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Expand Article # 918 Tefilin Suit You?
Q. Should a Bar Mitzva bochur say shecheyanu on his new tefilin, if not for the mitzvah at least for the great pleasure of having new tefilin? Why should tefilin be less than a new suit?

A. Lehoros Nossan (2: 9: 9) quotes Ridbaz th ....


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Expand Article # 917 Brocho Only For Refuoh Shleimoh
Q. A patient who “lo alenu” due to a tumor in his esophagus can't swallow food and is being fed only by introducing food directly to his stomach via a catheter or by using a large syringe filled with food that he may previously chew. Does he mak ....


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Expand Article # 916 Think Before You Jump
Q. A Bar Mitzva bochur who said kidush levana before he became Bar Mitzva, does he have to repeat after if it still is before the end of the zman of kidush levana?

A. Tshuvos R”A Eiger (O.H. 186), Turei Even (Rosh Hashono 27) and Mesh ....


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Expand Article # 915 Shaitel Shyster?
Q. I bought a shaitel by someone with whom I had no previous experience. She told me to come in quickly as she had shaitels on sale for $xxx. until the end of the week. I did go in to look at what she had. She talked me into getting a $x,xxx shaite ....


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Expand Article # 914 Always Listen To Your Wife?
Q. BS"D, Thank you Rabbi Bartfeld.  Can I please ask you two more questions, and that will be It.  Why did the serpent first approach Eve instead of Adam? 

A. Rashi (3: 15) explains “...you came to Eve first o ....


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Expand Article # 913 You Can't Have It Both Ways
Q. If Adam was born both male and female, why couldn't he reproduce himself? 
Thank you.  Have a nice Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan and have a nice day.

A. Actually, Orach Chaim (2: 18) mentions that they (he uses plural) could repro ....


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Expand Article # 912 Shema Shaila
Q. If you are davening with a minyan, but are behind the chazan, (you came late or the chazan is too fast), when would you say or not say "Kel Melech Neeman" in Shema?
If you start Shema before he ends? You are saying birchas Kriyas Shema and ....


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Expand Article # 911 Mixed Up?
Q. We have a hand blender that we haven't used in several years. we think it is meat but can't quite remember, possibly is dairy.
The top half is a motor, bottom comes off for washing, and made of a plastic body and steel blade.
what is ....


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Expand Article #910 Bad Entrance
Q. There are two entrances to my shul. The back entrance is through a lane-way behind a plaza of retail stores. Behind each store, there are large bins with rotting food and other garbage. I avoid going in this way since it doesn't seem right to e ....


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Expand Article # 909 Some Mabul Now?
Q. I heard mentioned in Rav Shlomo Miller’s name that the reason we suffer from earth warming and severe climate changes is due to the corruptness and immorality of today’s society just like in the generation of the Mavul. Is that correct?
....


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Expand Article # 908 New Best Version of Windows
Q. On answer 900 you write that the different opinions on the dimension of a tefach are 11cm, 10.16cm, 10cm, 9cm and 8cm I distinctly remember seeing somewhere that there is an opinion that a tefach is less than 8cm. Is that true?

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Posted 10/19/2015 5:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 907 Fragrance Forever?
Q. Is there a problem of Sheviis with hadassim – can I use them for besomim in havdolah?

A. Sefer Hashmitta (from HagrI”M Tikotinsky zt:l, 7: 4: 6) mentions that hadasim like the lulav and arovos, do not acquire the holiness of she ....


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Expand Article # 906 The Drosho Better be Good
Q. If a Seudas Bar Mitzva is done on Motzei Shabbos a week after the bochur's birthday (he was born bein hashmoshos, so it could not be done on the prior Shabbos) is it still considered a Seudas Mitzva?

A. Mogen Avrohom (O. H. 225), r ....


Posted 10/18/2015 7:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 905 Dog-Gone?
Q. I was attending a neighbourhood Simchas Bais Hashoeva and a neighbor walked in in the sukkah with his friendly, well behaved but rather large family dog, that did not seem to bother anyone and trilled the children. Is it correct to bring in a dog ....


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Expand Article # 903 No Mitzva, But Someone Has To Take It Down
Q. Is removing, taking care and storing the suka properly, so it will in good condition and ready for the next year, considered already as the mitzva of building a suka? (For the purpose of osek bemitzva patur min hamitzva or zrizim makdimin and doi ....


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Expand Article # 902 Step On It?
Q. How small do the pieces of remaining pine schach or hoshanos leafs that fell on the floor have to be to be considered batel or not important, so it is permitted to step on them? (Pine schach especially on the outside is hard to completely remov ....


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Expand Article # 901 In the Beginning Questions Were Created
Q. BS"D, Hello Rabbi Bartfeld, my question is why didn't Adam punish and chastise Cain for
slaying Abel? Usually it's the parents that mete out punishment. And also, why did Adam
and Eve wait 130 years to have Seth? Thank you. Have a nic ....


Posted 10/9/2015 9:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 900 Best Version of Windows?
Q. My sukka is indoors and it is covered by a number of horizontal windows that open each individually.
The size of the opening of each window is 55cm. by 2 meters (the beam structure separating the widows is 25cm.) Do I have to open at lea ....


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Expand Article # 899 Deliver us From Deliveries
Q. I ordered last week from Amazon.com an item and they emailed me that the delivery will be on Monday. I forgot then that this is the first day of Yom Tov. Taking in account that the item by now on motze Shabbos is already in the way and some typ ....


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Expand Article # 898 Raising the Roof?
Q. If a Goy builds my suka and also puts the schach as instructed by me. Do I have to lift the schach a tefach or 3 to make it kosher lechatchila?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 635: 1) permits a Suka that was made by a Gentile as long ....


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