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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 ....


Posted 10/18/2013 12:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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Expand Article #374 Geniza for Particles or Dust when Drilling S'forim
Q. When bookbinding a sefer, sometimes you must drill holes in the pages to repair it. Is the paper dust that comes off the drill bit considered shaymos?

A. Mishna Berura (334: 50) rules that on s'forim that have already been used, t ....


Posted 10/4/2013 4:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #373 A Table for a Pop Up Suka
Q. On a pop up suka that you use for traveling, the area inside is only about a square meter and people eat in it usually standing do you have to have a chair and table too?

A. Shaarei Tzion (634: 7) permits one to eat in the Suka f ....


Posted 10/4/2013 4:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #372 Avoiding Wasps in Suka
Q. To avoid having the wasps in the suka, can you put outside food or honey that attracts them on Shabos and Yom Tov or is it feeding animals that don't belong to you?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 324: 11) rules that one should not feed ....


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Expand Article #371 Protecting a Suka with a Screen
Q. This year we had a tremendous plague of wasps in the suka, is it permitted to put a screen on top of the schach since it lets trough rain and light?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit' opinion is that technically it would be possible ....


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Expand Article #370 Birchas Hagomel for a Minor
Q. Our son, who is not bar mitzvah yet was hit by a car, while on his scooter on way to school. B"H he was only bruised lightly and needed no medical attention. Does he have to say Hagomel? Who recites the brocho, he or I the father and he listens? ....


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Expand Article #369 Buying Stock In Companies That Work On Shabbos
Q. Is it a problem to own stock in Canadian Tire, Walmart or Sears etc.? The stores are open on Shabbos and Yom Tov - not exactly sure how that affects the stock itself.

A. Igrois Moishe (O.H. 4: 54) in a forty year old teshuvo writ ....


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Expand Article #368 Proper Stove Kashering
Q. Can I kasher a treif oven that does not have self clean by turning it to 550 fahrenheit for an extended period of time? How about the electric stove burners?

Thank you

A…Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a indicated that t ....


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Expand Article #367 Bracha on sushi
Q. What is the bracha on sushi?

A. The popular kosher Sushi we most commonly consume consists of cooked vinegared rice sushi-meshi combined with other ingredients, usually raw or partially raw fish, as tuna or salmon or occasionally ....


Posted 8/29/2013 2:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #366 Repeating a Posuk Multiple Times
Q. I would like to clarify if it is permissible to recite a posuk with Hashem's name as often as one wishes (repeating the posuk with Hashem's name multiple times) not as a tefillah necessarily just as a i.e. reminder to someone or for an other pur ....


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Expand Article #365 Briya, Birya or Berya?
Q. What is the correct pronunciation of "briya" as in "it does not become annulled even in a thousand". Artscroll spells it as "briya", conversely the Mesivta and Veshinantam editions write the phonetics as; "birya", while many old-timers pronounce ....


Posted 8/29/2013 2:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #364 Esther Hamalko's Siblings
Q. Did Esther have any brothers or sisters?
(You are asking why it matters) It matters because I found an interesting Gematria. In Ki Seitzei, where it says, Mishpat habechorah, equals exactly Esther or 661.

Why would that Gem ....


Posted 8/29/2013 2:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #363 Is Intention Essential in Social Mitzvos?
Q. Since the Halacha is that you need kavanah or intention to comply with a Torah mitzvah and according to some even on a rabbinical mitzvah and since we do perform many mitzvoth during the day without even thinking, such as helping others, doing f ....


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Expand Article #362 Inducing Birth Close to Rosh Hashanah
Q. A woman that is due to deliver her newborn son (as seen in ultrasound) this week Thursday. If she is late about a week (normal in her case), the doctor recommended inducing the birth. That would result in performing the Brith Milah on Rosh Hasha ....


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Expand Article #361 Making a hefsek between kidush and the seudah
Q. If someone drinks grape juice for kiddush or eats challah instead of wine, what is the halacha about eating the se'udah or meal?

Do we have to eat the meal within 72 minutes of making the bracha or the kiddush?

< ....


Posted 8/21/2013 4:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #360 Chicken Kapparot this year
Q. Rabbi, it has been the custom of my family to do kapparot with a live chicken. This is a custom I have kept since moving to Toronto. This year however, with the demise of Chai Chicken, I am at a loss as to where and how to keep this custom. Is s ....


Posted 8/21/2013 4:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #359 Adopted children in non Orthodox homes
Q. While being mekarev an older lady (& grandchild) who considers herself conservative, she disclosed that the mother of the grandchild was adopted. It is doubtful if the adopted mother was from a Jewish home. The grandmother who is caring for ....


Posted 8/21/2013 4:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #358 Receiving financial benefits to move to Israel from non Jewish organizations
Q. There are some religious Christians who are very supportive of Jews living in Israel, As such they offer financial benefits to move there. For example they will pay for ones lift to Israel. Is it permissible to accept money from them?


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