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Expand Article #743 Early Chometz Nullification


Q. f you will not be at home during Pesach, and you do an early bedika, (see prior question) when and how do you do the Bitul Chametz?


A. After finishing the search he should recite the declaration of Bitul Cham ....


Posted 3/13/2015 3:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 742 Searching for not Cleaning


Q. Is there a way to avoid the cleaning and searching the whole house, if you are going away for Pesach and will not be there at all?


A. Due to the difficulties involved when owning a large house to complet ....


Posted 3/11/2015 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 741 A Pesach Travelers Guide
A Pesach Travelers Guide

Dear Rabbi Bartfeld re our conversation on writing a brief guide for the most common questions that people have when traveling to a hotel for Pesach; the following are some of the most common concerns.
When ....


Posted 3/11/2015 11:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 740 Krum Presume on the Philtrum?


Q. Is there a source that the indented part of the top lip that people have today is a result of the malach hitting us on the lip in order that we forget the Torah we were taught in the womb by the malach?

A. The Tal ....


Posted 3/10/2015 12:03 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #739 Bar the Early Bar Mitzvah


Q. My son was born bein hashmashos on Thursday yud alef cheshvan. We asked a shaila when he was born and we were told to make his bris on Friday.
B"H we are approaching his bar mitzvah. This upcoming year, yud alef cheshvan f ....


Posted 3/9/2015 11:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 738 The Cohen Spock?


Q. Can someone give a hand salute with fingers spread like the cohanim do when they say bircas cohanim? (as Nimoy and the Vulcans )?

A. Since the Torah directed the Cohanim to be the ones to bless the Jewish nation, ....


Posted 3/4/2015 3:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 737 Ad Dílo Yoda What he Drinks
Q. On the mitzvah of drinking on Purim does it have to be wine only? Can you drink some wine, like a cup and then other liquor?

A. Rashi (Megila 7b) explains that the drink is wine. Biur Halocho (695: 1) quoting Eliahu Rabba, ment ....


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Expand Article # 736 Purim Tehilim
Q. Since Purim is a special day for tefillah, is one allowed to say tehillem on Purim night? Or is tehillem not allowed to be said by an individual at night?

A. Indeed Purim is a special day for tefilos, similar to Yom Kippur (Tik ....


Posted 3/4/2015 3:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #735 A Time to Dance?


Q. Why is there a custom to dance after saying kiddush levana?

A. In only one instance the Remo praises and extols dancing and that is in Darkei Moshe (426) in regards to Kidush Levana. He mentions that the reason f ....


Posted 2/27/2015 3:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #734 Our Teacher Was a Real Angel


Q. Does a malach teach a non-Jewish baby all of the torah? Or only the 7 mitzvos of Noach?

A. The Talmud (Nida 30b) teaches that during the days of pregnancy the fetus or rather his neshama (Maharsho Ė Chidushei ....


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Expand Article #733 Interrupting Kidush II


Q. What if someone says shalom aleichem to you while you are in the middle of the beracha (of Kidush Levana) can you respond?

A. (Please see question 575 in this forum) Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 66: 1) rules that in t ....


Posted 2/25/2015 3:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #732 Peace to All?


Q. Can one say it (Shalom Aleichem at Kidush Levana) to one person or it needs to be said to three different people?

A. The most established tradition in Ashkenazi communities is to address three different peopl ....


Posted 2/25/2015 2:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #731 Rav Shalom Im Yareach

Q. Why do we say shalom aleichem (in kiddush levana) three times?

A. Most Poskim mention greeting Shalom Aleichem three times, as cited in Tur from Maseches Sofrim. Some see the strength of chazaka (usually a strong, establ ....


Posted 2/25/2015 2:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #730 Moon Greetings


Q. Why do we say shalom aleichem in kiddush levana?

A. A number of reasons are mentioned for saying Shalom Aleichem at Kidush Levana; some are:
1) Mishna Berura (426: 16) quotes from Mogen Avrohom that we ....


Posted 2/25/2015 2:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #729 The Law of the Tablets


Q. A non-Jewish co-worker gave me as a present his last year model tablet when he bought a new one, which is far better than the one I have. I use mine for learning the Daf and for davening Mincha, since we donít have enough sidur ....


Posted 2/23/2015 1:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #728 Reserved Parking Permit
Q. Is one able to reserve a public parking spot? For example I am supposed to meet someone at a certain venue and I get there first and parking is tight. I see a parking spot open up and I go and sit down in that spot to "reserve" it for my frien ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #727 New Name Claim
Q. If a person is born with a certain name (Hebrew) and does not like the name and tells everyone to call them by a different name and changes their name legally, does that have any Halachic binding. For example a person is called Avigal and she ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #726 Laud And Drear
Q. I am frequently distracted during davening by others who daven audibly (during the Amidah) or who daven significantly louder than the rest of the congregation during the parts (like psukei dízimra) that are recited out loud. It is very hard for ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #725 Donít Don Tefilin on Yom Shabboson.
Q. I would like to know the opinion of the rav, shlita, what one should do if he was mekabel Shabbos at Plag HaMincha on Friday afternoon, and then remembered that he did not put on tefillin (for Friday)?
From Taz 600:2 it would seem to me ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #724 Pointless Tosefes?
Q. I would like to know the rav's opinion, if a person can daven Mincha erev Shabbos in such a way that by the time he finishes, it will already be after shkia?
How would one fulfill the mitzvah of tosefes shabbos, which requires a verbal st ....


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