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Expand Article # 2618 Why Not Kitniot?
Q. Can I (a person that is prone to serious seizures) get a heter for buckwheat and  or quinoa and or chick peas during Pesach. Because I eat buckwheat every day and its a part of kitniot. I was told by doctors that I need to avoid carbohydrates and ....


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Expand Article # 2617 You'll Drink to That
Q. I'm a frum physician working in a hospital... (See question 2616 above). I probably will have to be working in the hospital, during the first or even the second seder this week. I'll probably reach home by uber around 11.00 pm. My wife will mak ....


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Expand Article # 2616 Man Alive!
Q. I'm a frum physician working in a hospital that is very busy these days and I have a few shailos. There is a significant number of Jewish patients that I with the rest of the staff attend to. Due to the great need for room in our hospital these da ....


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Expand Article # 2615 Let All the Hungry Come and Eat?
Q. May one invite someone for the seder or Yom Tov meals if the guest does not have any symptoms and would have nowhere else to go, due to everyone else's reluctance to invite people during this time? May one trust in the merit of the mitzvah to pr ....


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Expand Article # 2614 A Peace of the Moon
Q. when saying kiddush levana, if you are by yourself as we mostly are in this (covid) crisis, can you call a friend by phone and say shalom alechem to him? Can you tell it to your wife?

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


Posted 4/5/2020 1:58 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2613 Disposal At Your Disposal
Q. Is it true that Rav Shlomo Shlit'a paskened (ruled) that one can dispose of the chometz by just throwing it out on the garbage containers when they will be collected during Pesach? Really!!

A. Indeed on the drasha of Shabbos Hagodol ....


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Expand Article # 2612 The Party Line?
Q.  What to do about the siyum Erev Pesach? Can it be done by phone, online or zoom?

A. On question 531 regarding someone joining a siyum Erev Pesach while still traveling via telephone we wrote; "On question 198 we mentioned: If you ....


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Expand Article # 2611 The Longest Aliya Ever?
Q. When the Eibeshter will have rachamnus (compassion) on us and the shuls will be able to resume, should we lein (read) all the missed parshiyos?

A. Remah (O.H. 135: 2) rules that if we missed the reading of a parsha, the next Shabbo ....


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Expand Article # 2610 The Neighboring Minyan
Q. A group of five neighbors that share different sides and corners of their back yards, with one standing in the middle. He wants to organize a minyan during these critical covid times. Since each family has one or several bar mitzva children and t ....


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Expand Article # 2609 Have a Healthy Shabbos
Q. Can someone that does not usually take vitamins, take them now even during Shabbos, to build resistance to the Corona virus?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that you should first consult with your doctor as to which v ....


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Expand Article # 2608 What's In a Name?
Q. Should the custom be not to call this (Coronavirus) disease by name as is the custom with other dreaded diseases?

A. There is indeed a tradition followed by some not to call a frightening disease such as cancer by its name, and t ....


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Expand Article # 2607 Travel Light
Q. Is it true that Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a just prohibited this year yeshiva bachurim to come home for Pesach? We have 3 boys learning in yeshivos in the States. where can they go? Can you urgently enlighten us please!

A. Recently, ....


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Expand Article # 2606 And The Name Is...
Q. A few days ago Beezras Hashem my wife gave birth to a healthy beautiful baby girl. We follow the Rov's instructions and we don't go these days to shul. My question is what do we do with giving her a name. Can we just choose the name and be mefar ....


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Expand Article # 2605 Lashon Hatov?
Q. If a friend confided to me that he tested positive to the Corona virus illness, but he doesn't want other people to know, and I should keep it to myself. Should I tell others? Would that be lashon hora?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's ....


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Expand Article # 2604 Turn Shabbos On
Q. Can I leave on my computer during Shabbat, without sound just to read if any emergencies are happening with the coronavirus pandemic?

A. Horrav Shlomo Miller's opinion is that at this point in time (3/28/20) there is no reason to leav ....


Posted 3/28/2020 11:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2603 Sever Relations in Severe Times?
Q. During these difficult times should people abstain from conjugal relations, as the Talmud teaches in regard to times of hunger?

A. Indeed Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 574: 4 and 240: 12) and Rambam (H. Taaniyos 3: 8) rule that one should ....


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Expand Article # 2602 Can I Help You?
Q. In our city, we still have a few meshulachim collecting from door to door. This goes on even when they have been given community help and support, to avoid them collecting since they may be prime carriers of the (covid) virus. If one knocks at my ....


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Expand Article # 2601 Words Of Honor
Q. I have yohrzait tonight, and I have access to a minyan that meets in a back yard close to my house, should I go?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that at this time (3/24/20), one should not attend a minyan outside of his ....


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Expand Article # 2600 The Right Crowd?


Q. In these covid 19 days, when we are asked to daven at home, is there a hiddur (enhancement) for several people (sons and father) davening at the same time and same place, even though there is no minyan?

A. Our Sages ....


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Expand Article # 2599 Recovering Information
Q. My parents contracted the CoronaVirus. B'chasdei HaShem, their symptoms, though difficult, are not overwhelming and they are quarantined at home.
When, B'ezras HaShem, they recover, and the virus becomes manageable community-wide such that ....


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