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Dear Rabbi, can the letter het ח be pronounced KH? For example: "Ḥizkiyya" "Menaḥem" "Yoḥanan" Can we pronounce "Ḥizkiyya" "Menaḥem" "Yoḥanan" as: Hizkiyya, Menahem, Yohanan and not as Khizkiyya, Menakhem, Yokhanan? Can we ever pronounce the letter het ח as h and not KH?
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Dear Rabbi, according to Jewish law is there an obligation to obey all traffic laws without exception? For example, is a pedestrian permitted to cross on a red light when it is clear that no vehicles are approaching?

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The Gemara in Berachos 44a says the following: Chiya bar Abba said in the name of R Yochanan: Any meal without a soup ( שריף ) is not a meal. First question: what kind of soup is meant by שריף ? I bought a case of borscht to be mekayim this mitzva with the least bother for my wife (to serve cold right out of the bottle). But I was told that the שריף must be hot. Second question: Is it a requirement of a seudas mitzvah to have soup? I was told that there is no such mitzvah because it's not brought down in the halacha sforim (at least the ones this person looked at). On the other hand I heard from others that at many weddings they do serve soup because of this Gemara. Third question: In general, isn't the Gemara the foundation for halacha? If a Gemara says to do something, why isn't that the halacha - if there is no dispute within the Gemara and if the commentators are silent on the matter?