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Is there a mitzvah of bedikat chametz in cars

R’ Benzion Abba Shaul in Ohr Ltziyon 3:7;9 says that you need to check a car and that if that’s the only thing you have, you’d have to make a bracha as well. R’ Shlomo Zalman Halicos Shlomo Nissan ...
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Are blind men obligated in kiddush levana

Beur Halachah 426:2 cites a dispute among the poskim about this, with Maharshal (R. Shlomo Luria) saying that yes, he should say it (because even though he can't see the moon, others can, and that's ...
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

The straps must be made of skins of a kosher animal (OC 33:3, cf. Shabbat 28b). Pri Megadim is unsure if this requirement is biblical (like by the other components of tefillin) or only rabbinic.
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Can someone else put tefillin on a Jew

The Mishnah Berura in 27:6 when discussing one who doesn’t have a right hand, and therefore can’t physically put on his tefillin on his left hand, says that someone else can put it on for him: אבל אם ...
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Are glasses muktzeh on shabbat for Jews who can see

See S"A Harav, 318:41 where he states that the status of muktzeh is a status that is dependent on the object and its owner, and that status propagates to all people who dwell in his home, ...
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Why not recite a beracha when taking off tefillin

Since the Shulchan Aruch 29:1 writes that we do not make such a bracha. The Mishna Berura (1) explains that in Eretz Yisrael(Yerushalmi) they held that one must remove their teffilin before nightfall ...
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May Jews pray near porta-potties

According to a shiur I heard from a local Rav, a porta-potty has the halachic status of a בית הכסא קבוע, or permanent bathroom, because the waste is contained within the porta-potty itself. Thus it ...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

Beur Halachah 422:2: ומבואר עוד בש"ס סוכה ל"ח ובפוסקים דנשים פטורות מהלל ומשום דהיא מצוה שהזמן גרמא [חוץ מהלל דלילי פסחים דחייבות משום שאף הן היו באתו הנס כ"כ תוס' שם] It is clear from ...
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Can one do double tashlumin

This is a major dispute among the Rishonim. Shulchan Arukh (OC 108:4-5) rules that only the most recent missed prayer is subject to the laws of Tashlumin, but one can, and it is proper to do so, pray ...
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Can a Jew use someone else’s Chumash for Shnayim mikra

First of all from the fact this halacha is sourced in the gemara (Berachot 8a), one sees there is no need to own a Chumash, since certainly in those times there was no personal Chumash to be had. R ...
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Is reciting Tamid daily obligatory

Are women obligated in Parshas Hatamid? Magen Avraham (47:14) quotes the ruling of the Agur that women are obligated in the daily recital of the sacrifices - cited specifically in reference to the ...
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May Jews combine the Purim meal with melave malkah

It should be noted, if one eats the seuda on the night of the 14th, they have not fulfilled their obligation to eat a seuda, so the question doesn't start in that regard. Having said that, one should ...
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Does the kotel (western wall) have the Kavod of a synagogue

R. Mordekhai Gross writes that it does indeed have the sanctity of a synagogue (Menuhath Emeth p. 383): השטח שמחוץ לכותל המערבי אינו הר הבית ולא נוהג בו קדושת הר הבית לפי דעת רוב הפוסקים. ולפיכך ...
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What is Earliest time a Jew can accept Shabbat

See this Shulchan Aruch (and also this Mishna Brura) which imply that one can accept Shabbos no earlier than פלג המנחה on Friday afternoon (commonly interpreted as 1.25 שעות זמניות before sundown). ...
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Stock trading Chol Hamoed

Work that must be done to avoid loss or damage is permitted on Chol Hamoed (it is called davar ha-aved). As such some halachic authorities permit selling stock that you are afraid might lose value, ...
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Does a father recite Baruch Shepetarani for an adopted son

The Rema in OC 225:2 indeed writes a father should say the blessing for his son and such is the Ashkenazi custom. But note this is not a blessing with a source in the Talmud (rather it comes from the ...
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May Jews fulfil 100 daily berachot by listening to the berachot recited by others?

The SA 284:3 says that it can work when responding amen to Brachos made on kriyas Hatorah; צריך לכוין לברכות הקוראים בתורה ולברכות המפטיר ויענה אחריהם אמן ויעלו לו להשלים מנין מאה ברכות שחיסר מניינם ...
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What is the proper beracha for Pancakes or waffles

OU suggests mezonot for both waffles and pancakes presumably since they're made from grain (usually wheat) and not bread.
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What has priority, Kavod or Oneg Shabbat

Halachapedia addresses a similar scenario here: If wearing a nice tie or jacket on Shabbat in the summer makes a person very hot and uncomfortable some say that it is preferable to wear fancy ...
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Are the laws of techumin biblical or rabbinic

Most common opinion is that 1 "mil" (let's assume 2/3 a mile) is rabbinic; 12 "mil" (let's say 8 miles out) is Biblical. It's not so simple to just hand-wave and say "oh if ...
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Is fasting on Hanukkah prohibited

The Rambam writes in MT Hilchot Megillah v'Chanukah (3:3) that it is prohibited to fast on Hanukah Accordingly, the Sages of that generation ordained that these eight days, which begin from the ...
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How far do Jews have to be so they are Petur from sukkah

It is less about the distance, and more about whether there is a good reason to travel knowing there won't be a sukkah. Those who travel for pressing matters (business, mitzvah) are permitted to eat ...
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Are the laws of muktzeh biblical or rabbinic

Mukktzeh is d'rabbanan. R Daniel Braude writes (Learn Shabbos, p. 442) There is a Rabbinic prohibition to handle items that are muktzeh on Shabbat He spells out some of the reasons the Sages enacted ...
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Does the Sh’ma have to be said verbally

H. Qeriath Shem'a 2:8 צריך להשמיע לאוזנו, כשהוא קורא; ואם לא השמיע לאוזנו, יצא. וצריך לדקדק, באותייותיה; ואם לא דיקדק, יצא One should recite the Shem'a so that his words are audible to himself. [...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

Chanukah is a point of contention. A few Acharonim dispute the general consensus that they don't say Hallel as they were also included in the miracle. (See similarly about Pesach, Pesachim 38a, ...
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Is ochel nefesh permissible when Yom Tov falls on Shabbat?

The Ramba'n on Vayikra (23:2) says: והזכיר השבת במועדי ה' אשר תקראו אותם מקראי קודש... וירמוז עוד בכאן כי גם בבואו באחד מן המועדים לא תדחה לעשות בה אוכל נפש... He mentioned the Sabbath among the ...
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Is prohibited melacha on chol hamoed issur hanaah

R’ Wosner in Shevet Halevi 6:68 discusses this exact question. He concludes that it depends on the machlokes if the issur melocho is biblical or rabbinical. If it’s doraisa, then it would be assur to ...
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What is the proper beracha on granola bars

This is the epitome of a safek brachos. Whenever a maggid shiur wants to give an example of a modern day food that is a real debate on the bracha, they use granola and granola bars (two very distinct ...
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Minimum amount for beracha achorona

SA 210:1 האוכל פחות מכזית בין מפת בין משאר אוכלים והשותה פחות מרביעית בין מיין בין משאר משקים מברך תחלה ברכה הראויה לאותו המין ולאחריו אינו מברך כלל ויש מסתפקים לומ' שעל דבר שהוא כברייתו כגון גרגיר ...
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Is collected rainwater on Shabbat nolad

MB 338:30 says it’s not muktzah לרחיצה - דאין על המטר היורד שם מוקצה או נולד ויכול לשתותו או לרחוץ ממנו וה"ה אם הוא ראוי רק לשתיית בהמה
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