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Is a Semicha required for determining the status of a Safek Niddah

According to Halacha, is it required for a Rabbi to have semicha if he’s determining the status of whether a woman is a niddah if she believes it’s a Safek? Or no, is a formal semicha not required ...
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Does Birkat kohanim have to be read with the trop

According to Halacha, is it required for a Kohen reciting Birkat kohanim to recite it in the trop/cantillation notes, or no? Are there different opinions on this by custom (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, ...
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Can Pool Water Taken Directly from the Ocean Count for Mikveh בדיעבד?

I once stayed at hotel directly on the beach and the pool water was taken from the ocean. I was wondering if in hindsight I could count my swims there as מקווה בדיעבד. If the answer is "it ...
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Copying content from a news website

On one of the frum news websites there is a disclaimer at the end of every article that includes the following wording - Copying or reproducing our content is both against the law and Halacha Is it ...
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Washing hands after you touch shoe

I’ve heard that you need to wash your hands after you touch your shoes. First of all, do we pasken like this? Secondly, how is the washing done? Is it like Netilat Yadayim (either 111222 or 121212) or ...
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Source of a shita for when giving Tochacha (הוכח תוכיח) is likely to go unheeded

In a handwritten drasha written in 1904 by a relative, it refers to a peirush that offers a resolution for when the mitzva of הוכח תוכיח is conflicted with the need to avoid saying a דבר שאינו נשמע (a ...
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Should one say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ if it is not one's minhag to say it?

The title says it all - should a (e.g.) Sefardi say Amen to הַמֶּֽלֶךְ בִּכְבוֹדוֹ תָּמִיד יִמְלוֹךְ עָלֵֽינוּ when in a shul where they say this beracha, when he hears it from the Chazan?
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What's the source you can't learn Torah with dirty hands?

It's brought in poskim that if you touch an uncovered part of your body you shouldn't learn Torah untill you clean them. The earliest source for this seems to be the Kol Bo siman 11 from Rav Yitschak ...
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How to turn oven back on after Blackout on Yom Tov

If a blackout occurred during Yom Tov and after the electricity went back on, the oven didn't turn on again, is it permissible to ask a non-Jew to turn it on? What about having the non-Jew set it to ...
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Source for "Beahava" in Birkat Kohanim? What if the Kohen dislikes someone in the congregation?

The Bracha the Kohanim recite for Birkat Kohanim is (Sotah 39a): אשר קדשנו בקדושתו של אהרן וצונו לברך את עמו ישראל באהבה who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aaron and commanded us to bless ...
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Espresso on Shabbos... ☕ Will this method work? [duplicate]

I've come across some fully-manual espresso machines, such as Flair 58x*. Assuming one holds like Rav Moshe Feinstein where there is no bishul in a kli shlishi, and one prepared his pre-ground coffee ...
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May a minor light one of the havdalah wicks

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a minor to light one of the wicks of the Havdalah candles, as long as an adult lights the other one and conjoins the flames? Or no, must someone who is ...
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Can you stack sefarim on a Chumash according to Sepharadim?

One of the answers to this question quoted the Aruch Hashulchan which says that all printed sefarim nowadays are of equal Kedusha. This means that it is permitted to stack other printed sefarim on top ...
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Shiur for Al Hamichya

What is the minimum shiur to say Al Hamichya? If one eats a quantity of mezonos which is less than the shiur, should they say Borei Nefashos instead?
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How should people who ask trolling questions be treated by observant Jews? [closed]

Suppose I ask a silly question on a site dedicated to Judaism. How should I be treated?
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Are doors to balconies obligated in mezuzot

According to Halacha, does a doorway to a balcony ever need a mezuzah? Or no, is it not considered an obligated dwelling space?
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Boy under barmitzvah leading Kabbalat Shabbat

A number of shuls grapple with the question of how to involve children in tefillah. In orthodox shuls I regularly see boys (even under barmitzvah) reciting Anim Zemirot (this is common). I have seen ...
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Are tallitot which are rabbinically obligated put on before or after tefillin

The Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 25 rules you should put a Tallit on before tefillin, this is based on the principle of Tadir, mitzvot which are more common take precedence, generally. However, if one ...
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Brushing a Pet on Shabbos

May one brush a dog or other furred pet on Shabbos? When brushing, a toothed comb — made for the purpose of brushing — is used to extract loose/shedding hairs from underneath the top layer of fur, in ...
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What is the earliest reliable source that prohibits teaching Torah and/or Mishna to gentiles after Moses translated the Torah into 70 languages?

I have read numerous conflicting opinions regarding this subject. I am seeking the first "original" or earliest reliable source that prohibited teaching the Torah and/or Mishna to the ...
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May the King execute by a method other than decapitation today?

Rambam says in Melakim uMilkhamot: וְאֵין לַמֶּלֶךְ רְשׁוּת לַהֲרֹג אֶלָּא בְּסַיִף בִּלְבַד The King may only execute by sword What's the source for Rambam's codification? Does this hold today?
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Elokai Neshama and Hamaavir Sheina Shavuot morning

When staying up all night, as some do on Shavuot, not all Birkot Hashachar can be said. The following berachot can be more easily be dealt with without being yotze from someone else. Al netilat ...
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Is a married rape victim to be put to death according to Deuteronomy 22:22?

I asked this on the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange, but I would also appreciate your input greatly. Deuteronomy 22:22 states: If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them ...
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Customary learning areas for Shavuos?

Leaving aside the traditional Tikkun Leil Shavuot which includes Chumash, Nach, Mishnah, Gemara, Halacha, Kabbalah etc. the increasingly common current practice is to study a wide variety of materials....
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What defines a room that crossing it would require you to make a new Bracha

BH Hi, I was told correct me if I’m wrong according to Lubavitch minhag every time you cross from one room to the next and you return to the room you were in before, if you had food there that you ...
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Tying shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan to untie them in a day

According to Halacha, is it permissible for you to tie shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan on untying them within a day? Or no, is it prohibited and you are obligated to untie them within 24 hours?
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Maximum shiur for chair height for those sitting shivah

According to Halacha, those in aveilut sitting shiva should sit in shorter chairs, see here. Therefor, what is the maximum shiur for permitted chair height when defining a short chair when it comes ...
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Affixing Mezuzah without case or cover

In Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 289/1 the Mechaber writes: בא לקבעה יניחנה בשפופרת של קנה או של כל דבר ויקבענה במקומה ויברך אקב"ו לקבוע מזוזה ולא יברך בשעת כתיבתה. (והקובע ב' או ג' מזוזות מברך ברכה ...
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Clapping in shul [duplicate]

Can anybody point me to sources (not opinions) which discuss whether or not it is permitted to clap inside the sanctuary of a beit knesseth, leaving aside the issue of clapping on shabbat?
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Comprehensive List of Shul Customs and Laws Specific to Nusach Sefard [duplicate]

I'm looking for a comprehensive list of shul customs and laws specific to Nusach Sefard. For example, I would like details on the order of tefillos, when one wears a tallis (shliach tzibur and the ...
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If a women forgot Ya'ale Ve'yavo in Mincha, does she have to daven again? [duplicate]

Per שו”ע או”ח סימן קפ”ח סעיף ח if one forgets יעלה ויבוא in bentching on Rosh Chodesh one is not obligated to bentch again, because one is not obligated to eat bread. On the other hand, on Friday ...
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What is the halacha on using netilat yadayim cups for non-hand washing purposes?

I know it is just a cup with two handles, but we have an extra netilat yadayim cup that is very decorative. I am okay with it being used for its intended purpose, but what is the law on using the cup ...
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Ausstritsgemeinde - Opposition of Rabbi Hirsch to the "Geminderabbiner"

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was vehemently opposed to the rabbis who didn't follow him when he passed the Ausstritsgesetz (Secession Bill) which allowed Orthodox Jews to separate from the general ...
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Are garden gnomes Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, are garden gnomes classified as Chukot Hagoyim, or not? I ask because on the one hand, they are not associated with idolatry nowadays, however they are a custom of non-Jewish ...
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Hiddur mitzvah for Lechem Mishneh

Is there any chiyuv in Halacha for hiddur mitzvah regarding Lechem Mishneh, or no? And if so, is the mitzvah of beautification an obligation for the bread itself (making it beautiful by braiding it) ...
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Can you really keep money you find on the floor even if it's fairly obvious who lost it beyond reasonable doubt?

The question is inspired by Bava Metzia 23, which seems to provide only one exception to the rule: a sign. I'm sure there are other general exceptions too e.g. two witnesses saw whose pocket the money ...
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Yichud of an Uncle with his nieces and nephews [closed]

If someone has 3 children, for example a 10 year old boy, 8 year old girl, & 4 year old boy. Is it ok to leave them over night with their adult uncle. Thank you,
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Running on Shabbat when it is raining

The Tur in סימן ש"א writes: כתיב אם תשיב משבת רגליך ודרשו חז"ל שלא יהא הילוכך של שבת כהילוכך של חול ע"כ אין לו לאדם לרוץ בשבת כדרך שעושה בחול אבל אם רץ לדבר מצוה כגון לבהכ"נ ...
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If you happen to daven with a minyan that say tachanun when you normally wouldn't, do you need to say it with them? [duplicate]

I'm guessing you must respond to va'yikra in any case but I'm not sure about the rest.
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Which Tehila is said before Bentching on minor holidays like Yom Yerushalayim or Pesach Sheini?

Most bentchers and siddurim talk about Shabbos, festivals, weddings, bris, pidyon ha-ben. In this context festivals usually mean Yom Tov but do they really mean "any day or occasion where you don'...
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Are reels forbidden during the Omer because of background music?

I know there are already various opinions on recorded music but I'm interested specifically in posts on social media, where music is used in the background for complimentary rather than festive ...
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What is the correct way of bowing in the Shemonah Esreh?

Inspired by another post. What is the correct way to bow during the first Bracha of Shemonah Esreh and the Bracha of Modim. I am looking for sources in Halacha (not Gemara, Midrash etc.).
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If saying a Beracha over a worldly benefit is a logical mitzva, are non believers exempt? Are Chazal saying Hashem's existence is a svara?

According to the Gemara (Brachot 35a), the halacha of saying a beracha before benefiting from the world is a svara; a halacha derived from logic: סברא הוא: אסור לו לאדם שיהנה מן העולם הזה בלא ברכה ...
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Reasons behind the פטור of בעליו עמו

As per פרשת משפטים פרק כ”ב פסוק י”ד, when one borrows an item and the owner of the item does work for the borrower at that time, the borrower is exempt from paying for anything that happens to the ...
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Kavana for סֶּֽלָה

It is clear from this question that the word Selah isn't well understood. We have several wildly different definitions, and some of them have no associated Kavana. This becomes a halachic problem ...
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Which stones cannot become tamei (ritually impure)?

I understand that the Cohanim used to use stone ceilim (vessels) because stone ceilim cannot receive tumah (become ritually impure). But this begs the question what is a stone for this purpose? Can ...
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Is it true if a person did the sin of mishkav zachar he has to do 227 fasts to rectify his soul

I believe I saw in the Ba'al ha-Turim or in the Ramban's commentary on Torah or a commentary on the Ramban that if a person did the sin of mishkav zachar he needs to do 227 fasts in order to rectify ...
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Opening glass bottles on Shabbat [duplicate]

There is a machloket amongst the Poskim whether there is an issur committed when you open plastic bottles which need to be screwed to be removed on Shabbat. Is there a different din in Halacha in ...
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Is a utensil used to pickle meat Ben Yomo for 24 hours

According to the Talmud in Chullin 97b pickling is considered cooking in Halacha. My question is, does this only mean the food has the halachic status of being cooked? Or does this Gemara also mean ...
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Is one allowed to volunteer in a food pantry affiliated with a church?

We all know that going in a church is assur. But what about going into a building associated with a church? E.g. let's say a place like Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, which appears to just offer ...
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