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Expand Article #105 - Personal and Company depts incurred before declaring Chapter 11
Q. Please could you let me know whether a debt (either personal or company) incurred before declaring chapter 11 is still in force after the CRA approves the proposal?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that personal debts r ....


Posted 9/2/2011 11:39 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #104 - Listening to music while jogging during the 3 weeks.
Q. I need to go jogging in order to keep myself from gaining weight but I need the music to keep me running. can I listen to music for this purpose? My wife seems to remember hearing from some Rav in her youth that this is permitted.

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Posted 7/29/2011 1:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #103 - Buying a used car during the 3 weeks.
Q. Can I buy a used car during the 3 weeks?

A. See Ask the Rabbi (this forum, question 100), for the permitted buying of a new car when possession will take place after Tisha B'av. As this is a used automobile, ownership would be imm ....


Posted 7/29/2011 1:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #102 - Dyeing hair during the three weeks.
Is it permitted for a woman to dye her hair during the three weeks.
 
Horav Shloimo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is that although a woman is restricted on the use of cosmetics only during Tisha B'av itself, dying hair i ....


Posted 7/25/2011 1:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #101 - Trimming and fixing a wig duiring the 3 weeks.
Q. Am I allowed to have my shaitel cut during the 3 weeks? I had scheduled an appointment prior to the tannis, but had to cancel at the last minute. My shaitel macher has a heter to cut as it is her parnassah. She advised that I ask a shaila.
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Posted 7/22/2011 2:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #100 - Buying a car during the 3 weeks
Q. I would like to know if it would be OK to buy a car during the 3 weeks and take delivery after Tisha b'Av.

A. Igrois Moishe’s (O.C. 3, 80) opinion is that if the car is a pleasure vehicle, one should avoid acquiring it during the ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #99 - Preparing during the 3 weeks for traveling after the 3 weeks.
Q. Is it OK to book plane tickets, hotels get passports and do the necessary arrangements, during the 3 weeks for a trip taken place right after Tisha b'Av ?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.C. 551,2), rules that from Rosh Chodesh Av onwards we ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #98 - Davening Maariv Before the zman.
Q. Is it better to Daven Maariv before TZAAS with a minyan or after without a minyan even if you are makped to always daven after the TZAAZ?

A. The Mechaver (O.C. 235, 1) indicates that if the Tzibur daven Maariv early, while still d ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #97 - Chumetz Pet food owned by a Jew During Pesach
Q. My Jewish neighbour's rabbit died during pesach. After pesach, she gave me the leftover chotzdig rabbit food which I know she didn't sell. Can I still use it? If not, it seems like bal tashlis to throw it out as it was a freshly opened bag.


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Expand Article #96 - Baking Challah on a Dairy Pan.
Q. I baked a challah this evening on a baking sheet that had previously been used for dairy (cheese baked directly on that pan). I lined the pan with parchment paper and baked my challah on the paper. The challah did not touch the pan.



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Expand Article #95 - Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company.
Q. I work in the financial service industry, and in my industry when a trader changes the company that he works for, he calls his clients and tries to switch them over to the new company . Most companies incorporate on their employment agreement a ....


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Expand Article #94 - Using non-Jewish dates and holiday references
Q. I design database tables - like spreadsheet with rows and column headings. For a particular project there is a need for a Holiday table - to know statutory holidays when things are open and closed. This table contains non Jewish holidays (e.g. D ....


Posted 7/8/2011 10:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #93 - Symbols from other religions on household items.
Q. My wife bought crystal candlesticks holders to give as a present and she noticed that on the brand name of the product on the box and on the candlestick there is a crown with a cross on it. Are we allowed to give the present to a Jewish couple o ....


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Expand Article #92 - Pets and Pet Cages on Shabbos
Q. Can my child play with a pet bird in Shabbes? Is the cage muktze?

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 128 b) mentions that animals are muktze. Mishneh Beruroh (308,146) explains that the reason is because since they are of no use in Shabbos, ....


Posted 6/27/2011 3:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #91 - Asking a non Jew to reset an oven on Yom Tov
Q. On Shavuos we had a blackout, and the new electric stoves, lost their timers and memory, and would not work unless reset manually. Is it permitted to ask a non Jew to reset it on Yom Tov, so we can cook? Could it be done on the second day?
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Expand Article #90 - Using thick Paint on Tefilin
Q. A few years ago I had my Tefilin repainted, the paint was rather thick and has recently began peeling off in some places. It is still black underneath, but the new paint comes off in chips some as big as a 1/3 of an inch. Is there a problem with ....


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Expand Article #89 - Using artificial trees to decorate a Shul for Shavuoth.
Q. It is a minhag to decorate for Shavuoth our Shuln with greenery. We avoid using trees, as that would be a tradition of other religions. Does that include artificial trees?

A. There are two reasons for not placing trees in a Shu ....


Posted 6/10/2011 12:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #88 - Lighting candles for single men who want to begin Shabbat early.
Q. Single people who want to begin Shabbat early, and attend a minyan for Mincha that begins right before Plag Hamincha and then recites Kabalath Shabath right after, as is required by Halacha, when should they light Shabath candles? (since the can ....


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Expand Article #87 - Maariv and Shabbos Zmanin in Northern Canada
Q. I am planning a trip to Canada and Alaska next month and because night doesn't come in till very late please tell me if I should be davening Maariv at a normal time or whether I have to stay up to daven when it gets dark? Also as far as Shabat i ....


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Expand Article #86 - How often does Parshas Noso come before Shavuos?
Q. How often does Parshas Noso come before Shavuos?

A. In the last one hundred years, 19 times in Eretz Isroel, and 12 times only outside of Israel.(last time was 2008)


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