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The Shulchan Aruch in the beginning of YD 182 says: א.המעביר שער בית השחי ובית הערוה אפילו במספרים כעין תער היו מכין אותו מכת מרדות בד"א במקום שאין מעבירין אותו אלא נשים כדי שלא יתקן עצמו תיקון נשים אבל במקום שמעבירין אותו גם האנשים אם העביר אין מכין אותו: {הגה: ואפילו לכתחילה שרי (ר"ן פ"ב דעבודת כוכבים) רק החברים נמנעים בכ"מ (שם ובב"י בשם נ"י) My rough ...


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See https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/48512/21 for more. If we have some magical machine that can tell us that a person is completely sincere about their conversion, then it can't be revoked by their behavior afterwards. But if we have reason to suspect an insincere conversion, then their behavior immediately afterwards could be used as an indication. ...


13

Yes it still applies. The laws are found in Shulchan Arukh EH 178. Do not ever do a proper Kinui (warning not to be secluded with X) to your wife, even without witnesses, because if she ends up alone with the other guy, even by accident, you must get a divorce as there is no Sotah-water. It's just not worth it. Have a heart-to-heart talk instead.


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Note 10 in Rav Eliezer Melamed's article on the "lighter fasts" states as follows: וכיום ההוראה הרווחת לנשים אשכנזיות שלא לצום. ועיין בפסקי תשובות תקנ, א, שהביא דעות מופלגות להיתר, שכל הנשים הראויות לילד פטורות מהצום, כדי שיהיה להן כוח לילד. ויש אמרו שתפדה את הצום בצדקה. ע"כ. ואין נוהגים להורות כמותם, אבל במקום ספק אפשר לצרף את דבריהם להיתר.‏ ...


11

I have seen this practice in action in a Yemenite shul in Rosh Ha'ayin, Israel. I got called up for an 'aliya, and the gabbai leined on my behalf, but I was the ignorant exception. They also had a boy reading Targum after (if I recall correctly) each 'aliya.


10

Halachic Yerushalyim is indeed still the same size (eg. for Maaser Sheni purposes). Shushan Purim is celebrated both in an ancient walled city and "adjacent" to it (Megilla 2b).


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Given that this is not an every day scenario, I don't think you'll find many Batei Din who will as a matter of policy issue conditional gittin. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean they will never issue them. Rabbi Howard Jachter has an excellent pair of articles here and here that surveys more contemporary approaches to handling cases such as these. In the ...


7

From here (thanks @Menachem): The later-day poskim dispute whether our bathrooms have the halachic status of the beis hakisei of the days of Chazal. Some poskim are lenient since our bathrooms are much cleaner than old-time outhouses (Shu’t Zakan Aharon 1:1; Shu’t Minchas Yitzchok 1:60). Others contend that our bathrooms should still be treated as ...


7

Point number one, you are invading his privacy for which the cheirem of Rabbeinu Gershom would apparently apply. This article discusses similar modern inventions as far as this cheirem goes. http://www.torah.org/advanced/business-halacha/5757/vol2no17.html Second, while it seems the damage done by hacking is not 'real' in the sense that no property was ...


6

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim siman 398 defines how we measure the 2000 amot and the city. In essence, the cluster of houses we call a city is obviously a city. First of all, we square it off. (For odd-shaped cities, there are different rules as to how we square it.) From there, we measure an extra 70.66 amot around the city that counts as part of the city. ...


6

The book Making it Work was released by Rabbi Ari Wasserman which contains discussions of many Halachic questions that arise in the modern workplace. The description is as follows: The modern day workplace presents Jewish men and women with a constant array of obvious as well as subtle challenges, and now there is this go-to-guide for practical halachic ...


5

In the Bavli to that Mishna (Gittin 80a), 'Ula explains that the reason there was an enactment made to write the date according to the local government was "משום שלום מלכות" "to maintain peace with the government". Rashi explains that the governments would see we use their dating system and assume that we value their leadership. Accordingly, Rambam rules (...


5

The Maharik as well as the Shevus Yaakov bring the Gemara in Niddah to prove that, on the contrary, Chazal would rely on the doctor's prognosis even in cases of potential Kares. Indeed, as the Rambam and many others point out, the Rabbi's knowledge of the sciences was certainly not all-incorporative, and drew upon modern (at the time) science for it's data. ...


5

See Ramban Shemot 13, 16: ובעבור כי הקב''ה לא יעשה אות ומופת בכל דור לעיני כל רשע או כופר, יצוה אותנו שנעשה תמיד זכרון ואות לאשר ראו עינינו, ונעתיק הדבר אל בנינו, ובניהם לבניהם, ובניהם לדור אחרון. ‏ A free translation: there is no need to make miracle at each generation for each miscreant and heretic. It is sufficient to remember the miracles of ...


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According to the Gemara, Berachot 20a, it's because we're not willing to sacrifice ourselves Al Kiddush Hashem quite as readily nowadays. Rab Pappa asked Abbai : How were our predecessors different from us that miracles occurred for them but not for us? Is it a question of learning ? In the time of Rab Judah, their whole study was limited to the Order "...


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Artscroll (introduction to Selichot) quotes the Maharal of Prague as writing strongly against supplications addressed to angelic advocates. Why may one seek the intercession of human intermediaries [the avot and imaot], yet be prohibited from beseeching the angels to advocate his case? Man is commanded to perform acts of kindness with his fellow ...


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The last rebbe of Lubavitch said that putting "Haaderes v'haemuna" to the tune of La Marseillaise spiritually elevates the French nation. Source: http://chabad.org/297181 (page has a video that starts when the page loads)


4

Let's tweak the question a bit. Suppose a non-Jewish woman wants to convert, and meanwhile there is a Jewish mamzer who would like to get married. Can she do a quasi-conversion such that theoretically her status would be "Canaanite maidservant", at which point she'd be allowed to marry the mamzer? Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik insisted vociferously that the US ...


4

Kosharot is a website dedicated to educating consumers on Kashrut issues in Israel. They publish regular updates which might be exactly what you are looking for. For an interesting podcast on the state of kashrut in Israel, see here, including R Moshe Katz who leads Kosharot as the first person being interviewed.


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There is an exemption not only for a meineket (a nursing mother), but also for a yoledet (a woman who had given birth). They were never included in the minor fasts to begin with. There are plenty of women who go through many years of their lives either pregnant or nursing. Furthermore, many rabbis are of the opinion that for 2 (e.g. Rabbi Mordechai Willig) ...


4

R Sholem Fishbane, the Executive Director of the Associated Kashrus Organizations (AKO), an umbrella group of major kosher-certifying agencies and the and the Kashruth Administrator of the CRC kosher supervising agency spoke to the Headlines podcast about this. At 1h43m here he explains salmon can be purchased without supervision. He says "at most, to be ...


3

According to Rabbi Harari of the Midwood Shatnez Laboratory these hats are a wool poly blend made in China with no fear of linen being used. They are fine to wear.


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The CRC says: Coolata (Dunkin Donuts): Not all are certified kosher. Only recommended when purchased from a kosher certified location. I would read that as saying it depends on the flavor, primarily.


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The article in question was poorly reported, according to one of the commenters who claims to personally know the one who asked the opinion of the Gadol. According to him, the doctors were not firmly behind the procedure to start with! So we should be discussing the issue of Safek/doubt. That issue is discussed in the Eighth Perek of Maseches Yoma, ...


3

"In an actual Beis Din case these days, if someone is summoned to Beis Din, can the nitva (respondent) insist on using a different Beis Din than the plaintiff sent the hazmana (summons) from?" Yes. The summons sent by the beis din contains three options: 1) Come to our Beis Din, 2) Name an other Beis Din you want to go to (this will be referred to the other ...


3

I guess one is the roads by meka Since for the hajj millions of people come to one place in one day


3

Rambam Hilchos shmitta Halacha 8 (below) says that Yovel is not in effect unless all twelve tribes are on their land. That is why we stopped the yovel once the tribes of Reuven, Gad, and the part of Menashe that lived on the eastern side of the Jorden were sent into exile. There are those that say that the Shmitta is rabbinic only as a result of this. That ...


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Rabbi Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach is cited in Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah (1979 edition, chapter 11 footnote 6) as saying that cut tomatoes are not included in the category of "foods commonly preserved by salting" nowadays [meaning: in his days] and therefore can be salted (for use the same day). RSZA adds, SSK says, that he would say the same about radishes, ...


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I've noticed the same problem quite consistently. Although, I must admit that some brands of Chalav stam milk have the same problem. I'll relay what I have heard from 3 store owners in the NY area. All of them said that for some reason, many of the Chalav Yisra'el companies do not sufficiently refrigerate their milk. 2 of the 3 owners told me that sometimes ...


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R' Eliezer Melamed, in Peninei Halacha, Shabbat 23:4, sounds similar to your citation from the Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa: Included in this category of muktzeh are: musical instruments, smartphones, radios, tape recorders, expensive or fragile music players, cameras, and mixers. These may not be used even for a permissible purpose, for example, as a ...


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