Questions tagged [halacha]

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Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot?

Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot? I've heard from a rabbi that if the table/countertops is a little bit ...
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Index cards/flash cards on Shabbat

Are there any halachic considerations regarding using index cards/flash cards on Shabbat? This may involve going through the pile, quizzing myself, and sorting the cards into different piles. For ...
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Raising heels in kedusha according to Chacham Ovadia

Halacha Yomit says that Chacham Ovadia rules that one must raise his heels 3 times each in every kadosh. Where can the source for this halacha be found in Chacham Ovadia's books?
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How come the Rambam forbids picking up money found in the street?

I always understood that, when one sees a banknote in the street, one is allowed to keep it (and others wrote this way, e.g., R Belsky here and businesshalacha there #17). Then I saw the Rambam ...
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Can a bald person be a Nazir?

We know someone who takes a Nazirite vow upon themselves must refrain from haircuts, wine and coming close to dead bodies, and at the conclusion of their Nazirite period must cut their hair. What ...
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Does one make a shehecheyanu on “used” jewelry?

If someone is going to be wearing a "used" piece of expensive jewelry for the first time (as in, it was previously worn by a different person as opposed to being new from the store), do they make a ...
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

I know a little bit about Judaism and a fair amount about hearing aids. I have been asked about the rules regarding the usage of hearing aids on the sabbath and I have no idea. In particular, the ...
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What happens if an individual accidentally says Aneinu before Re'eh instead of during Shema Koleinu?

Let’s say that a congregant, who’s normally supposed to say Aneinu in Shema Koleinu instead of before Re'eh, accidentally says it as a stand-alone Beracha before Re'eh. He doesn’t realize until well ...
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Must one fulfill a promise to another? What if circumstances change the initial reasoning behind the proposal?

If one states that they will do something to another person (e.g "I'll give you my favorite necklace"), and then that person no longer wants to fulfil the "promise" due to unforeseen circumstances, is ...
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Heter to Work on 9 b’Av But No Bracha

Shulchan Aruch 554:23 says one is permitted to work even before chazot if he will lose money. 554:24 says he will not see a siman bracha from that work. Why would the mechaber go out of his way to ...
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When does a pot/pan need to be toveled?

If I buy a pot/pan with intention to only use it a few times and then discard it (away on vacation and no intention of bringing it home) does it need to be toveled?
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Yehareg v'al ya'avor – what about retroactively?

Based on this question and this question. If someone has possibly committed one of the Big Three sins, and the only way to get out of it retroactively is to commit suicide, is suicide allowed? Is it ...
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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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Should one say Baruch Mechayei Hameisim even if he’s talked to his friend within the last year?

Orach Chaim (225:1) הרואה את חבירו לאחר שלשים יום אומר שהחיינו ואחר י"ב חודש מברך מחיה המתים והוא שחביב עליו הרבה ושמח בראייתו: “One who sees his friend whom he hasn’t seen for 30 days says “...
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Extending Shabbos that precedes Tisha B'av

Is it permitted to purposely extend Shabbos to Sunday night when Tisha B'av is observed on that Sunday? We see that regarding Jews traveling near the international dateline, there are Poskim who said ...
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Do we use a fixed clock interval or the Sun to define the concept of “day”?

Follow up on the Earth stopping rotation question. What if instead of stopping, the Earth simply slowed down or sped up its rotation rate (as it has, historically)? Do we halachically count a ...
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Does a jail-cell need a mezuzah?

Does one in jail need to put a mezuzah on his cell? Assuming this is a standard American jail. If it is a jail owned by a Jew, is there an obligation on the inmate or the owner?
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What is meant by “they silence him” when the prayer leader says “We give thanks, we give thanks”

The Mishna in Brochos 5 (3) says האומר על קן צפור יגיעו רחמיך, ועל טוב יזכר שמך, מודים מודים, משתקין אותו. The one who says, “On a bird’s nest may Your mercy be extended,” [or] “For good ...
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Said the wrong brocho, now what?

If someone was putting on his tallit and instead of saying the brocho on the talit he said the brocho on teffilin. Then 10 seconds pass What should he do (theoretically)? Possible answers: Take ...
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If Earth stopped rotating, would we keep Shabbos?

A hypothetical question, but perhaps nonetheless illustrative of underlying principles : If by some method, humanity [or some non-human force] managed to stop the rotation of the Earth around its axis,...
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Does an Ir Miklat citizen man have property?

Can (does) one who has murdered and must go to a refuge city own property there? Specifically real estate, this would make a difference regarding his obligation to come to the temple three times a ...
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Does one say “Shehecheyanu” on haadama fruit?

Does one say shehecheyanu on a new, seasonal haadama fruit? People have told me not to but is there a source for this?
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What's “halachic” about “Esav hates Ya'akov”?

Rash"i in Breishit 33:4 cites Sifrei, by stating: הֲלָכָה הִיא בְּיָדוּעַ שֶׁעֵשָׂו שׂוֹנֵא לְיַעֲקֹב It is a well-known halacha that Esav hates Ya'akov I understand that the word "halacha" ...
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Can an unintentional murderer leave Ir Miklat for Shalosh Regalim?

We learn in Parshas Masei about a person who unintentionally murders another. The halacha is that the unintentional murderer is to flee to one of the Arei Miklat (Cities of Refuge), and stay there ...
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Minimum amount of food to eat after bracha before speaking

My understanding is that after making a bracha, one should eat the food without a "hefsek" (interruption). Is there a minimum amount of food that one is required to eat after the bracha and before ...
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When does a private fast begin?

When does a private fast (תענית יחיד) begin? At sunset or at dawn? Is it considered a fast like Yom Kippur (24 hr.) or like a half-day fast? Are there any sources that address this?
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Jewish married men and affair with non-Jewish women

Are relations between a Jewish married man with a non-Jewish woman either married or single considered adultery?
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Does the King have to ask for forgiveness?

If the King of Israel sins against another Jew, (e.g cursing, speaking badly, etc.) is he obligated to ask for forgiveness?
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Can a Beit Midrash demand payment for carrying a smartphone?

I went to a certain Beis Midrash and saw a sign saying that anyone who enters with a smartphone has to donate money to the Beis Midrash as a penalty. Is someone entering with such a phone really ...
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Can a man hug or kiss a man?

There seems to be a custom that men hug (cheek kiss) each other when they greet each other (especially if they did not see each other for a long time). Are Jews permitted to do so? (does it matter if ...
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Birchas Ha'Gomel for ocean fishing

Someone went fishing in the ocean on a eight hour outing off the Jersey shore [they go out a few miles], and wanted to know if he needs to make a birchas hagomel like all those that travel at sea. See ...
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Is not returning equipment to non-Jews considered theft?

If a non-Jew gave you equipment to use for a job, after the job is complete, is not returning the equipment considered theft or simply not returning a lost item? After the fact, is returning it ...
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Children of post-adulterous forbidden union - mamzerim?

This question discusses the marriage of a man with a previously married woman who committed adultery with that man and subsequently divorced. Such a marriage is forbidden. What would be the status of ...
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Shabbat Belt - is 2 belts acceptable under the following circumstances

A Chabad rabbi told me that even though I wear a normal belt, I can wear a secondary shabbos belt in the following way. I grab the back 2 tzitzit and bring them around and over the front 2 tzitzit and ...
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Should I reply amen to a blessing that was said in a movie? [duplicate]

Have you ever watched Stisel or a similar movie? Every several minutes somebody blesses over something, and usually, it is a proper blessing. Should we answer amen to them?
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If someone was in a situation where they were supposed to die “al kiddish Hashem”, and didn’t, are they supposed to commit suicide? [duplicate]

For the three sins of murder, idol worship and immorality, one is to give their life over rather than transgress. If one was in such a situation and transgressed, is it a mitzvah for them to kill ...
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What is the penalty for raping (or seducing) an unmarried non virgin girl in “Halaca”?

In this question, the penalty for seducing or raping a virgin is 50 shekels + pain damage and other torts + mandatory marriage. The bible has 2 verses dealing with raping a virgin but does not talk ...
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Not your Parsha, Can you get an Aliyah

If someone is from Eretz Yisrael and is visiting America while the parshios are not the same. Can one get an Aliyah? Please source your arguments
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Can a deaf Cohen duchen?

This answer indicates that today Cohanim with disabilities may duchen. I am asking here if a deaf person may do so, not because he is disabled, but because he cannot hear the prompt by the Shat"z. ...
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When can the brother of a man who died childless do neither yibbum nor chalitzah?

I was under the impression that if a man dies childless and has a brother, then the brother must do either yibbum (marrying his wife) or chalitzah (rejecting the marriage) -- his choice, but he has to ...
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Are Deuteronomy 22:28-29 regading Oneis and Exodus 22:15-16 regarding Mefateh regulating similar issues?

If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they ...
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What are the 10 kinyanim with buying and selling? [closed]

Can someone please provide for me a list of the 10 kinyanim with their names in Hebrew? I can't find one anywhere! thanks.
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Food accidentally cooked on Yom Kippur

If one b'shogeig cooked food on Yom Kippur, would he able to eat that food after Yom Kippur, assuming he waited after Yom Kippur the time it took to cook it? I know that the rule of food cooked on ...
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Application of the baraita about “Don't profane daughter for Zenut” Leviticus 19:29 reported in Sanhredin 76a?

I'm an Italian Noahide. The topic in question manifests my purely intellectual interest, concerning the Jews and not the Gentiles. We read in Talmud Bavli-Sanhredrin 76a (English translation from “...
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Eating an Egg Whole

Is there a basis for this custom that one may not bite into an egg which is still whole, but must be first cut or broken in two, unless it's a time of mourning (aveilut) and only then the egg is ...
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Can a Frum Jew go on a sponsored mixed trip if he can not afford to go to Eretz Yisroel?

Is a frum Charedi Jew allowed to go on a Birthright trip to Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gedolim that say it's asur? I would assume that the following things would be an issue: Tznius Mixed seating ...
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Does Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan?

Inspired by an answer here: Does the recitation of Kabbalas Shabbos require a minyan? I was always under the impression that we do it together by convention rather than necessity, but one could ...
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Restaurants opening on fast days

Assuming a kosher restaurant or a café that attracts significant quantity of non-Jewish customers, what is their policy on fast days? Do they keep open? If so, what do they do with Jews, who have ...
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Father as an heir

In Parashat Pinchas we learn about the rules of inheritence. A son inherits first. This is implicit from the first statement of the Parsha. It says that if the deceased person didn't have a son, then ...
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Respect for the Torah vs Respect for your Parents

I recall seeing that Kibbud Hatorah takes precedence over Kibbud Av. Does it? If one's father openly denigrates the Torah is it acceptable to chastise him & if the comment is made in front of ppl ...