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Does the prohibiting of Kilayim apply to hydroponics

According to Halacha, does the prohibition against Kilayim, mixing different types of vegetables/grafting different types of trees together apply if they are grown on hydroponics, or no? Would it be ...
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Stocks of mostly gentile owned banks with mostly gentile clients

In Halacha, it is prohibited for Jews to give their money to gentiles to lend at interest to other Jews (Tosefta Bava Metzia 5:8). However, if a majority gentile-owned bank has a majority gentile ...
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Lo Yilbash and feminization/masculinization surgery

According to Halacha, a man is not supposed to dress like a woman and vice versa due to Deuteronomy 22:5. My question is whether feminization/masculinization surgery which makes your facial features ...
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Right to work in Halacha

In secular law, there is a debate as to whether or not a policy known as right to work should exist or whether a policy known as closed shops should exist. To simplify, right to work means you have a ...
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Did Jews have to support freeing Aaron Mostofsky

According to this article one of the people convicted of crimes for breaching the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021 and sentenced to prison is an Orthodox Jew. Would the mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim apply ...
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Is live video considered “witnessing” in Halacha

According to Halacha, is seeing something on live video considered “witnessing”? The reason I ask is because numerous Halachos require you to see things, but is seeing it through video considered ...
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Where to find David Lau’s writings

Does the community here know where one could find any Halacha or responsa writings from Ashkenazi Israeli Chief Rabbi David Baruch Lau?
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Is taking an Eshet Yefat To'ar allowed today?

The Torah provides that a Jewish soldier may, by following a specific process, take a woman captive as his wife and convert her to Judaism as an אשת יפת תואר (Devarim 21:10-14). Is this provision ...
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Scam baiting in Halacha

Some people engage in scam baiting, which is intentionally wasting time of scammers so that said scammers aren't spending their time actually scamming real victims. Is this allowed? It involves a lot ...
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Is it permissible to carry around an air tag or tile tracker on shabbos?

Assuming you were within an eruv would you be able to carry around a tracker? You do not turn the device on and off but it can communicate with other tracking devices as you walk.
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Satmar and the three oaths

I’m curious, since Satmar believes the three oaths prohibit a Zionist state of Israel, how do they reconcile it with the fact that the oaths weren’t merely for Jews to not rebel against the gentile ...
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Is there mar'it ayin when you do something acceptable for you, but not to the general public?

Is there mar'it ayin when you do something acceptable for you, but not to the general Jewish public? A couple of examples will highlight this issue: Scenario 1: Person X books a table at a regular ...
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Seeking picture of original OU logo in Hebrew [closed]

It seems the OU (Orthodox Union) logo of today had a predecessor: "Prior to Heinz sporting the OU logo that is recognizable today, the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Co sold their kosher crackers where a ...
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Is "maximum position compliance" ever explicitly codified?

In Haym Soloveitchik's seminal essay "Rupture and Reconstruction" (1994) he lays out the state of Orthodoxy in the 20th century. Primarily, how Orthodoxy changed in the 20th century in ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World [closed]

In today's society, where secular influence is prevalent, many individuals are navigating the balance between religious observance and worldly engagements. This leads to the question: How does ...
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What are the spiritual(mental), mystical, practical, realistic, religious social benefits of refraining from all perversions and immodesties?

I should refrain from impure thoughts, licentious ruminations, immodesty and improper sex. I must guard my eyes, tongue and mouth from perversion and sexually improper 'things'. I must no watch porn, ...
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May one use rice paper on Shabbos?

May one use rice paper on Shabbos? Rice paper is made by mixing the water and starch left over from cooking rice with tapioca starch and other ingredients and then spread into a thin layer which is ...
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According to the Tzitz Eliezer, is transgenderism actually muttar?

If I am understanding everything correctly, the Tzitz Eliezer's psak is that if a man get's a surgery that alters his genitals to that of a woman, they assume the halachic status of a woman, and are ...
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Is there a kashrut issue with vacuum sealers

Food does not directly touch the machine, but air (or a little liquid) from the food is drawn into the machine—-never from the machine to the food. Food is kept in a plastic bag (usually outside the ...
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

There is a principle that the Torah doesn't ask us to do anything that is unreasonable/unachievable (see here). Surely that means that we don't have any excuse to say "this is too much for me&...
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Is there modern scholarship on Sefer HaBris?

Have there been any studies, examinations, comparisons, discussions etc. of Sefer HaBris in light of modern (~21st Century) science. I'm looking for elaboration on this book particularly within a ...
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Do Modern Jews Accept that Judaism started as a Canaanite Cult?

In a university course, I was taught that El and Yahweh were Caananite gods and that Judaism developed from a Canaanite cult devoted to Yahweh: Judaism was developed from a monolatrous Yahwism. When ...
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Giving a divorce (get) written on a tablet screen

Can a person divorce his wife by giving her a get written on a tablet screen?
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Is it permitted to trim but not shave pubic hair? [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a man to trim his armpit hair and pubic hair? I know shaving is not permissible under certain circumstances but would trimming be allowed?
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Setting up a scraping function to run on Shabbos [duplicate]

What halachic (if any) considerations are there if one has a function that is scraping a website and then populating a database with the data running over Shabbos? It will finish on Shabbos and when ...
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Digital piracy of difficult to acquire products

The following discusses copying an item that is being sold by its creator (https://torah.org/learning/honesty-class64/) Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ztl said that it’s not permitted to copy any item that is ...
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Who are the Sinnites? [duplicate]

In Modern Hebrew, china is refered to as סין(Sin). There are three mentions of סין throughout tanach: ויסעו מאלים ויבאו כל עדת בני ישראל אל מדבר סין אשר בין אילים ובין סיני, בחמשה עשר יום לחדש השני ...
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How accurate do I have to be in performing mitzvos to time?

We can now measure time more accurately than in the past (see this question). What are the implications? I do not ask about situations where the time is critical for a Torah law where obviously one ...
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Why no early pidyon haben?

It's clear from the mishnayos in the eighth chapter of B'choros[1] that one is capable of redeeming his firstborn son before the latter is a month old. (For example, they discuss whether the kohen ...
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Who opposes saying the Piyut מכניסי רחמים?

There is a long standing debate surrounding the piyut "מכניסי רחמים" which is said during selichot (words found here). The piyut is addressed to angels and the text aims to elicit the attributes of ...
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Certified vs. Uncertified Costco Salmon

Salmon is generally considered by kashruth authorities to be distinctively identifiable as kosher from the appearance of the flesh. Nonetheless, I've noticed that the local Costco sells (side by side) ...
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Kiddush levana – intensity of moonlight required in areas of light pollution

The answer to this question came from Mishna Berura 426:3 which defines the light from the moon on which one can make the blessing as follows: ג) ונהנין מאורה - דהיינו בעת שזריחתה ניכרת ע"ג קרקע. ...
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Should one say Baruch Mechayei Hameisim even if he’s talked to his friend within the last year?

Orach Chaim (225:1) הרואה את חבירו לאחר שלשים יום אומר שהחיינו ואחר י"ב חודש מברך מחיה המתים והוא שחביב עליו הרבה ושמח בראייתו: “One who sees his friend whom he hasn’t seen for 30 days says “...
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Birkat Hagomel for Eurostar?

Does one say birkat hagomel after taking the Eurostar (eg from London to Paris)? I know we say it after: being freed from jail, being healed from sickness, travelling at sea, or travelling in the ...
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Watering flowers or vegetable on Chol Hamoed

The first mishna in Moed Katan delineates limitations on agricultural work that may be performed on the less sanctified intermediate days of a festival (chol hamoed). The Shulchan Aruch (OC 537) ...
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Does laser printing "erase"?

Is there any halachical problem with laser printing of divre tora/sheimos? Because the image of the to-be-printed page appears on the drum, and transferring the toner on the paper hence "erases" ...
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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of "muktzeh machmas chisaron kis"?

Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa says a radio is muktzeh machamas chisaron kis. -- I'm allowed to pick up and move a hammer if it's in my way on Shabbos, but not something expensive and delicate like a ...
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Different Smart/Sport Watches on Shabbat

I looked at some of the other smartwatch threads, and being that they were older, they don't cover the following two cases: Hybrid Smartwatches Sports watches First the assumptions / definitions I ...
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Genizah and electronic file [duplicate]

Has the subject of genizah been treated about electronic content? For example, if it is permitted to delete (and even cut-and-paste) a computer file containing divrei Torah. Or to delete a .jpg ...
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Using modern electronic devices (refrigerators, air conditioners, digital water meters) on Shabbat

The Mishmereth Hashabbath institute in Israel has published a booklet which claims that using many modern electronic devices (refrigerators, air conditioners, digital water meters) are highly ...
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Isn't using God's name as stage name a blasphemy?

I just came to know there's a singer named Elohim Isn't having God's name as stage name a blasphemy?
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How safe does 'travelling' need to be to revoke Tefillat HaDerech?

There is a discussion as to whether the amount of time or the distance traveled generates the obligation to say Tefillat HaDerech. The reasons being either because travelling far could lead to ...
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Is a dream analysis assur today?

We all know Yoseff did dream analysis (baker and wine guy) but he had a special connection to Hashem. Lets say you went for a dream analysis in modern times; would it be assur? Is it considered ...
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Rabbinically speaking, does honoring a Mitzvah in year 5777 matter more than honoring a Mitzvah during year 1?

"A person who honors a Mitzvah now, they will receive a greater grace and reward in the world to come than if they were honoring the same Mitzvah during the time of revelation. The above statement ...
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Is milk from germany considered Cholov Stam? [duplicate]

Shalom guys! I'm writing this to ask if milk imported from Germany is considered Cholov Stam. Particularly that milk sold on Aldi stores. Reason I'm asking is because you almost don't find Kosher ...
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Why does cholov yisroel milk have such a short shelf life?

Since I started keeping cholov yisroel at home, I've had to change my buying habits because the milk (and yogurt) spoils so fast. I've tried several brands from several stores, and it is always the ...
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What precautions (if any) are taken to avoid slaughtering a mother and child animal on the same day nowadays?

There is a Torah prohibition against slaughtering an animal and its offspring on the same day. This prohibition applies even when separate people are doing the slaughtering. Nowadays when animals are ...
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Why are large parts of the Torah not applicable nowadays?

There are 613 mitzvot enumerated in the Torah. There are many mitzvot (more than half) that are not directly applicable today e.g. laws pertaining to the temples. Despite there being some remnants of ...
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How do modern Jews observe commands that talk about putting people to death? [duplicate]

Leviticus 20:10 talks about putting adulterous peoples to death. Deuteronomy 21:18-21 talks about putting a rebellious son to death: ... his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring ...
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Why don't open miracles occur nowadays?

Its clear from Tanach that Hashem performed open miracles during those times. What is the reason that there are no open miracles nowadays (i.e. ones without any clear natural explanation)?
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