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BS"D in the bathroom

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum about writing ב"ה in a letter. While he notes that it could potentially lead to issues because the ה is a letter of God's name and it is also meant to refer to God, ...
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Is this Jewish Kitchen comment anti-Semitic?

The comment is an oversimplification, however there is some basis to it. The traditional dietary laws of Judaism, kashrut, do require some rather intricate thought processes of what goes into food, ...
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Muktzeh underpants

In this situation the application of graf shel rei (bedpan) would apply. The Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 308:35 allows one to move a graf shel rei out of sight or smell . This is a special halacha ...
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How do we know that Elisha baal kenafayim had a clean body?

Tosfos answer, because a miracle occurred for the sake of his wearing tefillin. Only if he were wearing tefillin properly, i.e. with a clean body, would he merit such a miracle.
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What is the meaning of "guf naki" regarding prohibitting women to wear tefillin?

I'll preface this ridiculously long answer by echoing the OP of answering with disinterest. The Gemara only ever uses the term guf naki when discussing someone putting on tefillin. There are two ...
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Women using tampons before marriage

Rabbi Ribner and Dr. Rosenfeld recommend using tampons pre-marriage in A Newlywed's Guide to Physical Intimacy‌​. The authors are affiliated with Yeshiva University.
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Dr. Bronner's soap

Earlier on the label it mentions Jesus being a student of Hillel. That makes this label a work of a min. Even torah scrolls written by minim lack holiness and dont go into shemos. Source later.
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Brushing teeth on Yom Tov with a dry toothbrush

According to http://shiurim.rabbibelovski.com/i/48.brushing%20teeth.shabbat.pdf (And note all the source there) The English Summary at the bottom: Given the number of distinct issues involved in ...
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How do we know that Elisha baal kenafayim had a clean body?

I think you are misunderstanding the Gemara. You are taking it that we know that Tefillin require a Guf Naki from Elisha Baal Kenafaim. The point, however is different. It is that the Guf Naki has to ...
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Women using tampons before marriage

It is a common myth that tampons can affect the hymen or take a woman's virginity. If you just google "tampons and hymens," you'll find a host of different sources confirming that the opening for ...
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Brushing teeth in Shabbes

There is also the issue of cleaning the toothbrush on Shabbat morning if you don't need it again until after Shabbat. R Avraham Yossef (following his father R Ovadia Yossef) says you have to leave the ...
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Brushing teeth in Shabbes

Rav Ovadiah Yosef held that the only halchic problem was uvda dechol, and stated that one must use a toothbrush set aside specifically for shabbos to deal with that problem. Others held there was an ...
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Brushing teeth in Shabbes

There are several of the 39 melachas that are at risk of being committed if you brush your teeth in a normal way. A summary are: Smoothing the teeth. This is disputed and some say is not an issue. ...
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BS"D in the bathroom

Why should there be a problem? בס''ד stands for בסייעתא דשמיא and doesn't contain any Holy Name. The translation of the phrase is "with Heaven's help". Even in the case of ב''ה or בעז''ה, which have ...
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Is this Jewish Kitchen comment anti-Semitic?

My perspective is that it is indeed a simplification, but not intended to be negative. To try to 'argue it out' with someone has varying degrees of being unsuccessful. I may ask them further questions ...
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Guf Naki Concerns for Men and Tefillin

Rashi and Tosefot explain: That he's able to withhold himself from farting or sleeping. Tosefot: Lest he sleep and in turn fart. IMHO this seems related to feces due to two reasons. If he can't hold ...
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Should one change mouthwash and toothpaste for Pesach?

There is quite some discussion on whether toothpaste needs to be kosher for Pesach, but none I found focusing on chametz that would have gotten onto the tube or bottle. Poskim who permit regular ...
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Cutting one's nails at night

Rabbi Dershowitz at Dinonline quotes the following regarding a source for not cutting nails at night: See Shu”t Yechave Daat from Rav Ovadia Yosef 4:20 who quotes from Rav Chaim Palagi that ...
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Brushing teeth in Shabbes

With regard to using toothpaste, I believe Rav Moshe Feinstein ruled that there was a concern of memareyach (smoothing) though i think I heard that Rav Yisrael Belsky said he was misled regarding the ...
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Women using tampons before marriage

I'm not sure exactly from where this derives, but there is absolutely no halachic problem with using tampons, and some actually encourage it, as it helps a woman learn about her body and will make her ...
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