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|Question: What are the things that is forbidden
to draw? like the sun....?
One should not draw the Sun, Moon, or stars.
If the art is done is a
way which is three-dimensional, there are more objects which are
(See Shulchan Aruch, Y.D., 141, 4.)
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|Question: Can I leave my computer on downloading
Answer: There is no halachic problem with beginning a download
even if it will finish on Shabbat.
If the download is of something such as
a program which was purchased for money, one should avoid doing this.
addition, it is preferable that the screen be turned off before Shabbat
so that it should not be noticeable that the computer is doing this.
If the server from which you are downloading is located in Israel and
one can assume that those who are operating it are not
Shabbat observant,one should not perform such a download.
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|Question: Do we have to knock
on peoples doors before entering? where do we know?
One may not enter his own house and certainly not someone else's house
abruptly in order not to violate people's privacy. This is something
our Sages described (Talmud, Nidah 16b) as an act which is hateful to
|Question: What are the
various major sources we have for Hilchos Negiah? (Who says
This may be a very drawn-out answer, so I apologize
Thanks very much.
According to the Rambam (Sefer haMitzvot, neg.
commandment 353), the Smag (neg. com. 126), and the Hinuch (188), the
Torah prohibits any
physical closeness between men and women who are forbidden to each
other, and in principle this
prohibition carries the punishment of "malkot". According to these
opinions, this prohibition
is of the greatest seriousness, and would require a person to give his
or her life rather than
to violate it willingly. (Rama, Y.D., 157, 1.) The Ramban is of the
opinion that this is a
Rabbinic prohibition. The halachic authorities discuss whether this
prohibition refers only to
touching in an affectionate manner or includes any touching whatsoever.
(See Shach, Y.D., 195,
20, and Beit Shmuel, 20, 1.)
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Question From The Archives:
I am doing a report
with my friend about the kashrut of the sturgeon. Where can we find the
machloket about the kashrut of this fish?
You can find
all the information you need here:
A. Rabeinu Tam in Tosfot Avoda
Zara 40a d.h. Amar.
B. Ramban on Chulin 64a d.h.
C. Noda biYehuda is in Y.D.