Questions tagged [halacha]

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Do Zmanim follow the city, or the Gavra?

Are halachic times for prayer, comencing Shabbos, ect. calculated according to a persons exact location or is there one "time-zone" for the entire city? And if yes, how would this apply for ...
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Who has the Right of way?

I was taught that the person going into shul gets right of way. (And not the person exiting) And that a person carrying a sefer also has the right of way Looking for the source of these halachos, (...
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Does downvoting without explanation violate halacha?

Is downvoting without explanation a violation of halacha, because you are refusing to share your knowledge of Torah, which is the purpose of this site? -If a question is asked and you downvote it ...
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Visiting a cemetery in Nissan

I heard that there is a prohibition on visiting a cemetery in Nissan, especially in Chol HaMoed. Is this right?
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Can One Wear Engraved Jewelry? [closed]

Is it okay to wear jewelry that has an animal engraved on it, even if it is slightly raised? What about while davening or in shul?
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Intimacy, עוֹנָה and Intoxication

One is not allowed to be drunk during intimacy with one's spouse. See, for example Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 150:13, Mishneh Torah Issurei Biya 21:12. I also remember a long time ago seeing a very strong ...
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How did I convert my religion from Islam to Judaism [closed]

am a Muslim from lahore Pakistan. Age 26 my parents died so no family issue If I convert to Judaism, If I convert, who will help and support me in my future life? What money or other advantages will I ...
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Ashkenazim eating kitniyot that is batel b'rov on Pesach

According to various opinions, Ashkenazim may eat food that comprises kitniyot on Pesach (e.g., mixtures), if it is batel b'rov (see Peninei Halacha here). For example: foods comprising kitniyot ...
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Drinking water before nightfall , on pesach evening

Would one be allowed to drink water between shkiah - dusk, and tzais - nightfall, on the first night of Pesach, being that you can’t make Kiddush then anyways, and if yes, what if it fell out on ...
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Can a man get a hair cut from a woman [duplicate]

Is it permitted to have my hair cut from a woman, most hairstylists here are woman and it would be very inconvenient to find a man, and difficult.
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Tachanun on friday and sunday [duplicate]

I heard that in some Chassidic communities they don't say tachanun on Friday morning to prepare for Shabbat and on Sunday morning either to "recover" from Shabbat, is that true? and if this ...
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On what halachic premise can Yeshivot claim talmidim's belonging's hefker for bein hazmanim?

I went to Yeshiva in Israel, and the Yeshiva told us that whatever was left behind (even things with simanim) during bein hazmanim would be hefker? On what basis can the yeshiva do this?
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Is it permissible to listen to a woman speaking over a song if that is part of the song?

Consider this following song, Presence of Mind by Dynazty (I have marked it to the point relevant to my question). At this point, a male speaks over the song, and these are part of the song's lyrics. ...
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Prayer for miracles on Chanuka/Purim

The Rema Orach Chaim Siman 682 writes, הגה י"א כששכח על הנסים בברכת המזון כשמגיע להרחמן יאמר הרחמן יעשה לנו נסים ונפלאות כשם שעשית לאבותינו בימים ההם בזמן הזה בימי מתתיהו כו' [כל בו] Gloss: There ...
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Netilat Yadaim Source

Where in tanach is the mitzvah of Netilat Yadaim shown / present? I am essentially asking for the source of the mitzvah.
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Proper definition for an idol/idol worshiping? [closed]

What is the proper definition for an idol/idol worshiping? I'm asking this because in Christianity, an idol can be any person or thing that consumes your thoughts, words, time, energy, or money other ...
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Can one water plants before Shacharit?

Would one be permitted to water plants or feed pets (as another example), before saying shacharit, or would it be better to say shacharit first?
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Source for saying Emes at end of Shema?

I was just learning the Mishna Berura and Aruch Hashulchan on this topic, and one thing that seemed to be strangely taken for granted by the Mishna Berura, without any source for it that I can find, ...
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Differences between Birur and הנהגה

How do the techniques of הנהגה and בירור work in Halacha? Is the difference that the latter needs proof, and the former is based on a חזקה?
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Wearing a watch with lume on Shabbos

I was not able to find anything on the subject of lume on Shabbos. I asked my LOR. He is not familiar with it either. Lume is a paint they use on watch dials that charges from light and then shines in ...
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Is it possible to have non-Jews who are converting (or non-Jewish relatives) over for Yom Tov?

There is a very clear halacha that one is not allowed to invite non-Jews on Yom Tov specifically. See SA OH 514, Yalkut Yosef 512. The only solution presented in the halacha is if they turn up ...
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Could Shabbat be skipped? [duplicate]

So, countries can essentially, change local time to whatever they want. Or local date for that matter. It is Thursday night at 9:00 P.M (Shabbos starts at 6 P>M lets say). They decided, you know I ...
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What influence was present to convince Israel to accept the Babylonian Talmud as the basis to Halacha?

In the times of the Gaonim, Yehudai Gaon and Pirqoi ben Baboi seem to have tried to convince Israel to follow the Babylonian Talmud in the wake of earliest codified halachic works. What other ...
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If someone deliberately changes the words of a blessing, do they get credit?

I am aware that in the Talmud somewhere (but not where), there is a discussion of saying a blessing with the words changed. The conclusion is that as long as the "core" of the blessing or ...
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How is Exodus 22 applied today regarding politics

How does one apply Exodus 22:27 You shall not curse a judge, neither shall you curse a prince among your people. Am I to understand it’s ok to criticize a leader when they are in the wrong but not sin ...
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Must a man divorce an adulterous wife

Must a man divorce an adulterous wife? I ask as I am unaware of the halacha, I know Hosea was commanded to take back his after he was commanded by G-d to marry his adulterous wife.
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Has the Yalkut Yosef been translated into English in its entirety?

I know work on the Yalkut Yosef (English) Saka Edition has been ongoing, but I was wondering if all volumes have now been released or if there’s an estimated release date for when all the books will ...
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Is it worse to be a Christian or an atheist?

I've heard that Christianity is at least oftentimes avodah zarah, at least for Jews. Would that mean atheism is better halachically?
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Is making Matcha on shabbat allowed?

Matcha is made from steamed tea leaves that are ground to a powder. It is prepared by placing 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into a ceramic bowl (Kli Sheni) and taking water that is kept at 80°C (176°F) ...
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Are you allowed to lie in order to prevent embarrassing yourself

Is it mutar to lie if telling the truth will embarrass yourself? For example, if Reuven asks Shimon if he went to minyan, and Reuven says yes because he doesn’t want to embarrass himself and give a ...
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Stealing with your eyes,

Can someone please point me in the right direction where I can find Rashi on stealing with your eyes. I am aware of a PDF online that talks about it, though I recall a class, where the teacher quoted ...
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Covering a preprogrammed remote control on Shabbos

If there was a device set up before Shabbos that every hour would send an IR (infrared) signal towards an appliance such as a fireplace to either turn it on or off, would one be allowed to cover that ...
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Permissibility of Using Automatic Timer with Induction Heater for Vaporization on Shabbat

Is it permissible according to Halacha to use an induction heater on Shabbat to heat up a metal object containing dry material, resulting in vaporization at a temperature of 200°C, as long as there is ...
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What does halacha say about the timing and conditions of the Jewish divorce ceremony?

According to halacha, what conditions need to exist before a husband can give his wife a gett (Jewish divorce), or before a wife can accept a gett from her husband? In the letter below from Rabbi ...
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What did shomer mitzvot men working in business, law etc and the military do regarding facial hair before kosher shavers?

Does anyone know what shomer mitzvot men working in business, law and other professions where facial hair was not acceptable as well as men in the military did regarding facial hair before kosher ...
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Chanania and perek 3 of Shabbos - if yeish bishul acher bishul

How do we “find our hands and feet in the beis midrash”? We seem to poskin that yeish bishul achar bishul for food that is ma’achal ben drusai; if so, cooking it on Shabbos would be forbidden and ...
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LOR Questions family planning

One of the most common questions Rabbis tend to get is about contraception. Specifically a discussion about family planning, and how long one can use contraception for. Before the man has fulfilled ...
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Caret for an intentional Sin punishable by Death when there are no witnesses

We know that Sins punishable by death are punished when there are witnesses and warning. We also know that when there are no witnesses, but the sin is made intentionally, the punishment is Caret. What ...
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Can a woman time intercourse to avoid conception?

Can a woman whose husband already has children refuse sex with him on days she may be fertile with the goal of not conceiving?
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What's the difference between a Minhag and a takkanah [duplicate]

What is the difference between a Minhag and Takkanah? I know for example Rav Gershoms takkanah that a man is not allowed to divorce a woman against her own will is a Takkanah what's the difference ...
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Censorship of halachic Jewish sources?

I read in: The Vilna Gaon said one can make a berakhah without a kippah, since wearing a kippah is only a midos chassidus ("exemplary attribute"). In the 21st century, there has been an ...
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Can a Jew give a Gentile a tattoo?

The Rambam says that the issur of getting a tattoo is primarily on the person giving the tattoo and not the receiver. Putting aside that it isn't clear that getting a tattoo is asur from the text (...
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Does halacha provide suggestions on what we should occupy our minds with?

Throughout the day, I find my thoughts wandering. I’ve recently been thinking whether Halacha provides any suggestions, or mandates, on what should be going though our mind (not during times of ...
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Human sacrifice / collective penalty / penalty on somebody else's behalf [closed]

I came onto this question on Islam.SE, citing a variety of situations where humans were sacrificed, not for a personal guilt on which death penalty has been decreed. Numbers 31:7: Ritual slaughter of ...
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Does a child who is adopted by a Kohen inherit Kohen status? [duplicate]

Would such a child (non Jewish) who is adopted and converts inherit any status from his father? Has any posek ruled on this? Is there halacha for this?
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וְאֵין דִּבּוּרוֹ בְּנַחַת עִם הַבְּרִיּוֹת - Chillul Hashem for Torah scholars not speaking pleasantly to people - Limits and definitions?

Yoma 86a discusses various types of chillul Hashem, and one is as per the title. This is quite a serious statement, yet is also very vague (a terrible combination!). What are the definitions and ...
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Halachically at what time is a baby born?

Is a baby born when the head emerges, when the whole body emerges, when the cord is cut, or something else? This is relevant, for example, in order to determine the baby's birthday or when to do a ...
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I discovered a family member of mine is Jewish. Am I Jewish? [duplicate]

I've been recently reading about what determines whether someone is Jewish. I've done this because I discovered my grandfather's father (my great-grandfather) from my mother's side was Jewish (...
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Mamzer or not? Food for thought

In the Me'am Loez the first book, (Genesis I) towards the end of the book it talks about the woman that had relations with their husbands while thinking of the nephilim, giving the child's neshama a ...
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is using services like Grub hub Kosher?

Is Doordash, UberEats, and Grubhub permitted? What happens if the food is kosher but the delivery driver is not Jewish? Perhaps he is carrying pocket ham?
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