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Birkat HaMazon has full and short versions similar to Hallel and Half Hallel. For Half Hallel, entire verses 115:1-11 and 116:1-11 are eliminated. However, for Birkat HaMazon short version, parts of verses are eliminated, not entire verses. Why did they eliminate partial verses (i.e., words within verses) rather than entire verses? How did they decide what to eliminate in Birkat HaMazon? It makes it very difficult to compare the full vs the short versions.
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Dear Rabbi, If I child takes his parent’s car without permission and against the orders of his parents (thereby constituting theft), and then he drives it far enough that t’filat haderech must be recited, is he still required to recite t’filat haderech? Is there any vainness to this blessing since his travel itself is sinful? How about one who drives such a distance on Shabbat. Do they recite t’filat haderech, even though they are traveling in sin?

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I read that there’s a request to pray for an Israeli soldier who was recently critically wounded in a shooting attack. His name was given as Netanel Ilan ben Shaina Tzipora. I notice that his name mentions his mother’s name. Why is that so? Thanks.
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