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Where do we put the taggin on letters besides שעטנ״ז ג״ץ?

See yeriot shelomo of HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Mo'alem chapter 14 where he brings also the kol yaacov siman 36 oth 17 and also Sefer Minchat Solet (tikkun tefillin oth 30 pg 120 footnotes 497) who brings ...
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Old wine for Kiddush!

It is a hiddur mitzva to use יין ישן - "old wine" for kiddush, as you quoted from the Mishnah Berura. The Alter Rebbe Shulchan Aruch explains that old wine is superior in quality. [Achronim ...
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Old wine for Kiddush!

The Peninei Halacha says (Shabbat 6:3 https://ph.yhb.org.il/en/01-06-03/ ) “The Sages instituted the recitation of kiddush over wine because it is the most dignified beverage, as it provides both ...
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Reciting Birkat Shehechiyanu when purchasing a gun

To address your first point: Rav Shlomo Aviner (שאילת שלמה ח״ג פז) goes to great lengths to prove that one should make the Bracha of Shehechiyanu on purchasing a weapon for self-defense since we ...
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Maharshal on halachah vs secular law

The Maharshal in Yam Shel Shlomo on tree last perek in Bava Kama, Siman 20 says that gezel akum cannot be assur min hatorah, because the laws of the Torah are meant only to be between Jews not non ...
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Different shitos in halachah

It would depend if you hold you are doing basic halacha or a stringency. If you hold it's completely assur to do something then you cannot tell another Jew to do it because it's lifnei iver. For ...
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Is it okay to drive a car on the Sabbath?

See Shut Har Tzvi Vol. 1 O"C 171 Oth 2 where HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Pesach Frank writes explicitly it's an Issur DeOraita of Mavír - lighting a fire on Shabbat. Therefore its Assur.
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Jeans as Hukot HaGoyim

R Yaakov Ariel (Shut Beohala shel Torah 1:23) brings a proof from the Vilna Gaon that if non-Jews do a certain thing that we would have done anyway, there is no interdiction of hukot ha-goyim. The Gra ...
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What was the purpose of the gathering mentioned in "Mekitz Nirdamim"

The goal of this gathering, as stated in the introduction to Mekitz Nirdamim, was to further Jewish education. In particular, at least from the perspective of R. Menachem Mendel Chaim Landau, the ...
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What are the laws of workers

There are indeed many laws about how a Jewish employer should treat employees. By way of an introduction to the topic, see this series of three articles entitled Decent Working Conditions by Rabbi Dr. ...
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What are the laws of workers

The seventh chapter of Bava Metzia (in the Talmud) is called "One Who Hires Laborers", and is dedicated to this topic. Which in turn are codified by Rambam and the Shulchan Aruch in their ...
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If a Jew accepts Shabbat early, is something new which came into existence then nolad

Great question! In no way am I paskening anything, please your LOR about this question: The intro: The major case where nolad is discussed is in Beitza 2a (and onwards) which discusses a case of a ...
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Are infirm people who can’t work obligated to give tzedakah

Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah siman 248 siff 1 reads: כל אדם חייב ליתן צדקה אפילו עני המתפרנס מן הצדקה חייב ליתן ממה שיתנו לו So the answer is yes.
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Lighting Candles when eating Out on Friday Night

For Talmidei ha-Rambam, R. Itamar Kohen writes (Yalqut Moshe: Hilkhoth Shabboth lehaRambam, p. 71): בהדלקת נר שבת, נר אחד מספיק לכולם, והנר שתדליק בעלת הבית במקום האכילה עולה בשביל כולם, בין לבני ...
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What defines something that requires a mezuzah?

R Yirmiyohu Kaganoff provides the rules of what "door/entrance" needs a mezuza (here) I am quoting extracts but it is important to see the full text for the details, reasoning and halachic ...
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Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?

I would suspect the part where you are advised to consult your local Rabi would be to help ensure you get localized advice specific to the tradition and flavor of Judaism you come from. Just the ...
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Is Capybara meat kosher?

The Da'at Zekenim, based on Vayikra 11:27, writes (on that verse) that although there are many animals who have split feet, nevertheless if they don't have hooves, they are impure.
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Is there an obligation to check blood spots in non-chicken eggs

Interesting question! Want to be clear here: I’m not paskening anything, just stating the opinions and drawing logical sourced conclusions: The Rema in Y.D. Siman 66:8 quoting the הגהות מיימוני וארוך, ...
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After eating parve food cooked in a meat pot, and before eating dairy — must you bentsch?

In the case of parve food cooked in a clean meat pot, there is no need to wait before eating dairy and no need to say birkat hamazon. Indeed should the parve food become mixed together with milk, you ...
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Can I put Tefilen back on

The MB in 25:16 mentions the idea to say these parshiyos, and says it’s a nice minhag.(So it is definitely not required to put back on your tefillin for that): (טז) להניח ד' פרשיות - ויש נוהגים מחמת ...
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Is it okay to read Torah books by non-frum authors?

Summary It's almost always unwise to read such books. But not always. Please read on. Details One can find sources which argue both ways. Here's an answer from my own experience. In my yeshivish ...
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Is it okay to read Torah books by non-frum authors?

Definitely not advisable. They are most likely to contain ideas antithetical to Torah. Better to use your time studying Torah, instead of studying interpretations twisted to go against the Torah. This ...
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Is there an obligation to check blood spots in non-chicken eggs

The Shulchan Aruch doesn't specify chicken eggs, or any other kind of eggs. It would seem that there is an equal obligation to check any kind of egg for blood spots. And the reason for checking for ...
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Where does the Rebbe write that Rambam was a mekubal

B"H There are many sefarim that discuss the Rambam being a kabbalist. One source from the Luvavitcher Rebbe at the top of my head: It is not surprising that the Rambam seeks to clarify an issue ...
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Why do some frum Jews go to college, even though the Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote many decades ago that it wasn't allowed?

Please see this pamphlet published on the website of N'shei Chabad: https://asktherav.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/College-Booklet-Applying-the-Rebbes-Position.pdf See also https://derher.org/wp-...
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Shehecheyanu on Lulav during Kiddush on Sukkot night?

Firstly, if you don't have the intent to exempt the Arba Minim with the Shehecheyanu during Kiddush then there's nothing to discuss. You would have to say Shehecheyanu the next day before shaking ...
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Are Dr. Barilan's bioethical writings consistent with Orthodox Jewish law?

There isn't a universal answer to this question. It depends on your goals, your personality, your Jewish outlook, et cetera. If it's required reading for a required course in your program — this is a ...
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How is the Kohen allowed to reply "Bruchim Tihyu" after Birchas Kohanim?

As you can see in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 128:27 that this law - of adding another blessing - only applies while they are saying Birkat Cohanim, defined as while their hands are spread out. To ...
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Speaking negatively about someone - not about an Aveirah or Middah

Klal 3 in sefer Chafetz Chaim covers a number of rules related to your question Telling a humorous story with negative implications is forbidden (3:3) And see further how great the issur of lashon ...
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Practice of burning or burying fingernail clippings

This is a superstition adopted from Zorostrianism during the exile. “ In Vi-daæv-dát 17 (laws/formulas against demons) 1-6, Zarathustra asks the Wise Lord, what is the act for which a certain demon, ...
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Gemara tractates for Halacha lemaaseh

Many areas of halacha you ask about have one core Talmudic tractate laying out the core halachot, even if relevant sources will be found in numerous other tractates Kashrut: Chulin Shabbat: tractate ...
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"Melody of Kriat Shema'" What does this mean?

It can mean one of two things: A) The chazzan and the congregation should pray in some sort of tune. Each Jewish community has its traditions for these tunes. If you're behind the congregation, trying ...
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Speaking negatively about someone - not about an Aveirah or Middah

See the פתיחה להלכות לשון הרע ורכילות, לאוין in the Sefer Chofetz Chaim. וְיֵשׁ עָוֹן גָּדוֹל מִזֶּה עַד מְאֹד וְהוּא לָשׁוֹן הָרָע וְהוּא בִּכְלַל לָאו זֶה, וְהוּא הַמְסַפֵּר בִּגְנוּת חֲבֵרוֹ, אַף ...
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Sucking Candy and Chewing Gum in Bathroom

See DinOnline's response to this question here where Harav Zeev Litka responds to this question based on a Minchas Yitzchok, Mishna Berura and Chazon Ish The Minchas Chinuch 3:63 writes that one ...
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Resources to improve my Hebrew to learn Halachic works?

ב"ה Here is one of the many websites one can go to for the actual abbreviations themselves. If the words contain non Hebrew words such as Aramaic, you can try to look up the root using the online ...
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Resources to improve my Hebrew to learn Halachic works?

The challenges with halachic Hebrew are multiple halachic texts use quite a few Aramaic words from the gemara ... as well as abbreviations ... and they often stick very close to the language of the ...
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Why not recite a beracha when taking off tefillin

Since the Shulchan Aruch 29:1 writes that we do not make such a bracha. The Mishna Berura (1) explains that in Eretz Yisrael(Yerushalmi) they held that one must remove their teffilin before nightfall ...
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Can I have flowers planted on my grave?

See Flowers, Jews & Gravesites by Eliezer Zalmanov https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1218970/jewish/Flowers-Jews-Gravesites.htm Response: You are right. Planting flowers on a grave ...
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Can someone refute these claims against Judaism?

It is held that Isaac married his wife Rebecca (Rivka) when she was 3 years old. Even if that is correct she wasn't a three year old the way we think of three year olds today. She was capable of ...
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Can I have flowers planted on my grave?

The prohibition of placing flowers on a grave is not a strict prohibition, and appears to be more of a matter of custom. I had never seen this outside of Israel but, having gone to too many military ...
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Live online chat with a Rabbi

B"H While not an INSTANT chat service, the Chabad.org ask the Rabbi page allows you to send an email to start a conversation, and once you are in contact with a rabbi who responds to your email ...
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Live online chat with a Rabbi

This organization sounds right for what you need. https://kavhalacha.org/
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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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Is wearing a Fanny pack considered carrying

See Peninei Halakha [Wearing Clothes Is Not Considered Carrying] https://ph.yhb.org.il/en/01-21-10/ (partial extract below) "One may put on his clothes, shoes, and hat, and then enter a reshut ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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