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The Time and Place for Netilat Lulav

Is it better to do netilat lulav (=nl) in the sukka before one goes to shul or during tefilla (before Hallel)?

White and Nice Clothes and Gold on Yom Kippur

Is it indeed proper to wear white clothes and not wear gold on Yom Kippur? Is there a difference between men and women? Should one wear or avoid nice clothes on Yom Kippur?

An Avel as a Chazan for Yamim Noraim

Is it permitted for an avel (mourner) to serve as a chazan for Yamim Noraim (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur)? Whose decision is it the shuls or the avels?

Finding a Discarded Aron Kodesh

I found a discarded wooden box, which someone who sold their apartment left outside a storage room. The neighbors want to throw it out. After opening it, I could tell it was used to store a small sefer Torah. What should to do with it?

Missing a Key Word from Al Hamichya

Unfortunately, I did not look at a siddur last night when reciting Al Hamichya. I made a couple mistakes along the way, and I remember specifically leaving out the words al haaretz in the chatimah (end part). Was I yotzeh?

Excluding a Son from Inheritance

Are there sins that would cause a son to automatically lose his share? If a father is angry at a son, is he allowed to use a device to disinherit him?

Buying a House with a Hidden Treasure

My student asked me the following. Shimon buys a house from Reuven at a normal price even though he knows (and Reuven does not) that there are many gold coins hidden in the attic walls. Is the sale valid? Why/Why not?

Electronic Communication before Davening

Is it permitted to email, WhatsApp, and use social media before davening?

Kriat Shema in a Whisper

As a speech therapist, I was wondering whether Kriat Shema can be done in a whisper. In a whisper, the z sound is produced as an s and the v sound is produced as a f (and all voiced sounds become devoiced). Scientifically, this is because the vocal chords do not vibrate when whispering. Doesnt one need vocalize to truly produce a zayin, vav, or any voiced sound, when saying Shema?

Who Lights Shabbat Candles Father or Daughter?

The last time my wife was away for Shabbat, my oldest daughter (under bat mitzva) wanted to light Shabbat candles instead of me. Can a minor daughter do so, and does she have precedence over me?
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