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May sick Jews wait less for meat and dairy

According to Halacha is there any leniency for sick Jews to wait less time between meat and dairy or no? Not in a situation of pikuach nefesh but just of general health and wellness?
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May Jews pray near porta-potties

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to pray/daven near (not inside of) porta-potties or no? Would it depend on if the door is being opened/closed or no?
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Do Jews to have wait for whey after meat

According to Halacha, if a Jew eats meat, do they have to wait after eating meat to consume whey, or do they merely have to finish eating, wash their mouth, and drink water? Are the rules for whey ...
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Heter for only doing birkat kohanim on Yom Tov

There is a minhag, a predominantly ashkenazc diaspora one, to only do Birkat Kohanim on Yom Tov. My question is what is the Heter for this? There is a general principle we don’t pass up mitzvot when ...
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Is betting on board games/chess gambling

If someone makes a bet on something like chess or a board game, (we’ll include some types of card games as well), does that count as gambling in Halacha? Gambling (between Jews) is prohibited de-...
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Latest time for morning Sh’ma

What are the opinions for the absolute LATEST time for reciting the morning Sh’ma B’dieved, not l’chatchila. Obviously there are different opinions for what is the latest or not but what are they. ...
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Kol Isha and transgender people

Does the Halachic prohibition of Kol Isha apply to transgender people? So if a woman underwent operations to present as a man, can you listen to her sing? And what about a man who visibly looks like a ...
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Lifnei iver and converts

Is it lifnei iver if you enable someone to violate a strict interpretation? this question asks a related question about Lifnei iver about machlokets. The answer seems to be you can’t have someone ...
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In a mixed marriage is the Issur also on the Non-Jew?

As far as I know I have not seen in the 7 laws of Bnei Noach that they have "Lifnei Iver" Now of course a Jew cannot marry a Non-Jew. But is the Non-Jew in question also considered a Rasha? ...
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Swimming in an enclosed area on Shabbat [duplicate]

From what I understand, the shulchan aruch brings down one is not allowed to swim in an open area like around a beach, but what is the opinion of modern poskim on enclosed areas. The local JCC around ...
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Gentile Participation in Non-Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Concerning wedding ceremonies that may include idolatrous elements in which a gentile might be asked to participate due to family custom, Rabbi Moishe Wiener writes (in "The Divine Code"): ...
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Leniency for depression on Shabbat?

The Talmud says: "הַמְכַבֶּה אֶת הַנֵּר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהוּא מִתְיָרֵא מִפְּנֵי גּוֹיִם וּמִפְּנֵי לִיסְטִים, מִפְּנֵי רוּחַ רָעָה, מִפְּנֵי הַחוֹלֶה שֶׁיִּישַׁן — פָּטוּר." "One who ...
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When do we say safek d'rabanan lekula? [duplicate]

There is a concept that in matters of doubt that pertain to derabanans we pasken lekula. I have seen this applied to doubts in realia as well as halachik doubts (eg machlokes). Nevertheless, it is ...
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Purim 2020 Skype megilla leining recommendation

Due to the 2020 Coronavirus epidemic, many are unable to go to shul this year to hear the Megilla. For those who are unable to find a private reading and are without their own Megilla, they have ...
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Terumoth and Maasroth in Babylon

The Ohr Zarua (328) attempted to justify the prevalent leniency regarding the consumption of chodosh (new grain) in Europe by suggesting two novel arguments: that Europe must have had a tradition to ...
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Is scissors vs. straight blade really a significant difference? [duplicate]

While listening to a presentation being given by an orthodox Jew, he made a comment about shaving, and how he had to use an electric razor past a certain point on his face. It was just a ...
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Can I choose to always be meikil (lenient) in Halachic disputes?

Is there a problem with choosing to always follow the most lenient opinion in every Halachic dispute encountered? I'm talking about when the disputants are qualified poskim and the leniencies do not ...
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R Moshe Feinstein on Chalav Stam [closed]

When does R Moshe's heter apply - is bshaas hadchak required? If so, what would constitute bshaas hadchak? Is it a minhag, or plainly Halachic, to insist on chalav yisroel where it is hardly available ...
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Is it lifnei iver if you enable someone to violate a strict interpretation?

Are there potential issues of m'sayea lidvar avera or lifnei iver if one enables, aids, or abets a violation of some machmirus? I don't mean a chumra or minhag, but a stricter position on some halacha ...
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Israeli doing melacha on yom tov sheini outside Israel to avoid loss

I know that the Mishna Berura says that it is Assur for a Ben E"Y to do Melacha even in private, however I was wondering if anyone knows of a source to be meikal in a case where it can damage ...
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Passover Seder for the infirm. Leniencies?

These questions have already been asked of a Rav. The object of asking them here is to be better informed to understand the sources used by and the answers given by the Rav. [1] I hope to make ...
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Contemporary leniencies regarding the prohibition(s) of new grain [closed]

Since Talmudic times, Rabbinic scholars have grappled with the apparent contradiction between the Biblical and/or Rabbinic prohibition(s) of chodosh (new grain grown since Passover) and the common ...
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Walking between women

Regarding 'walking between women', I have an especially hard time with this in shul when i come out of the room we daven in into the hallway. It is difficult to go by without waiting for them which is ...
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Is it permissible to benefit from an action on shabbos by someone who follows a valid but more lenient ruling? [duplicate]

If there is an action which not all poskim agree is melocho and one person holds by the more lenient opinion is it permissible to benefit from that action or ask them to preform it? For example if ...
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Ashkenazi leniencies before shavua shechal bo

Ashkenazim extend the Talmudic prohibitions of shavua shechal bo tisha b'av (the week of the 9th of Av) to the beginning of the month. Are there Ashkenazi leniencies from Rosh Chodesh Av until shavua ...
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What's the heter for g'vinas akum?

In a comment elsewhere on the site, Curiouser writes: the heter for gevinas akum (based on Tosfos) was paskened l'masseh by R. Solovetichik, among others or, in other words, Rabbi Soloveitchik, ...
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Barbeque grill tevila

It seems the popular opinion of Kashrus organizations is to require dipping the actual grill. See here by footnote 48 in the name of OU. http://www.kof-k.org/articles/040108090413W-3%20Tevilas%...
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picking and choosing halachic rulings

I have heard many times from Rabbinim and in lectures that to pick and choose rulings is forbidden. I would like a halachic source for this. I can understand that one should be consistent, but if one ...
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To what קולות does "אדם חשוב שאני" apply (שבת נא ע״א)?

Bavli, Shabas 51 amud 1, in my own loose translation: R. Nachman said to his servant Daru: "Insulate some cold water for me, and bring me water that a non-Jewish cook has heated." R. Ami heard ...
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Are there any leniencies for shortening the torah reading so the cycle takes more than a year?

In a small community without a learned ba'al koreh, it can be difficult to assemble enough readers to read the entire weekly parsha to a suitable degree of proficiency. Is there any provision in ...
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Can the concept of Heter Mekhirah truly be supported from the Rambam?

Many of those who support the concept of the heter mekhirah today rely (at least in part) on their reading of the Rambam in various parts of the Mishneh Torah, most specifically in Hilkhoth Shemittah ...
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Heter mechira abroad

If someone lives outside of Israel, is he allowed to use fruits from heter mechira? Heter mechira is a certain kula for the Jewish agriculture in Israel. If I don't live in Israel does the Hetter ...
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Poskening Leniently

For situations where a Rav is searching for a lenient ruling, such as in cases of major financial loss or aguna, etc., what are the guidelines that he must follow? Is he allowed to rule like a single ...
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Aiding what you consider sin but he doesn't

There is an action. Let's call it "hoobling". Some pos'kim say hoobling is permitted and others say it's forbidden. (Note: not "say one should ideally be strict". They say it's forbidden.) Suppose ...
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Destroying fruit-tree to save house

There is a prohibition against destroying fruit trees (Devarim 20:19). Are there any exceptions to this rule? May one cut down a fruit tree that is damaging a nearby house?
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If there is incliment weather on Yom Kippor may one wear leather shoes to the synogogue?

In the event of inclement weather on Yom Kippur, may one wear leather shoes (which are the only inclement-weather-proof shoes available) to synagogue? I am asking about walking there in the morning, ...
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Listening to music during the 3 weeks?

There are many types of music which some authorities permit listening to during the Omer: Rav Shlomo Zalman allows classical music and chazannus. (Halichas Shlomo) The Chelkas Yakov allows recorded ...
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Is national-brand mozzarella under constant supervision?

Shulchan Aruch and Rama, Yore Dea 115:2, indicate that cheese made by a non-Jew can't be eaten unless a Jew saw it being made. Kraft, a national brand, now has some Ⓤ-certified reduced-fat ...
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Definition of mini-skirt in Yabia Omer YD 6:14

In Yabia Omer YD 6:14, Rav Ovadia Yosef ruled that it is preferable for a woman to wear women's pants than to wear a "mini-skirt" (חצאית-מיני). He writes that a full skirt is preferable to both. In ...
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Minhag and Kulot

Say I need to buy some retzuot or tzitzit strings and for some reason or another I don't know whether my family accepts avodat mechona or not. Is it typically acceptable to rule leniently according to ...
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With every Chumra comes a Kula

Where in Shas can I find the statement that with every chumra one takes on, he is in essence going to be taking a on a kula somewhere else? I'm pretty sure it's in Beitza somewhere...
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Can a store owner avoid hashavas avaidah?

If a Jewish person owns a store where the majority of patrons are Jewish (let's say a pizza store) can he post a sign which says all lost items will be discarded after 30 days, or something similar, ...
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May someone avoid drinking on purim when on medication that could interact with alcohol?

For better or for worse, a great many people take medication for depression or anxiety which would be truly bad news to combine with alcohol. I was under the impression a celebrant MUST get drunk ...
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Has anyone seen or heard of a heter not to read shnayim mikrah ve'echad targum?

The given psak by all poskim that I know of seems to be that shnayim mikrah is a total obligation. Is there any source that says otherwise?
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Realistic expectations at bar mitzvah age

Being a high school teacher I am interested in better understanding what is realistically expected of boys of the age of bar mitzvah in this day and age. Is, for instance, the non attendance to ...
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Why isn't steeping tea a מלאכה שאינה צריכה לגופה?

The definition of the m'lacha of cooking/baking on Shabas is "effecting a change in an object through (fire-based) heat". This is alluded to in the very first paragraph of Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah ...
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What happens to the family of a Kohen today if his wife is a victim of rape?

What happens to the family of a Kohen today if his wife is a victim of rape? What are the steps taken and how does this come to be resolved according to halachah and in the most constructive way for ...
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Cooperating with the authorities on Shabbos

To what extent, if any, must a Jew go through in order to cooperate with authorities, who are not seeking to persecute Jews, in ways that violate Shabbat? May he violate rabbinic ordinances, or actual ...
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Asking a shaila where disclosure of classified information might be necessary

Orthodox Jews have taken on more and more responsible government positions and have been trusted with clearances to see highly sensitive classified materials. Many years ago I had such a job. It ...
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What is the absolute minimum length for peyos?

I have often heard that 1/4th of an inch is the minimum length of the hairs in the peyos area. For example, that is mentioned in an answer to a previous question: How to advise your barber My ...
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