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Expand Article #259 Minyan of Psukim and its accompanying gimatria in a name form at the end of each Parsha
Q. How come there is no count for the number of psukim at the end of pekudey as there is in every other parsha?

A. The count or minyan of psukim and its accompanying gimatria in a name form at the end of each parsha is attributed ei ....


Posted 3/11/2013 10:56 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #258 Contacting the police before buying a property
Q. I went to look at a house owned by a Yid who previously rented to someone who was growing drugs there and possibly running a chemical drug lab, as verified by a home inspector who told me to call the police and ask if there have been any drug ra ....


Posted 2/22/2013 2:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #257 Arranging a shidduch when the couple does not observe Taharas Hamishpacha.
Q. Is it permissible to arrange a shidduch if it is possible that the couple isn't religious enough to keep Taharas Hamishpacha?

A. Many Poskim maintain that there is no prohibition on arranging, helping or being mesader kidushin (p ....


Posted 2/19/2013 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #256 Deriving benefit from non-kosher animals
Q. I bought a pair of gloves and realized that they are made of pigskin with an acrylic lining.

Can I wear these even though I will be deriving pleasure from a pig? Is this the same as snake skin or alligator shoes or purses?
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Posted 2/19/2013 1:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #255 Studying the works of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook zt"l
Q. I was told by someone that it is forbidden to study the works of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook zt"l. Is this true or is it permitted? And if it is forbidden to study them in general, may one at least look up the quotes in these works attri ....


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Expand Article #254 Using the term Alav Hashalom in a situation where it probably may not be true
Q. I once heard from Rav Shlomo Miller shlit"a that one may not append the term a"h to the name of the deceased if the deceased was not observant, because a"h means that the Divine Presence hovers over the grave of such a person and it would not do ....


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Expand Article #253 Understanding the 'removal of life support' and the 'Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order' contradiction
Q. I have heard that in Judaism (especially Orthodox), a power of attorney for health of a loved one is allowed to deny resuscitation to a sick person if they think they are not going to make it, however Jewish law does not allow them to unhook lif ....


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Expand Article #252 Extending the life of an unconscious person.
Q. My mother was terminally ill, it was a matter of time according to the doctors. …
We were also told that every effort should be made to extend the life of a person, since even a short lapse of time is enough for a person to do teshuvah, d ....


Posted 1/25/2013 2:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #251 Touching a Gosos
Q. My mother was terminally ill, it was a matter of time according to the doctors. When she became unconscious and the attending nurse said that she would not last long, we were in doubt if we could even touch her, caress her, let the nurse change ....


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Expand Article #250 Home care vrs. hospitol care for a terminally ill person.
Q. My mother was terminally ill, it was a matter of time according to the doctors. The siblings decided to bring her home and to let her depart in her familiar surroundings, even at the cost of not having the better care in the hospital that could ....


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Expand Article #249 Inviting an Ovel for Shabbos during the year of mourning for kiruv purposes
Q. I understand that an Avel observing Aveilus for a parent does not visit friends during the year, such as going away to friends and relatives for Shabbos.

One of my secular cousins lost a parent. May I invite him and his family for ....


Posted 1/18/2013 1:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #248 Questioning what is written in the Torah
Q. I attended this week a parsha shiur where it was mentioned that Moshe was at fault for questioning Hashem on his promise to help the Jews. How come then we are allowed to ask all kind of questions on what the Torah or Hashem say in the chumash?< ....


Posted 1/18/2013 1:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #247 Expressing opinions regarding the appropriateness of a shidduch
Q. When asked about a potential shidduch, is it permissible to express an opinion regarding the appropriateness of the match (for example, how well the families are suited to each other), or do you have to stick to the facts as you know them person ....


Posted 1/10/2013 5:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #246 Pretending to be a customer to see how competitors are pricing out jobs
Q. I need to see how my competitors are pricing out jobs. They are not Jewish. Can I pretend to be a customer and get them to provide me with a quote for a job? Or is this a problem?

A. The Mishna in Baba Metzia (58b) mentions "Just ....


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Expand Article #245 Can a well-toasted slice of bread be considered a Shaleim?
Q. I have heard that if a piece of matzah is broken and I place it into the oven to bake further until the broken edge browns, that this piece has the status of a Shaleim and can be used as one of the Lechem Mishnah.

Assuming this to b ....


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Expand Article #244 Toveling and Kasheing stored new dishes that look used.
Q. I bought a set of china dishes about 6 years ago when my husband and I got married.
It was service for 12 but at the time we decided to just tovel half the dishes and tovel the rest as needed.

This shabbos we happen to ne ....


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Expand Article #243 Refusing an Aliya.
Q. In my shul the Gabbai hands out cards to those who will be called up for an aliyah, indicating for which aliyah the congregant will be called up. On occasion I receive the card for an aliyah for which I feel I am not fit. Examples are: the Hafta ....


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Expand Article #242 Listening to a Torah tape on the Nit'l night
Q. Can you listen to a Toiro tape on the Nitl night?

A. This Shayleh actually is mentioned responsa Chai Binyomin (p. 301) where he argues that although you comply with the mitzvah of learning Torah just by listening and thinking (O. ....


Posted 12/25/2012 7:50 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #241 Learning the halochos and customs of nit'l on nit'l
Q. Can you learn the halochos and customs of nit'l on nit'l?

A. On the prior question, it was mentioned that Nitey Gavriel (End of the Chanukah volume) quotes eight different reasons for not learning Torah on Nit'l Night. One of the ....


Posted 12/25/2012 7:48 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #240 Learning on Leil Nit'l
Q. Dear Rabbi, A couple of time sensitive questions; I belong to a chasidishe mishpocho that doest not learn on nit'l, but I do have my shiurim that I don't want to miss. Do I have to be matir neder if I want to attend tonight?

A. T ....


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