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Doing Kaddish After Lacking Full Participation

Can the final Kaddish DRabbanan at the end of tefilla be said when there is a minyan only when counting people who are not reciting Pitum Haketoret (e.g., busy taking off their tefillin)? Also, is it proper for one to say Kaddish D'Rabbanan or Kaddish Yatom along with others in shul when they did not participate in the learning session or tefilla after which the Kaddish is being said?

Language in Which to Recite the Haggada

At our seder, there will be a wide range in Hebrew proficiency and understanding of the Haggadas texts. What language should we use to read the Haggada?

Effect of Wrong Type of Bitul Chametz

What are the consequences if, after bedikat chametz, one recited the daytime bitul chametz?

Paying Earlier than the Payment Plan Prescribed

My company pays suppliers with payment plans we work out in advance with each one. Occasionally, a supplier calls with a request that we pay earlier than already agreed in exchange for a cash purchase discount we work out. (By cash, we include checks and debit cards the point is that payment is not delayed). Is this like a regular permitted business discount, which is permitted, or is this discount a case of ribbit?

Dividing Megillat Esther Among Readers

Is it proper to divide the reading of Megillat Esther among multiple baalei kriah?

Ribbit in a Loan from an Irrevocable Trust Fund

My father set up an irrevocable trust fund with my three sisters, brother, and I as beneficiaries. A specialized company (probably not Jewish, although our trust is handled by Jews) serves as trustee. I borrowed money interest-free from the fund to buy a house, but it is unlikely I will have to return the loan, as what I received will probably end up counting as most of the money coming to me. I want to turn the loan into interest paying, so that I will, for the sake of my siblings part, compensate the fund for the missing appreciation because I took the money. Is this a violation of ribbit? If so, may I use a heter iska to make it permitted, and with whom would I do it?

Husband Accepting Shabbat with his Wife

My wife generally lights candles 15 minutes before sunset, in keeping with our communitys practice. I generally cease melacha then, as do she and our two little children. Sometimes, due to work, I can make it home only by sunset, not candle lighting time. May my wife light at the usual time or should she wait for me? I am afraid that my small children, who are used to my not doing melacha after my wife lights, will be confused.

A Rabbis Approach to Monetary Problem Solving

[We present a summary of a conversation with a new community rabbi who sought our help in handling a monetary dispute between two congregants. The specific dispute and solution are not the focus of this presentation.] The scope of the dispute, between people who need to interact with each other regularly, is approximately 2-3,000 shekels. I was reluctant to accept responsibility for the matter, because I do not want to create resentment with congregants and because I do not specialize in monetary halacha. However, they want me, specifically, to handle it, and a rabbinical mentor told me I have no choice. So far, each side has told me their side separately; I have not met with them together. I think each one of them is trying to be honest, but each views the situation, on technical and legal grounds, differently.

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)?
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