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Expand Article #683 Deserted Candles
Q. Let us say, a guy is alone in a desert, without the necessary implements to make and light candles on Chanukah, and obviously will not see the lit Chanukah candles of another, does he make a Birkas Shehecheyanu on the Yom Tov of Chanukah itself? ....


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Expand Article #682 Enlighten the Uncovered
Q. Can you use oil for Chanuka lighting that was left uncovered overnight?

Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is permitted for a number of reasons. Firstly Poskim disagree whether in our days we should discard certain ....


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Expand Article #681 Fire the Shot Glass?
Q. Can you use for placing the menorah oil, small shot glasses that will be later used for liquor, which were not immersed in a Mikva yet?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that this is permitted since you are allowed to u ....


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Expand Article #680 How to Treat the Swap Meet
Q. Is there any prohibition in swapping seasonal gifts that co-workers (mostly Gentiles) give to each other at a years end party?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that if the gifts being exchanged are not prohibited in be ....


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Expand Article #679 A Fine End Line
Q. If you forget after December the 4th (to recite Tal Umotor) and the sidur instructs that you should say it at shma kolenu, where do you say it and what are the words you have to mention?

A. He should say Vesen Tal Umatar at the e ....


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Expand Article #678 Brocho on Rain, Come Back Another Day
Q. What happens when an Israeli visits chutz la'aretz does he stop saying tal umotor while here?

A. Poskim differ in their opinions. Most maintain that once he had already begun reciting Tal Umatar while still in Eretz Yisroel (he l ....


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Expand Article #677 Motor Travel Trends
Q. When I traveled recently to Eretz Yisroel I said Tal umotor librocho in Shemoneesre like everyone else… Was I to continue the same when I came back, since it was still before December 4?

A. Poskim disagree as to what to do if one ....


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Expand Article #676 Travel Rain Check
Q. When I traveled recently to Eretz Yisroel, I said Tal umotor librocho in Shemoneesre like everyone else. Was that correct?

A. Poskim disagree in regards to the mention of Tal Umatar for someone residing outside of Eretz Yisroel ....


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Expand Article #675 Making Sense of Sensors
Q. Does one have to be careful when walking down a street on Shabbos to not activate motion sensor lights? I would have to remember to cross the street to avoid one.

A. Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchoso (23: 53) quoting Yesodei Yishurun ( ....


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Expand Article #674 Weighty Light Shaile
Q. I'm doing my medical internship and I stay in the hospital overnight some days a week… Since I'm not married and I room alone, and I have an Internet security hook up with my residence, so I can turn on and off lights with a phone call. Can I ma ....


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Expand Article #673 In the Light That We Know
Q. I'm doing my medical internship and I stay in the hospital overnight some days a week. Can I use a sodium battery powered lamp (sometimes used for medical examinations) for Chanuka lights? How about a Halogen light?

A. In questio ....


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Expand Article #672 The Three Days Phase
Q. Is it true that you are not allowed to visit a sick person during the first three days of his illness? Why?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 335:1) rules that close family members and friends visit the sick immediately, while others wait ....


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Expand Article #671 Again and Again and No Gain
Q. If someone is overly careful to pronounce the words of the shema properly and keeps on repeating them many times, trying to get it just right, is that not a hefsek?
Thank you

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is tha ....


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Expand Article #670 Your Money or Your Strife?
Q. Can one take advantage of a sale that is given on a non-Jewish religious holiday or is it as agreeing to the spirit of the celebration? How about Black Friday?

A. Horav Shlomo Millers Shlit"a opinion is that seasonal sales do no ....


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Expand Article #669 Enlightening the Lighting
Q. I will be traveling overseas on vacation G-d willing during Chanuka with my family and I have a few questions…
Can we appoint a shaliach back home to light for us? How about the time difference?

A. In regards to naming an ....


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Expand Article #668 Shabbos – Chanuka Hotel
Q. I will be traveling overseas on vacation G-d willing during Chanuka with my family and I have a few questions…
What do we do on Shabbat? (Chanuka in a hotel, see previous question)

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion ....


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Expand Article #667 An Electrifying Shaile
Q. I will be traveling overseas on vacation G-d willing during Chanuka with my family and I have a few questions
In the hotel we will be eating our meals in the rooms or occasionally in an outside kosher restaurant, they don't allow lightin ....


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Expand Article #666 The Flying Menorah
Q. I will be traveling on vacation G-d willing during Chanuka with my family and I have a few questions
When traveling by plane, if the flight departs on the late afternoon (we leave home before plag) and arrives after midnight, and we stay ....


Posted 12/9/2014 2:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #665 The Ignoble Noble
Q. If you are in a tzedaka appeal for a worthy institution where pledges are called out loud, are you allowed to pledge a very large sum to encourage others to give, when you don't have the intention or can't keep your promise?

A. M ....


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Expand Article #664 A Psak on a Hefsek
Q. Does one have to wash his hands again with a beracha after going to the bathroom in the middle of a seudah?

A. Mishna Berura (164: 12) quotes different opinions whether one should recite a brocho after washing hands (with a keli ....


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