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Lashon Hara during a debate?

Many times When I debate with Christians they often deny that the Oral Law is the Law that was established all the way from Moses till now. And that the judges had the authority to establish Torah ...
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Is a shoteh considered a gadol?

If a katan (minor) is also a shoteh (insane) and then turns thirteen (and is physically mature), does he attain the status of a gadol, and if yes, are there any halachic ramifications?
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Are the Rebbe’s dollars muktzeh?

It can be considered muktzeh machmas gufo because it is money. It may be chisron kis because it’s precious. But your photo album isn’t muktzeh?
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What is the definition of a kli? [duplicate]

Is it simply something that has a purpose? In that case, we can justify stones and wood as kli without designation prior to shabbos. So evidently it’s not purpose alone. Stones the Alter Rebbe writes ...
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Where is the Hasagat Haraavad on Internet?

Rambam Shabbat 4.1-2 about the Din of Hatmana. The Rishonim cite an Hasaga of the Raavad, but it's not in the Sifre Rambam. I found it here ראב"ד א"א מעולם לא נראו ולא נשמעו תהפוכות כאלה ...
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Why are men and animals considered gedolei karka?

In the laws of threshing, or dosh, it says that melacha doraysa applies only to gedolei karka, which include humans and animals and mushrooms because they derive their nourishment from the ground. Why ...
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Were there rabbis who supported the patrilineal descent?

Many are accustomed to the fact that in rabbinic Judaism a Jew is one who is born of a Jewish woman. But were there opposite opinions? Poskim of post-Talmudic time are of also interest.
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Rulings that are only to be observed in face of Jews

Some laws concerning other people are understood to be observed also to non Jewish persons; e.g. that is is forbidden to murder. Others have been interpreted to be valid only towards Jews; e.g. ...
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What are the halachic parameters of moist versus dry foods on shabbos? [duplicate]

How are they defined and approached differently on shabbos? I understand that for food to be placed on a pot that is on a pot over the fire, the food has to be as dry as matzah. But there must be more ...
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Profiting from Palestinian businesses that harm Jews

Many Orthodox men in Israel (who are relatively poor and frequently save on car insurance) fix their cars in Palestinian garages over the border. Prices can be ridiculously low relative to Israeli ...
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How can a mikvah be kosher if rain water flows through it?

Rambam Hilchos Mikvaos 8 (8) says: The following rules apply when there are three cavities in a wadi, the higher one and the lower one contain only 20 se'ah, the middle one contains 40 se'ah, and a ...
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How long does a minor convert have to reject their conversion before it becomes permanent?

An underage (< 12 for girls, < 13 for boys) gentile child can be converted to Judaism under certain circumstances, but they have the right to renounce this conversion upon reaching adulthood. My ...
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What rights does a husband have over his wife?

I just wish to know the opinions of the Sages or what the Halacha is. What are the rights a man has over his wife?
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Whose publisher's Tur and Shulchan Aruch should I get? [duplicate]

Looking for something with clear printing and that has the mishna brurah in it also.
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Can a blech be placed on a stove on shabbos?

If a person forgot to put a blech on the stove, can he do it on shabbos? Sources would be appreciated.
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Kohen marriage after cohabitation?

If a cohen cohabits, lives with publicly and may even have had a child with a jewish woman, born jewish, can they marry afterwards? What if there is a time in which they are not living together ...
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May one get an electric tattoo for blood pressure monitoring?

Researchers have recently found a way to measure blood pressure via graphene e-tattoos on the skin. Would one be Halachically allowed to get such a tattoo, or would this fall under the category of ...
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Was the King suppose to expose the death penalty when the court could not?

As the rules of the court were so strict, was the King suppose to execute justice? In modern times there are cases where say a mob boss orders multiple murders and there are no witnesses. I assume the ...
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What is a penandish? [duplicate]

Found in siman tzadik daled in halacha ches. What is it and does it sit on top of the oven or sit inside of the oven?
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Water from washing that ran onto sleeves- Is it tumah?

If after raising hands for netilat yadayim the water from the hands ran down onto sleeves, is that water on the sleeves then rendered tumah?
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Am I a Kohen if mother's grand father is a Kohen

My mother's father was a kohen but my father is not Jewish, growing up I was never told I was Jewish it was hidden from me and my sister so when my parents got divorced I learned from a rabbi at a ...
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A non observant Jew cooks on Shabbos does that treif the kitchen and utensils?

Ssay a non-observant Jew lives in an observant home and cooks on Shabbos in the kitchen. Would that make the kitchen and utensils treif? Or would he make the kitchen treif by warming up already cooked ...
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

When one has performed netilat yadayim in the morning, however after their hands are dry, touched or shook the hands of a Jew who hasn't washed their hands, but their hands are also dry, would they ...
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Halachic concepts about men and women

Why doesn't the Torah/halacha ever talk about male virginity in all those thousands of books? Virginity has to do with the first intimate relations of a human being; but it is talked about only ...
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Is being on welfare if you can work against the will of Hashem?

Genesis 3:17 And to man He said, "Because you listened to your wife, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed be the ground for your sake; ...
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If Exodus 21:22-25 proves the unborn aren't persons, would verses 28-32 imply that slaves aren't persons?

I've heard Exodus 21:22-25 used in support of abortion in some cases, at least to protect the life of the mother. The argument is that if the negligent death of the mother is punishable by death while ...
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Is a Shehakol blessing required when drinking water in order to not become thirsty?

The Sulchan Aruch in Orach Chayim 204:7 rules: השותה מים לצמאו מברך שהכל ולאחריו בנ"ר אבל אם חנקתיה אומצא ושותה מים להעביר האומצא אינו מברך לא לפניו ולא לאחריו: Whomever drinks water to quench ...
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Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)?

Does the repetition (Chazaras Hashatz) need to be recited in the same place as the silent prayer (Amidah/shemonah esre)? To be specific can a minyan that already prayed silently together move ...
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What is the translation and meaning of the Mordekhai HaArokh on Shulchan Aruch O"C 155?

On SAOC 155:2 – what is the meaning and translation of the Mordekhai haArokh here, particularly the bolded part? Would the following be correct? https://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%97%...
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Halachic status of Hindu greetings

I'm not intimately familiar with Hinduism as a religion, but I have a passing awareness of it as potentially an avodah zarah due to its paganism and polytheistic tendencies. My question is as follows. ...
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When to wear Tallit?

Should one only wear a Tallit during the daily main prayers three times a day or can one wear a Tallit whenever they pray to G-d.
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Is there an age difference limit for marriages in halakha?

What is the biggest age gap permitted by halakha between a man and a girl/woman for them to get married?
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Tzitzis Niputz Lishma -ניפוץ לשמה , are there different levels?

The משנה ברורה סימן יא ס"ק ג brings the opinion of the מהר"ל מפראג to be machmir on the subject of Niputz lishma in Tzitzis. In other words, already from the point of spinning the wool, ...
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What was the mechanism of publicizing the ruled Halochos in the Talmudic era?

The Talmud teaches us that on numerous occasions various rabbis gathered at a shul or someone's place (usually a penthouse) and ruled/decided certain Halochos (see "נמנו וגמרו"). Was there a ...
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Halacha Regarding Entering a Church

It would be very much appreciated if someone can provide some sources that permit a Jew to enter a church premises (not the actual sanctuary). I've signed up for a classical guitar festival that's in ...
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Is it lacking tzniuth to be a street musician as a male?

Is playing music in public as a Street musician in any way a lack in tzniuth. Are there different opinions on the matter?
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Where does it say that one who already said the morning blessings can go and repeat them as prayer leader?

I was told that someone who had already said the morning blessings can go and repeat them as prayer leader. This was said even though it seems to me that no-one relies on the prayer leader to acquit ...
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Is it ideal for males to learn Torah full time and not work? [duplicate]

I see the ultra orthodox claiming that Torah study all day and all night is ideal, while everyone else seem to say that ideally one needs to go into the world and produce for society and not just 'sit ...
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Hand expressing mother's milk on שבת to upkeep supply

The Shulchan Aruch או"ח סימן שכח סעיף לד ו-לה rules that a woman is not allow to hand express milk into a vessel in order to feed an infant from it. She is allowed to hand express into the ...
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Can a pregnant woman go through the Sotah process?

A woman is 3 months pregnant from her husband. He now warns her not to seclude with Ploni. She does seclude and have carnal relations with Ploni. If she is treated as a Sotah, the embryo will be lost ...
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Does the Issur of Zera Levatala still apply to a infertile person

If a person has been diagnosed and confirmed by doctors as infertile, does the Issur of Zera Levatala still apply to them?
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Tefillin on Yom Tov - P'shat and source for quote by Mishna Berura

The Mishna Berura 31:3 explains why we do not wear Tefillin on Y"T as follows; ויו"ט ג"כ מיקרי אות דבפסח מצרים כתיב אות והוקשו כל מועדי ה' בפ' אמור The Rishonim all give different ...
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Is it Mutar to Listen to Music Recorded in a Church?

I read somewhere that listening to music recorded in a church is asur, because it essentially brings the church into one's home. This is common practice for classical music. Has anyone heard of or not ...
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Sources Allowing Listening to Christian Music?

I read Igros Moshe forbids listening to music with idolatrous intent. What are some sources, if any, that allow listening to, or playing/performing Christian classical music, such as Bach's or Handel'...
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Is there a source for davening minchah and maariv of kabalas shabbos after plag and before shkiya?

The Gemara in Brachot 27a discusses how late one can daven minchah. The conclusion is that one can follow either opinion. The minhag haolam however seems to be to daven minchah and maariv erev shabbos ...
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How did Joseph become vizier under Pharaoh, an idol, without violating the prohibition against encouraging others to idol worship? Same Q for Esther

I'm definitely not suggesting either Joseph or Esther broke this prohibition (at all, or at worst unless it was necessary to save life or other exceptions granted by the Torah). I have little ...
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Prayer leader does not mention מלך in blessing - should I not say אמן

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayim 214 says כל ברכה שאין בה הזכרת שם ומלכות אינה ברכה Any blessing which does not mention Hashem's name and Kingship is not a blessing. If a prayer leader in a blessing ...
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Is a woman permitted to get eyebrow tattoo?

If a woman for The purposes of filling her eyebrows out- got eyebrow tattoos - would this be a prohibition of getting a tattoo? Does it matter if it is not permanent- but only dissipates after several ...
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Can one consume a triboluminescent food-substance on Shabbos?

May one consume a food exhibiting triboluminescence on Shabbos? Triboluminescence is where light is created from a material being crushed, rubbed, or ripped apart. When foods are infused with very low ...
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Kohen Gadol and marriage

We know that a Kohen hedyot may marry a woman who is not a giyoret, gerushah, challalah, or zonah (Lev. 21:8) and that the Kohen Gadol may only marry a betulah (ibid. 13). Given this, what would ...
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