Questions tagged [halacha]

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Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

The minhag Chabad by netilas yadayim in the morning is to raise the hands until the peyos for the brocho al netilas yadayim. The source for the minhag is in Likutei Diburim of the previous Lubavitcher ...
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Minyan with 6 davening

Is davening with 10 people in attendance but only 6 people actually davening equivalent to davening in a minyan where 10 people are davening together or is it less preferable and ideally not something ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition against a non-Jew learning Torah?

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 58a) declared that a non-Jew is liable to death for learning Torah (at least the parts not relevant to him practically). If you read the passuk תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה literally, “...
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What do you have to check for Shatnez?

What do you and what do you not have to check for Shatnez?
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Why do we check clothing for Shaatnez - isn't it a מיעוט (שאנו מצוי)?

Is it really necessary to check clothing for Shaatnez? In all my years of shopping (in Jewish and non-Jewish stores, US and worldwide) I have never found Shaatnez in the clothing. Should this then ...
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Is there a source that says that Hashem keeps all halachos of the Torah? [closed]

I am looking for the מקור that Hashem keeps all Halachos of the Torah - if there is one.
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What happens to those who have not completed their conversion post to the coming of moshiach?

Given that moshiach can come at any time, what will happen to those that are in the process of conversion? Certain passages such as yevamos 24b, geirus would no longer be performed in the messianic ...
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Obligation to leave through a different gate

The prophet Ezekiel (46:9) tells us of an obligation when visiting the Temple. וּבְב֨וֹא עַם־הָאָ֜רֶץ לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָה֮ בַּמּֽוֹעֲדִים֒ הַבָּ֡א דֶּרֶךְ־שַׁ֨עַר צָפ֜וֹן לְהִֽשְׁתַּחֲוֺ֗ת יֵצֵא֙ דֶּרֶךְ־...
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New kesubah but new father's name

I heard an interesting question but didn't hear the answer. There are laws about what to do when someone loses their Kesubah. They write something new called a kesubah d'irkesa, which is a document ...
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Rape perpetrated by an adult male towards a girl under three years of age: halachic framework

In his Mishneh Torah -Issurei Biah 1:13, Rambam states that if a male copulates with a girl under the age of three,also the male,even if he was an adult, is exempt from liability, for the act is not ...
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Hashavas Aveida with changing forfeiture status

In an instance in which an object is found prior to forfeiture by despair ( Ye'ush) the finder is obligated to return the item. However, in an instance in which despair is presumed either implicitly ...
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Halachot Gedolot from Spain

Tosfot in Pesachim 30a paragraph Amar Rava quotes a rule from the Halachot Gedolot from Spain. ובה"ג של אספמיא פסק דחתיכה בחתיכות בנ"ט ומייתי מדרבא בפ' גיד הנשה The Tosfot in Chulin 97a ...
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Saying amen when in the middle of "Baruch Hashem l'olam" [duplicate]

If someone is in the middle of the long blessing “Baruch Hashem l’olam” that is recited right before maariv shemoneh esrei, is he allowed to say “amen” to the chazan when the chazan says the bracha “...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and tzitzis tucked in

I have heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein ztsl held that tzitzis should be tucked in. Can somebody give a nice summary of the reasons behind his ruling?
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Is Christianity Avodah Zara?

It is commonly accepted that Islam is not Avodah Zarah (idolatry) since Islam has a clear monotheistic theology with a belief in Allah that parallels our view of "kail" or Hashem. It is even ...
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Sources For Listening To/Not Listening to Non-Jewish Music

What are sources for it being allowed to listen to non-Jewish music and sources for it being prohibited?
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May one say kaddish for a non-Jew?

I have read that Jews recited kaddish on behalf of Abraham Lincoln after he was assassinated. What is the halachic basis for this and has kaddish ever been said en-masse on behalf of other non-Jews?
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incest from legal standing [closed]

What exactly is considerd incest from a legal point of view? Is, for example, friction of two intimate parts without any actual intercourse, being considered incest? I know a man who take care of his ...
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Definition and origin of the division between interpersonal and God-related Mitzvot

"...for transgressions between a person and God, Yom Kippur atones; however, for transgressions between a person and another, Yom Kippur does not atone until he appeases the other person." ...
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Burning chametz before the sixth hour

The Mishna in Pesachim 1:5 says (Open Mishna translation): וְעוֹד אָמַר רַבִּי יְהוּדָה, שְׁתֵּי חַלּוֹת שֶׁל תּוֹדָה פְסוּלוֹת מֻנָּחוֹת עַל גַּג הָאִצְטַבָּא. כָּל זְמַן שֶׁמֻּנָּחוֹת, כָּל הָעָם ...
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Saying Havineinu during the rainy season

The Mishnah Berakhot 4:3 introduces the abridged Amida, known as Havineinu (due to its' opening word). The Gemara Berakhot 29a provides the text of this abridged Amida, in the name of Shmuel. Within ...
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Theoretically, in a perfect environment, what would happen if a king would commit a capital crime?

The Mishna (according to the Gemara) says that kings of the house of Yehuda (basically, the good kings) and all kings before King Yannai would be judged, and the Radvaz writes that (in theory), a king ...
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Does belief in the abrogation of the Torah by the NT disqualify a Ben Noah?

The Rambam in Hilchos Melachim 8:10-11 (see also Likkutei Sichos vol. 26 p. 132) rules it is a prerequisite of the 7 Noahide Laws that Gentiles bide by them because it says so in “the Torah of Moses&...
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A non-Jew to recite Patakh Eliyahu

Is a non-Jew allowed to recite Patakh Eliyahu because he knows the use of it a little bit? Thank you very much
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Mishloach Manot - why the word Manot is used specifically

What is so special about this word "Manot / Manah" that it is used for the Mitzvah of sending food to one's fellow? What are the Halachic applications that "Manot" is used and not, say, food (besides ...
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How much effort should be expended searching for the missing?

Say a Jewish person gets pulled out to sea while rescuing someone from drowning and goes missing, lost at sea. And then a search for him or his body by the Jewish community, supplementing official ...
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Is Islam Avodah Zara?

Is Islam avodah zarah? The reason why I ask is because in Mecca, at the Kaaba there is a black stone which the Muslims kiss and believe is holy. Is kissing the stone and believing it's holy a problem ...
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Can a healthy person use a shabbos elevator?

Can a person who has no health issues make use of a shabbos elevator?
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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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Does the law of returning lost objects apply to dangerous animals?

The law of returning lost objects (Deuteronomy 22:1-3) teaches that if you come across your brother's lost ox, sheep, donkey, cloak, etc., you must return it, even if you do not know the one who owns ...
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Are there opinions who say you can't wear all four tzitzit in front, as the Temanim do?

There are several historic communities that have traditionally worn a talleth with all four corners of sisith drawn towards the front. I̲l̲l̲u̲s̲t̲r̲a̲t̲i̲o̲n̲ Yemenite: Spanish Portuguese: Minsk ...
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Are Yoetzet Halacha permitted according to halacha?

Recently, in certain segments of the modern orthodoxy there have been appointments of Yoetzet Halacha, a woman specially trained to assist woman with questions in Hilchos Neda. Is this permissible ...
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

B"H the rule is is that we usually say brochos over Mitvos that we do. Since it's a Mitzvah to tell over the story of going out of Egypt on the first night of Pesach [as it even says in the ...
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Shaliach Tzibur saying personal prayer in Shema Koleinu

Recently I was in a Shul and the Shaliach Tzibur while saying the loud Shemona Esrei stopped in the middle of Shema Koleinu and quietly said a personal prayer. Having never seen this done before, I am ...
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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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When a Yavam marries his brother's wife, does he get his brother's double portion if he was a Bechor?

Yaakov has two sons, Reuven and Shimon. When Reuven dies and Shimon takes his wife in Yibum, he inherits Reuven, so Shimon gets a double portion from Yaakov's estate, his and Reuven's. What happens if ...
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Is it ossur for a Jew to have gentile friends? [duplicate]

It is said that there is wisdom in the nations. Chassidus teaches that Jews have more vessel and less light, and non-Jews have less vessel and more light. There seems to be a possible good that comes ...
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Shaliach Tzibbur absent from the Omud during most of Pesukei Dezimro

I observed a shul where the Shaliach Tzibbur left the Omud after saying Korbonos and only returned to say the concluding part of Pesukei Dezimro. What is the origin of this practice?
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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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Is fighting in a non-Jewish army against another army with Jews as well permissible?

Let me explain. This is something that actually happened, in World War One; Jews volunteered to fight with the Entente and many Jews volunteered on the Central Powers. Some could have served on the ...
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How can heart transplants be permitted?

Are there authorities who hold that a stopped heart constitutes halachic death, but yet permit heart transplants? Stopping and taking out the recipient's heart would seem to be technically considered ...
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Knife sharpening - can it be done anywhere?

Can you take a Challa knife to any knife sharpener or would you have to Kasher it after it is sharpened? Would there be a difference if it is a meat or cheese knife?
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Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)?

In my experience, there is a lot of emphasis on waiting until after Tzeith HaKochavim (the stars come out), which is seen as definitely after nightfall, to start the Seder. The reason is that we want ...
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How to say Tefilas HaDerech while on the road alone

My question applies to circumstances in which one is driving an extended distance by oneself. They also apply primarily--though not exclusively--to people who do not have the Tefilos HaDerech ...
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On which precise halachic source did Rambam claim that the pilegesh is forbidden to all Jewish men except the kings of Israel?

I’m an Italian noahide. This question covers my exclusively intellectual curiosity, being an halachic case that does not concern the Gentiles but only the Jews. We read in Mishneh Torah -Melachim ...
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Seeking halachic arguments for starting the Passover Seders earlier than Tzeit

Another thread (Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)? Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)?) included a discussion of the starting time of the Seders. This led me to search for ...
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Saying Pesukei DiZimra after Davening

If one skips parts of Pesukei DiZimrah may he say them after Davening or once he skips that is it ? Also if he could , does he have to ?
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Is it forbidden to sleep in a bed where a husband and wife usually sleep?

Is it forbidden to sleep in a bed where a husband and wife usually sleep? If so, does anyone permit it?
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Hearing Kiddush for Shabbos and Yom Tov when for you it's just Shabbos

An Israeli is visiting the Diaspora for a holiday beginning on Friday. On Friday night a local Diasporan will says kiddush for the holiday and shabbos. Can the Israeli, for whom it's not a holiday, ...
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Picking and choosing Hashkafa

Can one decide to follow for example the Rambam's more rational Hashkafic approach and than the Ramban for other Hashkafic ideas even though they clearly disagree? I've heard that by practical Halacha ...

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