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I drink some of my coffee from my travel mug before I leave my home. Then I continue to drink it in the car. Do I say borei nefashos prior to leaving the house and make a new brocha?

This issue is a bit of a controversy. According to Rav Moshe Feinstein, ztl, if you intended to take your drink with you or normally do so, no new berachos are required. [ED. Note: As we prepare to launch our new site, BJL will be partnering with the Star-K on Ask the Rabbi and Kashrus Questions. Rabbi Ari Storch is no longer answering these. This question has been answered by a Star-K Rabbi]

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Hoshana Rabba

The last intermediate day is Hoshana Rabba.  It is the custom to stay up the preceding night  and study Torah as laid out in the prayer book,  this is because on the festival we are judged on the water,  and all the life of man depends on water.  This day is the last day of the festival  and everything goes after the sealing (of judgement).  In the morning we increase slightly the lights in the synagogue  like (we do) on Yom Kippur.  The Reader wears the Kittel (white robe),  we say1 ''For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David'' like on a festival  and also say2 ''A Psalm of thanksgiving'',  we do not say ''The breath of every living being'',  we say ''There is none like unto You''  (and) ''Hear O Israel'' as on a festival day  in the additional prayers Kedusha (we say) ''We will reverence'' (KSA 138:1)
1) Psalm 19
2) Psalm 100