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What is the minimum size for a vineyard to be obligated against Kilayim

According to Halacha, a vineyard is prohibited from being mixed with different fruits or seeds, also known as Kilayim. My question is what is the minimum size/shiur for a vineyard to exist by halachic ...
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May a convert/woman be the president or CEO of a tzedakah organization

According to Halacha, people who convert to Judaism or Jewish women are not permitted to have some positions of authority over born Jews. My question is, does being a president or CEO of a tzedakah ...
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May Jews eat chicken before the usual waiting time after eating hard cheese

According to Halacha, Jews should wait at least 1 hour (according to some ashkenazi Poskim) or 6 hours (according to most Sephardic poskim) after eating Hard cheese before eating meat. Since chicken ...
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Are fedoras Lo Yilbash on a woman

According to Halacha, are Fedoras considered Lo Yilbash for a woman to wear? Or no, even though they are often worn by males, are they not considered men’s apparel that women are by halacha ...
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Are gentile shrunken heads assur to own

According to Halacha, is it assur to own a gentile Shrunken head? The reason I ask is because my understanding is Halacha prohibits Jews from owning things made like the human form, even if not actual ...
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What is the dividing line between a segulah and nichush

The Torah in Leviticus 19:26 prohibits the following of omens, also known as issur nichush. I am curious what the dividing line between a Segulah, which are kabbalistic charms or signs of certain ...
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Do frozen fries need a hechsher

According to Halacha, does a bag of frozen fries from a non Jewish store need a Hechsher? Or no, is it kosher without one?
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Is the Chanukat Habayit meal a Seudat Mitzvah

According to Halacha, is the meal served at a Chanukat Habayit when you affix a mezuzah to your new home a Seudat Mitzvah? Or no, even though it is a traditional minhag is it not the status of a ...
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Does boba from a non-Jewish store need a Hechsher

According to Halacha, does boba bought from a non-Jewish store need a Hechsher? Or no, is it kosher unless shown otherwise?
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Do noahides have a mitzvah to honor elders

According to Halacha, do noahides have any mitzvah to honor elders? Or no, even though it has Logical basis is it not applicable to them?
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St. Patrick’s day and Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, is the holiday st. Patrick’s day considered Chukot Hagoyim? So would Jews be prohibited from wearing green or (consensually) pinching somebody not wearing green on that day? What ...
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Are goji berries subject to Orlah

According to Halacha are Goji berries subject to the prohibition of Orlah? Or no, are they not considered a fruit and therefor can be eaten before the third year?
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Does lemon or lime juice need a Hechsher

According to Halacha, does lemon or lime juice from a non Jewish company need a Hechsher? Or no, can it be bought even without a kosher certification?
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Tzedakah for non-observant Jews

According to Halacha, do Jews fullfill their obligation of donating tzedakah if they give it to non-observant Jews? Or no, if a Jew is not religiously observant does it not fullfill the mitzvah of ...
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Is shalom Zachar held for treifa babies

Halacha exempts baby boys with serious injuries or illnesses from Pidyon Haben (see this answer). My question is whether a shalom Zachar Seudat mitzvah should be held for a baby boy like this?
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Is Peter chamor done if the owner of the first born donkey is a kohen or Levite

According to Halacha, if a first born male donkey is owned by a kohen or Levite is Pidyon peter chamor required? Or no is it exempt because of the owner’s status?
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Are conjoined twin animals inherently treif

According to Halacha, are animals which are conjoined twins considered injured and therefor inherently treif and non kosher even if from a kosher species? Or no, if they are from a kosher species and ...
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Are copies of the Temple's keilim assur behanaah?

The Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah 43a states Jews are forbidden from making replicas of items of the Temple. My question is: once a replica has been created, is it prohibited to derive any benefit ...
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Do walk-in closets need a mezuzah

According to the Halacha, do walk-in closets need a mezuzah? Or no, since they are not regularly lived in are they exempt from having a mezuzah?
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Do Jews need to kasher pots and glasses used for Yayin Nesech

According to Halacha, if there is a glass or pot that has been covered in Yayin Nesech wine do Jews have to kasher it in order to use it for kosher food or drink? Or is merely washing it enough? To ...
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If a woman converts to Judaism, is she niddah the first time she has sex

The Halacha is that when a Jewish woman who is a virgin has sex for the first time, she becomes niddah whether or not there’s blood stains. If a woman converts to Judaism, and she had sex prior to ...
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Is perfume lo Yilbash for a man

Is there a problem of lo yilbash, prohibited cross dressing, with a man wearing perfume? Or no, since it is not a physical garment is it permissible?
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Reciting yizkor for non-observant parents

Is there anything problematic in Halacha with Jews reciting yizkor for deceased parents who were non-observant when they were alive? Or no, should it be recited even if they were not observant or ...
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Is there a mitzvah to honor a bechor who’s an adopted brother

The Halacha states that there is a mitzvah to honor first born brothers. My question is, does this apply if the oldest brother is adopted? What if the oldest brother who is adopted is a first born ...
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Circumcision for conjoined twins

According to Halacha, if there are Jewish male conjoined twins, how many circumcisions are needed? Do both penises need it, or only one?
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Story of a child who fell in honey and died?

I remember learning in Yoreh Deah about a halachic case about a child who fell into honey and died, and the Tosfos Yom Tov declared the honey not kosher. Where is that story found?
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Does peanut butter need a Hechsher

What’s the Halacha regarding whether Jews may eat peanut butter without a Hechsher? If they buy peanut butter from gentiles, do they require a kosher certification to eat?
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Having someone recite a hesped for someone they didn’t know

Is there anything problematic in Halacha with having somebody recite a hesped for somebody else if they didn’t know each other? Or is there nothing wrong with it? Does it make a difference if the ...
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Saying Kaddish for a Talmid chacham/rebbe muvhak

Is there a particular interest, either by Halacha or minhag, for Jews to recite the mourner’s Kaddish for a Talmid chacham, especially their rebbe Muvhak? My understanding is it is permitted to ...
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Is a carrying handbag on arms Lo Yilbash on a man

According to Halacha, is it lo Yilbash (cross dressing) for a man to carry a handbag or purse on his arm? Or is there any heter for men to have them if they need it for storage?
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Glatt vs Beit Yosef Glatt [duplicate]

I’m curious what the difference in Halacha is between standard Glatt and “Beit Yosef” Glatt kosher? My understanding is the difference between Glatt and non-Glatt is the lungs, but what makes Beit ...
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Can tzedakah be given from cryptocurrency

What does the Halacha say about giving tzedakah from cryptocurrency? Does one fulfill the mitzvah of donating tzedakah as charity if they donate cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, or no? The reason I ask is ...
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Should someone tithe unemployment benefits and severance pay?

I know you're supposed to tithe your after-tax wages as well as gifts of money. However, if a Jew is receiving one instance of severance pay and is eligible for unemployment benefits, do they tithe ...
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Does chinaware need Tevilat keilim

According to Halacha, does chinaware need tevilat keilim when it is bought by a Jew from a gentile or no? Is this question a machloket amongst the different poskim?
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May Jews listen to music during the day of a Sefer Torah burning

According to the Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah 340:37 Jews are supposed to tear Kriah after seeing a Sefer Torah being intentionally burned. However, may they listen to music the day when they see it ...
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May sick Jews wait less for meat and dairy

According to Halacha is there any leniency for sick Jews to wait less time between meat and dairy or no? Not in a situation of pikuach nefesh but just of general health and wellness?
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Is food which a child slept over forbidden

The Halacha prohibits sleeping over food due to ruah rah. Some poskim rule this doesn’t apply if a gentile sleeps over it. My question is, does this also apply if the person who sleeps over it is a ...
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Minimum amount of dirt required for covering blood

Halacha mandates when Jews do shechita of chickens and wild animals they cover their blood with dirt. The question I have is what the minimum amount of dirt is necessary to use to fullfill this ...
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Does Orlah apply to blueberries

According to Halacha, does the prohibition of Orlah apply to blueberries? Or is it not considered a fruit from a tree in Halacha and therefore that law doesn’t apply?
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May Jews do business in non kosher animal food

The halacha generally prohibits Jews from doing commerce in non kosher foods, although they are not always issur hanaah they are prohibited from regular business in. However, is it permissible for ...
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Do poor converts get priority in tzedakah/maaser

In Halacha, is there any priority in giving converts, with the Halacha status of ani/poor, tzedakah and Maaser before giving it to poor born Jews? The reason I ask is because there are more positive ...
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Do blenders need to be kashered

According to Halacha, do blenders previously used for non kosher foods need to be kashered, or merely washed? Furthermore, do they need to be kashered if one plans to use it for fleishig and then for ...
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May synagogues issue interest bearing bonds

According to Halacha, is it permissible for synagogues to issue interest bearing bonds and sell it to its members to raise money or no? Would this be prohibited as ribbit, or since the synagogue and ...
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Are Levites obligated to give foreleg, cheeks and maw

According to Halacha are Levites obligated to give a kohen the foreleg, cheeks, and maw of a Shechita’d animal? Or no, due to their unique lineage are they exempt from the requirement?
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Are Jews allowed to give gentiles gifts to avoid chillul hashem

The general Halacha from the Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah is that Jews are not supposed to give gentiles gifts randomly due to the prohibition of Lo Techanem. However I am curious if it is ...
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Do Jews to have wait for whey after meat

According to Halacha, if a Jew eats meat, do they have to wait after eating meat to consume whey, or do they merely have to finish eating, wash their mouth, and drink water? Are the rules for whey ...
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Can left handed people place a mezuzah on left side of doors

The basic halacha is that a mezuzah should be placed on the right side of the door. My question is, if a person is left handed is it permissible for them to attach it to the left side of the door? Or ...
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Are animal fats cooked with dairy issur hanaah

According to Leviticus 7:24 forbidden fats from non shechita’d animals may be used for any purpose but eating. Therefore, is it permissible to cook them with dairy and/or sell them mixed with dairy? ...
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Seperating gelatin and dairy

According to poskim who hold gelatin is only as kosher as the animal whose bones are used (with whom I don’t personally agree) does the same meat dairy separation Halacha apply? Or is there leniency ...
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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

In Leviticus 12:1-4 it states that a woman is impure for 7 days after birth, known as Yoledet. This is a status with similar rules to niddah. My question is, does this Halacha apply to a woman who ...
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