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Expand Article # 2950 Sage Advise
Q. (See question 2949 above). Thanks for your fast and reasonable answer. We have an additional question. Before we bought our property, we were able to change the established zoning- by-laws to permit a place of worship. When the church acquired th ....


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Expand Article # 2949 Kosher Fences Make Good Neighbors
Q. We are a small orthodox shul in a small Midwest city. We recently bought a new empty large property to rebuild and expand our existing shul. It turned out that the also empty property neighboring ours, was then purchased by a church and they want ....


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Expand Article # 2948 Doing it Right when Putting it Right
Q. See question (2945) above. I understand from your reply that even placing back loose pieces of the wheelchair can be problematic. In our particular case the feet support plate gave in and father's heavy feet dragged on the floor, and made it impo ....


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Expand Article # 2947 If it Looks Like Bread...
Q. Crackers or wafers made from wheat and advertised as bagel crisps or slices of authentically toasted bagels, that indeed taste accordingly and look like rings cut from a bagel, is their brocho mezonos or hamotzi?

A.   It is ....


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Expand Article # 2946 Thought for Food
Q. Someone ate more than a kezais of mezonos and other Shehakol food and drinks, and then decided that he will not eat anymore cake or mezonos, so he said the bracha 'Al Hamichya' on the mezonos he ate. If he still wants to drink or eat other foods t ....


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Expand Article # 2945 Getting the Fix on a Fix
Q. My elderly father's old wheelchair broke last Shabbos and since he strongly needed it to move around the house, we temporarily fixed it by using a few nylon cable zip ties that although they are only a temporary solution, they usually are very str ....


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Expand Article # 2944 Dressing Down?
Q. If someone is wearing a medical dressing made of gauze or a cloth bandage for a wound that his doctor advised he should not remove, can he wear it and keep it on, when he goes to the mikva (for Tisha Kavim tevila) or is it a chatzitza (interpositi ....


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Expand Article # 2943 A First Glance
Q. When no Cohen is present in shul, and when other favoring factors such as being a greater Talmid Chacham or an elder are not applicable, does a Levi get preference for a first aliya? How about for leading in Birchat Hamazon?

A. Mishna ....


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Expand Article # 2942 A Light Touch
Q. If someone forgot to kindle a Yohrzait candle on that day for a father or mother, what is the correct thing to do. Should one light two candles when he/she remembers? What happens if someone just remembered in the Yohrzait morning, is lighting f ....


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Expand Article # 2941 Testing the Tester
Q. In reference to one of your recent teshuvos, I, an insulin user, requires a constant monitoring of my blood glucose level. Until now I was doing it by extracting blood samples, which you wrote, is a severe shailah on Shabbos of an Issur Deuraisso. ....


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Expand Article # 2940 Hold Your Peace
Q. See question (2939) above. Dear Rabbi, thank you for your prompt answer to our Beis Din shailah. Horav Miller's permission to demand a lie detector test, did have great consequence on our case, since even refusing to take the test, does look very ....


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Expand Article # 2939 The Truth Be Told
Q. If a Beis Din strongly suspects that the defendant in a very significant monetary litigation is not telling the truth, but they can't prove it, can they demand that the parties should be subjected to a lie detector test?

A. Horav Shlo ....


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Expand Article # 2938 A Fast Accident Waiting to Happen
Q. Someone took off his tefilin on Rosh Chodesh before Musaf in a hurry and placed them without their cover on a slanted shtender next to him. Then someone else walked by and not expecting that tefilin would be placed there and like that, by accident ....


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Expand Article # 2937 Pressed The Right Button?
Q. I read on a pamphlet published by Bikur cholim, that when during Shabbos one visits a patient on a high floor of an hospital, for the needs of the patient, when no other option is available one may ask a non-Jew directly to press the button on the ....


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Expand Article # 2936 Looking Under The Hood
Q. I heard that Rav Shlomo Shlit'a does not permit wearing on Shabbos a raincoat with a hood, unless one is covering his head or hat with the hood. If left uncovered and there is no eruv, one would be liable for carrying on Shabbos . Is that true?


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Expand Article # 2935 All For One or One For All?
Q.  If there is a number of sons and daughters of a deceased father living together, does each one have to light a separate candle on the day of the Yohrzait, or is it enough with one? A. Kol ....


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Expand Article # 2934 Do The Honors
Q. When the Torah reading is concluded, we put the Sefer Torah in a temporary box. When Shacharis is over, the Sefer Torah is transported by foot to another place to be stored securely. The shul has only one entrance/exit. It is clear from the Shulch ....


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Expand Article # 2933 Interesting Interest
Q. Someone borrowed a sefer, but kept it for a long time, then graciously to thank for the favor returns it with a bottle of wine as an act of thanks. Is that a question of ribbis or prohibited interest?

A. Poskim rule that if the borrow ....


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Expand Article # 2932 Shake Someone's Tree
Q. Can a Cohen walk or stand underneath a tree branch by a cemetery, that is at that point less than a tefach (about 10 cm.)wide, if at the source of the branch, where it stands over a kever (grave), it is wider than a tefach?

A. Talmud ....


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Expand Article # 2931 What Day Is It?
Q. Kvod Harav. On question above you quoted Talmud Yoma. Is it not the right pronunciation of that Gemara "Yuma" as everyone calls it and not Yoma as you did?

A. The Targum's usual Aramaic translation of 'yom' or day is 'yoma,' (the ....


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