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Expand Article # 1819 Love and Donít Leave the Ger
Q. Is there a mitzvah to mekarev a ger who has lapsed in observance the same way that there is a mitzvah to mekarev someone born Jewish?

A. Once a ger underwent a proper Halacha accepted gerus, he is considered to be a Jewish person fo ....


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Expand Article # 1818 A Family That Swims Together?
Q. Assuming the women of the family are wearing modest swimsuits, such that they are similar to a dress and the sleeves cover until the elbow and knee; may a family, two parents and children, swim together?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlit ....


Posted 8/14/2018 4:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1817 Game Is Up
Q. (See question above). If not, should one pay good money to attend a game and watch the unusual players personally, so he can recite the bracha?

A. On question 550, on there being an ďinyanĒ or worthwhile purpose in visiting a zoo and ....


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Expand Article # 1816 Real Blessings
Q. Do you say this bracha (meshane habrios, see question 1816 above) when watching a match on a screen?

A. On question 1712 regarding reciting the blessing of birchas hailonos on flowering trees, we wrote; Ateres Paz (p. 224) quotes Hora ....


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Expand Article # 1815 How Big is Big?
Q. Mishna Berura (225: 20) writes that you make the bracha of meshane habriot (who created assorted creatures) when you see an extremely tall or heavy person. How tall and heavy do they have to be? How about a very tall basket ball player or very he ....


Posted 8/10/2018 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1814 For Dear Life
Q. A woman on her third month of pregnancy developed cancer (lo aleinu), she refuses to be given chemo or radiation treatment, since it can harm the baby she carries. Is that halachically correct? Should she be advised to accept treatment and save h ....


Posted 8/7/2018 2:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1813 The Spitting Image
Q. I recently heard that if someone is late, he can wash his hands for davening by spitting on them, (based on a recent daf hayomi) is that true? Does it mean that if you are in the middle of shemonesrei and you clean a dripping nose with your ha ....


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Expand Article # 1812 You're Not in Hot Water
Q. May I request hot water from a stewardess on a flight?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that the most conceivable problematic issue is kashrus, since often the hot water will be served via a metal water kettle or server ....


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Expand Article #1811 Wash and Pray?
Q. (See question 1810 above) If one ate a bread sandwich while in the lake and close to the shore. (he washed his hands netilas yodaim, by being tovel them in the water), should he bench while inside the lake since exiting would be considered shinui ....


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Expand Article # 1810 Testing the Waters
Q. I was swimming on a late afternoon across a lake. I misjudged how long the swim will take and was cought far from the shore (about half an hour) when the shekiah was about to begin. Since I'm careful to daven always before the shekiah, I stopped ....


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Expand Article # 1809 A Time To Dance?
Some questions in regards to Tisha Beav this year (on Shabbos).
Q. If the minhag of your shul is to dance during Kabbolas Shabbos, should you also do it this time? (in the past, we danced, but some claimed it is not correct).



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Expand Article # 1808 Let The Music Begin
Q. On the night after the end of Tisha Beav (when Tisha Beav falls on Shabbos) I know we can't eat meat yet until the morning, but can you already listen to music?

A. Shoshanas Yisroel (Ben Hametzorim 15: 12: n. 331) maintains that you ....


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Expand Article # 1807 Fast After Fast Heal
Q. Someone that canít fast even on the night of Tisha Beav, should he say havdala immediately, or wait until he has to take his medicine with some food?
Thank you so much.

A. Shaarei Teshuva (556: 1) quoting Knesses Hagedola ma ....


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Expand Article # 1806 A Mixed Blessing
Q. During shaleshudes (whenTisha Beav falls on Shabbos), in our shul we stop eating five minutes before the shkia, but we continue with zemiros and divrei Torah. Do we better bench immediately using a kos, or do we wait until later before maariv an ....


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Expand Article # 1805 Serving Mitzvos or Feeding Klippos?
Q. Kvod Harav. When someone finds himself in a compromising situation where he is likely to transgress an issur and he canít get away, such as traveling in a packed subway or car being surrounded by people talking lashon horaa, or as you quote ....


Posted 8/1/2018 1:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1804 Stop At Nothing
Q. I'm learning the MB (Mishna Berura) 104:5, sif katan 17 where it discusses; where in the Amidah to re-start if you made a hefsek (stop or interruption) of a certain length. It seems that there are 3 lengths of hefsek discussed. 1) If the hefse ....


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Expand Article # 1803 Tzitzis with Strings Attached
Q. I understand that I may not buy, during the Nine Days, a new, complete pair of tzitzis, i.e. with the strings already attached.
However, may I buy the four-cornered garment and the strings separately, such that I will tie the strings on aft ....


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Expand Article # 1802 Have a Great Yom Tov II
Q. Since Tu Beav is such a great Yom Tov, does one have to eat meat and drink wine on that day?

A. Indeed, Minhagei Maharil (H. Taanis 11) writes that on a certain occasion Mahari Segal decreed that one should not eat meat during all Mo ....


Posted 7/27/2018 5:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 1801 Bundle The Joy
Q. The Mishna Berura (551,1), says that "Mishenichnas Av Memaatin Besimcha" (When the month of Av begins we should reduce joy), applies until Rosh Chodesh Elul. Does that mean that one should continue with feelings of sadness and sorrow for the chur ....


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Expand Article # 1800 Open This Window
Q. Can someone that works creating and assembling stained glass windows and selling the commercially do so during the 3 weeks? What happens if the customers are non-observant Jews?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that ....


Posted 7/27/2018 10:22 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)

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