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Expand Article # 3704 Let the Party Begin
Q. How early can one begin this year (82 -22) when Lag Baomer is Thursday the Simcha by the fireside on Wednesday evening?

A. On a similar question (2189) regarding when one make a Lag Baomer party (with a siyum) on Wednesday night, ....


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Expand Article # 3703 Hide and Seek?
Q. See question (3702) above. Is one even supposed to watch a lunar eclipse?

A. On question 1419 regarding if one can tell other people about a solar eclipse. we wrote: "On the introduction to Chidushei Hagranat (p. 14- relating the ....


Posted 5/17/2022 2:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3702 A Mask on the Moon
Q. Dear Rabbi. Since we are going to experience tonight (Sunday May 15 2022) a full lunar eclipse we were wondering if we say a Bracha as we do for other unusual or impacting natural phenomena like lightning or earthquakes reciting 'Ose Ma'ase Be ....


Posted 5/17/2022 2:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3701 Fit and Trim
Q. Can a woman trim her eyebrows and shave or pluck hairs from her face during Sefirah days, so she will not become unpleasant to her husband?

A. Poskim indeed permit the above when one is dealing with maintaining pleasant family re ....


Posted 5/15/2022 11:01 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3700 Food for Thought
Q. A Jewish organization is having a golf day. Can I volunteer, even if the food is not cor supervised, if I do something non-food related?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that you should not attend since others may incorre ....


Posted 5/13/2022 12:18 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3699 Out of Your Tree?
Q. Until when can one recite the Birchat Hailanot (Blessing on the blooming trees)?

A. Horav Shlomo Millerís Shlitía opinion is that it can be recited until the buds turn into an edible fruit.

Rabbi A. Bartfeld as revised ....


Posted 5/13/2022 12:16 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3698 The Labor on Ones Fruits
Q. Querido Rabino, We have a small melocoton (peach) tree in our backyard that isn't yet 4 years old and it is blooming. Can we recite the bracha of the blooming trees on it?

A. Poskim rule that during the first three years of the tree ....


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Expand Article # 3697 Elevator Music
Q. Since the Rov mentioned that the period between Pesach and Lag Baomer is propitious for Refuos and healing, I made a serious of appointments by my dentist. The problem is that there is a constant background of happy music at his dental clinic. D ....


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Expand Article # 3696 Wearing More Than One Hat
Q. Aside from the fact that a Yarmulke is part of men's clothing, why are men alone obligated to cover their heads, to be aware of Who is above them? Why don't women have such an obligation?

A. We assume that the question is being aske ....


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Expand Article # 3695 Though Egg to Crack
Q. See two questions above. How about when the boiled or soaked matza was mixed with eggs and then fried with just a little oil and even if the pieces were less than a kezais they now stick together by the fried eggs, what is now the brocho?
....


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Expand Article # 3694 Strike Oil?
Q. What would be the brocho in the case above when the bread or matza was mixed and cooked in deep oil?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if the mix was fried in deep oil the brocho would become Mezonos.

Se ....


Posted 5/13/2022 12:06 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3693 Matza Brei Bracha
Q. Hello Rav, I wanted to double check what the bracha would be in making matza brei in the following way: water is boiled in a kettle and placed into a bowl (kli sheini), small broken pieces (less than a kzayis) are then placed into the hot water ....


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Expand Article # 3692 A Matter of Time
Q. Hello Rav, I know playing games on Shabbat is not the best thing, but if one is playing a game and needs to measure time (eg. 60 seconds), is it permissible to do so by looking at a clock?
Thanks.

A. Indeed, you are right one s ....


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Expand Article # 3691 Process the Bless
Hello Rav, If I start to make a Borei Peri Ha'adama on a cucumber and I've said everything except the ending "Borei Peri Hadama", then realize I've already said that bracha and that cucumber is already covered, can I quickly take another food type ....


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Expand Article # 3690 The Impending Future
Q. Why are Gog and Magog only mentioned in the prophecies of Y'chezk'el HaNovi?

A. A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that since Novi Yechezkel was given most of his prophecies of transcendence outside of Eretz Yisroel (Mo ....


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Expand Article # 3689 You Must Be Kidding!
   Q. See question above. Thanks for the answer. Is it also true what I heard that there is a Segula (protection or charm) for healing to stand during the days from Pesach to Shavuos, outside when it rains and have the rain fall on you? C ....


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Expand Article #3688 A Time to Heal
Q. Lekvod Horav. This is for someone that needs a delicate medical operation. It is usually assumed by some that the month of Iyar is propitious for Refuos and healing. Is that true? What is the source?

A. Chassam Soffer (Talmud Shabbo ....


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Expand Article # 3687 Thanks But No Thanks
Q. See question above. Does one have to recite the brocho of Hagomel, if the wind was mainly facing the fire not at the house? Should it be said without Hashem's name?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one is not obliged t ....


Posted 5/5/2022 10:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3686 Every One and His Own Taste
Q. On an extremely windy day our at a family dinner, the BBQ grill became totally enveloped on a terribly dangerous fire and the neighbors called the fire department. After the fire was B'H extinguished obviously the steaks were totally burned and i ....


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Expand Article # 3685 Make a Meal of It
Q. I have a Minhag (although like all my other traditions are all done B'li Neder or without a pledge), to eat a seuda of bread on Rosh Chodesh. Due to unusual busy circumstances, I had only some Mezonos (cake) and mentioned in the Brocho Acharono, ....


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