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Q&A Is an orphan obligated to honor parents?

This d'var torah makes the argument that an orphan can still fulfill the obligation to honor parents, because the sages interpret it more broadly than just your two biological parents. (See the li...

0 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A If one designates a gift for another person, is it committed or can it be retracted?

I know that if one designates something for the temple (an offering or a donation), it can't be taken back -- it's committed. Is this a general principle of designating things, or is it specific t...

1 answer  ·  posted 11mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by msh210‭

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Q&A For starting Shabbat, is sunset astronomical or visible?

A few years ago, on the fall equinox, I noticed that the day was longer than 12 hours according to the (secular) sunrise/sunset times. Curious, I did some investigation. One reason for the differ...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A How much of an interruption is permitted between a mitzvah blessing and the mitzvah?

I was taught that we shouldn't make an interruption between saying a mitzvah b'racha and taking the action. I don't have a source for this other than that it makes sense; you don't want to risk ma...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Metered water tap on Shabbat

According to Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah (12:19) it is allowed to use a water tap on Shabbat, even though the water will be precisely measured by a meter. This seems to be a psik reisha (an inevi...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by tzvi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A Why do we stop saying Mashiv Haruach?

From Pesach until Succos, we stop saying mashiv haruach umorid hageshem in shemoneh esrei. However, we would normally say it in the second blessing of the amidah, which is where we are only praisi...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Dani‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Should rabbis come up with new ideas about niddah. [closed]

Should rabbis have a new look at niddah today since doctors have come up with new ideas about it unknown to previous doctors.

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by interested‭  ·  closed 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Software development: halachic type systems

In the creation account of Genesis 1 we see an initial situation described as "void", and every step away from this situation is described as good. It seems, therefore, that void is to be avoided. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Peter Taylor‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aliza‭

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Q&A May one cook or mix beet roots with beet greens?

TL;DR: Given that the commandment לֹֽא־תְבַשֵּׁ֥ל גְּדִ֖י בַּחֲלֵ֥ב אִמּֽוֹ You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk. appears to prohibit cooking that which sustains life with that which i...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Aliza‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Aliza‭

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Q&A Can one fulfill the obligation of megillah on Purim via Zoom?

I have heard (but have no source) that, to fulfill the obligation of reading the megillah, one must either be physically present for a reading or, if listening by phone, follow along in a kosher sc...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A (When) can halacha with a stated reason be revisited in light of new information?

I saw the following question, asked by David Ziants, on mail-jewish today: In Daf Yomi, have just started chapter 7 of Mesechet Pesachim, and the first Mishneh talks about on how the Korban Pesa...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Does a living brother fulfill his own pru ur'vu during a Yibum marriage?

If a man is required to father a boy and a girl (according to B"Hillel in Yevamos 61b), but is married to his late brother's wife (the brother died, childless) then do (all) the children who are bo...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by rosends‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Are flowers muktzah on Shabbat?

If one had placed a bouquet of flowers in a vase prior to Shabbat, is it considered muktzah? In what scenario would it be permissible to move it on Shabbat?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by ploni‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Shgagah with the killing of the son of the Amalekite ger?

In Shmuel 1:31:4 it says that Shaul committed suicide rather than be captured alive by the Plishtim. Later, in Shmuel 2:1:2-15 it says that the son of an Amalekite ger who was in the ranks of Shau...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Do Bnei Keturah need a Bris upon conversion according to Rambam?

Rambam paskens (Mishneh Torah, Kings and Wars 10:7-8): הַמִּילָה נִצְטַוָּה בָּהּ אַבְרָהָם וְזַרְעוֹ בִּלְבַד. שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (בראשית יז, ט) "אַתָּה וְזַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ". יָצָא זַרְעוֹ שֶׁל יִשְׁ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A Can a sick pet eat food that would otherwise be forbidden?

I have heard that when dietary laws and serious medical conditions interact, there are grounds to be lenient on the basis of pikuach nefesh. I'm pretty sure I've heard this with respect to ingredi...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Miriam‭

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Q&A Is learning Aleph Beis considered learning Torah?

In a number of sources we find learning Aleph Beis associated with learning Torah: notably Shabbos 31a, with the convert who Hillel persuaded with reversing the Aleph Beis; Shabbos 103b-104a, with ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A How did they use to sleep in the shul?

In Eruvin 74b.2, the Gemara rejects a proof by saying: לְעוֹלָם אֵימָא לָךְ קַיבְּלַהּ מִינֵּהּ, וְהָכָא חַזָּנָא הוּא דַּהֲוָה אָכֵיל נַהֲמָא בְּבֵיתֵיהּ וְאָתֵי בָּיֵית בְּבֵי כְנִישְׁתָּא The G...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Can one intentionally wait for a "painful" situation to be exempt from Sukkah?

The Gemara states (Sukkah 26a.9 et. al.): מצטער פטור מן הסוכה One who is in pain is exempt from Sukkah This is codified as halacha in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 640:4. Suppose it's going to pour...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by robev‭

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Q&A May Jews bow as a courtesy?

Like many Jews, I have been taught that Jews don't bow; many people trace this prohibition to Mordechai not bowing to Haman. This custom can be further traced to Exodus 20:5 - "You shall not bow do...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Aliza‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What specific action fulfills the commandment to write a sefer torah?

At my synagogue we're currently writing a sefer torah in honor of our retiring rabbi. I know that the 613th mitzvah is to write a sefer torah, and have been taught that participating in the writin...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Should you bring the ketubah on vacation?

When a family goes on vacation, does the wife have to bring her Ketubah with her, since she should have it available at all times?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by withoutatrace‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A What are the requirements for the body of water used for tashlich?

For tashlich I'm used to joining a group, and thus somebody else figures out where to do it. But there won't be groups this year. I could of course return to any of the locations we've used in th...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A Making a Bracha on a smell test.

Some members of my family are required to take a "smell test" in order to attend school each day. Are they required to make a bracha בורא מיני בשמים like when usually smelling nice things, or is th...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A May one name a secular object using a Divine Name?

Once upon a time, I was on a trip up in north Georgia and stumbled across this gem: a security service branding itself as "Adonai Security, LLC." The tagline proceeds to make a pun in the same vei...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A hearing half of a double-long תרועה

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 587:3, cites a view that if someone heard half of a double-long t'ki'a (long shofar blast) in a way that was effective but the other half in an invalid way, then he's n...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by msh210‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What is a “halachic annulment” of a marriage and when is it employed?

I’m stunned that this question wasn’t previously asked. The Gemara (Gittin 33a) discusses the concept of כל דמקדש אדעתא דרבנן מקדש - anyone who marries does so with the consent of the Rabbis. As di...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Putting a suffering animal out of its misery - Mitzvah, Reshut or prohibition?

How does the concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim deal with putting an animal out of its misery by killing it in order to prevent unnecessary pain (of the animal)? For instance, when one sees an animal...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Is Lashon Hara L'toelet Hutra or Dechuya?

We know that Lashon Hara L'toelet, for a positive purpose is allowed (under certain guidelines). For example, if I am helping someone not lose money by telling them that a person is a swindler, tha...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by talmidforlife‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by robev‭

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Q&A Can a Rabbi lose his ordination?

Suppose Reuven is ordained as a Rabbi (receives semicha). His teacher, Rabbi Yaakov, decides that he is learned enough and of the right character to serve as a Rabbinic authority and proclaims that...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Status of the descendants of Yarcha

In Ki Tetzeh it says (Devarim 23:8-9): "You shall not abhor an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land. Children born to them may be admitted into the congregation of the LORD in the third g...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Harel13‭

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Q&A Can a woman blow the shofar during Elul for herself? Can anyone?

Does a woman fulfill the obligation to hear the shofar during Elul if she blows it for herself, or is this one of the mitzvot where a man (must? should?) perform the action on behalf of others? Fo...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A Blowing a Shofar with a mask over the wide end

Last night, as part of his weekly livestream COVID update, Rabbi Dr. Glatt quoted Rav Mordechai Willig that one should put a mask over the wide end of the Shofar while blowing to prevent spreading ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  edited 2y ago by MTL‭

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Q&A Determining Reshus Harabbim if a street is not busy on Shabbos

If a street has 600,000 people travelling on it during the week, but on weekends it does not since people aren't working, is it considered a Reshus Harabbim? Do we say that just because there are 6...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by eliyahu‭

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Q&A Sitting under the lights on Tisha B'av

In my shul (and i'm sure in others as well), they turn half of the lights off on Tisha B'av night as a way of mourning. Am I allowed to intentionally sit under the lights that are on to help me see...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Havdallah during the nine days

On Motzei Shabbos Chazon (the Shabbos before Tisha Ba'av which always falls out during the nine days), what should be done about drinking the wine/grape juice for Havdallah? If a child is available...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A Taking pills with letters on Shabbos

There are many medicines which are permitted to be used on Shabbos in various situations. However, some of them have letters written or engraved on them. Is it permitted to take these pills on Shab...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A Can a terminally-ill patient give up his ventilator to save another?

Last week I took a class on priorities in triage -- one ventilator, two people who will die without it, who gets it? We reviewed sources in talmud and later commentaries, some of which I remember ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Natural organic reduction as a burial solution

I ask for the sake of discussion, and by no means a practical advice What would be the halactic viewpoint of natural organic reduction as a burial solution? from the site's FAQ: Natural organic re...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Alaychem‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Alaychem‭

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Q&A Do the requirements to honor a Kohen require one to honor a female Kohen?

Background: There is a requirement to honor Kohanim (Vayikra 21:8; Mishneh Torah, Positive Mitzvot, 32; Moed Katan 28b.27). Among the ways this commandment is fulfilled are allowing a Kohen to make...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by JoelK‭

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Q&A Are there guidelines to define if something is an aggada

It is often clear when a portion of the gemarah is written as an aggadah (ie, non-legal), however there are times where it may be unclear if a statement is aggadic, halachic, or none of the above. ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by withoutatrace‭

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Q&A Can a man father legal children after death?

If semen was extracted from a dead man, and then used to impregnate a woman, is the offspring a legal son (let's limit it to male) of the dead man? Or, more simply put, is a child born of ones seme...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dr. Shmuel‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Retying shoes in order

In Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 2:4 it says: ואח"כ ינעול של שמאל ויקשרנו ויחזור ויקשור של ימין Then after that put on the left one and fasten it, and return and fasten the right one First you shoul...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A Do Felt Garments Require Tzitzit?

Various halachic authorities (see e.g. Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank in Responsa Har Tzvi 1:9, and discussion here) exempt garments produced from sheets of synthetic materials (e.g. nylon) from Tzitzit, ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by רבות מחשבות‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Does a Shochet need to have his knife checked by a Rabbi? If not, why not?

Mishneh Torah, Talmud Torah, 6:14 lists 24 reasons for excommunication. # 20 is: טַבָּח שֶׁלֹּא בָּדַק סַכִּינוֹ לִפְנֵי חָכָם A Shochet who does not have his knife checked by a wise man. (general...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by manassehkatz‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Dani‭

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Q&A What are the issues in talking into a mic that was accidentally turned on on Shabbat?

During the COVID pandemic many synagogues have moved activities online, including communal prayer. Some have even done this on Shabbat, and the Conservative movement recently published a responsum...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinnyM‭

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Q&A Why is it necessary to ask a Rabbi?

In various places on this site, including the FAQ, we have the following disclaimer: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer professional (particularly rabbini...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by System‭

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