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Expand Article # 3056 Change One's Tune
Q. Kvod Harav, In the Shul where I daven (and several other places), during the Chazaras Hashatz sometimes there are people who sing along the words of Shmonei Eisrei along with the Chazan. When I am Davening for the Amud, I find this very disturbing ....


Posted 2/22/2021 11:49 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3055 The Real Spirit of Purim
Q. I heard that Horav Miller advised this year due to the recommended health restrictions to avoid making large Purim seudos and parties. How about inviting people that don't have where to eat their seuda and would end up eating it alone?



Posted 2/21/2021 9:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3054 First Come First Served?
Q. See above question (3053). Which of the two mitzvos mentioned (gifts to the poor and shalach manos) should one do first on Purim?

A. Although the posuk mentions Mishloach Manos before Matonos Laevyonim, (Esther ). Shulchan Aruch pres ....


Posted 2/21/2021 9:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3053 Be Right on the Money
Q. It says to spend more money on matanos laevyonim than on the other mitzvos of Purim. However, if there are many people that I owe to them hakaras hatov (giving thanks for favors received), and I feel obligated to give them mishloach manos as an e ....


Posted 2/21/2021 9:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3052 The Gift of Gift Giving
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) Purim will be on Friday. Because of the proximity to Shabbat and also the early seuda, should one comply with Shalach Manot on the night before? Can one take them to a shul before Tefilah and leave them there for the inten ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:42 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3051 On Noon
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) Purim will be on Friday. Because of the proximity to Shabbat should one start and also end the seudah (feast) of Purim before chatzot (midday)?

A. Rema (O.H. 695: 2) writes that when Purim is on Friday the seu ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:30 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3050 Code of Silence
Q. I have a shaila regarding an elderly mute person that is ill and can't come to shul. Until now someone read the megilah for him reciting the bracha 'lishmoa mikra megilah, as women do, since he is unable to read it himself. I was wondering since h ....


Posted 2/18/2021 10:00 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3049 Let The Happy Times Begin
Q. This year (5781 - 2021) the first day of Rosh Chodesh Adar will be'H be on Friday. Does Mishenichas Adar Marbim Besimcha, with all the segulot begin already on Friday since after all it is still the last day od Shevat. This makes a difference i ....


Posted 2/16/2021 4:41 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3048 Keeping Holy the Holy
Q. I was teaching Maseches Yodayim to a Talmid and we learned about the Halacha that touching Kisvei HaKodesh is M'tamei es HaYodayim. (When touching Holy Scripts. one's hands will become impure and will require washing).
The boy asked: If one ....


Posted 2/16/2021 4:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3047 Hold the Phone!
Q. Someone who has to read the Megila for his wife or others in need, such as the elderly or ill that can't come to shul. If he is not well versed in the reading of the Megila and therefore is likely to make mistakes that may be essential to complia ....


Posted 2/14/2021 4:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3046 The More The Better?
Q. (Se above questions) Is there an inyan (importance and significance) for women to attend shul on Purim to listen to the Megila, or could they just the same arrange the reading at home, that would be very significant in these pandemic days?
< ....


Posted 2/12/2021 4:02 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3045 How Many is Many
Q. Re- question 3044 above on arranging a group of women and having one read the Megila for the others. You mentioned that is is improper to have a woman read the Megila for many women. How many is many?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a ....


Posted 2/12/2021 3:57 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3044 Women Read On
Q. This particular year, while we may still be in a partial lock-down, it is very likely that the amounts of people allowed for Megila reading is going to be restricted. This would affect specially women since they were not present in many shuln fr ....


Posted 2/11/2021 11:21 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3043 A Hot Spot
Q. Can one tell his Rov that he has a stain in his clothing or is it denigrating his honor?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it can be done privately and in a honorable, proper and careful way.

Rabbi A. Bartf ....


Posted 2/11/2021 11:13 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3042 A Grave Gravestone?
Q. If a matzeiva can't be placed on time for the yohrzait due to the current crisis issues and will only be ready about three months later, can the family meantime just place a large heavy concrete slab or block with a nicely painted name?



Posted 2/11/2021 11:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3041 Rice to the Challenge
Q. What bracha does one make on brown rice

A. On question 3025 regarding brocho on rice we wrote that eating cooked/roasted whole wheat or a barley kernel means the complete grain including the bran shell, as it comes out from the husk a ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:51 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3040 An Honest Mistake
Q. You mentioned (question 3038) that if one is engaged in the mitzva of Hatzalat Nefashot (saving lives) and mistakenly, without any irresponsible oversight, remiss or negligence, and due to reasons beyond one's control causes the demise of the pati ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3039 Aiding a Hearing Aid
Q. If an expensive hearing aid falls out and breaks on Shabbos,(one stept on it) can one pick it up? What should be done with it, whether inside or outside of the Eruv?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that it is muktza and sh ....


Posted 2/11/2021 10:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3038 Life Savings
Q. Dear Rabbi. I was very impressed with question 3030 in which HoRav Miller advised a nurse in a major old age retirement home and at risk of becoming infected with Covid, to continue saving lives and doing that heroic work, even after a significant ....


Posted 2/7/2021 10:54 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3037 Pricey Home Protection?
Q. My large family resides in a sizeable house that has close to fifty mezuzot. To have them all checked every three years and a half is difficult and costly. I heard that if instead you check just three different ones on each occasion, it is enough ....


Posted 2/4/2021 10:14 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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