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Take a gun and shoot someone dead from a moderate distance. All would agree this is an act murder, a violation of the sixth commandment and the criminal law of the land where they live. In a technical sense, what the killer did was to pull a trigger, which put a bullet on a random trajectory, which just happened to strike another person, who just happened to succumb to their wound, all as the outcome had the potential to be quite different. Nevertheless, the murderer fully intended to kill the victim and is morally and legally and halachically responsible, as this is not considered by any means a loophole to get away with murder. I have heard of other situations in Halacha where loopholes of this fashion are exploited as a way to consider other ordinarily forbidden actions permissible. For example, there are electronic devices designed for Shabbat use that send random electric signals, all with the intention of making the visible result normal operation of a normal electrical device. How can that possibly be allowed when in the above example, it obviously isn’t?

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Hello Rabbi, I wanted to know, how does the Gemara know prohibitory law and monetary law?

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Dear Rabbi, What rationale are given in Judaism for not eating meat and milk together? Thanks

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Why must we use a cup to rinse our hand before saying a brucha. The question is on the cup and not simply using the faucet.

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Dear Rabbi, Why can’t you cook meat and milk together? I was thinking of making a cheeseburger for a friend who is not Jewish but my mom told me we don’t cook meat and milk together. I thought the only issue is to not eat them together but that cooking them together was okay. Please help! Thanks

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Hi Rabbi, I read that there are 36 righteous people in every generation whose identities are hidden from the world. My question is: Why do they stay hidden? Shouldn't they be in the thick of society as renowned Torah leaders? I wonder if it’s possible that I might be one of these 36?! Thanks for this terrific Ask the Rabbi service which Gateways provides!  

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Why is there a custom to blow the Shofar every morning during the month leading up to Rosh Hashana?

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Dear Rabbi, I understand the reason for married women covering their hair is modesty, yet today a lot of the sheitles (wigs) woman wear are nicer than their real hair. I think the wearing of make-up can be viewed in the same manner. It improves the person's appearance - doesn't this contradict the laws of modesty?

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Hi, Is it true that if someone embarasses someone it’s as if they spilled blood?