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Are blind men obligated in kiddush levana

Beur Halachah 426:2 cites a dispute among the poskim about this, with Maharshal (R. Shlomo Luria) saying that yes, he should say it (because even though he can't see the moon, others can, and that's ...
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Are guide animals Ochel nefesh on Yom Tov

The gemara on Beitza 12a learns from Beit Hillel that whenever a melacha is permitted for the sake of ochel nefesh, it is also permitted more generally. See OC 518:1 where the Rema adds there needs to ...
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Yibbum with an incompetent woman

Chalitza requires mental competence to be effective whilst Yibbum does not. Accordingly, a mentally incompetent woman could establish a legal marriage to the brother without consent. Whether that's ...
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Is a person obligated in a Mitzvah that he can only fulfill with assistance?

The Pele Yoetz explains that the way to determine if a situation is an ones or not is to think if he was able to make a lot of money doing this, would he still say that he can’t because of the ...
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When can you shame someone on account of his handicap?

In one of his talks (Likkutei Sichos 15:122ff, sec. 5 - Hebrew translation here), the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt"l explains that R. Elazar perceived the man as being not just ugly and empty (ריקה, as R....
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Is a person obligated in a Mitzvah that he can only fulfill with assistance?

Perhaps we can suggest an answer from the halachah that if someone is missing his arms, he must still put on tefillin shel rosh. Such a person must require significant help from others, but is still ...
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