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Expand Article # 2582 Doing Right In Difficult Times
Q. Kavod HaRov
I am sure the Rov is dealing with major decisions and this might be trivial - and if the Rov has time to reply, that would be much appreciated. Toronto Grapevine is only an email - should we stop posting rides and packages so a ....


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Expand Article # 2581 Splitting the Cover Up?
Q. Following question 2580 above, if the patient decides to continue the chemotherapy and to avoid possible Covid-19 contamination, wants to wear while he is attending treatment in the hospital a hooded supper-polymer coverall, that he will keep o ....


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Expand Article # 2580 Tough Choice
Q. A patient undergoing chemotherapy in a hospital consulted with his physicians whether he should temporary stop the treatment while the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak is rampant, since the chemo causes the weakening of the immune system and a higher ri ....


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Expand Article # 2579 Freezing Energy
Q. If a family's minhag is to sell chometz , like macaroni, flour, boxed cereal and cookies, is it okay to keep loaves of bread in a chometz freezer over Pesach as well?

A. On question 2138 we wrote: Poskim mention that there is room ....


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Expand Article # 2578 Stay Home?
Q. Kvod Horav, the way this pandemic is increasing, should at least the frail and elderly avoid going to shul or to shiurim?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that one should follow the professional medical and government adv ....


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Expand Article # 2577 Endangering Species
Q. I'm a woman that traditionally goes to shul to listen to Parshas Parah, same as Parshas Zachor. Should I go to shul this Shabbath considering the existing coronavirus hazardous health situation?
Is there a need to be mattir neder?



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Expand Article # 2576 Milked and Breakfast
Q. We had a discussion in our shul. Some say that it is better to eat two seudos during Purim day and the first one should be dairy. While others were sure that both should be fleishig. What is correct?

A. On question 1637 regarding if ....


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Expand Article # 2575 Beware your Cheeks from the Bearing Gifts
Q. If someone sends a box of kosher chocolates or cookies that are not Cholov Yisroel, to someone that is machmir and does not eat them. Is the sender, who does eat those foods yotze mishloach monos?

A. Chashukei Chemed (Megila 7a) quot ....


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Expand Article # 2574 Early Pesach Sale
Q. Kvod Horav. We normally sell our entire house for Pesach. We go away and I just lock everything up and sell.
Someone asked me this year if her married kids could stay in my house because she doesn't have room for them. I really want to help ....


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Expand Article # 2573 Blessings From Heaven
Q. Recently, we learned on the Daf that one should recite a special blessing when he sees a place where a miracle occurred for the Bnay Yisroel, such as the site of the crossing of the sea, when we left Egypt, or the crossing of the Yarden river whe ....


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Expand Article # 2572 Catch On The Purim Cash
Q. What are the correct amounts for machatzit hashekel and matonos laevyonim this year?

A. On question 1024 we wrote: Rema (O.H. 694: 1) rules that we donate besides Matonos Laevyonim, also Machatzis Hashekel, but the amounts differ. Mi ....


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Expand Article # 2571 A Blessing in a Disguise?
Q. Can one borrow the "partzufim" or masks, Purim disguises and attires that others left in shul after megilla reading, without the permission of the owners? Is this similar to borrowing and wearing someones taalis, since we assume that "nicha lei le ....


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Expand Article # 2570 She Read Him the Whole Megilla
Q. Can a patient hospitalized in a long term recovery facility, far away from a Jewish community, have his wife read the megilla for him if he cannot do it himself or find anyone else willing to travel the distance during Purim?

A. ....


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Expand Article # 2569 Have you Heard this One?
Q. Many elderly use in our days hearing aids and follow the opinion of Poskim that they should read themselves from a kosher megilla when the megilla is being read in shul. Is it better if at that time they turn off or remove their hearing aids so ....


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Expand Article # 2568 Do You Hear Me?
Q. Our megilla Baal Kore, with the passing of years, now needs a hearing aid. He can still hear without it, when you talk loudly to him. Can he still read the megilla in shul for all, or do we need someone else? (he will be hurt if denied).
....


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Expand Article # 2568 Do You Hear Me?
Q. Our megilla Baal Kore, with the passing of years, now needs a hearing aid. He can still hear without it, when you talk loudly to him. Can he still read the megilla in shul for all, or do we need someone else? (he will be hurt if denied).
< ....


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Expand Article # 2567 Bring On the Wine
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if one sends two wine bottles?

A. Mishna Berura (695: 20), Aruch Hashulchan (ibid. 14), Shem Mishimon (31) and others maintain that one complies with shalach monos, by sen ....


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Expand Article # 2566 A Gift for Giving Gifts
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if the gift is send to a neighbor one is not friendly with, since he may not be called "re'eihu"?.

A, On question 2095 regarding if one sends shalach monos and forgot t ....


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Expand Article # 2565 The True Believer?
Q. Does one comply with the mitzva of shalach manot on Purim, if the gift is send to a non-frum yet neighbor?

A. Responsa Shraga Meir (4: 31) discuses this shailah regarding a patient in a hospital, giving shalach manos to his non relig ....


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Expand Article # 2564 Looking Good on Shabbos
Q. Can a shaatnez tester in case of need use a strong magnifying glass or compounded instrument to check for shaatnez during Shabbat?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 307: 17) writes that the ones that permit the studying of sciences during Sh ....


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