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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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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Expand Article # 839 Roll Out the Green Carpet?
Q. Are you allowed (during the Nine Days) to spread on the deck a carpet made of artificial grass without nailing it?


A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that it is permitted, however a permanent installation should b ....


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Expand Article #838 All Hands Off Deck
Q. Is it permitted to wash the house floor during the nine days? How about the deck outside if dirty?

A. In question 594 on this forum we wrote; Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should n ....


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Expand Article # 837 Crazy Cooking
Q. If the caregiver asks one of the halachic shote patients above to turn on the stove, is that bishul akum for others?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is not bishul akum, since the Rabbinical prohibitions on the ....


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Expand Article # 836 Sombre Shote
Q. A patient who is so depressed that becomes irrational, is he a halachic shote at that time?

A. In the expressions of our sages one suffering from depression is named a Baal Moro Shechoro or suffering from Melankolio. Divrei Malki ....


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Expand Article # 835 Did he Find his Mind?
Q. If he (a patient that has lost most of his memory) regains some memory only from time to time and only then is rational, is he liable on mitzvos when he is well?

A. See prior answer where Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit”a indicated t ....


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