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(lit. "what appears to the eye".) The concern that although what one is doing is permitted, it will appear to others as though one is doing something prohibited.

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Is one allowed to OWN a King James Bible, Koran, etc.?

Halachically speaking (as opposed to a mere Middos Chassidus), is one allowed to own a book or document of another religion? This question can be divided into sub-questions: 1. Would there be a ...
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Is Marit ayin biblical or rabbinic

According to Halacha, is the prohibition of Marit Ayin biblical (D’oraita) or rabbinic (Derabbanan) in nature? Or is this question an undecided Machloket amongst the Poskim?
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Shabbat pedestrian crossing, and Marit Ayin

In my town, the local (non-Jewish) council, in a gesture to the Jewish community, set certain traffic light crossings to automatically go green (Walk) for pedestrians every 30 seconds or so. This is ...
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When dealing with an issue of Maarit Ayin, can someone just make a sign with a piece of paper to let people know what things are?

If someone is cooking or eating meat with almond milk, would a sign that says almond milk, work just as well (if not better) than actual almonds? Are there any sources that say a written sign works or ...
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Soda from non-kosher restaurant

There are halachic issues with eating at non-kosher restaurants even normally kosher food for a variety of reasons. My question is whether a Jew is allowed to get a kosher soda (e.g., Coke) at a non-...
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What is the reasoning for not entering churches and other non-Jewish places of worship?

There are multiple questions about entering churches here, most of which are marked as duplicates and pointed to this one. What none of them address, however, is why in the halacha it is forbidden to ...
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Is Marit Ayin necessary?

Marit Ayin means that you may not engage in permitted behavior when it may appear to a casual observer to be prohibited behavior. This would cause him: (1) to assume it is permitted; or, if he knows ...
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Did the Rabbis err when they stipulated an eight branch menorah for the celebration of Hanukkah?

I fully understand the rationale for an eight branched menorah. Considering the Nes, etc. And I am aware that the Talmud states that it is prohibited to use a seven-lamp menorah outside of the Temple. ...
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Contradictory extremely far-fetched conclusions

I've seen in halacha concerns for people making extremely far-fetched negative conclusions. The following are but two examples: In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 3:13 it says: לא ישתין מעומד מפני ניצוצות ...
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Wearing a candy-bracelet tied using red string outside an Eruv on Shabbos

What are the Halachic ramifications of wearing a Western Wall red string (which people consider clothing) which has candies tied to it (like a candy-bracelet) on Shabbos outside an Eruv? Is it ...
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How can Imitation Crabmeat be kosher? [duplicate]

BH This is one that I still have a problem wrapping my head to understand how this is possible. I remember my rabbi teaching me Torah and Exodus 23 reads ... You shall not boil a kid in its ...
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Alopecia and maris haayin

Some cases of Alopecia result in the loss of all the hair on one's head. Would such a person cause maris haayin that they violated the prohibition of rounding the corner of their head? Would they ...
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Restaurants opening on fast days

Assuming a kosher restaurant or a café that attracts significant quantity of non-Jewish customers, what is their policy on fast days? Do they keep open? If so, what do they do with Jews, who have ...
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Is the impossible burger possibly kosher?

According to a recent article in Haaretz: The trail-blazing Impossible Burger, the world’s only kosher cheeseburger, created sustainably, is now officially on the Orthodox Union’s kosher database ...
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Drinking human blood case permissibility

In Kesubos (I believe 60a) it says that you may not drink human blood because of Maris ayin (it can be misconstrued by a observer that you're drinking animal blood). So what if I have a sign on my ...
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Is there maris ayin in ordering a drink from a non-kosher restaurant?

Is there a problem with maris ayin to enter a non-kosher restaurant and order just a drink? Let's say that in the first case the restaurant in question is a fast-food place and the second case is a "...
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Is there a Maris Ayin issur with women wearing skin-colored shirts?

For the purposes of this question, you may ignore the tznius aspect of this. Is there a Maris Ayin issue for women to wear skin-colored shells (perhaps with a sleeveless shirt of a different color ...
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Is there a concern of "Marit 'Ayin" on friday night when multiple Shuls have different davening times

B"H, I live in a neighborhood that has numerous shuls. Many of these shuls have different times to start and end Shabbat. During the summer, in particular, most of the shuls begin Shabbat sometimes ...
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Obligation to Tell People Online if Changing Time Zone Before Shabbat?

If a person changes time zones while going on a vacation, do they have an obligation to alert others to this effect? By using social media and other types of online sites (like Mi Yodeya), not telling ...
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Maris ayin and kosher certification

What reasoning is used by mainstream kosher certification agencies to certify food items containing only kosher ingredients but packaged and/or designed to look and/or taste non-kosher. For example, ...
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Parameters of Marit Ayin [duplicate]

In an area where there are no Jews or even if there were they wouldn't know who you are, let's say Indonesia, India or a very rural place in the middle of nowhere, would the law of Marit Ayin still ...
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Is Beef-Fry Mar'it 'Ayin?

The term "beef-fry" is used by my local kosher butcher for brisket which has been cured to resemble bacon both in appearance and (apparently) flavour. Taking this into account, due to its apparent ...
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Can a woman wear a man's suit jacket if she is cold? [duplicate]

Can a woman wear a man's suit jacket if she is cold? I believe there is a prohibition for a woman to wear man's clothing and wise versa. Would a man's suit jacket fit into this prohibition?
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Why is wearing a sheitel not marit ayin?

I would assume that the concept of marit ayin applies to married women's hair covering (outside the home) as much as to any other mitzvah. So why do our poskim allow* her to wear a sheitel--which, in ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

A woman should not sing along to a song in the presence of unrelated Jewish men. But can she mouth the words, or sing to herself? I never see frum women doing this, presumably because of marit ayin. ...
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

What are the major kashrus/halachic issues with going to a non-kosher restaurant and ordering, say, [kosher fish] and vegetables; dressed with only extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; double-...
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"Planting" astroturf during shmita

I previously asked about Planting grass during shmita, and discovered that it is forbidden. But what about astroturf (synthetic grass)? Would there be any problem with installing that during the ...
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Marat Ayin to improve appearance of action

If one is doing something in public which is normally forbidden, but is permitted because of special circumstances, is he obligated to make it appear not forbidden? EG: A lunatic threatens to kill ...
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Should vegan margarine be treated as dairy?

Margarine made from vegetable oils (non-dairy) looks just like butter, but is normally labeled as parve. Shouldn't it be considered chalavi according to the principle of mar'it ayin?
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If one has a heter to do something unusual, must one do so discreetly?

If one has a heter to do something unusual, must one do so discreetly? I am essentially asking whether marat ayin concerns are relevant to this type of situation. (As for "Why wouldn't they be?"--I ...
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Is it considered "marit ayin" if boys and girls stroll together on Shabbat?

I have heard of a number of yeshivot that have a strict rule regarding boys and girls being with each other. Their rule is "simple" - outside of your own family members, it should be never for any ...
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Eating at Home and Maarit Ayin

Short question: is maarit ayin (מראית עין) a problem when one is home alone? Long question: assuming that in-vitro meat is pareve, even if it is maarit ayin to eat it with milk in public, would it be ...
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Halachos of a gastropub?

BSD Is it permitted to enter and drink at a gastropub (or restaurant/bar). Assuming the drinks (beer/whiskey) are kosher and this applies only in regards to someone who holds by the Shach (that one ...
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Should a non-Orthodox Jew wear tzitzit or not?

It seems obvious to me that in general it’s better to keep more mitzvot rather than fewer, but wearing tzitzit seems like a special case. I’ve asked rabbis in my community about this, but I want to ...
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KosherLamp closed by window (Moris Ayin?)

Was wondering if closing the KosherLamp on Shabbat while a window shade is up when it is dark and possible onlookers can see a light go off in ones house constitute a case of moris ayin (doing ...
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Do I have to worry about "Maris Ayin" if my kashrut standards are different than the majority of a community?

Let's say I like to eat at "Deliware" (I borrowed this name from a place in Port Jervis, NY). The place is kosher with a reliable hechsher. I visit the town, and I know nothing about the community's ...
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Is Mar'it Ayin instituted to prevent Lashon Hara or Motzi Shem Ra?

My understanding - Lashon Hara is gossip about the truth; Motzi Shem Ra is slander - based on false assumption. Let's say that someone saw me go into a non-kosher restaurant. All I did was use the ...
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Is there a problem with "Mar'it ayin" by attending a company picnic?

Theoretical: Let's say that a company plans a picnic in a "semi-park" area. I.e. - it is a tree-lined public thoroughfare that many people including Jews, walk through. (I added this fact b/c I have ...
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Watering Synthetic Grass on Shabbat?

Is there a problem of watering synthetic grass on Shabbat- If the synthetic grass has gaps or "holes" whereby the water can leak through to the earth underneath it? What if the earth underneath has ...
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Is not having a shaatnez label considered מראית עין‎?

In a personal encounter with a fellow Jew, they pointed out that I did not have a 'shaatnez label' in my suit. Although it is a prevalent custom for shaatnez checkers to sew their label into a checked ...
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May one set posts for Shabbos?

Tumblr has a feature where one can, instead of posting something at the time it it written or a set time, you can add it to a "queue". It will then post a set amount of posts per day as long as there ...
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Family Event at non-kosher resturant

One of my family members is having a family event at a non-kosher restaurant. I want to be there because it is a very important occasion and I don't want to insult my family. However, I know that in ...
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Does marit ayin apply in anonymous internet sites?

On this question discussing whether a Jew may participate in the Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange site, one of the issues raised is marit ayin. But does marit ayin really apply on an anonymous ...
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What defines a non-kosher restaurant for purposes of maarit ayin?

There is a known halacha that one shouldn't eat in a non-kosher resteraunt due to Maaras Ayin, even though they serve kosher food also. What defines a non-Kosher restaurant? McDonald's is probably ...
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Maris Ayin and bags from restaurants

Similar to this question, suppose there is a chain of restaurants that is mostly non-Kosher, but there happens to be one kosher franchise in the chain. The example I am thinking of is that there is ...
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Should a Rabbi apologize for a comment that could be misunderstood?

If a prominent Rabbi (meaning someone who heads a community or institution, not just anyone who has semicha) makes a statement that is technically halachically correct/acceptable but is easily ...
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When lighting Chanukah candles on both entrances to courtyard, can I use only one candle?

In Hilchos Channukah OC Siman 671 Sif 8 we learn the halacha that if someone has 2 entrances to their courtyard they must light Chanukah candles by both of them. This is so that passers-by won't see ...
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What does R' Feinstein say about eating kosher food in a non-kosher restaurant?

The last paragraph of Igros Moshe O.C. 2:40 discusses when you may order kosher food [such as a banana] in a non-kosher restaurant. R' Moshe Feinstein begins: ובדבר אם מותר לאכול ברעסטאראנט ...
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Carrying in a partially shared apartment on Shabbat

I read that carrying between different units of a multi-family apartment might be a problem on Shabbat. I seek the general rules that will govern the following types of situations: (To illustrate, I ...
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Invitation to nonkosher restaurant

The question "Keeping Kosher at a secular company" asks about food issues on the job in general. This question is focused more narrowly on "unbalanced" situations: situations where there's an ...