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Support Of Sechach

Question: May one support kosher sechach in a sukkah by placing it on a davar she’mekabel tumah, an item that can receive impurity (i.e., metal)?

Standing And Sitting For Kiddush On Sukkot

Question: Should a person recite kiddush standing or sitting on Sukkot? If he stands, should he sit down after saying the berachah of leshev ba’sukkah or remain standing?

Music During The Nine Days (Part II)

Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

Music During The Nine Days (Part I)

Question: Is it prohibited to listen to music in the privacy of one’s home (or car) during the Nine Days?

A Unique Iranian Custom

Question: It is known that some sephardim generally arrive at a simcha a few hours subsequent to the time noted on the invitation. Is there any logic behind this custom?

Tzitzit, Tefillin, And Women

Question: Why don’t women wear tzitzit and tefillin?

An Almost Successful Baal Teshuvah

Question: Someone tried to observe Shabbat but could not hold out from violating its laws in the latter part of the day. Does he receive a reward for the amount of Shabbat he observed? Or is reward based on the principle of “all or nothing”? In other words, does Shabbat observance require a total commitment such that partial observance is comparable to not observing Shabbat altogether?

Celebrating A Bar Mitzvah

Question: Why do we celebrate when a boy becomes bar mitzvah?

Seudah Shlishit Before Yom Tov

Question: Whenever a yom tov starts on Sunday (like this year), synagogues generally forego their Seudah Shlishit, eaten after Minchah on Shabbat. But why? If one is supposed to eat a third meal every Shabbos, why skip it if a yom tov starts that night?

Lighting Yom Tov Candles

Question: When should women light yom tov candles?

After The Amidah

Question: At the conclusion of the Amidah, should the chazzan say “Yiyu leratzon imrei fi… – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable before you, G-d, my Rock and Redeemer”?

A Silver Atarah On A Talit

Question: I have heard that some halachic authorities disapprove of placing a silver atarah on a talit. Is this true?

Praying For The Sick

Question: During Kriat HaTorah, many congregations recite a general prayer for ill people. What is the source of this custom? Also, in many congregations, instead of the gabbai announcing each name, all of the shul’s members are asked to silently say the name of the ill person to themselves while the gabbai remains quiet for several moments. Is this proper?

Coming To Shul To Think

Question: If a person has a number of personal concerns that need to be thought out and analyzed, can he go to shul to do this?

Eating Matzah Before Pesach

Question: What is the basis of the custom to refrain from eating matzah for a period of time before Pesach?

Calculating The Day

Question: If someone passes away on one day but is buried the next day, when does the son stop saying Kaddish and when should he observe the yahrzeit – 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of death or 11 and 12 months, respectively, after the day of burial?

Requests Or Demands? (Part II)

Question: When we pray, are we requesting or demanding that God fulfill our wishes?

Shaking Hands With Women (Part II)

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

Halacha and…Shaking Hands (Part I)

Question: Is there any halachic rationale for men to shake hands with women?

Obligating Oneself To Perform Mitzvot

Question: Should a person try to observe mitzvot he is technically exempt from performing?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part III)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

The Limits Of Chinuch (Part II)

Question: Are there limitations to the mitzvah of chinuch?

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