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Renting a simcha hall from a church

Is there a halachic problem with renting a hall that belongs to a church for a bar mitzvah?
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Gambling at casino

Is it halachically permissible to gamble at a casino?
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1answer
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Rubik's cube on Shabbos

May a person solve a rubik's cube on Shabbos?
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Can a Kohen Marry a Woman with a Non-Jewish Father?

Is a Kohen allowed to marry a woman who is the daughter of a Jewish woman and non-Jewish man?
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Davening for someone to end a painful life

Are you allowed to daven for a person to die because he is in a lot of pain?
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Quorum for chazaras hashatz

How many people are needed in order to start chazaras hashatz?
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Lottery on Shabbos

Is one allowed to buy a lottery ticket if the lottery will be held on shabbos? Is it a problem of possibly making money on shabbos even though his chances are slim?
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Must I separate challah from pre-made dough?

If I buy ready-made bread dough or pizza dough, do I have to separate challah from it?
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What to do if Shabbat candles go out

What should a lady do if, after kindling the candles, a gust of wind blows them out, or they tip over and are extinguished?
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Is the Yovel every 49 or 50 years?

When is Yovel? Is it in the 49th year of the shmita cycle, or the 50th? And if it is in the 50th, when is the next shmita, in the 56th or 57th year? What is the practice in modern day Israel?
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Tish'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-nine? 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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Is diversity a Jewish value?

We hear a lot about the value of diversity these days, especially in academic settings. What about in hashkafa? Does "shivim panim l'Torah" teach that diversity is to be valued, and to what degree? ...
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Davening not in Hebrew

Isn't it better to daven in your first language rather than davening in Hebrew and only knowing part of what you're sayig?
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Music on lag baomer

Are you allowed to listen to music the night of lag baomer or do you have to wait untill the day?
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Why is Lag Baomer celebrated the way it is (or at all)?

Why do we celebrate lag baomer with bon-fires and bow-and-arrow. Why do we celebrate lag baomer at all?
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How to do Shnayim Mikra when the Aramaic Targum has multiple alternate wordings?

What should one do when saying שנים מקרא ואחד תרגום if one comes upon a verse where the Targum (Aramaic translation) has two alternative wordings? I would just say the verse in Targum twice (or four ...
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Sign Language During Davening

Would one be allowed to use fingerspelling to communicate during pesukei d'zimrah (or other parts of davening where one is not allowed to talk)? Would it make any difference if one was hearing-...
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Shemona Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-eight? 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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When is a Minhag no longer a Minhag?

It can be all too easy for people to underestimate the halachic significance of minhagim (traditions/customs). While there are, as I understand it, a variety of halachic issues/differences of opinions,...
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Trimming Toenails in sequence

As a follow up to the question "Rules for Cutting Nails" it occurred to me that while we spoke about the idea of not trimming one's nails in sequence (as well as discussing the relevancy of lenient ...
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Why do the names of neviim change?

I was curious why a number of names in Navi- the prophets- seem to change. Yirmiyah is also called Yirmiyahu, Yeshayah/Yeshayahu, etc. and a number of the kings have a similar variation. Is there a ...
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Are Jews racist against non-Jews? [closed]

Are Jews racist against non-Jews?
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Dew distinct from water among the shiva mashkim

The seven mashkim are blood, water, milk, honey, wine, oil, and dew. What is the difference between water and dew? Isn't dew a type of water?
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5answers
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Shiv'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-seven? 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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Commencing Shabbos: Shkiya behind a mountain

It is common practice nowadays for Shuls to publish the zmanim (times) to begin Shabbos (the Sabbath) and other activities. These times, it would seem, are based upon standard calculations of sunrise ...
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Chazekes Kashrus - Permitted or Required to rely on it?

Is the concept of "chazekes kashrus" (presumption of being acceptable), particularly with respect to the kashrus of food, a reshus (permission) or a chiyuv (obligation)? I.e. are we required to rely ...
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Birchas hatorah from the Torah?

I've heard many times that the obligation of saying birchas hatorah is most likely from the Torah (as opposed to mi-dirabanan). How could we not know? If it's from the Torah, then it's from the Torah!
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Shisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-six? 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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Pesach Sheini and Karet

On a related question Jeremy noted that the punishment for failing to observe the positive command of bringing a Korban Pesach is Karet, spiritual excision. If one did not bring the Korban Pesach on ...
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Why is there Pesach Sheini - The Second Passover?

What is the primary/basic reason why one has a second chance to bring the Korban Pesach (Passover Sacrifice) on Pesach Sheni (a month after Passover)? Other mitzvos, such as hearing the shofar or ...
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Who owns Gehenem (Hell)? [closed]

Who owns Gehenem (also known as Hell)?
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Dovid haMelech and Amalek

In Shmuel Alef chapter 15 Shaul HaMelech (King Saul) loses his kingship because in his battle against Amalek he failed to kill King Agag and saved livestock to offer as sacrifices. Later we find ...
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Issues with starting work before Shacharis

What are the halachic issues/opinions/options regarding starting work early, i.e. before one is allowed or practically able to daven Shachris?
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5answers
565 views

Shabbos Zmiros author

Who wrote most of the songs we sing on shabbos?
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9answers
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Chamisha Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-five? 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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2answers
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Why masechet “Beitza” and not masechet Yom Tov?

Why do we call it masechet Beitza now, and not masechet Yom Tov, as was apparently once common? Unlike the parshiot, which are named after their first words, masechtot are all named after topics, ...
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Arba'a Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?

Who knows twenty-four? 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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Eating at a shiva house

What is the basis for some people's practice not to eat the food at a shiva house; is there a halachik basis for this, is it a minhag or perhaps just superstition?
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shiduch date haircut during sefira

Are you allowed to get a haircut during the Omer if you are going on a shiduch date?
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Are “dog tags” Begged Isha? Can men wear them?

Is a man allowed to wear a "dog tag" type of thing? Is it beged eesha?
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2answers
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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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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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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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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?
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4answers
769 views

Is it required to knock on doors before entering?

Do we have to knock on people's doors before entering?
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2answers
484 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
508 views

Talking during Torah reading

Is one permitted to talk during the communal Torah reading?
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12answers
8k 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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