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Restrictions on a Former Employee

A long-time rebbe at Yeshiva A left his job and now teaches at Yeshiva B, which caters to a similar population. May he approach Yeshiva A alumni, with whom he developed a relationship at Yeshiva A for assistance (money, ideas) in promoting his work at Yeshiva B? May he raise money for an NPO he formed personally? Do note that the rebbe had been unwilling to raise money for Yeshiva A when he worked for them. (The question is not intended to be used in deciding a dispute between the sides.)

Making Up a Skipped Beracha during Shemoneh Esrei

After Kedusha of chazarat hashatz, the chazan went to Rei vonyeinu instead of Ata chonen and finished the beracha before people succeeded to correct him. He went back to Ata chonen. When he got up to Rei voyneinu, he did not recite it, reasoning that it was incorrect to repeat it. Was he correct, and why?

Davening in Front of a Mirror

Is the prohibition against davening in front of a mirror or reflective glass a chumra or a serious halacha?

Sefarim under Seats

In our shul, the seats have drawers underneath them to store chumashim, siddurim, etc. Thus, we sit over these books. Is that allowed?

Moving Kugel into a Cholent Pot

May I take a kugel that was on a hot plate on Shabbat and put it into a cholent that is in a crock pot?

Donating a Sefer Torah to a Shul

People who own sifrei Torah often lend them to a shul. Is there any reason they cannot donate them (which can get them a tax credit)?

Reading before Going to Sleep

Is it permissible to read a book after the bedtime Shema/Hamapil? I like to read in bed before falling asleep, but I sometimes fall asleep and, if I have not said them beforehand, it is possible that I will sleep through the night without reciting them.

Short Mincha on Shabbat

In my community (I am the rabbi), we daven Mincha during the week without a separate chazarat hashatz (=heiche Kedusha) because of peoples busy schedules. In the winter, we have the practice of davening Mincha of Shabbat after the shul Kiddush following Musaf. Some congregants have requested that we do short Mincha, as their wives wait to go home with them. Is there any basis to allow this?

Shaming those who do Not Vaccinate

Is it permitted to publicly shame those that do not vaccinate their children for measles and put people in the community at risk in order to get them to vaccinate?

Interruptions during Hallel

Is it and/or under what conditions is it permitted to interrupt Hallel for matters of some importance?
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