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Expand Article #603 Learning and Praying
Q. If one is learning in a shul and a minyan starts, for which parts of davening does one have to interrupt his learning in order to respond?

A. There are some contradictory issues involved in this question, such as the obligation t ....


Posted 8/29/2014 2:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #602 Public Servant or King?
B"H
Q. Shalom, Dear Rabbi
Re- prior question. Can you choose a Ger to be the principal of a school?

A. Rambam (Melachim 1: 4) rules that besides a king we do not appoint a ger to any position of authority, such as a m ....


Posted 8/29/2014 2:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #601 A Big-Ger King?
Q. Can a Ger be a king?

A. Rambam (Melochim 1:4) based on Talmud (Yevamos 45b, Sotta 41a) rules that we may not appoint a king that is a descendant of converts, even after many generations, unless or until his mother is Jewish. The ....


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Expand Article #600 Pray As They Go
Q. There are two organizations here in Eretz Yisroel, one called; Elef LaMateh, and the other; The Shmirah Project.
Basically, their intent is to match Israeli soldiers with Avreichim and bachurim learning. Each Avreich and Bachur who volunt ....


Posted 8/8/2014 2:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #599 Slip Up Must Go Back
Q. The shliach tzibur on mincha of Shabbos forgot to say the third brocho of ato kodosh and began with ato echod, after a few sentences when called to attention he went back to ato kodosh. Given that the first three brochos are considered like one, ....


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Expand Article #598 No Work And No Play
Q. Our daughter works at a day summer camp it is mainly secular but some of the participants are frum. Can she work on Tisha Beav, given that she would loose her wages for that day?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 554: 22) mentions two trad ....


Posted 8/8/2014 2:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #597 A Came Out in the Wash Shaileh
Q. So we're going out of town for a simcha immediately after Tisha b'av (after netz minyan on Wednesday). The bar mitzva is Wednesday night. Would my cleaning lady then be allowed to do our laundry on Monday or on Tisha B'av after chatzos so that ....


Posted 8/1/2014 2:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #596 Car Caring in the Nine Days of Mourning
#596 Car Caring in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. If there is a sale on a new car that will not be available after Tisha Beav, can you give a deposit and sign the purchase agreement during the nine days if you take possession of the c ....


Posted 7/31/2014 1:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #595 Pressure Washing in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. Can you wash with a pressure washer a deck or the outside walls during the nine days?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that the Nine Days should be dedicated essentially to the mourning of the Bais Hamikdosh and what w ....


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Expand Article #594 Carpet Cleaning in the Nine Days of Mourning
#594 Carpet Cleaning in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. Can you ask a maid to wash the carpets or curtains during the nine days?

A. Although you may vacuum clean a carpet during the Nine Days, even a Gentile should not ....


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Expand Article #593 Fixing Clothing in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. I have a simcha immediately following the nine days. I bought a dress that requires lengthening and the slit to be closed in order to make it tznius. Am I allowed to give it to a goy to fix during the nine days if I won't be able to do it after ....


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Expand Article #592 Ironing in the Nine Days of Mourning
#592 Ironing in the Nine Days of Mourning

Q. What about ironing? She does that as well. Most of the clothing that needs to be ironed is for Shabbos, but there are some weekday clothes as well. Is she permitted to do the ones for Sh ....


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Expand Article #591 Laundering in the Nine Days of Mourning
Q. My cleaning lady is completely in charge of doing the laundry in my home during the week.

I have small children and older children. Do I need to tell her that she is not allowed to do the adults laundry, or could she just do her t ....


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Expand Article #590 Nine Kavim on Nine Days
Q. I usually take a shower to comply with tisha kavim, I do this Erev Shabbos too. Can I do this during all the nine days or only in erev Shabbos? Can the water be warm?

A. Many Poskim maintain that you comply with the custom of Ni ....


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Expand Article #589 War's Peaceful Mi Sheverach
Q. In a number of shuln there have been open discussions and disagreements whether to say during these difficult times the mi sheverach for the Tzahal soldiers (on Shabbat). What does Horav Miller shlita advise?

A. The most important ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #588 A Holyday Holding
Q. I own a property in partnership with a company where one of their partners is Jewish but not observant. They prepared and signed a lease during last Shavuos. Can I co-sign this lease that was then prepared on Yom Tov and benefit from it? It is l ....


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Expand Article #587 Pure Mitzvos
Q. (See last question) Why only (do we have to avoid a place that can bring tuma, and therefore we don't stand under a roof) in Kidush Levanah and not while performing any other mitzva?

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 1: 144) questions why on ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #586 Kosher Cover
Q. Re- question 576 on reciting Kidush Levanah inside the house. Isn't there another reason to avoid becoming tomeh if under a roof?

A. Indeed besides the reason quoted in the Mishna Berura (426: 21), that we are engaged in re ....


Posted 7/25/2014 12:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #585 Shower Shelter Shaileh
Q. What if one is in the shower (when the air-raid siren went off in Yerushalaim during a Hamas missile attack) Should one take some precious seconds to gain zechuyos by maximizing tznius before exiting the apartment or should one exit with just a ....


Posted 7/17/2014 10:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #584 Missile Interruption
Q. We live in Yerusholayim. About 35 minutes ago, the air-raid siren went off and we exited to a protected area. While there, Boruch Hashem, instead of getting panicky, we discussed some shailos:

What does one do if the siren goes of ....


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