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How can there be only two Halachic witnesses at a large wedding?

By what power or logic can the mesader kiddushin saying that two specific, designated people are the only witnesses to a wedding change the fact that all assembled have seen all that transpired at the ...
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Shoveling snow on to the neighbor's lawn or the street

Reuven and Shim'on are neighbors. They haven't discussed this matter, and Shim'on isn't available to consult. When Reuven is shoveling snow off of his walk, may he throw it onto Shim'on's lawn? Assume ...
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Is God a kosher witness?

Moshe's death is attested to by God Deutoronimy 34,5 (see Sotah 13b), There were no other witnesses. At what point did Gershom and Eliezer inherit his posessions and Assuming he and Tzippora were ...
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Could there be a Halachik issue with using a DNA kit such as 23 and Me?

Besides learning fun facts about one's DNA and ancestry, there's a lot of good that can come out of using one. For example: people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent can learn if they're predisposed to BRCA1 ...
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Using the name Allah

When talking to a Muslim about God is ok to use the term Allah? (I personally can’t see any halachik problems, but there’s a lot I can’t see)
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At Shacharit at exactly which point does one have to put Teffilin on and off?

If someone cannot put on Teffilin at home prior going to Synagogue and wants to put them on when inside the Synagogue, when is the exact moment of putting them on? Right at the Start of Shacharit? Or ...
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Does Jewish law have a separate status for someone whose father is a Jew rather than simply grouping them with non-Jews? [duplicate]

Traditional standards on Judaism are clear about the topic. One is only legally Jewish if they have a matrilineal connection to the community. That being said, I've heard a few people throw around ...
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Why for a divorce does a woman do many different actions, but doesn't do them for Kiddushin?

I've witnessed the giving of a get, and it has many steps (the below bulletpoints are adapted from here). For example: the woman accepts the folded get into her cupped hands grasping it. The woman ...
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Can we use archaeology to determine halacha or mesorah?

Can archaeology be used to determine the proper halacha or mesorah in certain cases? For instance, what if we found a Sefer Torah from the times of Moshe Rabbeinu and it differed from our mesorah. ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of what all the Halacha L'Moshe M'Sinai are? [duplicate]

Tefillin have to be black Lavud (two things are within less than three tefachim of each other, they are considered to be touching, and therefore contiguous) all the types of shiurim (measurements) ...
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If a Mesorah for letter pronunciation is rediscovered, would we have to change our pronunciations?

Let's say that someone finds some historical evidence that a particular system of pronunciations, whether it be currently extant or not, is the one which Klal Yisrael used at the time of Kabalas ...
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May one eat parve food heated in a dairy microwave while fleishigs?

Assuming the microwave is clean. I am not sure what the relationship between a microwave and oven is.
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If a blood avenger somehow gets into a city of refuge and kills the killer, is he subject to the death penalty?

We know that a Goel haDam (blood avenger) has a special allowance to kill the rotzeach who accidentally killed his family member. The accidental rotzeach can avoid this fate by fleeing to an ir miklat,...
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Benei Menashe Jews [duplicate]

A group of people from the North-East of India claimed to be the descendents of the lost tribe of Menashe. It was confirmed in 2005 by Rabbi Shlomo Amar Shlit"a, the then Sefardic chief Rabbi of ...
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Revenge and emulating G-d

G-d takes revenge [1] We are supposed to emulate G-d in our behavior and middos We are prohibited from taking revenge [2] Taken together, the above three statements are inconsistent. Which one of ...
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Kaddish not being said correctly

Should one respond to a Kaddish that a mourner is not pronouncing the words properly? I don’t know if this question has been asked before, but I found something similar - Is there such a thing as a ...
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Do I have first rights to slaughter on the day I buy a child or parent animal?

Rule: וְשׁ֖וֹר אוֹ־שֶׂ֑ה אֹת֣וֹ וְאֶת־בְּנ֔וֹ לֹ֥א תִשְׁחֲט֖וּ בְּי֥וֹם אֶחָֽד׃ However, no animal from the herd or from the flock shall be slaughtered on the same day with its young. If I ...
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Can a shliach be paid?

We know that shlucho shel adam ka'moso and that the shliach is an extension of person who sent him. However, is the shliach allowed to be paid? (ie if he's coming from medinas hayam to deliver a get, ...
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Non-toxic crayon bliyoth

Would a non-toxic, non-food substance, such as crayons, intentionally melted in a pan render it unkosher? Does it matter if the crayons are known/suspected to contain both milk and meat (e.g. tallow/...
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Earliest Time for Shnayim Mikra

The Mishna Berura allows starting shnayim mikra for the upcoming week after davening Mincha on shabbos (285:7 - כיון שמתחילין במנחתא דשבתא לקרות פרשת שבוע הבא נחשב שוב הקורא כקורא עם הציבור וא"כ מה ...
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Humming or whistling being Kol Isha

I've heard various opinions from lay-people if a woman's whistling and/or humming a tune are considered kol isha, which a man shouldn't listen to, and something women should be considerate of. I ...
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Can one use an automatic sugar dispenser on shabbat?

An automatic sugar dispenser is a device that mechanically releases a specific amount of sugar (e.g. half a teaspoon) at the press of a button. No electricity is involved, nor would there seem to be ...
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Blessing on orange juice after eating an orange

Say someone ate an orange and now wants to drink orange juice. The regular blessing on orange juice is sheakol (see e.g., here) although there is some opinion it might be haeitz if the oranges were ...
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Muktzeh underpants

If one unfortunately soils his underpants on Shabbat, when he goes to the bathroom to remove the soiled underpants, can he then pick up the underpants in order to put them in the dirty laundry, or ...
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Is one allowed to pray if he is in a profound state of sadness? [closed]

Two types of prayer, siddur prayers and Hitbodedut (personal talk with Hashem in his own language). Are there restrictions? I have seen people saying that praying during sadness is prohibited and we ...
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Fruit carving on Shabbat?

There is a technique called Fruit carving, consisting on cutting food into a pleasant shape. Is it permitted to carve such things on Shabbat? (And on Yom Tov) Reflection may make a difference between ...
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What is the Halacha on collateral damage in a time of war?

Hypothetically, if the IDF was a “halachically run” military force; what would be the Halacha against killing innocents? For example, there is a famous case of the ל"ה troops during the Israeli war ...
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Shabbat Amidah, which parts

I am following a wonderful audio to learn the Amidah. It is here on Chabad. I come from an almost non-religious Jewish family and don't really know which prayers to do and so I am following this. ...
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Why do we say Harei At Mekudeshes Li … “k'Das Moshe v'Yisrael”?

Why do we have this "k'Das Moshe v'Yisrael" addendum? To my knowledge we don't really say this by other mitzvos so why do we say it here/ what's it adding?
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Can one “turn around” a tefilin arm strap in case it is damaged?

If the tefilin strap of the arm tefilin is broken, can one use the remainder piece if it is long enough? Can one turn the strap around and use the "other side" of the strap that was around finger ...
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What to do with long uneven zitzit? [duplicate]

I see many zitzit nicely ending at the same length. But when I tie my own zitzit, the strings often end up at very uneven lengths. Am I allowed to cut them to make them even? If not how can I get ...
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How do we know that Shema is a time-based obligation and not an event-based obligation?

The time for reciting Shema is discussed in the Mishnah and various tannaic opinions are given, both for the morning Shema and for the evening Shema: Berachot 2a מאימתי קורין את שמע בערבין משעה ...
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What are sources that say l'chatchila one can daven shachrit until chatzos? [closed]

What are sources (in the poskim) that say l'chatchila one can daven shachrit until chatzos? (if there are)
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What were the additional 40 plagues? [duplicate]

There's an argument between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer, how many plagues there actually were in Egypt. R. Akiva says 50 and Rabbi Eliezer says 40. Do we actually know what were the additional ...
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Can a King execute Kohen Gadol that he thinks is מורד במלכות?

While Kohen Gadol is a citizen, he belongs to a different "authority" that a King is obligated to respect (see Rambam Melachim 2, 5): "אבל כהן גדול אינו בא לפני המלך אלא אם רצה ואינו עומד לפניו ...
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Where to put a mezuzah if there's no doorpost on the outside of the door?

There is a tiny doorpost on the inside of the door but there's not enough room for a slanted placement. On the outside the door is flush with the wall so there is no doorpost to place it on at all, ...
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Shiur Brocha Achrona 2 different foods

If I eat less than a k’zayis of cake; and less than a k’zayis of grapes; do I make a brocha Achrona? And if I do; is it Borei Nefushois, or Ahl Hamichya V’ahl hu’aitz?
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Is someone allowed to enter into a church to please his father or save a life? [closed]

Let's suppose that someone is a Jew by conversion (Ben Noach) and his father is Christian. If he goes to church (assuming that in the church they practice idolatry by worshipping the trinity) just to ...
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Is a child forbidden from seeing old baby pictures/videos of their parents where the parents might be naked?

I forget the mekor (if anyone remembers that'd be great), but I remember learning that a child is not allowed to see their parent naked. Not a parent yet myself, but our generation has lots of family ...
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Is it “Lifnei Iver” if someone LITERALLY puts a stumbling block in front of a blind person? [duplicate]

We generally understand "Lifnei Iver" figuratively, like knowingly giving someone bad business advice, or knowingly serving someone non-Kosher food that they were unaware of. But what about "Lifnei ...
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May a woman tie tzitzit to be worn by a man?

Would tzitzit be kosher if tied by a woman? A woman may not wear tzitzit. Would there be a halachic problem with a woman knotting the tzitzit on a garment to be worn by a man? What are the relevant ...
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In regard to a Sotah, does “zchus tola la” also apply to the person she was mezanah with?

By a Sotah, there's a concept of "zchus tola lah" Mishnah Sotah 3:4 אִם יֶשׁ לָהּ זְכוּת, הָיְתָה תוֹלָה לָהּ. יֵשׁ זְכוּת תּוֹלָה שָׁנָה אַחַת, יֵשׁ זְכוּת תּוֹלָה שְׁתֵּי שָׁנִים, יֵשׁ זְכוּת ...
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Can you crack and roll a boiled egg on Shabbat, even if the rolling will tear the letters printed on the egg?

Introduction In an article, Rabbi Gil Student writes that, on Shabbat: The Mishnah Berurah (340:17) and other authorities ... permit eating cake with letters. However, they do not permit cutting ...
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why is electricity prohibited on shabbos? [duplicate]

What are the reasons the rabbis prohibited electricity on shabbos? What are the names for those prohibitions (MiDerabonone and/or MiDeoraisa) ? Thank you all in advance
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Can an electric steamer with a timer be used to cook raw food on Shabbat?

Can one use an electric steamer with a timer to cook a meal for Shabbat lunch? If one puts raw food on the device and sets a timer before Shabbat for it to be activated on Saturday and start the ...
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What are the steps to learn via Aliba DaHilchasa? [duplicate]

How does one learn Aliba Dehilchasa? What are the main steps? Does it mean to learn the Gemara and then look up the Halacha? Does it mean to Learn a Pasuk then a Gemara then a Halacha? Does it ...
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Making Up Missed Tefillin-wearing

Over at Life in Israel, we find the following interesting psak story: As reported by Kikar, A frum, Haredi, man found himself in a faraway land with no Jews. The beginning of this sounds like the ...
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Is there a condition under which a child can be exempt from honoring his father?

This is a serious question seeking sources that discuss the topic. I speculate that a father that regrets his son being born, does not support him, does not teach him Torah or Mitzvos etc., is ...
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Mourning the death of an infant

If an infant only survives for one day Rachmana litzlan, do the parents have to sit shiva or say kaddish?
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Can One Give Away an Aliya?

If one is offered an Aliya, can he give the honor to someone else? By “offered” I mean the Gabbai issues the Aliyas prior to the Torah service in the form of, say, a card with number of the Aliya ...