Questions tagged [halacha]

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If I wake up before dawn, do I wash my hands with a blessing?

If one wakes up in the middle of the night or at least before dawn, does he wash and make al netilat yadayim? Also, at what point can one say birkot hashachar? I'd like to wake up extra early to do ...
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Puzzles on Shabbat

Is it permitted to put together puzzles on Shabbat with children? Does it matter what kind of puzzle it is (jigsaw vs. fit the piece in the wooden hole)? Does it matter if there are words on the ...
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When a goel (close relative) redeems property, who actually takes possession?

The Torah describes in our parshah how, if a person is poor and has to sell his ancestral real estate, "his goel, who is closely related to him, should come and redeem his brother's sale" (Lev. 25:25)....
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Mentioning the number of the Sefira prior to saying it

Tha Halacha (Orach Chaim 489) http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14165&st=&pgnum=189 is that if for example on the Twenty eighth day of Sefira, you say "today is the Twenty eighth day" ...
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Saying Yekum Purkan after the Minyan is already up to Av HaRachamim or Ashrei

The Halacha is that a individual not Davening with a Minyan does not say Yekum Purkan. Suppose you are in Shul and for some reason the Chazan finished Yekum Purkan and is already up to Av HaRachamim ...
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Early AND Late Shabbos Minyanim

The basic halachah is that when the congregation/community starts Shabbos (Sabbath) early an individual is forbidden to perform melachah (labor) even though Shabbos has not technically begun. What is ...
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Communal commandment sources?

What are some good (preferably authoritative) sources that explain the concept and legal ramifications of mitzvos tziboriyos - obligations that fall upon the public as opposed to the individual? I am ...
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Gifts for an Aveil

The Halacha is that Mishloach Manos is not sent to an Aveil. Suppose a close relative is in Aveilus, can you send them flowers for their birthday? (Sources please)
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What is an Eruv?

For the uninitiated, and for those who are unfamiliar with the advanced halachic concepts the knowledge of which is required in order to understand hilchot Eiruvin — how would you explain the ...
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What to look for in Chanuka flames

In determining the preferableness of fuel and wick types, the שולחן ערוך and רמ"א refer to light "hanging on wicks nicely" and the possibility of candle light being "clean" and "clear". What physical ...
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Kidush Levana: Does “aleichem shalom” count for a “shalom aleichem”?

The minhag at kiddush levana is to wish shalom aleichem 3x. It is prevalent to do so even if someone was wished shalom aleichem and he reciprocated back aleichem shalom. Is there a reason that one ...
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taking off your mezuzah

What happens if you take off your mezuzah because its not yours is a bracha required if you change mezuzas?
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Should I follow the congregation if their view on prayers for Yom Ha'Atzma'ut is different than mine?

How should one go about davening in a minyan on yom haatzmaut when his custom is not to change davening? My minyan does no tachanun and hallel without a bracha after shmona esreh. Should I- do ...
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Shabbat restrictions in the Army

Are there any Shabbat restrictions in the army during basic training? If this is only basic training and not war-time is this still considered pekuach-nefesh?
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New blessing on spices (besamim)

After reciting a blessing on spices (besamim), how much time must elapse before a new blessing is required? Or is this not time-dependent, but rather something that depends on one's attention (i.e. ...
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Matanos L'Evyonim - with food only [closed]

How is it possible that you would only be able to do Matanos L'Evyonim with food? (you have money)
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Cutting Vines in Halacha

Halacha does not allow one to cut down a Fruit Bearing tree. Does this apply to a Grape Vine too?
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Haircuts Erev Pesach

Are you allowed to take a Haircut The day of Erev Pesach after Burning the Chometz? Does it make a difference if your are a Male or female are small children Different?
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very different Pesach cleaning practices

I have always been perplexed by the vast variation of Pesach cleaning practices. On the one hand I have seen notes of shiurim by respected rabbis who say that virtually the only real work to be done ...
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If chametz is batel before Pesach

If chametz can be batel before Pesach, why don't we buy (before Pesach) any commercially produced product with year-round (i.e., not Pesach-specific) kosher certification which does not list chametz ...
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Bittul and then Sale?

How is it that after we do Bedikah (checking for Chametz) and we are Mevatel (Making the Chometz Null and Void) the Chometz the Rav then goes and sells the Chometz to the Gentile we have alredy said ...
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Sefiras HaOmer - earliest time to count

According to Halacha what is the earliest time can you say Sefiras HaOmer each night and be Yotzei?
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Giving ma'aser to a kohen

When one separates the "first tithe", which needs to be given to a ben Levi, may he give it to a kohen instead on the grounds that he is of Levi lineage? Would this at least work b'di'avad to relieve ...
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Reading Meggilah for women

What is the Process if you are Laining Meggilah for women only: Who makes the Bracha? Before and after? Can a person who has already heard be yotzeh the Women? Does it make a difference if it is ...
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Check for Mattanos Levyonim

Can you use a check or credit Card for Mattanos Levyonim?
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Already read Motzeh Others

If a Baal Koreh already read can he Be motzeh Other men?
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Optimal time for Meal on Purim

What is the optimal time for the Purim Seduah (Meal)?
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Megilah or Havdalah, which is done first? Why?

When Megilah reading is Motza'ei Shabbos (Saturday Night) what is said first, Havdalah or Megilah and why?
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Owning stock in companies that operate on shabbat

It is my understanding that one may only have ownership in a business that operates on shabbat if you co-own with a gentile and have an explicit arrangement that all profits derived on shabbat belong ...
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Hashem's Name in Digital Works [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hashems name on device Normally there are all sorts of problems with writing Hashem's name on paper, and then erasing it. How does this apply to digital mediums (more ...
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Tehillim while jogging

May I recite Tehillim while jogging or performing other kinds of physical exercise?
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Jewish king outside Eretz Yisra'el

What would the status of a country dictated by a Jewish monarch be if that country were not [in] Eretz Yisra'el? Would people need to separate t'rumos and ma'asros there? (Sorry for the brevity, but ...
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Getting benefit from a church

I recently heard that one is forbidden to get any benefit from a church (or any other place of worship other then a shul). They went on to say that the prohibation included while giving directions "...
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Greek Mythology in Jewish Day Schools

Is there any issue with the general studies department of a Jewish day school teaching Greek mythology to the students?
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Cancellation of debt, income?

Suppose someone has a $20,000 balance on a credit card or HELOC and settles for $10,000 - the IRS considers it cancellation of debt income and you are required to pay taxes on your $10,000 gain. Would ...
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Would halacha permit bombing Auschwitz?

I know there's a lot of talk about whether Allied forces during World War II could have / should have taken military action directly against the Holocaust. I'm not opening that can of worms here. ...
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Naming names and שמירת הלשון

Is there a documented basis in halacha for the commonly held concept that no damage is done by slandering people without naming them?
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Can a Kohain do Birchas Kohanim if he did not wash his hands?

Suppose a Kohain for some reoson forgot to wash his hands or was unable to, can he still do Birchas Kohanim?
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Tzaar Baalei Chaim [closed]

When according to Halacha you are obligated to be Metzaer Baalei Chaim?
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Boat on Shabbos

What is the problem of going on a boat (and by proxy doing elective surgery) less than three days beforehand?
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what are you allowed to lie about?

we learn from sarah that in a situation where you can get a person very angry (which is equated to idolatry) it is OK to lie to them. in what other situations is it OK to lie to a person?
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Remove mouse trap on shabbos

Are you allowed to remove a mouse trap with a mouse on it on shabbos?
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brushing sheitals on shabbos

Is it permitted to brush a sheital (wig) on shabbos or yom tov?
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Issur Doraisa from Trup? [closed]

What Halacha (Issur Doraisia) do we learn out from a Trup and which word is it?
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Washing Hands post Funeral

What is the proper way to wash after a Funeral or a visit to the Cemetery?
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Mitzvot for ketanim?

Are there any mitzvot that kids under bar/bat mitzvah are obligated to keep? (not including for "educational purposes")
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Asara B'Teveis on a Friday

This year Asara B'Teveis came out on a Friday. Suppose you would Daven Mincha before Plag and Kaballas Shabbos right after Plag and come home when it is still light outside, would you be allowed to ...
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Making the Kohen's Gesture

Is it forbidden for a non-Kohen to form the hand formation that Kohanim use during their priestly blessings?