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Expand Article # 783 Don’t Count on Me?
Q. A very ill patient who the doctors say could go into coma soon and is not expected to remain alive more than a week; can he still count sefira with a bracha?

A. Poskim rule that he can count even if it is likely that he may ch ....


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Expand Article #782 Read My Lips
Q. Can someone count for a chole who can’t speak, if he is aware and just moves his lips?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 489 :1) rules that it is a mitzvah for each individual to count sefiras haomer for himself. Mishna Berura (ibid. 5) ....


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Expand Article # 781 Stand Up And Be Counted
Q. An aged individual who has a hard time walking and with effort stands only for shmonezrei, does he have to do the same for sefiras homer and the brocho before?

A. Although, besides the halacha that all mitzvah-brochos should be ....


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Expand Article # 780 Good Hair Day
Q. What is the reason we do the chalaka of a 3 year old on Lag Baomer?

A. It could be that this was done with the intention of being mechanech, educating and starting off the child on his very first mitzvos at a place that is a so ....


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Expand Article # 779 The Hidden Light in Shabbos
Q. If someone has a tattoo or for that matter anything written or drawn with ultraviolet ink or similar designs that will show, glow or change when exposed to u.v. light on his skin, his clothing or utensils he is handling, can he get close to th ....


Posted 5/8/2015 1:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 778 Don’t Lag Behind
Q. If the father keeps the minhag Hoari and does not shave even on Lag Baomer, can he still do the chalaka on Lag B. for his child?

A. Poskim permit for someone who follows Minhag Ariza”l to do the chalaka of his son on Lag Baomer ....


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Expand Article # 777 A Makah of Chutzpah?
Q. Reuven, a Ben Torah, unable to travel that day to his regular Kollel, decided instead to learn in his local Beis Midrash where he pays membership dues. He arrived on time for First Seder and sat in what looked like a vacant seat next to a wall, ....


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Expand Article # 776 Solid Blessings
Q. Is there a difference (for brocho achrono) between the time of digestion for solids, which is usually 72 minutes, and that of liquids?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 184: 5) rules that there is no difference between eating solids o ....


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Expand Article # 775 Burning to Make a Brocho?
Q. If someone suffers from reflux sometimes hours after finishing a meal, can he still say the brocho achrono then?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 184: 5) rules that one should recite Birchas Hamozon until the food he consumed has been diges ....


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Expand Article #774 The Seven-Week All Inclusive Holiday
Q. Why is Sefirat Haomer mentioned in the parsha of the Moadim when it is not a Yom Tov?

A. Although the days of Sefirah do not carry the sanctity of Yom Tov or even Chol Hamoed, they are permitted in work and do not have any special ....


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Expand Article #773 Counting On the Women
Q. Is it recommended for a woman to count Sefirat Haomer?

A. Mishna Berura (489: 3) quoting Magen Avraham writes that although women are exempt from the mitzvah of Sefirat Haomer as it is time sensitive, they have already accepted ....


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Expand Article # 772 A Mourner On Fire
Q. Can a Avel attend a Lag Baomer party by the fire where there is singing? Can he join in the dancing? Can he stay if instrumental music is played?

A. Nitey Gavriel (Pesach 3: 58: 15) rules that a mourner during the year of avelus is ....


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Expand Article # 771 Nisht Shein
Q. May one get a tattoo using ultraviolet ink that can only be seen when it shines under u.v. light?

A. See prior question (# 769) in regards of writing with u.v. or invisible ink on Shabbos. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is ....


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Expand Article # 770 Baruch - Hashem for Translation
Q. For the purposes of kiruv, I want to initiate unaffiliated Yiddin into reciting brochos, by saying them in English….What is the translation of the first word of a brocha? Is praised acceptable?
Is the Shem Havayah translated or the Shem HaA ....


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Expand Article # 769 Writing Worth a While
Q. May one write on Shabbos with ultraviolet ink?

R. A. Shulchan Aruch, (O.H. 340: 4) rules that even though the melacha or biblically prohibited labor of kosev (writing) is violated only with permanent script, our sages prohibit ....


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Expand Article # 768 An Egghead Shaile?
A yeshivishe fellow with a hat and a beard was standing first in line at the fresh frying egg station during chol hamoed in a hotel when the gas of the canister of the portable stove ended. Following the established instructions for kashrus the cook ....


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Expand Article # 767 What About The Wine?

In question 285 you posted:
“Q. We have a babysitter who watches my child every day. She is Hindu. We have once or twice left an open bottle of non-mevushal wine out, and sometimes have unsealed meat in the fridge while she is here alon ....


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Expand Article # 766 L’Chaim - Clinking to Life
Q. It is common amongst men drinking together, whether Jewish or not today, to clink glasses. The origin to this may have been a superstition (keeping away evil spirits). Can this be done by Yidden?

A. There are a number of reaso ....


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Expand Article # 765 Jewish Travel Insurance?
Q. When staying over Yom Tov in a hotel, can I place a Mezuzah on my room door, for shemira since the door is not locked on Shabat and Yom Tov? Is it advisable? Can I put one in a condo I rent only for Yom Tov?

Q. When staying over Yom ....


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Expand Article # 764 Have Mezuza Will Travel
Q. Does a room in a hotel require a mezuza?

A. A hotel owned by a Jewish proprietor should have mezuzos placed in all rooms, as it is used for habitation purposes, (Aruch Hashulchan 286: 48) even when the owner does not reside ther ....


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