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When we visited my grandmother recently I noticed she had a small colorful box at the entrance for putting coins into for charity. Does this box have a name? Is it a common thing to have? Thanks.
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I am trying to debunk what I think is a myth. When a person coverts to another faith, thus renouncing Judaism, does the family respond as if they had died? Do they have a funeral and no longer consider the person "alive" to them?

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Hello. I have a few questions to ask: 1) I'm an Orthodox person, yet I do have a non-Jewish Vietnamese friend (purely platonic). My question is; Is it permissible for her to hold the Havdala candle while I make Havdala? Also, can she drink from the Havdala wine (and Kiddush wine / Challa)? 2) Netilat- yadayim after the toilet - only after the hands were dried, is that correct? 3) If I'm having a shower and I happen to soap my feet - my hands will have "Tumah" on them - can I do netilat-yadayim while undressed in the shower first (without a beracha of course), so that I can than scrub the rest of my body with soap? And do I need to dry my hands after the netilat-yadayim, before continuing to soap the rest of my body? 4) If I eat a fruit, for example an orange and say the beracha 'borei pri haetz', and than open the fridge and decide to eat an apple, and after a few minutes I eat a pear - do I need to say 'bore pri haetz' on each fruit separately, even tho they are all fruit and the beracha is the same?    

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Hi Rabbi, I know that we get light from the moon at night by its reflecting the sun’s light, but is there any special message we learn from the moon’s existence? What I mean is that I assume we could manage without it. Thanks.
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Shalom, I am a Kohen. After Shabbat I went to visit a neighbor’s house for the first time. While I was there I noticed a cabinet with photos of a woman and a card with her name, photo and year of birth and death. I walked right by it to the dining room. At the time I thought absolutely nothing of it. There were so many other things on my mind and it passed my innocent mind. Later I overheard another friend of mine being told to stop bouncing a ball in the residence. He was told: “Oh you shouldn’t bounce balls nearby the altar!” It became clear to me that cabinet with the photos was turned into a type of altar and shrine to her. This seems wrong to me. Especially as a Kohen. I have never had this happen to me and I had no clue what to do. I want to do the right thing and not lie to myself or turn a blind eye. Rabbi, how should I view this situation?    
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