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Maintaining a Possibly Grafted Tree

I bought property with a nectarine tree and do not know if it is grafted. What do I do with it?

Nichum Aveilim on Yom Tov and Chol Hamoed

Can nichum aveilim be done on Yom Tov and Chol Hamoed?

Shehecheyanu on Shofar on Second Day

Why is it that at Kiddush on the second night of Rosh Hashana we require a new fruit in order to make Shehecheyanu but say Shehecheyanu before shofar-blowing of the second day without help?

When to Cut the Challa?

Does one fulfill lechem mishneh if the bread is cut, or the matza is broken, prior to the completion of the beracha?

Reflecting on a Socio-Religious Trend

I ask myself What religious trends have I been noticing, both through questions received and by observation, and what is our reaction toward them?

Calling a Kohen Who is a Katan

We sometimes have only one adult kohen and his son, who is under bar mitzva, doing Birkat Kohanim. In that case, should we call out Kohanim?

Improper Table Manners?

I was at the home of very fine friends, who have a few-weeks-old baby. Soon before the meal, they put a changing pad down on the dining room table and changed the baby. I didnt say anything, but I (like most would) found it distasteful. Is it also halachically forbidden, and should I say something?

Animal Experimentation

I am working for a medical researcher, and a lot of it includes experimentation on rodents. Lets just say that these animals lives are not always pleasant. Is this permitted, or is it tzaar baalei chayim (causing pain to animals)? How should I feel about my involvement?

Sending Packages on Shabbat or Yom Tov

I often send packages with UPS. May I have them do a pick up on Shabbat or Yom Tov, when everything was done from beforehand, and they take it without my involvement?

Whose Minhag About Being Chazan Should an Avel Follow

I was in an (Ashkenazi) shul on Rosh Chodesh morning, when a visitor who is an avel asked if he could be chazan for Shacharit or whether there were other avelim. The gabbai said that there were no other avelim but that normally avelim are not chazanim on Rosh Chodesh. The avel said that he received a psak to serve as chazan, which he proceeded to do until Hallel. Was that the right course of action?
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