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Expand Article #194 - Signing the "waver of conditions" during the three weeks or nine days.
Q. On the process of buying a property, can someone sign the "waver of conditions" during the 3 weeks or the nine days? Can you sign up for a mortgage then? Does it make a difference if it is a residential or a commercial property?

A ....


Posted 7/18/2012 2:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #193 - Correct Nusach for Bircat Hachodesh when Rosh Chodesh is on Eruv Shabbos.
Q) What is the correct way to say this Shabbat on Birchat Hachodesh, "Bayom Hashishi" or "Bayom Erev Shabbat Kodesh – Hava Alenu Letova"

A) Most recorded and printed luchos and guides mention "Bayom Hashishi" (Luach Davar Beito, Lua ....


Posted 7/18/2012 1:59 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #192 - Giving presents during the three weeks.
Q. Can you give a Bar Mitzva or birthday present that was already purchased before the 3 weeks? Thanks.

A. On a prior answer we wrote: "Shulchan Oruch (O.C.551: 17) rules that it is better to abstain from reciting the blessing of She ....


Posted 7/18/2012 1:55 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #191 - Buying a computer during the three weeks
Q. Is it permitted to buy a new laptop needed for work during the three weeks?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.C.551: 17) rules that it is better to abstain from reciting the blessing of Shechecheyanu during Bein Hametzarim (the three weeks). M ....


Posted 7/18/2012 1:52 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #190 - Fasting while in jail.
Q. What is the rabbinic law regarding fasting while in jail? The issue is the depression of being in such a place.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller Shilt"a indicated that in need, depression or illness, on Shiva Asar Betamuz, this year as it ....


Posted 7/9/2012 12:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #189 - Playing Torah tapes near an open bathroom or chamber pot.
Q. If a Torah tape sometimes remains playing when the patient is already sleeping, is this permitted if in the room there is a full potty or the bathroom door is open, and no one else is listening?

If the patient has a computer table ....


Posted 7/6/2012 3:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #188 - In case of need, can one be Yozte his Tefilos through listening to a tape?
Q. An elderly patient who wants to daven but because of his age finds it difficult to read, can you play a tape and he be yotze by listening to it?

A. Although Poiskim disagree on the use of a microphone or a live radio transmission ....


Posted 7/6/2012 3:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #187 - Mitzvah of Shiluach Hakan on a nest found outside one's home
Q. Is there an issue when one finds a bird's nest outside one's home in regards to the Mitzvah of Shiluach Hakan?

A. The Talmud (Chulin 138b) derives from the verse (Bamidbar 22:6) "If a bird's nest chances before you on the road, o ....


Posted 7/5/2012 11:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #186 - Destroying/removing a bird's nest
Q. Are there any halachic issues with destroying/removing a bird's nest that has appeared in a light fixture outside one's home?

A. The Talmud (Baba Metzia 32a,b) quotes opinions if tzaar baaley chaim or the affliction caused to anim ....


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Expand Article #185 - Saying Piyutim in Davening Part 2
Q. If [reciting piyutim - see earlier question] is based on the fact that few understand the language and meaning and that their time could be put to better use, why are we still saying the piyyutim we do say? Why are we still saying Selichos and K ....


Posted 6/28/2012 2:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #184 - Saying Piyutim in Davening.
Q. Why has the Torah world abandoned the custom of saying most Piyutim in the davening on Shabbos, Yom Tov, High Holidays, and other special occasions?

A. The tradition of reciting piyutim during the tefilos goes back a long time. ....


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Expand Article #183 - We do things that bring geula laolam. How come the geula has not yet come?
Q. when we say that saying something over in someone's name brings geula laolam, how come that after so many thousands of years of repeating the words of our sages, the geula has not yet come?

A. Maharal (Avos 6,6) elucidates this a ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #182 - Does a woman need filters for internet use
Q. Does a woman need filters for internet use?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that a computer used only by women, does require proper filters, as there are many issues involved with improper use of the Internet, such as ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:35 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #181 - Working in a company that does not allow filters
Q. Am I allow to work in a company that don't allow filters on the Internet? Does it make a difference if my computer is in a close office or an open space ?

A. A filter could be downloaded and installed for just one user. However, i ....


Posted 6/22/2012 11:34 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #180 - Is it a prohibition to omit the name of the author?
Q. Is it a prohibition to omit the name of the author? Or is it only a mitzvah to mention him?

A. There are prohibitions involved, some of the ones mentioned in Poiskim are:

Midrash Tanchuma (Bamidvar) quotes in the ....


Posted 6/15/2012 4:11 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #179 - Repeat divrei Torah when one can't remember the name of the author.
Q. When you repeat divrei Torah, and these should be said in the name of the author who said them, but you can't remember who it was, should you not say them at all, or maybe say you can't remember?

A. There are a number of mitzvos ....


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Expand Article #178 - Chatzitzos when putting on Tefilin shel Yad.
Q. When you put Tefilin shel yad, do you have to take off your watch, or medic-alert bracelet?

A. Remoh (O.C. 27:4) rules that there is no chatzitza or interpose between the retzuos and the arm. Mishnah Berurah (ibid. 16) seems to ag ....


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Expand Article #177 - Mixing Parve hot food with a Dairy spoon in a Fleishig Pot.
Q. By accident a dairy spoon was used to stir a cup of coffee in a fleishig mug (stone wear) (no milk involved).
The cup was filled with water from a hot water urn and the spoon was put in afterwards.

Both the cup and the spoo ....


Posted 6/15/2012 3:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #176 - Using anesthetics during a bris
Q. Further to the question about the appropriateness of a brit milah performed by a woman, is the use of an anesthetic during the procedure to dull the pain to the infant. Does it matter?

A. - Most Poiskim agree that even though in t ....


Posted 6/15/2012 12:25 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #175 - Shunning a marriage to a woman whose father's name is the same as his
Q. If a girl is read to a guy and the guy has the same name as her father is that an issue? What if he has two names and the father has one?

A. The source for a groom shunning marriage to a woman whose father's name is the same as ....


Posted 6/5/2012 5:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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