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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 ...
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Has anyone bought low price tefillin on the web and had them checked?

I ask because I would like to get some idea of how likely it would be to buy non-kosher tefillin on the web. Prices range widely. Various websites offer a bottom-of-the-line pair of tefillin for $...
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Lashon Hora to get something off one's chest'? [duplicate]

Is there an issue of Lashon Hora to tell someone about a difficult situation that one is experiencing with another person if your purpose is to vent and get 'something off one's chest'? Similarly, may ...
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“Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur? [duplicate]

What will be the situation if instead of saying “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” after Yom Kippur, I say “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh”? Do we say that “Ha-Melekh Hakodosh” is greater than “Ho-Ail Hakodosh” and it's ok or ...
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If a man sees his wife cheating, can he kill both on the spot?

In Judaism, if a man walks into his wife having sex with another man, is he permitted to kill both, the other man and his wife, on the spot?
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What Bracha do you make on an acai bowl?

What Bracha do you make on an acai bowl? These bowls usually contain yogurt, berries, and granola. Here is a link for reference: Acai Bowl
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Mishnah Berurah's Safek on eating each day in Succah

The Mishnah Berurah (639,24) says that perhaps just like the Gra said on Pesah that there is a mitzvah to eat matzah every day of Pesah, so is there a mitzvah to eat bread and to say Birkat Leshev ...
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Does anyone hold that all shoes are forbidden on Yom Kippur?

It's a commonly said statement that only leather shoes are forbidden to be worn on Yom Kippur. However when reading the source from the Gemara it appears that all sandals (which I imagine are the only ...
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CPAP on Shabbat

What is the halacha for using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, that must be used daily, on Shabbat? A CPAP machine for sleep disorders obviously would be switched on before retiring to bed and off ...
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Lethal experiments on terminally ill patients

This incident may not have happened exactly as listed, but that's not the point. For the purpose of this question, we'll assume it did. During World War II, The scientists at the Manhattan Project ...
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Why must a cohen divorce his wife if she was forced to have relations with another?

Deut. 22:29. The rapist must marry his victim if she is unwed. If I understand this commandment correctly, the woman is allowed to refuse said marriage. Furthermore, Jewish law does not forbid another ...
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If one isn't going to fast on Yom Kippur, should one make Kiddush? [duplicate]

Let's say there's a household where the husband and wife are both sick such that they need to eat and drink on Yom Kippur. If the entire household knows they won't be fasting, for very valid reasons, ...
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Listening to Music on Shabbos

Would there be a problem with leaving my MP3 player on speaker for Shabbos so I can enjoy listening to some sweet Jewish tunes throughout the day?
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Drawing on Yourself with a Pen [duplicate]

I know that getting a tattoo is prohibited by the Torah. Does writing on yourself with a pen or marker also fall under that prohibition?
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Do you need to say Krias Shema Shel Hamitah if you don't go to sleep at night?

If you work the night shift and always go to sleep during the day do you say Krias Shema Shel Hamitah? Edit: Question is mostly about the actual Shema, the brachos seems like people mostly saying you ...
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Slat Mat Schach [closed]

I've been using loose 1x2 strip lumber for schach since time immemorial, which is sort of a pain, and I've been hankering for some roll-on-roll-off convenience. This year I was thinking of using jute ...
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What are domestic animals that are kosher to raise and quiet?

I want to get an animal to raise and want to be sure to comply with halacha. So I would like to know which animals are kosher to raise in a Jewish home? I am particularly interested in animals which ...
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Is someone allowed to say a bracha while walking?

Are there any sources that allow/prohibit saying brachot while walking?
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Does the congregation say “am kedoshecha ka'amur” before birchas kohanim?

Does the congregation say "am kedoshecha ka'amur" before birchas kohanim? Or only the chazzan?
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Halachic Issues in Attending Bat Mitzva ceremony in Conservative Shul

What are the potential halachic issues involved in attending a Shabbos Bat Mitzva in a Conservative Shul where the girl will be be called up for an Aliya and lain the Parsha? In prior related ...
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“A time to act for Hashem” and doing whatever you want

Who under what circumstances has the right to declare that a violation of halacha is in order because "it is a time to act for Hashem"? I have by now a few times seen this posuk from Tehillim used as ...
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Animal in excruciating pain on Shabbos: What lenient opinions exist?

Are there any respected poskim who would permit killing (with a shinui) a bug or other small creature who is clearly suffering terribly on Shabbos? If not Shabbos, what about Yom Tov? If not killing,...
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Putting a suffering animal out of its misery - Mitzvah, Reshut or prohibition?

How does the concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim deal with putting an animal out of its misery by killing it in order to prevent unnecessary pain (of the animal)? For instance, when one sees an animal ...
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Can one give maaser before getting paid?

Suppose I know I'm going to be paid a certain amount, but the check hasn't yet been delivered. Can I give a Maaser from it before I get the money? For example to a tzedaka's Chinese auction/raffle ...
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Must a person do Teshuvah on sins done by previous Gilgulim?

I see that the Chayei Adam in Shabbos and Yom Tov Klal 143, in his explanation for Vidui and ideas for sins to include on the list, has an interesting note for the sins beginning with Beis (...
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Is it permitted to call the police on Shabbos if you come across a dead person?

Violating the Shabbos in a case a life threatening situation is a mitzvah (Yoma 84) However what if one comes across a dead person on Shabbos. Normally one would report this to the police. However on ...
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Making a Slurpee/Slushee on Shabbos?

Although this might be the same question as making ice cubes on Shabbos, is it permitted to make a Slurpee/Slushee on Shabbos using the following method: a specialized ice-pack is left in the freezer ...
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Wild rice and Pesach

Wild rice (AKA as crazy oats) contrary to its names is not in fact rice or oats. It is in fact a member of the same tribe as rice but is a different genus. According to Wikipedia they're nut directly ...
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Musical Performances and Shows on Shabbat

There is a musical performance with free admission on Shabbat with, presumably, no Jewish performers. Can one enjoy it without violating Shabbat prohibitions? Or will this be benefiting from someone ...
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Halachot of Naming (kids)

Has naming children ever formed systematized Halachot? Or is it left as a sort of a prophecy to the parents?
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Cylindrical Tefillin

The wikipedia page on tefillin shows cylindrical tefillin found in the Cairo geniza, with reference to this image from here: The source from the wikipedia page cites this: Kiell, Norman (1967). The ...
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Is an accidental murderer allowed to stand and fight the Goel HaDam?

As we know, during times when the Sanhedrin is fully operating, an accidental murderer must flee to an Ir Miklat (City of Refuge). If he leaves such a city or does not enter, he is subject to revenge ...
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Must the top of a sukkah be level?

I saw this question about a portable sukkah and I immediately thought of those pop-up canopies that you sometimes see at picnics and the like. The canopy has a metal or plastic frame that folds up ...
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Repaying care expenses for a parent from inheritance

This is a practical question, looking for existing Shu"Ts that cover this scenario: A child takes care of his old and dying father for a couple of years - he feeds him, pays for a nurse, housekeeper ...
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Is this squid with scales kosher?

A scientific paper in Nature in 1960 entitled "Lepidoteuthis grimaldii—a Squid with Scales" describes a squid that was found in the contents of a whale and (at the time) was the fourth specimen of its ...
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Travelling on hoshanah raba

Is it allowed for one to travel by car on Hoshana Rabbah? If so, what are the sources for this?
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Can you stand for the whole service?

During services, sometimes we sit and sometimes we stand, depending on the prayer. For some prayers we are required to stand: Amidah (as its name implies), Shofar, Bar'chu, Alenu, etc. But are we ...
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Why the Second day of Rosh Hashanah isn't בל תוסיף? [duplicate]

Rosh-Hashanah is clearly one day from the Torah. As it falls on the first day of the month, in the days of keeping the Real New Moon, there's no way of informing the other places outside Jerusalem, so ...
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Saying the Wrong Bracha at First

Let’s say, one just did Netilat yadaim and then makes the bracha and says “Al Mitzvat Tzizit” accidentally, but then corrects himself and says “Al Netilat Yadaim”, does this count as a bracha made in ...
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Can anyone make their own Beis Din [duplicate]

This morning I did Hafaros Nedarim, where a panel of 3 people from my shul became 'Dayanim' and were Matir my Nedarim. Considering these were just regular people from my shul, this gave me the ...
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Buying online on friday

Can you buy something from a large online retailer (eg Amazon), which employs non-Jews, on Friday if it has one-day shipping? This would force someone to do the work of mailing/transporting the ...
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Hatoras Nedarim - mentioning specific examples

If one is aware of specific examples of vows or a 'minhag tov' that one undertook, then one should articulate this to at least one member of the 'judges'. Is this informing essential or does the ...
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Torah prohibition of Shofar on Shabbos Rosh Hashanah?

The Torah says Rosh Hashanah is a יום תרועה, a day of shofar blasts, and זכרון תרועה, a remembrance of shofar blasts. This seems like a contradiction. The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 29b) suggests that the ...
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Flying on Chol Hamoed

What is the general consensus on flying in an airplane during Chol Hamoed? What have modern Rabbis ruled concerning this topic?