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Expand Article # 3842 Let the Happy Times Begin
Q. Thanks Rov for answering last question so promptly. Someone was offered by his physician to have a leadless pacemaker installed on the week after Tisha Beav but before Tu Beav. The procedure is not urgent, should he preferable wait until the end ....


Posted 8/16/2022 4:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3841 Framing the Picture Frame
Q. Dear Rov Shlit'a. Is it correct to place as a Zecher Lechurban (remainder to the destruction of the Bet Hamikdash) in our family room a small screen that constantly shows what is happening at the Kotel Hamaaravi via a live camera available onlin ....


Posted 8/11/2022 10:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3840 Indicate how to Meet your Mate
Q. We have a minhag that we do a Seuda Leiluy Nishmas Reb Yonasan Ben Uziel together with other families of friends on Tu Bav since Seforim say that it is a Segula for finding the right Shiduchim for our children. This year since Tu Beav is Erev Sh ....


Posted 8/11/2022 10:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3839 Too Early an Invitation?
Q. I had an issue with the fellow in charge of printing the monthly magazine of our shul. They publicize the forthcoming Smachot as weddings, Bar Mitzvas etc. Since I'm marrying off my daughter a few weeks after the end of the Yamim Tovim, the fell ....


Posted 8/11/2022 10:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3838 Guest to Honor
Q. Given the option, is there a greater mitzva of Hachnassat Orchim or inviting guest to one's home for men guest or women guest?

A. Bikurei Shai (Avos 1: 5) explains the saying of Yose ben Yochanan: "Let your house be wide open, and le ....


Posted 8/11/2022 10:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3837 Happy or Not?
Q. One that has the family tradition to fast on the day of the Yohrzait of a dear one. If the first Yohrzait day is this coming Friday 'Tu Beav'; Does he fast?

If he does not, is it proper to make a Siyum and a Seuda?

A. M ....


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Expand Article # 3836 Between Life and Death
Q. There is a tradition in our family to invite our deceased grandfathers to weddings and other S'machot by placing an invitation to the occasion at the Matzeva, usually in the container where the candles are lit. A member of our visiting relatives ....


Posted 8/11/2022 10:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3835 Get a Good Name
   Q. I lead a group that is building a new shul and of course most of the work involved is raising the funds needed. From experience we know that it is easier to get contributions when a name is given to an important article to be acquired ....


Posted 8/9/2022 3:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3834 Draw the Curtain
Q. There was a disagreement in our shul as to when to put back the Poroches (curtain in front of the Aron Hakodesh) that is removed during Tisha Beav. Is it after Chatzos (midday) or at the time one begins Maariv. What is correct.

A. Th ....


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Expand Article # 3833 A Fast Break?
Q. Dear Rabbi: If someone had to take pills with some water during Tisha Beav as permitted by Halacha due to his medical condition, is he still considered as fasting and can still recite Anenu or get an Aliya LaTorah?

A. Mishna Berura ....


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Expand Article # 3832 Drinks on the House
    Q. At the end of the fast of Tisha Beav that this year will be delayed until Sunday, before one makes Havdala can one drink some soda water when very thirsty, if that is all what is available in Shul?

A. Shulchan Aru ....


Posted 8/9/2022 11:20 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3831 Sing to a Different Tune?
Q. I usually sing during Shacharis the Shirah of Oz Yashir with great joy as mentioned in Halacha. Is that correct also on Tisha Beav?

A. On question 135 regarding reciting the Shira with joy during a time of Aveilus, we wrote: "Zohar (B ....


Posted 8/9/2022 11:06 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3830 Learning about Learning
Q. Someone who delivers a Daf Hayomi and in this year it will be on Sunday. Since usually he group learns two dafim on Sunday (Shabbos and Sunday dafim), it will be tough later on to catch up.

Is there a 'Heter' (permission) to ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3829 Ready to Wear?
Q. Dear Rov. I have a new pair of tennis shoes that I bought some months ago, but never used, (the old ones had to be discarded). Can I use them during Tisha Beav? Is it better to put them on during the Nine Days so they will not be new for Tisha Be ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3828 A Hard Pill to Swallow
Q. Kvod Harav. One that is permitted to take his necessary pills in Tisha Beav before he goes to bed. In a regular year he takes them before the Taanis begins. What should he do this year. He usually avoids taking them on Shabbat and waits until Motz ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3827 Never Too Late?
Q. Re- question above on the Tikun (meal) offered in our Shul after the end of Tisha Beav. Since on this year that Tisha Beav was on Sunday, there will be no Melave Malka at the end of Shabbos, is it then correct to wash at that Tikun and consider ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3826 United in Havdalah?
Q. At the end of the fast of Tisha Beav, there is a Tikun offered in shul and Havdalah is said first before eating. The women at home don't want to keep on fasting until their husband returns. Can they make Havdalah for themselves?

A. O ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3825 The Wet Towel?
    Q. Can one during the great heat of summer, on the Nine Days sit outside in the backyard while being covered with a very wet dripping towel?

A. It stands to reason that it is permitted since even if considered similar to ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3824 Drop the Other Shoes
Q. Someone forgot to clean and shine his Shabbos shoes before the Nine Days. What is preferred for Shabbos use, to wear ones weekday shoes that are actually clean or the soiled Shabbos Shoes?

A. Actually Poskim permit polishing shoes du ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3823 No Vertical Bath
Q. Dear Rabbi: During the heat of the summer days our small children play in the backyard around some water sprinklers to keep cool and enjoy themselves. Is there a problem if their parent play with them to keep them safe, but also get wet during th ....


Posted 8/4/2022 10:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)

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