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Stealing by Accident?

If one accidentally took and used a friends similar coat, is he considered a ganav (thief)? Is he obligated to pay kefel (double)? Must he pay the owner if something happens to it (onsin)? [The querier then presented sources he found about geneiva bshogeg (unintentional theft).] How can there be geneiva bshogeg considering one needs intention to acquire something?

The Need for a Mechitza Without a Minyan

Is there a need for a mechitza between men and women when there is no minyan?

Hachnasat Sefer Torah on Chol Hamoed

I have strong reasons to make a hachnasat sefer Torah on Chol Hamoed. Is it permitted to do so?

Methods of Receiving Pay for Work on Shabbat

I work at a local shuls youth department on Shabbat. They occasionally have activities during the week (e.g., Purim, Sukkot, Tu BShvat). Some of my co-workers believe that one of the intentions for these activities is to solve the problem of paying us for work on Shabbat (schar Shabbat). I am skeptical for two reasons. First, would that work, considering that there are several months when we get paid without any such activities. Secondly, arent there better solutions than that?

Ranking Mishloach Manot Stringencies

I have heard so many opinions about mishloach manot requirements (enough for a meal, different berachot, cooked food, etc.). Which are necessary?

Women Hearing Parashat Zachor

It is not always easy for me (a woman) to make it to shul to hear Parashat Zachor. How much of an effort must I make?

Standing for Parents in our Times

Most people do not stand up when their parents enter the room. Is this due to the opinion that it is enough to stand for them once in the morning and at night?

Beracha on Pureed Vegetable Soup

I read your recent response about the beracha on the broth of vegetable soup. Is the halacha any different for pureed vegetable soup?

Beracha on a Newly Renovated Home

If I did major renovations in my home, do I recite Shehecheyanu on it?

Using a Shabbat Clock for an Urn

My hot water urn has a Shabbat setting, in which the water is heated at a constant level and the switch for boiling the water is disabled. The socket where I plug it in is on a Shabbat clock that is off at night. When it goes on in the morning, the water that has become cold heats back up. Is that permitted?
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