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Expand Article #394 Shoveling Snow on Shabbos
Q. Can you shovel snow that fell on Shabbath?

A. Sh'miras Shabbos Kehilchoso (16: note 110) quoting Rav S. Z. Auerbach Zt'l rules that snow that fell on Shabbos is not muktze (see Mishna Berura 338: 30). Igrois Moishe (O.H. 5: 22: 3 ....


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Expand Article #393 Chopping Ice on Shabbos.
Q. Can you use a metal scrapper to break ice on a path or steps during Shabbath?

A. Mishna Berura (320: 36) quotes Mogen Avrohom's opinion that there is a difference between breaking ice collected on a vessel, which the Shulchan Aru ....


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Expand Article #392 Spreading Sand on Ice on Shabbos
Q. Could you spread salt mixed with sand, sand by itself, or sawdust (on an icy entrance or steps, during Shabbath)?

A. When spreading sand you have to be concerned with the boneh or building prohibition. If the surface is paved, ce ....


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Expand Article #391 Salting Ice on Shabbos
Q. Can you spread rock salt on Shabbath on an (icy) entrance and steps?

A. Poiskim permit spreading salt during Shabbos (in any form or presentation), on an icy path, steps or a sidewalk to save people from harm. (Machaze Eliohu 67, ....


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Expand Article #390 Israel Bonds and Ribbis
Q. Is it necessary to make a heter iskeh when buying Israel government bonds? Thanks for your constant assistance.

A. Maharshag (Y.D. 50) and Igrois Moishe (Y.D. 2:63) permit lending with interest when dealing with a Jewish owned co ....


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Expand Article #389 Apnea Machine on Shabbos
Q. If someone has sleep apnea, and is advised by doctor to use a sleep apnea machine every night, can one use it on Shabbos, which requires pushing an electric button to activate it and turning it off in the morning?

A. Horav Shlomo ....


Posted 11/1/2013 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #388 Viduy on Maariv Before Chupa
Q. If the chosson will not be davening mincha with a minyan can he say the viduy in maariv?

A. Piskei Teshuvo (E. H. 65: 14) quotes the opinion of the Sh'loh and others that it is tradition to recite viduy (similar to Yom Kippur) on ....


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Expand Article #387 Braking the Fast at Night Before the Chupa
Q. If the chupa is at night well after tzeis do they (chosson- kallah) still have to fast?

A. Poiskim disagree whether the chosson- kallah have to continue fasting after the day's end or they can eat before the chupa. Those who spon ....


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Expand Article #386 Parental Fasting on the Wedding Day
Q. A few questions concerning the fast of chosson kallah on the wedding day. Is there any source for the parents also fasting? If the chupa is at night well after tzeis do they still have to fast?

A. Darkei Moshe ( O.H. 580: 1) men ....


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Expand Article #385 Incorrect Candle Lighting Brocha
Q. If one recites the beracha for lighting Shabbos candles on Yom Tov candles (not when Shabbos falls on yom tov), what should be done?

A. If one remembers immediately (within "toch k'dei dibbur" or the time-space of three words) Yo ....


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Expand Article #384 Second Chance When forgetting Eruv Tavshilin
Q. If you forget to make an eruv tavshilin, you can rely on the Rav's, but only once. Could you use a different Rav's eruv another time or only once per persons and it is not dependant on the Rav?

A. The reason you can rely on the R ....


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Expand Article #383 Erasing Hashems Name on a Screen
Q. Two situations one question: Are you allowed to erase Shem HaShem on a cellphone?
1 - am I allowed to use a picture of a brocha on my phone that has Shem HaShem on it?
2 - what to do if, for example, someone has posted a picture of ....


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Expand Article #382 Kiddush Business in Shabbos
Q. If someone attends a kiddush on Shabbos and is served plated food, can he trade with his friend the portion he received, e.g. a piece of chicken for a slice of meat, or is that the same as doing business on Shabbos?

A. Rambam (H ....


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Expand Article #381 When is Sunset (Sh'kiah)?
Q. When is Sunset, is it when the bottom part of the sun first hits the horizon or when the top part of the sun hits the horizon?

A) It is clear from the Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 261: 2), other Poiskim and it is also the common accepte ....


Posted 10/18/2013 12:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #380 Asking a Gentile to Get You a Cold Drink on Shabbos
Q. In our institutional dining hall, there is an electric drink machine, which dispenses flavored drinks. How do I get a drink on Shabbos from that machine? Can I ask a non-Jew to push the button?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a ....


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Expand Article #379 Making Frozen Slush on Shabbos
Q. Is one allowed to make coke slush on shabbos, by putting coke (or any beverage) in the freezer until it becomes partially frozen (slush)? is this considered litzorech and מותר or is it problematic?

A. Dov ....


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Expand Article #378 Using Back Yard Wood for a Yom Tov BBQ
Q. It may be K'day to clarify if in our society wood left in the yard is Muchan for Yom Tov fire use.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that yard wood that was collected for burning in a fireplace or a BBQ fire pit can be ....


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Expand Article #377 Microwave a Pre-cooked Meal on Shabbos
Q. The bop (Federal Bureau of Prisons) does not give any hot meals on Shabbos. We sometimes buy meals from meal mart that have to be microwaved to be eaten hot. Is there a way we can ask a non-Jew to warm it up for us on Shabbos. There are no crock ....


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Expand Article #376 When Did Yovel Begin?
Q. I have a question, when did Yovel begin or for that matter, when did the Yidden start counting Shemita? I heard that this year or coming year is a Shemita, Is that true?


A) Yovel began after the fourteen-year period ....


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Expand Article #375 Reeds Glued to Wood Spars for Schach Usage
Q. Is it OK to take out the plastic coated wire that holds together a reed mat and glue the reeds to a 2x4 so that the reeds stay in place and don't blow away?

Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that the glued reeds may be con ....


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