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Lighting Candles When One Needs to Leave the House

My husband and I were going away for Shabbat, walking to a different side of the neighborhood to eat with relatives and sleep at a neighbors empty home. We left late, so we knew we would not make it in time to light at our destination. What should we have done about Shabbat candles?

Timtum Halev Part II

Is there timtum halev [approximately, spiritual pollution of the heart] when one ingests non-kosher food in a halachically valid manner, e.g., based on bitul (nullification)?

Timtum Halev Part I

Is there timtum halev [approximately, spiritual pollution of the heart] when one ingests non-kosher food in a halachically valid manner, e.g., based on bitul (nullification)?

Why Not Use an Eiruv?

Why would someone not trust an eiruv constructed under respectable rabbis supervision?

Partial Reneging on Hiring

I am self-employed in a service providing field. The Cohens hired me two months in advance for a block of time at high season. I told them I needed to know exactly when I was needed, and as a result I did not put out the word I was available for that time. Soon before I was supposed to start working, they told me they were cutting back to a fraction of the time. Do I have a financial claim against them? While a learned person told me I can get two thirds of the projected salary, I want to hear from a Rav who adjudicates financial matters.

Waiting Between the Beracha and the Kriat Hatorah

In my shul (I am the rav), it is often too noisy to start laining right after the beracha. (How long/) may we delay the beginning of the aliya?

Whose Responsibility is it to Make a Proper Fence?

The house we are renting has a somewhat elevated (up to a meter in some places) mirpeset (balcony), with just a 50 cm (20 inch) fence (maakeh) around it. We do not want to invest money in a house we do not own. It is our obligation to fix the maakeh or the landlords? If it is his obligation, can we use that mirpeset, or is it still forbidden until it is fixed? If it is our obligation, can we simply decide to not use the balcony or would it require blocking off?

Reciting Aleinu Along with the Tzibbur

If I am in the midst of davening and the tzibbur is up to Aleinu, should I stop what I am doing and recite it along with them?

Leaving Eretz Yisrael for a Trip

May one leave Israel for a short trip to, for example, enjoy Hashems creations that can be seen abroad?

How to Tell When Your Tefillin Need Adjustment

How can one tell when his tefillin shel rosh needs adjustment?
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