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Fulfilling Kiddush from One Who Did Not Eat

If the person making Kiddush in shul does not eat after Kiddush, is his Kiddush valid?

Answering Amen to Hamakom Yenachem

Should a mourner (or others present) answer Amen to the words of consolation, Hamakom yenachem etchem btoch shear aveili Tzion vYerushalayim?

Reciting Kriat Shema at the Very End of its Time

My shul sometimes misses sof zman Kriat Shema (=szKS) by a few minutes. The rabbi instructs people to say the three parshiyot of Shema before davening, but I usually go ahead to make Kriat Shema on time and wait during the following beracha for the tzibbur to catch up. Is that an improvement and/or a perfect system?

Secrecy in Beit Din

[We received the following question from an official in Israels judicial system. Below is a free translation of our answer.] In Israeli government courts, records of the proceedings are open to the public, but the proceedings in arbitration courts (including batei din) are supposed to be private. Is there halachic basis for this distinction?

Kaddish Rights According to the Deceased or Mourners?

I am in the midst of the year of Kaddish/chazanut for a parent. Two brothers have been davening due to shloshim. After they finish shloshim, should we have a rotation of three or, considering that our recitations are to bring merit for the deceased, should I be chazan half the time? (We will not fight over it but would like to do the correct thing.)

Kriat HaTorah at Mincha

When it is not possible to get a minyan together for a weekday Shacharit, may we lain at Mincha?

Reheating Liquids on Shabbat

Regarding the prohibition to reheat liquid foods on Shabbat (in cases where there is not a problem due to returning food to a heat source), what constitutes a liquid?

Lying to Avoid Embarrassment

If someone asks you a tactless, unnecessary question, the answer to which is embarrassing, and refusing to answer is like admitting the truth, is it permitted to lie?

Sitting Next to Someone Who Is Davening on the Bus

I was sitting next to my wife on a bus, and she was davening. Was I was allowed to remain seated when she got up to Shemoneh Esrei?

When to Make a Beracha for Inheritance

The executor of my mothers will is starting to distribute funds. I saw in Pninei Halacha (online) that the beneficiaries should say Hatov Vhameitiv when they receive the funds. In our case, distribution will be piecemeal. When/how often should I recite the beracha?
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