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Top new questions this week:

Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha?

Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha? So for example, if one would eat an kezais of ice on yom Kippur, but it would not be equal to a reviyis, would he be liable for a chatas?

halacha food shiurim-measurements water  
asked by feedme 6 votes
answered by Mefaresh 3 votes

Nail polish chatzitzah and mikveh immersion

If someone has a little, almost imperceptible, leftover nail polish, would it be considered a chatzitzah with regard to mikveh immersion? If so, why?

halacha mikvah-ritual-bath hands-fingers chatzitzah  
asked by helloworld 6 votes
answered by DanF 3 votes

Why do we say pesukim from Hoshea after donning tefillin?

In the standard Artscroll Ashkenazik siddur, after wrapping the tefillin around one's fingers it says to say the following pesukim from Hoshea 2:21-22 וְאֵרַשְׂתִּיךְ לִי, לְעוֹלָם; ...

sources-mekorot tefilin prayer-book hosea-hoshea  
asked by rikitikitembo 6 votes
answered by Aryeh 2 votes

Kashrut of Chocolate

There is a halachic principle which states that food that would not be consumed by a dog is not halachically food. Since chocholate is toxic to dogs, do we actually need to worry about its hashgacha?

halacha food  
asked by Noach mi Frankfurt 6 votes
answered by loewian 13 votes

Gentile's responsibility to non observant Jews

What kind of responsibility has a Gentile to Jews who are not observant? For example, a Gentile sends a text message to his non-observant Jewish friend, knowing that he will most probably write a ...

halacha gentiles lifnei-iver  
asked by Beniamino 6 votes
answered by Daniel 5 votes

How to be prepared for participation in the Chevra Kaddisha

What are some things that I (or anyone) should take into consideration before participating in a tahara, the ritual preparation of a body for burial?

death how-to funeral-burial-levaya  
asked by yEz 6 votes
answered by yEz 10 votes

May a nutrition scientist perform research on chametz as part of his job on Hol Hamo'ed Pesach?

For this question, I am interested only in the aspect of handling the chametz and "benefitting" from it on Hol Hamo'ed, not any problems, possibly of going to work. (Let's assume that if the worker ...

halacha passover chametz-leaven employment  
asked by DanF 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is it acceptable under kashrut to eat tyrannosauridae meat?

Theoretically speaking, if tyrannosaurs were still present these days, or in some way or another brought back, would they be kosher? Let's assume that they are properly slaughtered and prepared.

halacha kashrut-kosher animals  
asked by Earwin 16 votes
answered by YLOR 17 votes

Is there a problem with Triangle K? If so, what?

I want to know what the OU's or any other Orthodox kashrut agency's problem is with Triangle K. I have read about the Ralbag family which founded and runs the Triangle K and they are clearly Orthodox. ...

kashrut-kosher hechsher-certification  
asked by Mark 17 votes
answered by Menachem 11 votes

Can you answer these?

If your parent changes their name, does your name change too?

Imagine your parent changes his or her (Hebrew) name--either by converting to Judaism and getting a name, by taking on a second name, or simply changing his/her name for whatever reason. (Not sure ...

halacha names children-parenting  
asked by SAH 2 votes

Explicit shaimos printed in prayer books

The gemara in Shabbos 115b cites a Tosefta seemingly condemning those who publish prayer-books (and amulets) with G-d's name: "...מכאן אמרו כותבי ברכות כשורפי תורה". Nonetheless, it is common practice ...

halacha shemos-sacred-names prayer-book  
asked by loewian 4 votes

Can the 3 items that Rabban Gamliel requires during the Seder be explained using sign language?

Pesach Haggadah, Magid, Rabban Gamliel's Three Things: רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל הָיָה אוֹמֵר: כָּל שֶׁלֹּא אָמַר שְׁלשָׁה דְּבָרִים אֵלּוּ בַּפֶּסַח, לא יָצָא יְדֵי חוֹבָתוֹ, וְאֵלּוּ הֵן פֶּסַח, ...

halacha passover-seder-hagada targum-translation deaf  
asked by DanF 2 votes
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