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Expand Article #435 Non-Kosher Food Partnership
Q. Can someone partner with a non-Jew to do a food delivery service? It entails making a brochure/magazine and putting ads in restaurants and then taking orders from people, bringing the order to the restaurant, and then delivering their food. We w ....


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Expand Article #434 Imaging Tefilos II
Q. Regarding to question #349 Mental imaging of our needs before davening, it ia difficult to me to daven now after I read Rabbi Hirsh's book Horev page 448 2007 Helek 5 Mizvot, perek haf zadik Tfila , since now I know that Tfila is not to ask HaSh ....


Posted 12/24/2013 9:41 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #433 Save the Chalah for Pesach?
Q. Is there a source to save the challah separated from dough & to burn it by Biur Chametz before Pesach or should it be burnt asap? Is there an issue if your own oven is used for burning it?

A. We generally sponsor the idea that ....


Posted 12/24/2013 9:38 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #432 Not Healthy Enough for Hagomel?
Q. A patient suffering from leukemia whose life was in danger and after a few weeks in the hospital was permitted to go home since he is stable but not cured yet, does he recite hagomel?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 219: 1) rules that whe ....


Posted 12/24/2013 9:36 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #431 Crumpling Aluminum Pans on Shabbos
Q. Is one allowed to crumple up a disposable aluminum pan on Shabbos?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 314: 1 and Biur Halacha) rule that there is a rabbinical proscription of destroying utensils on Shabbos. However, on a disposable utensil ....


Posted 12/24/2013 9:34 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #430 Using Makeup Remover on Shabbos
Q. How can I use makeup remover on Shabbos?
The remover is liquid. When I wake up shabbos morning, at times the makeup runs under my eyes so I want to know if u can clean it up with makeup remover by putting a little on a q-tip or just using ....


Posted 12/13/2013 1:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #429 Can I Taste Food on a Taanis Erev Shabbos?
Q. (On Asarah Beteveth on Friday this year) Can one preparing the food for Shabbat on Friday, taste it without swallowing, to see if it is well prepared? Do you then make a bracha?

A. Remoh (O.H. 567: 1) rules that on a communal fas ....


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Expand Article #428 Making an Early Shabbes on Friday Asarah Beteveth
Q. (On Asarah Beteveth on Friday this year) if someone davens mincha early, can he then make an early Shabbat and eat before nightfall?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 249:) quotes an opinion that even on a taanis tzibur (communal fast) you ....


Posted 12/11/2013 7:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #427 How Late Can You Daven Mincha on Friday Asarah Beteveth?
Q. Some questions concerning Asarah Beteveth on Friday this year;
We usually have trouble gathering the mincha minyan on time erev Shabbat. If we are late and after the shkiah can we still say anenu? How about reading vaichal and maftir?


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Expand Article #426 Salads in Difficult Situations
Q. The bop (bureau of prisons) does not serve fresh vegetables to Jewish inmates. You get a microwaved meal and sometimes sealed tuna or sardines. It is called common fare. However, the non Jews get fresh salad from a salad bar, like cut lettuce, c ....


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Expand Article #425 Davening for an Assimilated Cohen
Q. (When making a Mi Sheverach for a sick person) If he is an assimilated cohen married to a non Jewish woman, do you still mention hacohen in the mi sheverach.

A. See prior answer, that in general you don't have to mention at all in ....


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Expand Article #424 Mentioning Titles in a Mi Sheverach
Q. When making a mi sheverach for a sick person who is a cohen, do you mention hacohen after his name or after his mother's name?

A. Birkey Yosef (Y.D. 240: 4) writes that when praying on behalf of one's father or Rebbe, he should om ....


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Expand Article #423 What Is so Special About a Half an Hour?
Q. Shalom, Dear Rabbi, What is the reason that the Hanukkah candles have to be lit for at least half an hour? What is so special about a thirty-minute period?
Thanks.

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 21b) mentions that the menorah light ....


Posted 12/9/2013 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #422 Can you Extinguish the Shul Menorah After Maariv?
Q. When finishing the tefilah (after maariv during Chanukah), the last one to leave extinguishes the lights of the menorah before a half an hour of being lit has passed, as they do in many Shuln that I know, is that OK?

A. Some Poi ....


Posted 12/6/2013 12:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #421 Can you Light Chanuka Candles Before Sunset?
Q. Can you light in a shul (the menorah) before the shkiah (sunset)?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 672: 1) rules that "you do not light the menorah before the shkiah – and one opinion is that in need you may light after plag hamincha" [on ....


Posted 12/6/2013 12:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #420 Lighting the Menorah at a Chanuka Party
Q. When making a Hanuka party in a large room that was in the past used for a Shul and now is only used for shiurim and only occasionally for a minyan, can you light there the menorah at the party with a bracha?

A. Minchas Elozor (O ....


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Expand Article #419 Are You Allowed to Take a Picture of a Menorah?
Q. Hi Rabbi, Can I take pictures of my kids and family by the Hanukah menorah or is this considered as deriving benefit from the light of the Hanukah candles?

A. Chelek Levy (Y.D. 124) permits taking photographs from a matzeivah and ....


Posted 11/29/2013 1:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #418 Can I Light the Menorah in My Car?
Q. Thanks for your prompt response. Is it possible to light the menorah (while in the hospital attending my husband, who is in intensive care) in our car parked in the parking lot of the hospital, and me staying a half an hour with only one candle ....


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Expand Article #417 Chanuka Lighting on an Out of Town Wedding
Q. I am going to a close family relative wedding in Bklyn., NY during Chanukah and they are putting us up in a neighbors house for 3 to 4 nights. My first night there is the last night Chanuka. My question is that also the situation is that my wife ....


Posted 11/28/2013 10:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #416 What is a Kivud at a Wedding?
Q. If someone wants to honor a close family member the highest honor possible at a wedding, what is considered according to CHAZAL a bigger honor, is it a Brocha at the Chupa or is it leading the Benching at the Seuda of the wedding?

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