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Expand Article # 2710 Don't Let the Siddur Down
Q. If someone is davening outside and he dropped on Shabbos his siddur on some plants on the edge of the grass and can't pick it up without moving the leaves of the plant, can he pick it up? How tall can the plant be?

A. Remah (O.H. 33 ....


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Expand Article # 2709 Growing Pains
Q. As we many of us daven these days on the backyard minyanim, if there is some flowerpots growing outside on the edge of the fence of the deck facing the grass, can someone stand bellow the pot while davening? Maybe it is asur since he is blocking ....


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Expand Article # 2708 Identifying Signs of Time
Q. Does one transgress the prohibition of etching a tattoo, if one does not have the intention of writing or illustrating any words, symbols or forms at all. A dot will be tattooed in a specific place, simply to be able to identify a person, that ....


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Expand Article # 2707 Question Mark
Q. Is the prohibition of tattooing oneself prohibited by the Torah only when done for avoda zarah purposes only but other decorative tattoo marks are only Rabbinical? (see next question for what difference does it make).

A. On Parashas ....


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Expand Article # 2706 A Wild Goose Chase II
A. I heard that Rav Miller discouraged people to do shiluach haken on geese since they may be considered kosher birds and eaten and there is no such tradition. Why did you write that shiluach haken does apply on them?

A. On question 2683 ....


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Expand Article # 2706 A Wild Goose Chase II
A. I heard that Rav Miller discouraged people to do shiluach haken on geese since then they may be considered kosher birds and eaten, and there is no such tradition. Why did you write that shiluach haken does apply on them?

A. On que ....


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Expand Article # 2705 A Pretty Penny
Q. Can I give $0.01 Cdn tzedakah or do I have to use only American pennies now that ours are out of currency.

A. On question 1187 regarding the value of a prutah today, we wrote: "The value of a perutah according to the opinion of the C ....


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Expand Article # 2704 Never Too Late?
Q. Someone that davens maariv after plag hamincha, while it is still day, and forgot to say korbanos before mincha, can he say them after maariv?

A. As Horav Shlomo Miller is out of town, Horav Aharon Miller Shlit'a consulted with his f ....


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Expand Article # 2703 The Aron or the Mizrach?
Q. We daven in a backyard minyan these days. During Yom Tov we took out a mobile Aron Hakodesh with a Sefer Torah, but due to the circumstances it was placed to the north side of the yard, although the shtender of the baal tefila was facing mizra ....


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Expand Article # 2702 Open to Questions


Q. Today, June 8th 2020 the government of Ontario announced that commencing this Friday June 12th, places of worship including Shuls can be used provided they operate at 30% capacity.
Please tell me if Rabbi Shlomo Miller permits ....


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Expand Article # 2701 The Rabbis Too?
Q. Thank you for your answer (2699) explaining well why do Cohanim turn their back to the Aron Hakodesh. The fact is, that it is not only the Cohanim who behave so, in most shuls and yeshivot, the rabbis when they address the congregants, also turn t ....


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Expand Article # 2700 Don't Feed the Animals
Q. Every Shabbos on the last few months a squirrel shows up at the window of our house at the exact time when we make hamotzi in the day, because my kids feed it with a small piece of chalah. Is that permitted?

A. On question 2296 reg ....


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Expand Article # 2699 Face The People
Q. Why do Cohanim turn their back to the Aron Hakodesh when reciting their blessing to the people? Is that not an act of disrespect?

A. Talmud (Sota 38a) teaches that Birchas Cohanim should be said "ponim keneged ponim" or face to fac ....


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Expand Article # 2698 Count your Blessings
Q. How does one reach meah brachos (hundred blessings one should recite every day) on Yom Tov. Some of the birkas hashachar are lost due to not sleeping, plus we eat only two seudas, and it may be hard to eat so many snacks during the course of th ....


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Expand Article # 2697 A Free Gift?
Q.(See question 2696 above). Do I have to give maaser from the present?

A. Poskim disagree, most maintain that one is not obliged to give maaser from objects one has received as a gift. However, monetary gifts should be included in maas ....


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Expand Article # 2696 Remains to be Seen
Q. Someone gave me money for Yom Tov expenses. (He gave me more than necessary, especially since I ate out by some of the meals.) May I spend whatever is left over on other things (including future Shabbos expenses, seforim, or other things?
< ....


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Expand Article # 2695 Beat the Heat
Q. Someone left on Shabbos by mistake the crock pot on high, and the cholent will likely burn out. If it has a light that shows when the heat is on, can one turn down the level of heat when it is off on Shabbos?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller' ....


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Expand Article # 2694 Not The Same Brocho
Q. You answered (question 2693) that a wife can recite the brachot of Elokai Neshama and Hamaavir Sheina on behalf of her husband, who didn't sleep on Shavuos night. Can she also recite the bracha for the Torah on his behalf?

A. Shulc ....


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Expand Article # 2693 A Blessing Wife
Q. It is likely that many will be learning and davening alone this Shavuos. (And when someone stays awake the complete night, he should not recite certain brochos. He then usually asks another person who did sleep to recite them and be motze him). C ....


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Expand Article # 2692 Standing for Her Husband
Q. My husband o"h, who passed away l"a recently in the terrible pandemic, was for many years very close to his Rov, as I was too. My husband always made a point to go and visit his rebbe during Yom Tov. The Rov was also very helpful during the tragi ....


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