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How can there be only two Halachic witnesses at a large wedding?
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The Ritva in Kiddushin 43a brings the custom of designating specific witnesses at a ceremony where there are invalid witnesses present, to get around the problem of עדות שבטלה מקצתה בטלה כולה (the ...

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Is there a halachic requirement for a yeshivah to be single gender?
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In Igros Moshe YD 1:137, R' Moshe Feinstein writes that although at a very young age, the issues of hirhur and yetzer hara that generally rise with co-ed schools facilitating pubescent teenagers ...

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Source why ביאה is not an option for שליח קידושין
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R' Elchonon Wasserman in Kovetz Shiurim (Kesuvos 74a) brings this question from R' Akiva Eiger, and explains how the Kiddushin of Biah is fundamentally different from Kessef and Shtar, and why that ...

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Is it better to do a Mitzvah now or delay to do it better (with more Hiddur) later on?
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The Terumas Hadeshen (#35) discusses delaying Kiddush Levana in order to fulfill the obligation in it's hiddur on Motze Shabbos. He discusses whether it is worth delaying a mitzvah for it's hiddur, ...

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May one shave/haircut on Friday, Rosh Chodesh Iyar
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R' Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 6, §36) is lenient in the above case. He posits that the prohibition of R' Yehuda HaChassid to shave on a Friday Rosh Chodesh applies only when it was possible to ...

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Are non-Jews allowed to recite a whole Jewish Prayer?
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The general attitude towards prayers of non-Jews is from Isiah 57.7: כי ביתי בית תפילה יקרא לכל העמים -- For My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all the nations. Brachos The Rema ...

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Fiddler on The Roof -- Sabbath Prayer -- Authenticity, History, Story behind it
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As @ezra commented, the song and lyrics were composed for the musical. The concept of blessing the children on Friday night is an ancient custom in some families/communities (the earliest written ...

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How is a "Goses" (someone who is about to die) defined?
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The exact symptoms of a גוסס are not found in the Talmud or Poskim. A גוסס cannot live for more than three days (See Shulchan Aruch YD 339 that if one hears reports of his relative being a גוסס ...

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Is the greeting "Happy Hanukka" kosher?
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Chanuka is definitely a time for happiness and rejoicing. The Rambam (Chanuka Perek 3) writes: ומפני זה התקינו חכמים שבאותו הדור שיהיו שמונת ימים האלו שתחלתן כ"ה בכסלו ימי שמחה והלל As a result, ...

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Amira L'Akum not on Shabbat
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The Gemara (Baba Metziah 90a) discusses this: איבעיא להו: מהו שיאמר אדם לנכרי חסום פרתי ודוש בה, מי אמרינן: כי אמרינן אמירה לנכרי שבות - הני מילי לענין שבת, דאיסור סקילה, אבל חסימה דאיסור לאו - לא. ...

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Naming your baby - does the name influence the child?
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The earliest source that a name has an intrinsic influence on the child is the Midrash Tanchuma: זכור ימות עולם בינו שנות דור ודור: לעולם יבדוק אדם בשמות לקרוא לבנו הראוי להיות צדיק, כי לפעמים ...

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Why are huge challot displayed on the wedding couple / Bar Mitzvah's table?
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The earliest source for having a large Challah at a wedding is the Maasas Binyomin (d. 1620) There is a wide spread custom to distribute slices of the large challa to the friends of the Chosson and ...

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Using a siddur to Daven from in a seforim store
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No. One who borrows an item without permission from the owner is conidered a gazlan (שואל שלא מדעת גזלן), and like all cases of stealing, must return the item (והשיב את הגזילה אשר גזל). He is not ...

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Save your fellow Jew: does that include suicide?
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The Minchas Chinuch (Mitzva 237) writes that the prohibition of לא תעמוד על דם רעך does not apply to a case of deliberate suicide. He proves this from a Gemara (Sanhedrin 73a), where the Gemara asks ...

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Does one bentch on an achila gasa?
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Mishne Berurah 197:28 מי שהיה שבע קודם שאכל ואכל אכילה גסה שלא היה צריך לאותה אכילה אעפ"כ אם נהנה גרונו מאותה אכילה מברך עליו לפניו ולאחריו ומוציא אחרים ואם נפשו קצה עליו ואינו נהנה גרונו אינו ...

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Desecrating Shabbos to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient?
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R' Shlomo Kluger in Shu"t U’vacharta BaChaim (§87) vehemently forbade such practice, after an incident where a local Rav permitted a kvittel to be written and sent to the Belzer Rebbe on Shabbos. ...

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How do I decide between conflicting opinions?
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The Gemara (Chagiga 3b) discusses this very question: אלו תלמידי חכמים שיושבין אסופות אסופות ועוסקין בתורה הללו מטמאין והללו מטהרין הללו אוסרין והללו מתירין הללו פוסלין והללו מכשירין שמא יאמר אדם ...

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Shemoneh Esreh Torah line for Name
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According to this list, the corresponding verse for the name Netanel would be: נחשבתי עם יורדי בור הייתי כגבר אין איל (תהילים פח-ה)

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Is there a source for Pidyon Haben seuda equivalent to 84 fasts?
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This idea is quoted by the Sdei Chemed (Mareches Samech, Klal 54) who relates of an incident where he declined an invitation to a pidyon haben in Jerusalem in the year 5659. In response, he was told ...

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Using internet for bad
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https://guardyoureyes.com/ GYE’s goal is to help every Jew who is struggling with inappropriate internet use get the help he needs in the most efficient and professional way possible. Guard Your Eyes ...

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Eidei Nisuin at weddings?
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The simple answer is that the eidei kiddushin witness the chupa, bideken and yichud, which between them constitute nissuin too. However, there is very convincing argument that nissuin does not ...

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Melave d'Malka on Motze Yom Tov
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It seems to be a dispute in the poskim. The position that one is obligated: The Chazon Ish (quoted in Orchos Rabbeinu v.2 p.110, and in טעמא דקרא, הנהגות החזו״א אות י״ח) was mapkid to eat melaveh ...

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Is there a practical difference between different types of Berachos?
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The law that כל הברכות מברכין עובר לעשייתן - that one must bless before performing a mitzva - does not apply by Birchas Hareach uReiyah (and according to most opinions is unique to Birchas HaMitzvos; ...

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Will we keep Mitzvoth when Moshiach comes? If not, isn't this vs. the Torah?
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The Gemara (Nidda 61b) cites R' Yosef, that מצות בטילות לעתיד לבא. ת"ר בגד שאבד בו כלאים הרי זה לא ימכרנו לעובד כוכבים ולא יעשנו מרדעת לחמור אבל עושה ממנו תכריכין למת. אמר רב יוסף זאת אומרת ...

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Why ask guest to make kiddush?
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The reason many prefer to make their own Kiddush rather than be yotzei from the host is because of the dictum מצוה בו יותר מבשלוחו - it is preferable to perform a Mitzvah personally [based on ...

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What is the significance of the gematria of יצחק, יעקב, יוסף all being multiples of the gematria of הוי״ה?
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According to Panim Yafos (Vayishlach), when Yitzchok (208; 8x26) gave the berachos to Yackov, he transmitted 7 levels of kedusha (symbolized by 26, which is the numerical value of הוי"ה) to ...

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Do some Sephardi women accept Shabbat at Kiddush rather than with the lighting of the candles?
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In Shulchan Aruch (263:10), the view of the Behag is quoted: לבעל ההלכות גדולות כיון שהדליק נר של שבת חל עליו שבת ונאסר במלאכה ועל פי זה נוהגות קצת נשים שאחר שברכו והדליקו הנרות משליכות לארץ הפתילה ...

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Can you accidentally be mikayim the morning Shema?
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The question of mitzvos tzrichos kavanah is a dispute in the Amoraim. The ruling of the ruling of Shulchan Aruch (OC 60:4), at least by a biblical commandment, is that kavanah lotzeis - the intent to ...

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Sefer Daas Mordechai (Pegrimansky)
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There is a bi-annual periodical called Kol Hatorah, and each edition has a collection of writings from a deceased gadol. I believe one of their editions was dedicated to R' Mordechai Pegrimansky, with ...

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Looking for daf yomi app recommendations
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OU have recently produced a new website/app called Alldaf.org. Features (you can customize your feed according to your interests from the following features): Daf Hayomi Shiurim from a selection of ...

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