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Q: Putting parents with mental issues in nursing homes

KirkHalachically speaking, one is obligated to honor parents. My question is, if a parent happens to have a serious mental health defect (such as say Alzheimer’s syndrome), is it permissible to put them in an institution like a nursing home? I don’t know if this constitutes a violation of the positiv...

 
 
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5:57 AM
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Q: Halachic aspects of relocating an established minyan

mweissAre there any halachic implications of relocating an established minyan? Here is a specific example that might help clarify my question: Suppose there is a small community that normally has Shabbat mincha and maariv at their synagogue every week. One week a member decides to invite the community...

 
 
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7:07 AM
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Q: What does שכם mean

Curious YidWhere does the name שכם come from? What exactly does it mean? I believe that names in the tanach are symbolic of qualities of whoever is that name, so what does שכם mean in relation to the person? Being “Ben chamor” is obviously a diss as him acting out like an animal, but what’s the first part o...

 
 
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8:39 AM
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Q: Why was Yoseph sold to Ishmaelites and then Midianites, rather than Midianites and then Ishmaelites?

BenyaminThe following question and translations are courtesy of Studies in Bereshit by Nechama Leibowitz. In Parshat Vayeshev, some pesukim suggest that Yoseph was sold by his brothers to Midianites, and others to Ishmaelites. The Ishmaelites are mentioned first ("Behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites...") fo...

 
 
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11:44 AM
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Q: Is betting on board games/chess gambling

KirkIf someone makes a bet on something like chess or a board game, (we’ll include some types of card games as well), does that count as gambling in Halacha? Gambling (between Jews) is prohibited de-rabbanan, but does that only apply to chance-based gambling? Or are competition games included? Source...

 

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