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Expand Article # 2495 Twice A Fast
Q. Do a bride and groom to be married on the eve of Assara Beteves have to fast during the day before the chupa, on the ninth of teves also?

A. The chosson and kalla have to fast during the seven days of sheva brochos after their w ....


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Expand Article # 2494 Taste Blood
Q. Since one is required to fast when taking some types of blood tests, can one do it during a taanit such as Assara Beteveth that according to some opinions is more severe than others.

A. On question 219 regarding a blood test on Tzom ....


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Expand Article # 2493 A Hefsek Psak
Q. Before davening Shacharis in shul, I made a shehakol on a cup of water. After Shacharis, they brought out tikkun (vodka) because it was the yartzeit of the rav's father. Do I need to make a new shehakol? Does it make a difference if the food brou ....


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Expand Article # 2492 Saving the Life Jackets
Q. If life jackets that are commonly found on boats contained shatnez, would one be permitted to wear it while out on the water?

A. It is very unlikely that life jackets would be made from or contain both natural wool and linen fi ....


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Expand Article # 2491 Torah Bitul on a Nit'l
Q. I'm from Chasidik background and avoid learning Torah on Nit'l night. Should I also not learn on the ninth of Teveth since according to some it is the day that yoshke was born?

A. On question 1567, regarding the he 9 of Teveis, we wro ....


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Expand Article # 2490 A Major Reading For a Minor Reader
Q. Can a Bar Mitzva boy who is to be Bar Mitzva on Sunday, read the maftir and the Haftorah on the immediate Shabbos before when three Sefer Torahs are read?

A. Poskim maintain that one can call for maftir a kotton or minor, not yet ba ....


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Expand Article 2489 Holy Name or Unholy Shame?
Q. How could they use the Babylonian names for the months, were they not the idolatrous names of their avoda zarah? (See questions 2487-88 above)

A. As mentioned above quoting Ramban rather than remembering the Exodus, the Sages of ....


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Expand Article # 2488 Keeping Up To Date
Q. Why is there some reluctance to the use of the names of the secular months in our days, while we accepted totally the use of Aramaic names of months, such as Tishrei, Cheshvan etc.? Why not keep the Torah names for the months, such as Chodesh Har ....


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Expand Article # 2487 That Time of the Month
Q. Is it better when using the secular date, to write numbers for the months instead of the names of the months, since they may have some avoda zarah deities connotations?

A. On question 94 (with some additions) we wrote: "Maharanm ....


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Expand Article # 2486 Play Your Cards Right
Q. I have a metrocard (half-price or unlimited). Is it permitted for me to give it to my mechallel Shabbos brother who wants to travel on Friday night? Or should I refuse to give it to him, and let him buy his own and travel regardless?



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Expand Article # 2485 Have Card - Will Travel?
Q. When a person uses a metrocard, he can use it again for free within 90 minutes of the previous use (in order to transfer to another bus). Is it permitted to give it to his wife so that she can use it within 90 minutes, or is it gezel? When a fam ....


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Expand Article # 2484 Siyumim Without an End
Q. I am working to a proficiency in Mishnayos. I learn 6 Mishnayos a day and review the Mishnayos done in the previous 8 days. When I complete 18 chapters, I add a separate learning period of reviewing 18 chapters daily. The idea is to review often ....


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Expand Article # 2483 Keep the lights On
Q. If a person knows that his frei (non-religious) parents will extinguish the Chanukah candles on Friday night before going to bed, should one still light in his house, or is one being machshil them and better not to light?

A. On que ....


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Expand Article # 2482 Women's Praise
Q. Are women obliged to say hallel on Chanuka as they are on lighting the menorah since they were also included in the miracle? Can they just say a few tehilim of praise to Hashem in case of need?

A. Poskim disagree Moadin Uzmanim ....


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Expand Article # 2481 Never Too Early?
Q. Once Shabbat has ended, is it better to light the menorah in the shul before maariv, so at least it will stay on a half and hour or close to it. If lighted after maariv, it will have to be put out after five or ten minutes for security reasons, s ....


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Expand Article # 2480 See the Light of Day
Q. Why is it that when lighting the menorah in shul in the morning no brocho is recited as is done at night?

A. The tradition of lighting a menorah in shul during the morning tefila of Chanuka is mentioned by Pri Megodim (E'A 670: 2). ....


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Expand Article # 2479 The More The Merrier?
Q. In a minyan where they usually make some hosofos (calling additional persons to the reading of the Torah during Shabbos), there is a constant debate between the attendants if you can do the same when one reads from three Sefer Torahs as in this w ....


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Expand Article # 2478 Know the First Thing About the Second
Q. If someone forgot to say Al Hanisim in the amida of Chanuka, it says that he can say it in Elokay Netzor, before Yehi leratzon imrei pi, is that the first or second time one repeats that phrase?

A. Indeed Mishna Berura (682: 4) mentio ....


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Expand Article # 2477 In The Right Place
Q. In a shul that usually the menorah is placed on the south side and the one lighting the menorah stands in the back of the menorah facing north and begins lighting from the west towards the east.
If for some reason they began this year lighti ....


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Expand Article # 2476 Better Late Than Whatever
Q. I'm invited to a Chanukah party in another section of town and I'm being picked up about a half an hour before the shekia to be able to attend. Should I light candles before I leave or after I come back around 10 PM? Can I just light or participat ....


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