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Expand Article # 2451 In Line with the Line
Q. Kvod Harav,
I appreciate your column very much, giving people the ability to stay anonymous for sensitive shailos.
No Frills supermarket has a price match guarantee on any item in their store. Which means that if you show them on you ....


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Expand Article # 2450 We Accept Returns
Q. One who forgot to request dew and rain in his tefilla, and he already passed the bracha of Retzei, and then went back to Shema Koleinu and mentioned it there, is he yotzi? Even though the halacha is to revert to Boraych Aleinu. May one mention it ....


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Expand Article # 2449 The Settings of Mitzva Dedication
Q. Last year it happened to us that we did not have at hand any olive oil when we prepared the menorah for lighting and therefore placed wax candles instead. Then, right before lighting, we received some olive oil. Was it correct to remove the wax ca ....


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Expand Article # 2448 The Door to the Window
Q. Is it better to light Chanuka candles bellow ten tefachim next to the door in the inside of the home, or by the window facing the street, but the lights would be over ten tefachim high from the floor?

A. Shaarei Tzion (671: 30) quote ....


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Expand Article # 2447 Is That What We Need?
Q. Can one make a suka by placing schach on top of an opening on the roof of an igloo?

A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 634: 2) rules that a sukka could be circular as an igloo is as long as it has the right size (contain a square of seven by s ....


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Expand Article # 2446 The Good Old Oil?
Q. Is it better for someone to use the leftover unused olive oil from last year Chanuka, that was bought then, since it was already dedicated for the mitzva or better buy new oil to be used this year?

A. The fact that the oil was ....


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Expand Article # 2445 Light Up Your Siyum Hashas
Q. We are planning to make a Siyum Hashas for our Daf shiur. Someone suggested that it would be recommended to celebrate it during Chanuka, is that correct?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Shlit'a opinion is that although there is no obligatio ....


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Expand Article # 2444 When Do We Begin?
Q. (Re- question 2443 above) What is considered to having began chazaras hashatz in order to continue if one left and there is no more minyan? Does "Hashem seffasai tiftach" count?

A. Although Mishna Berurah (66: 35) maintains that sayi ....


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Expand Article # 2443 Stop Right There
Q. When one notices that the chazzan began chazaras hashatz even though there are not ten people in the room (a minyan of exactly ten, and someone went to the bathroom), is one obligated to tell him that he should stop? Or should one continue reciti ....


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Expand Article # 2442 Bubble Over?
Q. We learned in Chulin 105b that the froth produced by various drinks is detrimental to one's health. One of the liquids is beer, another is water.
Question 1: Is the froth of today's beer also detrimental?
Question 2: What froth i ....


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Expand Article # 2441 New Day New Life
Q. Is it true that the Arizal teaches that a single neshama is made of thousands of parts or sparks, reflecting the days of one's life, and some of them can be extinguished by the sin committed on that day. This would amount to a partial death of ....


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Expand Article # 2440 Make a Meal of Shalosh Seudos
Q. On above question, (2439. Eating shalosh seudos after sunset), if I do follow the Mishna Berura and others opinion to bedieved wash after the shkia in need, can I eat more than a beitza (egg-full volume of challah) or do I have to limit myself to ....


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Expand Article # 2439 Shabbos Ride Into The Sunset
Q. If I was invited to partake of shalosh seudos (third meal of Shabbos) by a certain rabbi, but I know that the rabbi is not makpid (particular) on starting before shkia, (sunset), whereas I am very makpid, what should I do? Should I simply decline ....


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Expand Article # 2438 Say It Right or Not at All?
Q. Since Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that the added section of “Baruch Hashem Leolam” before beginning the amida of maariv, has to be said complete or not at all, what happens if someone is davening and already started saying that brach ....


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Expand Article # 2437 If Memory Serves
Q. What happens if someone during the 30 days of establishing a chazaka for saying mashiv haruach in the amida, (see prior question 2428), forgot to say it once. Does he have to start counting full 30 days again from that time?

A. Hor ....


Posted 12/1/2019 11:32 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2436 Sharing Someone's Sorrow
Q. Someone who lost a stepfather and out of closeness with other siblings sat shiva with them, is he permitted after shloshim to attend a wedding of a close relative?

A. The obligations of Avelus apply only to a one’s biological ....


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Expand Article # 2435 Show Us The Open Door
Q. Is it permitted to seclude oneself with the opposite gender if the door is open or unlocked, but there is no realistic expectation of anyone coming in? One knows with 100% certainty that no one is going to come in (for example, the people who u ....


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Expand Article # 2434 Buyers Beware II
Q. Re question 2429, in regard to immersing utensils manufactured in Israel, but sold in a non-Jewish store. If the item is bought at a Jewish-owned store... does it still need to be toiveled?

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


Posted 11/29/2019 10:45 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 2433 Food for Thought
Q. One who has limited income - should he rather spend his money on having nicer and more food or drink for Shabbos, or on buying good seforim to learn from (even though he could learn from the sefarim that are available in the beis medrash, he want ....


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Expand Article # 2432 A Penny Saved - Not a Penny Earned
Q. One who received an apartment that he stayed in for one dollar a month (as a chesed), does he need to calculate the market value and give maaser from the money that he saved? If he would not have been given this apartment, he would not have ren ....


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