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Expand Article # 1004 You Must Hear This
Q. Can you give an aliya to a mute individual?

A. Poskim rule that a mute should not be given an aliya since he cannot recite the brochos. Keren Ledovid 27, Shevet Halevy 7: 20, Yad Bekrias Hatorah 24: 3.)
However, Pri Megadim (M ....


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Expand Article # 1003 Torah for the Untaught
Q. Is one permitted to receive an aliyah if one cannot (does not know how to) read along with the baal koreh?

A. Remo (O.H. 139: 3) disagrees with the Mechaber and rules like the Maharil that nowadays we may give an aliya to a blind p ....


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Expand Article # 1002 I See The Answer
Q. Can we call to the Torah a blind person?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 139: 3) rules that the blind are not called for an aliya since one may not read the written Torah from memory. However, Remo (ibid.) quotes Maharil, that nowadays sinc ....


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Expand Article # 1001 A Big Little Sefer
Q. How big does a sefer have to be for the purpose of this mitzvah? (writing a sefer on the internet- see prior question 1000)

A. The Talmud Shabbos (115b) teaches that an old Sefer Torah that has a minimum of eighty five survivin ....


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Expand Article # 1000 Virtual and Real Sefer
Q. Can one fulfil the mitzvah of writing a Sefer Torah these days by writing a sefer on the internet that is open for all to learn from and to download?

A. The opinion of the Rosh (beginning of Hilchos Sefer Torah, quoted in Tur ....


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Expand Article # 999 Ador To Ador Service
Q. If someone has yortzait in Ador, (father died in a single month year) and when they are two Adors he keeps both yortzaits for kadish. Which is the most important for the purpose of making a siyum?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 568: 7) m ....


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Expand Article # 998 Do Donate
Q. Additional related question : I bought a Sefer for the women to learn during Kiddush on Shabbos... for an Aliyah for his (my father) Neshama - Is it better to donate it with a note that's it's for his Aliyah Neshama or better to loan it out to the ....


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Expand Article # 997 Clean and Clear
Q. 2 shailos on liquid soap;
1 Is it muttar to use lkiquid soap on Shabbos
2. If yes what about liquid soap that changes from a liquid to a foam
Kol Toov

A.  Remoh (O.H. 326: 10) prohibits using solid soap that dissolv ....


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Expand Article # 996 Doubtful Date of Date with Death
Q. When is the yortzait of Moishe Rabeinu and when does the Chevra Kadisha make their seuda this year with double Adar? There seems to be some incongruity within the Chevros, since some do it on the first Adar and others in the second. What is Horav ....


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Expand Article # 995 Enlightening Shabbos Lights
Q. According to Rav Sholomo Miller Shlita, can I use a fluorescent light to fulfil my obligation for Ner Shabbos, with a brocha?


A. Poskim disagree if you comply with the mitzvah of lighting Ner Shabbos using incandescent bulbs ....


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Expand Article # 994 Shacharis Sleep?
Q. If I skip a major portion of the middle of the first brocha of kerias shema, in Sharcharis, I have I still fulfilled my obligation?


A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a opinion is that if you said the beginning of the brocho ....


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Expand Article # 993 You Call This Work?
Q. How come it is forbidden to work on Shabbat, but then Rabbis get paid to conduct Shabbat Services?

A. Only the thirty nine labours and their derivatives, including rabbinical injunctions, are prohibited on Shabbath. Teaching Torah, ....


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Expand Article # 992 Don't Fire the Rabbi
Q. How come once I was at a dinner at a synagogue on Shabbat and a small fire started accidentally on the table and instead of the safe thing of putting it out, the rabbi made a poor waitress take it out on a plate (as it was burning on the plate) ....


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Expand Article # 991 Raise Your Voice - Raise Your Level
Q. How come some buildings have Sabbath Elevators but then the Jewish People who don't want to wait for the elevator, ask others to push button for them? Isn't this against the laws of Sabbath? If this could be done, why have a Sabbath Elevator? I ....


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Expand Article #990 Let The Joy Begin
Q. When does the Marbim Besimcha begin, on the first or second Adar? Is it already an auspicious month for business ventures?

A. See question 472 in this forum. Poskim disagree if the increase in simcha, joy and favourable mazal, apply ....


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Expand Article # 989 Take an Oath?
Q. One of the duties of my new position as clerk to a judge in the provincial court will be to administer oaths with a bible. I was wondering whether this is permitted as it may be with a Christian bible.
Even if it will be with the Old Te ....


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Expand Article # 988 Hot Shaileh
Q. If a Jewish individual lighted a fire, and then the Gentile put the pot (with meat) on the fire. The food had NOT yet cooked one third, when the Jew turned off the fire. Then the Gentile turned the fire on and completely cooked the meat, is the ....


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Expand Article # 987 Together But Poles Apart
Q. For the purpose of Halacha, (following the above shailes on dateline, see questions above) what does someone do when he finds himself at one of the Earth Poles in regards to Shabbos and mitzvos observance? Do we follow the Geographic or the Magne ....


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Expand Article # 986 Are you Shore of This?
Q. There was mention (in a recent shiur on the Halacha dateline – see question 982 and 983) about how far according to the Chazon Ish the waters close to the shore are considered like the land. What was the final p’sak of Horav Miller Shlit”a?


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Expand Article # 985 Where is My Day of Joy?
Q. Where in the Torah does G-d command us to observe Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah as a holiday?

A. On Vayikra (Leviticus 29: 39) “But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the ....


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