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Mezuza for a Balcony

Summary after follow-up questions: The apartment we are moving into has an open balcony (mirpeset), accessed only by our living room, whose main functions are taking in the air, sun, and view, and presumably for kids to play. (It is not for a sukka because most of it is covered by a neighbors mirpeset.) Its dimensions are 4.3 meters X 1.2 meters. Does it require a mezuza and if so, on which side?

The Power of Vinegar

I made pareve cucumber salad in a fleishig eino ben yomo (not used in 24 hours) container. About an hour later, I used a milchig serving spoon, which then stayed in it for about a half hour. What are the halachic statuses of all of the elements involved?

Counting Sefira Somewhat Early

My shul davens Mincha right before sunset and Maariv right after it. During the sefira period, may I rely on sefirat haomer done at that time?

Unwanted Return of Money

I remembered an old joke and wondered about its halachic implications. Reuven and Shimon walk down the street. Out of the darkness comes a thug brandishing a gun, ordering, Give me your wallets! Shimon takes out fifty dollars and gives it to Reuven, saying: Here is that fifty dollars I owe you. What does Halacha say about this case?

How Many Kzeitim and Why?

I have heard that the mitzva of eating matza was supposed to be to eat one kzayit but that it became a mitzva to eat five kzeitim. Is that true, and if so, how and why is that?

Eating Matza for Health Reasons in Nisan

I now eat matza throughout the year as a replacement for bread as a big part of reducing salt intake, on doctors orders. My family minhag I have always kept is to suspend eating matza from Rosh Chodesh Nisan. May I continue to eat matza until erev Pesach?

Purim on Motzaei Shabbat

What should we know about the transition from Shabbat to Purim this year (outside Yerushalayim)?

Hamotzi and Birkat Hamazon on Mezonot

I understand that if one eats a sufficient amount of food whose beracha is Mezonot (=mezonot), he recites Hamotzi and Birkat Hamazon (=BHM) on it. Do bread and mezonot combine to comprise the required amount when each separately lacks a shiur? How about different types of mezonot, e.g., cake and oatmeal?

Moral Culpability for Unintentional Actions on Shabbat

My coordination, balance, and eyesight have deteriorated. Despite my best efforts, not infrequently on Shabbat I bump into and move muktzeh items in my small apartment. Are my accidental movements of muktzeh violations of Shabbat? If they are, I wonder about the following sad scene. A person who passionately kept Shabbat all his life suffers a fatal heart attack on Shabbat and, in the process, falls and breaks something. Was his last action a desecration of Shabbat?

Baruch Shem at the Wrong Time

Putting on tefillin, I (an Ashkenazi), after reciting lhaniach tefillin and fastening the shel yad, recited Baruch shem kvod malchuto lolam vaed (=bskmlv) instead of after putting on the shel rosh. What should I have done at that point?
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