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Expand Article #475 Paying Tuition with Maaser Money
Q. Am I allowed to give my maaser money to my parents so that they can use it for my tuition? Thank you

A. See Shulchan Aruch and Remoh (C.M. 207: 2 and Nesivos Hamishpot ibid. 2)) in regards to whom do the wages of a working girl, ....


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Expand Article #474 Why Read Parshas Tetzaveh Now?
Q. If we celebrate zain Adar, the yortzait of Moshe Rabenu on the second Adar, why do we read parshas Tetzave, where his name is omitted on the first Adar?

A. Remoh (O.H. 568: 7) quoting Maharil and Mahari Mintz, rules that in regar ....


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Expand Article #473 Where Is the Joy?
Q. Two questions Re- your answer on simcha begins on the first Adar. When you say that on Adar you increase simcha what does that mean, if you don't have a court case and you anyway say tachanun so where is the simcha reflected?

A. ....


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Expand Article #472 When Do the Happy Times of Adar Begin?
Q. I have an important court case against an insurance company in 2 weeks, which would be in the first month of Adar. Is it better to postpone it to the second month of Adar?

A. The Mishna (Meggilah 6b) teaches that besides the read ....


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Expand Article #471 Erasing brochos from an MP3
Q. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion in regards to erasing brochos and tefilos with the explicit name of Hashem that were recorded in an MP3?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that one should avoid when pos ....


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Expand Article #470 Does Planet Earth Really Revolve Around the Sun?
Q. When teaching children science how should one approach the concept of the earth's orbit? Chazal indicate that the sun rotates the earth; however, the current scientific approach is that the earth rotates the sun

A. It is common, b ....


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Expand Article #469 Can I teach someone that has not washed his hands in the morning?
Q. Can I tell a vort or any divrey Torah to someone that has not washed his hands in the morning?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that most people wash their hands anyhow every morning or when they exit a bathroom and th ....


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Expand Article #468 Teaching Torah to the Yet Not-Frum
Q. Can I teach a class of Torah to people who are not frum and have not said the brocho in the morning?

A. The widely accepted custom is that it is permitted to say or teach Torah to people who have not recited the prior brocho to ....


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Expand Article #467 Using an Apnea Respirator on Shabbos II
Q. In regards to using an apnea respirator, When you first turn on the machine, it is at a low air pressure. This is to allow you to fall asleep. After about 10 minutes, the machine 'ramps' up to the preset maximum. If I use a timer, I will lose t ....


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Expand Article #466 Using an e-Reader on Shabbos
Q. Can you use an e-reader in Shabbos? What if it is turned off and you are just reading what is on the screen?

A. Please see the previous answer. In regards to using an e-reader on Shabbos Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is t ....


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Expand Article #465 Are e- Readers Kosher?
Q. Shalom U'Bracha, What is the halahcha for using an ereader (Nook or kindle) to read seforim? I have heard some people say it may be a problem because it is written with "e-ink." (in regards to Mechikas shaim Hashem) Thanks in advance.
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Expand Article #464 When Not Accepting Divrei Torah
Q. Someone tries to give me a piece of Torah that they have written. For whatever reason, I will never read it. Is the proper response to say:
A. I will never read it. Please don't give it to me. or
B. Thank you very much, take the pa ....


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Expand Article #463 Can the Shul Become a Mourning House?
Q. An ovel during shiva that doesn't have a minyan at home and comes to Shul, when he davens for the amud, does he say Birchas Kohanim? Lam'natzeach and the parts of Uva Letzion that are omitted in the ovel's home?

A. There is a dis ....


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Expand Article #462 Tachanun when Ovel Leads Davening in Shul
Q. An ovel during shiva that doesn't have a minyan at home and comes to Shul, when he davens for the amud do they say Tachanun? Should someone else take over and he goes out so the others will say Tachanun?

A. The reason we omit tac ....


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Expand Article #461 Washing Hands after Blood Test
Q. Since you also wash after bloodletting, does that mean that you have to wash after a blood test? Or does a surgeon wash 3 times after an operation?

A. See prior question in regards to washing three times. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 4: ....


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Expand Article #460 Do we Wash Hands After the Chalaka?
Q. I attended an opsherenish for a 3 year old and everyone was invited to cut some of the hair of the child. Do you have to wash your hands after 3 times? (No one seemed to care).

A. Mishna Berura (4: 39) and Oruch Hashulchon (4: 21 ....


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Expand Article #459 No Birthday this Year?
Q. I was just wondering which is the real adar-aleph or bais? My birthday is in adar aleph, so does that mean my birthday only comes during a leap year?

A. If you were born in a leap year on Adar Alef your birthday or bar/bas mitz ....


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Expand Article #458 Priority of Avelim Before the Amud
Q. When an ovel during shiva davens in shul, and there are other avelim on later stages of mourning, (such as shloishim) does he have priority before the others to daven before the omud?

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


Posted 1/23/2014 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #457 Does An Ovel During Shivah Lead Tefilah in Shul?
Q. An ovel during shiva that doesn't have a minyan at home and comes to Shul, should he daven for the Amud?

A. It is a mitzvah to hold daily services in the house of the deceased for it gives fulfillment to the soul of the depar ....


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Expand Article #456 Esrog and Olives, Part II
Q. In regards to the recent teshuvo #451 on the brocho recited on the peel of an esrog that was turned into some kind of jam. It isn't clear from the answer what brocho you recite on the jam.

Also on # 452 I have two doubts Does Rav ....


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