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Answer: Have you considered getting creative which ordinary leather straps?


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R' Shlomo Zalman Aurebach (quoted by Gershon Gold) permitted partaking in a siyum over the telephone in extenuating circumstances. Although R' Shlomo Zalman (Minchas Shlomo 1:9) took a very strong view against using microphones/telephones to discharge obligations (such as Havdala or Tefilla), he apparently held that a siyum is different. There is a dispute ...


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There are numerous factors that need consideration for a full answer, and every scenario needs a case-by-case analysis. See here and here for a partial treatment. To answer the specific question of distance - there is no minimum distance that makes or breaks a minyan. However, the Minchas Yitzchok adds two conditions which must be met: תלוי בשמיעת הש"ץ ...


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Rabbi Yaakov Kaminetzky writes about vegetarianism in his Emes LiYaakov on Pirkei Avos, chapter 5 regarding the ten generations from Adam to Noach etc. He mentions the idea of Ramban of why meat became permitted after the flood. Then he goes on to discuss the subject at hand. The following is my translation. We must remember that the opinion of Torah ...


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We should be cautious not to put the blame on any specific rabbi since coronavirus was a natural event. However, the Talmud (I forget the source but the point is definitely there) states that one who is killed due to irresponsibility loses share in the world to come.[1] As I have written previously here, the world works according to the laws of nature. One ...


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When gedalai was told that someone was planing o killing him, Gedalia ignored it. He said oy, Lashon Hara, But it was letoelet. Many men died because of Gedalia's foolish actions. The people who died are considered to be on his head. That is why the passuk says these men who gedalia killed.{rashi, Mtzudat david}


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There are two separate prohibitions pertaining to saying God's name in vain. The first is in the עשרת הדברות: לֹא תִשָּׂא אֶת-שֵׁם-ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ לַשָּׁוְא The other is an איסור עשה (positive prohibition), though I cant remember what it is at the moment. (Possibly כִּי שֵׁם ה' אֶקְרָא הָבוּ גֹדֶל לֵאלֹהֵינוּ). The former applies only to saying God's name ...


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AskNoah is a Jewish-authored resource for Noachides. The Director of AskNoah.org answers your question (extracts of his answer): Gentiles do not transgress the Noahide Code if they use cremation. But a meritorious soul will lack the mode of spiritual cleansing from unrepentant sins that burial in the earth can provide. Rabbi Moshe Weiner of ...


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The Maggid Mishne (Rav Vidal of Tolosa, spain 14th century) Rambam Hilchot Ishut 1,1 says that before Mattan Torah (giving the Torah to Israel) everyone had a status of a gentile and he cross-references to Hilchot Melachim 9 for all the rules of marriage: קודם מתן תורה היה אדם פוגע אשה בשוק אם רצה הוא והיא לישא אותה מכניסה לתוך בית - וזה פשוט ומבואר ...


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Opening the Door and Pouring the Kos for Eliyahu - Demonstrations of Emunah says at minute 9:20 that we open the door to show that we have absolute faith that it is a ליל שימורים, a night of protection. This is a matter of ruchnius rather than explicit physical protection. This ליל שימורים prevents the mazikim (spiritual enemies) from causing harm. One ...


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I think saying the words "Oh my G-d" can be seen as taking the L-rd's name in vain in certain circumstances and not in others. For example, when in prayer. As for "Oh my Gosh" or “gosh almighty,” my rabbi says we Jews should refrain from saying them since these terms are speaking about the Christian Holy Ghost.


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The Rama to Orach Chayim 135:2 writes that if a whole tzibbur missed last weeks laining they should lain both this weeks parsha and last weeks. With regards to a tzibbur missing many shabbasim it is a machlokes. The Mishna Brurah 135:6 brings both opinion. One holds that they make up every single week missed,and according to the other opinion the tzibbur ...


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Rabbi Herschel Schachter explains that in the current circumstances one must still do shnayim mikra. Others have raised the suggestion that since presently we are not attending minyanim and not hearing Keriyas HaTorah, we should also not be obligated to perform the weekly mitzvah of shnayim mikrah ve’echad targum (to read the parsha twice with one ...


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Rabbi Herschel Schachter explains that this is only in a definite pikuach nefesh situation. If the government or a physician has decided that an individual must remain in isolation over the course of Yom Tov and this individual has a psychological condition where physicians who know this patient have determined that there is a possibility that this ...


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In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, a group of Sephardi senior Orthodox rabbis have permitted Zoom [video conferencing] for use during this year's Passover Seder (and only this year's Passover Seder), providing the video conference is established prior to the holiday beginning: English news sources: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Raabis-...


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As Epicentre says, there are multiple opportunities to sell Chometz online without the kinyan chalipin. See here from the Federation of Synagogues in the UK. Here you have the version from din-on-line. Chabad have a form too and say: Note: Leading halachic authorities have ruled that online authorizations are acceptable for the purpose of selling ...


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Regarding the spread of COVID-19, the National Association of Chevra Kadisha headed by Rav Elchonon Zohn stated the following guidelines: The following are suggested guidelines and precautions necessary to protect Chevra Kadisha members as they perform a taharah: Strictly follow the general list of universal precautions recommended by the CDC ...


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See https://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Halachot_Related_to_Coronavirus#Laid_off_Workers_Because_of_Corona Rabbi Zylberman on yutorah. Mordechai b"m 343 writes that if there's a decree in the town that the teachers can't teach the teachers should still be paid. Rama C.M. 321:1 cites this Mordechai and applies it to any worker in 334:1. ...


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In Shu"t Ohr Yitzchak (2:17:9) R. Yitzchak Abadi writes as follows: Can one rely on the minhag of the world to use regular vessels in a one-time manner, and then tovel them? For example, if it is difficult for him to tovel them now, or for any other cause. This question is very painful. Is anything that some people do or did called a minhag such ...


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your question is more of a question understanding a rule called noten tam lifgam If you look at the last 2 daf of Tractate Avodah Zara it would seem from there that it would go from 24 hours after it was used and not washed. my proof look at the shulchan aruch on it but the much more complicated reasoning will be in the comments


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See here for a transcription of Rav Heinemann's shiur yesterday on the relevant topics. Laining - One is not יוצא when he lains from a חומש. However, there is an ענין to have a זכר of laining and read from a חומש. This applies to the הפטרה as well. It does not hurt to read פרשת החדש as well. We find that they lained הפטרה when they could not lain ...


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Shulchan Aruch, OC 473:7, gives instructions for what to do if by yourself, from which we see that that's a possibility.


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There are many poskim with answers to this question. Note that there are various opinions as to why we say this bracha in the first place, so not every posek uses the same assumptions in order to draw their conclusions. Here are a few of the major opinions: Rabbi Jacob Chagiz, (17th century, Morocco, Italy, Israel) - Say it for a girl. He follows the ...


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Pri Chadash Orach Chaim 688 quotes a Yerushalmi that rules that a person from an unwalled city cannot read the megillah on behalf of an inhabitant of a walled city. When it comes to the reverse situation, the Yerushalmi is unsure of what the ruling is. However, Pri Chadash rules (based on his understanding of the Bavli) that a person from a walled city ...


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R. YM Tucazinsky writes in Ir Hakodesh Vehamikdash vol. III ch. 26 p. 355 that those in Jerusalem recite neither tachanun nor lamnatzeiach on Sunday 16 Adar. R. S. Deblitzky in Purim Meshulash, ch. 7 p. 132 writes that those outside of a walled city do recite tachanun and lamnatzeiach on Sunday 16 Adar, but notes that one who is accustomed not to do so has ...


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I would recommend the sefer Kuntres Avodas Hakorbanos. It includes basically everything you would want to know about korbanos ,and even includes a CD.


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The Peri Megadim (O.C. 225:5) asks why one does not say this blessing for a girl, and explains that if you assume that the reason for saying it for a boy is that the father is punished for not educating his son, this would be inapplicable by a girl. However, he notes that according to the Levush's explanation that the son gets punished for the father's sins, ...


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the chofetz chaim has 7 conditions thta let's one speak lashon hara. if you are missing one then it is an aveira. The concept of lashon hara Letoelet let's one speak lashon hara. the chofetz chaim says you neeed these 7 condition. 1-Thethe one telling it to you had to witnessed the incident himself, rather than knowing about it from rumor. (If he has only ...


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I can't imagine there being an issue as a person's mouth isn't yad soledes bo and is therefore unable to transfer flavour to another mouth. If there is food stuck in between the teeth of one of the participants, I cant find a clear answer, however, there is an opinion that food stuck in someone's mouth after some time doesn't have any taste. The opinion is ...


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The Rambam writes in Perush Ha-Mishnah (Chullin ch. 1) that the purpose of executing an apikores is to remove the espousal of his ideas from society; thus if the apikores did teshuvah he would certainly no longer be executed: ודע כי מסורת בידינו מאבותינו כפי שקבלוהו קבוצה מפי קבוצה כי זמנינו זה זמן הגלות שאין בו דיני נפשות אינו אלא בישראל שעבר עברת ...


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The straightforward answer is NO. The definition of [fast][1] is the willful refrainment from eating for a period of time while the gums contain fructose and carbs. So as soon as you will chewing gum your fast will break. The reason behind your fasting is the gladness of god, so you can’t chewing gum while fasting at all.


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With the topic of people learning all night on Shavuot and then sleeping the next day all day. Rav Chaim Soleveitchik{not the one who wrote the sefer} went to shul with his father Rav Aharon Soloveitchik ztz'l. after learning all night Rav Aharon took a two-hour nap and began to start learning again. Rav Chaim asked- Tatti how come you are learning and not ...


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I intended this to be a comment on Oliver's excellent post, but it's too long. I'd like to add a "snif l'hakel" regarding the issue of tekhumin that Oliver mentions in their post. Their advice to verify whether the item was within the tekhum before Shabbat implicitly assumes the halakha that an item brought from outside the tekhum on Shabbat is assur to use ...


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Rambam in Hilchot Teshuva 1:3 writes: התשובה מכפרת על כל העבירות אפילו רשע כל ימיו ועשה תשובה באחרונה אין מזכירין לו שום דבר מרשעו שנאמר רשעת הרשע לא יכשל בה ביום שובו מרשעו Teshuvah atones for all sins. Even a person who was wicked his whole life and repented in his final moments will not be reminded of any aspect of his wickedness as [Ezekiel 33:12]...


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https://cloudfront.yiddish24.com/KM_N114_21_1583717123.mp3 פסק פון הגאון הגדול רבי ישראל יעקב פישער זצ"ל ראב"ד עדה החרדית Sorry its audio, but he says when there is no other option you can be Yotzeh over the phone, and should read along if possible.


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Whether a dry issur (forbidden thing) that was already Batel berov (nulified) can be considered heter (completely permitted like the majority) to nullify more issur is a debate. Shach says yes Pri Chodosh ( Chavos daas and latter poskim all agree with Pri chodosh) says no. Pri Megadim Yore dea99,21 עש"ך...ביבש במין במינו כל שנפל לרוב היתר ונתבטל אין ...


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From my understanding a non-Jew intending to convert is allowed to learn Gemara. As for not intending to convert but listening for the sake of spiritual enlightenment, the Torah does say something like "Israel will be a light to the nations", and it says that in the messianic era, knowledge of God will be plentiful and everyone will know it, and it also ...


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The requirement of the megillah reading is to hear every word (Shulchan Aruch O"C 690:3), including Haman's name. There is a minhag to make noise "as if" you're drowning out Haman's name (Ram"a O"C 690:17), but this is always done after saying Haman (Mishnah Berurah 690:60). Sometimes, when people get too into it and start making noise early, the person ...


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OU Torah 295. Chillul Hashem: The prohibition against desecrating God’s Name explains the three categories of Chilul Hashem The Rambam enumerates three types of chillul Hashem. The first is when someone refuses to give up his life when called for. The second is when one commits a sin not because he’s driven by his urges but pretty much out of spite. ...


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In that pdf, there's a reference to Vayikra 7:3 as the part of the Torah that says it is forbidden to show certain favours to goyim. However, when I go to Vayikra 7:3, it only says "And all of its fat he shall offer from it: the tail and the fat covering the innards,". I can't see anything in Rashi's commentary that would lead to that view either. Is the ...


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As discussed in the Talmud (Menachot 32-33) and codified by the Tur (Y"D 289), a Mezuza must be affixed either in the doorpost or on the doorpost, and may not hang. See the Bach (ibid) who brings the Mordechai who brings proofs that it's sufficient to use nails, since (as he proves) putting up a Mezuza does not require an artisan; every layman can do it. ...


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