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Question No. 486
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 15 Oct 2004
The Question Is it permissible to listen to Shlomo Carlebach? Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 484
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question Is it permissible for a Jewish man to hear a Jewish woman whom he knows playing a musical instrument over the phone? If she is performing especially for him, e.g., playing a song for him on a guitar or piano, is it outside the bounds of propriety? Shlomo Zalman Jessel, Matityahu
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Question No. 483
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question I was wondering if it is a problem for an 18 year old, unmarried girl to sleep in a house by herself while her parents are away. I ask this question, because I have heard that there may be a problem of shaidim when the girl is alone at night. I would appreciate it if the Rav could clarify this. Thank you so much for this inspiring and thought-provoking website! Esti, London
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Question No. 479
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Aug 2004
The Question Does eating (e.g. breakfast on way to work) in ones car, constitute "ochel b'shuk" which is domeh l'kelev or pasul l'edus ? Thank you T. Nathan, Israel
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Question No. 476
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Are you allowed to hug and/or kiss your married sister? Anonymous, New Jersey
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Question No. 465
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question I heard that when a woman is pregnant it is not in her best interest to step on nails (clippings) I heard also recently that if someone cuts their nails and if it flies off in an unknown direction and she sweeps over the ground with her hand, thereby spreading it around it removes the possibility of it being dangerous for her. Is this true and what is the background on a woman stepping on nails. Anonymous, Switzerland
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Question No. 464
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question I'm a baal tesuvah and I just started becoming shomer negiyah. Right now it's really hard for me, and i wanted to know if there's any form of contact that is permissible (gloves...) Anonymous, Canada
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Question No. 458
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Even if the techeles of today is wrong is there any negative aspect of wearing it on account that it might be the right one? Thank you for the website. Anonymous, Los Angeles
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Question No. 456
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question My wife and I are considering adoption, but she spoke to friends who said there is a big problem of yihud and I would not be able to hug my adopted daughter.  Could the Rav please lay out the issues of mamzerus and yihud as they relate to adopted children?  Thanks again for a great service to K'lal Yisroel. Anonymous
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Question No. 453
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question In order to make a siyum on a mesechta, does one have to leave over the last piece for the siyum, & if not, how soon after completing the masechta does one have to make the siyum? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 452
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Is it necessary to "speak out" when learning torah to fulfill the mitzvah of talmud Torah? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 451
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Is it necessary to dry off the handles of the netilas yadaim cup before washing ? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 445
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi, is a woman who was born Jewish but was converted to Christianity as a child still considered Jewish according to Halachah? The reason I'm asking is that my great-grandmother from my mother's side (the grandmother of my mother from her mother's side) was born Jewish but lost her parents during the pogroms in Russia in the 1880s and was adopted by a Christian family and baptized. She was brought up as a Christian, and so were her daughter (my grandmother) and her granddaughter (my mother). Despite this my mother always considered herself to be a Jew. My father is Jewish (both his parents are Jews) and I was circumcised and brought up as a Jew. I've always considered myself to be Jewish, but am I Jewish according to Halachah? Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 444
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question What exactly are the halachos of washing negel vasar when waking up and after touching parts of the body that should be covered? I understand that before washing negel vasar after sleeping one is not suppose to touch openings on their body such as their eyes and mouth etc. Does this apply as well to the other times (other than after sleeping) when a person is supposed to wash negel vasar? In addition, does a person have to wash negel vasar after all types of sleeping (ex. on plane) and naps? I want to thank the Rav for his the time and clarification. Anonymous, Chicago
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Question No. 442
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question I have heard that it is forbidden to patronize tourist attractions like the Tanachi zoo in Yerushalayim or the Ramat Gan Safari since they operate on Shabbos, is this true? Does this also apply to businesses? What about outside of Israel ? Tal Zwecker, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 439
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Is it forbidden to study secular philosophy that discusses G-d in the bathroom? Is it permitted to make kiddush or any blessing in front of ones mother if she does not and will not cover her hair? is there a difference if the person is a baal teshuvah and it would be a shalom bayis issue? does closing the eyes help? Also what about a divorced woman? Tal Zwecker, Ramat Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 438
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question Would a Jewish person be allowed to read the Koran or “New Testament” (i.e. for research or for reading for school)? What sorts of books would one be prohibited from reading? Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 426
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Do we see anywhere that burying items with the dead is practiced. Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 421
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question My Chavruta told me that men have to cover their elbows and cited as proof the Mishna Berurah on Siman 2:1 which says "a man may expose his arms up to the 'kovdo'" Is this true? What are the laws of modesty for men and do they have the same level of stringency as for women. T. Gordon, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 420
Category Halacha (General Jewish Law)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Where does the minhag of putting shoes on right-left and then tying them left-right? Anonymous, Toronto
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