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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 ....


Posted 12/2/2011 12:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #123 - Community Arba Minim and Tallis - Ownership Status
Q. Is the following analysis correct?

Can we really say that any member of a shul actually ’owns’ the Tallit? Membership does not mean ownership, but rather access to the facilities of the shul. For example, one cannot say that the ....


Posted 11/21/2011 4:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #122 - Real estate agents soliciting homes
Q. Is it proper for a real estate agent to solicit homes for purchase? Is it considered coveting your neighbours possessions etc...

A. Shulchan Oruch (Ch. M.359, 10) quotes the words of the Rambam (Gzeilah 1,3) that the prohibition ....


Posted 11/18/2011 1:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #121 - Does a Doctors surgical gown reqire Tzitzis?
Q. If a doctor has his own surgical gown (as he works in his own clinic), and it has four well defined corners (it closes on the back, so all corners are there), does he have to put Tzitzis on the corners? Does it matter if there is a strap ....


Posted 11/13/2011 11:29 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #120 - Non-Kosher Chewable Vitamins Prescribed by a Doctor
Q. I had a question regarding medication. I am pregnant and have been prescribed prenatal vitamins. I am unable to take the ones that need to be swallowed as they are too large for me to swallow and they cause me to throw up.

My OB p ....


Posted 11/4/2011 2:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #119 - Working as a Chef in a non-Kosher Kitchen
Q: If someone gets a job working as a chef can they cook meat and milk together if its not being eaten by the person, only others and assuming that the others aren't Jewish.

A: It is prohibited to cook meat and milk even if the ....


Posted 11/4/2011 2:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #118 - Working as kitchen help (no cooking) in a non-Kosher Kitchen
Q: What if a person was to work in a capacity other than cooking in a kitchen, say mixing cold meat and milk together?

A: Poiskim recommend avoiding being hired as a chef in a non-kosher kitchen that prepares food even if only for Gentil ....


Posted 11/4/2011 2:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #117 - Using a high heat dishwasher for meat and dairy dishes
Q: Would there be an issue using a high heat dishwasher where meat and dairy dishes are being put together with a significant amount of meat and dairy waste, not for the purposes of eating, but still being cooked together at a temperature higher th ....


Posted 11/4/2011 2:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #116 - Using timers on Shabbos and Yom Tov
Q. Dear Rabbi, Can I use a timer for Shabbos to turn on a coffeemaker, hot water urn or a crock pot? What about Yom Tov? Can I set the timer to turn on the second day of Yom Tov so I can cook a Chulent for Shabbos or does the crock pot need to be l ....


Posted 10/3/2011 11:07 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #115 - Bitter or sour foods and drinks on Rosh Hashanah
Q. Dear Rabbi, I know that on Rosh Hashono we are not supposed to eat bitter or sour foods and drinks. If these are sweet too, such as most common soft drinks, or salad dressing that has a bit of vinegar to make it tasty, or sweetened prepared chre ....


Posted 9/27/2011 11:22 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #114 - Redness (or any other discoloration) in the area of Tzomet Hagidim in a chicken
Q. Dear Rabbi, If there is redness (or any other discoloration) in the area of Tzomet Hagidim in a chicken what should be done with it?

A. Remah (Y.D. 56,9) asserts that a wound that has become inflamed and bloodshot (nifuach venitzr ....


Posted 9/27/2011 11:18 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #113 - Using Utencils Prior to Tevilah
Q. Dear Rabbi,

I bought a potato peeler today from a Kosher store - its a Kosher peeler (it is green plastic and it says Parev on it!) I forgot to tovel it and I used it to peel potatoes and carrots which I then put into a large pot ....


Posted 9/20/2011 1:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #112 - Someone in the conversion process keeping Shabbos
Q. For someone in the conversion process to Judaism, I realize that they cannot keep Shabbat completely, but in what ways can they break Shabbos? Do they have to perform an Av Melacha? Or does violating something d'rabbonon also constitute breaking ....


Posted 9/16/2011 3:43 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #111 - Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company Part 2.
Q. Following up to my past question and your answer (Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company), I asked to the person tha ....


Posted 9/16/2011 3:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #110 - Does Shabbos Shevah Brochos belongs to the kallah?
Q. How Chashev is the idea that Shabbos Shevah Brochos belongs to the kallah? Is there an obligation on the family of the Kallah to pay for it even if they are not the hosts?
 
A. According to the Shulchan Oruch (E.H. 64, 4) it ....


Posted 9/16/2011 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #109 - Using a kitchen before Kashering it.
Q. I just moved into a new apartment, and I did not get a chance to kasher the kitchen yet. Am I allowed to use the kitchen for cold? what about the water from the sink? I remember hearing once, that one can only use a non-kosher kitchen for a shor ....


Posted 9/16/2011 9:50 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #108 - Avel attending an Upsherin.
Q. Dear Rabbi, I am an avela in the first year mourning for my father. I want to honor my father. Am I permitted to attend an Upsherin? I don't know if there will be music, meal gifts so I want always to do the right thing. Thank you so much for yo ....


Posted 9/9/2011 11:36 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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