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Expand Article #495 When Not Accepting Divrei Torah II
Q. On (question 464) when someone tries to give me a piece of Torah that they have written that Horav Miller said; that he should give it back and say politely that you are unable to read it. Why is that so?

A. If you take it just f ....


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Expand Article #494 Is it Really Asur to Take Off The Talis Before the Tefilin?
Q. I follow avidly the Shailes that you post on Frum Toronto and the well documented answers you provide. I also greatly appreciate the very learned opinion of a Gadol Hador as Horav Miller shlita.
I have a number of questions that came up ....


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Expand Article #493 Attending a Bar Mitzva During Avelus
Q. Can (a grandmother who in avelus during the year) attend a bar mitzvah of a grandson where music will be played (she has greatly helped in making the simcha)?

R. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that she is allowed to a ....


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Expand Article #492 A Purim Thank You Gift for a Teacher
Q. A number of questions concerning a teacher in avelus, during the year for a parent.
The students usually send shalach manos to the teacher and sometimes the parents give money gifts. Can the teacher receive them since after all it is part ....


Posted 2/28/2014 2:01 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #491 Hockey Sticks for Schach?
Q. Can you use discarded hockey sticks for schach (daf & olimpics)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 629: 2) rules that skewers and the sides of beds cannot be used for schach since they are utensils that can become impure. Mishna Berura ....


Posted 2/27/2014 2:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #490 What is the Reason we Take Off our Teffilin Before the Tallis?
Q. What is the reason we take our teffilin off before our tallis?

A. Poiskim quote the Sha'ar Hakavonos (Tefilin Drush 5) and Sidur Hoarizal, who rule that one should not take off his taalis before the tefilin (Shaarei Teshuvo 25: 2 ....


Posted 2/21/2014 1:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #489 Why Two Days of Yom Tov Today?
Q. Why do we celebrate two days of yom tov in chutz la'aretz (and rosh hashana even in Israel) if we now have a set calendar?

A. This is an actual question of the Talmud (Beitzah 4b) "But now that we are well acquainted with the fix ....


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Expand Article #488 Israel Bonds and Ribbis II
Q. Dear Rabbi, Is it permissible to buy Israeli bonds as one receive interest from them. Or is it considered good as one is helping the country of Israel.

A. The following appeared on question 390 "Israel Bonds and Ribbis" on this f ....


Posted 2/21/2014 1:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #487 A Mitzvah Vest
Q. If someone has a tzitzis garment that has buttons on the side (looks like a vest but the buttons are on both sides for closing it when it is cold) does the garment become disqualified when buttoned, and it will not revert to kosher when later un ....


Posted 2/21/2014 1:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #486 What is the Best Way of Sleeping with a Taalith Kattan?
Q. If someone wears the same garment day and night, is that okay, or it becomes a night garment that is exempt?

A. According to the opinion of the Rambam (beginning of Hilchos Tzitzis) it matters not what type of garment you wear, a ....


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Expand Article #485 Repairing a damaged Taalis
Q. Someone asked me if a garment that has tzitzis ripped, how is it to be repaired? The tzitzis themselves are okay, it is just the garment.

A. If the garment ripped in a way that it would disqualify it, as when it does not meet a ....


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Expand Article #484 Having an Early Purim?
Q. Do you have to make a seuda on Purim Katan on Friday or since it is erev Shabbat it should be made on the night?

A. Remoh (O.H. 677: 1) writes that there is no requirement to do a seudah at all on Purim Kattan, only to add a bit ....


Posted 2/14/2014 2:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #483 A Kesuvah for a Ba'alas Teshuvah
Q.  A woman that was married to a goy, had children and got divorced, then made teshuva and marries a frum fellow, what do you write in the kesuva?

A. When writing a kesuvah for a woman that has lost her virginity and is not ....


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Expand Article #482 Media Blessings.
Q. Since we do not fulfill our obligation with a bracha recited over the telephone, why do people answer amen when the sheva brachot under the chupa or at the seuda are said over the microphone? Are the chatan and kalah yotze if they hear the brach ....


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Expand Article #481 Should I Toivel the Gift?
Q. If I am giving a glass jar as a gift with food inside should I be toiveling it first or not?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that if the glass jar is used only for the storage of food and not for eating directly fr ....


Posted 2/14/2014 2:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #480 Are Magna Tiles Muktzeh?
Q. Are Magna Tiles Muktzeh?

A. The translucent magnetic Magna Tiles have magnets built into them on every side and serve as recreational and educational tools that promote creativity, understanding of geometry, symmetry angles, area ....


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Expand Article #479 From Alois to Neitz and From Sh'kiah to Tzeis
Q. If the time between olas hashachar and Netz is equal to the time between sh'kiya and tzeis hakochavim, why do people end Shabbos at 72 minutes yet start a ta'anis at 16.1 degrees as 72 minutes which is generally longer that 72 minutes?
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Expand Article #478 Can't Sleep, Can I Use a Sound Machine on Shabbos?
Q. Can you use in Shabbos a sleeping-aid sound machine that produces different rhythms such as the sound of the sea or a forest and is controlled by a timer? How about just white noise?

A. At the end of Eruvin (104a.) Ulah maintains ....


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Expand Article #477 I Made a Shvua Without Thinking, What Should I Do?
Q. I made a shvua without thinking and now I need it to be nullified. What should I do?
I made a shvua saying I wouldn't do something for someone else (not my husband). I said it to make a point. I didn't really mean to make a neder. How ....


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Expand Article #476 Which Elevator is Shabbos Friendly?
Q. In preparation for a hotel that I will be attending Shabbos/Yom Tov, I have looked in to the situation of a Shabbos elevator as the hotel is 6 floors high and have a couple of questions. The elevator will be preprogrammed and stop automatically ....


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