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Mishlei is generally teaching a practical morality. It is about life, not about the soul after death. Someone who messes with another man's wife will be burned from having held her, as one who holds coals. (See the preceding pesukim.) This is true here and now, and has nothing to do with teshuva. Teshuva may be possible, but it would be necessary and ...


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See SA OC 47.4 המהרהר בדברי תורה האינו צריך לברך. והוא הדין ודיכול זלפסוק דין בלא נתינת טעם לדבריו (ר"ן פרק קמא דשבת ופרק כל הצלמים כתב דהוי כהרהור): ‏ The SA says in name of the Ran in Masechet Shabbat that one who is thinking tora doesn't need to bless for this Tora activity. The Ran is based on the principle that thinking is not equivalent to ...


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The Rambam Hilchos Brachos 11:2 writes that there are some mitzvos which one is obligated to go after, such as: tefillin, sukkah, shofar, and there are mitzvos that are optional where one does not need to run after to perform, such as: mezuzah, and maakeh. The Rambam writes that even if one wants to live on a boat or live in a tent it is permitted to do so, ...


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You ask: Does anyone hold like this today? The Mishna Berura clarifies in 28:11:(38), this refers to the straps being white-side-out only to the section around the head and the first twist around the arm. The straps hanging down the front and the rest of the strap wound around the arm , hand and finger are excluded from this Minhag of fasting/giving ...


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Tosafos, as DonielF wrote, states that nailing down the schach to stop the rain invalidates the succah. This is because a sukka needs to be temporary and by stopping the rain it is considered to be permanent. Some say the problem is the nails - even if they do not stop the rain and some say that stopping the rain alone is a problem. The Rash in Siman 11 ...


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The simple answer is there is no explicit source and this is a new idea. There are those who bring an idea from Dovid Hamelech about instituting 100 brachos daily. There are those who also bring the Yalkut Shimoni Yeshaya 26: Remez 429 that one amen can even save rashaim from gehenom. Reish Lakish also says that the gates of Gan Eden are opened when one ...


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From the day she is born (Shulchan Arukh EH 37:1).


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The linked aticle http://www.dailyhalacha.com/m/halacha.aspx?id=2280 quotes the Ben Ish Chai as saying that brachos party are a specific merit for an ill person. It says in a very short summary that it is basically the zechus of all the brachos and of all the amens.


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The story of Rav Amnon, printed in most machzorim under Unisana Tokef and taken from the Or Zerua (Rosh hashana 266) could be taken as evidence that it is. In that story, a bishop asks Rav Amnon to convert to Christianity, and he asks for three days to think about it. Rav Amnon was very worried about the chilul Hashem, and the rest is legend. However, the ...


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Hilchot Sotah is in the regular Aruch Hashulchan. It is one siman long and it is the very last siman in the Even Ha'ezer section (# 178). The siman is titled: דיני סוטה בזמן הבית ובזמן הזה ובו פ"ז סעיפים The laws of Sotah in the times of the temple and nowadays, and it contains 87 paragraphs. Here is the first page.


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Background: According to the basic halacha in Shulchan Aruch (O.C. 106), women are obligated in praying Shchris and Mincha like men. There are poskim who say that they do not have to say the full prayers, just some request with praise before and afterwards (Magen Avraham ibid.). In Halicos Bas Yisrael, chapter 2 note 2, Rav Yitzchok Fucs brings in the name ...


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There is no question that it is perfectly acceptable to appoint a shaliach (messenger ) to deliver the divorce document (get). The Rambam (Mishne Torah Gerushin chapter 6) writes (6:3) A husband may [...] appoint an agent to deliver a get to his wife. Such an agent is referred to as a delivery agent (sh'liach holachah). (6:13) Until the get is given ...


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It's in the Midrash [Ruth Rabbah 2:16]: Rabbi Shmuel bar Nahmani said in the name of Rav Yehudah ben Hanina: Three times is it written [in the Book of Ruth] "turn back", corresponding to the three times that a would-be convert is repulsed; Ruth 1:8 וַתֹּ֤אמֶר נָֽעֳמִי֙ לִשְׁתֵּ֣י כַלֹּתֶ֔יהָ לֵ֣כְנָה שֹּׁ֔בְנָה אִשָּׁ֖ה לְבֵ֣ית אִמָּ֑הּ יַ֣עַשׂ (...


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The prohibition of a Neder works to prevent a person fulfilling a Mitvas Asei like eating Matza itself and how much more so the 5 grains which is not forbidding a Mitzva directly. Shulchan Aruch Yore Dea 215,1 based on Nedarim 15a: נְדָרִים חָלִים עַל דְּבַר מִצְוָה. כֵּיצַד, אָמַר: קוּנָם סֻכָּה שֶׁאֲנִי יוֹשֵׁב, לוּלָב אֲנִי נוֹטֵל, אָסוּר לִישֵׁב ...


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Maachalot asurot 2.8 ...ב,ח במה דברים אמורים, בשאכל מהן אחר מיתתן. אבל החותך אבר מן החי מן אחד מהן, ואכלו--אינו לוקה עליו, עד שיהיה בו כזית; וכולן מצטרפין לכזית. אכל אבר שלם מן השרץ אחר שמת--אינו לוקה, עד שיהיה בו כעדשה.‏ 5.1 ואיסור אבר מן החי נוהג בבהמה חיה ועוף--בטהורים, אבל לא בטמאים. ‏ 5.2 ה,ב אחד אבר שיש בו בשר וגידים ועצמות, כגון ...


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You are allowed to do a lot more than laugh, I am afraid. In a very unusual display of contempt, the Talmud says: Rabbi Nachman said: All foul language is forbidden except where directed at idolatry, in which case it is permitted… Rabbi Huna ben Manoah said in the name of Rabbi Aha the son of Rabbi Ika: A Jew is permitted to tell [an idolater], “Take ...


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Notice that the sentence that you have bolded If, however, nobody knows of the act, or he separated from her before the zealous could kill him, his punishment is kares. speaks of a situation in which there are no witnesses that can convict him. The halacha requires that he have been warned by witnesses who can testify in bais din so that he can be ...


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Both the first relationship and the second one would have to be formal marriages (the kind that requires a Get to dissolve) for the prohibition of remarrying your divorcée to come into effect. (ShA EH 10:1) איזו גרושה מותרת לחזור לבעלה ובו ז סעיפים:‏ המגרש את אשתו ואח"כ זינתה מותרת לחזור לבעלה:‏ הגה וכן אם זנתה עם הראשון ונתקדשה לשני ...


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Chochmat Shelomo to Orach Chayyim 85:2 (text, pdf) concludes that you can think about God in the bathroom. אפילו להרהר בד"ת וכו'. נ"ב נסתפקתי אם מותר להרהר בו ית' או לא. ולכאורה יש ללמוד ק"ו דאסור להרהר במציאותו ויכלתו. אך לפמ"ש המקובלים דתפילין דר"ת מותר לשוח בהם שיחת חולין מכח דקדושים ביותר ואין דבר טמא נתפס בהם י"ל מכ"ש בזה כן. ולכאורה נראה לי ראיה לזה ...


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The shu”a says (orach Chaim siman ד, seif ב): ידקדק לערות עליהם מים ג' פעמים להעביר רוח רעה ששורה עליהן: (when washing negel vasser) one should be careful to pour on them (each hand) three times, to get rid of the “bad spirit” that is upon them. We see from here that the reason for washing three times is because of the “bad spirit”. Later on the ...


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I believe the GRA rules that the beracha for the shel rosh is not necessary, and that both the shel yad and shel rosh are covered by the shel yad's beracha. So at least according to the GRA, there would be no issue of needing to say a beracha.


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Source Gittin 8a which is regarding what part of the mediteranien sea is obligated in Maaser (see 7b-8a) (Bold is translation everything else is Research) הנסין שבים רואין אותן כאילו חוט מתוח עליהם מטורי אמנון עד נחל מצרים מן החוט ולפנים א"י מן החוט ולחוץ חו"ל רבי יהודה אומר כל שכנגד ארץ ישראל הרי הוא כא"י The Islands in the Mediteranean sea within ...


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In Gittin 8b The Gemora says a person may not ask a Gentile to write on Shabbos (or do any Melacha) except for writing a contract buying land in Israel then and there for fear of losing oppurtunity - כותבין עליו אונו ואפילו בשבת בשבת ס"ד כדאמר רבא אומר לעובד כוכבים ועושה The Mishna in Shabbos is specifically talking about asking the Gentile before Shabbos ...


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An addition to the previous answers regarding the practice of Tora by Avraham Avinu from A Gemara in Yevamot 71b. אמר רבה בר יצחק אמר רב: לא ניתנה פריעת מילה לאברהם אבינו, שנאמר: (יהושע ה') בעת ההיא אמר ה' אל יהושע עשה לך חרבות צורים וגו'. ‏ Rabbah Bar Isaac stated in the name of Rab: The commandment of uncovering the corona at circumcision ...


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The Rambam (maybe even the gemara) in a case requiering exactly half of Israel (it's either to bring the korban pesach when most people are tamei, or when most people sinned in a way requiering a par helem davar, a communal sin offering) gives an example that if there are 600,000 people and 300,001 of them are (tamei/chayav). So, in this case at least, most ...


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Rav Shlomo Zalman was asked what should one do who does not have a siddur available and it is shabbos or yom tov,and he only knows the weekday shmoneh esrei by heart.Rav Shlomo Zalman answered that he should say the weekday shmoneh esrei with yaleh v'yavo,and if it is just shabbos he should say the weekday shmoneh esrei and say yaleh vyavo and insert "ba'yom ...


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Rav Eliyashiv in Ashrei Haish 91:1 holds that a convert may say kaddish for his father who passed away.


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Rav Eliyashiv (Ashrei HaIsh page 45:25 held that if one slept for 3 hours one can eat chicken right away. However ,he notes that this leniency only applies to chicken and a sleep during night time. This would not work for meat of a beheima. He adds ,that if one ate hard cheese one can rely on this leniency even if they slept during the day time. Text of ...


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Talmud Shabbat 33a מאי ועוד ידו נטויה אמר רבי חנן בר רבא הכל יודעין כלה למה נכנסה לחופה אלא כל המנבל פיו אפילו חותמין עליו גזר דין של שבעים שנה לטובה הופכין עליו לרעה אמר רבה בר שילא אמר רב חסדא כל המנבל את פיו מעמיקין לו גיהנם שנאמר שוחה עמוקה פי זרות רב נחמן בר יצחק אמר אף שומע ושותק שנאמר זעום ה׳ יפול שם The Gemara explains: What is the ...


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I do not know all that much about the prohibition of ניבול פה (neither speaking nor listening), but from a very cursory survey of sources available on Sefaria, it appears that speaking and hearing ניבול פה are forbidden for identical reasons. See, eg, Messilas Yesharim 11: עוד בענין זנות הפה והאוזן, דהיינו, הדיבור בדברי הזנות או השמיעה לדברים האלה, כבר ...


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According to the Artscroll Yom Kippur Machzor's commentary on Viduy, which is mostly based on the Michtav Me'Eliyahu, at least one of the Al Chet passages refers to listening to nivul peh. The implication there is that it is assur, because otherwise there would be no need for repentance for it. I don't have the source in front of me at the moment to quote ...


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+1 for a good question, which is part halacha (law), part hashkafa (perspective on children education). Regarding the latter, there is a famous story told about R Yaakov Kamenetsky (sourced from here but also retold in his Artscroll biography) One of the great child-raising stories of all time is the one involving Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky. The great sage ...


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Yoma 82a ת"ר עוברה שהריחה בשר קודש או בשר חזיר תוחבין לה כוש ברוטב ומניחין לה על פיה אם נתיישבה דעתה מוטב ואם לאו מאכילין אותה רוטב עצמה ואם נתיישבה דעתה מוטב ואם לאו מאכילין אותה שומן עצמו שאין לך דבר שעומד בפני פקוח נפש חוץ מע"ז וגילוי עריות ושפיכות דמים Our Rabbis taught: If a woman with child smelt the flesh of holy flesh, or of pork, we put ...


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A woman, married or single, may go as long as its not during actual flow. It's during the actual flow that your sources say a woman should not visit a cemetery (though there are those who argue- see Nitei Gavriel inside). This is from the Nitei Gavriel Aveilus 2:84 . With regards to yartzeit,and hakamos matzeivah even those who are stringent would be ...


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Reform Judaism has responsa which are intended to address practical issues within the framework of Reform Judaism. (As noted by JoshK in comment.) As for something “new”, one example is the question of whether a transgender female (with objectively male external genetalia) who converts need a milah gerim. I am not sure that is addressed specifically ...


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Rabbi Moshe Weiner, in his book "The Divine Code", Part 1 Chapter 4:4 he wrote: "A Gentile is not obligated in precepts of the Noachide Code or their liability until he is knowledgeable and responsible for his action. This age is 13 full years for a male, and 12 full years for a female (provided that they have produced two pubic hairs). Some opinions say ...


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Baruch Hashem, I'm not alone. This question is addressed by various sources, all brought in Ma Shehaya Hu Sheyihyeh Shir HaShirim II 5:3 fn. 8 by Rabbi Eliyahu Wolf from Yeshivas Ner Yisroel, Baltimore. He brings as follows: Birkas Aharon Berachos § 268 by Rav Aharon Levine asks this question, as well on how parshas Kedoshim ends. He leaves it as צ"ע. ...


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One one is not exempt from eating in a Sukkah when going to work Holchei derachim in ones own town or staying in the same town for 3-4 days to work Mishna brura 640,8 45 וכ"ז בהולך מכפר לכפר מדינא א"צ להמתין מלאכול רק המחמיר אבל בשוהא בכפר א' שלשה או ארבעה ימים חייב מדינא לעשות שם סוכה [אחרונים]: Only someone that travels from town to town for work ...


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Rav Hershel Schacter wrote a nice piece on this very topic. In short, he explains that in the times of the Talmud the king would collect a tax. If the tax would be unfair than dina dimalchusa would not apply. However, nowadays we don't look at taxes the same as the times of the Talmud. Rather we view each neighborhood as partners and the taxes go towards the ...


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The Mishnah Berurah 154:56 writes that one should not use a ner from the bais kenesses to light a tobacco pipe, but one may use a yartzeit candle to do so. The Piskei Teshuvos 514 brings this source as well that one can use a yartzeit candle for their own personal needs when necessary. So according to these opinions it would be permissible to take fire ...


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What is the purpose in G-d telling Moshe to remove his shoes? In Exodus 3:2 G-d reveals Himself to Moses in a burning bush that is not consumed. Why did G-d choose a bush to reveal Himself? Why was the bush not consumed? Was it a miracle or, was it drawing oil from beneath the ground as scientist Colin J. Humphreys claims in his “The Miracles of Exodus.” ...


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From the perspective of Jewish law, the Torah requires that certain actions be done in holy places of various levels. The different levels of holiness are listed in Kelim 1:6-9. A house of study isn't holy in this sense of the word. For example, when the Torah requires eating sacrifices in a holy place (Leviticus 7:6), a house of study wouldn't qualify as "...


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Moses was instructed to remove shoes when he saw the Burning Bush because the place is holy. put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground (Exodus 3,5) Similarly, it is forbidden to enter the temple wearing shoes. Now, since there is no prohibition to enter a hall of study wearing shoes, it would seem that the ...


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Aside from pointing you to specific halakhot in a piece like Shulhan `Arukh, I think the underlying philosophical difference (which significantly impacts one’s approach to Halakhah) is: if Judaism is strictly a religion than those who are lax about their Judaism are less Jewish perforce. But, if we are foremost a family, we continue loving one another ...


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There are 5 categories of work permitted on Chol Hamoed (from this book on Chol Hamoed laws) Work needed for the festival (tzorech hamoed) Work needed to prepare food Work that must be done to fulfill community needs Work that must be done to avoid loss or damage Work performed by a laborer who lacks food to eat It seems to me that turning off lights to ...


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There are 2 different mitzvot, one of tzedakah (giving charity to the poor) which is accomplished by giving away a few dollars (YD 249:2) and one of maaser (carefully separating 10% or more of your income, see here for more details). Your question is which non-Jewish organizations count against one's maaser obligation. In The tzedakah treasury p. 406, R ...


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Great question. A writer from the Houston Community Kollel has surveyed historical answers to this famous question (here) (1) The great medieval commentator Rashba (1235-1310) in his Responsa (1:18) offers the following rule: Any mitzvah which is not entirely in the hands of the one performing it, as it requires the participation of another person ...


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Just for additional information, The Sepharadi Rabbi I asked (R' Shay Tahan) said that if the gum still has taste, then it's assur to keep it in one's mouth when going to the bathroom. This Ashkenazi site says that it is assur. This website says that it is נכון מאוד (very much proper) to not have the benefit of the taste from gum in the bathroom.


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I think it depends on the type of photo and the type of frame. A rare/previous/important picture or a delicate frame would fall in the halachic category of mukze chisaron kis ("a loss of the pocket") and could not be moved. This category of muktze relates to objects that are valuable to their owner (regardless of their monetary value), that don't have a ...


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