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Expand Article # 2868 Together But Not Together
Q. The minhag in our family is always to have guest for sukot, especially the ones that don't have access to a suka. In our scary corona days, we want to continue our so important kiruv tradition. To protect us all, we want to place between the seats ....


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Expand Article # 2867 Beyond Relief?
Q. Can someone that needs caffeine relief on Yom Kippur to be able to fast and daven properly, use a caffeine suppository that also contains Tylenol, even if that medicine is not needed?

A. Chelkas Yaakov (2: 83), based on Maharsham ( ....


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Expand Article # 2866 Frum by Zoom
Q. I give a parsha shiur that meets these days twice a week on zoom. We are all friends and neighbors that know each other for many years. As Yom Kippur approaches and we don't meet this days face to face, can we all ask mechila from each other on th ....


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Expand Article # 2865 A Safe Pair of Hands
Q. I was wondering when one touches his shoe or covered areas of the body with only one hand, does he have to was both hands as when one goes to the bathroom? This seems to be important on Yom Kippur when one must avoid unnecessary washing.



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Expand Article # 2864 Be Good with Your Hands
Q. When washing hands with sanitizer on Yom Kippur, as we do in these pandemic days, can you wash your whole hand or only up to your knuckles, as we do when we wake up?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that since one is not ....


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Expand Article # 2863 Strike the Gold?
Q. Re question above. I also heard that Horav Shlomo Miller paskened that women can wear in shul gold jewelry in Yom Kippur. Is that true?

A. Ritva (Rosh Hashana 26b) writes that a "taalis mezucheves" or gold decorated taalis can be wo ....


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Expand Article # 2862 Know Where You Stand
Q. Some time ago I heard that Horav Shlomo Miller paskened that women in shul do not have to stand up when the Aron Hakodesh is opened. Is that true?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that in principle women do not have stan ....


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Expand Article # 2861 A Clean Slate on Clean Hands
Q. Is it allowed to use disinfectant cleaning fluid on Shabbos or Yom Kippur? Does it matter what kind of liquid it is?

A. On question 997 and 2020 regarding the use of liquid soap and soap that changes from liquid to foam as well as han ....


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Expand Article # 2860 Wipe Out the Wipes?
Q. What is Horav Shlomo Miller's p'sak re baby-wipes on Shabbos? (And Yom Kippur?)

A. Contemporary Poskim present different opinions regarding baby-wipes, and they mostly depend on the nature and attributes of the wipes.

Thi ....


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Expand Article # 2859 Is the Shoe Fit?
Q. I'm a nurse at a hospital close to me and although I tried, I can't avoid having to put some hours during Yom Kippur to care for my patients, mostly Gentiles.
I have often wondered, if I have to put or take off leather shoes from patients ....


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Expand Article # 2858 Forget the Forgive?
Q. Dear Rabbi, I spoke some awful lashon haraa and divulged a bad secret of a friend of mine, when I was asked info. about him for a shiduch. But I felt I had to tell the truth. The shiduch would have been a great deal for him and I know he was ve ....


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Expand Article # 2857 Pay Back
Q. A bochur took some money from someone and now wants to make teshuva and return it. He so did, he put it back and is sure that the owner didn't notice that it was missing. Does he have to tell him and ask mechila, (forgiveness)? He would be very e ....


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Expand Article # 2856 Holy Mask!
Q. A friend of mine told me that in his shul, they are very careful with distancing and all attendants have to wear masks. The baal tokea had a mask on when he was blowing the shofar. How? Before Yom Tov he prepared a mask by making a hole where th ....


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Expand Article # 2855 Biting More Than One Can Chew
Q. One of my young children grabbed the shofar I use in our shul and was playing with it, putting it into his mouth and biting with his small but sharp teeth, the outside surface of the shofar. Is that a problem, can I still use it?

A. H ....


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Expand Article # 2854 Bowing Out?
Q. My grandfather told me that in his shul in the 'alter haim' (old country), when Rosh Hashana fell on Shabbos, they did not kneel on aleinu leshabeach. I have told to many including Rabbonim, about this minhag and they all tell me that it is incorr ....


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Expand Article # 2853 Have a Nice Day
Q. Is there a mitzva of oneg Shabbat, when Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat?

A. On question 1437 regarding if there a mitzva of simcha on Rosh Hashana, as in every other Yom Tov, and if therefore a vegetarian should make an effort to eat me ....


Posted 9/24/2020 10:19 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2852 Ring, in the New Year?
Q. How often does Rosh Hashana fall on Shabbath, as it does on this year (5781-2020) and we don't blow the shofar, it seems so unusual?

A. Actually, during the last fifty years there were fifteen occasions when the first day of Rosh Ha ....


Posted 9/22/2020 3:03 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2851 One for the Books
Q. Being that finding a correct fruit to say Shecheyanu on the second night of Rosh Hashana is in our times conflicting (since one can find them the whole year), can one say it on new seforim?

A. Magen Avrohom (223: 5) rules that on doe ....


Posted 9/22/2020 2:53 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2850 Let's Call it a Wash
Q. Hello, a 2 year old was going through toilet training and urinated in a spot on our main carpet in a high traffic area in our small living room on Shabbat. We didn't want people walking into it, so we were wondering what were our options.
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Expand Article # 2849 All in Good Time
Q. Good afternoon Rabbi. I have a kind of urgent question. My husband is davening at home and he has an early appointment with his specialist. Could he say selichot after maariv? The reason he wants to it then is that because of the injury he is very ....


Posted 9/22/2020 12:28 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)



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