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Miswa of Lifne Iwer isn't what the words mean literally?

Minchas Chinuch 232:4 discusses this, and raises the possibility that maybe he would be violating this lav by doing so. On the other hand, he also comments (quoting Korban Aharon) that if the verse ...
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Restaurants opening on fast days

The Shach (7) to Yore Dea 87:4 says clearly there is no marit haayin when there is a evident possibility that you are doing something permitted, for example cooking for the sick. This is based on the ...
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Aiding what you consider sin but he doesn't

The simple general answer is that: If you hold its forbidden but they hold its allowed, then you may help them to do it. But, if you hold its allowed and they hold its forbidden, then you may not ...
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Is "Though shall not put a stumbling block before the blind" solely metaphorical?

I would suggest it's not a stumbling block if the purpose is to improve their skills, just like a teacher is allowed mislead his students to test them (S"A Yoreh Deah 246:12): ויש לרב להטעות את ...
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Stumbling Block contained in the Babylonian Talmud

I think the point in those sugyas is that it was untenable for such a tragedy to befall a completely righteous person. So reasons were offered to justify their intense torture. Pronouncing the ...
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Explicit shaimos printed in prayer books

The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 334:12) says: כל כתבי הקודש מצילין האידנא מפני הדליקה קורין בהם אפי' כתובים בכל לשון אפי' כתובים בסם ובסיקרא (פירוש מיני צבעים) ובכל דבר וכן מטבע ברכות שטבעו חכמים ...
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Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat?

This is a very good and interesting question. On the outset we can eliminate the possibility of "lifnei Iver" in this case. The problem of Lifney Iver is if you are the person that permits the Avera. ...
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Is it lifnei iver if you enable someone to violate a strict interpretation?

The simple general answer is that: If you hold its forbidden but they hold its allowed, then you may help them to do it. But, if you hold its allowed and they hold its forbidden, then you may not ...
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Paradox of the Evil Inclination: Hashem commands to disobey Himself?

The Evil Inclination is not a Jew, it is a malach, and therefore is not commanded in any of the mitzvos which were given to klall yisrael, but whose purpose is to made good decisions have meaning by ...
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Giving away cigarettes

Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl שליט״א, one of the foremost students of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach זצ״ל, and former Chief Rabbi of the Old City once told me that if not for the possible legal issues that may ...
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Is advertising ever Lifnei iver for lo tachmod

No. I saw here on Din Online the following: What you are writing is true, the advertising business, for an honest person is fraught with danger, because unfortunately a lot of advertising nowadays ...
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Is "Though shall not put a stumbling block before the blind" solely metaphorical?

The Kli Yakar on the Posuk (Vayikra 19:14) says ״כי אין לפרש עור ממש ומכשול ממש שהרי נאמר ויראת מאלהיך וזה מדבר בדבר המסור ללב דווקא״. Translated, “don’t explain it to mean an actual blind person and ...
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Ramifications of eating (or forcing to eat) food one doesn’t like

Here is a relevant opinion by Rabbis Yair Spolter and Shraga Simmons on Aish: "Only pleasant-tasting foods require a bracha. Food eaten only for health reasons that are not pleasurable to eat, require ...
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Case of causing someone to sin?

There is a prohibition against inciting a person to sin, which is referred to as מסית לדבר עבירה. Source: See Iggros Moshe (OC 1:99) that even though Beis Din only punishes a person who incites to ...
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Modesty for a Goya

The first angle that needs to be addressed is if there’s a problem of lifnei iver for a non-Jew. Tosfos in Avodah Zara 15b (L'oved) says that a non-Jew does not have the issur of lifnei iver. However, ...
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Can an Orthodox doctor ask a not-yet-religious Jewish doctor to take his shabbos rounds?

Shemiras Shabbos 40:27 says that the orthodox doctor should not exchange with the non-religious doctor as the latter may come to transgress shabbos.
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Bracha near a bathroom

A modern lavatory is much cleaner than a talmudic era latrine. Unless the bathroom exudes a pungent stench or there is visible excrement, it doesn't trigger any prohibitions, however, we avoid it as a ...
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Contradiction in Chelkas Yoav regarding lifnei iver when the aveira is done by oness

You write: We can clearly deduce from this that, in his opinion, when someone causes someone to commit an aveira through oness, there is no aveira of lifnei iver. I believe this is an ...
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Paradox of the Evil Inclination: Hashem commands to disobey Himself?

According to one school of thought, mal'akhim are not commanded. They are made in a certain way. It's like asking about rocks being commanded to fall when you let go of them. (Near an object of ...
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Is it halachically ok to buy and sell cigarettes?

Among important Sephardi Haredi rabbis, Rabbi Ben Tzion Abba Shaul and Rabbi Moshe Tzedaka called on youth not to start smoking. Other major Ashkenazi rabbis who explicitly forbade smoking and ...
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Is it forbidden for a woman to mouth the words to a song in front of men?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 75,3 יש ליזהר משמיעת קול זמר אשה. One should be careful not to listen to the voice of a woman singing Magen Avraham אבל קול דבור' שרי Speaking is permitted to ...
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Can one be deserving of execution and karet for placing a stumbling block in front of the blind?

The question which I decided to answer (this is how I interpreted the intention of its author), is if a global ban, called "...nor put a stumbling-block before the blind..." (Leviticus 19, 14)is ...
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Igros Moshe citation: prohibiting giving a lighter to a smoker

Perhaps he was loosely referring to R. Feinstein's responsum in Igros Moshe Choshen Mishpat 2:76 where he writes: ולא יניח אדם לבניו הקטנים שיתרגלו בזה אף אם הוא עצמו נתרגל A person should not ...
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Lifnei Iver for a chinuch-age child

The Gemara in Moed Katan 17a writes: דאמתא דבי רבי חזיתיה לההוא גברא דהוה מחי לבנו גדול אמרה ליהוי ההוא גברא בשמתא דקעבר משום ולפני עור לא תתן מכשול דתניא ולפני עור לא תתן מכשול במכה לבנו גדול The ...
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Miswa of Lifne Iwer isn't what the words mean literally?

According to the Rambam hilchos Rotzeach 11,4 quoting Bava Kama 15b one would transgress לא תשים דמים (Devarim 22,8) if by placing the stumbling block in front of a blind man or anyone else as he's ...
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