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Expand Article #47 - Wearing rings during Netilas Yadayim and food touched prior to Netilas Yadayim.
Q. What is the halacha with regards to N'telas Y'datyim, when one wakes up and for bread with regards to removing the rings? I've heard many people do different things?

Also at what age should a parent insist that their child start w ....


Posted 1/20/2011 2:58 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #46 - Using Ma'aser Money for Fun Things like Video and Dinners
Q. What is the halacha regarding using ma'aser money, or money from a generic pushke, for "fun" things, like a video, where the proceeds go to a tzedaka, or a Chinese Auction or dinner? Does it matter if you end up winning?

A. Poskim ....


Posted 1/14/2011 3:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #45 - Posting Online Articles with Random Ads
Q. One way of promoting your product or service on the internet is to post a press release or article online, with a link to your website. There are many places on the internet that allow one to post press releases or articles for free.



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Expand Article #44 - Photosensitive Eyeglasses and Liquid Crystal Thermometers on Shabbos.
Q. If you can not use a strip thermometer that changes colors on Shabes, why can you use sun glasses that turn darker on the sunlight?

A. The use of photosensitive eyeglasses that turn dark on light is permitted on Shabbos because th ....


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Expand Article #43 - Throwing out an old stove.
Q. I heard recently that disposing off or throwing out an old stove that has an oven, might be against the Tzavoe of Rabbi Yehuda Hachosid. Is that true, and is there a correct way of doing it?

A. It is true that Rabbi Yehuda Hechasi ....


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Expand Article #42 - Can I consume calcium pills which contain oyster shell?
Q. Can I consume calcium pills which contain oyster shell?

A. In a article on Glucosamine and Chondroiton, (News - letter, September 2007), Rabbi Dovid Cohen, Administrative Rabbinical Coordinator of the cRc, writes: “Oyster shells a ....


Posted 12/31/2010 2:40 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #41 - Children Given 2 Names for Mazal
Q. We named our newborn daughter in honor of a aunt that passed away young. At the time of the naming we were advised to add another name to the original to add a better Mazal to the child. In reality we only use the original name. Do we now have t ....


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Expand Article #40 - When the 10th of Teveth falls on Friday, why are we allowed to fast on Friday?
Q: When the 10th of Teveth falls on Friday, why are we allowed to fast on Friday and not bump it back or forward as other fast days?

A. The fast of Asara b'Teves occurs on a Friday about 20 % of the time. (next one will be Dec. 13, 2 ....


Posted 12/23/2010 10:24 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #39 - Two Kitchen Kashrus Questions.
Q: I have two kitchen kashrus questions.

1) My son's babysitter used one of our parev knives to cut up carrots she had cooked in her home. She is not jewish. My understanding is that they were boiled in water to soften them.
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Expand Article #38 - Pouring vinegar or any salad dressing containing vinegar and salt into salads.
Q- Is it permitted to pour vinegar or any salad dressing containing vinegar and salt into salads, avocado, cabbage, tomato, lettuce, peppers, onions, endives, anise, carrots, corn, etc on the Sabbath right before the meal?

Can you use le ....


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Expand Article #37 - Wine made from grapes imported from Italy?
Q. Would it be OK to drink wine a friend is making from grapes imported from Italy?


A. The fact that the grapes are imported from Italy is not an issue in the kashruth of wine. The kashruth laws involving wine are concerned m ....


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Expand Article #36 - Tolaim in Smoked Salmon with Hechsher
Q: Since there is a problem with worms in the pacific salmon fish, does that include the pacific salmon lox with the OU certification?

A: We consulted with Rabbi Y. Felder Vice-chairman of the COR and he advised the following: "The i ....


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Expand Article #35 - Cutting down a fruit tree.
Q - I have a grape vine that I am allergic to can I destroy it? If so, should I get a non-Jew involved?

A - Darchei Teshuvah 116:51 writes that all fruit trees are included in the prohibition mentioned in Parshas Shoftim of cutting f ....


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Expand Article #34 - Being Motzei a Brocho Achronoh with Berkas Hamazon.
Q. Dear Rabbi, If a person is unsure if he ate enough cake to require a Brocho Achronoh, can someone who needs to recite Berkas Hamazon be Motzei him?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a opinion is that Birkas Hamazon is Motzei Brocho Ach ....


Posted 5/22/2010 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #33 - Are the Branches Decorating the Shul on Shavuos Muktzeh?
Q. Dear Rabbi, Are the branches decorating the Shul Muktzeh, if they fall down, or can you remove them on Yom Tov?

Decorative branches that were placed on the Shul before Yom Tov are not Muktze. See Mishna Berura (494 - 9) in the nam ....


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Expand Article #32 - Drinking Coffee Shavuos Night
Q. Dear Rabbi, On Shavuoth night when we stay awake all night learning, if someone keeps on drinking coffee does he have to make a Brocho each time he drinks a cup or is one Brocho enough for all the night? How about Brocho Achronoh?

A. ....


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Expand Article #31 - Can one buy fish, such as salmon or tilapia from Cosco or a fish market?
Q: Can one buy fish, such as salmon or tilapia from Cosco or a fish market?

A: Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit”a is of the opinion, that if the fish has its skin attached and you can see that it is of the kosher kind (it has scales), if the ma ....


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Expand Article #30 - Are the remainder of the pieces of matzoth eaten at the seder considered to be a used hefetz shel mi
Q: Dear Rabbi, After Pesach Seder are the remainder of the pieces of matzoth eaten at the seder considered to be a used hefetz shel mitzvah, that has to be disposed accordingly and not thrown in the garbage even if they are small pieces less than a ....


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Expand Article #29 - Naming a Jewish baby girl born from a non Jew.
Q. BS"D Dear Rabbi, Shalom, A friend asked me the following question. A Jewish woman who recently had a baby girl from a union with a non Jew. She wants to name her baby girl. What is the advised procedure? When announcing it should the name of her ....


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Expand Article #28 - Using Maiser for Fundraising Events
Q:  1) There is a Hilula at my kehila to raise funds for the Jewish religious school my daughter goes to: Can I use maiser money to pay for the tickets to the Hilula? (there is diner and refreshments served). 2) There will be there a silent au ....


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