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Extending the Leg of a Letter to Remove Sheimos

This is prohibited as erasing God's name. If you wrote יה as God's name and then want to follow it up with ודה to make the name יהודה, that is prohibited (Soferim 5:2, Keset Hasofer 12:3). Your case ...
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Did the garbage in the teiva (ark) stink?

The Radak on bereshis 6:16 (10 lines from the bottom) brings the midrash rabbah which mentions a kind of trapdoor through which Noach shoveled the garbage out. According to this, it seems that the ...
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How were coins that were destined for the Dead Sea managed?

Israeli archeologists found a treasure of 300,000 (!) bronze coins near the Dead Sea, several years ago and Chanan Eshel z"l, a ben-Torah archeologist from Ofrah wrote about how he believes that ...
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Discarding matzas according to Jewish law

Matzot (plural of matza) have no inherent sanctity. As such, you can treat these boxes as you would treat two new boxes of cookies that were left in the waiting room. You can give them away, open them ...
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What should be done with yahrzeit candle jars?

"The sages taught: Tashmishei mitzva (objects used to perform a mitzva) may be discarded; tashmishei kedusha (accessories of kedusha) are buried. And these are tashmishei mitzva: a succa, lulav, ...
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What should be done with yahrzeit candle jars?

Yahrtzeit is a minhag, although a fairly "strong" one. However, as it is a minhag, I don't believe that there is any kedusha attached to a burning yahrtzeit candle, and even less to an empty one. ...
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discarding hot meat/dairy on top of dairy/meat

There are 3 issues with meat and dairy: cooking it, eating it and getting pleasure from a cooked meat and milk mixture (such as feeding an animal a meat/milk combination). Cooking may be an issue if ...
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Can one take out trash cans to the street on Yom Tov?

Yes. Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt (Rivevos Ephraim 7:303:1) writes that it is best to take them out before Yom Tov, but you can take them out on Yom Tov. פה המנהג שמוציאים את פח הזבל לרחוק ביום ג׳ ויום ...
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bringing back in garbage pails on Yom Tov

You are allowed to bring them back in. See Rivevos Ephraim 1:222:19 who writes that you can do so as you'll need to use it for more trash, and you may be worried that someone will take your trash can. ...
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How does one dispose of broken mayim achronim cups?

Items once used for a mitzvah (tashmishei mitzvah) that wore out do not require genizah, according to the letter of the law. Mishnah Berurah 21:1 (א) חוטי ציצית וכו' - וה"ה לכל תשמישי מצוה כגון סוכה ...
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What to do with detached/seperated hair of the deceased?

The Bais Yosef YD 349 says that hair that was attached to a deceased person at the time of death, is the subject of a dispute of that hair is prohibited to have any benefit from. The Rambam, Smag, ...
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Status of books printed by the "Society for Distributing Hebrew Scriptures"

This will likely depend on the status of those non-Jews: are they more like missionaries trying to convert Jews, or like non-Jewish printers who lack intent for kedusha. The distinction starts with a ...
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What to do with beard hair that falls out?

In addition to the previous answers, I have heard (I will try to add sources when possible) that it is not recommended to put them in a Sefer that does not belong to you, as it is repulsive to the ...
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After the Seder, can you give the shank bone to the dog?

I just read here: https://halachablog.com/2016/04/13/the-shankbone-and-the-egg-at-the-seder/ that we actually eat it, since it was forbidden to leave it uneaten after a day.
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