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Halachot of standing in a supermarket line

Looking for a Shu"T that covers the following issues of standing in a supermarket line (assuming there are no Dina DM laws covering that): Is standing in a line a sort of Kinyan? Is it a monetary ...
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Does ‘Love Your Neighbor As Yourself’ apply only to Jews?

This verse is obviously one of the most central & important in the whole Torah. It has helped sustain us as a kind, harmonious, & loving nation for over 3,000 years & has helped introduce ...
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A Jew hired a worker to work for him on Shabbat, forgetting that he’d be working on Shabbat. What should he do?

Suppose someone hires a worker through an online intermediary such as Fiverr to do a discrete project, such as building a website, and inadvertently sets the deadline for project completion to Shabbat,...
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How a Machlokes in Halacha is resolved?

How does accepted Halacha come to be when there is a dispute? More specifically - we notice different approaches in terms of practice: when it comes certain mitzvot: to how to put up a mezuzah, we ...
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Change drinking glasses between fish and meat?

The Rema writes (YD 88:2) that two guests eating at the same table, one eating cheese and the other meat, should be careful not to drink from the same cup, because the food gets stuck to the cup. ...
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Calling up more people to the Torah to ensure seven Shabbat observers

R Avraham Yosef (the son of R Ovadia Yosef) recently said on his weekly radio program that, in his synagogue, he always call up 10 people on Shabbat to ensure that at least seven of them are Shabbat-...
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Is a chulyah also a knot?

The Rambam, Gemara, and most of the ge'onim presume that you will be tying your tzitzit with hulyot. However, they often describe tying the hulyah after the windings. This "tying," how is it done? It'...
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Benefiting from forbidden work on Shabbat

On a recent Friday night, we were coming out of a house and the stairs to come down to the street were quite dark. When opening the gate between the end of the stairs and the street, I noticed a car ...
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Using modern electronic devices (refrigerators, air conditioners, digital water meters) on Shabbat

The Mishmereth Hashabbath institute in Israel has published a booklet which claims that using many modern electronic devices (refrigerators, air conditioners, digital water meters) are highly ...
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Minhag Yisrael and OTD

If there was a minhag Yisrael (a minhag accepted by all of clal Yisrael) which had a good reason but was causing people to go off the Derech would that be grounds to abrogate/ignore the minhag? Would ...
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If a mega on-line company ships you two of an item when you ordered one and charges you for one, are you obligated to notify them of the error? [duplicate]

Let's say you place an order for three items A, B, and C. You order quantity one of each, but get two of item B, because the company shipped from multiple warehouses (i.e., shipped two of the item by ...
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Why do some shuls have the Rabbi facing forward?

When I lived in South Africa, every shul I ever went to had the Rabbi's seat facing the congregation. From what I've seen in other shuls in the USA, UK and Australia, the practice seems universal; the ...
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Hamelech Hakadosh [duplicate]

If one is a shaliach tzibur leading the prayers, if in his silent amida he accidentally said ha’kel hakadosh, does he need to begin the amida again or can he rely on his repetition to cover himself? ...
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what’s better to have Unkashered or Trief liver

A “moral” dilema in the community has occurred which I would like advice on. A shop once sold nonkashered liver then went to sell only kashered liver now the Rabbi of the city has done a u turn to ...
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Is a man obligated to provide a Succah for his grown-up sons?

I started with the "succah-precedence" question but it turned out some other premises are unclear. One is obligated to provide shelter for his kids (let's say up to 18-22 Rambam Ishut 12:14) . One is ...
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Under what circumstances is it forbidden to move a 'k'li shemelachto leheter' (a utensil whose purpose is for a permitted use)?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 308:4: כלי שמלאכתו להיתר מותר לטלטלו אפי' אינו אלא לצורך הכלי שלא ישבר או יגנב אבל שלא לצורך כלל אסור לטלטלו: וכתבי הקדש ואוכלים מותר לטלטלם אפי' שלא לצורך כלל:‏ ...
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Can the blessing She-ha-kol be used for ALL foods before eating them?

There are several blessings we say before eating, depending on the food (ha-motzi, ha-etz, ha-adamah, ha-gefen, mezonot), but we say she-ha-kol for foods not in these categories. Would there be ...
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Who owns the air above a balcony (to build a Succah)?

Contemporary buildings in Jerusalem for Haredim are built in such a manner, that the balcony of the first floor extends to, say, 20 feet, 2nd floor 17 feet, 3rd floor 14 etc, so each one has 3 feet of ...
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Fitting in a Succah precedence - kids, parents, women or guests

When there's no place for everyone in the Succah, who takes the precedence: one's sons (underage and grown-ups) one's parents/grandparents women (wife, grown-up daughters) the guests (male/female)? ...
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Taking teffilin off after saying bracha

What should someone do, who has the urge to use the bathroom right after saying the brachah on putting on the tefillin? Shall he put the tefillin shel yad and tefillin shel rosh and remove them? Or ...
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Is it forbidden for a man to sleep on his stomach?

We learned in Brachot 13b that R' Yehoshua ben Levi "cursed one who sleeps perakdan". There is a disagreement among the rishonim as to what perakdan means(face-up according to Rashi, Tosafot; face-...
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A bug that falls in noodles [duplicate]

If a small non-poisonous bug jumps into a pot of noodles cooking, instantly dying because of the boiling water, and then is scooped out right away is there a problem with either the noodles or the ...
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Reward for women wearing Tzizit

There is a general rule that a person who is not obligated cannot do a mitzvah on behalf of someone who is obligated, and according to at least one Rishon this is because a person who is obligated has ...
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Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? Possible factors include: temperature of water (rechitza) drying your self (schita) water heated before Shabbos / on Shabbos by a timer if the ...
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Collection of laws of davenning for women?

The laws of davenning for men are codified and also collected in reference volumes (e.g. Tefillo Kehilchoso). Is there a sefer to study which collects the those laws of davenning that apply to women? ...
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When does a student have to tell their school that they will not be returning?

Let's say that a student told his Yeshiva that he will be returning the following year. For whatever reason, the student changed his mind. At what point must the student tell the Yeshiva of his ...
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Sleeping with feet uncovered for unmarried men

I was reading a book and the author mentioned as an example of someone being careful in Halacha that he "slept with his feet uncovered, as is the Halacha for unmarried men." I have never heard of this ...
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Tzizit knot laws.

Can the double knots on tzizit be any kind of knot or only a specific kind of double knot? Are their halachos regulating the knots?
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Bracha on a bread-based dessert

Our local gourmet pizza establishment writes on the blackboard that "The Pizza is Hamotzi." Clear enough. (Maybe.) But then, they also serve a thing called "dessert pizza," which is their usual pizza ...
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Regulations on shofar production

Does a shofar need to be made by a Jew? Does the animal need to be shechted according to Halacha for a shofar to be useable? Are there any regulations at all?
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Niddah and wound

If someone is bleeding from their "region" and it is 100% for sure from a wound and NOT from menstruation, does it render them niddah and thus require them to restart their counting?
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Is giving money to relatives considered a tzedakah?

Can giving money to my parents and relatives be considered as tzedakah?
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Double jeopardy: can one be prosecuted twice for the same crime

(Based on how-many-witnesses-have-to-concur) I have never heard of a reference to an archive or a secretariat or something to process the paperwork. THere also was no connection between different ...
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Distribution of כבוד אב between kids

Imagine a family of parents and 5 kids sitting at the Shabbos table and the father says - "I'm thirsty - bring me some water". All the kids are immediately obligated in כיבוד אב D'Oraysoh and the ...
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When do invalid witnesses become disqualified?

If somone does something which makes him an invalid witness, is he considered an invalid witness only after Bes Din declares him invalid or is he always invalid? For example, Reuven does something ...
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Can somone admit to being a invalid witness?

If somone admits that they are a invalid witness do we believe them? Does it matter whether they're saying they're invalid because of a Aveira or a bad midda?
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slanted sukka roof frame [duplicate]

Would a sukkah frame design with a slant on the roof, e.g. following the diagram on this page, be kosher?
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Waiting 3 hours to eat dairy after eating meat [duplicate]

Is it true that there is no true halachic time one must wait to eat dairy after eating meat for Ashkenazim? (Of course, eating it in the same meal is a sin, and is not allowed!) So by waiting 3 hours ...
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Milah Without P'ri'ah

If a Jewish boy received a milah without p'ri'ah by a Jewish doctor, halakhically does he need to get more cutoff later in life? Preference for Sephardic sources. When I asked a Rabbi he said there ...
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Use of “חלק” measure of time in Halachah

"חלק", being a 1/1080 part of an hour, is used in calculating the New Moon. Rambam in הלכות קידוש החודש mentions that the original tradition of calculating the New Moon was forgotten and the system ...
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Lashon Hara And News articles?

Is it considered Lashon Hara to read a news article on someone that has derogatory facts about him/her? List sources. Thanks!
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Halakha Concerning Processing Job Applications

I’ve seen discussion of the halakhic implications of gathering product information in one store and purchasing elsewhere. Some consider it theft of time and knowledge, and of unfairly giving the ...
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Cheese cooked in meat pan?

If one cooks cheese (Grilled cheese) in a meat pan, does it make the cheese not kosher, and therefore a sin? List sources please.
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Violating Shabbat in order to perform a mitzvah [closed]

If a person lives too far away from shul to walk and feels compelled to drive in order to attend services on Shabbat, is this permissible according to halacha?
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Do Heter Iskah Banks have two different loan forms for Jews and non-Jews?

I asked previously "Heter-iskah-practical-implications" but didn't get an answer yet. So I ask a simpler question. Do H"I banks in Israel (for example) have different forms and conditions for Jews ...
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Why bracha HaGomel in a synagogue with Torah? [duplicate]

Why do we try to say bracha HaGomel in a shul with a minyan on the days when we read Torah?
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Heter Iskah practical implications for a private loan

This question is about practical differences in receiving a loan from a "Heter Iskah" certified bank and from not certified one, with the same term and percentage. In other words, besides the ...
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Source for candle lighting on Rosh Chodesh

Can I have a source for where does it says that one can/should light candles on erev rosh chodesh? Or is it only on rosh chodesh tevet, why?
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Erasing the word “eloheinu”?

Can "eloheinu" (written in Hebrew letters) be erased, or is it considered mechikath hashem? I could only find prohibition of erasing "elohim", so I was wondering if this could be similar to writing "...
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Can a Beit -Din force a Jew to save another Jew's life?

A Jew that's terminally ill R"l, and the only treatment is thru a bone marrow transplant. He has a very special type of blood (this is not a biological question). So theoretically and Halachicly (if ...