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Is a female Torah scholar accorded the same honors as a male?

R. Yehuda Aiash (Shut Beit Yehuda YD 28) rules that in general any honour which one must accord a male (such as standing up for an older man), one must accord an equivalent female as well: פשוט דכל ...
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BS"D in the bathroom

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum about writing ב"ה in a letter. While he notes that it could potentially lead to issues because the ה is a letter of God's name and it is also meant to refer to God, ...
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Is it disrespectful to have a raffle where the prize is a Sefer Torah?

I got interested in the question because we did once win a sefer Torah at such a raffle during a tsedaka dinner for a school. It was organized by an organization run by a well-respected and very ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

If you search Google for "Mrs. * ZT-L", you'll find many instances of this honorific used for couples, and a few for women. Here are some examples of it used for women by various Jewish news or public ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

There are several instances in rabbinic literature where the rabbinic author mentions a deceased female relative and uses the appellation "zatzal". Here are two examples: R. Moshe Sofer ...
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R' Mordochai Benet's re-interment

R. Benet's son, R. Naftali, wrote in a letter (Misped Gadol Ve'kaved Meod, here) to the Nikolsburg community that his father died in Carlsbad while there for therapeutic reasons (ibid, note). He then ...
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Is half standing for mitzvot that require standing sufficient?

In the Gemara (Kiddushin 32b), it says that even though one must stand up to his full hight to honor a parent, teacher or an elderly person, however if he forgoes his honor, one is not obligated to do ...
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Meaning of abbreviation tblch"t / tblch"a

See p. 322 of this Google book. The Hebrew abbrevaiation is יבדל"א for males and תבדל"א for females. Loose transliteration - TiBadel/YiBadel Lecha'im Arukhim meaning "May s/he live long, on the ...
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Connection Between Liver & Honor?

Shemot 7:14 says: וַיֹּ֤אמֶר ה' אֶל־משֶׁ֔ה כָּבֵ֖ד לֵ֣ב פַּרְעֹ֑ה מֵאֵ֖ן לְשַׁלַּ֥ח הָעָֽם The Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is heavy; he has refused to let the people out. The ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

Following @ Isaac Moses, I searched for Rebbetzen * zt-l and found: Rebbetzin Kanievsky ZTL in the yeshivaworld.com Rebbetzin Bluma ZTL in matzav.com Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan ztl in linkapeida-...
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Is it disrespectful to have a raffle where the prize is a Sefer Torah?

Harav Ratzon Arusi, Wrote as an answer to such question: "If this lottery is intended to finance things that are sacred, Torah, or Gemach, it is permissible to participate in it, because the ...
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Why honor someone who teaches one thing? Say dayo lihyos k'Achisofel!

The Midrash Shmuel in his commentary there raises the possibility (but acknowledges that it is forced) that this Beraisa follows the opinion of R. Tarfon who allows a kal vachomer even when it is &...
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Is there a mitzvah to honor the bechor?

The Talmud (Ketubot 103a) states: כבד את אביך ואת אמך את אביך זו אשת אביך ואת אמך זו בעל אמך וי"ו יתירה לרבות את אחיך הגדול Honor your father [et avikha] and your mother [ve’et immekha]. The ...
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Is the mitzvah to honor the bechor d'oraisa or d'raban?

The source for this is derasha in the Talmud (Ketubot 103a): כבד את אביך ואת אמך את אביך זו אשת אביך ואת אמך זו בעל אמך וי"ו יתירה לרבות את אחיך הגדול Honor your father [et avikha] and your ...
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What is the source and reason for saying "Yeyasher Kochacha" or "Chazak Ubaruch"?

First and foremost, the correct pronunciation of יישר כוח is Yishar Koach, and similarly Yishar Kochacha. I have read that in Chabad the common pronunciation is yeyasher, but among Hebrew speakers, ...
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Is there a feminine equivalent of Zt"l?

According to wikipedia, Zt"l is used for men as well as women. If I recall correctly, when Rebetzin Kamenetzki, wife of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzki died, about 4 months ago, many of the local articles ...
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R' Mordochai Benet's re-interment

R Ben Zion Sobel wrote about this, quoting from the sefer Chayim Sheyaish Bahem - it is a more incredible story I would have expected when reading your question ! In a nutshell the Chatam Sofer was ...
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Does Kavod Habriot ever apply to Safek d’oraita

The Mishna Berura in 13:15 discusses a scenario in which the tzitzis of a tallis fall off while in public. In a case in which it is an issur doraisa he says: אבל בחול שהוא עובר על איסור תורה בכל שעה ...
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Where to put books while traveling?

In a long and interesting response on the laws of handling Jewish books R Yirmiyohu Kaganoff specifically writes this appears permitted to him, see here where he writes Anyone visiting a sefarim ...
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Must tashmish at night be under a blanket?

Elements for answer Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 40: 2 regarding tefilin and mezuzah at home. בית שיש בו תפילין אסור לשמש בו מטתו עד שיוציאם או שיניחם בכלי תוך כלי והוא שאין השני מיוחד להם שאם הוא ...
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What should be done with yahrzeit candle jars?

"The sages taught: Tashmishei mitzva (objects used to perform a mitzva) may be discarded; tashmishei kedusha (accessories of kedusha) are buried. And these are tashmishei mitzva: a succa, lulav, ...
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Is there anything wrong with correcting your Rabbi in front of other people?

One should correct him in an indirect way, reminding him of his earlier correct teaching or asking a question that leads in the right direction. This is based on the Shulchan Aruch in YD 242:22 (my ...
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What is meant by "congregational honor" regarding disallowing women reading the Torah publically?

This article offers an interesting interpretation of the concern. Excerpts: Rav Ben-Zion Uziel understands the expression “kevod ha-tzibbur” in a different manner. In the course of a discussion ...
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Is it permitted to call Hashem, or a human (made in Hashem's image) an "it"?

Shalom Rabbi, I thought I should offer this: Franz Rosenzweig, in Part II, Book 3 of the Star of Redemption, makes an allusive, elliptical remark to the effect that the mitzvah of loving one’s fellow ...
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Is it permitted to call Hashem, or a human (made in Hashem's image) an "it"?

My sense is that "it" better describes the god of the philosophers from which everything flows necessarily and which doesn't have any will, agency or power; in other words lacks personhood. ...
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Standing up for an older person or Talmid Chacham who is already sitting down

Based on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 244:3 it would seem that one doesn't have to get up. The shulchan Aruch writes אסור להעצים עיניו ממנו קודם שיגיע לתוך ארבע אמותיו כדי שלא יצטרך לקום מפניו ...
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What does לְפִי כְּבוֹדוֹ (according to his honor) mean? how is it calculated?

I think you can perhaps actually infer the answer from the sources you yourself linked. Along with this, I would suggest that the latter halachot you link (regarding charity) suggest the intent of the ...
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Throwing away leftover kiddush wine

Actually, (based on a Gemara) the Kitzur in סימן עז - דיני הקדוש והסעודות בלילה וביום states that one is supposed to leave over wine from the night Kiddush to the morning one, and for the morning for ...
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Meir Einei Yisroel on כבוד שמים

Your quote appears to be a word for word quote from here. The source listed there is Sefer Meir Einei Yisroel (1:236); i.e. volume 1 (of 6) page 236.
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Source for Hashem standing up for a zaken

SabbaHillel's answer is good, because the Rashi he brought is citing Bereishit Rabbah, and Bereishit Rabba is the midrash aggadah of the Amoraim of the Yerushalmi. וירא אליו ה' באלוני ממרא והוא ...
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