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Expand Article #71 - Extending Shabbos
Q. I cannot find anything about the subject of how long I may extend my shabbat? May I end shabbat (with maariv and havdala) at midnight for example? Is this discussed anywhere?

A. You can extend Shabbos until close to Chatzois (mid ....


Posted 4/13/2011 11:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #70 - What is one supposed to do after the seder with the wine from Kosh Shel Eliyahu?
Q. What is one supposed to do after the seder with the wine from Kosh Shel Eliyahu?

A. Sefer Chag Hamatzos (35,22) quotes a number of Authorities (Hagodas Chakal Itzchok Ė Beer Yehuda et. al.) that report the minhag of pouring the K ....


Posted 4/13/2011 11:16 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article #69 - Making a Bracha on Inventions and Machines.
If you see a great invention or a super computing machine do you have to make a Bracha?

Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that the customary brocho recited when encountering a great sage of the nations, (Blessed be the One wh ....


Posted 4/8/2011 4:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #68 - Bedikat Chametz Before Traveling to Eretz Yisroel
Q. Shalom Dear Rabbi, I will be traveling next week to Israel for Pesach, I'm planning to sell my chametz in Israel, do I still have to make Bedikat Chametz, prior to my leaving?

A. Mishne Berurah 436,32 quotes two opinions in regard ....


Posted 4/8/2011 4:01 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #67 - Saying Kadish for Several Neshamot at once.
Q. A person who is already saying Kadish for his father-in-law, (as there are no sons), was asked to recite Kadish for another recently deceased relative, who does not have anyone to say Kadish in her name. Can he accept this additional commitment ....


Posted 4/1/2011 1:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #66 - Mechiras Chometz at Pesach Hotels Overseas.
Q. A family is traveling to Europe to spend Pesach in a hotel there. As they are traveling with children and they plan to spend some time after Pesach traveling in Europe, they are taking with them a suitcase full of chometz products for use after ....


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Expand Article #65 - Transfering Food to a Non Jewish Patient.
Q. Can a Jewish patient transfer a tray of Chometz food to another non-Jewish patient, laying in the next bed, during Pesach.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is prohibited, as the non-Jewish patient will remain gr ....


Posted 3/25/2011 1:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #64 - Serving a Non Jewish Patient Meat and Milk.
Q. Can a nurse serve a non Jewish patient meals that contain cooked meat and milk during the year.

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit"a opinion is that it is permitted in need only, since there are several "Sfeikos" or doubts as to the n ....


Posted 3/25/2011 1:15 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #63 - Serving a Non Jewish Patient Chumetz During Chol-Hamoed Pesach.
Q. Can a nurse serve during Chol-Hamoed Pesach meals that contain Chometz to non Jewish patients.

A. It is forbidden for a Jewish nurse to prepare or serve meals that contain chometz during Pesach, even to non-Jewish patients. There ar ....


Posted 3/25/2011 1:09 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #62 - Horachamon blessings after upcoming Shabbat Kiddush
After the Bris of my son there was no proper after meal benching and we did no say the special Brachots after Bircas HaMazon - there where not enough people washing before the meal.

Question: Can we say those blessing after upcoming ....


Posted 3/18/2011 12:27 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #61 - Kitnios prepared with all the care of processing Matza.
Q. Can Ashkenazim eat during Pessach corn bread, such as tortilas, that were prepared with all the care of processing Matza?

A. There are many Poiskim who permit eating kitnios that were baked with all the stringencies normally appli ....


Posted 3/18/2011 12:25 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #60 - Practicing Yoga
Q. Is one is allowed to practice yoga if all of the Hindu aspects and associations are removed?

A. Rabbinical authorities of our times have addressed the permissibility of the practice of yoga. In essence, yoga involves a blend of ph ....


Posted 3/18/2011 12:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #59 - Serving a husband or father before a guest.
Q. When serving food, must the wife serve her husband before a guest? What if the guest is her mother? What about when the children are serving?

A. Rambam, (Ishus 15,19) writes: "The Sages ordered that a wife should honour her husban ....


Posted 3/11/2011 1:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #58 - Attending a Purim Seuda after Shoshim and calculating a when the Avaylos is over.
Q. My mother was Niftar on January 11, 2011. When is the year of avaylos over for me. Second, am I allowed to go to a family Purim seuda with about 15 people (all family including cousins and their children)?

A. January 11 correspond ....


Posted 3/11/2011 1:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #57 - Kashruth Status of Purple, Red and White carrots
Q. Heritage Carrots are being sold and the carrots are purple, red, and white. When I cooked with them, the purple carrot turned my soup purple. Do these carrots need a Hechsher? The package does not say that there are any added coloring, and I am ....


Posted 3/4/2011 1:33 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #56 - Is it permitted to shake hands with an ovel during shiva?
Q. Is it permitted to shake hands with an ovel during shiva, without saying Shalom or greetings? How about before davening?

A. Many Poskim permit wishing long life, giving a hand or blessing as signs of comforting and consolation, as ....


Posted 3/4/2011 12:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #55 - Last day of Kaddish and the day of the Yohrzait during a leap year.
Q. My mother passed away on 12 Sivan the funeral was on 14 Sivan , 5771/ 2010. What is the last day I have to say Kadish and what is the day of the first Yahrzeit?

A. Kadish, as you know, is said for only eleven months, as a sign of ....


Posted 3/4/2011 12:12 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #54 - Segulas and Tefilahs for Cholim and other Yeshuas.
Q. There is a segula to have 40 women davening together with specific people in mind as they take Challah from their dough with a bracha. Can one be part of two groups of 40 with the same Hefresh Challah dough (davening for two people)? Similarly, ....


Posted 2/25/2011 1:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #53 - Can one drink from a water fountain on shabbos? Are there different types of water fountains?
Q. Can one drink from a water fountain on shabbos? Are there different types of water fountains? Thank you.

A. Some Poskim (Sheorim Hametzuyonim Behalocha / Kuntres Acharon 2,73,43) compare a refrigerated water fountain or a water c ....


Posted 2/25/2011 1:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article #52 - Using Gebrochts Utensils Shatred at Pesach Hotels or Used by Guests.
Q. Iím planning to spend Pesach in a hotel that maintains an excellent kashrus supervision and are careful with gebrochts. On prior occasions I have noticed that many of my co-guests, who donít have that minhag, place pieces of their matzo on their ....


Posted 2/18/2011 3:35 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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