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Personal Requests on Shabbat

What types of requests are prohibited on Shabbat? Is davening for peace and tranquility in ones own words permitted?

Personal Thanks in Shemoneh Esrei

Following our grandchilds birth, I have been adding personal thanks to HaShem in Modim. Is it appropriate to do so on Shabbat?

The Time and Place for Netilat Lulav

Is it better to do netilat lulav (=nl) in the sukka before one goes to shul or during tefilla (before Hallel)?

White and Nice Clothes and Gold on Yom Kippur

Is it indeed proper to wear white clothes and not wear gold on Yom Kippur? Is there a difference between men and women? Should one wear or avoid nice clothes on Yom Kippur?

An Avel as a Chazan for Yamim Noraim

Is it permitted for an avel (mourner) to serve as a chazan for Yamim Noraim (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur)? Whose decision is it the shuls or the avels?

Finding a Discarded Aron Kodesh

I found a discarded wooden box, which someone who sold their apartment left outside a storage room. The neighbors want to throw it out. After opening it, I could tell it was used to store a small sefer Torah. What should to do with it?

Missing a Key Word from Al Hamichya

Unfortunately, I did not look at a siddur last night when reciting Al Hamichya. I made a couple mistakes along the way, and I remember specifically leaving out the words al haaretz in the chatimah (end part). Was I yotzeh?

Excluding a Son from Inheritance

Are there sins that would cause a son to automatically lose his share? If a father is angry at a son, is he allowed to use a device to disinherit him?

Buying a House with a Hidden Treasure

My student asked me the following. Shimon buys a house from Reuven at a normal price even though he knows (and Reuven does not) that there are many gold coins hidden in the attic walls. Is the sale valid? Why/Why not?

Electronic Communication before Davening

Is it permitted to email, WhatsApp, and use social media before davening?
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