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Expand Article #588 A Holyday Holding
Q. I own a property in partnership with a company where one of their partners is Jewish but not observant. They prepared and signed a lease during last Shavuos. Can I co-sign this lease that was then prepared on Yom Tov and benefit from it? It is l ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #587 Pure Mitzvos
Q. (See last question) Why only (do we have to avoid a place that can bring tuma, and therefore we don't stand under a roof) in Kidush Levanah and not while performing any other mitzva?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 1: 144) questions why on ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #586 Kosher Cover
Q. Re- question 576 on reciting Kidush Levanah inside the house. Isn't there another reason to avoid becoming tomeh if under a roof?

A. Indeed besides the reason quoted in the Mishna Berura (426: 21), that we are engaged in re ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #585 Shower Shelter Shaileh
Q. What if one is in the shower (when the air-raid siren went off in Yerushalaim during a Hamas missile attack) Should one take some precious seconds to gain zechuyos by maximizing tznius before exiting the apartment or should one exit with just a ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #584 Missile Interruption
Q. We live in Yerusholayim. About 35 minutes ago, the air-raid siren went off and we exited to a protected area. While there, Boruch Hashem, instead of getting panicky, we discussed some shailos:

What does one do if the siren goes of ....


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Expand Article #583 Not so Fast
Q. I'm taking antibiotics and I also suffer from reflux and find it hard to fast, do I have to fast on the 17 of Tamuz?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 554: 6) rules that an ill person does not have to fast on the lesser days of ta'anis sin ....


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Expand Article #582 All is Good.
Q. A parve soup in a meat pot, with a milk plastic ladle. no kli is ben yomo.
what is the status of the soup, pot , and ladle?

Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that all are kosher (See Y.D. 94: 4)

Rabb ....


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Expand Article #581 Fast or Feast?
Q. Can I still shave and hear music on the night prior to the fast (of 17th of Tamuz) since the fasting begins in the morning?

A. Igrois Moshe (O.H.1: 168, 4:112) explains that whether the prohibitions of the three weeks such as sha ....


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Expand Article #580 Is Aron a Person?
Q. Sometimes there are only 9 people showing up at shul. The problem is that they lock the doors every hour on the hour so if we dont get a minyan, lets say at 8 AM, there is no chance to get a minyan since we have to leave by 9 AM.

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Expand Article #579 Oversee the Dentifrice?
Q. Is Colgate Toothpaste Kosher? Is there a problem using it although there is no hashgacha on the package?
Are any brands specifically not kosher?

A. Har Tzvi (Y.D. 95) permits toothpaste that has a non-kosher ingredient ....


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Expand Article #578 A Sweeping Shaileh
Q. I have a mulberry tree next to the side entrance of my home and the mulberries fall on the paved entrance. They can cause a mess on the carpets when someone steps on them and enters the house. Can they be swept with a broom on Shabbos since the ....


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Expand Article #577 Yonge but Grown Eruv
Q. My friends are coming in from Israel and want to know if there is an Eruv where I live please. 5XXX Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Between Finch Ave. W. and Sheppard Ave. W.)

A. Rabbi Akiva Steinmetz Shlit"a (Rabbi in c ....


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Expand Article #576 Windows to the Moon
Q. Can someone stay inside as say Kidush Levanah by seeing the moon through the window if it is too hot or too cold outside?

A. The Remah (O.H. 426: 4) rules that one should not recite Kidush Levono underneath a roof. Mishna Berura ....


Posted 7/11/2014 11:43 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #575 Interrupting Kidush
Q. If someone is in the middle of saying the bracha of Kidush Levanah and someone else approaches him and tells him Shalom Aleichem can he respond or is it a Hefsek?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 66: 1) rules that in the middle of the broc ....


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Expand Article #574 The Kulanu-Kitchen, Kosher-Kettle
Q. I share a kettle with a group of people. It has been brought to my attention that someone in the group may have poured hot water from the kettle into a cup containing a non-Kosher substance. What is the status of the kettle? If I used the kettle ....


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Expand Article #573 Watch Out For That Watch
Q. An automatic or self-winding watch in which energy comes from winding a spring automatically as a result of natural motion of the wearer's arm. This makes manual winding unnecessary. It does not use a battery.

My automatic watch ....


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Expand Article #572 A Sticky Question?
Q. Is it permitted to use "Post-It Notes" (aka "yellow stickies") on Shabbos? In particular I use these as book marks, since I can stick them in the margin and they mark the exact place where I left off reading. I find this especially useful when g ....


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Expand Article #571 As Quick as Lightning
Q. If at that time (when lightning is seen during a rainstorm) I can't say the bracha because my hands are unclean or I'm in the bathroom can I say it a bit latter?

A. This halocho is to be found in Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 227: 3) wher ....


Posted 7/4/2014 11:22 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #570 An Enlightening Question
Q. Dear Rabbi.
If I don't see the lightning itself during a rainstorm, but only the room becomes illuminated by it. Do I make the bracha of Maase Bereshit? If at that time I can't say the bracha because my hands are unclean or I'm in the bat ....


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Expand Article #569 A Silent Blessing?
Q. When davening amidah together with the shliach tzibur, word by word, as when you arrive late and can't do it with the minyan. When the shliach tzibur says birchas Cohanim (Elokeinu V'Elokey Avosenu), should you say with him word by word too or j ....


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