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Expand Article # 859 Shofar So Good
Q. I'm learning to become a Baal Tokea but the friend teaching me can only do it at night is that OK?

A. See question above. It would depend on the opinions quoted. Aruch Hashulchan (581: 12) rules that one should not blow the shof ....


Posted 8/25/2015 3:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 858 Blowing in the Night?
Q. If someone didn't hear the shofar during Elul in the morning should he blow at night? What if he has no minyan?

A. Poskim disagree whether one should blow the shofar at night Remoh (O.H. 581: 1) writes that there are places plac ....


Posted 8/25/2015 3:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 857 Is the Left Right?
Q. Is There a difference between the shofar of the right side of the head of the ram or the left side?

A. Afarkasta De’anya (116) quotes Maharil that the intention of the verse (Yishaya 27: 13) ....


Posted 8/14/2015 6:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 856 A Shofar in Hot Water

Dear Rabbi a few questions on acquiring a shofar
Q. I was given a shofar as a present, it has a good sound but it is rather straight and only slightly bent. I was told that if you heat the shofar you can soften it and bend it, is th ....


Posted 8/14/2015 6:08 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #855 Holy Hangings
Q. A neighbor was moving out & he offered me this object that was hanging in his house rather than throwing it in the garbage. Is it just a wall hanging or could it have come from a Sefer Torah?
(See attachment.)


A ....


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Expand Article # 854 From the Beak of Parrots
Q. Dear Rabbi.
I found a parrot on my backyard a few days ago and I placed found-a-parrot signs on the posts on the neighborhood. A Jewish neighbor came shortly after and gave as a siman, a name (his) that the parrot repeats when it sees him. ....


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Expand Article # 853 Little One's Big Miracles
Q. My three year old son had a miracle. He was standing by the fridge. when the whole cabinets crashed in the kitchen. What stopped it from collapsing totally on him was the Shabbos water heater, where it rested on. Do I bentch gomel for him?  ....


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Expand Article # 852 Early Blessings
Q. Is it correct when someone speaks at a wedding on Tu Beav to already wish everyone a Kesiva Vechasima Tova or is it out of place?

A. Chasidic sources maintain that it is proper for one to salute from Tu Beav onwards with the bles ....


Posted 7/31/2015 2:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 851 Fast Before Feast
Q. Does a Chosson- Kallah fast on Tu Beav if they get married later on that day?

A. See prior question. Mishna Berura (573: 7) rules in the name of Mogen Avrohom (ibid.) that there is no ta’anis chasonim on Tu Beav, and the choson ....


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Expand Article # 850 Have a Great Yom Tov
Q. Is there an inyan to make in our days a siyum on Tu Beav since it is considered one of the greatest Yomim Tovim?

A. The Mishna (Ta’anis 26b) quotes Rabban Shimon Ben Gamliel saying that; There were no greater Yomim Tovim than t ....


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Expand Article # 849 Falls Apart?
Q. Hi,
I am thinking of driving to Niagara Falls USA to  get a social security card for our daughter next week Tuesday.
We might stop by the falls while we are there to stretch a bit and rest.

My wife feels this i ....


Posted 7/29/2015 10:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 848 Sponge a Shaile?
Q. If there is a sponge or a rag lying in the sink, is one permitted to turn on the water on Shabbos, or would this be considered "laundering" the sponge (since it will become soaked with water)?

If this is, indeed, a problem, then ....


Posted 7/24/2015 6:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 847 A Separating Havdala?
A Separating Havdala?

Q. If a woman can’t fast does her husband say havdala for her during the day, and she drinks the cup?

A. Poskim rule that an ill person who has to eat on Tisha Beav should recite havdala before ....


Posted 7/24/2015 6:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 846 Meat Me on Shalosh Seudos?
Q. Is it better to eat meat on this shaleshudes (when Tisha Beav is Sunday) when you don’t do so the whole year?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 552: 10) rules that when Tisha Beav is a nidche one can eat on all the Shabbos meals meat and ....


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Expand Article # 845 Home Meal
Q. If we always eat shaleshudes in shul should we also do it on this Shabbos when it is a nidche or is it better to eat at home?

A. See prior question. Poskim disagree if it is better to eat with company on the Shalosh Seudos meal ....


Posted 7/24/2015 6:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 844 Changing Fast Clothes
Q. Is it worthwhile this year that Motzei Shabbos is Tisha Beav nidche, to make Maariv later and let the people go home to change to weekday clothing?


A. Since when Tisha Beav is Motzei Shabbat you have to stop eating on ....


Posted 7/24/2015 5:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 843 Bearly a Reason for Hagomel Bentching?
Q. Dear Rav Bartfeld, shlita,
Someone in our kehillah was hiking alone up a mountain out west. As he was walking, he noticed a black bear about 90 meters away from him. Black bears can be deadly, even though they are not as dangerous as grizzl ....


Posted 7/20/2015 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 842 Velo Yi'hye Motor?
Q. Are you allowed to fix a motorboat (during the Nine Days)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that in principle there is no prohibition for a Gentile to fix for you a motorboat that will be used after the Nine Days. However ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 841 Float Your Boat?
Q. Is it permitted to take (during the Nine Days) a boat ride on the lake without getting wet? Is it permitted if you do it for the children?

A. Poskim advise that during the period of Ben Hametzarim and especially during the Nine Da ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 840 Stealing Your Mind with Fake Flowers?
Q. Can you place (during the Nine Days) an outside planter and plant it with artificial flowers? (Is that permitted the whole year, or is it gneivas daas?)

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that it should be avoided since i ....


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