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Expand Article # 3067 The Robot and the Monkey
Q. In hospitals that already use robots for carrying and delivering meals for the patients, can one place Shalach Manot to be delivered by them to the sick?

A. Chashukei Chemed (Megila 7a) quotes a story of A Rov that complained to the ....


Posted 2/28/2021 12:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3066 The Customs of Costumes
Q. Can one wear a costume when davening?

A. Shulachan Aruch requires that one davening the Amida, to be dressed properly as if he would be standing facing a king.

Therefore, Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one ....


Posted 2/28/2021 12:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3065 Don't Just Grab a Garb
Q. Is it correct for children to wear on Purim a costume that resembles King Achasverosh or Haman, who were evil people?

A. See question 3064 above regarding the sources and reasons for wearing attires and disguises on Purim.
Hora ....


Posted 2/28/2021 12:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3064 Face the Mask
Q. If one wears for Covid protection a mask, would that qualify as 'Partzufin' on Purim, or does one have to wear an additional mask?

A. On question 1279 regarding Rema's ruling (695: 2) that you have to wear Shabbos clothing on Purim ....


Posted 2/25/2021 10:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3063 The Whole Halel Megila?
Q. There are in our days a significant amount of people who due to the pandemic restrictions, will be unable to hear the Megillah reading from a proper manuscript this year, either because they are hospitalized and the ones who can read for them ar ....


Posted 2/25/2021 10:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3062 The Propitious Purim Poor
Q. If one is approached during Purim by people collecting for matonos laevyonim for the local needy and also for the Aniyei or poor of Eretz Yisroel, what should he choose?

A. Rambam (H. Matonos Aniyim 7: 13) based on Sifri (Devarim 15 ....


Posted 2/25/2021 10:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3061 Amount to Something
Q. What are the correct amounts for machatzit hashekel and matonos laevyonim this year?

A. On question 1024 and 2572 we wrote: Rema (O.H. 694: 1) rules that we donate besides Matonos Laevyonim, also Machatzis Hashekel, but the amounts ....


Posted 2/25/2021 10:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3060 New Ways of Giving
Q. Can one comply with the mitzva of Matonos Loevyonim (giving to the poor) during Purim when the receiving pauper uses a mobile credit card reader terminal and one offers to him a credit card that will be charged immediately?

A. Horav ....


Posted 2/25/2021 9:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3059 A Gift on Time
Q. Shalom Rav, Purim this year will be a rush no doubt.
Would it be OK to put A shaloch manos by someone’s door after Shabbos already comes in, right? [If the items are not muksa and can be used/eaten on Shabbos? ]
Can we drop off a bunch ....


Posted 2/25/2021 9:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3058 Has a Drinking Problem
Q. I'm a Yeshiva Bachur (after high school), staying in the Yeshiva for Purim. If my mother asked me not to drink any alcohol during the Purim seuda, do I have to listen to her?

A. Halichos Shlomo (19: 25) maintains that one should ....


Posted 2/22/2021 10:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3057 A Child Bonus
Q. Can one give on Purim a few dollars as matanot laevyonim (gifts to the needy), to a child from a family that lost their jobs during the Covid pandemic? Does one have to inform the parents? Is it proper to do so?

A. Aruch Hasulchan (6 ....


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Expand Article # 3056 Change One's Tune
Q. Kvod Harav, In the Shul where I daven (and several other places), during the Chazaras Hashatz sometimes there are people who sing along the words of Shmonei Eisrei along with the Chazan. When I am Davening for the Amud, I find this very disturbing ....


Posted 2/22/2021 11:49 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3055 The Real Spirit of Purim
Q. I heard that Horav Miller advised this year due to the recommended health restrictions to avoid making large Purim seudos and parties. How about inviting people that don't have where to eat their seuda and would end up eating it alone?



Posted 2/21/2021 9:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3054 First Come First Served?
Q. See above question (3053). Which of the two mitzvos mentioned (gifts to the poor and shalach manos) should one do first on Purim?

A. Although the posuk mentions Mishloach Manos before Matonos Laevyonim, (Esther ). Shulchan Aruch pres ....


Posted 2/21/2021 9:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3053 Be Right on the Money
Q. It says to spend more money on matanos laevyonim than on the other mitzvos of Purim. However, if there are many people that I owe to them hakaras hatov (giving thanks for favors received), and I feel obligated to give them mishloach manos as an e ....


Posted 2/21/2021 9:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3052 The Gift of Gift Giving
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) Purim will be on Friday. Because of the proximity to Shabbat and also the early seuda, should one comply with Shalach Manot on the night before? Can one take them to a shul before Tefilah and leave them there for the inten ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3051 On Noon
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) Purim will be on Friday. Because of the proximity to Shabbat should one start and also end the seudah (feast) of Purim before chatzot (midday)?

A. Rema (O.H. 695: 2) writes that when Purim is on Friday the seu ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3050 Code of Silence
Q. I have a shaila regarding an elderly mute person that is ill and can't come to shul. Until now someone read the megilah for him reciting the bracha 'lishmoa mikra megilah, as women do, since he is unable to read it himself. I was wondering since h ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3049 Let The Happy Times Begin
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) the first day of Rosh Chodesh Adar will be'H be on Friday. Does Mishenichas Adar Marbim Besimcha, with all the segulot begin already on Friday since after all it is still the last day od Shevat. This makes a difference i ....


Posted 2/16/2021 4:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3048 Keeping Holy the Holy
Q. I was teaching Maseches Yodayim to a Talmid and we learned about the Halacha that touching Kisvei HaKodesh is M'tamei es HaYodayim. (When touching Holy Scripts. one's hands will become impure and will require washing).
The boy asked: If one ....


Posted 2/16/2021 4:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)

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