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Is it possible to have a Jewish wedding after a civil ceremony?

There is no reason not to have a Jewish wedding. On the contrary! There is a strong reason to have one, in order to live according to halacha with a kosher wedding and ketuba. Note that, in many ...
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Why do Jews use lawyers in beis din?

You happen to have a very good point,in fact the Shulchan Aruch CM 13:3 and the Sma 12 write that the dayanim should really only hear from the person himself and not from a toein. In this article ...
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Can one be compelled to testify?

The only way to be sure Lehalacha that a man is withholding testimony is if 2 Eidim (witnesses) were to witness that this person (or these 2 people) saw the occurrence, and they can only be sure he ...
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Why do Jews use lawyers in beis din?

The point is that the individuals are often too nervous to actually show the facts of the case. Also, they are afraid that if the dayanim are not given all the arguments by their side, that they will ...
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Beis Din - peshara and Za.B.L.A

"In an actual Beis Din case these days, if someone is summoned to Beis Din, can the nitva (respondent) insist on using a different Beis Din than the plaintiff sent the hazmana (summons) from?" Yes. ...
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Damages and two defendants -- how would a beit din resolve?

I spoke to a friend who has sat as a dayan on many cases, in many different courts, and he told me that he is unaware of any hard and fast rule for such a thing, but that the general practice of beis ...
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Does halacha have the concept of "standing to appeal" a court decision?

I would guess that any Jew is a party since כל ישראל ערבים (all Jews are responsible for each other). Especially in a case of something that FORBIDDEN a wife of a man to permit her to others is a ...
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Tentatively taking on a minhag or chumra

Before doing it, verbalize that you are doing it bli neder See Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah 214.1
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What are some criteria that would allow a spouse to file for divorce in secular court?

There are two things going on here -- the religious divorce (or Gett), and then how they'd choose to split their property. Let's deal with the latter one, as it's actually more straightforward. As far ...
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Halachic Right to Confront Accuser?

You are not allowed to testify against yourself, or even for yourself, or plead guilty, or sign a confession. [Sanhedrin 9b-10a, Yevamot 25b] How would it help you to confront your accusers? The ...
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Is it possible to have a Jewish wedding after a civil ceremony?

Actually, there is a reason not to have a Jewish wedding, although I hope it does not apply to you. If there is concern that there may eventually be a civil divorce, without a proper Get (Jewish ...
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How many witnesses have to concur - two or three?

Rambam Hilchot Edut 5:3-4: מַה שְּׁנַיִם נִמְצָא אֶחָד מֵהֶן קָרוֹב אוֹ פָּסוּל בָּטֵל הָעֵדוּת אַף שְׁלֹשָׁה וְהוּא הַדִּין לְמֵאָה. נִמְצָא אֶחָד מֵהֶן קָרוֹב אוֹ פָּסוּל בְּטֵלָה הָעֵדוּת בֵּין ...
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Can one be compelled to testify?

While not a direct proof, there is perhaps some roundabout evidence from the Talmud in Pesachim 12b. The Talmud there had been discussing at length the possibility of witnesses mistaking the times ...
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Why do Jews use lawyers in beis din?

BS"D After much criticism of my first answer (fairly so), there has been much more research and neutralization of the source. To be clear, my first answer was not promoting any program. I was ...
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Changing the requirements of a monetary case

There is firstly a formulation problem. I will re-write the question with my own words. The main purpose of the Beth Din is to achieve justice. So, if Reuven has only 2 good witnesses, it's enough ...
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Changing the requirements of a monetary case

POINT BY POINT SUMMARY Sanhedrin 23b Explains that this is an argument discussing whether a litigant (Reuven) is able to join with a witness (David) in order to disqualify one of the pairs of ...
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Damages and two defendants -- how would a beit din resolve?

The injured party could only be fobbed off by the shop owner to the door manufacturer if while the door is installed in the shop always it has a shem mazik. E.g., if you installed a recognizably ...
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Damages and two defendants -- how would a beit din resolve?

Mishna in BK 3, 11 הָיוּ שְׁנַיִם רוֹדְפִים אַחַר אֶחָד, זֶה אוֹמֵר שׁוֹרְךָ הִזִּיק, וְזֶה אוֹמֵר שׁוֹרְךָ הִזִּיק, שְׁנֵיהֶם פְּטוּרִין. אִם הָיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶן שֶׁל אִישׁ אֶחָד, שְׁנֵיהֶן חַיָּבִין [...
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