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Lighting Candles when Staying at Anothers House

I am traveling to the US on Chanuka; my wife will be staying home. When I will be staying with family and/or friends, can/should I light there regularly?

Making Sure your Check Is Cashed

I owed someone (=Reuven) 2,000 NIS, and he asked to give him an open check (i.e., payee left open), which he would give to someone else (=Shimon). I do not know whom or why. A couple of months have gone by, and the check has not been cashed. I believe that if Reuven, with whom I have a great relationship, had lost it, he would have told me. Assuming he already got his value from it, must I find out why Shimon has not cashed it, remind him, and/or replace the check, or, after paying my debt to Reuvens satisfaction, Shimon is not my concern?

Paying a Babysitter for Work on Shabbat

We need a babysitter for a few hours on Shabbat. Is there a problem paying her for Shabbat work?

Mezuza for a Storage Room

I am moving into an apartment and want to know whether the storage room (in the buildings basement) requires a mezuza.

Correcting Praise about Rain

At a time of year when we do not mention rain in Shemoneh Esreis second beracha, the chazan started saying Mashiv haruach People called out to him morid hatal, and right after he said hagashem, he added morid hatal and continued. Was that valid?

Sharing Kaddish in a Mourners House

I am saying Kaddish and recently went to a shiva house for tefilla. After I said a Kaddish with the aveilim, someone told me only the aveil(im) in shiva may do so in a shiva house. Is he right?

Mothers Name for Prayers for Ill Convert

I asked a friend who needs tefillot for her health what her name is for such purposes, and she answered, Shira bat Avraham Avinu. I knew she was a convert but wondered if this is the correct formula, as usually we use the mothers name.

Taking Over as Chazan after Yishtabach

I was supposed to take over as chazan at Yishtabach, but I absentmindedly said Yishtabach quietly as the previous chazan was finishing Az Yashir. I quickly asked him to say Yishtabach and Chatzi Kaddish, after which I took over. Was this appropriate?

Traveling to a Place without a Sukka

Is it proper to go on a trip to a place where one does not know that he will have access to a sukka?

Does Pruzbol Ruin the Ability to Fulfill Shemittat Kesafim?

My community has a project that in our pruzbol (=prz a mechanism to obviate shemittat kesafim (=sk)), one excludes a loan given through a gemach, upon which we fulfill the mitzva of sk (voiding loans at the end of Shemitta). Why cant the prz apply to everything, and I still fulfill the mitzva by voluntarily waiving my right to payment of the loan of my choice?
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