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A Kohen Becoming Right-Handed

I am a left-handed kohen. In anticipation of the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash, realizing that a left-handed kohen cannot do avoda (service), I want to train myself to be right-handed. Is there anything I need to know?

Getting a Sponge Wet on Shabbat

I keep my sponge (the type one may not use on Shabbat) hanging from a hook near the sink; when the faucet is on, some water generally splashes onto the sponge. May I leave the sponge there for Shabbat?

A Mistake in the Beracha Acharona on Wine

After Havdala, I recited quietly the beracha acharona on grape juice by heart, and finished it aloud for my family to answer Amen. I was caught off guard when my wife alerted me to the fact that I mistakenly finished off al haaretz val peiroteha (instead of al haaretz val pri gafnah). I do not know if my mistake was only on the last line (I knew the beracha was for grape juice, and I am usually proficient at berachot.) Should I have redone the beracha?

When to Say Haneirot Halalu

When do we say Haneirot Halalu (=Hnhl), when one person lights and when several light?

Whose Pronunciation Should the Oleh Use?

In my shul, the functionaries do the havara (custom of pronunciation) as they like. This week, the baal korei (=bk) did Sephardi/Israeli, while I did the berachot of my aliya in Ashkenazis. When reading the kriah along with him, should I have been using my havara or his?

Pikuach Nefesh Principles, part II Public Pikuach Nefesh

Introduction: These days, the precious need to save lives is on our minds. We will now present some of the halachic and practical underpinnings of the laws that pikuach nefesh (saving a life) takes precedence over almost all of the Torahs mitzvot and prohibitions. Now we look at the distinction between public and private pikuach nefesh decisions and contemplate some ramifications, especially regarding Shabbat.

Halachic Principles of Pikuach Nefesh

Introduction: Over the past few weeks, we have on our minds the precious need to save lives, including by pushing off Shabbat to enable this. We will now present some of the halachic and practical underpinnings of the laws that pikuach nefesh (saving a life) takes precedence over almost all of the Torahs mitzvot and prohibitions.

Unicycles on Shabbat

Is it permitted to use a unicycle on Shabbat?

Forgetting Rtzei at Seuda Shlishit

I was not sure if during Birkat Hamazon (=BHMZ) after seuda shlishit, I said Rtzei Vhachalitzenu or not. Should I have repeated BHMZ?

Switching the Location of a Mezuza

I noticed that a storage room jointly owned by several residents of our apartment building in Jerusalem does not have a mezuza. I bought a mezuza myself, and because it is nicer than some of those in my home, I thought of taking the new one for myself and moving one of my apartments mezuzot to the storage room. Is there any problem doing that?
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