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Expand Article # 2878 Stay Attached
Q. A shul provides the Arbah Minim (lulav, esrog etc.) for the people men and women that come on Sukkoth and don't have any of their own. During these problematic times they also provide disinfectant liquid and a sign urges the users to wash their ha ....


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Expand Article # 2877 Cover Story
Q. (See the 3 prior questions; 2674-76). Can one just cover the suka with a plastic tarp or canvas that rests directly on the scahch to protect it from rain?

A. Igrois Moshe (O.H. 5: 39: 4) indeed permits to spread directly on the schach ....


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Expand Article # 2876 No Soff to It?
Q. (See the 2 prior questions 2874-75). If the tefach spread is under the extended roof, (soffit) does it count?

A. As mentioned on the questions above, Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 315: 2) rules that if the shlack cover was extended over a te ....


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Expand Article # 2875 Keep on Rolling
Q. (Re question 2874 above). Does it make a difference if the roll was attached to the wall of the house or the suka?

A. Rema (O.H. 626: 3) writes that roof panels that are attached to the roof with hinges, can be closed or opened during ....


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Expand Article # 2874 Roll for Cover
Q On Sukot, we use a roll of a plastic sheet as a shlack to cover the suka when raining. Does the width of the roll count for the tefach (10 cm.) needed to be spread out before Yom Tov?

A. Covering a suka with a plastic sheet or tarp ma ....


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Expand Article # 2873 Room For Doubt?
Q. I saw the reply above (question 2868) regarding plastic shield separation for people seating in a suka. Our father, should be maarich yomim, who is a zoken and frail, is staying with us. and we want him to spend some time with the grandchildren ....


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Expand Article # 2872 Doing it Right for the Left
Q. On which hand does a lefty hold the lulav and the esrog? If he reverses does he also change the hadassim and the aravot?

A. It would depend whether one is Ashkenazi or Sephardi. Shulchan Aruch (651: 3) rules that even a left handed p ....


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Expand Article # 2871 A Heavenly Smell?
Q. Is it permitted to use as schach for the suka, flowers that have a good smell?

A. Rema (O.H. 68: 2) quotes two opinion whether if one is allowed to use good smelling hadassim as schach for the suka. Ran (Suka 18a) maintains that it i ....


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Expand Article # 2870 Clean Up Act
Q. It is common in our warm country to make the sucot on the central court yards of buildings. On those yards, sewage pipes are installed on the outside of the walls and connect to each apartment. Can a Suca be built there if those pipes will end the ....


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Expand Article # 2869 Sleep On This
Q. Due to the fruit trees growing nicely on our back yard, we decided this year to make the suka on the front yard facing the street. The problem is that our neighborhood is lately not that safe anymore, and the kids and me too, are afraid to sleep ....


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Expand Article # 2868 Together But Not Together
Q. The minhag in our family is always to have guest for sukot, especially the ones that don't have access to a suka. In our scary corona days, we want to continue our so important kiruv tradition. To protect us all, we want to place between the seats ....


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Expand Article # 2867 Beyond Relief?
Q. Can someone that needs caffeine relief on Yom Kippur to be able to fast and daven properly, use a caffeine suppository that also contains Tylenol, even if that medicine is not needed?

A. Chelkas Yaakov (2: 83), based on Maharsham ( ....


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Expand Article # 2866 Frum by Zoom
Q. I give a parsha shiur that meets these days twice a week on zoom. We are all friends and neighbors that know each other for many years. As Yom Kippur approaches and we don't meet this days face to face, can we all ask mechila from each other on th ....


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Expand Article # 2865 A Safe Pair of Hands
Q. I was wondering when one touches his shoe or covered areas of the body with only one hand, does he have to was both hands as when one goes to the bathroom? This seems to be important on Yom Kippur when one must avoid unnecessary washing.



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Expand Article # 2864 Be Good with Your Hands
Q. When washing hands with sanitizer on Yom Kippur, as we do in these pandemic days, can you wash your whole hand or only up to your knuckles, as we do when we wake up?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that since one is not ....


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Expand Article # 2863 Strike the Gold?
Q. Re question above. I also heard that Horav Shlomo Miller paskened that women can wear in shul gold jewelry in Yom Kippur. Is that true?

A. Ritva (Rosh Hashana 26b) writes that a "taalis mezucheves" or gold decorated taalis can be wo ....


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Expand Article # 2862 Know Where You Stand
Q. Some time ago I heard that Horav Shlomo Miller paskened that women in shul do not have to stand up when the Aron Hakodesh is opened. Is that true?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that in principle women do not have stan ....


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Expand Article # 2861 A Clean Slate on Clean Hands
Q. Is it allowed to use disinfectant cleaning fluid on Shabbos or Yom Kippur? Does it matter what kind of liquid it is?

A. On question 997 and 2020 regarding the use of liquid soap and soap that changes from liquid to foam as well as han ....


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Expand Article # 2860 Wipe Out the Wipes?
Q. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's p'sak re baby-wipes on Shabbos? (And Yom Kippur?)

A. Contemporary Poskim present different opinions regarding baby-wipes, and they mostly depend on the nature and attributes of the wipes.

Thi ....


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Expand Article # 2859 Is the Shoe Fit?
Q. I'm a nurse at a hospital close to me and although I tried, I can't avoid having to put some hours during Yom Kippur to care for my patients, mostly Gentiles.
I have often wondered, if I have to put or take off leather shoes from patients ....


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