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Expand Article # 2630 Covid's True Constancy = Change
Q. My backyard adjoins other neighbours who wish to make a minyan across backyard fences in the way described as permitted by the Rov. Do I (and the other adult male members of my household) have an obligation to join such a minyan? Without the 3 ....


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Expand Article # 2629 So Far and Yet So Near
Q. Re- questions 2610 and 2624 regarding a group of five neighbors that share different sides and corners of their back yards, with one standing in the middle, that want to organize a minyan during these critical covid times. Since each family has on ....


Posted 4/14/2020 12:16 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2628 No Place Like Home
Q. My father became ill and tested positive to the corona virus. However, since his case is until now B'H mild, his doctors were not convinced that his best option is to be hospitalized. Since he lives in a way off place, the hospital available to h ....


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Expand Article # 2627 Glory In Non Glorious Days
Q. In our critical times, (Pesach 2020), when we are all davening at home without a minyan, do we say hallel the first and second night of Pesach after maariv?

A. Shulchan Aruch (487: 4) quotes two opinions whether we recite hallel after ....


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Expand Article # 2626 Touch Base
Q. Can one return from the curb the garbage bins that were collected during Yom Tov? (this is important since in streets where non frum or Gentile neighbors dwell, they are bothered by the apparent disregard of the frum people to the cleanliness and ....


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Expand Article # 2625 Differences of Opinion
Q. Recently we have heard different viewpoints from our Gedolim and Rabbonim regarding the Heavenly reasons for these difficult covid times. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is tha ....


Posted 4/12/2020 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2624 Way Out Entry
Q. I heard that the Rov permitted a minyan in a backyard in his neighborhood (during the current pandemic), could that be correct?

A. On question 2610 regarding a group of five neighbors that share different sides and corners of their ....


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Expand Article #2623 Mind Your Language
Q. As in this critical mageifa (pandemic) days we all daven at home, if someone is used to add his own private prayers for his needs during shemoneesre in English, can he still do so when he davens without a minyan?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. ....


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Expand Article # 2622 Don't Have an Alcohol Problem
Q. Can one use during Pesach this year the sanitizers that contain alcohol, that could be chometz?

A. Alcohol-based versions of the commercially available sanitizers typically contain some combination of isopropyl alcohol, ethanol (eth ....


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Expand Article # 2621 If you Can't Burn Them, Join Them
Q. I heard that Horav Miller Shlit'a ruled that if you are burning little pieces of chometz that may not contain each separate one the full size of a kezais as required, you should place all those small pieces in a container that will be metzaref (j ....


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Expand Article # 2620 The More The Better?
Q. If one has many pieces of chometz left, is it better to burn them all, or is it enough to just burn a kezais and the rest he can throw out or flush down?

A. Moadim Uzmanim (3: 194) asserts that one complies with the mitzva of burning ....


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Expand Article # 2619 Moves on Cloves
Q. (See question 2618 above - regarding a person that is prone to seizures). I also started eating cloves ie tziporen because has been B'H helping me with stopping the seizures from starting. Can I get a heter for that too?
Can one use clove ....


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Expand Article # 2618 Why Not Kitniot?
Q. Can I (a person that is prone to serious seizures) get a heter for buckwheat and  or quinoa and or chick peas during Pesach. Because I eat buckwheat every day and its a part of kitniot. I was told by doctors that I need to avoid carbohydrates and ....


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Expand Article # 2617 You'll Drink to That
Q. I'm a frum physician working in a hospital... (See question 2616 above). I probably will have to be working in the hospital, during the first or even the second seder this week. I'll probably reach home by uber around 11.00 pm. My wife will mak ....


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Expand Article # 2616 Man Alive!
Q. I'm a frum physician working in a hospital that is very busy these days and I have a few shailos. There is a significant number of Jewish patients that I with the rest of the staff attend to. Due to the great need for room in our hospital these da ....


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Expand Article # 2615 Let All the Hungry Come and Eat?
Q. May one invite someone for the seder or Yom Tov meals if the guest does not have any symptoms and would have nowhere else to go, due to everyone else's reluctance to invite people during this time? May one trust in the merit of the mitzvah to pr ....


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Expand Article # 2614 A Peace of the Moon
Q. when saying kiddush levana, if you are by yourself as we mostly are in this (covid) crisis, can you call a friend by phone and say shalom alechem to him? Can you tell it to your wife?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is th ....


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Expand Article # 2613 Disposal At Your Disposal
Q. Is it true that Rav Shlomo Shlit'a paskened (ruled) that one can dispose of the chometz by just throwing it out on the garbage containers when they will be collected during Pesach? Really!!

A. Indeed on the drasha of Shabbos Hagodol ....


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Expand Article # 2612 The Party Line?
Q.  What to do about the siyum Erev Pesach? Can it be done by phone, online or zoom?

A. On question 531 regarding someone joining a siyum Erev Pesach while still traveling via telephone we wrote; "On question 198 we mentioned: If you ....


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Expand Article # 2611 The Longest Aliya Ever?
Q. When the Eibeshter will have rachamnus (compassion) on us and the shuls will be able to resume, should we lein (read) all the missed parshiyos?

A. Remah (O.H. 135: 2) rules that if we missed the reading of a parsha, the next Shabbo ....


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