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Finishing Time for Mincha

Am I correct that lchatchila, it is proper to start Mincha early enough to finish before shekiah? If so, what are the key sources on the matter?

Use of Salad Slicers on Shabbat

May I use a salad slicer (approximately, a hand-operated food processor) on Shabbat?

Doubt Whether you Recited Birkat HaTorah

I usually recite Birkat HaTorah on the way to shul. This morning, I was mentally preoccupied, and I have reason to suspect I did not say it. I thought of this when I came home and asked my wife, who had not yet recited it, to do so with me answering Amen. Did that cover my obligation?

Approach to Kidney Donation

Is it a requirement, a proper thing, or an improperly exaggerated act of chesed to donate a kidney to someone with whom the only connection is that you both are Jews?

Is Raising Children a Mitzva? part II

Is it a mitzva to care for ones own children: feeding, changing diapers, getting them to bed, etc.? If so, what is the source? Does it apply equally to men and women? If it is not a mitzva, wouldn't any mitzva take precedence over such activities?

Is Raising Children a Mitzva? part I

Is it a mitzva to care for ones own children: feeding, changing diapers, getting them to bed, etc.? If so, what is the source? Does it apply equally to men and women? If it is not a mitzva, wouldn't any mitzva take precedence over such activities?

Where to Light on Motzaei Shabbat

My family will be at my parents house for Shabbat Chanuka and will be leaving there for home (an hour commute) relatively soon after Shabbat. Where should I light Chanuka candles?

Chazan Starting with Chazarat Hashatz

As we were finishing up silent Shemoneh Esrei, an avel came in and wanted to take over as chazan before doing silent Shemoneh Esrei. He davened until Kedusha and planned to continue silently. People told him to continue chazarat hashatz out loud. Was it possible to do this?

To What Does Havdala Relate?

This is more of a philosophical than halachic question, but is Havdala a mitzva of Shabbat or a mitzva of chol (weekday)?

Reliability Regarding Kashrut

Does one witness is believed in matters of issurin (what is religiously forbidden/permitted, including, kashrut) apply even if the witness has a personal interest, such as a store or restaurant? Does it apply to a woman? Must the person be a yareh shamayim? How is a mashgiach better than the owner if the business pays him?
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