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Expand Article #111 - Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company Part 2.
Q. Following up to my past question and your answer (Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company), I asked to the person tha ....


Posted 9/16/2011 3:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #110 - Does Shabbos Shevah Brochos belongs to the kallah?
Q. How Chashev is the idea that Shabbos Shevah Brochos belongs to the kallah? Is there an obligation on the family of the Kallah to pay for it even if they are not the hosts?
 
A. According to the Shulchan Oruch (E.H. 64, 4) it ....


Posted 9/16/2011 2:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #109 - Using a kitchen before Kashering it.
Q. I just moved into a new apartment, and I did not get a chance to kasher the kitchen yet. Am I allowed to use the kitchen for cold? what about the water from the sink? I remember hearing once, that one can only use a non-kosher kitchen for a shor ....


Posted 9/16/2011 9:50 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #108 - Avel attending an Upsherin.
Q. Dear Rabbi, I am an avela in the first year mourning for my father. I want to honor my father. Am I permitted to attend an Upsherin? I don't know if there will be music, meal gifts so I want always to do the right thing. Thank you so much for yo ....


Posted 9/9/2011 11:36 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #107 - Hashavos Aveidah - Watch found years ago but never returned.
Q. Many years ago I found a valuable woman’s watch on the sidewalk in our neighborhood. I am quite certain that it belonged to someone from our community. I never really pursued finding its rightful owner as I was young and was not aware of the hal ....


Posted 9/9/2011 11:11 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #106 - Being charged for a single unit when buying bulk items
Q. I wanted to buy a box of crackers. On the top shelf in the (non-Jewish owned) grocery store, I saw the overstock, where they had 5 boxes of the crackers wrapped together with clear plastic. I assume that is how the manufacturer sends them out. S ....


Posted 9/2/2011 11:53 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #105 - Personal and Company depts incurred before declaring Chapter 11
Q. Please could you let me know whether a debt (either personal or company) incurred before declaring chapter 11 is still in force after the CRA approves the proposal?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that personal debts r ....


Posted 9/2/2011 11:39 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #104 - Listening to music while jogging during the 3 weeks.
Q. I need to go jogging in order to keep myself from gaining weight but I need the music to keep me running. can I listen to music for this purpose? My wife seems to remember hearing from some Rav in her youth that this is permitted.

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Posted 7/29/2011 1:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #103 - Buying a used car during the 3 weeks.
Q. Can I buy a used car during the 3 weeks?

A. See Ask the Rabbi (this forum, question 100), for the permitted buying of a new car when possession will take place after Tisha B'av. As this is a used automobile, ownership would be imm ....


Posted 7/29/2011 1:39 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #102 - Dyeing hair during the three weeks.
Is it permitted for a woman to dye her hair during the three weeks.
 
Horav Shloimo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is that although a woman is restricted on the use of cosmetics only during Tisha B'av itself, dying hair i ....


Posted 7/25/2011 1:31 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #101 - Trimming and fixing a wig duiring the 3 weeks.
Q. Am I allowed to have my shaitel cut during the 3 weeks? I had scheduled an appointment prior to the tannis, but had to cancel at the last minute. My shaitel macher has a heter to cut as it is her parnassah. She advised that I ask a shaila.
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Expand Article #100 - Buying a car during the 3 weeks
Q. I would like to know if it would be OK to buy a car during the 3 weeks and take delivery after Tisha b'Av.

A. Igrois Moishe’s (O.C. 3, 80) opinion is that if the car is a pleasure vehicle, one should avoid acquiring it during the ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #99 - Preparing during the 3 weeks for traveling after the 3 weeks.
Q. Is it OK to book plane tickets, hotels get passports and do the necessary arrangements, during the 3 weeks for a trip taken place right after Tisha b'Av ?

A. Shulchan Oruch (O.C. 551,2), rules that from Rosh Chodesh Av onwards we ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #98 - Davening Maariv Before the zman.
Q. Is it better to Daven Maariv before TZAAS with a minyan or after without a minyan even if you are makped to always daven after the TZAAZ?

A. The Mechaver (O.C. 235, 1) indicates that if the Tzibur daven Maariv early, while still d ....


Posted 7/22/2011 2:10 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #97 - Chumetz Pet food owned by a Jew During Pesach
Q. My Jewish neighbour's rabbit died during pesach. After pesach, she gave me the leftover chotzdig rabbit food which I know she didn't sell. Can I still use it? If not, it seems like bal tashlis to throw it out as it was a freshly opened bag.


Posted 7/14/2011 11:16 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #96 - Baking Challah on a Dairy Pan.
Q. I baked a challah this evening on a baking sheet that had previously been used for dairy (cheese baked directly on that pan). I lined the pan with parchment paper and baked my challah on the paper. The challah did not touch the pan.



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Expand Article #95 - Sales Reps bringing customers with them when they transfer to a new company.
Q. I work in the financial service industry, and in my industry when a trader changes the company that he works for, he calls his clients and tries to switch them over to the new company . Most companies incorporate on their employment agreement a ....


Posted 7/14/2011 11:09 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #94 - Using non-Jewish dates and holiday references
Q. I design database tables - like spreadsheet with rows and column headings. For a particular project there is a need for a Holiday table - to know statutory holidays when things are open and closed. This table contains non Jewish holidays (e.g. D ....


Posted 7/8/2011 10:47 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #93 - Symbols from other religions on household items.
Q. My wife bought crystal candlesticks holders to give as a present and she noticed that on the brand name of the product on the box and on the candlestick there is a crown with a cross on it. Are we allowed to give the present to a Jewish couple o ....


Posted 6/28/2011 10:57 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #92 - Pets and Pet Cages on Shabbos
Q. Can my child play with a pet bird in Shabbes? Is the cage muktze?

A. The Talmud (Shabbos 128 b) mentions that animals are muktze. Mishneh Beruroh (308,146) explains that the reason is because since they are of no use in Shabbos, ....


Posted 6/27/2011 3:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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