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Can damages be claimed for a very loud noise?

In Halacha, is it possible to claim (money) if a neighbour's noise disturbs my peace? (This would be a last resort if more friendly approaches did not resolve the problem.)
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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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What does it mean when G-d speaks or one hear His Voice? [duplicate]

I'd like to post a slightly odd question. When G-d speaks what does this mean? As we know, G-d is not corporeal; does not have any physical characteristics/body. Yet it’s still possible to produce ...
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If a deaf person is not counted towards a minyan because they cannot hear, does the same rule apply for one who doesn't speak/understand Hebrew?

My understanding is Halacha states a deaf or mute person doesn't count towards a minyan as they do not have the ability to fully participate. The deaf person cannot hear what is being said and the ...
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Leaving a phone perpetually on on the Sabbath

I have never been sufficiently religious to understand everything on this site without help from friends or family, but a question was asked by a non-Jewish friend that I was unable to answer, so I'm ...
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Would a mouthpiece attachment that does the "work" invalidate the ritual use of the Shofar?

I recently came across someone who owns a shofar which has a mouthpiece attachment that circumvents the need to vibrate your lips. A typical shofar requires a bit of skill and practice in that you ...
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Microphones on Shabbat

What is the Halacha re LISTENING to someone speaking in a microphone on Shabbat. For example if I walk into a room and someone is lecturing/speaking on a microphone an I permitted to listen
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Is there a 3D Hebrew Alphabet?

Is there a 3D Alef-Bet? In which case Samekh could be something like a sphere, etc. Or for that matter something 4D like kinetic sculptures, which would explain how the aseret ha-dibrot were legible ...
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

I know a little bit about Judaism and a fair amount about hearing aids. I have been asked about the rules regarding the usage of hearing aids on the sabbath and I have no idea. In particular, the ...
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Sleeping and listening to something that's a Mitzvah

Is there anything that someone can listen to that is as if he is doing mitzvot or good things or even teshuva while he is trying to sleep or asleep? I’ve heard subconsciously you still realize ...
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What is/was the Bat Kol?

The Talmud records people "hearing" the Bas Kol. The Talmud also says that a bas kol goes out even nowadays. My question is, what is the nature of this bas kol? Is it a sound? If so why can't I hear ...
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Is a silent/mental bracha considered valid?

It appears to be the custom everywhere to say brachot out loud that others can hear. However, I recall that Shimon Bar Yochai in the Gemara prescribes saying your brachot very quietly and in all ...
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Where does the Talmud reference the pronunciation of guttural letters?

Where does the Talmud reference the pronunciation of guttural letters? I remember coming across a quote once from the Talmud which stated that the Jews of Galilee used to neglect their ayn (or some ...
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What did Hashem sound like?

Is there any source for what Hashem's voice sounded like when he spoke to Moshe Rabeinu? Like was it a man's voice or a woman's voice? Gruff or sweet? What type of accent? Middle Eastern,Ashkenaz, ...
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How much volume and singing should the chazzan use during holiday Birkat Kohanim?

In the various Ashkenazic services outside Israel that I have attended, where Birkat Kohanim is only performed on holidays, and with holiday-level pomp and circumstance, I have seen various types of ...
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Is there a preferred or required way to sound shevarim?

I have heard the shevarim sound from the shofar done in one of two ways: three short blasts maintaining the same pitch (like "toot-toot-toot") three short blasts alternating in pitch staring with a ...
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Audio of Tenach for children of any age (online)

Please help me find online audio of the Tenach (in English, Russian or Hebrew translation) (spesificly neviim) for children of any age
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Acoustic Megaphone on Shabbat

Have any of the halachic authorities discussed using an acoustic megaphone on Shabbat? Is a megaphone like any other musical instrument, which is forbidden on Shabbat because we might end up ...
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Hearing Vs. Listening and Reading vs. Reciting [duplicate]

The obligation for the megillah reading is for one to read the scroll. If one cannot read it, one listens to the blessing and then listens to the reader read it. But what is the nature of "listening"?...
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Do women/minors count toward the nine listening to chazaras hashatz?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 124:4, in my own, loose translation: When the leader repeats the amida (sh'mone esre), the congregation should be quiet, pay attention to the benedictions that the ...
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Can you recommend a rabbi or community leader willing to speak about the harm of loud simcha music? [closed]

I recently published an article in the Five Towns Jewish Times that addresses the damage that loud simcha music does to hearing. I have approached a few rabbis in my neighborhood and asked them to ...
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BeRov Am Hadrat HaMelech - Even if person doesn't hear the Chazan?

In choosing Minyan the Klal BeRov Am Hadrat HaMelech (more people is better) applies. But if minyan is so huge that there are difficulties for a person, who is far from Chazan to hear him. Is it ...
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Practical implications of “Trei Kali Lo Mishtamai,” two voices cannot be heard simultaneously (other than kol isha)?

What are the practical implications/applications today of the halachic principle Trei Kalli Lo Mishtamai (two voices cannot be heard simultaneously), aside from those related to Kol Isha? For example, ...
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Is it permitted to listen to Prank phone calls

Prank phone calls very often transgress the prohibiton of "gneivat daat" misrepresenting and Onaat Devarim causing anguish (Mishpatei Hashalom page 89). Is it permitted as a listener to derive benefit ...
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What did the Jews hear at Sinai?

I seem to recall that there is somewhat of a machlokes Rishonim over what exactly it was that the Jews heard at Sinai. Some say that all 10 commandments were heard, while others say that only the ...
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Was the noise from the Temple really that loud?

Mishnah Tamid 3:8 lists a bunch of things in the Temple that could be heard all the way in Yericho. Some of the things: the gate opening, the Levi'im singing, the Kohein Gadol on Yom Kippur, smelling ...
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What exactly are they saying during a Sephardic lilililili?

This Shabbat, there happened to be a Sephardic simcha at the shul. As is customary, the women did this lilililili thing while throwing candy. But what exactly are they saying? It sounded sort of ...
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What is השמעת קול about?

Apparently, there's a prohibition against making noise on Shabbos. See Shabbos 18a: אבל אין נותנין חטין לתוך הריחים של מים אלא בכדי שיטחנו מבעוד יום מאי טעמא אמר רבה מפני שמשמעת קול But ...
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Can demons (shedim) masquerade Bas Kols?

Is it possible for Shedim to masquerade Bas Kols to decieve people , like making people feel that it is Bas kohl but in reality is from Shedim?
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Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from evil whispering?

Is Bas Kol the heavenly voice always correct and how to identify Bas Kol from whispering coming from demons or evil spirits? I hear many Rabbonim have heard contradictory Bas kol so what is the ...
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Making very loud drumming noise during davening

Many leaders and congregants in my shul bang with their hands on the shulchan and on their siddurs and stomp their feet in what is supposed to be the rhythm of the prayer's melody. The noise is ...
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looking for recording of shacharit prayer - nusach chabad

I have a blind relative who can no longer see properly and needs a clear and reasonably slow recording of the chabad shacharit prayer. Does anyone know where I can find this?
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Can a deaf person be a shaliach tzibbur?

I recall reading (Mishnah Brurah - don't recall location) that the shali'ach tzibbur must wait until everyone answers "amen" before proceeding to thE next bracha. If a deaf person were prompted by ...
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Rabbinical suppport for reducing noise at weddings

There is a verse in Devarim (Deut) - Don't recall exact location that says "Watch your lives very carefully". From here we learn that we must do what we can to preserve our health. So, I'm wondering ...
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Limits of pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton

What methods of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton are forbidden? Can I listen to a live radio show where It is being said? Can I cause a machine to make Those Sounds? Can I cause a non-Jew to speak It? ...
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G-d's name on screen readers

People who are blind or hard-of-seeing often interact with computers using devices called "screen readers". These screen readers will read aloud the words that are written on the screen (or in the ...
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Eavesdropping: permitted or prohibited?

Is there a halachic or hashkafic problem with eavesdropping? Maybe it could be like reading another's mail which Rabenu Gershom made a gezera about.
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What can be done with my annoying smoke detector on Shabbos?

When your smoke detectors battery is dying, it chirps every 30 seconds to remind you to change it. I am in middle of my Friday night meal when this began. May I move the smoke detector to a area where ...
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Do we read it as directing or breaking the ear?

Rashi to Shemos 31:17 states: וינפש: כתרגומו ונח, וכל לשון נופש והוא לשון נפש, שמשיב נפשו ונשימתו בהרגיעו מטורח מהמלאכה. ומי שכתוב בו (ישעיה מ כח) לא ייעף ולא יגע, וכל פעלו במאמר, הכתיב מנוחה לעצמו,...
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Where can I find tapes of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg - "Shemesh Hashem", "Mikor Mayim Chaim", "Etz Chaim","Katnus Kodem LeGadlus", "50 Shaarei Bina"?

Where can I find the following tapes (lectures dates 20-25 years back) of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg? I'm looking for specific tapes such as: "Shemesh Hashem" "Mikor Mayim Chaim" &...
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Ululating in Jewish culture

In ancient times, Jews living in Israel ululated if I am not mistaken. Is this practiced by Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews today? Which other Jewish communities ululate? Ethiopians, Mizrahis, etc? Are ...
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Answering Amen to quiet Berachoth

According to this answer citing RaM"A (124:11), you can answer Amen to any Berachah even if you don't hear it, so long as you know which one is being said. Does this apply only to Tefillah BeTzibur (...
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Can you fulfill the obligation to pray if you can't hear the leader?

The gemorah in Sukkah daf 51b explains that, in the enormous shul in Alexandria, in order for everyone to know when to answer Amen when the shliach tzibbur (prayer leader, aka sha"tz) was davening, ...
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How do we calculate 100 shofar blasts?

We are obligated to hear 100 shofar blasts on Rosh Hashona [source?] - how are those blasts calculated? Do we actually hear 100 or are there extra?
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Whispering prayers?

Can one whisper t'fila (prayer)? I'm thinking of obligatory t'filos like sh'mone esre and "Sh'ma". I know one can speak t'fila quietly, even very quietly; in fact, sh'mone esre is said quietly. I'm ...
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Is Listening to a Torah Tape considered Talmud Torah? [duplicate]

It says in the Baal HaTanya's Hilchos Talmud Torah that one fulfills his obligation to learn Torah only if he says the words. Moreover, a Chavrusa fulfills his obligation only because Shomeya Keoneh. ...
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Havdalah on Telephone

May one be yotzai listening to havdala over the telephone?
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Amen for Recorded Brochos

Many times I listen to recorded Shiurim (lectures) where the speaker says a Brocho (usually Shehakol on a drink). Should one answer Amen to such Brochos?
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