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Expand Article # 1240 Risk Of Showers
Q. Is there basis for being able to use hot water for showering on Yom Tov because in today’s times when people have the luxury of having hot showers in their homes it seems to have become much more “shave lkol nefesh"?

A. The Mishn ....


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Expand Article # 1239 Blessed Berries
Q. What bracha do you make on cranberries and strawberries? What happens if you made the wrong brocho?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 203: 2) rules that one recites hoadama on berries grown on bushes that yearly loose their trunk and onl ....


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Expand Article # 1238 Bugged By Frozen Bugs?
Q. Hi. I am wondering which frozen fruits/vegetables need a hechsher and which don't. I know that frozen produce like mango and blueberries does not, but do frozen raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries require a hechsher? What about frozen gre ....


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Expand Article # 1237 Enjoy Your Anniversary Meal
Q. Is that seuda considered (a seuda on the fiftieth yortzait – see prior question) a seudas mitzva?

A. As mentioned on the last question, it is difficult to find a source for a special “fiftieth year seuda” minhag.
However, Ho ....


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Expand Article # 1236 Kidush on Kadish?
Q. Is there a source for making a special seuda at the fifty year yortzait?

A. It is difficult to find a source for this minhag. In the quarterly journal Tzefunos (5752, Vol. 18) there is a letter from the Zichron Shmuel answering a qu ....


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Expand Article # 1235 Kadish Leolam?
Q. Is it true what some say that you don't have to recite kaddish on the yortzait more than fifty years?

A. Some Poskim do write that there is a fifty year limit for maintaining a yortzait and reciting kadish. (Yalkut Yosef – kivud Av ....


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Expand Article # 1234 Mystery Meat
Q. (Re- above question on cultured kosher meat). Also what was the status of the meat that was created miraculously in Biblical and Talmudic times?

A. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 59b) relates that angels would roast heavenly meat and serve i ....


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Expand Article #1233 Deceiving Appearances
Q. Regarding the above question of kosher cultured meat, why is there no prohibition of ma'aris ayin? (wrong appearances).

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that indeed there is a valid concern for ma'aras ayin. However, once ....


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Expand Article # 1232 Size up
Q. One wants to replace an old pair of Tefillin (that was used for over 20 years) with a new pair.
The new pair is smaller than the old one, but is more Mehudar (parshiyos, batim and retzhuos). Does the size matter; does the new pair have ....


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Expand Article # 1231 The Crown Of A Good Name
Q. If in a second marriage, there are 2 kids from a previous marriage named after the mother's side and one kid from a previous marriage after the father's side and then they have a daughter together, does one follow the minhag of naming the fist ....


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Expand Article # 1230 The Meat Of The Matter
Q. Some time ago I sent this question and I didn't get an answer yet, I would like to know the answer.
Is artificial meat created by starting cells taken from live animals. They are put into a culture media where they start to proliferate ....


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Expand Article # 1229 Strangely Enough?
Q. Who should recite viduy with a dying patient, a rabbi that does not know the patient or the patient's son who is there constantly with him?

A. It would seem reasonable that the patient would be less stressed and worried if his so ....


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Expand Article # 1228 Let There Be Light
Q. If on Erev Shabbos Chanuka it is already close to the shkiah, how many people is the minimum needed to light the shul menora with a brocho?

A. Mishna Berura (671: 47) quotes Darkei Moishe that the hadlaka should be at the time that pe ....


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Expand Article # 1227 Bench on a Bench?
Q. If someone is totally homeless and sleeps on a bench in the park, can he light his menora there?

A. Poskim disagree whether some type of minimal dwelling is needed for the mitzva of ner Chanuka. See above question and Rashi's opi ....


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Expand Article # 1226 Bring To Light
Q. Someone vacationing cross country in a trailer, can he place his menorah by the window and keep travelling during the half hour, while it is lit?

A. Orchois Chaim (quoted by Beis Yosef O.H. 677), maintains that one sailing in a boat ....


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Expand Article # 1225 Follow The Flame?
Q. When we say that lechatchila the Chanuka lights should be lower than ten tefachim is that measure from the flame or from the base of the menora itself? How about for the above three tefachim minimum?

A. Poskim rule that the shiuri ....


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Expand Article # 1224 A Picture Worth A Thousand Words
Q. Can you take a family picture next to a lit menora on Chanuka and then frame it, or would you be benefiting from the neros Chanuka?
When travelling on Chanuka, can you comply with lighting the candles by watching it on real time on your ce ....


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Expand Article # 1223 Bright And Early
Q. This year the first light of Chanukah was lit on Motze Shabbat. Is it correct and better to prepare before the beginning of Shabbat the menorah and place it on the living room so it will be ready after the end of Shabbat as zerizin lamitzvot, Or ....


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Expand Article # 1222 Is Gut Yom-Tov Gut?
Q. Is Chanuka called a Yom Tov or Chag? When you write a Chanuka card can you mention that title?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is called a Chag and a Yom Tov as we find in Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 217: 47) regarding ....


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Expand Article # 1221 Thoughts on Thoughts
Q. New technology enables the totally invalid or paraplegic to drive a wheel chair only via their brain electrical waves. Electrodes connected to their head receive those waves and with some training allow the invalid to control his thoughts and cha ....


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