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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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Expand Article #698 The Sequence of the Incense
Q. Why in Eretz Yisrael do they say pitum haketores before pizukai dizimra with korbanos and then repeat it at the end of davening?

A. Remoh (O.H. 132: 2) writes that one should recite Pitum Haketores in the evening and in the morni ....


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Expand Article #697 How to Fix a Date
Q. If you use the civil date, are they any preferences as to how you write the date?
Thanks again.

A. It is preferable to avoid numerals for the months (see prior answer) and use when possible the abbreviated names of the mon ....


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Expand Article #696 Date with Faith?
Q. Is it better when not legally necessary to avoid using the Gregorian calendar and use the Hebrew date, or it does not matter today anymore since it is globally used as a civil non-Christian calendar?

A. Some Poskim maintain one m ....


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Expand Article #695 Wishing Everyone a Gut'n Yohr
Q. If someone greets me with a "Happy new year" can I respond likewise?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is permitted since in our days there is no religious connotation to the greeting. In addition, you may initi ....


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Expand Article #694 Oy Vei Mir in the New Year
Q. I work I.T. in a company were I'm the only Frum Jew (ex yeshiva bochur). My managers and co-workers are really nice to me and respect my particular religious needs. I have a number of seasonal questions. I greatly appreciate the clear straightfo ....


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Expand Article #693 Taking the Children in?
Q. Do children from a prior marriage attend the chupa of their parents?

A. It is customary that children from prior marriages do not attend the Chupa. (Nitey Gavriel 51: 9) Some quote in the name of Horav Eliashuv zt"l that it is ou ....


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Expand Article #692 Expound the Second Time Around
Q. What are the differences between the chupa ceremony of a first and a second marriage for both chosson and kallah?

A. There are differences between the minhogim and traditions of a first and those of a subsequent marriage ceremony ....


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Expand Article #691 Shift the Chanuka Gelt to Chanuka Gift?
Q. Thank you so much for your fast response …On Q. 688, (Chanuka Gelt means a Velt). Why is it not prohibited to give Chanukkah gelt or presents, since after all it is a Chok Hoamim tradition during their holiday?

A. Avnei Yashfe (O ....


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Expand Article #690 Want to Face the Music?
Q. Is there an actual prohibition about deriving any kind of enjoyment from Christmas lights?… What about benefiting from other Christmas things - like, is one allowed to enjoy the holiday music they play over loudspeakers in grocery stores?
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Expand Article #689 Lights that Radiate Darkness
Q. Is there an actual prohibition about deriving any kind of enjoyment from Christmas lights? Can one use them for illumination? Can one comment on their beauty?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 139: 1) rules that it is prohibited to derive ....


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Expand Article #688 Chanukah Gelt Means a Velt
Q. Someone who always gives Chanukkah gelt to his children and grand children, but this year is away on vacation, does he have to be matir neder? Can he give when he returns after Chanukkah?

A. When exactly did the tradition of dist ....


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