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Expand Article # 815 Enjoying the Fruit of Your Labor
Q. I have a few cherry trees in my back yard and we are now harvesting the new fruits. Do you make a Shecheyanu Bracha on them since you can find cherries all year round? Is the fact that they are dear to me since I planted the trees and rejoice on ....


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Expand Article # 814 Waiting for Redemption
Q. A woman gave birth to a baby boy in Yerushalayim on Sunday night י"ג סיון, fifteen minutes after shkia. At the time of the Pidyon Haben the parents and baby will be iy"h in Lakewood. According to the shita th ....


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Expand Article # 813 A Stirring Shailah
Q. I recently heard in Rav Miller's name that there is no איסור הגסה (prohibition of stirring) in a crock pot even before removing the inse ....


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Expand Article # 812 Safe Flyers
Q. Re- on question; When a deceased is being transported from Canada for burial in Israel, is it permitted or advisable to delay the kevura for the sake of a safer Halacha environment for the Cohanim travelling on the same air plane to Israel? ....


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Expand Article # 811 Medical Dressings
Q. I am a patient in hospital. I am usually dressed in hospital issue clothing, which consists of a shirt and trousers, basically pajamas. I put my tzitzis on over my shirt in the daytime.
There is a shul in the hospital. If I was home, I wou ....


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Expand Article # 810 No-Name Bracha
Q. Re- last questions Someone that davens nusach Ashkenaz-Sefard (Chasidish) is he obligated to answer Omain after Mekadeish Shmoi Berabim, when there is no mention of Hashem's name?
If he is not obligated, is he allowed to answer Omain at th ....


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Expand Article # 809 In Heavens Name
Q. If I hear someone make a bracha, perhaps the chazan in shul, and he mispronounces Hashem's Name as is unfortunately common, either by saying Adinoi or Adeenoi, instead of Ado-noi,

3) May one say Boruch Hu Uvoruch Shemo after the mis ....


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Expand Article #808 Omain in Vain?
Q. If I hear someone make a bracha, perhaps the chazan in shul, and he mispronounces Hashem's Name as is unfortunately common, either by saying Adinoi or Adeenoi, instead of Ado-noi, I have four (see next shaile) questions:

1) Is one ob ....


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Expand Article # 807 Prohibited Ta'am Kiker
Q. Is it correct that when lo alenu an ambulance comes to pick up a sick person or there is an emergency such as a fire, the passersby and curious neighbors all concentrate to watch the pain and misfortune of another person at the time they may b ....


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Expand Article # 806 Good Grief
Q. If one is in the year of aveilus, is he permitted to buy A) a cottage to be used as a vacation home or B) any other investment property that may also serve as a vacation home?

Thank you


A. The period of avelus ....


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Expand Article # 805 Family Discount
Q. What if he (one being paid for reciting kadish – see prior question 802) has to say kadish for his own parent?

A. Chelkas Ya'akov (3: 157) rules that one is allowed to accept the kadish recitation for someone else at the same ....


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Expand Article # 804 You Get What You Pay For?
Q. I recently heard in the Daf that one of the Gedolim (I think it was Rav Shternbuch) recommended to say in the mi sheberach after one gets an aliya and offers to give a donation, the word “Lekesheyiten” or “Baabur Sheyiten” instead of “baabur s ....


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Expand Article # 803 A Blessing in Disguise II
Q. Re- question 760 ( A Blessing in Disguise) on saying brochos in English for the purpose of kiruv. If one is in doubt whether to say a brocho or no, can it be said in English?

A. As we mentioned on question 760 in case of need, wh ....


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Expand Article # 802 Kadish for the Oilom?
Q. Can one person who is being paid for saying kadish, do so for other people at the same time and does he have to inform them?

A. Many Poskim rule that one may accept payment to recite kadish for a number of deceased (Even Ya'ako ....


Posted 6/2/2015 3:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 801 Lo Yoda Mordechai
Q. After hearing our Baal Korei attempt to read Mordechai's name in the Megillah with the pronunciation of the Chataf Komatz under the Dales, I realized that he was pronouncing it like a Komatz. Ostensibly, a Chataf Komatz should not be pronounced l ....


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Expand Article # 800 A Lift With a Real Lift
Q. If I drive to the supermarket (see prior question #799) can I give my neighbors a lift when I know that they are buying non-kosher meat?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'”a opinion is that you should still help them but offer to pay ....


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Expand Article # 799 Don't Bug the Neighbors
Q. I help my non-religious elderly neighbors by doing shopping for them. When requested can I buy raspberries for them? If I instruct them how to wash them properly and inspect them, can I trust them that they will follow through, or should I better ....


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Expand Article # 798 Privacy @ Work?
Q. Can an employer check the e mails of the people that work for him and suspects they may use his computers and paid time for their own private benefit?

A. Avnei Choshen (p. 568) mentions that Rav Chaim Valoshener zt”l instruct ....


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Expand Article # 797 Just the Fax.
Q. Is it permitted to pick up an open fax from the office's fax machine, to see for whom it is, since you would be reading the information of someone else?

A. See answer above in regards to e mails. Hilchos K'tanos (1: 59) prohib ....


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Expand Article # 796 Return To Sender
Q. Since my business e mail address is similar to someone else, I sometimes get sent this individual's e mails by mistake. (I know it is not for me because I have no dealings with the sender. I have also complained to the sender, and for a while it ....


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