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What are Sabbath Observing Animals? What are the implications of Sabbath Observant Animals?

A friend of mine brought me a source/comment from Avodah Zarah 1:6 which stated Jews are prohibited from putting Sabbath observant animals into the position where they will have to break the Sabbath. ...
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Time to say Vsein Tal Umatar [duplicate]

Orach Chaim 117:1 says that we begin Tal Umatar in Eretz Yisrael on 7 Cheshvan. See also Aruch Hashulchan 117:2 where he mentions the reason for first beginning on 7 Cheshvan is to give the Olei ...
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Shach's understanding of significance of Shulchan Aruch writing "there are some who require"

Hope this isn't too nuanced. There's a pretty established rule in the Shulchan Aruch that when he writes a law, and then writes "some say" (ויש אומרים) something else, he's ruling like the ...
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Can I say Havdalah twice to be Motzi a man? [closed]

I have a friend who is on the path to becoming more religious. He can't yet read Hebrew. Am I able to day Havdalah for him after I've already said it? Sources are preferable.
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Definition of Cheese

Jews are prohibited the consumption of Gentile cheese. Now my question is what qualifies as cheese, or what is the halachic definition of cheese. For it cannot be that something is prohibited simply ...
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For wartime conditional Gett, what's the status of intermediary adultery?

I'm trying to understand the Halachah of David's story with Bat Sheva, relying on the idea of "conditional Gett". a soldier writes a conditional Gett, which states that if he eventually ...
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Writing a divorce GET on sand

If a divorce GET (document) is written on loose sand in a box and delivered to the woman, is this a kosher GET and valid divorce? The writing would hold in the sand, though if the box holding the sand ...
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Selling Christmas ornaments?

Long ago I met a Jewish couple whose business was selling secular Christmas ornaments and paraphernalia. Is there universal agreement on whether this is halachically allowed?
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Any halachos on repurposing arba minim?

Am I allowed to add my hadasim (myrtle) to a bouquet after yom tov? Or do anything with any of the arba minim after yom tov?
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The halachic framework of abortion for the Gentiles

I am an Italian Noahide. The Noahide ban on murder also includes the killing of a fetus ( see Rambam's Mishneh Torah-Hilchot Melachim 9:4 ). I have read that according to a Talmudic tradition, I do ...
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Does one have to eat in a sukkah if they were going to eat outside anyways?

If a sukkah is a temporary replacement for a home, does one need to eat in a sukkah if they were in a park or at a restaurant?
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Is it acceptable to lie that one is Jewish because it might be embarassing for people to know you are not Jewish?

If you know the answer to this, I'd like to know where your answer is sourced and where I can learn more about it. Furthermore, if the person claims embarrassment, how do we know that this is not just ...
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Is sparring in boxing kosher?

The question is asked given that there is a real risk for injuries (e.g. broken ribs, concussions). Also, it is in the context of recreation/health/fitness rather than a profession.
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Bishul Akum with Electricity

Someone mentioned to me that the opinion of Rav Benzion Abba Shaul ZTL was that there is no Bishul Akum with regards to any form of electric cooking such as ovens. Can anyone confirm if this is true?
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Posthumous sacrifices in Maccabees II

In Maccabees 2:12:39-45 (Sefaria Hebrew source. NRSV - if anyone is aware of a better, more Jewishy English translation, please edit it in) it says: "On the next day, as had now become necessary,...
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When is the latest time to do Hoshanot on Sukkot?

I was wondering if Hoshanot can be done all day (like lulav and Hallel) or if it can only be done by a certain time.
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Why we have to say Keriat Shma on the bed in the Sukkah?

It is known that on Passover night the custom is not to say Keriat Shma on the bed since it is called Shimurim night - a night that is preserved from the 'bad winds' (Mazikim). We don't put a Mezuza ...
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Listening to burned CD's

I have a throwback question from the early 2000's but that became relevant recently, which I'm asking for a friend. If a person were to discover burned (digitally copied)CD's which almost certainly ...
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Can one carry a pocket knife on shabbos?

If one is used to carrying a pocket knife during the week, is it ok to carry one on shabbat? For some more background, assume it is a spring-assisted or "button knife" but not generally ...
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Help identify my Hungarian minhagim

My paternal grandfather was from a little mountain town in Czechoslovakia called Giraltovce. As far as I know, their minhagim were basically just Hungarian (as opposed to Chassidish or Oberlander). I ...
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Revisiting cryonics and halaha

I thought it would be interesting to revisit the halachic permissibility of cryonics. This previous answer mentions a view that requires >50% chance of the preserved person being brought back to ...
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Can you use jute twine to hold down the schach of a sukka

In one of the Lakewood weekly (free) papers, I recently came across an ad from Rabbi Yehuda Shain in which he notes that jute twine is acceptable to tie and hold down schach. Keeping the lecatchila ...
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Delaying Circumcision If Umbilical Cord Hasn't Fallen Off?

While studying an Egyptian Halakhic book (Nehar Misrayim) I came across a ruling that a circumcision was pushed off if the umbilical cord hasn't fallen off yet. The book states this was the ...
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Blessing Shehechyanu long before eating in second evening of Rosh Hashana

Usually, we bless Shehechyanu very close to eating a new fruit. As far as I remember, there are 2 opinions: one to bless before the blessing on the fruit itself, while the other opinion claims that ...
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When did Rosh Hashanah begin?

When did Rosh Hashanah begin? According to a scientific observation, the sliver of moon was first sighted on Tuesday night. My understanding is that Rosh Hashanah begins at the appearance of such. Is ...
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How to practice reading prayers

Are there any specific halachot about one who practices reciting prayers? Is one allowed to say Hashem's name? What if one does not use any tune when practicing the prayers? What if while reading the ...
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Is cantillation with Kriyat Shema required?

Is one required to recite Kriyat Shema with the tune of Torah reading? I know it says so in Talmidei Rabbenu Yonah on the Rif Brachoth 8b, however, as someone who learned Hebrew later in life, it is ...
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Inhaling at the narrow end of a shofar

Is it permissible to do an inhaled blow at the narrow end of the shofar to fulfill the obligation of shofar blowing? I have tried this and it is relatively easy to generate the same sound for an ...
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Drinking pomegranate juice before Rosh Hashana, does it cancel pomegranate's Shehechayanu blessing?

If I drink pomegranate juice before Rosh Hashana, does it cancel my whole pomegranate's Shehechayanu blessing? Do I have to bless Shehechayanu before drinking pomegranate juice?
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How and why does a Jubilee year cause Rosh Hashanah to take place on the 10th day of the month?

How and why does a Jubilee year cause Rosh Hashanah to take place on the 10th day of the month? Ezekiel 40:1 reads "on Rosh Hashanah, on the tenth of the month". Rashi asks and answers, &...
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Wearing tzitzis touching the skin [duplicate]

Am I allowed to wear wool tzitzis touching the skin (meaning no undershirt)? Please send the makor also
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Could a modern eruv ever be satisfactory to the Rambam?

The Rambam in MT Shabbat 14:1 defines a Reshut HaRabbim as including not only roads and market squares but also wildernesses and forests. Commentators clarify the inclusion of wildernesses and ...
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Which sections of Shacharit can be delayed?

If one is in a rush, and he only says Birchot Kriyat Shema, the Amida, and Alenu, what parts of Shacharit can he return and say later (after ending his prayer by saying Alenu and doing distracting ...
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Gemoro Aliba Dehilchoso Guides

Is anyone aware of a resource (book/website) that is a guide/reference for someone learning pieces of Gemoro in the context of it's halachic ramifications (Aliba Dehilchoso). For example it will take ...
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Is asking an AI to illustrate Torah scenes a problem, if it might try to draw Hashem?

I am a software developer and I've been experimenting with a variety of artificial intelligence that draws a picture based on a piece of provided text. (More specifically, I'm using VQGAN/CLIP and it ...
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Tradition soup on shabbos

Are you allow to make (just put hot water) a Tradition soup (pre-made soup) on shabbos? Is it considered cooking? And why
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Is it permitted to trim but not shave pubic hair? [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a man to trim his armpit hair and pubic hair? I know shaving is not permissible under certain circumstances but would trimming be allowed?
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Do Jews today not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip as per Genesis 32:32-33?

Genesis 32:32-33 Therefore to this day the Israelites do not eat the tendon attached to the socket of the hip, because the socket of Jacob’s hip was touched near the tendon. Is this still practiced by ...
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When the Messiah comes, will Sanhedrin be able to overturn Gezairos (Rabbinic decrees) that are not relevant today?

I've heard throughout my life that even if a decree is not applicable today, we still keep it as part of Halacha. One example that comes to mind (not sure if it's apropos here) is keeping two days of ...
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Voluntary fast requirements?

If one accepts to take on a voluntary fast, is there a specific minimum or maximum time one must fast for (I.e. sunrise to sunset)? Also with voluntary fasts is it acceptable for one to take upon a ...
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Is wearing Covid-19 masks idolatry for a Jew? Why or why not?

Are Covid-19 masks idolatry why or why not? I heard from an evil source (this guy is a freemason: https://www.bitchute.com/video/PHqFlPqV8AZV/ and a messianic Jew (according to his website)) that ...
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How would a Rabbinic Jew refute the Karaites' claims?

How would a Rabbinic Jew refute the Karaites claims? That they're the original Judaism? That their customs are correct and ours are wrong? Will you please provide sources too?
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Is standing and raising hands an usual posture for praying?

Is standing and raising hands an usual posture for praying? I wonder which is the right posture for praying.
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Does a beis din have reshus to punish a nochri?

According to Shulchan Aruch EH P22S2 ושמאי והלל גזרו על ייחוד כותית נמצא כל המתייחד עם אשה שאסור להתייחד עמה בין ישראלית בין כותית מכין את שניהם מכת מרדות This seems to suggest that the beis din ...
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If a Jew owns a business advertising for a treatment but it is in fact not based on science, can a Jew or non-Jew report him to the authorities?

A man who says for example that he has treatment for psychological problems but there is in fact no evidence to call it treatment. Hence, should this man, who is taking tens if not hundreds of ...
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Marketing as Christian products [closed]

I am selling posters with pasukim on them on Amazon. Many people are searching for "Christian Posters" if I put this keyword in the title of my listing, it helps with ranking for those ...
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English prayers, mix in hebrew?

Some prayers can be said in any language, and many people use the English translation in siddurim to daven directly, the question is is one allowed to mix in both hebrew and English when first ...
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Is it genevat daat for a Noachide to have relations with a gentile woman without commitment if you met her in a place where people normally hookup?

In other words, does a man have to disclose his intentions before hooking up with a girl if they met in a place where it is assumed that people meet to hookup except she may be ignorant of that and ...
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Is it ok to learn about foreign cultures and religions? Why or why not? [duplicate]

I’m curious about studying other people. Is it ok to learn about foreign cultures and religions? Why or why not?
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