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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 ...
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Could “Panim Chadashot” be fulfilled by FaceTime/ Skype?

In Maseches Kesuvos 7b we learn about the requirement of "panim chadashot" (lit: new faces) for every day of sheva brachos (codified in Even Ha'Ezer 62:7). Could the requirement of panim chadashot be ...
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Do any poskim exempt 13-20-year-olds from Mussaf?

In Artscrollโ€™s edition of Sefer HaChinuch (vol. 2, p. 303), they quote a discussion regarding whether women are exempt from davening Mussaf: If women are obligated as men are in all the communal ...
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Painting faces on Purim

I used to see people in a few places have a custom to paint (decorate) their faces on Purim. They explain it as because Hashem hid himself in the whole occasion of the story of purim and the meggilah ...
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Is a berit milah performed by a female jewish mohel halachically valid? [duplicate]

Is a jewish female pediatrician permitted to perform The mitzvah of berit milah on a jewish infant? If such a berit milah is performed by the female Mohel. When the infant grows to maturity Is he ...
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Would Emoji halachically be considered a language?

While admittedly close to Purim, this is NOT a Purim Torah. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Pretty much all of us know about emojis, as they're virtually everywhere nowadays. Emojis are increasingly being used as proof in court- ...
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Elopement in Judaism

Some people used to elope (run away with their loved ones to marriage). More colloquially, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually ...
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Tisha Ba'av that fell out on Shabbos

If Tisha Ba'av fell out on Shabbos, and therefore it was pushed off to Sunday. Is a Bar Mitzvah Boy obligated to fast if he turned 13 on Shabbos? In other words: Does the fact that Tisha Ba'av fell ...
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Is general anesthesia or coma considered sleep?

Based on this article "Sleep vs Coma vs Anesthesia", Is general anesthesia or coma considered Halachicly as sleep and in what aspects (like should one say Hamapil before or Birkas Hatorah after or ...
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What medical conditions are considered Treyfah nowadays?

This question is a part of a series on "death hastening". As I understand, the Treyfah condition in humans is when one is destined to die in the foreseeable future (12 months?) with a high degree of ...
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How is “magic” defined for the purposes of the prohibition against kishuf?

As Arthur C. Clarke famously said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." The idea here actually generalizes much further. Today's technology would have been ...
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Can a man listen to woman singing a pizmon?

Hypothetically, would it be permitted for a man to learn a pizmon from a woman? Namely, that she sings a tune for the purpose of teaching Torah (i.e. Tehilim) and the man has the intent to learn. Does ...
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How does tashmish kedusha arise/operate?

We can use tefillin and their accessories as a case in point. The plastic, protective cover for my tefillin shel rosh broke and I replaced it. The question arises, does this broken plastic box have ...
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Throwing dice to determine a decision [duplicate]

Say you have several options before you and they all seem equally good and you have no way of knowing which is the right option. Is it allowed to throw dice after praying to hashem that he should ...
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Talmid Chacham Standing for Talmid Chacham

The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh De'ah 244:1) discusses standing up out of respect for a talmid chacham- ืžืฆื•ืช ืขืฉื” ืœืงื•ื ืžืคื ื™ ื›ืœ ื—ื›ื ืืคื™' ืื™ื ื• ื–ืงืŸ ืืœื ื™ื ื™ืง ื•ื—ื›ื™ื ื•ืืคื™' ืื™ื ื• ืจื‘ื• Must a talmid chacham stand ...
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Are OC 3:2 and 3:13 practiced nowadays? [duplicate]

In OC 3, the Shulchan Aruch discusses many halachos regarding using the bathroom. Many of these seem to be disregarded with the relatively modern invent of the urinal; this is particularly concerning ...
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Does swallowing a whole creature fall under Evar Min Hachai?

Following the deleted question: "swallowing-permitted-species-alive", If one swallows a small fish or a bird or a Kosher grasshopper whole and alive, does he transgress Evar Min Hachai? If yes how ...
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Ramifications of eating (or forcing to eat) food one doesnโ€™t like

Avos Dโ€™Rebbi Nassan 26:5 says (translation is from Artscroll, and brackets are from their footnotes): ื”ื•ื ื”ื™ื” ืื•ืžืจ ื”ืื•ื›ืœ ืื•ื›ืœื™ืŸ ืฉืื™ื ื ืขื•ืœื™ื ืขืœ ื’ื•ืคื• ืขื•ื‘ืจ ืžืฉื•ื ื’' ืœืื•ื™ืŸ ืฉื‘ื™ื–ื” ืืช ืขืฆืžื• ื•ื‘ื™ื–ื” ืืช ื”ืื•ื›ืœื™ืŸ ...
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What did Hamechaber mean by “personal property” in Hilchot Tzedaka?

SA Y"D 249: ื›ืžื” ื—ื™ื™ื‘ ืœื™ืชืŸ [ืœืฆื“ืงื”] ื•ื›ื™ืฆื“ ื™ืชื ื ื”: ืฉื™ืขื•ืจ ื ืชื™ื ืชื” ... ืขื“ ื—ื•ืžืฉ ื ื›ืกื™ื• ืžืฆื•ื” ืžืŸ ื”ืžื•ื‘ื—ืจ ื•ืื—ื“ ืžืขืฉืจื” ืžื“ื” ื‘ื™ื ื•ื ื™ืช. ื•ื—ื•ืžืฉ ื–ื” ืฉืืžืจื• ืฉื ื” ืจืืฉื•ื ื” ืžื”ืงืจืŸ ืžื›ืืŸ ื•ืื™ืœืš ื—ื•ืžืฉ ืฉื”ืจื•ื™ื— ื‘ื›ืœ ืฉื ื”: The ...
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Are two different color apples valid Mishloach Manos?

Are two different color apples considered to be different minim for the purposes of Mishloach Manos? They do taste different from each other.
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browsing sites with significant probability of forbidden pictures like youtube

sometimes when browsing youtube for interesting videos, it is inevitable to sometimes encounter some lewd pictures. would this make it forbidden to browse sites like youtube according to halacha? ...
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At what point should one recite Bracha asher yatzar

Having washed one's hands after excusing oneself, Does one say the bracha asher yatzar after drying our hands or before? Some guy taught that we're to say the bracha before drying the hands. I ...
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Which non-garments really need to be tested for shaatnez?

Shaatnez (a mixture of wool and linen) is forbidden to be worn. I always thought this applied only to garments but, after looking at lists of items to be checked, I see that they also list many non-...
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Writing HaShem's Hebrew Name

Can I write any of HaShem's Hebrew names in pencil, in my Siddur? Any of his "Hebrew" names that is, not English.
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Celebrating Rosh Chodesh & Yom tovs on Planets

Would it be possible theoretically to celebrate Rosh Chodesh and Yomim Tovim on planets that have more than one moon? As the Jewish Calender is based on the moon.
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May one purchase smoothies anywhere?

What do sources say about purchasing smoothies at places with no kosher certification? Would this be allowed?
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Is one allowed to audio/ video record someone without their knowledge or consent?

In American law, when it comes to recording a telephone call, 38 states allow "one party consent" - namely, as long as one person is ok with recording the call (i.e., you) the other party doesn't ...
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To shake milk that fell in a meat pot

In the Mishna Chullin 8.3 there are two versions. The issue is about a drop of milk that fell on a pot of meat on the fire. First version: ื˜ื™ืคืช ื—ืœื‘ ืฉื ืคืœื” ืขืœ ื”ื—ืชื™ื›ื”, ืื ื™ืฉ ื‘ื” ื‘ื ื•ืชืŸ ื˜ืขื ื‘ืื•ืชื” ื—ืชื™ื›ื”, ...
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Talking to Alexa on Shabbos [duplicate]

What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under? "Alexa, turn on the lights" "Alexa, play Zemiros"
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Does “borer” apply to people?

Let's say a group of people are sitting in a room. On Shabbat, are you allowed to categorize them into groups such as: Herding Men away from woman e.g at a Kiddush with a mechitza in Shul (normally ...
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Is there anything wrong with correcting your Rabbi in front of other people?

If your Rabbi tells you something about Torah and you know that he is incorrect, and this has happened in the past and the Rabbi admitted his mistake, are you then allowed to correct the Rabbi if a ...
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Stainless steel valid knife that wasn't used for 3 days

The Simlah Chadasha (Siman 18) writes that if a knife with a Chazaka was held unused for three days - and one then slaughtered with it (without checking if it is smooth) and then lost it, that knife ...
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At what point in the morning prayer should one answer kedusha?

If one finished saying Krias Shema in Shacharis at the same time as the congregation is starting their silent shmone esray, my understanding of Shulchan Aruch O"C 109:2 is that one has to delay and ...
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Can one use on Shabbos an automatic toilet with an electric sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism when you are done? For example in a hotel lobby, or a public building. Assume there is no other ...
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Can a rabbi conduct a marriage if the bride is already pregnant from the groom?

Are there any prohibitions against or stipulations for conducting a marriage between a woman and the man who recently impregnated her, assuming they are otherwise fit for marriage.
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Money obtained by selling Tikrovet avoda zara

Talmud Kiddushin 58a says that Avoda Zara 'catches its value' (ืชื•ืคืก ื“ืžื™ื•) to be forbidden as itself: the money obtained from its sale is also forbidden. Now, what with tikrovet avoda zara (offerings ...
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What happens to those who have not completed their conversion post to the coming of moshiach?

Given that moshiach can come at any time, what will happen to those that are in the process of conversion? Certain passages such as yevamos 24b, geirus would no longer be performed in the messianic ...
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May one gift food to a non-religious Jew if she does not say the Brachah? [duplicate]

I would like to give a gift to a professor of mine who is a non-religious Jew. May I give her [kosher] chocolate? The halachic issue I am concerned about is that she will not say a bracha beforehand.
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Is a woman obligated to attend her husband's funeral?

An elderly woman cares for her sick husband for many years with great devotion until she can't do it anymore and has to put him in a nursing home. Her children convince her to take a long cruise to ...
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General Halachic approach to smartphones [closed]

There seem to be so many dangers to owning "smartphones," for both children and adults. Access to violent, explicit, manipulative images, video, text, etc. The technology itself is designed to be ...
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Is adding the “Immahot” (matriarchs) to the Amidah permitted?

Many non-traditional congregations have modified the Avot prayer opening the Amidah, to add the Immahot. For example: (Form Shabbat Siddur of the First Reform Minyan in UC Berkeley 2003) What is the ...
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Causing Bitul Torah to the Choleh when visiting

Visiting the sick - Bikur Cholim - is the type of Mitzvah that often/usually cannot be done by others (since every person potentially makes a difference), and therefore one has an obligation to do so ...
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Do objects of idolatry contaminate?

Rambam in Mishneh Torah, Foreign Worship and Customs of the Nations 7:9 speaking about idolatrous objects says that "everything it mingled with and its identity lost" is forbidden property. Is Rambam ...
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Relief from fasting while traveling?

I fly mutiple times a week nearly every week for work. It has happened a few times that I had to travel on a minor fast day and I was at times surprised to see visibly religious people eating and ...
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Why isn't borrowing from non-Jews forbidden because of Devarim 15:6?

Devarim 15:6 says "For the Lord, your God, has blessed you, as He spoke to you, and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule ...
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Is a sin only counted if it was committed three times or more?

According to the Rambam (Teshuvah 3,5): "ื‘ึผึฐืฉืึธืขึธื” ืฉืึถืฉึผืื•ึนืงึฐืœึดื™ืŸ ืขึฒื•ึนื ื•ึนืช ืึธื“ึธื ืขึดื ื–ึฐื›ึปื™ึผื•ึนืชึธื™ื• ืึตื™ืŸ ืžึฐื—ึทืฉึผืึฐื‘ึดื™ืŸ ืขึธืœึธื™ื• ืขึธื•ึนืŸ ืฉืึถื—ึธื˜ึธื ื‘ึผื•ึน ืชึผึฐื—ึดืœึผึธื” ื•ึฐืœึนื ืฉืึตื ึดื™ ืึถืœึผึธื ืžึดืฉึผืึฐืœึดื™ืฉืึดื™ ื•ึฐืึตื™ืœึธืšึฐ."...
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For a person who doesn't eat dairy are there any halachic or health issues with using a meaty pot to cook all food and drink?

If someone never eats dairy (and won't be sharing with people who do), is there any halachic problem with using a meaty pot to cook all their food? Would the same apply to someone who eats meat, but ...
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What must be eaten in a sukkah?

Suppose over Sukkot, one's hotel for chol ha moed won't have a sukkah. I'd like to know what one can eat that won't trigger the "meals must be eaten in a sukkah" issues. (I'm knowledgeable enough ...
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Is it forbidden to buy stock of an American bank? [duplicate]

Is it forbidden to buy stock of an American bank? The reason I ask is given the number of Jews in the USA, it seems unlikely that the bank wouldn't lend money with interest to Jews. What is the ...
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Can a Jew post half-naked photos of himself online? [duplicate]

Can a Jewish man post photos of himself where he is with a naked torso (on the beach, for instance), according to Halacha?