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Expand Article # 2858 Forget the Forgive?
Q. Dear Rabbi, I spoke some awful lashon haraa and divulged a bad secret of a friend of mine, when I was asked info. about him for a shiduch. But I felt I had to tell the truth. The shiduch would have been a great deal for him and I know he was ve ....


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Expand Article # 2857 Pay Back
Q. A bochur took some money from someone and now wants to make teshuva and return it. He so did, he put it back and is sure that the owner didn't notice that it was missing. Does he have to tell him and ask mechila, (forgiveness)? He would be very e ....


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Expand Article # 2856 Holy Mask!
Q. A friend of mine told me that in his shul, they are very careful with distancing and all attendants have to wear masks. The baal tokea had a mask on when he was blowing the shofar. How? Before Yom Tov he prepared a mask by making a hole where th ....


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Expand Article # 2855 Biting More Than One Can Chew
Q. One of my young children grabbed the shofar I use in our shul and was playing with it, putting it into his mouth and biting with his small but sharp teeth, the outside surface of the shofar. Is that a problem, can I still use it?

A. H ....


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Expand Article # 2854 Bowing Out?
Q. My grandfather told me that in his shul in the 'alter haim' (old country), when Rosh Hashana fell on Shabbos, they did not kneel on aleinu leshabeach. I have told to many including Rabbonim, about this minhag and they all tell me that it is incorr ....


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Expand Article # 2853 Have a Nice Day
Q. Is there a mitzva of oneg Shabbat, when Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat?

A. On question 1437 regarding if there a mitzva of simcha on Rosh Hashana, as in every other Yom Tov, and if therefore a vegetarian should make an effort to eat me ....


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Expand Article # 2852 Ring, in the New Year?
Q. How often does Rosh Hashana fall on Shabbath, as it does on this year (5781-2020) and we don't blow the shofar, it seems so unusual?

A. Actually, during the last fifty years there were fifteen occasions when the first day of Rosh Ha ....


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Expand Article # 2851 One for the Books
Q. Being that finding a correct fruit to say Shecheyanu on the second night of Rosh Hashana is in our times conflicting (since one can find them the whole year), can one say it on new seforim?

A. Magen Avrohom (223: 5) rules that on doe ....


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Expand Article # 2850 Let's Call it a Wash
Q. Hello, a 2 year old was going through toilet training and urinated in a spot on our main carpet in a high traffic area in our small living room on Shabbat. We didn't want people walking into it, so we were wondering what were our options.
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Expand Article # 2849 All in Good Time
Q. Good afternoon Rabbi. I have a kind of urgent question. My husband is davening at home and he has an early appointment with his specialist. Could he say selichot after maariv? The reason he wants to it then is that because of the injury he is very ....


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Expand Article # 2848 Add To or Add Up?
Q. I met a Rabbi of an Orthodox congregation who says that he adds Piyutim, that were composed by the Rishonim but were never instituted by any congregation known today, to the davening, on various occasions such as the Yomim HaNoraim, during the wee ....


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Expand Article # 2847 Say Can You See?
Q. I live on the penthouse of a tall building and I can see the sea from far. How close does one have to be to the water, to be able to say tashlich?
A. On question 986 regarding the dateline and how far according to the Chazon Ish the waters ....


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Expand Article # 2846 Test The Waters
Q. Is it better to say tashlich by a flowing river if one has a choice or can it be said lekatchila by a lake or the sea?

A. Maharil mentions that the source for the minhag of tashlich is the midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Vayeira 99), that ....


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Expand Article # 2845 Hazoom Es Hakol
Q. (Re- above question) can one do tashlich via zoom, during the Aseret Yemei Teshuva in case of need.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one should not. The reason is that reciting tashlich next
to a body of flowin ....


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Expand Article # 2844 Blow One's Own Horn?
Q. A high risk elderly patient was strongly recommended by his doctors to avoid going to shul on Rosh Hashana to avoid the danger of contamination and also because of his weakness and many health issues. The shul is willing to send a baal tokea to bl ....


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Expand Article # 2843 So Far So Good?
Q. Several congregations offer Hatarat Nedarim (annulment of vows and oaths) Erev Rosh Hashana to be done from far by zoom on this pandemic days. Is that permitted lekatchila (on the onset)?

A. Poskim disagree if one can do hataras neda ....


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Expand Article # 2842 Double or Nothing?
Q. Is it true that in some years, the smallest of all parshios Parshas Vayelech is read twice a year? Is there a reason why?

A. So it is on this year (5780), Parshas Vayelech is being read twice in the same year. Then again, surprisingl ....


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Expand Article # 2841 Have You Seen This?
Q. I was at a bris milah recently and I saw something I never saw before in my life. The mohel took the baby after he was brought in, and placed it on the bimah of the shul, where he was also prepared for the bris, before setting him on the sandek. I ....


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Expand Article # 2840 Have You Heard This?
Q. I go every year to blow shofar for people that cannot come to shul because of health or age issues.
I go to a building where almost everyone on that floor is more or less frum.
Because of the issues of separation these days, I was wo ....


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Expand Article # 2839 Chop Chop Away!
Q . Regarding question above, since some accustom to chop eggs and raw onions on Shabbos by the table, for a number of reasons such as the chopping should be done 'samuch leseuda' (right before the meal), is there an issue if one peels the onions bef ....


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