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Did any Achronim comment on the American Revolutionary or Civil Wars?

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai twice refers to the American Revolution in his diary. Both times he is talking about the negative effect the war was having on the finances of Jews in Amsterdam who had ...
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Niagara Falls does it require a Bracha if so which one?

Some believe that an "Oseh Ma'aseh V'reishis" should be made on the Niagara Falls because undoubtedly it is one of the most impressive natural wonders. However, after doing some research I have found ...
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"Secular" studies in the Rhineland academies of the 11th-13th centuries

It seems Ashkenazi Jews of the time - including the Tosafists - lacked formal secular knowledge. Rabbi Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel wrote in his essay "The Tosafist Oeuvre and Torah u-Madda": &...
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Would an Israeli staying in Diaspora need to make Eruv Tavshilin?

An Israeli abroad when Friday is 2nd day of yom tov does not need to prepare an eruv tavshilin (even if he remains forbidden to perform melachot). There is no issue of marit ayin. Someone who sees him ...
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What is mandatory for the second seder?

In fact, many aspects of the first seder are also Rabbinical. However, there is no difference: everything done at the second seder is identical to the first seder (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 496:2). ...
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לישב בסוכה the second night if you've been in the sukkah continuously

Kovetz halachos (Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky) says like you that 2nd day night you make a new bracha because by sfaika diyoma we look at it as if yesterday wasn't yom tov. Ive seen the ashrei ish that ...
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Can I omit ברוך השם לעולם אמן ואמן to catch up in Maariv?

Yes, it's befeirush (explicit) in Mishna Berura siman 236 s"k 11. that one should skip it to daven Shmoneh Esrei with the tzibur: ואם הם עוסקים עדיין בברכות ק"ש והוא משער שעד שיגיעו הצבור ...
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Are Jews who live and died in diaspora non-believers?

The gemara doesn't end there ... it clarifies the baraita you cite and continues Whoever lives outside of the Land of Israel, it is as if he is an idolater. artscroll elucidates this ...
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Cohanim in Paris

The question is not for a problem of touching a dead but for a problem of Maahil (to be over the dead). Tum'a Bokaat Veola (uncleanness erupt upward). In some conditions, to walk over a buried dead ...
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Melacha for people observing Yom Tov Sheni in Israel

Rav Moshe Feinstein (OC 3:73) writes that there is a machlokes in the Shaarei Teshuva (496:3) about thi, but writes that the halacha follows the authorities who prohibit asking others to perform ...
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Birkat Kohanim in Chutz Laaretz

See RM Issarles on SA OC 128, 44: נהגו בכל מדינות אלו שאין נושאים כפים אלא ביום טוב משום שאז שרויים בשמחת יום טוב וטוב לב הוא יברך מה שאין כן בשאר ימים אפילו בשבתות השנה שטרודים בהרהורים על מחייתם ...
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When would a convert affix the Mezuzah in the diaspora?

The Concise Code of Jewish Law for Converts by Rabbi Michael Broyde addresses this question. It cites Agur BeOhalecha (page 366:36), by Rabbi Eliyahu Avigdor Feldman, as saying that a convert outside ...
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Does reishit hagez apply to chutz Laaretz sheep brought to eretz Yisrael

It's not about "is the sheep Israeli" or "was the sheep born in Israel." It's about at the moment you shear the sheep, is the sheep located in Israel. (Okay we could nitpick about ...
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Birkat Kohanim in entirely Israeli minyan in chutz laaretz

The minhag of those from Eretz Yisrael is to say birchath kohanim daily. While many Ashkenazim in Europe had a controversial practice of refraining from birchat kohanim during the year, this custom ...
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National Character affecting its Jewish Community

Rabbi Hamburger quotes the source as: Michtav Mei'Eliyahu, vol. IV, Yerushalayim 5745, pp. 129-30 He also goes on to quote Reb Yehuda HaChassid: Sefer Chassidim (siman #1101), `In most places,...
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Secret Ops, The President, and The Blessing On a King

Since not everyone agrees with this other answer here's a different view, from R Shlomo Aviner's book On the air p. 45 The king must have the ability to administer capital punishment (Shut ...
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Is the ketuba enforceable in American law?

R' Michael Broyde-- in a 2004 article titled "The Ketubah in America: Its Value in Dollars, its Significance in Halacha and its Enforceability in American Law"-- seems to say no: (bolding for emphasis)...
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Why no 15-minutes-early clause in English rabbis' contracts?

I tried my very best to research this question, and I sent the following email to two major Rabbinic bodies in England: Hello, Firstly, I apologize if this is the "wrong address" for these ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and chodosh in the Diaspora

In an interview published in Mishpacha magazine in 2011, R. Michel Shurkin reports the following: ...I ask whether Reb Moshe was supportive of the trend towards being machmir even if there was a ...
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How does one travelling from Israel abroad (or vice versa) perform Shnayim Mikra when the parshiyot are out of sync?

Many years ago I was advised by my Rabbi Z"l to read חוק לישראל. And I faced a similar problem. Here's what he told me: There are two maps of reading Torah - personal and social: On the personal ...
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Jeremiah 29:6 - encouragement of intermarriage?

How do you see a hint at intermarriage? Yirmiyahu is encouraging the Jewish people to keep building Klal Yisrael through marriage, even though they are in exile. Don't despair, since eventually they'...
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Wheat brought from the Diaspora to Israel: biblical or rabbinic challah-obligation?

Footnotes 92 and 93 to Rambam Hilchos Terumah 1:22 explain the halacha. Note that the difference is based on what is involved in the completion of the work. 22 When produce from Eretz Yisrael is ...
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Why not cease מוריד הגשם at שחרית according to רמ״א?

Both explanations comes from the Rosh in the first chapter of Taanit and the source is the Yerushalmi, we see that they are two contradictory pshatim in Yerushalmi. This Yerushalmi needs a serious ...
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Why do we start requesting rain on the 59th day after tekufas Tishri?

This is the Shulchan Aruch Orach chaim 117,1: ברכת השנים צריך לומר בה בימות הגשמים ותן טל ומטר ומתחילין לשאול מטר בחוצה לארץ בתפלת ערבית של יום ס' אחרי תקופת תשרי (ויום התקופה הוא בכלל הס'. הגהות ...
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Why do we start requesting rain on the 59th day after tekufas Tishri?

As explained in Tal UMatar - for whom?, we start the prayers for the "local" tekufah according to the times set up for Bavel. This is because, we consider the galus bavel as being the primary ...
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Which synagogues in the Catskill, NY area are active during Shabbat and High Holidays?

Google gives Synagogues which has a number of listings I should warn you that the list appears to contain Reform temples, churches pretending to be synagogues and other organizations (such as a ...
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Sowing your field with 2 different seeds "kilayim" does this apply to outside of Israel as well?

I assume that you talk about Kilaey hakerem and kilaey zeraym. See Mishna Kilayim (8, 1): כִּלְאֵי הַכֶּרֶם אֲסוּרִין מִלִּזְרֹעַ, וּמִלְּקַיֵּם, וַאֲסוּרִין בַּהֲנָאָה. כִּלְאֵי זְרָעִים, אֲסוּרִים ...
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Can an Israeli work in public on second-day yomtov if there are non-observant Jews around?

I asked a Rosh Kollel that question. After checking he told me a Jew living in Israel cannot go to a place where there is an organized Jewish community (I assume based on SA OC 496:3). The fact that ...
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"Secular" studies in the Rhineland academies of the 11th-13th centuries

In regards to the last question, there are a few places that Tosfos quotes secular scholars. Tosfos in Eiruvin 14A quotes “the wise men of math” seemingly they knew of them and what they taught; ...
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Selling land to Gentile to build Church

In Iggrot Moshe (OC 3:28) Rav Moshe takes a question from Rabbi Gedalia Anemer. At the time Rabbi Anemer ZT"L was the rabbi of a congregation where the population had migrated away from where the shul ...
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