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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

If there is no vaginal delivery, there is no din of yoledes. In fact, Shulchan Aruch YD 194:14 says that in the rare case of a caesarean birth that had zero vaginal discharge, there is no din of ...
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Is kiddushin which a man was coerced to do valid

In Bava Basra 48b (as well as numerous other places, see מסורת הש׳׳ס), the Gemara says "תליוה וקדיש קידושיו קידושין" - "if he 'hung' her [aka forced her] to accept Kiddushin, it is ...
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Does the prohibiting of Kilayim apply to hydroponics

Rambam Klayim 5:16 says that it is rabbinically prohibited: וְכֵן הַזּוֹרֵעַ בְּעָצִיץ שֶׁאֵינוֹ נָקוּב הַמֻּנָּח בַּכֶּרֶם לֹא קִדֵּשׁ וּמַכִּין אוֹתוֹ מַכַּת מַרְדּוּת. אֲבָל עָצִיץ נָקוּב הֲרֵי ...
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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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Are animal fats cooked with dairy issur hanaah

Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh Deah 87:12 (basing himself on the opinion of Rambam) writes that it is forbidden to cook chelev (forbidden animal fats) with milk, but that after the fact one can derive benefit ...
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

Indeed Yom Kippur ends mourning, as the OU writes Shiv'a ends if a Jewish festival, Rosh Hashana, or Yom Kippur intervenes. Shloshim ends if a Jewish festival, Rosh Hashana, or Yom Kippur intervenes. ...
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Seperating gelatin and dairy

From the Star K: As to the question regarding whether hides are considered to be meat, Horav Moshe Feinstein zt”l addressed this issue in Igros Moshe (Yoreh Deah Vol 1 #37). He writes that animal ...
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Is virtual presence considered Bikur cholim for the sick

Rav Daniel Neustadt writes: Contemporary poskim discuss the issue of fulfilling bikur cholim by means of the telephone. The consensus is that while certain aspects of the mitzvah can be performed ...
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Is fasting on Hanukkah prohibited

The Rambam writes in MT Hilchot Megillah v'Chanukah (3:3) that it is prohibited to fast on Hanukah Accordingly, the Sages of that generation ordained that these eight days, which begin from the ...
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Lo Yilbash and feminization/masculinization surgery

Before dealing with feminization/masculinization surgery specifically, one first has to ask whether cosmetic surgery in general is permitted. This is by no means simple and a review of sources (see e....
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Is there a specific subset of Halacha which validates the need of Jewish soldiers to be selfless with their lives?

There is an article from R’ Melamed on this topic that addresses your question at length, from all angles and is worth reading in its entirety. I will quote one paragraph that specifically addresses ...
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Gentiles praying in Hebrew

Yes, you can pray in Hebrew. It's good to learn Hebrew, since that's what the language of the Torah. If you're learning by reciting, stick to the shorter Psalms. Psalm 23 is a good start. Psalm 117 is ...
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Use of Cannabis in Halacha

This article quotes many sources who discuss cannabis, including Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach in Maadanei Shlomo (p. 148). Rav Yair Hoffman also discusses the question and includes Rav Chaim Kanievsky ...
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

The Talmud (berachot 50B-51A) says that one should not have food in his mouth when saying a blessing because his mouth should be full with G-d’s praise. If one put food in his mouth before saying a ...
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What is involved behind the decision making process of halacha in the Talmud?

May I strongly recommend learning the Rambam's Hakdama to Mishneh Torah, which gives you a detailed explanation of the process of the Oral Transmission over time, and covers how the errors accumulated....
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

SA OC 548:11 ראש השנה ויום הכפורים חשיבי כרגלים לבטל האבילות Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur are treated like festivals with respect to nullifying mourning The Kaf Hachaim explains that even though ...
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Throat Lozenge and Prayer

The Eshel Avraham (Butshatsh) Tinyana siman 172 says that tefilla is the same as making a bracha and both would require the food to be removed. However, saying amen or other Devarim Shebekedusha, in ...
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May landlords evict tenants for late payment

The Be'er Heitiv in Choshen Mishpat 312:4 brings at the end a case from the Maharit about someone who rents a house for 12 dinarim (dinar per month) ,and the renter is a pauper who cannot pay what he ...
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What constitutes by their means for tzedakah

The gemara (Baba Batra 9a) teaches that the minimum one needs to give to tzedaka is a third of a shekel a year. The SA (YD 249:2) rules accordingly and adds that one who does not give this bare ...
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