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What does בהאנרעלזשולע mean?

R. Hoffman is using the German word for business school: Handelsschule. The question thus raised is: A father told his son to write in business school on the holy Shabbat. He does not want to and ...
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Source that a married woman seduced by a “messianic figure” is still permitted to her husband

It sounds like you might be looking for Binyan Tzion 154 (R. Yaakov Ettlinger). Although the case discussed is of a man claiming to be Elijah the Prophet, and seducing a woman by telling her that she ...
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Agunoth and Mamzerim after the Holocaust

Even though it's an old question, still I would like to answer it, as my native country was heavily involved in this very sad historical event. One of the most important work on the issue is the essay ...
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Teshuva that halachot don't apply off of earth

As per this answer and this answer, this idea was put forth by Rabbi Ben-Zion Firrer in an article in the 5730 issue of No'am. A copy of the article is available here; a discussion of the opinion, ...
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Nishmas Chaim / Rav Chaim Berlin - searching for his tshuva on men and women shaking hands

See below for the explanation as to why you could not find it, but here is the text you are looking for: ואשר שאל על דבר נתינת ידו לרשעים או לנכרית הנה ליתן יד לפושעים אין שום איסור בזה אם אין בזה ...
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Who is "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" in this teshuvah of Rashbash?

The Machon Yerushalayim edition of the teshuvos, which is available on Otzar Chochmah, has a footnote that asks your question and suggests "the author of the Shulchan Aruch" was added by mistake at ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

I don't know if any of these three is exactly what you are looking for, but I'm sure that they would be extremely helpful for your purposes. A Sefer that often quotes various Teshuvos and their ...
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Responsa/Rabbinic Thought on Israeli Reprisal Operations

Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli wrote a lengthy essay on the subject shortly after Qibiya, published in his book עמוד הימיני, pp. 113-139. He first noted: "מאז נסתיימה המלחמה ה"רשמית" של מדינות ...
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Product recommendation: A "Starter" Responsa Set

Shut Minchat Asher from R Asher Weiss (there are many books on that name, I'm referring the 3-volume halachic Q&A set) meets many of the criteria you are looking for there are many short- to ...
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New responsa on releasing terrorists in exchange for hostages?

Following on from our interaction in the comments. HaRav Asher Weiss shlita has a recording where he discusses the issues at length here.
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

Hebrewbooks.org is available to everyone who is on the web. When you open the 'shas' tab, There a Sefer on the mefarshim list called שדה צופים which quotes many Sheilos Uteshuvos the likes of the ...
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Maharam Discussing the Rosh

The Mechon Yerushalayim edition of Maharam's responsa includes an index of people mentioned. For R. Asher ben Yechiel, it includes the following:
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What does מיללעליכט mean in this Responsa?

As Dr. Shmuel mentioned in a comment, this section is quoted here on page 24 footnote 86. There he elaborates: ר' שלמה קלוגר מצא שני כוונים אחרים של היתר ללמוד לאור הנר בליל שבת. התיר בנר ...
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Original Arabic text of Isaac Alfasi in last 3 responsum of Menahem Azariah da Fano

Yes, it is. At least one manuscript has preserved it: MS Huntington 503, pp. 94r-117v. See Boaz Cohen's essay "Three Arabic Halakic Discussions of Alfasi" for a discussion of the responsa, ...
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Biometric screening on Shabbat

Even if the "listening" circuit is always on, the "action" circuit is turned off until activated. When anything comes near the sensor, it immediately springs into action, searching ...
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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

I did a quick search and came up with the following two responsa: Teshuvos Vehanhagos 1:548 (found here) forbids it, based on the fact that it is dangerous to interact and join together with the ...
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R’ Hurewitz’s response to prof. Louis Ginzburg about grape juice

Rabbi Yitzhok Simhah Horowitz’s written response/challenge of Prof. Ginzberg’s responsum was published in his commentary Yad HaLevi on Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvot, beginning s.v. ונראה.
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Rothschild purchased Israel excluding the temple mount

"What were the reasons the Rabbis were against it?" According to the Hebrew Wikipedia article, the Rabbis were worried about the Arabs violent reaction to such a purchase. The English Wikipedia ...
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Responsa concerning attending University or College

I believe you are referring to the responsum of R. Elchonon Wasserman to a young R. Shimon Schwab. It can be found at the end of Kovetz He'arot (#11) as well as in Kovetz Shiurim vol. II #47. (...
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Responsa concerning attending University or College

Rav Moshe Feinstein was asked in his Igros YD 4:34 from a Rosh Yeshiva if he should allow his talmidim to go to college in the summer. Rav Moshe answered (in June 1972) that talmidim going to college ...
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If you get a psak, then hear that it is wrong, what must you do?

1) First you should approach a knowledgable Jew who is also someone you can trust enough to shmooze it over with. This step is not asking for an actual "psak halachah" from a 2nd Rav. This is simply ...
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Are there unresolved ‘tekus’ in the Talmud later resolved in responsum?

It's untrue that cases left with a תיקו are primarily far-fetched and unusual ones. There are many practical cases, and they are treated by the poskim as unknowns, decided by the usual rules of doubt: ...
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Sheilos U'Tshuvos on Gemara

A popular set of seffarim written explicitly for this purpose is שערים מצויינים בהלכה by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Brown. His son Rabbi Chaim Elazar finished off many of the Tractates that his father left ...
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Swallowed medicine hechser

First of all, Consult Your Own Local Rabbi (CYOLR). Star-K writes with regards to taking non-kosher tablets: In tablets, the most common possibly non-kosher ingredients are magnesium stearate, ...
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New responsa on releasing terrorists in exchange for hostages?

R Shlomo Aviner discusses his position in this very recent podcast interview (starting at 33:28). He is known to be against exchanging terrorists for hostages (see the paragraph starting "...
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Are there unresolved ‘tekus’ in the Talmud later resolved in responsum?

A teku is a status of unsolvability. Nobody, i.e. nobody out of Eliahu Hanovi, can argue against this status. See the following example. See sefer Yavin Shemua from Rabbi Shlomo Elgazi, in the last ...
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Views on participation in the Chidon Hatanach

Whilst they don't talk about the Chidon HaTanach specifically, a Chinuch perspective about these sorts of competitions is provided by both Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt"l and the Slonimer Rebbe zt"l. ...
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Question and answer sefer for shluchim

This was published in 1990. Aside from the two compilations directly from the Rebbe which both carried the title ספר השליחות, this was the first such publication from Kehot.
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Question and answer sefer for shluchim

Possibly Nesivim Bisdeh Hashlichus, by Dayan Levi Yitzchak Raskin of the London Beth Din.
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Writing Responsa in English

Reb Moshe writes in Igros Moshe(YD 3:91) that he emphatically refused to give permission to translate his Teshuvos (either in full or a summery) into English, because It may not be translated ...
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