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Questions about how Judaism interacts with technological innovations.

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How does one put on tefillin with a prosthetic?

Assuming that prosthetic limbs are not considered part of one's body: How would someone put on Tefillin if r"l his non-dominant arm was replaced by a prosthetic from the shoulder? Would the ...
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A widow using her deceased husbands semen to conceive?

If a husband has some of his semen frozen/saved and then dies, what halachic and hashkafic issues have to be addressed when deciding if his widow is allowed to/can/should use that semen to become ...
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What modern devices are susceptible to impurity?

I'm especially interested in computing devices like laptops/smartphones and vehicles like cars and trains.
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Could “Panim Chadashot” be fulfilled by FaceTime/ Skype?

In Maseches Kesuvos 7b we learn about the requirement of "panim chadashot" (lit: new faces) for every day of sheva brachos (codified in Even Ha'Ezer 62:7). Could the requirement of panim chadashot be ...
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Would Emoji halachically be considered a language?

While admittedly close to Purim, this is NOT a Purim Torah. 😂 Pretty much all of us know about emojis, as they're virtually everywhere nowadays. Emojis are increasingly being used as proof in court- ...
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“Tahor” Bedikah App

Tahor App is a Miami-based organization which created an app to allow women to "anonymously send pictures of their Bedikah cloths to a Rabbi with Tahor app’s Rabbinically approved technology." May ...
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Is one allowed to audio/ video record someone without their knowledge or consent?

In American law, when it comes to recording a telephone call, 38 states allow "one party consent" - namely, as long as one person is ok with recording the call (i.e., you) the other party doesn't ...
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Talking to Alexa on Shabbos [duplicate]

What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under? "Alexa, turn on the lights" "Alexa, play Zemiros"
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Stainless steel valid knife that wasn't used for 3 days

The Simlah Chadasha (Siman 18) writes that if a knife with a Chazaka was held unused for three days - and one then slaughtered with it (without checking if it is smooth) and then lost it, that knife ...
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Can one use on Shabbos an automatic toilet with an electric sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism when you are done? For example in a hotel lobby, or a public building. Assume there is no other ...
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General Halachic approach to smartphones [closed]

There seem to be so many dangers to owning "smartphones," for both children and adults. Access to violent, explicit, manipulative images, video, text, etc. The technology itself is designed to be ...
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Does one need to stop the Amidah if a projection of Avodah Zarah appears?

What I'm describing is a somewhat unusual situation, but this can occur. A group of us daven mincha in a conference room where mizrach (east) has a giant computer monitor. The company focuses on ...
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Facebooking in the bathroom

It is forbidden to think, speak or read words of Torah while using the bathroom as per Shulchan Aruch O:C 85:2 [based on Shabbos 40b] If a person is using the bathroom and they know that from time to ...
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Can a “brain controlled” prosthetic be used on Shabbat?

New prosthetics are controlled by brain waves which seem to make the prosthetic an extension of the body in an "organic" way, in that we control all of our own limbs through the same brain waves and ...
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Does laser printing “erase”?

Is there any halachical problem with laser printing of divre tora/sheimos? Because the image of the to-be-printed page appears on the drum, and transferring the toner on the paper hence "erases" ...
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Is a teleconference wedding halachically valid? [duplicate]

Suppose that a couple goes into a conference room and sets up a web cam. The edei kiddushin (witnesses) watch the declaration via Skype, etc. (Offhand, I don't think a chuppa is an absolute ...
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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of “muktzeh machmas chisaron kis”?

Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa says a radio is muktzeh machamas chisaron kis. -- I'm allowed to pick up and move a hammer if it's in my way on Shabbos, but not something expensive and delicate like a ...
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Did any Rabbi discuss for the Zohar prediction around 1840?

The Zohar 1:117a says: וּבְשִׁית מְאָה שְׁנִין לִשְׁתִיתָאָה יִתְפַּתְּחוּן תַּרְעֵי דְחָכְמְתָא לְעֵילָא וּמַבּוּעֵי דְחָכְמְתָא לְתַתָּא In the six hundredth year to the sixth millennium, ...
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Would it be mutar to be implanted with a microchip and leave it in over shabbos?

A few years ago a swedish company started implanting employees with rice-sized microchips in the backs of their hands. An american company followed suit. the chips can open doors, grant access to work ...
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Different Smart/Sport Watches on Shabbat

I looked at some of the other smartwatch threads, and being that they were older, they don't cover the following two cases: Hybrid Smartwatches Sports watches First the assumptions / definitions I ...
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Is there a cell-service “blocker” for shuls?

I've read that many shuls have "cell phone lockers" to encourage people who come for praying to store their phones prior to entering the shul. It's a great idea, but, many shuls don't have this, or ...
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CPAP on Shabbat

What is the halacha for using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, that must be used daily, on Shabbat? A CPAP machine for sleep disorders obviously would be switched on before retiring to bed and off ...
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Would somebody be yotze the Megillah reading by watching it LIVE STREAMING while following from a Kosher Megillah?

On motzei shabbat, I usually watch the megillah being read from The Shul of the Seven Beggars on my computer, which, for the record had been turned on, and set up, before Shabbat following their ...
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Can someone wearing a cochlear implant fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the Shofar?

Someone who hears via use of a cochlear implant is considered a pike'ach and not a cheresh, halachically. See this MY question for details. My question focuses more on the actual workings of the ...
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How did Abraham perform brit milah?

Abraham (around 1800 BC) performed circumcision. At that period, what tool must he have used to do that? Also, Genesis 18:7-8 says he cooked a calf. What tool must he have used to kill the calf at ...
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If one is noder hana’ah from a smartphone, what is included?

Let’s say someone says he is noder hana’ah from a smartphone. What is included in the Neder? I assume that using the physical object (ex. as a paperweight) would be out. I assume that using the ...
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Composite materials in Halacha

I know about two composite materials -- particle board and composite leather. Each is made of small bits of the original mixed with filler/binder. In halacha, there are times when wood and leather are ...
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Can one post a negative comment on a site such as Google or Yelp?

This answer states Chafetz Chaim's 7 rules regarding to'elet for Lashon Hara. When a service provider posts his business on a ratings site such as a doctor's site like Zocdoc, or one of the travel ...
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Could video be considered as a valid halachic witness in court?

My understanding is that court cases require a minimum of two witnesses to testify against someone. Could one of these witnesses be a video, or does it need to be specifically a live human? Would ...
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Answering phone during Kerias Shema

There are various rules pertaining to interruptions during the recitation of Shema. As first formulated in the Mishnah (Berachos 13a), there are certain interruptions that are allowed for "honor" and ...
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Can a robot do Bedikat Chametz?

Inspired by this video, I'm curious if a robot can do bedikat chametz for you. The video shows a rhumba with a spoon and candle roaming around the house cleaning the floor. (Granted, the spoon and ...
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Does a refrigerator ice machine need to be cleaned for Pesach?

Many refrigerators have an outside ice / water dispenser. The fridge makes ice "cones" which go into a reserved plastic ice bucket that is attached to the inside of the fridge door. Ice can be ...
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Can one use a milk frother on Pesach?

Gourmia makes a milk frother. The machine consists of a stainless steel pitcher that has a rotating "wheel" with an optional removable wire wisk that attaches to the wheel. The whisk is used to create ...
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Can a robot count in a minyan?

Can a robot count in a minyan? This answer brings that a robot is not Mechuyav in Mitzvot. I'd like to know if there are sources stating any other reasons (if any).
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Doing Rambam using audio shiur?

Regarding the institution of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe to learn the Rambam, either 3 chapters a day or 1 chapter a day, does anyone know if one is yotzei by listening to and understanding a audio ...
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Changeable page number sign for shul

In the shul (synagogue) I went to growing up, and in other shuls I've been to, they had a device for displaying the current page number. It was a wall-mounted box with three windows, behind each of ...
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Moving with magnets: what's the status in halacha?

If I move something on Shabbos with the force of a magnet, is that considered Halachicly like I move it with my hands (גופו), with my force (כוחו), indirect (גרמא), or have I done nothing? This is ...
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How can ultrasound be used to resolve a niddah question?

In this post Rabbi Slifkin makes the following statement Somebody once asked the great and underappreciated Rav Nachum Rabinovich, shlita, about whether one can use ultrasound to resolve a niddah ...
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Are you responsible for damage your driverless car causes?

Driverless cars are in the process of becoming a reality and it is a matter of time before they are a mainstream product. These car are pre-programmed to make certain decisions in the case of imminent ...
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Can leaving an online product or service review be considered a form of damage?

There is considerable research which shows that an online review of a product or service can effect, positively or negatively, on a business. If I buy a product or use a service and then review them ...
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Is there a “Jew” P.S. app for Android or iPhone?

I know that there are various minyan-finding sites like godaven.com They tell you the location and times of the closest shul to where you are located. Is there an app that can locate Jews who are ...
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Is there a commentary concordance?

I gather that there are both printed as well as on-line concordances for Tanac"h where one could enter a word or phrase and a list of matches appears. Is there such a thing like a Rash"i or other ...
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Looking for a web site that displays list of specific dates that Jewish holidays occurred

I am looking for a web site that can shows some statistics such as the last time that the 1st day of Chanukah was on Friday, or even a list of when such occurrences were in the past several centuries, ...
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Meat and milk with removable orthodontics

Is a person required to have different removable orthodontics (e.g. retainer, active plate etc.) for consuming meat and dairy?
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Davening with a Minyan in China

I regularly travel to China (and other countries) for business purposes. I know there are other Jewish travelers who do the same which I sometimes meet on the way. I think that if we have the right ...
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Should one using dialysis or colostomy bag say “Asher Yatzar”? [duplicate]

I see that this M.Y. question mentions "unusual" applications of saying "Asher Yatzar". The answers all state that one should say it "after going to the bathroom". I understand this term means ...
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recordings of chazanim made on Shabbos or yom tov

Someone gave me a recording of the tefilos of Yom Kippur in a well known Yeshiva. The Baal tefila is no longer alive. The recording was made by a jew placing a modern digital recorder underneath the ...
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May one say the bracha on seeing lightning, meteors, or comets if viewed through binoculars or a telescope?

O.C. 227:1 indicates saying בא"ה אמ"ה עושה מעשה בראשית on seeing זיקין (Mechaber describes this as a meteor; Mishnah Berurah surmises that this may be a comet.) The same blessing is suggested for ...
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Can I be held responsible for actively destroying my friend's files?

In a case of sending someone a computer virus, there's room to argue that it's indirect, that they damaged themselves by opening the file (albeit unintentionally), etc. What if I go over to your ...
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I need a free PDF transliterated orthodox siddur

Shalom everyone, I am a jew who is really really bad when reading Hebrew and also I don't have a lot of wealth. I would like to have a PDF Orthodox (chassidic) siddur, with English transliteration. I ...