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Top new questions this week:

Are "Halacha To Moses from Sinai" Undisputed?

I was listening to a lecture in my synagogue in which it was mentioned ( correctly or incorrectly - I don't know ) that a הלכה למשה מסיני - Halach to Moses from Sinai is a law that has never been …

talmud-gemara halacha-theory niddah  
asked by Robert S. Barnes 8 votes
answered by user6591 4 votes

Must the electrical lights be dimmed or turned off while saying "Borei Me'orei Ha'Esh"?

As a follow up to an answer given in Havdalah and fingers which says: The Mishnah in Berachos 51b writes that one should not make the blessing of "Bore Moerei Ha'esh" should only be made if one …

halacha blessing havdalah  
asked by DanF 8 votes
answered by sam 5 votes

Do we know more about נבח?

The last verse of Parshas Mattos (Bamidbar 32:42) is about a fellow named Novach who conquered a city and named it after himself: וְנֹבַח הָלַךְ וַיִּלְכֹּד אֶת קְנָת וְאֶת בְּנֹתֶיהָ וַיִּקְרָא …

historical-figures mattos  
asked by YEZ 7 votes
answered by user6591 9 votes

What is the Orthodox Jewish position regarding a criminal ban on abortion?

I know that many Orthodox Jews oppose abortion - presumably because they see this as a religious requirement - but does Orthodox Judaism see it as required or preferable to support a secular law …

death medicine pregnancy-birth politics-government  
asked by Emma 7 votes
answered by Yishai 5 votes

Halachot of IVF

Does anyone know of any good teshuvas or sefers giving an overview of the halacha of in-vitro fertilization IVF? (Feel free to also give overviews in your answers, but I'd appreciate links to the …

sources-mekorot product-recommendation jewish-books medicine pregnancy-birth  
asked by eliyahu-g 6 votes
answered by Zvi 3 votes

Is one allowed to be fat?

Is one halachically allowed to be fat (overweight or obese), or must a fat person take steps to reduce their weight and maintain a reasonably healthy body (and likewise, a healthy person must not …

halacha health-safety-shmira  
asked by eliyahu-g 6 votes
answered by user6760 2 votes

Lashon Harah for anonymous to'eles

Necessary background: Lashon Harah (slander) is prohibited, unless it is for a to'eles (constructive purpose). Can I say Lashon Harah that would be available to everyone, would be beneficial for some …

halacha internet lashon-hara-slander  
asked by YEZ 6 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Does halakhah forbid Jews from eating pets that die naturally?

Suppose you keep a goldfish in your house. One day, it dies. Assuming that it has died a natural death (that is, you didn't intentionally kill it), is it kosher to eat this goldfish?

halacha kashrut-kosher death fish chilul-kidush-hashem  
asked by Anonymous 2 votes
answered by Shalom 8 votes

Shaving on Friday when Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday

This year (2011) Lag Ba'omer falls out on a Sunday. I've heard from a few people that the halacha is that you can shave (and take a haircut) on the Friday beforehand l'kavod Shabbos. Are there any …

halacha sources-mekorot hair shaving lag-ba-omer  
asked by BFree 9 votes
answered by Yaakov Ellis 16 votes

Can you answer these?

What is the importance of the tallit during prayer?

What is the difference whether one wears a tallit or not during תפילה (prayer/worship, sacred service)?

tefilla hashkafah-philosophy tallit-gadol  
asked by eliyah 2 votes

Participating in a non-Kosher food co-op

A food cooperative is a member-owned food store. It is typically set up that in order to shop there at discount prices, each person can become a member if they agree to volunteer a certain amount of …

halacha kashrut-kosher business  
asked by Yishai 6 votes

Is it forbidden or just disrespectful to wear a kippah with ads on it while in shul or learning?

When my kids were in yeshiva, the school had a policy that they were not allowed to wear kippot that had any writing other than their name, or "Yerushalayim" or something similar. I.e. - no logos like …

halacha kippa-yarmulka  
asked by DanF 2 votes
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