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Announcements before Shemoneh Esrei of Maariv

I thought that at Maariv of Rosh Chodesh (or other times there is something new to say), the gabbai calls out Yaaleh VYavo (=YVY) before Shemoneh Esrei. But in many shuls, someone just bangs. Which way is correct?

Bar Metzra

I want to soon sell my semi-detached house, which, as is common, is officially owned by the Jewish Agency and rented by me. Do the halachot of giving precedence to buy to adjacent property owners (bar metzra) apply in my case? If yes: does the owner of the other half of my building take precedence over the neighbor from an adjacent building? Do I have to allow my neighbors bargain with me? If they decline at my asking price and someone else bargains me down, do I have to return to the neighbors with that price?

When my family has seuda shlishit before shekia (sunset), I join them. The amount I eat varies, but I do not like to have a full meal with bread. May

When my family has seuda shlishit before shekia (sunset), I join them. The amount I eat varies, but I do not like to have a full meal with bread. May I continue eating after shekia?

Walking in Israel

What are the parameters of the idea that every 4 amot one walks in Eretz Yisrael is a mitzva? Is it only to new places? Does one have to walk on foot?

The Nature of the Fulfillment of the Mitzva of Mezuza

I will be moving into a home that already has mezuzot. If I just leave them there, do I fulfill the mitzva of mezuza, or must I remove and/or replace them? In general, when/how does one fulfill the mitzva: by affixing them, by having them in the house, by kissing them, or by thinking about them?

Tying Up the Arba Minim on Yom Tov

Last year, I forgot to prepare the arbaa minim before Yom Tov and just put them in the koysheklach without tying anything. If this happens again, what can and should I do to prepare them on Yom Tov?

Tosefet Yom Kippur

When and how should one accept Yom Kippur?

Giving an Envelope on Shabbat to Use for Donations

It is the practice in some shuls to give a self-addressed envelope to one who gets an aliya to mail his pledge after Shabbat. Is the envelope muktzeh?

Interrupting the Meal to Recite Kriat Shema

When I make Shabbat early, I make a break in the meal to recite Kriat Shema when its time comes. Recently, a guest told me that this is not only unnecessary but one is called a hedyot (a moderately derogatory term) for doing so. Should I change my practice?

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?
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