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Expand Article # 778 Don’t Lag Behind
Q. If the father keeps the minhag Hoari and does not shave even on Lag Baomer, can he still do the chalaka on Lag B. for his child?

A. Poskim permit for someone who follows Minhag Ariza”l to do the chalaka of his son on Lag Baomer ....


Posted 5/8/2015 1:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 777 A Makah of Chutzpah?
Q. Reuven, a Ben Torah, unable to travel that day to his regular Kollel, decided instead to learn in his local Beis Midrash where he pays membership dues. He arrived on time for First Seder and sat in what looked like a vacant seat next to a wall, ....


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Expand Article # 776 Solid Blessings
Q. Is there a difference (for brocho achrono) between the time of digestion for solids, which is usually 72 minutes, and that of liquids?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 184: 5) rules that there is no difference between eating solids o ....


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Expand Article # 775 Burning to Make a Brocho?
Q. If someone suffers from reflux sometimes hours after finishing a meal, can he still say the brocho achrono then?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 184: 5) rules that one should recite Birchas Hamozon until the food he consumed has been diges ....


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Expand Article #774 The Seven-Week All Inclusive Holiday
Q. Why is Sefirat Haomer mentioned in the parsha of the Moadim when it is not a Yom Tov?

A. Although the days of Sefirah do not carry the sanctity of Yom Tov or even Chol Hamoed, they are permitted in work and do not have any special ....


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Expand Article #773 Counting On the Women
Q. Is it recommended for a woman to count Sefirat Haomer?

A. Mishna Berura (489: 3) quoting Magen Avraham writes that although women are exempt from the mitzvah of Sefirat Haomer as it is time sensitive, they have already accepted ....


Posted 5/6/2015 10:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 772 A Mourner On Fire
Q. Can a Avel attend a Lag Baomer party by the fire where there is singing? Can he join in the dancing? Can he stay if instrumental music is played?

A. Nitey Gavriel (Pesach 3: 58: 15) rules that a mourner during the year of avelus is ....


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Expand Article # 771 Nisht Shein
Q. May one get a tattoo using ultraviolet ink that can only be seen when it shines under u.v. light?

A. See prior question (# 769) in regards of writing with u.v. or invisible ink on Shabbos. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is ....


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Expand Article # 770 Baruch - Hashem for Translation
Q. For the purposes of kiruv, I want to initiate unaffiliated Yiddin into reciting brochos, by saying them in English….What is the translation of the first word of a brocha? Is praised acceptable?
Is the Shem Havayah translated or the Shem HaA ....


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Expand Article # 769 Writing Worth a While
Q. May one write on Shabbos with ultraviolet ink?

R. A. Shulchan Aruch, (O.H. 340: 4) rules that even though the melacha or biblically prohibited labor of kosev (writing) is violated only with permanent script, our sages prohibit ....


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Expand Article # 768 An Egghead Shaile?
A yeshivishe fellow with a hat and a beard was standing first in line at the fresh frying egg station during chol hamoed in a hotel when the gas of the canister of the portable stove ended. Following the established instructions for kashrus the cook ....


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Expand Article # 767 What About The Wine?

In question 285 you posted:
“Q. We have a babysitter who watches my child every day. She is Hindu. We have once or twice left an open bottle of non-mevushal wine out, and sometimes have unsealed meat in the fridge while she is here alon ....


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Expand Article # 766 L’Chaim - Clinking to Life
Q. It is common amongst men drinking together, whether Jewish or not today, to clink glasses. The origin to this may have been a superstition (keeping away evil spirits). Can this be done by Yidden?

A. There are a number of reaso ....


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Expand Article # 765 Jewish Travel Insurance?
Q. When staying over Yom Tov in a hotel, can I place a Mezuzah on my room door, for shemira since the door is not locked on Shabat and Yom Tov? Is it advisable? Can I put one in a condo I rent only for Yom Tov?

Q. When staying over Yom ....


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Expand Article # 764 Have Mezuza Will Travel
Q. Does a room in a hotel require a mezuza?

A. A hotel owned by a Jewish proprietor should have mezuzos placed in all rooms, as it is used for habitation purposes, (Aruch Hashulchan 286: 48) even when the owner does not reside ther ....


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Expand Article # 763 Seedless Grapes, What a Blessing
Q. What blessing do you recite on seedless grapes? Should you avoid eating them?

A. Some Poskim maintain that on seedless grapes we do not recite “bore p’ri haetz” and also not the usual brocho achrono or the brocho of “p’ri hage ....


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Expand Article # 762 Flagship Yes, Flag Ark No?


Q. Should an Israeli flag be next to the ark in the synagogue?

A. Many Poskim maintain that it is improper to place any flag next to the Aron Hakodesh and a number of reasons are mentioned.
Igrois Moshe (O ....


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Expand Article #761 Don't Plug Away
Q. May I plug during Shabbos a cooking appliance into an outlet that is now not powered but will be turned on by a timer later on?  A.  ....


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Expand Article #760 A Blessing in Disguise?


Q. For the purposes of kiruv, I want to initiate unaffiliated Yiddin into reciting brochos, by saying them in English, is it permitted?

A. It is definitely better to recite brochos in the original Lashon Hakodesh ....


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Expand Article #759 See You In Shul?


Q. I work at a social service agency where I have both Jewish (some observant) and gentile clients. Recently the local food bank moved to a new location in a church in the same neighborhood. Should I be referring Jewish clients to ....


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