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Different Drinks for Kiddush

If I do not want to drink wine/grape juice, may I use other drinks for Kiddush?

Using Hot Water on Shabbat

May I use my hot water on Shabbat since I have the boiler on a timer to go on every morning before I wake up? (My hands are arthritic; in the winter it is hard to wash with cold water.) If this arrangement is unacceptable, please suggest a permitted one.

Beracha on Hearing Aids

I am excited to be getting hearing aids, which will improve my quality of life greatly, so that it deserves a Shehecheyanu. Considering that my family will find it easier to speak to me, should I recite Hatov Vhameitiv?

Returning to a Gemach Newer Medicines than One Received

I used a local medicine gemach, which prefers receiving replacement medicine but also allows giving back with money. The pills they gave me were slightly past expiration (they said it was okay for immediate use). While not wanting to be difficult, isnt it ribbit to give back either (new) pills or their monetary value, considering that expired medicine is worth less than normal?

Bikur Cholim by Electronic Means

Does one fulfill the mitzva of bikur cholim by visiting a sick person (choleh) by electronic means?

Hagomel for One Who Became Bar Mitzva after Flight

Our family will be going to Israel for our sons bar mitzva. We will arrive a few hours before he becomes halachically bar mitzva, and the next morning, he will get his aliya. Should he recite Hagomel after his aliya?

Giving Away Orla Fruit

I have a tree in its second year, so that its fruit is orla. Can I suggest to my non-Jewish worker to take it?

Men Lighting Early in Yerushalayim

Should single men in Yerushalayim light 40 minutes before sunset like women do?

A Harmless Lie?

Kids in camp often ask counselors when color war will be, and they often respond that they dont know, when they actually do. Does this violate the prohibition of

Challenge with Monetary Prize

As fun motivation, several friends are pooling 180 NIS each, which we will give to the one who raises the most money for our shul. Is this forbidden gambling?
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