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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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Expand Article # 787 or ΨΠΖ or תשפ"ז
Q. Would Rav Miller know why in the traditional Talmudic Hebrew or Aramaic we use letters for numerals, when that makes it so awkward for doing any math? Didn’t our sages ever make elaborated mathematical calculations?
Just wondering,
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Expand Article # 785 # Sefira
Q. During sefira I twitter a reminder in the early night to the members of our college students group to count sefira. It has happened that I have forgotten to count myself later on when I miss mariv in shul. Would I be yotze just with the writing ....


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Expand Article # 786 Do I Have To Spell It Out?
Q. Does it make a difference (when twitting sefira, see prior question) if the twitter contains only numbers for the day to be counted (eg: today is day 36 = 5 weeks and 1 day Laomer. No words were used for the numbers?

A. Horav S ....


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Expand Article # 784 Face the Music During Sefira
Q. Out of curiosity, if someone‘s death sentence will be carried out during sefira, does he count with a bracha?

A. See prior question. Chida (Avodas Hakodesh 7: 217) and others maintain that if one omitted counting one day of ....


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Expand Article # 783 Don’t Count on Me?
Q. A very ill patient who the doctors say could go into coma soon and is not expected to remain alive more than a week; can he still count sefira with a bracha?

A. Poskim rule that he can count even if it is likely that he may ch ....


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Expand Article #782 Read My Lips
Q. Can someone count for a chole who can’t speak, if he is aware and just moves his lips?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 489 :1) rules that it is a mitzvah for each individual to count sefiras haomer for himself. Mishna Berura (ibid. 5) ....


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Expand Article # 781 Stand Up And Be Counted
Q. An aged individual who has a hard time walking and with effort stands only for shmonezrei, does he have to do the same for sefiras homer and the brocho before?

A. Although, besides the halacha that all mitzvah-brochos should be ....


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Expand Article # 780 Good Hair Day
Q. What is the reason we do the chalaka of a 3 year old on Lag Baomer?

A. It could be that this was done with the intention of being mechanech, educating and starting off the child on his very first mitzvos at a place that is a so ....


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Expand Article # 779 The Hidden Light in Shabbos
Q. If someone has a tattoo or for that matter anything written or drawn with ultraviolet ink or similar designs that will show, glow or change when exposed to u.v. light on his skin, his clothing or utensils he is handling, can he get close to th ....


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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 ....


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