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Expand Article # 2598 Rise And Shine
Q. How much effort should one put in to daven (shacharis with the) neitz, (sunrise) when unable to daven with a minyan due to the covid epidemic? 

A. There are many very elevated spiritual qualities mentioned by our Sages for the one th ....


Posted 3/24/2020 3:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2597 Choosing a Place Of Choice
Q. Given that there is a mitzvah to daven in a shul even without a minyan, may/ should one come to shul to daven there even if there cannot be a minyan due to the virus?

A. The kedusha of a shul is comparable to a degree to the holines ....


Posted 3/24/2020 2:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2596 Messirah on Tefillah?
Q. In these Covid times, is it mesira to report minyanim that are still functioning? Should one avoid informing others of such minyanim? 

A. Since not all places and minyanim are the same, and they are various factors involved, Horav ....


Posted 3/23/2020 4:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2595 And The Help Goes On
Kavod HaRov
Q. As the situation changes rapidly, I wanted to know whether at this time TorontoGrapevine should allow posts of items for sale and for giveaways - putting social distancing criteria into place such as pick up only outside and pay ....


Posted 3/23/2020 3:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2594 Take Stock of Your Stock
Q. We B'H have five young children in our family, and with the tense and worrisome corona virus situation we are undergoing, we have to stock up food supplies. We don't sell chometz gamur on Pesach, and we are careful to finish everything before. ....


Posted 3/22/2020 6:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2593 Saving Time
Q. I have terrible stomach issues and I spend between 2 and 3 hours a day in the men's room. Is there any way shape or form I can learn in there or listen to a shiur?

A. See question 2227 regarding if sciences, math, astronomy and othe ....


Posted 3/22/2020 5:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2592 Special Delivery
Q. Beezras Hashem we hope that by the time Shabbos Hagadol arrives, the covid virus crisis may be in decline, and we may be able to have a Shabbos Hagodol drosho in shul as usual. In case it doesn't happen, what should a Rabbi do? Email or podcast th ....


Posted 3/22/2020 5:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2591 Lonely Times
Q. My spouse tested positive to the corona-virus but B'H is recuperating. We have three energetic young children that can't stay at home the whole day. We reside in a condo and I fill terrible to let them go out and play with the rest of the childr ....


Posted 3/20/2020 3:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2590 Way Out?
Q. Is someone sees in a  permitted gathering of a few people, someone who is a sick with the apparent coronavirus symptoms, or knows that the person was sick and is probably still a carrier, and after asking nicely refuses to leave, can one call the ....


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Expand Article # 2589 A Short Parsha?
Q. Can one read on this Shabbos Vayakhel-Pekudei-Hachodesh just the Parshas Hachodesh from a Sefer Torah with a fast minyan, due to the isolation required by the current corona virus crises?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is th ....


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Expand Article # 2588 Who Rises in Times of Crisis?
Q. What can people do, during these difficult times of the Covin invasion, to have Siatta Dishmaya to survive and stay healthy?


A. The best way to evoke and elicit Hashem's chessed to us, is for us to do chessed with others. ....


Posted 3/19/2020 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2587 More Change is Here
Q. I just heard that the Kollel Toronto closed doors, is that true?

A. It does seems so from an email just received, namely:

"Despite having gone above and beyond the guidelines of the ministry of health, it is with a heavy ....


Posted 3/18/2020 6:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2586 Change is Here
Q. Kevod Horav. What is the latest p'sakim and directives from Horav Miller shlit'a regarding the Covid crisis?

A. The following directives were sent by Kolllel Toronto and appeared on entrance signs; they reflect the opinion of Hor ....


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Expand Article # 2585 Wash Hand in Glove?
Q. On question 2581 (regarding wearing tefilin by a patient undergoing chemotherapy and to avoid possible Covid-19 contamination, is wearing a hooded supper-polymer coverall). Can one in such situation wash his hands after sleeping (neig'l vasser) ....


Posted 3/18/2020 2:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2584 Change Is In The Air
Q. K'vod Harav. There seems to be many different opinions as to what is the correct thing to do now in Toronto. We just read that the Agudah canceled services. Is Horav Miller shlit's still maintaining his permissive ruling?

A. At this t ....


Posted 3/17/2020 6:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #2583 To Tell The Truth
Q. I just received an email send by..., with other important institutions displayed in the letterhead, stating that: "Rabbi Shlomo Miller shlita as well as the rabbis listed below have ruled that those who follow the overwhelming advice of medical ....


Posted 3/17/2020 1:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2582 Doing Right In Difficult Times
Q. Kavod HaRov
I am sure the Rov is dealing with major decisions and this might be trivial - and if the Rov has time to reply, that would be much appreciated. Toronto Grapevine is only an email - should we stop posting rides and packages so a ....


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Expand Article # 2581 Splitting the Cover Up?
Q. Following question 2580 above, if the patient decides to continue the chemotherapy and to avoid possible Covid-19 contamination, wants to wear while he is attending treatment in the hospital a hooded supper-polymer coverall, that he will keep o ....


Posted 3/16/2020 9:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2580 Tough Choice
Q. A patient undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital consulted with his physicians whether he should temporary stop the treatment while the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak is rampant, since the chemo causes the weakening of the immune system and a higher ri ....


Posted 3/16/2020 9:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2579 Freezing Energy
Q. If a family's minhag is to sell chometz , like macaroni, flour, boxed cereal and cookies, is it okay to keep loaves of bread in a chometz freezer over Pesach as well?

A. On question 2138 we wrote: Poskim mention that there is room ....


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