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Kids listening to music in sefira: what age

At which age should children be trained not to listen to music during sefira.
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2answers
439 views

Need to kasher a knife after sticking oneself

If I poked myself with a knife and possibly got blood on it; does it have to be kashered.
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0answers
149 views

Fasting on an airplane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fast days and time zones If I am flying from Israel to NY during Tisha B'Av do I have to fast for 32 hours, or can I end the fast when it ends in the place where I was?
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1answer
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Deleting files containing G-d's Name / taking the host device into the bathroom

Is there any issue regarding deleting electronic files with G-d's Name in them? Also, is there any issue with taking such a device into the bathroom?
10
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4answers
705 views

Is it required to knock on doors before entering?

Do we have to knock on people's doors before entering?
15
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2answers
446 views

Computer working on Shabbos

Can I leave my computer on downloading over Shabbos?
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1answer
2k views

Mikvah erev Yom kippur

Do you have an obligation to go to the mikvah erev Yom Kippur.
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3answers
447 views

Talking during Torah reading

Is one permitted to talk during the communal Torah reading?
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11answers
7k views

Reason behind pinky during hagba

Why do people lift their pinkies during Hagba?
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3answers
3k views

Swimming on Shabbos

Is it permitted to go swimming on Shabbos?
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6answers
559 views

Is paintballing alowed

Is it permitted to go paintballing.
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1answer
98 views

Why dosn't he get Kasher Zamam

Why in the case of Lo Matzti Libitcha Bisolen in Makkot does a husband only get Makkot and pay shouldn't he get Kasher Zamam and be killed just like what would have happened to his wife.
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2answers
746 views

Waking up in the middle of the night

If one wakes up in the middle of the night to relieve oneself, what is the proper procedure regarding washing and the brachos of asher yatzar and hamapil?
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2answers
176 views

Number of days of Creation

How many days of "Creation" where there? If the answer is 7, then why is shabbos considered a day of Creation?
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1answer
140 views

Ba'al HaBayis accepting Shabbos early

What is the halachic implication when the Ba'al HaBayis ("Man of the House"), as an individual and not the entire community, accepts Shabbos (Sabbath) early? Are his wife and children automatically ...
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1answer
161 views

Early AND Late Shabbos Minyanim

The basic halachah is that when the congregation/community starts Shabbos (Sabbath) early an individual is forbidden to perform melachah (labor) even though Shabbos has not technically begun. What is ...
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6answers
208 views

Shelosha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-three? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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votes
1answer
240 views

Giving away coupon to non-kosher restraurant

Can a "kosher eating only" Jew who receives a coupon for a free meal at a non-kosher restraurant give that coupon to another jew, even if they don't keep kosher? I know you are not making them go and ...
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1answer
515 views

Shiluach HaKan and a possibly Tahor bird

Shuchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292:1 rules that the commandment of shiluach hakan applies only to birds which are tahor, a kosher species. The meforshim explain that the Torah say tzipor which only refers ...
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2answers
1k views

B'rachah on Shiluach HaKen

In many, if not most, cases where we fulfill a positive commandment Chazal instituted a blessing (B'rachah) over fulfilling that command. Looking through Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 292, and other ...
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13answers
264 views

Shnayim Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-two? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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votes
2answers
249 views

Variant vowelizations in Selichot

The repeated paragraph in Selichot that introduces the Thirteen Attributes includes the phrase "increasingly grants pardon to careless sinners and foregiveness to willful ones" (Artscroll Siddur ...
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2answers
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Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?

People get these nice Israeli silver gifts like kiddush cups or fountains -- do they need to be dunked in the mikva?
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3answers
8k views

Electric Appliances and Mikva

Do electric appliances need to be dunked (toveled) in a mikva? Obviously, if the parts that touch the food are removable (e.g. an electric mixer's bowl and blade, or a blender's carafe, or the ...
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6answers
1k views

Why do the Sifrei Eme"s (i.e. Job, Proverbs, Psalms) have cantillation marks?

Why do the Sifrei Eme"s (i.e. Job, Proverbs, Psalms) have cantillation marks? Are they read to a tune or is it just punctuation for personal usage? Have they ever been read publicly with the tune? (...
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11answers
451 views

Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-one? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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3answers
470 views

Intentional Shilu'ach Hakan

Can one fairly be judged as a "bad person" or a naval bir'shus haTorah (see bottom) if he actively seeks out opportunities for shilu'ach hakan gratuitously (i.e. does not make use of the young birds)? ...
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4answers
19k views

Rules for Cutting Nails

My question about nail-cutting is whether each of the following is halacha, minhag, or old-wives' tales. Not cutting both fingernails and toenails on the same day. Not cutting nails at night (is this ...
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2answers
749 views

Non-Jew's marriage obligation

Does a non-Jew have an obligation to get married like the Jew does?
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11answers
151 views

Esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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3answers
888 views

Posek vs. Rabbi?

It seems to me obvious that certain sheilos are best dealt with by only the leading Rabbanim. At the same time colloquially we often say a Rabbi has "paskened" a sheilah when the answer is fairly ...
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2answers
162 views

Choices before birth

Before we are born, do we pick who our parents, guides, and rebbaim in life will be?
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5answers
831 views

malacha from child

is one allowed to ask a child to do a malacha of shabbos? does your answer also apply to a non-Jew?
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3answers
1k views

Returning after driving someone to the hospital on Shabbat

If a man needs to be brought to the hospital on Shabbat due to a life threatening situation, another man may bring him there even by violating biblical Shabbat prohibitions (e.g. driving a car). Which ...
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5answers
559 views

Is it Gezel Sheinah for a teacher to wake up a student in class?

Yes, it's a little tongue-in-cheek, but it occurred to me while reading the question on stealing a parents tuition by skipping, and I think that there is a real benefit in the question. Is it Gezel ...
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1answer
129 views

Shavuos, why celebrate?

The original Matan Torah — meaning, when we celebrate Shavuos — is the time when we mistakenly thereafter served the Golden Calf. Why would we celebrate that day? It is equivalent to celebrating after ...
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8answers
109 views

Tish'a Asar - mi yodeya?

Who knows nineteen? Please cite/link your sources, if possible. After about one business day, I will: Upvote all interesting answers. Accept the best answer. Go on to the next number.
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5answers
151 views

Sefiras Haomer Counting Direction

When we count the Sefiras Haomer, why do we count up and not down?
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3answers
222 views

What to daven when coming into minyan during Shema

Where are you supposed to start at when you come into shachrit during shema on a regular week day?
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3answers
290 views

Reaching kedusha during silent shemone esre

When the chazzan starts kedusha in chazarat hashatz while you're davening, are you supposed to answer the chant, continue in your tefilla, or just not say anything?
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4answers
734 views

What is the status of a pull-apart challah for “lechem mishneh”?

On Shabbat, we're supposed to begin the meals with two whole loaves - "Lechem Mishneh." According to Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchato as quoted in the article linked above, "If two loaves bake together in ...
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2answers
111 views

Advance notice of the day of the Omer?

If I say, "Tonight will be the X night of the Omer", why is that considered as I've already counted? If I say, "G-d is blessed for creating the fruit of the tree", don't I still need to make the ...
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3answers
1k views

Is Yom HaAtzma'ut a Chag?

Is Yom Ha-Atzma'ut (Israeli Independance Day) considered a Chag (Jewish Holiday)? I have been to three types of Shuls (Synagogues) on this day: Those that have added the saying of Hallel but without ...
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1answer
3k views

Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

What are Halachik reasons that some Poskim allow recorded music during the Omer, but others forbid all music?
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3answers
502 views

Can you turn your back to the Aron HaKodesh?

I'm quite certain that it is mentioned in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one should not turn one's back to the Aron HaKodesh (ark which holds the Torah Scrolls). Can anyone tell me where this is ...
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3answers
896 views

Mizmor l'David (Psalms 23) at Shalosh Suedos

There is a common minhag (custom) to sing Mizmor l'David at Seudah Shlishis, the third Sabbath meal. It is common to sing this song three times in a row and I was asked this Shabbos by a friend why ...
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5answers
544 views

Lag BaOmer - Why Celebrate on the Yohrtzeit of a Tzadik?

Lag Baomer celebrates the yohrtzeit of a tzadik. Why is that cause for celebration?
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3answers
229 views

Shavuos Versus Simchas Torah

What is the difference between Shavuos and Simchas Torah if they are both fundamentally celebrations of the Torah?
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3answers
79 views

The story of the rabbis in the haggada-mizva of afikoman

In the hagadah, did the rabbanim who stayed up all night get the miztva of afikoman?
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1answer
128 views

Are eidim lawyers?

Are eidim considered lawyers?

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