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Is shechita done by Jews with prosthetic arms valid

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 7.1 rules that if someone attaches a knife to a heavy wheel, gives the wheel a big spin (whether using their hand or foot to do so!), and then puts the animal's neck in its ...
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Wearing special clothes in public while in niddah- isn't this a lack of tznius?

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum (Igrot Moshe Y.D. 2:77) with the following question from R. Avraham Chaim Levin: הנה במקום שיש אחרים רואין אם יש דיני הרחקות באשתו נדה שמסתפק כתר"ה דאולי יש ...
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Why are the halachot of Ribit (interest) in Yoreh Deah

See here for an interesting point on this. However, the facts remain: the laws of ribbit are found in Yoreh Deah (which deals with what is permitted and what is forbidden), whereas ona’ah is ...
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Can men have women shave their peyot/beard

Straight Shulchan Aruch, Yorah De'ah 181:6: אשה אינה במצות הקפה וי"א שאף על פי שמותרת להקיף פאת ראשה אסורה להקיף פאת ראש האיש ואפילו הוא קטן: A woman is not included in the mitzvah of rounding, ...
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Does a woman who gives her eggs become yoledet

If there is no vaginal delivery, there is no din of yoledes. In fact, Shulchan Aruch YD 194:14 says that in the rare case of a caesarean birth that had zero vaginal discharge, there is no din of ...
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Why are the halachot of Ribit (interest) in Yoreh Deah

Yoreh Deah siman 159 is the halacha that it is permitted to loan to a non-Jew with interest. This is there, because it is following on the heels of other halachos related to how we treat non-Jews. In ...
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Is Gid Hanasheh issur hanaah

This is a dispute in the Talmud (Pesachim 22a) and Shulchan Arukh (YD 65:10) rules general benefit is permitted.
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Does Orlah apply to blueberries

The Institute for Torah and the Land of Israel studies this sort of issues, they have an interesting writeup and conclude orlah applies to blueberries (but read the full writeup which is quite ...
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Story of a child who fell in honey and died?

The Beth Hillel (YD 103:2) of R. Hillel Herz brings it down from the work Torath ha-Asham of R. Gershon Shaul Lipmann Heller (aka the Tosafoth Y"T) who wrote about the incident occurring in ...
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Is a klipa davuk?

This question is in the Rishonim in chapter Gid Hanashe (Chulin Ch. 7, folio 96b in Tosfot). Klipa is not an issur Davuk. I quoted here from Rabeinu Yerucham explains that A klipa is a limit of ...
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Is honeydew (secretion) kosher

OU Kosher brings the following answer to your question Both Rabbi Belsky, zt”l and Rabbi Schachter, ybc”l maintained that honeydew honey is not kosher. This is the case according to both opinions ...
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Can a Kohen refuse Pidyon Haben money

A Kohen has the ability to refuse to accept the money of the Pidyon Haben. However, the Pidyon Haben may take effect regardless. Ketzos HaChoshen (243:4) quotes Pri Chadash (Kuntras Mayim Chaim) that ...
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May one eat limb of a living Ben pekuah

The Simla Chadasha (13:2) says that while there is no prohibition of Ever Min Hachai of a Ben Pekuah, there is still a problem of "Bal Tishaktsu". There is a disagreement among the Poskim of ...
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If Jews make an oath to not do mitzvot which are normally required after an action, is it binding

The Radvaz on the Rambam Shavuos 1:6 discusses a shavua not to wear tzitzis. Although the case is not mentioned in the Gemara, the Rambam adds it in to the list. He explains that it referring to ...
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Does the prohibiting of Kilayim apply to hydroponics

Rambam Klayim 5:16 says that it is rabbinically prohibited: וְכֵן הַזּוֹרֵעַ בְּעָצִיץ שֶׁאֵינוֹ נָקוּב הַמֻּנָּח בַּכֶּרֶם לֹא קִדֵּשׁ וּמַכִּין אוֹתוֹ מַכַּת מַרְדּוּת. אֲבָל עָצִיץ נָקוּב הֲרֵי ...
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Are animal fats cooked with dairy issur hanaah

Aruch HaShulchan Yoreh Deah 87:12 (basing himself on the opinion of Rambam) writes that it is forbidden to cook chelev (forbidden animal fats) with milk, but that after the fact one can derive benefit ...
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Do poor converts get priority in tzedakah/maaser

The SA in YD 251:9 states clearly that a convert comes after a Jew, provided that they are both at the same level of Torah: היו לפניו עניים הרבה ואין בכיס לפרנס או לכסות או לפדות את כולם מקדים הכהן ...
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May Jews do business in non kosher animal food

R’ Moshe in Igros Moshe YD 2:37 says it is permitted. Obviously, we are not discussing a case of issurei hannah, just the issur sechora.
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Does lemon or lime juice need a Hechsher

Per crc Chicago Yes. It needs Kosher certification. For this reason, all pasteurized juices require reliable kosher certification, even if they do not contain any kosher-sensitive ingredients.
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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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Can Jewish owned animals have tattoos?

tl;dr it is probably not allowed to tattoo an animal, but only because of the mitzva of not being cruel to animals, but nothing to do with the lav of etching the skin (tattooing). CYLOR. According to ...
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Where does it say in Halacha that you can double wrap with aluminum and put in traif oven

I found an article by Star-K and one by OU Ⓤ that talk about this issue. Star-K states "If one wants to cook in a treif oven, the kosher food should be double wrapped. That is why kosher airline ...
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How is Sugar kosher?

The Star-K goes through the manufacturing process and concludes there really aren't any serious concerns. The main steps and ingredients are quite simple. https://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-...
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May Jews have non-Jews/minors make dough with their ingredients to be Petur from challah (if they own the dough)

The obligation to separate Challah is based on the owner of the ingredients at the time of kneading, not the person who actually did the kneading (YD 330:1).
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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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Does reishit hagez apply to chutz Laaretz sheep brought to eretz Yisrael

It's not about "is the sheep Israeli" or "was the sheep born in Israel." It's about at the moment you shear the sheep, is the sheep located in Israel. (Okay we could nitpick about ...
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Are Levites obligated to give foreleg, cheeks and maw

Rambam Hilchot Bikkurim 9:8 writes that the law in this case is in doubt. Therefore we don’t take these gifts from a Levite, but if a Kohen does take them we don’t make him return them. Shulchan Aruch ...
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May sick Jews wait less for meat and dairy

The Chochmas Adam 40:13 says that he can wait an hour and clean their teeth/mouth: ומ"מ לצורך חולה קצת נ"ל פשוט דיש להתיר אפילו אכל בשר בהמה לאחר שימתין שעה ויחטט שיניו לאחר בה"מז (שם)
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Does peanut butter need a Hechsher

There are actually two questions here, though they are related: A.) Do we recommend today that people buy peanut butter without a kosher certification? Really not a good idea. Today's peanut butters ...
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