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Posek vs. Rabbi?
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The Chofetz Chaim got smicha in his 80's-90's only when he needed the paper to make a passport to go to a Rabbinical Conference (Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski of Wilna telegramed it) added by barlop en....

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If a pig was genetically modified to chew its cud, would it be kosher?
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Look in Likkutei Sichos Chelek Aleph (Parshas Shmini) P. 222 where this issue is addressed. (link can be found here)

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Is it muttar to whistle?
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There are videos of the Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraging whistling by his farbrengens. Edited to add some great links from the comments into the answer, as well as other sources: Here is a picture of ...

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Do you have to close your blog / website on shabbos?
3 votes

SaturdayGuard (now defunct) had a system for preventing people from going on your site when they (the readers) have Shabbos, and they had Rabbinical Approval from the Chief Rabbi of Israel (as well as ...

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Bereishit vs. science
7 votes

Remember that Science isn't a be-all and end-all. If one looked at a tree on day 5, for example, it would have rings. According to science, it could be 100 years old, but still really be two days old. ...

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Going to classical music concert
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Is one allowed to listen to non-jewish music altogether? According to R' Ovadia Yosef in Abia Omer one can. However, many say that since the non-Jew who wrote the music imparts his soul into the ...

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Lechem Mishneh by the Third Shabbos Meal
5 votes

It says in Hayom Yom (22 Adar Aleph) that the Rebbe Rashab (5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, 1860-1920) said that one one is not required to eat bread by the third meal because the third time it says "hayom" (...

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Return to Egypt: Allowed?
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The Rambam holds that it is prohibited (and put a post-script after his name as "someone who violates 3 commandments daily")

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Voting for a person that will not uphold Torah values
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10 votes

Almost everyone upholds some Torah values at the expense of others. For example, someone may support giving Tzedakah (a good thing) and supporting workers (in general a good thing at times) at the ...

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Kohain going into the Mearas HaMachpela
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5 votes

http://www.ravaviner.com/2009/02/cohanim-and-kivrei-tzaddikim-graves-of.html In Iturei Cohanim (Sivan 5766 #261), Rav Aviner was asked, is it permissible for a cohain to enter Ma’arat Ha-...

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Yearning for Moshiach while the Temples stood
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One who does not believe in Moshiach or await his coming violates one of the 13 principles of the Torah. It would be hard to believe that Jews in the time of the Beis Hamikdash were Kofrim. Remember ...

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Why twins? Why not just Yaakov?
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He was the klipa before the pri (the shell before the fruit). It says that first comes the klippa, then comes the person who mevarers the shell and reveleals the fruit (sort of like "Mah" mevarers "...

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(Neis) Miracle of Sarah giving birth at 90
1 votes

One was predicted. One was not. The Torah only makes a big deal about predicted miracles.

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driving non-hybrid cars
1 votes

Why should it be? The only reason it should be obligated is because of "Veshomarta meod" and global warming will kill us all. Even with all the evidence for global warming, and assuming changing MY ...

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Shabbos morning (Drasha) sermon before Kaddish of Musaf
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When one puts on Rabbeinu Tams before musaf on Rosh Chodesh, the custom is for the Chazan to say a pasuk quietly before Musaf because the donning of Tfillin is a Hefsek (though those not wearing ...

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Kippa in Torah?
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It says in the beggining of the Alter Rebbe's Shulchan Aruch (Shulchan Aruch Harav) that once it is the custom of people to cover that portion of their head, uncovering it is a problem with Tznius (...

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What is a good way to make one's website inaccessible on Shabbat?
3 votes

SaturdayGuard has a system to do prevent people from going on your site when THEY (the readers) have Shabbos, and they have Rabbinical Approval from the Chief Rabbi of Israel (as well as others) http:...

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Staying up all night on Shavu'ot
4 votes

That is the Minhag Lechatchila in all Chabad shuls (including 770)

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40 Days Before Conception
5 votes

There is a contradiction between two sources. The Shulchan Aruch writes that one can get married on Chol Hamoed because another can beat him to her. Another says that the bas kol decides 40 days in ...

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Hasidish Steganography
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The Alter Rebbe (first Chabad Rebbe) when he was in jail refused to eat traif, and there was no kosher food available, so he didn't eat anything until a guard asked him why he refuses to eat, ...

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Amen for Recorded Brochos
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Although if the shiur was live, it could be allowed (you don't need to hear the bracha to answer amein, like in the famous shul in Alexandria where they used to wave flags to tell people to answer ...

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A letter prohibiting television?
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Look in Shaarei Halacha U'Minhag (Kehos) for The Lubavitcher Rebbe's letters on why one cannot have a TV.

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Intentional Shilu'ach Hakan
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There are plenty of Gedolim pictures when they do exactly that: They look for a bird to chase it away and fulfill the mitzva(In general it is almost impossible to do it unintentionally as you actually ...

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Do you do a hataras nidui (rescinding of excommunication) before Rosh HaShanah?
1 votes

Sefer Haminhaggim (Chabad) writes that the custom is to do Hataras Nedarim with 10 (probably because of Nidui)

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Why wear Black hats
3 votes

Look in Aruch Hashluchan in Hilchos Dayanim and Birkas Hamazon where he mentions that Atifa (enwrapment) mentioned in SA is applied nowadays through a hat (and possible jacket, I don;t have an Aruch ...

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Mi.ShAino.Yodeya
1 votes

Siman 25 in Choshen Mishpat (Laws of a Taus)

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Patents in Halacha?
5 votes

As to Shalom's comment about whether the ban of reprinting other people's sefarim applies after a successful sale, see the argument between the Slavita printers and Vilna printers. It is documented in ...

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Do our sources address the question of intellectual property vs the public good?
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According to the intro to the Shulchan Aruch Harav by his learned sons, it says sefarim (jewish books) are private property and one can prohibit their publishing as long as one wants. This could also ...

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