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Expand Article #625 A Cut to Soon?
Q. The Mishna Berurah recommendation to cut your hair on Erev Rosh Hashanah begins at the eve after Maariv or only in the morning after Shacharis?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that you can take a haircut lichvod Rosh ....


Posted 10/8/2014 12:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #624 Kidush Before Yom Kippur?
Q. If you are in doubt as to what the weather will be like motzei yom kippur, should you say kidush levanah before Yom Kipur?

A. Remoh (O.H. 426: 2) rules that one should not recite Kidush Levanah prior to the night at the end of Yo ....


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Expand Article #623 A Straight Pretzel Shaileh
Q. Does the chumra with regard to refraining from "pas palter" this week apply to standard pretzels sold in packages at food stores?

A. Many contemporary Poskim maintain that soft and large hard pretzels made from thick dough are co ....


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Expand Article #622 Standing Selichos
Q. I use an Artscroll Slichos, and it says that the 13 Middos are recited while standing, implying that there is no need to stand while saying the other paragraphs of slichos. I have always seen people stand throughout the slichos, and it seems to ....


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Expand Article #621 Vouching for the Voucher
#621 Vouching for the Voucher

Q. Is it possible to make change from a Tzedakah voucher using the shul's pushka the same way people do with real currency?

Since I've designated the money for tzedakah and received a tax ....


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Expand Article #620 The Hagomel of the Alter of Kelm
Q. I read in the name of the Alter of Kelm that you don't recite Birchat Hagomel after Yom Kipur for having survived the judgment of the Yme Hadin, since you really don't know what the sentence was and when during the year it may be carried out. Wh ....


Posted 9/19/2014 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #619 Is It the Thought That Counts?
Q. When doing shnaim mikro vechod targum that should be finished by Rosh Hashana, can you just read it with your eyes as when you learn a sefer or do you have to pronounce it with your lips? How about when you sign up for learning mishnayos for a s ....


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Expand Article #618 Sired After Expired
Q. If the child is born (conceived by sperm left over after his fathers death – see previous question) will he be a Cohen as his father was? Will he have to say kadish on his yortzait?

A. Poiskim disagree on this matter Beiros Shlom ....


Posted 9/19/2014 12:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #617 A Matter of Life and Death
Q. I have a friend whose husband tragically died very young and she was left totally devastated. They didn't have any children but were in IVF treatment when he suddenly passed away.

She wants to know if it is proper or even recommen ....


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Expand Article #616 A Mitzva Not for the Birds
Q. I have heard that doing the mitzvah of shiluach haKen is a segulah for fertility. Do you know where in Toronto I can go to perform the mitzvah?

A. Indeed the Midrash Rabbah (Ki Tetze 6) and Yalkut Shimoni (630) quoted also in Chi ....


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Expand Article #615 The Ultimate Theft?
Q. In a case of a divorced couple, can the ex-wife who is still a client at the fertility clinic where they attended IVF treatment, continue the treatment without her ex-husband knowledge or consent?

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


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Expand Article #614 Bull-Market for Pruzbul?
Q. Is there a point to make a Pruzbul at the beginning of the Shmita year?

A. In principle the lender can write a pruzbul and give over his loans to Bais Din at any time he wills, even years before the beginning of the shmitta year. ....


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Expand Article #613 No Vehicle Stand
#613 No Vehicle Stand

Q. If you are sitting in the car and you see an elderly person walk by, do you have to stand up for them?

A. A car is considered a separate reshus or domain in regards to Hilchos Shabbos (Mogen ....


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Expand Article #612 A Sepulchral Call
Q. Do you have to go in the day of the shloishim to visit the kever?

A. Although Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 344: 20) mentions that one should attend the kever on the day of shloshim, he could be referring only to the exceptional leaders o ....


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Expand Article #611 Is it All Good?
Q. What is the correct pronunciation on the goimel brocho, kol toiv or kol tuv. Most people say tuv, but in sidurim it says toiv?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a stated that the sidurim are correct and "toiv" is the right pronunciati ....


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Expand Article #610 Ovel Recites Hagomel?
Q. Someone who is in shloishim for his father and his wife gave birth does he make sheheheyonu and does he bentch goimel?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 223: 1) rules that when a son is born one recites Hatov Vehametiv. For a daughter Mish ....


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Expand Article #609 What Hashem Won't Do for You
Q. I recently heard in a Torah tape that Hashem does not create Kedusha or consecrate Himself things only people do and that is why Yeushalaim, Olam Haba, resurrection and Moshiach are not mentioned in the Torah, since they are not inherently holy ....


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Expand Article #608 Proper Rip
Q. Is the keriah done on the lapel of a jacket a proper rent?

A. Although it is a common tradition to tear only the lapel of a jacket even when mourning for parents, some Poskim maintain that a lapel is not regarded as the "begged" ....


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Expand Article #607 Ovel Leftover
Q. Can uneaten, leftover food from a COR supervised restaurant or caterer be taken out of a shiva house (a frum family known in the community) during the week of shiva so that the food will not be thrown out and the food will be donated to needy fa ....


Posted 9/12/2014 4:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #606 Out of the Hands of Babes
Q. My 9 month old baby likes to stick his hands in my mouth. Should i be worried about ru'ach rah and need to wash his hands in the morning? If not at what age does one need to start to wash children's hands to remove ruach ra'ah?

A ....


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