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Expand Article #545 Interesting Query on Government Interest
Q. I live in Israel (the relevance to the question of which will soon become apparent).
Two years ago, like every year, we paid our Israeli income tax. Unfortunately, not all our charity receipts were received from the institutions in time, ....


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Expand Article #544 A Kosher Flag?
Q. During the Independence Day I saw a religious teenager wearing a kipa, wrap himself with an Israeli flag. Was this permitted, or did he have to put tzitzit on the flag?

A. Biur Halocho (10: 11) quoting Bais Yosef mentions that in ....


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Expand Article #543 Was it Funny?
Q. On the first night of sefirah before counting, a joker asked the fellow next to him what day of the sefirah is it tonight? He answered, also as a joke: I'm not sure but I think it is the first day of the omer, could he still count latter on that ....


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Expand Article #542 Marking the Tattoo
Q. A woman that became a baalat teshuvah and she has a tattoo that she is planning to remove or change, is it meantime a chatzitzah?

A. Poikim rule that stains that have no substance to them, and they just present a superficial colo ....


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Expand Article #541 A Plan for One, a Plan for Many?
Q. My doctor has a number of his patients, me included, on a certain diet plan. The designer of this diet is a doctor who has a website to which one can subscribe that will, among other benefits, afford the subscriber to ask questions from the diet ....


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Expand Article #540 False Nails, False Tevila?
Q. A woman that has false nails that are made to last for many months as much as half a year, does she have to remove them before she goes to the mikvah?

A. Pischey Halocho (2: p.293) writes that a woman should not immerse in a mikv ....


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Expand Article #539 Thanking for the New Suit during Sefira
Q. I bought a new suit before Pesach but could not use it then, since it was only shatnez tested after Pesach. Can I wear it for Shabbat during sefirah and say Shehecheyanu?

A. Mishna Berura (493: 2) and Kaf Hachaim (ibid.) rule tha ....


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Expand Article #538 Enlightening a Flashlight's use on Yom Tov
Q. During last Pesach the lights went out for a few hours. Could someone have used then an LED flashlight that was plugged into the electrical outlet to maintain its charge, since there was no electrical power and a turned on flashlight should not ....


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Expand Article #537 A Motion to Permit a Motion Detector
Q. I live in a condo complex, and my neighbor installed a Motion Detector for their lights. Is it a problem to walk passed the light even if it will go on?

A. Regardless whether the motion detector is of the passive or active kind ( ....


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Expand Article #536 Is the Price Right?
Q. We learn in Bava Basra (84b) that if a buyer makes a proper kinyan on his purchase and a decision has been reached on the price per unit, the sale is valid, even if no calculation has been done to ascertain how many units are contained in the pu ....


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Expand Article #535 A Missing Father Baruch Sheptarani
Q. When the father is divorced and does not attend the Bar Mitzva of his son, should he say the bracha of baruch sheptarani in his shul on that day, not in the presence of his son?

A. Yad Yitzchak (3: 303) and Ginzei Yosef (64) main ....


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Expand Article #534 Does the Grandfather Get to Say the Bracha?
Q. If the father doesn't (recite the bracha of baruch sheptarani, since he is non religious) or if he is missing at he Bar Mitzva, should the grand father or the bar mitzvah boy say the bracha?

A. The Magen Avraham (225:5) presents ....


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Expand Article #533 Non-Religious Father Bar-Mitzva Blessing
Q. On a Bar Mitzva where the parents are not religious but the son is on his way to become a baal teshuva and is being helped by the people of the shul to make the simcha, does the father recite the bracha of baruch sheptarani?

A. T ....


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Expand Article #532 Which Rabbi Says the Best Shabbos Hagadol Drasha?
Q. I have close by a few shuln with Rabbis who are excellent speakers and I enjoy listening to all of them. If I have a choice of attending the Shabbat Hagadol speech of one Rabbi who speaks mostly on Halacha matters and indicates what the new ques ....


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Expand Article #531 Can I Dial-a-Siyum?
Q. I will be arriving erev pesach to the hotel around 11.00 am and will miss the siyum which is earlier, can I ask a friend attending the siyum to contact me at the airport or my car during the siyum so I can hear it by phone. Does that count as be ....


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Expand Article #530 A Canadian Pesach Shaileh
Q. If there was some garbage bags left out in a private parking lot last year containing disposed food and likely chometz leftovers in them such as pieces of chala, and then this harsh winter came by and a huge mound of snow and ice was piled on to ....


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Expand Article #529 Securing Ferments on Pesach
Q. I work as an insurance agent, can I sell on chol hamoed Pesach insurance to businesses that deal with chometz as I'm benefiting and getting commission?

A. Sheorim Hametzuyonim Behalocho (114: 29) maintains that this is similar ....


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Expand Article #528 Can I Share Big Mac?
Q. The last few years I have included in my chometz sale, the stocks I own from corporations that deal with chometz.
I own some McDonald's shares also and I sell them before Pesach. What about the basar vechalav stock (cheeseburgers), which ....


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Expand Article #527 Serving with Distinction
Q. (I, B"H became a complete baal teshuva less than a year ago. I'm now learning at a yeshiva in Israel but my parents who are totally not orthodox want me to spend Pesach with the family together and since they are very good to me I can't say no.) ....


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Expand Article #526 This Night Only Matza?
Q. (I, B"H became a complete baal teshuva less than a year ago. I'm now learning at a yeshiva in Israel but my parents who are totally not orthodox want me to spend Pesach with the family together and since they are very good to me I can't say no.) ....


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