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Which Bowl was Treif Again?

I poured very hot milchig soup into an empty eino ben yomo meat bowl.  Then after washing it out I got it mixed up with another bowl that looks just like it. So now we have 2 bowls sitting secluded and I don't know which is which. Rebbe said we might be saved by a...

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Should I Wear a Gartel?

Question Should I be wearing a gartel (prayer belt – ed) or some other such garment during tefillah? I am going through hilchos tefillah and the Aruch HaShulchan brings down opinions that even if you never wear one it is good to wear one during tefillah because of...

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Cooking Treif for Non-Religious Jews

Question My mom doesn't keep kosher and asked me to cook her something treif. She gets very mad when I refuse. Is there any leniency to cook it for her?  Does it matter if it’s milk and meat or not? Is there any resource online in English that explains the ins and...

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Nargila Tobacco on Pesach

Question: Is there any issue of ta’aroves chametz with flavoured nargila (hookah) tobacco? Should these items be sold or disposed of before Pesach? Answer: There is an old dispute between the Maharam Shik and the Divrei Chaim with regards to snuff tobacco. The Maharam...

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The Obligation to Eat Matzah and Challah at Festive Meals for Jews with Wheat Related Allergies or Intolerance

Question: A person who absolutely can not eat bread because they are allergic to gluten, what do they do for Shabbos meals? Is there any reason to wash? I know the Shulchan Aruch1)Orach Chaim 288:2 holds that if one really suffers from eating he doesn’t need...

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Standing or Sitting for Kaddish

Question: Is one required to stand during the recitation of Kaddish? Answer: The Shulchan Aruch2)Orach Chaim 56:1 makes no mention of standing during Kaddish. The Rema3)Orach Chaim 56:1 writes that one should stand at the time of answering to...

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1. Orach Chaim 288:2
2, 3. Orach Chaim 56:1

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