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Switching residences at night during Chanukah

The answers to this question explain that if one is not eating at home during Chanukah, he nevertheless needs to light at his house, where he will be sleeping that night. What happen if someone ...
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When can trade secrets be disclosed?

Does this story in the Talmud imply that Jewish law says it's OK to disclose trade secrets if it can be argued that it saves lives? Rabbi Yochanan was sick with scurvy, and he went to a certain non-...
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Why was King David Punished for Sending Others to Conduct a Census?

If there is no agency for sin, why was King David punished for sending people out to conduct a (forbidden) census? (Explanation of agency: The Talmud says "ein sheliach l'dvar averia," which means, ...
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Why do we say הנותן ליעף כח with Hashem's Name?

The Rema rules in OC 225:2: יש אומרים מי שנעשה בנו בר מצוה יברך בא"י אמ"ה שפטרני מעונשו של זה וטוב לברך בלא שם ומלכות Some say that one whose son becomes a Bar Mitzvah should make a blessing ...
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Seemingly Hefker Esrog - used for the Mitzva

This past Erev Succos I arrived at a local synagogue that had a fellow selling Lulavim and Esrogim in their Simcha hall. The fellow left three Esrogim (not in the greatest condition - yet Kosher) on ...
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multiple wives decrease onah of each

In Rambam, Hilchot Ishut, Chapter 14:1, he outlines a husband's obligations of onah (conjugal rights) to each wife based on his profession. So a sailor every 6 months, an in-town laborer twice per ...
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Married surrogate: status of the child? [duplicate]

A Hebrew professor friend has a very curious medical ethics class who keep asking the same question. They are looking for Hebrew teshuvot regarding whether a married Jewish surrogate mother who has a ...
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Is shenayim mikra (only) a minhag according to the Chofetz Chaim?

R. Yisrael Meir Kagan writes that every Jewish man needs to know the weekly Torah portion and understand it. He says that the reason why all of Israel reads the verses twice and the translation once (...
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Is it permitted to drink wine at a wedding taking place at a non-Jewish-owned hotel?

Jewish weddings have taken place at Gentile-owned hotels, catered by a Kosher caterer with hashgacha (supervision). Is it in fact permitted to drink wine at such a celebration, given that drinking ...
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Does the law not to say G-d's name without a head covering apply to woman? [duplicate]

Does the law not to say G-d's name without a head covering ( Relationship between wearing a kippa and reciting a blessing ) apply to woman? Source? If not, why not?
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Can an electric steamer with a timer be used to cook raw food on Shabbat?

Can one use an electric steamer with a timer to cook a meal for Shabbat lunch? If one puts raw food on the device and sets a timer before Shabbat for it to be activated on Saturday and start the ...
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Rabbeinu Tam Tefillin [duplicate]

I have recently seen a Chasid wearing two baatim (Rashi and Rabeeinu Tam) on his head but only (Rashi) for Tefillin Shel Yad. Later, a third Tefillin Shel Rosh were applied but the Shel Yad stayed put....
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Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam?

Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam? Ive heard the Shulchan Aruch (rishon/acharon) held of it, did he pasken like for starting shabbos?
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How many blessings for Rashi and Rabeinu Tam tefillin?

How many brachot are said when donning two pairs of tefillin (Rashi and Rabeinu Tam)? Does it matter how much time has passed between the two donnings (the one before Shacharit and the second after ...
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Meaning of the word “Yisrael” when reciting Shema

Since is an absolute Halachic requirement to have in mind the meaning of the words in the first verse of the Shema, when reciting it morning and evening, I ask what is the correct or proper meaning to ...
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Photographing an Eclipse

There is a general prohibition on depicting and/or owning depictions of celestial bodies, such as the sun and moon (see, e.g., the Rambam Hilkhoth Avoda Zara 3:18). Nonetheless, there are opinions ...
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Is there such a thing as “Veset Halom”

One friend of mine told me that his wife always sees a special dream before her veset. Always the same one. Could such think be counted as veset kavua? I understand that technically a dream doesn't ...
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When did it become common to engrave tombstones?

I'm going to "link" this question to something in this week's parsha (Torah reading): Genesis 35:20: וַיַּצֵּ֧ב יַעֲקֹ֛ב מַצֵּבָ֖ה עַל־קְבֻרָתָ֑הּ הִ֛וא מַצֶּ֥בֶת קְבֻֽרַת־רָחֵ֖ל עַד־הַיּֽוֹם׃ ...
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Violating a cancelable oath?

If someone made an oath "I'm not going to eat bread for thirty days" and wants to "cancel" it, he goes to three people and tells them "I didn't know that it would be so hard". They say "OK, it's ...
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Is it a sin to read a book arguing for the existence of G-d written by a Catholic? [closed]

So I bought this book written by a philosopher by the name of Edward Feser. His book is called "Five Proofs for the Existence of God". It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Five-Proofs-...
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What is the exact difference between a chazakah and a rov?

I was asked this question by a friend of mine and at first I thought it was so simple (and maybe it is, maybe I just don’t have enough Torah knowledge to know the answer) but when I tried to explain ...
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How does one handle ברכות התורה when learning through sunrise?

With sunrise being pretty late in some parts of the globe, how does someone handle the question in the title? If one is learning before and up to sunrise, do they stop and make a blessing when sunrise ...
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Must a parent vaccinate her child?

Is a parent compelled by Halacha to vaccinate her child if it can be statistically proven that, without the vaccine, the likelihood of the child contracting the disease that he is being vaccinated for ...
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List of out of place topics in the Talmud

I was talking with a rabbi, who mentioned that once he had seen a list of discussions in the Talmud (most probably authored by R' Eliashiv), that were in an unexpected place, and by learning only the ...
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Learning w/o saying Birchas HaTorah

If someone,for whatever reason, cannot say Birchas HaTorah, would that person nevertheless be able to learn Torah that day?
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Ratios of Hameitz-to-Other for Owning

For the prohibition of owning hameitz on passover, what is the ratio of hameitz-to-other that makes a mixture hameitz? The prohibition of owning hameitz is a separate mitzvat lo-ta'asei, as listed by ...
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Is the gas in my car chometz? [duplicate]

A great deal if not most gasoline in America may contain ethanol. Ethanol may be sourced from corn, wheat, and other potentially problematic sources. What's more, its combustion in the engine might ...
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Removing Tefilin before Mussaf

I've seen some people remove their Tefillin before Mussaf on weekdays of Rosh Chodesh. Why do they do this?
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Teshuva related to Pgam HaBrit [closed]

If pre-ejaculate fluid is released prior to intercourse (while kissing etc), does a person have to do teshuva? Pre-jaculate can contain but typically doesn’t contain semen.
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Looking for a particular idea from Reb Yonason Eibshitz

I recall reading a quote from Reb Yonason Eibshitz concerning a judge on a beis din of 23 faced with a strange situation. The defendant seems to the judge to be guilty of murder, but this judge is the ...
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Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin?

Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin? Halacha states, something like: "When a man consecrates a woman in the presence of a single witness, the kiddushin is not binding." But Halacha ...
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What is the Halacha on collateral damage in a time of war?

Hypothetically, if the IDF was a “halachically run” military force; what would be the Halacha against killing innocents? For example, there is a famous case of the ל"ה troops during the Israeli war ...
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Starting mincha early

Since we are entering the winter (in the northern hemisphere) many people try to daven mincha at mincha gedolah. I have been told that waiting for a half hour after mid-day is a way of ensuring that ...
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Arguments FOR Radzyner Techeiles

Mostly everyone agrees that the organization Ptil Tekhelet most likely uses the real techeiles and that Radzyner techeiles is unfortunately not the real deal. But I'm asking what are the arguments ...
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To say Kaddish if known the person has gone to Gan Eden

This story https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1819358/tzaddik-of-bnei-brak-appears-in-dream-to-fellow-kovno-ghetto-survivor-im-already-in-gan-eden.html Got me thinking ...
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Could a Cohen burn a body to escape the impurity?

Excuse the extreme hypothetical, but: If a Cohen were locked in a room with no windows and a dead body, and just so happened to have lighter fluid and a pack of matches (and there were small holes in ...
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When did “Lo B'Shamayim Hi” Come Into Effect?

The concept of Lo B'Shamyim Hi (It is not in heaven) is a central tenet to the Halakhic process amongst Rabbinic Jews and is summarized nicely by this Wikipedia Article: The phrase "not in Heaven" ...
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Child and Lights on Shabbos

Can you put a child who is not yet old enough to understand (lo higyah lichinuch) Shabbos in front of a light switch in order that he or she turn the light off or on? Is there a difference between the ...
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Is it permissible to get a toddler to push an electrical button on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Am I allowed to manipulate a 2 or 3 year old to turn on or off a light on Shabbos? Or to turn on or off the air conditioner or heater? If allowed, how direct can I be in manipulating the toddler to ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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Is it preferrable to sell chometz to a non jew who is located in the same town that the chometz is located in?

For example, if one lives in Brooklyn but will be spending Pesach in LA, should the chometz be sold to a non jew who lives in Brooklyn, since selling it to someone who resides in LA would look more ...
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What happens if a new chazaka of a veset kavua appears to have occurred while an old chazaka was still in place?

Suppose a woman notices a somewhat complicated veset kavua (in particular, perhaps one that doesn't apply every month). For example, say that she notices that she began to menstruate on 8 Kislev every ...
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Does this birchas habeit have any forbidden images? [closed]

I’m wondering if this print is completely kosher, since I wanted to gift it. I don’t see any stars (except two magen Avrahums), sun, moon, or full images of malachim (although there seems to be two) ...
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If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate, can they make a siyum?

There is this related M.Y. question about women joining a men's siyum. If one or more women complete a Talmudic tractate can / should they make a siyum? I know that women cannot form a minyan, ...
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What is considered “a case of need” when it comes to violating a double rabbinic prohibition?

A shvus dshvus (rabbinic prohibition on top of a rabbinic prohibition) is allowed במקום צורך (in a case of need). But what is considered במקום צורך? And is a shvus dshvus allowed for anything besides ...
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Do i make bracha on smelling vapor from herbs?

There some vapors in electronic cigarettes made with natural herbs like chamomile (and other). So do i do brachot when smelling them? Is there a common practice to smell natural things, is this kind ...
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Who is responsible for accidental theft caused by a false claim?

There's a public pantry in one's office that has a shared refrigerator. Someone opens the fridge and sees a container of milk that is usually not there. He asks a co-worker if he can use it and he ...
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Taking pictures for one’s husband [closed]

I would like to ask a bold question: Is it permissible/permitted by Jewish laws for a wife to take sensual, sexual, non-nude or nude pictures of herself and to share them with her husband (exchanging ...
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A person with an untied shoelace trips who is responsible

Someone asked me (as a Rabbi) this "rhetorical" question: Is someone with an untied shoelace walks in a place where many people walk and someone steps on his shoelace, and he (the person with the ...