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Where to keep a non-kosher Torah scroll?

This is a follow up question to How to find the date of my ancestors' Torah Scroll? I am currently investigating where it could be kept in Israel while finding someone to renovate it. One of my ...
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Is one allowed to render his Esrog invalid once he is done with it?

Is one allowed to render his Esrog invalid on Hosha’ana Rabbah (or Shmini Atzeres outside of Eretz Yisrael) once he is done with it, (or even before that, if there is another Esrog he can use), and if ...
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Is the malachim aleph beis from a non-Jew for the occult or something legitimate from a Jewish source?

Searching online I'm seeing Wikipedia says this was published by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa in the 16th century and was created for the purpose of the occult using a combination of Greek and Hebrew. ...
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What if there were no kohanim?

I don't know if this question was asked before, but: If, hypothetically, when the Mikdash will be built, somehow it was discovered that all kohanim were genealogically invalidated - chalalim in the ...
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Fake Techelet: invalidating the entire Tzitzit?

Let's say I use the pretty much disproven Techelet (Radzyner) : is my Tzitzit completely Pasul? I think according to the Arizal it isn't. Does anyone disagree?
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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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Can one fix Tzitzis during the Omer?

Is it permissible to fix Tzitzis during the Omer, or would doing so make them "new garments"? Would one be allowed to fix them, then wait until after the Omer to wear them?
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Can a witness at Kiddushin have had committed inconsequential crimes?

I remember hearing in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein that a criminal who-- by normal and objective standards-- should be invalidated from testifying can still be considered a Kosher witness if his ...
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Is there a maximum seam breakage in a Torah before it becomes pasul?

I gather that when writing the Torah, there is a maximum allowable space between columns. Hence, my question, which may be based on the above assumption... If the stitched seam between two parchment ...
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Marriage restriction for a Cohen who is pasul for service in the BHM

Do the marriage restrictions of Vayikra 21:7 apply to a Cohen who is pasul for Service in the Beit Hamikdash? (eg. He has a moom. Am not asking about a Chalal)
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What can a shul do with unusable Torah scrolls?

Our shul has about 15 unusable Torah scrolls. (To place it in a positive light, we have 6 that are usable. The shul has been in existence for 90 years, and we retrieved a number of "Holocaust" scrolls ...
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Must a ketubah be rewritten if, many years later, the date is discovered to be wrong?

Theoretical, perhaps: On their 25th wedding anniversary, a couple makes a big celebration, and displays their framed ketubah in the party hall. Someone notices the date on the ketubah and remarks to ...
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Why was the parah aduma found in 2002 disqualified?

In 2002, various news sources reported that a red heifer was found and the Temple Institute in Israel declared it kosher. Many of these sources later reported that the parah aduma was disqualified ...
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Sitting under a tree in a valid Sukkah

If someone built a Sukkah large enough to enclose a tree, but not more than 20 Amoth tall, may someone sit under that tree on Sukkoth?
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May a child make a Berachah on a Pasul set of 4 species?

May a child make a Berachah on a Pasul set of 4 species that their parents gave them to learn how to make the Berachah and do the Mitzvah?
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Are there any restrictions about a chazzan if there are questions about his orthodoxy?

If someone comes up to daven as a chazzan, and you have questions about how kosher they are or whether they're truly shomer shabbos, are you allowed to still use him as a chazzan, or are there ...
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Pasul l'edus: what about ed echad?

People who participate in certain activities that are bad for society are disqualified from testifying. Also, those who've commit certain sins whose punishment is corporal, and haven't yet repented, ...