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Expand Article # 879 Don't Be A-loan on Rosh Hashana
Q. If someone has already written a pruzbul and then tutors or babysits before Rosh Hashana, but was not paid at that time, can they still collect after this Shmitah Rosh Hashana?

A. Only unpaid loans are canceled at the end of th ....


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Expand Article # 878 Guest to Honor
Q. My family is noheg that we wash netilas yadayim before Kiddush on Shabbos. When we have guests (both Ashkenazi and Sfardi) should they wash before like us, or after? The Mishna Brurah (siman 271 s"k 58) says even the Shulchan Aruch who holds its ....


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Expand Article # 877 Don't Go Nuts on Rosh Hashono
Q. Can you eat peanuts or peanut butter on Rosh Hashana?

A. Please refer to question # 213 in this forum (printed bellow.)
Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is the same in regards to peanuts. Peanut butter is unquestionably ....


Posted 9/10/2015 1:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 876 Vanish The Varnish?
Hello Rabbi Bartfeld,

Q. Is there a problem with using bamboo that is coated with a varnish like substance for schach?
I saw at dollar stores that they have them…


A. Poskim permit painting or coloring ....


Posted 9/9/2015 12:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (3)


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Expand Article # 875 Vesikin The Answer
Q. Dear Rabbi
Since on Rosh Hashana we are being judged during the first three hours of the day which begin around 5.30 AM, would not davening vesikin (with the sunrise) be the best alternative, rather than spend that time sleeping in bed as ....


Posted 9/8/2015 5:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 874 Have You Heard This One?
Q. I daven like many others in a small shul, that is on a main street. It is common that the street noises like trucks going by or sirens are heard inside as well as sometimes small children crying or the A.C. making sounds. Are those noises an iss ....


Posted 9/8/2015 5:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 873 Important Being Important?
Q. (For writing a pruzbul) Can you take any three people who are frum, even if they do not know much about Torah and explain to them what is pruzbul and what you want?

A. Poskim disagree concerning what kind of Beis Din is empowered to ....


Posted 9/7/2015 1:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 872 Lenders Insomnia?
Q. Can a pruzbul be done at night?

A. Ohr Sameach (Shmittah 9: 18) debates whether a pruzbul can be processed at night. Maharikash (C. M. 67: 31,) Tzitz Eliezer (6: 39,) and others permit, since it is not basically a court act. H ....


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Expand Article # 871 pruzbul.org
Q. I'm a student in a place were there isn't much of a Jewish community and I have a few questions this year. Can a pruzbul be done on line or via a fax or email to the bais din?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that y ....


Posted 9/4/2015 5:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 870 Tithes To Tuition
Q. Hi Rabbi Bartfeld.  Wanted to wish you and your family a Ksiva V’Chasima Tova!!!  I also wanted to ask if I can use my Maaser money to pay tuition for my 22 year old daughter to learn in... Yerushalayim.  ….  There is also ....


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Expand Article # 869 Identity Crisis
Q. How much credence can be given to a place of burial of maternal ancestors or pictures taken by the chupa in establishing the Jewish identity of a person?

A. See Orchos Mishpot p. 357 who quotes the general rules established by Hora ....


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Expand Article # 868 The Proof is in the P'tur?
Q. Can you use an old get certificate of divorce (ptur - the Beis Din is not extant, but they were reliable Rabbanim) to prove that the man or the woman named there went trough a proper act on conversion?

A. See Piskey Din (Rabbanut Y ....


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Expand Article # 867 Blowing in the Night II
Re- Question # 858 above

(Dear Rabbi Bartfeld, please tell Rav Miller Shlit"a) that the ancient Minhag Aschkenaz during Elul was to blow Tashrat 3 times after Shacharis and after Arvis (including Motzoei Shabbos). This Minhag is sti ....


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Expand Article # 866 A Matter of Record V
Re – question 863 above
Q. Thank you - but I learned that when a goy does a melacha for a Yid on Shabbos, the melacha is not forbidden in benefit forever. The Yid can benefit after Shabbos if he waits the amount of time it took to do it.


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Expand Article # 865 Is the Earth to be Abandoned?
Q. is there any problem with taking out from Eretz Yisroel earth, stones or sand?

A. There is an ancient tradition to place earth or sand from Israel on the body of the deceased at burial outside of Israel. (Or Zarua 199, Remoh Y.D. 363, ....


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Expand Article # 864 They Gave a War and Nobody Came
Q. I have a question on Parshas Shoftim that no one has given me a satisfactory answer. We learned there that people who committed any sin would not join a voluntary war. The Cohen would call out before going to war, that any individual who is af ....


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Expand Article # 863 A Matter of Record IV
Q. If one will be absent from class (school) on yom tov, is one allowed to have a goy record the classes for him? If a goy offers to do it, should one refuse?

A. please refer to questions 627, 661, and 704 on this forum
Horav Sh ....


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Expand Article # 862 Strapped by My Straps
Q. I am ordering Tefillin straps. Unfortunately, the quality of straps today are poorer than when I became BarMitzvah. The straps do not absorb paint as well and therefore the tefillin paint comes off faster. Therefore, they have invented a new Z ....


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Expand Article # 861 K9 on Almenar?


Q. One of the members of our congregation recently returned to shul after a long illness in which he lost the use of his eyes.

He is now unfortunately totally blind and gets around with the help of a seeing eye dog ( a m ....


Posted 8/27/2015 10:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 860 He Blew It
Q. Is an engraved shofar (with outside decorations that are only superficial) kosher? What if it is only my initials? Can I place a label on the shofar with my name?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 586: 17) rules that it is improper to pain ....


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