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When to Make Up Psukei Dzimra

Someone in shul did something I see as strange. He came late, skipped to Yishtabach when the tzibbur got up to it, but then was making up few psukim of Psukei Dzimra at each of the pauses in Birchot Kriat Shema and during chazarat hashatz (we barely had a minyan, and it was unclear to me how often he was answering amen). Is that the right way to do things?

Receiving Credit Card Benefit on Purchase for Someone Else

Reuven paid for Shimons plane ticket using his credit card and was to be reimbursed. Is it considered that Reuven lent money to Shimon, so that if Reuven receives more than he gave because of credit card points he earned, it is ribbit (forbidden usury)? Also, who deserves to get the points, i.e., should Reuven credit Shimon for his gain?

Joining a Shushan Purim Seuda

At my Purim seuda this year (Friday, in Yerushalayim), I will be hosting my children from outside the city. Are there any limitations on their participation considering that it is Erev Shabbat?

Tefillin on a Semi-Permanent Toupee

My balding at a young age is having a major effect on my dating and my self-image. I am considering getting a toupee that is glued down to the scalp, which lasts for 3-6 months. Would I have a problem of a chatzitza (separation from the body) for my tefillin?

Leaving Money for Tzedaka in a Will

How much could or should one leave in a will for tzedaka before dividing the rest among the children?

Finishing Time for Mincha

Am I correct that lchatchila, it is proper to start Mincha early enough to finish before shekiah? If so, what are the key sources on the matter?

Use of Salad Slicers on Shabbat

May I use a salad slicer (approximately, a hand-operated food processor) on Shabbat?

Doubt Whether you Recited Birkat HaTorah

I usually recite Birkat HaTorah on the way to shul. This morning, I was mentally preoccupied, and I have reason to suspect I did not say it. I thought of this when I came home and asked my wife, who had not yet recited it, to do so with me answering Amen. Did that cover my obligation?

Approach to Kidney Donation

Is it a requirement, a proper thing, or an improperly exaggerated act of chesed to donate a kidney to someone with whom the only connection is that you both are Jews?

Is Raising Children a Mitzva? part II

Is it a mitzva to care for ones own children: feeding, changing diapers, getting them to bed, etc.? If so, what is the source? Does it apply equally to men and women? If it is not a mitzva, wouldn't any mitzva take precedence over such activities?
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