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When is the "main" mitzvah of hearing the Megillah?

Tosefos on Megillah 4a (s.v. "חייב אדם") writes that the primary pirsumei nisa is in the daytime reading. דעיקר פרסומי ניסא הוי בקריאה דיממא וקרא נמי משמע כן The Turei Even to Megillah 7b, s.v. ...
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Can you kill person A to protect yourself from B?

First, the concept of killing a non-guilty party in self defense is learned from the Gemara in Sanhedrin 82a. (See also the commentary of the Rosh to this Gemara; 9:4) When Pinchas was (doing the ...
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Which to choose: relations with a non Jewish woman or wasting seed

This topic is largely treated in Talmudic books. We are going to start with a Mishna in Sanhedrin 9, 6 וְהַבּוֹעֵל אֲרַמִּית, קַנָּאִין פּוֹגְעִין בּוֹ .‏ Or cohabits with a heathen [lit. syrian {...
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Weighing mitzvot/aveirot

I don't think we find anywhere in Torah that we would ever make a calculation like this. While there is a discussion in Meseches Shabbas about doing an issur d'rabbanan to stop someone from doing a d'...
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Order for tevilah and kashering

First Kasher them and then dunk them in the Mikva. (ShA YD 121:2) If you did it the wrong way some say you have to dunk them again.
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Weighing mitzvot/aveirot

R. Chaim Volozhiner (Derech Hachaim 1:21) writes that each sin causes a flaw in your soul. The punishment that is the consequence of this flaw heals it. The Derekh Hashem similarly (1:4:5) "sin ...
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Whose life comes first? Apparently contradictory Rabbinical statements

I just learned this in two different classes. In the case of the two people in the desert, the one who drinks the water will live and the one who doesn't will die, but the one who drinks the water is ...
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Shalom Bayit vs. Making shabbat bread

I'm afraid your question assumes a great deal of information we don't have here, and would really best be addressed to a competent rabbi in-person. But for theory's sake: assuming one could easily ...
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Can we teach reading Hebrew without using the full names of the letters and vowels?

I read the following in the introduction to the Eizer L'Seifer Movo Likrio, which is the aid to the original book Sefer Movo Likrio, which is used in Lubavitch cheiderim to teach small children the ...
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Is it more preferable to pray with concentration alone or with a minyan in shul?

This OU article touches on the question and says Iggerot Moshe OC 3:7 rules that one should daven in shul with a minyan even if he would have more kavanah if he davens privately at home. More ...
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What is the preferred order of operations when replacing a mezuzah?

The Pitchei Teshuva (YD 291 sk 2) quotes the Chamudei Daniyel that attaching a second Mezuzah to the same doorpost violates Bal Tosif and would thus be a biblical prohibition. Accordingly you should ...
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Davening Netz or Selichos

Rav Chaim Kanivesky (Daas Noteh 1:page 192:10) was asked this question. He answered "with certainty davening vasikin(source in gemara) is more important than selichos(just a minhag),but the main ...
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Which to choose: relations with a non Jewish woman or wasting seed

If a man is in a situation where he is tempted by one of the Arayos (e.g. a married woman or a niddah) and he knows that he can withstand the temptation if he were to be motzi zera, a number of ...
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Which to choose: relations with a non Jewish woman or wasting seed

I don't know if this is lechalach, especially since it expresses both as very bad in different ways, but the tanya certainly describes this at the end of chapter 7: He explains that zera levatala is ...
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Are there any examples of mother having priority over father?

Leviticus 19:3: איש אמו ואביו תיראו, ואת-שבתתי תשמרו: אני, יהוה אלהיכם. Every man must revere his mother and father, and keep My Sabbaths. I am Hashem your Lord. The Talmud in Kidushin 30b ...
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Why prefer the father to the mother?

The answers to your question are on the same page as the source of your question "Ish Imo v'Aviv Tira'u" (Parsha Kedoshim, Vayikra 19:3) teaches that father and mother are equal (see also the Mishna ...
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Weighing mitzvot/aveirot

I will keep it short and give just a few resources: Tanya (First chapter):A righteous person is not a person that has more mitzvos vs. aveiros. A person is called a complete Rasha when he is in the ...
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Kohain First questions

Question 3 was asked to Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld here 105, and he replied - without sourcing it -that there is no such obligation.
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hat and jacket during davening

If this is a practical question, CYLOR. It is a machlokes: Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Sheilas Rav p. 194) says better to daven alone with a hat than daven with a minyan without a hat: On the other hand, ...
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Onah and Sukkos?

See Mishna Berura siman 639 se'if katan 18, where he says it's apparent from many Achronim that sleeping in the sukkah does not override mitzvas onah (for one who doesn't have the ability to sleep ...
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The Trolley Problem: Is it better to kill 1 person or let 5 die?

There don't seem to be any classical Jewish texts that discuss a comparable scenario until the Rabbi Avraham Y. Karlitz (Chazon-Ish Yoreh De’ah, Hilchot Avodat Kochavim 69; Sanhedrin, Sec. 25) in the ...
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Which religious texts cause some Jews to focus and worship the material gains in this life (creation) rather than to Hashem (the creator)?

Are there other religious texts in Judaism that conflict with the Torah and emphasize striving for worldly gains as priority? I've never seen any and highly doubt there are. Rather, the explanation ...
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Can one water plants before Shacharit?

If they need the food and there is a worry of צער בעלי חיים one should do it before tefillah like anything one is allowed to do before tefillah which is for mitzvah purposes, but if it's not going to ...
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Does a kohen have to marry a convert or divorcee he rapes

He may not marry her. See Mishneh Torah, Na'arah Besulah 1:5: היתה אנוסה זו אסורה עליו אפלו מחיבי עשה ואפלו שניה הרי זה לא ישאנה If the girl he raped was forbidden to him, even if the prohibition ...
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Tvilas keilim in winter - better in river or lake? (if no mikva around)

We can't tell you about a specific river or lake without more details but can share the general laws of tvilat keilim in river and lakes. Note however that women should not immerse there without ...
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Weighing mitzvot/aveirot

Throughout the Talmud you see debates about which verses are the most significant, which mitzvoth are better than others, and which sins are worse. On the latter point, let me give you a couple of ...
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Can we teach reading Hebrew without using the full names of the letters and vowels?

In my opinion, based on many years of teaching kria to both special needs children and mainstream students, teaching the name of the letter allows for much better retention. Even within cultures, we ...
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Why is Leah last in the order of the matriarchs?

Rachel was certainly Yaakov's primary wife; the text indicates that his primary residence was with her and only changed once she passed away. She was the one he desired and labored for and set his ...
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