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Davening for a Friend on Shabbat

I regularly daven that my friend will find a shidduch. May I do so, mentioning her name, on Shabbat?

Taking Out a Sefer Torah for a Child to See

Taking Out a Sefer Torah for a Child to See

Simchat Torah for those Not Completing the Torah Reading

Hopefully, I/we will be able to make it to shul for Simchat Torah (=ST), but I and many others will not be finishing up the Torah reading, as we missed a few weeks when our shul was closed. Does this effect our ability to celebrate ST, halachically or experientially?

Corona Policies and Clarifications for Yom Kippur

We will review some practical issues for Yom Kippur that are likely to come up this year, in the shadow of Corona. Although local rabbis will address many of them and public policy may change, we assume our discussion will be helpful.

100 Blasts for the Homebound

Because I am in the at-risk population, I will not go to shul for Rosh Hashana. I know how to blow shofar. Should I blow for myself 30 kolot, as is usually done for those who cannot make it to shul, or is it better to do 100? If the latter, should I do 31-60 during Mussaf and the rest later, or all later?

Backing Out of a Pledge to a Jewish School

May one to decide not to go through with his donation pledge to a Jewish school? If so, must he take steps such as hatarat nedarim?

Trapping and Releasing on Shabbat

A couple of weeks ago, we saw a mouse in the house and put out a cage trap. A mouse was trapped last Shabbat. Because we felt bad for the mouse, we took it (on Shabbat) to an isolated area and let it out. Did we violate anything by trapping the mouse on Shabbat, or by letting it out (like some melachot that come in pairs, like tying and untying)? Was the cage muktzeh and, if yes, did tzaar baalei chayim justify taking it out?

How to Detemine when Paying on Time Is

I live in New York, but often people in Israel do work for me, which they send me via computer. How do I calculate my deadline to pay them and fulfill the mitzva to pay on time based on my time-zone or my workers?

Women Passing through an Outdoor Minyan

We have an outdoor Corona minyan outside the entrance of my building. Some men stand in locations that make it impossible to enter or exit the building without entering someones four amot. I (a woman) avoid passing by during davening, but to take my son to his school van, I go before Shemoneh Esrei. Last week, I felt compelled to pass by during Shemoneh Esrei and return during chazarat hashatz. Was that permissible?

How Does the Chazan Act During Modim DRabbanan?

I have seen some chazanim wait, during their Modim, at lolam vaed for the tzibbur to finish Modim DRabanan. That seems to make the most sense, so everyone can hear all of Modim. Should everyone be doing that?
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