Questions tagged [halacha]

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What are the mitzvot that a gentile is forbidden to do?

I know that some mitzvot like keeping shabbat, putting tefillin are forbidden for a gentile to do because they are a sign of the covenant between Israel and HaShem. What are the full list of the ...
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When and how often would someone say Kiddush Levana (Blessing for the moon) if he were on another planet?

This M.Y. answer says that there are differing views as to whether someone is exempt from mitzvoth while in space. If we were to follow the opinion that one is obligated, should a person on Jupiter ...
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Can you fulfill Netilat Yadayim by dipping your hands in a sink?

According to the Gemara in Hullin on 107a, if there's a vessel with a hole in it, and there's a "stream" (more than a drip but not necessarily the "sheffoferet hannod" required for a real mikveh) ...
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When can kashrut certification be withheld?

In today's news (11 Dec 2018): "Rabbis from the Vaad HaRabanim of Flatbush, which grants kosher certification, threatened to pull their supervision of the Garden of Eat In and Orchidea if [a certain]...
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what is the status when there are two anointed kings at the same time?

The Rabbi's teach that one kingship does not overlap with another even a hairbreadth (Yoma 38b). I understand this to mean that there may be only 1 Jewish king ruling at a time, or in the case where ...
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Seemingly Hefker Esrog - used for the Mitzva

This past Erev Succos I arrived at a local synagogue that had a fellow selling Lulavim and Esrogim in their Simcha hall. The fellow left three Esrogim (not in the greatest condition - yet Kosher) on ...
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minimum halachic definition of bread

This is sort of the counter question to Mezonos bread. At what point does a grain based admixture transition between bread and non bread? To clarify: The general position of Sephardic Jewry is that ...
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If one gives a food gift on Shabbos, does the one who receives it need to use it on Shabbos?

The Halacha is that one may give a food gift to another on Shabbos. (See Dose of Halacha for more details). If I give a bottle of wine, do they need to open it on Shabbos, or can they choose to keep ...
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Why announce Mashiv Haruach and not Vtein Tal?

When we start saying mashiv haruach there is an important requirement of announcing the liturgical change. If one does not hear the announcement, one does not say mashiv until the community would have ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Would medical care be forbidden, if not for the permission of Ex 21:19?

At Bava Kamma 85a , the Talmud and the Rishonim discuss Ex 21:19 as the authority by which a doctor is permitted to heal a patient. Is this discussion really halachic? If no verse mentioned doctors ...
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Is it preferrable to sell chometz to a non jew who is located in the same town that the chometz is located in?

For example, if one lives in Brooklyn but will be spending Pesach in LA, should the chometz be sold to a non jew who lives in Brooklyn, since selling it to someone who resides in LA would look more ...
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What is considered “a case of need” when it comes to violating a double rabbinic prohibition?

A shvus dshvus (rabbinic prohibition on top of a rabbinic prohibition) is allowed במקום צורך (in a case of need). But what is considered במקום צורך? And is a shvus dshvus allowed for anything besides ...
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Saying the Ribono Shel Olom after counting the Omer

If one is no longer counting the Omer with a Brocho can one still recite the Ribono Shel Olom prayer?
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What halachos flow from there being a Jewish nation and not just a religion?

Rabbi Mordechai Becher at Aish.com says that we are a nation united by our common heritage. So two Jews could see themselves as members of a nation. A more limited definition of the relationship ...
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Who is responsible for accidental theft caused by a false claim?

There's a public pantry in one's office that has a shared refrigerator. Someone opens the fridge and sees a container of milk that is usually not there. He asks a co-worker if he can use it and he ...
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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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Heating cutlery to help it function better?

What potential Halachic issues might there be (if any) with heating a knife on Shabbos or Yom Tov to help it cut through a frozen cake? The heating could be accomplished in a number of ways, ...
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Eating after shkiah before Maariv

If one started a meal right before shkiah or during bein hashmoshis what should they do? My question is prompted from the halacha that one may not eat before praying Maariv. However with that said I ...
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Advantages/Disadvantages between Murex v.s. Radzyn Tekhelet

What halachic advantages are there in purchasing tekhelet strings dyed by the murex snail as opposed to tekhelet strings dyed by the cuttlefish? Are Radziner cuttlefish-dyed strings acceptable?
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Dirshu Daf Hayomi B'Halacha

Two questions : 1) How do I get Dirshu halacha shiurim on Kol Halashon AND 2) Is there a way that I could see the current schedule online ?
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Additional names for refuah shlema

When praying for someone's refuah shlema (fully recovered health), is it halakhically required to use their additional names on top of their first names? Is it simply custom? If someone is named Ya'...
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Voting for Jews in elections

In a civil election, does Judaism teach that one should vote for Jewish candidates over non-Jews? What if the voter supports the other candidate's positions on every other issue much more?
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Is light in a fridge on Shabbat “melacha shein tzricha legufo”?

I remember learning that when I open a fridge door on Shabbat and the light turns on that would be under the category of melacha shein tzricha legufo? Can anyone please provide a source?
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Is one allowed to sleep in a room/house where there are images of JC, Virgin Mary and other avodah zarah?

Is a Jew permitted to sleep in a room/house where there are idolatrous images on the walls, such as JC, virgin Mary, etc.? What about non-Jews?
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Are you allowed to request someone to buy a product that by law you would not be allowed to buy?

Follow up to this M.Y. question... In most states, people under 18 aren't allowed to buy alcohol, because the law wants to discourage young kids from consuming it. The buying, per se, is not the ...
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When can trade secrets be disclosed?

Does this story in the Talmud imply that Jewish law says it's OK to disclose trade secrets if it can be argued that it saves lives? Rabbi Yochanan was sick with scurvy, and he went to a certain non-...
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When does ethanol become Chametz?

I don’t know much about chemistry or alcohol, so please bear with me for a moment. At what point does wheat- or barley-derived ethanol become Chametz? Is it naturally Chametz, or does it require a ...
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Who is Patur from Marriage?

Is there anyone (like a Shoteh or Choleh) Patur from getting married & or having Children?
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Are royalties as investment considered ribis (interest)?

Reuven offers Shimon 1 million dollars and in return REuven gets a 15% royalty and 10% ownership in the company. Situation a: Reuven receives the royalty until he has earned 2 million dollars then ...
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Speaking between two Sidrahs when reading a double Sidrah

While saying Shnayim Mikrah V'echad Targum, it is best not to talk. Magen Avraham (285:11) writes: וְטוֹב שֶׁלֹּא יַפְסִיק כְּלַל בְּשִׂיחָה It is good to not interrupt at all by speaking. Ba'...
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Does a dam invalidate all water downstream of its river for mikveh?

One of the requirements for a mikveh is that a body of water may not be artificially redirected or rechanneled. Does that mean, for example, that an entire river downstream of a dam, either for ...
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Not inquiring into heresy?

Is there some sort of injunction against inquiring into heresy? I am pretty sure there is an issur d'oraissa to inquire into Avodah Zarah? Thank you (By "inquire" I mean to investigate their beliefs ...
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Dimmer Lights on Yom Tov

On Yom Tov, we are allowed to adjust fire (i.e. change the strength of the stove) so long as we do not completely turn the stove on or off. Therefore, if a room’s lighting has a dimmer switch, would ...
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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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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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Why father that teaches Torah is equal in honoring to divorced mother?

Here's another tricky question about Halakhot of honoring parents (Shu"A ר"מ-רמ"א). I rewrite it to change the line of thinking. THe Gemmorah (Kid 30b, also Mishna Kritus 6,9 "**האב קודם לאם בכל מקום"...
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Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin?

Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin? Halacha states, something like: "When a man consecrates a woman in the presence of a single witness, the kiddushin is not binding." But Halacha ...
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If a man passes away and has a lot of acquired assets where do these assets go to?

A man passes away with two children: the elder is a daughter, who has children of her own, and the younger is a son, who is infertile but has adopted. My question is where do all the deceased's ...
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Is the Magen Tzedek for workers' living conditions?

Recently I chanced across websites that describe the pitiful living conditions of (largely migrant) agricultural workers in various countries worldwide (e.g., China, Africa, Europe, Asia, North ...
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Shaving a head for Hair Transplant

Before a transplant of hair is performed there is a shaving of the head done, is that permitted?
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backroom, minyan and shul

I read somewhere that people who daven in the backroom of a shul (i.e. a hallway or on the balcony) are not יוצא davening with a tzibur, unless there happens to be a minyan in that room with them. ...
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Kiddushin by a man who has the din of a חייב מיתה

If a man has the din of חייב מיתה and performs קידושין, is his קידושין valid? We know that in the case of a man whose חייב מיתה, if a person were to go and kill that man, the man who killed him would ...
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Commiting to a group's educational system

In a community where spaces are scarce in educational institutions, may a Jewish institution refuse a child if the parents will not commit to letting the child continue in that group's separate ...
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Chametz left over Pesach — Must be burnt?

Chametz that belonged to a Jew over Pesach is prohibted (ossur) to have benefit (haneh) from (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 448 Sif 3.) Is it enough that this chametz simply be thrown away or ...
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Children of a Cohen who had a vasectomy

A previously asked question on this site was whether a Cohen who had undergone a vasectomy may get married. Assuming that he is permitted to marry in such a case - if he has a child (through invitro ...
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Must a woman cover her hair during childbirth?

Does a woman need to cover her hair during childbirth or other major medical procedures?
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Copyright issues in apps

Are there be any Halachik issues with regard to using someone else's logo, twitter avatar or the like as part of an app? If it would be okay, would that only be if I don't make any money from the app?...
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If One Considers Chabad to be Avodah Zarah What Kosher Products Should He Avoid?

If one were to consider Chabad to be a religion of Avodah Zarah because of their practices regarding the Rebbe as Mashiach, what otherwise marked "kosher" products should one avoid that are Chabad-...
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Is Ivanka Kushner really Donald Trump's daughter?

Is referring to Ivanka Kushner as a "daughter" of Donald Trump wrong from a Torah standpoint, being that Jewish tradition considers a convert to Judiasm as a newborn child with no relation to his or ...