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Expand Article #279 Shaving on Friday morning Likvod Shabbos when Lag Baomer falls out on Sunday
Q. As Lag baomer is Sunday you can shave on Friday likvod Shabbat, can this be done in the morning?

A. When Lag Baomer occurs on Sunday you are allowed to shave and take a haircut already in the morning of Friday.

Hor ....


Posted 4/25/2013 3:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #278 Thinking Torah thoughts in front of an ervoh while driving
Q. On a previous answer the Rov mentioned the importance of listening to Torah tapes while driving safely to keep the mitzvah of uvelechtecha baderech. I have concerns as we approach summer and there is so much immodesty in the streets, should you ....


Posted 4/25/2013 2:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #277 Fasting on Pesach Sheni
Q. The costume in our family is to fast on a day of Yortzait. I recently lost my mother and her yortzait is going to be on Pesach Sheni, do I fast on that day?

A. Poiskim mention different traditions on Pesach Sheni in regards to re ....


Posted 4/24/2013 6:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #276 Making a Siyum on a part of Trey Asar
Q. (For the purpose of making a Siyum on finishing a Novi) How short can the novi be, is Malachi good enough?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that on the "Trey Asar", the Twelve Prophets, you have to learn all of them to ....


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Expand Article #275 Badeking ceremony for a divorced or widowed Kallah
Q. Does a once divorced kalah do the badeking ceremony?

A. There are diverging opinions if the badeking ceremony, were the groom veils his bride is done and how it is done on a Kalla's second marriage. Some Poiskim maintain that no ....


Posted 4/18/2013 11:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #274 Divorced or widowed Kallah wearing white
Q. Does a once divorced kalah wear white?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlt"a opinion is that a divorced or widowed Kallah may wear white as long as it is not the long or extended dress ordinarily used in most weddings. A similar opinion ....


Posted 4/18/2013 11:26 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #273 Using the word "Hashem" when teaching the proper Nusach of Tefillah
Q. In the Taz (O"CH 621:2) it says that one who wants to avoid saying the Name of Hashem should not use the word "Adoshem", but should use the word "Hashem" instead.

The difficulty is that "Hashem" has only two syllables and "Adoshem" ha ....


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Expand Article #272 Transferring to other locations when in jail
Q. I am currently in jail and have an option to be transferred to a different location. Is it better to be in a place closer to my family or in a place with a Minyan?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that being in a locat ....


Posted 4/17/2013 4:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #271 Making a Siyum on a Sefer from Nach
Q. Does one make a siyum on a sefer of nach?

A. Pnay Yehoshua (Brochos 17a) commenting on Rabbi Yochanan's custom after ending Sefer Iyov, mentions that you should celebrate a siyum at the conclusion of the learning of a complete s ....


Posted 4/16/2013 5:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #270 Making a Siyum on Torah learning done through listening to a tape
Q. I listened to shiurim on all of sefer shmuel on tape. At the end, I listened to the magid shiur say a hadran, with no kaddish.

Does one make a siyum on learning done only by listening (in my van), with out an open sefer?


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Expand Article #269 Allowing a housekeeper in your sold home on Pesach to eat and feed your cat Chometz
Q. We are going away for Pesach and will be selling all the chametz in the house. We have a housekeeper and a cat. She will be eating lunch from the chametz in the house and will be feeding the cat from the cat food in the house. Any problems?


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Expand Article #268 Selling all the chametz in the house when you have a housekeeper
Q. We are going away for Pesach and will be selling all the chametz in the house. We have a housekeeper. We will be giving her no instructions for when she comes in Yom Tov. We presume she will be doing light housework. Any problems?

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Expand Article #267 Disposing Chometz when burning it is not allowed
Q. Is one obligated to search for chametz when in jail, if one won't be able to burn it, only flush it down?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 445,1) rules that although the accustomed practice is to burn the found chometz, it can be disposed ....


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Expand Article #266 Bedikas Chometz without a Candle or Flashlight
Q. Can one search for chametz when in jail, if you can't use a candle or a flashlight?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that in those in exceptional occasions when no candle or flashlight is available or permitted, such a ....


Posted 3/29/2013 2:13 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #265 Bedikas Chometz when in jail
Q. Do you have to do the search for chametz when in jail when your only personal area is your bunk and a shelf? There is going to be chametz anyway from the other inmate.

A. Poiskim rule that one hospitalized during Pesach should do ....


Posted 3/29/2013 2:10 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #264 Buying eggs on Chol Hamoad
Q. Does one have to be makpid not to buy eggs on chol Hamoed because they may have been laid on yom tov?

A. There are a number of issues involved on buying eggs laid during Pesach if the chickens were fed chometz. (Igrois Moishe O.H ....


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Expand Article #263 Using English translations for Shnaim Mikro Veechod Targum.
Q. Rov Miller mentioned that there are mistakes in the English translation by some well known frum publishers - which translations would he recommend for this purpose? What about other ways of "reading" the parsha, e.g. by an English translation of ....


Posted 3/19/2013 4:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #262 Women's obligation to learn Torah
Q. Should high school girls be expected to cover the entire Chumash before they finish high school? Should any other limmud (study) take priority for women/girls?

A. Remoh (Y.D. 246,6) rules that women are obligated to learn and k ....


Posted 3/19/2013 4:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #261 Are women obligated in Shnaim Mikro Veechod Targum
Q. Last week (parshas Yisro) Rov Miller spoke at a Bar Mitzvah about the mitzvah of reading the weekly parasha with targum (translation). He mentioned that women should read the parsha using a reliable English translation if they do not understand ....


Posted 3/19/2013 4:36 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #260 Talking or thinking about business on Shabbos and Yom Tov when it concerns doing mitzvos
Q. One should not be talking or even thinking about business on Shabbos and Yom Tov. For someone in, or going into Rabbonus, shouldn't they also avoid talking about who is running which cheder or the like, if their Kavanah is to potentially apply f ....


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