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Expand Article #239 Disclosing allegations when suggesting a Shidduch.
Q. Investigating a potential match for a young lady, We came across information on a website saying the man had allegedly molested several boys in the past. When the shidduch suddenly came to a halt, it was discovered that the shadchan was aware of ....


Posted 12/25/2012 7:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #238 Divorced woman covering their hair
Q. As a divorced woman do I need to cover my hair: when at Shul, in public, all the time?

A. 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 ....


Posted 12/25/2012 1:29 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #237 Purchasing an item with other people's money.
Q. A fellow came into shul before Chanukah and saw 20 bottles of olive oil on the table with a notice that read: "Each bottle 19 shekels, please put the money in the pushka." The fellow figured out that the owner stands to make 380 shekels on the s ....


Posted 12/25/2012 1:15 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #236 Borrowing money with no means to repay the loan.
Q. I recently joined a support group for a Torah institution and I became aware that they are about to borrow a large amount of money from a few individuals when they know they will not be able to repay it. Why is this not the same as an individual ....


Posted 12/25/2012 1:12 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #235 Attending or promoting a year's end party
Q. As the holiday season approaches is there a problem with attending or promoting a year's end party for your employees?

A. The Talmud (Avoda Zarah 8a) mentions that if "an idolater gives a banquet for his son and invites all the Je ....


Posted 12/21/2012 12:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #234 Sending gifts to customers or business acquaintances
Q. As the holiday season approaches is there a problem with sending a gift to customers or business acquaintances?

A. The Talmud (Avoda Zarah 20a) instructs that there are different interpretations to the biblical proscription of "Lo ....


Posted 12/10/2012 3:06 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #233 Mailing season greetings cards
Q. As the holiday season approaches is there a problem with mailing a season greetings card?

A. The Talmud (Gittin 62a) teaches that in the interest of peace, greeting an idolater is permitted even during their feast days as long as ....


Posted 12/10/2012 3:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #232 Filtering Smartphones
Q. I have an I phone for a few years witch I use for work and personal. I have on my iPhone installed K9 filter and no use of YouTube, and no access to the app store, all secure by a password witch I asked my wife to enter it and witch I don't know ....


Posted 12/7/2012 2:19 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #231 Making Kiddush using non-kosher wine
Q. Dear Rabbi,
My husband and I will be posted to an army base in Inuvik for 3 months beginning Jan 2013. We are not religious but we do perform the Kiddush ceremony every Friday night. Normally we use "kosher" wine for the Kiddush. Since ko ....


Posted 12/7/2012 1:59 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #230 Kashering counter tops
Q. We are planning to redo our kitchen. We would like to install counter tops that can easily be kashered for Pesach. Is that possible, or do counter tops of any material need covering for Pesach? If it is possible, what types are easier to kasher? ....


Posted 12/7/2012 1:55 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #229 Calling people on Shabbos so they wont worry and call the Police.
Q. There was the following report in the news in Eretz Yisroel. A woman who was supposed to be for Shabbos at her fiancé made a wrong turn and ended up somewhere else. Unfortunately, when she arrived at another house, it was Shabbos already and too ....


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Expand Article #228 Eating Fleishigs after Eating Feta Cheese
Q. What is the halacha regarding feta cheese? Is this considered a cheese that needs 6 hours before eating fleishigs?

A. Feta cheese is defined as a rich and creamy soft cheese originally from Greece, authentically made of whole she ....


Posted 11/30/2012 12:54 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #227 Hiring a Badchan for a wedding.
Q. Why do some people hire a badchan at weddings, isn't that prohibited?

A. The Tur (E.H. 65) defines the obligation to gladden a chosson and kallah as a "mitzvah gedola", (it is part of the mitzvah of veahavta lereiacha kemocha), a ....


Posted 11/23/2012 2:49 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #226 Making jokes while teaching or giving a Drasha.
Q. Is it proper for a frum teacher or Rav to make jokes in class or his drasha?

A. The Talmud (B'rachos 31a) mentions that: "It is prohibited for a person to fill his mouth with laughter in this world". Poiskim disagree whether this ....


Posted 11/23/2012 2:46 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #225 Lighting more than 2 candles for Shabbos
Q. Is there a mitzvah to light more than the two usual (Shabbat) candles, if yes is there a maximum?

A. Remoh (O.H. 263,1) posits that one may add three or four lights. Mishna Berura (ibid.) mentions that some light seven candles, s ....


Posted 11/16/2012 2:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (2)


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Expand Article #224 Lighting only 2 Shabbos candles when traveling
Q. A woman that usually lights many (Shabbos) candles (at home), when she travels, does she have to light all of them or only the basic two?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that today most women when they travel or visit ....


Posted 11/16/2012 2:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #223 Lighting an electric light for Shabbos
Q. If (a woman) turned on (on Erev Shabbos) the electric light but then could not latter light the candles, as it became late. Does she now have to light one more candle?

A. Many Poskim rule that you comply with the mitzvah of hadlo ....


Posted 11/16/2012 2:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #222 lighting only one candle for Shabbos
Q. If a woman lit only one (Shabbat) candle instead of the customary two, does she now have to light in the future one more light?

A. Biur Halocho (263,1) quotes Pri Megodim's opinion that even if only one candle was forgotten or ne ....


Posted 11/16/2012 2:17 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #221 Doing Melacha on Sunday before Havdolo.
Q. If one goes to sleep before Shabbos is over and wakes up Sunday morning, must they Baruch Mavdil before doing any melacha?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.H. 299, 10) rules no to do any melocho until one recites havdolo or says "Boruch hama ....


Posted 11/16/2012 2:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #220 Wearing a rain coat that changes in the rain on Shabbos
Q. My daughter has a grey rain coat that when it gets wet in the rain, has a pattern of black flowers that become visible, and goes away when it dries. Can this be worn on Shabbos? Are the flowers becoming visible considered painting or dyeing?


Posted 9/21/2012 4:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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