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Sample Temple diaspora rabbinic responsum

Are there any books which present, in the traditional rabbinic responsum format, questions that could or would arise throughout temple life (or just the temple)? [And thus answer them based on ...
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Are there unresolved ‘tekus’ in the Talmud later resolved in responsum?

Often in the Talmud questions are asked which do not yield a result. These non-answers are called ‘teku’ (תיקו). Frequently, the questions which are left with teku are those which are far-fetched. ...
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Gaonic correspondence with Kiev

In a lecture here (@ 4:25) the speaker claims that we have responsa from Gaonim sent to Kiev, Ukraine. My hunch is that he is (mistakenly) referring to R. Moshe of Kiev, a contemporary of Rabbeinu ...
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Sources that discuss possible Halachic issues with Video Games

For example, is there an issue with performing Issurim within a game? Thanks!
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

I'm preparing classes on the beginning of Bava Metziah and I would like to present the information through the lens of the Rabbonim that used the Gemara to answer Sheilos. Does anyone know of a Sefer ...
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List of Seforim that are mentioned in the Pischei Teshuva

In his hakdamah, the Pischei Teshuva lists off 192 seforim that he used in his sefer. Did anybody ever publish a comprehensive collection of all the seforim that are used in the Pischei Teshuva, ...
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Maharam Discussing the Rosh

Is there a list of teshuvot (or other documents) in which the Maharam discusses his student the Rosh?
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who is Rabbi Menashe Klein referring to (a “religious” psychologist who wrote a forbidden book)?

Rabbi Menashe Klein in Sefer Bais Rahel on page 144 when discussing the dangers of psychologists (marriage counselors) says: וכבר נשמע על אחד מהם שכינה עצמו רב ודתי וחרדי מאד מאד, שכתב כביכול ספר [...
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Are there any responsa from the Savoraim?

in this shiur the speaker mentions that in the Geonic literature there is reference to shaylot u'teshuvot (responsa) literature from the Savoraim period, but that we no longer have this material. I ...
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Rothschild purchased Israel excluding the temple mount

I was told that Rothschild wanted to purchase the temple mount when he was purchasing land in Israel, but did not because the Rabbis were against it What were the reasons the Rabbis were against it? ...
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What does בהאנרעלזשולע mean?

In Shu"t Melamid L'hoil OC 61 (written by Rav Hoffman in Germany circa 1900) below it is asked about a child who is told to write something (with something?) בהאנרעלזשולע on shabbas and if he doesn't ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and chodosh in the Diaspora

I'm searching for some clarification regarding what Rav Moshe Feinstein, z"l, held with regard to chodosh in chutz la'aretz. My father-in-law recently attended a lecture of a student of Rav Reuven ...
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Rov Menashe Klein's Mishnah Halachos 18 vol responsa

I have been searching online as well as in seforim stores and can't seem to find a set of Rov Menashe Klein's Mishnah Halachos Shut set? Does anyone have any ideas where I could find a set. Thanks!
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Responsa concerning attending University or College

Are there any responsa from 20th/21st century Rabbis which discuss attending University or College? If so, which? I've heard there is a R' Elchonon on this topic speaking about whether one is allowed ...
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If you get a psak, then hear that it is wrong, what must you do?

If I get a personal psak from "my" rabbi, then hear something--let's say from a dayan who is advising me on a different, but related matter--to indicate that "my" rabbi's psak was somehow flawed, what ...
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Teshuva that halachot don't apply off of earth

Around the time of the ill-fated shuttle mission STS-107 (the space shuttle mission that Ilan Ramon was on), I heard a shiur about the laws of space travel. One of the sources presented was from a ...
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Modern bug checking sources

Where are modern she'elot and tshuvot that deal with circumstances surrounding bug checking? Looking for sources that talk about things like freezing and blending. Where can I find such things?
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Writing Responsa in English

I was reading the introduction to Rabbi Yehuda Henkin's book "Responsa on Contemporary Jewish Women's Issues" and he wrote something that I found interesting: Whether Halachic response should be ...
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How did R' Yaakov Risher arrive at the exact number of responsa that he published?

Volume 1 and 3 of Shvus Yaakov have 182 responsa in each, corresponding to the numerical value of the author's name, Yaakov. Volume 2 has 188 responsa. After responsum 182 of volume 2, the author ...
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Can I get the Rambam's correspondence with the French rabbis online?

I recently read an article by Rabbi Yaacov Schwartz in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society (Fall 1988) titled "Jewish Implications of Astrology." In the article, he quotes the Rambam in ...
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Responses of Raavya to Rokeach

R. Elazar of Worms (author Sefer Rokeach) sent questions to R. Eliezer ben Yoel (known as Raavyah). These are recorded by Raavyah (ch. 151). responses to some of the questions are recorded there. I ...
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Which sections of Igros Moshe are in which volumes?

In Igros Moshe, the classic compilation of responsa by R' Moshe Feinstein, each of the published volumes contains one or more collections of numbered responsa, each concerning a specific area of ...
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Responsum of Maimonides Regarding Translating Mishne Torah

The Maimonides Reader (p. 478) quotes Rambam's responsum to Ibn Gabir regarding translating the MT (also referenced here). He responds to a request from this Arabic speaker who was able to learn ...
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Maimonides' Responsum on Pre-Sinaic Mitzva Observance

The Maimonides Reader (p. 478) quotes Maimonides' responsum to Hasdai Ha-Levi where he states that our forefathers didn't keep the mitzvos at all. Where else can this responsum be found? (...
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Nishmas Chaim / Rav Chaim Berlin - searching for his tshuva on men and women shaking hands

Regarding the sugya of men and women shaking hands, I saw a few places who source the Nishmas Chaim who explains his shitta. They source it as Nishmas Chaim Siman 135 and some add (anaf) 6. However, I ...
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'Agunoth and Mamzerim after the Holocaust

What have Posekim decided regarding families that were torn apart as a result of the Holocaust, particularly with respect to marriages where the husband was taken and never seen again (but not ...
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Experimental drug testing (e.g. for cancer)

Are there any sources discussing (both l'kula and l'chumra) experimental drug studies? Two reasons this would be halachically problematic: Drugs assigned based on animal studies have a small chance ...
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Dilemma for Jewish Scientists

A member of my shul, scientist who was on the short-list to win a Nobel a couple of years ago, made an interesting point about his own ethical issue. As a scientist involved in biology, professionally,...
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Which opinion of the Rambam is followed, the Mishneh Torah or the Responsum?

If there is a contradiction between something the Rambam wrote in the Mishneh Torah and his responsum letters, which is considered his final ruling? Is there a general rule or is it a case by case?
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Was chicken originally considered pareve? If so, when and why was this changed?

I heard that chicken was originally considered pareve in the Bible, because it is a type of fowl (i.e. like fish it is pareve, as it is not 'meat'), and that only later was it changed to be meat ...
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Holocaust Responsa of Rav Ephraim Oshry

Due to the poor health of Lithuania's last Chief Rabbi, Rav Avraham Shapiro, and due to his death in 1943, many of the residents of Kovno Ghetto addressed their questions to Rav Shapiro's student, Rav ...
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“Rabbi, teach me something new”

Throughout the Talmud* there are launch-pad stories of sages being asked by their students and even their peers to teach them something they've never been taught before or else something that was ...