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Is it halachically acceptable to discuss Torah concerning sexual conduct in a forum like Mi Yodeya?

Please note that the following answer is not a halachik ruling and should not be read as such. It is a theoretical answer that explores the issue, examining the relevant issues. With regard to the ...
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Downvoting someone you don't know

According to Rambam, the prohibition of ona'at d'varim is specifically in a case where one intends to hurt the subject. Accordingly, in this case, if the point of the downvote is not to hurt the ...
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Is unmasking an anonymous author addressed by Halacha?

According to an article on "Internet Privacy in Halacha" by R' Asher Meir in the Winter 2014 issue of Jewish Action, it is forbidden to publicize someone's secret identity. R' Meir says that ...
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By using judaism.stackexchange am I fulfilling the mitzvoh of learning Torah?

While the question of the topics included in the mitsvah of Torah study, is surprisingly unaddressed in Hazal and Rishonim, we have a few sources that pertain to various subsets of the site. Rambam ...
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Is Mi Yodeya a suited forum for a someone who converted to Judaism?

Definitely yes, see the following text in the MI Yodeya help pages. Mi Yodeya is a Q&A site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more.
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Sharing Mi Yodeya questions on Facebook

The Igros Moshe - יו"ד ב' סימן קלב - writes that the prohibition is only when one intends to teach Torah to non-Jews. דהא דאין מוסרין דברי תורה לעכו"ם, הוא דוקא כשכוונתו למוסרם להעכו"ם, אבל ...
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What kind of responsibility do Mi Yodeya answerers have for people following halacha according to the site?

I recognize the irony in answering a halachic question on MY about how careful one should be when answering halachic questions on MY, and furthermore, that I’m doing so based on another answer to ...
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Is Mi Yodeya helpful?

My ancient Aramaic reading skills are exceedingly poor but I am able to understand concepts. I am not able to look things up in sefers and get schar but I am able to learn complex torah from the ...
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Loshon HaRa and the down vote

If someone writes something incorrect, it would be proper to downvote him so that other people do not learn to act incorrectly. StackExchange relies on downvoting (not flagging, as some people assume) ...
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Reading Mi Yodeya in the bathroom

The real issue I would worry about when scrolling through a list of MY questions is the interdiction of thinking thoughts of Torah in a bathroom. Even if our current-day bathrooms are not the bet ...
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Is it permitted for an Israeli to use Mi Yodeya on motzei shabbat?

This is a very good and interesting question. On the outset we can eliminate the possibility of "lifnei Iver" in this case. The problem of Lifney Iver is if you are the person that permits the Avera. ...
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Mi Yodeya and Teaching Non-Jews

I am an Italian Noahide who has been attending this great forum for some years. Given that this question concerns us Gentiles, I take the liberty of trying to give my own interpretative answer, even ...
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Mi Yodeya and Teaching Non-Jews

I don't know halachic implications, but my experience in gerut and as zera Yisrael, that "non-Jew" is categorically a catch-all, and therefore has no real meaning. "Goy" is ...
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Is there a problem 'wearing' a virtual Saint Lucia hat?

The first mishnah in Avodah Zoro says, 1 During the three days preceding the festivals of the non-Jews, it is forbidden to do business with them, to lend them something or to borrow something ...
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Online preparation for Bar Mitzvah

This may be an "opinion-based" question, so, I hope my suggestions, coming from an experienced Torah reader may assist. First of all, halachically, there is no requirement for a Bar Mitzvah to read ...
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Online preparation for Bar Mitzvah

Your son will become a bar – mitzvah (congratulations!) – the real meaning is that now he will be responsible for keeping the mitzvos. He needs to be educated in the mitzvos and how he is going to ...
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Will reading Questions and Answers on Mi Yodeya gain a Jew entrance into Olam Haba?

The Gemara is stating that learning halachos everyday makes him a בן עולם הבא. Would he commit actions that disallow him from עולם הבא, that will not be the case.
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Does "reputation scoring" make "the Torah a crown to magnify yourself with"?

One argument that it would be "a crown to magnify yourself": the "Association reward" that a user recieves when they reach 200 reputation points on any stackexchange. Namely, they ...
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