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Rabbi, pl. rabbis (Rabbi,Rabbis) — lit., My teacher(s); today, someone who has studied Jewish law and been ordained (received smicha). Many rabbis with smicha do not lead congregations. In the plural, often refers to past Jewish Sages who commented on holy Jewish texts or instituted various laws
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Halachic Decisions (Psak): Choosing a Rabbi
Asking Multiple Rabbis for Psak
You may not normally ask multiple rabbis for halachic decisions...
Jewish Festivals: Eruv Tavshilin
Jewish Festivals: Rabbi's Eruv Tavshilin
If you forgot to make an eruv tavshilin , you may rely on the ...
HAIRCUTS/SHAVING
Rabbis and Beards
It is traditional for rabbis to grow beards but it is not required.
Halachic Decisions (Psak): Choosing a Rabbi
Shopping Around for Lenient Halachic Decision (Psak)
You may not generally ask different rabbis for their decisions of...
What Is Kosher?
What Is Kosher?
By Sara-Malka (Diane) Laderman Kosher (Hebrew for...
ABORTION
Abortion
Abortion is normally not permitted, except: To save the...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Changing Location: Inside to Outside, Outside to Inside
After-Blessings: Start Meal Inside, Intend To End Outside
You may start a meal inside the house and finish outside, or the...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Food Preparation
Introduction to Jewish Festivals and Food Preparation
Food preparation forbidden on Jewish festivals includes these...
Introduction to Mourning
Introduction to Mourning
Who Is a Mourner A mourner is defined in halacha as someone...
Introduction to Weddings and Marriage
Introduction to Weddings and Marriage
The purpose of the  rabbi  at a wedding is to ensure...
Introduction to What Is Halacha
Introduction to What Is Halacha
“ Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”...
Seder: Principles
Seder: Purpose
It is praiseworthy to tell the story of Passover even if you know all...
Tzitzit: How To Check
Tzitzit: For What To Check
Torn In checking tzitzit, determine: Are any loops...
Shiv'a: Business
Business during Shiv'a
An avel may not work and may not own an operating business during...
When Shabbat Ends/Motza'ei Shabbat
How Long between Sunset and Dark
Some communities end Shabbat 42 minutes after sunset, which is when...
Shabbat: Animal Care
Muktza: Feeding Animals that Do Not Belong To You
You may not feed animals that do not belong to you on Shabbat (even if...
When Shabbat Ends/Motza'ei Shabbat
Shabbat Ends at Dark
You may not end Shabbat before dark (appearance of three medium-size...
Three Weeks: Restrictions
Three Weeks: Swimming
If you are swimming for: Pleasure, you may swim during the...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Cutting Boards
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Cutting Boards
Situation You cut a spicy/ charif item of one gender on a...
When Shabbat Starts: Within Shabbat Domain
Starting Shabbat outside Shabbat Domain/Techum Shabbat
If you are outside techum Shabbat (which may be as little as 0.7...
Derogatory Speech (Lashon HaRa)
Introduction to Lashon HaRa
Lashon ha’ra is saying (or communicating in any way--even...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Dishwashers
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Dishwashers: Neutral/Pareve Item
You may not wash a neutral/ pareve dish in a meat or milk...
Halachic Decisions (Psak): Mitigating Circumstances
Shalom Bayit or Honoring One's Parents (Kibud Av Va'Eim)
The only type of laws that may sometimes be overridden to help with...
BUSINESS OWNERSHIP
Stockholder in Business that Violates Torah Law
You may be a minority owner or shareholder in a business that violates...
Chanuka: Candles: Where To Light
Chanuka: Candles: Place Anywhere
You may place Chanuka candles anywhere (but they should be lit...
BUSINESS OWNERSHIP
Owning Business that Violates Torah Law
Owning a business that has any violations of Torah laws is forbidden....
Passover: Selling Chametz
Passover: Selling Chametz: Different Countries for You and Your Chametz
If you live in one country and go to another country for Passover , you...
Passover: Selling Chametz
Passover: Selling Chametz: Selling by Mail
Appointing the rabbi (if the rabbi agrees!) as an agent to sell your...
Clerical Errors
Clerical Errors and Jewish Business Owner
If a business makes a mistake in your favor, you must correct it if the:...
Shloshim: Shaving
Shaving during Shloshim
If you shave regularly (can be every day or a few times each week), you...
Year of Mourning: Synagogue Seat
Synagogue Seat When Mourning for Parent
Change your normal seat in synagogue during the year of mourning for a...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Pot Lids
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Pot Lids
Pot lids are treated as if they are utensils. Situation...
CONTRACEPTION
Contraception
Contraception is generally not permitted for men (contraceptives,...
Encroaching (Masig Gvul)
Encroaching (Masig Gvul)
Masig gvul can mean: Actually stealing property, or...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Sinks
Sink Racks and Dairy/Meat
Two racks or other utensils, one dairy and the...
Tum’a: Hospitals
Tum'a: Hospitals: Cohen Visiting Wife
A cohen may visit his wife in the hospital even though there are often...
Gambling
Gambling and Jews
Gambling may not be approved for Jews; some types are completely...
Shabbat: Selecting/Boreir
Introduction to Shabbat and Selecting/Boreir
Selecting Good from Bad and Bad from Good Boreir Principle #1 : You...
Magid: Tell the Story
Like 70 Years Old
Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya says he is “like 70 years old”...
Shabbat: Selecting/Boreir
Shabbat: Removing Seeds in Foods
Shabbat : Easy to Remove If each unwanted element is easy to...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Sponges
Sponges and Dairy/Meat
Situation You inadvertently use a brush or sponge (hotter than...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Steam
Steam and Utensils of Dairy/Meat
Situation Steam of one gender touched a utensil of opposite...
Inheritance
Timing of Giving
Property may be given away in any manner and amounts desired during a...
Nida/Taharat HaMishpacha
Four Most Common Nida Questions
  What Makes a Woman a Nida  ...
Psalms/Tehilim
Tehilim Additions to Regular Prayers
Rabbi s may have their congregations add Psalms/ tehilim or other...
Jewish Festivals: Electricity
Jewish Festivals: Turning Off Electrical Devices
You may not turn off or disconnect an operating electrical device...
Attire: Married Women: Head Covering (Kisuy Rosh)
Attire: Married Women: Hair-Covering Guidelines
Married women should cover their hair when they leave their “...
Yichud
When Yichud Applies
The general rule for yichud is that a man and a woman who is not his...
Attire: Girls: Tzni'ut
Attire: Girls: Age for Modest Dress
Girls should dress modestly from the age of gil chinuch , when they...
Brit Mila: Who Should Perform
Brit Mila: Who Should Perform: Preference
A father should circumcise his male children (if he knows how to do to...
MEDIA
TV Shows, Movies, and Three Cardinal Sins
If you want to watch TV or movies (ask a rabbi whether it is...
Attire: Women's/Men's (Begged Ish)
Attire: Wearing Other Gender's Clothing
Clothes that are worn by both genders may be worn by either gender, even...
Jewish Festivals: Makeup
Jewish Festivals: Applying Makeup
Girls and women may not put on any nail polish or makeup on Jewish...
PRECEDENCE: RIGHT SIDE
When Right Side Takes Precedence
In general, the right side is given priority in our actions. This...
Shabbat: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Asking Non-Jew To Do Melacha D'Rabanan
You may directly instruct or ask a non-Jew to do melacha...
Shabbat: Pumps
Shabbat: Well Water
You may use water from a pump-operated well on Shabbat (as on Jewish...
Shabbat: Refrigerators
Shabbat: Opening Refrigerator with Light or LED
On Shabbat , do not open a refrigerator door that has LEDs that...
Brit Mila: Eighth Day
Brit Mila: When Is Eighth Day
As long as the boy was born before sunset (even one minute before), this...
Shabbat: Toilet
Shabbat: Flushing Toilet
Flushing a toilet on Shabbat is not a violation of transferring from...
Burial: Jewish Cemetery
Suicide
Someone who commits suicide may not be buried within 8 amot of...
Jewish Festivals: Toilet
Jewish Festivals: Toilet
Flushing a toilet on a Jewish festival is not a violation of...
Being an Onen
Onen Restrictions
An onen is prohibited from doing positive mitzvot so as not to be...
Dressing
Child's Dressing
A child under bar mitzva or bat mitzva age also gets dressed the...
How To Prepare Food in a Non-Kosher Kitchen
How to Prepare Food in a Non-Kosher Kitchen
BAKING IN NON-KOSHER OVEN An oven that has not been used...
Shiv'a: Leaving the House
Mourners' Leaving the Shiv'a House
Mourners should not leave the shiv’a house even if they do not...
Kaddish: With Whom To Say
Saying Kaddish in Unison
Ideally, only one mourner should say kaddish, whether mourner’s...
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Jewish Festival: One Day for a Year Plus in Eretz Yisrael
If you are living in Eretz Yisrael for one year and might stay...
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Jewish Festival: One Day in Eretz Yisrael
To keep one day only of a Jewish festival in Eretz Yisrael , you...
Women: Singing
Women: Singing with Men or When Men Present
Rabbi Heinemann’s view is that women should not sing zmirot ,...
Sukka: Walls
Sukka: Walls: Tree Trunk
You may use the trunk of a tree as part of a sukka, but consult a...
Sukka: Schach
Sukka: Schach: Materials
Non- Kli You may not use a kli for sukka schach...
Jewish Festivals: Internet Business
Jewish Festivals: Internet Business
Running a business that accepts orders and payments over the internet...
Sukka: Overhangs
Sukka: Overhangs: Balconies
A sukka built under a balcony, even if the balcony is many...
Sukka: Overhangs
Sukka: Overhangs: Vines/Trees
Vines or tree branches that overhang even a small part of a sukka may...
Sukka: Overhangs
Sukka: Overhangs: Wood Structures
You may not normally use a sukka that has any wood structure such as a...
Mezuza: Which Buildings Require
Mezuza: Buildings Regularly Used with a Person's Home
Mezuzot must be placed on any buildings used with a person's home....
Mezuza: Placement
Mezuza: Placement: Balcony
Place a balcony door mezuza on the right side of the doorway as you...
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Mixtures
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Mixtures: Batel BaShishim
Spicy/ charif food may become nullfiable ( batel ba'shishim ),...
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Pressure
Taste (Ta'am) Transfer: Spicy/Charif: Pressure: Food Absorbing Taste of Utensils
When a spicy/ charif food takes on the gender of the cutting/squeezing...
Introduction to Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking at Same Time: Liquid, UNCOVERED
Situation Two uncovered pans of food—one dairy, one...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Medicines
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Medicines
Jewish Festivals: Medicines: When To Take Medicine generally may not...
Baking Neutral/Pareve and Dairy (or Meat) at Same Time
Baking Challa at Same Time as Chicken with Sauce
Situation You baked challa with chicken, both uncovered, in the...
Baking Neutral/Pareve and Dairy (or Meat) at Same Time
Baking Non-Liquid Neutral/Pareve and Non-Liquid Dairy (or Meat) at Same Time
Situation You bake non-liquid dairy food and non-liquid neutral/...
Eruv Border: Tree Trunk
Tree Trunk as Eruv Border
You may use the trunk of a tree as part of an eruv, but consult a...
Shabbat: How To Reheat
Reheating Using a Warming Tray
On Shabbat , you may not heat food, whether liquid or solid, on a...
Mikva in Nature: General Concepts
Mikva in Nature: Source of Water
Spring water, whether moving or stationary, is a kosher mikva ....
Lake as Mikva
Lakes or Ponds as Mikva
A lake or pond may be a  kosher mikva  if it is: Fed...
Ocean as Mikva
Oceans as Mikva
All oceans and seas are kosher mikvas, but other salty water...
Peace in the Home (Shalom Bayit)
Introduction to Shalom Bayit
Shalom bayit  is a family at peace, as one unit. When leniencies...
Peace in the Home (Shalom Bayit)
Shalom Bayit: Non-Observant Parents and In-Laws
Ba'alei teshuva often have problems with issues of kashrut...
River as Mikva
Hot Springs as Mikva
Here are requirements for a hot spring as a mikva : The...
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days
Introduction to Fast Days The purpose of Jewish fast days is to...
First Nine Days of Av
Nine Days: Painting Your House
You may not paint your house during the Nine Days . Ask a rabbi for...
Fast Days: Eating
Fast Days: Health Difficulties
You may eat or drink as necessary on the fasts of the Tenth of Tevet...
Spicy/Charif Soaking: Long Enough To Be Cooked
Spicy/Charif Soaking: Long Enough To Be Cooked: Food and Utensil
Food soaked in brine, vinegar, or any spicy liquid for long enough to be...
Introduction to Food Nullification: Foods
Introduction to Food Nullification: Foods
Categories of Batel /Nullification Categories of nullification of...
Introduction to Food Nullification: Utensils (Kashering)
Introduction to Food Nullification: Utensils (Kashering)
Food Nullification in Utensils: Torah-Law and Rabbinic Decree By...
Introduction to Blood in Meat
Introduction to Blood in Meat
Status of Blood in Meat Blood is generally forbidden to be eaten....
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Baking Consecutively
Baking COVERED/UNCOVERED Dairy and Meat Consecutively
Situation You cooked food of both genders: In a...
Honoring Parents: Abusive Jewish
Honor an Abusive Jewish Parent but Not Suffer
A child is not required to suffer from any type of abuse (not physical,...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Oven Spills
Baking Opposite Gender in Oven with Spills
Situation One gender of food spills in an oven. You later heat...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Pot Spatters ONTO Utensil or Empty Pot
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Pot Spatters and Pareve
Situation Food of one gender spatters onto the...
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Spills and Opposite Gender Utensil
Kashrut: Dairy/Meat: Spills: Food onto Opposite Gender Utensil: Flow Chart
WERE BOTH FOOD AND UTENSIL LESS THAN 120° F ? YES What...
KASHRUT: DAIRY/MEAT: FOOD OF ONE GENDER FALLS INTO OPPOSITE FOOD
Dairy/Milk Food Falls into/onto Meat or Meat Falls into/onto Dairy/Milk Food
WERE BOTH FOODS LESS THAN 120° F ? YES ARE BOTH...
Introduction to Taste (Ta'am) Transfer
Introduction to Taste (Ta'am) Transfer
Gender/Kashrut Status Transfer Foods and kitchenware (pots, pans,...
Kashrut: Cheese
Kashrut: Cheese: Jew at Time of Rennet
Cheese/ Gvinas Akum   Gvinas akum is cheese which has...
Introduction to Kashrut: Plants: Bugs
Why Bugs May Not Be Eaten
Bugs are not kosher and may not be eaten for two main reasons:...
Minyan: Amen: When 10 Men Includes Prayer Leader
Prayer Leader of 10 Men Should Wait
A prayer service leader for a group of only 10 men including himself...
Kashrut: Uncooked Grape Juice/Wine
Kashrut: Open, Uncooked Wine: Drinking or Benefiting From
You may not DRINK or DERIVE ANY BENEFIT FROM open (unsealed), non-...
Shabbat: IDL and Region of Safek/Doubt
Introduction to Shabbat, IDL, and Region of Safek/Doubt
The International Dateline (IDL), which is 180 degrees away from...
Introduction to Shabbat Domain/Techum Shabbat
Shabbat Domain/Techum Shabbat: Item Brought from Outside
You may not use any item brought to you on Shabbat from outside...
Shabbat: Internet Business
Shabbat: Internet Business
Running a business that accepts orders and payments over the internet...
Shabbat: Mixing Hot and Raw Foods
Shabbat: Hot Liquids on Raw Foods
You may not pour a hot liquid (120°F--49°C - or more) onto raw...
How To Do Pidyon HaBein
How To Do Pidyon HaBein
To do Pidyon Ha'Bein : Pidyon ha’bein is...
Shabbat: Water Heaters
Shabbat: Water Heater below 120° F
If you keep your water heater permanently set to less than...
Introduction to Shabbat and Medicines
Introduction to Shabbat and Medicines
Health or Life-Threatening Condition On Shabbat , you may not take...
Shabbat: Creams and Oils
Shabbat: Squeezing, Dabbing, and Smearing Medicinal Creams
You may squeeze a tube of cream on Shabbat, but you might not be able...
Toveling: Utensils: Jews and Non-Jews
Giving a Toveled Utensil to a Non-Jew for Repair
If you give a utensil to a non-Jew for repair or to have a new part...
Introduction: Shabbat: Muktza
Muktza by Hand
Muktza (“set aside” in one’s mind) is an item that...
From Funeral Home to Cemetery
Offspring at Funeral
Attending a funeral is a mitzva-- that of honoring the dead...

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