Avraham
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake
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Once meeting a potential client, the director (female) extended her hand to shake, I quickly pulled a business card from my pocket and gave it to her, it worked but when leaving she wanted to shake my ...

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Why is the word for G-d in Genesis plural?
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It's not in the plural form, see how the verb is. Another example in Hebrew is the word "maim" (water), which has no singular or plural. This may seem plural to you but it actually isn't, simply ...

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Is it okay to drive a car on the Sabbath?
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not only starting the car, but on it's regular use you are constantly kindling and extinguishing fire, see how a 4 stroke engine works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four-stroke_engine http://www....

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Hair Covering Before Marriage?
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Sefardic women have a custom of covering when praying. See Yabia Omer,Yalkut Yosef or Halacha Berurah 2:19, where he says to be strict and cover when mentioning God's name, learning the Bible, saying ...

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Should I follow the congregation if their view on prayers for Yom Ha'Atzma'ut is different than mine?
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you should look for a minian that do it like you. I heard that the rav of shemuel hanavi (the neighborhood) goes to a dierent minian on this day just because of that, looks like his kehila does halel ...

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Is the material permitted to learn on Tisha B'av available online?
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In previous years I received and email from artscroll, a pdf with the pages mentioned of gitin. It can be found here.

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Sephardi Halakha
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usually yes, in some special cases no. sometimes when there's a conflict with cabala we follow cabala another example is with berachot, even rabenu iosef haim says that we go against the maran when ...

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When to say Hamapil
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all sidurim I saw bring the beracha just before shema, but I'm sefaradi, and while I used many different sidurim for kiriat shema al hamita all of them were for edut hamizrah. maybe if you pay ...

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Keeping Tefillin Black
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buy the ones that are dipped in paint, this way they have the sides and back black, but most of all if some part get a little worn off the inside is black and not brown, since it was dipped the inside ...

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words often mispronounced
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bruchta, when people should say baruch ata H'

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Baal Teshuva -- Interested in both Chabad and Breslov, now what?
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identifying yourself with one group doesn't mean you have to abandon the other or change your customs, first of all don't change your family custom, also even someone who strongly identifies himself ...

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Sefardic Boy Dorming on Chanukah
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The Yalkut Yosef deals with this question, in conclusion the boy rely on the parents, the time zone difference is not a problem if you want to be mahmir you could give a pruta to a ashkenazi roomate

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When can Melavah Malkah be eaten until?
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Rav Ovadia Yosef rules like the Gr"a - that you can do it until morning. Of course one should try do do it as prescribed by the Caf Hahaim (in @GershonGold's answer), but if this time passes it doesn'...

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Is there a purchasable copy of the Shulchan Aruch in Hebrew and English?
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don't think there's. as jake mentioned there's a translation of the mishna berura, it covers orah haim. there are some parts but I also didn't find it all translated. in any case my suggestion is to ...

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Will I ever actually make "al mitzvat tzitzit" on a daily basis if I don a tallit gadol?
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at least sefaradim don't make this beracha, and i have yet to find a sidur with it. just because we say lehitatef everyday we also have intention on the talit catan, this is also part of the leshem ...

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How do you deal with huge numbers of calls from tzedaka organizations?
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Sometimes I receive this kind of call to the office, I just tell them that this is an office and they hang up.

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Technological innovations and halacha
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of course yes, like you mentioned before: the torah was given to human beings not to angels. in our case it means that the kind of bug that is forbidden is the one the human can see. If you hold that ...

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Do Jewish people keep a Bible or other scripture in their homes?
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depends on what you mean by bible. every family usually has a library at home, some bigger than other, but there are the most common books like shulhan aruch, talmud bavli and the tanach. tanach ...

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Does cooking kitniyot in a pot render it non-kosher-for-Passover for Ashkenazic Jews? If so, why?
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hazon ovadia pesah page פו an ashkenazi can eat at a sepharadi even if he cooked rice on the pot see there if you want more mecorot of understand the mahloket on the other hand I heard from a friend ...

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Gentile owned and operated Kosher establishment
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The answer depends on the facts of the situation. If you have a grocery that resells closed products, like drinks, cookies etc I don't recall anything right now that would limit you. If you are ...

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Dairy that you have to wait 6 hours after eating it
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The Ben Ish Hai (shelah lecha shana b saif taz) says that the custom in bagdad is to wait 6 hours for cheese of 6 months or more. in ialcut iosef it is brought the opinion of harav eliashiv that pizza ...

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Is there a Kabbalistic source for not walking with one's hands behind one's back?
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I heard in the name of maran ahida, after I asked to a cabalistic rav he confirmed and explaned me why. I believe you may ask any sepharadic cabalist rabbi. see also ben ish hai second year parashat ...

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Attaching Conditions to a Sale
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On the first day of Sukkot, if you find a Jew that doesn't have the four species, the solution is to give yours on condition that he returns it after he fulfills the mitsva. If he doesn't intend to do ...

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Why are women exempt from (many) time-bound mitzvot?
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As mentioned in the other answer, women are not obligated in time bound positive mitsvot and also mila, pidion haben and peot. It is not a matter of higher or lower spiritual level, but different ...

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Why did Rashi create a new letter system for his commentaries?
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also because it takes less space, you can write more within the same page, meaning cheaper, smaller and more concise books

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Is there a problem with women wearing red clothing?
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on a mystical level not only women but anyone is not not reccomended to wear red, it means dinim

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What should be said after "sh'mei d'kudsha, brich hu" in Kaddish?
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it is said amen, by sefaradim and some ashekanazim. a part of ashekanzim don't say amen. rather they say berich hu. while some things habad do their way this is not the case, it is the other way ...

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Existence of Heaven and Hell
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I believe the concept of gan eden/gehinam are part of the oral tradition. at least there's no clear reference in the humash. in any case the concept of gan eden/gehinam is not the same as heaven/hell ...

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Number of Candles at Lighting
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first of all meicar hadin you need only one. in any case most people light 2 because of shamor and zachor. including many single bahurim. when married there's also the logic of one candle per person ...

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Is Selling חמץ Legitimate?
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I do sell it, simply because my rav says it is an ancient custom and we should keep it, even someone that get rid of all of his hames should have some to sell it so we don't loose the minhag source: ...

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