Questions tagged [halacha]

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Is orlah forbidden from benefit or just from eating?

What is the extent of the prohibition of orlah? Is it just eating that is prohibited (issur achila), as is written (Vayikira 19:23), or is benefiting from orlah also prohibited (issur hana'ah)?
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Can a public fast day be used for a Yahrtzeit fast?

Some people have a minhag to fast on a yahrtzeit (see Shulchan Aruch OC 567,7-9). If the day of the yahrtzeit occurs on a public fast day such as 17 Tamuz, can the fasting done then count for the ...
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Desecrating Shabbos to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient?

Can you desecrate Shabbos by sending a letter/leaving the Techum to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient whose life is in immediate danger?
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Postponed mikvah and counting

A woman that made a Hefsek Tahara and counted for 6 days, but then didn’t count the 7th and didn't go to the Mikvah since she was not going to have sexual relations. Another 10 days passed. Can she ...
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Learning music theory during the Three Weeks?

Would learning about music be allowed, if not actually playing an instrument? Would I also need to not listen to instrumental audio? Or is that still itself an activity that could be considered ...
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When is a table considered as an altar?

This a sequel to this question for which an answer cites O.C. 167:5 that likens one's table to an altar. My follow up questions: When? Only while eating? And is it only while eating a meal that ...
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Is there a halachic requirement for a yeshivah to be single gender?

A few years ago, my son came home from his elementary yeshiva highly annoyed that his rebbe referred to another neighborhood yeshiva as "not a real yeshiva" because the other yeshiva has mixed gender ...
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Is translation of copyrighted material permitted?

Is there any violation in Halacha if someone translates copyrighted material to a dialect for the sole purpose of making it into a book so that people who do not know the dialect could benefit from it ...
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How much effort should be expended searching for the missing?

Say a Jewish person gets pulled out to sea while rescuing someone from drowning and goes missing, lost at sea. And then a search for him or his body by the Jewish community, supplementing official ...
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What is the purpose of the mezuzah on the entrance to Sha'ar Tziyon?

It's been a while since I visited the Old City in Jerusalem. I recall that there is a giant mezuzah on the sidewall of the Zion Gate. I don't recall if all the Jerusalem gates have a mezuzah. I'm ...
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Obligation to ask for tzedakah

At what point is one obligated to ask for tzedakah? If one sleeps in a car are they obligated to ask to sleep in an apartment? How about food? If one has a minimal subsistence level may one refuse ...
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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

How come it’s mutar to remove the beard but not the sideburns? The שלחן ערוך & רמב״ם both say they can be removed completely (with scissors or the like). So how come we only apply this halacha to ...
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May one choose the recipient of his/her organ donation?

I have decided to donate a kidney. I know that with organizations like Renewal you can choose to donate to someone specifically. I was wondering if it is mutar to browse potential recipients and see ...
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Breaking one’s word to God

When someone wishes to repent it’s standard practice to ask HaShem for forgiveness while assuring Him that you won’t repeat the sin. But what if that person slips up & repeats the sin, is it ...
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Kohen with eyeglasses

Is having imperfect eyesight that requires the wearing of eyeglasses a problem for a Kohen? The question is two-fold: 1) Does the imperfect eyesight render him a ba'al mum (physical blemish) which ...
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Did Hillel the Elder committed a Gezel? [duplicate]

Can the the famous story of Hillel the Elder, who couldn't pay to enter Beit Midrash and instead listened from the outside to his teachers, be considered as an act of Gezel? Yoma 35b:7-8 Hillel ...
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May one do the Mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim/Consoling Mourners on Tish'a B'av?

Based on On Tish'a B'Av,can someone say the typical "Mourner's statement" to any/everyone else?, may one perform the mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim for one who is sitting shiv'a on ...
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Sitting shiva for intermarrying child

We all heard about families sitting shiva if a child marries out of faith. Are there documented cases of this happening? (With all the rites of Shiva, not just cutting the child out of the family.) ...
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Does a broker keep the leads he worked on?

A broker works at a Merchant Cash Advance Company and the company provides leads to the broker. The broker's job is to sort through those leads, identify the ones that are really interested, build ...
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Why were Er and Onan punished if they were under 20?

As seen from this question, the Heavenly Court does not punish an individual (at least in this life) if he or she is under 20. However, according to Seder Hadoros (Year 2217) Er and Onan were 7 or 8 ...
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What blessing does a midget say on seeing himself?

Following "reciting-the-blessing-of-meshaneh-habriyos-who-makes-creatures-different": what does a man that falls into that category, e.g. a midget, says upon himself? Does he have to see himself (...
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Chazal rationale regarding shaving beard

How did our Sages come up with the halacha (or rather idea) that using scissors (or appliances that do not cut the root like most electric shavers) does not constitute 'destroying the corner of the ...
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Is there a minimum field size for peah to apply?

I know that peah applies to fields of food crops (not other produce) and that halacha is to leave at least 1/60 of the field unharvested for this purpose. What I haven't found is whether there is a ...
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Location of halachos of “a chosson and kallah”

Where are the halachos found in shulchan aruch regarding the practical halachos that a chosson is taught before he gets married: how a chosson and kallah have תשמיש המטה on the first night (and other ...
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Visiting/using a decommissioned ex-church

Visiting sites previously used for idol worship asks about visiting a historical site previously used for idolatry, and talks about ruins and the possibility of extant religious symbols. My question ...
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Can I Use a BlowGun on Shabbos?

Would using something like this constitute a violation of a Rabbinic or Torah Halacha? If I am in my backyard and have an eruv, as long as I dont hit an animal, shouldn't it be ok? What about a foam ...
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Gifting a kosher product one wouldn't eat or drink

Can a Jew give his Jewish friend a product which is kosher m'ikar hadin if the person giving it would not eat or drink it himself? The product could be e.g., kosher meat which is not glatt, scotch ...
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Who is responsible for exterminating cockroaches in house - tenant or landlord?

If a rental house is infested with cockroaches, what does the halacha say about who is responsible for hiring an exterminator, the landlord or the tenant?
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If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable to pray alone with Hanetz or later with the Minyan? [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch: Orach Chaim: Siman 89 says that the ideal time to pray Sh'moneh Esrei is at Hanetz hachamah. If the only Minyan that is available will pray later in the morning, is it preferable ...
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Parameters of neis nigleh and neis nistar?

What are the Halachic parameters and definition of a neis nistar versus a neis nigleh? For example: I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that ...
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Loshon Hora: Chafetz Chaim & Dissenting views

The sefer "Chofetz Chaim" is accepted worldwide as the leading authority in the Hilchos Shemiras Haloshon arena. However, as with every area in halacha, there are specific details which are subject to ...
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Loshon Hora: Believing that circumstances permit slander

When the Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3) codifies the allowance to relate slander heard b'apei t'lasa (a statement made in front of three people, which is considered avidi l'geluei and therefore already ...
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Loshon Hora: The allowance of B'apei t'lasa (in front of 3)

Although they are governed by very strict limitations, there are numerous 'hetterim' for the prohibition of lashon hora, such as apei t'lasa, l'toieles, etc. The Chofetz Chaim (Klal 2, §3 - see there ...
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How do I decide between conflicting opinions?

Let's say there are two opinions about a halachic matter and different rabbis rule differently according to one or the other. Let's also say everybody knows that. What should I do, or must I do, or ...
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Count a Torah scroll as the tenth in a minyan?

There is a widespread perception in non-traditional congregations that the Torah scroll can count as a tenth to make a minyan. However, the Code of Jewish Law does not mention that. It only says ...
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An “Aveil” at Shabbat Mincha

An aveil (mourner) does not practice public aveilut (mourning) on Shabbat (Ketubot 4a), though he is still in aveilut and there is some impact on what he can and can't do. Would the presence of an ...
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How did the initial Mishnaic disagreements arise?

The Wikipedia on Tannaim says this Until the days of Hillel and Shammai (the last generation of the Zugot), there were few disagreements among Rabbinic scholars. After this period, though, the "...
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What does רעך בתורה ובמצוות mean? [duplicate]

The Torah says וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ, Love your fellow as yourself. Actual halacha: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: It is incumbent upon every Jew to love every fellow Jew as he loves himself. ...
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Shabbat: Electric Apartment Door in Doorman Building

Let us say a person lives in an apartment building where the apartment doors (door to the apartment itself) are fitted with electronic locks. The building has a 24-hour "concierge" doorman (non-...
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What is the stance of Sephardi Poskim on electric shavers?

In this pdf compilation provided by Koshershaver, it makes the claim that Sephardim cannot shave because 1) Rav Ovadia in Yabia Omer said that a razor that removes more than a stubble is like a ...
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Loosely holding utensils in a mikve - halacha development

The Rambam (Hilchot Mikvaot 2:11) does not allow loosely holding a utensil in a mikve When one holds another person or an implement and immerses them, they remain impure. This applies even if he ...
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Should the Torah be covered or uncovered during the Aliyah blessings?

Some feel that if the Torah is not being read, then it should be covered, while some feel that since the blessing is on this Torah, it should be uncovered during the blessings (but not for the call to ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

If one made havdalah over wine before praying maariv, and then in maariv he forgot to say chonantanu and has already completed shemoneh esrei, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei?
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Will a mezuzah be kosher if installed by a non-Jew?

I'm wondering if a non-Jew simply does the hammering, whether the mezuzah will still be considered kosher so long as the proper blessing is said.
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Embarrass or allow

If someone is about to do an aveira (D'rabbanan or D'eroisa) b'mazid, (but you don't know that, so you give him the benefit of the doubt - I guess) is it better to stop him, by screaming out and ...
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May one use bread for havdallah?

One may use bread for Kiddush if wine or grape juice are not available but may one use bread for havdallah when wine or grape juice are not available?
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If one decides to bentch or washes mayim acharonim can he drink? [duplicate]

If one decides to bentch or washes mayim acharonim can he drink without making a bracha?
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Taking ADHD medicine on Shabbos (ex: Adderall/ Ritalin)

Following on the heels of recent questions "Why restrict medicine on Shabbos?" & "Is clinical depression medication allowed on Shabbos?" Is it permitted to take ADHD medicine such as Adderall/ ...
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What is the Halacha of establishing one's home at the onset of Shabbos?

If one cannot make it home, I heard there's a din that one sets his place where they are now upto 2000 amot. What's the source of this? What if I'm in the back of a car?
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Is one allowed to continue riding in a vehicle driven by a Gentile on Shabbat?

In reading this answer, I understand that there is no concern with riding on Shabbat. Let's say that you are driving your car before Shabbat and you have a Gentile passenger. You won't reach your ...