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Wiping toilet seat on Shabbos

If one urinates a few drops on the toilet seat on Shabbos, is he permitted to wipe off the urine with a detached toilet paper, or would this be forbidden because urine is muktzeh.
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Can one repeat the name of Hashem when reading from the Torah to get the singing note right (meaning changed)?

Someone reading from the Torah gets the singing note (trop) wrong for one of the names of Hashem, in a manner which changes the meaning of the verse. He then needs to go back and repeat the name of ...
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Book With Talmudic Moral Proverbs Compilation

is there a book with a compilation of all the moral proverbs found in the Talmud? Not directly related to הלכה (Halacha). For example: פסיעה גסה נוטלת אחד מחמש מאות ממאור עיניו של אדם A large step ...
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Is learning the Tanya dangerous?

There seems to be a negative connotation around Chabad Lubavitch - mostly caused by the mashichists. For someone that does not adhere to the beliefs of the mashichists (someone who believes that the ...
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Sefirot not shittuf, but still Idolatry?

Even if The Kabbalistic Doctrine of the Sefirot is not Shittuf because it is seeking to describe the behaviors and attributes of God, and not actually violating the one-ness of God, doesn't drawing ...
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What is the definitions of fruits vs vegetables for different Halachic purposes?

IIRC, the scientific definition is simple - fruits contain seeds (apple or cucumber), and vegetables are all other parts of a plant (broccoli, carrots, or potatoes). What are some rabbinic definitions ...
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Who Gets Shlishi when Gabai makes a mistake and thinks there is no Levi in shul

The Gabai was not aware that there was a Levi in the congregation and gave the second Aliyah to the original Kohen (as per Halacha). The Gabai was then made aware there was a Levi present. Question: ...
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According to Tanya, does the animal soul partially abide in the mind?

Tanya Chapter 8 (source) writes that "the abode of the animal soul ... is in the heart, ... the left ventricle". In contrast, "the abode of the divine soul is in the brains ... [and] ...
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Why hold only the front 2 tzitzit for baruach sheomar?

The Artscroll siddur says to grasp the front two tzizit while saying baruach sheomar. Why hold only 2 of the 4 tzitzit? For the shema we hold all 4.
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Why not take high elevation into account for calculating zmanim?

The Zmanim Project uses sea level by default to calculate sunrise and sunset. They rationalise this by referencing a machloket on the subject. I don't have access to the sefer זמנים כהלכתם, otherwise ...
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Source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"?

What is the source for "Miktzas HaYom K'Kulo"? I realize it applies to Availus (mourning) and it is also brought up regarding Nazir but I could not find its source?
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Eating bread before tefillin?

BH I've seen https://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Doing_Activities_Before_Davening What are the general rules regarding doing activities (such as eating or checking email) before mitzvot (such ...
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What are the general rules regarding doing activities (such as eating or checking email) before mitzvot (such as tefillin or prayer)?

Imagine that there's an mitzvah which I can do. It might be obligatory, or it might not be. For example, tefillin, prayer, kiddush, havdalah, shofar, feeding my pet, visiting the sick, Torah study, or ...
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Do any poskim permit one to recite Parshas Hamon on Tisha b’Av?

Do any poskim permit one who says parshas hamon daily the rest of the year to recite parshas hamon on tisha b’av as well? And if so, which poskim?
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Does the future depend on me alone?

I read in a book that the Zohar says that everyone should consider himself as if the future of the world depended on him alone. Where does it say that, and does the idea originate elsewhere? I know ...
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What is the meaning of this Midrash about Eve in the Garden?

In the Zohar Hadash 91D, Midrash Ha-Ne-elam on Ekhah, in reference to Eve and the serpent (who is described as female), it states: "קָרֵיב הַהוּא נָחָשׁ לְגַבֵּי אִיתְּתָא, דְּדַעְתָּא קַלָּה ...
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Rashi on Devarim 6:8

In Devarim 6:8 Rashi says, והיו לטטפת בין עיניך: אלו תפילין שבראש ועל שם מנין פרשיותיהם נקראו טטפת. טט בכתפי שתים, פת באפריקי שתים: Rashi's English translation is: and they shall be for ornaments ...
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How does a recent bar mitzva "complete the weekly portion with the community"

When a person becomes bar mitva during the year, 98% of the time the community has already read 1 or even 50 weekly portions. Does the bar mitzva need to make up those portions? Would it matter if ...
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Signing off the bracha of 'magen Avraham' with just Avraham

In Parshas Lech Lecha 12:2, the pasuk famously reads: וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ לְג֣וֹי גָּד֔וֹל וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ וַאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה שְׁמֶ֑ךָ וֶהְיֵ֖ה בְּרָכָֽה׃ I will make of you a great nation, And I will bless you; ...
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Moshe, Israel entry

HaShem tells Moshe Rabbeinu that he will not be allowed into Eretz Ha-Kodesh. Moshe Rabbeinu is shown the Eretz Ha-Kodesh will standing on the banks of the river Jordan ( or somewhere in that area ...
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A non observant Jew cooks on Shabbos does that treif the kitchen and utensils?

If a non-observant Jew lives in an observant home and cooks on Shabbos in the kitchen. Would that make the kitchen and utensils treif? Or would he make the kitchen treif by warming up already cooked ...
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According to the Halakhah, is marriage forbidden between Israelites and Noahides (that is, "the righteous among the Gentiles")?

I’m an Italian noahide. In Mishneh Torah-Issurei Biah 12:1, the great Rambam says (English translation by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger): When a Jew engages in relations with a woman from other nations, ...
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What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew?

What attitudes toward Jesus are acceptable for a Jew? I understand that idolatry, or embracing the mainstream Christian perception of Jesus as divine, is absolutely out of the question. Furthermore, ...
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Was Joshua young or not?

Exodus 33:11 calls Joshua moses' "young aide," while Numbers 11:28 says that he had been 'Moses' aide since youth.' Which is it? Can a נער have ministered to someone מבחריו?
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Information about the Belz yeshiva in Jerusalem

I'm looking for an english yeshiva in Jerusalem geared towards baalei teshuvah and I have heard about the Belz yeshiva in Jerusalem. I have been unable to find any information about it, however. Does ...
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Did Joshua serve Moses in Egypt?

Three days ago, I asked this. While I'm still hesitant to accept that נער could be used of a 57 year old, the question I'm asking today focuses on Numbers 11:28 labeling of Joshua as Moses' aide ...
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What do you say when a boy is born [closed]

What do you say when a boy is born
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Settling in Eretz Yisrael: violation or an opportunity? [closed]

It is a well known principle that Moshiach will gather all the people that are in exile, and bring them into Eretz Yisrael (Yeshayahu 11:12; Mishneh Torah Hilchos Melachim uMilchamot 11:1][1]). Rabbi ...
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Shabbat Candle Lighting

SHEMIRATH SHABBATH by Rav Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth ZT”L is, in my opinion, THE supreme, most authoritative English guide to the Halacha (and more!) of Shabbat and Yom Tov. I do have a question in ...
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What can Torah teach us about if voting makes u responsible for the actions of the elected, or system?What does voting affect in the spiritual worlds?

If a nation has a national election with only so to speak "bad" candidates, what teachings from Tanakh, Talmud, Jewish law or Jewish ethics in general, and the mystical teachings of the ...
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Looking for a list of Sefarim on Teshuva

As Elul approaches, I am curious about a list of Seforim that are focused on Teshuva. The starting point, of course, is Shaarei Teshuva by Rabbeinu Yonah. The seforim could be all Hebrew, all English, ...
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Can one shave Pubic hair on the grounds that it’s practical? [closed]

I heard and read in some places that there is an exception to lo yilbash; that being practical usage/practice. Shaving pubic hair helps lower sweating, risk of fungal infection, chafing, etc.; in ...
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Halachic Justifications for the Amshinover Rebbe

The current Amshinover Rebbe in Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem is known in the Jewish world as a man of great piety and for his great knowledge in Torah. He is also known to keep very different "Zmanim"- ...
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What is the connection between Noam Elimelech and childbirth?

This website says (and I’ve heard it countless times): In his sefer Shulchan Melachim (page 35b), R. Moshe Tzvi Landau writes that it is customary to place the Sefer Noam Elimelech, beneath the head ...
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According to the more staunchly anti-zionist factions (e.g (parts of) Brisk, Satmar, Spinka, etc.) is making Aliyah forbidden?

There are staunch anti-zionist factions such as (some of) Brisk and Satmar, Toldos Aaron, etc. that are diametrically opposed to the Zionist regime (referring to it as heretical and such). According ...
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Why does steam impart dairy or meat status onto a cover?

Steam is a separate category as aroma in hilchot Kashrus. The former, if hot, contacts a pot cover, that cover would take on the dairy or meat status of the food below it. However, when water is ...
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Who exactly doesn't hold of Murex techailes?

One often repeated argument against the acceptance of Murex techailes is that "the Gedolim" don't accept it. Certainly there are many Gedolim who considered the issue, at least superficially,...
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How can not taking revenge be reconciled with the concept of goel hadam?

We are not allowed to take revenge, as the Rambam codifies This would be, for example if one person did something [against another]; and the other person doesn't stop pursuing him until he pays him ...
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Praying in English or Hebrew

I have searched and don’t think this is a duplicate and want to explain why this question is different from this one. In the above linked question, the answer clearly states that it’s best to daven in ...
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What did Isaiah see in Isaiah 6:1?

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 6:1 reads: בִּשְׁנַת־מוֹת֙ הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ עֻזִּיָּ֔הוּ וָֽאֶרְאֶ֧ה אֶת־אֲדֹנָ֛י ישֵׁ֥ב עַל־כִּסֵּ֖א רָ֣ם וְנִשָּׂ֑א וְשׁוּלָ֖יו מְלֵאִ֥ים אֶת־הַהֵיכָֽל: which Chabad.org translates as:...
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What does it mean that Doeg the Edomite was "detained before the Lord"?

Now a certain man of the servants of Sha᾽ul was there that day, detained before the Lord; and his name was Do᾽eg the Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Sha᾽ul. (1 Sam. 21:8) Was ...
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Do all Rabbis study the Talmud? [closed]

Can one become a Rabbi or be considered a Rabbi if they haven't study the Talmud, or do all Rabbis study the Talmud? Are all Rabbis Talmudic? Does one have to agree with the Talmud to be considered a ...
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Does Techum Shabbos apply vertically?

If I'm at the base of a ladder that ascends beyond 2K amot is the top of the ladder outside the techum or is techum only on a horizontal plane?
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Does Genesis 1:29 forbid ferns (fiddleheads) as food?

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כׇּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כׇל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כׇּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בּ֥וֹ פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה לְאׇכְלָֽה׃ ...
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When were the minor fast days decreed by the rabbis?

Five of the six annual fast days are rabbinic and four are "minor" (i.e., daylight fasts). When, historically, were these five fast days decreed and which is the last to be decreed by the ...
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Is a ketubah valid without agreement on value of zuz/zekukim?

I would have thought that a contract is only valid if both parties agree on the definitions of the terms mentioned, especially when it comes to specifying how much money is at stake. That said, as ...
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Posting female pictures/sketches online [closed]

Is it halachically permissible to post (modest) female pictures on a company's website? This would be done for purposes such as having a list of all staff members with their bio's and pictures so that ...
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What is considered religious persecution vis-a-vis giving up one’s life?

According to an alternate reading of Sanhedrin 74a cited by Mesoras HaShas §20 ad. loc., in a time of religious persecution, one must give up his life even for a “light mitzvah.” The Gemara 74b ...
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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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What is the traditional/common Haredi "non-Hasidic" response to using the "Three Oaths" as an anti-Zionist argument?

Kesubos 111b lists the "Three Oaths" made incumbent on the Jews and the nations during the Exile. The "Three Oaths" have served as a cornerstone of anti-Zionist literature (http://www.nkusa.org/...

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