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It depends on your boss and on local custom. If local custom generally accepts short personal business during work hours, and your boss never stipulated otherwise when you were hired, then it's OK. If local custom can't be determined, then you need to honestly assess whether your boss would mind. A posek once provided a rule of thumb: if the boss would ...


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A buffet-style standing meal, or wine-and-cheese mixer, or the like, in the office: Just don't eat. No one will notice, or, if anyone does, you can explain why you're not eating. (Presumably, if you work there for more than a short while, someone will eventually cotton on to the fact that you keep kosher anyway.) (Note: I don't see why it'd be impermissible ...


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Anecdotally, I've heard that it is common for shluchim, as one of their first acts upon arrival in a new community, to purchase burial plots for themselves - thus demonstrating that they intend to remain there for the rest of their lives. Most of them do in fact do so. One example is R' Yehuda Leib Raskin, shliach in Casablanca, Morocco, who passed away in ...


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It's not either/or but "both, and". Judaism has a system of rules, halacha, by which we are to live our lives. Halacha is not negotiable, so that might sound like "all or nothing". Instead, think of it as what you aspire to, even if it's not what you currently do, which is closer to "do what you can" (but not a free pass :-) ). As Dan noted, there are ...


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An employer is paying the premiums on an employee's insurance policy, which will then pay the medical expenses incurred by the employee committing a halachically-unacceptable act. With respect to "Lifnei Iver" or "placing a stumbling block before the blind," there are multiple mitigating factors: The prohibited act may never happen. The employee may never ...


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There are 5 main avenues for finding a job in Israel. 1. LinkedIn Many people in Israel use linkedIn and there are many Israel centric groups for all sorts of fields. (Mostly related to "white colar" jobs) There are few manual labor or blue collar jobs on LinkedIn but there are some. 2. NefeshB'Nefesh's Employment Resources These resources will help ...


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Judaism is indeed a religion with a large number of rules, but it is certainly not "all or nothing." On one hand, the mitzvot are not considered to be simply guidelines. They are strict rules that every Jew should be careful to follow. So, in your example, Judaism says that you should not go to work on Shabbat. We have faith that we will be able to care ...


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This is awkward, particularly if you have behaved differently in the past (so people who knew you then will be confused by the change). I would not send pre-emptive email; I don't think it will reduce the face-to-face confusion and it risks seeming to make a mountain out of a mole-hill. You're also going to be leaving early on Fridays, not eating the ...


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I was a paramedic for a long time. The one frum woman I knew who did this work wore a baseball cap with the EMS department LOGO on it as part of the "uniform". In the winter she wore a winter hat with the same logo. She had reletively short hair that all fit into the caps.


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There are a lot of factors involved, but starting with one of the more basic ones: Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 243:1ff) rules that if the store is known to belong to a Jew and that it's not the kind of business that is typically sublet to someone else, then it is indeed forbidden to have non-Jews work there on Shabbos, because then it becomes apparent that ...


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Firstly, I don't know of anyone who requires a kippa as opposed to some other head covering. So if at work he could wear a beret, hard-hat, baseball cap, coonskin cap, deerstalker, you name it, by all means do that. There's the issue of head coverings for praying; for making blessings; for eating; and then at all other times. Much of yarmulka as we know ...


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Having worked at a large University, and a consulting firm, I have yet to have any real issues. If you ask in advance, it is usually possible to get kosher food. It feels a bit odd, since it comes wrapped and looks different, but it is not that bad really. I have yet to find an instance where people give me a hard time about it. I am also big, ...


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You don't need to jump straight to declining the invitation. There might be things you can eat, and even if not you won't be impolite to the restaurant by joining a paying group. The key is to communicate clearly. You can explain to the person who invited you -- or, more likely, his administrative assistant -- that you would be delighted to come to the ...


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If you have a chance, listen to this fantastic lecture (mp3) by Rabbi Michael Broyde. He discusses, for instance, a lawyer who does very boring, standard real-estate contracts, but his employer is a "men's entertainment company." Inherently it's basically permissible; in most circumstances, it's questionable to what degree you're really facilitating ...


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First, as @Yirmeyahu commented above, there is no death penalty for "all sex outside marriage". There is a verse which states לֹא תִהְיֶה קְדֵשָׁה מִבְּנוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא יִהְיֶה קָדֵשׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, but that does not specify a death penalty of stoning. The prostitutes profession was irrelevant to the case. And it would not be a good society if ...


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The Rambam in הלכות דעות פרק ה says the following: כג: דרך בעלי דעה, שיקבע לו אדם מלאכה המפרנסת אותו תחילה, ואחר כך יקנה בית דירה, ואחר כך יישא אישה--שנאמר "מי האיש אשר נטע כרם, ולא חיללו . . . אשר בנה בית חדש . . . אשר אירש אישה" (ראה דברים כ,ה-ז) "The behavior of intelligent people is to first get [trained in] a job so he can support himself, then ...


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Shlichus, like described in the Gemara, means that one is sent on a mission and accepts to fulfill it. The Rebbe sent his emissaries out on their mission (and Shliach Oseh Shliach) to make this world a holier, more G-dly place and to usher in the final Redemption, Moshiach. This explains why Shluchim do not retire, leave their positions, or make Aliyah to ...


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I work at a job in sales where I deal with contracts and large amounts of money. I am also one of the few people on the team who are Jewish. My rav reasoned that due to the fact that some people are unhappy with the service we provide (and would immediately blame the fact that I was Jewish on their dissatisfaction) that wearing a kippah would cause a ...


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Per this article at ohr.edu there are 2 possibilities where one may cook meat with milk. One solution (which should only be done with the parents' permission) is that your daughter put the pot on the stove and supervise while one of the children lights the fire; or that she first light the fire and supervise while the child places the pot. By ...


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The difficulty you are experiencing comes about because according to the religious viewpoint, one who does not observe the commandments is a sinning Jew, but still a Jew. The Sages stated, "A Jew, even if he sins, is a Jew" Sanhedrin 44a. As Rabbi Yaakov Menken expresses it: A person who is born into the Jewish people, even a sincere convert who ...


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Don't forget that Kohelet said "For there isn't a righteous person on earth who does only good and never sins". Do as much as you can and always strive to do better. If not being able to keep Shabbat properly upsets you enough, you will find another job that enables you to keep Shabbat, and so on for all the rest. I heard once "How can a Tzaddik sin?" - and ...


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Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz discussed this in a tzedaka lecture; it's considered giving to charity, but at 90% the rate. If my legal work goes for $100/hr, and I did an extra hour of work, I'd make $100 of which I'd keep $90 and give $10 to tzedaka. So if instead I donate an hour of my legal work to charity, it's only $90 I'd be seeing in my wallet, hence if ...


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I'm thinking Lashon HaRa' and Hashavath Aveidah are probably among the two most prevalent sets of Halachoth that would require review. (Of course many other every day Halachoth would be relevant as well, but I'm considering those that might need to be refreshed.)


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The first thing I would do in that situation is to try to provide the halachic options. For example, in setting up the lunch, I would order in some kosher food and set up a separate table for it, making sure it's well-labelled. This might be enough to entice the people who don't keep kosher to eat the kosher food, because they didn't have to make special ...


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I don't know if I'd call it typical, but Rabbi Zalman Posner was sent to Nashville Tennessee by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe in 1949. He retired 53 years later, in 2002. It appears he still lives in Nashville, and continues to serve as Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Sherith Israel.


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What I heard from Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz is as follows: If I provide a charity with $100 worth of services (let's assume that the standard going rate, had they paid for these services, is $100), I can take $90 off my maaser kesafim (tithing of funds). Had I done the work for-fee, I would have made $100, of which $10 would have gone towards tzedaka and ...


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I'm not sure if this is an answer or a comment, since I don't actually know R' Yitzchok of Vorki's source. In a story published in Parshat Yitro of Shlomo Yosef Zevin's book, translated by Artscroll as "A Treasury of Chassidic Tales", a story that addresses this is brought. In short, R' Yitzchok of Vorki (before he became Rebbe) once said that "when one is ...


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I would say all the Halochos of Bain Odom L'Chavairo.


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Quoting from "Rubashkin Revenge: Ethical Certificates at Center of Dispute" (Jewish Journal, Los Angeles, July 25, 2012: Although the pushback against the Tav appears to be coming primarily, if not exclusively, from individuals affiliated with the Chabad Lubavitch movement, there is no evidence that any official encouragement came from Chabad, according ...



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