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Is a Semicha required for determining the status of a Safek Niddah

According to Halacha, is it required for a Rabbi to have semicha if he’s determining the status of whether a woman is a niddah if she believes it’s a Safek? Or no, is a formal semicha not required ...
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Are doors to balconies obligated in mezuzot

According to Halacha, does a doorway to a balcony ever need a mezuzah? Or no, is it not considered an obligated dwelling space?
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Maximum shiur for chair height for those sitting shivah

According to Halacha, those in aveilut sitting shiva should sit in shorter chairs, see here. Therefor, what is the maximum shiur for permitted chair height when defining a short chair when it comes ...
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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 garden gnomes Chukot Hagoyim

According to Halacha, are garden gnomes classified as Chukot Hagoyim, or not? I ask because on the one hand, they are not associated with idolatry nowadays, however they are a custom of non-Jewish ...
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Is it true if a person did the sin of mishkav zachar he has to do 227 fasts to rectify his soul

I believe I saw in the Ba'al ha-Turim or in the Ramban's commentary on Torah or a commentary on the Ramban that if a person did the sin of mishkav zachar he needs to do 227 fasts in order to rectify ...
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Is a utensil used to pickle meat Ben Yomo for 24 hours

According to the Talmud in Chullin 97b pickling is considered cooking in Halacha. My question is, does this only mean the food has the halachic status of being cooked? Or does this Gemara also mean ...
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Are infirm people who can’t work obligated to give tzedakah

According to Halacha, are infirm people who can not work due to age, injury, illness etc. obligated to donate tzedakah or no? In this scenario, they are still mentally competent, although they can’t ...
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What defines something that requires a mezuzah?

BH I know it says ve Al mezuzot beitecha uvesharecha it should be on your mezuzot and on your gates. Are "a house and gates" all that is required for mezuzot? What about things like pillars ...
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Is there an obligation to check blood spots in non-chicken eggs

According to Halacha, is there any obligation to check for blood spots in eggs from birds other than chickens? Is there a different din that is applicable or not?
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Can a Talmid Chacham pasken something isn’t shaatnez for himself

According to this answer, the Taz believes that a Talmid Chacham has the right to pasken for himself, however there is an exception if something has a previous status of prohibition. Can a Talmid ...
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If a Jew cuts an onion with a cold milchig knife, May they cook or eat it with meat

According to Halacha, after cutting an onion with a cold milchig knife, may it be cooked or eaten with meat? Does the taste (טעם) transfer to the onion even if it’s cold?
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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

According to Halacha, is it permitted for a husband and wife to swim together while the wife is niddah, or no? Would it be considered harchakot and rabbinically forbidden or no?
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Do you still need to give old maaser?

If one realized that years ago they earned money and did not give maaser, is there a chiyuv to give the maaser now?
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Is Pat Akum applicable nowadays

The Mishnah in Avodah Zarah 2:6 discusses the prohibition of bread baked by a gentile, also known as Pat Akum. My question is whether nowadays, when the Halacha LeMaaseh appears to permit that, ...
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Why are the halachot of Ribit (interest) in Yoreh Deah

The halachot of ריבית seem to be a monetary issue having to do with borrowing, lending, and general business issues. As such it seems like they should be in חושן משפט, but they're not - they're in ...
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Is Remilk dairy or pareve in Halacha

According to Halacha, is the animal free Remilk from Israel considered dairy for the purpose of seperating meat and dairy? Or no, since the milk is not from a live animal is it considered pareve and ...
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Do Jews have to take time from work to spend requested time with their parents

According to Halacha, Jews are obligated to honor their mothers and fathers. My question is, if a mother or father requests their child spend time with them, and that would conflict with their job ...
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How do we determine whether a dish is clean?

There are situations in which the question arises in halacha (specifically, the laws of kashrus) whether a piece of flatware or a dish is clean — by which I mean whether it lacks any remnant of ...
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Who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a kohen

According to Halacha, who has a priority in Kibbud, a talmid Chacham or a Kohen? Halacha obligates Jews to honor both, so if there is a dispute about which one a Jew can honor, which one should they ...
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Is there any source that says a person should have kaf zechut to anothers shechita

I know a person who is machmir on not eating meat from others he said only if he does the shechita himself he will trust to eat it. Is there any law that mandates others to trust in others people ...
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May Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender

According to Halacha, may Jews dress a child under the age of bar or bat mitzvah in clothing of the opposite gender or no? Would it be forbidden because of the mitzvah of Chinuch, and this is a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...