Questions tagged [halacha]

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Shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits

Does anyone have the shiurim of Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits which he gives in his Kollel(not his daily Mishna Berura Shiur)? There are only a few on the Jerusalem Kollel website.
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Why is a Parah Aduma kodesh with קדושת בדק הבית?

See Gemara in Yuma 42a and Rambam Hilchos Parah 1:7. If it's a korban, then it should have full kdushas korban, and if it's not, then why isn't it completely chullin?
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Marriage between Shifcha and Kohanim

I know Kohanim have certain restrictions on whom they may marry. My question is, are Kohanim restricted onto a Shifcha?
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What prayers are obligated to say

What prayers are Jews obligated to say? I’ve heard that the average liturgy is 30 minutes but Rabbi David Bay Hayim does one that’s only 9.
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R' Meir, posek of “the Beardlings” regiment

In "A Treasury of Jewish Folklore" there's an English translation of a story that seems to be a fictional account of a former soldier who was part of Berek Yoselevitz's Jewish regiment in ...
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If your wife requests intimacy in a niddah state, may you refuse?

In general, my understanding is that you are not supposed to refuse your wife intimacy. However, it is also expressly forbidden to engage in intimacy while she is in a niddah state. Does the latter ...
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Proper placement of Shel Yad

The halacha, as set forth by the Mishna Berurah (27:4), requires the Shel Yad to be above the area where the bicep begins to become elevated. I've read that there is a dispute regarding whether the ...
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Can noahide do netilat yadayim?

I wanted to ask about the halacha of noahide based on tradition of orthodox, that according to some sources, a noahide was refrain from some blessing which required "asher kidshanu" which ...
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What prayers are a non Jew obligated to pray? [duplicate]

Can a non Jew recite whatever prayer they see fit or can we say the Shema and Amidah.
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Can an orthodox Jew be anti slavery? [closed]

Reading how integral slavery is to the scripture, is a person who promotes judaism also a promoter of slavery? Why or why not? Exodus 21:20-21 New International Version Anyone who beats their male or ...
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When to say shehecheyanu on a new fruit?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:3 records that the custom is to recite the shehecheyanu blessing on a new fruit when one eats it. At what point precisely does one say shehecheyanu? Before reciting ...
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Do the items a Baal Keri touch become impure?

So I understand it is said that Ezra's decree no longer applies today. However if one was still Baal Keri would he transfer his tumah to any object (literally any) that he touched? Say someone had a ...
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Is it halachically problematic to call something “Karma”? [closed]

Is the idea behind karma avodah zarah amd therefore prohibited to be used?
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Shechyanu vs Hagomel

On social media I see that some people are making a Shecheyanu without Hashem’s name after having the Covid vaccine. So I was wondering whether hagomel would/ should be more appropriate maybe without ...
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List of halakhos that are only relevant in the era of Moshiach

In Zevachim 45a (s.v. הלכתא למשיחא), Tosfos provides a list of instances in Shas where the gemara rules in favour of a particular halakhic position that will only be practically relevant in the era of ...
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Halachic status of Beefalo

I just learned of the existence of the beefalo: I was wondering: a. Is it considered Kil'ayim (a forbidden hybrid)? b. Is it kosher, that is, can it be slaughtered and eaten (I think this would ...
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How can there be a custom which creates Nosar?

The Torah says not to leave over the meat of the Pesach offering (Exodus 12:10), known as the prohibition of Nosar. Even though this prohibition doesn't get lashes, either because it doesn't have an ...
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Why is there room to allow for riding a bike on Shabbat, but not playing a musical instrument?

As I understand prohibition of both is under the basis that it could lead to them being repaired. However there are poskim that consider riding a bike permissible. Why would it be okay to ride a bike ...
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What is the term in Judaism for the “fence laws”? (rabbinical laws to guard against G-d's laws)?

What is the term in Judaism for the "fence laws"? (rabbinical laws to guard against G-d's laws)? For example the Muktzeh.. Distinguishing it from for example the 7 rabbinical mitzvot / ...
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Tikkun for Timtum HaLev

Is there teshuva/tikkun for timtum halev (specifically for forbidden foods)? Please cite sources.
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Aruch Hashulchan on municipality water for a mikvah

According to this article, Aruch Hashulchan allowed municipality water to be used for a mikvah. Below is the direct quote from the article. Where can this Aruch Hashulchan be found? In the late 19th ...
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Why is one asked to join the Jewish community if this practice is not mentioned in the Halacha? Or maybe it is but I am not aware of?

It is written in the Rambam (Laws of Forbidden Relations chap. 14, 2) that when the potential convert comes to convert "we notify him regarding a small number of weighty mitzvot and a small ...
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Can we wish a non jew, “Happy Holidays”

According to the Jewish law are we allowed to wish a non-Jewish neighbor Happy Holidays?
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Halachot when the groom has been previously married

Are there any differences in halachot or minhagim in the wedding ceremony or sheva brachot when the groom has been previously married (and divorced), but the bride has not been?
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Why isn't burning the limbs considered the melacha of cooking?

In Yevamos 33b, the gemarra is trying to figure out what part of the Temple service would constitute a Shabbos violation if a non-Kohen were to do it. The gemarra suggests throwing the animal limbs on ...
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Does a Kohen have to give “Chalah” from his own dough? What about “Terumah” from fields that his wife inherited from her family?

Since a Kohen is the recipient of "Chalah" that a non-kohen separated their dough, does a Kohen have to still separate the "Chalah" portion from the dough and give it to himself? ...
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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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Hacking paywalls on newsites?

Many news websites (NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post etc.) make use of paywalls which pop up after the visitor starts reading the article requiring the visitor to pay in order to ...
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Diseases that Halachically exempt one from Torah and Mitzvot?

BS"D I always heard that one who is a שוטה to a certain extent isn't obligated in Torah and Mitzvot. The first time I saw something similar inside is in Rambam Mishneh Torah (Yad Hachazaka) ...
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Does giving donations necessarily mean it's tzeddakah?

BS"D How can giving a donation (based on US law that it is a contribution towards a non-for-profit 501c3 organization) to a very affluent shul, yeshiva, or other mosed still Halachically count as ...
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Mazikim on Shabbos?

To begin with, in Hilchos Shabbos Siman 267 the Shulchan Aruch mentions the change in the blessing of Hashkivanu that we don't say 'Shomer Amo Yisroel' because as the Mishna Berura points out Shabbos ...
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Where do Israeli nationalist Orthodox movements derive their Halacha?

This isn't a question regarding Israeli politics or issues like that. This question is purely about where these groups (Groups which followed Meir Kahane or similar voices) developed or derived their ...
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If someone calls from the US to Israel right before שבת, so there is מלאכה being done in א"י (phone ringing) where it's already שבת, is it a problem? [duplicate]

The פעולה of the מלאכה is being done where it's not שבת yet, but the תוצאה of that פעולה is being done where it is already שבת. There's a similar question regarding the איסור חמץ before פסח. There I ...
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Pischei Teshuva usually cites Ba'er Heitev

I haven't checked if this is true elsewhere, but I keep noticing in Yoreh Deah that the Pischei Teshuvah +80% of the time cites the Ba'er Heitev in the name of the Shach or the Taz. He could have ...
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What sort of person are we prohibited from serving them the meat of the pesach offering?

It says in sefer hachinuch that we are prohibited from serving meat of the pesach offering to an apostate. For this prohibition to be in force, exactly what sort of person would be considered an ...
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Handling food valued as currency on Shabbos

What is the status of a food item on Shabbos which a country declares as legal tender? For example, if a developing country designates chocolate as legal tender, may one consume, handle, or "...
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Giving Tzedakah in certain denominations [duplicate]

Is there a source of giving tzedaka in amounts of multiple of chai (18) or shem havaiah (26) ect?
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What is the ruling on selling dogs?

If I understand correctly as long as the breed of dog isn’t considered vicious then owning it would be okay but not ideal, But would one be allowed to sell a dog/puppy and benefit from its sale?
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A beracha on the “Great conjunction”?

Tonight (or earlier tonight in Israel) the planets Jupiter and Saturn come so close that one might think that they are a single star. Is this occasion to say the beracha of עושה מעשה בראשית? It is not ...
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In a life or death situation is breaking the Torah permissible?

In a situation where you could die (or other Jews could), would you be allowed to break the rules in order to survive?
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What is the halakha for public displays of contrition / regret for sin?

In many places in Tanakh we are told of people wearing sackcloth openly, putting ash on their heads and lamenting publicly on account of their sins and the sins of the community. Hashem commands this ...
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Where do peyos start

so my question is where should the top of the Peyot start. do they start from the height of where your eyebrows are, top of ear etc. thanks
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Probabilistic artificial intelligence on Shabbat

I have coded machine learning algorithms and have seen a number of posts about artificial intelligence such as Alexa or a system that monitors movement to turn on ventilation in rooms that are entered....
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Eating non-kosher food without swallowing?

We find several places in which you would be liable for eating non-kosher food. Let’s say someone placed the non-kosher food in their mouth, began to chew, but did not swallow. Would they be liable ...
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Hanukkah Glass Menorah Drip Tray with Brachos on it

Would it be mutar to place the menorah on a Hanukkah Glass Menorah Drip Tray https://www.amazon.com/Rite-Lite-Tempered-Glass-Menorah/dp/B00PBFBUOO even if the drip tray has brachos on it, or would ...
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Why is forgetting it's Shabbos considered shogeg rather than misasek?

Pretty much just that. (If a person is misasek when doing an aveira, he is not liable for anything. If, however, he is shogeg, then he often has to bring a korbon. ‘Misasek’ is not a lack of awareness ...
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What are the heterim for davening before neitz?

These days, neitz (at least in the Northeast of America) is at approximately 7:10 AM. There are many minyanim that I've been to that daven at 6:50 or earlier throughout the year, all but guaranteeing ...
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Did the כלי המקדש (menorah, shulchan, etc) need to be made לשמה?

When they were made did they need to be made leshem menoras hamikdash, leshem shulchan shel hamikdash, etc?
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How does a gentile annul a vow?

How does a gentile annul a vow? Also, do gentiles have equal laws of oaths to Jews? Thank you
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Would it be a lack in כבוד to close the Aron while being the one holding the תורה?

In today's day and age with COVID, many synagogues are streamlining the process for safety reasons. One of the things is to have the same person who opens the Aron, take out the Torah and then close ...

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