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Expand Article # 3362 Election Day
Q. Tomorrow is Election Day. In past elections you wrote that Horav Miller Shlit’a said it is a mitzvah to vote. If one is pressed in time with building his Suka, does that take precedence over voting?

On question 561 regarding if there ....


Posted 9/20/2021 11:45 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3361 The Best Pray Deal
Q. Would davening Vasikin (praying at sunrise) in a minyan of 13 people on Yom Kippur override being from the Asara Rishonim (First Ten) in a Yeshiva minyan where 500 people will come after me?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion ....


Posted 9/17/2021 12:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3360 Lots of Promise?
Q. Can you say Kol Nidrei if you were already mekabel (accepted) Yom Kippur. (As when saying Tefilas Zakah before)?

A. Remah (O.H. 619: 1) writes that Kol Nidrei should be said while it is still day, since at least according to some ....


Posted 9/15/2021 1:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3359 To Eat or Not to Eat
Q. Is it better to accept and begin Yom Kippur earlier (since Tosefes Yom Kippur, or the acceptance and adding to the day is a Biblical mitzva), or is it preferable to eat as long as possible. (Since eating Erev Yom Kippur is also a Biblical mitz ....


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Expand Article # 3358 Close and Personal
Q. Can one ask someone else to do Kappores for him as a shaliach (agent) on a chicken?

A. Ashrei Hoish (O.H. 3; 7: 11) quoting Horav Eliashuv zt'l mentions that although one can name a shaliach to bring a Korban for him and thus o ....


Posted 9/13/2021 11:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3357 When Do We Eat?
Q. Is there a mitzva for women to eat on Erev Yom Kippur as men do, or is it a 'Time Depending Mitzva' and therefore women are exempt. They should just eat for the purpose of being able to fast?
Does the mitzva of eating begin on the nig ....


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Expand Article # 3356 Be Right on the Money
Q. Can I use my Maaser money for Kappores?

A. Piskei Halochos (23: 9, p.283) rules that one may not use Maaser money, since performing Kappores is in our days an accepted tradition that is widely kept, and is tantamount to reliev ....


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Expand Article # 3355 A Little Fish Story
Q. My father is hospitalized and I would like to bring Kapparot for him. We usually use a chicken and not money, since that is our minhag and I understand that it is better to use live things that cannot be a korban. Since I cannot bring to the h ....


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Expand Article # 3354 An Eloquent Silence
Q. One who is keeping a Taanis Dibbur (a silence day - when only holy words are spoken) on Yom Kippur (or any day) what should he do when people ask him a question or try to schmooze with him, and he cannot answer?

A. Some Tzadi ....


Posted 9/13/2021 10:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3353 The Real Happy Pills
Q. (see question 3352 above - This Shaila came some time ago and was not answered yet).

I'm a young Yeshiva graduate and happily married man, that possesses a great desire for women. I have worked diligently and placed great effo ....


Posted 9/13/2021 10:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3352 Mixed Feelings
Q. I'm a graduate from a religious girls school. During several years I took part in a group that would often talk about other companions and we often ended talking Lashon Hora. B'H, during the last months I was able to overcome my desire to belon ....


Posted 9/13/2021 9:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3351 A Lesson in Teaching
     Q. My brother is a professor at a university in the USA. Among his student. are several not yet observant Jews. Can he ask the administration to find a substitute for the upcoming Yomim Tovim? Or would this be Lifnei Iver? ....


Posted 9/12/2021 5:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3350 A Hard Pill to Swallow
Q. Is it permissible on Yom Kippur to swallow caffeine pills or pain relief pills without water? Can one use caffeine / aspirin suppositories (before or after the onset of a headache),,?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is ....


Posted 9/10/2021 11:59 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3349 Have Mercy on the Phone?
Q. My father is in hospital, but he says Selichot every day at the time they are said in his shul. If he can call a friend in the shul and he maintains his cell phone on, can he answer the Thirteen Midos (13 Qualities of Mercy), with everyone else ....


Posted 9/10/2021 11:38 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3348 How Sweet!
Q. Someone who has a very strict diet and he cannot consume any foods that contain sugar, can he deep the apple on Rosh Hashana on a pareve cream that contains sweetener instead of honey and say the Yehi Ratzon for a sweet year?

A. On ....


Posted 9/6/2021 6:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3347 Bless the Many
Q. See question 3346 above - If he happens to be also the Baal Tokea, should he save the brocho of Shecheyanu for the morning, when he blows the Shofar for the whole shul, or is it better to do it as early as possible the night before (Zerizim Makdi ....


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Expand Article # 3346 Time to Call it Night?
Q. Someone bought a new Ta'alis for Rosh Hashana and he want to recite the brocho of Shecheyanu on it on the second night, since many don't make anymore that blessing on fruits that are mostly available all the year. Can he make it then and put on ....


Posted 9/6/2021 6:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3345 A Real Blessing
Q. I have a very dear childhood friend that married and moved away to a close by town. About sixd months ago, he contracted Covid and became very ill for months, but B'H he recovered completely and is coming to visit his parent for Rosh Hashana ....


Posted 9/6/2021 6:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3344 Your Undivided Attention
Q. Is it correct to add more fruits and foods in the night meal of Rosh Hashana to awaken the curiosity of the children and keep them by the meal?

A. It would seem to be that as years go by more fruits and foods are added to the Simani ....


Posted 9/6/2021 6:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3343 Signs of Things to Come?
Q. Why is it permitted to eat the different fruits and foods on Rosh Hashana and there is no prohibition of following omens when imbuing the Simanim with superstitious powers?

A. Eating the Simanim is an ancient custom but it’s not an ....


Posted 9/6/2021 6:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)

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