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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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In this week's parsha, Re’eh, Moses tell us we may neither add to nor subtract from God's law as contained in the Torah or else we are certainly cursed so how can we carry on as good Jews when society itself has evolved, in certain respects, beyond the circumstances that gave rise to some of these laws?
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Two questions: (1)With regard to the mitzvah of shooing away the mother bird and taking her eggs, the reward for which is longevity, is it true that if the nest is on one's own property, it is not eligible for the completion of this mitzvah because it is on one's private property rather than in the public domain? (2) So if a nest with eggs appears several times on one's property and because the reward is longevity just like with honoring one's parents, is it possible that the Divine message within the repeat occurrence could possibly be to remember to honor one's own parents? Seems like a likely connection since Hashem communicates with us always. Please elaborate on this, if you will, in terms of this particular mitzvah and its relationship to longevity. Thank you so much.
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