problem reciting the bracha whilst washing ...
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Do any sources discuss reading Megillas Ester too fast?

I remember seeing a source explaining that ideally Megilla should be read somewhat fast because it is called "iggeret" (a letter), and letters are read at fast speed out loud. I've also heard the ...
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Parameters of Poreitz Gader

What are the parameters for the curse of "Haporeitz Gader Yenashcho Nachash - One who breaks a fence should be bitten by a snake"? (Koheles, Avodah Zara 27b) What kind of halachos does this apply to? ...
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Stipulated Kiddushin case Halachah

I was presented with the following scenario, that differs a bit from the one in Kiddushin (48-50) and couldn't figure the Halacha: A man gives a woman a coin of unknown value before Kosher witnesses (...
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Does promising salvation in return to a donation border on fraud?

I have mixed feelings about very common (in Israel) advertisements like this one: (the ad says: "32 orphans are getting married and YOU ARE GRANTED SALVATION"... each one who donates 320 NIS WILL, ...
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Bentching on one slice of pizza [duplicate]

Does one have to bentch on one slice of pizza? Does one full slice of Pizza (More then a Kzayis) render one obligated to Bentch?
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Do we stand up for a man or the Torah he learned?

The halacha (SA YD 244:1) is that one should stand up out of respect for a talmid chacham. I remember hearing a comment (possibly in the name of the Brisker Rov) that one is really standing up for ...
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Speaking Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile

Can I say Loshon Hara about another Jew to a Gentile? For example: If Reuven tells Roy that Yehudah is a stupid person. Is Reuven doing an Aveira?
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Hearing Loshon Hara from a Gentile

Can a Gentile tell me Loshon Hara about another Jew?
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Is it allowed to suck blood from a wound?

A natural reaction when cutting oneself (e.g., on a finger) is to suck out the blood. However the Torah writes (Vayikra 17:12-14 and other places) "עַל־כֵּן אָמַרְתִּי לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּל־...
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Is there an English Shulchan Aruch Audio online?

Is there anyone online that gives a straight English Shulchan Aruch shiur online? Shulchan Aruch not Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
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Prohibition to eat blood [closed]

Leviticus 7:26-27 teach us about the prohibition to eat blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of the dwellings. So is one allowed to eat the blood of the fish? Is one allowed to eat blood ...