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Blessing on drinks made from the 7 species

According to Halacha, do drinks, such as for example pomegranate juice, made from the 7 species have the same Berakha of when you eat the 7 species or no? The reason I ask is because for example you ...
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What’s the process of checking insects when making wine

BH What’s the process checking for insects when making wine? Is there any videos on this and where does it talk about this in Shulchan Aruch And Halacha?
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Where does it say in Halacha that you can double wrap with aluminum and put in traif oven

BH I heard bidieved if your in situation where you don’t have lechatchila a Kosher oven you can wrap the object in aluminum once and then after 2 times after and after you can eat the food as long as ...
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Do gentiles have the obligation of giving charity to help the needy?

The only source I found that relates to charity and gentiles is that Jews are expected to give charity to help the non-Jews in their environment for the sake of "darkei shalom". Given that ...
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Does anyone know any videos on how to check wheat grains from Bugs

BH Any videos on how to check wheat Grains from bugs before making flour and the type of bugs that could possibly come into wheat grains?
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Can 3 women do dream rectification

According to the Shulchan Aruch OC 220:1 when one has a dream which makes them anxious, they can have 3 people rectify it. My question is, can this be done by 3 women?
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Why do we not take the lulav at night?

We do not take the lulav at night (e.g., https://www.ou.org/holidays/the_lulav_and_etrog/ ). Why is that?
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Shaliach Tzibur (Chazzan) who mumbles the words

What is the correct thing to do if you are in a minyan and the Shaliach Tzibur mumbles all the words together? I am talking about in the middle of davening and not afterwards which I think every Rav ...
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Is it permissible to have multiple kings at the same time

According to Halacha, is it permissible to have multiple kings govern over Israel at the same time? Like could you have different kings each governing but all accountable to say a greater king or ...
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Bikkurim offerings quality

The Passuk commanding Bikkurim (Exodus 23:19) commands the “choicest” fruits. Were any bikkurim offerings (from the last prescribed species) ineligible for offering because of being too ripe, not ripe ...
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Blowing the trumpets during individual calamity

Numbers 10:9 command kohanim blow silver trumpets during war, the Sefer Hachinuch codifies it during times of calamity in general. My question is, if kohanim know individuals or small groups or family ...
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Brita water on Shabbat [duplicate]

Is there a Halacha issue regarding a brita water cup on Shabbat (namely, borer)? Would this considered be separating or no?
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Bishul akum for canned vegetable soup

According to Halacha, the general requirement for Bishul akum would be if the food is eaten cooked instead of raw, and is fit to be eaten at a king’s table. Would vegetable soup, which is eaten cooked,...
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Is live video considered “witnessing” in Halacha

According to Halacha, is seeing something on live video considered “witnessing”? The reason I ask is because numerous Halachos require you to see things, but is seeing it through video considered ...
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Can you say tehillim on nittel nacht?

Since we say tehilim in maariv and kriat shema al hamita, why not tehilim alone on this most unholy night?
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Not to slaughter an animal in the presence of another

I remember learning that you should not shecht an animal in a way, that another live animal will see it. Is there a source to this? Related: Are there any requirements in Kashrut about how livestock ...
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Does kiddushin work if the couple don't understand the implications?

According to the first Mishna of Kiddushin, if I understand correctly, marriage is effectively a legal contract where the man takes "ownership" of the woman with her consent. This answer to ...
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Shiur for when shaatnez prohibits an item

According to Halacha, what is the minimum shiur (size) of shaatnez in a garment for it to become prohibited to wear? Is it even a single thread, a certain amount of inches, etc.?
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Onaah with variations of an item

There is a Halachic prohibition of Onaah, overcharging the price of a commodity in a market above market price (Choshen Mishpat 227). Halacha does permit setting a high pricing on new types of goods ...
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How does halachah relate to Jewish ideals according to Rabbi Lord Sacks ztz"l

Rabbi Lord Sacks zatzal says in his “Why I Am a Jew; A Chapter from Radical Then, Radical Now”: “I am a Jew because of our people’s passionate faith in freedom, holding that each of us is a moral ...
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Why do Jews have more commandments than Noahides?

Out of curiosity. Why are there 613 laws for Jews and only 7 laws for Gentiles, and both Jews and Gentiles will get the same reward for obeying those laws?
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Standing positions during Birkhat Kohanim

The Rambam writes (משנה תורה, הלכות תפילה וברכת כהנים ט״ו) that people standing behind the Kohanim during birkhat Kohanim do not receive the beracha (and see Sotah 38b (here)): עַם שֶׁהֵם אֲחוֹרֵי ...
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Does beer need to be Yashan

According to Halacha, is one allowed to drink beer made with Chadash grain (does beer need to be Yashan)? Let’s assume for example this is from a Jewish farmer in Israel and you know it was planted at ...
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Does anyone know how to Kosher water from the river or the ocean? [duplicate]

BH Hi, recently I heard there was a case that happened in New York where there was a worry of little transparent bugs in the tap water my friend told me that the water essentially comes from the river ...
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When do fruits and vegetables need Hechser for being bug free [duplicate]

When and which fruits and vegetables need a Hechser for being bug free (which is necessary in kashrut). Sources for the Halacha please
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Is there a limit to how much profit one should make [duplicate]

Should one refrain from excessive profit, such as when one charges 800 dollars or more for an item made for under ten dollars.
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Electricity on Yom Tov [closed]

What’s the difference between Yom Tov and Shabbat with respect to electricity? Are they not mostly the same with regard to Halacha, and why do they allow it on Yom Tov, and not Shabbat; same rules ...
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Are any laws of the synagogue D’oraita?

There are certain Halacha parameters for a synagogue (its sanctity, to an extent its design and architecture etc.). I am confused as to whether all of these are Derabbanan, or if any are D’oraita, and ...
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Is it permissible for a Jew to hire a gentile to operate a business during Shabbat?

This question is pretty straightforward. Say that I own a business which is commonly open on shabbat (A mechanic or law firm or similar common business practice) Is it permissible for me to hire on a ...
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Belief in the details of Halacha

The Chazon Ish in the Sefer 'Emunah Ubitachon' says that unless one has focused intensely on trying to believe that all the seemingly small details of halacha are indeed just as serious as killing, ...
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Obligation of Tzitzit with multiple 4 cornered garments

According to Halacha, if one is wearing multiple four cornered garments, is it that each one of them individually is obligated in Tzitzit with a beracha, or is it only one which needs Tzitzit which ...
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What is shalom bayit

I’m curious what the concept of Shalom Bayit means in terms of practical Halacha. Is it a mitzvah, a general halachic rule, an ethical principle, or something else? Where is it derived from ...
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Bitul and gid hanashe

According to Halacha, can Gid Hanashe be nullified according to the laws of bitul (nullification of non kosher if it’s 1/60 or less in a meal)? Or is it similar to Chametz on Pesach which can’t be ...
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Permissibility of digital art of celestial bodies

According to Halacha, for Jews, there is a prohibition of portraying Celestial bodies in art, even if not for idolatry. (Generally, for noahides there is some concern, but the rules for what might be ...
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Moving baby stroller on loose dirt on shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is there any issue with pushing a baby stroller over loose dirt on Shabbat? What if you don’t need the dirt and this is only going to happen anyway? Would this be any issue of ...
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Is there any practical distinction in Halacha between obligation and being commanded to do a positive mitzvah?

In reflecting on the subject of the Israeli military’s use of Administrative Detention and the comparison by progressives of this behavior to the actions by Apartheid in South Africa, I started to ...
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Halachic justification for forbidding playing ball

I was listening to a podcast with various Chareidi rabbonim discussing chinuch in Eretz Yisroel. One of them mentioned that if you enjoy playing ball you might not be for their school because they don'...
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Eye donations in Halacha

According to Halacha, is it permissible to perform eye donations or not? I ask because, unlike many other organs, the eye isn’t generally a case of Pikuach Nefesh, but there are many things in life ...
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Eating/drinking before Birkat Kohanim

According to Halacha, one should not eat a meal before hearing the Shofar blown. Many such as rav Yosef Eliyahu Henkin were Machmir even when it comes to drinking. The source of this general principle ...
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Punishment for disobedient Jewish slaves

What exactly is the punishment for a disobedient Jewish (Hebrew) slave? And what exactly is the procedure for the punishment, does the owner go before the Beit Din, or do the judgement themselves? And ...
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What constitutes the region which Lo Yilbash is based on

According to Halacha, Lo Yilbash (the prohibition of cross dressing as the opposite gender), is based on what is customarily considered men’s clothing/women’s clothing in a region (מנהג המדינה). My ...
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How far behind a woman can a man walk?

The gemara in Pesachim (iirc perek 10 or so) says it is forbidden to walk behind a woman on the street, to avoid unwanted thoughts. Behind is quite loose - is there a "safe distance"? What ...
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Biblical passages after tefillin brachot

Is it a requirement to read the two passages directly after wrapping (V’ydaber Hashem el Moshe l’mor and Vehaya ki yviacha)? What if one is in a hurry? Thanks!
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Manual clothes spinner on Shabbat

There is a Halachic prohibition on squeezing wet clothes to launder them on Shabbat, however, would a manual clothes spinner that spins clothes to dry them such as this be permissible? Does the ...
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Insurance as kiddushin Kessef

According to Halacha, could insurance paid for by a man be given to a woman to count as a “Kiddushin Kessef”? Does it count as a value that the man owns that could legitimately be used. The reason ...
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Can one be a plumber yet kosher

Can one work as a plumber but still be kosher. The job involves getting filthy etc. or is it considered a sinful occupation
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Is it normal for the husband to become unclean by touching the unclean wife from new birth or niddah?

Is it normal and acceptable according to halacha that the husband inevitably becomes unclean by coming in contact with his wife during niddah period? Or it is very shameful and considered abhorrent, ...
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Making buildings out of Orlah tree wood

There is a Halachic prohibition of benefiting from Orlah trees (fruit trees during their first three years) meaning not only can you not eat their fruit, you can’t get benefit from them. My question ...
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Can the menorah shamash be taller by simply using a taller candle or does the menorah itself need to have the shamash holder higher by design?

According to the custom of lighting a shamash for the menorah, must it be set at a different height from the rest of the lights of the menorah? While the common practice these days is it's taller, the ...
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Does Karet apply in cases of Safek

If there is question which is a Machloket Halacha, and one takes a position which is lenient on a Safek D’oraita of a Karet level sin (such as say a dispute whether something constitutes a Melacha on ...
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