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Maximum size of walled city in Halacha

According to Halacha, is there a maximum size for a walled city as for the mitzvah of Leviticus 25:29-30, redeeming properties you sold within a walled city in a year time period (note this is a ...
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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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What is the law when renting a house, regarding going according to secular months vs. Jewish months?

If both tenant and renter are Jewish do they must count according to the Jewish months or can the renter decide that he wants to count according to the secular months? In this scenario the contract is ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

What do we consider a 'dwelling-place' for this purpose? A house? A city/within an eruv? By this logic, if I were outside a defined 'dwelling-place' on Shabbat (say, out in the wilderness and not on ...
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First things to put in a house when moving

I heard that when one moves into a new house that the first thing he should bring into the house is bread and salt, it's supposed to be a Segulah for something. Does anyone know a source for this ''...
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Drilling a hole to let the shin-daleds out [duplicate]

I've been told recently that there is a halacha to drill a hole where you seal up a gap in an outside wall to let the shin-daleds out or something. I'm pretty skeptical about that, as is my rav, but ...
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Can a man nullify a woman's vow that was made before she became his wife upon hearing it?

In Bemidbar/Numbers 30 a man is allowed to cancel his wife's (and daughter's) vow after it comes to his attention. If the woman made the vow previously (in her father's house or from a previous ...
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Nigei Batim / Tzara'as of houses with a house and another level (aliya)

If one person owns the bottom floor of a house and another owns the floor on top, what happens when the one on the lower floor has tzara'as in their house and the house needs destroying? Assuming the ...
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Is it permissible for a convert to care for a sick parental figure at home? [closed]

Suppose someone wishing to convert to Judaism was caring in her home for a chronically-ill adoptive parent who practiced another religion. Would this be an impediment to the conversion process? Would ...
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Justifying housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy

Shalom. I was wondering if someone could provide me with sources in support of regular housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy / beautifying one’s home. A source / warrant from G-d would make ...
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Obligation to subscribe to Jewish Newspapers?

While listening to a recorded shiur from a long time ago, the Rav mentioned a Peleh Yoetz who says every Jewish home should subscribe to a Jewish newspaper in order to know the news of the Jewish ...
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Why a round Succah is not Dirat Kevah (permanent dwelling)?

אחרים אומרים סוכה העשויה כשובך פסולה לפי שאין לה זויות Aḥerim (R'Meir?) say: A Succah built in a circular shape like a dovecote is unfit, because it does not have corners. [and a permanent residence ...
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Requirements for Succah's floor

Long passages of Masechet Succah discuss the requirements for the Schach and the walls but I don't find a discussion of what constitutes the floor. I can think of two related Nafka Minot (Halachic ...
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Halachic definition of a house for rent

House renting services like Airbnb are very popular these days and I've used their services while traveling abroad. Usually, the advertisement requires pictures of the place, but many times those are ...
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Does a tent require a Mezuza?

My previous question "walls for Mezuza" didn't receive many responses, so I'd break it into small ones: Our forefathers lived in big fixed tents (like nomads) and so did the Israelites in the ...
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Why did our forefathers live in tents in Israel and not in houses?

It appears that there's a clear trend of our forefathers, Avraham, Tzhak, and Jacob, to dwell in tents in the Holy Land, wandering from one place to another, instead of settling down, taking hold of ...
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What areas of Halochos require definition of a house/dwelling?

Following my previous question, What Halochos require defining a Kosher dwelling/house, like "is such a house Kosher for Y"? For example, we can surely ask it for a Succah, or a Mezuzah or for ...
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What walls and roof are Kosher for a place to be obligated in Mezuza?

For a place 4x4 Ama, what should the walls of a dwelling be to obligate the place in Mezuzah: How many walls are required? Can they be partially or completely transparent? What height should they be? ...
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When must a mezuzah be affixed? [duplicate]

(1) In Tractate Mezuzah, we learn that you must put a mezuzah on a new house as soon as construction is finished, whether or not the house is occupied. [Mezuzah 2:11] (2) However, this quotes the ...
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Is a courtyard for ma'aser also obligated in mezuza?

There are some similarities between the laws of a house that obligates produce in ma'aser, and a house that is obligated to have a mezuza. Produce becomes obligated in ma'aser once it enters a house. ...
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When selling a house, what pieces of furniture go with it?

Based on Baba Batrah 65-67, what are the opinions in the contemporary Halacha about what pieces of furniture are considered "house" and what not, when one sells a house at a fixed price? Is selling ...
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What were the Hebrews' tents made out of?

There are multiple clear references to the Hebrews sleeping in tents during the Exodus. But what were they made of? Keeping in mind that they did not have lots of time to prepare for the journey (...
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Houseless city?

Meseches Arachin (33b): ואימא בית וחצר אם כן ליכתוב רחמנא חצרים וכי תימא אי כתב רחמנא חצרים חצר בלא בית משמע ההוא קרפף איקרי:‏ The Gemara objects: But you can say that the phrase: Houses of the ...
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What's the difference between a house imparting impurity from the inside and to one entering it? (Nega'im 13:4)

Nega'im 13:4: בַּיִת הַמֻּסְגָּר, מְטַמֵּא מִתּוֹכוֹ. וְהַמֻּחְלָט, מִתּוֹכוֹ וּמֵאֲחוֹרָיו. זֶה וָזֶה מְטַמְּאִין בְּבִיאָה:‏ A house that has been isolated conveys uncleanness from its ...
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Selling chametz if two people share a house?

I was just wondering a general law about the sale of chametz (specifically through chabad.org but also in general), that if two people jointly own a house, then should they each individually fill out ...
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Would you be permitted to sell a house that was built for idol worship?

Suppose you purchased a house and subsequently discovered it had been built for the express purpose of idol worship (a nice suburban Ba'al Peor temple right outside of Lakewood, say, or the Avodah ...
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What is the process for purifying your home if you believe it may have been previously used for pagan worship?

Locations of foreign worship are typically of concern. You're not supposed to enter a church for this very reason. My question relates to the idea that one finds out their home was previously used ...
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Halakhic Home "Hacks" [duplicate]

I am looking to build a home in the distant future and am looking for advice on some ways for when building the home to make it more comfortable in the Halakhic sense. examples of ideas I had so far:...
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Are anniversaries celebrated in Adar I or Adar II?

For those who celebrate anniversaries, or for calculating the end of Shanah Rishonah, if a couple gets married in Adar of a non-leap-year, when is the anniversary celebrated in a leap year? Is it in ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

I was raised in a not-very-observant home. I understand Friday dinner, blessing over Sabbath candles, blessing over bread, and blessing over wine, and I know that Havdalah comes at the end. But what ...
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Minhag not to return home directly after shiva visit?

I was doing a shiva visit today and, when leaving, someone said we shouldn't walk home directly but instead should take a stroll before returning home. I had never heard of that minhag - but it might ...
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When does "The House of Somebody" mean "The Women"?

When God gives the Torah to the Jews, He uses the following preamble (Ex 19:3): וּמֹשֶׁה עָלָה, אֶל-הָאֱלֹקים; וַיִּקְרָא אֵלָיו ה', מִן-הָהָר לֵאמֹר, כֹּה תֹאמַר לְבֵית יַעֲקֹב, וְתַגֵּיד לִבְנֵי ...
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Are there special Halachos for homeowners?

As people progress through life, they hope to reach many milestones. They (in no particular order) become an adult, get married, get a job, have kids, etc. As an Orthodox Jew, we're aware that each ...
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Minhag to leave an area of the wall unpainted: does it need to be unpainted, or can it be painted another color?

I found this: http://www.jewishtreats.org/2014/07/a-house-unfinished.html it says "there are some minority opinions that permit one to mark the zeicher l’churban by painting an appropriate size square ...
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Can one make a Chanukas Habayis at any point in time?

The Radak (Shorashim, חנך) writes that "it is a minhag to have a meal and happiness at the first eating that they eat in the new house". The above is quoted as part of an answer to a question ...
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Birkas habayis - source

I have noticed that many families have a tefillah entitled 'birkas habayis' at the entrance to their home. There seems to be multiple, similar נוסחאות for this tefilla. Example: בזה השער לא יבוא צער....
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Wearing sweatpants on shabbos inside

Is it ok for me to wear my sweatpants and tee-shirt in the house on Shabbos or do I have to stay in my Shabbos clothing even when I'm hanging out in my apartment?
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Home ownership vs renting [closed]

From the perspective of Judiasm is there any significance to owning a home instead of renting? Would there be any Halachic or Hashkafik reasons that would make one of the above preferable?
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Breaking a journey after visiting a cemetery?

If one goes to a funeral and he wants to go home after, he needs to break his journey so as not to connect death and life or something along those lines, don't really understand it myself. (I've ...
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Mixed apartments

The standard practice in my community is that unmarried men and women form single-sex apartments. Is this halachically required, preferable, or completely immaterial?
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Can one buy or rent a vacation home during the 12 months of mourning?

This source says: During the twelve months (of mourning for a parent), it is forbidden to: purchase or rent a home, unless a significant loss would otherwise be incurred Does "home" mean a ...
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Ervah in front of mezuzot

Does one need to remain fully covered when there is a mezuzah in view? I am asking based on the principle of koved seforim, according to which, as I understand it, one may not expose ervah to (...
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How can I make my home kosher enough for ~most Jews to be guests in? [closed]

Let's say I wanted to set up a kitchen/home that was kosher enough for most of the Orthodox spectrum to feel comfortable eating and staying in. (By "most," let's say the first two standard deviations ...
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How early can I take down my mezuzos before a move?

Suppose a Jew will be vacating an apartment or other property rented from a gentile. In such a case, he is permitted to take down his mezuzos before leaving. How long before actually moving out may he ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

What are the origins of the tradition to use a round 7-branch candelabra for Passover? Who uses it, when, how, and why? I am talking about something that looks like this: ...Perhaps interestingly ...
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Pesach cleaning at non religious house [closed]

If I'm boarding at a non religious persons house (they don't keep kosher), what are the rules for cleaning for pesach? I share the pantry and fridge so I don't know what to clean and how well to clean ...
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Selling living space to a non-Jew over pesach to get rid chametz

Is one allowed to temporarily sell their living space to a non-Jew in order to get rid of their chametz during pesach? If so, are they still obligated to do a bdikat chametz?
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What are the halachic considerations that might come up when designing and building a house

I'm curious what are the Halachic considerations that need to be taken into account when building a house. A few possibilities that come to mind may include: position of the bathroom (Rambam, ...
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Does one need to tovel enamelware?

Does one need to tovel keilim that are indicated as being made of "enamelware"? Should a bracha accompany the tevila?
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When mashiach will come will Batei midrashim be transplanted to Israel? [duplicate]

I believe I heard that when Mashiach comes the batei midrashim (houses of study), batei knessiot (synagogues) and even houses of Jews outside Israel will fly or be transplanted to Israel. Has anyone ...
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