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Learning in a Cemetery

I work in a cemetery on upkeep in the area of the graves. May I listen to Torah shiurim with earphones on site?

How Many Challot to Take Home?

My neighbor works in a bakery, and when they have a lot of unsold challot, he often takes home dozens of them and encourages people at Maariv of Shabbat to come take as many as possible. I took what I thought I might use but not what I knew would go straight into the freezer because I thought it was hachana (preparation for after Shabbat). Is that correct?

When to Top the Bagel?

At a brit, I said Hamotzi on a bagel, and after taking a bite, put on cream cheese and lox. A friend corrected me, claiming that Halacha requires that the first bite, which connects to the beracha, should be done when it is in its optimal form, so that after the beracha, one should cut open the bagel, put on the toppings, and then eat. Could that be?

Birkat Kohanim by Non-Kohanim

Is it clear that a non-kohen (=zar) may bless his children or others with the blessings of Birkat Kohanim (=BK)?

The Logic Behind Marit Ayin

I dont see consistency in how marit ayin is applied. There are cases that are forbidden where the likelihood of mistake seems remote, while cases I view as more problematic are permitted. Can you explain why that is?

Throwing Out Leftovers

It pains me to throw out leftovers. Often, after a few days, it is clear that no one will eat any more (although they are still edible), and my family wants me to throw them out. We asked a rabbi, who told us to put them in a bag

Baruch Hu Uvaruch Shemo in Zimun

It is unclear to me whether one is supposed to say Baruch hu uvaruch shemo at the end of zimun and if so, who is supposed to recite it. What is proper?

Automatic Commerce in Cryptocurrency on Shabbat

I joined a stock exchange for crypto coins, in which I can buy and sell, and have a linked service that enables me to create bots to find and carry out deals 24/7, according to parameters I set. If I do not shut it off for Shabbat (which is easy), it will almost certainly find profitable trades. May I let the bots run on Shabbat?

Adding Salt to Hot Food on Shabbat

In our home, the health concerns of some and the taste concerns of others clash in regard to salt in our food. If I cook with less salt, may people add salt to their soup or cholent on Shabbat?

Giving Maaser Years Later

Over the years, I have received cash gifts for birthdays, bar mitzva, etc. and never gave maaser kesafim (=mk) from them. I would like to do so now but do not remember the exact amounts I received. What should I do?
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