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Expand Article # 888 When Life Gives You Lemons, Does It Make You Fleishig?
Q. If I use a fleishig spoon to juice a lemon is the lemon fleshig?

A. Most Poskim agree that lemons are considered a dovor chorif or foods with a sharp taste. (Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 96: 4 et. al.) However, Shach (96: 20) mentions th ....


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Expand Article #887 A Toast To Muffins
Q. English muffins are typically eaten after toasting them, does toasting make them pas Yisroel?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 112: 12) quotes two opinions whether bread that was fully baked and is then further baked or toasted to impro ....


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Expand Article # 886 Away in the Milky Way
Q. According to the OU web site the heter for baking bread which contains milk is that the milk is nullified. May one eat them with meat?
English muffins are typically eaten after toasting them, does toasting make them pas Yisroel?



Posted 9/22/2015 3:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 885 All Wrapped Up and Somewhere To Go
Q. If after putting on tallis and teffilin, I realize that there won't be enough men for a minyan, if I remove my tallis and teffilin, drive to another shul, and put them on again, am I required to make a new brachah on both the tallis and teffil ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 884 Hashem Wants, You Too?
Q. Does saying Im Yirtzeh Hashem (G-d willing) qualify as saying B'li Neder (no promise made)?

A. The two terms express different ideas. It is common to find in the responsa and rabbinic literature both phrases used together (see Sd ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 883 What's in a Name
Q. Subsequent to my Zaidy’s recent successful eye operation, he has developed a renewed interest in praying to Hashem. Upon viewing the siddur for the first time in many years, he asked me why the most important word pronounced is rarely printed. ....


Posted 9/18/2015 4:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 882 Two Sides of the Cohen
Q. What does a Cohen do when he needs to visit a sick relative in the hospital or a spouse? Does it matter what kind of hospital it is. Can you provide considerations for sick kids, mount sinai, baycrest, and toronto general?
Thank you.


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Expand Article # 881 Never Say Neder II
Q. What if I forgot to say beli neder when donating for a mi sheberach or telling that I will do any mitzva, does (Kol Nidre or Hatoras Nedorim declaration of annulment) help?


A. It is always better to say b'li neder. Howev ....


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Expand Article # 880 Never Say Neder
Q. I have often wondered if we make hatarath nedarim on erev Rosh Hashana, why do we recite Kol Nidre? Do any of the two declarations actually work?

A. The source for the Kol Nidei declaration is the Mishna in Nedarim (23a-b) “If o ....


Posted 9/13/2015 3:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 879 Don't Be A-loan on Rosh Hashana
Q. If someone has already written a pruzbul and then tutors or babysits before Rosh Hashana, but was not paid at that time, can they still collect after this Shmitah Rosh Hashana?

A. Only unpaid loans are canceled at the end of th ....


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Expand Article # 878 Guest to Honor
Q. My family is noheg that we wash netilas yadayim before Kiddush on Shabbos. When we have guests (both Ashkenazi and Sfardi) should they wash before like us, or after? The Mishna Brurah (siman 271 s"k 58) says even the Shulchan Aruch who holds its ....


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Expand Article # 877 Don't Go Nuts on Rosh Hashono
Q. Can you eat peanuts or peanut butter on Rosh Hashana?

A. Please refer to question # 213 in this forum (printed bellow.)
Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is the same in regards to peanuts. Peanut butter is unquestionably ....


Posted 9/10/2015 1:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 876 Vanish The Varnish?
Hello Rabbi Bartfeld,

Q. Is there a problem with using bamboo that is coated with a varnish like substance for schach?
I saw at dollar stores that they have them…


A. Poskim permit painting or coloring ....


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Expand Article # 875 Vesikin The Answer
Q. Dear Rabbi
Since on Rosh Hashana we are being judged during the first three hours of the day which begin around 5.30 AM, would not davening vesikin (with the sunrise) be the best alternative, rather than spend that time sleeping in bed as ....


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Expand Article # 874 Have You Heard This One?
Q. I daven like many others in a small shul, that is on a main street. It is common that the street noises like trucks going by or sirens are heard inside as well as sometimes small children crying or the A.C. making sounds. Are those noises an iss ....


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Expand Article # 873 Important Being Important?
Q. (For writing a pruzbul) Can you take any three people who are frum, even if they do not know much about Torah and explain to them what is pruzbul and what you want?

A. Poskim disagree concerning what kind of Beis Din is empowered to ....


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Expand Article # 872 Lenders Insomnia?
Q. Can a pruzbul be done at night?

A. Ohr Sameach (Shmittah 9: 18) debates whether a pruzbul can be processed at night. Maharikash (C. M. 67: 31,) Tzitz Eliezer (6: 39,) and others permit, since it is not basically a court act. H ....


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Expand Article # 871 pruzbul.org
Q. I'm a student in a place were there isn't much of a Jewish community and I have a few questions this year. Can a pruzbul be done on line or via a fax or email to the bais din?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that y ....


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Expand Article # 870 Tithes To Tuition
Q. Hi Rabbi Bartfeld.  Wanted to wish you and your family a Ksiva V’Chasima Tova!!!  I also wanted to ask if I can use my Maaser money to pay tuition for my 22 year old daughter to learn in... Yerushalayim.  ….  There is also ....


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Expand Article # 869 Identity Crisis
Q. How much credence can be given to a place of burial of maternal ancestors or pictures taken by the chupa in establishing the Jewish identity of a person?

A. See Orchos Mishpot p. 357 who quotes the general rules established by Hora ....


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