Questions tagged [halacha]

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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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Is Juneau, Alaska — surrounded by natural barriers — a natural eruv

I recently visited Juneau, Alaska. It is a small city of 35,000. The city limits are quite large, however – 3,225 square miles – but much of this area is separated from downtown Juneau on Douglas ...
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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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Speaking while wearing Tefillin - revisited

In today's day and age the vast majority of the time we only wear Tefillin when we are Davening. However, in theory, we should wear them all day (ibid). So what about the requirement not to speak ...
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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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Cash value of 'perutah'

How much is a 'perutah' worth in modern currency?
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Does Judaism allow Jews to read the Quran?

I've received a packet of Islamic materials which include the "Holy Quran" among other materials explaining the relation of Judaism with Islam. I guess we should be open to all spiritual materials ...
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Would a hole in the ground with schach over the hole constitute a kosher sukkah?

If a hole was dug in the ground with 4 sides, would the 4 sides constitute walls that can be used for a sukkah?
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Is there a halachic problem with saying “Christ” as a name?

Since (according to the Gra (YD 147:3), cited in this answer), there is no issue in saying the name "Jesus," would there be an issue in saying the name "Christ"? This name might be ...
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Can a kohen be a mamzer?

A friend and I were discussing this. Generally speaking, it seems that it should be impossible for a person to be a kohen (rather than a chalal) and also a mamzer, because the set of women whom a ...
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Food that became prohibited because of a fly, then was separated into 3 new parts, nullified?

There was a pot of soup that a fly fell into it. The fly was not located and therefore the whole soup became prohibited. Even though the soup might have 60 parts against the fly, still since the fly ...
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Sfek Sfeka for a Bar Mitzvah

Suppose a boy was born Bein Hashemashos. Since this is a period of "maybe it's still day, maybe it's already night," seemingly the doubt would translate into "maybe he was born on day 1,...
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Pouring wine into a pagum/used cup in order to reuse the wine inside

I heard that after drinking from the kiddish cup, in order to reuse the wine left over which is pagum, we pour some wine into the cup from the bottle it before pouring the wine in the cup back into ...
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What should a woman who can only do Chalitza do if her Yevam can't do it?

In some cases of Zikas Yibum, there is a Rabbinic prohibition against their doing Yibum (eg. the deceased husband's brother is a Mamzer, cf. Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 174) and as such they must ...
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Is it permitted for a gentile to say jewish prayers? [duplicate]

The title pretty much says it all. Is it permitted for a gentile to say jewish prayers to Hashem ? How about a gentile who is on the path to conversion ? Would he be permitted to say jewish prayers ?
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Before the Matan Torah, did HaShem issue divorce regulations?

I am an Italian son of Noah. The Torah (written and especially oral) establishes a detailed regulation of the divorce institute. According to Jewish tradition, before the giving of the Torah were ...
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Does the Torah ever mention jail as a punishment for a crime?

I have learned that punishments in the Torah often (always?) have a rehabilitative aspect to them as well as providing justice to the victim, e.g. someone who steals and can't pay back the value of ...
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How far back must one go to know they are Jewish? [duplicate]

There are certainly people who are unsure about their Jewish lineage. However, even if they know their mother is jewish, and therefore they are as well, how far back must one go? If they prove their ...
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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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How hungry does a Jew have to be to eat non-kosher food?

I understand that Jews are allowed to eat non-kosher food in order to save their lives, source Sanhedrin 74a. My question is, how long does a Jew have to be deprived of food, before he or she is ...
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What level of danger is required for HaGomel?

The Gemara says that four have to say Hagomel: One who went overseas One who went into a desert. One who was [deathly] ill. One who was in prison [on a capital crime]. To what level of danger must ...
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Women-only Kabbalat Shabbat

Does anyone know how women-only Kabbalat Shabbat prayer came about? I have only come across it in newspapers from about the late 2000s in some United Synagogues. Have there been cases way before this? ...
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maaser to your own employer

I know there are many Jews who work for schools, synagogues, soup kitchens, and other such non-profit organizations that do a community service. Many people also give maaser money to these ...
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Western Ashkenaz Mishnah Berurah

The Mishnah Berurah was composed with the minhagim of the Eastern Ashkenazi kehillot in mind. Is there an equivalent for the communities of Western Europe*? *The Ashkenazi communities of the ...
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Judaism and Ping-Pong

I am looking to perhaps write a paper on ping-pong and its place in Torah literature. I can see a number of issues relating to ping-pong on Shabbos and Yom Tov, e.g., there is a widely discussed ...
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What can be done with the terumos and maasros?

It says at Star-K that after taking off terumot and maasrot one should wrap the vegetation in plastic and discard: "Wrap the broken or cut-off piece in plastic and discard." According to Jewish ...
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Owning a Buddha statue

Is owning a Buddha statue, having it displayed in a Jewish home, considered a transgression of idolatry, technically speaking?
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“zeved habat” or simkhat habat [duplicate]

Is there any mention in jewish law about "zeved habat"or shimkhat habat?? And what are the things to be done according to the law? Also is it necessary to do this zevad habat if it cross many years?
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What is the law for someone who had the urge to use the restroom in the middle of Shmona Esrei at Mincha or Ma’ariv?

A Chabad Rabbi said for a case where the urge was minor that one can delay until finishing the Aleinu. What is the law for those who follow a litvishe minhag? Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff at Yeshiva.com ...
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Can you pick your nose?

Is it a violation of halakah to pick your nose (unrefined act, possibly a violation of being a holy nation)? Would there be a difference in halakah if it were the sabbath (possible violation of ...
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What was Tamar's capital crime?

On what basis did Judah have the right to sentence Tamar to be burned (Genesis 38)? What capital offense did she commit?
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When can a wife use the money she owns or earns without her husband's permission?

Normally, the money that comes to a woman before and during her marriage, she uses to buy land which belongs to her, but the husband has the rights to eat (own) their fruits (dividends​), this is ...
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Not eating from the Lechem Mishnah, rather from the incomplete bread

If someone only has one broken piece of bread, can he borrow from his neighbor two whole challas and make ha'motzei on everything together (the 2 challas and the piece of bread); however not eat from ...
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Mishna brurah Siman 243:1

Can someone clear this up for me: The MB in the 243 intro says that all heter ways to allow the work of schirus (renter) is only permissible when he pays a lump sum including the shabbos sum in one ...
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Careful About Zugos Today?

Should we be careful for zugos (eating or drinking an even number of foods) today? Although I initially thought we were not careful for zugos based on the fact the Beis Yosef OC (170:7) questions the ...
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Catching up the missing weeks of Krias Hatorah

Due to the current health crisis, all shuls are closed. As a result, the weekly Torsh portion will not be read. After this is all over and synagogue services are resumed, will we: Continue where we ...
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What is the status of a pull-apart challah for “lechem mishneh”?

On Shabbat, we're supposed to begin the meals with two whole loaves - "Lechem Mishneh." According to Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchato as quoted in the article linked above, "If two loaves bake together in ...
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Pronunciation in MO schools

I am curious about the Hebrew pronunciation taught in many Modern Orthodox schools. It doesn't seem to conform to real Israeli pronunciation, nor is it the "standard Yiddish" or Polish pronunciation ...
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The prohibition against תמונות & toys? [duplicate]

שמות 20:4 The prohibition against making a פסל וכל תמונה found in heaven, in the earth, or in the water. In other words, of any thing found in creation. I have a baby girl and I want to know how the ...
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Rubik's cube on Shabbos

May a person solve a rubik's cube on Shabbos?
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Returning found item to house of idolatry

If one finds an item which belongs to a house of idolatry, should or could they return it to the institution? Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 266 and commentaries discuss the idolators and returning ...
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Erasing His Name

This is just a hypothetical question, but if someone would write the name of HaShem down in the sand, and the waves of the sea would erase it, would that be considered as erasing His name (because we ...
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Is fighting in a non-Jewish army against another army with Jews as well permissible?

Let me explain. This is something that actually happened, in World War One; Jews volunteered to fight with the Entente and many Jews volunteered on the Central Powers. Some could have served on the ...
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Is it permitted for Jewish lawyers to defend those they believe to be guilty?

I am in (secular) law school and am exploring my professional options. One of those options is to become a criminal defence attorney. In my country of residence, attorneys qualified in a specific ...
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Halacha of not being obligated to spend more than a fifth of one's money on a mitzvah

It is brought down in halacha (Orach Chaim 656) that a person is not obligated to spend more than 20% of his money on performing a positive mitzvah. Is the 20% calculated according to his total bank ...
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Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah?

Is one a heretic if he does not believe in Kabbalah? Not necessarily that the Rashbi authored the Zohar, but in the general tenets of kabbalah including but not limited to: tzimtzum, sefirot, ...
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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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Do we have to kiss our tefilin?

In most Seddurim, at certain points during davening (Ashrei, Shema, etc.), it says to touch and kiss the tefilin. The Shulchan Aruch (28:1) says חייב אדם למשמש בתפילין בכל שעה שלא יסיח דעתו מהם A ...
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Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon?

Why was Joseph allowed to imprison Shimon? That seems to transgress theft (both the Ten Commandments and/or the Noahide laws)?
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Israeli on Shabbat-second day Yom Tov fulfilling locals' obligation

I'm having a hard time constructing this hypothetical so I apologize if it feels forced or if the underlying halachic question could be generated more gracefully. If an Israeli woman is being housed ...