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I would think that the normal assumption for an employee discount would that it would be for the personal use of the employee and not for his friends and not for him to do business with. I am supported in this by this article about the Original Employee Discount. He quotes: “When you come [to work] in your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat the ...


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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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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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The Babylonian Talmud, in Tractate Chullin (24a), notes this contradiction in starting age and reconciles it by saying that Levites entered training at 25 and began to serve at 30. (From this we learn that if we don't see signs of progress with a student in 5 years, we don't expect him to succeed.) However, this restriction applied only to the mishkan, the ...


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"Shifting one's personal clock" and the like -- the example you gave was someone who finds himself in the wilderness and has no sense of what day it is -- the Talmud says he should start some sort of calendar and work with it. That's not applicable to the situation at hand, in which everyone agrees that it's now Friday January 31st 2014 and that sunset is at ...


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One keeps the sabbath — abstains from certain activities and tries to engage in holy pursuits — from sundown Friday to nighttime Saturday, irrespective of his ability to perform the sabbath ceremonies. Such abstentions and pursuits may be subject to your commanding officers' restrictions on you; consult a rabbi for specific questions as they ...


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Aruch HaShulchan Hilchos Shechita 1:25 says that one who is too involved in Chochmas Hanegina will not pay proper attention to the Halachos of Shechita


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According to R' Herschel Schachter, the designation of "your city" for this purpose is based on association, rather than geography. In an interview on the topic with Jewish Action magazine, he said: However, aniyei ircha does not refer to the poor people of your city literally. I live in Manhattan. Are all the poor people in New York considered my aniyei ...


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Since the question is asked based solely on Vayikra 11:8, the answer is (as quoted by Rashi there, but this is the generally accepted view) that there is no issue with touching them, except in connection with the Temple at the time of the holidays of Pesach, Sukkos and Shavuos (or any other time a Jew wanted to be there). and you shall not touch their ...


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Nitei Gavriel Hilchos Purim 2:8:13 mentions this in the name of Minhagei Vermasia 211 that on the 15th of Shevat the children would not go learn with their Rabbeim.


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It would seem from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (135:22) that they would need to eat in the Sukka. הַיוֹשְׁבִים בַּחֲנוּת, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהֵם דָּרִים חוּץ לָעִיר וְהַחֲנוּת הִיא בָּעִיר וּרְגִילִין כָּל הַשָׁנָה בְּרֹב פְּעָמִים לֶאֱכוֹל שָׁם בַּיּוֹם, מִכָּל מָקוֹם בַּסֻּכּוֹת חַיָבִים לֶאֱכוֹל בַּסֻּכָּה.‏ Obviously, this is only if they want to ...


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In my mind, I frame the issue as follows: There's a lot of bad information out there about why the Orthodox won't shake a woman's hand, e.g., they're "unclean", they're not good enough, etc. So the main 2 issues I try to address are, 1) Don't make the woman feel inferior, and 2) Don't make the woman become embarrassed. I have done things like have my hands ...


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This should answer your question: The custom of refraining from haircuts during the sheloshim is generally applied even to shaving, but there is some room to distinguish between them, because shaving (which is done daily) does not involve the festive nature of a haircut. In addition, it is possible that reasons of losing one’s parnasah will ...


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I really doubt it's a problem. Rabbi Stone of the OU has a "kashrut in the workplace" mp3 where he says that today, if you walk through the business district at 12:30pm on a Tuesday and see a non-kosher restaurant where several people with suits and briefcases are sitting around, and one of them is wearing a yarmulka, we assume he's having his kosher ...


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Interesting. I don't recall ever seeing this question raised when the poskim talk about not wearing a kippa, which would lead one to say it is not a problem. There are a couple of points to consider. First of all this would be what we call the viewer tricking himself, which is muttar. By that I mean the boss made an assumption on his own volition without ...


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Exodus 21:10 אִם אַחֶרֶת יִקַּח לוֹ שְׁאֵרָהּ כְּסוּתָהּ וְעֹנָתָהּ לֹא יִגְרָע If he takes another [wife] for himself, he shall not diminish her sustenance, her clothing, or her marital relations. This law is commonly known as שאר כסות ועונה.


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There is a famous story in which R' Chaim Volozhener had his collector purchase a new, more high-class carriage for his collection rounds, in order to increase the image of the Yeshiva and encourage higher donations. A certain donor said he could not donate. When R' Chaim heard of it, he went to the man's home and asked him why he didn't donate. The man ...


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The answer would depend on what is considered acceptable in the community where you are collecting. If the average collector got e.g. 25% than you would have to inform the giver if you were to take more. If the prevailing attitude is that any percentage is OK as long as it meets the requirements described in the link you provided than that would be OK too. ...


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The Sabba of Novardok in his sefer madregas haadom has a lengthy chapter on the idea of bitachon. He brings it down as a machlokes between the ramban and the chovos halevavos regarding what hitadlus a person should take. The ramban is of the opinion that no hishtadlus is necessary, so long as a person has bitachon even zero hishtadlus will yeild results. ...



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