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What is halachic rationale for separate Passover dishes?

Why separate dishes for Passover? I understand milk and meat dishes. I understand how hot and sharp can transmit treifness, how "noten ta'am l'fgam" works (I think). It all makes sense. But ...
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Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews?

Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews? For example https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Yoreh_De'...
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Is Avodah Zarah still the great danger that it once was? [duplicate]

I have no direct sources, but I seem to recall that various Chassidic rabbis, maybe others too, have taught that idolatry no longer has any real, or effective power. I think this is limited to Jews, ...
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Continuing a meal once chametz is prohibited

One starts a bread meal on the morning of erev pesach. One finishes eating all of the bread (and removes all crumbs etc.) before the end of the day's fourth hour, but wants to continue the meal by ...
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Is it OK to save a life if you may have to kill the survivor?

What would the Torah say about this scenario? A CEO of a hospital has only 1 machine. This machine can save lives if you put someone in it. However, for some patients, this will not make them live, ...
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Halachic obligation to honor narcissistic mother and or father

What are the halachic obligations are to honor a mother or father that are a narcissist? An adult child may be trying to separate from emotional abuse and codependent relationship but this can often ...
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Can I edit my photo on a social media post to look better?

Could I edit my photo on a social media post to look better by applying filters to it, or would this be Gneivat Da'at?
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Should Jews have ayin tova toward gentiles

My Rav reminds me that Ayin Tova is a rabbinic commandment but should it be applied toward assessing the character of non-Jews? This Halachic article by Rav Zimmerman seem to say that it depends on ...
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How to understand the requirement for Supreme Judge to be tall and handsome?

Just as the members of a court of law must be cleared with respect to uprightness, so must they be clear of any physical defect. Every effort should be exerted in an intensive search for sufficiently ...
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At what age is a judge too old for the Sanhedrin?

A man who is advanced in years ... must not be appointed member of any Sanhedrin, since he is required to be compassionate. Hil. Sanhedrin 2.2 This is based on several Mishnaic (Horayot 1.4) and ...
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How much wisdom is the priesthood worth for the judges of the Sanhedrin?

It is a mitzvah to have priests and Levites included in the Great Sanhedrin... And if none can be found, it is permissible to have a court of exclusively Israelite judges. Rambam's Hil. Sanhedrin 2.2 ...
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Kashrut Status of Certain Oral Tobacco Products During Pesach

NOTE: I plan to pose this question to a qualified Rav. But first I am trying to think through the relevant issues to get a sense of how one might pasken this. My question is regarding whether snus ...
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Does Yom Kippur atone for the transgression of (not) honoring parents?

Following my previous question division-between-interpersonal-and-god-related-mitzvot (please read the background): Does Yom Kippur alone atone for the transgression of (not) honoring one's parents as ...
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Definition and origin of the division between interpersonal and God-related Mitzvot

"...for transgressions between a person and God, Yom Kippur atones; however, for transgressions between a person and another, Yom Kippur does not atone until he appeases the other person." ...
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Issues involved in keeping a keli shelishi warm on top of the Shabbos kettle?

Tosfos Shabbos 40b D.H. ושמע מינה כלי שני אינו מבשל points out that a keli sheni will not allow cooking because אין דופנותיו חמין והולך ומתקרר its walls are not hot and so it will cool off. Bearing ...
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Mezuzah on indoor and outdoor archways

A mezuzah must be attached on the upper third of the doorway. How does one determine the height of the doorway when affixing a mezuzah on an archway? Till the very top, or only till the end of the ...
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If a renter is leaving their apartment and does not know who will be renting it after they leave, can they take their mezuzot?

If a renter is leaving their apartment (owned by a non-Jew) and does not know who will be renting it after they leave, can they take their mezuzot? I have only found discussions when it is known who ...
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Melting Chocolate bombs on Shabbos?

Is there an issur to melt hot chocolate bombs on Shabbos? Is it nolad?
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What is the halachic source that allows the king of Israel to acquire a pilegesh through yichud alone?

In Mishneh Torah-The Laws of Kings 4:4 Rambam says: (The king of Israel) may take wives and pilagshim from the entire territory of Eretz Yisrael. The term 'wives' implies women who were married with ...
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Tefillin on both arms not simultaneously

Why do some people wear tefillin on both arms (not simultaneously)?
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Blocked Mailbox in Halacha

Someone lives on a busy street and often people park in a way that makes his mailbox inaccessible. Parking on that street is not illegal. However there is a clear sign at the mailbox that they ignore. ...
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(Auto)paying for chametz on Pesach [duplicate]

My understanding is that one only acquires movable objects, such as food items, by moving them physically (e.g. lifting or pulling them; or by acquiring them along with land; or via chalipin exchange, ...
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Why didn't Aharon sacrifice his life to avoid making the Golden Calf?

The commentaries say he made the golden calf cause he was scared they would kill him as they did Chur. But aren't you supposed to let yourself be killed rather then commit/create idolatry?
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Hypothetical, what should a wife do if she discovers her husband is uncircumcised?

Circumcision is an integral part of Judaism. That being said, there really isn't an "inspection" to verify someone is circumcised. Unless the individual is a convert, there isn't a ...
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Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature

Is there any thing in judaism that says cook your food well at high temprature
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When does someone become an orphan?

At what age is someone considered an orphan when his/her parent(s) die? For example, what if a 90 year old's parents die. Does he have the status of an orphan? What about a 20 year old?
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Leniency in pronunciation while reading the Megillah (Iggeres)

I've heard that we are more lenient in regards to krias haMigglah than to krias haTorah (in regards to pronunciation), since the Migglah refers the itself as an Iggeres (letter). If this so, to what ...
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Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa

The newer edition of Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasa seems to contain both volumes of the older edition. However, it says Chelek Aleph on it. Is there a Chelek Beis and/or whats meant to be in it?
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Selling a house after COVID

According to the mishna on 25b of Masechet Megilla, "בני העיר שמכרו רחובה של עיר לוקחין בדמיו בית הכנסת" (if the people of a city sell an open area, the money is used to buy a synagogue). ...
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Does asking a righteous deceased and/or an “angel” to intercede with HaShem in favor of a living person violate the Noahide Law or not?

Among Catholics and Orthodox Christians, the tradition of asking Mary (the mother of Jesus), "angels" and saints to intercede with HaShem in favor of one or more living people is very ...
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Does a Jew who doesn't care about other Jews' problems become a gentile [duplicate]

Under Jewish law, does a Jew who turns his back on other Jews change in his status in any way? Is he, under any law or any religious context, treated like a non-Jew for any practical intents?
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Were women learning Torah before Sarah Schenirer?

As many know, Sarah Schenirer started a movement that influenced learning for women, and the Bais Yaakov system we all know of today. Even though learning Torah Shel Ba'al Peh was heavily discouraged ...
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Can someone transgress the 3 cardinal sins to save Jews?

As we see in the Megilas Esther Perek 3 Mordechai didn't bow down to Haman because according to some he had an idol on his neck. However, by him not doing so enraged him to want to kill all the Jews. ...
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Can a Kli Sheini be built onto a Kli Rishon?

If I want to use use hot water from my coffee urn on Shabbat (as I understand it, the urn is a kli rishon) to make instant coffee, I pour it into a separate cup and pour from there into the cup that I ...
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Designating a Fish Sponge?

Rav Binyomin Forst writes in Laws of Kashrus (10:B:7) One must keep separate sponges for meat, dairy, and parve dishes, since actual food particles are absorbed into the sponges. Since fish and meat ...
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Does a storage room require a mezuzah?

Does a storage room require a mezuzah? For example, if someone has a storage unit detached from their house where they store tools and/or Passover utensils, would it require a mezuzah? And furthermore,...
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If a deaf person is not counted towards a minyan because they cannot hear, does the same rule apply for one who doesn't speak/understand Hebrew?

My understanding is Halacha states a deaf or mute person doesn't count towards a minyan as they do not have the ability to fully participate. The deaf person cannot hear what is being said and the ...
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Can a person jump over a fence during Shabbat?

During Shabbat can I jump over a fence to Get to a destination? Is it considered work?
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Do I Say morning blessing twice If I fell asleep again?

If I washed my hands and did the morning blessing although later I went to sleep for like a couple hours 3-4 maybe less do I have to say the morning blessing of washing hands again after I wake up?
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Why are you allowed to use a tap on Shabbos? [duplicate]

This might be a stupid question, but I would still like an answer... When we use a tap, aren't we shlepping water from the resevoir (a carmelis) into our homes (a reshus hayachid)? It would seem to be ...
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Putting a raw piece of meat in pot on Erev Shabbos

Orach Chaim Siman 253 Seif 1 talks about in which situation are you allowed to keep food on a fire on shabbos and in the middle of the seif it says, ואם נתן בה חתיכה חיה מותר כאלו היתה כולה חיה דע&...
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May husband and wife hug/kiss in front of their children?

The Rema in Even HaEzer (21:5) writes יש אומרים דאין לנהוג אפילו עם אשתו בדברים של חיבה, כגון לעיין ברישיה אם יש לו כינים, בפני אחרים - Some say that one should not do affectionate things with his ...
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Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden?

Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden? "and the name of the gods of others you shall not mention; it shall not be heard through your mouth." ( וְשֵׁ֨ם ...
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English translation of She'eilas Yaavetz 1:41 about shituf for Gentiles

I would need to read an English translation of the passage in She'eilas Yaavetz 1:41 where Rav Emden analyzes the different cases of shituf in relation to the Gentiles. Could please someone get it ...
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Is “elbows and knees must be covered” Halacha or widespread Minhag? [duplicate]

Is there any credence to the view that those who do not cover knees and elbows are violating Halacha, as opposed to relying on a more lenient opinion of "shok" and "zeroah"? This ...
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Is it assur to have a mattress that has wool and linen in it?

I have been looking into natural mattresses without polyurethane in them, and some have a latex layer and one of the layers is wool. I know that there is an issur to wear shatnez garments, but what if ...
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Answering Amen After One Has Finished Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav

If one has finished Sim Shalom/Shalom Rav AND has said Yehiyiu L'Ratzon he may answer to kaddish and Yehei Shmei Rabbah. However, should he/may he answer Amen to the other blessings in Chazarat ...
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One shouldn't drink water in front of others - but other drinks are OK - why?

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 42:12 writes When you drink water, you should not drink in the presence of others, rather, turn your face away; but when drinking other liquids, you need not turn your face away....
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Ki'bolo Kach Polto

Why can't a utensil that became trief at, say 150 degrees be kashered with water that is 151 degrees? Why must the water be boiling?
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Does the biblical prohibition against bestiality apply to an animal carcass

Vayikra 20 :15: ⁦ וְאִ֗ישׁ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִתֵּ֧ן שְׁכָבְתּ֛וֹ בִּבְהֵמָ֖ה מ֣וֹת יוּמָ֑ת וְאֶת־הַבְּהֵמָ֖ה תַּהֲרֹֽגוּ And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and you shall slay the ...