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Expand Article # 2506 Don't Hold Your Breath
Q. Can one use on Shabbos the new CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) automatic apnea respirator machines that produce a soft, steady jet of air with enough pressure to keep the airway open?

A. On question 1744, we wrote: "Hora ....


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Expand Article # 2505 Testing One's Own Medicine
Q. New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren. This shot is being forced now in NJ schools. What does HoRav S. Miller say about it? and would he side with frum refuseni ....


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Expand Article # 2504 Perls At Your Own Peril
Q. I'm a frum teenager and have always wanted to join Shomrim or the volunteer firefighters in our community, since they urgently require more participants. Yet my parents are very much against it and argue that al pi (following) Halacha one shou ....


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Expand Article # 2503 Calculating a Calculated Risk
Q. I was invited to give a shiur for young people who are interested in becoming Baalei Teshuva and I seem to be promisingly successful. A good part why is that the area we are able to meet for the convenience of the group, is in a section of town th ....


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Expand Article # 2502 Shall we Call On a Prayer Shawl?
Q. As a Chaplain I visit and tend to the needs incarcerated individuals. I brought a taalis to a Jewish inmate, and then his Gentile roommate also wanted one. As this may be an issue of chilul Hashem, and creating enmity, can I also provide one for ....


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Expand Article # 2501 Three Strikes And In
Q. There are 3 consecutive days of fasting in the month of Tevet. Besides Asara Betevet, on the eight the Greek translation to the Torah was done, and on the ninth it is the yohrzait of Ezra. Since after the translation was accomplished it says that ....


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Expand Article # 2500 Wash Off Hands?
Q. Hello Rav, If someone speaks after saying "Al Netilat Yadayim" and saying Hamotzee, do they actually need to repeat the washing (without a bracha). It seems that many have this custom, but this just seems to add to the interruption. I'm wonder ....


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Expand Article # 2499 Dancing to Another Tune
Q. Are we allowed to dance during Kiddish Levona when it is done on the night preceding Asarah Beteives or would it be assur to do so as it is similar to making a wedding which Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach would not be allowed? Additionally, is it pre ....


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Expand Article # 2498 Fast To The Very End
Q. Do a bride and groom to be married on the night after Assara Beteves have to fast until the chupa, as is usually done, which may be hours after the fast has finished for all others?

A. Poskim disagree. Some maintain that since the ....


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Expand Article # 2497 The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread?
Q. Hello Rav. I heard in a shiur that one (of many) segulot for parnasa is to leave over bread on the table. It wasn't clear if this meant just for Birkat Hamazon or if we should ALWAYS leave bread on the table. Is there a well-sourced segulah to l ....


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Expand Article # 2496 For All Intents and Purposes
Q. A woman has the option of davening before neitz (sunrise) standing with more kavana or after neitz sitting in a car with less kavana. Which is the better option?

A. Igrois Moshe (O.H. 3: 7), addresses a question regarding whe ....


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Expand Article # 2495 Twice A Fast
Q. Do a bride and groom to be married on the eve of Assara Beteves have to fast during the day before the chupa, on the ninth of teves also?

A. The chosson and kalla have to fast during the seven days of sheva brochos after their w ....


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Expand Article # 2494 Taste Blood
Q. Since one is required to fast when taking some types of blood tests, can one do it during a taanit such as Assara Beteveth that according to some opinions is more severe than others.

A. On question 219 regarding a blood test on Tzom ....


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Expand Article # 2493 A Hefsek Psak
Q. Before davening Shacharis in shul, I made a shehakol on a cup of water. After Shacharis, they brought out tikkun (vodka) because it was the yartzeit of the rav's father. Do I need to make a new shehakol? Does it make a difference if the food brou ....


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Expand Article # 2492 Saving the Life Jackets
Q. If life jackets that are commonly found on boats contained shatnez, would one be permitted to wear it while out on the water?

A. It is very unlikely that life jackets would be made from or contain both natural wool and linen fi ....


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Expand Article # 2491 Torah Bitul on a Nit'l
Q. I'm from Chasidik background and avoid learning Torah on Nit'l night. Should I also not learn on the ninth of Teveth since according to some it is the day that yoshke was born?

A. On question 1567, regarding the he 9 of Teveis, we wro ....


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Expand Article # 2490 A Major Reading For a Minor Reader
Q. Can a Bar Mitzva boy who is to be Bar Mitzva on Sunday, read the maftir and the Haftorah on the immediate Shabbos before when three Sefer Torahs are read?

A. Poskim maintain that one can call for maftir a kotton or minor, not yet ba ....


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Expand Article 2489 Holy Name or Unholy Shame?
Q. How could they use the Babylonian names for the months, were they not the idolatrous names of their avoda zarah? (See questions 2487-88 above)

A. As mentioned above quoting Ramban rather than remembering the Exodus, the Sages of ....


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Expand Article # 2488 Keeping Up To Date
Q. Why is there some reluctance to the use of the names of the secular months in our days, while we accepted totally the use of Aramaic names of months, such as Tishrei, Cheshvan etc.? Why not keep the Torah names for the months, such as Chodesh Har ....


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Expand Article # 2487 That Time of the Month
Q. Is it better when using the secular date, to write numbers for the months instead of the names of the months, since they may have some avoda zarah deities connotations?

A. On question 94 (with some additions) we wrote: "Maharanm ....


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