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Order of Talmud Torah for a baal teshuvah

What’s the Halacha for the order of what Torah study a baal teshuvah should do? If a Jew has little to no Talmud Torah background and they become religious in life, what should they prioritize ...
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Cleaning clothes before Passover?

Does one have to clean all their dirty clothes before Pesach (on the principle of being careful to washout all the chametz from their house)? What is the general Halakha for your clothing collections (...
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May Jews own gift cards redeemable for Chametz on Passover [duplicate]

In Halacha, is it prohibited for Jews to own gift cards which can be redeemed for chametz over passover or no? Obviously they are prohibited from using it for chametz, but if there is a gift card for ...
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How many times do women say Kaddish in shul?

If only a woman in the shul is saying Kaddish, does she say it once or every time that the siddur says Kaddish yasom (the Kaddish for mourners)? From this answer, I see that it is permitted for her ...
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May landlords evict tenants for late payment

According to Halacha, if there is a contract between a tenant and landlord where the tenant will live in the property for however long (for example one year) and the payment will be distributed over ...
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Do Jews to have wait for whey after meat

According to Halacha, if a Jew eats meat, do they have to wait after eating meat to consume whey, or do they merely have to finish eating, wash their mouth, and drink water? Are the rules for whey ...
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Is kiddushin which a man was coerced to do valid

According to Halacha, if a man was coerced/forced to do kiddushin to a woman, under threat of penalty (from say a Beit Din) is that a valid kiddushin? Or no, since this was done against his true will ...
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Can left handed people place a mezuzah on left side of doors

The basic halacha is that a mezuzah should be placed on the right side of the door. My question is, if a person is left handed is it permissible for them to attach it to the left side of the door? Or ...
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May wine be substituted with grape juice for Yom tov

According to the Talmud in Masechet Pesachim, there is a mitzvah to drink wine on Yom Tov for Simchah Yom Tov. My question is, can grape juice substitute for wine on Yom Tov?
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What are the customs and halachoth pertaining wearing to Rabenu Tam tefillin? [closed]

Many Jews have the custom to wear tefillin according to the opinion of Rashi with a blessing, remove them, and then switch to wearing tefillin according to the opinion of Rabenu Tam without reciting a ...
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Can you jinx someone?

Since I was a child it was common that when two people would say the same thing at the same time one would call out "jinx" (sometimes followed by, "you have to buy me a soda!"). ...
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Are animal fats cooked with dairy issur hanaah

According to Leviticus 7:24 forbidden fats from non shechita’d animals may be used for any purpose but eating. Therefore, is it permissible to cook them with dairy and/or sell them mixed with dairy? ...
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May Jews remove fake nails/eyelashes on Shabbat

According to halacha, is it permissible for Jews (particularly women) to remove fake eyelashes/nails from their bodies on Shabbat? Would it be any problem of borer or handling mutzkeh? Or is it ...
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Price of eggs have increased... Still minhag to throw away all eggs that have something resembling a spot?

Had a thought while reading OU article about checking eggs for blood spots (this was the article by the way) The article cites Rav Feinstein zt"l for the minhag to check every egg and discard ...
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Is there an order of priority for washing Mayim Achronim

In Halacha, is there an order of priority for who gets to wash Mayim Achronim first or last? So say multiple people are eating together, and one is a kohen or Levi or Talmid chacham or your parent, ...
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What is involved behind the decision making process of halacha in the Talmud?

Throughout the Talmud we find occurrences such as these: The halacha is xyz because the verse in a certain chapter of Tanach says something similar to it; Rabbi Y disagrees and says the halacha is zyx ...
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Who inherits how much?

Imagine the following scenario: A man dies. He owns 100,000 ₪ cash, 3 kilograms of gold, a 100 square meter house with a garden, a car, and stocks worth 20,000 dollars. He leaves behind: A wife (...
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Passively providing a method for a terminally ill person to commit suicide

I've read through various posts about suicide and assisted suicide, and I don't believe I've seen this question. If a person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, or they are in horrific pain (...
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

What is the law of praying with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat? Please include various categories of tefilla, including making a bracha, saying amen, giving someone a ...
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Is there a specific subset of Halacha which validates the need of Jewish soldiers to be selfless with their lives?

Judaism separates itself from the other Abrahamic faiths in that we are extremely serious about preserving life. In other faiths, martyrdom isn't something which just occurs due to circumstance but is ...
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

In halacha Yom Tov ends shloshim and shiva, my question is does the same rule apply to Yom Kippur if a close relative dies during the days of repentance? Or is Yom Kippur different from other holidays ...
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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

In Leviticus 12:1-4 it states that a woman is impure for 7 days after birth, known as Yoledet. This is a status with similar rules to niddah. My question is, does this Halacha apply to a woman who ...
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Seperating gelatin and dairy

According to poskim who hold gelatin is only as kosher as the animal whose bones are used (with whom I don’t personally agree) does the same meat dairy separation Halacha apply? Or is there leniency ...
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Is carried interest ribbit

In Halacha, is carried interest prohibited as ribbit? For instance say Jew 1 owns an investment management fund, and Jew 2 goes to him, pays for the value of the profit from the stock trading and in ...
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May Jews make popsicles or icicles on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to make popsicles/icicles on Shabbat or no? Would it be a prohibited form of melacha such as Boneh or something or not at all? Or is this a machloket ...
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Throat Lozenge and Hotza'a

What is the law of transfering between domains, and carrying outside with no eruv on Shabbat (hotza'a), with a throat lozenge in one's mouth, when one has a sore throat?
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How to respect your colleagues

BH I heard there is a Mitzvah to respect your fellow colleagues what does the Torah say from the Talmud and Halacha upon this topic?
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What constitutes by their means for tzedakah

The Halacha is that Jews should give as much charity that reflects their means. My question is, how is “by their means” defined? Is it a specific percentage of their income, how much value their money ...
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Use of Cannabis in Halacha

Are there any notable Teshuvos concerning the use of Cannabis except the famous one by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein זצ"ל?
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Limited liability in Halacha

According to Halacha, may a Jew sue another Jew through a beit din for the actions of a corporation the other Jew is invested in if that corporation is a limited liability structure under secular law?...
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Stock trading Chol Hamoed

From what I understand, one is not allowed to do “commerce”, in the sense of having a business open, on chol hamoed (with the exception of it being open for a mitzvah). Is one allowed to trade, buy ...
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Does one fulfill p’ru u’rvu after one child [duplicate]

Do men fullfill their obligation in their mitzvah of P’ru U’rvu after having one child? Or is the requirement to be fruitful and multiply fulfilled only after more children? If so, how many children ...
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Lo Yilbash and feminization/masculinization surgery

According to Halacha, a man is not supposed to dress like a woman and vice versa due to Deuteronomy 22:5. My question is whether feminization/masculinization surgery which makes your facial features ...
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How does halacha deal with idolatrous parents?

Query coming from some of the answers to this question: How should one prioritize honoring parents in comparison with other laws? 'Rabbi Eliezer was asked: “How far does the honor of parents [extend]”?...
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Is virtual presence considered Bikur cholim for the sick

Is looking at a sick person through zoom or another video camera service considered “visiting” then for the purposes of the mitzvah of Bikur cholim? Or no, does it have to be physical presence to ...
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Is there an issur of Lifnei iver with animals on Shabbat

In Halacha, Jews are forbidden from having animals do prohibited melachot on Shabbat. My question is, is there any issur of Lifnei iver with animals, or no, since animals don’t have the same free will ...
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Halacha super book?

Is there a book of Halacha that presents the Rif, Rambam, and Rosh alongside the conclusions of the Shulchan Aruch for each Halacha? If not, maybe someone should make one.
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If Jews make an oath to not do mitzvot which are normally required after an action, is it binding

Inspired by the answer to this question, is it valid for Jews to Make an oath to prevent themselves from performing mitzvoth which proceed from their choices, for example vowing to not do ...
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What to do with glazed ceramic plate now? [closed]

We accidentally put chicken on a milchig glazed ceramic plate. What is the Halacha regarding this mix-up? My understanding is that I need to discard that plate? Thank you so much for your help.
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According to Rambam, does rape fall within the Noahide prohibition against theft or not?

I am an Italian Noahide. In Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:9, Rambam says (English translation by Tav Eliyahu Touger): "A Noahide is liable for violating the prohibition against theft whether ...
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Does the prohibiting of Kilayim apply to hydroponics

According to Halacha, does the prohibition against Kilayim, mixing different types of vegetables/grafting different types of trees together apply if they are grown on hydroponics, or no? Would it be ...
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Torah Scholars, Shirt Stains and the Death Penalty

Shabbat 114a: ואמר רבי חייא בר אבא אמר רבי יוחנן: כל תלמיד חכם שנמצא רבב על בגדו — חייב מיתה And Rabbi Chiyya bar Abba said that Rabbi Yochanan said: A Torah Scholar with a fat stain found on his ...
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Gentiles praying in Hebrew

Can a gentile pray in hebrew, and recite the Psalms? I am a Noahide (Chassidic Gentile) who is interested in going through the conversion process to Reform Judaism. Is it okay for me to pray the ...
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Can Jews make a Siyum on mussar literature

In Halacha, can Jews make a Siyum upon completion of mussar literature? For example to eat meat during the 9 days. Or no, is this not a type of Torah learning which would warrant a Siyum Seudat ...
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Doctors losing their licence/ r'shut beit din

Various sources refer to doctors acting with the permission of the beit din; some suggest that this is a mandatory requirement and that it is forbidden to practice medicine without such permission (eg ...
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Outdoor prayer facing rainbow

Berakhot 59a אמר רבי אלכסנדרי אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי הרואה את הקשת בענן צריך שיפול על פניו שנאמר כמראה הקשת אשר יהיה בענן וגו׳ ואראה ואפל על פני לייטי עלה במערבא משום דמחזי כמאן דסגיד לקשתא אבל ברוכי ...
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Biblical passages after tefillin brachot

Is it a requirement to read the two passages directly after wrapping (V’ydaber Hashem el Moshe l’mor and Vehaya ki yviacha)? What if one is in a hurry? Thanks!
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Is fasting on Hanukkah prohibited

According to Halacha, is it prohibited to fast on Hanukkah like it is on Yom Tov, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Chol Hamoed? Or, unlike those times, is it permissible to voluntarily fast?
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Saving a non-Jew from drowning

Some Boston-area yeshivah students recently saved a man from drowning who they didn't know was a Nazi supporter. In a comment on the story, someone claimed that the Halakhah (i.e. Jewish law) says to ...
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May women read the haftarah

The accepted orthodox Halacha is that women do not read from the weekly Torah portion publicly, and this is found in tractate Megillah 23a. My question is, would it be permissible for a woman to read ...

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