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Are women obligated in the positive commandment of remission on Shemitta?

Sefer HaChinuch (477) writes that the positive mitzvah of cancelling loans in shemittah applies to males and females.
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Do reward tokens qualify halachically as money?

Regarding fake money (tokens) being Muktzah, as mentioned in the answer below, the answer is yes - it is Muktzah, because the whole reason why money is Muktzah is because you can’t use it for ...
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Stocks of mostly gentile owned banks with mostly gentile clients

You are really asking if Jews can invest in Bank of America or Citibank. As we see, this is indeed the case from many. din.org explains why According to a number of poskim including R’ M. Feinstein R’...
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Is onaah prohibited for mitzvah items

Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 227:15, ultimately from Bava Metzia 58b: בכל מטלטלים שייך אונאה אפילו בספרים Onaah applies to all movable objects, even [holy] books In Bava Metzia there R. Yehudah ...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Torah is not only a gift. It's also referred to as an inheritance (מורשה קהלת יעקב, Deut. 33:4) and as a sale (מכרתי לכם תורתי, Shmos Rabbah 33:1). So the issue of bar metzra would still apply to ...
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Is carried interest ribbit

As you clarified in the comments, you are describing a scenario where Reuven invests money with Shimon to invest in the stock market, and are asking whether there is a ribbit issue if Shimon keeps a ...
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Onaah with variations of an item

Rav Yoel Schwartz writes in Mammon Kasher (page 90) that one may charge a price higher than market price of an item, given he has a unique variating until everyone else copies him. Manufacturing it by ...
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Texting/phone calls greetings and business

One should not go to someone to greet him before morning prayers, as it shows this person is more important than God, although one can greet someone when meeting him (some say it is best not to use ...
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Kashrus status of Yogurtland

I believe it is a mixture of both. There is a concept of לא מרע נפשיה which means that in situations where a non-Jew has a reputation for in a specific area, he will not want to ruin it for a minor ...
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Antitrust in Halacha

The Talmud sets limits on competition: One town can prevent another town from competing with them in the same business, but it cannot if that town pays it taxes (and tariffs). But, within the same ...
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What happened to Haman's money?

Professor Thamar E. Gindin writes in The Book of Esther Unmasked that much of the language in Esther is (intentionally or not) influenced by/mimicking Old Persian. She writes that הכסף נתון לך from 3:...
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What is a good place to buy kabbalah seforim online?

Seforim Center has an excellent selection. They have both the seforim you mentioned. Kanfei Yonah - Rabbi Menachem Azarya of Fano https://seforimcenter.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=14339&strReferer=...
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Can you buy clothes during the Nine Days, for a job interview during the Nine Days, if you lack any appropriate clothing?

There are a number of situations where one can be lenient to purchase new clothes in the 9 days (great financial loss, shidduch, for a mitzvah). It is up to you, and/or in consultation with a Rav, ...
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Can you buy clothes during the Nine Days, for a job interview during the Nine Days, if you lack any appropriate clothing?

Buying and wearing new clothes Jewish legal authorities have differing opinions regarding clothes shopping to avoid a monetary loss: If delaying the purchase will cause a monetary loss, or if the ...
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Can you buy clothes during the Nine Days, for a job interview during the Nine Days, if you lack any appropriate clothing?

Several solutions other than just doing it. Buy the new clothes then put them on your bed lie on them so they aren't new while you wear them. Arrange for someone else to be owning them so the ...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Sfas Emes that you mentioned in the question addresses this. Here is the background of the piece: בלקיחה ניתנה לו יכול יתן דמים ת"ל מתנות כו'. כי מרע"ה הי' מוכן לקבל התורה בבחי' לקיחה… ...
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A bought or found stolen mitzva item

There are two possible problems in such a case: The Lulav might not belong to him, and In a case where it's lost, the thief might not have given up on finding it, and This might be a case of מצוה ...
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Can you shop at a church-owned thrift store?

Rabbi Noah Whittenburg from Yeshiva University - Shoel U’Mashiv says you can shop and donate at the Salvation Army The OU says you can buy from the Salvation Army or a church.
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