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Expand Article # 2446 The Good Old Oil?
Q. Is it better for someone to use the leftover unused olive oil from last year Chanuka, that was bought then, since it was already dedicated for the mitzva or better buy new oil to be used this year?

A. The fact that the oil was ....


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Expand Article # 2445 Light Up Your Siyum Hashas
Q. We are planning to make a Siyum Hashas for our Daf shiur. Someone suggested that it would be recommended to celebrate it during Chanuka, is that correct?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that although there is no obligatio ....


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Expand Article # 2444 When Do We Begin?
Q. (Re- question 2443 above) What is considered to having began chazaras hashatz in order to continue if one left and there is no more minyan? Does "Hashem seffasai tiftach" count?

A. Although Mishna Berurah (66: 35) maintains that sayi ....


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Expand Article # 2443 Stop Right There
Q. When one notices that the chazzan began chazaras hashatz even though there are not ten people in the room (a minyan of exactly ten, and someone went to the bathroom), is one obligated to tell him that he should stop? Or should one continue reciti ....


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Expand Article # 2442 Bubble Over?
Q. We learned in Chulin 105b that the froth produced by various drinks is detrimental to one's health. One of the liquids is beer, another is water.
Question 1: Is the froth of today's beer also detrimental?
Question 2: What froth i ....


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Expand Article # 2441 New Day New Life
Q. Is it true that the Arizal teaches that a single neshama is made of thousands of parts or sparks, reflecting the days of one's life, and some of them can be extinguished by the sin committed on that day. This would amount to a partial death of ....


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Expand Article # 2440 Make a Meal of Shalosh Seudos
Q. On above question, (2439. Eating shalosh seudos after sunset), if I do follow the Mishna Berura and others opinion to bedieved wash after the shkia in need, can I eat more than a beitza (egg-full volume of challah) or do I have to limit myself to ....


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Expand Article # 2439 Shabbos Ride Into The Sunset
Q. If I was invited to partake of shalosh seudos (third meal of Shabbos) by a certain rabbi, but I know that the rabbi is not makpid (particular) on starting before shkia, (sunset), whereas I am very makpid, what should I do? Should I simply decline ....


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Expand Article # 2438 Say It Right or Not at All?
Q. Since Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that the added section of “Baruch Hashem Leolam” before beginning the amida of maariv, has to be said complete or not at all, what happens if someone is davening and already started saying that brach ....


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Expand Article # 2437 If Memory Serves
Q. What happens if someone during the 30 days of establishing a chazaka for saying mashiv haruach in the amida, (see prior question 2428), forgot to say it once. Does he have to start counting full 30 days again from that time?

A. Hor ....


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Expand Article # 2436 Sharing Someone's Sorrow
Q. Someone who lost a stepfather and out of closeness with other siblings sat shiva with them, is he permitted after shloshim to attend a wedding of a close relative?

A. The obligations of Avelus apply only to a one’s biological ....


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Expand Article # 2435 Show Us The Open Door
Q. Is it permitted to seclude oneself with the opposite gender if the door is open or unlocked, but there is no realistic expectation of anyone coming in? One knows with 100% certainty that no one is going to come in (for example, the people who u ....


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Expand Article # 2434 Buyers Beware II
Q. Re question 2429, in regard to immersing utensils manufactured in Israel, but sold in a non-Jewish store. If the item is bought at a Jewish-owned store... does it still need to be toiveled?

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


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Expand Article # 2433 Food for Thought
Q. One who has limited income - should he rather spend his money on having nicer and more food or drink for Shabbos, or on buying good seforim to learn from (even though he could learn from the sefarim that are available in the beis medrash, he want ....


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Expand Article # 2432 A Penny Saved - Not a Penny Earned
Q. One who received an apartment that he stayed in for one dollar a month (as a chesed), does he need to calculate the market value and give maaser from the money that he saved? If he would not have been given this apartment, he would not have ren ....


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Expand Article # 2431 Sign Off
Q. When a bachur sees a sign put up in a yeshiva that is not appropriate for a Makom Torah and it is not appropriate for a ben torah to have written such a thing, may one immediately rip it down even though it is not his?

A. It may ....


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Expand Article # 243O An Ad-Nauseam Ad?
Q. If a government Veteran Day advertisement poster that is not tzniusdik, as it shows a not well covered female army conscript (following Halacha standards) was placed in front of a shul, should one just take it down, before the attendants to mi ....


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Expand Article # 2429 Buyers Beware
Q. I have seen in a number of supermarkets in town knives and eating utensils made of metal, imported from Israel with a hechsher that certifies they are exempted from tevila immersion on a mikva.
That should be incorrect since after all th ....


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Expand Article # 2428 Know From Memory
Q. If someone after thirty days of saying Mashiv Haruach and even after repeating it 90 times, still catches himself as forgetting during the brocho. If he indeed was totally unaware if he said it or not, can he rely on the chazaka of thirty days ....


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Expand Article # 2427 Dandruff Is Back
Q. On prior question (2405) you quoted Rav Miller ruling that one should not shake off dandruff from his clothing during shemone essreh. Why not? If someone is addressing an important meeting, would you not expect to correct his tie properly or wipe ....


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