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Expand Article # 2744 A Halfway House?
Q. I am learning about money management from a secular book. It suggests leaving the house to your  children from the first  marriage. What does Jewish law say about this if you're in a second marriage? It doesn't seem right for your kids to kick hi ....


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Expand Article # 2743 Noach Would Be Proud
Q. My fourth question is: How far can this go? We know that when someone is going through the process of giyur, they are supposed to begin observing all hilchos Shabbos, but still have to do one melacha or shvus privately each week until they finish ....


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Expand Article # 2742 The Best of All Fasts
Q. My third question is:(See questions 2740-41 above): If that is OK, could they then accept upon themselves some restrictions. For example, it is popular today for people to do a "media fast" where they don't use their phones or computers. Would und ....


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Expand Article 2741 Shoimer Sabbath Koidesh
Q. (See question 2740 above). The second question is one that I am constantly being asked by Bnai Noach. It involves to what degree they may observe Shabbos.
Until now, I have been advising people that while they may not fully observe Shabbos ....


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Expand Article # 2740 No Returns?
1) June 23 Chukas B. Q. My first (question) is regarding a situation I was asked about from a ger tzedek. He heard that there is talk about conversions being annulled. So, I wanted to ask for him:
Is it ever possible for a Beit Din to res ....


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Expand Article # 2739 Goodbye Kiss?
Q. I'm always makpid (careful) to kiss my tzitzis during shema. Now I'm wearing a mask during davening as recommended for my age. How can I kiss the tzitzis when all I'll be doing is kissing the inside of the mask?

A. Horav Shlomo Mille ....


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Expand Article # 2738 Lean and Mean
Q. On question 2712 you wrote that on Shabbat one can lean on the tree slightly, when not moving it. but one can't place a siddur on a tree. Can one leave his chair leaning slightly on a tree on an angle, so it will not get wet it rains?



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Expand Article # 2737 The Bird that Flew Away
Q. When one wants to do the great mitzva of shiluach haken, does he actually have to take hold of the bird and then send it away? What happens if as he was approaching the nest, it just flew away, was he mekayem the mitzva?

A. On Talmud ....


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Expand Article # 2736 Cast a Spell
Q. Can you please tell me what the proper Hebrew spelling for Newmarket would be? And when writing it on a Kesubah, would it be proper to identify Newmarket (Ontario, Canada), as

הסמוכה לו& ....


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Expand Article # 2735 A Pearl On Wisdom
Q. Why is the bracha on the amida of Atta Chonen, on which we pray for wisdom and understanding, be said before the bracha of Hashivenu Letoratecha or returning and keeping the Torah? Should not the observance of the Torah and mitzvos have priority? ....


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Expand Article # 2734 Forgive But Don't Forget
Q. In the Shemoneh Esrei, there is an optional prayer for forgiveness where you confess your willful  sins since childhood. I thought our slate was wiped clean every Yom Kippur and upon marriage, so why would we keep bringing them up, unless we keep ....


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Expand Article # 2733 The Making of a Name
Q. Teshuvos Betzel Hachachma (3:41) writes that one shouldn't name a shul or other holy place after a mechalel shabbos, for example, if a frum person wanted to donate a shul in memory of his parents who were mechalelei shabbos, they shouldn't mention ....


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Expand Article # 2732 Find Your Holy Tongue
Q. the Piskei Teshuvos siman 154 os 37 says that it is a problem to write names of donors inside a shul in any language other than lashon hakodesh - is this really a problem? Would it make a difference if it is written on the Aron Kodesh or Sefer To ....


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Expand Article # 2731 Stone Deaf and Mute?
Q. Do you need to eulogize the departed one at the time of the unveiling of the matzeva? How about if the deceased did not like at all speeches and eulogies?

A. Recent Poskim do mention the tradition to say hespeidim and eulogies at the ....


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Expand Article # 2730 More Fast Talk
Q. I heard in a shiur that some people fast on Erev Shabbos Parshas Chukas and unlike other ta'anesim that depend on the day of the month, this one does not have a specific date, but it has to do with this parsha. What exactly are we talking about?


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Expand Article # 2729 Blessings Without Disguise
Q. If one eats a meal in a public park with his children, when benching what harachaman should one say?

A. On question 2548 regarding someone staying in a Jewish hotel or traveling El Al, whether one should say the blessing for the host ....


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Expand Article # 2728 A Monumental Cover Up?
Q. What is the source for the ceremony of placing and dedicating a matzeva, is it an obligation? If the ceremony was postponed (see question above), does the monument have to stay covered until the ceremony?

A. An early source for hako ....


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Expand Article # 2727 A New View on the Birds
Q. Since Rav Miller paskened (ruled) that you can do shiluach haken on a nest with geese eggs, can various people do it, each taking just one egg? When they return them as you wrote, can someone else also repeat and then put it back?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2726 A Stone With a Heart
Q. I ordered a matzeva for my aunt who doesn't have any children in Canada. Because of the traveling restrictions they will not be able to gather together for a while. Can the ceremony of dedication be postponed for over a year, until we can all joi ....


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Expand Article # 2725 Back Answer
Q. Can a man rest on a hammock since he is laying parkedon or on his back which is assur?

A. On question 1665 regarding laying on ones back by the chiropractor instructions, we wrote:
"Mishna Berura (239: 6) rules that it is a ....


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