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Does a Chatan Daven with a Minyan?

I have heard that a chatan during the week of sheva berachot does not need to daven with a minyan. Is there anything to that, and what would the reason be?

Kashrut of a Tea Bag Holder

I have a porcelain tea bag holder (small saucer on which you put a tea bag after removing it from the tea). May I use it alternately for pareve tea served in both milchig (e.g., used for coffee with milk) and fleishig cups (e.g., used for chicken soup)?

Using Notes Taken on Shabbat or Yom Tov

I was asked by a talmid of mine who is in college, whether he can use notes taken on Shabbat or Yom Tov by a non-religious Jewish friend?

To Whom to Sell Ones Apartment?

My apartment is for sale, and the apartments present renter and my nephew are interested in buying it. Do laws of precedence apply here? If so, does it make a difference if someone offers more than others?

How Many People Together to Start Shemoneh Esrei? part II

I daven at a small minyan at which some people daven slower than the rest and others come late. We do not always have ten ready to start Shemoneh Esrei with the chazan. Should we wait for ten, or is six enough?

How Many People Together to Start Shemoneh Esrei? part I

I daven at a small minyan at which some people daven slower than the rest and others come late. We do not always have ten to start Shemoneh Esrei with the chazan. Should we wait for ten, or is six enough?

Place of Chanuka Candle Lighting at a Guesthouse

My extended family will be at a guesthouse for Shabbat of Chanuka. They have told us that we cannot light Chanuka candles in the rooms we will sleep in or our familys small, separate dining room, but in the main lobby with the rest of the guests. Can we fulfill the mitzva that way, or must we find an alternative?

Serving as Chazan on the Shabbat Before a Yahrtzeit

How important is it for someone to be chazan on the Shabbat before a yahrtzeit? Is it is just for parents, or also grandparents/in laws? Some people in my [the rabbi] shul feel that people use it as an excuse to grab the amud.

Dilemmas of Chazan for Shabbat Kedusha

I am a frequent chazan. Someone pleasantly set out at length [condensed here] his objections to the way I (like others) do Kedusha of Musaf. He argued that since the tzibbur now recites Kvodo malei olam, which introduces Baruch kvod, the chazan must not sing Kadosh in a way that encourages them to repeat it. He should start his tune with Kvodo, demonstrating that Kadosh and Kvodo are separate, and it is better if the chazan says Kadosh quietly. Is he right?

Refusing Permission to Take Unwanted Things

I am serving in the army, and I witness a lot of things being thrown out, whether it is food or other items that they no longer have use for. If I am confident that something is going to be thrown out, but it has not yet been done, can I take the item for myself in a manner that is against the rules? My understanding is that they object to people taking such food out of fear that someone will get sick from the food and sue. Regarding objects, I understand that if people get used to taking things that are about to be discarded, some will take certain things that are not really about to be discarded. However, if I am convinced that it is a time that they do not really want the items for themselves, is it forbidden to take them? Please provide sources to prove your point.
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