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Talis gift from child

If a child buys and gives a Talis as a present with money he earned, is the adult that wears it doing a Mitzvah D'oraisa each time ? A Talis requires Tzitsis only if it is yours, but not if it ...
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If one buys clothing or jewelry for his wife for simchas Yom-Tov, and she wears them on Shabbos before YT, and again on YT, is he מקיים the mitzvah?

If someone buys new clothing or jewelry for his wife for Yom-Tov, in order to observe his חיוב (obligation) of Simchas Yom-Tov, and Shabbos was the day before Yom-Tov, (as the upcoming Shavuos), and ...
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A dying man designates a disciple to care for his mother — does that carry any legal weight in Judaism?

(I originally asked this question on Christianity.SE, and was redirected here for a better understanding of the Jewish laws and culture.) I’m hoping someone can help me concerning ancient Jewish laws ...
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Kitnyot and hatarat nedarim

Can a Ashkenazi do hatarat nedarim on kitnyot? According to Halachipedia the Rosh holds that one can do hatarat nedarim (annuling of a Neder) on a meritorious personal minhag. The pri chadash says ...
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The probate court of Reb Chaim Volozin resolves an estate of 17 cows — part 1

A friend recently told me the following story. He told me that he has known the story his whole life, he's read it or heard it in many places (including Olomeinu Magazine), and he feels sure that the ...
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Did R. Moshe Feinstein misquote the Mishna Berura?

The Mishna Berura (299:1) rules that one may begin eating until one half hour before tzeis hakochavim on Shabbos afternoon/evening. R. Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe O.C. 4:69:6) writes that the Mishna ...
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Before the Matan Torah, did HaShem issue divorce regulations?

I am an Italian son of Noah. The Torah (written and especially oral) establishes a detailed regulation of the divorce institute. According to Jewish tradition, before the Matan Torah were there ...
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Changing the Shliach Tzibbur in the middle of a prayer service

On many occasions in Israel one person will lead pseukei d'zimrah but then step down to allow someone else to lead prayers; presumably because they simply don't want to continue. But often, because ...
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Kiddush Levana after a Lunar Eclipse

The full moon occurs at the halfway point of the lunar cycle (which according to halacha is on average 29 days, 12 hours and 793 chalakim, see here). The Shulchan Aruch (OC 426:3) says one can say ...
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At what point does a Jew going against tradition establish a legitimate extension to that tradition?

This question is in reference to tzitzit knots but it can really apply to any Jewish tradition which comes in "flavors" so to speak. Tzitzit are an interesting article because they tend to come in a ...
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Is a Digital Clock muktzeh on Shabbos?

This question occurred to me over Shabbos, when my clock fell over. What Muktzeh category does a digital alarm clock fall into? If it has a backup battery, does that change anything? Additionally, if ...
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recordings of chazanim made on Shabbos or yom tov

Someone gave me a recording of the tefilos of Yom Kippur in a well known Yeshiva. The Baal tefila is no longer alive. The recording was made by a jew placing a modern digital recorder underneath the ...
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Does the Conservative Movement uphold restrictions on marriage for Kohanim?

Does the Conservative Movement restrict kohanim from marrying divorcées and converts according to halakha? I have never heard of this coming up for Conservative Jews and most Conservative Jews that I ...
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Does Ata Chonantanu count if one didn't have requisite Kavana in the Amida?

According to Rambam in Hilchot Tefilla 4:15, if one does not have Kavanat HaLev for the Amida, the recitation of words does not comprise Tefilla. Tefilla is defined by "standing in the presence of ...
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Carrying under second story deck

I recently spent Shabbos in an area where there was no community eiruv. The house I stayed in had a deck that one could walk out onto from the second story of the house. The deck was enclosed by walls ...
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The Star-K Potato Test: How does it work?

I had seen on the Star-K website that one may determine if a microwave needs to be kashered by baking a potato in it and then placing one's hand on the roof of the microwave to determine if it's yad ...
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What's the Halacha on Kohanim that lie to marry converts or divorcees?

What's the Halacha on Kohanim that lie to marry converts or divorcees? Are they permanently unable to regain their status if they divorced the forbidden relationship or are they able to regain ...
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Tachanun during Torah reading

One is supposed to say Tachanun and cover their face while in the presence of a Torah scroll (SA 131:2 in Hagah). This is usually while it is still in the Aron. I once heard however that you shouldn't ...
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May one buy from a store that serves basar b'chalav?

Chullin 115b provides several sources that one may not derive benefit from basar b'chalav. Say that there's a shop that sells basar b'chalav, but also sells sealed bottles of water or kosher sodas. ...
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Does a woman have to say 100 brachot a day?

My rav says a woman has the obligation to recite a hundred benedictions a day. Is this the view of the majority of poskim? What are the reasons? The following are footnotes from halachapedia: (Women ...
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Is it ever Halachically permissible to kill a murderer who poses no further danger without trial?

Is the killing of a terrorist who murders a Jew and would eagerly murder more people Halachically permissible if such a person is unable to actually perform additional murders? According to a ...
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Probabilities vs תמים ? Weather forecast etc

There is an issur to ask astrologers (Pess. 113; Shul.Ar. YD 179,1). And Rashi says (Dev. 13, 18) התהלך עמו בתמימות ותצפה לו ולא תחקור אחר העתידות So, is then a problem to ...compute probabilities? ...
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May one recite the Haftarah from a transliterated copy?

I know that public Torah reading needs to be read from a parchment. I saw some source stating that, ideally haftarah should also be read from parchment. However, I see numerous congregations allow ...
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What to do if one walks out in middle of an Aliya

Recently I was in a Shul where the person who received the Aliya (this was the last Aliya) had an emergency and left in middle of his Aliya. He rushed out so quickly he did not say the Bracha that one ...
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Taking extra shopping bags from stores?

Many times I notice people taking extra bags in stores once they are done shopping. If these bags are not used to carry the items they bought but will be used for other reasons (to carry other items) ...
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When can I turn pages for my neighbor

If I am praying next to an elderly person who I know is somewhat dependant on my help to find the place in the prayer book, at what points in davening may I silently direct him to the correct page/...
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No sales Tax == Lulav Hagazul?

Depending on the rules of the state, one might need to pay sales tax on food items. Thus, If I buy my arba minim off of some vendor and pay in cash, there is a non-zero probability that somewhere in ...
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Shalosh Shevuoth (The Three Oaths) - halacha or aggadata

I am aware that there is a long standing argument about whether the Shalosh Shevuot(1) are a Halachic concept to be reckoned with or "just" an aggadata. I'm sure that there are many varied opinions in ...
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Secular books for Torah study

If one is reading a secular book about electricity in order to understand how it works so that I can learn the halachos of using electricity on Shabbos, would the studying of the secular book be ...
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Fitting for an animal to eat besides a dog

In many halachos about food (Kashrus, owning Chametz on Pesach, etc.), a standard for determining if something retains its status as food is if it is "fitting for a dog to eat." What about other ...
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Can you wear a narrative clip on shabbat?

A "Narrative Clip" is a brand name for a device that is simply a clip that takes a photo every 30 seconds all day long. Is it permissible to wear such a device on Shabbat?
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Is using the Internet OK?

What Poskim rule that the Internet is totally ok to use (without a filter)? What Poskim rule that's it's never ok to use? What Poskim say that you can use it, but with a filter?
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Is one allowed to lie to *possibly* preserve peace?

The Gemara in Yevamos (65a) proves from various sources that one may lie, or at least tell a half-truth, to preserve peace, at least regarding the past. (See here for more on that Gemara.) Now, in ...
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Saying Baruch Sheim out loud on a bracha

Inspired by this question. We know (Pesachim 56b) that Baruch Sheim, at least according to one explanation, is a tefillah Moshe heard from the Malachim. Thus, we only say it out loud when we're on ...
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Can a Jew buy something from a vending machine that was not sold during Pesach?

The scenario: The vending machine is physically located in a Jewish-owned business. A non-Jewish vendor owns the physical machine and is responsible for stocking the chametz cookies in the machine. ...
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What can One do to Hasten the Repayment of a Loan?

I have heard stories of the Chofetz Chayim avoiding the streets where debtors of his lived. I have also heard that one is not supposed to pressure a debtor, and I was wondering about the halachic ...
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Tetragrammaton in Public?

Found a photo of the Great Synagogue of Tunis and emblazoned on the outside of the synagogue, is a very large tetragramaton that is vsisible for all to see from the street or courtyard. Is there any ...
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“This meat is for Peisach” with a tzeirei

Based on this question. Many (most?) Ashkenazim in America say Pesach, with a segol, when talking about the korban pesach, but Peisach, with a tzeirei, to refer to the holiday. As far as I know, the ...
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Best way to learn Hilchos Pesach

To those with experience, what is the best(very good) way to learn Hilchos Pesach . What is a good way to go about it , that will give you a thorough understanding and even Halacha La'Maaseh
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Ratios of Hameitz-to-Other for Deriving Benefit

For the prohibition on deriving benefit from hameitz on passover, what is the ratio of hameitz-to-other that makes a mixture hameitz? I am aware that when it comes to the prohibition of eating hameitz ...
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Using a gift with condition for Matanot L'Evyonim

(Related to this) I understand one can give matanot l'evyonim by way of a messenger. I was given a gift this year for Purim -- someone gave me a $5 check with the recipient space left blank and told ...
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What is the minimum shiur for Shulchan Orekh?

It has been mentioned that abbreviating shulchan orekh at the seder can be a practical way of keeping the seder from going too late. I have also heard rabbis--when asked for leniencies in the amount ...
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Could a Torah Scroll Be Writtin in Ktav Ivri (Paleo Hebrew)?

The Talmud (ibid) brings different opinions about the origin of the two in regards to how was the Torah initially written. It is agreed by all that the language has remained the same, Hebrew – ...
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Can possibly “meaty” rice be used in sushi rolls?

I know that there is a prohibition to eat meat and fish together. But, I'm not sure if this prohibition applies to these two actual items or to other items that may have touched one of these two. For ...
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Is a Jew allowed to collect royalties on a song that glorifies Jesus?

You may not, offhand recognize the name Norman Greenbaum until you realize that he composed the One-Hit wonder song "Spirit in the Sky" first released in 1969, and played often on radio and other ...
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When a chain store advertises a “Holiday” or “End of Year” sale, may I buy their product?

My question is related to this one. The linked question focuses on the phrasing in the ad of referring to "Christmas", so it seems obvious that they are referring to a specific holiday. My question ...
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How was Shlomo Carlebach allowed to play his guitar during Havdalah in the shul?

Follow up to this answer: The article cited in the answer cites sources that prohibit playing a musical instrument in shul. I assume that this applies only during prayer. I recall that Shlomo ...
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Yichud while sleeping

If a Jewish man is alone in the same house with a woman, prohibited to him with kares (e.g. his mother-in-law, or some other eishes ish), and he is sleeping: is he in violation of yichud while ...
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Permissibilty of Chanuka bushes, dreidels, gelt, and Chanuka presents

Maimonides codifies the biblical prohibition of keeping gentile customs (Laws of Idolatry 11:1): אין הולכין בחקות העובדי כוכבים ולא מדמין להן לא במלבוש ולא בשער וכיוצא בהן שנאמר ולא תלכו בחקות ...
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Lit the menorah at my mother's home, then again at my home. Which brachot are said?

Note: This is related to Lighting the menora in shul and at home. How many brochos need be said?, except that in that case one of the occasions involved a minyan, and the explanation offered in ...