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Expand Article #174 - Brit Milah officiated by a female mohel.
Q. I recently attended a brit milah officiated by a female mohel. What is the law on this matter?

A. Although it would appear that historically women have performed circumcisions, such as Tzipporah (Shemos 4,25) or the two women ex ....


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Expand Article #173 - Making a Brocha when seeing a King or Prince.
Q. Upon seeing Prince Charles or Queen Elizabeth, is it halachically appropriate to recite a blessing? Thanks.

A. Shulchan Aruch( O.C. 224,8) quotes the Talmud (Brochos 58a): "On Gentile Kings one blesses "He bestowed from His glory ....


Posted 6/5/2012 5:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #172 - Eating bee honey that is unfiltered
FrumToronto Staff Note: A follow up on this is pending.

Q - Is there an Issur to eat bees honey that is unfiltered because there may be bee parts in it or do we say that the bee parts if in there may be too small too see therefore there ....


Posted 6/1/2012 11:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #171 - Number of letters in a Sefer Torah- 600,00 or 304,805.
Q) A rabbi spoke about the Sefer Torah having six hundred thousand letters, is that correct?

A - The aphorism "There are six hundred thousand letters in the Torah" is not mentioned in the Talmud, however it is cited in Zohar Chodosh ....


Posted 5/25/2012 3:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #170 - When writing a letter for a Sefer Torah, should one choose the letter that begins their Hebrew name?
Q - When writing a letter for a Sefer Torah, why and how important is it to choose the letter that begins your Hebrew name?

A - Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit"a expressed that it is not essential to choose a letter of your name for the f ....


Posted 5/25/2012 3:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #169 - Filling in Letters in a Sefer Torah
Q) I recently attended the giving of a Sefer Torah, and was invited to write a letter for a donation. The letters were already outlined in ink, I just filled in the blank inner space, isn't that letter kosher anyway, if so what is my mitzvah?
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Posted 5/25/2012 3:34 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #156 - Updated: Taking exams on Shabbos
Q. A medical resident that is completing his residency must take an advanced trauma licensing course. The available courses at this time are offered on shabbat throughout Canada. When the course is completed there is a test. The test is multiple ch ....


Posted 5/25/2012 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #168 - Eating an item that required bitul to permit it
Q. On a recent kashruth question, the Rabbi who supervises the product told me, that it is totally permitted lekatchila, even though Bitul Beshishim was used as a Heter. Is this correct? Should not one abstain lekatchila from eating anything that r ....


Posted 5/18/2012 3:22 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #167 - Placing schach directly on narrow wooden straps, which are used normally for supporting roof tiles
Q. I'm fixing my porch for the summer and I plan to place as a partial sun-protecting surface on top of the porch some sheets of wood strips, woven in a lattice pattern. Those strips are usually stapled with metal staples and there is a space of a ....


Posted 5/18/2012 3:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #166 - Counting people in one’s mind.
Q. Can one count in one's mind the ten people needed for a minyan?

A. It is prohibited to directly count Jewish people, even for the purpose of doing a mitzva (Yuma 22b - Rambam, Temidim 4,4).

Horav Shlomo Miller's S ....


Posted 5/17/2012 5:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #165 - Counting yesterday’s Sefira after today’s early Mariv.
Q. If someone has already said mariv after the plag, and remembers that he hasn’t counted sefira the night before, can he still count for that day now after mariv?

A. Mishna Berura (489, 12-17 and in Shaar Hatziyun ibid. 17) rules ....


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Expand Article #164 - Is a wife required to follow a husband’s temporary minhag?
Q. I changed my usual minhag this year of not shaving from Pesach till Lag Baomer, to from Rosh Chodesh till Shavuot, because of the need to shave for a job interview. My wife kept the former minhag, can she now listen to music after Lag Baomer, or ....


Posted 5/10/2012 5:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #163 - Using thick paint for a Lechi
Q. I have heard that a piece of tape (10 tefachim long) attached to a post can be used as a lechi to resolve the min hatzad problem. Can you also use thick paint that can be pealed off?

A. Mishna Berura O.C. 363,26 writes that paint ....


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Expand Article #162 - Non-contiguous Tel Hamislaket slope
Q. On the tel hamislaket issue, you informed in the name of Horav Miller that a slope of 25 degrees is required. Now, if the slope is made partially of irregular big rocks, that in overall, as measured in a straight line, from the surface of proper ....


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Expand Article #161 - Earliest time one can cut hair on Lag Baomer.
Q. What is the earliest time I can cut my hair on Lag Baomer, can it be done erev Lag Baomer after already reciting Maariv, following the Plag Hamincha?

A. Remah (O.C. 493,2) rules that one should wait until the morning of Lag Baomer ....


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Expand Article #160 - Correct time for eating matza on Pesach Sheni.
Q. When is the correct time for eating matza this year, Sunday day (Pesach Sheni) or Sunday night?
Thank you

A. There are different traditions in regards to eating matza on Pesach Sheini, or the "second Pesach" given to those ....


Posted 5/4/2012 3:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #159 - Could shrubs be used for "mechitzos"?
Q. I have a portion of "mechitzos" on the cottage eruv, that are made from trimmed shrubs that are more than ten tefachim high and are over a foot wide. Though, when the wind blows, the branches and leafs shake, depending on the strength of the wi ....


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Expand Article #158 - What is the minimum permitted angle for
Q. I have in a section of my property that faces the lake and there is more than ten tefachim from the edge of the water to the top of the land. This is slanted, as a 'tel hamislaket'. What is the minimum permitted angle for "tel hamislaket"?
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Expand Article #157 - Using a light pole for tzuras hapesach
Q. I'm trying to make an eruv for my cottage yard, can I use a light pole for "tzuras hapesach", that it's base is wide and has a marked indentation were the diameter of the pole becomes smaller (by about an inch). This base is well over a meter hi ....


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Expand Article #155 - Changing Minhagim during Sefira
Q. I'm Askenaz but I joined a Sephardic congregation that keeps sefirah only until Lag Baomer. For the pupose of shaving for a job interview as in my previous question, could I have changed my minhag and kept the prohibitions this year from Rosh Ch ....


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