Questions tagged [halacha]

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Writing HaShem's Hebrew Name

Can I write any of HaShem's Hebrew names in pencil, in my Siddur? Any of his "Hebrew" names that is, not English.
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Talking to Alexa on Shabbos [duplicate]

What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under? "Alexa, turn on the lights" "Alexa, play Zemiros"
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Can a Jew post half-naked photos of himself online? [duplicate]

Can a Jewish man post photos of himself where he is with a naked torso (on the beach, for instance), according to Halacha?
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Can a Jewish doctor refuse to treat a wicked non-Jew?

Ignoring any Secular law issues, Is a Jew obligated to save the life of a wicked non Jew? Does it make a difference whether his refusal will become publicly known? Example: If a non-Jew who is a ...
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Severity of covering the hair for women

I've heard Rabbi Yaron Reuben saying women who do not wear kisui rosh (putting the dispute of wigs as an exception), are like a woman who sinned before her husband. The Rabbi said that the kohen used ...
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Is it permissible to say 'baruch hamavdil" in the bathroom? [duplicate]

One way to end Shabbos is by saying "baruch hamavdil bein kodesh lechol". It's a type of havdalah. Is it permissible to say this havdala in the bathroom?
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Difference between “בני העיר” and “בני המדינה”

Shu"a C"M 231, 27: "רשאים בני העיר לקוץ להם שער לכל דבר שירצו ולהתנות ביניהם שכל מי שיעבור קונסים אותו כך וכך: " ibid 15: "בני מדינה שרצו להוסיף על המדות או על המשקלות לא יוסיפו יותר על שתות" ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of what all the Halacha L'Moshe M'Sinai are? [duplicate]

Tefillin have to be black Lavud (two things are within less than three tefachim of each other, they are considered to be touching, and therefore contiguous) all the types of shiurim (measurements) ...
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Kaddish not being said correctly

Should one respond to a Kaddish that a mourner is not pronouncing the words properly? I don’t know if this question has been asked before, but I found something similar - Is there such a thing as a ...
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Is contamination the reason for the morning rinsing of the hands? [duplicate]

Does halacha require Jews to rinse their hands when they wake up because of some "contamination" that happened while they were asleep? If so what exactly was that contamination?
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Listening to non-Jewish music [duplicate]

Is there anything wrong with listening to: A) non-Jewish music that has no sexual content in it? B) non-Jewish music that has no lyrics?
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Hazores hashatz for musaf, tenth left before and returns after - sources

Can we have hazaores hashatz for Musaf, if the tenth left the room before Musaf began, and then returns at the end? In shacharis, the rational for this is based on there being someone who has not ...
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What constitutes “מאכיל ומשקה מלביש ומכסה מכניס ומוציא” in honoring parents?

Here's the source (Kiddushin 31b and Shu"A). Comparing to Shabbos, for example, the 39 Melachot are extensively detailed and each spans tens of pages. However, for those 6 "Melachot" of Kibud Av, ...
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Tankless Water Heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov

I have been trying to understand the issues with tankless water heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov. (The simple description of how this works can be found here and here). I found this answer on Mi Yodeya ...
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Criteria for “nefilat apayim”?

According to Mishnah Berurah (OC 131:13, and quoted in this answer), if one is outside the shul, but the door to the shul is open, and from his location he can see the place of the Aron, he should do ...
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Talking with/against the dead [duplicate]

If a beloved one has passed away, is it allowed or prohibited to talk against this soul? For example is it allowed to say goodbey, or to say you will mis him/her? I know there is a prohibition against ...
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Why the Second day of Rosh Hashanah isn't בל תוסיף? [duplicate]

Rosh-Hashanah is clearly one day from the Torah. As it falls on the first day of the month, in the days of keeping the Real New Moon, there's no way of informing the other places outside Jerusalem, so ...
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What's the minimum mezuzot required for financial hardship? [duplicate]

What is the minimal amount of mezuzot required when one factors in financial hardship?
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Minhag Hamakom in America according to R' Moshe Feinstein

I've heard that R' Moshe Feinstein said there's no Minhag Hamakom (Minhag of the area/Community) in America. Where can I find this? Is he saying that there is no one "unified" Minhag Hamakom that ...
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Composite materials in Halacha

I know about two composite materials -- particle board and composite leather. Each is made of small bits of the original mixed with filler/binder. In halacha, there are times when wood and leather are ...
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Are women permitted to masturbate? [duplicate]

From Tosfos in Niddah 13a it would seem like women are permitted to masturbate. However, I haven't seen any modern teshuves permitting or prohibiting it. According to Wikipedia, The Halakhic ...
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One who pays for learning Torah gets all the respect

When discussing precedence of honoring one's Rabbi vs one's father, Poskim (see "Psakim and Teshuvos" by Aharon Katz on יו"ד ר"מ for the list) note that if the father (or someone else) pays the Rabbi, ...
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Honoring female Rabbis - sources [duplicate]

Sorry I'm stuck with this topic... I am looking for sources on various Halakhot of honoring female Rabbis (knowledgeable women that tech Judaism). My basic assumption is that as many rule that כיבוד ...
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Ribbis concern regarding bonus on sales

RIBBIS QUESTION: In a travel agents' office, where the pay is based on a base + commission + bonus system, and a bonus is given to any agent who sells more than a certain weekly sales quota, may an ...
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Source for Chosson & Kallah holding hands after Chuppa [duplicate]

Is there any source for the Chosson & Kallah to hold hands between the Chuppah and the Yichud Room? Why is this not included in the prohibition of displaying public affection?
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Not skipping by Mincha?

According to some poskim (see here), one should not skip parts of davening to say Shemoneh Esreh with the minyan, rather he should daven in order (this is unlike the ruling given in Shulchan Aruch (OC ...
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Is cooking food in one's mouth forbidden on Shabbos?

If someone put an uncooked food into his mouth on shabbos, and then drinks water which is hot enough to cook the food (עירוי כלי ראשון שיד סולדת בו or if the food was מקלי הבישול even from a כלי שני) ...
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When does ethanol become Chametz?

I don’t know much about chemistry or alcohol, so please bear with me for a moment. At what point does wheat- or barley-derived ethanol become Chametz? Is it naturally Chametz, or does it require a ...
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Is it okay to name child after sefer?

I heard about a recent simcha in our local community where the father named his son Tanya (of which he happens to study). Is there any sources that support or speak against naming ones child after a ...
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Kitzur Hilchot Arba' Minim

When I went to purchase my arba' minim for Sukkot this year, I realised that I was ignorant of most of the halachot. I told myself that I would learn these halachot before next Sukkot בלי נדר but I ...
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Is one allowed to shave on Chol HaMoed for Yom Tov? [duplicate]

Is one allowed to shave on the last day of Chol HaMoed, going into Yom Tov? Does it make a difference if Yom Tov itself goes directly into Shabbos (“three day Yom Tov”)? On the one hand: The Mechaber ...
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Does one need to worry about shmitah on Arab produce in Israel?

I often go to the Arab Market in Jerusalem's Old City to buy nuts and fruit because the quality is good and it's the cheapest I've found. I haven't seen a halakhic issue with their roasted nuts since ...
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Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin?

Can consummation validate a one-witness Kiddushin? Halacha states, something like: "When a man consecrates a woman in the presence of a single witness, the kiddushin is not binding." But Halacha ...
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If the Ark was found today how should it be handled Halachicly?

Imagine that the Aron Kodesh that contains the two sets of tablets given at Sinai, which was hidden away towards the end of the first temple period, was found today (in modern times). What are the ...
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Rav S.Z. Auerbach on Toveling Tables and Refrigerator Shelves

According to Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, z"l, as cited by the Kof-K, tables do not require tevila. However, he is cited in the same Kof-K article as having seemingly allowed omitting tevila of ...
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Can a “metargem” fulfill the Targum obligation of “2 Mikra and 1 Targum”?

I understand that Yemenite congregations still use a metargem - a person who translates each Torah verse being read into Targum Onkelos. (The metargem was much more common centuries ago.) O.C. 585:5 ...
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May someone with a monotonic voice be a Ba'al Kri'ah?

I understand that the main purpose of trope is grammatical. The musical aspect, as I understand is secondary. Halachically, when one reads the Torah publicly, is one required to sing it with the ...
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Arokh HaShulchan and shiur tzitzith

A braita cited authoritatively in the Talmud (Menachoth 40b-41a) seems to be pretty explicit that only a garment sufficient to cover a majority of a child is obligated in tzitzith: טלית שהקטן מתכסה ...
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Shabbat after losing track of time

I have been reviewing the laws of what to do if one loses track of the days and doesn't know what day is shabbat. The laws are summarized here. Is there any repercussion in terms of his life after he ...
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listening to a cappela during sefira?

A friend of mine told me that there is a problem with listening to a cappela during sefira. A few people mentioned a few places where it talks about it but I don't remember the places. What is the ...
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Which side of the mechitza for a transgender individual?

Although this question would understandably require CYLOR in each situation, if a man who had a procedure done to appear similar to a woman, where should such an individual sit in shul? Also, would ...
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May one say Yehi Ratzon prayers at any time?

Take the Yehi Ratzon recited before Hamapil (at least, in my nusach ashkenaz). May one recite it in the mornings, with the rest of his tefillos during Shemoneh Esrei, for instance? Or must it be said ...
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What are the various views about electricity on Shabbos [duplicate]

This question discusses specifically R' Moshe's views on using electricity on Shabbos. What are some of the other major views out there (R' Shlomo Zalman, Tzitz Eliezer, etc.)? Believe it or not, ...
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Counting Sefira without a beracha during the day twice in a row?

If someone forgot to count Sefirat HaOmer at night and therefore counted during the following day without a beracha (as per the halacha OC 489), and then forgot to count Sefirat HaOmer again the ...
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Breville smart oven and kashering

I've seen this oven in a few places. The question is: whether it's an oven or a toaster oven in halacha. My family holds like the 'Aruch haShulchan (Yoreh De'ah 92:55) for regular ovens (that one may ...
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Merchant Cash Advances?

I've heard recently of a relatively new practice of small business loans called Merchant Cash Advances. Wikipedia explains how it works here and goes through some of the legalese to demonstrate the ...
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Catching a Bus on Shabbes

I'm starting from the assumption that one is not allowed to catch a bus on shabbes, but would like to know why. Excluding issues pertaining to the purchase of tickets or the use of passes, potentially ...
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Impure Korban and ketoires that started to burn become completely pure

I was just in a shiur where they said that a korbon and kitoires which where tomai become tohor after part of them starts burning Where can I find this(in the gemoro and the rambam)? What is this ...
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Hachana l'tzorech hatzibbur

There is a Rabbinic prohibition of preparing (hachana) on Shabbath or Yom Tov for after Shabbath or Yom Tov. This is the reason why we customarily do not clear after seudah shlishith (unless the table/...
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Is it permissible to take a drink during Shemonah Esrei? [duplicate]

If someone makes a bracha on a drink before Shemonah Esrei when it is permissible to speak and drink, can he then continue to drink even during Shemonah Esrei at which point he will not have to ...