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Expand Article #319 Kashering a dishwasher
Q. A dishwasher that is in a rental unit and the inner walls are plastic, can it be made kasher and how?

A. Poiskim disagree whether a dishwasher made of synthetic materials such as plastic can be made kosher or not. Some suggest ....


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Expand Article #318 Checking online prices to stay competitive
Q. I am aware of the prohibition not to inquire about details or the price of a product or service simply out of curiosity and not because I want to buy it, because it will arose hope of a sale and then disappoint the owner when a purchase isn't ma ....


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Expand Article #317 Why Zeruya is mentioned so many times in Tanach
Q. I recently heard that the most mentioned woman in Tanach is Tzeruiya, the mother of Yoav and Avishay. Why were they named after their mother?

A. Indeed, Zeruia was Yoav's mother as is recorded in Shmuel II, 17: 25. Also in Divrei ....


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Expand Article #316 Drinking from Miriam's well on Shabbos
Q. I remember reading in a Midrash that Miriam's well did not constantly flow water; it only came when people came close to it. If so would it not be prohibited on Shabbat as it would be similar to a motion detector


A. It i ....


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Expand Article #315 Business trips During the nine days
Q. I'm going to travel to the orient on a necessary business trip during the nine days, is this permitted if my return will be on the day prior to Tisha B'av?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 551: 2) rules that from Rosh Chodesh Av one shou ....


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Expand Article #314 Buying lottery tickets
Q. I have heard stories of people who were in economic despair and were told by their Chasidic leaders to buy lottery tickets, is that correct or recommendable?

A. Indeed there are a number of such stories recorded of people in ne ....


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Expand Article #313 Religious institutions offering bingos and selling raffle tickets
Q. How come many religious institutions offer bingos and sell raffle tickets, is that not a form of gambling?

A. As mentioned in the prior answer Remoh (Shulchan Aruch C.M. 370:3) writes that the accepted custom is that if someone h ....


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Expand Article #312 Gambling at a Casino
Q. I assume from my rudimentary Jewish education that it is not permitted, but I have a couple of religious orthodox acquaintances that occasionally when on vacation play at the Niagara casinos, are they at fault?

A. Halacha general ....


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Expand Article #311 Finding a children's item with no identifying marks on it.
Q. I live on the top floor of a 3-floor apartment building. I found a common small bouncy ball on my porch without any identifying marks other than the color. In the local children's store I can find dozens like it.

When the youngest ....


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Expand Article #310 Kosher status of slurpee
Q. I have noticed that at Mac's Milk there are machines which sell slurpy's. Above the machines there are certificates from MK (Montreal Kosher) which shows a list of flavors which are kosher.

The question is, being that the store is ....


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Expand Article #309 Working for a German firm
Q. I am looking for work and during my networking conversations I've been put in touch with someone from a German firm. I'm thinking I should not pursue this. Would you agree?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a advise is to check the h ....


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Expand Article #308 Marrying people who eat on Yom Kipper vs. people who are gay
Q. I have a question that was posed to me during a discussion with an acquaintance who is Jewish but a self proclaimed atheist and leftist. He managed to bring up the issue of gay marriage in Israel and asked this:

"we routinely marr ....


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Expand Article #307 Using liquid soap when soaking dishes on Shabbos
Q. After meals on Shabbos, is it okay to use some liquid dish detergent?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a ruled that when soaking dishes in cold water is permitted on Shabbos (see prior question) it is also permitted to add liquid soa ....


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Expand Article #306 Soaking dishes on Shabbos
Q. After meals on Shabbos, is it okay to lightly soak soiled dishes with cold water?

A. It is forbidden to prepare on Shabbos for the weekdays even on arrangements that do not qualify as melochos by themselves, and involve only sligh ....


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Expand Article #305 Bishul Akum in Canned or dried cranberries
Q. A food item which cannot be eaten raw is soaked in sugar for several days (or heated in water under 40 degrees celcius) and is then dried by a goy at app. 76 degrees celcius. Is this Bishul Akum? At the stage prior to drying nobody eats it becau ....


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Expand Article #304 Washing at a wedding when planning to leave early
Q. What is better on attending a wedding if you want to leave early, not to eat bread, or wash eat bread and make a mezumman without saying sheva brachos?

A. Poiskim disagree whether the obligation to recite sheva brochos rests only ....


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Expand Article #303 Saying sheva brochos when the meal is not prepared for the Chason - Kalo
Q. If a chassan joins the seudah shlishit on Shabbat, without it being planned out before, do you still say sheva brachoth?

A. Meiri (Kesuvos 7b) writes that no sheva brochos are recited if the meal was not prepared specifically i ....


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Expand Article #302 When to say sheva brochos on the last day when eating past shkia
Q. Is it better to say the sheva brachoth on the last day in the middle of the meal or is it better after birchat hamazon when already after the shkiah?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinions is that when we find ourselves close t ....


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Expand Article #301 Saying brachos on the last day of sheva brochos
Q. On the last day of sheva brachoth, can you still say the brachoth after the beginning of the shkiah and if it is permitted, for how long?

A. Taz (E.H. 62: 3) quotes Maharal's opinion that you can recite sheva brochos on the night ....


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Expand Article #300 Wearing a Citizen Eco-drive watch on Shabbos
Q. Shalom U'Bracha, Recently I purchased a Citizen eco-drive watch, that gets charged automatically from the light.

My question is: (1) Is it permitted to wear such a watch on shabbos (at home or within an eruv) when the watch has a ....


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