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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 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 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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Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students

The Igros Moshe YD 2:103 writes that it is a deplorable act for a Rebbi to ask his student to tell on another student who did something bad,and it will lessen the seriousness of loshen harah. The ...
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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 showing excessive honor to Gedolim idolatry?

Well, we learn (פסחים כב:) that we have to be in awe of Talmidei Chachomim from an extra word in the Pasuk that commands us to be in awe of Hashem - את ה' א-לקיך תִּירָא לְרַבּוֹת תַּלְמִידֵי ...
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halacha of honoring your Wife

Rambam Hilchos Ishus 15:19: וכן ציוו חכמים שיהיה אדם מכבד את אשתו יותר מגופו, ואוהבה כגופו; ואם יש לו ממון, מרבה בטובתה כפי הממון And similarly the Sages commanded that a person should honor his wife ...
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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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What is the source and reason for saying "Yeyasher Kochacha" or "Chazak Ubaruch"?

Regarding יישר כוח, i will be basing information off of the Hebrew Wikipedia article on the phrase. What is the origin of these expressions? יישר כוח comes from a line in Shabbos 87a: שנאמר (...
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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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Tircha D'Tzibbur vs. Kavod Hatorah - which wins?

Machzor Vitri - page 206 brings a story on Rosh Chodesh which was Chanuka where they took out 2 Sefer Torahs and the person who read the Torah, in error read 4 Aliyos in Rosh Chodesh and the Halacha ...
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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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Correcting a Rebbe who is learning during חזרת הש"ץ

See Igros Moshe (או"ח ד' סימן יט'): עיון בספר בזמן חזרת הש"ץ עש"ק ד' אייר תשל"ד. מע"כ ידידי הנכבד מאד מו"ה ר' זלמן אריה הילזענראד שליט"א. הנה בדבר עיון בספר בזמן חזרת הש"ץ, עיין במג"א סימן קכ"ד ...
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Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students

There's an argument between R' Moshe Feinstein and R' Moshe Shternbuch. R' Moshe Feinstein (as mentioned by sam) says that it's disgusting , as (practically) the teacher is teaching that Lashon Hara ...
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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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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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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 showing excessive honor to Gedolim idolatry?

Just to give some perspective. This question Why isn't it considered idol worship to give respect to the torah? was met with reactions deeming it practically ridiculous to even ask such a thing. ...
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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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Can I talk about my business in shul if it is to help another Jew avoid a transgression?

If we are talking about talking during davening, you can't. As to talking business in schul not during davening, it would tend to be forbidden. However, the Ben ish chai writes that if one is a ...
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Obligation to give seat to an elder?

Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Yoreh De'ah 242-244:12) states (my translation): היושב באוטובוס ונכנס תלמיד חכם או זקן, והגיע סמוך אליו, תוך ד' אמותיו (כשני מטר) והוצרך לעמוד בפניו כפי הדין, ...
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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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Correcting one's father or one's rav when he is leyning

The Rivevos Ephraim 6:33:3 deals with this exact question. He writes that the reason its assur to correct ones father in general is because it will embarrass him. The question is does this apply to ...
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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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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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