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Expand Article #647 Mourning the Mumar?
Q. (I have a relative who is dying. Unfortunately, he is married to a gentile…) And assuming he does not leave his wife before his death and insists upon being buried next to her (she is still alive), do the laws of mourning and kaddish remain the ....


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Expand Article #646 A Gentile Burial?
Q. (I have a relative who is dying. Unfortunately, he is married to a gentile…) If he does die without making this stipulation, do we let him get buried in a gentile cemetery? Should we make efforts to bury him in a Jewish cemetery or exhume his bo ....


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Expand Article #645 Nay Never the Kever
Q. I have a relative who is dying. Unfortunately, he is married to a gentile. We mentioned to him recently that he never wrote in his will that upon his death he should be buried in a Jewish cemetery. He said that he wants to be buried next to his ....


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Expand Article #644 Not a Lot Left of Lot's Wife's Lot
Q. There are two brachot that are said when seeing the salt pillar of Lot's wife as mentioned in Shulchan Aruch. Does that apply today? Do we really know with enough certainty to make a bracha that the site shown to the tourist is the real thing?


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Expand Article #643 An Egg or a Yom Tov? III
Q. (Re- prior questions 517 & 634.) It is interesting that the Ben Yehoyadah says that a chicken lays an egg daily. The Tosfos Rid on the first Amud of the Masechta avers that if a chicken laid an egg every day, it could not be muktzah accordin ....


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Expand Article #642 Ladies First?
Q. A Widowed husband that lives with his daughters, should he light the Shabbat candles or one of his daughters?

A. Poskim disagree as to who takes precedence in lighting the candles, the widowed man of the house, as it is his obliga ....


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Expand Article #641 A Vort from the Convert
Q. Someone who is preparing himself to become a Ger and is already enrolled in a learning program, is in contact with the Beis Din and attends regularly a Shul…. can he be invited to say a dvar Torah on a kidush?

A. Horav Shlomo Mil ....


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Expand Article #640 Gentle Gentiles
Q. Someone who is preparing himself to become a Ger and is already enrolled in a learning program, is in contact with the Beis Din and attends regularly a Shul, ….If he owns a lulav and esrog can he do hakafos around the bima or the mitzvah of Hosh ....


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Expand Article #639 Convert's Course
Q. Someone who is preparing himself to become a Ger and is already enrolled in a learning program, is in contact with the Beis Din and attends regularly a Shul, Can he be dance with the Torah on Simchas Torah or be given pesicha of the Aron Hakodes ....


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Expand Article #638 Gratuitous Gratifying
Q. If you travel by car is there schar pesios?

A. Torah Lishmo (40) and Tzitz Eliezer (12: 17) both write that the main Schar Pesios is when one exerts, puts effort and work in the compliance of the mitzvah. That is comparably minima ....


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Expand Article #637 Stepping or People?
Q. What is better to attend a shul that is further away and there is schar pesios, or to daven in a shul where there are more people berov am?

A. Avnei Yoshfe (7: 23) quotes Bais Boruch (17: 5) that Rov Am preempts Schar Pesios and o ....


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Expand Article #636 A Shaile on a Kashe
Q. What Bracha does one make on buckwheat cakes, HoAdama or Shehakol?

A. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat or to any of the five types of grain that we recite Hamotzi or Mezonos over them. Buckwheat is a legume, wh ....


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Expand Article #635 How to Raise Praise on the Rice
Q. Before eating rice cakes, does one make Borei Pri HoAdama or Mezonos (because the pieces are stuck together)?

A. Poskim disagree as to the first brocho on rice cakes. Many maintain that since they are produced by applying hot air, ....


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Expand Article #634 An Egg or a Yom Tov? II
Q. I am beginning to learn Maseches Beitzah. While reviewing your information below in answer to a past query of mine, (question 517) I realized that none of the information really answers the question, "What connection does the word 'Beitzah' have ....


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Expand Article #633 Swinging a Shaile
Q. Can my children use a tire swing on Shabbos? The rope is attached to a metal hook that protrudes from a tree. When a child swings on the swing the tree branch it does sway but only very slightly.

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 336: 13) ....


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Expand Article #632 Is one head better than two?
Q. At one of the wards with a measurable Jewish population two frum councilor candidates are running for election this month. Is it proper for them to do so or since they are splitting the vote shouldn’t they rather unite and work together? What is ....


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Expand Article #631 Permitted Child Labor?
Q. Can you tell a koton to put the schach lechatchila if his father is there? Does he have to be present the whole time or is it enough only at the beginning?

A. On the onset, a minor should not place the schach on the suka, (since ....


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Expand Article #630 Sleeping in the Rain
Q. Would a weather forecast predicting rain during the night make one patur from sleeping in the succah or must one go out to sleep and only go inside once it actually starts to rain?

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


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Expand Article #629 The Non-Suka Suka
Q. If one has a plastic cover over the schach when it rains is it better to eat in the Suka or in the house?
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A. According to the opinion of HaGro (629: 5, see also Maase Rav 217) mentioned in the prior answer, that whi ....


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Expand Article #628 When it Rains it is Potur
Q. If it rains during Sukos, if one is wearing a large protective hat and raincoat that covers him and the food too is he allowed to be machmir if he doesn't mind to sit and eat in the rain in the Suka?

A. The Mishna in Suka (28b) ....


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