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Expand Article # 845 Home Meal
Q. If we always eat shaleshudes in shul should we also do it on this Shabbos when it is a nidche or is it better to eat at home?

A. See prior question. Poskim disagree if it is better to eat with company on the Shalosh Seudos meal ....


Posted 7/24/2015 6:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 844 Changing Fast Clothes
Q. Is it worthwhile this year that Motzei Shabbos is Tisha Beav nidche, to make Maariv later and let the people go home to change to weekday clothing?


A. Since when Tisha Beav is Motzei Shabbat you have to stop eating on ....


Posted 7/24/2015 5:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 843 Bearly a Reason for Hagomel Bentching?
Q. Dear Rav Bartfeld, shlita,
Someone in our kehillah was hiking alone up a mountain out west. As he was walking, he noticed a black bear about 90 meters away from him. Black bears can be deadly, even though they are not as dangerous as grizzl ....


Posted 7/20/2015 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 842 Velo Yi'hye Motor?
Q. Are you allowed to fix a motorboat (during the Nine Days)?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that in principle there is no prohibition for a Gentile to fix for you a motorboat that will be used after the Nine Days. However ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 841 Float Your Boat?
Q. Is it permitted to take (during the Nine Days) a boat ride on the lake without getting wet? Is it permitted if you do it for the children?

A. Poskim advise that during the period of Ben Hametzarim and especially during the Nine Da ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 840 Stealing Your Mind with Fake Flowers?
Q. Can you place (during the Nine Days) an outside planter and plant it with artificial flowers? (Is that permitted the whole year, or is it gneivas daas?)

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that it should be avoided since i ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 839 Roll Out the Green Carpet?
Q. Are you allowed (during the Nine Days) to spread on the deck a carpet made of artificial grass without nailing it?


A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit”a opinion is that it is permitted, however a permanent installation should b ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #838 All Hands Off Deck
Q. Is it permitted to wash the house floor during the nine days? How about the deck outside if dirty?

A. In question 594 on this forum we wrote; Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should n ....


Posted 7/19/2015 10:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 837 Crazy Cooking
Q. If the caregiver asks one of the halachic shote patients above to turn on the stove, is that bishul akum for others?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is not bishul akum, since the Rabbinical prohibitions on the ....


Posted 7/14/2015 2:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 836 Sombre Shote
Q. A patient who is so depressed that becomes irrational, is he a halachic shote at that time?

A. In the expressions of our sages one suffering from depression is named a Baal Moro Shechoro or suffering from Melankolio. Divrei Malki ....


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Expand Article # 835 Did he Find his Mind?
Q. If he (a patient that has lost most of his memory) regains some memory only from time to time and only then is rational, is he liable on mitzvos when he is well?

A. See prior answer where Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit”a indicated t ....


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Expand Article # 834 Maybe Confused But No Shoiteh
Q. A few questions concerning elderly patients. A patient that has lost most of his memory but is still rational and understands and can follow a conversation, is that patient considered a shote and is he exempt of mitzvos or can he still make kidu ....


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Expand Article # 833 No-Name Bracha II
Re: Question (810) about Mekadeish Shemo Borabim

Q. I pray Nusach Ashkenaz-Minhag Frankfurt where the Nusach for that Bracha is "Mekadeish Es Shimcho Borabim." I have noticed that it is unlike any other Bracha I have encountered. E ....


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Expand Article #832 Talk To Him
Q. Why when we say a brocho we begin by speaking directly to Hashem, as in Baruch Ata (blessed be You) and when we end the bracha we speak of Hashem in third person, as in Bore Pri Haetz (who created the fruit of the tree)?

A. T ....


Posted 7/10/2015 6:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #831 Lip Service?
Q. I wonder constantly why do we say every day three times a day in the amida in the bracha dedicated to the coming of Mashiach, the words “ki lishuat'cha kivinu kol hayom,” or “since we hope for Your salvation the whole day, and wait” Is that ....


Posted 7/7/2015 5:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 830 Mama Rochel Cry
Q. Is there relevance for what some say that we should not name our newborn baby girl Rochel?
(need answer urgent)

A. In Shaar HaPsukim (Par. Vayetze) the Arizal writes that the names of the Imahos or foremothers that includ ....


Posted 7/3/2015 5:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 829 Picture Perfect Food
Q. Can one leave on recording security cameras on Shabbos for the purpose of kashrus, bosor shenisalem, bishul akum on a house with a caregiver or in an shul where kidush is served and there is no mashgiach temidi?

A. Although, some Po ....


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Expand Article # 828 Yichud's Kodak Moment
Q. Can the security cameras remain on during Shabbos just to save the patient from yichud (seclusion) prohibitions when left alone with the female care-giver?

Horav Nissim Karelitz Shlit”a (quoted in Moriah-Elul 5771 p.146) maintains th ....


Posted 7/3/2015 5:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 827 Candid Camera Care
Q. An elderly person is under the constant care of a female non-Jewish caregiver. Can the family maintain on Shabbos the recording security cameras to ensure that he is given proper care?

A. In question 648 on this forum we wrote: Ma ....


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Expand Article # 826 Wave Gut Shabbes to the Camera?
Q. At a bris mila done on Shabbos, the security camera on the entrance to the hall was left on. Can the family now use the recording to keep a memento and make a recording of the occasion?


A. A similar question is found in Chas ....


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