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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 ....


Posted 1/31/2020 3:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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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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Expand Article # 2515 Figure that Speech
Q. Can an onen (one who lost a close relative, before burial) partake at the seuda (meal) of the bris of his grandchild? If yes can he be asked to speak publicly. (See question 2514 above).

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's opinion is that alth ....


Posted 1/30/2020 12:37 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2514 A Sad State of Fair
Q. Can an onen (one who lost a close relative, before burial) be a sandak at the bris of a grandchild?

A. Chidushim Uviurim (11) maintains that if the body of the deceased has already been transferred to the Chevra Kaddisha, it is perm ....


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Expand Article # 2513 A Shaila In Hot Water?
Q. Is it permitted during Shabbos to open or increase the water dripping into a humidifier connected to the heating furnace. The warm air rushes by a metal net or mesh, that spreads the droplets of water into the air exiting the furnace and it evap ....


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Expand Article # 2512 Add And Adapt Adam?
Q. We are B'H a baal teshuva family, and Hashem just graced us with a baby boy. We want to know if we can give the name of a dear deceased grandfather named Adam to our newborn. Adam was always of great help to us and we want to honor his memory. Is ....


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Expand Article # 2511 It's All In Your Mind
Q. We recently learned in the daf that the intention for doing a mitzva deuraisa (Biblical) is essential in the compliance of the mitzva. Since during the day we do many mitzvos such as learning Torah or helping others, should one at the beginning o ....


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Expand Article # 2510 Immersed in this Immersion Question
I received a gift of prepared desserts, meant to be eaten straight from the individual glass jars that they came in.. I was told by the store personnel that the jars were already toiveled. I was advised to retoivl without a bracha.
My question ....


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Expand Article # 2509 More Intents and Purposes
Q. Referring back to the previous question (2496), davening before neitz standing versus sitting in the car after neitz. If there would be no difference in kavana, what would be the better option? 

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


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Expand Article # 2508 Know This Like The Back Of Your Hands
Q. Often people pour down water during Netilat Yodaim on the top of their hands over their wrist, to properly cover with water the complete hand. However, as the hands are bend downward into the sink, the result is that often the water reaches the ar ....


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Expand Article # 2507 Right On The Right Time
Q. I see often that people when they wash hands say the bracha of "Al Netilat Yadayim" at the time they are drying their hands. Is that correct? Is it correct or commendable for one to hold the towel or paper towel in his hands at that time?


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Expand Article # 2506 Don't Hold Your Breath
Q. Can one use on Shabbos the new CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) automatic apnea respirator machines that produce a soft, steady jet of air with enough pressure to keep the airway open?

A. On question 1744, we wrote: "Hora ....


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Expand Article # 2505 Testing One's Own Medicine
Q. New Jersey lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to eliminate most religious exemptions for vaccines for schoolchildren. This shot is being forced now in NJ schools. What does HoRav S. Miller say about it? and would he side with frum refuseni ....


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Expand Article # 2504 Perls At Your Own Peril
Q. I'm a frum teenager and have always wanted to join Shomrim or the volunteer firefighters in our community, since they urgently require more participants. Yet my parents are very much against it and argue that al pi (following) Halacha one shou ....


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