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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 ...
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Safek in Pidyon haBen [closed]

When a fatherless child with a living mother that knows he was a firstborn but does not know whether his father did the Pidyon on him. When an orphan whose both parents died when he was a toddler, ...
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Halacha to be jew (from parents) [duplicate]

I have a friend that her grandfather (from her mother) was jew, he married a woman that wasn't jew. What is the halachic position of this friend of mine??? Is she considered to be jew? If not, what ...
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Criteria for “nefilat apayim”?

According to Mishnah Berurah (OC 131:13, and quoted in this answer), if one is outside the shul, but the door to the shul is open, and from his location he can see the place of the Aron, he should do ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 58a) declared that a non-Jew is liable to death for learning Torah (at least the parts not relevant to him practically). If you read the passuk תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה literally, “...
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Can a DNA ancestry search become proof of Jewishness? [duplicate]

DNA ancestry searches are becoming more and more popular and affordable. Some report "100% Jewish" ancestry. Would a bet din find this an acceptable proof of Jewishness, or are there halachic ...
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Can saying Sh'ma once satisfy two different Sh'ma obligations?

In an extenuating circumstance, one can say the night time K'riyat Sh'ma until Netz, as per this statement: If one didn’t say it then, make sure to complete it by Chatzot (midnight) and after the ...
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Keeping a rat as a housepet

Is there any conflict within Torah law that wouldn't allow keeping a rat (or rather a few of them) in a cage in your room as a pet?
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How long does one stay tamei for after seminal emission?

If a person had a seminal emission from masturbation and did not go to the mikveh how long does this person remain considered impure for. Is the only way to become pure again through going to the ...
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Yichud, shomer by night?

For yichud issues, a (Jewish) man and his wife are mutually considered shomer: אשתו משמרתו. But do this apply by night? Basis for this question, the Gemara Qidushin 81a רב ביבי אקלע לבי רב יוסף, ...
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Is it permissible to use live bait for fishing [duplicate]

For example, would one run into the problem of tsar bale haim when impaling a live worm with a hook for the possibility of catching a kosher fish to eat?
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Supporting schach on a sukkah

I understand that it is preferable to support schach with materials that would themselves constitute schach. I cannot find any information on whether it is permissible to use metal screws/nails to, ...
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Is a convert's biological son obligated in "kibud av' (honoring his father)?

This is the reverse of this question, in a sense. Suppose that a Gentile intermarries and he has a son who is Jewish. Later, the Gentile converts. Is the biological son ever halachically obligated to ...
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Rainbow on Rosh Hashana

The bracha on a rainbow is the subject of a disagreement on Brachos 59a. The Gemara brings זוכר הברית unattributed, Rabbi Yishmael the son of Rabbi Yochanan ben Beroka says נאמן בבריתו וקים במאמרו, ...
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Are Jews allowed to pray on their knees?

If someone finds it a good way to have a concentration in pray while on his knees, can it be done? (Not talking about Amida/Sidur prayers, but talking with the creator.)
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Opening a business on Shabbat with a non Jewish partner

Let's say me and John the non-Jew are partners in a business owning 50 percent each. Can I... tell John that as far as I'm concerned we'll close on Shabbos but if he wants to keep the business open (...
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Was there a bracha on blowing the silver trumpet?

The Torah mentions blowing the silver trumpet at various times during the year (e.g., RH, chagim). Was there a bracha on blowing the silver trumpets?
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Why did we keep the tradition of blowing shofar but not silver trumpets?

The Torah mentions blowing both shofar and hatzotzrot (e.g., http://www.templeinstitute.org/trumpets-gallery.htm) on various occasions during the year, but today we blow only the shofar and only on ...
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Hypothetical Halacha — Is “Leishayv Basukkah” an interruption of a brocha on Shmini Ateres (if said by mistake)?

This case happened to me over the past Shemini Atzeres, and even though it's over now, I was still curious about the halacha. I was so used to saying Laysheiv Basukkah the entire Sukkos, so on the ...
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Yaaleh V'Yavo said in error when it is not Rosh Chodesh

A fellow is praying the evening Maariv the night after Rosh Chodesh. In error he said Yaaleh V'Yavo. He realizes when he finished Shemona Esrei. Does he have to say over Shemona Esrei?
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Is there a halachic requirement to teach your child to read Hebrew? [duplicate]

Is it a mitzva to teach one's child to read Hebrew? If so, it is d'orita or d'rabbanon?
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Genizah and electronic file [duplicate]

Has the subject of genizah been treated about electronic content? For example, if it is permitted to delete (and even cut-and-paste) a computer file containing divrei Torah. Or to delete a .jpg ...
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What is a “halachic annulment” of a marriage and when is it employed?

I’m stunned that this question wasn’t previously asked. The Gemara (Gittin 33a) discusses the concept of כל דמקדש אדעתא דרבנן מקדש - anyone who marries does so with the consent of the Rabbis. As ...
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Does a Ger who was a firstborn need to redeem himself?

Related: Does a child born to a mother that converted when she was pregnant need Pidyon HaBen? If a man who was a firstborn in his Gentile family converts to Judaism, must he redeem himself after ...
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What blessing is recited before eating hearts of palm?

What blessing is recited before eating hearts of palm and what are the reasons behind the different opinions?
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Can items for the Temple Be Written in Ivri?

The halakha is that scrolls of the Torah, mezuzot, and parchments for tefillin must be written in Ashuri. But what about items used for the Temple Service? Such as the tzitz (crown that the Kohen ...
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Rambam on writing Teffilin and Mezuzah on Chol Hamoed

The Rambam in Hilchot Yom Tov (7,13) says that on Hol Hamoed it is Assur to write Tefilin or Mezuzah for others unless the Sofer needs the money for Tzorech Yom-Tov. Kesef Mishneh says that the Rambam ...
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Attending a christian Funeral in a church

Is it permissible for a jew to attend a christian funeral service ? Specifically, in a church ? If so, is it a serious breach of jewish law ? How serious ? How can one perform redemption for such a ...
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What criteria determine what is or isn't Uvdin Dechol

I am struggling to understand the concept of Uvdin Dechol, where it originates from and how far it extends to. We famously dont ride bikes / electric trams on Shabbos partly due to Uvdin Dechol, but ...
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Canceling Tachanun for the balance of a month

Based on the premise that we don't say Tachanun for the rest of a month when there are already a majority of days on which we don't say Tachanun (as stated in the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 131,7 ...
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Succah on public property and Mitzvah by Averah

What are the Halachic implications of a Succah built on a public property? Is it called a Succah Gezulah or the land can't be stolen, etc.? Similarly, if the Succah poses serious inconveniences to the ...
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Why isn't there a prohibition of “Kol Ish” (man's voice) just like “Kol Ishah” (woman's voice)?

A recent question about Kol Isha got me thinking: why isn't there a similar "Kol Ish" prohibition against women hearing men sing? If you've ever seen a teenage girl listening to pop music you'd know ...
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How can verses from the Torah be written on paper without the paper becoming sheimos?

I often find myself mindlessly doodling psukim from Tanach on paper (especially Tehillim). Is there any way I can do this without making the paper sheimos?
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When to light yom tov candles?

At what time should one light the candles on (the first night of) yom tov? On yom tov it is permitted to light a fire from a pre-existing flame (unlike shabbat) so it seems like one could light yom ...
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Should a Mezuzah be placed in the foundations of a new house?

Should a Mezuzah be placed in the foundations of a new house? If yes, where? N.A. If no, why not? A few contributors have explained that the mitzvah of the mezuzah is accomplished by respecting the ...
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Which sources deal with someone who said “bayom Chag haSukkos Hazeh” in “Yaaleh veyovo” in Grace after Meals on Shemini Atzeres

In Grace after Meals on Shemini Atzeres, someone said “bayom Chag haSukkos Hazeh” instead of “bayom Shemini Chag Hoatzeres Hazeh” in “Yaaleh veyovo”. My LOR told me that a man has to go back whereas a ...
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Looking for a book on the historic development of halakhah

Would anyone be able to recommend a good intermediate level book-length treatment of the development of halakhah from the second temple period down to the present day, ideally in English? I am ...
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Talking with/against the dead [duplicate]

If a beloved one has passed away, is it allowed or prohibited to talk against this soul? For example is it allowed to say goodbey, or to say you will mis him/her? I know there is a prohibition against ...
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Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah?

Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah? Since it is alcohol, it may be different than a regular drink... But then again, it's not as chashuv as wine or scotch...
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Holding the lulav and esrog while saying hoshanos at home

When one davens at home b’yechidus, assuming he still says the hoshanos prayers every day, including hoshanah rabbah, would he hold the lulav and esrog while saying them?
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mixing Milki on the sabbath

Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah (5739 edition), 8:1: There's no prohibition of kneading [on the sabbath]… unless these three conditions are fulfilled: that he combine two distinct things ...
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Modesty for Men - Bodybuilding and Judaism [closed]

I have two practical questions concerning Modesty (Tzniut) for men and what Halacha says about it which concerns bodybuilding: Can a man take half-naked pictures of himself (with only shorts or pans ...
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Does an Ashkenazi lady say a bracha on netilat lulav on the first day of Sukkot if the lulav is borrowed?

An Ashkenazi woman wants to shake the 4 species on the first day of Sukkot. Her husband doesn't have a lulav. She goes to a friend who has a lulav, and without his knowledge (and active transfer of ...
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General permission to leave a Succah for a Mitzvah or not?

Staying in the Succah is a DeOrayso Mitzvah עוסק במצווה פטור ממצוה, How one is allowed to leave his Succah for another Mitzvah/not Mitzvah at all, like a hike? Is it because he's automatically ...
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Building a Succah one suffers from in the first place?

We hold that "מצטער פטור מן הסוכה" (SHUA תרמ) - one who suffers from [the conditions of] sitting in a Succah is exempt from Succah. The basic premise of the Gemora (Succah 26) this Halachah is based ...
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For the start of the day, is “sunset” astronomical or visible?

Yesterday was the equinox and I noticed that the day was longer than 12 hours according to the (secular) sunrise/sunset times. Curious, I did some investigation. One reason for the difference is how ...
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How long do you keep a yarzheit? [duplicate]

I was told that 50 years after a person dies, their neshoma has its "final aliyah" and therefore it is not necessary to say kaddish for them any longer but that their child continues to say yizkor for ...
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Do second wife Kiddushin hold nowadays Halachicly?

To elaborate the question of "Can-a-jew-be-polygamous". If a married Jew makes Kosher second Kiddushin: Do they hold legally (קידושים תופסים, she's married and needs a Gett to be divorced)? Can ...