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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 ....


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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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Expand Article # 795 Who Cut Down the Cherry Tree?
Q. Can you cut branches from fruit trees, for Shavuos decorations?

Many Poskim permit cutting branches from a fruit tree for use in the Suka or for Shavuos decorations since they maintain that the prohibition of felling a tree applie ....


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Expand Article # 794 Come to Shul, Get the Real Deal
Q. Can you use artificial plastic plants and flowers for Shavuos decorations?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that although they may evoke some remembrance for the different reasons mentioned in placing flowers and plants o ....


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Expand Article # 793 Please Don't Touch the Display
Q. Are they (plant decorations placed at home or shul) muktza on Shabbos or Yom Tov?

A. On question 33 in this forum we wrote that; decorative branches that were placed on the Shul before Yom Tov are not Muktze, see Mishnah Berur ....


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Expand Article # 792 Mame-Loshon Omer
Q. Can someone count the Omer in his mother tongue when it is not the language of the country where he is?

A. Biur Halocho (beginning of s. 62) in regards to reading Shema in other languages rules that although one complies, it is onl ....


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Expand Article # 791 Deck The Halls?
Q. Since the branches placed on Shavuos are from trees, is it permitted to place them in shul or even at home?

A. Maharil (H. Shavuos p. 160) is one of the earliest sources for placing aromatic plants and flowers on the floors of ....


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Expand Article # 790 My Family Tree?
Q. Can one cut branches with flowers from city owned trees on the street (close to the curb) to be used for Shavuos decorations in a shul or house? (presumably the city won't mind if it is only a few branches)

A. Bylaws of the City of ....


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Expand Article # 789 Code Count
Q. Can sefira be counted using Morse code or encrypted script?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that Morse code can not be used since for the purposes of counting sefira it considered communication signs and not a langu ....


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Expand Article # 788 Sign Language counts?
Q. Re- question above (785) on twitting sefira on a phone. Would someone who can’t speak comply with sefira by using the sign language he always communicates with? Or if you are asked what is the sefira today, can you reply by counting with your f ....


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