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Expand Article #739 Bar the Early Bar Mitzvah


Q. My son was born bein hashmashos on Thursday yud alef cheshvan. We asked a shaila when he was born and we were told to make his bris on Friday.
B"H we are approaching his bar mitzvah. This upcoming year, yud alef cheshvan f ....


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Expand Article # 738 The Cohen Spock?


Q. Can someone give a hand salute with fingers spread like the cohanim do when they say bircas cohanim? (as Nimoy and the Vulcans )?

A. Since the Torah directed the Cohanim to be the ones to bless the Jewish nation, ....


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Expand Article # 737 Ad D’lo Yoda What he Drinks
Q. On the mitzvah of drinking on Purim does it have to be wine only? Can you drink some wine, like a cup and then other liquor?

A. Rashi (Megila 7b) explains that the drink is wine. Biur Halocho (695: 1) quoting Eliahu Rabba, ment ....


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Expand Article # 736 Purim Tehilim
Q. Since Purim is a special day for tefillah, is one allowed to say tehillem on Purim night? Or is tehillem not allowed to be said by an individual at night?

A. Indeed Purim is a special day for tefilos, similar to Yom Kippur (Tik ....


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Expand Article #735 A Time to Dance?


Q. Why is there a custom to dance after saying kiddush levana?

A. In only one instance the Remo praises and extols dancing and that is in Darkei Moshe (426) in regards to Kidush Levana. He mentions that the reason f ....


Posted 2/27/2015 3:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #734 Our Teacher Was a Real Angel


Q. Does a malach teach a non-Jewish baby all of the torah? Or only the 7 mitzvos of Noach?

A. The Talmud (Nida 30b) teaches that during the days of pregnancy the fetus or rather his neshama (Maharsho – Chidushei ....


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Expand Article #733 Interrupting Kidush II


Q. What if someone says shalom aleichem to you while you are in the middle of the beracha (of Kidush Levana) can you respond?

A. (Please see question 575 in this forum) Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 66: 1) rules that in t ....


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Expand Article #732 Peace to All?


Q. Can one say it (Shalom Aleichem at Kidush Levana) to one person or it needs to be said to three different people?

A. The most established tradition in Ashkenazi communities is to address three different peopl ....


Posted 2/25/2015 2:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #731 Rav Shalom Im Yareach

Q. Why do we say shalom aleichem (in kiddush levana) three times?

A. Most Poskim mention greeting Shalom Aleichem three times, as cited in Tur from Maseches Sofrim. Some see the strength of chazaka (usually a strong, establ ....


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Expand Article #730 Moon Greetings


Q. Why do we say shalom aleichem in kiddush levana?

A. A number of reasons are mentioned for saying Shalom Aleichem at Kidush Levana; some are:
1) Mishna Berura (426: 16) quotes from Mogen Avrohom that we ....


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Expand Article #729 The Law of the Tablets


Q. A non-Jewish co-worker gave me as a present his last year model tablet when he bought a new one, which is far better than the one I have. I use mine for learning the Daf and for davening Mincha, since we don’t have enough sidur ....


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Expand Article #728 Reserved Parking Permit
Q. Is one able to reserve a public parking spot? For example I am supposed to meet someone at a certain venue and I get there first and parking is tight. I see a parking spot open up and I go and sit down in that spot to "reserve" it for my frien ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #727 New Name Claim
Q. If a person is born with a certain name (Hebrew) and does not like the name and tells everyone to call them by a different name and changes their name legally, does that have any Halachic binding. For example a person is called Avigal and she ....


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Expand Article #726 Laud And Drear
Q. I am frequently distracted during davening by others who daven audibly (during the Amidah) or who daven significantly louder than the rest of the congregation during the parts (like psukei d’zimra) that are recited out loud. It is very hard for ....


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Expand Article #725 Don’t Don Tefilin on Yom Shabboson.
Q. I would like to know the opinion of the rav, shlita, what one should do if he was mekabel Shabbos at Plag HaMincha on Friday afternoon, and then remembered that he did not put on tefillin (for Friday)?
From Taz 600:2 it would seem to me ....


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Expand Article #724 Pointless Tosefes?
Q. I would like to know the rav's opinion, if a person can daven Mincha erev Shabbos in such a way that by the time he finishes, it will already be after shkia?
How would one fulfill the mitzvah of tosefes shabbos, which requires a verbal st ....


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Expand Article #723 Pareve Chale?
Q. If I cut bread with a clean (from the dishwasher) fleishig knife can I eat that bread with cheese?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit”a opinion is that if the fleishig knife is scrubbed, washed and visibly clean it can be used to cut ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #722 Blended Family Benching
Q. When someone from a blended family is benching, does Ves Zarrei include children from a spouses previous marriage? If not, should some other text be said or do the spouses children get omitted?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a op ....


Posted 2/19/2015 4:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 721 Mistakenly Heavenly?
Q. Shalom u'bracha:
Recently I purchased 2 items that the store failed to charge me.
The first was in Marshalls. I put on the register counter several items, to which the register person scans the bar code, and then bags it for you. ....


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Expand Article #720 A Message From The Pigeons
Q. We have a pigeon problem in our Shul/Beis Medrash. The pigeons stroll in during the all-day study sessions and camp out in the alcove inside the dome and above the Aron Kodesh. They also stroll around the floor, seemingly unafraid of anyone. I u ....


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