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Halakhic International Date Line issues

You sure you want to open up this can of worms? :-) Here's the situation. There is no explicit mention of any such concept in the Torah, Talmud, or adressed by the Rambam, the Rosh, the Tur, or the ...
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If you daven on a plane, should you turn around when you cross over Jerusalem?

According to many opinions, as recorded in answers to "Praying on an airplane", one should remain in one's seat for prayers while on a commercial flight. Presumably, according to them, one's ...
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If a woman, whose husband is away, becomes pregnant, is she assumed to be adulterous?

This was already discussed in שולחן ערוך אבן העזר ד סעיף יד האשה שהיה בעלה במדינת הים ושהה שם יותר מי"ב חדש וילדה אחר י"ב חדש, הולד ממזר, שאין הולד שוהה במעי אמו יותר מי"ב חדש. ויש מי שאומר שאינו ...
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If you daven on a plane, should you turn around when you cross over Jerusalem?

Mishna Berura 94:10 says that is one is in middle of Tefila and was made aware that he is facing the wrong direction he may not move his feet, he should move his face to face Mizrach. If that is not ...
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Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe ever state why he didn't visit Israel?

Here is a posting giving the reason that the Rebbe stated. Why didn't the Rebbe ever visit Israel? by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg [It is important to note that since the Rebbe took leadership of the ...
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Who made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem on the three Regalim?

See the Mishna in Chagigah (Perek 1 - Chapter 1) : פרק א - משנה א הַכֹּל חַיָּבִין בָּרְאִיָּה, חוּץ מֵחֵרֵשׁ, שׁוֹטֶה וְקָטָן, וְטֻמְטוּם, וְאַנְדְּרוֹגִינוֹס, וְנָשִׁים, וַעֲבָדִים שֶׁאֵינָם ...
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Should you say HaGomel after a flight?

R. Moshe Feinstein points out a fundamental difference between flying and driving. Flying is inherently dangerous. This is because man cannot survive in the air without the protection of the airplane. ...
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Is it mentioned in the Talmud that Moses time traveled into the distant future

Masechet Menachos 29b states that Moshe Rabeinu was allowed to sit in the bais medrash of Rabbi Akivah, but could not follow the learning there. They told that when Moses went above to receive the ...
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Flying During Channukah Candle Lighting

According to Rabbi Shlomo Fisher on ohr.edu, someone flying is exempt from lighting, because the rule is one candle per household ("נר איש וביתו;" Shabbos 21b); and if there's no one at home then ...
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Did the Lubavitcher Rebbe ever state why he didn't visit Israel?

In his own words (on video) here in Hebrew with English subtitles (the second half of the video). He states two reasons. 1) Lack of solid Halachic authority to return if he did go to visit, and ...
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Is Gideon's bible in my hotel room a problem?

בס"ד Ownership In regards to whether you have ownwership with a rental. The entirety of the hotel belongs to the owner of the hotel, including the rooms that we, the guests are renting from the ...
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Why don't we care if the Pesach pilgrims get rained on?

Daf Al Hadaf brings this question from Kovetz Bais Hillel He brings a few answers, two of them are below. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach answers that when Jews went to Jerusalem for Succos they were ...
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Time for morning prayer when flying over Greenland and seeing the sun rise twice

From http://ravbaruch.com/AskTheRabbi.asp?QID=92#_ftn2: Reportedly, Rav S. Z. Auerbach z’’l and Rav Moshe Feinstein z’’l ruled that if one experiences two sunrises on the same day of the week, one ...
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Mitzvah of hachnasat orchim at a B&B

Per Rabbi Chaim Ehrman from the Chicago Community Kollel based on a Maharsham there are Poskim that say that since Hachnosas Orchim is a Mitzva therefore one may accept payment for one staying over ...
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Check out of hotel after shabbos

This is a fairly common problem in U.S. hotels. I've found that most hotels are quite happy to accommodate your religious requests if you explain things in advance. The easiest idea is to prepay your ...
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How Was the Red Heifer Water Administered in Israel?

Maseches Parah 3:11 points out that the ashes of each of the parah adumah were divided into thirds. One went to the temple (the Cheil, next to the ezras nashim), another to storage in har hazeisim (...
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Were new arrivals stuck at Ellis Island for Shabbos?

I found two anecdotes of people on Ellis Island in terms of halacha. One is from an article in the Jerusalem Post: ""Ellis Island was their first connection to the other side," said ...
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Can one charge coffee to one's room on Shabbos?

The Ramban in his commentary to Vayikra 23:24, explains that the Biblical word "Shabaton" is the Rabbinical source for forbidding business transactions on Shabbos. It implies that one should rest, by ...
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Praying on an airplane

Rav Avigdor Nevenzahl Shlit"a the former Chief Rabbi of the Old city and foremost student of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, told me that to daven in a minyan on the plane bothers people and it therefore ...
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Coffee Machines in Hotels

Often, (unless the hotel is at 100% capacity), arriving guests are given a room that was not occupied the previous night. It's highly unusual that anyone would cook food inside the carafe. Even if ...
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How do you look into a Pesach program?

I have been to many, many Pesach programs, all "Glatt Kosher" with "Top-notch Kashrus". The truth is, though, the quality of Kashrus varied greatly from program to program. From several unpleasant ...
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What to do regarding postponed havdalah on a plane?

The criterion for beverages for havdalah (and kiddush, and the four cups at Pesach) is that they be chamer medina, a "national drink" or something you would serve guests. According to the OU: In a ...
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Is flying over Har Habayis allowed?

This question assumes that it's forbidden to enter certain parts of the Har Habayit nowadays, since we are all Ritually Unclean, which is how the Rambam paskens. For the record, the ראב"ד argues. (...
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Is there a "Jew" P.S. app for Android or iPhone?

Rustybrick makes such an app for both Android and iOS. Here are the links: iOS Android Here is a description from their site: Minyan Now For iOS & Android Minyan Now lets you quickly ...
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How was the time in the wilderness distributed among all those encampments?

If I understand your question correctly, you're asking specifically about the middle 38 years. I have a partial answer to address that time, and I can flesh this out further with times for the first ...
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Halakhic International Date Line issues

Halachic authorities (e.g., the Chazon Ish and Rav Yechiel Michel Tukatzinsky) dispute where the halachic dateline resides. As such, there is a halachic uncertainty with regards to when Shabbat falls ...
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bicycle on Shabbat?

The Tzitz Eliezer (1:21:27) says that one may not travel on a Bicycle on Shabbos or Yom Tov for three reasons: One may leave the Techum. It's a "Weekday Activity". One may fix his tire. Also, the ...
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Coffee Machines in Hotels

From the Star K website: Coffeemaker in Room -Many hotel rooms provide a coffeemaker and kosher coffee; however, it is suggested that one should not use the coffeemaker. Although most people who stay ...
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Can one go on a boat during the 9 Days?

This is not explicit, but I think it is a logical extrapolation. R' Shternbach writes in Teshuvos V'Hanhagos 2:263 ולדעתי מותר להתרחץ בים, אבל לא לשוט עמוק ער קרוב לקומת איש שהימים האלו ר"ל הם ...
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