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Can a man nullify a woman's vow that was made before she became his wife upon hearing it?

The Talmud in Gittin 35b, Nedarim 67a, 72a, and 89a says a general rule אין הבעל מיפר בקודמין The halakha is that the husband does not have the ability to nullify with regard to vows his wife took ...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

It comes to exclude the temple, where fire was required for the sacrifices (Shabbos 20a) It also comes to include capital punishment, which is done in court, which is referred to as “your sitting ...
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Minhag to leave an area of the wall unpainted: does it need to be unpainted, or can it be painted another color?

R. Mordechai Yaffe mentions the custom of darkening one section of the wall as the zecher l'churban, but he says that this is not proper. Levush O.C. 560:1 ונ"ל מה שנוהגים עכשיו הבונים בתים ...
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Is it permissible for a convert to care for a sick parental figure at home?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for sharing your question. May it be G-d's will to send a complete and speedy recovery to your Aunt and also to give you peace of mind, tranquility of spirit and ...
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What is the process for purifying your home if you believe it may have been previously used for pagan worship?

This is explicitly addressed in Avodah Zarah 3:7: שְׁלשָׁה בָתִּים הֵן. בַּיִת שֶׁבָּנוּי מִתְּחִלָּה לַעֲבוֹדָה זָרָה, הֲרֵי זֶה אָסוּר. סִיְּדוֹ וְכִיְּרוֹ לַעֲבוֹדָה זָרָה וְחִדֵּשׁ, נוֹטֵל מַה ...
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Does a tent require a Mezuza?

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 ...
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What areas of Halochos require definition of a house/dwelling?

Gemora Sukkah 3a-3b concerning the need of 4x4 amos (cubits) in a house: תנו רבנן בית שאין בו ארבע אמות על ארבע אמות פטור מן המזוזה ומן המעקה ואינו מטמא בנגעים ואינו נחלט בבתי ערי חומה ואין חוזרין ...
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When selling a house, what pieces of furniture go with it?

The Rambam (in Hilchot Mechira 25:5) brings the following halacha When a person sells a house, he also sells the oven, the range, the door frames that are attached with mortar, the door, the beam,...
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Justifying housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy

I don't know about the rest of the week, but as a starting point, we are enjoined to make an effort before the onset of Shabbat. It writes in Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 262:1): לקדש השבת בשלחן ערוך ...
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Nigei Batim / Tzara'as of houses with a house and another level (aliya)

This halacha is brought in the Mishnah Negaim 13:3 in which it says that the upper floor is reinforced and kept standing: בַּיִת שֶׁנִּרְאָה בוֹ נֶגַע, הָיְתָה עֲלִיָּה עַל גַּבָּיו, נוֹתֵן אֶת ...
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Justifying housework / keeping one’s home clean and tidy

I found an interesting source about this which warns not to be too uptight about getting one's children to clean the house: יש לתמוה מה שכתוב בתורה והנה טוב מאד כמה פעמים במעשה בראשית. ובמשנה תורה ...
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Nudity at home?

@b a's answer is correct, but I would like to add a few comments from Rav Moshe Feinstein. See אגרות משה יורה דעה חלק ג סימן מז, אות ג׳, in which Rav Moshe was asked regarding the Halacha that one ...
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What's the difference between a house imparting impurity from the inside and to one entering it? (Nega'im 13:4)

Isn't a house imparting impurity from inside it doing so to one entering it? Not always. There's a Mishna later on (13:9) the describes that while you become impure upon entry, the clothes you are ...
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What were the Hebrews' tents made out of?

"…Near Mt. Sinai was a forest of Acacia trees. When they arrived there (Sinai) and were told that they would reside there for some time – and there was no (protective) cloud as I have already ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

Note: Orthodox Shabbat begins with Kabbalat Shabbat, the Friday evening "pre-Shabbat" prayer service to welcome the Divine Presence into the home. Following this is Ma'ariv (also called Arvit) ...
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Making buildings out of Orlah tree wood

Mishnah, Orlah 1:9: נוֹטְעִין יִחוּר שֶׁל עָרְלָה One may plant a branch of an orlah tree and Bartenura there: שהעץ מותר בהנאה because the wood is permissible for benefit This is codified in ...
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Is the Chanukat Habayit meal a Seudat Mitzvah

Those who hold its seudat mitzvah: Shu"t HaRabaz 1:43, Shu"t Avnei Nezer Yoreah Siman 384, Shu"t Titz Eliezer 10:32, Ben Ish Chai Shu"t Torah Lishma Siman 484, ארץ צבי על מסכת שבת ...
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How early can I take down my mezuzos before a move?

R Eliyahu Yaniger, a sofer at mezuzah.net (question 78) writes Your mezuzot should remain in the house as long as you are living there. Ownership is not what matters, but whether you are actually ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

While the answerers who preceded me are correct that this seems no different from the regular candelabrum for any other holiday or Shabas, I'll note that Shulchan Aruch (472:2) says: He should set ...
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What is the Pesach candelabra?

It is not a Passover custom. You are speaking of the normal Shabbat and Yom Tov candelabra. There is a custom cited by Mishnah Berurah 263:6 to light seven or ten candles. This could be a reason why ...
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Minhag not to return home directly after shiva visit?

I thought is was after the levaya. I saw in Mourning in Halacha Chapter 10 S26: Some have the custom of leaving the funeral by a different route, if possible from that which they came. See Ta’...
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Why specify not lighting a fire 'in your dwelling-places' on Shabbat?

Maybe another pshat [ remember ע' פנים לתורה Bamidbar Rabbah 13:15-16 ] is that it means within the techum Shabbos. Of course if someone goes out of the techum whether by mistake or on purpose they ...
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Making buildings out of Orlah tree wood

The basic approach to this is in the opening Mishnah of Masechta Orla which implies it boils down to intent: הַנּוֹטֵעַ לִסְיָג וּלְקוֹרוֹת, פָּטוּר מִן הָעָרְלָה. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי אוֹמֵר, אֲפִלּוּ ...
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First things to put in a house when moving

אוצר כל מנהגי ישורון: מדוע ולמה כשנכנסין לדור בבית מכניסין לתוכו קודם הכניסה לחם ומלח. הטעם שכן מצינו כשרצה הקב"ה להניחהו לאדם הראשון בגן עדן הכין מקודם בגן עדן כל עץ וגו' וטוב למאכל ומלח בכלל ...
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Selling chametz if two people share a house?

There are typically two elements to a sale of chometz. The first and primary part is the sale of the actual chometz. The main focus of your typical mechiras chometz contract focuses on getting rid of ...
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Houseless city?

The Passuk does not explicitly refer to a city, and it is only because it says "houses" that we take it to mean a settlement. The Gemara is asking how we would interpret the Passuk if it omitted the ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

Note: Reconstructionist I attend a small Reconstructionist synagogue in Northern California. We are not able to afford to pay our Rabbi full time so we have Friday night services twice a month and ...
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Are there special Halachos for homeowners?

One of the very important things a person should do after becoming a homeowner is celebrate a Chanukas Habayis. He should show gratitude and appreciation for the great favor which Hashem has bestowed ...
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Home ownership vs renting

The Pele yoets writes regarding this under building The link above has audio and text in English It seems he holds it is better to rent, especially if it is not in Israel , unless the person is ...
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