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Expand Article #755 Donít Leave the Leaven?
Donít Leave the Leaven?

Q. My question on Fleishmann's (aka baking) yeast - I use this to ferment apple and grape juice. Can I assume that I don't have to sell the wine due to chametz (I'm not planning on using it for Pesach)?
If ....


Posted 4/1/2015 10:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #754 Sale While Stock Lasts


Q. If I buy more chometz after making the Rav my agent to sell my chometz, will the new chometz be included in my sale or is it a davar shelo ba l'olam regarding my original agreement with the Rav?

Q. (Similar)- ....


Posted 3/31/2015 1:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #753 The Gentle Gentile


Q. If the door of the hotel room closed on you (the tape placed to stop locking fell) can you ask a Gentile to open the door on Shabbos?
If by mistake you left your medicine on a bag inside the safe box in your room can you ....


Posted 3/27/2015 5:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #752 Can't Hold the Candle to the Cell Phone Light?

Q. If you forgot your flashlight and canít use matches or a candle for searching chometz in a hotel and the table lamp is too heavy and cumbersome, besides the electric cord does not reach far, can you use your cell phone light?



Posted 3/25/2015 4:05 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #751 Bible Bilbul


Q. Someone that due to flight cancellation had to stay overnight in a hotel and did not have any seforim with him, can he use the old testament of the bible provided to learn Torah or go over the parsha? Can he at least look up a tran ....


Posted 3/20/2015 2:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #750 Areas of Enlightenment
Areas of Enlightenment

Q. When staying Shabbos or Yom Tov in a hotel, management usually provides a designated safe area with specially protected tables for lighting the Shabbos or Yom Tov candles. Although that area may be in a well-t ....


Posted 3/20/2015 2:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #749 Key Tov?

Q. Which is the best way to go (when staying Shabbos in a hotel) with the keyless electronic lock on the door?

A. On Shabbos or Yom Tov you cannot use the electronic card key. Horav Shlomo Millerís opinion is that you should e ....


Posted 3/17/2015 10:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #748 Bar the Mini Bar


Q What do you have to do (when attending a Pesach hotel) with the food and liquor on the room fridge?


A. Minchas Shlomo (2 p. 237) rules that since the hotel guest is generally responsible for the contents of the ....


Posted 3/17/2015 10:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #747 Making Sense of Sensors


Q. What is one to do with the sensors (when staying Shabbos in a hotel) in the room and at the balcony door?

A. If the motion sensors (they could be standing separately or be integrated into the thermostat) are to avoi ....


Posted 3/17/2015 10:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #746 Have a Light?


Q. When doing bedikas chometz at the Pesach hotel can one say the brocho if searching only with a flashlight? If no flashlight available, can one use the table movable electric cfl light with an extension cord?

A. Many Po ....


Posted 3/13/2015 5:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #745 Are You Searching a Good Pesach Hotel?

Q. If you are going to spend Pesach in a hotel, do you have to search your hotel room for chometz? When do you do the bedika? Do you make a brocho? What to do if you arrive after midday on Erev Pesach?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O ....


Posted 3/13/2015 3:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #744 A Burning Shaile


Q. If you will not be at home during Pesach, and you do an early Bedika , when do you burn the found chometz?

A. The found chametz to be burned could be set ablaze that same night or in the morning before traveling. ....


Posted 3/13/2015 3:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #743 Early Chometz Nullification


Q. f you will not be at home during Pesach, and you do an early bedika, (see prior question) when and how do you do the Bitul Chametz?


A. After finishing the search he should recite the declaration of Bitul Cham ....


Posted 3/13/2015 3:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 742 Searching for not Cleaning


Q. Is there a way to avoid the cleaning and searching the whole house, if you are going away for Pesach and will not be there at all?


A. Due to the difficulties involved when owning a large house to complet ....


Posted 3/11/2015 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 741 A Pesach Travelers Guide
A Pesach Travelers Guide

Dear Rabbi Bartfeld re our conversation on writing a brief guide for the most common questions that people have when traveling to a hotel for Pesach; the following are some of the most common concerns.
When ....


Posted 3/11/2015 11:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 740 Krum Presume on the Philtrum?


Q. Is there a source that the indented part of the top lip that people have today is a result of the malach hitting us on the lip in order that we forget the Torah we were taught in the womb by the malach?

A. The Tal ....


Posted 3/10/2015 12:03 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #739 Bar the Early Bar Mitzvah


Q. My son was born bein hashmashos on Thursday yud alef cheshvan. We asked a shaila when he was born and we were told to make his bris on Friday.
B"H we are approaching his bar mitzvah. This upcoming year, yud alef cheshvan f ....


Posted 3/9/2015 11:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 738 The Cohen Spock?


Q. Can someone give a hand salute with fingers spread like the cohanim do when they say bircas cohanim? (as Nimoy and the Vulcans )?

A. Since the Torah directed the Cohanim to be the ones to bless the Jewish nation, ....


Posted 3/4/2015 3:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 737 Ad Dílo Yoda What he Drinks
Q. On the mitzvah of drinking on Purim does it have to be wine only? Can you drink some wine, like a cup and then other liquor?

A. Rashi (Megila 7b) explains that the drink is wine. Biur Halocho (695: 1) quoting Eliahu Rabba, ment ....


Posted 3/4/2015 3:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 736 Purim Tehilim
Q. Since Purim is a special day for tefillah, is one allowed to say tehillem on Purim night? Or is tehillem not allowed to be said by an individual at night?

A. Indeed Purim is a special day for tefilos, similar to Yom Kippur (Tik ....


Posted 3/4/2015 3:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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