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Animal Experimentation

I am working for a medical researcher, and a lot of it includes experimentation on rodents. Lets just say that these animals lives are not always pleasant. Is this permitted, or is it tzaar baalei chayim (causing pain to animals)? How should I feel about my involvement?

Sending Packages on Shabbat or Yom Tov

I often send packages with UPS. May I have them do a pick up on Shabbat or Yom Tov, when everything was done from beforehand, and they take it without my involvement?

Whose Minhag About Being Chazan Should an Avel Follow

I was in an (Ashkenazi) shul on Rosh Chodesh morning, when a visitor who is an avel asked if he could be chazan for Shacharit or whether there were other avelim. The gabbai said that there were no other avelim but that normally avelim are not chazanim on Rosh Chodesh. The avel said that he received a psak to serve as chazan, which he proceeded to do until Hallel. Was that the right course of action?

Halachic Consequences of Use of Medical Marijuana

After years of unsuccessful conventional treatment for debilitating pain, the medical marijuana my doctor has prescribed for me has proven more effective and with lesser side effects. My license is only for "leaves," not pills or oil. Obviously, I can't smoke on Shabbat, so I baked a batch of cannabis brownies to eat. These take effect about 90 minutes after ingestion. Can I eat one of these brownies before shul? If so, should I make Kiddush first? Also, can one do Birkat Kohanim while using medical marijuana (although it affects coordination briefly and I feel a bit drunk, I am not drunk, and it does not impair my thinking ability)?

Kabbalat Shabbat of Part of the Community

My community has a small minyan for Kabbalat Shabbat that accepts Shabbat early, and no second minyan (there is a larger minyan for the rest of Shabbat). Must I accept Shabbat at the time the early minyan does, which is sometimes difficult for me?

Stopping Kohen Before Second Aliya

The gabbai did not realize that a levi was present in shul and called on the kohen to have a second aliya. As the kohen was about to start, the levi made his presence known. Was the levi supposed to replace the kohen in that case?

Paying for Job One Thought Was Free

My childs friend (under bar mitzva) has joined my son in helping me with various chores and projects. He has asked many times if I will pay him and I say, No. I have never demanded him to help, although I appreciate it. Now he has come to me with the claim that I owe him money for all he has done. Could he have a halachic right, or may I just brush it off?

Nichum Aveilim by Phone and by Email

If it is difficult for me to do nichum aveilim in person, may I do it by phone or by email, and is one better than the other?

Berachot on Snacks and Drinks Throughout a House

When I am home for extended periods, I take snacks and drinks on no particular schedule, and I move from room to room and floor to floor. A similar situation exists at work, where I am based in one office but also go to other rooms. Should I make berachot each time I eat or drink?

Respect for the Elderly

Is one required to give special respect to an individual between 60 and 70 years old? I remember that one stands up only for those over 70.
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