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How does a kohen give a get?

Not quite. They would only write one get but the writing and signing was made a complicated affair. Since a Kohen is not allowed to marry a divorcee, he couldn't remarry his former wife once the get ...
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Chazal contradicting science

This is a very broad and complex topic, with multiple opinions in every direction, and the practical halacha depends on the topic being studied. Entire books have been written on it, so it is not easy ...
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

The Mishnah Berura in 27:6 when discussing one who doesn’t have a right hand, and therefore can’t physically put on his tefillin on his left hand, says that someone else can put it on for him: אבל אם ...
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Asking a shaila - not looking for a psak

It seems to me that communicating that desire in a way that's clear to both you and the rabbi should be necessary and sufficient. For example, "I'm interested in learning your opinion on this, ...
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Why is the bracha on mashed potatoes "haadama" despite being mashed up but the bracha on applesauce is "shahakol" unless there are pieces in it?

In Rabbi Pinchos Bodner’s book “Halachos of Brachos” on page 406 and 409 he explains in the name of R’ Scheinberg, R’ Elyashiv, R’ Shlomo Zalman and others, that mashed potatoes should be hadama since ...
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How to decide where the development of Torah stops being useful

The Rambam's Introduction to the Yad is the long answer to this question and his Introduction to the Mishna is the even longer answer. I'll try to break it down based off of my understanding (also ...
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If Jews make an oath to not do mitzvot which are normally required after an action, is it binding

The Radvaz on the Rambam Shavuos 1:6 discusses a shavua not to wear tzitzis. Although the case is not mentioned in the Gemara, the Rambam adds it in to the list. He explains that it referring to ...
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What's the point of a bracha before eating?

Just as by a sacrifice, there is a time when it is forbidden and when it is permitted - I.e. before and after the blood was sprayed on the altar - the same would apply with regards to making a ...
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How does Ishto KiGufo work?

To the second question the Birkat Asher on Devarim 12:12 asks your question: .אתם ובניכם ובנֹתיכם ועבדיכם" וגו'. ומעין זה בפסוק יח "אתה ובנך ובתך ועבדך" וגו'. ואילו האשה אינה מוזכרת כלל,...
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Mishanh Torah Sabath 11:14 writing rule with respect to left hand and elbow [Question]

The Torah prohibited labor done in a normal way. Violating that, someone would have to bring a sacrifice. (Thus, "liable.") If someone did it in an abnormal way, they are thus "exempt&...
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Practical application of not having a Get

Until the Get is given they are husband and wife. So, she may not have relations with anybody, that would be adultery and the offspring would be a mamzer. Other practical consequences? They would ...
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Tosefta vs Talmud in Halacha

Refer to Yad Malachi, כללי הרמב"ם אות ט, where this topic is discussed. His conclusion is that not only is the Gemara granted precedence over the Tosefta, but we also do not accord authority to a ...
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Why does a convert receive bris milah before the mikvah?

R David Brofsky asks and answers your question in a series of lessons on the laws of conversion and circumcision (here) and brings different opinions The Talmud (Yevamot 47b) teaches that after the ...
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Does Kavod Habriot ever apply to Safek d’oraita

The Mishna Berura in 13:15 discusses a scenario in which the tzitzis of a tallis fall off while in public. In a case in which it is an issur doraisa he says: אבל בחול שהוא עובר על איסור תורה בכל שעה ...
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Can melacha be done to hear the Hakhel on Shabbat

If Haqhel day was to fall on Shabbat it was pushed off to the next day since the extra things involved do not override Shabbat (Rambam Chagiga 3:7).
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Tri Maschu תרי משהו - Shach and Taz

In the gemara chullin (108A), Rav says that if a משהו - a minimal piece of something forbidden to eat, falls into a pot with numerous whole pieces of food (חתיכות) that are the same type of food (מיו ...
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Hasidic methodology and Halacha

As far as the Shulchan Aruch HaRav, the Chabad website here provides a good guide as to Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi's approach and his mindset when authoring it: What goal did Rabbi Schneur Zalman set ...
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How does Ishto KiGufo work?

The Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chayim 73:2) gives an example of how to apply this rule: If one was sleeping with his spouse, he may recite [the Shema] by turning away his face to the other side. And [this ...
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Does Rav Sa`adya Gaon hold that t'philin require one b'rakha or two?

Naftali Wieder wrote about this (התגבשות נוסח התפילה במזרח ובמערב volume 1, pp 161-3): The manuscript (אא) used for the printed edition refers to only one bracha, and the editors of the printed ...
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If someone doesn't have a head, should he still put on the hand tefillin (with a bracha)?

The Rema in 26:2 brings from the Tur that one who only puts on the shel yad (for whatever reason) should only make one bracha (insinuating that he should still put on the shel yad alone) ואם הניח של ...
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Maintaining A Convert's Privacy

Bava Metzia is talking about ona'at devarim -- verbal abuse. Ona'a from the same root as koneh (I think that's R' Hirsch) -- I want to dominate that person and make them feel "less than." So ...
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Asking a shaila - not looking for a psak

I agree with Isaac Moses' answer; clear and direct communication is your best bet. An additional suggestion: say that you're seeking an "eitzah" (עצה, lit. "advice"). In some ...
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Sources for Halachic opinions influenced by kabbalah

Olamot.net has a halachic write-up of the cross-section of Kabbalah and Halachah, discussing the various opinions on how to rule in case of conflict between Gemara and Kabballistic sources, on various ...
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Are any laws of the synagogue D’oraita?

The Chofetz Chaim in Sefer Chofetz Chaim where he lists the positive commandments clearly states in Positive Mitzva number 7 that current day shuls and batei Mirash have the same laws of the temple as ...
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Learning to pasken modern Halacha questions

My suggestion is to learn teshuvot. A nice method for this is to make a map out of the teshuvot, table of contents, topics, and link them (use Obsidian, it makes it much fun). You probably know ...
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What defines “disgusting food” in Halacha

The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 116) defines it as foods containing disgusting things: It is prohibited to eat food and drinks that a persons soul is disgusted by, such as drinks and food that have ...
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Putting one's own life first - exceptions?

According to Teshuvos HaRadbaz (Volume 5, response 1582) the rule that your own life comes first, applies only in a situation where the risk of you being harmed is a chance of 50 percent - meaning ...
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Putting one's own life first - exceptions?

One major exception is if you are ordered to kill or be killed you need to give up your own life rather than kill the other person. In contrast to the Gemara OP cites from Bava Metzia, Pesachim 25b ...
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Does Milchemet Mitzvah (obligatory war) require a King?

Meiri (Sotah 42) clearly writes that a melech isn't necessary for a milchemes mitzvah אמר המאירי כל מלחמה שמלכי ישראל או מנהיגיהם נלחמים עם אויביהם הן מלחמת מצוה כגון מלחמת שבעה עממין ומלחמת עמלק ...
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Conceptual reason women are exempt from Sukkah

Good question! This is where I got the below answers and sources. I just took the main parts needed and organized it a bit. It goes in depth into the concept of Af Hen so there is more info there as ...
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