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Expand Article #718 Ironic Clothing?
Q. And if so (that they were redeemed on the merit of not changing their clothing), how did the Jews leave Egypt wearing borrowed Egyptian clothing, that seems ironic?

A. Mefarshim address this question and they answer that the posu ....


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Expand Article #717 Redress For Not Changing Their Dress
Q. What is the source that the Jewish people were redeemed in the merit of not changing their clothing?

A. The source seems to be Midrashic. The following sources are widely quoted as the origin for this well-known aphorism; Shemos ....


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Expand Article #716 Fraudster Second Maser
Q. If this (the tzedaka given to a collector who turned out to be a fraud and a con) was part of my maser money, do I have to compensate or does it count?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that you do not have to replace t ....


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Expand Article #715 Matan L'Con
Q. If I gave tzdaka to a collector who turned out to be a fraud and a con, did I do a mitzva?

A. Poskim disagree whether giving tzedaka to a wicked or immoral individual is considered a mitzvah or no. Yad Remah (Bava Basra 9b,) dedu ....


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Expand Article #714 Oichlin Lanolin?
Q. The Gemarah in Bechoros 6b says that I would have thought milk is Aver Min Hachai if not for the posik.
What is the status of lanolin oil, the oil is of sheep's wool; may I use it on my lips, dishes etc?

A. Shach (Y.D. 81: ....


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Expand Article #713 A Blessed Aliyah?
Q. When making Aliyah is there a Bracha for the Mitzvah of Yishuv Eretz Yisrael?
If yes, which Bracha and when should it be recited?
If no, why not since most Poskim agree you are Mekayam the Mitzvah

A. Horav Shlomo M ....


Posted 2/12/2015 11:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #712 A Very Alien Shaile
Q. What bracha if any would you do if you saw an alien?

A. See prior answer. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that in the unlikely event that you may come in contact with an extraterrestrial creature, no brocho would be reci ....


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Expand Article #711 An Alien Shaile
Q. What is Horav Miller's opinion in regards to intelligent life in other planets? Does the Torah accept it as a possibility?

A. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan Zt"l (The A.K. Reader) mentions that one of the first to discuss the question of ext ....


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Expand Article #710 Avoiding Avonos on an Oven.
Q. If I came to a hotel that has an oven can I turn on the oven or do I have to be concerned that there are meat and milk drippings on the oven floor?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that if you need to use a treif oven ....


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Expand Article #709 Not the Same Without the Name
Q. Do you repeat the bracha if you see it (the Aurora Borealis) the next night, or only after 30 days?

A. See the above response. Being that you do not recite the brocho with Hashem's name it could be said every night.



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Expand Article #708 Blessing Rites on the Northern Lights
Q. What bracha if any, do you make when watching the Aurora Borealis?

A. Although the Northern Lights is a display of one of the most striking and magnificent phenomena in nature, Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that since ....


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Expand Article #707 Meet the Unintentional Cooking of Milk and Meat
Q. Is it permitted to reset a main fuse in an apartment building at dinner time. It's a Sufik D'orisa if people may have pots of Bosor B'cholov on their stoves and you are making it cooked.

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


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Expand Article #706 A Shower of Brochos?
Q. Do you repeat the bracha (when seeing a meteor shower) if you see it next night, or only after 30 days?

A. When you do recite a brocho (see last question,) Mishna Berura (227: 1-2) rules that in the case of a meteor shower you on ....


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Expand Article #705 A Small Seminar on a Falling Star and its Similar
Q. If you see a meteor shower what bracha do you make?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 227: 1) rules that on "zikim," which is described as a star like object that shoots across the sky and leaves a trail behind, one recites "Ose Maase Bere ....


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Expand Article #704 A Matter of Record III
Q. Hello - I am currently working at a clinic for credits towards my university degree. This Shabbos there will be orientation. In order to comply with the halocho of "vdaber dovor," I will not be attending. They offered to record it for me. I aske ....


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Expand Article #703 Second Time on Second Time Around
Q. Re-question 692 (Expound the Second Time Around)
On a second marriage can the Choson- Kallah be together at pictures taking, prior to the chupa? How long and how strict is the custom of the Chosson not seeing the Kallah prior to the chup ....


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Expand Article #702 License to Shpil II
Thanks again Rabbi Bartfeld.
Q. One more follow-up question, if I may.
You said that "Moreover, even if he suspects that they may not be licensed, he may still purchase a ticket." However, instead of "suspecting", what if one actually ....


Posted 1/8/2015 12:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #701 How Many Songs Does One Have to Sing? II
Q. On question 687, as to how many shiros or divrei Torah one has to sing or say to turn a Chanuka regular meal into a seudas Mitzvo. What practical difference is there if this meal becomes a seudas Mitzva or no?

A. If the meal eate ....


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Expand Article #700 License to Shpil?
Q. In Ontario, the law requires an organization to have a lottery license to run a lottery.
Q1. Is it Mutar for a Moisad to run a lottery without getting a lottery license?
Q2. May one purchase a ticket in a lottery if the Moisad has ....


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Expand Article #699 Kidush on Asarah BeTeveth?
Q. Can you say kidush levanah on the eve of asarah beteveth, since it is not a happy time, which is required for kidush levanah?

A. Indeed Nitey Gavriel (Chanuka 64: 1) mentions that Belz and others refrain from reciting kidush Leva ....


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