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Is there any issue with hosting a community event on a Saturday? We have an opportunity for the Southern Poverty Law Center to speak at our synagogue on the topic of "Hate and Intolerance In Our Community." A Saturday is the only day available.

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I have noticed the custom that when ladies light candles Friday afternoon they wave their hands in front of their eyes before they cover their eyes. What is the reason and source of this custom to wave before making the blessing? Thanking the Rabbi in advance.
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Shalom Rabbi My daughter goes to religious school. She went for Shabbaton for girls from her class. One of the girls accidentally turned the cold on in the house in their room to very cold temp. My daughter got sick at night. The teacher at the house knew the room is cold and did nothing because it was Shabbat. I don't want to get in the middle of this as a parent at school without having an independent opinion. What is Halachically right to do? Kids come to your house. You are Shomer Shabbat. You know kids are cold and in danger for their health, and there is a temperature meter. What are you supposed to do? Call a non-Jew? If one is not available, then what?   Many thanks. Warm regards Chaim

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Matrilineal descent: If a mother is Jewish, then her child is Jewish. Patrilineal descent: That determines whether a person is Kohen, Levi, or Yisrael (Israel). Correct? What happens if the father is Israel and the mother is a bat Kohen (daughter of a Kohen)?