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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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Expand Article #455 Should I Recite Shecheheyanu on a Esrog?
Q. If you eat the shell of an esrog on tu bishvat, do you have to make sheheyanu?

A. Mishna Berura (225: 16) writes that you do not recite Sheheheyonu on eating an esrog as it does not change from year to year even during the winter ....


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Expand Article #454 The Order of Eating Fruits
Q. Do you have to eat the fruits on the order of the pasuk or is it enough just to make the bracha on the olives or whatever else is first?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that the order implied in the posuk is only for ....


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Expand Article #453 Fruits from Israel on Tu Bishvat
Q. Is it very important to eat fruits of Eretz Yisrael on Tu Bishvat, since you have to separate truma umaaser, and not everyone is familiar to do it correctly?

A. The tradition to eat tree fruits in Tu Bishvat is mentioned in many ....


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Expand Article #452 Should We Eat Olives?
Q. Is there a problem eating olives since they are supposed to make you forget?

A. Talmud (Horayos 13b) teaches that five things cause forgetting the Torah one has learned; one of them is eating olives regularly.

Pois ....


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Expand Article #451 What Brocho on Esrog Peels?
Q. What bracha do you make on the peel of an esrog that was turned into some kind of jam, if you can still recognize the peel?

A. Mishna Berura (202: 19) cites Mogen Avrohom that on unripe small fruits that are bitter and inedib ....


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Expand Article #450 Cutting Branches from a Fruit Tree
Q. When we collect the cherries, (of a fruit tree) since some of them are very high up, is it permitted to cut a complete branch?

A. Many Poskim maintain that the prohibition (see previous question) applies only to cutting down the ....


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Expand Article #449 Replacing a Damaged Fruit Tree
Q. [When it is prohibited to cut down a tree,] would it help if I plant another similar tree to replace it in another part of the back yard?

A. Poiskim permit transplanting a tree; with its roots and surrounding earth when needed an ....


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Expand Article #448 Kidush on Grape Juice for the Sugar Restricted
Q. My husband is recuperating in hospital and wants to make Kiddush on Shabbat. To avoid the high sugar content in grape juice is it better he recites Kiddush over tea or coffee, or maybe he should just take a sip and I will drink the rest of the c ....


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Expand Article #447 Do I Have to Pay to Save a Fruit Tree?
Q. I have a few questions resulting from the recent ice storm… My snow-removing gardener told me that I should contact an arborist if I want to save the (split cherry) tree. I know that we don't cut fruit trees, but do I have to pay to save the tre ....


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Expand Article #446 Liability for Damages Resulting from Ice Storm
Q. I have a few questions resulting from the recent ice storm. I have in my property a cherry tree that is close to my frum neighbors shared fence, the tree split in two and a massive branch fell and damaged not only the fence but his shed too. Do ....


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Expand Article #445 Observing the Six Constant Mitzvos in Unclean Situations
Q. A patient hospitalized and wearing diapers…. How about the Mitzvoth of fearing and loving Hashem or feeling you are in His presence in such situations?

A. Chochmas Shlomo (O.H. 85.) considers whether one is permitted to contempla ....


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Expand Article #444 Devorim Shebekdusha when Connected to a Catheter
Q. What does he (a patient hospitalized) do (in regards to tefilos, sh'ma and Torah learning) when he is wearing a catheter attached to a urine bag?

A. In regards to a patient whose urine is drained via a catheter, many Poiskim are l ....


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Expand Article #443 Praying when Suffering from Urinary Incontinence
Q. What does he (a patient hospitalized) do (in regards to tefilos, sh'ma and Torah learning) if he suffers from urinary incontinence?

A. In regards to a patient that suffers from urinary incontinence and he constantly drips and wou ....


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Expand Article #442 Is a Diaper Wearing Patient Allowed to Daven?
Q. A patient hospitalized and wearing diapers, can he listen to Torah tapes or Jewish music? Can you say tefiloth or Shema for him when he is listening to what you are saying?

A. Mishna Berura (78: 3) rules that if a dry outer garm ....


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Expand Article #441 Fleishig If I Ate Less Than a Kezais Chicken?
Q. If I by mistake had less of a kezait of chicken does that still make me fleishig?

A. You do not need to eat a kezais of meat for having to wait six hours, the rationale; it is Rabbinicaly prohibited to eat a dairy product after e ....


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Expand Article #440 Where Can I Find a Slower Pace Minyan?
Q. My hebrew is unfortunately at a beginning level so when I daven I usually pray in english to keep up with most congregations. Where can I find a Shacharis minyan that davens at a slow pace so that one can pray with kavanah and a sense of unhurri ....


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Expand Article #439 A New Name for the Children?
Q. Dear Rabbi, If someone was severely sick and a name was added, he got B"H well, When his children are called to the Torah, are they called with the new name that was added to the father? Thank you

A. Shulchan Aruch (E. H. 129: 18 ....


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Expand Article #438 Does He Have To Change the Kessubah Too?
Q. Dear Rabbi, If someone was severely sick and a name was added, he got B"H well, does he now have to change his kesuvah? Thank you

A. Horav Itzchok Zilberstein Shlit"a in Aleinu Leshaveach (1 p. 611) rules that a kesuvo already wri ....


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