Questions tagged [halacha]

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What constitutes an acceptable barrier so that another person can pass by someone saying the Amidah?

The Shulchan Aruch/Mishna Berurah 102 (4) [15] writes that one may not walk within four Amos in front of somebody praying the Amidah. What constitutes an acceptable barrier in front of the person so ...
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Should “Shalom” be treated like a name of God?

Inspired by the "This American Life" podcast cited in this question: I've certainly seen it written (although I cannot recall the exact sources) that "Shalom" is one of the names of God. Does this ...
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Bar Mitzvah before Circumcision?

If one was never circumcised can they be called up to the Torah for their bar-mitzvah?
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Women and Tefillah - per the Rav

I remember a long time ago hearing that the Rav (Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (1903–1993)) held that women should pray three times a day. Can anyone verify this, and what is the reason/source ...
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Tefillat Nedava on Yom Tov

In general, one can pray an extra shmoneh esrei beyond the regular shacharit-mincha-maariv if one wants to do so. This is called a tefillat nedava -- a voluntary prayer. I know that one cannot do ...
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How can I slow-cook dairy if my slow-cooker is meat?

I have a (meat) slow-cooker and very occasionally want to be able to slow-cook dairy foods. Is it possible to adapt my existing appliance for this purpose? The slow-cooker consists of a glazed clay ...
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Prenatal testing

I've been hearing that some people are discouraging prenatal testing for halachic reasons but it seems pretty important to me. Does anyone know if there's actually something halachicly wrong about ...
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Should I say “amen” to a malformed bracha?

If I hear somebody substantially mispronounce a bracha, should I say amen anyway (recognizing the intent) or remain silent? I'm not talking about nuances like pronouncing 'ayin or distinguishing ...
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Giving milk and meat to a baby

We have a one-year-old, BH. Is it OK to give him milk and then meat and vice versa without waiting in between?
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Cooking meat and milk in the microwave

Would cooking meat and milk in the microwave be prohibited on the biblical level or just a rabbinical level prohibition?
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כחל of a Ḥayah Tehorah - same din as כחל of a Behemah Tehorah?

I'm trying to tighten up my answer on Haman and prepare for my Purim Derashah. Does anyone know if כחל of a Ḥayah Tehorah has the same Din as a Behemah Tehorah? FYI, I want to change the words "...
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Orthodontics and period between eating fleischig and milchig

Since orthodontics often impose many artificial little crevices and wires and generally make one more susceptible to having bits of food stuck in the mouth for extended periods of time, is it ...
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Do I have to spit out this dairy?

Inspired by this question: [substitute "6 hours" in this question with whatever one's tradition might be] Suppose it is less than 6 hours since Reuven last ate meat. Out of habit, he mistakenly ...
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Milk after meat - less than 6 hours - for someone who has dentures

The reason given for waiting 6 hours after meat is since some of the meat may be stuck in your teeth. If someone uses dentures, and has two pairs - one for meat and one for dairy - would they still ...
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Davening with an Egalitarian Minyan

I will be participating on a summer program this summer with egalitarian davening, including women leading, laining, having aliyot, etc. Can I respond amen to their brachot? Can I respond to their ...
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Is one allowed to ask another to kasher his items that may get damaged when kashered?

There is a halacha which prohibits one to kasher items which may get damaged when kashered (as there is a concern that one may not kasher his item well). Are you allowed to ask someone else to kasher ...
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Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain

It is common practice nowadays for Shuls to publish the zmanim (times) to begin Shabbos (the Sabbath) and other activities. These times, it would seem, are based upon standard calculations of sunrise ...
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Are kickbacks prohibited?

Would a person be allowed to give/take bribes to a person responsible for purchasing in a company? Would it be forbidden directly as "shochad" (bribery) or under a general prohibition of Gnevas Daas, ...
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Does Jewish Law Recognize Bankruptcy?

If someone borrowed money and then declared bankruptcy, does he still have a halachic obligation to pay it back? If the lender was a corporation (bank, etc.). If the lender was a friend. Do we say ...
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Wheelchair-bound and matir asurim, zokef kefufim?

Is someone who is wheelchair-bound obligated to say matir asurim or zokef kefufim if they cannot get up?
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Kissing tzitzit for full shma during “leolam yehey”

If one begins shacharit near sof zman kriat shema and is concerned that he not be able to say shema before sof zman kriat shema, he is supposed to say "full shema" during leolam yehey in the begining ...
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Halachos for Counselors

Suppose someone is going to be a counselor (in a camp) in the summer. What are some Halachos that specifically pertain to the job that he/she should review?
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What to do when which side of the door to put the Mezuza on is unclear?

If someone has a house which has a room, and this room has two doors without a "heker tzir" (1) (like salon doors, or sliding doors, or no doors at all) and people walk into this room through one door ...
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If borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha and the amida after plag, is this “tartei desasrei” – two contradictory acts?

A minyan starts to daven mincha before plag hamincha with the intention to daven maariv after plag hamincha. In the event, mincha is too fast and the borchu of maariv is before plag hamincha while the ...
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Bar Mitzva during S'fira

If someone has his bar mitzva during s'firas haomer and said the bracha every night so far, can he still make a bracha? (I will be asking a Rav for the actual P'sak Halacha)
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Saying Baruch Shepatrani for a girl

Do you say Boruch Shepatrani for a girl at her Bas Mitzva? If not, why not?
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In a bulk food store, must I ask to see the original label every time I return and buy my favorite food?

I know that where I live, some foods don't need kosher certification. But most do. Say I go to a reliable bulk food store, ask to see the original bucket that a certain food came in, see a reliable ...
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Calling a father Abba, when his name is Abba

May a child call his father Abba - if his name is Abba?
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Birkat Kohanim at a late Musaf

Generally speaking, Birkat Kohanim can/is done at any daytime prayer. We do not do so at mincha because in the afternoon people have already eaten and the kohanim may have drunk some alcohol which ...
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Human Tzaar-Baalei-Chayyim

Is there an Issur of Tzar Baalei Chaim on humans?
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Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach Torah reading

Why is it that we read on Shabbos Chol Hamoed Pesach the Torah portion that is read on a fast-day?
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Blessing on Mixed Fruit Salad

Does the rule of eker and tafall apply to a fruit salad with fruits and vegtables when their was grapes and other fruits and vegtables inside? Do you have to make a haetz because grapes are one of the ...
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Does an improperly slaughtered animal render the Shochet impure?

In Vayikra 11:39 it says: לט. וְכִי יָמוּת מִן הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר הִיא לָכֶם לְאָכְלָה הַנֹּגֵעַ בְּנִבְלָתָהּ יִטְמָא עַד הָעָרֶב:‏ 39) If an animal that you [normally] eat, dies, one who ...
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Inviting a non-observant Jew on Shabbat or Yom Tov

Can I invite a Jew for a meal on Shabbat or Yom Tov if I know they will drive to my house?
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Clapping on Shabbos

Is one allowed to clap one's hands on Shabbos? Does it matter whether one is clapping to a beat or trying to get someone's attention?
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Hagala for a new pot

I know that there is a halakhic necessity to tovel a new pot. However, has anyone ever heard of the halakhic necessity to do hagala on a new pot? Reason for asking was this.
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Peanut butter Bracha

What Brochah or Blessing is said when eating plain Peanut butter? Does the chunky variety (with pieces) versus regular make a difference? I am referring to a case where it is eaten on a spoon, with ...
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Can I keep money that came into my possession on Shabbat/yom tov?

My family is not frum, and my grandfather gives out money to all the grandchildren at our seder. I refused the money, but my father took it and put it in my room. Can I use this money?
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Bracha on Cooked Matza

Plain matza on pesach is Hamotzi. Fully cooked matza (eg. Keneidels) is Mezonot. What about these in between cases: Fried matza ("Matza Brei") Chicken soup with crushed matza ("Matza Farfel") Matza ...
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Chodosh - where does it apply?

Does the prohibition against consuming new grain ("Chodosh") before the second day of Passover (Leveticus 23:14) apply only in the Land of Israel or in the Diaspora as well? (Sources appreciated)
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Games (on Shabas) that involve writing: whose writing?

I don't have good sources handy, but apparently some forbid the Shabas playing of games in which one usually writes, even if playing without writing: Scrabble, in which one writes scores, is sometimes ...
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Must a jew-by-choice who is a firstborn observe the fast of the firstborn

I'm interested in the question of whether a ger who is firstborn (of both parents, say, to keep things simple) must follow the rules for Ta'anit B'khorot. There are some remarks on the wikipedia page, ...
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How do you do bedikat chametz when you live alone?

I live alone and need to do bedikat chametz. Should I hide 10 pieces of chametz myself? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?
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Baking powder on Pesach

I know intellectually that chemical leavening agents are allowed during Pesach. Kosher baking powder (free from kitinyot) is widely available. Still, I can't help feeling that it's cheating to use ...
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Lamdeni chukecha. . . amen?

When one is saying a b'racha and realizes only after saying God's name that the b'racha is no longer valid, he can avoid the problem of uttering God's name in vain by tacking on the words "למדני חקיך",...
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Halachic permissibility of a vasectomy

What are the halachic concerns surrounding vasectomies? Are vasectomies permitted by halacha under any circumstances? The issues that I could see as possibly being connected would be chavala (...
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Gefiltah Fish Erev Pesach [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Matzah meal before פסח You are not allowed to eat Matzah on erev Pesach as we should have an appetite for the Matazah at the Seder my question is what if you have a food item ...
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Is it OK to eat non-certified-as-kosher sushi?

I've heard the argument that since everything in sushi is raw (assuming there are no non-kosher ingredients), and that since the rice is cooked in a rice cooker that is used only for rice, it's OK to ...
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Why 30 days of preparation for a חג

Why exactly 30 days to review the laws of the upcoming holidays? Is there anything about the number 30 that makes it significant?
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Honouring an older person

What sources are there for showing respect and honour to an old person who is not necessarily a talmid chochom or a parent?

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