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Lateral Position of Tefillin Shel Rosh part II

Must the tefillin shel rosh be exactly in the middle of the head, to the extent that some people spend several seconds fixing it in front of a mirror?

Lateral Position of Tefillin Shel Rosh part I

Must the tefillin shel rosh be exactly in the middle of the head, to the extent that some people spend several seconds adjusting it in front of a mirror?

Backing Out of a Bad Purchase a Little Late?

[Adapted from part of a din Torah.] Reuven sold his car to Shimon (who paid immediately) and was to give the car to Shimon a week later. When Shimon received the car, the air conditioning was not working. Reuven apologized and said that his garage had promised to fix it already and that they would do so within a few days. Shimon wanted to back out, but Reuven refused to return the money, and they started exploring dispute resolution venues. In the meantime, Shimon used the car. After 16 days and aggravation for Shimon, it was fixed. Even though the car now works well enough, Shimon still wants his money back. Does he have a right?

Zimun for a Sephardi, an Ashkenazi, and a Katan

I am Ashkenazi. I was eating with a Sephardi and a katan (under bar mitzva). Were we supposed to do a zimun?

Vigilante Neighbor

Teenagers have been congregating in front of my apartment building, making noise, dropping cups and cigarette butts in our garden, etc. Many of them sit on the wall between our property and the sidewalk. One of my neighbors has begun to smear machine oil, to damage the clothes of the wall-sitters and thus discourage their activity. Most of the buildings residents think this is too harsh. Is our neighbor permitted to act this way? May we demand that he stop?

Chasing after a Child during Kedusha

: I often shadow a young boy with special needs at my local shul on Shabbat. This boy does not stay still and moves quickly and goes in and out of shul, where his father is davening. Although I daven earlier, I have the problem of not always being able to stand still during Kedusha, as I have to run after him so he does not get hurt, etc. Recently, I was scolded by an older man for this. Despite my explanation of the situation, he said that one must stay still during Kedusha even in the face of mortal danger. What does Halacha have to say about this situation?

Ushering in an Avel after Sunset of Shabbat

You wrote in Bemareh Habazak (IX:94) that an avel may enter shul once shekia (sunset) has passed, even before the end of Kabbalat Shabbat. Should we say that, similarly after shekia, the shul should not welcome an avel by saying Hamakom yenachem ?

Selling Food Supplements Online

I sell a wide variety of food supplements and health products in an online business. I buy products from manufacturers and store them in a warehouse, from which we ship an order. Our clientele are a broad population in the US, which will certainly include a minority of Jews. People will not know that a frum Jew owns the business and rely on us that the food is kosher. Must the products be kosher? (I can send pictures of each products label for your approval.)

Leaving a Client with Half the Bill

A real estate agent (=Shimon) tried to interest my friend (=Reuven) in a project and suggested that they meet over a meal to discuss it. After each ordered a meal and the discussion proceeded, Shimon realized the deal would not materialize. When the waiter brought the bill, Shimon paid only for his own meal. Reuven was annoyed, as he believes it is customary for an agent who invites a potential client to pay. Shimon argued that he never said he was treating and the halacha is that even if one invites someone to his home and does not explicitly tell the guest their meal is free can charge for it (Rama, Choshen Mishpat 246:17). Who is right?

Answering Amen to a Beracha You Do Not Believe in

If someone from Israel (who does not recite Baruch Hashem lolam [=bHlo]) is abroad (where they do recite it), I understand that he does not recite it but does answer amen in deference to the tzibburs minhag. Considering that he views the beracha as not called for, isnt it a hefsek between birchot Kriat Shema and Shemoneh Esrei. Similarly, should one who does not put on tefillin on Chol Hamoed say amen to the beracha of one who is doing so?
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