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Expand Article # 2727 A New View on the Birds
Q. Since Rav Miller paskened (ruled) that you can do shiluach haken on a nest with geese eggs, can various people do it, each taking just one egg? When they return them as you wrote, can someone else also repeat and then put it back?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2726 A Stone With a Heart
Q. I ordered a matzeva for my aunt who doesn't have any children in Canada. Because of the traveling restrictions they will not be able to gather together for a while. Can the ceremony of dedication be postponed for over a year, until we can all joi ....


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Expand Article # 2725 Back Answer
Q. Can a man rest on a hammock since he is laying parkedon or on his back which is assur?

A. On question 1665 regarding laying on ones back by the chiropractor instructions, we wrote:
"Mishna Berura (239: 6) rules that it is a ....


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Expand Article # 2724 Value of the Deutsche Mark
Q. Re- Questions (2722 - 2723) above If it is recommended to remove tattoos, does that apply also to the numbers that were tattooed by the Germans ym's?

A. Chashukei Chemed (Shabbos 105b) addresses this Shaila and asserts that even ....


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Expand Article # 2723 Mind The Gap?
Q. See question (2722) on tattoos above. Are they a chatzitza for the tevila of women.

A. On question 542 we wrote: "Poiskim rule that stains that have no substance to them, and they just present a superficial coloration of the skin, ....


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Expand Article # 2722 Question Mark II
Q. Re- questions on tattoos,(2707 - 2708). Thanks so much for the information. A ger who had tattoos done in his early days before he converted, does he have to remove them now that he became Jewish? The same would apply to a baal teshuva? Is it bet ....


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Expand Article # 2721 Zoom In
Q. If we do a siyum by Zoom and each person eats his own food with his family, is that considered a seudas mitzva?

A. On question 2621 we wrote regarding a siyum Erev Pesach, if it can it be done by phone, online or Zoom, we wrote: “O ....


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Expand Article # 2720 A Clean Break
Q. When we are davening on the backyards is there a concern with droppings of animals such as raccoons, cats, birds, etc.?

A. On question 2528 regarding davening when a litter box for cats and dogs is inside that family room, we wrote" ....


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Expand Article # 2719 A Blessing Wife
Q. (Regarding questions 2693 and 2694, regarding if a wife can be motzi her husband with elokay neshomo and hamaavir sheino, during Shavuos morning, which are part of the birchos hashachar or morning blessings recited daily. This question and others ....


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Expand Article # 2718 Not The Longest Aliya
Q. Now that we B'H can return to daven is shul, do we have to lein all the parshios we missed? If we do. can we divide the parshios missed, since they are so many, into two or three Shabossim?

A. On question 2611 we wrote: "Remah (O.H. ....


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Expand Article # 2717 Face to Face
Q, When davening in the backyard, if the Sefer Torah is kept on an aron inside the family room that has a door open to the porch and can be seen from there, do you fall tachanun on your face then?

A. Remah (O.H. 131:2) rules that on a ch ....


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Expand Article # 2716 Follow Out?
Q. I am staying BE"H in a bungalow colony and there is only one minyan and they daven early. I'm obliged to daven with them, and also start Shabbat early?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 263: 12) and Mishna Berura (51) maintain that if there ....


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Expand Article # 2715 Apron Strings
Q. In summer days when the husband davens early Kabbolas Shabbos, and as mentioned in last question, if it is done for convenience, he does not impose Shabbos restrictions on his wife. Can she do work for him also?

A. Igrois Moshe (O ....


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Expand Article # 2714 Bright and Early Shabbos
Q.  In summer days when the husband davens early Kabbolas Shabbos, does his wife have to abstain from doing melochos at that same time and light candles then?

A. Igrois Moshe (O.H. 3: 28) rules that is the husband decides to attend an ea ....


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Expand Article # 2713 An Offer One Can Refuse
Q. Thanks for your answer that shows both expertise and common sense. I have another question, I was offered the position of president of my synagogue and it is possible that I can be effective in bettering things there. But I'm afraid it is going t ....


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Expand Article # 2712 Live In a Tree?
Can one place a siddur on a tree or lean on the tree without moving it?

A. Mishna Berura (336: 3) explains that the ruling of Shulchan Aruch that it is prohibited to use a tree on Shabbos, includes not placing any objects on it. On the p ....


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Expand Article 2711 Why Not Pick Up?
Q. Re - question 2710 above. How about if the siddur fell on some delicate flowers, can one also pick it up? If not, what should one do with it?

A. Mishna Berura (336: 14) mentions that the permission of the Remah mentioned on the p ....


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Expand Article # 2710 Don't Let the Siddur Down
Q. If someone is davening outside and he dropped on Shabbos his siddur on some plants on the edge of the grass and can't pick it up without moving the leaves of the plant, can he pick it up? How tall can the plant be?

A. Remah (O.H. 33 ....


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Expand Article # 2709 Growing Pains
Q. As we many of us daven these days on the backyard minyanim, if there is some flowerpots growing outside on the edge of the fence of the deck facing the grass, can someone stand bellow the pot while davening? Maybe it is asur since he is blocking ....


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Expand Article # 2708 Identifying Signs of Time
Q. Does one transgress the prohibition of etching a tattoo, if one does not have the intention of writing or illustrating any words, symbols or forms at all. A dot will be tattooed in a specific place, simply to be able to identify a person, that ....


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