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Expand Article # 2654 Getting Out of Someone's Hair
Q. Re-question 2651 (Regarding someone unable to take a haircut before Pesach since the barbers were closed. If his long hair is bothering him and there may be also an issue with tefilin; can he take a haircut before Lag Baomer. We answered: Horav ....


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Expand Article # 2653 Lost in the Fog?
Q. I noticed that when wearing a corona mask, it causes my glasses to fog up and I constantly have to remove my glasses to clean them. May I nevertheless wear the mask on Shabbos? 

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that since ....


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Expand Article # 2652 Actions Daven Volumes
Q. I used to volunteer for Hatzala and Shomrim, but the last years, my busy business and also the fact. I'm a bit older. did not permit me the extra effort. During these terrible corona days when davening is without a minyan, and I also have more ti ....


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Expand Article # 2651 Getting in Somebody's Hair
Q. I wasn't able to take a haircut before Pesach as the barbers were closed. My long hair is bothering me and my family too, it also may be an issue with the tefilin. Can I take one now before Lag Baomer, since in our town barber restrictions have ....


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Expand Article # 2650 Safe to Save the Sefer?
Q. There is a person without heirs who was niftar from corona and now there are seforim in his house that need to be sorted through and brought to the yeshiva for eventual sale. If this is not done, perhaps the landlord will thrown them out. Should ....


Posted 4/30/2020 5:04 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2649 Hit The List
Q. Can a kolel, shul or a tzedaka organization increase their email list of contacts by copying the addresses available on line from other similar institutions? Sometimes they may appear on the emails one gets, when they were not hidden by Bcc?


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Expand Article # 2648 Pet Peeve?
Q. These days when due to the virus endemic we are so isolated, many of us tend to acquire a pet for company. If you touch a pet cat or dog, do you have to wash your hands to make a brocho?

A. Rivavos Efraim (O.H. 8: 7) maintains that ....


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Expand Article # 2647 The Daven Maven
Q. If one has the choice to daven in an outside minyan versus davening b'yechidus in a beis medrash that one has access to, which is better (as there is an inyan of davening in a closed area as well as doing in a beis medrash)?

A. Hor ....


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Expand Article # 2646 Marriage Made in Heaven?
Q. As Lag Baomer is approaching. Can one get married during these pandemic days? How?

A. I has been suggested and likely already done, that one may celebrate a wedding at the courtyard or the parking lot of a building, while the imme ....


Posted 4/28/2020 11:51 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2645 Call It a Wash?
Q. If you are constantly wearing disposable plastic gloves (these covid days). do you have to take the off for washing for bread or when you go out of the bathroom, or can you wash netila while wearing them?


A. Q. On question 25 ....


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Expand Article # 2644 A Name That Travels Far
Q. We are having a Zoom bris mila this week. The family and friends will not join us because of the pandemic attendance and travel restrictions, only a minyan will be present. Can just the name of the baby be given by the Zaidy by phone or on line? C ....


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Expand Article # 2643 Not Tying Knots?
Q. Often when the weather permits during these covid days, I daven shacharis by myself on the porch as I find it inspiring to see the trees and listen to the birds. When the wind blows, as it often does, I find it necessary to keep the taalis on my ....


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Expand Article # 2642 Chosen Last Words
Q. Re- question above. I have another question. The aunt of my friend, is herself not frum at all and never was. My friend by the way, is a great askan and mekarev of baalei teshuva. When meeting her today, he wants to be able to say viduy with her. ....


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Expand Article # 2641 Auntie It's Me!
Q. A friend's elderly aunt is near death. She has no other close relatives in town and he was given permission during these pandemic times, to be with her for a short time while she is still conscious.
He wants to know if when entering her roo ....


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Expand Article # 2640 A Blessing In a Disguise?
Q. Does Rav Miller shlita permit walking outside on Shabbos (for fresh air - where there is no eruv) wearing the customary mask that is being worn in these covid days? Is there any tzad to be machmir? (An opinion to be stringent, because of the ca ....


Posted 4/21/2020 3:56 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2639 Whether Permitting...
Q. Re- prior question 2638 on the conditions Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit'a permits a front porch or backyard minyan.
1) is this a chiyuv, or only a heter, to participate in such minyanim?
2) how should non-compliance with conditions be ....


Posted 4/20/2020 5:18 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2638 Rule and Divide
Q. I heard that Horav Miller Shlit'a changed yesterday (4/19/20) his ruling in regard to minyonim in the backyard, is it true? What is the new ruling?

A. As mentioned in the last question, Covid's sole true constancy is its abil ....


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Expand Article # 2637 Where Were We?
Q.  Referring to the response of the Rov above - (2630), Is this response for Toronto or somewhere else? (Lakewood?) .

A.  The related questions 2610, 2624, 2629 and 2630, were all asked by, and are referring to a minyan in Toronto. How ....


Posted 4/20/2020 4:24 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2636 Passover Forever?
Q. An elderly couple, has difficulty in removing all the Pesach utensils and packing them in boxes, as well as returning the chometz dishes and other needed equipment. The help they need will only be with them this Monday. Can they extend their Pe ....


Posted 4/19/2020 6:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2635 Face The Music Again
Q. May one listen to music during sefira to avoid depression due to the current (covid) matzav?

A. The tradition not to listen to music during Sefira days has become widely accepted in our days, and according to Poskim it includes even ....


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