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What I don't understand is why the following is not a possible answer:When the person was carrying unknowingly, he was misasek, so he wasn't doing a milacha, which requires mileches mileches If he continues walking after he realizes he's carrying, he now is doing a mileches mileches by walking 4 amos. Therefore he should stop and put down what he was ...


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In the "Chol Hamoed" book by R' Dovid Zucker & R' Moshe Francis, they discuss a similar question that was posed to The Debreciner Rav (Rav Moshe Stern). Rav Stern (page 195-196, teshuvah #56) is quoted as saying: Question: Is it allowed to write something that's not necessary for Yom Tov via a number machine (ie "a calculator" ), and this is a ...


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When I look at the translations of Lev 23 (10) I get no impression that there is a day referred to as Reishis Ketzir. See Chabad Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you come to the Land which I am giving you, and you reap its harvest, you shall bring to the kohen an omer of the beginning of your reaping. And Sefaria Speak to the ...


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In Rabbi Ribiat's "39 Melachos Book" (vol 1, pg 64)--cited in this Halachapedia.com footnote-- he rules that "one may not ask a non-Jew to shut the lights." As usual with these type of things, best bet would be to CYLOR


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In the Artscroll book "Chol Hamoed" by R' Dovid Zucker & R' Moshe Francis, this issue is discussed and a few opinions are cited. The Debreciner Rav (page 76, footnote 61) says that if a person should refrain from taking a vacation during the summer if taking said vacation would force him to work during Chol Hamoed due to him having no more vacation days....


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Actually, it is a Machlokes how to see it: Some see it as a stipulation of the sale, and if broken, the sale is off. Not Mekach Tous, but an agreed condition, for example - "if the book doesn't please your wife, the deal's off", or "you have 14 days to decide on this deal while the item's at your disposal". In this case, not Meshichah finalizes the deal, ...


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There are two sorts of rulership in Halacha - "top-down" and "bottom-up". The first is choosing a "G-d sent" position - a King - by a prophet and not by elections, and then populating all the different jobs that "descend from it", down to the lowest level. This is what Rambam means by "positions" - ones that come from the power of the top of the pyramid - ...


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Images/statues of people are not A"Z by itself, no matter what. You can have pictures of Rabbis and Moses and your grandfathers in your house. What makes it A"Z is the fact that those are worshipped by different ways of worshipping an A"Z like in a church: In a place where those pictures serve only as decoration, staying is permitted. Think about St. X ...


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This is a draft answer outlining the major considerations: "מראית עין" - there's a problem of being perceived in public as "turning sides". Especially valid if the Ketubah mentions explicitly it follows a different tradition, Reform for example. Signing on what one sees is not a problem. Even a Reform Ketubah (as a simple, non-religious contract) isn't ...


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To the best of my knowledge, "crossing a picket line" means for an employee who had committed to a union and benefited from it to then violate that commitment and go work when his "brethren" are on strike. (Or if the musicians go on strike and the actors have agreed to support them, same idea.) You're asking a different question -- I've never made a ...


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This article by R. Yitzchak Berkovits may be what you're looking for. Some key quotes (emphases are mine): In cleaning for Passover, we are first and foremost fulfilling the mitzvah of biur chametz -- getting rid of chametz. Biur chametz is actually quite an easy mitzvah in terms of physical exertion. The Torah says: "tashbisu se'or mibateichem" -- make ...


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Because of the OP's concern, the Pri Megadim actually writes that one should not use the Yiddish names for the days of the week, but this ruling does not seem to be followed. In truth, as other answers mentioned, it is not such a problem because nobody worships those gods anymore. Moreover, according to the Satmar Rebbe and Rabbi Menachem Kasher, the ...


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On the most basic level we can answer by stating simply that this is what the Sages instituted. The Mishnah in Pesachim (10:3) states: הביאו לפניו מטבל בחזרת עד שמגיע לפרפרת הפת MISHNAH. THEY THEN SET [IT] BEFORE HIM. HE DIPS THE LETTUCE BEFORE YET HE HAS REACHED THE AFTERCOURSE OF THE BREAD. (Soncino translation; capitals in original) The ...


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Mishna Sanhedrin 8.6 [A thief] who comes through a tunnel [into one's house] is judged on the basis of his end. If he came through a tunnel and broke a jug: if he has blood-guilt, he is liable; if he does not have blood-guilt, he is exempt. Rambam comment הבא במחתרת נדון על שם סופו היה בא כו': וכן הבא במחתרת ידוע הוא שכונתו שאם יעמוד בעל הבית להציל ...


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The Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 318,1 states that cooking or any other Melacha which a Jew does on purpose, though the one who did the melacha may not benefit for ever, others can benefit straight away after Shabbos: המבשל בשבת (או שעשה אחת משאר מלאכות) במזיד, אסור לו לעולם ולאחרים מותר למוצאי שבת מיד The Magen Ahvraham and Mishna brura explain: דדוקא ...


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It seems that according to the Nehar Shalom Orach Chaim 318,1 all the Acharonim in Yore Dea 99,5 agree that it would be forbidden for one's children to benefit from an Issur Deoraisa transgression by their father, which would include cooking on shabbos. This is explicitly stated in the Magein Avraham Orach Chaim 538,6: ואם עשה דבר שאינו אבד בח"ה אפי' לבנו ...


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The Shach in Yore Dea 108,7 says: זה הכלל כל מידי דלא הוי להריח ריחא לאו מילתא היא אבל דבר שעומד להריח כגון ורד והדס אסור ליהנות מהריח עכ"ל ב"י וכ"כ התוס' פ"ק דעבודת כוכבים דף י"ב אלא בורד והדס בשם ר"ת ותירץ בזה הא דמותר להריח ביין This is the general rule: Anything that is not designated for smelling e.g food/drink which is meant to be eaten like stam ...


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Rav Hirsch writes that usage of מנחה as a flour-and-oil offering is imprecise: The מנחה offering in the Sanctuary is an offering of flour and oil. But we do find מנחה as a general term for offerings - even for animal offerings; thus in Malachi 1:10, 1:13, and 2:13, and throughout the book of Malachi. Outside the Sanctuary, מנחה denotes a gift, a sign of ...


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Ben Ish Chay (Tzav 30) says not to eat it the first night or day of Pesach, but that you can roast it on Pesach anyway if you forgot to do so before Pesach. He implies that his responsum collection Mikavtziel may explain why, but I don't have a copy or see one online.


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The Darkei Moshe (Rema) Orach CHaim 475,10 gives the final verdict: כתב מהרי"ו בדרשותיו שצריך לצלות הזרוע והביצה מבע"י דהואיל שאינו אוכלו בי"ט אסור לצלותו בי"ט ונראה דאם רוצה לאכלו בי"ט ראשון ולעשות אחרות לליל י"ט שני דרשות בידו ואז יוכל לצלות אף בי"ט הואיל שאכלו באותו יום ולא כתב מהרי"ו אלא לפי המנהג שנוהגים להשהותו עד ליל ב': The Mahariv says one ...


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Mishna Berura 473.4 sk 32 (לב) וכן נוהגין בעירנו - לצלות הביצה. ואסור לאכול הזרוע בלילה דאין אוכלין צלי בלילה אבל הביצה אף שהיא צלויה מותר שאין איסור צלי בביצה ולפ"ז אסור לצלות הזרוע בלילה אלא מבעו"י אם לא שדעתו לאכלו למחר באותו היום וע"כ אם שכח וצלאו בלילה יזהר לאכלו מחר בבקר כ"כ המ"א ושארי אחרונים ואם דעתו שלא לאכול הביצה עד ליל ב' גם הביצה אסור לצלותה ...


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I attended a pidyon petter chamor in Pittsburgh in 2017. It was organized by the Kollel and attended by many of the local Orthodox rabbis (and lots of other people). Unfortunately the web site they set up at the time is no longer there (and not in the Wayback Machine), but I have a video (linked on my blog post about the event). In the (first, ...


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דעת הגאון מוילנא, הובא בספר כתר ראש לרבי חיים מוואלוז'ין ובספר מעשה רב, שאדם שיכול לשמור את גופו נקי צריך להניח תפילין כל היום, ואמר הגר"א שאם היה לו כח היה יוצא בשווקים וברחובות לעורר אנשים לעשות כך. אבל גדולי הדורות לא נהגו כדבריו. תורגם ע"י התרגומון של גוגל The Gaon of Vilna reported that a person who can keep his body clean should wear tefillin all day ...


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According to this answer, it would seem that this is permitted. The Radbaz (Shu"t 1:44) discusses this topic and rules that, if the tree was not planted for its fruits or if only the blossoms are present and the fruit has not yet grown, the fragrance is permitted (i.e. there is no problem of orlah preventing enjoyment of the fragrance): ...


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Any Jew, not necessarily a kohen or levi, can slaughter an animal, with few exceptions (Chullin 1:1): הַכֹּל שׁוֹחֲטִין וּשְׁחִיטָתָן כְּשֵׁרָה, חוּץ מֵחֵרֵשׁ, שׁוֹטֶה, וְקָטָן, שֶׁמָּא יְקַלְקְלוּ בִשְׁחִיטָתָן Anyone [may] slaughter - and his slaughter is valid - except for a deaf-mute, a shoteh [a person who exhibits signs demonstrating a lack of ...


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We learn the halacha about a car by first looking at the halacha by a boat. A boat is a movable property and is acquired by: meshicha "pulling" from a property to another mesira "transmission of an object" in the public domain and by schirut makom (leading its place) in the domain of the seller. In Bava Basra (75b - 77a) there is a long discussion: ...


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As well as halachic answers, there is this point to consider: It is a very important command, to honour ones parents, in most circumstances. To deny a person's fact of being a parent, at a pinnacle of parenthood (when ones child is themselves becoming married) would seem to be a height of disrespecting them as a parent. Similarly one should also not place ...


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I was involved with someone who had the following situation (I don't know the sources involved in the decision, just the guidance that was given. HaRav Tzvi Berkowitz was the Rav being consulted): The father of the groom was Jewish, but his mother was not, and the groom had converted. However, it was not publicly known that he had converted. The parents of ...


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The water heater is connected to the ground by the plumbing (mahuber l'karka) and possibly, bolted down as well.


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There is more chazakah for the person who left the note than for the second person who is coming into the picture later. Further, we have have no reason to say that the first person did not make a kinyon and there is no requirement that he put it down in a different place.


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The relevant text appears in this 1996 edition of Diberot Moshe on Shabbat vol. 2 in chapter 53, section 35 and does indeed seem to say what R. Rapoport claims that it does: דאשה נושאת אשה דזה ודאי אינו דבר איסור לבני נח For a woman to "marry" another woman is certainly not a forbidden matter for Noahides.


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Yes, it is like any other thing that you smell. Smelling is the beginning (the most spiritual aspect) of eating. So it is important to identify the source of the smell, whether from trees (עץ), or herbs (עשב), or spices (בסם) or a mixture of any of the types (לשון מצ״ב ע״פ ס״ת), in order to make the appropriate blessing. This is discussed in Sefer Shnei ...


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In short, magic dose not exist. It has never been proven and therefore it is mere fabrication of the wild imagination. Thus, your question is irrelevant when it comes to Judaism. Maimonides rejected the notion of magic as nonsensical. Ibn Ezra also rejects the existence of magic. For example, Ezra says that the reason G-d forbid us communicating with the ...


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It is absolutely forbidden, whether by marriage or through prostitution, that the only way one is permitted is by virtue of some of the methods in Parashat Ki Tetzeh in the Pentateuch. Moreover, the marriage of a gentile is essentially different from that of a Jew, marriage to a Jew is a property act made by money, a bill or a marriage of a wife, and also a ...


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Observing the 7 Mitzvos does not change their status as Gentiles. The prohibitions of marrying gentiles (just like all other illicit relations) do not differentiate between righteous and wicked ones. The relations are forbidden in any way. PS I feel very uncomfortable discussing the details of the Jewish Halachah with a Noachide as it is not endorsed by ...


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From a drush perspective, the gemara in Kesuvos 10b expounds upon the meaning of the word "almanah": מאי אלמנה אמר רב חנא בגדתאה אלמנה על שם מנה Why [is a widow called an] almanah? Rav Ḥana of Baghdad said: [A widow is called an] almanah after the maneh Namely, "almanah" is an acronym for "al shem maneh"- ie the value of a widow's Kesuvah is ...


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Devarim 18:10-11 lists the following species of magic: There shall not be found among you . . . a soothsayer, a diviner of [auspicious] times, one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, a pithom sorcerer, a yido'a sorcerer, or a necromancer. (R' A. J. Rosenberg's Judaica Press translation). See Rashi for a definition of all these at chabad....


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There are 2 types of magic with which one incurs a being from the upper realm to fulfil ones wish by creating something/bringing something unavailable, which are both mentioned in the Torah which the necromancers of Egypt used in Sanhedrin 67b: בלטיהם אלו מעשה שדים - "Lot" is the work of a sheid (demon) which one incurs to fulfill (in exchange for a ...


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Choshen Mishpat (273:11) דבר המופקר שבא אחד ושמרו והיה מביט בו שלא יטלנו אדם לא זכה עד שיגביהנו אם הוא מטלטל או יחזיק בקרקע כדרך שקונים הלקוחות: One who comes to guard a hefker item, and was keeping an eye on it so no one takes it, cannot legally merit its ownership unless he lifts it etc. (If one can’t lift it, drag it (Beur Heitev)) Aruch ...


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See Mishna Peah 4.3 To lie down on the Peah is as to write your name and doesn't make kinyan. One needs to make hagbaha נָטַל מִקְצָת פֵּאָה וּזְרָקָהּ עַל הַשְּׁאָר, אֵין לוֹ בָהּ כְּלוּם. נָפַל לוֹ עָלֶיהָ, וּפֵרֵשׂ טַלִּיתוֹ עָלֶיהָ, מַעֲבִירִין אוֹתָהּ הֵימֶנּוּ. וְכֵן בְּלֶקֶט, וְכֵן בְּעֹמֶר הַשִּׁכְחָה: If one took a part of the Peah and ...


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I commented that you complicated the case a lot, so it's not a simple case but let's take it part by part. המוציא מחבירו - you imply one has to pay straight away, but it is not clear who has the burden of proof. The owner claims it's his the taker claims it was a Hefker, therefore the owner has to prove that in such a case everything in the fridge is ...


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Although it is prohibited to light a regular candle from the Shabbos/Yom Tov candles, it is permitted to light a נר של מצוה. However, one must be careful to only light directly from the Shabbos/Yom Tov candles to each other; lighting a match or splint to carry over the flame is prohibited (as this doesn't constitute נר של מצוה). (SHU"A)


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The drinker is responsible. See SA CM 182.1 SMA sk2 חוץ מלדבר עבירה: דדברי הרב ודברי התלמיד דברי מי שומעין ויכול המשלח לומר סברתי שלא ישמע לי לעשותו לכך אין המשלח חייב אבל אם אין השליח בר חיובא לא שייך האי טעמא: ‏ There is no shlichut for a sin out of for an Avera. Because the Meshaleach can say, I was thinking that the Shaliach will not agree to ...


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I did this myself - twice. I've asked several rabbis. One can do a Siyum on Mishnah. (I gather that's what MY plans on doing.) It doesn't matter that it's considered part of Masechtot Ketanot.


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The order of the seder is discussed in Shulchah Aruch, see Simon tuf-ayin-beis Dinei Haseva and Daled Kosus (472, laws reclining and the four cups), tuf ayin-gimmel, dinei kos rishon v'seder hapesach until kos sheni (473, laws of the first cup and seder of pesach until the second up), and so forth until tuf-peh-aleph, sh'lo l'shtot achar arbeh kosos (481, ...


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The following addresses the case where the switch controls only the power for the light. That is to say, the switch does not also turn off something in the electric eye circuit. The Chosen Ish holds that opening and closing an electric switch might be binyan and stira. Rav Auerbach says that it is like opening and closing a door, it was made to open and ...


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There is a machlokes between Maimonides and Nachmanides regarding whether the issur of לא תקרבו לגלות ערוה (one should not come close to violating forbidden relationships) is a Torah prohibition or just rabbinic. Both agree that it is certainly assur. This prohibition would include all forbidden relationships including HS. Furthermore, there is a ...


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only someone whos born jewish or went through a ** VALID conversion is Jewish, everyone else is a gentile, no matter what, so theres your answer **


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R. Yitzchak Abadi has a responsum (Ohr Yitzchak 2:51) about allowing seeing-eye dogs inside the synagogue. He cites R. Moshe Feinstein's responsum on the matter (mentioned in Gershon Gold's answer) and rejects R. Feinstein's Talmudic interpretations that justified his permissive ruling. As for the issue that a blind person will never be able to attend the ...


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