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Expand Article #143 - If needed, can parents do the chalakah before a child turns three?
Q) If a toddler is going to be three years on chol hamoed, can his parents do the chalakah before Pesach if needed, as there are visiting family?


A) There are different traditions in regards to the extent of time one should ....


Posted 3/7/2012 3:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #142 - Wearing a Kitl during Shono Rishonoh
Q) A choson is in his shono rishoino who makes his own seider, is he permitted to wear a kittl if he wants to?

A) M'kadesh Yisroel (Pesach 315) quotes Maharam Shick (O.C. 28) who endeavors to find a reason why some do not wear the K ....


Posted 3/7/2012 3:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #141 - Mezuzahs for small rooms with counters.
Q. As we move to new office headquarters, we have a couple of rooms where we are in doubt of the necessity for a mezuza, because of the small size of the rooms. My rough estimates: Call office: 98 sq ft, but these area is being reduced by counters ....


Posted 3/2/2012 2:05 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #140 - Grandparents naming a child.
Q. My granddaughter was born a couple of days ago and I want to know can my husband go to shul and name her. My daughter and son-in-law go to Conservative and are going to name her in a month's time?

A. Poiskim and minhogim disagree ....


Posted 2/24/2012 1:20 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #139 - An Ovel after Shloshim joining a group trip to visit and pray at Kvorim
Q. Can an ovel after shloshim join a group trip that is to travel in Europe to visit and pray at the kvorim of prominent Tzadikim.

A. Shulchan Oruch (Y.D. 380,25) forbids long business trips, as they are very conspicuous and a large ....


Posted 2/22/2012 12:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #138 - Do Parsha sheets require Genizah
Q. I'm cleaning out my room and I found a bunch of parsha sheets in English that I had collected on my desk over the weeks. Am I allowed to put these with the regular recycling or do I have to put them in genizah. The parsha sheets are specifically ....


Posted 2/22/2012 12:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #137 - Pesach Shevah Brochos
Q. If a couple are married on the Sunday before Pesach and there are no further Shevah Brochos on the following weekdays, can one say Shevah Brochos on the two Seder nights (Friday and Shabbos) of that week?

A. Poskim agree that the ....


Posted 2/22/2012 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #136 - Tachanun by a Bris when the Mohel leaves early.
Q. If the Mohel left the minyan (because he had to go to a Bris), before the beginning of the repetition of the Shemone Esre, do you say Tachanun?

A. Taz (O.C. 131,10) quoted in Mishna Berura (ibid. 26) recommends that a groom shou ....


Posted 2/10/2012 4:56 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #135 - Reciting the Shira with joy during a time of Availus.
Q. As Shabbath Shirah approaches, we have learned that the Shirah should always be recited with great joy, as this promotes forgiveness of sins. Does one have to recite it that way in a mourners house or in the day of Tisha B'av? How about when the ....


Posted 2/10/2012 4:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #134 - Is a brocho recited on a special needs new born baby.
Q. I attended a delivery recently where the newborn had severe internal congenital organ defects. It is customary not to inform immediately the parents of the detrimental situation, as to provide opportunity for the much needed bonding with their o ....


Posted 1/31/2012 2:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #133 - Saying Yud Gimel Midos with a Minyan.
Q. Often when I daven in a minyan that says yud gimel midos during tachanun, I am unable to say it together with them, as I am still lagging behind. What is the source that 13 midos need a minyan, and is the fact that there is a minyan present reas ....


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Expand Article #132 - Re - previous shaaileh on kashering crystal glasses.
Q.  Is it necessary to do the whole process of filing with water and changing 3 times the water, isn't there a shortcut?

A. You may place the glasses on a boiling pot as normal kashering is done. We follow the process of Miluy Veir ....


Posted 1/27/2012 11:56 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #131 - Kashering glass and crystal.
Q. The previous owners of the house left us a set of glasses, some glass some crystal. They haven't been used in almost two years and I'm wondering if I can use them. Do I need to kasher them and if so how? Am I allowed to wash them in my sink or d ....


Posted 1/16/2012 11:35 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #130 - Location of a Sholom Zochor.
Q. Does a Shalom Zochor have to be in the house where the mother and baby are, or can it be also, if needed in a friends house?

A. A number of reasons are given to the tradition of making a Sholom Zochor Seudah (meal), which many Poi ....


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Expand Article #129 - Returning a terminally ill patient, who is close to death, from the hospital to his home.
Q. An elderly terminally ill patient who was diagnosed by his doctors at the hospital as being close to death wants to be returned to his home to be able to die in a place familiar to him and with his family close by. Doctors say that they may be a ....


Posted 1/13/2012 1:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #128 - Hashavos Aveidah with Muktza items on Shabbos
Q. If you are walking outside in front of your apartment building on Shabbos and the building has mostly Jews and you see on the ground a wallet, are you allowed to pick it up in order to return it? Do we need to assume that the wallet has cash, cr ....


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Expand Article #127 - Using 'borrowed' discount codes to rent cars.
Q. Can I use a discount code for a car rental company that doesn't belong to me?

I've gotten codes from my brothers who date where they use codes that boys universally share when they rent cars.

A. The response of the ....


Posted 12/30/2011 1:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #126 - Is one permited to attend social or community activities located in a Church
Q. Is a Jew who is alcoholic permitted to enter a church (even possibly the main sanctuary) to attend an AA meeting?

A. It is forbidden to enter a house of avodah zarah or a church. (Y.D. 150,1- 157,3 – Shach ibid. 149,1.) R’ Moshe ....


Posted 12/20/2011 3:49 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #125 - Does laundry detergent needs a hechsher when used to wash dish towels
Q. I'd like to ask whether laundry detergent needs a hechsher. There seem to be a lot of major brands that don't have one. Also, is there a difference if one is laundering dish towels?

A. According to COR and other Kashrus authoriti ....


Posted 12/16/2011 1:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #124 - Can a non Shomer Shabbos Jew get an Aliyah, be a Shaliach Tzibor or do Berkas Kohanim.
Q. 1 Can the Gabay of a Shul give an Aliyah to someone who generally keeps Shabbat, but occasionally, not in public and only in need, (not in life danger), turns on the light on Shabbat?
Q. 2 How about when while occasionally traveling and i ....


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