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Is fixed wooden diagonal Schach Kosher for a Sucah?

We visited a family of non-orthodox Jews here in Jerusalem that has a permanent wooden pergola on their large balcony. The roof is a wooden frame with wooden bars about 2x10 cm freely inserted (no ...
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Shutting lights off during Chol Ha'moed, to save electricity

During Chol Ha'moed, it's definitely allowed to shut a light off if it'll help you sleep. And I assume it's also allowed to shut lights off in the evening, since a gradually-darkening environment may ...
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When a power-vented hot water heater runs during Yom Tov, it triggers not just a flame, but also a blower fan motor. Is this okay?

You live in a house in North America with a 75-gallon power-vented gas-fired hot water heater. The house has no chimney, which is why the power-vent feature is useful. The instruction manual (PDF) ...
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Taking fire from Yahrtzeit candle to light Yom Tov candles [on hold]

On the second night of Yom Tov, can one take fire from a yartzeit candle to light your Yom Tov candles?
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Why don't we say a blessing before giving charity?

Before doing many mitzvos (commandments), we are required derabanan to say a blessing. Why is this not the same for giving tzedakah (charity)?
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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Does having sex with a girl with intention to marry considered a marriage? [on hold]

I had sex with a girl with full intention to marry her, in the day we had sex two people saw which were my intentions and were witnesses. Some days after a bought a pair of rings to gave her and we ...
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If you're not overweight, can you still use a food scale and an app to count calories during Chol Ha'moed?

Background During Chol Ha'moed, more food than usual is available. The relevant science suggests that, when there's a lot of food variety available in our homes, we're more likely to overeat. Still, ...
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Returning tabletop that fell off on Shabbat

At the shul we have simple tables with metal frames (a rectangle with 4 legs) and wooden tops, screwed to them with 4 screws per table. Eventually, all 4 screws of one table loosened up and the ...
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Can photos be put in frames on Shabbat?

Can one put photos in plastic frames that have either swiveling plastic latches or soft metal bending latches that open the back and let a photo be placed between the glass and the back without glue?
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What IKEA furniture or tools is permitted to be assembled on Shabbat?

IKEA offers lots of furniture and utensils for self-assembly, some of which are pretty sophisticated, requiring screws and fasteners and some are pretty easy to assemble without tools or connecting ...
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Can Schach that fell be restored on Shabbat/Chag?

If the Schach or a portion of it fell/flew off during Shabbat/Chag, can it be placed back?
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When to take legal action versus “turning the other cheek”

It is my understanding that "turning the other cheek" is a uniquely Christian concept that is alien to Judaism. It appears that we are encouraged to take (legal) action against those who do us harm ...
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Can one tie their sukkah wall to keep it from collapsing in heavy wind?

If the sukkah is able to stand on it's own under normal circumstances, can one tie the sukkah wall "down" to a branch for instance, in order to add extra support for heavy wind?
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Changing husband's habits after remarrying

After remarrying, a husband inevitably keeps comparing the new wife to the former, no matter what was the reason for their separation (death or divorce), and that fact can undermine the ongoing Shlom ...
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Women posting a photo of themself on their their LinkedIn profile [duplicate]

There are some women who post a photo of themself on their LinkedIn profile. Does halacha say anything about this in terms of modesty?
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What is the status of professional video game players?

A friend remarked to me that playing video games professionally today is the equivalent of professional gamblers in the times of the talmud, specifically in that both are not involved in "Yishuvo shel ...
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Are there potential problems with this sukkah? [closed]

I plan on making two walls of my sukkah from wooden panels constructed out of vertical slats nailed to a horizontal wooden slat at the top and bottom. The walls will be just over 10 tefachim high and ...
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How does one write a Kosher Sefer Torah in Greek? [duplicate]

Following question of "why-is-a-greek-torah-scroll-kosher", the Mishna in Meggila 1.8 reads: אֵין בֵּין סְפָרִים לִתְפִלִּין וּמְזוּזוֹת אֶלָּא שֶׁהַסְּפָרִים נִכְתָּבִין בְּכָל לָשׁוֹן... רַבָּן ...
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Downgrading clothing from Shabbos to Weekday [duplicate]

Is there anything wrong with buying a new hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) for Shabbos, and then taking one's old Shabbos hat (or suit, shirt, pants, socks, shoes, skirt, dress) ...
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How does one put on a Gartel according to the Ashkenazi tradition?

I go to a Chabad synagogue where everyone wears black belts called gartels. When I went on a Chasidic tour to Williamsbourg I bought a black Gartel. Now that Yom Kippur is on its way I have bought a ...
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When selling a house, what pieces of furniture go with it?

Based on Baba Batrah 65-67, what are the opinions in the contemporary Halacha about what pieces of furniture are considered "house" and what not, when one sells a house at a fixed price? Is selling ...
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Did Abraham always follow halacha?

-The Talmud says that Abraham followed halacha [derived from Genesis 26:5]. -The Torah outlaws child sacrifice. -So: On what grounds did Abraham agree to perform God's command to sacrifice his ...
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Heter Bamos - When?

When did the heter bamos (the time when it was permitted for klal yisrael to build their own bamos) begin and end?
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How to reconcile the concept of hora'at sha' ah in regards to a legitimate prophet?

There are many instances where the Bible allows the prophets to commit certain acts contrary to Torah law. Thus the Midrash Sifrei Deuteronomy 175 and the Babylonian Talmud, Yevamot 90b, exempts these ...
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Is there ever a case that the groom can get back the money he used for the wedding

Halachikly the groom is the one who pays for the wedding (last paragraph on this page Igros Moshe 7 even ezer 4:92:1 and can the bride's family force Sheva Brachot ) Is there ever a case that the ...
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Who else considers calling Avraham Avram forbidden? And how is this law applied?

The gemara in Berachot 13a brings an opinion that calling Avraham by the name Avram is forbidden. In the Koren gemara, Rabbi Shteinsaltz adds: The gemara did not reject either of these statements, ...
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Differential Pikuach Nefesh according to Shmayah and Avtalyon?

The famous story about Hillel's devotion to Torah learning in Yoma 25b tells that Hillel endangered his life by trying to listen to Shmayah and Avtalyon in extremely cold weather until he fell ...
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What parts of the davening can the shaliach tzibur say in English? [duplicate]

A person davening in a language other than Hebrew seems to be acceptable (e.g., Davening not in Hebrew). This question asks if the shaliach tzibur can daven in English and, if so, what parts may be ...
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Using baby powder on Yom Kippur

Is one permitted to use baby powder-or talcum powder, Gold Bond, etc- on Yom Kippur? (either for themselves or for a child) OR Would it be forbidden since it could be akin to "annointing oneself" (...
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Are wearing clothes that differ from the congregation you are currently praying with a violation of “Lo Titgodedu”?

Suppose someone is wearing Chassidic Levush (non-Chabad) in a litvish shul, is this transgressing “Lo Titgodedu”?
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Can banning a Sage be made in G-d's honor?

We hold that (Avot 5,17): כָּל מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, סוֹפָהּ לְהִתְקַיֵּם... אֵיזוֹ הִיא מַחֲלֹקֶת שֶׁהִיא לְשֵׁם שָׁמַיִם, זוֹ מַחֲלֹקֶת הִלֵּל וְשַׁמַּאי. Every dispute that ...
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Is a “great loss” with regards to Hilchos Shabbos only tangible loss, or also theoretical loss?

In Hilchos Shabbos there are areas where one can act leniently if not acting as such would cause הפסד מרובה (significant financial loss). Is such a loss only regarding for tangible “current” or ...
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Can you attempt to rescue someone if you're outgunned?

Principle : Yehareg velo yaavor for murder - you can't kill a person to save your life. Reason : We don't know whose life is more important ('whose blood is redder'). Implication: You can't kill ...
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Giving Gift to Mourning Spouse?

Although the Rema (YD 385:3) writes ואסור לשלוח מנות לאבל על אביו ואמו כל י"ב חדש - It is forbidden to send [or bring] gifts to one who is in mourning for his father or mother, throughout the ...
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Is one allowed to take advantage of free-trial offers without the intention to actually purchase?

Many products and services (especially digital ones) are often sold via the so-called free-trial offers which allow customers to use the offered services and products for free during the specified ...
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How could a Halachah be ruled in Sanhedrin without the Nassi?

Sorry for my fixation on Tanuro Shel Achnai. The Gemmorah says that at the time of the incident R' Gamliel (the Nassi) was in the high seas (B"M 59b): ואף ר"ג היה בא בספינה. עמד עליו נחשול לטבעו ...
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All men today are safek zav?

Someone told me that it was obvious to him (and he got someone else to agree with them) that all men today are a safek zav. Meaning, a zav is someone who had an unusual emission from their body (...
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Non Jews in Shul choirs?

What is the Halacha and the Minhag regarding Non-Jews in Shul choirs at religious services led by a Cantor?
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May a Jew be an impostor on “To Tell the Truth”?

There's a general prohibition for a Jew to lie, except for specific situations such as Darchei Shalom ("to promote peace".) "To Tell the Truth" is an old / revived U.S. television game show where 3 ...
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Is Temporary housing (דירת עראי) mentioned outside Succah?

A Beraytah in Succah (3a) outlines multiple laws pertaining to a permanent house (דירת קבע): תנו רבנן בית שאין בו ארבע אמות על ארבע אמות פטור מן המזוזה ומן המעקה ואינו מטמא בנגעים ואינו נחלט בבתי ...
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According to the opinions that playing cards is not stealing, would cheating in the game be considered stealing?

While most halachic authorities consider gambling and card games to be stealing, according to the opinion(s) that permit it, would cheating in the game qualify as stealing? Since cheating is a ...
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“Penny Press” machines and erasing G-d's name [duplicate]

NOTE: while a bit similar to this question, they're not entirely the same. For example: this question is more of a "grama"/ indirect causation of erasing G-d's name (via pushing a button) vs. a person ...
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Halacha of not being obligated to spend more than a fifth of one's money on a mitzvah

It is brought down in halacha (Orach Chaim 656) that a person is not obligated to spend more than 20% of his money on performing a positive mitzvah. Is the 20% calculated according to his total bank ...
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Reason behind making a new Bracha when walking into another room [duplicate]

I remember once hearing that if you’re eating & change rooms you have to repeat the bracha. Is my memory right? And what’s the logic behind this Halacha?
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Gentile driving for you on Yom Tov

May a Jew be driven somewhere by a Gentile on Yom Tov? If so, what are the conditions which would allow this to be possible?
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Would teleportation be allowed? [closed]

Suppose 'teleportation' like the transporter in star trek - where you are disassembled atom by atom, and reassembled in another location - becomes a reality. It will then likely become the most ...
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Who owns Superman? [duplicate]

In the 1930s, two Jewish boys, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, created the comic book character Superman. In 1938, badly in need of money, they sold the rights to the character for $130, to what would ...
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Does adding a different liquid to a pre-existing drink require a new Shehakol?

Suppose one makes a "shehakol" on the water, and doesn't have in mind any other drinks. When there's a third of the glass left, the person refills the glass with seltzer/soda (the glass is now 1/3 ...
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Status of children born from a yefat toar who was converted to judaism after the 30 day period

In parshat Ki Teietze it talks about the yefat torah. If after the 30 days if he still wants to marry her, she is converted to judaism, then he can marry her. Question: Is this conversion a regular ...