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Expand Article #299 Using dishwasher detergent without a hechsher
Q. Does dishwasher detergent need to be kosher? The brand finish use to have a hechsher and now it does not.

A. We forwarded your question to Rabbi Dovid Rosen, COR Rabbinic Coordinator, who advised us that; COR policy is that all d ....


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Expand Article #298 Someone who has excepted Shabbos early asking someone else to do a Melocho
Q. Can someone that started Shabbos early ask his neighbor that davens late to turn on the lights for him?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O. H. 263: 17) rules that it is permitted for someone that has already accepted Shabbos to ask another tha ....


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Expand Article #297 When does someone from Eretz Yisroel say Izkor when traveling
Q. Is there a point for him(a Israeli resident who temporarily travels to Chutz Laaretz) to say Izkor as it is not Yom Tov for him or should he say it by himself on the first day?

A. Betzel Hacochmo (4: 109) rules that an Israeli re ....


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Expand Article #296 Someone from Eretz Yisroel getting an Aliya on the second day of Yom tov
Q. I have guest from Israel that are visiting me and they only keep one day Yom Tov. On the second day Shavuoth can one get an aliyah as he has Yortzayt and it is Thursday and they would be reading the Torah anyway? If yes could he get Maftir?


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Expand Article #295 Tefilin dropped off by a Sofer but not returned
Q. I sent my Tefillin to a Sofer Stam in Toronto for checking almost a year ago. I have called 2x since sending it and have yet to speak to him, and only to his wife. I have not heard from him, and I miss my tefillin very much. I cannot manage to p ....


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Expand Article #294 Newspapers delivered to a Jewish area on Shabbos
Q. Is a newspaper delivered to North York on Shabbos Muktzah?

A. Presumably Gentiles printed the newspaper after the onset of Shabbos. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is not considered nolad or something new created ....


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Expand Article #293 Using a plastic tablecloth cut on Shabbos
Q. Is a plastic tablecloth which was cut from a roll on Shabbos (by a non Jew) muktzah?

A. It is prohibited to derive benefit from melochos done on Shabbos by a gentile, even if he was not instructed to do them, but he carried them o ....


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Expand Article #292 Using a reed mat helt togehter with plastic coated wire
Q. May I use for Schach a reed mat that is held together with wire coated in plastic insulation?


A. Shulchan Aruch, (O.H.629, 1 and 7) rules that schach cannot consist and may not be supported by material that does not grow ....


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Expand Article #291 lighting candles early on Shavuos night
Q. When lighting the Yom Tov candles on the first night of Shavuoth do I have to wait till nightfall if I didn't count sefirah?

A. Piskey Teshuvos (O.H. 494, 4) rules that women should wait to light candles on the eve of Shavuos unt ....


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Expand Article #290 Numbers of the tribes in this week's Parsha always finish in zeros
Q. How come the numbers of the tribes in this week's Parsha always finish in zeros, were they round up? That they are the exact number is statistically very unlikely.

A. Horav Yakov Kamenetzki ZT"l (Emes L'Yaakov, Pinchas) addresses ....


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Expand Article #289 Reading Parshas Bamidvar before Shavuos
Q. I just read in an authoritative Yom Tov sefer and luach that Parshat Bamidvar is always before Shavuoth, wasn't last year Nasso before?

A. This sefer was probably quoting Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 428, 4) that very emphatically rules ....


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Expand Article #288 Making the Bracho on seeing a tree in bloom in Sivan
Q. We have some fruit trees in our back yard that just now began to bloom… can the brocho still be made this Shabbat as it is already Sivan?

A. This year, due to the earliness of Pesach, the blooming of trees at this latitude occurr ....


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Expand Article #287 Waiting until Shabbos to make the Bracho on seeing a tree bloom
Q. We have some fruit trees in our back yard that just now began to bloom, can we wait till Shabbat when the whole family is together to make the bracha or does it have to be done when you see them the first time?

A. Yalkut Yosef ( ....


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Expand Article #286 Brocho on onions from schmaltz herring
Q. Kevod Harav Shlit"a,

The halacha seems to point out that if one eats raw or even cooked Garlic or Onions, the bracha receited is "Shehakol", as it is not the usual way for most people to eat raw garlic and onions.

I ....


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Expand Article #285 Unsealed meat or non-Mevushel wine left unattended at home
Q. We have a babysitter who watches my child every day. She is Hindu. We have once or twice left an open bottle of non-mevushal wine out, and sometimes have unsealed meat in the fridge while she is here alone. In the past we have discarded the wine ....


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Expand Article #284 Shaving for Shalom Bayis During Sefira
Q. My husband grows a beard over s'fira (and the three weeks) as do many people. But I very much dislike it and find him unattractive when he does. Can I ask him to continue shaving during these times?

A. Some Poiskim permit cutting ....


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Expand Article #283 Squeezing a lemon on Shabbos
Q. One can squeeze a lemon onto fish or salad on Shabbos. Can one squeeze it into a liquid? Or if the slice of lemon is already in a liquid, such as water, can it be squeezed against the side of the pitcher with a spoon, thus flavouring the water?< ....


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Expand Article #282 Covering the hair of an unmarried convert woman
Q. Does an unmarried convert woman have to cover her hair?

A. As mentioned in response #238; Shulchan Oruch (E.H. 21, 2) rules that Jewish women should not go out with uncovered hair to public places, regardless if married or not. P ....


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Expand Article #281 Listening to classical music during the period of Sefiras Haomer
Q. Can you listen to classical music in the radio during sefira?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that in principle serious or cheerless classical music would be permitted as we do sing a sad tune even on Tisha B'av (Eli T ....


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Expand Article #280 Fixing a Shaitl during the period of Sefiras Haomer
Q. Can a woman fix, trim and set her shaitl during sefira?

A. Even though the prohibition of cutting ones hair during the period of Sefiras Haomer applies equally to women (based on Shulchan Oruch Y.D. 390, 5 – Pri Megodim 551, 13 – ....


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