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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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Expand Article #525 Searching for a Baal Teshuvah
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 #524 Thanks of Aromatic Oils
Q. I have mint oil, made by extracting it from the mint leaves. What Brachah, if any, is said upon smelling the oil? If I boil the leaves, do I still make a Brachah on the smell?

A. On the essential oil of aparsemon (known also as b ....


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Expand Article #523 Spices of Interest
Q: I have boiled cloves. The resulting liquid has the pungent smell of cloves. What Brachah, if any, is said upon smelling the liquid? Does it make a difference if the cloves are still in the liquid?

A. Mishna Berurah (216: 19) rul ....


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Expand Article #522 Can I Tell You What Is Wrong With Me?
Q. Can someone speak lashon harah on himself? I remember hearing a story from the Chafetz Chaim that you are not allowed to, is that correct?
Thank you very much.


A. There are a number of printed versions of this kno ....


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Expand Article #521 Removing Mezuzos when Moving II
Q. Re- removing a mezuza at the end of a tenancy. If it is a large Jewish owned rental building, but the tenants are not necessarily all Jewish (the majority is) or religious, do I take my Mezuzohs with me when I leave and give the keys back to the ....


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Expand Article #520 Bless the Sweet Smelling Medicine?
Q. If I smell the cloves liquid for the dubious medicinal benefits or the mint stuff to clear the sinuses, but also have pleasure from the smell, do I make a Brachah?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 217: 2 – 3) rules that you do not recite ....


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Expand Article #519 Medical Diet Vitamins on Pesach
Q. Can I use these vitamins on Pesach? They are very important for a medical diet that I'm undertaking.
Thanks

PS please see the e mail bellow from Freeda Vitamins

...Thank you for your email. There is no chamet ....


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Expand Article #518 Removing the Mezuzos When Moving.
Q. If a Jew is moving into a rental property for a six month period while his own home is being repaired (owned by another Jew) can he remove his mezzuzot at the end of the tenancy?

A. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 291 :2) rules that a rente ....


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Expand Article #517 Is it an Egg or a Yom Tov?
Q. All the tractates of the Talmud are named after the general subject matter contained therein. Why is Tractate Beitzah named so when the name's only connection to the tractate is the first word of the tractate? True there are some early commentar ....


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Expand Article #516 Inducing Kashrus into an Induction Stove Top
Q. How do you Kasher an induction stove top? Can you during the year use the above stoves for milchik and fleishig? Thank you

A. In energy efficient induction cook tops the conventional burners are replaced with magnetic induction co ....


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Expand Article #515 Kasher your Glass-Ceramic Stove Top Without Cracking it.
Q. How do you kasher for Pesach a glass-ceramic top stove? What do you do with the area outside of the coils, since the manufacturers recommend that that area should not be covered and you can't use either a blowtorch, because the glass may crack?< ....


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