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Expand Article # 2535 A Blessed Death?
Q. A physician who is also a Cohen and learns the Daf, recently became aware that a Cohen whose hands have spilled blood can not rise them and perform Birchas Cohanim. He is wondering with honesty about himself. He has been always recognized, throug ....


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Expand Article # 2534 Be a Party to the Party?
Q. The seuda - meal offered after the chalaka or the traditional cutting of the hair when a boy becomes three years old, is it considered to be a seudas mitzva? (for the purpose of the effort in attending and washing hands or eating meat during the ....


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Expand Article # 2533 Cutting Off Some Cutters
Q. Is it permitted for women to also cut a bit of the hair of a boy when he becomes three years old?
Is it correct, what many do after the chalaka, that they take the child to a non-Jewish barber and he finishes professionally the hair cut?


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Expand Article # 2532 The Barbershul?
Q. Is it proper to the chalaka or the traditional cutting of the hair when a boy becomes three years old in a shul?

A. Poskim disagree. Some maintain it is permitted, since it is an important mitzva of chinuch for the child. (Sdei Che ....


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Expand Article # 2531 Your Earliest Convenience
Q. If I am putting a certain percentage of my salary into an IRA or other retirement account and I won't be using the money for many years, when do I take maaser? Before I put it in? If I have to take maaser before I put it in, do I have to keep ca ....


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Expand Article # 2530 Feed The Dogs
Q. Do you keep a mitzva when you buy a can of dog food that contains meat of neveilos and treifos, and you feed it to your dog? Is just feeding your pet a mitzva, especially when you give it the food before you eat?

A. Mechilta (Mishpo ....


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Expand Article # 2529 A Dog's Chance
Q. Although our pets are an important and uniting part of our family, should my more frum siblings and I try to have my parents give them up? Is there a musar or Daas Torah, problem in keeping them?
Or the fact that we feed them is a mitzva fa ....


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Expand Article # 2528 Refuse the Refuse?
Q. Some other related questions. Our dogs share a large litter box with our cat. The box is usually cleaned four times a week and is placed in a corner of our family room, and does not usually have a bad smell. Can one say brochos or daven in that ....


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Expand Article # 2527 The Naked Truth
Q. I'm a yeshiva bochur in a choshuve yeshiva, thanks to my Zaidy shlit'a. My parents are a bit liberal and we have two large male dogs at home that roam around at their will all over the place and also join us for meals, including Shabbos and Yom ....


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Expand Article # 2526 Keep On Davening
Q. Dear Rabbi,
I was distracted today (Rosh Chodesh Shvat), and right after kaddish before Musaf I started davening shmoneh esrei with my tfillin on.  I said the first brocha all the ways until "Elokeinu", when I realized that I stil had my tf ....


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Expand Article # 2525 Made by the Maid
Q. Our maid, without consulting us disconnected the cholent crock pot before she left after cleaning Friday night. On the morning when she returned, she again on her own, reconnected it again. Is it permitted to eat the cholent?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2524 A Stiff Drink
Q. If someone has for the Shabbos night meal only one challa or non at all, can he beshas hadechak and in need, make kiddush on the mezonos (cakes, doughnuts, etc.) he is using for lechem mishne, (see question above), if no wine or other proper cha ....


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Expand Article # 2523 Let Them Eat Cake
Q. When traveling we realized that for the Shabbos day meal we only had one challa. Can one in such a case use a cake or doughnut as the adjoining lechem mishna?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that if one eats a proper am ....


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Expand Article # 2522 Still Immersed in the Immersion Question
Q. Thank you for answering (question 2510). Re the last paragraph, my question was concerning fancy glass or metal dishes that are definitely meant to be reused. Can one eat directly from them if such a platter was sent for a simcha? Does it make ....


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Expand Article # 2521 Parevenu?
Q. Good afternoon Rabbi. I saw this (see attached picture) in the grocery store and I was thinking, I could make Kosher cheeseburgers.
Is there any prohibition to do this? (Attached is an image of a package of Beyond Burger, containing plant ....


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Expand Article # 2520 An Open Book to Forgetfulness
Q. I have seen that when some people stop learning in the beis hamedresh to go temporarily outside, they turn the sefer being learned around, so the upside now faces the top of the table, is that proper?
Others use another closed sefer and pla ....


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Expand Article # 2519 Siyum Partners in Torah
Q. We are celebrating an important Siyum Hashas for our group of lerners in a few days. We have invited a large crowd to a catered seuda that is also a fundraising event essential for our shul.
Sadly l'a our Maggid Shiur became severely ill a ....


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Expand Article # 2518 Pull Down a Chair?
Q. Does a son inherit the seat acquired by his father, or assigned to him as a tribute to his eminence, after the death of his father? (See question 2517 above).

A. Poskim explain that the Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 240: 2), seems to infer t ....


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Expand Article # 2517 On The edge of Your Seat
Q. Is it permitted for a son to seat himself on the place assigned to or acquired by his father in shul, when the father is not attending?

A. Talmud (Kidushun 31b) and Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 240: 2) rule that a son should not seat on his ....


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Expand Article # 2516 A Mohel "Mit a Farmachten Moil"
Q. Could an onen (one who lost a close relative, before burial) be the mohel at a bris, if no one else is available?

A. Chassam Soffer (C.M. 39) maintains that if the body of the deceased has already been transferred to the Chevra Ka ....


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