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Expand Article # 980 A Kee Question
Q. I have seen it argued that the Igros Moshe's heter for cholov stam is no longer relevant, because more than one in sixty milk cows has undergone an operation that renders them treif (LDA*). What is Rav Miller shlita''s view on this issue?


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Expand Article # 979 Go Lightly…
Q. Can you instruct the Goy to turn them on with a shinui such as using an unusual object to push on the switch?
If no Goy is available, and it is already bein hashmoshos, and the lights are fluorescents, can you do it yourself with a shinui?< ....


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Expand Article # 978 Nu Say Can You See The Answer?
Q. On Shabbos the congregants can read with difficulty, without the lights. Can one ask a Goy to turn ?on the lights

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 307: 5) and Mishna Berura (ibid. 24) prohibit instructing a Gentile to perform a Biblically ....


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Expand Article # 977 Beer in Mind
Q. Is it true that some have a minhag of drinking beer on Tu Bishvat?

A. Yes indeed, and it is based on the fact that we eat fruits of the seven species (Shivas Haminim, Devarim 8: 8) on Tu B'shavat, the day that marks the Rosh Has ....


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Expand Article # 976 Informing Information
Q. I am taking leave from a Jewish business. I am legally entitled to both termination pay and severance pay, but this business is refusing to pay.
Am I allowed to file a complaint with government (Ministry of Employment) or does this constitu ....


Posted 1/17/2016 4:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 975 A Shailah of Interest
Q. I gave a friend $10, 000 to store in his bank account for safekeeping. He is not borrowing this money technically, only holding it for me. What should be done with the interest accrued?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinio ....


Posted 1/15/2016 2:46 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 974 No Room For Compromise
Q. Regarding a two bedroom apartment, can a man and women share the bathroom and kitchen while each lives in a separate private room with locks on door? What if there are more tenants? Would a security camera make a difference?

A. H ....


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Expand Article # 973 Chain Reaction
Q. Can  this  (chain or necklace) be  brought  in  the  bathroom ?
Here are the pictures. Let me know if you need better ones.
Kol tuv.

A. . Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that in general one should avoid using p ....


Posted 1/12/2016 12:46 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 972 Stay In Mutar Lodge
Q. What is the frum position when it comes to the fraternal organizations such as the Freemasons?

A. The claim of some that the origins of Freemasonry go back to the days of King Solomon, Hiram of Tyre, or even Lemech is indeed dou ....


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Expand Article # 971 Bow and Allow
Q. It is customary to bow to the judge in court. Is this permitted according to Halacha?

A. Remoh (Y.D. 150: 3) rules that one may bow or take off one's hat for a king or minister if he has not declared himself to be divine and is als ....


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Expand Article # 970 Shed Some Light
Q. Re- my last question in regards to lighting ner Shabbos by proxy. If I can’t find a shaliach to light for me and I don’t want to lose almost an hour of learning. Can I place a timer and light ner Shabbos with electrical incandescent bulbs before ....


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Expand Article # 969 Can-Do Candles
Q. Erev Shabbos, I am in the Bais Medresh learning Torah, before plag hamincha. Must I stop learning at plag and travel 10 or 15 minutes home to light Shabbos candles and then spend another 10 or 15 minutes back to the shul?
Since I'm not ma ....


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Expand Article # 968 Out of Sight Out of Mind?
Q. Can I store used dirty dishes in the dishwasher to keep the kitchen clean during Shabbos (if no light goes on or off)?

A. Poskim permit storing dirty dishes or soiled clothing in a washing machine if the purpose is to keep clean t ....


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Expand Article # 967 Open and Shut Case?
Q. See prior question - (Can I take out on Shabbat from the dishwasher dishes that were already washed if no light goes on or off). What if the dishwasher was still working at candle lighting time can you take out the dishes on Shabbos?



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Expand Article # 966 Open and Shut Case
Q. Can I take out on Shabbat from the dishwasher dishes that were already washed if no light goes on or off?

A. 1) A dishwasher is Muktza because it is considered a “Keli Shemelachto Leisur” since the normal use is prohibited on Sha ....


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Expand Article # 965 Rise and Shine, Right on Time
Q. When davening Vesikin, do you consider the pasuk Hashem Sefosai.... as part of the Shenoneh Esrei or not?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that “Hashem Sefosai” is part of the amida (See prior question) also in regards to ....


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Expand Article # 964 Amida Starts Running Now
Q. If I Prematurely Step into (Mincha – Laud Kedusha) Shemoneh Esrei, but only say the two preliminary verses which precede the first bracha of Shemoneh Esrie, can I step out so I can respond to Kedusha of shiliach tzibour or am I committed to compl ....


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Expand Article # 963 Barech Alenu Shana Tova
Q. Is it proper to give New Year bonuses to employees right before the New Year or should our company wait until after or give them out weeks before the New Year?
Can we include also a New Year’s wishing-well card?

A. Horav Shlom ....


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Expand Article # 962 OJ - Oy Vey or OK?
Q. Regarding the bugs in Orange Juice
Is OJ prohibited to consume?
If prohibited, could the OJ be used in for baking?
If not prohibited, is it recommended to nevertheless refrain from consuming the OJ.
Is one brand of ....


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Expand Article # 961 Supplement Your Neshamah
Q. I have heard that a certain Gadol HaDor who is no longer in this world permitted gum and vitamins even if they didn't have a hechsher. Is there a mekor for this p'sak?



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