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Reconciling Conflicting Kaddish Considerations

Every year, I am the one who says Kaddish for my mother-in-law (=mil) on her yahrtzeit. This year it falls out during the twelfth month of aveilut for my father, when one should not say Kaddish. How should I reconcile the conflict?

Visiting Egypt

I am considering sightseeing in Egypt. Need I be concerned with the Torahs prohibition of returning to Egypt?

Finding a Fruit with Kedushat Shviit

My wife shopped at a special kedushat shviit fruit distribution. A few hours later, I spotted on the walkway to our building (of seven apartments) a single fruit. I took it home and asked my wife, who said it made sense that it fell from her, but asked how we can know it is not from a neighbor who might have also bought. Do I have to put up a sign or ask neighbors (whom I trust) if it could be theirs? Is it more lenient because there is no ownership of kedushat shviit fruit?

Responsive Baby Bassinet

There is a special bassinet that provides motion and soothing noise and reacts to an infants crying by intensifying them. Is it permitted to use this bassinet on Shabbat, and if so, are there special instructions?

An Agent Showing a House on Shabbat

Asked by an American rabbi: A congregant of mine is trying to sell his house. His non-Jewish real estate agent suggested doing an open house on Shabbat, a good time for many buyers. If the owner goes away for Shabbat, may he do that?

Mistake in Beracha on Delayed Laying of Tefillin part II

I was at home with a weak stomach and decided it would be halachically prudent to put on my tefillin for a shortened period (from after Yishtabach through Shemoneh Esrei). After I fastened the tefillin shel yad, I realized that the beracha I had recited was not the one for tefillin but that I had instinctively said Yotzer Ohr. I continued davening with just the shel yad until the next semi-break, Yotzer Hameorot, at which point I put on the shel rosh. Was that correct?

Mistake in Beracha on Delayed Laying of Tefillin part I

I was at home with a weak stomach and decided it would be halachically prudent to put on my tefillin for a shortened period (from after Yishtabach through Shemoneh Esrei). After I fastened the tefillin shel yad, I realized that the beracha I had recited was not the one for tefillin but that I had instinctively said Yotzer Ohr. I continued davening with just the shel yad until the next semi-break, Yotzer Hameorot, at which point I put on the shel rosh and the hand wrappings. Was that correct, and what should I have recited when?

Birkat Kohanim in a Shiva House

I was surprised to find, in a shiva minyan, an avel who did Birkat Kohanim. I didnt know whether to tell him that I had never seen this before. Was it okay that he did so?

Interrupting Shabbat Meal for Shema/Sefira

When we make early Shabbat, is it better, when nighttime falls, to recite Kriat Shema and sefirat haomer during the meal or to wait until after the meal?

Disposing of Tea Light Leftovers

I read that one should not throw directly into the garbage mitzva-related objects. Should I wrap in plastic the leftover shell and wax residue from tea light Shabbat candles?
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