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What is the maximum age for Metzitza?

Part of the bris ceremony is metzitza. I was told that after a certain age (of the boy) it is not done (meaning an adult who gets a bris does not get metzitza). Is this true? What is the age? Source ...
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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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Does a person with DID need to be mentioned by both names?

THis is a bit funny question, following "can-one-name-count-for-two-people" but I think Halachically legitimate: How a sick person with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder) ...
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Halachic consequences of throwing Tefillin (inside double bag) to floor

Imagine that a person with anger throws Tefillin to the floor, but the Tefillin are inside two bags. What are the Halachic consequences?
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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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Can a Cohen marry a single mother?

Can a Cohen marry a single mother (who has had relations once in her life, for example, and the child’s father is Jewish)? The single mother fits all other requirements as well as being a bat cohen.
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Swaying during the first verse of Shema

It is common (at least as far as I have seen) for people to sway while praying. However, while saying the first verse of Shema, one musn't do anything else, even walking is forbidden (Shulchan Aruch ...
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Is telling unpleasant truth about a person Lashon Hora?

Is telling something unpleasant, something that would portray a person in a very negative light even though it is true, considered Lashon Hora?
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Bracha after consuming food

If one eats pizza and is 100% certain he did not say the bracha for it, may he still say it? Explanation: Eating a piece of pizza, realizing you didn’t say the bracha, and saying the bracha before ...
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Halachic issues with buying an item for cheap when owner doesnt know true value

What are the halachic problems that arise when one buys an item at a discount but the owner is unaware of the true value? This can apply to a yard sale where one buys a coin that they know is worth ...
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Definition of “Tinok” for the status of “Melamdei Tinokos”

Looking for sources that describe what ages the word "tinok" or "tinokes" refers to for the halachic ramifications that related to "Melamdei Tinokos", teachers of tinokos (who have rules that relate ...
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Is a Baal Keri allowed to do Mitzvot?

If a person is impure because of his nocturnal emission. Is he allowed to do mitzvot? Should he still strive to do them or should he keep low key and try to avoid them because of his impure state?
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Is it required to read the Ketubah under the Chuppah?

Is it Halachicly required to read the ketubah aloud under the chuppah? Or, provided that it has been properly witnessed, is it sufficient to simply give the bride the text. I am thinking of a ...
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Is Sous-vide Cooking or Roasting?

It has been discussed here previously regarding the Sous-vide method of cooking. However I have a separate question. What type of method is halachically categorized as? Is it Tzli or is it Bishul? ...
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Men making Kiddush for women after eating at shul

Women and men are both equally chayiv in kiddush, at least on shabbos. Additionally there is a commonly known rule that a non obligated person (or obligated on a lower level) cannot fulfill a mitzvah ...
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Can one bake silkworms in a kosher oven?

Raising silkworms can be a fun project. If you're trying to get silk thread, the last step of the process, after they finish spinning their cocoon, is to bake them in the oven to kill them (if they ...
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Is a subway station Reshut Harabim or Reshut Hayachid? [duplicate]

Is a subway station considerd a Reshut Harabim or Reshut Hayachid?
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Have there been instances were decisions in the Sanhedrin or Rabbinical decisions concerning Jewish practice have been reversed upon later review?

I was curious if there were examples or instances where one generation of Rabbis established an interpretation of the law which were followed accordingly, only to have another generation reverse the ...
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Picking up kippah that blew off on shabbat in karmalit

A kippa has blown off someone's head on shabbat in an area without an eruv. The kippa is now on the ground. How should one respond? Would the same apply to dropped gloves or key belts etc. Pick it up ...
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Shipping a package to an empty house

Are there any sources in Halacha that would suggest shipping a package to a random house in my neighborhood that no one lives in and taking the package is a sin? (The house is for sale, also you ...
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Is there a “chasiddish” Mishna Berura?

The Mishna Berura, to the best of my knowledge, is, for the most part, the accepted psak for the Litvish/yeshivish community. Is there a Halachic work that Chassidim generally turn to for piskei ...
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Why dont we copy Yitzchak when praying Mincha

Genesis 24,63 says: וַיֵּצֵא יִצְחָק לָשׂוּחַ בַּשָּׂדֶה לִפְנוֹת עָרֶב וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה גְמַלִּים בָּאִים And Isaac went out walking in the field toward evening and, looking ...
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Is is possible to use Chayos as Korbanos

I'm assuming all issues of Kashrus and Shechita aside - i.e. We have a mesora for Shechting a Giraffe, is it possible to use say, a Giraffe, or Tzvi or Ayal as a Korban, b'sha'as Adchak or are the ...
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Is eating in the bedroom forbidden?

Is eating in the bedroom or any typical part of the bedroom forbidden? I've heard that there's some sort of tumah associated with this action, but couldn't get verification outside of differing ...
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Is wearing tefilin of your minhag important? [closed]

I am ashkenazi and I was offered sepharadi tefilin. I am a Baal Teshuva so I have no idea what kind of tefilin my ancestors used. Is it obligatory for me to change my tefilin for ashkenazi ones? Or ...
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Is it permissible to violate Shabbos to prevent one from becoming homeless?

I have heard many times that the concept of the "hashkama minyan" in America began because frum people went to work on Shabbos in order to not be fired and feed their families, and wanted to daven ...
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Making lines to copy the Torah

Do the Scriptures themselves say to write lines when making a copy of the Torah, or if this is an oral tradition?
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Pri Chadash 496:18 on “eino roeh siman bracha” actual issur or not?

The Pri Chadash Orach Chayim 496:18 discusses the degree to which things which are described as "eino roeh siman bracha" are actually assur. Can someone who knows how to read Hebrew tell me what his ...
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Source for not looking at a kohens hands.

It's commonly known that non Kohanim shouldn't look at a kohens hands during Birchas Kohanim. What is the source for this?
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Does Ribbis apply to services?

When one lends someone money they many not charge them interest. When one lends someone an item the item returned has to be identical or else it may be Ribbis. Suppose you have a carpool with a ...
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When can trade secrets be disclosed?

Does this story in the Talmud imply that Jewish law says it's OK to disclose trade secrets if it can be argued that it saves lives? Rabbi Yochanan was sick with scurvy, and he went to a certain non-...
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Is the mitzvah of accepting guest even when charging [duplicate]

From this question Is it sourced that Avrohom Avinu charged his guests payment if they did not make a Brachah? and from the fact that Rivka after serving Eliyezer got paid for it, It seems that the ...
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Is it permissible to shape the beard with a razor?

I know it's prohibited to use razor to cut the beard, but is it also prohibited to shape the limits of the beard with it? If not, how can one define/line up/shape the beard? EDIT: When I say shape ...
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Why don't kohanim eat terumah nowadays?

Terumah is a tithe that is given to kohanim. I have been told that kohanim are not allowed to eat terumah nowadays. Is this true? If so, why not?
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Does one who does two things which independently obligate him in Birchas HaGomel say one beracha or two?

One says Birchas HaGomel on surviving a dangerous situation, particularly one who survives prison, a dangerous illness, a trip over the ocean, or a trip through the desert (SA OC 219; see §9-10 there ...
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Deriving *halachah* from the books of the Prophets

The Talmud in multiple places uses the principle divrei Torah midivrei kabbalah lo yalfinan, which usually is interpreted to mean that halachah cannot be derived from the words of the Prophets, and if ...
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Is Shmitat Ksafim practiced after a Yovel?

Many link between the Yovel and Shmitat Ksafim, like in Shu"A H"M 67: "דין שמיטה ופרוזבול ובו ל"ח סעיפים: אין שמיטת כספים נוהגת מן התורה אלא בזמן שהיובל נוהג" Is Shmitat Kasafim actually ...
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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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TV from Israel on Shabbos [duplicate]

If one owns a restaurant that features news from Israel, can he allow that to be on on Friday afternoon when it is Shabbos in Israel? In other words if a Jew may benefit before Shabbat from mealcha ...
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Tankless Water Heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov

I have been trying to understand the issues with tankless water heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov. (The simple description of how this works can be found here and here). I found this answer on Mi Yodeya ...
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Is Baal Kore allowed to drink water in the middle of reading Megillas Esther?

If the reader drinks water to lubricate his vocal cords in the middle of a megilla reading, is it considered an interruption that would require him to re-start at the beginning or is there no need to ...
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Using teabags on Shabbos [duplicate]

Is it accepted to use teabags on Shabbos? Obviously, one would have to leave the teabag in the cup (and leave enough liquid to cover it) so as not to transgress Boirer. It would also need to be a ...
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How much blood makes a niddah? [closed]

Sometimes a woman is bleeding but is not having a clear period. What amount of blood (on colored clothing) would no longer be considered a kesem but would make the woman a nidah through a presumed ...
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Why should a הערמה be allowed and what are the guidelines for its use?

Gemoro Shabbos 139b speaks about cases of הערמה translated below as “artifice” or maybe “cheating”. The scholars said to R. Ashi: See, sir, a Rabbinical disciple. whose name is R. Huna b. Hiwan — ...
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Halachic restrictions on Sefarim shelves

If memory serves me correctly, I believe Jonathan Rosenblum cites in his biography of Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky a story where Rav Yaakov complained that someone had placed a sefer on an arm of a bench ...
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Can a kosher restaurant play music for its diners? [duplicate]

I was told by Rabbi Yehezkel Danziger, an editor at Art Scroll (he was editor in chief of most of the volumes of the Shottenstein Talmud Bavli) that it is forbidden to listen to music while eating, ...
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What happens to the debts after Shmitat Ksafim?

The question is rather simple - What happens to a loan after Shmitat Ksafim (I refer only to those entitled for Shmitah): Is the debt fully annulled and the Shtar/agreement invalidated in this world'...
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What happens if one isn’t sure if ten Jews are watching? [duplicate]

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 74a-b) rules that if ten Jews are present when a non-Jew threatens a Jew to perform any sin - even to dress like a non-Jew - on pain of death, the Jew is obligated to give up his ...
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Question on tzedaka [duplicate]

The shulchan Aruch in YD 249:1 enumerates the Halacha to give tzedaka and it’s minimum requirements. He notes it’s laudable to give a fifth. My question is if the person in question is exceedingly ...
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Would popping pimples be considered “etching” the flesh in the sense that it can sometimes leave scarring?

I was curious if there was a decision which relates to pimples specifically. Pimple popping and skin care have become a major topic on many parts of the internet. You typically see people using ...