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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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Expand Article #415 Time Lapse for Dairy After Meat in Intensive Care.
Q. My husband (hospitalized and in intensive care) is restricted to eat only paste like food, which is labeled as meat. He can't have fluids like water, because he chokes on them. The drink is labeled as OU- Dairy (Meat is supplied by Baycrest), h ....


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Expand Article #414 Electric Menorah in Hospital
Q. I'm spending practically every day and night in hospital with my husband who is in intensive care. Bikur Cholim offered us an electric menorah. Can I make a bracha when lightning or is it better to name an agent that should light for us?
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Expand Article #413 Crashing Into an Illegally Parked Vehicle (B)
Q. If I did contact the owner and offered to pay for the repair, (to avoid contacting the insurers) and I have a place that fixes at a lower rate, but the car owner wants to go to the dealer because he gets a rented car, do I have to agree? (Sequen ....


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Expand Article #412 Crashing Into an Illegally Parked Vehicle (A)
Q. If someone parked his car in an illegal parking position in the back of my properly parked car and I backed when driving out from my spot and crashed into that car that should not be parked there, do I have any liability and do I have to contact ....


Posted 11/28/2013 10:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #411 Phoning into Shabbos
Q. May a person in Israel call his relative in Toronto when it is still Shabbos in Toronto and leave a message on his answering machine?

A. Most Poskim permit telephone calling or answering, from a place where Shabbos has not yet be ....


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Expand Article #410 Shabbos News on a Weekday
Q. Can I watch or read the news happening in Israel on Friday night when it is only Friday afternoon here in Toronto?

A. Horav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Zt"l in Shulchan Shlomo (22: 2) addresses this question and prohibits listening to ....


Posted 11/22/2013 1:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #409 Blackmailing with Chalitza?
Q. Is it mutar to withhold chalitzah from my brother's widow in order to secure and blackmail her for more of the inheritance?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that matters that are under dispute between two or more parti ....


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Expand Article #408 Halacha Rights on Naming a Child
Q. [In regards to which parent has the right to name their child], what does the Halacha say?

A. Traditionally in Ashkenazi communities we do not follow the custom quoted in Ramban and Rabboseinu Baalei Hatossafoss and Teshuvos Maha ....


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Expand Article #407 In Tanach, Which Parent Named the Child?
Q. I noticed that with all of the sons of Jacob, the mothers named them. For Benjamin, his mother and father named him. How come Jacob did not name his sons? Is this a sign or message from the Torah that the women are supposed to name the children? ....


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Expand Article #406 Semi-Concealed Holy Names
Q. While on it, a few years ago we took some pictures by a bris and the shemos on the omud came out in some of the pictures, but you can only see them when the picture is placed by a strong light or the sun. On another picture you can only read th ....


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Expand Article #405 Shaimos on a Kitchen Counter
Q. The counter in the kitchen was wet with a sticky substance. Somebody placed an open sidur facing down on it, the letters got stuck to the counter and when the sidur was picked up we ended with a shem glued to the counter. What do we do now?


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Expand Article #404 Creating Bubbles on Shabbos.
Q. When washing for Shabes morning use, last night dishes with cold water can you use soap that creates bubbles?

A. Most Poskim maintain that there is no prohibition on creating soap bubbles when using an already properly diluted, c ....


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Expand Article #403 Spraying Canned Whipped Cream on Shabbos
Q. Is it permitted to spray whipped cream from a spray can on a dessert on Shabes?

A. The main issue with using canned sweetened whipped cream propelled by nitrous oxide, for decorating desserts, ice creams and cakes on Shabbos, is ....


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Expand Article #402 Does Chupa Atonement Require Teshuva?
Q. (For receiving forgiveness on the day of the chupa), do you have to make teshuva?

A. Some authorities argue that if the reason for forgiveness is the total change and new creation of the individual at the time of his marriage (Mah ....


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Expand Article #401 Is The Kallah Forgiven Also?
Q. Is the kallah also forgiven for all her sins the day she marries or just the choson?

A. It is generally accepted, that forgiveness of sins applies equally to the bride as to the groom. This ensues, if the source for the above prin ....


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Expand Article #400 Bris at Home or in Shul?
Q. Is it better to make the bris in a shul or can it be done at home?

A. It is tradition to perform the bris milah in a shul or bais medresh (Remoh Y.D. 265: 11, quoting Maharil, see Tos. Pesachim 101a). Poskim mention as a reason; ....


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Expand Article #399 Giving the Name Before the Bris
Q. If you want to make a mi sheberach for the baby, can you give him a name before the brith? When and how do you do it? and if not, what name do you use?

A. A number of consequential and significant reasons are mentioned for naming ....


Posted 11/8/2013 2:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #398 Sholom Zochor for Baby in Incubator
Q. When do you make the Shalom Zachor for a baby that has to remain in an incubator for about ten days and the brith will be delayed, do you make it the first Shabbat or when the baby is home before the brith?

A. Some Poskim maintai ....


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