Questions tagged [halacha]

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Matanos La'evyonim to poor from your city

I saw quoted from Rav Elyashiv (אשרי האיש או"ח ח"ג פרק מ"ו אות י"ב), Rav Nevetzhal (מציון תצא תורה ח"א אות קל"א) and Rav Wosner (קובץ מבית לוי חי"ז עמ' ק"ט) ...
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Is there any problem with wearing Techeles if it is not the real one? [duplicate]

Many people hold the murex trunculus is the real techeles, and many others hold it is not. Would there be any Halachic problem of wearing it if it is not real?
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Eidim Zommemin (first set) on Eidim Zommemin (second set)?

Eidim Zommemin are conspiring witnesses, which have a whole Perek of Gemara that talk about them: the first perek in Makkot. My question is: the first set says edut. The second one claims they are ...
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Source for eulogizing for sheimos?

Rav Moshe Heinemann says a hesped (eulogy) after burying the Baltimore sheimos. Where do we find a source for such a concept?
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Determining Reshus Harabbim if a street is not busy on Shabbos

If a street has 600,000 people travelling on it during the week, but on weekends it does not since people aren't working, is it considered a Reshus Harabbim? Do we say that just because there are 600,...
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Did Ezra abrogate the Mosaic Law in Num. xviii. 21,(according to Yeb. 86b, Ḥul. 131b)?

According to http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/636-abrogation-of-laws The ancient rabbis claimed authority, not only to make new provisions and to establish institutions as a "hedge&...
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Must seforim be printed with margins?

I have heard that there is a halacha that seforim must be printed with margins, so that scholars will be able to write notes on their learning. Is there any source for this? If this is not in fact ...
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Would it be forbidden to own images of angels?

Okay, I'll try be a little bit more specific. Say someone was in possession of an angelic figure(s), they did not create the figure, they ascribe no power to the figure, and they certainly don't ...
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Shabbos Using rotating bezel on a watch

One may not measure on Shabbos. Measuring time is also not allowed. May one use a watch that has a rotating bezel, to time?
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Doing something good 3 times is like a neder. Can the 3 times be even in the same day?

An acquaintance told me that the 3 times must occur on 3 separate days but I cannot find a source for this, please let me know if you know of a source either way.
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Is a woman who had intercourse [duplicate]

Is a single woman who had intercourse with a married jewish male (adultery, but the married man could marry her on a Torah level, two wives etc) considered a Zonah for marrying a kohen? If a Kohen ...
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Seudas Hamafsekes - Must one wash?

When I was a child, my parents always had bread, hard boiled egg and ashes, with water for the Seudas Hamafsekes. A friend of mine recently told me that there is no obligtion to wash for the Seudas ...
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Retying shoes in order

In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 2:4 it says: ואח"כ ינעול של שמאל ויקשרנו ויחזור ויקשור של ימין Then after that put on the left one and fasten it, and return and fasten the right one. First you ...
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Eating Meat from Siyum

The Rema (551:10) writes ובסעודת מצוה כגון מילה ופדיון הבן וסיום מסכת וסעודת אירוסין אוכלין בשר ושותין יין כל השייכין לסעודה - At a Mitzvah Meal like a Milah, Pidyon HaBen, a Siyum Masechta, or an ...
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Sefardi Hilchot aveilut online

Do we have any sefardi Halachic book (pdf format) in English dealing with Hilchot Aveilut Online? I need it a bit urgently to study it this Tisha b'Av.
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How would halacha apply to descendants of sheidim with humans? (short question)

Would they be given more leniencies than the majority of people, considering their origins? Would they halachically be allowed to be in contact with the non-human part of his/her family? How could ...
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Doing something for the sake of Heaven

I have seen the phrase "for the sake of Heaven" / "in Heaven's sake" / לשם שמים multiple times both in the Gemara and in discussions here on Mi Yodeya. Examples here, here and here ...
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Are all French baguettes intrinsically kosher?

According to French law, all baguettes must be made of only wheat flour, water, salt and yeast (source). So, do Jews who keep kosher (and eat pas palter) in France eat baguettes from plain ...
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Wearing teffilin without tallis

Can one wear teffilin after davening to learn without wearing a tallis (or even tallis katan)?
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Do you need to own the matza you eat at the seder?

The Gemara in Masechet Sukkah says that you need to own the matza that you eat at the Pesach Seder in order to fulfill your obligation. Tosafot there elaborates on this and says that matza has the ...
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Creating Free Torah Educational Tool Counting as Ma'aser?

If I have an idea for a Talmud study aid, and I can't find such an aid online, and I pay someone to create it for myself, but I also put it up on the internet for anyone to use, does that count as ...
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Hebrew script and the inconsistent views over history of the usage of the paleo Hebrew script [duplicate]

Can someone tell me where I found this opinion- that the modern Hebrew script was used for holy texts, and the Paleo-Hebrew script was used for secular texts. However all ancient Hebrew writing have ...
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What's the practical difference between Mitzva Diorisas that Are listed as one of the 613; And those Not listed as one of the 613? [duplicate]

What's the (general) practical Difference between one of the 613 Mitzvahs ,counted by the Monay Hamotzvos,whether its an Asay or Lo-Tasay and an (Asay or Lo-Tasay) that isn't part of the 613 Mitzvahs? ...
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Origin of mesora for halachos covered in Seder Zeraim

Other than Berachos, there is no gemara in Seder Zer'aim. Where then does our mesora for the halachos discussed in that seder come from? The rishonim do discuss them, but were did they get it from? ...
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How can we wish for שמחה during חודש אב when the שולחן ערוך says we're supposed to lessen our שמחה during that month?

When we say ברכת החודש on the שבת before חודש אב, we ask ה׳ to give us a month full of ששון and שמחה. However, the משנה in תענית פרק ד משנה ה, the רמב׳׳ם in הלכות תעניות פרק ה הלכה ו, and the שולחן ...
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Maggid Mishnah on relying on approximations for π and √2

In a previous discussion, it was stated: The Maggid Mishnah in Hilchos Shabbos (17:26) says that one may rely on π=3, but he says in Hilchos Eiruvin (3:2) that one may not rely on √2=1.4. I can't ...
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Separating Torah study from Hebrew study

I once heard there is a requirement to separate learning Hebrew from the learning of Torah; that there is an assur on doing basic Hebrew learning based on what one wants to read in the Torah at that ...
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Is it better to daven a“tartei desasrei” mincha/maariv with a minyan or in the correct time without a minyan?

According to Mishnah Berura 233:11, it sounds like if the only available minyan was "tartei desasrei," i.e. mincha after plag and maariv immediately after, it would still be preferable than ...
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Conversion on Shabbos

Can a person who is converting can he do the conversion on Shabbos? Is there problems of tevillah ( is this considered a tevillah shel Mitzvah) and Circumsion( are geirim like 8 day old baby)?
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Must baal keriah be in same reshut as congregation

Due to corona virus, I've seen some shuls are arranging davening such that everyone is outdoors except the Torah reader who is indoors and a door or window is opened so that the reader can be heard ...
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Bracha on tzitzis

Why do we make a bracha on tzitzis that do not have techaylas? Since without techaylas we may not be properly fulfilling the mitzvah according to the Torah, then the rule should be "sofek ...
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Why can't Jews return to Egypt using the same path the ancient Israelites took?

The Torah prohibits returning to Egypt (Deuteronomy 17:16, Sefer HaMitzvos Lo Sa'aseh § 46). The Sefer HaChinuch § 500 explains the reason for the prohibition is because the Egyptians are bad people, ...
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Screwing on the top of a sippy cup on shabbos

Is one allowed to unscrew the top of a sippy cup on Shabbos, the top of the sippy cup containing the straw, dump out the water, put new water in the sippy cup and then screw the top back on, or would ...
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Position of our hands while praying?

How should our hands be positioned in prayer? Is there a right or wrong way? Various biblical passages seem to indicate that raising the handpalms is an appropriate gesture for prayer. Verses like ...
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Why was Pinchas allowed to kill Kazbi Bat Tzur?

In order to explain why Pinchas killed Zimri, Chazal tell us that הבועל ארמית קנעין פוגעין בו. However, this law should not apply to the woman. Moreover, she was not even Jewish! So, under what ...
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May one memorize large swaths of Tanach?

It feels like a waste to memorize Keats or Cavafy when I can memorize Torah; however, I learned in yeshiva that one may not memorize psukim. What are the sources for this?
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Does one Make a Bracha on Tzitzis during Bein Hashmashos?

There is a fundamental Machlokes Rishonim whether when the Gemara says that there is no Chiyuv of Tzitzis at night, is that referring to the Gavra or to the Cheftza. The question now is: a person puts ...
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Is the Aleppo Codex hekdesh?

Every 10 or so pages of the Keter, the words קדש לה' לא ימכר ולא יגאל are written across the top. These words are based on Vayikra 27:28, which discusses hekdesh. Does that mean somebody actually ...
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Taping the Light on a Freezer

For people who don't use electricity on Shabbos, what do you do with the freezer light? With the fridge, it's easier because I can just tape the notch that controls the light, but with the freezer, it'...
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Bracha for one teffilin [duplicate]

If I take off my shel Rosh and shel yad, then a few hours later put on my shel yad only - what bracha do I make?
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Saying Amen to the bracha before Shema outside of zman

The reason some do not saying amen to the chazzan's bracha just before Shema is because it is a hefsek between the brachah and Shema. Based on the Gra and the Mishna Berurah, it is not clear if it is ...
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Benefitting from melacha after shabbos [duplicate]

If someone purposefully shut a door to a fridge on shabbos with the light still on, is that person allowed to benefit from the food that may have gone bad, had the door remained open throughout ...
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Buying commodities of lean hogs

Is there any halachic problem with buying or selling commodities of lean hogs? Commodities are similar to the stock exchange, except one trades commodities such as wheat or crude oil.
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

May one say the word "G-d" or "Hashem" before washing his hands in the morning? For example, to say daily affirmations before getting out of bed.
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When forgiving a loan, in front of whom do you need to say it ? Which details need to be mentioned?

Reuven lent Shimon money indefinitely, he said "pay me back when you have extra money". It's been a number of years, and Reuven has never brought it up, and would like to forgive Shimon. He ...
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What is perek 4 in Rambam's Hilchos De'os doing there?

I'm certainly no expert, but most of perek 4 in Hilchos De'os seems like it doesn't fit with the rest of Hilchos De'os. It's all about maintaining a healthy body. Any ha'aros on why it's there? Am I ...
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Can a observant jew be vegan? [duplicate]

Can a person who accepts the Jewish religion refrain from eating meat or sacrificing animals? If a person struggles to keep to the Jewish laws regarding meat is it acceptable to forego meat and dairy ...
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Rokeach and Levush in Classical Halacha [closed]

It has been my experience that both the Sefer HaRokeach and the Levush aren't as widely studied in the realm of Halacha. Why is that? Was there something lacking within each work that was filled with ...
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Early Rosh Chodesh

There's a concept of early Shabbos. A person can accept Shabbos early, pray Shabbos Maariv before dark (according to Rabbi Yehudah, who says you can pray after Plag HaMincha; I admit this one is less ...
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Pushing a buggy on grass on Shabbos

When and how is person chayav on shabbos for ploughing. For example is a woman with a buggy allowed to push it on the grass, or can she not. The problem for ploughing is that you need to have a intent ...

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