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Expand Article # 1385 A Late Early Meal
Q. The Halacha is that one may not start a meal once it is 30 minutes before alos.
I would like to ask the rav shlita: May one forego this Halacha if there is a mitzvah for him to eat a seuda, such as one who awoke from his sleep shortly befor ....


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Expand Article # 1384 Watch Your Watch!
Q. A rebbi who arrived 15 minutes late to a class. One of the young talmidim - bachurim came running over to the rebbi and pointed to his (the bachur's) watch. The rebbi immediately gave the bachur a potch for his chutzpah. Later, it turned out that ....


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Expand Article # 1383 A Question Of Interest
Q. Follow up to Q. 210 - Where I live there is a requirement to pay interest on the Security Deposit held by the landlord. The interest rate is set by the local Housing Department.
What would be the best practice for the landlord to follow wh ....


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Expand Article # 1382 Nu? New Month?
Q. If one is in the middle of reciting the Amidah, and he does not know whether or not it is Rosh Chodesh, but he thinks that it might be Rosh Chodesh, should he say yaaleh veyavo?
If it turns out that it was a regular day, is he still yotz ....


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Expand Article # 1381 Witness Protection Program
Q See above question 1380 (Is the signature of the parties enough). Should the chosson better sign personally the kesuva in case it turns out that one of the witnesses are not kosher?
(Sometimes you want to honor someone, but are not sure of ....


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Expand Article # 1380 The Power Of Your Signature
Q. In our times, do legal documents need 2 kosher witnesses (or are is the signature of the parties involved enough)?
for example - when one writes a kosher will.
is his signature enough, or does it need 2 kosher witnesses.
....


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Expand Article # 1379 It’s About Time
Q. If one holds that Shabbos is out 72 minutes after shkia, may he wash for shalosh seudos until 40 or so minutes after shkia?

A. Mishna Berura (299: 1) rules that you can wash for shalosh seudos until a half an hour before nightfall. ....


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Expand Article # 1378 Different Cuts From The Same Cloth
Q. Can I order by a tailor a suit during the 3 weeks take then measurements and try on the unfinished or finished suit during the 3 weeks or the 9 days? I will only make sheheyanu when I use it first time for a wedding after T’beav.

A. ....


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Expand Article # 1377 Though Act To Follow
Q. 1) A baal teshuva who lives with his not-yet-frum parents - the parents sometimes go shopping on Shabbos and buy food, including food that they buy specifically for the baal teshuva. How soon after Shabbos, if at all, may the baal teshuva eat th ....


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Expand Article # 1376 Good Hair Day
Q. There is a Rosh Kollel who came over to me in beis medrash, put $100 into my hand, and told me to get a haircut (because he felt that I have long hair). I subsequently cut my own hair, as I do not trust the barbers to be careful with my peyos and ....


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Expand Article # 1375 Head's Up!
Q. Does one say Keil Erech Apayim before Krias HaTorah on Mondays & Thursdays only on days when Tachanun is said, or is there no such connection and it should always be said?

A. According to most Poskim Kel Erech Appaim follows the sa ....


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Expand Article # 1374 Open And Shut
Q. Kavod Harav,
A follow-up to the shaila (1364) regarding opening the window near the plants - may one open the window just before the rain shower is about to begin, judging by looking at the sky and/or knowing the weather forecast (but it ....


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Expand Article # 1373 Seeing Things?
Q. When we are in doubt as to whether a Jew has sinned, it is meritorious or obligatory to judge him favorably.
I assume by inference, that if this doubt occurs with a gentile, we are not likewise obligated.

In the Kinnah by Morei ....


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Expand Article # 1372 A Solid Answer
My wife often serves ice cream for dessert on Shabbos. Because of the doubt as to whether ice cream is a solid (and thus would require a Shehakol) or a liquid (and would require no blessing), she places a piece of chocolate in the bowl. The idea is t ....


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Expand Article # 1371 The Good Name
Q. Since the month’s name Tamuz is the name of an avoda zara, why is it permitted? Is it not forbidden to mention their names?

A. The name Tamuz is indeed the epithet of an idolatry, as it says in Yechezkel: (8: 1) And He brought me t ....


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Expand Article # 1370 Floury Question
Q. If one is at an event or there is food being served in a shul or beis medrash and he is not sure if the food being served is yoshon, and it is not possible to investigate, may he eat it, on the basis that "rov" (most) Jewish bakeries use yoshon ....


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Expand Article # 1369 Do Not Repeat After Me
A person who suffers from OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) and repeats words in davening, and he was told by other people never to repeat words even if he knows that he said something wrong – may or should he, in fact, refrain from repeating word ....


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Expand Article # 1368 No Beef with this Beef
Q. I was told that there is a problem for Noachides to eat regular treif meat, because it is stunned/killed and then cut up while it’s still moving (it is ever min hachai because it is still m’farchses)

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y. D. 27: 1) r ....


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Expand Article # 1367 Know Your Onions
Q. 2. See question above. (If I bought a red onion that is very big, and I cut only a piece of it…). A fish salad has sliced eggs on top/side, is it alright to eat the sliced eggs the next day?
3. I Also read that a red onion has a differen ....


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Expand Article # 1366 A Cut Below The Rest
Hi Rabbi,
I bought a red onion that is very big, and I cut only a piece of it. So here are my questions;
1. I read that it might be OK to leave the rest overnight if the outer skin is left on a small part of the onion, or it is covere ....


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