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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 ...
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Spam texts to run up a person's bill

Many cell phone plans allot a person a certain number of texts each month and charge for every text over that limit. This is for both texts sent and received. Now, phone calls can be denied, but ...
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May someone with a monotonic voice be a Ba'al Kri'ah?

I understand that the main purpose of trope is grammatical. The musical aspect, as I understand is secondary. Halachically, when one reads the Torah publicly, is one required to sing it with the ...
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Digital Zmanim Displays from Bee Zee Systems [closed]

I noticed digital zmanim displays in many synagogues from Bee Zee Systems and I would like to get a break down of the cost associated with installing such a system. I contacted Bee Zee Systems and I ...
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Investing in cryptocurrency. Is there an issue?

Is there a problem with investing in a digital currency and letting it sit on Shabbat and holidays? It's fairly volatile and can increase or decrease greatly in value. So I'm wondering if these ...
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Sending an email or whatsapp to someone when it is shabbos in their location [duplicate]

I have heard that there is some sort of issue with sending messages to people who are in a place where it is shabbos, even if they are totally shomer shabbos. No source comes to mind, but I think it ...
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Is it bad for one to let bits of one's personal life become known online?

Isaac Moses wrote: Over the years, Gershon Gold has demonstrated great research skills, often coming up with on-point sources for interesting Halachic questions very quickly. He has also been an ...
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Looking for the booklet of sources from “The Purim Story”

There is a dramatization of the purim story called "The Purim Story". It was originally released as a double cassette album and came with a booklet of sources i.e. which medrashim are the source for ...
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Could a person leave skype on all shabbat? [duplicate]

I am wondering if it's forbidden to leave a skype call on all day/night during shabbat if a person prepared the skype call BEFORE shabbat and if it was only a voice call and not a video call and if ...
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Trying to find a quote of the Cheshek Shlomo

I'm trying to find the source of a quote I saw. I was reading an article about test tube beef and came across the following: [Rabbi Menachem] Genack noted another source for viewing cultured meat ...
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Murder by Machine

Say that Reuven is at the batting cages. After the machine turns off, Shimon flips it back on without Reuven knowing. A ball whacks Reuven in the head. Is Shimon liable for the resulting death? What ...
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Can Microwaves ever need Libun?

Very often microwaves have food splattered all over them. If the oven were to need to be Kashered would the spots that had food on them need Libun since they absorbed food directly (without a liquid ...
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May one install a web cam to check in on an elderly parent?

With a friend, I discussed the idea of installing a web cam to check in on an elderly parent who lives in her apartment alone and is serviced by a Gentile aid. The children are concerned that the aid ...
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Formal Logic and Gemara

I've recently tried to fuse my background in programming with my Gemara learning, resulting in what I now call computational gemara. You can read more about the idea here. An older article I wrote ...
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What are the halachic issues with self-driving cars that minimize overall damage instead of protecting the passengers? [duplicate]

As self-driving cars are becoming more common, I hear more and more people talking about the benefits when most of the cars on the road are self-driving and programming can optimize traffic flow. ...
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Can the Chanukah candles be lit via a timer?

Let's say someone attaches a timer to a fuse / lighter that sends a spark to light the candles. Can lighting be done automatically, or must each candle be lit by human physical action, only? As @...
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Seeking a web site or computer program to quickly find kvi'ot

I have a fascination with various aspects of the Judaic calendar. One aspect I find fascinating is kvi'ot. A kvi'ah is a 3 letter mnemonic (in some cases, a 2-letter mnemonic is used) to indicate ...
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Where can I get the data base for Masoret Hashas?

I really interested about the connections between masechtot, I mean like how many times does Masechet Brachot quote Masechet Shabat for example. So, for this I need all the data of the Masoret Hashas,...
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Wikileaks in Halacha

Could one make the argument that it is assur to read documents and other info made available through websites such as Wikileaks on the basis of it being assur to derive benefit from something that is ...
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Can I use my phone on chol hamoed?

I would like to use my phone for leisure on chol hamoed. I know tying is permitted-but what about, say, browsing the Internet or watching videos? Thanks.
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Can email be used on Sabbath? [closed]

Why did I receive email from this site on a holiday such as Succoth when we are not allowed to use any electronics?
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Does texting count as speech?

For instance, say that I text someone "I promise I'll do X." Does that have the same status as if I said out loud the same thing? The same question can be asked with respect to Shevuos (as in oaths, ...
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Can one use a weather-dependent lawn sprinkler on Shabbat?

One may not intentionally water his lawn on Shabbat (See here.) A shul congregant told me that he has a sprinkler that waters his lawn based on the weather forecast. It is not set on any type of ...
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Kol Ishah through filters

According to the opinions that one may not listen to a woman's recording: I've been playing around with some music recording programs, particularly the functions that modulate the voice and apply ...
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Can you wear a narrative clip on shabbat?

A "Narrative Clip" is a brand name for a device that is simply a clip that takes a photo every 30 seconds all day long. Is it permissible to wear such a device on Shabbat?
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Are there any fonts that allow for the name of Hashem to be typed the way it is in Sephardi siddurim?

I'd like to be able to typeset various tefilos on my computer, so I'd like to be able to type the name of Hashem the way it appears in Sephardi siddurim, like this: Are there any fonts that allow for ...
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Pokemon Go and Churches

This is intended to be an academic question. All practical halachic questions should be decided based on a consult with your local Orthodox rabbi. Pokemon Go is a new game for smartphones where you ...
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Does a dam invalidate all water downstream of its river for mikveh?

One of the requirements for a mikveh is that a body of water may not be artificially redirected or rechanneled. Does that mean, for example, that an entire river downstream of a dam, either for ...
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Acceptable to receive transplant of organs grown inside pigs?

If scientists could grow human organs inside of pigs, would it be halachically acceptable to receive a transplant of such an organ? A recent article in National Public Radio about US and British ...
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Jewish Minecraft instructions?

My 8 year old son wants to build a mizbeyach or a simple beit hamikdash structure on Minecraft. I know nothing about Minecraft and he is not great at it, though he uses it a lot. Does anyone know how ...
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Can DNA be used as evidence to prove that someone is Jewish? [duplicate]

Apparently, there were a number of child Holocaust survivors who were separated from their parents and never found them. They were adopted and raised by Non-Jewish families. As they became adults, ...
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Seeking additional information about the “seasonal drift” problem of the Judaic calendar

During my shul's annual *Tikun Leil Shavuot", I plan to give a short lecture about the "seasonal drift" affect of the Judaic calendar. See this Mi Yodeya answer for additional info. I could use some ...