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Shortening Blowing of Teruah to Conform to Tekia

The makree (person who supervises) signals me (a baal tokeia) to stop my set of teruot earlier than I want, out of a concern that if I blow more than 9 teruot, the shevarim-teruah may exceed the tekia. I wasnt taught that is a problem. Is it?

Tallit and Tefillin During Selichot

I say selichot before my normal Shacharit minyan. Should I put on my tallit and tefillin before Selichot?

Kohen Seeking a Minyan With an Additional Kohen

At one of the minyanim I attend, I am often the only kohen. Considering that lowers the level of Birkat Kohanim (=BK), should I avoid davening there?

Shortening Psukei Dzimra to Catch Up

I have noticed in a few shuls that a minority of the tzibbur starts Shemoneh Esrei (=SE) together and many people who come in a few minutes late do not try to catch up. Isnt it correct to skip parts of Psukei Dzimra (=PDZ) in such a case?

Making Berachot on the Animals in a Zoo

To date I have not made berachot on animals I have seen in the zoo, but it seems from sifrei halacha that one should. Should I start doing so, and, if so, what are the basic rules?

Going to the Courts Where There Is No Beit Din

I am a lawyer in a country with a small Jewish population, in which when we need a din Torah, we fly someone in from another country. A Jew who is suing another Jew asked me to represent him, and the dispute is on a modest amount of money, which is less than the cost of bringing a beit din. May we sue in non-Jewish courts?

Eating Contests

Please state your opinion on whether eating contests violate any prohibitions such as bal tashchit? (I am a reporter writing an article.) Is there a difference between contests of volume (e.g., tens of hot dogs in ten minutes) and of speed (e.g., eating three hot dogs fastest)?

Pay for Cancelled Summer Camps

During Operation Tzuk Eitan, when summer camps were cancelled because campsites were not missile-proof, do the parents have to pay anyway? Does it make a difference if they already paid? [We answered this question during the fighting, but the halachic and moral concepts can be applied even after its hopefully successful conclusion.]

Restrictions of Motzaei Tisha BAv

What restrictions of Tisha BAv/Nine Days exist after Tisha BAv and until when?

Is a Professional Believed About the Time He Put In

I sent my computer to a technician to repair serious problems. He was unwilling to tell me his charge in advance, claiming it depended on how long it would take him, to which he would not commit. After fixing the computer, he charged me what I consider an exorbitant price. I am not sure I trust him on how much work he put in. Must I pay without making an issue of it?
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