Yirmeyahu
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Echad Ve'esrim - mi yodeya?
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Twenty-one is the age below which the Rambam recommend medically against drinking alcohol. (Better late than never?)

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Cleaning Tzitzis
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I haven't had a lot of success, but the best results are when I tie the ends of the tzitzis and wash them tied in a pillow case. This probably would work better with a nicer washing machine with a ...

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Need to kasher a knife after sticking oneself
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The consumption of human presents a number of halachic problems/prohibitions but they are not related to kashrus strictly speaking. Human blood is prohibited because of Maris Ayin, it is not even ...

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Intentional Shilu'ach Hakan
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I will, bli neder, try to find sources but I recall that there is a major shita that al pi sod one should do so even when one has no need.: Pischei Teshuvah 292:1 cites the Chavos Yair chapter ...

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Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?
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New [and certainly used] utensil's made of metal or glass require טבילה (ritual immersion) when one acquires them from a non-Jew (Orach Chaim, Yoreh Deah 120:1). Furthermore even if they had ...

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Arguments against evolution
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I believe it is fair to suggest, though I naturally cannot provide a "source", that if there where "sources that easily disprove evolution" then someone who is introduced to the controversy would ...

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Is it forbidden to help idolaters become righteous Noahides?
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It appears that according to HaRav Asher Weiss shlita there is "no prohibition" in encouraging non-Jews to observe the sheva mitzvos bnei-Noach and it is "certainly a meritorious act".

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Swimming on Shabbos
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Swimming is prohibited (in open bodies of water) out of concern that one might construct a [makeshift] raft. Indeed, the prohibition against swimming is one of the reasons, as I recall, for the ...

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Proper use of a blech/plata
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First and foremost one must be clear that a blech does not circumvent the prohibition against cooking on Shabbos (which are elaborated upon mostly in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 318). Strictly ...

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Why did none of the later kings of Israel destroy Amalek?
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Insofar as it was necessary for Amalek to be destroyed before the Temple was built (Sanhedrin 20a, Rashi ibid) it seems that this mitzvah was fulfilled. Shaul did not fail, 1 Samuel 15 is clear that ...

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Does a French Press Shoulder Nut Require Tevila?
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Insofar as it sounds like the shoulder nut is not normally removable and is necessary for the proper functioning of the French press, I believe that not only does it not require tevilah (immersion in ...

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Why do Jewish books use shiny text on the spine?
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While I'm afraid I will be unable to provide a definitive source I believe that my hypothesis to answer the question @DoubleAA referenced in his comment is all but certainly applicable here: I am not ...

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Maaseh Shabbos on Youtube
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Since others are allowed to benefit from a melachah performed on Shabbos immediately subsequent to Shabbos even when the the transgressor did so in open defiance of Shabbos (O.C. 318:1) it would seem ...

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Would synthesized meat be Kosher?
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For a number of reasons, including that the cells are not visible to the naked eye and have changed beyond recognition, Rav Aviner shlita understand such meat to be kosher and parve but cautions that ...

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Singing or listening to non-Jewish religious music
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The apparent ruling of Rabbi Israel Moses Hazan notwithstanding it seem very difficult to argue that such a practice is permitted. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner shlita has ruled that it is forbidden citing ...

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Can learning non-torah subjects count as talmud torah?
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While this is largely related to bondonk's answer I would like to narrow the focus a little more closely on the question as asked and expand on relevant points. The study of mathematics to help in ...

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Do non-Jewish children taken captive lose the obligation to be Bnei Noach?
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The question seems to be a little bit open ended but I see two somewhat related issues. The first is the mental/emotional burden of abandoning beliefs one has been raised with. This can certainly be ...

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Did God destroy Amalek in King David's time, like Rashi seems to say?
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While I haven't seen it spelled out per say, presumably because the mitzvah still has a very real relevance, it seems clear from the sources that while it wasn't preformed in the "lechatchila"/optimal ...

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Are dreidels muktzah?
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As has been noted, the Rama in Orach Chaim 338:5 reserves his restrictions on games to when thy are played for (financial) gain, and even then suggests one not correct women and children who do lest ...

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Can you use Liquor to fulfill Ad Dlo Yoda?
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While there are authorities who hold that the mitzvah is specifically on wine The Shevilei Dovid Orach Chayim 695:3 permits fulfilling the mitzvah using other alcoholic beverages.

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Mehudar: a Subset of the Daled Minim?
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I am not sure I will be able to locate the particular source you refer to, though my perusal of the Yad Moshe index would imply that it isn't in the Igros Moshe. If I find something I'll try to ...

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Did anointed kings of Israel have contact with their parents?
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While I don't know how it reconciles with the issue you referred to, we see that although Shlomo HaMelech is appointed king (at Dovid HaMelech's command) in 1 Kings 1:32-40 prior to the passing of ...

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The laws behind the separation of men and women
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The Shulchan Aruch (EH 21:1) rules: צריך אדם להתרחק מהנשים מאד מאד It is necessary for a man to distance himself from women to a great extent This obligation is, I would say naturally, some what ...

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Rabbinic Responses to Landline Telephones
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To my knowledge there was no opposition to utilizing telephones when they were initially introduced, the difficulty is that this in itself does not mean that there was no opposition. Furthermore, if ...

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Shirt with Cleaners Tag on Shabbos
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I'll try to find sources but off the cuff it would seem to be permitted provided one does not tear through letters. Removing manufacturers tags may be a bigger problem.

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Why do the names of neviim change?
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In the Navi as a rule Yirmiya is called Yirmiyahu, Yeshaya, is called Yeshayahu, etc. Common practice is to use the truncated version is speech. Although I'm not certain that there is really any ...

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Kids listening to music in sefira: what age
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Rabbi Simchah Bunim Cohen in "Children in Halachah" (Artscroll, page 186) places the age at seven or eight, although he is technically speaking about the three weeks (I don't think there is any reason ...

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What to daven when coming into minyan during Shema
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Prior to davening Krias Shema (its blessings) and the Shemoneh Esrei one needs to recite "Al netilas Yadayim", "Asher Yatzar" (since one is obligated to cleans one hands and system prior to prayer), "...

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Did the Sadducees get anything right?
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Since both (all) groups you mentioned accept the written Torah as divine (to say nothing of other shared social/cultural similarities) there are certainly many many items of agreement. I would presume ...

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Is one who only keeps Rabbinic laws he agrees with a Apikores?
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According to the Rambam the category of Epicurus includes those who "dispute [the authority of the Oral Torah's] spokesmen" (Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Teshuvah 3:8). It is very difficult to argue that ...

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