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Expand Article #634 An Egg or a Yom Tov? II
Q. I am beginning to learn Maseches Beitzah. While reviewing your information below in answer to a past query of mine, (question 517) I realized that none of the information really answers the question, "What connection does the word 'Beitzah' have ....


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Expand Article #633 Swinging a Shaile
Q. Can my children use a tire swing on Shabbos? The rope is attached to a metal hook that protrudes from a tree. When a child swings on the swing the tree branch it does sway but only very slightly.

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 336: 13) ....


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Expand Article #632 Is one head better than two?
Q. At one of the wards with a measurable Jewish population two frum councilor candidates are running for election this month. Is it proper for them to do so or since they are splitting the vote shouldn’t they rather unite and work together? What is ....


Posted 10/27/2014 1:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #631 Permitted Child Labor?
Q. Can you tell a koton to put the schach lechatchila if his father is there? Does he have to be present the whole time or is it enough only at the beginning?

A. On the onset, a minor should not place the schach on the suka, (since ....


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Expand Article #630 Sleeping in the Rain
Q. Would a weather forecast predicting rain during the night make one patur from sleeping in the succah or must one go out to sleep and only go inside once it actually starts to rain?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that ....


Posted 10/8/2014 1:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #629 The Non-Suka Suka
Q. If one has a plastic cover over the schach when it rains is it better to eat in the Suka or in the house?
Thanks

A. According to the opinion of HaGro (629: 5, see also Maase Rav 217) mentioned in the prior answer, that whi ....


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Expand Article #628 When it Rains it is Potur
Q. If it rains during Sukos, if one is wearing a large protective hat and raincoat that covers him and the food too is he allowed to be machmir if he doesn't mind to sit and eat in the rain in the Suka?

A. The Mishna in Suka (28b) ....


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Expand Article #627 A Matter of Record
Q. I am a student in a secular university. They have a policy of religious accommodation and if requested, they record classes given on religious holidays so that the religious student can listen to the class after the holiday.

My qu ....


Posted 10/8/2014 12:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #626 Rainy Day Amendment
Q. If someone was placing the schach on the sukka and it started raining and he continued to place the schach in the rain, is that a problem because it may be similar to putting the shach on the sukka when it is covered?

A. Horav Sh ....


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Expand Article #625 A Cut to Soon?
Q. The Mishna Berurah recommendation to cut your hair on Erev Rosh Hashanah begins at the eve after Maariv or only in the morning after Shacharis?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that you can take a haircut lichvod Rosh ....


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Expand Article #624 Kidush Before Yom Kippur?
Q. If you are in doubt as to what the weather will be like motzei yom kippur, should you say kidush levanah before Yom Kipur?

A. Remoh (O.H. 426: 2) rules that one should not recite Kidush Levanah prior to the night at the end of Yo ....


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Expand Article #623 A Straight Pretzel Shaileh
Q. Does the chumra with regard to refraining from "pas palter" this week apply to standard pretzels sold in packages at food stores?

A. Many contemporary Poskim maintain that soft and large hard pretzels made from thick dough are co ....


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Expand Article #622 Standing Selichos
Q. I use an Artscroll Slichos, and it says that the 13 Middos are recited while standing, implying that there is no need to stand while saying the other paragraphs of slichos. I have always seen people stand throughout the slichos, and it seems to ....


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Expand Article #621 Vouching for the Voucher
#621 Vouching for the Voucher

Q. Is it possible to make change from a Tzedakah voucher using the shul's pushka the same way people do with real currency?

Since I've designated the money for tzedakah and received a tax ....


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Expand Article #620 The Hagomel of the Alter of Kelm
Q. I read in the name of the Alter of Kelm that you don't recite Birchat Hagomel after Yom Kipur for having survived the judgment of the Yme Hadin, since you really don't know what the sentence was and when during the year it may be carried out. Wh ....


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Expand Article #619 Is It the Thought That Counts?
Q. When doing shnaim mikro vechod targum that should be finished by Rosh Hashana, can you just read it with your eyes as when you learn a sefer or do you have to pronounce it with your lips? How about when you sign up for learning mishnayos for a s ....


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Expand Article #618 Sired After Expired
Q. If the child is born (conceived by sperm left over after his fathers death – see previous question) will he be a Cohen as his father was? Will he have to say kadish on his yortzait?

A. Poiskim disagree on this matter Beiros Shlom ....


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Expand Article #617 A Matter of Life and Death
Q. I have a friend whose husband tragically died very young and she was left totally devastated. They didn't have any children but were in IVF treatment when he suddenly passed away.

She wants to know if it is proper or even recommen ....


Posted 9/19/2014 12:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #616 A Mitzva Not for the Birds
Q. I have heard that doing the mitzvah of shiluach haKen is a segulah for fertility. Do you know where in Toronto I can go to perform the mitzvah?

A. Indeed the Midrash Rabbah (Ki Tetze 6) and Yalkut Shimoni (630) quoted also in Chi ....


Posted 9/19/2014 12:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #615 The Ultimate Theft?
Q. In a case of a divorced couple, can the ex-wife who is still a client at the fertility clinic where they attended IVF treatment, continue the treatment without her ex-husband knowledge or consent?

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


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