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Expand Article #405 Shaimos on a Kitchen Counter
Q. The counter in the kitchen was wet with a sticky substance. Somebody placed an open sidur facing down on it, the letters got stuck to the counter and when the sidur was picked up we ended with a shem glued to the counter. What do we do now?


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Expand Article #404 Creating Bubbles on Shabbos.
Q. When washing for Shabes morning use, last night dishes with cold water can you use soap that creates bubbles?

A. Most Poskim maintain that there is no prohibition on creating soap bubbles when using an already properly diluted, c ....


Posted 11/15/2013 1:26 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #403 Spraying Canned Whipped Cream on Shabbos
Q. Is it permitted to spray whipped cream from a spray can on a dessert on Shabes?

A. The main issue with using canned sweetened whipped cream propelled by nitrous oxide, for decorating desserts, ice creams and cakes on Shabbos, is ....


Posted 11/15/2013 1:24 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #402 Does Chupa Atonement Require Teshuva?
Q. (For receiving forgiveness on the day of the chupa), do you have to make teshuva?

A. Some authorities argue that if the reason for forgiveness is the total change and new creation of the individual at the time of his marriage (Mah ....


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Expand Article #401 Is The Kallah Forgiven Also?
Q. Is the kallah also forgiven for all her sins the day she marries or just the choson?

A. It is generally accepted, that forgiveness of sins applies equally to the bride as to the groom. This ensues, if the source for the above prin ....


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Expand Article #400 Bris at Home or in Shul?
Q. Is it better to make the bris in a shul or can it be done at home?

A. It is tradition to perform the bris milah in a shul or bais medresh (Remoh Y.D. 265: 11, quoting Maharil, see Tos. Pesachim 101a). Poskim mention as a reason; ....


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Expand Article #399 Giving the Name Before the Bris
Q. If you want to make a mi sheberach for the baby, can you give him a name before the brith? When and how do you do it? and if not, what name do you use?

A. A number of consequential and significant reasons are mentioned for naming ....


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Expand Article #398 Sholom Zochor for Baby in Incubator
Q. When do you make the Shalom Zachor for a baby that has to remain in an incubator for about ten days and the brith will be delayed, do you make it the first Shabbat or when the baby is home before the brith?

A. Some Poskim maintai ....


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Expand Article #397 Tzedaka (Vauchers) and Tax Receipts II
Q. My child collected money for a tzedaka through their school: - May I take the money and send in tzedaka vouchers that I once purchased and if so, must I give that money to tzedaka or may I spend it on other things?

A. Horav Shlom ....


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Expand Article #396 Tzedaka and Tax Receipts I
Q. My child collected money for a tzedaka through their school: Am I allowed to take the money and send in a cheque so that I may get the tax receipt or is it stealing from the government?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion i ....


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Expand Article #395 Red Lentil Soup on Shabbos Parshas Toldos
Q. This is an urgent question. My wife wants to cook for this Shabbes Toldos a red lentil soup that she saw advertised in a parsha food page. (naye meshugas). Is it allowed since this is a maachol avelim? We need an answer before noon erev shabes p ....


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Expand Article #394 Shoveling Snow on Shabbos
Q. Can you shovel snow that fell on Shabbath?

A. Sh'miras Shabbos Kehilchoso (16: note 110) quoting Rav S. Z. Auerbach Zt'l rules that snow that fell on Shabbos is not muktze (see Mishna Berura 338: 30). Igrois Moishe (O.H. 5: 22: 3 ....


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Expand Article #393 Chopping Ice on Shabbos.
Q. Can you use a metal scrapper to break ice on a path or steps during Shabbath?

A. Mishna Berura (320: 36) quotes Mogen Avrohom's opinion that there is a difference between breaking ice collected on a vessel, which the Shulchan Aru ....


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Expand Article #392 Spreading Sand on Ice on Shabbos
Q. Could you spread salt mixed with sand, sand by itself, or sawdust (on an icy entrance or steps, during Shabbath)?

A. When spreading sand you have to be concerned with the boneh or building prohibition. If the surface is paved, ce ....


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Expand Article #391 Salting Ice on Shabbos
Q. Can you spread rock salt on Shabbath on an (icy) entrance and steps?

A. Poiskim permit spreading salt during Shabbos (in any form or presentation), on an icy path, steps or a sidewalk to save people from harm. (Machaze Eliohu 67, ....


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Expand Article #390 Israel Bonds and Ribbis
Q. Is it necessary to make a heter iskeh when buying Israel government bonds? Thanks for your constant assistance.

A. Maharshag (Y.D. 50) and Igrois Moishe (Y.D. 2:63) permit lending with interest when dealing with a Jewish owned co ....


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Expand Article #389 Apnea Machine on Shabbos
Q. If someone has sleep apnea, and is advised by doctor to use a sleep apnea machine every night, can one use it on Shabbos, which requires pushing an electric button to activate it and turning it off in the morning?

A. Horav Shlomo ....


Posted 11/1/2013 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #388 Viduy on Maariv Before Chupa
Q. If the chosson will not be davening mincha with a minyan can he say the viduy in maariv?

A. Piskei Teshuvo (E. H. 65: 14) quotes the opinion of the Sh'loh and others that it is tradition to recite viduy (similar to Yom Kippur) on ....


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Expand Article #387 Braking the Fast at Night Before the Chupa
Q. If the chupa is at night well after tzeis do they (chosson- kallah) still have to fast?

A. Poiskim disagree whether the chosson- kallah have to continue fasting after the day's end or they can eat before the chupa. Those who spon ....


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Expand Article #386 Parental Fasting on the Wedding Day
Q. A few questions concerning the fast of chosson kallah on the wedding day. Is there any source for the parents also fasting? If the chupa is at night well after tzeis do they still have to fast?

A. Darkei Moshe ( O.H. 580: 1) men ....


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