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Orach Chaim is the section of the Tur and Shulchan Aruch which deals with the ceremonial laws and Halacha of Judaism, such as Shabbat, Jewish holidays, tefillin, synagogue, Tzitzit and prayer

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Is fasting on Hanukkah prohibited

According to Halacha, is it prohibited to fast on Hanukkah like it is on Yom tov, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and chol hamoed? Or no, unlike those times is it permissible to voluntarily fast?
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May women read the haftarah

The accepted orthodox Halacha is that women do not read from the weekly Torah portion publicly, and this is found in tractate Megillah 23a. My question is, would it be permissible for a woman to read ...
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

According to Halacha, Is the actual mitzvah of tefillin on having it on your body or placing it on your body? The reason I ask is because if it’s the former, you could sit still and have someone else ...
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Can one man count in two minyanim at same time

According to Halacha, if there are two minyanim is it permissible for both of them to count one man in a minyan at the same time? Or no, can he only count for one?
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Opening metal cans on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible to use a can opener to open metal cans on Shabbat? Or no, would it fall under a form of prohibited melacha? If it is a form of prohibited melacha, which one ...
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Minimum observance for Aliyah/leading prayer

I’m curious, according to Halacha, what is the minimum level of observance to be called to the Torah of act as shaliach Tzibbur. Relevant questions about specific Issurim have been asked here before, ...
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Does a father recite Baruch Shepetarani for an adopted son

According to some Poskim, a father should recite a blessing named Baruch Shepetarani when his son turns bar mitzvah age. My question is, should it be recited if a father adopts a son when that son ...
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Can Tzitzit be thrown in the trash [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is there any issue with throwing a garment/tallit with Tzitzit out in the trash? Do any laws of Kavod apply to them, or no?
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Are the laws of techumin biblical or rabbinic

According to Halacha, is the prohibition of leaving techumin on Shabbat biblical or rabbinic in origin? Not that it wouldn’t be issur if rabbinic, but it would have implications for Kavod Habriot and ...
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Shehechayanu for online transactions

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 223:4) rules one should recite shehecheyanu when making certain purchases of important new items. My question is whether they should recite it for an online transaction, or if ...
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Can you put a pencil as a bookmark in sifrei Kodesh?

BH Can you put a pencil in sifrei kodesh as a bookmark?
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Is Mashuah Klaf valid for sta’’m

According to Halacha, are Sefer Torahs/tefillin/mezuzot with Mashuah Klaf kosher and valid? Or due to the separation between the writing and the parchment, is it invalid and unusable for the ...
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Putting band aids on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to apply bandages on your skin on Shabbat? Or would it involve any problem, rabbinic or biblical? Would it depend on whether you tear the band-aid’s wrapping ...
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During Torah reading may Jews leave to bathroom

According to Halacha, during the Torah reading, Jews should not leave the synagogue where the Torah reading is occurring. However, is it permissible for them to leave if they have to use the restroom, ...
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How far do Jews have to be so they are Petur from sukkah

According to Halacha, on sukkot Jews should eat whatever food they are going to eat in the sukkah. My question is, is there any length Jews have to be from a sukkah so they are Petur from the ...
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What are the requirements for an outdoor zimun

Inspired by this question about an outdoor minyan, I am curious, what are the requirements for counting Jews in an outdoor zimun? Say three Jews who otherwise would qualify in a zimun ate together ...
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Where does it first talk about saying HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot

BH Where does it first talk about saying the Bracha HaNotein Re'ach Tov BaPeirot?
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Can one do double tashlumin

According to Halacha, if one misses both shacharit and minchah in the same day, can one do tashlumin for both at maariv? Or can one only do tashlumin for one Amidah?
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

In Halacha, is there a requirement for the straps made for tefillin to be made out of animal skin such as leather, or no? If there is a requirement, is it Derabbanan, or a Halacha LeMoshe Misinai? Or ...
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What is Earliest time a Jew can accept Shabbat

According to halacha, what is the earliest time (zemanim) one can accept Shabbat? Basically one can accept Shabbat before it would naturally start, but what is the maximum amount of time before ...
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May fried dough be used for Lechem Mishneh?

May fried dough be used for the Lechem Mishneh (double loaves of bread) of Shabbat? Or is there any requirement for it being baked? If being baked is not an inherent requirement, is it still preferred ...
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Eruv and underground transportation

According to Halacha, a kosher eruv that allows one to carry on Shabbat can only be constructed in an area that is not a Biblical Reshut Harabim, which according to some views is 600,000 people. My ...
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Does the Sh’ma have to be said verbally

According to Halacha, does the Sh’ma prayer have to be recited out loud? Or can it be read by oneself? I mean B’dieved, Lechatlicha it is likely preferable to verbalize it.
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Can non wine liquor be used for the four cups at Pesach [duplicate]

According to Halacha, can one use liquor/non wine alcohol for the four cups on Passover? Or no, is wine a requirement? Is it a Machloket amongst the poskim?
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Using electric scooters to get to synagogue on Shabbat

There is a principle in Halacha known as Kavod Habriyot, which essentially means rabbinic prohibitions can generally be violated for human dignity. My question is, if somebody has a hard time walking ...
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Can a Jew use someone else’s Chumash for Shnayim mikra

According to Halacha, is it permissible for a Jew to fulfill the mitzvah of Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum by using someone else’s Chumash (with their consent of course)? Or does one have to own the ...
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Are blind men obligated in kiddush levana

According to Halacha are blind men obligated in kiddush levana on Rosh Chodesh or not? Or because of the fact they can not see the moon visibly, are they exempt? Is this question found amongst the ...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

According to Halacha, a woman is exempt from certain time bound mitzvot. My question is, are women obligated to recite Hallel on certain Jewish holidays, or since it is time bound to those days are ...
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Are women obligated in kiddush on Yom tov

Women, despite being exempt from certain time bound positive commandments, are obligated to make kiddush on Shabbat. My question is, are women also obligated to make kiddush on Yom Tov or no? And ...
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Tzitzit and women

According to Halacha, women are exempt from being obligated to perform positive, time bound, commandments. My question is, since Tzitzit aren’t time bound but only required if one is going to wear a ...
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Birkat hatorah before Zohar study

According to Halacha, does the Berakha of Birkat hatorah have to be recited before Zohar study? Is it similar to the Talmud or tanakh in this respect?
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Is carrying with a shinui in a rabbinically prohibited area permitted for a mitzvah

According to Halacha, is it permissible to carry with a shinui in a place where it is only rabbinically prohibited to carry in the first place if done for a mitzvah? So for example, if a Jew carried ...
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Evidence for murex being techelet [duplicate]

As a disclaimer, the Sugyot regarding Techelet are not something I have in depth researched but I am in the camp that it has been found from murex. My question is, what evidence exists in Talmud or ...
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Why the difference in this opinion between Mishnah berurah and Aruch hashulchan?

With regard to reciting Korbanos in particular parshas Tamid, MB states that it should be recited with understanding of halachos of Tamid as a offering, Aruch hashulchan says its more recited as a ...
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mincha at tzet hacochavim [duplicate]

As far as I’m aware, the latest time for mincha is shkia (sunset). But I was at a new synagogue this shabbat and i asked what time mincha was. The rabbi told me “tzet hacochavim”. I couldn’t tell if ...
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Is a watch Chatzitzah for tefillin shel yad

According to Halacha does a watch count as Chatzitzah which invalidates tefillin shel yad? So for an average sized wrist watch, is the size between the Arm and arm tefillin strap enough to invalidate ...
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Is ochel nefesh permissible when Yom Tov falls on Shabbat?

On Yom Tov, there are certain examples of melacha being permitted that would otherwise be prohibited, based on it being permissible for the holiday’s need. My question is, does the law permitting ...
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Is adjusting Velcro prohibited on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to put together or pull apart Velcro straps on Shabbat? Is this considered to be sewing, which is a melacha that is prohibited on Shabbat? Or is it dissimilar ...
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Are the laws of muktzeh biblical or rabbinic

Are the laws prohibiting handling muktzeh on Shabbat considered biblical (from the Torah) or rabbinic? The reason it matters is because of the rule in Halacha, Safek Derabbanan Lekula vs Safek d’...
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Ashkenazic and Sephardic tefillin

There are tefillin shel yad where the handle is on one side of the box and the knot is on the other, and there are also tefillin shel had where the handle and the knot are on the same side of the box. ...
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Can one someone have a roommate light Shabbat candles for them

If a Jewish person shares a dorm or apartment with another Jewish person and the other person lights Shabbat candles, are they covered by that lighting or no? In this case they are not related nor are ...
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Earning money on Shabbat for permitted behavior?

If somebody gets a Heter from a rabbi or posek to do something on Shabbat that is normally forbidden for pikuach nefesh (such as being a police officer, firefighter, etc.) are they allowed to earn ...
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