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Orach Chaim 104:7 & Aruch Hahulchan 104:13 say that one who is in middle of Shemona Esrei when the Chazan reaches Kedusha should remain quiet and listen to the Chazan recite the Kedusha and it is as if he responded.


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The above answer is excellent. One thing many shuls provide are shiurim (classes) on various subjects, and this another excellent way to meet a friendly group of people. If your neighborhood has a JCC, this can be another means to meet people. Besides classes, many have sports, art, or other activities. Volunteering on a Jewish project is another way. My ...


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See the Tosfos Rid in Maseches Kiddushin 42b: התוס' רי"ד: "יש מקשים, אם כן לכל דבר מצוה יועיל השליח, ויאמר אדם לחברו: שב בסוכה עבורי, הנח תפילין עבורי! ולאו מילתא היא, שהמצוה שחייבו המקום לעשות בגופו האיך ייפטר הוא על ידי שלוחו והוא לא יעשה כלום, בודאי בקידושין ובגירושין מהני כי הוא המגרש ולא השליח, שכותב בגט אנא פלוני פטרית פלונית, וכן נמי ...


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I see this in Tosfot Yebamot 103a: Gemara says: אמר רבי יוחנן שבע בעילות בעל אותו רשע באותו היום שנאמר {שופטים ה-כז} בין רגליה כרע נפל שכב בין רגליה כרע נפל באשר כרע שם נפל שדוד והא קא מתהניא מעבירה אמר רבי יוחנן משום ר''ש בן יוחי כל טובתן של רשעים רעה היא אצל צדיקים ‏ Rabbi Johanan Said: That profligate had seven sexual connections on that ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein (Igrot Moshe YD 4:61:4) ruled they should not split up because of BeRov Am, and all the more so in a case where the extra group would not be in a Shul or even a room without a Torah scroll. Rav Chaim Kanievsky (Gam Ani Odekha (Shonim) 3:34) says it is better in your situation not to split up into multiple Minyanim. Rav Yehuda Herzl ...


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The punishment for an individual not performing the mitzvahs of milah and korbon Pesach which are מצוות עשה are kares כרת as found at the end of פרשת לך לך and in פרשת בא. If the mitzvah was not incumbent on the individual it would not be appropriate to have any punishment.


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Shul is a great place to develop long-lasting friendships, but try to find a shul that has people in your age group. If you live in a community where there aren't a lot of options, maybe look into relocating. As for wondering if having close friends is a non-Jewish pastime... Yes and no. As frum jews, our lives are so caught up with raising our large ...


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You can often find an Orthodox community in the same way that Orthodox Jews often find them when traveling in places where they have no connections: by Googling for them! A Google search for "Orthodox Synagogue " will often be sufficient for finding the Orthodox community in a particular city. Once you have found a synagogue that looks good to you, start ...


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There may be other practices out there, and it's confusing to learn the responses of another nusach, but Rav Moshe Feinstein's position was that anything communal and out-loud -- including the kedusha response -- should follow the kehilla's nusach.


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There are 2 issues here: 1. Walking out We learn in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch סימן כג - קצת דיני קריאת ספר תורה that one may not walk out during Krias HaTorah. For a great need one may leave when the Torah is not being actually read. סעיף ח': כֵּיוָן שֶׁהִתְחִיל הַקּוֹרֵא לִקְרֹת, אָסוּר לְכָל הַקָּהָל לְדַבֵּר, אֲפִלּוּ בְּדִבְרֵי תּוֹרָה, ...


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Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe stating not to skip Pesukei DeZimrah even if you are late.


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I just looked up the Ateret Paz which Hacham Gabriel cited and he does not say that you have to answer. He brings a citation from Salmat Chaim who ultimately rules that you don't have to answer.


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I heard in the name of Rav Moshe Feinstein and the Chazon Ish that even if you don't start shemoneh esray with the tzibbur, as long as you start while there are still the quorum davening, it is considered tefillah b'tzibur. You can say al netilas yadayim, birchas hatorah, and elokay neshoma, boruch sheomar, ashrei and yishtabach, and then yotzer ohr.(...


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Consider the story where a group of people who were tamei come to Moshe complaining that they're going to miss bringing the Pesach offering (Bamidbar 9). Moshe doesn't tell them, "Don't worry, most of the people are bringing it, and you can be doing other mitzvos"; he asks Hashem and gets an answer that they will indeed have the chance to bring that offering ...


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A possible answer is that back when we had prophecy, the prophet would tell each person which mitzvah asei was incumbent upon them to fulfill personally due to their spiritual source and bodily nature. After the loss of prophecy and ruach hakodesh, we have no way of knowing which mitzvah is in tune with our being and which is in tune with someone else's, so ...


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The Torah says, "Do not place a stumbling block before the blind." It also commands to distance oneself from falsehood. It sounds like in your scenario, the parents have an understanding that the ability for their children to go to the school is secure, and they are trusting that there isn't a doubt about that by virtue of not looking to put their kids into ...


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Since the shaliach tzibor is the representative of the group, he should do whatever is the custom of that shul. If the Rav is present, he is presumed to be the authoritative source of the will of the group. There are some shuls where the Rav has decided that, since some will not come if there is any delay (since their arrival time at work would thus be ...



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