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Expand Article #185 - Saying Piyutim in Davening Part 2
Q. If [reciting piyutim - see earlier question] is based on the fact that few understand the language and meaning and that their time could be put to better use, why are we still saying the piyyutim we do say? Why are we still saying Selichos and K ....


Posted 6/28/2012 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #184 - Saying Piyutim in Davening.
Q. Why has the Torah world abandoned the custom of saying most Piyutim in the davening on Shabbos, Yom Tov, High Holidays, and other special occasions?

A. The tradition of reciting piyutim during the tefilos goes back a long time. ....


Posted 6/28/2012 2:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #183 - We do things that bring geula laolam. How come the geula has not yet come?
Q. when we say that saying something over in someone's name brings geula laolam, how come that after so many thousands of years of repeating the words of our sages, the geula has not yet come?

A. Maharal (Avos 6,6) elucidates this a ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #182 - Does a woman need filters for internet use
Q. Does a woman need filters for internet use?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that a computer used only by women, does require proper filters, as there are many issues involved with improper use of the Internet, such as ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:35 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #181 - Working in a company that does not allow filters
Q. Am I allow to work in a company that don't allow filters on the Internet? Does it make a difference if my computer is in a close office or an open space ?

A. A filter could be downloaded and installed for just one user. However, i ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:34 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #180 - Is it a prohibition to omit the name of the author?
Q. Is it a prohibition to omit the name of the author? Or is it only a mitzvah to mention him?

A. There are prohibitions involved, some of the ones mentioned in Poiskim are:

Midrash Tanchuma (Bamidvar) quotes in the ....


Posted 6/15/2012 4:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #179 - Repeat divrei Torah when one can't remember the name of the author.
Q. When you repeat divrei Torah, and these should be said in the name of the author who said them, but you can't remember who it was, should you not say them at all, or maybe say you can't remember?

A. There are a number of mitzvos ....


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Expand Article #178 - Chatzitzos when putting on Tefilin shel Yad.
Q. When you put Tefilin shel yad, do you have to take off your watch, or medic-alert bracelet?

A. Remoh (O.C. 27:4) rules that there is no chatzitza or interpose between the retzuos and the arm. Mishnah Berurah (ibid. 16) seems to ag ....


Posted 6/15/2012 3:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #177 - Mixing Parve hot food with a Dairy spoon in a Fleishig Pot.
Q. By accident a dairy spoon was used to stir a cup of coffee in a fleishig mug (stone wear) (no milk involved).
The cup was filled with water from a hot water urn and the spoon was put in afterwards.

Both the cup and the spoo ....


Posted 6/15/2012 3:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #176 - Using anesthetics during a bris
Q. Further to the question about the appropriateness of a brit milah performed by a woman, is the use of an anesthetic during the procedure to dull the pain to the infant. Does it matter?

A. - Most Poiskim agree that even though in t ....


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Expand Article #175 - Shunning a marriage to a woman whose father's name is the same as his
Q. If a girl is read to a guy and the guy has the same name as her father is that an issue? What if he has two names and the father has one?

A. The source for a groom shunning marriage to a woman whose father's name is the same as ....


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Expand Article #174 - Brit Milah officiated by a female mohel.
Q. I recently attended a brit milah officiated by a female mohel. What is the law on this matter?

A. Although it would appear that historically women have performed circumcisions, such as Tzipporah (Shemos 4,25) or the two women ex ....


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Expand Article #173 - Making a Brocha when seeing a King or Prince.
Q. Upon seeing Prince Charles or Queen Elizabeth, is it halachically appropriate to recite a blessing? Thanks.

A. Shulchan Aruch( O.C. 224,8) quotes the Talmud (Brochos 58a): "On Gentile Kings one blesses "He bestowed from His glory ....


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Expand Article #172 - Eating bee honey that is unfiltered
FrumToronto Staff Note: A follow up on this is pending.

Q - Is there an Issur to eat bees honey that is unfiltered because there may be bee parts in it or do we say that the bee parts if in there may be too small too see therefore there ....


Posted 6/1/2012 11:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #171 - Number of letters in a Sefer Torah- 600,00 or 304,805.
Q) A rabbi spoke about the Sefer Torah having six hundred thousand letters, is that correct?

A - The aphorism "There are six hundred thousand letters in the Torah" is not mentioned in the Talmud, however it is cited in Zohar Chodosh ....


Posted 5/25/2012 3:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #170 - When writing a letter for a Sefer Torah, should one choose the letter that begins their Hebrew name?
Q - When writing a letter for a Sefer Torah, why and how important is it to choose the letter that begins your Hebrew name?

A - Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a expressed that it is not essential to choose a letter of your name for the f ....


Posted 5/25/2012 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #169 - Filling in Letters in a Sefer Torah
Q) I recently attended the giving of a Sefer Torah, and was invited to write a letter for a donation. The letters were already outlined in ink, I just filled in the blank inner space, isn't that letter kosher anyway, if so what is my mitzvah?
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Posted 5/25/2012 3:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #156 - Updated: Taking exams on Shabbos
Q. A medical resident that is completing his residency must take an advanced trauma licensing course. The available courses at this time are offered on shabbat throughout Canada. When the course is completed there is a test. The test is multiple ch ....


Posted 5/25/2012 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #168 - Eating an item that required bitul to permit it
Q. On a recent kashruth question, the Rabbi who supervises the product told me, that it is totally permitted lekatchila, even though Bitul Beshishim was used as a Heter. Is this correct? Should not one abstain lekatchila from eating anything that r ....


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Expand Article #167 - Placing schach directly on narrow wooden straps, which are used normally for supporting roof tiles
Q. I'm fixing my porch for the summer and I plan to place as a partial sun-protecting surface on top of the porch some sheets of wood strips, woven in a lattice pattern. Those strips are usually stapled with metal staples and there is a space of a ....


Posted 5/18/2012 3:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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