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Does Lying, Except in Court Testimony, Violate the Ninth Commandment?

Am I transgressing the ninth of the 10 Commandments of Moses if I lie, except when giving testimony in court? In Exodus 20:13 it reads You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
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Sarah and Hagar

The story of Sarah and Hagar is very mysterious to me. I wonder if anyone can open a new angle that I haven't heard about. Like the Zohar behind it. Or may be Midrash, etc I have heard that Hagar was ...
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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 Jews fast on Yom Ha’atzmut or Yom Yerushayalim

According to the interpretation of Halacha by religious Zionist rabbis who say that Jews should recite Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim and Yom Ha’atzmut, may Jews fast on Yom Ha’atzmut or Yom Yerushayalim? ...
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Is Pirsumei Nissa limited to a specific time?

I'm curious about the mitzvah of Pirsumei Nisa (publicizing the miracle), which is typically associated with Chanukkah and Purim. My question is: Can this mitzvah be fulfilled at any time of the year, ...
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Pesach related: Karpas Salt water vs Israelites Mikvah

From my understanding Israelites immersed in mikvah[The Nile River] to be purified. How does this relate to Karpas, salt water, and washing hands? I think halachaically salt water is poluted, but I ...
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Does one light a Shabbos candle for a newborn boy before his Bris or after? [closed]

As discussed here, many Ashkenazim have the custom to light an additional Shabbos candle for each child born to the family. According to this custom, does one start lighting an additional Shabbos ...
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Live online chat with a Rabbi

I found the need to be able to talk to a halachaic figure many times throughout a week. Aside from Aish, I do not know anyother website/ WhatsApp group that offer this great help. Any suggestions?
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chupah and halachot of yichud

Do we paskin that after the chupah you're totally married or only after yichud? does the yichud room by a wedding need to be locked? Do the witnesses of the yichud make it secluded as if the door is ...
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Grammatical question related to SHEVA

I'll greatly appreciate it if someone can explain to me: why the sheva on first mem is sheva nach in the following word: וּמְקַיֵם
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Looking for more information about the following Yeshivas in Yerushalayim Israel [closed]

Hoping to get more information about the following Yeshivas in Yerushalayim Israel. Praeger's Yeshiva ---> How many Bochurim are in the Yeshiva in 2024? Whats the number Bochurim in the Yeshiva ...
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Different shitos in halachah

If one holds like a certain shita in halachah. Then acts in accordance to a different shita in halachah, other then what he holds. is his action valid because there is still some shitos in halachah ...
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The Brisk curriculum or the more Classic Lithuanian Yeshiva curriculum?

For a Bocher after Beis Medrash in the USA, what Yeshivas (maybe 3) in Yerushalayim follow the "Brisk" method/curriculum and focus on the tractates that deal with Kodshim, etc. and what ...
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Introductory sefer on Gematria?

I am interested in learning more about gematrias. Namely, I am looking for an English-language sefer that discusses some of the more famous gematrias and the lessons that we can learn from them. ...
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If Shavuos and Shemini Atzeres are essentially the same holiday then why are their korbanos different?

The Midrash Rabbah (Shir HaShirim 7:2) equates Shavuos and Shemini Atzeres, calling them both Atzeres (shel Pesach/Sukkos), saying that really Shemini Atzeres should come later on in the year (similar ...
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Example of a strict Conservative halacha ruling

I know Conservative halacha is generally more lenient than Orthodox halacha. I wanted to know if there's any example of a Conservative halacha ruling which was stricter than the comparative Orthodox ...
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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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Is wearing a Fanny pack considered carrying

According to Halacha, is wearing a fanny pack considered carrying or no? So on Shabbat would it be permitted according to Halacha for a Jew to wear a Fanny pack between different domains or no? Is the ...
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Saying Asher Yatzar at night

If one wakes up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom Does he need to wash negel vaaser before saying Asher Yatzar? Does he need to brush his teeth to remove bad breath before saying Asher ...
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Are there any authorities today who hold that יד ישראל תקיפה today and what would be the halachic ramifications if they did?

Are there any authorities today who hold that יד ישראל תקיפה today and what would be the halachic ramifications if they did? (Yad Yisrael Takifa meaning that the Jews have power over the non-Jews in ...
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Source to learn nowadays halacha

I am a Balat Teshua amd would love to learn halacha systematically to be able to observe mitsvas without any doubt. I have attempted to learn Shulhan Aruch by myself, but I came across some halachas ...
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Learning Shuvuos night

What's the reason we stay up to learn on Shuvuos night? If the reason is because we woke up late for Matan Torah then why don't we just wake up for the earliest shacharis and be on time?
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Who is the father when parents are not married halachically?

According to halacha, a child's father is considered to be the halachic husband of the mother (based on Sota 27a). Now what is the case for single parents?, e.g., a Jewish mother married only through ...
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How to make matzo using a pizza maker, while ensuring that it stays kosher for Passover?

In preparation for next year, I would like to have fresh soft matzo every day (except Shabbat / Yom Tov of course). I recently heard of the concept of an electric pizza maker. It is basically 2 heated ...
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What was the order of events, by hour, for each of the first 5 days of creation?

B"H There's a maamar chazal (Avos DRebbi Noson 1:8) that tells us the specific order of events on the sixth day by hour.. One hour, Hashem gathered Adam's dust from around the world, another hour ...
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Bracha for guests- who should be saying it?

In the bencher I use it has some instructions, which I don't understand or know where they come from. Are all the cases listed supposed to be done? A wife for her husband? A husband for his wife? Are ...
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Is it allowed to copy seforim pdfs? [closed]

I want to copy seforim (for example the Artscroll Shas) and I know people with PDFs of those seforim. Am I allowed to copy them? Is it genaiva?
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Locked Out & Confused! [migrated]

I recently got locked out of my Mi Yodeya account - Shalom L'olam! I created this new account to ask this question. I tried Mi Yodeya Exchange - but you need a 5 reputation to ask on that site & ...
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What is the response to the claim that the Zohar is a medieval document rather than an historical Jewish document?

I'm not trying to be offensive with this question. This isn't my claim. I've recently read some criticism around the Zohar from academic sources which claim that the Zohar has no historical ...
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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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The Shelah on doing teshuvah when eating

I heard in a shiur from Rav Daniel Glatstein that the Shelah HaKadosh explains that your table is like the mizbeach and your eating is like a korban, and every korban needs viduy. So, the Shelah says, ...
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Are women obligated in stepping before and after the Amidah

According to Halacha, if a woman prays the Amidah is she obligated to take three steps backwards before and after, or no? Since, women’s halachic obligations are different from men’s, but women to my ...
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Does one prophet ever prophesize to another in Tanach?

In 1 Kings 13 a prophet, whom Hazal identify as Iddo, receives a prophecy from another prophet. Are there any other times in Tanach where two people are identified in the text as being prophets where ...
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Why is the last bereita in Avot often said before Kaddish?

In many minyanim I have attended there is often some form of torah learning after prayers have been completed and then someone (usually the teacher conducting the learning) will recite the last ...
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Private conversions [closed]

Chalom Are private orthodox conversions are kosher according halacha ? For exemple, I converted sincerely throught a private Beit Din headed by Rav Chaim Amsellem . The Chief Rabbinate did not ...
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binding minhagim

If one says or thinks that he wants to adopt a certain way. Then, some time later (days or weeks), he performs that way with no recollection of his previous mindset or wording (3 times if necessary) ...
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What was the Luvavitcher Rebbe's position on Zionism?

B"H Question says it all. Did his position change? Is it different from his predecessors? What specifically is it, in detail? How does it differ from Rebbe's of other chassidim (like Satmer)?
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Theodical arguments from Bereshit Rabbah 69:5 - why are they rarely if ever used?

According to Bereshit Rabbah 69:5, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaacov prayed for aging, suffering and sickness, and before this, these conditions did not exist in the human experience. The reasons are given ...
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Practical Garuf?

I am writing an article about Garuf and Katum. According to Chazal, one can perform Garuf, which most Rishonim interpret as removing most of the coals from the fire before Shabbos. This practice was ...
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Why does Hashem, Who is all-merciful, let children get cancer and suffer and die? [duplicate]

Even if there are reasons beyond human comprehension, the seemingly unjustifiable cruelty of letting/making children (and their families!) suffer makes Hashem “look bad” in some people’s eyes. It’s a ...
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Titanic martyrs

The Strausses were a Jewish couple who died on the Titanic. The following story found in Wikipedia relates how they died: On the night of the sinking, Isidor and Ida were seen standing near Lifeboat ...
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Why are we obligated to forgive others

Does this bring atonement for them and us? Or how does forgiveness affect the forgiven and the one that forgives.
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What are the limits to "shev v'al ta'aseh"?

The Rabbinic power to ban a practice such as blowing shofar on Shabbat is called "shev v'al ta'aseh" - "sit and don't do it." Is there any limit to the power? For instance, could ...
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Sefardi Tachanun in Ashkenazi Shul (and the converse) - Poresh Min Hatzibbur? If so, what to do?

The title captures the question perfectly. (Many modern*) Sefardi Tachanun procedures are very visibly different from standard Ashkenazi procedures. Ashkenazim fall on their face (Many modern) ...
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Where does it say in the Gemara How to build the Batim for Teffilin?

BH Hi where does it say in The Gemara how to make tefillin batim?
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On what authority did Moses allow Reuben and Gad to settle east of the Jordan?

The tribes of Reuben and Gad wanted to settle on the east side of the Jordan River because the land there was more favorable for their abundant livestock. In exchange, they promised Moses they will ...
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Torah Traits and Omer

I heard that the 48 days of the Omer line up with the 48 traits of acquiring Torah in Pirkei Avot, and the 49th day corresponds to doing chazara on all of them. Does anyone have a list of each trait ...
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Definition of ervah

"ערוה" is the Torah's usual word for a forbidden relationship. I remember seeing a Rishon, maybe a Tosefos, who says that the fact that kiddushin is impossible, that a permanent relationship ...
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Opening champagne on Shabbat - untwisting the metal

Somewhat related to this question. (Open bottles shabbos) In order to open champagne bottles one first has to untwist the metal tie. "Everybody" seems to open champagne on Shabbat - and the ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

Looking for something late 20th Century or later: Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchasa Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos Others? (What did R' Shimon Eider write?) How do the above compare? Others you'd suggest? This is ...
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