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May someone with a monotonic voice be a Ba'al Kri'ah?

I understand that the main purpose of trope is grammatical. The musical aspect, as I understand is secondary. Halachically, when one reads the Torah publicly, is one required to sing it with the ...
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Arokh HaShulchan and shiur tzitzith

A braita cited authoritatively in the Talmud (Menachoth 40b-41a) seems to be pretty explicit that only a garment sufficient to cover a majority of a child is obligated in tzitzith: טלית שהקטן מתכסה ...
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Shabbat after losing track of time

I have been reviewing the laws of what to do if one loses track of the days and doesn't know what day is shabbat. The laws are summarized here. Is there any repercussion in terms of his life after he ...
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Which side of the mechitza for a transgender individual?

Although this question would understandably require CYLOR in each situation, if a man who had a procedure done to appear similar to a woman, where should such an individual sit in shul? Also, would ...
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May one say Yehi Ratzon prayers at any time?

Take the Yehi Ratzon recited before Hamapil (at least, in my nusach ashkenaz). May one recite it in the mornings, with the rest of his tefillos during Shemoneh Esrei, for instance? Or must it be said ...
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Breville smart oven and kashering

I've seen this oven in a few places. The question is: whether it's an oven or a toaster oven in halacha. My family holds like the 'Aruch haShulchan (Yoreh De'ah 92:55) for regular ovens (that one may ...
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Does “anything go” against a Canaanite?

Tanach mentions how the Israelites were supposed to drive out the Canaanites but failed to. If one lives in the time of Tanach: Is one liable for murdering, robbing, coveting from, burning down the ...
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Merchant Cash Advances?

I've heard recently of a relatively new practice of small business loans called Merchant Cash Advances. Wikipedia explains how it works here and goes through some of the legalese to demonstrate the ...
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Impure Korban and ketoires that started to burn become completely pure

I was just in a shiur where they said that a korbon and kitoires which where tomai become tohor after part of them starts burning Where can I find this(in the gemoro and the rambam)? What is this ...
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Hachana l'tzorech hatzibbur

There is a Rabbinic prohibition of preparing (hachana) on Shabbath or Yom Tov for after Shabbath or Yom Tov. This is the reason why we customarily do not clear after seudah shlishith (unless the table/...
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Washing before bracha on new clothes

According to my siddur (p. 231 of The Complete Artscroll Siddur), one makes a shehechyanu upon buying new clothes, and a malbish arumim upon putting them on once acquired. (I have heard from other ...
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Is a Flying-sign (panhandling) “bet” legit?

A flying-sign panhandler had a sign that read: I bet you $1 you won't read this sign. I thought it was clever and humorous so I gave him $1 and wished him well. By giving him $1 did I accept the ...
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Mixed apartments

The standard practice in my community is that unmarried men and women form single-sex apartments. Is this halachically required, preferable, or completely immaterial?
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Offset Smoker – Kli Rishon or Sheini?

An offset smoker is a device for smoking food in which the fire is in a compartment (A) which is not completely connected to the cooking area (B), as in the image below: In theory at least, parts A ...
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Middas chassidus with judging beinoni favourably contradiction

The Chofetz Chaim, in חלק א כלל ג סעיף ז writes about a beinoni וַאֲפִלּוּ אִם הַדָּבָר נוֹטֶה יוֹתֵר לְכַף חוֹבָה, (י) נָכוֹן מְּאֹד שֶׁיִּהְיֶה הַדָּבָר אֶצְּלוֹ כְּמוֹ סָפֵק וְאַל יַכְרִיעֵהוּ לְכַף חוֹבָה. ...
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political assasination and rodefs

The classic example of a roded is a murder chasing you with a knife but sometime politicians can threaten life with bad policy. E.g. Governor of Michigan Wants to use Flint River Eg politician wants ...
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At what point does the kallah take on the husband's minhagim?

If for exmple a Sefardi woman is marrying an Ashkenazi or vice versa at what point does the kallah take on the husbands minhagim? Is it as soon they are engaged? When the kiddushin is finalized? Some ...
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Are dageishim kalim absolute?

When a word starts with one of בגדכפת and the previous word ends in a vowel, usually the בגדכפת letter does not get a dageish unless it falls into one of the exception categories. What happens if you ...
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Maharil and Terumat haDeshen: Mayim Shelanu

Inspired by this question. I have heard a machloket in the names of the Maharil and the Terumat haDeshen about the source for mayim shelanu. While the details were given, the sources were not. The ...
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Mayim shelanu history?

The water used to bake Matzah must be mayim shelanu—water that had been drawn in the evening and left to cool overnight. What is the halachic background for this requirement?
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What powers and responsibilities do wives of Jewish kings have in relation to the public?

It is known that a Jewish king has to be male, as quoted by an answer to this question. What halachik powers did the queen (i.e. wife of the king) have within the kingdom? Also, what historical ...
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Hand-Held Electronic Body Scanners on Shabbat

Can hand held electronic body scanners be used by synagogue volunteers on Shabbat for security purposes? This is in response to terrorist threats against American (specifically American-Jewish) ...
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Can one say Kiddush Levana on Rosh Hodesh or the 2nd day of the month if he won't be able to otherwise?

Kiddush Levana can be recited as early as the 3rd day of the Hebrew month. Two scenarios (may have same or different answers): A. Suppose a person will be hospitalized beginning the 3rd of the ...
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Can a person recite Kiddush Levana during the Polar summer months?

This M.Y. answer states that the moonlight must be visible on the land for someone to be able to say Kiddush Levana. During the summer season near either the North or South Poles, there is an area of ...
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How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing?

How does the principle of “ikkar” and “tofel” work with the after-blessing? Let us say that I make the blessing “borei minei mezonos” on my breakfast cereal eaten with milk. After I have eaten the ...
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Markup in retail, are these examples kosher?

I have noticed that Keter Judaica, the American importer for Mishkan HaTchelet seems t have some pretty outrageous markups. Example 1: Keter Traditional Touch Tallit (M"T Tzemer A.A.) (size 55) ...
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According to Jewish sources: is polygyny kosher to practice?

There was (but now expired) ban on practicing polygyny among Ashkenazim, but there never was a ban among Sephardim. Do Jewish texts or rabbinic sources provide any definitive anti-response or pro-...
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Are you responsible for your client's/customer's representations of your contract?

A business has a Government contract where the Government pays for all lease expenses. This business wants to enter into a contract with a software developer to develop software, but to structure the ...
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Is one allowed to use a nasal filter or gas mask on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

These are products that are used to protect from chemicals/pollen/dust allergy or pet hair. A water filter I see would be mussar if the water is basically clean as was already asked here: Using water ...
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Does one have to chase birds away from a nest in a tree that's partially on his own property?

following up on an answer to this question, that says that the requirement applies to birds you find "in the wild"> A person has a tree that has its trunk on his property. Some of the trees branches ...
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Is one able to make two siyums in two different places

We have divided the 60 mishnayot of shas for a rebbis yahrzeit among talmidim on two continents. Let us say thirty on each. Since they all cannot attend one siyum can one make two. Although by the ...
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Does a Jewish-owned supermarket need to completely seal its chametz product aisles?

Follow up to this question: In almost all the Jewish-owned supermarkets that I have seen, the store owner completely seals the chametz aisles by placing a huge cardboard "wall" at both ends of the ...
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Is hair considered as flesh for tachanun (nefilat apaim)?

From the answer to Is a cloth covering required for Tachanun?: The Aruch Hashulchan (131:7) and Mishnah Berurah (131:3) both say that one should cover his face with a cloth and not merely one's ...
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Lucky Buddha Beer

does anyone know if the beer lucky buddha beer is kosher? it is a beer made in china? does anyone know if it has been certified kosher by any establishment? Please let me know
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Can an independent daughter inherit like a son?

Normally* in halacha women do not inherit or aquire property and are extensions of their fathers, brothers, and husbands who, in exchange, are obligated to support them. BUT in the case of the ...
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Can the principle of ikar and tafel apply to wearing special clothing for shabbat?

If the majority of the clothes worn on Shabbat are special and set aside to be worn only on Shabbat and yom tovim can one mix in a minority of clothing usually worn during the week? For example one ...
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Playing music in the car with the windows open

Shmuel is playing music in car. He decides to crank up the volume and opens his windows so that rest of society can hear the music. Is this forbidden, halachically? Even if it is permitted, is there ...
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Is it permitted to face a Chanukiah when davenning?

Rabbi Yitzchok in the Gemoro Bovo Basro 25b advises אמר רבי יצחק הרוצה שיחכים ידרים ושיעשיר יצפין וסימניך שלחן בצפון ומנורה בדרום Someone who wants to become wise should turn to the south (when ...
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Hagahot to Kitzur Yalkut Yosef

Related question Has any Ashkenazi posek or commentator written glosses on the Yalkut Yosef with opinions according to Ashkenazi minhagim (where they differ of course)?
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Tzeddaka when traveling after maariv

It is recommended to give tzeddakah when embarking on travel, preferably in the morning because of the spiritual 'climate' of day. “One should not give [tzedakah] before the evening prayers [in ...
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Is it permissible to post photos of pages of a siddur (containing YHVH) online?

I am planning to write a detailed blog post about the weekday Shacharit service, and I want to illustrate it with photos of pages from my ArtScroll siddur. Is this permissible, given that the pages ...
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emailing from israel to diaspora isru chag

Is it permitted to send an email from Israel on isru chag to a non-religious Jew in the diaspora, whereby he will probably read it on 2nd day yom tov?
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Are prediction markets kosher?

What is the halachic status of prediction markets? Are jews allowed to employ them?
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Can a religious person have a favorite number?

Can a religious person have a favorite number? I can't remember where, but I learned somewhere that having a favorite number is not allowed, because it is ascribing "luck" to something other than the ...
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Can a Jewish news-provider purposefully lie to Jews?

Over this summer, I have seen a number of websites claiming to be Jewish newssites disseminating blatantly false information, particularly about Israel. Whether or not these sites represent Israeli ...
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Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”

Every sport has some type of danger involved with it. But, I am referring to certain sports that are, perhaps, "inherently dangerous" or what some might call "adventure" or "thrill" sports. Examples: ...
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Spices and candles before your zman

If one holds 72 minutes for shabbas to be over and they are staying by someone who holds 50 minutes and they make havdalla by 50 min can the 72-minute-people participate in their havdalla to fulfill ...
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How should a Jew behave if kidnapped by a non-Jew?

If a Jew is kidnapped by a non-Jew that he suspects may kill him, according to halacha how should he act? Meaning, should he try to escape or not?
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Pictures of rabbis in the living room

Are there any poskim prohibiting hanging Pictures of Rabbis in ones house? Lots of people do it but I never understood why this is not prohibited due to too much kavod for human being, which is close ...
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Are water exercises in a mikva allowed?

Is there any problem with doing water exercises in a man-made structure designated as a mikva (if, for example, you are alone there). (Obviously in a natural mikva, such as a river or sea, is okay.) ...