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I go to college and lived with a gentile roommate last semester, and I wish I had someone as considerate; but, let's get started. Obviously make sure to be considerate on Shabbat by leaving the bathroom light on and avoiding any sort of problem that must be solved by breaking one of the Shabbat rules. For example, don't leave something of importance that she ...


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The Rambam writes (Hilchot Kilaim 1:4) אין אסור משום כלאי זרעים, אלא זרעים הראויין למאכל אדם; אבל עשבים המרים, וכיוצא בהן מן העיקרין שאינן ראויין אלא לרפואה, וכיוצא בהן--אין בהן משום כלאי זרעים.‏ The prohibition of Kilei Zeraim (mixed seeds) only applies to seeds [of plants] which are human food. Bitter herbs and other herbs which are only used for ...


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(I found all these sources in Nit'ei Gavriel on Aveilus ch. 32 footnote 1.) A "Chanukas HaBayis" is an old custom first mentioned (though not by name) in the midrash (Tanchuma Bereishis 2 et. al.). The Radak (Shorashim, חנך) writes that "it is a minhag to have a meal and happiness at the first eating that they eat in the new house." The Maharshal (Yam ...


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Check out the Nefesh B'Nefesh Community Database which lets you search according to a number of criteria. Off the top of my head (and if you're sure Ramat Beit Shemesh is out), from the information you give you might want to look into Yad Binyamin, Modiin, Moshav Matisyahu, Nof Ayalon, Efrat/Alon Shvut/Neve Daniel


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I happened to have been reading the part of the Talmud (Tractate Pesachim) just yesterday where it discusses the issue of chametz (leaven) owned by a non-Jew who rents a residence (even a room) in the home of a Jew. There are three source mitzvot in the Torah that are of concern here (I'm eliding them): "…yet on the first day you shall remove leaven from ...


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However if you have two separate entrances to the home (like a front door and side door) how do you determine where the entry of the room truly is? Other doors don't matter; you evaluate mezuzah placement at each door independently. For each doorway, apply the rules given in this answer, which boil down to considerations of traffic flow, which room is ...


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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 240:4 (The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of R' Ganzfried (150:5) quotes him verbatim, and I'm quoting the translation of the Kitzur by R' Eliyahu Touger): It is forbidden to look at a woman's genitalia. Any person who looks at a woman's genitalia has no shame and violates the charge [Micha 6:8] "Walk modestly with your God." Going ...


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According to (unattributed?) notes in the Soncino edition, "closed" doesn't necessarily mean entirely sealed. Here's what they've got: First the text: Abaye said to Rabbah, Something which supports you was taught: A closed house has four cubits; if one had broken open its door-frame, it does not receive four cubits.7 A closed house [room] does not ...


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One option is Ramat Bet Shemesh. It might also be quite expensive by now, but the newer projects might be in your ballpark. It is very diverse and has TONS of English-speaking people. There is also an English-speaking community in Moshav Matityahu. There are also more "Modern Orthodox" English-speaking communities in Efrat, Maale Adumim, and to a lesser ...


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IIRC it's the text shmiras shabbos kehilchasa that allows you to use an ordinary plunger -- but not a professional-grade one -- to plunge a clogged toilet even on shabbos. So you'd certainly be allowed to do so on Chol HaMoed. As for using a professional-grade plunger ... I don't have a source.


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My understanding is this: The ideal is to publicize the miracle to people outside. (However, Lubavitch custom varies.) This is accomplished by placing the m'nora just outside an outside door, or just inside a door or window so it is visible from the outside. However, as noted in the question, visibility is restricted to twenty amos up, so this doesn't work ...


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While I am not a rabbi, the general rule is that you don't flat out ignore a mitzvah unless there is some actual danger involved. If it is the mezuzah you are worried about, there are -- as has already been mentioned -- ways to protect them. You can get waterproof mezuzah cases in either metal or plastic. As a sofer, I don't recommend the aluminum ones for ...


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The kitchen (#4) combines 1, 2, and 3 as a de-facto eruv chatzerois. (Same for the other side.) See: http://www.yna.edu/archive/s_ask58e-04.html and http://belogski.blogspot.com/2007/07/carrying-on-shabbat-in-hotels-and.html People who live around a courtyard and all eat at one table, even if each has his own house, do not need a Eruv, because they are ...



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