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An Agent Showing a House on Shabbat

Asked by an American rabbi: A congregant of mine is trying to sell his house. His non-Jewish real estate agent suggested doing an open house on Shabbat, a good time for many buyers. If the owner goes away for Shabbat, may he do that?

Mistake in Beracha on Delayed Laying of Tefillin part II

I was at home with a weak stomach and decided it would be halachically prudent to put on my tefillin for a shortened period (from after Yishtabach through Shemoneh Esrei). After I fastened the tefillin shel yad, I realized that the beracha I had recited was not the one for tefillin but that I had instinctively said Yotzer Ohr. I continued davening with just the shel yad until the next semi-break, Yotzer Hameorot, at which point I put on the shel rosh. Was that correct?

Mistake in Beracha on Delayed Laying of Tefillin part I

I was at home with a weak stomach and decided it would be halachically prudent to put on my tefillin for a shortened period (from after Yishtabach through Shemoneh Esrei). After I fastened the tefillin shel yad, I realized that the beracha I had recited was not the one for tefillin but that I had instinctively said Yotzer Ohr. I continued davening with just the shel yad until the next semi-break, Yotzer Hameorot, at which point I put on the shel rosh and the hand wrappings. Was that correct, and what should I have recited when?

Birkat Kohanim in a Shiva House

I was surprised to find, in a shiva minyan, an avel who did Birkat Kohanim. I didnt know whether to tell him that I had never seen this before. Was it okay that he did so?

Interrupting Shabbat Meal for Shema/Sefira

When we make early Shabbat, is it better, when nighttime falls, to recite Kriat Shema and sefirat haomer during the meal or to wait until after the meal?

Disposing of Tea Light Leftovers

I read that one should not throw directly into the garbage mitzva-related objects. Should I wrap in plastic the leftover shell and wax residue from tea light Shabbat candles?

A Minor Doing the Concluding Barchu

At Maariv, a boy under bar mitzvah recited Kaddish Yatom. When he finished, people told him to say Barchu as well. Was that proper? If not, should I have answered?

Mechayei Hameitim after Long Separation

I will soon see my son-in-law after a more than two year Corona-forced separation. We have been in frequent contact and have seen each other often on Zoom. Should I say the beracha, mechayei hameitim (Who brings the dead to life)?

Mistakes in Kiddush of Yom Tov that Falls on Shabbat

I sometimes get confused in the Kiddush of Yom Tov that falls on Shabbat. What does one do if he did not say all of the correct elements?

Folded Over Matza

I have heard that it is a problem if part of a matza is folded over (matza kefula). How much of a problem is this, and what do I do about it?
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