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It appears that you're asking 2 different questions: 1) Making human images/figures Refer to the question of: "Are Totem Poles considered to be Avodah Zarah?" and see this answer. 2) Avodah Zarah in video games Refer to the question of: "While playing a computer game, may I “worship” one of the game's “gods” to help me win?" see also R' Gil Student's ...


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I don't see the stated problem here. Gasoline is a continuous fluid to more digits than we can actually measure with the comparatively crude instruments used in gas pumps. He's not selling a gallon of gas for 4.009; he's selling 10/4009 gallons for a penny. There's actually a worse problem that reached mild fame here in the US before dying away. Gas ...


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In response to a question seeking Radbaz’s opinion as to what was so genius about King Solomon’s judgement (Resp. §1059), Radbaz considers from a halachic standpoint that one could advocate the opinion that a judge/court is permitted to remove an item from its possessor on the basis of circumstantial evidence (which King Solomon deduced). Alternatively, ...


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I have heard or read many explanations about "I am the Lord your God". -It is not a commandment and must not be counted as such. If God had wanted it to be a commandment, He would have phrased it like the following commandments; something like: “You must accept (believe) that I am the Lord your God.” -You may believe what you want, but you may not say or ...


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I really can't see an issue here. There's a discussion of a woman getting "a man's haircut", but that's not what this is. There is a Talmudic concept of chashad -- don't do things that will likely cause an average person to think you're violating the Torah, even though you aren't. One example is a house that faces two different streets -- back when ...


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The Chasam Sofer Kovetz Teshuvos 85 says that even though they did not know whether the Mekalel was Chayav Misa or not, they still warned him that he will die with Sekila which is the most severe death according to Rabanan just in case, and going like the opinion Sanhedrin 80b מותרה לדבר חמור הוי מותרה לדבר קל, they could subsequently have given the Mekallel ...


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Sefer Hachinuch counts this as Mitzvah 25. In short, the Mitzvah is belief in G-d. מצות האמנה במציאות השם - להאמין שיש לעולם אלה אחד, שהמציא כל הנמצא ומכחו וחפצו היה כל מה שהוא ושהיה ושיהיה לעדי עד, וכי הוא הוציאנו מארץ מצרים ונתן לנו את התורה. שנאמר בתחלת נתינת התורה (שמות כ ב) אנכי ה' אלהיך אשר הוצאתיך מארץ מצרים וגו'. ופרושו כאלו אמר תדעו ...


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Rambam in Yesodei HaTorah ch. 1 explicitly uses this as the source for the commandment to know of Hashem’s existence. יְסוֹד הַיְסוֹדוֹת וְעַמּוּד הַחָכְמוֹת לֵידַע שֶׁיֵּשׁ שָׁם מָצוּי רִאשׁוֹן. וְהוּא מַמְצִיא כָּל נִמְצָא. וְכָל הַנִּמְצָאִים מִשָּׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ וּמַה שֶּׁבֵּינֵיהֶם לֹא נִמְצְאוּ אֶלָּא מֵאֲמִתַּת הִמָּצְאוֹ: וְאִם יַעֲלֶה עַל ...


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This answer is based on Rishonim in Pesachim 9b. The difference between Kavua and Ruba Deyita Kaman is when the doubt did appeared. Gemara 9b. תשע ציבורין של מצה ואחד של חמץ, ואתא עכבר ושקל ולא ידעינן אי מצה שקל אי חמץ שקל - היינו תשע חנויות. פירש ואתא עכבר ושקל - היינו סיפא. דתנן: תשע חנויות, כולן מוכרין בשר שחוטה ואחת מוכרת בשר נבלה, ולקח מאחת מהן ואינו ...


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The following passage from R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik's "And Joseph Dreamt a Dream" limits the applicability of "not in heaven" to matters pertaining to law: We all know the story of the "oven of Achnai". When in the course of a Talmudic dispute, a legal discussion over a question of ritual impurity, R. Eliezer ben Hyrcanus tried to adduce miraculous ...


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See Sefer Ha'aros from R' Elyashev z"l (Kesubos 11b) who suggests that it has practical ramifications, since the Heavenly court rules in accordance with the rulings of the earthly Beis Din. אולי משום שפוסקין למעלה כלמטה, וכדחזינן בפ' חלק (סנהדרין קד ב) לגבי שלמה המלך שבקשו וכו' ומנעום. See further discussion here (in Hebrew).


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There is a whole section of the Rambam that deals extensively with proper conduct. https://www.sefaria.org/Mishneh_Torah%2C_Human_Dispositions.1?lang=bi


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Yes. The 5th chapter of Maaser Sheini has both, immediately adjacent to each other. Maaser Sheini 5:10-14 gives laws of viduy maaser, and then Mishnah 15 says that at a particular time Yochanan Kohen Gadol said not to do it. Since 10-14 weren't practically applicable at the time of the mishnah, the implication is that they're universal whenever viduy ...


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The question is based on the perception that in Torah Shel Bal Peh we are trying to backwards engineer the Torah in order to figure out what Hashem's intention was. This approach leads to an understanding that when there is a Machlokes, one is right and one is wrong. Even when we say אלו ואלו — and take it to mean that both are somehow equally correct ...


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