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Tzarich Iyun: Leather and Fasting on Yom Kippur
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I. Wearing Leather Misconception: It is prohibited to wear leather items, such as a leather belt or yarmulke, on Yom Kippur and Tishah B’Av. Fact: Only leather shoes are prohibited on Yom Kippur and Tishah B’Av. One is permitted to wear belts, yarmulkes, jackets, or other items made from leather. Some authorities prohibit all “protective […]
Free Trial Period
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Q. In order to see if there is a good fit between my workplace and prospective workers, I offer to have them work a few days without pay. If the fit is good, I hire them. One worker who didn’t stay on is demanding pay, which I never offered. Do I have to pay him? […]
Tzarich Iyun: Sheva Berachot
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Misconception: A newly married bride and groom are required to participate in sheva berachot (festive meals) each day for seven days. Fact: There is no obligation to have festive meals during the week following a wedding celebration. However, if the chatan (groom) and kallah (bride) participate in a festive meal made in their honor in […]
Without Permission
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Q. A certain store overcharged me a substantial amount. I don’t have enough documentation to prove it. Can I right the wrong by finding a way to take merchandise with the value of their debt? A. The first route in redressing wrongs should always be to turn directly to the responsible party and make a […]
Conflict of Interest
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Q. Our synagogue needs to hire a contractor. I am both a member of the building committee that will choose a contractor and also a partner in one of the companies under consideration. Is it ethical for me to promote my own company in committee discussions? A. In your dual role as synagogue representative and […]