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Every Forbidden thing has a corresponding opposite

The Talmud says: Yalta said to her husband Rav Naḥman: Now as a rule, for any item that the Merciful One prohibited to us, He permitted to us a similar item. [Chullin 109b] Numerous examples follow.
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Source to learn nowadays halacha

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Yalkut Yosef. You can also find it online here. As the title suggests, it is a 2 volume compendium of the halachot of HaRav Ovadya Yosef. I haven't learned the whole thing, but ...
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Source to learn nowadays halacha

I would recommend Rav Melamed's more contemporary halachic work Peninei Halacha. Original is in Hebrew, but there is a partial English translation. It is available in hard copy, and on line https:/...
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May a husband and wife swim together while the wife is niddah

There might be several problems with it, but not prohibited per se. One of the problems is that the husband cannot see body parts that are usually covered when the wife is "niddah". He may ...
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Is it allowed to copy seforim pdfs?

It depends whether or not the sefer is copyrighted and/or if the author prohibits copying. Some seforim writers want maximum publicity and reach for their Torah, and would be happy for others to print ...
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Is Pat Akum applicable nowadays

Pas Akum is always forbidden. What is permissible according to many is Pas Palter, baked goods made by non Jewish Professional Baker for Commercial purposes.
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Opening champagne on Shabbat - untwisting the metal

dinonline answers your question here It is permitted to open and close then on Shabbos. Although there is controversy regarding twist ties, if they may be opened and closed on Shabbos. Most ...
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What's the law if a person has zera levatalah when asleep

This is covered by the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. The text of the beracha itself should answer your other questions. מִי שֶרָאָה, חַס וְשָׁלוֹם, קְרִי בַּלַּיְלָה, כְּשֶׁנֵּעוֹר מִשְּׁנָתוֹ, יִטּוֹל ...
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How could the words עשב בשדך run together?

The source for the Shulchan Aruch's examples is the statement of Rava recorded in Berachot 15b. So what we really need to know is how these consonants were pronounced in fourth century Mesopotamia. R. ...
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Handing something to a woman (opposite gender)

It is permitted to hand an item to someone of the opposite gender*, even if the hands touch, although it is recommended to try to do so in a way that avoids touch, so long as it won't make a scene or ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

A pretty standard text is Orchot Shabbat which calls itself a Kitzur Hilchot Shabbat even if it is a 4-volume text. It is organized by melacha, and if reading only the top half of each page (i.e., ...
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Saying Asher Yatzar at night

Does he need to wash negel vaaser before saying Asher Yatzar? If one is planning on going back to sleep: If one wakes up in the night to go to the bathroom, one should wash one's hands without a ...
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If a Jew cuts an onion with a cold milchig knife, May they cook or eat it with meat

A good tip to remember the laws of duchka d’sakinah b'davar harif (a knife pressed into a sharp food) is that it "upgrades" (so to speak) the status of the knife from eino ben yomo to ben ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

R. Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halachah: Shabbat is, I believe, the text used today in the majority of Dati Leumi homes. It’s available in two volumes, and also online. It’s pretty comprehensive and ...
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Intermarriage Attendance

Without taking anything from the most upvoted answer on this page, I found it interesting that R Aryeh Lebowitz quotes R Herschel Schachter (here, around 34') that parents are allowed to attend their ...
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Do you still need to give old maaser?

First of all remember that many poskim rule that the "halachot" of ma'aser are actually time-honored minhagim that should be kept, and not strictly halachot (see e.g., here). As such there ...
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Sefardi Tachanun in Ashkenazi Shul (and the converse) - Poresh Min Hatzibbur? If so, what to do?

The Arukh Hashulchan (OC 651:22) suggests that there is no issue of separating from the congregation when waving Lulav in a different manner from most, since the Mishna (Sukka 3:9) tells us of certain ...
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Live online chat with a Rabbi

Here in the UK we have Shaila Text made up of group of local, experienced Rabbonim. The blurb reads as follows (emphasis mine): The ShailaText service was never intended to take the place of someone ...
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Source to learn nowadays halacha

Yalkut Yosef might be a good choice. They have it in english also https://www.eichlers.com/ilqvt-ivsp-yalkut-yosef-h-e-set-18-volume-bke-yys18.html Or as Vector wrote, Ben Ish Chai. They do argue ...
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Source to learn nowadays halacha

The בן איש חי is considered the more modern authoritative text for הלכה for Sephardiim. Chacham Yosef Chaim (Ben Ish Chai) Chacham Yosef Chaim authored many works, both of halakhah and agadah (...
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Who is the father when parents are not married halachically?

B"H "According to halacha, a child's father is considered to be the halachic husband of the mother (based on Sota 27a)." Not correct. The actual halachic father of the child is whoever ...
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Are women obligated in stepping before and after the Amidah

There is nothing saying she is not obligated to. It's hard to prove a negative, but I just haven't seen anything indicating that. The difference between men and women is usually in categories of ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

The tremendously clear Sefer Zachor VeShamor by the late Rabbi Eliyahu Falk, which is hugely popular in the English-speaking world, is in the process of being translated in Hebrew. I believe the first ...
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Do you force a people to build a wall with Material made in Modern Times?

we would force the two people to build the wall out of wood If you mean does הכל כמנהג המדינה apply only to the four materials listed in the mishnah, the answer is decidely no. "HARAV" on ...
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What's the law if a person has zera levatalah when asleep

This is what Rav Nachman's Tikkun HaKlali was made for. I recommend saying it as a tikkun. For information on it, see: https://www.tikkunhaklali.net/
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Why no Avinu Malkeinu on Hoshanah Rabbah

B"H "According to traditional kabbalah, Hoshanah Rabbah is analogous to Yom Kippur in the sense of being a day of final judgment for the year, my question is why isn’t Avinu Malkeinu part of ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to learn Gemara?

Rabbi Miller Z'tl let women sit in on the Brochos Shiur. He didn't encourage more enthusiastic talmidot from learning according to their abilities. All of these ladies were unquestionably yerei ...
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Live Vs. Recorded Music during the Omer

An interesting argument appears in Rav Yaakov Breisch’s responsum on this issue (Teshuvot Chelkat Yaakov 1:62). He suggests that even according to the Magen Avraham and Bach, this prohibition applies ...
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