Questions tagged [halacha]

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May a non Ethiopian Jew celebrate Sigd?

Ethiopian Jews recently celebrated their festival of Sigd, which involves reaccaptence of the Torah, communal fasting and feasting, and prayers. Is it acceptable for someone of a Minhag other than ...
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Sigd prostration

Would prostration pose a halachic problem for a non-Ethiopian Jew who decides to participate in Sigd? Clearly the worshipers are prostrating themselves to none other than the One Jewish God. Is the ...
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Switching residences at night during Chanukah

The answers to this question explain that if one is not eating at home during Chanukah, he nevertheless needs to light at his house, where he will be sleeping that night. What happens if someone ...
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Is it permissible to peel open a contact lens blister on Shabbos? Does wearing the contact as a bandage to shield the cornea change the rule?

Soft Contact Lenses are a polymer lenses that are worn on the surface of the eye as alternative to prescription glasses and less commonly as a bandage (protect the surface of the eye, the "cornea&...
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“Hasidic Zmanim “ [duplicate]

Something that has always piqued my interest is how some hasidic groups sometimes daven way later than the zman, is there any halachic validity to doing this?- I was under the assumption that if you ...
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What does it mean halachically to not associate with the wicked?

Who are considered wicked? What definition of wicked is being considered here, the one in the Gemara, which I believe means a person who is predominantly evil, or the one in Tanya, where the person ...
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What is the reasoning for not entering churches and other non-Jewish places of worship?

There are multiple questions about entering churches here, most of which are marked as duplicates and pointed to this one. What none of them address, however, is why in the halacha it is forbidden to ...
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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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Cryptocurrency and Ribbis - Celsius Network

With the rising popularity of DeFi (Decentralized Finance) and cryptocurrencies I am wondering about the interest bearing wallets such as Celsius that will give returns for holding or staking coins. ...
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Ship of Theseus in Halacha

How would Halacha deal with the Ship of Theseus thought experiment? For example, if one made a neder (vow) not to have any hana'ah (benefit) from a certain ship and over time every single piece of ...
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Zoom class before Shacharis? [closed]

I have a zoom class, based on in the UK, which starts at 5:00 AM Canada time. I get up around 4:30 am, which is already past Alot Hashachar. There is the heter to continue working if I started before ...
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Is lending cryptocurrency ribbis?

If I would lend a fellow Jew a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Cardano, Dogecoin, Polygon, Etherium, etc. would there be a ribbis issue? Do we look at it like lending someone a dollar which there ...
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Is shenayim mikra (only) a minhag according to the Chofetz Chaim?

R. Yisrael Meir Kagan writes that every Jewish man needs to know the weekly Torah portion and understand it. He says that the reason why all of Israel reads the verses twice and the translation once (...
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Is cheating on High School tests גניבת ממון?

It's very well known today, especially from R' Moshe's ruling, that cheating on college tests is גניבת ממון. However he says High School cheating, although forbidden, is not גניבת ממון. How does this ...
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Most effective way to learn Shulchan Aruch [closed]

I've seen many Seforim talk about learning Shulchan Aruch and the importance of it. However, it always seems that the seforim are telling you to learn the Shulchan Aruch straight. As someone who's ...
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Age of Accountability for Gentiles

What is the age of accountability for gentiles? From what age are they subject to punishment for their sins? Please list sources.
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Sources on an unmarried man covering their head with a tallis

I'm searching for sources regarding an unmarried man covering their head with a tallis. I am familiar with what the Mishnah Berurah has said regarding the Taz and the Bach, but I would like to see ...
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If one steps on an insect on Shabbos and the insect is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, then is one allowed to kill it?

If one steps on a cockroach on Shabbos and the cockroach is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, is one then allowed to kill it? Is it allowed to kill the cockroach because essentially ...
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Did the Kohen Gadol minister barefoot?

Just read an article (Wikipedia) that when the Kohen Gadol was carrying out his service in the Tabernacle he was barefoot. Tried to find some information in the Tanakh to that effect but couldn't find ...
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Pat Akum From a Restaurant

It is well known that Jews of all strands are more stringent about Bishul Akum than Pat Akum. If someone holds that Pat Akum is acceptable, does that mean pat akum can be bought from a restaurant that ...
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Tetragrammaton in Public at? Allowed? Not Allowed?

Found a photo of the Great Synagogue of Tunis and emblazoned on the outside of the synagogue, is a very large tetragramaton that is visible for all to see from the street or courtyard. Is there any ...
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Can a Jew work for a gentile government?

Is it permissible for a Jew to perform work for a gentile government? I've heard that the Lubavitcher Rebbe z'tl helped the US Navy with his knowledge of electrical engineering during WW2, but perhaps ...
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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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Is ta'am (flavor) physical or metaphysical?

The Talmud and Geonim seem to speak about ta'am and it's ability to transfer as being a very physical process. The literature reads as if one would be able to taste the transfer of flavor from one ...
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How long did it take to consecrate a new high priest after the death of the incumbent?

One example that comes to mind is the record in the Torah how Eleazar succeeds his father Aaron whilst he was still alive. Numbers 20:25 NASB 25 Take Aaron and his son Eleazar, and bring them up to ...
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Is a Jewish Male Allowed to Offer Free Hugs to People?

On a recent YouTube video, a religious Jew blindfolded himself and stood on the streets of New York City offering people the opportunity to stand with him for peace through a hug. Even though he ...
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How do we determine “population statistics” for population-dependent Halachot?

There appear to be several halachot that are based on "a majority of Israel". For example: Mishnah Berachot 54a: הרואה מקום שנעשו בו נסים לישראל אומר ברוך שעשה נסים לאבותינו במקום הזה IF ...
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Can a husband 'un-warn' his wife to prevent her from becoming a sotah?

The Torah describes (starting in Bamidbar 5:11) the process of a husband warning his wife not to be secluded with a certain man. Then if she is secluded with that man for a certain amount of time and ...
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Why is one permitted to ignore the prohibition of shatnez when it comes to tzitzis?

Why is shatnez (a garment made of a mixture of wool and linen, which is forbidden) muter (permissible) by tzitzis?
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What is the law for someone who had the urge to use the restroom in the middle of Shmona Esrei at Mincha or Ma’ariv?

A Chabad Rabbi said for a case where the urge was minor that one can delay until finishing the Aleinu. What is the law for those who follow a litvishe minhag? Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff at Yeshiva.com ...
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Is general anesthesia or coma considered sleep?

Is general anesthesia or coma considered Halachicly as sleep and in what aspects (like should one say Hamapil before or Birkas Hatorah after or wash hands etc)?
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Peyot behind ears?

Someone told me that it is better to not have long peyot if you are going to place them behind your ears. Has anyone heard a respectable posek say that? I think he said it in the name of Rav Ben Tzion ...
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Avelut for today

A question on avelut. One whom is in avelut for a close family. Are they allowed to travel and eat out after 30days though it’s still within the Year
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Can one make a שבועה to be מקיים a מצוה?

The Mishnah in Shvuos 27a says: If one takes an oath to refrain from performing a mitzva and he does not refrain, he is exempt from bringing an offering for an oath on an utterance. If he takes an ...
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Help understanding terms surrounding the Mishna Berura? [duplicate]

I was wondering if someone could help clarify the terms surrounding the Mishna Berura: I know the Biur Halacha and Sha'ar Tzion were also written by the Chofetz Chaim ZT'L, but I was curious how they ...
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Rockets from Gaza while praying

I live in Israel where there are presently (late 2012) ongoing rockets fired at us from Gaza. We are warned of an impending rocket by a loud siren that gives us less than a minute to run to a bomb ...
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Using Zephaniah 3:8 as a pangram

Would usage of Zephaniah 3:8 solely as a pangram – it being the only option with both finals and cantillation – constitute shemos, and therefore require genizah? לָכֵ֤ן חַכּוּ־לִי֙ נְאֻם־יְהוָ֔ה ...
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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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Questions on Psak Halacha [duplicate]

If one is learning Halacha and comes across a machlokes between recent Poskim (post Mishna Berura eg is one allowed to make a tea in a Kli Shelishi) can one decide by himself to be meikel if the logic ...
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Tevila in Keilim Mikva without permission

Recently was at a Keilim Mikva which had a sign "No Tevila allowed for outside utensils. Only utensils purchased at this store may be Toiveled here". I was wondering if one goes ahead and ...
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Is it allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah?

Is a Jew allowed to live in a place which has brazen Avodah Zarah? I'm talking about places such as India, China and Cambodia. While Christians worship idols as well they say that doing so is wrong. I'...
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Numbering in the Mordechai

I've noticed that the Mordechai has a strange numbering system (א,ב,ג etc.) that goes through it. I thought it might just be enumerating the individual halachos l'maaseh, but I noticed that it often ...
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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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If I have a relative / friend on miyodea, may I upvote his questions/answers?

If I upvote a friend / relatives question on miyodea, I will not be doing it solely because I like his question or answer. Is this in a way like a koroiv (relative) who is forbidden to give testimony ...
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Modesty at the beach

Are there any opinions or “loop holes” that allow women to loosen up modesty rules at a mixed beach? I was told that many “frum” women who dress like rebitzens in their community, go to the beach in ...
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Annulling future regrets

Would any sources seem to indicate that if one states when talking to Hashem “HaShem if I ever regret any of my mitzvot, I don’t really regret them.” then any regrets he would have in the future would ...
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Can there be kiddushin between a Ger Toshav and a Jew?

I came across an article that quoted Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef in his Shulchan Ha'ma'arechet, (it didn't give an exact reference,) as saying that Kiddushin can be effected between a Ger Toshav, meaning a ...
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Guf Naki Concerns for Men and Tefillin

The Gemara (Shabbat 49a) says that tefillin must only be worn with a "guf naki" (clean body) which is defined by Abaye and Rava respectively as flatulence and sleeping. Other Rishonim, like ...
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Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon?

Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon? That seems to transgress theft (both the Ten Commandments and/or the Noahide laws)?
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Loshon Hora: Believing that circumstances permit slander

When the Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3) codifies the allowance to relate slander heard b'apei t'lasa (a statement made in front of three people, which is considered avidi l'geluei and therefore already ...

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