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A classic work of Jewish Law, compiled and written by R' Yosef Karo.

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Hargasha nowdays

There are various reasons that the Poskim nowadays give to explain that there still is a concept of Nidda Min Hatorah despite women not having a Hargasha. From what I have managed to see, there seem ...
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Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews?

Is the Shulchan Aruch not consistent with the idea taught today that you can have Secular Jews / Halachically Jewish non-believing Jews? For example https://www.sefaria.org/Shulchan_Arukh%2C_Yoreh_De'...
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If there is no longer any Avodah Zarah, why do we need to follow the relevant halachah?

If it is accepted that Avodah Zarah has effectively ceased to exist, as suggested elsewhere on this site, why do we need to follow any of the relevant halachah, that applies to social relationships ...
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Why is one asked to join the Jewish community if this practice is not mentioned in the Halacha? Or maybe it is but I am not aware of?

It is written in the Rambam (Laws of Forbidden Relations chap. 14, 2) that when the potential convert comes to convert "we notify him regarding a small number of weighty mitzvot and a small ...
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Mazikim on Shabbos?

To begin with, in Hilchos Shabbos Siman 267 the Shulchan Aruch mentions the change in the blessing of Hashkivanu that we don't say 'Shomer Amo Yisroel' because as the Mishna Berura points out Shabbos ...
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Does a nidui expire automatically?

Shulchan Aruch YD 334:1 sets out the basic position that a nidui lasts 30 days after which it can be extended if the problem persists. It has to be specifically extended in order to continue in force. ...
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Good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?

I want to have an understanding of common Halacha and have an understanding of halacha. Do you know any good source for good quality Shulchan Aruch series, in audio or video?
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A list of Shulchan Aruch Halachot that repeat themselves?

I'm researching the prohibition for couples to have relations at a time of famine, which is brought by the Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim 240:12, Orach Chaim 574:4 and Even Ha'ezer 25:6. While many of ...
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What is the real position on the pilegesh expressed in the Shulchan Arukh?

Here is what Rabbi Yoel Lieberman says in the article present at the link https://www.yeshiva.co/ask/8800 "We must immediately say, that the issue of Pilegesh is far from an issue which just has ...
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What's that pointer finger in pages of Shulhan 'Aruch? [duplicate]

Is there a name for the pointer finger that appears in certain places in printed pages of Shulhan 'Aruch? I assume its purpose is to highlight an important point, but is it employed in a consistent ...
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What does the Chazon Ish say, on Mishneh Torah Laws of murder and saving life 4:11? And does what he said on 4:10 apply to 4:11?

What does the Chazon Ish say, on Mishneh Torah Laws of murder and saving life 4:11? And does what he said on 4:10 apply to 4:11? 4:10 "........apikorsim refers to Jews who deny the Torah and ...
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In regards to taking notes, highlighting, etc. - Is it permissible to write inside the Torah, Siddur and other holy books? [duplicate]

I am studying for Jewish conversion and have many books that I am using. I write inside my commentaries and Jewish guidance books, but I am unsure as to whether or not I can do the same inside my ...
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Who is “the author of the Shulchan Aruch” in this teshuvah of Rashbash?

The Rashbash (R' Shlomo Duran, the son of the Rashbatz, d. 1467) has a teshuvah (#360) written during an epidemic (unfortunately all too relevant now). At the time when he wrote this teshuvah, the ...
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Milk utensil found in meat cabinet [closed]

Say one has 2 cabinets, one for meat, one for milk, and found, for example, a milk knife in the meat cabinet and are uncertain as to how it got there. Say they are uncertain as to if it was washed in ...
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Correct position when urinating

This might sound incredible ludicrous but please bear with me - after all a fellow Jew once told me how the Shulchan Aruch in a passage described how and when proper defecation should occur (feel free ...
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Shach on orach chayim

I came accross a Magen Avrohom או״ח תמ״ז ס״ק י״ג that quotes a Shach that he says is בגליון does anyone know what he might be referring to?
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Halacha to discourage a convert once every 6 months?

A friend of mine told me that the halacha of discouraging a convert three times has a little nuance - the convert has to make the second and third attempt (to persuade the rabbi to let him convert) at ...
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Practical Issues with a Shulchan Aruch style conversion

Assuming a proselyte in the US is sincere and already identifies with the Jewish people and already keeps the main lifestyle mitzvot (kashrut, 3 daily prayers, tallit gadol, tefillin, Hebrew and Torah ...
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Heter to Work on 9 b’Av But No Bracha

Shulchan Aruch 554:23 says one is permitted to work even before chazot if he will lose money. 554:24 says he will not see a siman bracha from that work. Why would the mechaber go out of his way to ...
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Remove beard, but not sideburns?

How come it’s mutar to remove the beard but not the sideburns? The שלחן ערוך & רמב״ם both say they can be removed completely (with scissors or the like). So how come we only apply this halacha to ...
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Location of halachos of “a chosson and kallah”

Where are the halachos found in shulchan aruch regarding the practical halachos that a chosson is taught before he gets married: how a chosson and kallah have תשמיש המטה on the first night (and other ...
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Writing/drawing in the sand on Shabbos

The Mishnah (Shabbos 12:5) rules that writing in the sand is permitted: כָּתַב בְּמַשְׁקִין, בְּמֵי פֵרוֹת, בַּאֲבַק דְּרָכִים, בַּאֲבַק הַסּוֹפְרִים, וּבְכָל דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ מִתְקַיֵּם, פָּטוּר One ...
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Why do we say Barchu during davening when we don’t do so during Zimun?

The Shulchan Aruch paskens (OC 192:1): ואם הם ארבעה יכול לומר ברכו שאכלנו משלו אבל יותר טוב לומר נברך שלא להוציא עצמו מן הכלל If they [who are eating together] are four, [the leader] may say, “...
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Kel Molei Rachamim on Yom Haatzmaut

I was informed today that one does not say the above today as hallel was said. Does it make a difference whether Hallel was said with a Bracha or not?
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Who decides whether it's normal to eat something in a certain fashion?

The Shulchan Aruch in several places writes that if something is eaten in an abnormal fashion, it gets a Shehakol rather than its usual bracha.1 What defines whether something is a "normal" way of ...
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What rules did Hamechaber set to himself before compiling the Shulchan Aruch?

Following Doniel's question, did R' Yosef Karo accept himself a set of fixed rules/guidelines by which he is going to compile the Shulchan Aruch? For example, the order of Halochos, what he brings ...
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Where does the Shulchan Aruch quote an authority by name?

Generally speaking, R' Yosef Karo doesn't quote authorities by name in his Shulchan Aruch, but rather focuses on what the halacha is in the Shulchan Aruch and leaves the various opinions and ...
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Why doesn't Shulchan Aruch include the laws of destroying fruit trees?

Despite clear halachos that apply nowadays and codification in Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Rif, Rosh and Semag, and discussion by a host of other commentaries, as far as I (and the Taz, YD 116:6) can tell,...
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Why does S"A start Hilchot Shabbat with the laws between a Jew and a gentile?

The Shulchan Aruch Hilchot Shabbat (siman 243) starts with the laws between a jew and a gentile. Why does it specifically starts there when it is more likely to discuss the importance of Shabbat at ...
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Why did R. Moses Isserles state the same law twice in a row?

In Shulchan Aruch O.C. 624:5, R. Moses Isserles states: והמדקדקים מתחילים מיד במוצאי י"כ בעשיית הסוכה כדי לצאת ממצוה אל מצוה And the careful ones begin making the succah immediately at the ...
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Learning to translate the Shulchan Aruch

How can I get good at translating the Shulchan Aruch? Due to the fact that a lot of the words are more of a Rabbinic Hebrew rather then a Modern Hebrew, it's harder to translate without an English-...
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Is there an English Shulchan Aruch Audio online?

Is there anyone online that gives a straight English Shulchan Aruch shiur online? Shulchan Aruch not Kitzur Shulchan Aruch.
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Total number of Simanim In Shulchan Aruch

How many Simanim (Not Seifim) are there in all of Shulchan Aruch?
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What did Hamechaber mean by “personal property” in Hilchot Tzedaka?

SA Y"D 249: כמה חייב ליתן [לצדקה] וכיצד יתננה: שיעור נתינתה ... עד חומש נכסיו מצוה מן המובחר ואחד מעשרה מדה בינונית. וחומש זה שאמרו שנה ראשונה מהקרן מכאן ואילך חומש שהרויח בכל שנה: The ...
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How did Tur and Mechaber omit explicit Mitzvos?

When answering to "is-holding-memories-considered-bearing-a-grudge" I noticed that while נקימה ונטירה (revenge and grudges) are two explicit Mitzvos DeOrayso counted by Rambam, Smag, Chinuch, etc, ...
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Asher Yatzar on numerous occasions

Although we don't pasken like this, the opinion of the Shulchan Aruch is that one who relieves himself and hasn't yet made a bracha Asher Yatzar, and subsequently relieves himself again, must say ...
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Why is Tikun Chatzos said specifically at Chatzos? What's so special about Chatzos?

The Shulchan Aruch writes in Orach Chaim 1:3 ראוי לכל ירא שמים שיהא מיצר ודואג על חורבן בית המקדש It is fitting for every person who has fear of Heaven to be anguished and concerned ...
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What is the “Likut” in the Beur HaGr"a?

Certain explanations of the Beur HaGr"a start with the word "Likut". Does that mean that those explanations were collected from other places the Gr"a wrote other than the Shulchan Aruch? If not what ...
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Are Tefillin allowed to be put in a prison?

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 135:14) states that one should not bring a Sefer Torah into a prison.: "בני אדם החבושים בבית האסורין אין מביאי' אצלם ס"ת אפילו בר"ה ויה"כ: הגה והיינו דוקא בשעת ...
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Number of Se'ifim in Shulchan Aruch

How many se'ifim (not simanim) are there in the entire Shulchan Aruch? Not just Orach Chaim and not the Kitzur, but the entire, unabridged sefer. I'm trying to figure out scheduling for reviewing ...
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Why give a non-useful example of blowing a Shofar on Shabbat in Shulchan Aruch 307:5?

In סימן תקפח - זמן תקיעת שופר the Mechaber codifies that one does not blow the Shofar on Shabbat. ה: יוֹם טוֹב שֶׁל רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה שֶׁחָל לִהְיוֹת בְּשַׁבָּת אֵין תּוֹקְעִין בְּשׁוֹפָר. הגה: ...
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When do ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama? [duplicate]

When in halacha do Ashkenazim follow the shulchan aruch and not the Rama and in which aspects ?
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What does it mean Halachicly: “Hamechaber omitted those Halochos”?

There are numerous Halochos that appear in Rambam and even HaTur, and do apply nowadays, but HaMechaber omitted it completely from Shu"A, like Hilchot Teshuva, Hilchot שמירת הנפש, Hilchot Deot and ...
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Mishnah Berurah style commentary on the rest of Shulchan Aruch

a little background— Chofetz Chaim wrote the Mishnah Berurah in a novel way, that one could learn his commentary and not need to read many others. He however kept the original text of the Shulchan ...
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Was there any opposition to the Shulchan Aruch's methodology among the Sephardic Poskim?

I am aware of opposition to the Shulchan Aruch's methodology of paskening two out of three (Rif, Rambam and Rosh) from some Ashkenazic poskim of the time (namely the Masharshal). Was there any ...
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Contradiction between Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch in O.C. תקנז

In siman תקנז of orach chaim there seems to be a contradiction between the bet yosef and the mechaber about when one says the תפילה of נחם on ט' באב. In the bet yosef he writes that one only says it ...
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Is there a problem with saying/writing Antiochus Epiphanes?

Inspired by this question: Shulkan Arukh Yoreh De'ah 147 lists the prohibition to mention the name of a foreign deity (see also) Epiphanes means "God Manifest" in Greek. It is unclear to me if ...
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No divine form for the Oral Law?

This seriously puzzles me. The Oral Law in the form of the Mishnah (and the following Gemmorah), which is the six Sdarim, is well known, and the Gemmorah itself testifies (Shabbos 31a) its division is ...
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Consistent philosophy in the Shulchan Aruch

If the Shulchan Aruch primarily rules based on a majority based on the Rif, Rambam and the Rosh, who each (I'm assuming) are usually philosophically internally consistent, then wouldn't the Shulchan ...