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Is somebody who dozed off behind the wheel liable for damages?

Humans are liable for damages caused while sleeping (Mishna Bava Kamma 2:6) unless they went to sleep far from things to be damaged and someone else placed something to be damaged near them (...
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Why is sleep spelled with an aleph in Tehillim 127?

Note: As Michlol Yofi points out, there are a few other words in Tanach spelled with an Alef instead of a Heh or a Vav. For example: זרא, מרא, כלא. As @Double AA wrote, Minchat Shai on the pasuk ...
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Is somebody who dozed off behind the wheel liable for damages?

A Driver’s Liability in Halacha and Civil Law deals with the issue of automobile liability in modern times. Over and above the concept of Adam Muad Leolam. This means that even if halacha were to say ...
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More sleep vs more learning

Taz, Even HaEzer, 25:1 דהיינו שיש ת"ח מנדרין שינה מעיניהם ועוסקים בתורה הרבה ויש ת"ח שישינים הרבה כדי שיהיה להם כח החזק וזריזות לב לעסוק בתורה ובאמת יכול ללמוד בשעה א' מה שזה מצטער ועוסק ...
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Question about using the same bed after divorce

If the bed reminds the husband of his first wife and makes him think about her while with the 2nd wife, then he should not use that bed Nedarim 20b quoted in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 240,2: ולא ...
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borrowed my Teffilin, fell asleep, nocturnal emission

Not a problem in the slightest. Pleae ignore it and continue to serve God by wearing your Tefilin. If this hangup is preventing you from doing mitzvos in a positive manner, please consult a competent ...
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How did they use to sleep in the shul?

The Shaarim Metzuyanim Bhalacha page 264 writes that it is lav davaka that he slept in the shul, but rather slept in a room near the shul. Text:
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Is there a source for the claim that a person's day has more blessing if they wake up early?

The Gemara in Brachos 9b mentions that if one davens in the morning at sunrise, " k'vasikin", he will not be harmed all day. Sounds like a good blessing to me :) I once saw this quoted : &...
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Is it forbidden for a man to sleep on his stomach?

This is indeed brought down by some as the Halacha, and in practice, both positions (face up and face down) are forbidden. See the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 71:5: וְצָרִיךְ לִזָּהֵר מְאֹד לְהַרְגִּיל ...
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How did they use to sleep in the shul?

It is worth noting that a talmid chacham is allowed to sleep in shul. The Mishna Berurah over there on the Shulchan Aruch that you cite writes: טו) אין ישנים וכו' - ומיירי באנשים דעלמא אבל לת"ח ...
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Sleeping with feet uncovered for unmarried men

While there is no requirement in halacha of sleeping with one's feet uncovered, nevertheless some men do so, with the belief that it can help prevent them from becoming aroused and having a nocturnal ...
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Was Achashveirosh feeling unwell in beginning of chapter six?

In the days of absolute monarchy, the king would start his day whenever he felt like. Those who wanted to get something from him would come as early as they could in order to be available whenever he ...
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Should one change his clothes after sleeping?

There is no halachic problem with sleeping with the clothes you will wear with the next day, and it is permitted to touch ones clothes while his hands are impure (עוד יוסף חי הלכות פרשת תולדות אות י). ...
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Why is the minimum size of a sukkah too small to sleep in?

The Gemara relates that such a Succah i.e. a 7x7 tefachim Succah can still hold ראשו ורובו ושלחנו - his head, the majority of his body and his table - Refer also to the Mishnah Berurah 634:1. Such ...
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Is somebody who dozed off behind the wheel liable for damages?

Rav Ovadia Yosef (יביע אומר חלק ט חושן משפט ה) wrote about the liability of a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel and caused serious injuries to the passengers. He invokes the Talmudic concept ...
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Why things in the Torah are "caused" by dreams but on Purim by insomnia?

There was also a dream Midrash Ester Rabba 10 וְנָדְדָה שְׁנַת הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲחַשְׁוֵרוֹשׁ, שֶׁרָאָה בַּחֲלוֹמוֹ אֶת הָמָן שֶׁנָּטַל סַיָּף לְהָרְגוֹ, וְנִבְהַל וְהֵקִיץ מִשְׁנָתוֹ, וְאָמַר ...
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Why is it forbidden to sleep on your front/back?

Rashi (Berachot 13b) explains as follows: שמא יתקשה אברו בתוך שנתו ונראה לרבים והוא דרך גנאי Perhaps his organ will harden in his sleep and it will be seen by the public, and it is unseemly.
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Rambam’s view on sleep applying nowadays?

is this view that you must start off sleeping on your left side and then only sleep on your sides for the whole night have a source in Halacha, or is it simply the medical advice of the Rambam? R. ...
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Can I drink water in middle of the night without washing my hands?

Although that is obviously the best idea, there are many poskim who say that one can either think the bracha in their head, or wipe their hands on “something that cleans” (something rough). The Kaf ...
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Can 3 women do dream rectification

If the 3 people in question were standing as a beit din (court), this would not work as the Shulchan Aruch (CM 7:4) rules that women cannot be judges (see also section 2 here). However this is not the ...
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Minhag to not sleep in socks to show that we aren't shedim?

Hopefully this should answer your question which was answered on ShulchanAruchHarav.com Sleeping with socks: The Halachic issue of removing the socks and revealing the feet:[1] In area that it is not ...
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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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Please advise me on how to avoid staying up too late at night

It’s brought from R. Nachman of Breslov (Sefer HaMiddos, Shena n. 4) that one trying to fall asleep but has difficulty doing so should think about the belief of The Resurrection of the Dead. R. Meir ...
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Please advise me on how to avoid staying up too late at night

Start praying regularly at Henez Hahammah (i.e. sunrise) as it says in Tehillim 72:5 “ייראוך עם שמש” (“they shall fear you with the sun”) and as brought down through the generations to this very day ...
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How did they use to sleep in the shul?

We find that it is permissible for anyone to sleep in a shul if there is a necessity: לצורך ב"ה מותר לאכול ולישן בתוכו ומטעם זה ישנים בליל יום הכפורים בב"ה: For the needs of the synagogue, ...
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Why is the minimum size of a sukkah too small to sleep in?

The Mishnah Berura in 640:26 asks this exact same question: כו) לא מקרי מצטער - דדרך האדם לפעמים לישן כך כפוף וראיה מהא דקי"ל ששיעור סוכה שבעה על שבעה טפחים שבודאי אין אדם יכול לישן שם אם לא ...
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What is said about wearing a Tallit Katan night?

Mishna Berura 21:15 שלא לשכב - ובכתבי האר"י ז"ל כתוב ע"פ הסוד שיש לשכב בלילה בטלית קטן To not sleep - And in the writings of the Arizal it is written based on the mystical teaching [...
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Rambam’s view on sleep applying nowadays?

The Rambam you are referring to can be found in Hilchos Deos 4:5: לֹא יִישַׁן אָדָם לֹא עַל פָּנָיו וְלֹא עַל עָרְפּוֹ אֶלָּא עַל צִדּוֹ. בִּתְחִלַּת הַלַּיְלָה עַל צַד שְׂמֹאל. וּבְסוֹף הַלַּיְלָה ...
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More sleep vs more learning

Arugas HaBosem Teshuvot OC 1 The questioner asked which is preferable: To learn more at night and lose waking up early OR Learning less at night and waking up (to learn) early. The author answers ...
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Limits to Dina Dmalchusa Dina

The Rashbam (BB 54b, “v’ha’amar Shmuel”) is of the opinion that DD applies to taxes, etc., that everyone accepts upon themselves. The Ran (Nedarim 28a, “b’muchseh ha’omed me’eilav”) and the Rambam (...
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