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Expand Article #597 A Came Out in the Wash Shaileh
Q. So we're going out of town for a simcha immediately after Tisha b'av (after netz minyan on Wednesday). The bar mitzva is Wednesday night. Would my cleaning lady then be allowed to do our laundry on Monday or on Tisha B'av after chatzos so that ....


Posted 8/1/2014 2:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #596 Car Caring in the Nine Days of Mourning
#596 Car Caring in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. If there is a sale on a new car that will not be available after Tisha Beav, can you give a deposit and sign the purchase agreement during the nine days if you take possession of the c ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #595 Pressure Washing in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. Can you wash with a pressure washer a deck or the outside walls during the nine days?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that the Nine Days should be dedicated essentially to the mourning of the Bais Hamikdosh and what w ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #594 Carpet Cleaning in the Nine Days of Mourning
#594 Carpet Cleaning in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. Can you ask a maid to wash the carpets or curtains during the nine days?

A. Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should not ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #593 Fixing Clothing in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. I have a simcha immediately following the nine days. I bought a dress that requires lengthening and the slit to be closed in order to make it tznius. Am I allowed to give it to a goy to fix during the nine days if I won't be able to do it after ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #592 Ironing in the Nine Days of Mourning
#592 Ironing in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. What about ironing? She does that as well. Most of the clothing that needs to be ironed is for Shabbos, but there are some weekday clothes as well. Is she permitted to do the ones for Sh ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #591 Laundering in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. My cleaning lady is completely in charge of doing the laundry in my home during the week.

I have small children and older children. Do I need to tell her that she is not allowed to do the adults laundry, or could she just do her t ....


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Expand Article #590 Nine Kavim on Nine Days
Q. I usually take a shower to comply with tisha kavim, I do this Erev Shabbos too. Can I do this during all the nine days or only in erev Shabbos? Can the water be warm?

A. Many Poskim maintain that you comply with the custom of Ni ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #589 War's Peaceful Mi Sheverach
Q. In a number of shuln there have been open discussions and disagreements whether to say during these difficult times the mi sheverach for the Tzahal soldiers (on Shabbat). What does Horav Miller shlita advise?

A. The most important ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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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 ....


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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 ....


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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 ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:31 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:28 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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Posted 7/17/2014 10:25 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:25 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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 ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:20 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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