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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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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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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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Your question asks if buying a lottery ticket is some form of questioning Gd's ability to help you through "normal" means. This would imply that you believe that buying a lottery ticket is NOT a normal means of acquiring money. I would like to question that assumption. It is true, that most people do not win money from the lottery. And that would make ...


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Rabbi Shnuer Zalman of Liadi (author of Shulchan Aruch Harav) writes in Tanya Chapter 8 (English translation/commentary from here) that it is permitted to learn secular topics in order to secure a livelihood: וכן העוסק בחכמות אומות העולם בכלל דברים בטלים יחשב לענין עון ביטול תורה, כמו שכתוב בהלכות תלמוד תורה...אלא אם כן עושה אותן קרדום לחתוך בהן, דהיינו ...


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Rambam is explicit and passionate on this topic (Hilchot Talmud Torah 3:10) . . . NO!!!!: "Anyone who decides to be engaged in Torah [study] and not to work, and will be supported by Tzedaqa - this person desecrates God's name (Chillel et Hashem), degrades the Torah, extinguishes the light of our faith, brings evil upon himself and forfeits life in Olam ...


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Rabbi Yishmael says in Menachot (99b) that one cannot learn "Greek Wisdom" because it would take away time from learning Torah and the passuk says " לא ימוש ספר התורה הזה מפיך". However, the Gemara in Berachot 35b discusses this passuk, and while R. Shimon b. Yochai says one should not work, R. Yishmael says it is something one should do as it says "ואספת ...


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It seems from Shu"t Kapei Aharon (Siman 52, first column on page 55b of linked edition- paragraph that starts with ואם), which was written by הרב אהרן הלוי אפשטיין, that one may not practice playing musical instruments during the mourning period of Sefirat HaOmer. (Hacham Ovadia quotes him in Yechave Da'at 1:45.) Perhaps this is only according to those who ...


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It depends on what degree you keep Kosher. I, for one, will not eat meat outside the house but am fine with salads and fish, etc. If that's the case, just eat something light and enjoy your time with people, eat later. If you keep completely Kosher, perhaps you could suggest a Kosher restaurant to meet at. At that point, if they refuse to make do, it's ...



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