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Expand Article # 1288 Daven On The Run?
Q. I am a mother, working full-time. For health reasons, I need to fit in some exercise and bought a treadmill, hoping to use it every morning. I am finding it difficult to juggle davening and going on the treadmill. Would it be acceptable to dave ....


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Expand Article # 1287 A Riddle Wrapped In An Enigma
Q. What is the beracha on a flour tortilla (wrap) used as a bread substitute, for example, you fill it with chicken or cheese?

A. Shulchan Aruch (168: 8) rules that very thin bread or as Mishna Berura (ibid. 37) explains a very dilut ....


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Expand Article # 1286 Ha-Mentaschen but no Ha-Motzi
K'vod Harav,
Q. I would like to know the Rav's opinion if one should make a bracha on hamantaschen during a bread meal, and if so - if it matters whether one is eating them at the beginning of the meal or at the end.

A. Horav Sh ....


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Expand Article # 1285 Don’t Break The Habit
Q. If one's family comes originally comes from Lithuania and davened nusach Ashkenaz, but their grandfather switched to nussach Sefard to fit into a kehilla upon arriving in Toronto, which nussach should the grandson daven? I know Rav Moshe in Igros ....


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Expand Article # 1284 Just To Be On The Safe Side
B"H
Q. Shalom Dear Rabbi.
Why didn't King Saul kill the Amalekite King immediately?
Is there any Midrash or other source that gives specific, detailed information about the conversation/exchange between King Saul and the king of A ....


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Expand Article # 1283 Where Was I?
Q. If one lost his place in SE, (shemone esreh), or is in doubt as to whether he may have skipped a bracha, what does Rav Miller shlita advise one to do? Repeat what he may have already said, or just keep on going?


A. Po ....


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Expand Article # 1282 Beware Of B’nos Bearing Shalach-Monos
Q. A religious Jewish school for girls advertised a mishloach monos campaign on its web site. Many in the community rely on this method of fulfilling the mitzva of mishloach monos. This year the school delivered the monos on Thursday, Taanis Esther. ....


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Expand Article # 1281 No Need For A “Poro” Excuse
Q. Do women have to hear Parshas Poroh? If they are unable to come to shul because of the care to their young children, should they at least read it from a chumash at home?

A. Many Poskim write that women are exempt from listening to P ....


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Expand Article # 1280 Come Again?
Q. A rav desires to conduct kabbalos Shabbos/ Maariv services in two different communities (one early Shabbos and then at the regular time). At the first services, he will not be davening himself (someone else will daven for the amud), but rather th ....


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Expand Article # 1279 Clothes Make The HaMan or Blessings In Disguise?
Q. It says in Mishna Berura that you have to wear Shabbos clothing on Purim, But it also says that you should wear an attire (partzufin) Which is more correct?

A. Different reasons have been mentioned for the minhag of donning disgu ....


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Expand Article # 1278 With All Due Respect
Q. Can you repeat or think Purim Torah while in a bathroom?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that since you are repeating or thinking of verses and words of our sages, albeit in a nonsensical and ludicrous content, it would ....


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Expand Article # 1277 Kidding Aside
Q. When you say over Purim Torah, do you comply with the mitzva of learning Torah?

A. Many sayings of our sages may be seen as what would qualify as Purim Torah, e.g. “Where is Hamman written in the Torah? It is said: Hamin Haetz” (Ch ....


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Expand Article # 1276 This Is Not Purim Torah
Q. What is the reason for the strange minhag of saying Purim Torah?

A. Osri Lagefen (p. 183) explains that Purim Torah is a result from the mitzva of “Lebesumei BePuriya” (Shulchan Aruch O.H. 695: 2). And it proves a most important ....


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Expand Article # 1275 Give it Time
Q. Can I give money to a family that needs it before Purim, and it should be counted as Matanot Laevyonim since they need it for Purim expenses, usually bought before Purim?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 695: 4) mentions Matonos Laevyonim as ....


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Expand Article # 1274 Give Me a Break
Q. How much is this year the minimum amount for Matanot Laevyonim and for the (half coin) Machatzit Hashekel?

A. On question 507 on this forum we wrote: “Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a advises to give at least a dollar for matonos loe ....


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Expand Article # 1273 Bright Is Early
Q. When should machatzis hashekel be given this year, on Taanis Esther (Thursday) or Motzei Shabbos (Purim)?

A. There are different opinions and traditions as to when to give machatzis hashekel. Rema (694: 1) maintains that the minhag i ....


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Expand Article # 1272 These Coins Are Not For The “Coin-anim”
Q. Is it correct to write on the collection plate machatzis hashekel, or we should rather write “zecher” lemachatzis, so it would not become actually kadosh?

A.We find in Maseches Sofrim (21:3) that one shouldn't say he is giving the m ....


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Expand Article # 1271 The Answer To Your Prayers
Q. Would one be allowed to compose their own teffila, and if so can one say Hashem's name in it?

A. Midrash Tanchuma (Bereshis – Vayeshev 8) comments on the verse (39: 3) “And his master saw that the Hashem was with him,” how would t ....


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Expand Article # 1270 Missing In Action
Q. If one mistakenly began chazaras hashatz when there were only 9 people, realized his mistake in the middle of the 1st bracha (or any other bracha), and waited for the 10th person to return, does he now need to revert to the beginning of SE (since ....


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Expand Article # 1269 What Makes Your Spirit Fly - El or Al?
Q. What is the correct pronunciation of the first two words of Kaddish?
yisgadEl viyiskadAYsh or yisgadAl viyiskadAsh?

A. Poskim disagree as to the correct pronunciation of the first two words of kaddish. Mishna Berura (56 ....


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