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Expand Article #567 The Pits in Squeezing Lemons on Shabbos
Q. Is it mutter to squeeze a lemon through your hand (to catch the pits) on shabbos (assuming it's samuch li'seudah and onto food)?

A. Mishna Berura (319, introduction) mentions as one of the three conditions that permit borer is th ....


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Expand Article #566 Stoves Savings
Q. On Yom Tov when someone had his stove fit with a special indicating light that shows if electricity is flowing or not at that time into the element and also has the standard indicator light disconnected, can you turn off the stove when the light ....


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Expand Article #565 An Air Conditioned Mikvah?
Q. Can one fill a Mikvah with water that formed and dripped directly from an air conditioner?

A. Chazon Ish (Y.D. Mikvaos 2: 137:13) debates the making of a mikvah using condensed steam water and considers it in principle permissibl ....


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Expand Article #564 Pi in the Sky?
Q. Although the Mishnah in Eiruvin says that the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter is 3, there is a rumour that the Vilna Gaon discovered a remez for the true value of the ratio based on a Kri Uksiv in a verse that is mentioned both ....


Posted 6/13/2014 2:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #563 Raise a Few Eyebrows
Q. Can a man trim his eyebrows if they are unruly and get into his eyes? What if his wife asks him to do it?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 182: 1) rules on the prohibition to remove bodily hair growth. However Mordechai (Shabbos 50: 327) ....


Posted 6/13/2014 2:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #562 Sweet Blessings
Q. What brocho do you make on chocolate covered raisins or almonds? Thank you

A. Mishna Berura (204: 51) rules that on sugar-coated almonds, even when totally covered and when the quantity of sugar surpasses the almond, the brocho i ....


Posted 6/13/2014 2:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #561 A Mitzvah to Vote?
Q. B"H. Shalom, Dear Rabbi, Is there a halakhic obligation to vote in the elections for the various levels of government of Canada?

A. It is quite common in times of elections, specially in Israel for the Gedolim or recognized commu ....


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Expand Article #560 Avoid Better, Night Learning Neder?
Q. Do you have to make Hatarat Nedarim if you always learned the whole night and this year because of medical advice are not able?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that you do not have to do Hatoras Nedorim, since on on ....


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Expand Article #559 Time to Light Shavuos Night
Q. Two questions on Shavuot. When do you light candles the first night of Shavuot?

A. Mishna Berura (494: 1) writes that we wait to recite Maariv until nightfall so the forty-nine days of the Sefirah are completed. Although Shloh (b ....


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Expand Article #558 Bar the Shtar
Q. Could the giving of the kesuva to the kalah be considered as kidushin?

A. Orchois Chaim (beginning of Hilchos Kesuvos) suggests that the giving of the kesuva to the kallah in front of the witnesses constitutes an act of Kidushei ....


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Expand Article #557 To Tarry or to Marry?
Q. (When the ring went missing… see prior question.) Would it not be better for the chosson to take a coin or any other object of his belonging and avoid the wait?

A. The officiating Rabbi may have opted to wait until the ring was ....


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Expand Article #556 The Missing Ring
Q. I attended a chupah where the chosson thought he had the ring in his pocket but at the crucial moment after the rabbi recited the first brochos, he remembered he left it home and he send urgently someone to fetch it. The rabbi proceeded meantime ....


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Expand Article #555 Getting Rid of the Proof
Q. (Do you have to save articles of Torah…) How about the discarded proof prints from a printing shop?

A. See above question regarding newspapers and magazines. Meshiv Dovor (2: 80) maintains that one could even burn or destroy thos ....


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Expand Article #554 Burn or Bury?
Q. Does Hashem's name or pesukim printed by non-believing Jews or non-Jews require genizah or can they just be thrown away in the garbage disposal?

A. See prior question in regards to newspapers and magazines.

The Ram ....


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Expand Article #553 How to Write an Invite
Q. (Do you have to save articles of Torah…) How about wedding and bar mitzvah invitations that have pesukim in them?

A. See prior question. The answer would be similar if they contain psukim. It is interesting to mention that Rav Pea ....


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Expand Article #552 Manichim P'sukim in Blue-Bin for Recycling?
Q. Do you have to save articles of Torah in newspapers and magazines and discard them as shemos or can you just double wrap them in plastic bags and put them in the recyclables?

A. Rambam (Yesodei HaTorah 6:1) notes "One who erases ....


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Expand Article #551 A Platitude Blessing on a Platypus?
Q. Does one make the brocho of "meshane habrios" with the full name of Hashem when seeing first time a platypus?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 225: 8) rules that one recites the brocho of "meshane habrios" when seeing an unusual creature, ....


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Expand Article #550 Gam Zoo Letovo?
Q. Is there an "inyan" or worthwhile purpose in visiting a zoo and watching the animals?

A. Leket Yosher (Tamid p.66) writes that his Rebbi the Trumas Hadeshen went to watch a pair of lions that were brought to his city on Shabbos, ....


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Expand Article #549 Flowers in the Night
Q. Can you make the birchas hailonos at night seeing the flowers by artificial light?

A. Tzitz Eliezer (12: 20) rules that you can recite the brocho if the flower-fruit buds can be clearly seen an appreciated even at the light of t ....


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Expand Article #548 A Passing Violation?
Q. If one heard Kiddush, Hamotzi, or Havdalah; and the cup of Kiddush wine, piece of Challah, or Besomim, respectively, are passed around; is it a violation of "Ein maavirin al hamitzvoth" to pass the item on to the next person and therefore, one s ....


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