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Why cannot a convert make certain statements? I feel they are being pushed away at the same time respect is being given to them

It is stated that a convert is in the same regard considered a Jew as a native born. Rashi on Dvarim 26:11 states that a convert cannot recite the declaration כי באתי אל הארץ נשמע ה׳ לאבתינו לתת לנו. ...
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The treatment of Jewish unbelievers in Halacha

There is a man, not an am ha'aretz by any means nor a Tinok Shenishba who has become an Apikores by any definition. He is not evangelical about his unbelief and is observant. He does not publicly ...
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“Hanukkah 8th day/Tevet 3/New Years Day” triple coincidences - What makes them so Rare?

I very recently became aware that Hanukkah 8th day sometimes (but rarely) falls on Tevet 3. What causes this to happen? At the same time, I also noticed that when Hanukkah 8th day/Tevet 3 happen ...
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Can one sell a future contract?

In the modern marketplace, to protect against volatility and risk, people negotiate contracts that deal with things that are yet to become a reality. However, as I read the gemara in Bava Metzia 33b, ...
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Sucking a citrus fruit: Kaf Hachayim

The Kaf Hachayim, OC 202:63: ומיהו המוצץ משקה מן הפרי חשוב אוכל ומברך ברכתו הראויה לו ושיעורו בכזית לברך ברכה אחרונה. פר״ח בספרו מים חיים סימן ז׳ חס״ל אות י״ד. והיינו דוקא במוצצם ע״י לעיסה שנותנם ...
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Is Unitarian Christianity עבודה זרה? [duplicate]

According to Wikipedia: "Unitarians believe that mainline Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism, but that Unitarians do by maintaining that Jesus was a great man and a prophet of God, ...
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How can a rapist in the field be executed, if there were no witnesses?

The pasuk in Devarim 22:25 says But if a man finds the betrothed girl in the field, and the man overpowers her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. Now, the man can ...
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What if a convert later finds out he was already Jewish?

If someone converts to Judaism, but later credible evidence is found that he was already Jewish (say, due to a distant matrilineal ancestress), is he still treated as a convert for halachic purposes? ...
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What is the Na’arah claiming in a case where her husband truthfully accuses her of immorality?

Devarim 22:13-21 discuss a case in which a husband accuses his newlywed 12-12.5-year-old wife as having cheated on him in the period between Kiddushin and Nisuin, making her a married woman at the ...
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Can a father transfer rights to his daughter for gain?

In most western democracies a parent has obligations to the care of their children; they are not property in that their care cannot be transferred for personal gain, a child cannot be rented, sold, or ...
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Are you obligated to ask forgiveness from someone if they don't know you sinned against them?

According to the laws of repentance, is one obligated to ask forgiveness for interpersonal sins the victim is unaware of? For instance, suppose someone cursed their fellow "behind their back", and in ...
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Automation on Shabbos (Artificial Intelligence etc)

I know there has been plenty of halachic literature written about automation on Shabbos as far as timeswitches, eBay bids etc go, but are there any authoritative sources for halacha about artificial ...
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According to the more staunchly anti-zionist factions (e.g (parts of) Brisk, Satmar, Spinka, etc.) is making Aliyah forbidden?

There are staunch anti-zionist factions such as (some of) Brisk and Satmar, Toldos Aaron, etc. that are diametrically opposed to the Zionist regime (referring to it as heretical and such). According ...
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Different blessing when lighting candles on Rosh Hashanah

On every holiday the blessing for candle lighting is "lehadlik ner shel Yom Tov". Why, according to Chabad custom, specifically on Rosh Hashanah there is a distinction made and the blessing is "...
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Tying double knot of garbarge bag

I remember seeing in a Shu"t that one is allowed to tie a double knot of something that will be going into the garbage since one doesn't care about it. Has anyone seen this opinion anywhere. I do know ...
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Yibum & Chalitzah for a widow whose husband died by suicide

Do the halachos of Yibum and Chalitzah apply (Rachmana Li'tzlan, Hashem Yishmor) to the widow/ brother(s) of a person who died via suicide? (ie is this type of death different than other types of ...
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Is heckling considered shaming the performer?

Is booing, expressing disapproval or dislike of the performance, and similar gestures, considered shaming someone in public, or does it “come with the territory”?
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Waterproof s'chach

I live in Manchester, UK, which is known for our rainy weather, and Sukkot often requires a lot of covering and uncovering the Sukkah with a waterproof cover. I have been wondering whether it is ...
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Can you use fabric made from plant fibre for s'chach?

Can you use fabric made from plant fibre (eg. hemp, jute, burlap, hessian etc) for s'chach? As far as I understand, it grows from the ground, it isn't made into a keli so shouldn't be mekabel tumah ...
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Married Jewish women and tzedaka

Are married Jewish women permitted to give tzedaka by themselves? Are they required to give it only together with their husband? There seems to be some question about this based on the Rashi and ...
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Pictures of deceased

I read about not putting pictures of people on tombstones. Is there any problem in posting pictures of the deceased(The dead corpse) after his death on social media?
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Hebrew text of Ramban on Leviticus 19,19

The reason for forbidden mixtures is that God created species in the world - in all of those with spirits, in plants and in animate beings - and gave them the ability to reproduce, such that the ...
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Is conspiracy a crime under Jewish law? If so, under what circumstances?

In US law, criminal conspiracy is a crime. (See below for definition.) Is there a similar concept in halacha and, if so, under what circumstances and how does it work (e.g., when is it a crime and ...
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Does Isaiah 66 say that the non-Jews can keep Shabbos?

Given the context of Isaiah, I always seen the expression כל בשר as a reference to am yisroel, given the expressions of לא רחמה and לא עמי in Hosea 1-2. I've always understood it as all Israel in its ...
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Don't rely on rov for general blessings, but do for tevila

The Mishnah Berurah (215:20) brings from the Chayei Adam (Kelal 5) and Pri Megadim (Pesicha LeHilchos Berachos) that even if there's sfek sfeka (a double doubt) telling you to make a blessing, we don'...
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Forgot to say the brocho on teffilin can I say it now?

Theoretically: If one puts on teffilin and forgot to say the brocho can he say it now? What should he do if he already took them off? Sources please!
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Certified vs. Uncertified Costco Salmon

Salmon is generally considered by kashruth authorities to be distinctively identifiable as kosher from the appearance of the flesh. Nonetheless, I've noticed that the local Costco sells (side by side) ...
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Mourning for only certain relatives?

After learning the Rambam (Mourning 1:10) וְכֵן הָאֶפִּיקוֹרוֹסִין [וְהַמּוּמָרִים] וְהַמּוֹסְרִין כָּל אֵלּוּ אֵין מִתְאַבְּלִין עֲלֵיהֶן it seems that we don't mourn for these categories of ...
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Is there a rule that non-Jews cannot mention the name of Hashem during prayers?

I have heard someone asking if he can mention the name of HKBH and then he said why is there such a rule that he can't... I never heard such a thing, here is his question: "Should we not say the name ...
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Outdoor prayer facing rainbow

Berakhot 59a אמר רבי אלכסנדרי אמר רבי יהושע בן לוי הרואה את הקשת בענן צריך שיפול על פניו שנאמר כמראה הקשת אשר יהיה בענן וגו׳ ואראה ואפל על פני לייטי עלה במערבא משום דמחזי כמאן דסגיד לקשתא אבל ברוכי ...
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If one entices someone to sin (i.e mesit) are they liable to induce them to not commit the sin and/or follow the commands as part of repentance?

If someone was a mesit (i.e an enticer) and tried to influence someone to commit a sin, as part of that person's repentance, are they liable to track that person down and try and convince them not to ...
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Is there anyway to repent for proselytizing for idol worship?

In hilchos teshuva of the Rambam (4:1), he states that one for proselytizes for idol worship is unable to repent. Are there any other sources that comment on anyway to repent for such a sin?
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Besamim on a Cinnamon Bun or Danish

Motzei Shabbos when making Havdala one realizes he has no cloves, cinnamon sticks or any other spice to make the Beracha (blessing on fragerences) Borei Minei Besamim. Can the person take a cinnamon ...
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Would buying kosher meat serve as identifying one as being a “religious jew”? [closed]

Suppose if one is shopping at a grocery store and is checking out with food including kosher meat. If that person isn't wearing any other Jewish signs (e.g tzitzis, kippah, etc.), is that enough to "...
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To what extent can a Beit Din actually force someone to get married?

In an answer on this site regarding the obligation to procreate, R. Hershel Schachter is quoted as saying (emphasis mine), And although Beth Din could force someone to get married even if he did ...
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To what extent are we obligated to continue to procreate beyond having two kids?

Pru Urvu is a very important Mitzvah. And yet many families arrive eventually to an uncomfortable question of family planning, i.g. simply stopping procreation for many different reasons. If one ...
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Alopecia and maris haayin

Some cases of Alopecia result in the loss of all the hair on one's head. Would such a person cause maris haayin that they violated the prohibition of rounding the corner of their head? Would they ...
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Undergoing experimental surgery

Is it permitted for a patient with a terminal illness to accept a dangerous experimental surgery? (Every case is different and requires CYLOR, but I'm just curious about the two sides of the argument -...
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Is it Bishul Akum if a gentile boils non potable water?

If a gentile boils non potable water (water that can't be consumed without being boiled), does such water have a status of Bishul Akum? Is water fit to be served by a King's table?
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What's on Kiddushin Rabbi obligatory check-up list?

IIRC, a Rabbi that makes Kiddushin takes a great responsibility (forgot the exact wording of the Gemmorah), at most he can be allowing Arayot, at least he can make the blessings said in vain. As the ...
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Making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - allowed?

I see and hear of people making a Siyum on a Yahrzeit - and we have questions to that effect on the site. I am wondering why this is permitted. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 221:6 forbids eating at a ...
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An indefinite houseguest

Suppose one invites a guest over to stay by them for Shabbos or a few days. Without chatting with the host, the guest doesn't "take the hint" and decides to stay. The guest seemingly has no other ...
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Dam Betulah (hymen bleeding) [duplicate]

I heard some one had told me, Dam Betulah need to be wait 3days and,after 7days of cleaning. Is there any poskim that says dam betulah can be wait 3 days so far??? Thankyou
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

If one lit Shabbat candles before dark, had them burning during dinner, and now wants to go to bed, but is worried that a cat or a dog might knock them over and cause a house fire; is it permissible ...
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Does positively critiquing a business (owned by non-jews) fall under the prohibition of “not to grant them favor?” [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Dead 151:14 (seemingly based on Devarim 7:2 and Meseches Avodah Zarah 20a) states that it's forbidden to praise a non-jew, including their actions. Does this issur include ...
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The Secret of Nature Valley

What, if any, might be legitimate halachik concerns with uncertified Nature Valley granola bars? Their "Crunchy" line of products seems to be certified as OU pareve(?) However, many of their other ...
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Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot?

Is it a problem to rest a hot meat pan on a table, remove it, and then immediately after rest a hot dairy pan on the same spot? I've heard from a rabbi that if the table/countertops is a little bit ...
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Index cards/flash cards on Shabbat

Are there any halachic considerations regarding using index cards/flash cards on Shabbat? This may involve going through the pile, quizzing myself, and sorting the cards into different piles. For ...
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Raising heels in kedusha according to Chacham Ovadia

Halacha Yomit says that Chacham Ovadia rules that one must raise his heels 3 times each in every kadosh. Where can the source for this halacha be found in Chacham Ovadia's books?
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How come the Rambam forbids picking up money found in the street?

I always understood that, when one sees a banknote in the street, one is allowed to keep it (and others wrote this way, e.g., R Belsky here and businesshalacha there #17). Then I saw the Rambam ...