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There may be the issue of shtarei hedyotos - that you're not supposed to read secular material on Shabbos (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 307:12ff).
answered Mar 11 '11 by Alex
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One part of it, I think, is that the Rav himself has to make sure that his actions will not be misconstrued by observers. We thus find, for example, cases where our Sages acted according to the strict …
answered May 9 '10 by Alex
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We find that even washing, which is one the actual prohibitions of Tisha B'Av, is permitted in certain cases of necessity (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 554:12-14); sitting on a chair, which is only a c …
answered Aug 5 '11 by Alex
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Another point is to note that an eruv only allows us to circumvent a rabbinical safeguard, not the original Torah law. The Torah prohibits carrying in a reshus harabbim (public domain); there are var …
answered May 15 '11 by Alex
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Based on the verse (Lev. 11:43), אל תשקצו את נפשותיכם - "do not make yourselves detestable," there is indeed a halachah that one may not eat things that are disgusting to the average person. Shulchan …
answered May 16 '12 by Alex
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Rambam (Hil. Melachim 4:4) states that a pilegesh (which, in his view, is permissible only to a king) enters into this status "without kesubah and without kiddushin; with yichud alone he acquires her …
answered Feb 24 '12 by Alex
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Rambam (Hil. Rotze'ach 7:8) states categorically that the accidental murderer may not leave the Ir Miklat even to rescue lives, or "even if all of the Jewish People need him, like [King David's genera …
answered Apr 16 '10 by Alex
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Wouldn't it be a clearcut case of "makeh b'patish" (putting the final touch on an object to make it usable)? The chopsticks clearly aren't usable for their intended purpose while they're attached toge …
answered Feb 10 '11 by Alex
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For most halachic purposes, life begins at birth - to be exact, at the emergence of either most of the head for a normal birth, or most of the body if it's a breech birth (Niddah 28a). For that reason …
answered Sep 4 '11 by Alex
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I'll start with the usual caveat: CYLOR. The more so since someone local will be more familiar with your specific situation. It's pretty basic to the definition of a sukkah that it be under the sky. …
answered Oct 9 '11 by Alex
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Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (139:10) gives the rule about half an hour without any further specification, and then further (in the same paragraph) states that the earliest one may light is at plag haminchah …
answered Nov 28 '10 by Alex
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Nitei Gavriel on Chanukah (30:1) cites Shev Yaakov and other sources that one should indeed do so.
answered Dec 22 '11 by Alex
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That you're not allowed to break it up on Shabbos in order to use the melted water (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 320:9).
answered Dec 27 '10 by Alex
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In the Torah (Ex. 30:11), Hashem commands Moshe to count the Jewish People via half-shekel donations, "so that there not be a plague when they are counted." Later, too, we find David conducting a dire …
answered Jan 4 '10 by Alex
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The ultimate source is Shabbos 10b, citing Judg. 6:24, ויקרא לו ה' שלום. For certain purposes it is indeed treated like a bona fide name of Hashem; thus, the Gemara there says (and this is cited as h …
answered May 4 '12 by Alex

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