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Expand Article #363 Is Intention Essential in Social Mitzvos?
Q. Since the Halacha is that you need kavanah or intention to comply with a Torah mitzvah and according to some even on a rabbinical mitzvah and since we do perform many mitzvoth during the day without even thinking, such as helping others, doing f ....


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Expand Article #362 Inducing Birth Close to Rosh Hashanah
Q. A woman that is due to deliver her newborn son (as seen in ultrasound) this week Thursday. If she is late about a week (normal in her case), the doctor recommended inducing the birth. That would result in performing the Brith Milah on Rosh Hasha ....


Posted 8/23/2013 1:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #361 Making a hefsek between kidush and the seudah
Q. If someone drinks grape juice for kiddush or eats challah instead of wine, what is the halacha about eating the se'udah or meal?

Do we have to eat the meal within 72 minutes of making the bracha or the kiddush?

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Expand Article #360 Chicken Kapparot this year
Q. Rabbi, it has been the custom of my family to do kapparot with a live chicken. This is a custom I have kept since moving to Toronto. This year however, with the demise of Chai Chicken, I am at a loss as to where and how to keep this custom. Is s ....


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Expand Article #359 Adopted children in non Orthodox homes
Q. While being mekarev an older lady (& grandchild) who considers herself conservative, she disclosed that the mother of the grandchild was adopted. It is doubtful if the adopted mother was from a Jewish home. The grandmother who is caring for ....


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Expand Article #358 Receiving financial benefits to move to Israel from non Jewish organizations
Q. There are some religious Christians who are very supportive of Jews living in Israel, As such they offer financial benefits to move there. For example they will pay for ones lift to Israel. Is it permissible to accept money from them?


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Expand Article #357 Calculating Maaser on a mortgage
Q. If a property is purchased & leases it to pay off a mortgage is the rental money subject to masser if there is no profit left over after expenses such as taxes, interest & paying off the loan?

What if the mortgage is part ....


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Expand Article #356 Life support for the terminally ill
Q. My elderly mother is extremely ill and has all kind of medical complications; she is now in an ICU. We told the doctors to do everything possible to extend her life even though she suffers greatly. She herself has given instructions to resuscita ....


Posted 8/9/2013 3:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #355 Prison discharge during Yom Tov
Q. If someone has a release date from jail which will fall on Yom Tov, what does the person have to do when the government will not change the date? The only way to leave the institution is by bus. Does the frum Yid have a choice?

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Expand Article #354 Blowing the Shofar, without a Minyan
Q. In our small weekday minyan we have a problem getting someone to blow the Shofar daily…
If we could not make minyan on that day, do we still blow the shofar?

A. Whether Tekias Shofor during Elul requires a Minyan or no, ....


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Expand Article #353 Blowing Shofar by Mincha during Elul
Q. In our small weekday minyan we have a problem getting someone to blow the Shofar daily…
If we could not find someone in the morning can we blow by mincha?

A. When the Tzibur did not blow the Shofar after Shacharis, Igrois ....


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Expand Article #352 A minor blowing Shofar during Elul
Q. Dear Rabbi, In our small weekday minyan we have a problem getting someone to blow the Shofar daily. Can a youngster who is not bar mitzvah blow for us?

A. Nitey Gavriel (Rosh Hashono 4: 8) writes that if no other Baal Tokea is ....


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Expand Article #351 Pushing and striking others in a simcha
Q. In certain cities, brushing close to people, even pushing, takes place at simchas, by talks, in shules. There is not an apology, but in any case it is disturbing and hurts frailer people. Is a Yid oiver by doing this, and what?

A ....


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Expand Article #350 Writing Hashem's name in English
Q. Recently I had an email discussion about how to write Hashem's name in English. They felt that G-d hyphenating was not necessary as they stated was only a generic way of referring to Hashem and not a name of Hashem. I have always been led to bel ....


Posted 8/9/2013 12:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #349 Mental imaging of our needs before davening
Q. In book Otzerot Hatfila of Tzvi Nishri volume number 2, page 989, "Moshe Rabeinu zier le atzmo et bakashto".... per Rabbi Eliahu Lapian. So we should be imaging by our self our tefilah needs in order to get it answered. More about this in page ....


Posted 8/2/2013 2:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #348 Boiling three eggs together
Q. Do people who cook boiled eggs today still accustom to boil at least three at the time?


A. Most Poskim espouse the view that blood in an egg that is the result of the fertilization process is biblically prohibited (Tur a ....


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Expand Article #347 Eating before davening
Q. Dear Rabbi, many of us need a little coffee in the morning to have enough concentration on our tefillos. However, I'm finding recently that my stomach acids are creating a strong bad smell from my breath. I've tried extra brushing and mouthwash, ....


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Expand Article #346 Yichud concerns in the office.
Dear Rabbi, I have a question about yichud - in the law firm where I work. It often happens that I am alone with three (sometimes two) women. * The door is locked, and whoever wants to enter needs to press the buzzer - at which point he is buzzed i ....


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Expand Article #345 Carrying during Shabbos in Fort Dix (Prison)
Q. I am now at Fort Dix. I need to show ID for food. Can I carry on Shabbos? There is a tall fence all around the property. Is that considered an eiruv for Shabbos purposes?

Sincerely,


A. There is no concern ....


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Expand Article #344 Repeating Hashems name unnecessarily during Tefilah
Q. I sang at end of Aleinu, v'ne'emar v'haya Hashem.... and one guy yelled at me that I can't repeat a phrase where Hashem's name is. Where is the source for that? I have been singing this my whole life. It is definitely not in the Torah.
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