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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

I once heard an amazing, simple, vort from a rebbi of mine. He used to say it each year around this time. The Gemara in Avoda Zara 20B says the following; ת"ר (דברים כג, י) ונשמרת מכל דבר רע שלא ...
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Is taking an Eshet Yefat To'ar allowed today?

R Eliezer Melamed (here) addresses your question and writes it is not in effect anymore In any event, seeing as the heter of eshet yefat toar is against the evil inclination so as to regulate the ...
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Certified vs. Uncertified Costco Salmon

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 ...
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Halakha book for modern working place

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 ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World

Neither were Abraham, the holy matriarchs, Josef, Jethro, and even Mosses brought up in the best of surroundings, and the Midrash even says that Abraham worshiped idols in his youth, yet heaven ...
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Why don't open miracles occur nowadays?

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 ...
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Why don't open miracles occur nowadays?

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. ...
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Who opposes saying the Piyut מכניסי רחמים?

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 ...
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Seeking Sources on Living Piously in a Secular World

Repentance is the biggest cleanser of the soul; and there is no sin that can't be forgiven, if a person truly repents. The first step of repentance; is regret, which you've amply expressed. The second ...
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Did Jews have to support freeing Aaron Mostofsky

The mitzva of pidyon shvuyim is normally understood for prisoners unjustly imprisoned, often risking their lives or (in the case of women) poor treatment. It is not meant for prisoners who were ...
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Does the prohibiting of Kilayim apply to hydroponics

Rambam Klayim 5:16 says that it is rabbinically prohibited: וְכֵן הַזּוֹרֵעַ בְּעָצִיץ שֶׁאֵינוֹ נָקוּב הַמֻּנָּח בַּכֶּרֶם לֹא קִדֵּשׁ וּמַכִּין אוֹתוֹ מַכַּת מַרְדּוּת. אֲבָל עָצִיץ נָקוּב הֲרֵי ...
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What is the halachic status of today's modern bathrooms?

R. Yitzchak Abadi has a responsum about this in Ohr Yitzchak 2:34. בתי כסאות שלנו ודאי שאין להם דין בית הכסא לשום דבר [ועי' בדברינו ח"א חאו"ח סוף סי' מ'] ואני תמה מכל האחרונים שהאריכו בזה ...
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What is the best way to keep updated with status of hechsheirim in Israel?

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 ...
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Why is the Jubilee year not being kept anymore?

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 ...
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Do Modern Jews Accept that Judaism started as a Canaanite Cult?

The Torah states that MalkiTzedek, king of (Jeru)Salem, was a priest to El Almighty (Genesis 14:18) and that Abraham gave him tithes. Abraham did not start monotheism, according to Jewish tradition, ...
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Do Modern Jews Accept that Judaism started as a Canaanite Cult?

In a not-widely-known piece on Bereishis 14:18 ("MalkiTzedek... priest to El Elyon"), the Ohr Hachaim says the following: https://www.sefaria.org/Or_HaChaim_on_Genesis.14.18.5?with=all&...
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Scam baiting in Halacha

It's permitted for tzaddikim to out-swindle swindlers. שרי להו לצדיקייא לסגואי ברמאותא עם רמאי Sefer haMidot - Emet #4
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Do beit dins have the right to disbar Jewish attorneys

The beis din does not use lawyers. The litigants don't make legal arguments. They testify, the judges ask them questions, and the judges decide how the law applies. In some case the litigants can send ...
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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of "muktzeh machmas chisaron kis"?

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, ...
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Birkat Hagomel for Eurostar?

Contemporary Poskim - שבט הלוי and להורות נתן among others - are of the opinion that one does not say the bracha after traveling in a tunnel under water, since there is no constant danger. They ...
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Using modern electronic devices (refrigerators, air conditioners, digital water meters) on Shabbat

The disagreement with these devices(disregarding light bulbs in fridges or fans in ovens, at the moment) is whether grama or pesik reisha d'lo neicha lei are permitted on shabbat; assuming we accept ...
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Why does cholov yisroel milk have such a short shelf life?

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. ...
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Do modern-day Jews have waters of separation?

No such thing exists today for a few reasons There would need to be a red hefer that does not have two consecutive non red hairs and has not had any type of burden placed on it or preformed any sort ...
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Do any modern day halachic authorities permit salting vegetables?

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 ...
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Is it permissible for a man to be seen without a shirt?

As I wrote elsewhere, R. Moshe Feinstein writes in Igrot Moshe Y.D. 3:68:4 that the only formal prohibition regarding uncovered male bodies is if the genitalia are exposed. Everything else is ...
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Beis Din - peshara and Za.B.L.A

"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. ...
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Reshus Horabim Today?

I guess one is the roads by meka Since for the hajj millions of people come to one place in one day
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Why no early pidyon haben?

It is not clear that you can redeem the child before he is a month old. What is clear in the sources is you can give the money to the priest before the child is a month old stipulating that the money ...
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Giving a divorce (get) written on a tablet screen

No this is not possible. The Rambam (MT Gerushin 4:1) explains why electronic "ink" on a tablet doesn't work A get may be written only with a substance that leaves a permanent impression - ...
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Is it achievable to keep all of Halacha?

I The gemara (Shabbos 55b, Bava Basra 17a) names four people who didn't sin, and only died because the original snake got Chava and Adam to choose mortality. Meaning, they must have performed every ...
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