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No it is incorrect. The direction of prayer is in the direction of the site of the Beit Hamidkash (the Temple) in Jerusalem. The Gemara (Brakhot 30a) writes (commentary R Adin Steinsaltz) One who was standing in prayer in the Diaspora, should focus his heart toward Eretz Yisrael [...] One who was standing in Eretz Yisrael, should focus his heart toward ...


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Shulchan Aruch 83:1 rules that one should not daven or learn Torah near an area designated for bathroom use. If however the bathroom contains walls then it is permitted. It writes there: אסו' לקרות כנגד בית הכסא ישן אפי' פינו ממנו הצואה ויראה לי דהיינו כשאין לו מחיצות אבל אם יש לו מחיצות אף ע"פ שיש בו צואה קורא כנגדו בסמוך ואינו חושש אם אין מגיע לו ריח ...


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R Shlomo Goren and his autobiography (With might and strength) explains that he was at the Dome of the Rock the day it became liberated and saw it as a special one-time opportunity. He writes he went back up to the Temple Mount and went to the Dome of the Rock with sappers. He took a Sefer Torah and shofar with him. This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,...


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Radak and Ralbag explain there that when he found the Torah, he saw the part about "God exiling you and your king off to a faraway land", and thus felt this was an ominous sign that the kingdom was doomed. (Metzudas David says something similar – no matter where it was rolled, he felt it was an ominous sign.) But just learning Torah and going "...


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In general, the concept of דברים שבלב אינם דברים (see Kiddushin 48b) dictates that if one verbally expresses his participation in a legal or halachic process, it is legally binding even if one didn't actually mean it. Accordingly, if you were to ask someone for the price of an item and the merchant tells you to take it for free – and you performed a kinyan – ...


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Nope The Rambam in hilchos mamrim chapter 3 defined the basic idea of what a heritic is, but (more relevant here) what a heretic isn't, and it's very clear that someone who grew up in an environment where he/she did not know about what the Torah is etc., even if he later sees other Jews observing it, is not considered a heretic at all, since his views came ...


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Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach held that grapejuice or wine ices is not downgraded brachawise and one should make a borei pri hagafen. Text:


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This is actually a machokes rishonim, and machlokes haposkim [a dispute among the commentators]. The root of the question is: Do we say that when I make a bracha, it goes on all the food I am going to eat? Or does it really only go on the food I am holding and intending to eat first, and the rest of the food only is "dragged along" with the first ...


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It is perfectly reasonable, and even expected, to pursue restitution through appropriate mechanisms. (For civil cases today, Jews are expected to go through a rabbinic panel before the secular court system, for example.) As was stated previously, the blanket forgiveness that's recommended to give people before Yom Kippur explicitly excludes "money I ...


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You're asking about a grandson of a bas levi? This only works one generation; it's not an "any drop of blood" thing. Miss Levi marries Mister Israel; their firstborn son doesn't need a pidyon haben because he was born to a Levite, and the Torah uses language of "first out of the womb" -- and the womb, in this case, is Levite. However, ...


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You are asking whether a Jewish son should mourn his righteous non-Jewish father to whom he owes gratefulness for having raised him and supported his Jewish growth. It is clear that there is no halakhic obligation to mourn for a non-Jew, at the same time certain mourning rites might be appropriate. R David Brofsky in his book Hilkhot Avelut (p. 109) writes ...


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The Rambam first states that we are only permitted to appoint a judge that has the following qualities: א אין מעמידין בסנהדרין, בין בגדולה בין בקטנה--אלא אנשים חכמים ונבונים, מופלאין בחכמת התורה, בעלי דעה מרובה, ויודעין קצת משאר חכמות, כגון רפואות, וחשבון תקופות ומזלות, ואיצטגנינות, ודרכי המעוננים והקוסמים והמכשפים והבלי עבודה זרה וכיוצא באלו, כדי שיהיו ...


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