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Expand Article # 1511 No Future Into The Back
Q. What is Horav Millerís opinion in regards to traveling back or forwards on time? Does the Torah mention this as a possibility?

A. it is common to find in regards to the Yom Tov of Shavuos the notion of being present at the time ....


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Expand Article # 1510 No Grounds for Fasting
Q. Someone carrying a Sefer Torah to the bimah tripped and fell. To protect the Sefer he was able to maneuver to fall on his side, and the Torah did not touch the ground. He was also wearing tefilin and the side of his head was on the floor, but aga ....


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Expand Article # 1509 Change Oneís Stripes?
Q. Can someone change his minhag of having black stripes on his taalis and just use a taalis that is totally white?

A. See questions 1507 snd 1508. Daas Noite (283, p. 146) rules that one should not change his minhag.
Horav Shl ....


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Expand Article # 1508 A Cotton Taalit Kotton
Q. Is there a reason for the number and variant width of black stripes on a taalis? Why are they not placed on a cotton taalis koton?

A. See question 1507 above, where we wrote that some maintain that the black stripes on the taalis re ....


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Expand Article # 1507 Scan Your Tallit!
Q. What is the reason for the black stripes on a taalis?

A. Ashkenazim maintain the tradition to have black stripes on the taalis as a remembrance to the techeiles that was once a part of the mitzva. Pri Megadim 9: 6, Eishel Avrohom ....


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Expand Article # 1506 Nothing To Sneeze At
Hello Rav,
Q. I've seen in a few places that one should not say "Bless you" (or similar responses) when someone sneezes while in shul. One Rav said it was based on the fact that this would be an interruption in learning (see Baba Kamma 119a. ....


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Expand Article # 1505 Good Hair Day II
Q. Our son's 3rd birthday Iy"H take place just before Pesach. I was thinking of making his upsherin at that time.†
My husband suggested we wait until Lag"Baomer which we be about four weeks after his birthday.
Is it any better to do it o ....


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Expand Article # 1504 Too Good To Be True
Q. L'kavod Harav
I recently learnt the Halachos of reciting Hatov V'hameitiv on a different wine during a seudah. I never see people reciting this bracha even when all the conditions apply. I am aware that the Minchas Yitzchak (IX, 14) has a T ....


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Expand Article # 1503 Shabbos Plumberís Helper
Q Is a toilet plunger muktza? Can it be used on Shabbos? Can you use a wire snake? Can you unplug using a liquid like Drano?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. H. 336: 9) rules that if a roofís drain pipe is blocked with weeds and grass, causing ....


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Expand Article # 1502 Gender Bender?
Q. In the concluding line of the 2nd stanza of the Yotzer for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh (by Rabbeinu Binyomin bar Zerach), it says:
Lo Nivreis Tas Zohov V'lo Or B'heimo V'Chayo
But aren't Tas and Or masculine nouns? Shouldn't it be "Lo Nivro" ....


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Expand Article # 1501 Ho Ho No!
Q. Can I buy some very discounted toys for my children (a real bargain), the catch is that they will be delivered around the 25 of December by a fellow dressed as Santa. Is that permitted?

A. It is likely that this may be a subsidiz ....


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Expand Article # 1500 Loud And Clear
Q. Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo & Omein: Should they be said aloud or can they be said quietly?

A. Shulchan Aruch (124: 12) quoting Talmud (Brochos 45a) rules that one who answers omein should not rise his voice more than the one reciting ....


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Expand Article # 1499 As Long As You Donít Eat Your Shirt
Q. Is there a source for parents to avoid dressing their kids in clothing that contain images of unkosher animals?
Thanks.

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that images of non kosher animals are not necessarily detriment ....


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Expand Article # 1498 Sweet Answer
Q. A child that usually follows his family tradition and eats only products that contain Cholov Yisroel, but when he finds himself with a group of friends, out of peer pressure he eats kosher chocolates that are not Cholov Yisroel, should he make a ....


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Expand Article # 1497 E - Shailah
Q. My rabbi/teacher took away my friend's E- cigarette which I was using. I was together with my friend at the time. Am I responsible to reimburse my friend for his loss?

A. In principle Shulchan Aruch (C.M. 291: 28 and 346: 1) ....


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Expand Article # 1496 Saving A Life
Q. Re- the recent case of saving the life of a brain dead patient. Taking into account that once the patient was entubed into a respirator, he canít be disconnected, would it not have been better, if he is already brain dead not to entube him?


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Expand Article # 1495 Revisiting The Visits
Q. Is there a mitzvah to visit (bikur cholim) a patient that is on coma or brain dead and is unaware of the visit, and all his needs are also cared for?

A. Poskim rule that since one of the more significant parts of the mitzva of visitin ....


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Expand Article # 1494 Make No Mistake
Q. If one is hearing Kiddush from his rabbi, and the rabbi makes a mistake in Kiddush by saying the yom tov Kiddush instead of Shabbos, and the talmid realizes this during Kiddush, what is the appropriate way to communicate to the rabbi that he is ....


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Expand Article # 1493 Better Fish To Fry?
Shalom Aleichem Harav
Q. What is the bracha for french fries that contain flour for taste?
I know we say that as long as its not for binding its mezonos but when your dealing with 95% potato and 5% flour is it too little to dominate the ....


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Expand Article # 1492 Sitting In Judgment Or Standing On Trial
Q. Is it true that Cohanim have to stand up when saying Korbanot?

A. Mishna Berura (48: 1) quotes Magen Avrohom that one should stand when reciting korbanos, however he mentions that Sharei Teshuva, citing several Poskim disagrees. ....


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